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Honduras Coup - Day 164 - December 08, 2009

  • Costa Rica, Panama Call for Micheletti Resignation
    By : December 08, 2009
    The Presidents of Costa Rica and Panama, in meeting with Porfirio Lobo Sosa in San Jose today, told him that if he wants his government to be recognized on January 27, that he must convince the de facto president, Roberto Micheletti, to resign. Lobo must not receive power from that polemic de facto governor.

  • Unilateral Unity Government Call
    By : December 08, 2009
    Rafael Pineda Ponce, Minister to the de facto President, Roberto Micheletti, has literally repeated the act that blew up the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord the first time. He has reissued letters to the presidents of the political parties, and the Union Civica Democratica, an aggregation of right wing organizations that support his government, and Manuel Zelaya, requesting names. Pineda Ponce said: "I have sent notes to be given to the presidents of the parties, the UCD, and to ex-president Zelaya, so that in the most pure spirit of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord they propose 10 citizens with the capabilities and sufficient merit to aspire to Secretary of State or high posts in the government, so that, from them, the President of the Republic, can form a cabinet of reconciliation and national unity."

  • Obama's Involvement in the Honduras Coup
    By : December 08, 2009
    The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent?
    Obama has denounced the coup and demanded that the rules of democracy be honored. Still, several troubling questions remain. First, almost all the senior Honduran military officers active in the coup are graduates of the Pentagon's School of the Americas (known to many of us as "School of the Assassins"). The Honduran military is trained, advised, equipped, indoctrinated, and financed by the United States national security state. The generals would never have dared to move without tacit consent from the White House or the Pentagon and CIA. Second, if Obama was not directly involved, then he should be faulted for having no firm command over those US operatives who were.

  • Mercosur leaders, Venezuela reject Honduras election
    By : December 08, 2009
    Leaders of five key South American countries vowed on Tuesday not to recognise last month's presidential election results in Honduras, which they condemned as "illegal".

  • Honduran Youth under Attack
    By : December 08, 2009
    Fifteen youth were killed in violent attacks last weekend in the Honduran capital, including five young men who were massacred on a street corner. "We are in a very difficult moment here in Honduras, and a terror is being instilled in citizens," said the father of one of the deceased at his wake this afternoon. He said his son may have participated in a march against the June 28 coup d'état, but insisted that he was not a political activist.

  • Mercosur Disavows Honduran Elections
    By : December 08, 2009
    The 38th Mercosur summit, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, has issued a statement Monday disavowing recognition of the Honduras elections. The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela, who is seeking membership, "reaffirmed their strongest condemnation against the coup" of June 28 against Honduras' constitutional President Manuel Zelaya." Bloomberg reports the statement said: "In light of the failure to restore President Jose Manuel Zelaya to the position for which he was democratically elected by the Honduran people, we want to express our total lack of recognition for the Nov. 29 elections held by the de facto government, which were undertaken in an unconstitutional, illegitimate and illegal atmosphere."

  • Insulza Lays Down Ground Rules
    By : December 08, 2009
    José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS, said yesterday in a press release, that "the return of Honduras to the OAS will be possible only when the outcome of June 28 is overcome." He noted that the resolutions voted on by the OAS Permanent Council were still valid and in effect. These include the condemnation of the removal of the legitimate president of Honduras, unequivocally qualified as a coup d'état, a demand for the restitution of constitutional order, including the return of president Manuel Zelaya, the total rejection of the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti Bain and its actions, and the suspension of Honduras from OAS membership.

  • Brazil: No recognition. Period.
    By : December 08, 2009
    Remember the reports that claimed to parse a Brazilian press spokesman as contradicting President Lula da Silva's eloquent "No, no, no, adamantly, no" response to whether they would recognize the November 29 elections? Well, as the New York Times reports today, that parsing is being firmly rejected: The president's position is clear...Brazil does not intend to recognize a government elected in a process that was organized by an illegitimate government.

  • ALBA: True Sovereignty
    By : December 08, 2009
    The list of its achievements alone would highly justify the existence of the group, which already has nine members from South America and the Caribbean. However, ALBA has been and continues to be one of the regional groups with the highest political dynamic in favor of the sovereignty of our nations. / It can not be ignored that ALBA was the first organization that condemned the coup d'état in Honduras, that demanded the isolation of the fascists and the unconditional reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya. ALBA was also the first one to defend the democracy and constitutionality of that country and to demand from Washington a clear definition in the face of such an episode.

  • Forceful disappearance on the rise in Honduras
    By : December 08, 2009
    The massacre of and aggression towards members of the resistance and their families continues. On December 5th, a group of men wearing cloths from the National Criminal Investigative Unit (DNIC) with masks on arrived at the Carrizal and Mery Flores neighborhoods at one in the morning and violently entered the houses of Ms. Vilma Martínez and Sonia Castillo; they looked for Ms. Ada Martínez, an active member of the resistance against the coup d'etat, and when they didn't find her they took the before-mentioned women. This Death Squad continued its rounds and raided other houses in the Carrizal neighborhood and took four more people linked to the resistance; at the hour that this call is being emitted these people have disappeared.

  • Dominican President warns on Honduras crisis
    By : December 08, 2009
    If the consequences of the Honduran crisis are allowed to go on, new and worse effects are expected, said Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez who added the Organisation of American States (OAS) does not have tools to solve the situation. Fernandez is convinced there is a need to reform the United Nations because its current structure limits the possibility to solve international conflicts.

  • 'Poor Obama' is stuck in the past on Honduras: Chavez
    By : December 08, 2009
    US President Barack Obama may be well-intentioned but he's still stuck in the past when it comes to supporting Honduras' recent, post-coup election, President Hugo Chavez charged.

  • Honduras: confusion wins in turnout dispute
    By : December 08, 2009
    On Dec. 4 the French wire service AFP reported that with 57% of the votes from Honduras' Nov. 29 general elections officially counted, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) had revised its earlier turnout estimate down from 61.3% to about 49%. Two days later, on Dec. 6, the CNN cable news network reported that it had gotten figures from TSE spokesperson Roberto Reyes Pineda showing that participation was at 56.6%, with 2,609,754 people voting out of a total of 4,611,000 registered voters. The TSE has to provide the final results within 30 days of the election. (Diario el Tiempo, Venezuela, Dec. 4; AFP, Dec. 4; CNN, Dec. 6)

  • Mercosur leaders refuse to recognize Honduran elections
    By : December 08, 2009
    Mercosur trade bloc countries said on Tuesday they would not recognize the results of the Honduran presidential polls and condemned the July 28 military coup in the country, Latin American media reported. / A regular summit of Mercosur, which comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, opened on Tuesday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. The political situation in Honduras is a major issue at the talks. / "In view of the fact that [ousted president] Manuel Zelaya was not reinstated... we declare our full rejection of the election held on November 29," Mercosur leaders said in a statement.

  • Severe problems loom after Honduras elections
    By Emile Schepers - : December 08, 2009
    The door appears to be closed to even a symbolic return to power of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. But many problems face both Honduras and the Obama administration, in spite of claims that the election somehow resolves things. / First of all, now what happens to Zelaya? He has been besieged in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa since September 21. He can't leave without being arrested and put on trial on trumped up charges of treason and abuse of power. If he asks for diplomatic asylum, which so far he has declined to do, it takes him away from Honduran politics completely. And the possibility can't be excluded that the Micheletti government launches an armed attack on the embassy. If the Obama administration has some sort of plan for dealing with this possibility, it has not been revealed.

  • What Leaving Honduras Hanging Says About Obama
    By Brendan Cooney - : December 08, 2009
    It's a dangerous precedent for the people of Latin America when President Barack Obama sides with coup-mongering oligarchs, as he did in recognizing the tainted presidential elections in Honduras. But it's an even more dangerous precedent for the world, because it shows how easily he caves in to right-wing extremists in Washington. If Reagan was Teflon, and George W. Bush was rocks, Obama is cardboard. People who need help can't lean on him; conservatives roll right over him.

  • Honduras: resistance plans new strategies
    By : December 08, 2009
    At a meeting on Dec. 3 at the headquarters of the Union of Workers of the Brewery Industry and the Like (STIBYS) in Tegucigalpa, 300 members of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup d'Etat, a coalition of Honduran grassroots organizations, agreed not to end a five-month struggle that they started on June 28 when the military removed President José Manuel ("Mel") Zelaya Rosales from office. "We're going to continue the struggle, but only for the Constituent [Assembly], not for the restitution [of Zelaya]," general director Juan Barahona told the Agence France Presse (AFP) wire service, referring to demands for a convention to rewrite the country's 1982 Constitution. The Resistance Front also said it would institute a "pause" in its daily street demonstrations, although it was planning a march for Dec. 11.

  • Democracy in Honduras: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
    By : December 08, 2009
    Before right wing candidate Porfirio Lobo was pronounced the winner of the November 29 elections in Honduras, one senior US official spoke anonymously to reporters of his administration's position on Honduras: "What are we going to do, sit for four years and just condemn the coup?" Instead, Washington offered its pivotal blessing for the elections, allowing a bloody dictatorship to paint itself in a democratic light. 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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