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Honduras Coup - Day 179 - December 23, 2009

  • Lobo's solution to inaugural illegitimacy...
    By : December 23, 2009
    Lobo's solution to inaugural illegitimacy is to deny that either Roberto Micheletti or President Zelaya has any role in the process.As a story in Tiempo, published December 23, puts it: The President elect, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, affirmed yesterday that the person who should hand over the presidencial sash next January 27, the day on which he will assume power, should be the president of the National Congress.

  • High Abstention Confirmed in Honduran Elections
    By : December 23, 2009
    Honduras Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) released figures that confirm a high abstentionism in elections held under the de facto government in Honduras on Nov 29. According to TSE, the total number of votes, including valid, blank and void, reached 2.30 million of an electoral roll of 4.60 million, which reflects an abstentionism of 50 percent.

  • Killing Activists in Honduras
    By : December 23, 2009
    The bodies of slain activists are piling up in Honduras. While it's being kept quiet in most Honduran and international media, the rage is building among a dedicated network of friends spreading the word quickly with the tragic announcement of each compañero/a.

  • Quote of the day: Honduras
    By : December 23, 2009
    Neither Roberto Micheletti nor Mel Zelaya should attend his inauguration because "they are part of the past." --Pepe Lobo, ignoring the fact that each one of them claims to be president until he is sworn in and is therefore squarely part of the present. He also said he was not afraid of being overthrown by the military. To make sure, I suppose he will run all his policies by them first.

  • Honduras: de factos to leave ALBA, keep oil deal
    By : December 23, 2009
    On Dec. 16 de facto Honduran president Roberto Micheletti Bain sent the National Congress a proposal for Honduras to withdraw from the Venezuelan-inspired Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America trade bloc (ALBA). De facto presidency minister Rafael Pineda Ponce said the move only concerned ALBA and "will not affect in any way commercial or other types of relations that have been maintained, or the importation of oil or anything connected to PetroCaribe," a system through which Venezuela provides oil to other Caribbean countries at favorable terms. Honduras currently receives 20,000 barrels a day; it pays 60% of the cost in 90 days and the rest over 25 years at just 1% interest a year.

  • Honduras: reporter threatened over election story
    By : December 23, 2009
    Ernesto Carmona, the Chilean general secretary of the Investigation Commission on Attacks Against Journalists (CIAP) of the Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP), told the Cuban wire service Prensa Latina on Dec. 17 that the life of Swedish journalist Dick Emanuelsson was in danger because of an article he wrote questioning official turnout projections in the Nov. 29 Honduran general elections. Right-wing forces in the country have claimed there was high voter participation, which they say validated a June 28 coup that removed President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales from office; coup opponents said turnout was about 30-40%.

  • A case of missed opportunity
    By : December 23, 2009
    As we approach the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, all eyes are set on health care reform and its ultimate fate in Congress. In foreign affairs, the war in Afghanistan has held centre stage. Less attention has been paid to his policy toward Latin America. With a global financial crisis and two wars going on, there is no reason to think that the western hemisphere would be a priority for the White House.

  • Honduras' Zelaya stuck in embassy for Christmas
    By : December 23, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will spend Christmas with his family stuck inside the soldier-ringed Brazilian Embassy where he has been holed up for months after being toppled in a June coup. 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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