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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 8

Posted by Charles II on July 30, 2009

Al Giordano has the news that the regime has turned to bloody repression:

The ANSA press agency would report that here, in Cuesta de la Virgen, the coup regime’s show of force against the nonviolent blockaders wrought a toll of 156 arrests, including three seriously wounded.

In the same hour, Radio Globo … reported that the violent repression against the pacific demonstrators was not an abberation restricted to Cuesta de la Virgen. Today’s crackdown had been ordered nationwide.

The late Roger Abraham Vallejo Cerrado, teacher

Roger Abraham Vallejo Cerrado, 38, secretary of the San Martín high school, who had participated in a different anti-coup demonstration in Tegucigalpa, received a bullet wound to the head. That is him in the photo. Another 88 arrests and 25 wounded was the body count from the illegitimate state repression on this same road, at El Durazno, five kilometers from the capital. [Cerrado later died.]

Among the arrested today were presidential candidate Carlos Reyes, beaten violently by the coup soldiers, left with a broken arm and a bloodied ear, and also arrested was national union leader Juan Barahona.

The news team of Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) was physically attacked by the police, TeleSur reports.

VTV reports the man’s name as Roger Soriano Vallejo and they call him a teacher.

The New York Times found space for exactly 78 words on this.

TeleSur adds that the people attacked included women and children, who were beaten severely on the head and on the body.

The word is getting out. Adrienne Pine reports there were protests in Philadelphia. They went after the Inkwire. Good for them. It would be nice, though, if we could get the Philadelphia blog consigliere to mention this story.

Before the violence was reported, Chancellor Patricia Rodas insisted that the US had to intensify measures.

Greg Grandin’s asks whether the coup is over [The murders of today make it clear that it’s not.] He says that Zelaya’s return could stimulate growth in the movements in civil society, including an alliance between unions and campesinos to strengthen political movements. He says that potential coup plotters in other countries, notably Guatemala, are probably discouraged. Also, he says that it strengthens the reality-based community in the State Department. He sees this as South America coming to Washington’s rescue. I see the US response as weak, transparently insincere, and inspiring only of contempt by the world. South America will likely

Radio Globo has been interviewing presidential daughter Pichu. In the film above, father and daughter sing.

Amy Goodman did an interview of Zelaya. He didn’t answer a lot of her questions, but he was very precise in his comment about the role of the Catholic Church:

PRESIDENT MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated] The Church is divided. The cardinal, the only cardinal before the Vatican in Honduras, conspired with the coup leaders. He betrayed the people, the poor. He took off his robes to put on a military uniform. And with his words, he really contributed to the assassinations that have taken place in Honduras.

He also alleged that the coup received strong support from the right wing in the United States.

RAJ has a translation of a blog post that claims to be from military officers and expressing deep dissatisfaction with the coup. I wouldn’t bet on it representing widespread opinion. However, Zelaya points out the obvious, namely that junior officers could handcuff Romeo Vasquez Velasquez any time they want. In the same Telesur article, Zelaya has invoked the martial rhetoric of “a citizen’s army.” The use of this kind of language is dicey, and will be used against him.
Karen Spring of Rights Action says:

After visiting a detaining station in Danli (20 km?? from the border), Dr. Almendares described the experience of fifty-one people that were being detained, including Rafael Alegría, a well-known leader of the resistance movement, “There were almost forty people in a small room. This is another way to torture the people. It’s a horrible thing, forty people, where there is no space, no water, nothing. It was hell in general. They don’t give them legal counsel. They are putting children in prison; women cannot go to the bathroom. This is another way to terrorize the people.”

The Radio Globo appears to be down. In Telesur, Micheletti promises that he will not interfere in the power of the state. The guy who runs Dossier, Walter Martinez is taunting CNN that CNN works at desks, while at Telesur, journalists have an office.

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Al Giordano Is In Honduras

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 30, 2009

Wow. Just — wow.

Help Al finance his trip (and whatever baksheesh he might need to get past golpista-controlled border police) here.

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Not About Racism At All, Nope

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 30, 2009

Even as the news media rushes to defend the Boston-area cop who illegally arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates from charges that his actions were in part racially motivated, and to attack anyone (such as President Obama) who dares criticize the arrest, this little fact is uncovered:

An officer in the Boston Police Department has been suspended after allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, a law enforcement official said.

The law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Officer Justin Barrett referred to the black scholar as a “jungle monkey’’ in the letter, written in reaction to news coverage of Gates’s arrest July 16. Barrett was suspended Tuesday, pending a termination hearing.

I can’t wait to see the groundswell of support for this guy from fellow racists claiming that neither he nor they are racist. Paging Lou Dobbs! Paging Glenn Beck!

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Glenn Greenwald Dissects GOPolitico

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 30, 2009

Go read the whole thing. It’s lovely.

Oh, okay, here’s a snippet therefrom:

On Monday, I espoused my theory on Twitter about the birth of Politico, which led The Columbia Journalism Review to compare that thesis to the much different Politico-birth mythology created by its Editor-in-Chief, John Harris. Some mischevous Politico editors seem to have wanted to take my side in that dispute, as they today provide a perfect illustration of what I meant. Just compare this:

CQ Politics, July 27, 2009:

As they gear up for the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats appear secure in their House majority they won with a big gain in 2006 and reinforced with another advance in 2008. . . .

CQ Politics’ election analysts found 100 congressional districts with races where either major party stands a chance of winning the seat. That includes three true tossup seats, many districts that are only slightly competitive and some highly competitive. . . .

The only three contests in which CQ Politics rates an advantage to the challenging party are all for seats now held by the Republicans and targeted by the Democrats:

Politico’s screaming headline today: “Backlash: Dem Dangers Mount

So why is Politico so bizarre? Greenwald explains:

There are many motives for publishing “GOP-on-the-rise” stories.  It’s virtually certain to generate a Drudge link, Politico‘s holy grail.  It ensures appearances on GOP-friendly cable news and radio talk shows.  It solidifies relationships with dirt-peddling right-wing operatives who drive mindless scandals and distractions in a Democratic administration.  And it earns a gold star and pat on the head from right-wing polemicists in the never-ending quest of establishment journalists to prove they are not part of The Liberal Media, the goal which Mark Halperin openly embraced on his knees while pleading with Hugh Hewitt, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to stop thinking that he is One of Them, when he was hawking the book he co-wrote with Politico‘s Harris.

But as commonly as this GOP-loving storyline is spewed by establishment media figures even when all evidence negates it, Politico stands heads and shoulders below the rest.  It’s hardly hyperbole to say that infecting our discourse with this GOP-resurgent claim is one its principal strategies, if not purposes.  Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, they ran multiple stories “reporting” that Democrats were in serious trouble (“GOP strategists mull McCain ‘blowout'”) — particularly due to national security issues, especially Iraq, which would single-handedly win the election for John McCain even as polls reflected record levels of hatred for that war.  And today’s GOP-caressing inanity was preceded just days ago by Politico‘s cover story announcement that “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most despised political figures in the country,” featuring quotes along those lines from the highly representative Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh.  All of that is consistent with Politico‘s control by a long-time, hardened GOP operative.

That says it all better than I can.

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