Big Updates

1: Honest Honduran News has hit 600 members, as of yesterday. I’m super excited to see what the future holds as I continue developing an excellent community of people who truly want to see what Honduras is actually like, and not just read what big English publications think matters the most, or would make the most money.

2: I am now a leader at Honduras News, which isn’t the same as Honest Honduran News. I write daily and am their youngest writer!

3: Honduras Weekly is now pretty fairly known and acknowledged to be dead. The editor has basically retired from the “Honduras” scene, especially as it relates to journalism.

What this really signals, that both Honduras News and Honduras Weekly fundamentally changed over the course of the past few weeks, is that it is time for another leader to step up and step into the spotlight. I don’t know if that’s me or not, but because of my role in making sure there was constant coverage of events in Honduras, in English, I was able to get a group to 600 in the space of 5 months. With this my group has gotten more than 25% of the audience of Honduras Weekly’s Facebook group. It’s awesome that the group has grown so much in such a short time. I believe by the time a year rolls around, we might well be bigger than Honduras Weekly, which would be a tremendous achievement.

My mission is to ensure that as many people as possible have access to information about Honduras. And that means promoting Honduras in languages that aren’t Spanish. I want to work to make what goes in Honduras part of the “common knowledge” that people living in the same country all collectively know. I wanna make conversations about Honduras a common occurrence.

I’ve suddenly become a leader with actual “authority”, and a bit of influence, and it feels odd. It feels odd to suddenly realize how few competitors there are. And just how many (because it is many. At least two thousand.) people want to know what is going on.

Just like Honduras This Week, Honduras News, and Honduras Weekly, Honest Honduran News will become successful. I’ve no doubt that I can be successful in this task, even if it is extremely challenging to do so.

From Honduras This Week, to Honduras News, to Honduras Weekly, to Honest Honduran News, in the past 16 years the men and women responsible for providing consistent coverage of events in Honduras, in English have constantly changed. But for now, I hope you’ll join me as I strive to become a reasonable and rational leader, and someone who works tirelessly to  make sure the place I greatly admire has accurate coverage in the media.

I’d love to know what you think! Remember to stay informed and to stay positive.

Big Updates

Municipal Corruption in Honduras

Santa Barbara, a city in Honduras is currently in really bad shape. Or it will be. The government isn’t looking kindly at the city, after it was revealed that the previous mayor Thelma Iris Lopez spent 11 million of the 14.5 million lempiras that she was given, to make sure the city had all of the money it needed to fulfill it’s most vital needs, on undocumented things, but most decidedly NOT on what they were meant for. It’s also worth noting that she spent this money in roughly 25 days. How absurd is that?

Juan Alvarado, her successor as mayor of Santa Barbara, was stunned to find that he couldn’t come up with the funds for everything. He was also unable to pay back the transfer when he was supposed, which angered the government which now seems to be considering not sending Santa Barbara much needed funds.

This is a terrible example of governmental corruption in Honduras. Mrs. Lopez basically embezzled the money, money worth over half a million US dollars. However another article published today by La Prensa, says that the total embezzlement of funds by municipalities surpasses 520,000,000 lempiras, an amount totaling over 23 MILLION US DOLLARS. This is from the past 5 years, from 2010-2015. That is an absolutely terrifying amount. If we pretend that the amount of dollars embezzled each year is equal, then that’d amount to over 4 million dollars a year. That is… a tremendous amount of money, wasted.

The article in La Prensa talks about the actual amount per year (in Lempiras obviously), and it comes too 41.9 million in 2010, 142.6 million in 2011, 135.6 in 2012, 94.1 million in 2013, and 106.5 in 2014.

This is the sort of corruption Honduras faces. This is the sort of wasteful government that Hondurans flee from each year, and is exactly what Hondurans are currently protesting against. Imagine how the world would react, if facts like this were readily known and talked about.

Sources: http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/861177-410/honduras-exalcaldesa-gast%C3%B3-l11-millones-en-25-d%C3%ADas

http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/861063-410/malversaci%C3%B3n-en-alcald%C3%ADas-sobrepasa-los-l520-millones

Municipal Corruption in Honduras

Honest Honduran News

A repost from Tumblr, but one I think will be liked on here.

Gonna write something “not cool” first.

“Not Cool”: I’m sorry for posting so much about Honest Honduran News on here. But Honest Honduran News is my dream. It’s my ambition. I am dedicated to helping Honduras, the place I consider home, and if I am using my skills to the maximum of their potential that means I have to do something wherein I can make full use of my skills as someone who is bilingual, who writes regularly, who has the skills of a young historian, and as a young man who just wants to see the world learn. But I am “grinding”. I am “honing my craft”. Each day I translate articles originally written in Spanish, to English, so that people who want to learn about Honduras and don’t speak Spanish get that chance. Each day I learn more and more about the place I call home. Each day I work to ensure that Honest Honduran News gets a bit more name recognition. Each day I silently hope that someone sees my network and thinks, even in passing, “that’s cool. I hope that guy gets lucky and people decide to help him out”. I know it is probably annoying to see so much “Honduras” on your dashboards, but you have to understand that I see so much ignorance when it comes to my home. I see a lot of people not knowing why San Pedro Sula is so dangerous. I see so many unaware of the 2009 coup. Or of Miguel Facusse’s violence towards the people in the Bajo Aguan. Or people not knowing that abortion in Honduras is a crime with a heavy sentence. I see people celebrating Roatan, and people loving Copan, but only a few people wanting to help out the Lenca, or aware of Randy Jorgensen’s pressure on Afro-Honduran communities to sell or give up their land for his touristic resorts. And I am working on changing that. I am doing my best to build up an excellent network.

Wanna know something cool? My Facebook network “Honest Honduran News” grows every day. It is creeping up on 300 members.

And here’s the cooler part: I want to become the owner of the first viable multimedia network in Honduras that operates primarily in English. And this is actually something that could happen. The reason why this could happen is because of the MASSIVE growth the group has experienced it’s entire existence. Each day more and more people join. And the OVERWHELMING majority of those people live in Honduras. Specifically the Islands, because those are the touristic locations, and those are the locations wherein many people who work in the tourism/hospitality industries and of those individuals hundreds, maybe even thousands speak English as a first language and some don’t even speak Spanish, at all.

Here’s the coolest part (in my mind at least): You can help out. You can join my network. You can work with me, helping me find articles (no matter what the language), for me to post to my network. You can join the network. We can work to help the world learn. We can work to end ignorance, and apathy, regardless of the language. We can work together to help Honduras become a better place, a place with more investment, more opportunities, more education. Let’s work together! And let’s learn together. 🙂

Check out the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HonestHonduranNews/

Honest Honduran News

Seriously?

La Prensa reporting on how Nathalia Casco and Ana of Lipstickfables both danced and asking people which one danced better, when earlier today it was announced that Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world for environmental activists according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

That my friends is the definition of distraction.

To be fair, it was posted in a fairly unread part of La Prensa. But still.

Sources:

http://www.laprensa.hn/espectaculos/832506-410/nathalia-casco-y-lipstickfables-bailan-punta

http://www.trust.org/item/20150420050129-t9tnb/?source=fiOtherNews2

Seriously?

Honduran Congress begins discussing censorship

There’s a rather unusual law currently being discussed in the Honduran congress right now.

A member of the PAC (Anti-Corruption Party) is pushing a censorship law which would seek to prohibit pretty much any media which would glorify the culture of narco-trafficking and gang violence.

Additionally this law would seek to restrict the importation and selling of fake guns, which resemble real ones and have previously been used to commit crimes.

The law would also seek to create educational programs which aim to promote positive cultural values and begin to defeat the culture which has no issues with drug-traffickers which has gradually instilled itself in Honduras.

This is certainly a possible solution to people who may otherwise become desensitized to gang violence and drug violence. However is it really the solution we should seek? I’m unsure of how to feel about it. Although I do agree with beginning a crackdown on those who use fake guns to commit crimes, and beginning a cultural revolution which focuses on positive aspects of the Honduran Identity.

Additionally censorship is always a tricky issue, and someone could certainly see this legislation as a bit of a distraction from real issues which plague Honduras. I see it as that, but I also see it as an interesting way to cultivate interest in real measures to address the problem of drug-trafficking. If a real politician sees a positive reaction from this, he or she might take it as the beginning of a popular movement to crack down on the rampant influence of gangs and drug violence.

What are your thoughts? Is censorship a real solution to the messages mass media is sending to young Hondurans?

Source:

http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/832034-410/congreso-de-honduras-busca-prohibir-las-narconovelas

Honduran Congress begins discussing censorship

Benefits of knowing the Honduran News

One of my favorite things to write about is Honduran news partially because it’s such a cool topic. And also so few people bother to translate it, that I am usually one of the only people I know who covers the topics I do.

I read everything from news about sicknesses plaguing Honduras, to statements made by politicians and I know that these things have a genuine impact on many of my friends, and the city I once lived in, but so few people find them relevant. These articles cover REAL events that actually impact in some cases over a million Hondurans.

I like to make the Honduran news understandable to Americans, and I’d like to believe that because of my efforts some people have grown a bit more fascinated with Honduran news. I’d like to believe that my coverage of these events has made them a bit more understandable to people who might otherwise not really care.

I also want to promote Honduran pride in their (“our”) home. I think remaining aware of news impacting us and our family members is an important part of the best kind of pride. I’d like to believe that the words I write make our society a bit more understandable. I believe understanding Honduras is important, because many immigrants come from Honduras to the United States. I also believe it’s important because many missionaries and volunteers will inevitably travel to Honduras. Perhaps my posts have inspired, or will inspire, someone to go abroad to Honduras and work to make it a better place, even if it’s only for a few weeks or days.

Anyways, the purpose of this post is to talk about the coolness of Honduran news. For instance, this week I learned that Honduras’s first lady is spear-heading a campaign to enhance public health. I also got to learn about the 3rd annual “National Alphabetation plan” which is a campaign that uses students as teachers during 20 Saturdays to teach adults literacy. And I got to hear about a planned project to repair and maintain two more police posts in San Pedro Sula, a project which will help over 100 Police officers in the city! That’s news in Honduras English media don’t cover! And I know about these campaigns because I actively read Honduran media! I want to work, to make this news not only news for me, but news for you, people who can’t read or don’t have the time to read, Honduran news. I want to make Honduran media approachable. For anyone interested.

I enjoy translating the news. I hope one day you all get to enjoy it with me!

Here’s the links to those mentioned articles!

http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/830327-410/desparasitar%C3%A1n-vacunar%C3%A1n-y-dar%C3%A1n-vitaminas-a-escolares

http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/829926-410/reparan-dos-postas-policiales-m%C3%A1s-en-san-pedro-sula

http://www.laprensa.hn/inicio/830174-410/con-200000-adultos-inicia-plan-nacional-de-alfabetizaci%C3%B3n

Benefits of knowing the Honduran News