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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Here’s how big Nov. 29 was in Honduras’ counter-narcotics fight: The seizure of 24,250 pounds of pseudoephedrine represented nearly half of all of the 42,990 pounds of narcotics confiscated nationwide in 2012. The bust, which occurred in the village of Pata de Gallina in the department of Yoro, was the largest seizure of pseudoephedrine – used to make synthetic drugs – in the country’s history. Of the 42,990 pounds of narcotics seized so far this year entering the final week of 2012, 18,739 was cocaine, representing a significant increase compared to the 10,410 pounds seized in 2011, according to the National Office for Combating Drug Trafficking. Honduras’ success in its counter-narcotics fight is rooted in being involved in Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. The country also sought the advice of Colombia’s National Police, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Chilean government, which all concluded narco-trafficking and organized crime were threatening Honduras’ national security, according to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Arturo Corrales Álvarez. Honduras received US$60,223,457 in 2012 in international aid to bolster its narcotics fight after getting US$60,742,457 in 2011 and US$59,613,457 in 2010, according to the government. “In the departments of Colón, Yoro, Gracias a Dios and Olancho, we need to take radical steps because there are more crimes related to drug trafficking [in these areas],” said Wilfredo Méndez, the executive director of the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Honduras (CIPRODEH). “We have to show our willingness to do this.” Honduras also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States, which led the Central American nation to implement the following: Wilfredo Méndez agrees with Corrales Álvarez. “In the region, the problem goes beyond specific countries because the drug trade is a geopolitical problem, yet Honduras is at the center of it all,” he said. “We must also take into account the collateral problems, such as weapons trafficking and human trafficking.” Among other initiatives to increase the country’s security, Honduran officials also fired numerous corrupt National Police officers, and lawmakers amended Article 102 of the Constitution to allow Hondurans to be extradited if they are wanted on narco-trafficking, organized crime or terrorism charges. “[Through these actions, the government] is seeking to design and adopt practical measures to address the threats to public safety in Honduras,” said Corrales Álvarez. “During a six-month period, our agenda focused on diagnosing the problems and defining the solutions, and we have done that.” Corrales Álvarez also said Honduras’ inclusion among 14 participating nations in Operation Martillo has “strengthened the country’s border defenses against drug trafficking, and the monitoring allows us to strike significant blows against the drug trade.” Operation Martillo consists of offshore monitoring, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, to intercept narcotics entering Honduras to prevent their transit to other nations. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. “This major operation has succeeded in reducing the quantities of the drugs coming in, as well as the number of landings by planes operated by the drug trade in recent years,” said Corrales Álvarez. Five narcotics-carrying airplanes were seized in Honduras this year after three were confiscated in 2011, according to the Administrative Office of Seized Goods (OABI). Honduras also took part in the Fourth Meeting of the Mexico/Honduras Bi-National Commission, which was held in Mexico City in September. The countries agreed to carry out prevention workshops in Honduras and Mexico and improve the training provided to Honduras’ National Police and Army. “Both governments pledged to strengthen the bilateral mechanisms to address narco-trafficking and drug addiction,” Corrales Álvarez said. “We are grateful to the friendly countries that have joined our fight against drug trafficking because we can win only if we work together.” Improve counter-narcotics forces to prevent drugs from entering via land, air or sea; Establish strategies to handle the drugs that have entered the country; Increase the efficiency of the judicial system; Support the institutional strengthening of all government agencies; Respect human rights; Fight corruption, which has weakened the state in its counter-narcotics fight and given narco-traffickers more power; Operate at the community level, increase citizen participation and empowerment and extend the counter-narcotics fight nationwide, not just in the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa. By Dialogo December 26, 2012 “Though narco-trafficking and organized crime pose an equal threat to all countries, the situation is worse in Honduras because it is a transit country for narcotics shipments,” Corrales Álvarez said. “Therefore, the country has ratified international cooperation agreements that will allow it to increase public safety and combat drug trafficking and crime.”
Disney dominated at the movie theater this weekend.The company’s remake of “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, raked in a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office, and an early global total of $531 million.That earns the movie the position of biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest launch for any movie. It also tops the final “Harry Potter” movie, which took in $169.2 million during its opening weekend, for a July title.Overseas, “The Lion King” earned a $269.4 million this weekend, largely the result of a strong showing in Russia, Australia, and the entire Latin America region.The overall foreign total of $346 includes $97.5 million from China, where it actually debuted early last weekend.Although the film opened to lukewarm reviews, ticket buyers awarded it an “A” on CinemaScore.The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover serving as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other characters from the 1994 original. In addition, James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.Favreau is also known for directing Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book.”