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Honduras Coup - Day 139 - November 13, 2009

  • Reuters S. Am. Bureau Chief Thumbs her Nose at Democracy
    By : November 13, 2009
    As Reuters bureau chief for six (count 'em, six) countries in South America, Fiona Ortiz wields a tad of influence on the way the world understands the continent. In a blog entry posted this morning called The little coup that could, in Honduras, Ortiz stands firm and raises her middle finger in a salute to Honduran movements for peace and democracy.

  • Interview with Honduran Activist
    By : November 13, 2009
    With a little more than two weeks before the contentious elections in Honduras, the Latin American continent (with the exception of the Colombian government, which over the last few days seems to be aligning itself with the ambiguous position of the United States) seems headed to ignoring the electoral farce.

  • Honduran Supreme Court mulls compromise to reinstate Zelaya
    By : November 13, 2009
    The Honduran Supreme Court is considering ways to extricate the country from the crisis over the Nov. 29 presidential election, which is most likely to be declared invalid unless ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya is reinstated before the vote.

  • Obama White House legitimizes the Honduran coup
    By Sam Holguin - : November 13, 2009
    With Clinton's statement, the White House again legitimized the military coup regime in Honduras, thanking them for their "peaceful" participation in the matter, and applauding their cooperation.

  • The scapegoat syndrome
    By Juan Almendares - : November 13, 2009
    To penetrate Honduras in the political abyss, it's essential to analyze the Guaymuras Dialogue, Tegucigalpa/San Jose Accord for national reconciliation and strengthening of democracy, signed on the 30th of October, 2009 by representatives of the de facto Government and of the legitimate President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales. The analysis requires establishing a connection between the text, the context, the history, and strategies of local and international political hegemony in the ethical and liberational conception of life.

  • "The attitude of certain media during the coup has discredited the entire profession"
    By Kathia Martinez, AP - : November 13, 2009
    Founded in 1970 and with a current print run of 70,000, Diario Tiempo is owned by businessman and politician Jaime Rosenthal Oliva, a member of the Liberal Party and supporter of Manuel Zelaya, the elected president who was ousted by a coup d'état on 28 June. Diario Tiempo was the only one of the four national dailies to consistently criticise Zelaya's removal. At the same time, its extensive coverage of the coup and its aftermath included the statements being made by both sides. In the interview, Domínguez talks about the polarisation of the media that resulted from the coup and how this has hurt the entire profession's image as well as threatening the safety of journalists.

  • Ousted Honduran president: US weakened, yielded
    By Kathia Martinez, AP - : November 13, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the U.S. government Thursday of weakening and changing course in the conflict over the June 28 coup that saw soldiers hustle him out of the country. / Washington has said it supports Zelaya's reinstatement, but a U.S.-brokered pact signed by Zelaya and the government in place since the coup sets no deadline for his return to office and hopes of reinstating the deposed leader before Nov. 29 presidential elections appeared to be dimming.

  • US does 'about-turn' over Honduras
    By : November 13, 2009
    As presidential elections draw closer in Honduras, the deposed president has blamed the US for changing its course towards the country's political crisis. Manuel Zelaya said on Thursday that US officials "have suddenly declared they are going to wait for the elections because they changed their position midstream."

  • U.S. seeks settlement of political crisis in Honduras
    By : November 13, 2009
    A senior U.S. diplomat has returned home after days of visit to Honduras in a bid to help put an end to nearly five-month-old political crisis in the Latin American country, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said here Thursday.

  • Honduran Elections: Unviable, Illegal
    By : November 13, 2009
    San Pedro Sula's Mayor Rodolfo Padilla joined the list of Honduran candidates refusing to participate in the elections, due to illegitimacy of that process under the coup regime. / Padilla, who was seeking reelection in the country's second important city, asserted that if institutionality is not restored, it would be impossible to hold transparent elections, as demanded by people and the international community.

  • Confirmation Hold on Valenzuela Ensured "Clean Hands" in His New Job
    By : November 13, 2009
    The hold on Valenzuela's confirmation prevented him from being in Honduras when Tom Shannon put the screws to President Zelaya last week and from being anywhere near the US' decision to recognize the November 29th election without reinstatement of Zelaya. Valenzuela's lack of involvement in the questionable US role in Honduras allows him to come to his new job with clean hands. More importantly, should there be any congressional inquiry in the future about the US' shenanigans in Honduras, Valenzuela will have "plausible deniability."

  • Honduras Alert: Pastors for Peace – "Tell Obama Not to Support Regime and Not to Recognize Election"
    By Pastors for Peace - : November 13, 2009
    The illegitimate coup government led by Michelleti still plans to go ahead with the November 29th elections. But the Honduran people who have been in resistance for 135 days are very clear that elections under the coup and without Zelaya(e)s reinstament would be an act of fraud against the people of Honduras.

  • Honduras Human Rights Violations and Elections
    By COHA - : November 13, 2009
    This document details the ongoing human rights violations in Honduras and urges President Obama and his administration to take a strong stance against the de facto regime that seized power this past June. While the U.S. government has said that it will support the outcome of the November 29 elections, if conducted under the de facto government these elections cannot be considered free or fair. We are concerned that an apathetic response from the Obama administration will establish a dangerous precedent of support for the military usurpation of a democratic government and lend legitimacy to an abusive and unjust regime. 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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