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Honduras Coup - Day 184 - December 28, 2009

  • Chavez says Obama "illusion" over
    By : December 28, 2009
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said in a New Year's message the "illusion" around President Barack Obama was over and rich nations had left the world on the verge of ecological disaster. Chavez initially sought to foster good ties with Obama, shaking his hand and giving him a book at a regional summit. But he has been increasingly critical of late, saying Obama failed to curb "imperialist" policies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was tolerant toward a coup leader in Honduras.

    By Yohannan Chemarapally - - : December 28, 2009
    At the OAS summit held earlier this year, Obama had told his fellow Latin American and Caribbean heads of state that the US seeks "a new chapter of engagement" with the region. The US state department had also issued statement after the coup that the US "would not be able to support" the outcome of an election" because they would not be "fair, free and transparent." But the Obama administration under pressure mainly from the Republican right wing abruptly changed tack and granted legitimacy to the elections and the military backed government. The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, had warned against trusting Washington on the issue of restoring democracy in Honduras from the very outset. Zelaya made the mistake of trusting Washington to be an honest broker and is now paying the price for his political naivety.

  • Honduras' political crisis worsens its economic downturn
    By : December 28, 2009
    The political crisis in Honduras "expanded" the impact of the global recession on Honduras' economy, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said Monday.

  • Backgrounder: Chronology of events related with Honduran political crisis
    By : December 28, 2009
    It has been six months since Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted on June 28, and Zelaya has been a refugee in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for about three months now. The following is a chronology of events related with the Honduran political crisis.

  • VIDEO: The US-Colombian Military Agreement
    By : December 28, 2009
    Faultlines has put together a video about the recent US agreement with Colombia regarding extensive use of its military bases. The Faultlines team was seriously handicapped in its ability to gain access to bases and people, but this tells its own story. In addition to a few Colombian government officials, Faultlines interviewed a mother whose son was killed by the Colombian military, a labor union leader, and a young Afro-Colombian. I fear for all three of them as their interviews were done openly and many people in Colombia have been killed for less.

  • Zelaya marks 6 months since coup that ousted him in Honduras
    By : December 28, 2009
    Six months after being ousted from the presidency of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya remains a "guest" of the Brazilian Embassy awaiting the end of his term on Jan. 27, when Porfirio Lobo will take office.

  • 100,000 Hondurans Will Suffer Famine Next Year
    By : December 28, 2009
    At least 100,000 Honduran citizens will suffer famine because of droughts and the food crisis, a situation worsened by the political instability after the coup in Honduras.

  • Barack Obama pursues former George Bush admin's Global War agenda
    By John Pilger - : December 28, 2009
    When ignorance is Strength... In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the United Nations, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care. Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran — which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to "obliterate" — Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a "secret nuclear facility," knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority.

  • Low Voter Turnout in US
    By : December 28, 2009
    La Tribuna carried a report on Supreme Electoral Tribunal's reported voting numbers for the United States, and the numbers are low. Voting was first permitted in the US in the 2001 election. Here's what La Tribuna reported yesterday... 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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