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Honduras Coup - Day 136 - November 10, 2009

  • Boycott launched of military-led Honduran election
    By : November 10, 2009
    Honduran democracy activists have announced that they will boycott the November 29 presidential election because "the army has its nose in everything." Independent socialist candidate Carlos Reyes, who leads the Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers, has withdrawn.

  • Honduran Anti-Coup Fight Speeds up Election Failure
    By : November 10, 2009
    Honduran putschists' refusal to re-establish constitutionality in the country strengthens people's resistance and speeds up the failure of general elections slated for late November, the local media said.

  • Honduras coup regime reneges on agreement - with US support
    By : November 10, 2009
    Toni Solo reflects on the shocking retraction of the US' professed commitment to recognise the November 29 elections in Honduras if President Zelaya is reinstated. De facto president Micheletti signed an agreement brokered by the US to reinstate President Zelaya on October 30, but refused to convene the Honduras Congress to ratify the agreement. President Zelaya is still a virtual prisoner trapped inside the Brazilian Embassy, even though it was assumed that he could resume the Presidential seat after the November 5 deadline.

  • US diplomat in Honduras trying to revive accord for settling coup strife as elections loom
    By Olga R. Rodriguez, AP - : November 10, 2009
    A senior U.S. diplomat flew in Tuesday to try to revive a U.S.-brokered pact between Honduras' deposed president and the coup-imposed government ahead of elections this month.

  • Honduras: US and Latin America split over elections
    By : November 10, 2009
    The agreement's collapse also increases the distance between the government of US president Barack Obama—which is now in effect siding with the de facto regime—and most governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Nov. 6 the 12-member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) demanded Zelaya's "immediate restitution," as did foreign ministers at a meeting of the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CALC) in Jamaica the same day.

  • Protesters: State Department Not Interested
    By : November 10, 2009
    Assistant Secretary Phillip Crowley made it abundantly clear in today's daily press briefing that no one in the State Department wants to hear from, or cares about, the protesters out front today protesting US policy on Honduras. Only the press took them seriously. Here's part of a transcript of the exchange between reporters and Crowley from today's daily press briefing found here...

  • Honduran Resistance Slams US Role in Crisis
    By : November 10, 2009
    The Front denounced the US contribution to the delays to the crisis and its willingness to recognize the legitimacy of the upcoming election, scheduled for November 29, reported Prensa Latina news agency. / The document stressed that the Tegucigalpa-San Jose agreement signed with the approval of Washington is part of the US strategy to delay the restoration of institutional order.

  • OAS-Honduras: US Amb. Amselem Delivers Collective Slap to Fellow Diplomats
    By : November 10, 2009
    The OAS met this morning to discuss the latest developments in Honudras and, with the exception of the US and Canada, all the other countries who spoke affirmed the position that if President Zelaya is not reinstated, they will not recognize the outcome of the elections.

  • Questions from a Reader About Honduras
    By Al Giordano - : November 10, 2009
    As for the November 29 "elections," Independent presidential candidate Carlos H. Reyes has officially withdrawn his name from the ballot, saying that he won't participate in a fraudulent process. The National Front Against the Coup d'Etat (the coordinating body for much of the resistance) has called for a boycott of said "elections." / The Organization of American States will likely meet in general assembly over the next week and the topic of recognizing or not recognizing the "elections" will likely be debated. A majority of OAS nations are not going to go along with any suggestion of recognizing them or sending electoral observers and that would leave the current position – non-recognition – in vigor.

  • Honduran Resistance Rejects "Afghanistan-Style" Elections
    By : November 10, 2009
    "I don't want Afghanistan-style elections for my country," Zelaya told the opposition Radio Globo station on Nov. 6, referring to the reelection of US-backed Afghani president Hamid Karzai in August balloting marred by reports of widespread fraud. The grassroots movement against the coup is calling for a boycott of the elections. Some resistance activists want to go further. "It's not just about not going to vote," indigenous leader Salvador Zúñiga said on Nov. 6. "The same way they took away our ballot box on June 28, we have to take theirs away from them."

  • Update on Honduras: 13
    By : November 10, 2009
    One and a half weeks ago, on October 30th, it appeared that the political crisis in Honduras, instigated on June 28th after then-President Manuel Zelaya was removed from the country in his pajamas, was nearing an end. A high-level delegation of United States officials had left Honduras with an agreement signed between ousted President Zelaya and de facto President Roberto Micheletti, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that an historic breakthrough had occurred in Honduras.

  • Waiting for Godot in Honduras
    By : November 10, 2009
    The leader of the Honduran Congress says that body needs to hear from the Supreme Court. But even so, it might not bother to make a decision before the Nov. 29 elections. The Supreme Court is taking its own time, though it might convene tomorrow. Or might not. The sticking point is that as long as the Honduran Congress does not vote, then the agreement is not being honored. If the agreement is not being honored, then the elections are problematic, to say the least.

  • Voices of Honduran Resistance Call for Deepening of Democracy
    By : November 10, 2009
    The history of Bertha Oliva de Nativi is the history of Honduras. If the storyline of the past one hundred years of this continent has been 'so few with so much, and so many with so little', then Bertha has been the fearless protagonist racing to rewrite the chapters that will hence come.

  • US Pushes OAS to Recognize Elections
    By : November 10, 2009
    The Bush holdover and, in my opinion, idiot, Lew Anselem, today urged the OAS to recognize the results of the November 29 elections. "The Hondurans have a right to choose their leaders with the guarantees of the Election Tribunal for "just, free, and transparent" elections and with observers from the OAS," Anselem is quoted as saying in a mexican press report.

  • "Craig Kelly Will Resolve All"
    By : November 10, 2009
    The US State Department has sent Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Affairs, Craig Kelly, "who will settle the problems that have presented themselves in the conversations which seek to bring peace to the country," informs René Zepeda, press spokesperson for the de facto government. He will be in the country two days (today and Wednesday) to talk with Zelaya and Micheletti. Nothing about the visit on the State Department website so far.

  • Public Prosecutor Threatens Congress
    By : November 10, 2009
    Luis Rubi, public prosecutor for the de facto government of Honduras, warned Congress today that they might face legal responsibilities if they vote to restore Manuel Zelaya to his Presidency. "Our legal opinion will go beyond pronouncing, if its necessary, to see if taking determined actions puts the Congress people in legal jeopardy," Rubi said.

  • OAS: No Election Observers
    By : November 10, 2009
    While the Honduran press is full of Micheletti's calls for Zelaya to return to the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord that Micheletti willfully burlesqued, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, sees little or no hope that there will be a return to dialog, and has said the OAS will not send election observers unless there is a radical change in the situation.

  • Honduras needs a Constitutional Assembly: Edmundo Orellana
    By : November 10, 2009
    On September 26, the normally pro-coup newspaper La Tribuna of Honduras published a profile of Edmundo Orellana, who readers of this blog know had resigned his post as Secretary of Defense in the Zelaya cabinet shortly before the coup, then, from his restored position as a member of Congress, immediately denounced the coup and has since been the author of extremely important legal commentary on the claims of the de facto regime.

  • OAS to Examine Honduras Coup Crisis
    By : November 10, 2009
    The Organization of American States (OAS) is assessing Tuesday the crisis in Honduras, following the failure of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord designed precisely to put an end to the political turmoil caused by the coup d'etat. 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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