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Honduras Coup - Day 95 - September 30, 2009

  • Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal Comes Out Against Coup Decree
    By Al Giordano - : September 30, 2009
    The layers keep peeling away from "president" Roberto Micheletti's coup d'etat, which began with a consensus of most of upper class Honduras and its political institutions but in recent days has seen Congressional and business leaders begin looking for the EXIT sign.

  • Update 7: The situation in Honduras
    By : September 30, 2009
    Fundamental human rights remain suspended in Honduras, despite de facto President Roberto Micheletti's announcement on Monday that he would consider revoking the decree that suspends such rights. It appears that the controversial decree has led to several cracks in support for the de facto government and some key coup supporters have suggested that negotiations could allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to the presidency with strictly limited powers.

  • Zelaya denies Brazil was aware of his plans to return to Honduras
    By : September 30, 2009
    Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said that Brazilian president Lula da Silva did not know about his decision to return to Honduras and claimed that followers calling for his reinstatement have been viciously beaten up by police in Tegucigalpa, according to reports in the Brazilian press.

  • The Ghost of President Bush
    By Council on Hemispheric Affairs - : September 30, 2009
    The U.S.'s shocking performance at the OAS regarding Honduras suggests that the State Department has not heard that President Obama won the election. Who in Washington is making the Obama administration's Honduran policy? The answer is, for the most part, the Bush crowd.

  • USW Women Want Honduran Coup Regime to Cease Brutalizing Women
    By : September 30, 2009
    The United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel organization continues to seek action by the U.S. government to protect Honduran woman who have been brutalized by officials of the coup regime. Last month the organization asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene for Honduran women in the resistance who are being threatened by acts of sexual and physical violence.

  • OAS Advance Mission To Arrive In Honduras This Friday, October 2
    By : September 30, 2009
    An Advance Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) is to arrive in Tegucigalpa this Friday, October 2, with the goal of paving the way for the visit of a Delegation of Foreign Ministers and the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, which would arrive in Honduras next week.

  • Salvadoran Solidarity Rally with Honduras
    By Kara Newhouse and Laura Taylor - : September 30, 2009
    Fourteen buses loaded with FMLN supporters barreled out of Morazan's mountains yesterday and into the capital, where the passengers joined with others from across the country in a show of solidarity for the people of Honduras.

  • Stop the Unconventional War in Honduras
    By Juan Almendares - : September 30, 2009
    The cobra battalions (an elite Honduran police squad) and soldiers have violated people's homes in poor communities, shooting live rounds at families. They have shot tear gas and pepper spray into people's houses targeting children, pregnant women and elders in the neighborhoods of Altos del Viera, Manchen, and el Barrio el Bosque, Hato, Suyapa, LasVegas, San Francisco, colonia Kennedy, Bendeck, Travesía and the Morazán residential area, Colonia Divanna, Altos de la Divanna, Pedregal, Centroamérica, Altos de los Milagros in Tegucigalpa and in other poor neighborhoods in the capital. The soldiers have captured and tortured the young man Jose Luis Rodas.

  • Journalists in Honduras: "They know who we are"
    By : September 30, 2009
    Testimony from Marvin Ortiz, a journalist with Radio Globo in Honduras

  • Why Newt Gingrich shouldn't ever have foreign policy influence
    By : September 30, 2009

  • The State Department Scolds Zelaya Again
    By Matthew Rothschild - : September 30, 2009
    Obama has let the Honduran coup continue. He's done so by not cutting off all aid to the country, and by not denouncing the coup makers strongly enough. He's also done so by letting the State Department say things that are either diametrically opposed to his own words or that undermine them, in any event. For instance, Obama called the coup a coup; Hillary Clinton has never let that word pass her lips.

  • Launch a Military Coup, Hire a High-Power PR Firm and Represent Democracy!
    By Joshua Holland - : September 30, 2009
    Roberto Micheletti's coup government has done a fine job spinning away the fact that this was the kind of military coup that has been anything but par-for-the-course in recent years in an overwhelmingly democratic Latin America. They've done it with savvy lobbying and PR. Historian Greg Grandin wrote about debating former Clinton confidant Lanny Davis, now a lobbyist representing the coup government, among others...

  • Honduras: will maquilas survive the coup?
    By : September 30, 2009
    As of the morning of Sept. 28, a 45-day state of siege decreed by the de facto Honduran government was in effect, allowing the authorities to suspend rights of free speech and assembly; police agents and soldiers had already closed the Radio Globo radio station and the Channel 36 television station under the decree. The state of siege followed a week of increasing tensions after president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, deposed by a June 28 military coup, secretly returned to the country on Sept. 21 and established his headquarters in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

  • At Llorens Residence, Tense Meetings Show New Divisions Amongst Coup Backers
    By : September 30, 2009
    Important backers of the coup regime in Tegucigalpa are beginning to peel away from their hard line stance against ousted President Manuel Zelaya, agreeing that "something must be done to ease the political crisis engulfing Honduras." This writes the LA Times today who reports on a tense Sunday meeting at the home of U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens which included OAS representative John Biehl (Chile), senior Honduran politicians, and members of the country's business community.

  • Complicated situation in Honduras
    By : September 30, 2009
    Three months have passed since the coup in Honduras when President Manuel Zelaya was ousted. After the coup, the ambassadors of the EU countries left Honduras in protest. When the EU a week or so ago decided that the ambassadors would return, Spanish Ambassador Ignacio Rupérez Rubio, among others, was told that he would not be welcome.

  • Honduras crisis hits regional trade hard
    By Alberto Najar - : September 30, 2009
    The political crisis in Honduras is having a crippling effect on trade in Central America, with Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica losing millions of dollars of trade every day.

  • Cracks deepen among supporters of Honduran coup
    By Mark Stevenson, AP - : September 30, 2009
    Cracks are deepening among supporters of Honduras' coup-imposed government, with business leaders softening their opposition to reinstating ousted President Manuel Zelaya and lawmakers threatening to revoke an emergency decree limiting civil liberties.

  • Honduran soldiers raid building, detain activists
    By AP - : September 30, 2009
    Soldiers and police enforced an emergency decree suspending civil liberties Wednesday despite promises by the coup-imposed government to lift the measures criticized by its own allies as going too far. / About 150 police and soldiers acting on the decree raided the offices of the National Agrarian Institute, occupied by supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya since the June 28 coup. Authorities detained 54 farm activists and Zelaya supporters, police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said.

  • Honduran police evict Zelaya supporters in crackdown
    By Esteban Israel - : September 30, 2009
    Honduran police on Wednesday began evicting supporters of toppled President Manuel Zelaya from government office buildings where they had holed up for three months to protest his ouster in a military coup.

  • Fito's Plan Causes Conflict
    By : September 30, 2009
    Adolfo Facussé's plan to resolve the crisis in Honduras has stirred up a controversy within the country. This morning, La Tribuna wrote about Luis Larach, presdent of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the department of Cortés (CCIC), who feels Facussé has overstepped his bounds and stepped on Congresses toes. / Larach noted that Facussé's plan involves allowing 3000 foreign soldiers into the country as a peace keeping force, and restoring, if only for a few hours, Manuel Zelaya. "These themes pertain to the National Congress and the Judiciary, anyone who makes these proposals lightly should not have any validity," Larach said.

  • Anselem's Statement Creates Problems for Llorens
    By : September 30, 2009
    If the State Department apologist Phil Crowley needs the proof that the rest of us see as obvious, that backup ambassador to the OAS Lew Anselem's ridiculous statements in the OAS have caused damage, one only needs to look at the Honduran newspapers this morning. Many of them are running a story like this one in La Tribuna, quoting the de facto government's Minister of Government, Oscar Matute, saying Anselem is not saying the same thing as our ambassador Hugo Llorens is.

  • Resistance Continues in Honduras
    By : September 30, 2009
    The anti-coup resistance in Honduras stated that popular mobilization for the return of constitutional order despite the state of siege decreed by the de facto government will continue Wednesday in the country.

  • Mexico's policy to Honduras crisis meant to defend democracy
    By : September 30, 2009
    The de facto Honduran government on Sunday sent an ultimatum to the governments of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela, demanding it be recognized as the legal government and protocol procedures be fulfilled. / It warned that if they fail to comply, these countries should remove from their embassy buildings the distinctions, flags that identify their states and exclusive rights.

  • Brazil helps seek peaceful solution to Honduran political crisis: FM
    By : September 30, 2009
    Brazil is contributing to a more peaceful solution to the Honduran political crisis by sheltering ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in its embassy in Honduras, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Tuesday.

  • Brazil Reluctantly Takes Key Role in Honduras Dispute
    By Tim Padgett with Andrew Downie - : September 30, 2009
    Brazil is hardly an idle player in Latin America. In fact, its diplomatic corps (usually called Itamaraty, after the name of the Foreign Ministry's Modernist building in Brasília) is widely considered one of the world's best, and it has played a key role in defusing South American crises like last year's chest-thumping row between Colombia and Venezuela. Brazilian troops run the U.N. mission in violence-torn Haiti. And Lula, one of the world's most popular heads of state, has become arguably the most effective intermediary between Washington and a resurgent, anti-U.S. Latin left. 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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