It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the news that our dear friend and brother, Fr. Emmett Jarrett, left us today, October 9th, 2010.
After a long and hard fight with cholangial carcinoma and two rounds of chemotherapy, Emmett died at home in
There is much to be said about Emmett...and as much as I want to write more now, words are escaping me. His words and spirit live on, and continue to challenge us!
Be in touch if you would like information on Funeral arrangements, and I will share them when they become available.
Dispatches From The Edge
October 7. 2010
A police riot over an austerity bill, or a failed attempt to oust leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa from office? In the aftermath of the Sept. 30 attack on Correa by police in
The police attack on Correa was co-coordinated with similar takeovers in several other cities, the seizure of
Suspicion has fallen on former president and army colonel Lucio Gutierrez, who led a 2000 coup and has called for Correa's ouster. Gutierrez currently lives in
Last year's coup in Honduras that ousted Manuel Zelaya has cast a shadow across the region, raising up the ghosts of a previous era when military takeovers routinely toppled governments in Latin America, including those in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. According to The Guardian, Correa said in the aftermath of the Honduran coup, "We have intelligence reports that say after Zelaya, I'm next."
After Zelaya was ousted, the coup-led government of Roberto Micheletti organized elections-boycotted by most the population-and put Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo into power. Most countries in the region refuse to recognize the Lobo government, including the region's major players,
In spite of the fact that the Lobo government has overseen a wave of terror directed at journalists, trade unionists, gays and lesbians, and opposition activists, Washington is pushing hard for countries to end Honduras's regional isolation and its suspension from the Organization of American States (OAS).
"Now is the time for the hemisphere as a whole to move forward and welcome
But most countries are wary of anything that might give the appearance of endorsing a government brought in via a coup. There is also concern about the ongoing human rights crisis in
While most nations in the region are reluctant to bed down with the Honduran government, the
"Washington's support for the coup government in Honduras over the past year has encouraged and increased the likelihood of rightwing coups against democratic left governments in the region," writes The Guardian's Latin American correspondent Mark Weisbrot. "This attempt in
Two obvious candidates are
According to !Presente!, a publication critical of the School for the Americas, the commander of the police barracks where Ecuadorean President Correa was attacked, Col Manuel Rivadeneira Tello, is a graduate of the School's combat arms training course.
Bolivian President Evo Morales recently threatened to expel USAID for its role in financing opposition separatist groups based in the country's wealthy eastern provinces. Along with the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD)-an organization long associated with the Central Intelligence Agency-USAID and NED have underwritten separatist media and organizations based in the wealthy province of Santa Cruz, where most of the country's natural gas deposits lie.
The possibility of Eastern Bolivia declaring independence is very real and, if it happens,
In May of this year, Fernando Lugo, the progressive president of Paraguay, reported to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) meeting in Buenos Aires, that he had evidence of a coup aimed at overthrowing his government. Lugo had a closed-door meeting with the UNASUR members, following which UNASUR reaffirmed its full support for the Paraguayan government.
Paraguay is one of the poorest and most unequal countries on the continent, and it was long dominated by a military dictatorship.
Of course not all coups are successful these days. An outpour of popular support for Hugo Chavez reversed the
2001 Venezuela coup, and Correa's 67 percent positive rating-he has doubled healthcare spending, increased social services, and stiffed a phony $3.2 billion foreign debt-certainly played a role in spiking the Ecuador coup.
The Obama Administration promised a new deal in
If countries in the region are paranoid, maybe they have reasons for it.
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