Honduras http://wlrn.org en Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve http://wlrn.org/post/locked-latin-america-why-these-controversial-cases-are-hard-resolve <p>There’s an old saying among Mexican officials when dealing with the United States: Always tell the gringos yes, but never tell them when.</p><p>That dance is the result of two centuries of tortured bilateral relations marked by U.S. insensitivity and Mexican hypersensitivity. And it’s most likely what’s playing out now as Washington and Mexico City haggle over the fate of a former U.S. Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33508 at http://wlrn.org Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent http://wlrn.org/post/riding-beast-migrant-crisis-president-obama-calls-urgent <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.</p><p>And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:31:49 +0000 Wilson Sayre 33380 at http://wlrn.org Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues http://wlrn.org/post/jailing-floridas-aqua-quest-crew-raises-honduran-justice-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six U.S. crew members of the Aqua Quest, a&nbsp;65-foot&nbsp;ship out of Florida,&nbsp;have been sitting in a jungle jail in Honduras for almost a month now. The charge against them: bringing weapons into the violent Central American country illegally. But the case is questionable&nbsp;– especially since Aqua Quest International, the Tarpon Springs ocean exploration and recovery company that owns the vessel, was invited by Honduran officials to carry out development projects like river clearing.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:32:35 +0000 Tim Padgett 33339 at http://wlrn.org Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues Haunted Hondurans: Fleeing The Most Violent Place On Earth http://wlrn.org/post/haunted-hondurans-fleeing-most-violent-place-earth <p>What do you when you live in the most violent place on earth and you can’t take another day of it?<br /><br />We’re not talking about Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan. This is about Honduras, in Central America, little more than a two-hour flight from Miami. It has the highest murder rate of any nation in the world today, more than 80 per 100,000 people. Its second largest city, San Pedro Sula, has the worst homicide rate of any urban area in the world, almost 175 per 100,000.<br /> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:40:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 23925 at http://wlrn.org Haunted Hondurans: Fleeing The Most Violent Place On Earth Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital http://wlrn.org/post/why-honduras-murder-capital-planet Latin America is riddled with crime, and no place is more violent than Honduras. It has just 8 million people, but with as many as 20 people killed there every day, it now has the highest murder rate in the world.<p>It would be easy to blame drug trafficking. Honduras and its Central American neighbors have long served as a favored smuggling corridor for South American cocaine headed north to the U.S.<p>But there are a number of factors that have contributed to Honduras' out-of-control killings. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:05:56 +0000 Carrie Kahn 15647 at http://wlrn.org Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports http://wlrn.org/post/plane-crash-survivor-heads-one-worlds-most-dangerous-airports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past Christmas I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit my family. The last time I had been to Tegucigalpa was in 2002, so I boarded the plane with conflicting emotions -- excitement about seeing my family and fear about the flight.</span></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:54:45 +0000 Xoaquima Díaz 9013 at http://wlrn.org Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports