Update: Tiempo reports that 15 US legislators have joined the call to freeze bank accounts. But who are they?
Miss Machetera recommends Honduras Oye as a key blog to read. Honduras Oye in turn says you can listen to Channel 36 at http://www.cholusatsur.com/ Maybe so, but I can’t seem to get the media stream to come up.
Honduras Resists has a radio interview in English with Hondurans from civil society, mentioned yesterday. It’s definitely worth listening to.
Al Giordano and Bill Conroy may have produced the smoking gun demonstrating Hillary Clinton’s direct culpability for the Honduran crisis. Clinton chairs the Millenium Challenge Corporation, which has given $6.5M to contractors in Honduras since the coup, and $11M previous. Millenium, which promotes laissez faire economic, is endorsed by the Heritage Foundation. Millenium was criticized by Pat Leahy for wasting money on Administrative expenses and for failing to disburse funds, and by the GAO for a high percentage of funds ending up with the tourist industry, transportation providers, government employees– almost anyone except the small and midsized farmers it was supposed to help. And just between July and September, $28.5 M is arriving.
So, nothing is happening in Honduras, which is why there’s a curfew in Tegucigalpa.
At TR-Honduras, a report of the demo in front of the presidential palace says there were snipers on the rooftops. There was a thick shield of anti-riot police, but demonstrators pushed them back by main force. Some people were injured and a luxury restaurant was torched. As the march was near the Miraflores Plaza, it was fired upon by transit police, with one wounded person hospitalized. Pepper spray and tear gas were used.
Giorgio Trucchi at Habla Honduras says there were tens of thousands in the march.
La Jornada/AFP says that the delegation of foreign dignataries that plans to visit Honduras has caved to the coup and will include Insulza only as an observer. They will probably go to Honduras on about August 20th. Tiempo says that Oscar Arias has contracted the swine flu. I’m biting my lip not to say it.
(image from Tiempo)
Al Giordano reports:
While DC apparatchiks told us they had cut almost $20 million (about ten percent) of US aid to Honduras and put the rest on pause, Clinton’s Millenium Challenge Corp. (MCC) has been quietly replenishing those funds through the back door.
A Narco News review of deposits to the Honduran Central Bank reveals that since the June 28 coup d’etat – in a little over a month – MCC has subsidized the coup forces in Honduras with $6.5 million dollars….
While it’s possible that the US President doesn’t know about this sabotage of his stated policy – a small Central American nation with a population smaller than that of New York City might not exactly be front and center of his attention – his Secretary of State is on the frickin’ board of directors of the entity that, we now know, has been quietly funding the coup even after it was consummated.
DemocracyNow showed more from the Obama meeting in Mexico, which included a statement that is, as Laura Carlsen said, offensive to those of us who have been calling for stronger sanctions:
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The same critics who say that the United States has not intervened enough in Honduras are the same people who say that we’re always intervening and the Yankees need to get out of Latin America. You can’t have it both ways…
If these critics think that it’s appropriate for us to suddenly act in ways that in every other context they consider inappropriate, then I think what that indicates is, is that maybe there’s some hypocrisy involved in their approach to US-Latin America relations that certainly is not going to guide my administration’s policies.
No, Mr. Obama. The hypocrite is you, who declared the coup not legal, yet continue to act as if there were some doubt on the matter… not to mention broke the campaign promises you made on NAFTA.
Adrienne Pine has more on the murder of Gabriel Figueroa Tomé that we picked up from Sandra Cuffe [via] TR-Honduras last night [Added: Sandra Cuffe emphasizes in comments that she is in no way associated with TR-Honduras; it's simply a story reproduced on that website]. RAJ has a couple of articles. The first is on the attempt to form a Zelaya-backed fusion ticket for the fall elections. The second is a careful exposition of what the Honduran legal system did and did not do in the run-up to expelling Zelaya:
So from the perspective of Honduran constitutional and criminal procedural law, there is no need for a special impeachment procedure because the President, like other government officers, has no special immunity. What was retained from previous codes was a special procedure that protects sitting government officials from being subjected to the entire sequence of trials and appeals that would start in a lower court. Honduran legal scholar Rigoberto Cuellar Cruz notes that since the reform took effect, five high officials have been tried, including congressional deputies, cabinet ministers, and a previous President.
By their actions, at the time of Zelaya’s expulsion, the Supreme Court had begun the process of discovery into whether Zelaya should be tried. It had not reached any rulings (as should be self-evident by the fact that Zelaya had been given no opportunity to respond to the charges, hence due process had not been adhered to).
The lovely Nell has suggestions for the Global Day of Action for Honduras. As she says,
It’s not just Hondurans’ democracy that’s at stake. The integrity of every elected government in the region is at risk if this coup is allowed to stand. Letting the clock run out, pretending as if November’s presidential elections will erase this violent step backward into the dark but not distant past, sends the clear message that grassroots pressure for real change is “off the table,” in the United States as well as Honduras. Our government is sending that message by its inaction.
Nell also draws to attention Blake Schmidt of Bloomberg, who says
The Supreme Court in Honduras will hear a case on whether the military acted illegally when it removed President Manuel Zelaya from the country June 28, said magistrate Rosalinda Cruz.