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Honduras Coup - Day 32 - July 29, 2009

  • Zelaya rermains on Honduran border
    By Zhang Pengfei - : July 29, 2009
    Scores of Hondurans have joined Zelaya, but he is still separated by an international border from his wife and children. His wife, Xiomara Castro, continued her attempts to join her husband in Nicaragua. / She walked alongside supporters in a village 20 kilometres from the border. But she decided to remain in Honduras for fear she would not be allowed to return if she crossed the border.

  • The Honduran Miltary Coup
    By Carlos Fazio - : July 29, 2009
    The oligarchical-military coup in Honduras represents an Obama-Clinton Administration strategy which is designed to push back the advances of democratically elected governments so that its imperial power can be maintained and consolidated in some "hot zones" of the planet. Such a strategy operates from a several prong political base, combining direct military intervention (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Irak) with clandestine and destabilizing operations (Venezuela, Iran, Honduras, Bolivia, Ecuador) and a two way diplomacy, that seeks to utilize the instruments and initiatives inherited by Barack Obama from the Bush Administration.

  • Attacks, infiltrations and murders intensify in Honduras
    By Dick Emanuelsson - : July 29, 2009
    Three agents of the National Direction of Criminal Investigation (DNIC) were discovered and captured by mourners during the burial of the young bricklayor, Pedro Magdiel Muñoz Salvador, this morning. Muñoz Salvador was the victim of a horrendous murder which took place late on Friday night (July 24th) or during the early hours of Saturday (July 25th) after being picked up by Honduran police officers in the community of Alauca near the border with Nicaragua.

  • The Honduran Coup: Fiction and Fact
    By Adrienne Pine - : July 29, 2009
    Fiction: Zelaya was removed for orchestrating a power grab / Fact: Not a single action taken by Zelaya could have led to his remaining in power. The basis for this false claim was a non-binding citizen poll he had proposed to provide a recommendation to the National Congress, which would then have decided if it should allow Hondurans to vote in the general November election on the issue of whether to convene a citizen assembly to examine the constitution, after Zelaya's term as president had finished.

  • More from Micheletti: Playing out the clock?
    By RAJ - : July 29, 2009
    Spain's El Economista is out ahead of the Micheletti-Arias story, and their reporting suggests we should view this latest move as perhaps a new way to slow things down, remain in power, and appear to be addressing international concerns.

  • Honduras Coup: The Dumbest Regime on Earth
    By Al Giordano - : July 29, 2009
    All governments have a tendency to become dimwitted and encrusted bureaucracies. But one month into the Honduras coup d'etat the illegitimate regime of "president" Roberto Micheletti wins the prize. / Its obsession with the possibility that the elected president Manuel Zelaya might return to Honduran soil has offered 32 days of clown show, one that has only served to increase the Honduran people's opposition to the coup. / The regime says it has an arrest warrant for Zelaya but twice it has had the opportunity to enforce it and twice it did not.

  • How Obama betrayed Honduras
    By Hugh O'Shaughnessy - : July 29, 2009
    So far the administration's actions towards the gang of semi-educated ruffians who took over in Tegucigalpa and who feel, for racial reasons, that the US leader is beneath their contempt, has been – to put it kindly – ragged. The almost universal cry of "foul" went up when the legally elected Manuel Zelaya was sent out of the country in his pyjamas by Roberto Micheletti, an obscure politician and businessman, who had seized power.

  • Spinning the Honduras coup
    By John Grant - : July 29, 2009
    No one has adequately explained how Zelaya broke the law. What he seems to have done is what elected populist leaders do: pursued reforms that made waves in a society ruled by, and for, the rich and powerful. / He sought a nonbinding poll asking citizens whether they wanted a yes-no question on the November ballot about a constitutional assembly to rewrite the constitution, apparently quite legal under the 2006 Honduran Civil Participation Act. / Zelaya says the 1982 constitution, already rewritten 16 times, diminishes the rights of Honduras' poor, and has always said any changes, like a presidential second term, wouldn't apply to him, since his term ends in January.

  • The Honduran Connection
    By Bill Weinberg - : July 29, 2009
    One of the grassroots groups mobilizing for Zelaya's return, the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), issued a statement on July 3 asserting the "undeniable involvement" of former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Otto Reich in the coup d'etat. Similar claims were made at the emergency session of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., where Venezuelan representative Roy Chaderton said: "We have information that worries us. This is a person who has been important in the diplomacy of the U.S. who has reconnected with old colleagues and encouraged the coup: Otto Reich, ex-sub-secretary of state under Bush. We know him as an interventionist..." / Chaderton also cited Reich's purported involvement in the attempted coup d'etat against Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez in April 2002.

  • Zelaya to Set Up Bases in Nicaragua as Honduras Talks Progress
    By Eric Sabo and Blake Schmidt - : July 29, 2009
    Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said he will set up bases in Nicaragua to press for his return to office as Latin American leaders urge him to continue negotiations with the interim government.

  • Venezuela's diplomatic mission to stay in Honduras despite expulsion order
    By Xinhua - : July 29, 2009
    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday the Venezuelan government will keep its diplomatic delegation in Honduras, despite an expulsion order issued by the country's post-coup government. / "Our staff will stay in Honduras, and they will be defended by the international law," Maduro said in a joint press conference with Spain's Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. / He said Honduras' interim government should be responsible for the personal safety of Venezuelan staff in Honduras.

  • From Tegucigalpa to El Paraiso
    By Clifton Ross - : July 29, 2009
    Here in Tegucigalpa I ran into a friend from Venezuela, Angel Palacio, a documentary film maker. He introduced me to Nery, a slightly chubby, dark skinned, gray haired school teacher who's coming up to a month of protests. He and his wife Suyapa take me to STIBYS, the beverage workers' union, but we don't manage to get any interviews. I get back to my room in the early evening, but Nery is going to take me with him on the caravan to meet President "Mel" Zelaya at the border and hopefully accompany him back to Tegucigalpa.

  • Honduras Coup Resistance Speaking Tour in U.S.A.
    By Rights Action - : July 29, 2009
    One month after the interruption of constitutional order in Honduras through a military coup d'etat and in the wake of widespread reports of human rights violations harkening back to events of the 1980s, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is bringing a delegation of civil society representatives from that country to the U.S. to participate in a speaking tour and to advocate for the restoration of constitutional order and respect for human rights.

  • Pentagon's 21st Century Counterinsurgency Wars:
    Latin America and South Asia

    By Rick Rozoff - : July 29, 2009
    Stavridis' replacement as SOUTHCOM chief is General Douglas Fraser, who in late June, not wasting any time is identifying future casus belli, said that "Iran's growing influence in Latin America is a 'potential risk' to the region" and "I'm concern with the military build-up in Venezuela because I don't understand the threat that they see." / Shortly afterward Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez responded that the "government is strengthening its military because the United States is a threat to Caracas." / Chavez recommended someone give Fraser a mirror over which was inscribed "Look, general, you're the threat!"

  • Gag on media getting steadily tighter in month since coup
    By : July 29, 2009
    Reporters Without Borders condemns the de facto government’s selective censorship of news since the 28 June coup d'état. 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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