June has been a difficult month, with posts that reflect this with writing on the thoughts and life changes that come with civil unrest, national conflict, and personal loss. Two countries which we have deep personal connections, Honduras and Peru, have been immersed in violent clashes. I’m still not sure where I stand with the Honduran coup d’etat… I’m not even sure if I feel right calling it a coup. I do hope that the International community keep Honduras in it’s sights no matter how the situation continues to unfold: it is a country of beautiful, open, forgiving people, 70% of whom live in poverty. Any sanctions or separation imposed on the country due to its political situation will ultimately work to the detriment of the nation’s most vulnerable. The Big Picture, the fantastic photography site hosted at Boston.com, posted a collection of photographs of the protests.
Peru also has experienced civil unrest. For years, indigenous peoples have lived in remote areas of the Amazon rain forest with protection from development. But the country wants to use it’s natural resources, particularly it’s forests and oil reserves, to comply with agreements the government made in the US-Peruvian free trade agreement. Violence erupted at roadblocks where people gathered to protect their land from entering developers. You can read more about the conflict at Life in Peru, particularly this post.
Also, as was pointed out by another Peruvian blogger, Peru also lost one of it’s musical legends, Alicia Delgado, who was unexpectedly murdered (a true-to-life telenovela type story). In honor of Alicia (and with appropriate homage to Alejna’s musical JPs) here is Ms. Delgado:
Below are the June Just Posts. Thank you thank you thank you.
- almostidealist at One Year to Change the World with Take action for Tiananmen Square’s victims, Sexism sells, Free speech, free range and Going green for the Iranian protesters
- Barbara Drake at An American in Lima with Archbishop of Cusco to Evict More Local Restaurants
- Christine at flutter with The Luxury of Safety and an untitled post
- City Girl at Country Girl/City Girl with Oh, HELL no
- Emily at Wheels on the Bus with This is what a leader looks like, Education dollars at work,
Questions (part one) and Rejecting Yertle
- Emily at LA Mom’s Blog with What kids need
- Erika at Be gay about it. with My, what a gayngled web we weave.
- Emmy at Los Pininos with Revised Eulogy
- girlgriot at If you want kin, you must plant kin… with Voice of the People?
- Glenna Gordon (guest posting) at Scarlett Lion: Liberia with Global Post: Miss Coco’s Liberian Barbies
- jen at one plus two with the universal backbone and guess what’s coming to dinner
- Kyla at The Journey with My child, every child
- La Gringa at La Gringa’s Blogicito, with Relative calm in Honduras, despite what you might read and Honduran views on Mel Zelaya and the current events
- laloca at baggage carousel 4 public health stuff
- Mary at The Eleventh with Fed
- meg at A Different View of a Good Life! with Prison in Belize
- Mouse at The Mouse’s Nest with The radical act of being ourselves
- papilio588 at Walk with Me with Nickelsville
- Paul Newnham at Give a damn about poverty? with Why is fighting poverty so hard? and 40 Hour Famine
- Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms with Are you “Man Enough” for the Middle Border?
- redbird at A Gringa Diary with The Honduran coup was personal here
- Zack Ford at Zack Ford Blogs with Sorry white men (and Ann Coulter), Sotomayor is not a racist. You are.
- Chris at Formerly Fun with Oh Oh, She’s Back on Her Soapbox Again
Be sure to head over to Alejna’s for more Just Post love and musical thought!