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Honduras Coup - Day 192 - January 05, 2010

  • Inertia on US-Latin America Relations
    By : January 05, 2010
    Nearly one year after his inauguration, hopes that President Barack Obama would bring fundamental changes to U.S. relations with Latin American have faded badly. Distracted by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a major legislative battle over health care policy, and the two wars in the Greater Middle East left to him by his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama has had very little time to devote to tending ties with Washington’s southern neighbors.

  • U.S. official arrives in Honduras to boost Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement
    By : January 05, 2010
    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Craig Kelly arrived on Tuesday in Tegucigalpa to boost the fulfillment of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement, a spokesman of the U.S. embassy in Honduras said.

  • Honduras: Zelaya's Safety Ensured by Ban on Pen Deliveries to Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa
    By : January 05, 2010
    The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) has proved less convinced of military and police commitments to security, and CODEH volunteers, in conjunction with UNICEF, have assumed the responsibility of delivering food and other necessary items to the Brazilian embassy three times a day since Sept. 21 such that lethal elements do not wind up in the president's rice. All items undergo police inspection, although the final say as to what gets through and what does not is generally left up to a military colonel; the fact that the delivery process is filmed by unidentified policemen in ski masks meanwhile hints at the existence of video footage of the confiscation of ballpoint pens by the self-appointed protectors of the embassy.

  • European Union Condemns Killings in Honduras
    By : January 05, 2010
    The European Union, yesterday, issued a press release condemning the assassination resistance members and de facto government supporters and called on authorities in Honduras to conduct a "deep and transparent" investigation. The press release singled out the killings of Karol Cabrera, daughter of a journalist, and Walter Trochez, an LGBT activist and resistance member.

  • Craig Kelly in Tegucigalpa
    By : January 05, 2010
    Tiempo reports that Craig Kelly arrived in Tegucigalpa at mid-day to meet at 4 pm with US Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Manuel Zelaya. According to the press, he will also meet with Roberto Micheletti at 10 am tomorrow morning. The Honduran online newspaper, Proceso Digital, reports that Kelly will also meet with Porfirio Lobo Sosa today. This is Kelly's fourth visit to Tegucigalpa since the coup.

  • Venezuela: Socialists Say Obama Mandate Terrible
    By : January 05, 2010
    Venezuelan Socialist United Party (PSUV) leader Carlos Escarra assured Monday that local political force considers the mandate of US President Barack Obama as terrible, because of his imperialist and colonizing behaviour.

  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
    Only the State Department Knows or Cares

    By : January 05, 2010
    The State Department's Craig Kelly is in Honduras pursuing the San Jose Accords. Here are some random thoughts I have about this:
    I'm trying to figure out which is the most annoying: waiting around for Francisco Franco to die or waiting for the State Dept. to shut up about the San Jose Accords. I guess it's time to ask, "What can Hondurans expect from a 'truth' commission under the Lobo 'administration' that they didn't already get from an 'election' under Micheletti?" The State Department's relentless pursuit of the Accords can only mean one thing: it holds the key to the US total and complete colonization of Honduras.

  • Honduras- Cracking The Coup
    By : January 05, 2010
    This past June, a military coup ousted the democratically-elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales. On November 29th, Honduras took global center-stage again when conservative businessman, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, was declared the new President Elect. But the election is mired in controversy and world reaction is split. The U.S. is offering cautious support for the win while other nations, like Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, refuse to recognize the results. They say the election was held under an unlawful government. / On this edition, independent producer Chris Thomas takes us to the streets of Honduras to look at the roots of a long-standing conflict between a powerful oligarchy and the poor and dispossessed majority who fought back for their rights.

  • Killing Organizers in Honduras
    By : January 05, 2010
    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. / Now that the world heard from mainstream news outlets such as the New York Times of a "clean and fair" election on Nov. 29 (orchestrated by the US-supported junta currently in power), the violence has increased even faster than feared.

  • Honduras reports 212 deaths during New Year celebrations
    By : January 05, 2010
    At least 212 people died of violence during the New Year celebrations, Honduran police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said Monday during a press conference. The figure was based on a survey of violence from Dec. 16 to 31,Cerrato said, adding that it included 86 deaths by Christmas and 126 between that holiday and New Year's day.

  • Obstacles to Progress
    By : January 05, 2010
    The first bump in the road was the coup in Honduras in June, which sparked a clash of wills between the US and Brazil over how best to settle it. 'Our concern,' said Lula's foreign-policy adviser, Marco Aurélio Garcia, is that Washington's push to legitimise the Honduran elections 'will introduce the "theory of the preventive coup"' – an extension of Bush's doctrine of preventive war – 'in Latin America'.

  • Presidential 'Peacemaking' in Latin America
    By Noam Chomsky - : January 05, 2010
    Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joins the others in the long tradition of peacemaking so long as it serves U.S. interests. / All four presidents left their imprint on "our little region over here that has never bothered anybody," as U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson characterized the hemisphere in 1945. / Given the Obama administration's stance toward the elections in Honduras in November, it may be worthwhile to examine the record.

  • Honduran Congress to Consider Amnesty, Withdrawal from ALBA
    By : January 05, 2010
    In just three weeks Pepe Lobo is set to assume the presidency in Honduras, but the crisis in the country continues to fester as de facto president Roberto Micheletti has yet to hand over the power to a unity government. On Monday, the AP writes, Lobo once again stated that he is encouraging Mr. Micheletti to step down, per the terms of the "Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord." "Micheletti should help Honduras and give up power. That is what we are looking for because this crisis should not have winners and losers…and we continue talking so that we comply with the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord," Lobo said on HRN radio.

  • 2009 in Honduras: A Blow Against Latin America
    By : January 05, 2010
    The worst predictions for the emerging, and in many cases weak Central American democracies, became a reality in 2009 in Honduras. The conservative oligarchy, the army and some corrupt political sectors, led by the long arm of the extreme Right in the United States, carried out a military coup against President Manuel Zelaya.

  • Coup plot exposed in Paraguay
    By : January 05, 2010
    Paraguayan parliamentary deputy Desirée Masi today accused former general Lino Oviedo of orchestrating plans for a coup d'état against the government of Fernando Lugo, PL reports. The legislator from the Alianza Patriótica para el Cambio also confirmed that a group within the Colorado Party, headed by Senator Juan Carlos Galaverna, is part of the conspiracy, according to the online edition of Ultima Hora. 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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