“A lifetime of solidarity with the poorest of the poor”…Fr. Peter Hinde to receive Honorary Doctorate degree

Many of us in the border region and many more people in the US and all over
Latin America have had the privilege of meeting Father Peter Hinde and
Sister Betty Campbell of Casa Tabor. This is a wonderful recognition of a
lifetime of work and witness that continues every single day in their
barrio in Juarez. molly

“A lifetime of solidarity with the poorest of the poor”*

Fr. Peter Hinde to receive Honorary Doctorate degree

Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm, co-founder with Sr. Betty Campbell, RSM, of Tabor
House in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and a co-founder of CRISPAZ, Cristianos/as
por la Paz en El Salvador<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001plZJebL6Mipr_xBj0H6O2JJ2weSam79d49YPGR…>
, will receive an honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from Christian
Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN on May 12, 2012.

Quoting Marty Schladen of the El Paso Times, “Hinde, known now as Father
Peter, has gone from World War II fighter pilot to a member of Veterans for
Peace who comes to El Paso every Friday to protest U.S. military
involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives among and ministers to some
of Juarez’s poorest residents. And he argues that U.S. policies help keep
them poor.

Click here to read more

New Border Strategy—Daily Beast

Since all of the migration numbers are down, it seems that the point of the
border patrol’s new strategy is about how to maintain its budget after the
huge post-911 buildup. There are areas of the border now where very little
illegal crossing is taking place. If Border Patrol becomes officially part
of the national security apparatus, then it becomes easier to grow the
budget. I got an email from a well-informed friend: “right now they (the
border patrol) are in the position of the US military after the collapse of
the Soviet Union and before 9/11, a period when the generals and admirals
tried to get into the drug war business.” That recent story about the drug
war buildup in Honduras offers a clue… The fact is that the
anti-immigrant forces on the ground and their political allies (Brewer,
Dever, Babeu, Arpaio and many more in other places around the country) have
drummed up a lot of fear and loathing and yet most of the violence on the
US side of the border has come from the fringe anti-immigrant forces. Note
the multiple murderers J.T. Ready and Shawna Forde. Also consider the high
death toll of immigrants in border patrol chases that end up in highway
rollovers and other terrible accidents. And at least 2 recent cases of
Mexicans killed in fatal attacks by border patrol agents:

Jan Brewer, other Arizona Officials weigh wider impact of New Border Strategy

Latino Community Remains Silent on Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Dead Mexican teen’s family to pursue suit against Border Patrol agent

Honduras-the highest murder rate in the world-BBC News

I heard this piece several nights ago on the BBC…  I think it is worth the time.  On my first listen, I was only half awake and I heard bits and pieces only…I thought, “Where is this? It sounds like Juarez…”  I heard it again in full.

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“Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. The People’s Funeral Service deals daily with the fall-out from these extreme levels of violence in the capital city, Tegucigalpa. Set up by the Mayor of the city, it distributes coffins, maintains two funeral homes, and even offers a mobile service where employees take everything necessary for a wake – including bread and coffee – to someone’s house or local church. All of these services are totally free for poor people in the city.”

Click here to read more Click to listen now

Then read today’s NYTimes story about US advisers to Honduran military and police in “fight against cartels…”
Neither story makes me very optimistic that any of these tactics that the  US proposes and/or advises or assists with reduces the violence.  All evidence seems to point to the contrary.  And in my most cynical depressed moments (like now) I believe that the US does not care as long as the people dying are poor Mexicans and Hondurans.  Seems it is all part of the
plan.  Who will be next?  molly

UPDATE:

Wow. Thanks to Dawn Paley for her excellent and rational critique of this
NYTimes article on the “new” US war in Honduras…I admit that when I read
it, I felt a kind of dread that interfered with clear thinking…the
article seemed to DREDGE up so much of that slime that accumulates at the
dirty bottoms of things. Dawn’s commentary is essential to clear away the
muck in order to get a good look at what this is really about.
I will note that this line from the end of the article:
“There are ‘insidious’ parallels between regional criminal organizations
and terror networks.”  … this really got my attention also.  In Central
America all though the 1980s (and beginning even earlier) all it took was
to call it COMMUNIST and then it could be attacked, disappeared, killed…
And IT could be a student, an indigenous person, a human rights worker, a
religious worker, a labor organizer or anyone else who might be seen as a
leftist or progressive or some other challenge to entrenched oligarchic
power allied with the US in those years. Now, the codeword is terrorist or
drug criminal. Or narco or zeta… This is the “new” National Security
Doctrine. And no, it isn’t new. But the result is the same: DEATH. I highly
recommend Dawn Paley’s post… molly

Discovery of dumping ground in Valley of Juárez puts slayings of women in spotlight—EPTimes

According to the figures for the state of Chihuahua for 2009, women are 5.9
percent of the total number of homicide victims. I may be missing
something, but I can see no statement or evidence in this article that the
12 (or 22) female murder victims discovered in one (or several) places in
the Valle de Juarez recently and who are thought to have been disappeared
and murdered between 2009 and 2011–I see no evidence in what has been
released about the recent discoveries that establishes that these women and
girls suffered the “very particular type of violence” that has been defined
by academics and others “as systemic sexual femicide, which has to do with
disappearances, torture, rape, mutilation and with abandoning their bodies
in empty lots or deserted areas of the city.”

One of the people quoted in the article says: “And there is also the issue
of the veil covering those responsible for the slayings,” she said.”—But
as far as I am aware, there are no meaningful prosecutions in a huge
percentage of ALL of the more than 10,000 murders that have occurred in
Juarez just since 2008.

I’ve also seen nothing in any of the writing about the “femicides of
Juarez” that establishes these murders as anomalies with the numbers or
characteristics of female homicide victims in other places in Mexico.  In
fact, the only things I’ve seen that even compare the numbers have
established that for all of the years between 1990 and 2007, the only thing
that distinguished the female murder victims in Juarez and the state of
Chihuahua from other states in Mexico is that the victims tended to be
younger. [see:

– El homicidio en México entre 1990 y 2007 : aproximación estadistica
/ Fernando Escalante Gonzalbo ; con la colaboración de Erick E. Aranda
García.
– México, D.F. : Colegio de México ; Secretaria de Seguridad Pública
federal, 2009.]

It seems to actually be the case that there is LESS neglect to the
murders of women in Juarez than in other places in Mexico with similar
numbers of female homicides and in that regard the activism on the part of
families is to be commended for bringing attention to the disappearances
and killings. It would be an advance if such attention could be brought to
bear on the many more thousands of victims over the same years who are men
and boys. [those numbers posted below for 1993-April 2012…]

Years                 Women   Total  % Women

1993-2007………………427       (3,538) –    12%

2008 ……………………….87         (1,623) –    5.3%

2009……………………….164        (2,754)—   5.9%

2010 ………………………304         (3,622) –   8.3%

2011 …………………….. 195           (2,086) – 9.3%

2012 (as of April 30) …55             (416) –  13%

*Women………**…1,232  **(  total **victims)* (14,039) – 8.7%

Women = 8.8 percent of total murder victims over the past 18 years
Statistics from El Diario based on official data from the Chihuahua
State Attorney General

molly

followup on JT Ready Arizona shootings

Some interesting quotes from others in the Arizona extremist anti-immigrant
world. Also, the first 911 call from the Mederos household probably came
from murder victim Lisa Mederos. The call is cut off when she is apparently
shot. The second call comes from Brittany Mederos who identifies JT Ready
as the shooter. She also indicates he may have tried to leave the scene and
might have been killed in a shootout with another victim, Jim Hiott, rather
than committing suicide.
The other article discusses ongoing domestic terrorism investigation of
Ready; the weapons found in the house may have been stolen from the US
military. Connections to other violent AZ vigilante groups also…

 

 

9 bodies hung from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, 14 decapitated

14 more bodies–these were decapitated– have been found today in Nuevo
Laredo…in addition to the 9 bodies found early this morning hanging from
a major overpass in the city. I hope it occurs to someone to question how
these acts in such public places can take place without the cooperation of
government and/or participation of criminals within the military and law
enforcement agencies.

The newswires version as presented on the NPR blog.

 

World Press Freedom Day-3 journalists slain in east Mexican state

MEXICO CITY — Three men who had worked as news photographers were found slain and dumped together in plastic bags by a canal in the eastern Mexico state of Veracruz on Thursday, less than a week after the killing in the same state of a reporter for an investigative newsmagazine, officials and colleagues said.

Press advocates called for immediate government action to halt a wave of attacks that has killed at least six current and former reporters and photographers in Veracruz over the last year, spawning an atmosphere of terror and self-censorship among journalists

Click here to read more

World Press Freedom Day: Journalists Being Killed At ‘Astonishing Pace’

 

Pax Christi El Paso will host Fr. John Dear, Peace Activist, May 24, 2012

For info, call (915) 740-3962 or visit Pax Christi El Paso website.

https://sites.google.com/site/pxcelp/

*Peace Activist Speaks on His New Book*
Pax Christi El Paso will host Fr. John Dear as he presents his
ground-breaking new book, Lazarus Come Forth, How Jesus Confronts the
Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace.
Fr. John will speak on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 pm, St. Pius X
Catholic Church Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, El Paso, TX 79905.  Time
for questions and answers.  Books will be available for purchase and a book
signing follows the lecture.
Fr. John explores the raising of Jesus in the Gospel of John, and
invites us to carry on Jesus’ liberating work by obeying his
commandments–to take away the stone that keeps us trapped in our violent
culture of war, to call each other out of the tombs, to unbind one another
and to set each other free to live in peace and nonviolence.
Fr. John is a Jesuit priest, peace activist and author of many books
on peace and nonviolence, and is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.  He served
for years as the Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest
interfaith peace organization in the U.S., and was a coordinator of
chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York after 9/11/2001.
Dear writes a weekly online column for The National Catholic Reporter.
For info, call (915) 740-3962 or visit Pax Christi El Paso website.

Police believe Neo-Nazi killed 4, himself in Ariz. J.T.Ready

One of the victims of the shooting spree by JT Ready is a 16 month old grandchild of his girlfriend–also a victim. Click here for a comment piece from Forbes and click here for a conspiracy theory piece from Infowars.com proposing that Ready may have been targeted by US military or undercover agents… for those on the list who may think I’m promoting this theory, I am not. However, I think it is important to look at what is going on and how these events are being interpreted by the various fringe political forces out there. I am old enough to remember laughing about the black  helicopters of the “New World Order” and the fringe groups in the early 1990s who believed that the US was under attack. It seemed funny until Oklahoma City bombing

Arizona Daily Star- Police believe Neo-Nazi killed 4, himself in Arizona

Fox News- Neo-Nazi Murder-Suicide Suspect was active in Arizona Anti-illegal immigration Politics

For more background on the connections between right wing paramilitary
fringe groups back in the 1990s, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_helicopters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Ridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege

And since I’m a librarian, you are probably thinking I would not recommend
Wikipedia, but for these kinds of topics, it can be the best source for
making the connections between these disparate events and groups. For
hardcore research on the violent right-wing, anti-immigrant fringe, see the
publications of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

http://www.splcenter.org/
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/ant…

I will stop now.  molly

It doesn’t seem that it could be worse, but this article with details from
the scene is worse.

 

 

 

Mexican officials may help jailed truck driver- FOX News

Go to the link to see video of the press conference in El Paso yesterday.
Jabin Bogan’s mother, Aletha Smith, went to the bridge to take photos of
where the incident started and was stopped by Customs officials on the US
side and made to delete the photos she had taken with her camera. She did
not even try to cross into Mexico.  According to earlier reports, the
driver of the truck did not even have a US passport. Anyone intending to
drive to Mexico would certainly know that a US passport is required to get
back into the US…  molly