Americans, relying on media reports, are likely to believe that Zelaya was ousted because he tried to use a referendum to extend his term of office. This is false. Zelaya's referendum... was a nonbinding poll. It only asked voters if they wanted to have an actual referendum on reforming the country's Constitution on the November ballot. Even if Zelaya had gotten everything he was looking for, a new president would have been elected on the same November ballot.
Honduras Coup - Day 26 - July 23, 2009
- O Canada, what are we doing?
By Yves Engler - vueweekly.com : July 23, 2009
Support for the military coup in Honduras a continuation of Ottawa's opposition to Latin America's shift to the left
- A Nobel Prize for Mrs. Clinton
By Fidel Castro - periodico26.cu : July 23, 2009
Now the perpetrators of the coup are already moving around in the oligarchic spheres of Latin America, some of which, from high state positions, no longer blush when they speak of their sympathies for the coup and imperialism goes fishing in the choppy waters of the river that is Latin America. Exactly what the United States wanted with the peace initiative, while it accelerated negotiations to surround Bolivar’s homeland with military bases. / We must be fair, and while we await the last word of the people of Honduras, we should demand a Nobel Prize for Mrs. Clinton.
- "Me Detain Zelaya? What Are You Saying!"
By RAJ - hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com : July 23, 2009
- ZERO HOUR-Grassroots VS the Coup in Honduras
By KFSeattle - dailykos.com : July 23, 2009
The illegal coup against President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras may be in its final hours as the exiled president announces he will attempt to cross into his country from Nicaragua tomorrow, Friday June 24. / Hundreds of thousands of Hondurans have mobilized, the police have called a national strike, and local and international journalists will be following the deposed President as he marches northward tomorrow.
- The high-powered hidden support for Honduras' coup
By Mark Weisbrot - latimes.com : July 23, 2009
The country's rightful president was ousted by a military leadership that takes many of its cues from Washington insiders.
Davis and Ratcliff have done an amazing public relations job so far. Americans, relying on media reports, are likely to believe that Zelaya was ousted because he tried to use a referendum to extend his term of office. This is false. / Zelaya's referendum, planned for the day the coup took place, was a nonbinding poll. It only asked voters if they wanted to have an actual referendum on reforming the country's Constitution on the November ballot. Even if Zelaya had gotten everything he was looking for, a new president would have been elected on the same November ballot. So Zelaya would be out of office in January, no matter what steps were taken toward constitutional reform. Further, Zelaya has repeatedly said that if the Constitution were changed, he would not seek another term.
- Honduras coup: Was it within 'the rule of law'?
By Carole Antoncich, Richard Curtis, Mark Thomason - seattletimes.nwsource.com : July 23, 2009
Let's look at the facts: Zelaya's proposed nonbinding resolution, the pretext for the coup, did not even mention re-election. It asked voters for a "yes or no" opinion on forming a constituent assembly to amend the constitution. / If passed, assembly delegates would have been elected in the Nov. 29 election. Democracy is strengthened when rule of law is respected, not when armed troops remove elected presidents from their homes.
- Time for President Zelaya to Return to Honduras
By Medea Benjamin - commondreams.org : July 23, 2009
It's been almost a month since the Organization of American States called for Zelaya's unconditional return. The efforts at mediation by Costa Rican President Arias have come to naught. It's time for Zelaya to go home and get back to the job he was elected to do: President of Honduras. And the U.S. government should help him do that.
- U.S.: Honduras Coup a "Lesson" for Zelaya Not to Follow Venezuela's Path
By venezuelanalysis.com : July 23, 2009
The military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya last month should serve as a "lesson" for Zelaya to steer clear of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution and President Hugo Chavez, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley.
- Term Limits Only Apply When Governments Benefit People
Hypocrisy and the Honduran Coup
By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdés - counterpunch.org : July 23, 2009
Coup d'etat "interim President" Roberto Micheletti also raged. How dare Zelaya consult the people about changing the document they had little voice in passing! In 1985, however, Micheletti led just such a constitutional change to re-elect then President Roberto Suazo.
- Honduran Violence, U.S. Aid Test Obama's Global Image
By Roberto Lovato - berkeleydailyplanet.com : July 23, 2009
While nobody in the hemisphere wants the return of the actions of the Bush era, many already believe that the Obama administration's inactions mean that the "new" or fundamental "change" Obama promised during his also widely-viewed Summit of the Americas speech last April adds up to little more than this: more militarismo, but with a smile.
- When did "Support for the Plan" come to mean rejection?
By RAJ - hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com : July 23, 2009
As I previously noted, singling out the LA Times, a number of English-language media sources have claimed that the Zelaya delegation to Costa Rica rejected the latest plan. Some of the same media pair this claim with disingenuous coverage of the Micheletti delegation's statement that they would take the plan back to Honduras for consideration by the separate branches of the government, giving unearned credit to the latter group for supposedly being willing to consider this.
- Zelaya Heads Home to Honduras on the Anniversary of Bolívar's Birth
By Al Giordano - narconews.com : July 23, 2009
Honduras' legitimate President Manuel Zelaya yesterday told reporters that he will cross back to the country that elected him on Friday, July 24, via land, a date that also marks 215 years from the birth of the Great Liberator, Simon Bolívar...
- Fidel Castro says Honduras talks were US ploy to buy time
By Matthew Walter, Bloomberg - caribbeannetnews.com : July 23, 2009
Cuba's former President Fidel Castro said that two rounds of talks to resolve a political crisis in Honduras, mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, were a US-backed ploy to buy time.
- The Implications of the Coup in Honduras on Afro-Descendants
By TransAfrica Forum - newamericamedia.org : July 23, 2009
We have also been informed that the life of Dr. Luther Castillo, an Afro-Honduran Garifuna physician in Honduras, is in imminent danger and that the Honduran army has orders to capture Dr. Castillo and, if he resists, to shoot him. Dr. Castillo had been reporting on continued demonstrations demanding the return of elected President Manuel Zelaya, despite security forces’ repression.
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