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Honduras Coup - Day 15 - July 12, 2009

  • American foreign policy duplicity and deception reaches new lows in Honduras
    By Ajit Randeniya - : July 12, 2009
    In his three years of power, Zelaya typified this trend by taking on powerful vested interests in Honduras, the group of 10 families that controlled the entire Honduran economy. The Zelaya government maintained a 7% rate of economic growth, reduced poverty by 10%, sharply increased minimum wage, provided free school lunches, and lowered the cost of public transport, contradicting the capitalist prescription for developing countries. He had also become one of the fiercest critics of Washington in the region; the US would have liked a change! / The US found its opportunity in Zelaya's plan to, to hold an informal, nonbinding plebiscite on reforming the constitution, written in 1982 at the height of the brutal repression of leftists, to preserve the country for the most powerful families and interests.

  • Fresh protests in Honduras
    By AFP - : July 12, 2009
    THOUSANDS of supporters and opponents of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya staged separate rallies on Sunday ahead of a new round of talks aimed at resolving the political crisis shaking the Central American nation.

  • Second Honduran Activists Murdered
    By : July 12, 2009
    On the evening of July 11 a group of men entered the home of Honduran activist Roger Bados in the 6 de Mayo neighborhood of the northern city of San Pedro Sula and shot him dead. Bados was the former president of the union at a local cement factory and a member of the leftist Democratic Unification Party (UD) and of the Popular Bloc, a coalition of grassroots organizations active in the struggle against the military coup that overthrew President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales on June 28.

  • LA Times op-ed: "non-coup" in Honduras
    By Bill Weinberg - : July 12, 2009
    The political right throughout the hemisphere is assembling a barrage of legalistic sophistries in defense of the Honduran coup. If they prevail and the coup is allowed to become a fait accompli, it will be a grave step backwards for democracy in the Americas and worldwide—and all the more insidious because this time around (in contrast to the Cold War coups d'etat) it is being done under a veneer, however transparent, of propriety.

  • Does the Pope want authentic democratic life in Honduras?
    By Ayinde - : July 12, 2009
    The Pope has joined the U.S. in encouraging coup leaders in Honduras to continue to seek change through the route of insurrection rather than through use of the ballot box. By calling for "peaceful dialogue to ensure 'authentic democratic life' in Honduras" (July 12, 2009), the Pope is giving support to the leaders of the coup who have claimed that their actions were about protecting democracy.

  • NAM Condemns Coup d''Etat in Honduras
    By Prensa Latina - : July 12, 2009
    The condemnation of the coup d''etat in Honduras and the return of President Manuel Zelaya were among the issues debated at the meeting of experts prior to the 15th Summit of Heads of State and of Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

  • It's Still a Military Coup in Honduras
    By Al Giordano - : July 12, 2009
    We've watched, listened, and reported as diplomats have deluded themselves (and insist to others) that "diplomacy" alone can solve all problems, as coup defenders remain stuck in the Oligarch Diaspora's "Chávez Derangement Syndrome" and cling to a fantastically false spin about the oxymoronic concept of a "legal coup," and as some of their counterparts on the academic left got stuck fighting past wars with their own brand of "Obama Derangement Syndrome," and one probably could have, sadly, predicted each of their formulaic reactions in advance.

  • Honduras lifts overnight curfew
    By BBC - : July 12, 2009
    The interim [coup] government in Honduras has lifted the overnight curfew that has been in place since the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya two weeks ago.

  • Telesur and Venezuelan TV Journalists Arrested in Honduras
    By Tamara Pearson - : July 12, 2009
    The arrested journalists were released at about 3:30am, after the police checked their documents and told them to leave the country, Venezuelan pro-government media reported.

  • Journalists from Telesur & Venezuela Detained by Coup Govt...
    By Eva Golinger - : July 12, 2009
    On Saturday night, reporters and correspondents from Telesur and Venezolana de Television (VTV) were arrested by the de facto regime in Honduras. During the arrest, the journalists were subjected to a review of their documents, under threat of expulsion from Honduras by police loyal to the dictatorial government. They were freed after the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, intervened.

  • NAM countries condemn Honduras coup
    By Xinhua - : July 12, 2009
    The countries of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) condemned coup d'etat in Honduras, saying they support the immediate restoration of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, said a statement issued by NAM summit secretariat on Sunday.

  • No end to Honduran crisis
    By AP - : July 12, 2009

  • U.S. Press Falsely Claims Honduran Plurality for Coup
    By Robert Naiman - : July 12, 2009
    Did a CID-Gallup poll last week indicate that a plurality of Hondurans support the military coup against democratically elected President Zelaya? Yes, according to the Washington Post [July 9], the Wall Street Journal [July 10], the Christian Science Monitor [July 11], and Reuters [July 9], which all reported that the poll showed 41% in favor of the coup, with only 28% opposed. But in fact the poll showed that 46% - a plurality - were opposed to the coup, according to the New York Times[July 10], the Associated Press [July 11] - and the president of CID-Gallup, in an interview with Voice of America on July 9.

  • Popular power in Latin America - Inventing in order to not make errors
    By Marta Harnecker - : July 12, 2009
    Latin America was the first region where neoliberal policies were imposed. Chile, my country, served as a testing ground before the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher applied them in the United Kingdom. But it was also the first region in the world where a process of rejection of these policies emerged; a rejection of policies which had only served to increase poverty, deepen social inequalities, destroy the environment and weaken the working class and popular movements in general. 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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