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Honduras Coup - Day 167 - December 11, 2009

  • Washington weighs Dominican leader's role in Honduras crisis
    By : December 11, 2009
    President Leonel Fernandez met Thursday with Undersecretary of the Western Hemispheric Affairs Office Craig A. Kelly, with whom discussed several regional topics. After the meeting Kelly said also addressed with the Head of State the problems of Honduras and the aspects on South America. "We are very happy with this cooperation by President Fernandez and by many leaders of the region." The U.S. official told reporters who cover the National Palace that among other topics of national interest discussed with Fernandez were his country's relation with Dominican Republic, implementation of the San José Agreement and baseball.

  • Zelaya, Lobo Agree To Meet
    By : December 11, 2009
    EFE reports, along with many other sources, that Porfirio Lobo Sosa and Manuel Zelaya Rosales have agreed to meet Monday to try to put an end to the political crisis in Honduras, announced Dominican President Leonel Fernández. The meeting will take place in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. President Fernández said: "We hope that with this decision, there will be no difficulty for President Zelaya to leave Honduras and that there won't be any conditions or obstruction on the part of the de facto government so that he can travel to the Dominican Republic.....If the president elect is in agreement to support this dialog, if this is demanded by the international community there should be no impediment."

  • DomRep: Ousted Honduras leader, successor to meet
    By AP - : December 11, 2009
    President Leonel Fernandez told reporters Friday that Zelaya and Porfirio Lobo were expected to talk about ways to resolve the political crisis that has gripped Honduras since the June 28 coup that removed Zelaya. He said Zelaya would arrive Sunday night and Lobo would fly in Monday. / There was no immediate comment from Honduras' interim government on whether it would allow Zelaya to leave the Brazilian Embassy, where he has taken refuge for nearly three months, to go to the meeting.

  • Honduras: Reject Amnesty for Abuses During Coup
    By : December 11, 2009
    The proposal by Porfirio Lobo, winner of Honduras' disputed presidential election on November 29, 2009, for an "amnesty for all" of those involved in the June coup d'état violates the country's international obligations and undermines the rule of law, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Ousted Honduras President Zelaya 'will meet successor'
    By : December 11, 2009
    Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya is due to meet his elected successor, Porfirio Lobo, in the Dominican Republic, its president says. President Leonel Fernandez said he expected the two to meet on Monday however neither have confirmed this.

  • Democracy in Honduras: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
    By Benjamin Dangl - : December 11, 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. / The US could have put more pressure on the coup government, refusing to recognize the elections, denouncing the human rights violations and calling, as so many other governments around the world have, for the immediate reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup on June 28. / But the Obama administration decided to support the vote, which took place in a climate of repression, torture, political persecution and fear, and was marked by massive levels of abstention.

  • Honduras deadlock over Zelaya
    By Freddy Cuevas - : December 11, 2009
    Honduras's coup-installed government said yesterday that there will be no deal for ousted leader Manuel Zelaya to leave the country unless he goes as a private citizen – not as the country's president. Brazil criticised the interim government for its stance against Mr Zelaya...

  • Pres. Obama: "America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens."
    By : December 11, 2009
    I set out to listen to the president's speech today after only catching bits of it here at work. And to read the text, too, after all, as the Rude Pundit said, this is Obama talking to History. The occasion requires careful attention. / Clearly, Americans listen to Obama differently than the rest of the world listens. But for the people of Latin America, this claim of his is a stomach punch. The window of hope and goodwill and support Barack Obama inspired among progressive Latin American leaders and even among the peoples of Latin America during his campaign just slammed shut.

  • Brazil: Zelaya can stay at embassy as long as he wants
    By : December 11, 2009
    Brasilia - Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya can stay at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for as long as he wishes, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Earlier in the day, Francisco Catunda, charge d'affaires at the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, told Brazilian television that Zelaya would have to leave by January 27, the day his presidential mandate formally ends.

  • Death Squad kills five members of Resistance in Tegucigalpa
    By : December 11, 2009
    While the corporate media repeat over and over the lies of 61% turnout in recent military-run elections - by now thoroughly contradicted even by the Honduran dictatorship's own numbers (which show well over half the electorate stayed home) - in Honduras resistance continues and repression is on the rise. The latest incident is eerily reminiscent of the acts of the famous 3-16 Batallion death squad that operated in Honduras in the 1980's, many of whose members are key leaders and advisers in the de facto government. 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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