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Honduras Coup, Act V, Day 38

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2009

A very telling photo that Brother John brought to attention:

Micheletti at mass. Image is from WSJ.

(Image is from Wall Street Journal. Notice the woman’s heavily bruised leg ).  
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Update2: RadioGlobo is now off the air, as is Channel 36.

Tracy Wilkinson has a good article in the LAT (via HondurasCoup2009)

Amnesty reports that:

Luis Galdámez, a male journalist freelancing for an independent radio
station in Honduras, has been receiving death threats as a result of his
broadcasting work and comments in support of the country’s ousted
president, Manuel Zelaya.

The pro-coup El Heraldo says that the Millennium Challenge Corp is eager to start spending again. (via HondurasCoup2009)
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Update: Costa Rica is apparently going to recognize the dictatorship “if the vote is fair”

Bloomberg:

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s backing of an election in Honduras widely seen by Latin American allies as illegitimate leaves the U.S. isolated regionally and has increased tensions with Brazil.

Most countries in Latin America, except Panama and Costa Rica, have said deposed President Manuel Zelaya must be returned to office before a vote and have cited Zelaya’s restoration as a prerequisite for their recognition of the election results.

In the past three weeks, the U.S. backed off that demand, prompting warnings from Zelaya and analysts that the tolerance of his removal may invite coups elsewhere.

“The clumsy handling of this issue when they had the backing of the entire hemisphere is simply an embarrassment,” said Robert White, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador under President Jimmy Carter who heads the Center for International Policy in Washington.

Tamar Sharabi has a new article on holding elections under repression.

Radio Globo is up. Channel 36 is broadcasting an SOS: a Communication that it has been hindered from broadcasting and subjected to terroristic attacks since the coup. Back to Globo: Zelaya is on. I’ve never heard it so clear. I guess the dictatorship pulled its electronic measures from the embassy. But the announcer says that there’s interference in Tegucigalpa. Now talking with a lawyer. They are threatening government employees with losing their jobs if their fingers aren’t stained to prove they voted. But the Constitution says the vote is secret. People are getting paid 1000 lempiras ($20) to vote

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Ian Kelly on tape loop:

The United States remains committed to help restore the democratic and constitutional order in Honduras in the wake of the June 28 coup d’état that removed President Zelaya and led to the suspension of Honduras from the Organization of American States. As part of that effort, we expect the parties in Honduras to implement the measures they agreed to in the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, including steps toward national reconciliation and the December 2 Congressional consideration of President Zelaya’s restitution. We look forward to the Congressional deliberations getting underway as announced.

The November 29 national elections are another critical step in the restoration of the democratic and constitutional order in Honduras. The electoral process — launched well before June 28 and involving legitimate candidates representing parties with longstanding democratic traditions from a broad ideological spectrum — is conducted under the stewardship of the multi-party and autonomous Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which was also selected before the coup [actually, they’re being held under martial law, i.e., under the stewardship of the multi-branch and autonomous Honduran military]. The electoral renewal of presidential, congressional and mayoral mandates, enshrined in the Honduran constitution, is an inalienable expression of the sovereign will of the citizens of Honduras. We wish the Honduran people well as they choose their new leaders on Sunday, and we urge all sides to exercise their rights peacefully.

The holding of a free, fair and transparent election is necessary but not sufficient for Honduras to reestablish the democratic and constitutional order. In order to help achieve that objective, we will continue, along with others in the Americas, to support the step-by-step implementation of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord as a democratic way forward for the Honduran people. The president-elect who emerges from an election deemed free and fair will have a unique opportunity to promote that vital mission.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on November 27, 2009

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The strange fruit of the Bush presidency

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2009

Robert Koehler, SC:

In the cradle of civilization, young women have become terrified about having children.

This is the news I take with me into Thanksgiving and the season of gratitude and family togetherness: that doctors in Fallujah, the Iraqi city we devastated in two military assaults in 2004, have begun documenting a startling rise in birth defects — about 15 times the pre-invasion occurrence of early-life cancers and brain and nervous-system abnormalities, according to the U.K.’s Guardian.

A group of British and Iraqi doctors have petitioned the United Nations to investigate the situation, which is clearly related to the U.S. invasion and occupation. According to their letter: “In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 newborn babies, 24 percent of whom were dead within the first seven days (and) a staggering 75 percent of the dead babies were classified as deformed.” In comparison, the letter said, in August 2002 — before the invasion — 530 babies were born; six of them died within the first week, with a single birth defect reported.

Young women in Fallujah, the doctors wrote, “are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs.”

What might be causing this nightmare? The most likely factors are chemical or radiation poisoning, according to the Nov. 14 Guardian article, which noted: “Abnormal clusters of infant tumors have also been repeatedly cited in Basra and Najaf — areas that have in the past also been intense battle zones where modern munitions have been heavily used.”

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