The US claims that it provides training for special forces in Honduras solely to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, but in reality, these US-trained forces are frequently used to inflict state-sponsored violence against community activists. The recent crackdown in Pajuiles against those resisting a contested hydroelectric dam project is just one more example of the clear involvement of US-supported forces in the repression of Honduran civilians.
When President Trump characterized community colleges as "vocational schools," he was merely articulating what has long been true. The original mission of community colleges as places to educate the citizenry of a democracy -- as envisioned by the Truman Commission -- has been superseded by the neoliberal goal of training bodies to join the workforce.
Now more than ever, it is necessary to understand Iran in the context of its own history and its tumultuous relationship with the United States. What do the past and present portend? In this introduction of Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Medea Benjamin begins to discuss these histories and her own experiences inside the nation.