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Narcopolitics, electoral collapse and the perpetual US hand in Honduras.

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When you look at US policy in Latin America, we've justified our involvement through the Cold War, through the Drug War, more recently through immigration and the war on terrorism - and yet our policies remain largely the same. You see different justifications for our involvement, and yet on the ground the result is a continuing militarization and continuing support for an economic program that has failed over the course of decades.

Journalist Jake Johnston reports on a drug trafficking investigation implicating the Honduran Minister of Security, and connects the larger crises of current Honduran politics - the 2009 coup and its corrupt government, violent repression of protestors and the consolidation of military and political power into one party - to decades of Washington approval, and aid, for the ruling elite.

Jake wrote the article Top U.S.-Backed Honduran Security Minister Is Running Drugs, According to Court Testimony for The Intercept.

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Jake Johnston is a Research Associate with the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

 

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