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Some Good News For Haitians

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 15, 2010

President Obama is granting the first one of the items on Bill Quigley’s wish list with regard to the US and Haiti:

The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week’s catastrophic earthquake.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the temporary protected status on Friday.

As FDL’s David “dday” Dayen says, this will help immigrants work legally and remit money back to their homeland.

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Honduras Coup, Act VI, Day 46

Posted by Charles II on January 15, 2010

Light posting, again. So I will refer you to:

* Honduran Campesino,[added: link disabled, because site has been taken down. Long story.] who has a post on the issue of delivery of aid: why does it only come when the failure to provide steady assistance ends in disaster?
* Brother John, who has the skinny on the attack on Father Neftaly Portillo. It looks more like an attempt to frighten more than to harm, but of course many murders are preceded by warnings.
* A comment from the same, “The threats to Salomon Orellana and Miguel Carcamo came after they led a talk-in show, Dando en el Clavo – Hitting the nail on the head – on the Catholic radio station in Santa Rosa de Copán, last Saturday morning.”
* RAJ and RNS have been producing their usual insightful posts on the conferral on Micheletti of the royal title Congressman for Life and amnesty (see the comments), Micheletti’s generous willingness to forgive all those countries which didn’t support the coup, the military done been grounded, and lifetime appointments security guards for everyone! (involved in the coup)


Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes have a piece in Counterpunch.

Cesar Ham will participate in a “national dialogue” with Porfirio Lobo, thereby conferring a minute amount of legitimacy on the elected dictatorship. I would bet that Ham is just about the only member of UD in favor of this.

Simon Henshaw (embassy photo)

Honduras en Lucha has a very interesting piece by Jean-Guy Allard of the Cuban press alleging that the CIA station chief in Honduras is Simon Henshaw, Deputy Chief of Mission (please note: just because the Cuban press alleges it does not mean it is true). Anyway, supposedly Ingo Niebel wrote in Rebelion of the revelations of Michael Opperskalski in a German magazine GEHEIM (Secret) which said that the whole staff of the embassy was CIA: Henshaw, Gregory Morrison, Neil Richter, Theodore Carpenter, and William R. Brands. Next, Mexican investigator Edgar González Ruiz published a piece at the end of November saying that Henshaw brought together groups under his influence to “guarantee the success” of the electoral farce. The groups included USAID, NED , IRI (International Republican Institute) and the NDI (National Democratic Institute), as well as FUPAD (Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo), the Arias Foundation and “Hagamos Democracia” which brought together the coupistas of the Catholic Church, as well as the Federación de Organizaciones no Gubernamentales para el Desarrollo de Honduras (FOPRIDEH) and Metropolitan University of Honduras. The IRI’s Alex Sutton would oversee the “independent” mission of observers assembled by the others. Allard says that Henshaw previously worked with Charles Shapiro, then Cuban Bureau Chief of the State Department and who was military advisor at the Chilean embassy for the overthrow of Allende. In 2002, Henshaw represented the US for Human Rights at Geneva, working with Yleen Sarmiento de Poblete, the right arm of “mafiosa congresswoman” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

What may be more interesting are the allegations of how the US outsources smear jobs and other interventionism to German groups, such as the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty, not just in Latin America but against Iran as well. But at this stage, they are allegations.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on January 15, 2010

Lady Lightfoot’s fur is still growing back after the ultrasound last October. Fortunately, she gives every appearance of being in good health.

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