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Honduras Coup - Day 79 - September 14, 2009

  • History Repeats Itself in Honduras
    By Belén Fernández - : September 14, 2009
    Banana Workers Unions Apply Lessons of 1954 General Strike to Coup Resistance: In mid-August of this year, a contingent of Honduran policemen gathered near the headquarters of the Coalition of Honduran Banana and Agroindustrial Unions—COSIBAH—in the town of La Lima in northwestern Honduras. Founded in 1994, COSIBAH is a federation of seven unions, three of which are heavily involved in the resistance to the June 28 coup that overthrew Honduran President Mel Zelaya. According to the leaders of the organization, the police had intended to arrest them but had changed their minds after noting the large number of people present at the headquarters for a meeting; the staff nonetheless continued to take extra safety precautions such as monitoring suspicious vehicles in the area and keeping the front door of the building locked.

  • Honduras and Human Rights Council
    By : September 14, 2009
    The UN Human Rights Council couldn't start on time because the Honduran representative (who was originally named by Mel Zelaya but now is loyal to Roberto Micheletti) wasn't allowed in as an observer. Naturally, he blamed it on Hugo Chávez.

  • Honduras Independence Day
    By Hillary Rodham Clinton - : September 14, 2009
    On behalf of the people of the United States, I send greetings to the people of Honduras as they commemorate 188 years of independence tomorrow. Honduras and the United States have a long history of close ties, based upon mutual interests, shared values, and friendship between our peoples.

  • Honduran presidential hopefuls to meet mediator
    By Marianela Jimenez, AP - : September 14, 2009
    The international community's chief mediator in the Honduran political crisis said Monday he will meet with the country's presidential candidates to emphasize that upcoming elections will not be recognized if held under the government installed by a coup.

  • Plan Puebla-Panama Advances: New Name, Same Game
    By Laura Carlsen - : September 14, 2009
    At the "IX Tuxtla Summit," held July 24 in Costa Rica, the declaration against the Honduran coup d'etat captured the headlines of regional newspapers. The declaration nearly overshadowed the main purpose of the meeting, which is the advancement of a regional integration plan previously known as Plan Puebla-Panama (PPP).

  • Honduras envoy says "ordered out" of U.N. rights body
    By Robert Evans - : September 14, 2009
    The Honduran ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday he had been ordered out of the U.N. Human Rights Council after other Latin American countries said he represented an "illegal" regime.

  • The U.S. administration and Honduras: Too little too late?
    By Alexander Main - : September 14, 2009
    Though the Obama administration has insisted that it is determined to see democracy restored in Honduras, it has been slow to take real measures aimed at pressuring the coup regime. It wasn't until late last week that the State Department finally decided to cancel the visas of key coup leaders like de facto president Roberto Micheletti and terminate roughly 15% of US aid to Honduras. These meek and overdue steps stand in striking contrast with the US government's response to other recent coups, like those of Madagascar and Mauritania, where the US was quick to suspend the totality of its major Millennium Challenge aid programs.

  • Resistance against the coup grows and calls for boycott of elections
    By Jorge Martín - : September 14, 2009
    Eighty days since the coup in Honduras there are no signs of the resistance being weakened. On the contrary it is growing and becoming more militant. The conditions exist for the coup regime to be overthrown, but this requires decisive action in the form of a total, all-out general strike.

  • OAS Secretary-General to Address Canada's Engagement in Honduras at FOCAL Roundtable
    By Marketwire - : September 14, 2009
    Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), and Paul Durand, former Canadian ambassador to Honduras and the OAS, will discuss what happened in Honduras, the role that Canada has played and implications for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Colombia exporting paramilitaries to Honduras: El Tiempo
    By Javier Emilio Valencia - : September 14, 2009
    Colombian illegal armed groups are recruiting demobilized paramilitaries to work as mercenaries in Honduras, several Colombian media reported Monday. According to newspaper El Tiempo, some Honduran business people are hiring Colombian former paramilitaries to strengthen their security against urban gangs.

  • A vacuum at the top of Obama's Latin America team
    By Marcela Sanchez - : September 14, 2009
    It's been nearly nine months since Obama took office, and nearly five since he launched what he calls a new foreign policy era of "mutual respect and equality" in the Americas. While both developments have been widely celebrated throughout the region, so far the Obama administration has delivered only policy potpourri – a hodgepodge of decisions that demonstrates a lack of coordination and strategy.

  • Hondura Artists Dedicate Concert to Five Cubans Detained in U.S.
    By : September 14, 2009
    Artists from the Honduras resistance movement against the coup dedicated their concert over the weekend to demand the release of the five Cuban imprisoned in the US for 11 years. The concert, in the presence of the riot police, aimed at stressing solidarity with Cuba and demanding the reinstatement of the constitutional order after the coup June 28 coup.

  • Hondurans take feuds to UN meeting
    By : September 14, 2009
    Disagreement over who should represent Honduras at the UN marred the opening session of the Human Rights Council today, which will tackle the heated question alongside Gaza and other issues. Latin American delegations led by Argentina and Brazil protested the presence of Honduras, which does not have a voting seat on the 47-member Geneva body but sought to take part as an observer, as dozens of other countries typically do.

  • Honduras Resistance Continues on Streets
    By : September 14, 2009
    The Honduran popular forces will go back to the street to demand for the constitutional order broken by last June 28 military coup, confirmed the leaders of the movement.

  • De facto Honduran president plays down U.S. visa cancellation
    By : September 14, 2009
    De facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti on Sunday played down the revocation by the United States of visas against de facto Honduran officials. "Nobody has died of having or not having a visa," the de facto leader told local radio HRN. "People do have died seeking American land." 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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