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Honduras Coup - Day 199 - January 12, 2010

  • Zelaya Criticizes National Reconciliation Without Justice
    By : January 12, 2010
    The coup-ousted president of Honduras on Monday appealed for national reconciliation with justice instead of one without justice being done first. Manuel Zelaya told local Radio Globo that he agrees with the president-elect that Honduras needs a reconciliation but it must be done with justice.

  • Argentina and Honduras
    By : January 12, 2010
    Hat tip to Boz about the latest truly offensive O'Grady column, where she is one very small step from saying a military coup would not be such a bad thing in Argentina given its current institutional conflict, using the Honduran case as an analogy.

  • Honduran congress discusses amnesty for coup makers
    By : January 12, 2010
    The Honduran Congress on Tuesday started to discuss an amnesty for all those involved in the coup of June 28, 2009, which ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Jose Saavedra, the Congress leader, summoned the session to discuss the possibility of granting an amnesty for those involved in the coup.

  • Just So We Don't Forget
    By : January 12, 2010
    General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez: "Yes, I've been approached about overthrowing the president in a coup"

  • An Electoral Defeat for Democracy:
    The Regional Implications of the Honduran Vote

    By Reed M. Kurtz - : January 12, 2010
    On November 29, 2009, Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo was declared the winner of the Honduran Presidential election, collecting 56% of the votes cast. Under ordinary circumstances, the center-right politician's electoral victory in this small, impoverished nation would hardly garner notice from all but the keenest observers of the region's political scene. But for observers in Latin America, where tremendous strides have been made in overcoming the legacy of political violence and military dictatorship - accompanied in many cases by the empowering of popular sectors - what transpired in the run-up to the election created circumstances that were far from ordinary.

  • Amnesty Postponed For Next Congress
    By : January 12, 2010
    El Heraldo reported this evening that the National Congress decided against acting on the proposal for amnesty. Instead it chose to leave it for the next Congress to act, or not. "We felt there needed to be a consensus, and we didn't have time to do that," said PINU Congressman Toribio Aguilera. Ramon Custodio, the human rights commissioner urged that they only take up the question of amnesty after hearing the report of the truth commission.

  • Honduras Suspends Payments To BCIE
    By : January 12, 2010
    Business News Americas reported this afternoon that it had confirmed that the de facto government has suspended payments on $450 million in debt with the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (BCIE in Spanish).

  • The Santiago Times Not Given A Chance To Query U.S. State Department Official
    By : January 12, 2010
    Latin America has been greatly disappointed by the U.S. government's cavalier attitude in dealing with last June's military coup in Honduras. / Though billed as a "soft" coup, elected president Mel Zelaya was hustled out of his country in the middle of the night at gun point by the military and hundreds of Hondurans who demonstrated in support of Zelaya have since been killed or intimidated by the coup government. The deaths are not reported in the corporate owned media that most people read, but they are a fact. / That is why Honduras' recent presidential election – overseen by the coup government – has a terrible smell of illegitimacy and why most Latin American countries have staunchly refused to acknowledge the election results.

  • A Typical Golpista Reaction
    By : January 12, 2010
    Golpista responses to our reports of the situation in Bajo Aguán are by no means impressive. Yet a careful look at them shows how Golpistas are feeling at this moment that they are trying to displace responsibilities upon those who report their crimes.

  • Amnesty Bill for Honduran Putschists Rejected
    By : January 12, 2010
    The Honduran Congress will be debating an amnesty bill, on Tuesday, for the authors of the coup against President Manuel Zelaya, amid strong rejection by the civil society because crimes against humanity will go unpunished.

  • Honduras summons top military officers to testify coup
    By : January 12, 2010
    The Honduran supreme court on Monday summoned senior military officers to testify last year's coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. / Supreme court president Jorge Rivera Aviles called upon the chief of the Joint Staff of Honduras Romeo Vasquez, vice chief Venancio Cervantes and other high-ranking officers to testify the coup that took place on June 28 last year. 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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