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The Honduras Coup: Act II

Posted by Charles II on July 14, 2009

Zelaya has called for insurrection against the coup. This is actually specifically legal under the Honduran Constitution, which states that:

Article 3. – No one owes obedience to a usurpatory government nor to those who assume roles or public occupations by force of arms or using means or procedures which may break or fail to recognize that which this Constitution and the laws established. The acts signed by those authorities are void. The people have the right to resort to insurrection in the defense of the Constitutional order.

And, of course, the use of the force of military arms what this is all about. Had the coupistas arrested Zelaya and tried him in a court of law, they wouldn’t have dragged the rest of the international community into the parlor, so to speak, to witness how twisted and corrupt Honduran politics really is. But by using the military to kidnap and expel him, they have gained our full attention.

Now, thanks to RAJ at HondurasCoup2009, we are getting our first real look at the complete judicial mess on which the Honduran coupistas have based their claim that Zelaya was evicted through legal means. Apparently the Supreme Court has posted the documents that they have used to justify their actions. RAJ says in part that:

1. On 6/26, the Supreme Court authorized, but did not order, a military raid on Zelaya’s home, but insisted that it be done during legal hours (6AM-6PM) and that Zelaya be detained to have a statement taken. In fact, the military came in the dead of night, firing weapons in a manner designed to terrorize, and expelled Zelaya without even taking a statement.
2. That the Supreme Court did not order the raid. It’s not clear who did. On 6/28, the Supreme Court stated that if the raid was ordered by a competent judge, then it would have been legal.

If the Supreme Court’s own documents are to be believed, there had been a legally authorized order from a competent judge issued on June 26: but it was not for what happened.

And that, to me at least, seems to be something the Supreme Court itself realizes and is trying to wiggle around, in a “legal” document worthy of a Marx Brothers movie parody of the law.

Raj makes other points, but this is the critical one. The courts were so busy posturing about Zelaya’s disregard for the law that they failed to check whether they themselves were following lawful procedure. Evidently they weren’t. But now that it’s been brought to their attention, they’ll have no difficultly forging the necessary documents.

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Posted by Charles II on July 14, 2009

I fought long and hard on the bulletin boards of Brad Setser and Nouriel Roubini in favor of the hypothesis that there would be partial decoupling of certain economies because they had trade (actually current account) surpluses as cushions. I tried to explain it as springs with strong restoring forces attached to springs with weak restoring forces.

At first, the decoupling crowd noisily asserted that even if the US economy crashed, the rest of the world would do fine. And Nouriel and Brad, less noisily but no less stubbornly asserted that there would be no decoupling at all. Now the evidence is in: if you ran a trade surplus, you had the reserves to help keep people comfortable. If you were running deficits, your people had to cut back their spending.

From Goldman Sachs, 7/1 The Winners and Losers of the Global Rebalancing Act:


Goldman says that countries like Japan, the Philippines, India and Australia fare the best.  China will remain the main driver of export growth through 2010.

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I Can’t Stand It

Posted by MEC on July 14, 2009

I got home from work while the Sotomayor hearing was still going on, so I turned on C-SPAN, considering it my duty as an Informed American to see it in real time and not just read blog posts about it.

I heard Senator Lindsey Graham ask Judge Sotomayor to confirm that she’d lived all her life in New York City and then ask, “What did September 11, 2001—” and I turned it off. I know that it’s important to hear what Judge Sotomayor has to say for herself, but I just can’t convince myself to subject my brain cells to the toxic stupidity of the Republicans.

For those Republicans, these hearings aren’t about advising and consenting (or not) to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court justice. They’re about scoring points against the Democratic Party. They’re about payback for the judicial nominations the Democrats opposed. They’re about slapping at President Obama. They’re about throwing red meat to and blowing the dog whistle for the base. They’re about parroting talking points. They’re about petty partisan grievances. What the Republicans have been saying has nothing to do with whether Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed.

These are not serious people, and they do not have the interests of the country at heart.

I can’t stand it.

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Will The Same Palin Partisans Who Attacked David Letterman Over His Palin Joke Hold Pat Buchanan To That Same Standard?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 14, 2009

Pat Buchanan thinks Sarah Palin’s husband should drown the father of his grandchild. Really.

And don’t give me the whole “but he was only joking” schtick, because guess what? So was David Letterman, about something far less serious. Yet that didn’t stop the Palin apologists — and Pat Buchanan — from jumping down Letterman’s throat last month.

Of course, Buchanan won’t suffer one iota over this.

The one time in recent memory that Pat Buchanan was banished even temporarily from public life, it was not for being an anti-semitic racist jackass, but for the one good thing he advocated (albeit for all the wrong reasons): Staying the hell out of Iraq in 2003. It was only after he took this stance that it suddenly became fashionable to remember, in print and on the air, that he was an anti-semitic racist jackass.

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Arbusto’s Box

Posted by Charles II on July 14, 2009

Among the evils that Bush unleashed on the earth were war, fear, debt, ignorance, and greed. But worst of all may have been division, which keeps people of good will from working together to overcome the evils. The following tale, which comes from Pakistan’s The Nation is almost surely false, and its sourcing is suspect, but it illustrates the level of paranoia and distrust and division to which we have fallen… and there may be no worse place for division to emerge than Pakistan.

Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.

The squad was headed by General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed commander of US army in Afghanistan. It was disclosed by reputed US journalist Seymour Hersh while talking to an Arab TV in an interview.

Hersh said former US vice-president Cheney was the chief of the Joint Special Operation Command and he clear the way for the US by exterminating opponents through the unit and the CIA. General Stanley was the in-charge of the unit.

Seymour also said that Rafiq Al Hariri and the Lebanese army chief were murdered for not safeguarding the US interests and refusing US setting up military bases in Lebanon. Ariel Sharon, the then prime minister of Israel, was also a key man in the plot.

Let’s hope that there’s something a little more powerful than hope at the bottom of Arbusto’s Box.

(via Avedon and Ccokszblog)

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