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Honduras: Can You Have A Democratic Coup? What May Matter Most About Honduras, Truly… The USA’s Long Involvement There

Posted by DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Assistant Editor, Columnist in Economy, International, Places, Politics, Society, War.
Jun 29th, 2009

What May Matter About Honduras Now… and likely has for a long long time…

1. The Generalisimo Romeo Orlando Vásquez Velásquez, who forced out and banished President Manuel Zelaya at dawn one day last week, is reported to have surrounded the presidential palace with two-hundred armed soldiers and tanks while tear-gassing a crowd gathered outside…

2. President Zelaya is the democratically elected President of Honduras

3. Generalisimo Romeo Orlando Vásquez Velásquez is a two-time graduate of the United States Army School of the Americas, located in Georgia, USA.

4. Generalisimo Romeo Orlando Vásquez Velásquez pushed out President Zelaya after Zelaya tried to present a controversial referendum to the people’s vote that would have allowed him, via a pr…

Pakistan Taliban 'scrap peace deal' The deal was scrapped because of Pakistani failure to stop US drone attacks against the Taliban [EPA]

Source: Al Jazeera

Pakistan Taliban 'scrap peace deal'
The deal was scrapped because of Pakistani failure to stop US drone attacks against the Taliban [EPA]

Taliban fighters in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan say they have pulled out of a peace deal with the Pakistan government.

The fighters in North Waziristan blamed continuing US military assaults and the Pakistani army offensive in the region against them for their decision on Tuesday.

"This accord is being scrapped because of Pakistan's failure to stop the American drone attacks in North and South Waziristan," Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, told the Associated Press by telephone.

"Since the army is attacking us in North and South Waziristan, we will also attack them."

'Serious concerns'

The announcement came after 27 Pakistan soldiers and officers were killed in a Taliban ambush on a Pakistan military convoy in North Waziristan.

Israeli Navy Threatens "Spirit Of Humanity" In International Waters "All We Want Is To Reach Gaza. We Do Not Seek A Confrontation."


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Israeli Navy Threatens "Spirit Of Humanity" In International Waters
"All We Want Is To Reach Gaza. We Do Not Seek A Confrontation."
Activists aboard Gaza justice boat demand they be allowed to visit their friends & family in besieged Gaza, and deliver their cargo of medical supplies, children's toys, and reconstruction kits. They invite the world to join them.

(At Sea, 60km off the coast of the Gaza Strip) - Human Rights activists aboard the Free Gaza ship, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, today demanded that the Israeli Navy immediately stop threatening them.

“This aid is desperately needed by the people of Gaza,” said Mairead Maguire, winner of the Noble Peace Prize and Pacem in Terris Award for her work in Northern Ireland. “President Obama has called upon the Palestinians to abandon violence but Israel is denying them the right to non-violently resist the siege of Gaza.”

The unarmed justice ship depart…

AFL-CIO: Honduras Coup Is ‘Unconscionable’ by James Parks, Jun 30, 2009

The AFL-CIO today called on the U.S. government and the international community, particularly the Organization of American States and the United Nations, to “make every effort” to restore constitutional order in Honduras and reinstate democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a military coup Sunday.

In a statement, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney called the coup “an unconscionable attack on the fundamental rights and liberties of the Honduran people.” He urged governments to condemn the coup and withhold recognition of the current government. Zelaya was ousted after pushing for a referendum on proposed changes that would allow the president to run for re-election and create new procedures for amending the constitution.

The recent internal conflict relating to the proposed constitutional referendum cannot in any way justify the extra-constitutional measures undertaken by the armed forces.…

Correction: Honduran Presidential Candidate Is Still Alive Posted by Kristin Bricker - June 28, 2009

Congressman Cesar Ham is a Zelaya Ally and Organizer of the Opinion Poll on a New Constitution

Correction: News reports translated by Narco News on Monday that Honduran political leader Cesar Ham had been assassinated appear not to be accurate. This report says otherwise, that Ham is alive and well. Narco News apologized for any confusion caused by our first report, and share in the world's relief that the reports we initially translated were inaccurate.

Radio Es Lo de Menos Front Page Verse!

Luchar, luchar siempre… ante la adversidad, ante la inopia, ante la indiferencia, ante la falsaria cercanía de la traición, ante la unanimidad aquiescente, ante los disensos de la sin razón, ante la medieval comodidad de los conformes, ante los dogmas imperantes, ante los cataclismos inevitables, ante las catástrofes anunciadas, ante la caída de los muros, ante la construcción de barreras de ignominia, luchar… luchar siempre… como un sino endemoniado, como una marca indeleble de la vida, como una necesidad vital, como convicción certera, como sueño, como pesadilla, luchar… luchar siempre… por la vida, por la muerte, por el amor, por todos…

(translation by Andrew - very rough)

Fight, fight ... always in the face of adversity, before poverty, before the indifference to the proximity of forged treason, before the unanimous acquiescence to the dissent without reason, before the medieval mode pf conformism to enforced dogma , before the inevitable cataclysms, …

Reports: Two Military Battalions Turn Against Honduras Coup Regime by Al Giordano - June 29, 2009
By Al Giordano
Community Radio “Es Lo de Menos” was the first to report that the Fourth Infantry Battalion has rebelled from the military coup regime in Honduras. The radio station adds that “it seems” (“al parecer,” in the original Spanish) that the Tenth Infantry Battalion has also broken from the coup.

Rafael Alegria, leader of Via Campesina, the country’s largest social organization, one that has successfully blockaded the nation’s highways before to force government concessions, tells Alba TV:

“The popular resistance is rising up throughout the country. All the highways in the country are blockaded…. The Fourth Infantry Battallion… is no longer following the orders of Roberto Micheletti.”

Angel Alvarado of Honduras’ Popular Union Bloc tells Radio Mundial:

"Two infantry battalions of the Honduran Army have risen up against the illegitimate governme…

Local Hondurans Seek U.S. Condemnation Of Coup By Jess Bidgood, Boston

BOSTON — After a day of uncertainty and frantic phone calls home, Boston’s Honduran community is responding to this weekend’s coup d’etat in their home country.

The Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zaleya on Sunday, amid low popularity rates and concerns he might try to suspend the rule limiting presidents to a single term.

In Boston, members of a group called Proyecto Hondureno are working to get the state’s congressional delegation to condemn the coup. They’ve also joined a national effort to convince President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support U.N. resolutions condemning the coup, explained Proyecto Hondureno coordinator Angel Meza.

“We’re asking them not to recognize any person to arrived to power in Honduras by any coup d’etat, and we are asking to help restore the elected government of Manuel Zaleya to its position,” Meza said, adding that his organization does not sanction military intervention.

He said that the local Honduran community, which …

Israeli peace activist faces jail over homes demolition protest

Israeli peace activist faces jail over homes demolition protest:Ezra Nawi expects sentence of up to 18 months for resisting 'dehumanisation' of Palestinians

* Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem
*, Tuesday 30 June 2009

A prominent Israeli peace activist is expected to be sentenced to several months in jail tomorrow in a high-profile prosecution which began after he tried to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Although activists who challenge the Israeli occupation are often arrested or detained for short periods, Ezra Nawi, a plumber from Jerusalem, is expecting a sentence of up to 18 months. He said he would lodge an immediate appeal, which may keep him out of prison initially, but it is likely he will be jailed within weeks.

In March he was convicted by a judge at a Jerusalem court of taking part in a riot and assaulting a police officer, charges he denies. The incident happened when the Israeli military sent …

We’ll Give a Lesson to the US Empire and the Extreme Right Wing, says Chavez, by Onelio Castillo Corderí/ Radio Cadena Agramonte

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez condemns the military coup in Honduras.Camagüey, Jun 28

During a special edition of the television and radio program "Alo, Presidente!" seen here, Venezuela’s Head of State Hugo Chávez Frías stated that in the face of the coup d'etat in Honduras, the peoples of Latin America will give another lesson to the US Empire and the extreme right wing of the continent, similar to what happened in his country on April 2002.

“From here, we hold the Honduran military high command and the right wing responsible for what is happening”, noted Chávez, who reaffirmed the solidarity of his people, the member nations of the ALBA and of the entire region with Honduras.

The Bolivarian leader called the soldiers who took part in the coup to put their rifles on the side of their people and not against them, as he also appealed to the patriotic sentiment of the soldiers, instead of acting driven by the “gorillas” of the rancid national oligarchy.

Likewise, Hugo…

GMA could suffer same fate as Honduras leader, Binay warns, By Rhodina Villanueva, Updated June 30, 2009
MANILA, Philippines – Opposition leader and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay said Mrs. Arroyo might end up like ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya if she and her allies persist in trying to stay in power beyond 2010.

“Mrs. Arroyo should view the events in Honduras as a wake-up call. She should not test the patience of the people, especially the military, with the supposed plan to force the current Armed Forces chief into early retirement to pave the way for a diehard Gloria loyalist,” Binay said.

Zelaya was ousted in a military coup and forced into exile after announcing plans to change the Constitution to allow him to run again for president after the end of his fixed four-year term. His country’s Supreme Court had declared the planned term extension illegal.

Binay also said the planned “self-coup” by generals perceived as rabidly pro-Mrs. Arroyo would further fuel unrest within the military and gal…

Non-Aligned Movement,(NAM), Statement on Honduran Coup : 2009/06/29, fr: Mathaba

Communiqué By The Chair Of The Coordinating Bureau Of The Non-Aligned Movement On The Situation Resulting From The Coup D`État Against The Constitutional President Of The Republic Of Honduras

(map: members of NAM)

From Magbana


The Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), expresses its strongest denunciation and condemnation of the brutal coup d’état carried out in the early hours of this morning against the Constitutional President of the Republic of Honduras, a sister nation that is full member of the Movement.

President Manuel Zelaya, legitimately elected by the Honduran people, was brutally kidnapped by a group of pro-coup military and expelled from the country, in an attempt to prevent, through violence, the realization of the democratic referendum to be held today in the Republic of Honduras.

Likewise, the Chair of the Coordinating Bureau denounces the kidnapping of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Honduras, H.E. Mrs. Patricia Rodas,…

Canadian Secret police Wiretaps fly under the Radar Warrantless Eavesdropping prompts questions over Privacy, June 29, 2009, By Dave Seglins, CBC News

Bob McMynn knows first-hand how Canada's laws allow police to eavesdrop and use emergency wiretaps without a judge's approval.

He says Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code helped to save his son Graham's life after a group of young men abducted the then 23-year-old university student at gunpoint in April 2006, in what turned out to be a kidnapping for ransom.

"[The emergency wiretap] was paramount in solving where my son was," McMynn told CBC News. "Without that and other fantastic police work, we may never have got him back."

Vancouver police had little time to ask a judge for permission, so they used the Criminal Code provisions to eavesdrop on a group of key suspects without court approval. Eight days later, police moved in to arrest the gang and free the younger McMynn.
Total use of emergency wiretaps, 2000-08
Calgary police 2
Charlottetown police 0
Edmonton police 12
Halifax regional police 2
London city police 0
Montreal city police 32
Ontario Provincial…

Documents show Canada knew about Afghan rape law in advance: NDP (excerpts)

By Murray Brewster, June 29, 09

OTTAWA — Canadian diplomats were tipped weeks before Afghanistan passed its so-called rape law but did not alert their political masters, newly released documents indicate.

Officials at the embassy in Kabul were warned Feb. 15 that other countries were worried about the proposed Shiite family law.

But the diplomats had no specific knowledge about the provisions of the law or when it was to be considered by the Afghan parliament, say the documents obtained by the federal New Democrats.

The law gives sweeping powers to Shiite husbands over their wives, effectively legalizing rape within a marriage. The legislation triggered international outrage when it was signed into law by President Hamid Karzai five weeks later.

A written timeline outlining Ottawa's response to the crisis was tabled in the House of Commons after a formal question by New Democrat MP Paul Dewar on Parliament's order paper.

The four-page summary also shows that officials with the Canad…

Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America? # 4 ILEA:

# 4 ILEA: Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America?

Upside Down World, June 14, 2007
Title: “Exporting US ‘Criminal Justice’ to Latin America”
Author: Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

NACLA Report on the Americas, March/April 2008
Title: “Another SOA?: A Police Academy in El Salvador Worries Critics”
Author: Wes Enzinna

CISPES, March 15, 2007
Title: “ILEA Funding Approved by Salvadoran Right Wing Legislators”
Author: Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

AlterNet, August 31, 2007
Title: “Is George Bush Restarting Latin America’s ‘Dirty Wars’?”
Author: Benjamin Dangl

Student Researchers: Courtney Snow, Erica Elkinton, and April Pearce
Faculty Evaluator: Jessica Taft, PhD, and Jeffrey Reeder, PhD

A resurgence of US-backed militarism threatens peace and democracy in Latin America. By 2005, US military aid to Latin America had increased by thirty-four times the amount spent in 2000. In a marked shift in US military strategy, secretive training of La…

"Changing Obama's Mindset", Written by Howard Zinn, The Progressive, Sun, 17 May 2009

We are citizens, and Obama is a politician. You might not like that word. But the fact is he's a politician. He's other things, too - he's a very sensitive and intelligent and thoughtful and promising person. But he's a politician.

If you're a citizen, you have to know the difference between them and you -the difference between what they have to do and what you have to do. And there are things they don't have to do, if you make it clear to them they don't have to do it.

From the beginning, I liked Obama. But the first time it suddenly struck me that he was a politician was early on, when Joe Lieberman was running for the Democratic nomination for his Senate seat in 2006.

Lieberman - who, as you know, was and is a war lover - was running for the Democratic nomination, and his opponent was a man named Ned Lamont, who was the peace candidate. And Obama went to Connecticut to support Lieberman against Lamont.

It took me a…

Reflections by comrade Fidel: A SUICIDAL MISTAKE

Reflections by comrade Fidel


Three days ago, in the evening of Thursday 25th, I wrote in my Reflections: "We do not know what will happen tonight or tomorrow in Honduras, but the courageous behavior adopted by Zelaya will go down in history."

Two paragraphs before I had indicated that: "The situation that might result from whatever occurs in that country will be a test for the OAS and the current US administration."

The prehistoric Inter-American institution met in Washington the following day and in a halfhearted and spiritless resolution promised to immediately make the necessary efforts to bring about harmony between the contending parties; that is, a negotiation between the putschists and the Constitutional President of Honduras.

The high ranking military chief who was still in command of the Honduran Armed Forces was making public statements different from the President’s position while recognizing his authority in a merely formal way.

The putschi…

US GOVT CONFIRMS IT KNEW HONDURAS COUP WAS COMING: Honduran anti-imperialist patriots gather in defiance of the military coup, 29 June 2009

Source: Sons of Malcolm
Chavez Code

A New York Times article ( has just confirmed that the US Government has been "working for several days" with the coup planners in Honduras to halt the illegal overthrow of President Zelaya. While this may indicate nobility on behalf of the Obama Administration, had they merely told the coupsters that the US Government would CUT OFF all economic aid and blockade Honduras in the event of a coup, it's almost a 100% guarantee that the military and right wing parties and business groups involved in the coup would not have gone through with it.

So, while many make excuses for the Obama Administration's "calculated" statements, had they been more firm with the coup leaders, instead of "negotiating", the coup may never have happened. Also, the State Department says they believed "dialogue" was the best way to resolve the situation, but their lack o…

Urgent Call: In Solidarity with the Organizations of Via Campesina and the People of Honduras

Source: Narco Sphere

"In Solidarity with the Organizations of Via Campesina and the People of Honduras"
"The social organizations of Honduras have gone out into the streets to repudiate this deed and demand the return of President Zelaya"

By Via Campesina International
Translated to English by Laura Carlsen

June 28, 2009

Urgent Call: In Solidarity with the Organizations of Via Campesina and the People of Honduras

With the objective of deepening democracy and achieving broader democratic participation, for several months the social organizations of Honduras along with President Manuel Zelaya Rosales have promoted holding a non-binding referendum this June 28, 2009.

To our great surprise, today at 5:00 A.M. the armed forces carried out a coup d’etat against President Zelaya, blocking in this way, the democratic aspirations of the population that was preparing to carry out the popular survey.

On hearing this news, the social organizations of of Honduras, including those of Via…

Honduran Military Reportedly Assassinated Leftist Presidential Candidate: by Kristin Bricker - June 28, 2009

Congressman Cesar Ham Was a Zelaya Ally and Organizer of the Opinion Poll on a New Constitution

Cesar HamCesar Ham, presidential candidate and the head of Honduras' only registered leftist political party, the Democratic Unification of Honduras, is dead, reports Notimex. He was killed by a squad of soldiers who arrived at his home this morning to arrest him.

The military has rounded up many of Zelaya's allies within the government. Chancellor Patricia Rodas remains kidnapped.

Honduran police confirmed Ham's death to Notimex. The official version of events, as reported by Notimex, is that Ham confronted the military squad that came to his house with a gun, "and therefore he had to be killed."

Despite being from a different party, Ham was a close ally of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Ham's party, the Democratic Unification of Honduras, is Honduras' only registered leftist party. Zelaya is from the conservative Liberal Party; he became a populist leftist…

Demonstrators protest against the Coup of of the Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, who is now in Costa Rica

Demonstrators protest against the detainment of the Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, who is now in Costa Rica Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Key leaders of Honduras Military Coup Trained in U.S.A

Source: FACING SOUTH - Online Magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies

Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in U.S.

At least two leaders of the coup launched in Honduras today were apparently trained at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning, Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads and other human rights abuses.

Leftist President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and transported to Costa Rica this morning after a growing controversy over a vote concerning term limits. Over the last week, Zelaya clashed with and eventually dismissed General Romeo Vasquez -- who is now reportedly in charge of the armed forces that abducted the Honduran president.

According to the watchdog group School of Americas Watch, Gen. Vasquez trained at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at least twice -- in 1976 and 1984 -- when it…