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Honduras Coup - Day 137 - November 11, 2009

  • Should Gates and Clinton be forced out over Honduras coup?
    By RussiaToday - : November 11, 2009
    The U.S. is sending diplomats to Honduras in an attempt to save a power-sharing pact between deposed president Manuel Zelaya and the government of Roberto Micheletti ahead of Nov. 29 elections. This is just the latest in a series of mixed signals the U.S. has sent the Latin American nation since Zelaya was forced out in a June coup.

  • Obama's Magical Surrealism in Honduras
    By Bob Ostertag - : November 11, 2009
    "I've heard many in this room say that they will not recognize the elections in Honduras. I'm not trying to be a wiseguy, but what does that mean? What does that mean in the real world, not in the world of magical realism?"
    W-w-w-w-hat?!?! An American diplomat actually said that?!? In a meeting of the Organization of American States? Who is president now? Didn't Ronald Reagan die?

  • Diplomatic Defeat: How the Obama Administration Botched Negotiations
    By Robert E. White - : November 11, 2009
    Last week it seemed all but certain that a resolution to the Honduran coup was at hand. After four months of political crisis, it looked like a U.S.-brokered deal had set the stage for a unity government that could see the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya—not necessarily as president. According to the terms of the agreement, the Honduran Congress would decide his role. Then Zelaya suddenly announced the deal was "dead" because Congress had not moved to vote on the question of his reinstatement.

  • Media Outlets Threatened Again
    By : November 11, 2009
    Police Commissioner Danilo Orellana says that some anti-de facto government media outlets are instigating crimes by asking people to boycott the November 29 elections, and he is asking the Public Prosecutor's office to act against them. / "This is to instigate by action of committing a crime, its in the penal code. The Public Prosecutor needs to take more firm action." / Orellana also noted that the police were investigating the text messages that urged a boycott.

  • Military Plans Massacre: Codeh
    By : November 11, 2009
    Right at this moment Mr. Andres Pavon, head of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras, CODEH ('Comité para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Honduras, CODEH) is denouncing before national and international opinion the existence of a criminal military plan to dress up professional soldiers as members of a false 'armed wing' of the Resistance, whom next November 29 will carry on a military mass assassination against members of the Democratic Civic Union ('Unión Cívica Democrática, or UCD, an extreme right-wing group that supports the Coup d'Etat and the dictatorial regime, having been named 'Electoral Custodians' for the upcoming elections), with the very specific goal of provoking violent repulsion on a national level and loss of support on an international level for the Resistance.

  • Honduran Voices Call for Deep Democracy
    By Matt Schwartz - : November 11, 2009
    This mini-documentary highlights some of the voices from the popular social movement against the Honduran Coup d'etat and the upcoming unconstitutional elections.

  • "You don't punish the next guy"...
    By : November 11, 2009
    The "next guy" referred to here is the projected winner of the November 29 presidential election, who, if current polling holds, will almost certainly be Porfirio Lobo Sosa, of the National party. If he were without culpability in the current crisis, it might make sense to portray him as an innocent victim who should not be held responsible for what the architects of the coup wrought, or the intransigence of Roberto Micheletti that has blocked all attempted solutions. / But Pepe Lobo is more than the prospective presidential winner: he is a participant in the vote on June 28 through which the Honduran Congress unconstitutionally removed President Zelaya from office, and without legal basis, elevated Roberto Micheletti, then head of Congress, to the role of head of a de facto authoritarian regime born out of a military intervention.

  • Tamayo and Tomé Denounced as Criminals
    By : November 11, 2009
    The commission of electoral crimes denounced Padre Andrés Tamayo and Zelaya advisor Rasel Tomé as criminals for having committed the crime of calling on the Honduran electorate to boycott the November 29 elections. The denunciation to the Public Prosecutor's office cited them as saying "if there is no restitution of President Manuel Zelaya there will be no election." The denunciation pretends (deliberate word choice, because the charge appears fanciful under Honduran law) that their declarations have violated the clause of Article 209 of the Electoral Law that describes the penalties for "not permitting or obstructing the electoral organisms to occupy the public places necessary for their functioning". Of course, this is a denunciation, not an actual charge. Its up to the public prosecutor's office to decide if any actual crime has been committed.

  • Supreme Court Needs A Week
    By : November 11, 2009
    The Supreme Court met today in full, with all 15 members present to decide what to do about Congress's request for a report on the restitution of Manuel Zelaya as President. Surprisingly the first thing they did was meet with Evelio Reyes, minister of the Abundant Life evangelical church, and a coup supporter, who reportedly told them "nobody should lend themselves in this society, to arrangements above the law...justice serves the truth." El Heraldo's Minute by Minute column reports that they have formed a committee to formulate a reply to Congress's request. The committee is made up of justices Jorge Rivera Avilez (Chief Justice), Jacobo Cálix (Sala Penal), Carlos Cálix Vallecillo (Sala Penal), Oscar Fernando Chinchilla (Sala Constitucional) y Rosa de Lourdes Paz (Sala Laboral). The committee will deliver a report next Wednesday.

  • Security Climate in Honduras
    By : November 11, 2009
    Soldiers and police search everyone entering airports, malls, and even some newspapers and radio stations today in Honduras under new security measures put in place one day after the murder of the brother of a former president of Honduras. The goal, the de facto government says, is to avoid violent acts such as the placement of explosives. The same security has been in place for years at banks, where security is the responsibility of private security guards.

  • Could There Have Been a Different Outcome?
    By : November 11, 2009
    While the US may still have hopes of reviving the corpse, the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord seems to be quite dead. The Frente de Resistencia has declared a boycott of the national elections scheduled for November 29, even if somehow President Zelaya were restored in the next 18 days, and in truth, it is hard to see how anyone can claim elections under the current conditions will be free, fair, and transparent-- the conditions the US originally set for recognition, although with recent statements it is clear that the only US "condition" for recognition is that a semblance of elections be carried out.

  • U.S. State Department Sells Out Honduran Democracy for Senate Confirmations
    By Laura Carlsen - : November 11, 2009
    In one of the lowest points in U.S. diplomatic history, the State Department announced a turnabout in its Honduran policy and stated it will recognize the results of Nov. 29 elections even if held under the military coup. The new strategy to promote elections without first assuring a return to constitutional order torpedoes the accord that the State Department itself brokered and was signed by President Manuel Zelaya and coup leader Roberto Micheletti on Oct. 29.

  • Zelaya slams new US bid to influence Honduran crisis
    By : November 11, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has slammed a fresh US bid to revive talks, supposedly aimed at resolving the political crisis in the Latin American country. Zelaya described the new American proposal as a 'false dialogue', saying that 'he would not return to the negotiating table.'

  • Honduran Regime Reneges on Political Deal
    By Stephen J. Lawrence - : November 11, 2009
    Despite a political agreement anounced two weeks ago to restore ousted Honduran president Manual Zelaya to power, the military-backed regime of Robert Micheletti apparently has no intention of letting the deposed leader return to office, infomed sources say. In fact, the regime is apparently using Zelaya's promised return as little more than a PR ploy to neutralize domestic and international opposition and to build diplomatic support for the country's upcoming presidential election.

  • OAS Insulza admits frustration with the stalled Honduras situation
    By : November 11, 2009
    Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said he was not sure the two sides involved in the Honduras crisis would resume dialogue and discarded any idea of sending OAS observers for the scheduled presidential election at the end of November. 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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