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Honduras Coup - Day 62 - August 28, 2009

  • Burn Rate
    By : August 28, 2009
    Just a quick economic note. Since June 25th, the de facto government in Honduras has drawn down the liquid foreign reserves by about $400 million so that today, the Banco Central de Honduras reports its liquid reserves of international currency at $2,063.8 million. At the rate of $200 million a month, by the election day, November 29, 2009, the liquid reserves will be down to $1,463.8 million, and by the time a new president could take office in late January, they will be down to $1,063.8 million, or to a level that is less than half what it was before the coup. Whoever takes over in December under these conditions will have a Honduran economy that's in freefall, former Banco Central director Edwin Araque Bonilla said today on Radio Globo.

  • Honduras Update August 28 2009
    By : August 28, 2009
    Yesterday I told you that the coup de-facto president Micheletti, made an offer to step down if Zelaya also would. The problem with this is that the Supreme Court chief justice would then become the president, and he was one of the chief coup plotters. While the New York Times treated this "generous offer" with the derision it deserved, a lot of other press in the U.S., including the Washington Post, took it seriously and pretend not to understand why such a gimmick would not be acceptable.

  • Honduras' Historic Two Months
    By Jennifer Moore - : August 28, 2009
    Since June 28th when Hondurans were denied the opportunity to participate in a mere opinion poll that had nothing to do with extending Zelaya's term, thousands have been arbitrarily detained, dozens beaten and at least ten people killed by repressive state forces while press freedoms continue to be seriously curtailed. Despite this - or rather as a direct outcome - day after day people keep turning out to marches, caravans, concerts, religious masses and meetings in order to demand an immediate return to constitutional order, the restitution of their democratically-elected president and renewed efforts toward greater equality and inclusion beginning with constitutional reforms.

  • Fake Deadlock Unlocked: Suddenly EVERYONE Has an Answer
    By : August 28, 2009
    First, the State Department's issues a curious restriction on new visas that will not hamper Honduras' elite, golpista class because most of them already have multiple entry business visas. As is the case most often, I bet the US has another reason for this move: to prevent a flood of people coming to the US if things go to hell in a handbasket in Honduras. In addition to visas, an "unnamed spokesperson" at the State Department says that the coup may be declared a "military" coup. Sounds like a nice thing to do after 62 days, but the events unfolding this very minute will make this move unnecesary.

  • Ex OAS Honduran Ambassador to propose election rejection
    By : August 28, 2009
    The ex Honduran Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Carlos Sosa, prepares a resolution so that the 33 countries of the organisation may reject the upcoming elections to be held in said country as long as the political crisis continues.

  • Coup-hit Honduras to start election campaign
    By AFP - : August 28, 2009
    Thousands of Zelaya supporters took to the streets of the Honduran capital on Friday as US pressure intensified on the defiant interim leaders behind the coup exactly two months ago. The Organization of American States (OAS), which suspended Honduras in July, has said it will not recognize the result of the November 29 elections for a new president, lawmakers and almost 300 mayors.

  • There was no Constitutional Succession
    By Ramón Enrique Barrios - : August 28, 2009
    It Was not a constitutional succession, rather a coup d'etat. This crisis began with a call for a non-binding poll. It wasn't a plebiscite nor was it a referendum, both of which are binding. This poll was based in the Law of Citizen Participation and would have been carried out by the National Statistics Institute, INE. In my judgement, it was not illegal. With the results of the same, they would have gone in front of the National Congress, which was who would give the final authorization to place, or not, a ballot box in the general elections of November to consult the people to see if they want a National Constituent Assembly. If the Congress had said "no", that would have been it.

  • Your action now can return Democracy to Honduras
    By Eva Golinger - : August 28, 2009
    Since June 28th, you have joined with our friends in Honduras to help return democracy to their country. As a result, your actions are now bearing fruit.

  • Honduras coup representative forced to quit fisheries seminar
    By : August 28, 2009
    The presence of Honduran government representative, Marco Antonio Calderón, and Marco Polo Micheletti - brother of Roberto Micheletti - at the International Labour Organization (ILO) work in fisheries convention on 25 August, prompted outrage among trade union delegates. Last June, Roberto Micheletti ousted the democratically elected Honduran government led by Manuel Zelaya.

  • OAS: Any Honduran deal must restore ousted leader
    By Juan Carlos Llorca, AP - : August 28, 2009
    The head of the Organization of American States closed the door Friday on a compromise offered by Honduras' interim leader because it would not restore the president ousted in a coup.

  • 8/28 Day of Solidarity Against Coup: New York, Los Angeles Actions
    By : August 28, 2009
    National Front Against the Coup in Honduras calls on the progressive movement worldwide to hold Global Days of Solidarity at U.S. Embassies around the world.

  • Meet the new kid, same as the old kid: nothing new from Micheletti
    By : August 28, 2009
    An article in the New York Times provides the better report; the article in the Washington Post is distinguished primarily by the amazing use of Lanny Davis-- a paid lobbyist for the coup regime-- as the source of a quote offered as if it represented an independent judgment-- worse, as if it were the opinion of political insiders in the US government...

  • EU considering new measures against Honduras, Spain says
    By : August 28, 2009
    The European Union is considering new measures to pressure Honduras to allow the return to power of ousted president Manuel Zelaya, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Friday. The EU's Latin America Group will discuss the measures in the coming week, Moratinos said.

  • Zelaya's followers urge to boycott elections in Honduras
    By Xinhua - : August 28, 2009
    The followers of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Thursday called on people to reject and boycott the general elections scheduled for Nov. 29. The call came two days before the country's Electoral Supreme Court inaugurated the beginning of election campaigns.

  • Honduras' interim government offers crisis plan
    By AP - : August 28, 2009
    The offer appears to contain little new, other than an implicit offer by interim President Roberto Micheletti to back a limited amnesty for Zelaya, who was charged with several counts after he was ousted and flown into exile by soldiers in a June 28 coup.

  • Central America Agriculture Affected By Honduras Crisis:
    Ministers Meeting in Costa Rica

    By : August 28, 2009
    Central American, Caribbean and Mexican ministers of agriculture will analyze on Friday in Costa Rica effects of the Honduran political crisis on business and the regional integrationist process. 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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