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Honduran Dictatorship, Day 140

Posted by Charles II on June 4, 2010

Given the manner in which Israel “prevented violence” on the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships running the Gaza blockade, it’s disconcerting to learn that the Israeli embassy is running a workshop on “preventing violence” in Central America. They did quite a lot of “preventing violence” in Central America in the 1980s.

Speaking of preventing violence, Revistazo reports that two human rights organizations have requested protective measures for a dozen journalists associated with Radio Progreso. According to EFE, the OAS has joined that call.

Via Juan Carlos Rivera of Mirada del Halcon, Reporters Without Borders of Spain denounced the attack of 300 police/military on Community Radio La Voz de Zacate Grande in southern Honduras. Honduras en Lucha reprints a piece from Flor Monfort on Pagina12.com.ar that says that documentary film maker Katia Lara has sought asylum in Argentina to finish her film Quien dijo miedo? (Who said fear?) You can see a trailer here (note that the golpistas have attempted to censor it, imposing a sign-in requirement on the ludicrous claim that this is “inappropriate content”).

The Supreme Court, “pursuant to higher orders” “invited” its employees to attend the pro-coup “March of Peace” on June 30, 2009. Unless Judge Lizard…er… Lizeth was talking to God, this amounts to a confession that the Court was taking orders from Micheletti.

RAJ translates an editorial in Tiempo that says that the oligarchy may be thinking of deep sixing Pretendisent Lobo. I would rate that as about as likely as them replacing Lobo with Zelaya.

Musical interlude via Hibueras: Club de los Idiotas

The LA Times thinks that soccer will cause Honduras to forget their differences and unite behind their team in the quest for the World Cup, and quotes a waitress to the effect that soccer has saved Honduras. Time takes it a step further into the abyss by quoting Mussolini’s 1938 directive to the Italian team. Really, can it get any sillier?

Well, yes, now that you mention it…

State Department follies, 6/4/10
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Some More Goodies You’ll Never See On Network TV

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 4, 2010

The BBC did a very good documentary some years back about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. It’s worth watching. “If it was an accident, it was the best-planned accident I’ve ever heard of.”

Glenn Greenwald points out why the Israelis tried to jam the flotilla’s communications, confiscated the passengers’ cameras, computers, and other devices for recording and transmitting information:

(2) Reporters Without Borders notes that, as of yesterday, Israel continued to detain most journalists on the ships, including their film and cameras, thus preventing any of them from disputing Israeli propaganda; as the NYT reported, Israel was also “refusing to permit journalists access to witnesses who might contradict Israel’s version of events.”  Manifestly, all that was done to ensure that the highly selective and edited video released by the IDF would shape the narrative of what happened and could not be challenged in the first few days of reporting.

(3) The truth, however, always emerges.  See this interview with just-released Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal, who was aboard the ship that was attacked, about what really happened and who began the shooting.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on June 4, 2010

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