September 2009

Tensions continue to escalate in the conflict in Honduras between the new presumptive leader Roberto Micheletti and the elected president Manuel Zelaya. With Zelaya now back in Tegucigalpa for the first time since he was arrested and driven from the country on June 28, the power struggle with Micheletti over the presidency has erupted in repression and protest.

One sign that Micheletti is determined to use his power over the government to hold power is his use of police to lay siege to a radio station, Radio Globo, that has been supporting Zelaya. “They took away all the equipment. This is the death of the station,” Radio Globo owner Alejandro Villatoro told the Associated Press in describing the raid on his station. Other people supporting Zelaya have also been arrested.

Agents with shields stand in front of the Radio Globo studios (from Folho do Sao Paulo)

Agents with shields stand in front of the Radio Globo studios (from Folho do Sao Paulo)

Indigenous movements have also been active in opposition to oil companies in the eastern Amazon basin of Ecuador. A new documentary explores this issue.

A documentary showcase on the PBS television network features a film this week about the recent history of  Argentina. Juan Mandelbaum uses his painful memories of a lost girlfriend to explore the stubborn pain inflicted from 1976 to 1983 when the nation’s military took control of the government in a film called “Our Disappeared.” The regime, in the name of fighting communist revolutionaries and other threats to internal security, used methods such as abduction, torture, and assassination that earned the period the name “dirty war.”

The website for the film is well done.

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