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Honduras Coup - Day 144 - November 18, 2009

  • Supreme Court Splits 5 Ways!
    By : November 18, 2009
    The full body of 15 Supreme Court justices voted last Wednesday to appoint a committee of 5 justices to render an opinion on the restitution of Zelaya. That report was due today. However, instead of the single expected report, it received five separate reports, one from each of the justices on the commission. This provoked delays in the discussion of the whole court as they dealt with the contradictions between the separate opinions. The court is now studying how to combine them into a single report to Congress. They have not set themselves a deadline, but no doubt the State Department isn't worried about that, since they consider a restitution that happens any time before Zelaya's term expires as "timely," so, no rush on that report, your honors.

  • U.S. Affirms Support to Elections in Honduras
    By : November 18, 2009
    The U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, Craig Kelly, said on Wednesday that his government will support the elections of Nov. 29 in Honduras. / Kelly read reporters a statement saying that "nobody has the right to remove the right of voting to the Honduran people and their right to choose their leaders." / "It is an important part of the democracy, and I have noticed the enthusiasm in the country for the elections of Nov. 29," Kelly said when finishing his two-day visit to Honduras.

  • Brazilian, Argentine presidents not to recognize elections in Honduras
    By : November 18, 2009
    Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner said on Wednesday that they would not recognize the results of the elections to be organized by the post-coup de facto government in Honduras. The two had a working meeting in Brasilia and issued a joint statement afterward.

  • US backs Honduras polls despite Zelaya rejection
    By Noe Leiva, AFP - : November 18, 2009
    A top US envoy said Wednesday that Honduran elections were key to resolving the crisis set off by the June 28 coup, despite the rejection of the polls by ousted leader Manuel Zelaya. "The elections are an important part of the solution in order to advance," said US deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere Craig Kelly, in comments to journalists 11 days before the presidential polls.

  • Elections in Honduras will be held in 11 days...
    By : November 18, 2009
    Since the apparent crumbling of the Accord, very little has advanced, despite the United States' attempts to keep the process moving by sending deputy assistant secretary of state Craig Kelly to Honduras twice to meet with both Zelaya and Micheletti. Zelaya has dug in his heels, calling for a boycott of the November 29th elections by his supporters and sending President Obama a letter stating that he will not accept any deal to restore him to office that legitimizes the coup.

  • Zelaya accuses U.S. of inaction on Honduras coup
    By : November 18, 2009
    Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya has accused the United States of doing nothing to resolve the political crisis and restore democracy in his country. / "If the U.S. was really interested in a political solution to the crisis in Honduras, it would be enough for them to wag a disapproving finger for five minutes, and then the de facto government would have reinstated me in two hours," he said on Wednesday in an interview with MVS Radio de Mexico. / He added that the U.S., which accounts for 75% of his country's foreign trade, had enough ways to put economic pressure on Roberto Micheletti's interim government.

  • Press Incredulous Over Ian Kelly Pronouncement On Restoral
    By : November 18, 2009
    Ian Kelly stepped in it today in revealing to the press just how shallow the State Department's respect of democracy is. In today's daily press briefing, Ian Kelly was asked to talk about Congress considering Zelaya's restitution after the November elections.

  • Brazil and Argentina will not recognize elections
    By : November 18, 2009
    A report carried by Xinhua news, datelined today in Brasilia, quotes a joint statement by Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine president Cristina Kirchner. They called for the immediate restoral of President Zelaya, with Lula quoted as saying that "the common position of all Latin American and Caribbean countries" agrees with the position he articulated for himself and President Kirchner: We demand the immediate restitution of president Manuel Zelaya. On the contrary, the elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and a very dangerous precedent will be set.

  • Craig Kelly Repeats US Support For Election
    By : November 18, 2009
    Craig Kelly read a prepared statement in Honduras this morning after meeting yesterday with Micheletti and Zelaya yesterday, which is quoted extensively in an news story. No English language coverage so far. In it he again repeated the US support for the elections in Honduras as part of the solution to the political problems. "An important part of the solution for peace in the future is the Honduran elections."

  • State Dept. Briefing, Nov. 18: The World According to Ian Kelly
    By : November 18, 2009
    QUESTION: Ian, on Honduras, the parliament seems to have put off until after the election a decision on whether Zelaya will be restored. What does that do for the possible credibility of these elections?

  • Rumors Of Coups And War: U.S., NATO Target Latin America
    By Rick Rozoff - : November 18, 2009
    There is no way of overestimating the challenge that the emergence of ALBA and the overall reawakening of Latin America pose to the role that the U.S. arrogates to itself as lord of the entire Western Hemisphere. The almost two-century-old Monroe Doctrine exemplifies Washington's claim to exclusive influence over all of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin and its self-claimed right to subordinate them to its own interests. Never before the election victories of anti-neoliberal forces throughout Latin America over the past eleven years has the prospect of a truly democratic, multipolar New World existed as it does now.

  • The Role of the United States in the Honduran Crisis
    By : November 18, 2009
    Someone has to say it to the American people. The people of Honduras feel betrayed by the United States government and resent the bad joke played by American diplomats at its expense. We were led to believe first that the US government sympathized with our plight, only to discover gradually that it is willing to back and whitewash the dictatorship imposed on us. It is not a personal impression; the jokers have names and faces, which we will take note of and remember. Nor is it a matter only of declarations. The facts that speak for themselves, and are of, as yet, unknown but almost certainly terrible consequences. Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of The Center for Economic and Policy Research, based in Washington observes:

  • Letter from 300+ Honduran candidates for public office to Obama
    By : November 18, 2009
    The following letter was delivered to Obama by U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) upon her return from Honduras. The over 300 signatories of the letter, all candidates for public office in Honduras, have for now requested that their names not be published here due to the violent repercussions faced by candidates who have withdrawn their candidacy in protest, and of candidates and other citizens advocating a boycott of the illegitimate elections.

  • Urgent: Assault on Garifuna Communal Lands
    By : November 18, 2009
    From the Garifuna community of Triunfo de la Cruz we have received word that relatives of a member of the National Congress [Diputado Antonio Fuentes] plans to seize communal lands. / Once again it is shown that the continual threats against and repression of Garifuna peoples stems from the voracious appetite for land and for the malignant racist spirit that drives coup-supporting legislators who claim to defend fossilized principles of the Constitution of the Republic.

  • Honduras Elections without Restoring Democracy
    By : November 18, 2009
    The November 29 elections in Honduras will be carried out without restoring democracy and under the military coup's conditions, the de facto regime's last decisions state. 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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