A Narco-Dictatorship is About to be Transformed Into a Social Democracy
We begin with the good news emerging from Central America where a narco-dictatorship is about to be transformed into a social democracy now that the candidate of the criminal party allied with drug dealers and death squads has conceded in the face of an overwhelming defeat. Joining us from Honduras is Jared Olson, a writer and independent journalist based in Honduras covering violence, migration, and social struggle in Central America. His writing has appeared in The Nation, the New Humanitarian, El Faro English, Vice World News, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others and he has an article at The Los Angeles Times, “Honduras at crossroads in election to end corrupt rule of Juan Orlando Hernandez,” and another at The New Republic, “What Happens After a U.S.-Enabled Narco-Dictatorship Ends?” We discuss the jubilation in the country and the hope that ordinary citizens will not have to fear for their lives from the gangs and the military which will mean there will be a reduction in immigration to the U.S. which has been driven by desperation. We also examine the environmental cost of the palm oil and mining industries who have had up until now a free reign to despoil and pollute.