The US Sets Out Ambiguous Stance on Honduran Crisis
By Cuban News Agency - cubanews.ain.cu : August 07, 2009 On a letter addressed to Senator Richard Lugar, the US State Department's Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Richard Verma, pointed out that the United States is not studying economic sanctions against the coup perpetrators headed by Roberto Micheletti...
Canada joins OAS delegation to Honduras
By cbc.ca : August 07, 2009
Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Peter Kent has been named by the Organization of American States as part of a delegation that will try to persuade the interim government in Honduras to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
Interim Honduran coup gov't to receive OAS observers
By Xinhua - xinhuanet.com : August 07, 2009
Honduras would receive an observer mission from the Organization of American States (OAS), Martha Loren Alvarado, vice foreign minister of the interim Honduran government, said on Friday.
OAS will send 6 foreign ministers to Honduras
By Tyler Bridges - kansascity.com : August 07, 2009
The Organization of American States stepped up its pressure Friday on Honduras' de facto government, announcing that it's sending six foreign ministers here Tuesday to press for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
Obama says no quick way to end Honduras crisis
By Reuters - reuters.com : August 07, 2009
Obama told reporters he still supports the reinstatement of Zelaya, who was overthrown in June, but that the United States would not take unilateral action. "I can't press a button and suddenly reinstate Mr Zelaya," Obama said.
Senator Fears Letter Sends Wrong Signal on Honduras
By Ginger Thompson - nytimes.com : August 07, 2009
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is concerned that the Obama administration's efforts to placate Republican critics of its policy on Honduras were giving the impression that American support for the restoration of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, had begun to weaken.
The Minimum Wage and the Coup in Honduras
By Robert Naiman - huffingtonpost.com : August 07, 2009
What is the minimum wage which a worker shall be paid for a day's labor? Supporters of the coup have tried to trick Americans into believing that President Zelaya was ousted by the Honduran military because he broke the law. But this is nonsense. A Honduran bishop told Catholic News Service, "Some say Manuel Zelaya threatened democracy by proposing a constitutional assembly. But the poor of Honduras know that Zelaya raised the minimum salary. That's what they understand. They know he defended the poor by sharing money with mayors and small towns. That's why they are out in the streets closing highways and protesting (to demand Zelaya's return)"
Honduras: Military Coup Engineered By Two US Companies?
By John Perkins - informationclearinghouse.info : August 07, 2009
I was told by a Panamanian bank vice president, "Every multinational knows that if Honduras raises its hourly rate, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean will have to follow. Haiti and Honduras have always set the bottom line for minimum wages. The big companies are determined to stop what they call a 'leftist revolt' in this hemisphere. In throwing out Zelaya they are sending frightening messages to all the other presidents who are trying to raise the living standards of their people."
Toppling a Coup, Part I: Dilemmas for the Honduras Regime
By Al Giordano - narconews.com : August 07, 2009
The dilemma they provide for the coup regime is this: If it sends police and military to attack the peaceful march, the regime looks not just authoritarian but stupid. If it does not send repressive forces to attack the march, the sheer numbers of people who will converge in the two biggest cities next Tuesday will be earthshaking and again demonstrate, as on July 5, that many times more Hondurans, hundreds of thousands, are mobilized against the coup than have shown up for all pro-coup rallies combined.
The Conservative Counter-Attack in Latin America
By Miguel Tinker Salas - counterpunch.org : August 07, 2009
I would submit that events in Honduras are not isolated, but rather part of a conservative counterattack taking shape in Latin America. For some time, the right has been rebuilding in Latin America; hosting conferences, sharing experiences, refining their message, working with the media, and building ties with allies in the United States. This is not the lunatic right fringe, but rather the mainstream right with powerful allies in the middle class that used to consider themselves center, but have been frightened by recent left electoral victories and the rise of social movements. With Obama in the White House and Clinton in the State Department they have now decided to act. Bush/Cheney and company did not give them any coverage and had become of little use to them.
Zelaya Tells Mexicans Obama Can Turn Back Coup "In Five Minutes"
By Laura Carlsen - huffingtonpost.com : August 07, 2009
Zelaya said, "Our people have the right to resist repression with all the arms of our democratic system but also peaceful insurrection... Patience has limits--I'm advising all the recalcitrant right from Washington to Tierra del Fuego." He was careful to repeat that "ours is a peaceful, civic and tolerant struggle... but patience is running out." The resistance movement has been building up over a month now and seen at least six of its members assassinated.
Honduran Coup Government Continues Attack On The Poor With Plan To Seize Indigenous Hospital
By Dan Kovalik - huffingtonpost.com : August 07, 2009
Dr. Luther Castillo, who was named "Honduran Doctor of the Year" in 2007 by Rotary International, has just sent out an alert through the non-profit group MEDICC, that he and his staff at the Indigenous Garifuna Community Hospital have received an order from the de facto Honduran government to leave the Hospital and discontinue their work there. The government has announced that it is downgrading the standing of the hospital and will be taking over with "new management."
Clashes between supporters of ousted President Zelaya and police
By YouTube.com : August 07, 2009
Honduras: Anti-Coup Rallies Go on
By Prensa Latina - solvision.co.cu : August 07, 2009
Honduras demonstrations against the June 28 military coup go on, despite armed forces and the police'' repression, popular leader stated. Israel Salinas, general secretary of the United Federation of Workers (FUTH), also stressed people's unity and forces in the common aim for recovering the constitutional order.
Report from the Quijote Centre, Honduras
By Quixote Center - scoop.co.nz : August 07, 2009
This report comes from an international delegation of North Americans which has been in Honduras a short time taking testimony of, observing, and reporting human rights abuses. This delegation came to Honduras because reports from people on the ground have differed substantially from most media reports of the coup regime.
Interview with Rene Andres Pavon, President of the Committee for Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH)
By Dick Emanuelsson - scoop.co.nz : August 07, 2009
"Paramilitary structures are working in coordination with the armed forces" says the indisputable leader of the struggle for human rights in Honduras, Andres Pavon, after the murder of the latest victim of the Honduran coup regime dictatorship. / Nor is it surprising that Israelis, the principal teachers of State terrorism, of how to sustain a regime of death, terror and permanent surveillance of a vulnerable civilian population struggling for its fundamental rights, should appear in Honduras. Andres Pavon discusses this in the following interview given in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on August 2nd 2009.
Honduras March on Third Day
By Prensa Latina - prensa-latina.cu : August 07, 2009
Thousands of Hondurans restarted Friday the third day of National Popular Resistance March towards this capital and the northern city of San Pedro Sula, to restitute the state of law.
State Department spells out US stand on Honduran coup
By Bill Van Auken - wsws.org : August 07, 2009
The State Department letter began by assuring Lugar that the claim that the Obama administration is backing Zelaya is a misunderstanding. / "Our policy and strategy for engagement is not based on supporting any particular politician or individual," wrote Richard Verma, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. "Rather, it is based on finding a resolution that best serves the Honduran people and their democratic aspirations."
Will Venezuelan Destabilization Follow the Honduran Coup?
By Stephen Lendman - thepeoplesvoice.org : August 07, 2009
At a January political rally on a historic Venezuela battlefield, Chavez said "I hope I am wrong, but I believe Obama brings the same stench, to not say another word" and do little to change his predecessor's policies. / After earlier hoping for better US - Venezuelan relations, he reacted to Obama's rhetoric, accusing him of obstructing Latin American progress and exporting terrorism.
Zelaya supporters demand US action
By RTVCEnglish - YouTube.com : August 07, 2009
Midence Says Honduras Economy to Shrink After Crisis
By Blake Schmidt - bloomberg.com : August 07, 2009
Honduras's central bank cut its economic outlook today, predicting a contraction of as much as 2 percent as the global slump and a political crisis curtail trade and tourism.
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