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Honduras Coup - Day 108 - October 13, 2009

  • Hondurans agree on constitution; no deal on Zelaya
    By Juan Carlos Llorca, AP - : October 13, 2009
    Honduras' opposing factions agreed Tuesday on nearly every point of a pact to end the political crisis except the central issue: ousted President Manuel Zelaya's return to the presidency. Negotiators said Zelaya's camp has promised that if he returns to power, he will drop his efforts to change the Honduran constitution, an initiative that led to his June 28 ouster. Juan Barahona, a Zelaya supporter who has led street protests against the coup, walked out of the talks Tuesday in protest of the agreement on the constitution. He vowed to continue fighting for a new constitution on his own even if Zelaya is restored to office.

  • US AIDing A COUP? (pdf)
    By Jamie Way - : October 13, 2009
    Honduras Coup Highlights Foreign Aid Questions
    Given the history of U.S. interventions in Latin America, one does not need to be a conspiracy theorist to ask what role the United States may have played in the June 28, 2009, coup against elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. However, it may be a bit of an oversimplification to claim that the U.S. directly and fully supported the coup. Although segments of the U.S. government, military and corporate power structure were upset with Zelaya for a number of reasons [including raising the minimum wage, seeking to turn the U.S. Soto Cano (Palmerola) air base into a civilian airport to replace the dangerous airport in Tegucigalpa, and for joining the Venezuela-led Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)], there have been signs of disapproval from the U.S. too.

  • Unclear on the Concept
    By : October 13, 2009
    Gabriela Nuñez, the de facto government's Finance Minister, has again claimed an IMF grant of $15.1 million in Special Drawing Rights from the IMF as part of the de facto government's International Reserves, despite the fact that the de facto government is not recognized as that representing Honduras by the IMF, and therefore the SDR is not negotiable for them. The grant came as a further result of a promised G-20 $1 trillion in aid to world economies. Nuñez indicated that Honduras could expect a further $13.8 million in Special Drawing Rights later this year. The Banco Central de Honduras immediately applied this amount to its listed International Reserves in an act of fiction. More than $165 million of the amount listed is not negotiable by this government.

  • Zelaya's Representatives Request
    By : October 13, 2009
    Representatives at the roundtable discussions today have asked that if Manuel Zelaya is not reinstated, that the ballots in the November election be changed to include the option to vote for Mr. Zelaya as President of the Republic.

  • Zelaya Forecasts Dim Prospects for Honduras Negotiations
    By : October 13, 2009
    Manuel Zelaya, who Hondurans elected president in 2005, has now been out of office for more than 100 days. Marcelo Ballve of New America Media spoke with him Monday night in the Brazilian Embassy there, where the deposed leader has taken refuge.

  • Honduras rivals to discuss Zelaya return post-coup
    By : October 13, 2009
    The rivals in Honduras' political crisis opened new talks on Tuesday to discuss the proposed return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, a thorny issue that could derail the fragile negotiations altogether.

  • Honduras Coup Leaders Mock Dialogue
    By : October 13, 2009
    At this time it is difficult to understand the game that the de facto government is playing. On one hand they could be using the talks merely to stage a grand media extravaganza to legitimize the upcoming November 29 elections-again risking confrontation with the international community, but which now seems divided. / On the other hand these may be a way to find the excuse needed for Roberto Micheletti to remain in power longer, putting President Manuel Zelaya in a corner and bogging down the resistance through pressure and repression, which has increased considerably over these last few days and has made a mockery of the recent OAS recommendations.

  • Juan Barahona Withdraws from Roundtable
    By : October 13, 2009
    Sr. Juan Barahona, the leader of the resistance, has withdrawn his participation in the roundtable discussions, which reconvened this morning. Mr. Barahona was a representative from Manuel Zelaya Rosales side, and is adamant that he will continue to organize and lead protests despite the ongoing negotiations, until Manuel Zelaya is reinstated.

  • Micheletti Declares Revenge on US in World Cup Qualifying Match
    By Belén Fernández - : October 13, 2009
    New York Times' "90-Minute Break from Political Crisis" Mitigated by Power Failure in Tegucigalpa

  • The day Honduras shook the empire
    By : October 13, 2009
    Honduras rests on a knife-edge - hope against uncertainty, elation over despair. With so much at stake, the whole country grinds to a halt. Rarely has one football game brought such conflicting emotions to Hondurans.

  • Honduras Waits Expectantly to Restart Dialogue
    By : October 13, 2009
    Honduras waits expectantly Tuesday the results of the dialogue between representatives from President Manuel Zelaya and the de facto government, when the parties discuss the key issue of the statesman' restitution.

  • Ousted Honduran FM calls on int'l community to sanction coup
    By : October 13, 2009
    Ousted Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas here Monday urgently called upon the international community to sanction the post-coup government in Tegucigalpa.

  • Zelaya sceptical ahead of Honduran talks
    By AFP - : October 13, 2009
    Ousted Honduras president Manuel Zelaya said on Monday that he did not believe the military-supported government of Roberto Micheletti would let him return to power, a key part of negotiations to end the months-long political crisis. reserves the right to publish your email responses in whole or part. If you are responding to a particular article, include the title and link to the article. If you would like your name withheld from publication, state this in your submission and supply a nom de plume

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