The Fate of Honduras

From the “USS Honduras” to the 2009 coup and its aftermath, Honduras has suffered some of the worst abuses of US foreign policy. Now, with Donald Trump set to enter the White House, the situation looks even worse. To discuss the current moment in Honduras in the context of of its long history under the United States’s thumb, Jacobin spoke with Dana Frank, a historian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an expert on the country.

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Police restrain a protester in Palmerola, Honduras in 2011. Felipe Canova / Flickr

Urban Pilón, Recalling Roots to Lead a Chicago Culinary Movement

If there’s one utensil that’s been historically essential in Latin American cuisine, it’s the pilón. In the late 15th century, the Taíno indians who occupied the West Indies were documented to have used many variations of the pilón for cooking, sometimes made out of large hollowed out tree trunks. Today, variations of that same utensil line the walls of Roberto Pérez’s kitchen to fuel his own culinary movement, Urban Pilón.

Alto a las Deportaciones: Movimiento por Justicia dirigido por Indocumentadxs

Por un breve momento el miércoles por la tarde, el peso de la presidencia de Donald Trump y la amenaza que representa para tantas comunidades diferentes en este país no se llegó a sentir tan pesado. Claudia Lucero, Directora Ejecutiva de la Red de Liderazgo Religioso de América Latina de Chicago (CRLN, por sus siglas en inglés), estaba de pie detrás del podio mientras se dirigía a la multitud con confianza y, sobre todo, esperanza. Su blusa de colores brillantes parecía más simbólica que una simple elección de vestido. http://elbeisman.com/article.php?action=read&id=1255

La familia Alonzo. Foto: cortesía

La familia Alonzo. Foto: cortesía

Mérida educators on need for comprehensive education reform in México

México’s education system was thrust back into the national spotlight in recent months after tensions between the teacher’s union and the Mexican government led to violent clashes in Oaxaca state. The CNTE (National Coordination of Education Workers), México’s dissident faction of the larger National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), was protesting what the government had claimed were progressive education reforms.

While some believe the new reforms are tackling the root of the issue in holding teacher’s accountable for the quality of education being provided, others point to systemic issues as the main source of México’s crippling education system.

Teachers affiliated with the CNTE have taken to the streets to protest aspects of the government’s education reform. (Photo: JSTOR Daily)

Teachers affiliated with the CNTE have taken to the streets to protest aspects of the government’s education reform. (Photo: JSTOR Daily)