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August 18, 2021

Voyeurism-capitalizing-on-suffering reporting about continuing refugee flight from Guatemala and Honduras
By Grahame Russell, Rights Action
Here, links to two mainstream news articles about forced migrancy from Central America that border on voyeurism capitalizing on suffering.
“Mexico has pushed hundreds of migrants expelled from the U.S. on to Guatemala, stranding them in a remote village far from their homes”
“Survivors of Guatemalan mudslide face death or emigration”
The Washington Post article correctly exposes some of the refugee rights violations committed by U.S. and Mexican government against forced migrants and asylum seekers. The AP news story provides a devastating portrayal of poverty, desperation and abandonment.

Neither article provides any information as to how the U.S., Canada and other actors in the “international community” supported military coups in Guatemala (1954) and Honduras (2009) that ousted their last democratically elected governments, and returned to power the corrupt, repressive, ‘open-for-global-business’ regimes in power since those military coups.

Neither article reports provide any information as to how the U.S., Canada and “international community” (World Bank, IMF, transnational companies) maintain beneficial economic, military and political relations with the regimes in Honduras and Guatemala, considering them “democratic allies”.

It is these international political partnerships and relations that are responsible for the conditions of violence and desperation that are forcing people to flee, year after year, decade after decade.

Reader conclusions
This type of voyeurism-capitalizing-on-suffering leads a reader to conclude: ‘Oh what a hard and sad place that is over there [fill in NAME of "poor" country]. Oh well, this has nothing to do with me, my government’s policies and actions, my country’s global companies and banks, my personal investments, my consumer demands and habits, …’.

New book – “Border & Rule”
See information below about “Border & Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism”, by Harsha Walia.

In the prevailing unjust Nation-State system that is dominated by a small number of rich, powerful countries, their militaries, banks and companies, there will be no end in the near future to the conditions of violent exploitation and dispossession, violence and desperation forcing millions of people – including Hondurans and Guatemalans - into refugee flight.
Grahame Russell, Rights Action

“Border & Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism”
By Harsha Walia, Haymarket Books

“Harsha Walia disrupts easy explanations for the migrant and refugee crises, instead showing them to be the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change generating mass dispossession worldwide.”
Background articles: Refugee flight from Guatemala & Honduras
Rights Action: Forced Migrancy archives
Act / Stir up the pot / Chip away: These are U.S. and Canadian issues!
Keep sending copies of Rights Action information (and that of other solidarity groups/ NGOs) to family, friends, your networks, politicians and media, asking: ‘Why do our governments, companies and investment firms help cause, benefit from and turn a blind eye to poverty, repression and violence, environmental and health harms that cause the forced migrancy / refugee crisis in Guatemala and Honduras?’
Follow work of / get involved with other solidarity/NGO groups
CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with People of El Salvador):
Honduras Solidarity Network:
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective:
Friendship Office of the Americas:
NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with People of Guatemala):
GHRC (Guatemalan Human Rights Commission):
Breaking the Silence:
Peace Brigades International:
Alliance for Global Justice:
School of Americas Watch:
Mining Watch Canada:
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network:
Mining Justice Alliance:
Common Frontiers Canada:


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