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Honduras Coup - Day 176 - December 20, 2009

  • Latin America provides inspiration - and needs our solidarity
    By Colin Burgon MP - : December 20, 2009
    Against the seemingly unstoppable domination of free market capitalism in recent decades, it was important for progressive people to remind ourselves that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. That dawn arrived with the wave of left wing governments elected to power in Latin America from the late 1990s. These have not only benefitted the people in Latin America, they have revived international interest in socialism.

  • 100.07% And Still Counting
    By : December 20, 2009
    The Tribunal Supremo Electoral's website reporting results started off today reporting that 100.03 percent of the vote had been counted. Upon returning to it later in the day, it now reports results at 100.07 percent! They say they won't declare the results official until at least Tuesday, December 23 but we can make some points now, even if the vote totals change a little later. / The TSE has now counted 2,297,465 votes for president, for a 49.94% turnout. This is almost exactly the percentage vote projected on election day by NDI-Hagamos Democracia. So much for the exaggerated claims of 62% voting. And so much for CNN's December 5 proclamation that their analysis indicated a 56.6% turnout.

  • Llorens Visits Zelaya
    By : December 20, 2009
    US ambassador Hugo Llorens paid a surprise visit to president Manuel Zelaya Rosales in the Brazilian embassy late yesterday. According to Rasel Tomé, a Zelaya spokesperson in the embassy, Llorens came to talk to Zelaya because Llorens is about to take a Christmas holiday, and to get Zelaya's official position on leaving the embassy. Tomé says that Zelaya made it clear that he was president until January 27, and that he would not leave the embassy under conditions that didn't acknowledge that (that is, the conditions proposed by the de facto government). Tomé added that "we continue working to bring about a dialogue in a neutral place and to resolve this crisis with dialogue."

  • Nice of Amb. Llorens to Drop by to Tell Zelaya of his Christmas Plans
    By : December 20, 2009
    President Zelaya and the Brazilian embassy should be particularly vigilant after Amb. Llorens stopped by to let Zelaya know he was heading back to the States for his Christmas vacation, at that steps to work everything out "will follow." Is Llorens building a little plausible deniability in case somethings "goes down" in Tegucigalpa over the next few weeks? Who the hell knows — stay tuned.

  • US Amb. meets Zelaya at Brazil embassy
    By : December 20, 2009
    "Hugo Llorens came to the embassy and told Zelaya he would travel to the United States for Christmas. Steps to resolve the crisis will follow," AFP quoted Zelaya's advisor Rasel Tome as saying on Sunday. 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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