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Honduran dictatorship, Day 183

Posted by Charles II on July 9, 2010

Human rights organizations in Honduras have won the Letelier-Moffitt award from the Institute of Policy Studies.

From pro-coup La Tribuna, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, CEPAL says that the 2010 GDP of Honduras is still falling, and will contract by 3% more this year… versus expansion of 4% in Latin America.

Jeremy Kryt, writing at HuffPo, has an article based on an extended interview with Adrienne.

Via Adrienne, Amnesty International:

Since new president Porfirio Lobo took office in January, police and military officers responsible for mass arrests, beatings and torture in the wake of the coup have not been brought to justice. Meanwhile, concerns about freedom of expression increased, as seven journalists have been killed in the past three months.

Adrienne tracked down the social media that Jacqueline Foglia Sandoval, accused by Zelaya minister Roland Valenzuela of being the go-between between the US embassy and the coup plotters.

Telesur documentary part 1 (Via RAJ).
http://www.telesurtv.net/noticias/player-G/pub/vid/VIDEO_5522_86.flv

Almost two weeks after it aired, Tiempo actually mentioned the existence of this documentary (via RAJ), but the article was swiftly swept into archives.

Telesur documentary part 2 (via Adrienne).
http://media.telesurtv.net/multimedia/videos/VIDEO_DEM_3350_143.flv

Speaking of RAJ, Honduras Culture and Politics has been posting up a storm. The OAS has formed a commission to examine the re-admission of Honduras. RAJ proposes steps the international community could take to promote reconciliation, specifically de-emphasize Zelaya’s return as the primary issue, and promote the Frente as a civil partner for dialogue, as well as funding the alternative truth commission, or True Commission.

And Hermano Juancito has been Presente! in promoting the cause of social peace: a workshop on alternatives to violence and another on AIDS, attending a screening of Quien Dijo Miedo?, describing how the pro-coup media turned on a bishop who had supported the coup, but perhaps wasn’t as enthusiastic about the half-Truth Commission being established at the direction of the State Department to apply a coat of whitewash, and quoting my favorite Lao Tsu passage.

Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH, the association of Black Hondurans (Garifunas), describes the group’s status as one of permanent resistance:

“Previously it was decided that tourism would be key for the country’s economy – a mistaken idea because we do not have the necessary conditions for developing that kind of tourism. The Garifuna live on the beach and our communities are in permanent resistance because government policies protect foreign and international corporate investments. Living in that area is a privilege but also a challenge,” she explained.

Jennifer Cox of The Guardian:Mayan ruins at Copán

Jennifer Cox of The Guardian has a travelogue of a visit to Copán; sadly, this is an example Honduras as theme park, which is the kinder, gentler version of cultural genocide:

The countryside is so lush, so physically succulent, it looks like a massive green cake: you feel as if you could cut a great big slice and cram it in your mouth. We rose higher, passing through tiny villages where sombrero-wearing men on horseback, white shirts open to the waist, galloped alongside their cattle, whirling lassos. A yellow school bus disgorged smartly uniformed children, and women chopped watermelon and pineapple at tiny roadside stalls.

And this is as much as I can do today.

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States’ Rights

Posted by MEC on July 9, 2010

A federal judge has ruled that the “Defense” of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits, a federal judge ruled Thursday in Boston.

I bet $8 that the same people who assert that they oppose federal health-care reform because it interferes with states’ rights will go berserk over this particular defense of states’ rights. Any takers?

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on July 9, 2010

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