Honduras: A soft coup in the times of soft power?
By Elíades Acosta Matos - progreso-weekly.com : July 08, 2009
Were it not for the power of the images from Telesur showing the beatings and military abuse that for the past several days have been a daily reality on the streets of Honduras; were it not for the unimpeachable testimony of the blood of young people that stained the streets around Tegucigalpa Airport when the people prepared to welcome their democratically elect president; were it not for the intransigence of the international organizations, from ALBA and the OAS to the United Nations General Assembly, which have refused to recognize the coup-plotters; were it not for the alternative media, especially the blog networks that have broken the circle of silence established complicitly by the big news agencies, any naive person might believe that what's happening in this Central American country is the nation's return to the democratic path, by velvet-gloved means and with the unanimous applause of the institutions and the citizenry.
Honduras: What is the United States waiting for?
By Sheyla Valladares Quevedo - periodico26.cu : July 08, 2009 ...as the old proverb goes: "All that glitters is not gold"; the United States still allows itself to consider whether what recently happened in the land of Morazan was a coup d’état or a different version of it, without raising the suspicions of all the countries of this or any other part of the world. As if the evidence of the multiple and irrefutable displays of repression, usurpation of power, terrorism, and flagrant violation of all rights inherent to human beings and therefore to all democratic societies has not been enough.
Video Report: Honduran Coup Resistance Growing
By Sandra Cuffe - The Real News - xinhuanet.com : July 08, 2009 An interview with Sandra Cuffe, independent journalist reporting from the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras on the day the military opened fire on protesters. Tension peaked as unprecedented thousands marched to the airport to welcome the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, a return that was thwarted by the military.
Venezuela suspends oil supply to Honduras
By Xinhua - xinhuanet.com : July 08, 2009 Venezuela on Wednesday suspended its oil supply to Honduras, canceling the daily shipment of 20,000 barrels to the country, which is experiencing a major political crisis following a military coup that toppled the government of President Manuel Zelaya.
"Negotiation" Meeting to Take Place Thursday in Costa Rica Between President Zelaya & Coup Leaders
By Eva Golinger - chavezcode.com : July 08, 2009
Just a couple of quick updates today. Thousands of people are still in the streets of Tegucigalpa, protesting the coup government and calling for the unconditional return of President Zelaya. A variety of different non violent actions are being taken by protesters, including shutting down major roadways, striking and maintaining a popular resistance front to keep people unified against the coup government. There are reports of over 600 detentions by the armed forces of Zelaya supporters.
Honduras: "El negrito del batey"
By cadejo4 - dailykos.com : July 08, 2009
The situation involving racist comments by Enrique Ortez Colindres, "foreign minister" for the de facto regime sworn in following the June 28 military coup in Honduras, boiled over yesterday when the U.S. ambassador to Honduras expressed his outrage over Ortez' comments. Ortez has called President Barack a "little black man" at least three times in public interviews since the coup. Following the U.S. denunciation yesterday, he apologized on Honduran television and said he had written a letter of apology to President Obama.
The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent?
By Michael Parenti - CommonDreams.org : July 08, 2009
First, almost all the senior Honduran military officers active in the coup are graduates of the Pentagon's School of the Americas (known to many of us as "School of the Assassins"). The Honduran military is trained, advised, equipped, indoctrinated, and financed by the United States national security state. The generals would never have dared to move without tacit consent from the White House or the Pentagon and CIA. Second, if Obama was not directly involved, then he should be faulted for having no firm command over those US operatives who were.
A Class Struggle Unfolds: High Stakes in Honduras
By Benjamin Dangl - counterpunch.org : July 08, 2009
When rallying in the streets of Tegucigalpa for the ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Alejandra Fernandez, a 23-year-old university student told a journalist why she supported Zelaya: "He raised the minimum wage, gave out free school lunches, provided milk for the babies and pensions for the elderly, distributed energy-saving light bulbs, decreased the price of public transportation, made more scholarships available for students." Others gathered around to mention the roads and schools in rural areas the president had created.
Skewed coverage has followed Honduran coup
By Carlos Lauría - cpj.org : July 08, 2009
The ongoing political crisis following the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 has damaged the press freedom climate in Honduras. Complying with orders by caretaker leader Roberto Micheletti, Honduran security forces shut down local broadcasters, blocked transmissions of international news networks, and briefly detained journalists in the aftermath of the coup, CPJ research shows. But part of the damage was self-inflicted: Some media outlets have slanted coverage to favor the coup leaders.
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