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[url=http://hondurasoye.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/escalating-sexual-aggression... Sexual Aggression Against Feminist And Women Protesters Against Military Coup In Honduras Ignored By Global & National Media[/url]

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Global & national media are ignoring the growing intensity of sexual aggression and torture of women demonstrators in Honduras after the military coup d'etat  and violent repression, according to Honduran feminists and activists.

"The media (in Honduras) are manipulating our minds, because we see (in the streets) what is really happening" and they are not reporting the reality of the violent repression by the military and police, declared Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, the first lady of Honduras and wife of Pres. Zelaya, who spoke to a Forum by Feminists in Resistance of Honduras today. Most of the mainstream media are owned by supporters of the military coup, so their reports reflect efforts by the de facto regime to create an image of "normality," that all is well, that there was in fact no military coup, they merely ousted an ex-president who violated the constitution, according to Castro de Zelaya.

The first lady spoke to an audience of about 120 mainly women, including an international delegation from Central America, Mexico, Canada, Spain and the United States participating in a Feminist Transgressional Watch. The group is visiting Honduras for Women's Human Rights Week, and conducting a feminist observatory of violations of women's human rights, and feminist strategies of resistance to the military coup.

As popular resistance to the military coup continues with massive daily street marches, military and police officials are becoming more aggressive with both female and male demonstrators, beating them with clubs, shooting into crowds with (rubber or real) bullets, conducting large scale arrests or detentions, torture, and assassinations, little of which is covered in many media reports, said Indira Mendoza of Catrachas. Mendoza has videotaped some of these incidents directly or has testimony of witnesses. Hospitals and clinics are filled with young people in particular, with broken arm or leg bones, head injuries, and (rubber) bullet wounds.

Women's and human rights groups are receiving reports of escalating sexual aggression against women both in the demonstrations and in detentions, ranging from verbal obscenities and threats, to women being grabbed or beaten with batons on their buttocks, to torture and rape in detentions, noted Adela Coria of the Center for Women's Studies (CEM). In today's Forum in Tegucigalpa, Yadida Minero reported that she had just taken a young woman to a radio station to denounce her torture and rape with a rifle while in detention at a police station.

Likewise, in the United States, the diminishing number of media reports on Honduras reflect how Pres. Obama led by Secretary State Hillary Clinton is backing away from his originally strong condemnation of the coup which ousted the legally elected President Zelaya, according to Breny Mendoza, a Honduran living in the US, and professor at California State University in Northridge. The intensive US news coverage and outrage in the US mainstream media about the controversial presidential elections in Iran is a stark contrast to the minimal coverage of the military coup in Honduras which ousted a democratically elected president. And the front and center role of women including feminists in the massive demonstrations, and the increasingly aggressive reaction of military and police to the women are also absent in media reports....

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John Perkins: Honduras: Military Coup Engineered By Two US Companies?

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Memories are short in the US, but not in Central America. I kept hearing people who claimed that it was a matter of record that Chiquita (United Fruit) and the CIA had toppled Guatemala's democratically-elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 and that International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT), Henry Kissinger, and the CIA had brought down Chile's Salvador Allende in 1973. These people were certain that Haiti's president Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been ousted by the CIA in 2004 because he proposed a minimum wage increase, like Zelaya's.

The links to the Oblahma Administration in the USA are extensive.

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The cozy relationship between Honduras's military coup leaders and the corporatocracy were confirmed a couple of days after my arrival in Panama. England's The Guardian ran an article announcing that "two of the Honduran coup government's top advisers have close ties to the US secretary of state. One is Lanny Davis, an influential lobbyist who was a personal lawyer for President Bill Clinton and also campaigned for Hillary. . . The other hired gun for the coup government that has deep Clinton ties is (lobbyist) Bennett Ratcliff." (1)

DemocracyNow! broke the news that Chiquita was represented by a powerful Washington law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and its consultant, McLarty Associates (2). President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder had been a Covington partner and a defender of Chiquita when the company was accused of hiring "assassination squads" in Colombia (Chiquita was found guilty, admitting that it had paid organizations listed by the US government as terrorist groups "for protection" and agreeing in 2004 to a $25 million fine).

 

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The Truth About Honduras:

http://yayacanada.blogspot.com/2009/08/truth-about-honduras.html

"The Toronto Honduras Resistance website is a good place for English speakers to get updates.."

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The Militarization of Latin America

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14935

"The UNASUR summit in Bariloche, Argentina will have to face two grave problems weighing heavily on Latin America: The military coup in Honduras and the militarization of the region as a result of the installation of not one but seven US military bases in Columbia..."

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A Canadian delegation in solidarity with the resistance to the coup has arrived in Honduras:

"The objective of the delegation is to have a Canadian presence on the ground in Honduras to engage with various sectors of civil society that is in resistance to the de facto military regime. Upon returning to Canada, LASN will build links across Canada in support of the resistance movement in Honduras.  LASN will continue its pressure on the Canadian government to end its wait-and-see attitude toward the de facto military regime and to take concrete steps to pressure the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti to restore President Zelaya..."

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[url=http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/08/25/honduras-rights-report-shows-need-... Rights Watch breaks its six-week silence on Honduras[/url]

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[url=http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/08/united-states-involvement-in-the-coup-.... involvement in the coup[/url]

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"What we're seeing evolving before our very eyes is Washington applying the same imperial policy in Central and Latin America, that is to say a policy of domination and interference in order to control the natural resources of the region and have a stranglehold on the geo-strategic areas."

 

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[url=http://rabble.ca/news/2009/08/eyewitness-struggle-democracy-honduras]A Canadian in Honduras: Eyewitness to the coup resistance[/url]
by Ashley Holly (rabble.ca)

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Seven facts on the coup:

1. The U.S. government is implicated. That's the Obama government that all you stinking liberals still support. The US State Department admitted that they knew of the coup, in advance; the Generals that led the coup were trained in the notorious "School of the Americas"; and the links to actual members of the Obama regime are extensive. Military exchanges are still going on, as is economic aid ... and such support of the coup includes Canada as well.

2. ALBA is under siege. ALBA is the economic alliance challenging Yanqui dictat that includes Venezuela AND Honduras, among others. The US announced, even as their clients were overthrowing the democratically-elected President of Honduras, that they would be opening SEVEN new military bases in the Israel of Latin America (Colombia). Four days before the US-sponsored coup d'etat three additional governments joined ALBA.

3. The Non-binding Plebiscite was stopped. There have been quite a few lies about this plebiscite from right wing propagandists and the MSM, which would have given the citizenry a chance to express their views on the current constitution which was imposed during the oligarchy when it was the key client state of the USA in Central America.

4. The Honduran oligarchy is the big winner in the coup d'etat. As in Canada, the losses of the rich in the recent economic crisis are being socialized, ie, passed on to the rest of the population, and this needed to be continued, or even expanded, in order for Yanqui military and other aid to continue.

5. The Honduran population is resisting. Mass protest is taking place which, of course, gets scant attention from the bourgeois media  which lavished gigantic attention on the disputed elections and aftermath in Iran.

6. The US media backed the coup d'etat. The despicable and repulsive lie that President Zelaya was trying to prolong his presidency was spread by the Yanqui media, and regurgitated here on babble of course by the usual suspects, along with cold war justifications and lots of constitutional double-talk justifying the coup.

7. The Obama regime in Washington promotes "negotiations" with the coup plotters, and supports them, giving them time to consolidate their atrocity.

SEVEN FACTS.

USA! USA! How many kids did you kill today??

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N.Beltov wrote:

1. The U.S. government is implicated.


Yesterday they came clean on the fact that they helped the golpistas fly Zelaya out of Honduras:

Eva Golinger wrote:

SOUTHCOM Commander, General Douglas Fraser, confirmed today what many of us suspected from day one of the coup, that the airplane that forced President Zelaya into exile after kidnapping him violently on June 28th from his residence, actually took off for Costa Rica from the Soto Cano (Palmerola) military base, which has been occupied and run by the Pentagon since 1954 (actively since the early 1980s).... Strangely, not much English-language press is reporting this most important detail regarding the Honduran coup, which clearly shows US involvement and lying. Up until now the Pentagon had denied the Honduran president's airplane had landed at the Soto Cano (Palmerola) base...

[url=http://www.chavezcode.com/2009/09/us-suspends-some-aid-to-honduras-as.ht...

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Last week the IMF disbursed $150m to the de facto government of Honduras, and it plans to disburse another $13.8m on 9 September. The de facto government has no legitimacy in the world. It took power on 28 June in a military coup, in which the elected President Manuel Zelaya was taken from his home at gunpoint and flown out of the country.

[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/sep/03/imf-hondu...

Fidel

[url=http://soaw.org/presente/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=236&I... resistance goes it alone[/url] Real News video

Fidel

The cure for what ails their hunger for democracy seems to be more neoliberal medicine. Saddle them with more debt while US backed elites run the country into the ground further. And our own stooges and bankster CEO's play electoral shananigans here while running up a tab on the backs of future Canadians. Crooks and liars and crooked liars everywhere.

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Is a FAKE ELECTION in the works in Honduras? The National Front against the coup d'etat thinks so, and condemns the militarization of Honduran society, and is appealing to other anti-coup political trends to make their positions known and to work together for the restoration of the constitutional order. 

Honduras Resists blogspot

Statement by the Frente Nacional Contra El Golpe de Estado

 

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More about IMF support of military-sponsored regime change, and not just the current one in Honduras, over here.

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Pre and Post Coup Honduras

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15104

"The Frente Nacional de Resistenza is leading the courageous struggle of the Honduran people. For 70 consecutive days the people of Honduras, from all walks of life, are confronting violent repression by the military and the police. They are peacefully, with a very coherent political and increasingly sophisticated organization, putting forward their demands. These include the restoration of the constitutional order in Honduras and the return of President Zelaya. As the situation is evolving the people are more and more pressing for a constitutional assembly to refound the constitution and the nation. They are saying that whether Zelaya returns or not, this has become the objective of the on going resistance.."

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[url=http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/derrick/2009/09/president-zelaya-mak... returns to Honduras[/url]

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And the latest news is that the UN Security Council may get involved: 

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The United States has received Brazil's request for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the Honduran crisis and will relay it to other members of the body, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The United States currently chairs the 15-member council. Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted from power in a June coup, took refuge in Brazil's embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa after returning to his country on Monday.

- Reuters

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[url=http://www.rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2009/09/features/zelayas-ret...'s return to Honduras met with force[/url]

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[url=http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/811/41737]Insurrection in Honduras[/url]

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September 22 -

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, overthrown in a military coup on June 28 and currently in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, has told Telesur TV that the coup regime is planning to take over the Brazilian embassy at 11pm Honduran-time. He says they plan to assassinate him.

Ricardo Arturo Salgado, a social investigator and activist in the Honduran anti-coup resistance based in Tegucigalpa, told Green Left Weekly over the phone from the capital that, "the decision we have all taken is to fight with everything we have".

He reiterated the information revealed by Zelaya, insisting there is "a plan to cause blackouts at 11 tonight", which will be the pretext to take over the embassy and possibly kill Zelaya.

The mass resistance to the coup has continued for three months, with daily protests, strikes and road blockades. With Zelaya's return the Honduras, a desperate coup regime has significantly increased repression. The people are increasingly in open rebellion.

Arturo Salgado said there was an "intense reaction on the part of the resistance in many zones across Tegucigalpa, in what we call barrios and colonias [poor neighbourhoods]. I would say that there are some 15-20 highly populated barrios that frankly find themselves in a situation of total insurrection, fighting against the police, against the army and even against paramilitaries.

"We have evidence that paramilitaries are participating in the street battles in some of the colonias. The police are trying to retake positions but the people's insurrection is occurring in places that geographically are very far apart from one another. In general, we can say that there is a situation of insurrection, with the advantage that in these moments the police helicopter that today was being used to fire against the people cannot be used during the night."

On the critical situation in Tegucigalpa, he said: "All the shops are closed and there is a shortage of food, of medicine. At any moment we could see the looting of shops, because the people are entering into desperation mode. Moreover, it seems that, although there is not as much news regarding this, that in the interior of the country there are strong insurrectional mobilisations in very small zones. This has to do with the tactic of protesting close to home. The people are spontaneously taking the decision to resist and the line coming from the [National Reistance Front Against the Coup] was, for today, to resist close to one's home."

"But tomorrow [Wednesday] we are calling on everyone to march [in Tegucigalpa]."

Arturo Salgado confirmed to GreenLeft Weekly that the national front has called a march for tomorrow (September 23) that will start at 8am outside the Pedagogical University Francisco Morazon.

Finally, Aturo Salgado called on all alternative media outlets to join the campaign of informing the world about the truth of what is occurring in Honduras - and in denouncing the murderous plans of the coup regime.

NorthReport

I call bullshit to the premise of this headline. Lula rules down here in South America Things ain't what they used to be. Perhaps the most important event that took place recently in SA is that Brazil defeated Argentina in a soccer match. So there. Laughing

 

Brazil's risky role in Honduras crisis may backfire

 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE58M4UG20090923

 

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For some reason, [url=http://www.rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/zelaya-retur... thread[/url] has been started on this topic.

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[Hillary] Clinton said Monday, at a meeting with Costa Rica's Arias: "We just want to see this matter resolved peacefully, with an understanding that there will be the remainder of President Zelaya's term to be respected." The United Nations will most likely take action this week in support of Zelaya. Zelaya said Tuesday from the Brazilian Embassy: "The U.S. should respond and respect the OAS charter. The United States should call for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The United States should take every type of trade sanction measure in order to pressure this regime now in power in Honduras."
[url=http://www.rabble.ca/columnists/2009/09/president-zelaya-and-audacity-ac...

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One important actor, the only major country to maintain an ambassador in Honduras throughout the dictatorship has maintained a deafening silence about this repression: that is the United States government.  The Obama administration has not uttered one word about the massive human rights violations in Honduras.  This silence by itself tells you all that you need to know about what this administration has really been trying to accomplish in the 87 days since the Honduran military squelched democracy....

In fact, President Zelaya has been to Washington six times since he was overthrown, but not once did he get a meeting with President Obama. Why is that? Most likely because Obama does not want to send the "wrong" signal to the dictatorship, i.e. that the lip service that he has paid to Zelaya's restoration should be taken seriously.

These signals are important because the Honduran dictatorship is digging in its heels on the bet that they don't have to take any pressure from Washington seriously.  They have billions of dollars of assets in the United States, which could be frozen or seized.  But the dictatorship, for now, trusts that the Obama team is not going to do anything to hurt their allies....

On August 11, sixteen members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to President Obama urging him to "publicly denounce the use of violence and repression of peaceful protestors, the murder of peaceful political organizers and all forms of censorship and intimidation directed at media outlets."

They are still waiting for an answer.

[url=http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/weisbrot230909.html]Source[/url]

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[url=http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/3450/what-some-us-reporters-do... Some US Reporters Don't Get About Brazil and the Honduras Crisis[/url]

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Street battles are continuing to rage late into the night of September 23 in the poor neighborhoods of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, after a day marked by a brutal military and police attack on a massive demonstration in support of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

[url=http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/811/41737]Source[/url]

zazzo

 

I read the article "What Some US Reporters Don't Get About Brazil and the Honduras Crisis", and I found it interesting that Giordano mentions the tear gas canisters being used by the National Police as being stamped the property of the government of Peru.

 

In another thread, here http://www.rabble.ca/babble/environmental-justice/peruvian-rainforest-massacre, there is remind's post #11, which refers to "And that Obama's government just gave the Peruvian military 4.4 million dollars in arms,"

 

Now could there be a connection between the increase in military aid to Peru, and the evidence of military or police weapons from Peru being used against the Honduran citizens?

 

A little research on the Net turns up this link: http://www.usaid.gov/pe/downloads/cbjfy2009peru.pdf where there is new money requested for foreign military financing as well as the usual amounts requested for the war against drugs.

 

I have not found anything further to support remind's assertion of 4.4 M, but I speculate that there is a connection.

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[url=http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/johnbon/2009/09/supporters-call-retu... supporters of Honduran democracy rally in Toronto[/url]

Papal Bull

So, Uribe is changing the Colombian constitution to run for a third term. Where is the outrage!? America, where are you? This evil, evil, anti-democrat is changing his country's consitution with the ascent of the people! O NOES

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aseY9jcAxAAA

 

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After three days of debate, the chamber voted 85-to-5 last night to approve holding a referendum, joining the Senate which passed the same bill Aug. 19. Opponents argued another term would let Uribe put too deep a stamp on Colombia's government and compromise its democratic character. The measure now goes to the nine-member constitutional court for its evaluation.

Uribe hasn't taken a public position on the referendum or said whether he'd run in the 2010 election if the constitutional change is approved. He has repeatedly stressed the need to maintain his strategies aimed at defeating the drug-funded rebels that have battled Colombia's government for more than 40 years.

 

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Despite the fact that there was a coup d'etat in Honduras, the United States, and its minions like Great Britain, Canada, and so on, would rather participate in preparations for more atrocities in the middle east. This time it's Iran. This sabre-rattling has continued in the G-20. Fortunately, the Chinese and the Russians have slowed the Yanqui drive to war ... for the time being.

One leader, or former leader, who has done a good job of drawing attention to this problem is former Cuban President (Comrade) Fidel Castro.

A Revolution in the Making - Fidel Castro Ruz

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The US response to the coup d'etat in that Central American country has been to strike an agreement with the government of Colombia in order to set up seven military bases similar to that of Soto Cano in that sister nation thus menacing Venezuela, Brazil and every other people in South America.

Castro concludes:

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We have seen the emergence of a new conscience among the Honduran people. Legions of social fighters have gained experience in that battle. Zelaya delivered on his promise to return. He is entitled to his position in the government and to preside over the elections. New and admirable cadres are outstanding in the combative social movements; they are capable of leading that people through the hazardous journey ahead of the peoples of Our America. A Revolution is in the making there.

The current session of the United Nations General Assembly can be a historic one depending on its rights and/or wrongs.

 

zazzo

Constitution of Honduras suspended for 45 days, (so they say).

http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/3465/honduras-coup-leader-micheletti-decrees-45-day-suspension-constitution

 

Globo Radio and Channel 36 shut down. Because Article 72 has been suspended, the freedom of the press is no longer guaranteed under the Constitution of Honduras.

http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/3468/second-honduran-coup-came-today-because-first-one-failed

 

 

Suspension of human rights in Honduras by the Michelletti dictatorship.

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Green Party supporters debate Honduras (and rabble) here.

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derrick wrote:

Green Party supporters debate Honduras (and rabble) here.

There are certainly some imperialists who post on the Green site.  

 

"There are no facts in these articles, just conjecture.  You are convicting Canada and the US of participating in coup based on the fully biased opinion of some dude in cahoots with Chavez.  It is really not appropriate.  You should be demanding a higher standard from your journalistic references.  Rabble is one huge collection op-ed pieces.  It is *not* reporting journalism and I question how you can be using them as a reliable source of information."

 

Being in cahoots with Chavez is apparently a crime to some Green supporters.  

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The protests are clearly having an effect:

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The coup-installed president of Honduras backed down Monday from an escalating standoff with protesters and suggested he would restore civil liberties and reopen dissident television and radio stations by the end of the week.

Riot police ringed supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya who gathered for a large-scale protest march, setting off a daylong standoff. The government of interim President Roberto Micheletti declared the march illegal, sent soldiers to silence dissident broadcasters, and suspended civil liberties for 45 days.

But in a sudden reversal, Micheletti said Monday afternoon that he wanted to "ask the Honduran people for forgiveness" for the measures and said he would lift them in accordance with demands from the same Congress that installed him after a June 28 coup. He said he would discuss lifting the measures with court officials "as soon as possible," adding: "By the end of this week we'll have this resolved."

He also repeated his pledge not to attack the Brazilian Embassy, where Zelaya has been holed up with 60 supporters since sneaking back into the country Sept. 21. He even sent "a big hug" to Brazil's president, a day after giving him a 10-day ultimatum to expel Zelaya or move him to Brazil.

[url=http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/6642068.html]- AP[/url]

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Snipers Firing on Zelaya: Honduras Update

http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2009/10/honduras-news-bulletin-sniper...

"Radio Globo reports: Snipers fire on Zelaya..

Mercenaries and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras

Urgent Take Action Now!

Fidel

[url=http://www.ndp.ca/press/get-tough-on-honduras-coup-perpetrators]Get tough on Honduras coup perpetrators:NDP[/url]

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OTTAWA - The Canadian government has failed to exert any concrete diplomatic pressure on the de facto government of Honduras in order to end the political crisis. New Democrats call on the government to announce targeted economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Honduran coup perpetrators.

"The situation in Honduras is worsening and the authorities have yet to sign onto the San José plan to resolve the stand-off," said New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). "Canada is lacking the diplomatic will to defend the rights and freedoms of the Honduran people".

If Uncle Sam doesn't provide detailed instructions on the matter, then our stooges in Ottawa do nothing as usual.

NDPP

Fidel wrote:

[url=http://www.ndp.ca/press/get-tough-on-honduras-coup-perpetrators]Get tough on Honduras coup perpetrators:NDP[/url]

[If Uncle Sam doesn't provide detailed instructions on the matter, then our stooges in Ottawa do nothing as usual.

NDPP

perhaps those ARE  the detailed instructions on the matter...

Fidel

NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:

Fidel wrote:

[url=http://www.ndp.ca/press/get-tough-on-honduras-coup-perpetrators]Get tough on Honduras coup perpetrators:NDP[/url]

[If Uncle Sam doesn't provide detailed instructions on the matter, then our stooges in Ottawa do nothing as usual.

NDPP

perhaps those ARE  the detailed instructions on the matter...

So if Uncle Sam is calling for Zelaya's reinstatement as president of the country and given amnesty from Michiletti's kanagaroo court accusations, then why are our old line party stooges not singing along in perfect harmony as usual?

NDPP

Although nominally calling for reinstatement, clearly they have not taken any forceful or concrete steps to implement reinstalling Zelaya, which they could do in the blink of an eye if they so desired. The party stooges here are silent because Washington wants it that way.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/latin_america/july-dec09/honduras-re...

""Obama has done 'almost nothing' to help Honduras, said Eulogia Chavez, a prominent Zelaya supporter and president of the Honduran middle -school teachers union. Asked about President Obama's Nobel prize, he said, 'If you look at his attitude toward Honduras, he didn't deserve the Nobel.

It almost feels like he's more on the side of the coup leaders.."

sanizadeh

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/091012/world/honduras_politics_coup

Zelaya supporters blast Honduras media crackdown

TEGUCIGALPA (AFP) - Supporters of deposed President Manuel Zelaya argued interim leaders' crackdown on opposition media could derail talks aimed at resolving the months-old political crisis.

"It is a really appalling issue, something right out of a dictatorship," said Rafael Alegria, a leading coordinator of protests against the ouster of Zelaya, the elected president.

A government decree published in the official Gazette Saturday gave authorities the right to "revoke and cancel" licenses of radio and television stations considered to be a threat to "national security" and accused of spreading "hatred."

Last month, the government of Roberto Micheletti, which came to power as the result of a June 28 military coup, already shut down Radio Globo and Channel 36 television seen as close to Zelaya and restricted freedom of assembly and movement.

The new decree gives the coup leaders legal grounds for future similar measures, according to analysts.

"The new decree is simply aimed at silencing us once and for all," said Channel 36 director Esdras Lopez. He charged that Micheletti was trying to keep the television channel for his own use.

Saturday Zelaya and the interim government agreed to create a joint cabinet and ditch an amnesty for coup leaders, one of the negotiators announced.

But the de facto government later imposed new restrictions on the media aimed at controlling the flow of information about the country's political crisis.

Meanwhile, the creation of a joint cabinet and punishment of coup leaders remain dependent on Zelaya's return to the presidency, still far from certain four months into the standoff that emerged from the coup.

Union leader Juan Barahona, one of Zelaya's top three negotiators, told a rally of hundreds of the president's followers Saturday that the joint cabinet, if indeed formed, would be made up of ministers from both governments.

A diplomatic delegation from the Organization of American States left Honduras Thursday without resolving the political impasse between Micheletti and Zelaya, who was forced out of the country at gunpoint.

A rancher known for his trademark white cowboy hat, Zelaya veered to the left after his election and alarmed conservatives by aligning himself with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. They feared Zelaya was seeking to change the constitution to allow himself to seek reelection.

The Zelaya camp, Barahona added, opposed amnesty because such a move would mean "amnesia, forgetfulness and forgiveness, and we cannot condone the coup.

Talks are set to resume Tuesday, with OAS diplomats maintaining that progress has been made, though the key issues have not yet been addressed.

"If after all of this, they say that there is not going to be reinstatement (of Zelaya), what difference does it make if we made progress on anything else?" Barahona asked. "Tuesday, we are going to get at that key point in detail. If on October 15 we do not have a deal, the talks will have failed."

 

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Cynthia McKinney wrote:

I am saddened beyond belief that on the day of the Peace Prize award, a struggling democracy in Honduras was besieged with U.S. supplied weapons and U.S.-trained paramilitaries and snipers in support of coup leaders over the democratically-elected people's leaders. In fact, the latest dispatch from Honduras is that many of the snipers and paramilitaries-now descending on Honduras from all over Latin America-were trained in my home state of Georgia.

More and more people are experiencing cognitive dissonance and rightly so. Our leaders and respected organizations are lying to us! One friend and former Congressional Staffer of mine puts it this way: we need a democratic military instead of a militarized democracy.

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Caissa

Thread drift/ The coup isn't effecting their football. Honduras has qualified as the third CONCACAF team for the World Cup./ end thread drift

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From [url=http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1932100,00.html]TIME:[/url]

A vacation in Honduras can conjure up visions of spectacular destinations: the Mayan ruins of Copán, cloud forest after cloud forest filled with exotic flora and fauna, the gorgeous beaches and the dolphin-filled waters off the island of Roatán. But that's not what tourist-industry reporters saw when the country's Minister of Tourism, Ricardo Martínez, presented a video at a recent convention in neighboring El Salvador. With a sound track of revolutionary music, it showed supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya clashing with riot police in the streets of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Martínez, who was ousted from the government along with Zelaya after the country's June 28 coup d'état, was apologetic but unflinching about showing the video. "I'd like to tell everyone to come to Honduras and that it's a tranquil place and everything is beautiful, but you think I'd be successful with that message?" he says. "Of course not."...

Tourism was the country's main economic motor, but since the coup, says Martínez, Honduras' tourism industry - which grew by a robust 9% in 2008 - has plummeted 70%. The 7% tourism growth projections for 2009 are now expected to dip into the red. And the 155,000 Hondurans employed by the tourism industry are, in the words of Martínez, "suffering violently." Several TACA airlines flights to Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, which used to bring hundreds of tourists to Honduras every day, have been canceled. A project to build an international airport at the Copán ruins was suspended, and charter groups from Europe are backing out. Overall, it is estimated that Honduras' economy has been set back 10 years over the past three months.

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[url=http://hondurasresists.blogspot.com/2009/10/report-from-day-1-of-la-voz-... from Day 1 of La Voz de los de Abajo Hondouras Delegation[/url]

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Fourteen people from Chicago have arrived in Honduras with the La Voz de los de Abajo human rights delegation. They include four members of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, two members of Southside Together Organizing for Power, two members of Teachers for Social Justice, one member of Chicago Otra, a member of Radios Populares, several independent journalists and numerous members of La Voz de los de Abajo.

We arrived in the middle of the day and successfully linked up with several compañeros waiting for us from the Honduran resistance. The first stop was Radio Progreso, one of the few radio stations in Honduras that has been brave enough to cover the massive resistance of the Honduran people to the coup d'etat which took place on June 28th of this year. There the director of programming explained how 30 members of the army raided the station the day of the coup and ordered it off of the air. It returned to broadcasting the next day, though several radio personnel have received death threats and several have been beaten and jailed.

 

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[url=http://hondurasresists.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-two-report-of-la-voz-de-... Two Report of La Voz de los de Abajo Human Rights Delegation in Honduras[/url]

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Every Sunday the National Front of Resistance against the Coup d'Etat in Honduras holds an assembly at the Union of Beverage Workers (STIBYS) headquarters in Tegucigalpa. This union hall has been converted into the headquarters of the resistance over the last three months since the elected President of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was forcible removed from power in the middle of the night by U.S.-trained army generals. At the weekly assemblies of the resistance to the coup, hundreds gather to decide on the actions for the week, to debate strategies and make work plans, and to share news and words of inspiration from the struggle to restore democracy in Honduras. Participatory democracy is both the goal and the method of the movement against the coup and for a national constitutional assembly in Honduras. Just as the resistance fights to re-write the constitution to guarantee that the dispossessed have a direct say in the decisions of government, they conduct this fight by ensuring all sectors of society have a direct say in the path of struggle.

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[url=http://hondurasresists.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-three-report-of-la-voz-d... Three Report of La Voz de los de Abajo Delegation to Honduras[/url]

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The Honduran congress rests on tall columns to protect it from riots. Before the coup, the indigenous and peasant movements would do mobilizations outside of the congress and spend the night camped out underneath it. Now the army maintains a constant presence preventing anybody from coming near. But the resistance continues to challenge them.

This Monday October 26th the resistance decided to mobilize outside of the congress. The Honduran resistance hasn't missed a single day in the streets in the over 120 days that have passed since President Manuel Zelaya was forcibly removed from power by U.S.-trained military generals on June 28th of this year. Our delegation arrived early and scoped out a place to flee to in the case the tear gas that has bathed so many other resistance protests began to fly. An older man sitting on a bench advises us to go across the bridge to the crowded marketplace in the area of the city known as Comayaguela, saying "the army is less likely to chase people there because they know all the people support us."

Buying time until the mobilization starts, we walk over to the central plaza. Several high school students walking by are talking with pride about the resistance, "they're over there by the congress!" says one to another. A security guard at a nearby pharmacy, upon learning we are here to bear witness and document in the case of human rights violations says, "good, because those those police seem to love to beat the crap out of people. The police and the army. You'll see." Luckily on this day we didn't. But what we did bear witness to was an energy and spirit of struggle that continues unabated despite over 120 days of brutal repression, killings, beatings and jailing.

The grandmothers of the resistance lead people in chants celebrating the struggle to restore democracy and re-found the country through a constitutional assembly. It would be easy for an outside observer to get the impression based on the energy and animation of the protesters that this was a mobilization that had been built up to and rested before, rather than just another day of an every day struggle in Honduras that the coup-plotters have been unable to quiet.

 

Caissa

Honduras rivals resolve deadlock

Roberto Micheletti (29 October 2009) Mr Micheletti became interim leader following the army-led coup on 28 June

The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November's presidential poll.

Mr Zelaya said the deal, which requires the approval of the Supreme Court and Congress, would be signed on Friday.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8333210.stm

Fidel

US-backed fascists in Honduras just needed to buy some time to [url=http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/07/19/1646201/Computerized-Election-Re... the next election[/url]

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[url=http://hondurasresists.blogspot.com/2009/10/negotiation-is-in-streets-da... negotiation is in the streets: A day of resistance and repression[/url]

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Running away from tear gas clouds behind them several people carry a woman in shock around a corner to a water spigot someone has found. Her bright yellow shirt is soaked in a mix of sweat, tear gas and water. People gather around her wiping her down and washing out her eyes and their own. Suddenly we hear more shots and the footsteps of the elite cobra commando unit of the Honduran police. As we flee to the top of a hill we run into another human rights observer who reports that several people have been badly beaten and are in the hospital. We find our way to where the resistance has re-grouped in front of the Marriott hotel. A van pulls up with food for the resistance and people form lines to get some tortillas and cheese. As people begin to sit down and eat four large army trucks arrive, slowly driving through the crowd as cobras pour out the back and put on their gas masks. An older woman with an apron on is yelling at them, "why don't you just kill me now?" Without any warning the cobras and army, now several rows deep, begin advancing on the crowd. Within moments and without provocation tear gas is flying in the air and the army and police are chasing after people with batons swinging.

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The march started with thousands of people gathering early in the morning at the national pedagogical university, preparing to openly defy the de facto government's prohibition of marches and take the streets to demand the restitution of President Manuel Zelaya and a constitutional assembly to re-found the country from below. When we asked the police to speak to the person in charge in order to announce the presence of human rights observers, an officer said, "here the military is in charge, talk to him, over there" and pointed out a military commander at the back of the thick line of authorities. Here in Honduras, the military is in charge.

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And the Winner in Honduras is...the United States

http://www.counterpunch.org/shansky11052009.html

"Despite coup leader Roberto Micheletti's claims that his de-facto government has made 'significant concessions' in the accords,  the real concession has been made from the other side. These are the basic terms both sides have agreed to:.."

 

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