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Honduras Coup - Day 152 - November 26, 2009

  • Zelaya: US 'supports the coup-perpetrating regime'
    By : November 26, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya slammed the United States for supporting Sunday's presidential election in the Central American country. "The United States is not just supporting the elections but it is supporting the de facto regime, it is supporting the dictatorship, it is supporting the coup-perpetrating regime," Zelaya said in a telephone interview published Thursday by the Brazilian website UOL.

  • Day 159 of Resistance: Despite state terror, resistance continues
    By : November 26, 2009
    The campaign of terror carried out by the dictatorship against the popular sectors is coming to be just as predicted and denounced by Andrés Pavón, president of the Honduran Human Rights Commission (CODEH), a few weeks ago. The attack perpetrated with military arms against the politician and business man from Olancho, Ulises Sarmiento, was just the beginning. / Today is the burial of the body of the teacher Luis Gradis Espinal, a teacher from the resistance of the south of the country. His body was found yesterday, tied and executed, after having been reported disappeared by his family. Witnesses are sure that he was detained by the police and military in one of the many search operations taking place around the whole country.

  • Latin America: The United States is Sticking with the Monroe Doctrine
    By : November 26, 2009
    While the U.S. government is amplifying its hostile interventions in the south, André Pesant recalled the ideological origins of U.S. foreign policy in a radio episode entitled Honduras, Colombia, Cuba - the United States is Pursuing the Monroe Doctrine: All of America to the North-Americans. It is during a speech to Europeans delivered on December 2, 1823, that the Republican U.S. President James Monroe would set guidelines to be adopted by United States diplomacy in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. / In the same vein, Pesant evoked the concept of an African proverb used by Roosevelt in 1901: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Roosevelt used this expression for the first time at the Minnesota State Fair, on September 2, 1901, twelve days before the assassination of President William McKinley which propelled him into the presidency of United States. This "big stick" policy led the United States to assume a role of international police, protecting its interests in Latin America, mainly in the Caribbean region, through the use of military reprisals if deemed necessary.

  • Day 151, November 25, 2009 from Oscar
    By : November 26, 2009
    The campaign of terror carried out by the dictatorship agaist the popular sectors is going forth just as Andrés Pavón, president of CODEH, stated it would a couple weeks ago. The attack perpetrated using military arms against the politician and businessman from Olancho, Ulisis Sarmiento, was just the beginning. / Today the body of professor Gradis Espinal, teacher with the resistance, is buried in the south of the country. His body was discovered yesterday, hands bound and executed, after having been reported as disappeared by his family members. Witnesses testify that he was captured by police and military elements in one of the many search operations being carried out throughout the country.

  • TELESUR Video Retrospective on Honduras: "Resistencia de un Pueblo"
    By AFP - : November 26, 2009
    The United States, one of the few countries likely to recognize post-coup elections in Honduras, will watch the upcoming polls with "great interest," the US State Department said Thursday. / Sunday's elections come amid a deep political crisis set off by the June 28 ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, a liberal who moved to the left and riled the country's elite by seeking to change the constitution.

  • TELESUR Video Retrospective on Honduras: "Resistencia de un Pueblo"
    By : November 26, 2009
    Telesur has put together a 30 minute video retrospective of the Resistance movement as it marched daily in its struggle against the golpistas and continuously in the face of brutal golpe-sponsored repression. It’s a privilege to be able, once again, to watch and revere some of the bravest people I have ever seen. Obviously, it is in Spanish. But, if you don’t speak it — the visual tells the story.

  • The Case Against Recognizing "Sham" Elections in Honduras
    By : November 26, 2009
    "Barack Obama's administration may be tempted to congratulate the winner, gradually resume normal diplomatic and economic relations with the successor government to the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, and thus enable the de facto government that drove him from office to erase the remaining stains of its coup d'état," argues George Vickers in Foreign Policy this morning. "Yield not unto temptation." "In a political environment contaminated by repression, violence, and fear," Vickers writes, recognizing Sunday's vote will only lengthen the Honduran crisis and hurt the country's "prospects for real democracy." Rather, says OSI's director of international operations, the U.S. should publicly support a national dialogue in Honduras around shortcomings in the Honduran constitution, recently called the "worst in the world" by the United States' own handpicked negotiator, Oscar Arias. This may be only way for the U.S. to retain "a trace of goodwill" among many frustrated Hondurans and Latin America more generally, writes Vickers.

  • Elections in Honduras Ought Not Be Blessed by U.S. Policymakers
    By Sarah Stephens - : November 26, 2009
    During my last visit to Honduras with a delegation that included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, we met a man named Jose David Murillo. Jose's son, 19-year old Isis Obed, was shot and killed on July 5, as he and thousands of others clamored for the return of President Manual Zelaya who'd been deposed in a military coup a week earlier and was trying to land at Tegucigalpa's airport in a chartered airplane.

  • Trampling on Honduran democracy
    By Calvin Tucker - : November 26, 2009
    The election in Honduras has the blessing of the US, but not the people, their president or the rest of the world
    On Sunday, Honduras's coup regime, with the support of the US, is staging a presidential election of a special kind. Voters will have a choice of two candidates: the coup supporter Porfirio Lobo or the coup supporter Elvin Santos. The anti-coup candidate, Carlos Reyes, has withdrawn his nomination and condemned the election as fraudulent.

  • Stand with the Women of Honduras
    By Jody Williams and Lisa VeneKlasen - : November 26, 2009
    As U.S. policy makers equivocate about resolving the crisis of democracy in Honduras, a major issue is being ignored-the widespread abuses of human rights in the aftermath of the Honduran coup. / The brunt of these abuses has been borne by the women of Honduras. So far, the Obama administration has failed to come to their defense even as their efforts to promote peace and democracy in their country have been met with systematic repression.

  • Millennium Challenge Corp. Pushing to Restart Honduras Loans
    By : November 26, 2009
    The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) office in Honduras established a drop dead date for the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (BCIE in Spanish) to restart loans to Honduras totalling $130 million. / "The resources of the BCIE are still suspended and we need a determination by February 2010 at the latest, or we'll have to phase out the program," said Martin Ochoa, director of the MCC office in Honduras. / The BCIE loan supports work on the "dry canal" project, specifically a stretch of road from Tegucigalpa to Rio del Hombre.

  • Ibero-Am Unions Slam Honduran Polls
    By : November 26, 2009
    The Ibero-American labor movement has urged regional governments to ignore the outcome of the November 29 elections in Honduras, as they will be used to legitimize the de facto regime.

  • Honduras Supreme Court backs Zelaya ouster-sources
    By : November 26, 2009
    Honduras' Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that ousted President Manuel Zelaya cannot legally return to office, dimming the possibility of his reinstatement after a June coup, court sources said. 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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