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Honduras Coup - Day 258 - March 12, 2010

  • Relax, the Empire's in Safe Hands
    By : March 12, 2010
    Hillary Clinton, touring Latin America, was not greeted with gobs of spit, like vice president Nixon back in 1958, but she did get a couple of robust diplomatic slaps from Brazil's foreign minister, Celso Armorim, rejecting Mrs. Clinton's hostile references to Venezuela and call for tougher action toward Iran. Amid detailed news reports of butchered activists in Tegucigalpa, Latin Americans and even some Democratic members of the U.S. Congress listened incredulously to Mrs. Clinton's brazen hosannas to the supposedly violence-free election of Honduras' new, U.S.-sanctioned President Lobo in a process to which both the Organization of American States and the European Union refused to lend the sanction of official observers.

  • Unsurprisingly atrocious country human rights report
    By : March 12, 2010
    It's not at all shocking that the State Department would use the Country Human Rights Report to whitewash the coup and provide justification for a tightening of neoliberal mechanisms of crime control (further criminalizing poverty and democratic dissent) in Honduras; it's exactly what I'd predicted after my meeting with Christopher Webster in which he smugly responded to my questions about human rights abuses prior to the elections by saying they'd look into them in the country human rights report.

  • Lobo tries to form human right committee & no one shows up
    By : March 12, 2010
    President Porfirio Lobo Sosa confirmed yesterday that he will create a presidential committee for human rights that will have the participation of all the civil organizations that defend these principles. This presidential announcement coincides with rumors that the international community is requesting a change of the National Commissioner of Human Rights, Ramón Custodio López, because he supported the coup d'etat against president Manuel Zelaya Rosales and absolved the military of all responsibility for killing protestors.

  • Lobo appoints SOA-trained military coup protagonist as head of telecom
    By : March 12, 2010
    You read right. General Romeo Vasquez Velásquez has been selected by U.S.-appointed Honduran president Pepe Lobo as head of the embattled Hondutel, which has been the central site of the fight over privatization. For anyone who said Lobo was better than Micheletti, hold on...he's just getting started.

  • Radio journalist gunned down on Atlantic coast after suspected drug cartel threats By : March 12, 2010
    Radio journalist David Meza Montesinos last night became the second Honduran journalist to be murdered since the start of the year, following the fatal shooting of TV journalist Joseph Ochoa of Canal 51 on 1 March.

  • Journalist shot dead in Honduras
    By : March 12, 2010
    Honduran journalist David Meza was gunned down in his hometown of La Ceiba, according to local media reports. The 51-year-old radio and television journalist was shot in his car late Thursday as he tried to escape his attackers while metres from his house in the coastal town about 200 kilometres north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, the online edition of La Tribuna reported. 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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