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Berta Caceres, Beacon of Light, Gone, But Not Extinguished

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On March 3 2016, Honduran human rights and indigenous leader Berta Caceres was assassinated.

Berta's martyrdom now serves as a global symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy as colonized peoples world-wide languish beneath the yoke of imperialism.

Berta's death is also a symbol of Canada's criminality.

In 2009, a western-orchestrated coup deposed the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya. Not long after the illegal coup, Canada ratified the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement with the criminal progeny of the coup. Zelaya's promise of a moratorium on extractivist mining activity was quickly denied, and Honduran aspirations for freedom, human rights and democracy were smothered.

To this day, transnational and domestic oligarchs are crippling Honduras, scuttling in the dark like rats, gnashing their teeth, always wanting more, but beacons of light still pierce the Honduran darkness, bravely proclaiming Life and Justice, and Berta's brave soul is surely amongst them.

Berta Caceres' light is shining in Syria (and globally) as well. In Syria, indigenous (Syrian) peoples are taking a stand for life and liberty, and against the West's mercenary proxies who are destroying the country.

As with Honduras, the West vocalizes its support for international law, the sovereignty of nations, and democracy, but it is practicing the opposite by seeking to illegally oust the democratically-elected, and hugely popular, President Bashar al Assad -- Zelaya's counterpart.

We are the Axis of Evil in these desperate times of life and death, dignity and despair. But Berta's light will not be extinguished. It is with the peoples of Iraq, Libya, the Ukraine, and Syria. It will remain there, a companion of freedom and justice everywhere.

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Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017. Visit the author's website at https://www.marktaliano.net where this (more...)

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