Obama's Continuance of Bush Policies in Latin America is a Serious Mistake
By Mark Weisbrot - huffingtonpost.com : August 13, 2009
There were great hopes in Latin America when President Obama was elected. U.S. standing in the region had reached a low point under George W. Bush, and all of the hemisphere's left-leaning governments expressed optimism that Obama would go in a different direction. / These hopes have been dashed. President Obama has continued the Bush policies and in some cases has done worse.
Foreign policy: Honduran coup was planned as far back as Bush presidency
By Aimee Kligman - examiner.com : August 13, 2009
Several headlines in today's world section of Mexico's daily 'La Jornada' put U.S fingerprints all over the 'coup' which deposed Honduran President Zelaya. The identical AP photo was used as above, with several bullet points. The third point, combined with today's article in the Wall Street Journal, titled 'US decides not to impose sanctions on Honduras', put the nails in the coffin.
The Coup in Honduras, ALBA, and the English-Speaking Caribbean
By Faiz Ahmed - monthlyreview.org : August 13, 2009
The military coup carried out by masked soldiers in the early hours of June 28against the democratically elected President of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was a bandit act with differing messages intended for different audiences.
Military Forces Sow Terror and Fear in Honduras
By Dick Emanuelsson - irc-online.org : August 13, 2009
The armed forces and police attacked tens of thousands of Hondurans in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the industrial center of the country, resulting in two days of terror and fear in Honduras. Hundreds of people have been arrested, beaten, and many are wounded, according to reports from different human rights organizations.
Obama Should Change Course and Support Democracy in Honduras
By Mark Weisbrot - huffingtonpost.com : August 13, 2009
President Obama is making a big mistake in coddling the dictatorship in Honduras, and putting his administration at odds with the rest of the hemisphere. It also looks terrible to the world that his government so easily abandons its professed commitment to democracy and the rule of law.
US State Department and Millennium Challenge Corp. Contradict Each Other Over Honduras Coup Aid
By Bill Conroy and Al Giordano - narconews.com : August 13, 2009 In Interviews with Narco News, MCC Says It Keeps Funding Coup Regime Because State Department Hasn't Told It to Stop
US State Department spokeswoman Laura Tischler and Millennium Challenge Corporation spokeswoman Sarah Stevenson sharply contradicted each other over aid to the Honduras coup regime in interviews this week with Narco News. / Tischler claimed that State has adopted a policy of "suspending programs we would have to legally terminate" if State declares the situation in Honduras a "military coup" under section 7008 of the US Foreign Operations Law. And she reiterated that the suspension of all such funds is still in place because State has not concluded its determination as to whether it will define the coup legally as such.
Resistance Continues in Honduras
By Prensa Latina - cubaweb.cu : August 13, 2009
The National Front against the coup d'Etat stated that the peaceful struggle will continue until the recovery of the State of Law, despite the violent repression sparked off by the army and the police.
Spinning the Honduras Coup
By John Grant - monthlyreview.org : August 13, 2009
No one has adequately explained how Zelaya broke the law. What he seems to have done is what elected populist leaders do: he 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.
Government requests Honduran embassador's resignation
By momento24.com : August 13, 2009
Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana and Zelaya met in Quito last weekend, where the president of Honduras requested the cessation of Ortez Williams' functions of the Honduras Embassy in our country. Taiana ordered the "immediate notification" to the Honduran ambassador after the meeting.
Honduras protests continue, as Zelaya visits Chile
By Kathia Martinez, AP - google.com : August 13, 2009
Thousands of Hondurans supporting ousted President Manuel Zelaya protested in the nation's capital on Thursday, as a U.S. diplomat prepared to meet representatives of the government that has been in power since a military coup.
Honduras: Zelaya supporters clash with security forces
By YouTube.com : August 13, 2009
Honduran security forces in the capital of Tegucigalpa clashed with supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya for a second day as the deposed leader called on Washington to intervene in the political crisis.
Honduras' Zelaya Arrives In Chile Seeking Support
By nasdaq.com : August 13, 2009
Honduras' exiled President Manuel Zelaya arrived in Santiago on Thursday seeking support from Chile's government as widespread violent protests demanding his return continued in his home country.
Honduras and the World According to Obama Factor
By Julie Webb Pullman - scoop.co.nz : August 13, 2009
Even more reassuring is that Barack "The Hypocrisy's on me" Obama wants us to believe that acting ethically equals hypocrisy. According to his logic, "collaboration" and "intervention" are mutually exclusive, and taking a moral stand – impossible! / In the World According to Obama, having a bleeding great U.S. military base slap in the middle of Honduras isn't intervention. / In the World According to Obama, U.S. training, support of, and co-operation with the military thugs now running Honduras isn't intervention. / In the World According to Obama, bankrolling the Honduran coup through programmes such as MCC, NED, and USAID  isn't intervention.
Obama Administration Should Demand an End to Coup Regime's Killings in Honduras, CEPR Co-Director Urges
By Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) - commondreams.org : Aug. 13, 2009
The Obama administration has an obligation to demand that the de facto regime in Honduras stop ongoing political killings and other human rights abuses, Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today. Weisbrot noted that human rights observers and international media have documented the killings of at least ten people - mostly of supporters of ousted president Manuel Zelaya, and all apparently politically motivated - since the coup d'etat occurred on June 28.
Zelaya's Exile an 'Error,' Honduras Human Rights Chief Says
By Blake Schmidt and Eric Sabo - bloomberg.com : August 13, 2009
Ramon Custodio, the highest official in the acting government to say publicly that Zelaya's exile was a mistake, said the president should have gone to trial rather than been bundled aboard a military plane to Costa Rica in the early hours of June 28. He joined the current regime because Zelaya's violations of the constitutions warranted his removal from office, he said.
Honduras protesters mob legislator
By aljazeera.net : August 13, 2009
Supporters of Manuel Zelaya, the ousted Honduran president, have mobbed a legislator known to back the coup that pushed the president from power.
Violent protests hit isolated Honduras
By AFP - google.com : August 13, 2009
Honduran police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of angry demonstrators, as ousted President Manuel Zelaya called on the United States to do more to resolve the crisis.
60 Arrested as Honduran Police Occupy Teacher's College
By democracynow.org : August 13, 2009
The Honduran coup regime continues its crackdown on demonstrators calling for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. On Wednesday, Honduran police fired tear gas at thousands of people in the capital Tegucigalpa for the second straight day. Police also occupied and closed off a teacher's college where protesters have gathered. At least sixty protesters have been jailed over the last two days. The coup regime has imposed a curfew in the capital after a pro-Zelaya rally on Tuesday drew more than 10,000 people.
US Congressional Actions you don't see covered in the Wall Street Journal
By hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com : August 13, 2009
It is important to remember that the US government is not a singular entity. Much of the criticism of the actions of the Obama administration revolves around muddled messages or actions that tend to legitimate the de facto regime, and lack of actions that would clearly communicate to the coup participants and broader Honduran civil society that the US really, really does not approve, not even covertly.
US Privatizes War in Colombia
By Eva Golinger - chavezcode.com : August 13, 2009
For the year 2009 the State Department of the United States will invest approximately $520 million in Plan Colombia. More than half of this money went to private North American contractors charged with developing, promoting and furthering irregular warfare in Colombian territory and in Latin America; this was revealed to the Bolivarian News Agency by the lawyer and researcher Eva Golinger.
Obama and the Honduran Crisis: Friend or Foe of Enlightened Change?
By COHA Director Larry Birns and Research Associate Sean Johnson : August 13, 2009
The State Department's failure to label the events of June 28 a military coup has so far allowed economic aid to continue to flow to the Central American nation where it provides the Micheletti regime with the oxygen it needs to survive.
Venezuela fumes over Obama's 'hypocrisy' remark
By Bridget Johnson - thehill.com : August 13, 2009
The Venezuelan representative also continued to lean on the administration to take harsher measures against the de facto government in Tegucigalpa. / "Member states are expected to participate, to the extent of their respective possibilities, in reestablishment of the democratic system," Chaderton said. "Requesting further sanctions for the reestablishment of the democratic government of Honduras cannot be labeled as hypocrisy. "Such an interpretation could not be more arbitrary and mischievous, because the unanimous, collective desire of the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas is at stake," Chaderton said.
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