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USG brings down only pro-democracy Honduran oligarch

Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2015

Among the Honduran media, only Tiempo, run by Jaime Rosenthal Oliva, reported any truth about the coup against Zelaya. So of course the U.S. government has accused a number of members of the family of laundering drug money.

Meanwhile, the Honduran government is closing down a major opposition radio station, Cholusatsur, which dared to report that “that the Banco Ficohsa and more importantly, its Honduran owner, Camilo Atala, have been charged in Panama with money laundering.”

Together, these acts represent a silencing of opposition media.

IMO, dark night is descending on Honduras.

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The limited hangout: Clinton admits Honduras coup role

Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2015

This actually came out a couple of months ago, but as part of keeping the record on the Honduran coup, I thought it was worth posting.

Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera:

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a review of Henry Kissinger’s latest book, “World Order,” to lay out her vision for “sustaining America’s leadership in the world.” In the midst of numerous global crises, she called for return to a foreign policy with purpose, strategy and pragmatism. She also highlighted some of these policy choices in her memoir “Hard Choices” and how they contributed to the challenges that Barack Obama’s administration now faces.

The chapter on Latin America, particularly the section on Honduras, a major source of the child migrants currently pouring into the United States, has gone largely unnoticed. In letters to Clinton and her successor, John Kerry, more than 100 members of Congress have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating security situation in Honduras, especially since the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. As Honduran scholar Dana Frank points out in Foreign Affairs, the U.S.-backed post-coup government “rewarded coup loyalists with top ministries,” opening the door for further “violence and anarchy.”

Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that Zelaya would not return to office. “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexico,” Clinton writes. “We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”

Clinton’s false testimony is even more revealing. She reports that Zelaya was arrested amid “fears that he was preparing to circumvent the constitution and extend his term in office.” This is simply not true. As Clinton must know, when Zelaya was kidnapped by the military and flown out of the country in his pajamas on June 28, 2009, he was trying to put a consultative, nonbinding poll on the ballot to ask voters whether they wanted to have a real referendum on reforming the constitution during the scheduled election in November. It is important to note that Zelaya was not eligible to run in that election. Even if he had gotten everything he wanted, it was impossible for Zelaya to extend his term in office. But this did not stop the extreme right in Honduras and the United States from using false charges of tampering with the constitution to justify the coup.

I would say even more damning is Clinton’s characterization of Kissinger as “a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. ” Kissinger is a war criminal, and a promoter of Operation Condor, including a direct role in fomenting the massacre in Chile.

If Hillary Clinton is a friend of Henry Kissinger, she is no friend to liberty and the rule of law.

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Honduras: A Deadly Country For Women, And The Coup Hasn’t Helped

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 2, 2012

Honduran murder statistics for women, from the CONADEH report

Following up on Charles’ 08/01 post on Honduras and Mexico, I thought I should mention this from TrustLaw’s Anastasia Moloney:

The number of women murdered in Honduras has more than quadrupled since 2002, the national human rights commission says, with more than 90 percent of the killings going unpunished in the country which has the world’s highest murder rate.

Forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years, the commision said in a report. In 2010, 36 women were killed on average each month in Honduras. In the first half of this year, that figure rose to 46 – about three women every two days.

The article goes on to state that experts blame the rise on various causes, most notably drug trafficking and general anti-female attitudes, things that have long plagued Honduras. But that doesn’t explain why forty percent of the 3,018 murders of women all occurred within the past two years.

What’s interesting is that the CONADEH report cited by the article doesn’t frame it the way the article implies it did. Instead of stating that “forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years”, the report, written in Spanish, states it as follows in a passage with the following header:

“41% de las muertes violentas de mujeres se registraron en el gobierno de Pepe Lobo”

In English, that translates as “41% of the violent deaths of women occurred under the government of Pepe Lobo“. In other words, the murders were committed after Manuel Zelaya, the last legitimately elected president of Honduras, was toppled by Lanny Davis’ paymasters and after Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa won a joke of an election in September November of 2009. This fact is made even more explicit in this passage: “En lo que va de la actual administración del Presidente Porfirio Lobo (2010 – junio 2012) se registró la muerte violenta de 1,228 mujeres, cifra que representa el 41% de los homicidios cometidos desde el 2002.”, which translates as “So far the current administration of President Porfirio Lobo (2010 – June 2012) has recorded the violent deaths of 1,228 women, representing 41% of homicides since 2002.”

One wonders why Ms. Moloney, or her TrustLaw (Thomson Reuters) editors, chose to remove all mention of what the CONADEH report references prominently — namely, the references to Pepe Lobo.

As horrifying as is the sharp rise in the murders of women, it must be noted (as the CONADEH report does) that the murder toll for men is far higher: Of the 16,643 violent deaths in Honduras between 2010 and June 2012, 15.415 (92.62%) were of men while 1,228 (7.38%) were of women.

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Why Going After WikiLeaks Is Wrong

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 19, 2010

The US Government’s vicious attacks against WikiLeaks and its allies (an attack that includes the psychological undermining of PFC Bradley Manning, treatment that won’t get him to provide true and accurate information but will eventually destroy him mentally) only reinforces for observers the deep and searing hypocrisy of the US preaching on freedom, democracy and transparency to people it doesn’t like (such as the Iranian government) while allowing the hostile coup takeovers of countries like Honduras by people who are against democracy, freedom and transparency, and show that by their eagerness to kill thousands upon thousands of their own people.

It was already laughable, in light of what was already known about America’s foreign policy, for Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman to blather about how important it was for Iran, a nation they hate and want to destroy, to respect internet and other freedoms. Now that the US’ true attitudes towards freedom, democracy and transparency have been revealed for all to see, the wildly intemperate scorpionlike reaction of Clinton, Lieberman, Biden and most every other prominent American politician or government official just reinforces what we all knew.

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Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 13, 2009

— Even as paid coupista apologists write panegyrics on Micheletti’s behalf in the US media, his gang has no kicked out TeleSUR, the last truly reliable TV network reporting on the ground in Honduras. This is an ominous sign and indicates that the coup plotters are planning to seriously up the violence factor.

The US trade gap is still narrowing, and is now at its smallest amount since November of 1999; even though we’re importing more from China, we’re importing far less overall.

This is seen as an example of the weakness of the US economy. That could be so, but there is also this hypothesis: The fuel price shock of last year, which I suspect was one of the triggers of the worldwide collapse of the economy, suddenly made it a lot more costly to import things to the US. Up until last summer, it cost around $2000 to $3000 to ship a standard container to the US. As of September of last year, it cost from $7000 to $9000. Even though the price of oil has dropped in the wake of the collapse, it’s still not cheap enough for shell-shocked overseas economies to be able to start importing things on a pre-collapse scale. So while we’re weak, other economies are much weaker still.

— The current favorite right-wing revisionist history talking point being dutifully transmitted by conservative media writers (and thus e-mailed among hardcore conservatives) is that Sarah Palin was being attacked from the get-go by the US media. TPM’s Josh Marshall takes a little time to blow that sucker to smithereens.

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Coup Leader Micheletti Tried Changing Hondura’s Constitution

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 12, 2009

One of the things the Honduran coupistas claim as justification for their illegal effort to overthrow elected president Manuel Zelaya is that he tried to force a change in the constitution (actually, he tried to use a popular non-binding vote — more like a poll, really — to gauge support for a suggested change in the constitution, but the coupistas moved before the vote could be held).

But lookee here: Narco News’ Kristin Bricker, translating a Spanish-language piece from TeleSUR, informs us of the following:

In the rallies that were held this Friday in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, a fact rarely discussed in national and international press–but well-known throughout the Honduran population–was made public: Roberto Micheletti’s attempt to modify this Central American country’s Constitution in 1985.

Popular organizations, teachers union members, union leaders, and the general public, in addition to demanding the reinstatement of Honduras’ legitimate and constitutional president, Manual Zelaya, vocalized coup leader Roberto Micheletti’s public attempt [to change the Constitution].

In 1985, he tried to turn the Honduran National Congress into a National Constitutional Assembly in order to reform the same Magna Carta that the coup leaders are now defending as their transcendental symbol during the current political crisis.

Members of Congress and politicians accuse Manuel Zelaya of trying to extend his term and change the Honduran Constitution, but what he tried to do was hold a non-binding opinion poll. Micheletti, on the other hand, did want to [extend the president’s term and change the Constitution] 24 years ago.

Very interesting. Of course, you won’t see this in any other English-language media.

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More US Aid To Honduras Cut

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2009

Per litho at Daily Kos:

The foreign aid cuts announced in yesterday’s communiqué are substantial and directly linked to the mediation efforts by Oscar Arias that begin today.  The cuts include $16.5 million in military assistance plus unspecified additional amounts in development aid, all of which has already been suspended.  The cuts announced yesterday include assistance in the areas of education, the environment, and family planning, and could amount to some $50 million.

In addition, the US is reviewing its commitments to Honduras under the Millennium Challenge Account, which currently add up to another $130 million.

Assistance in public health, specifically food assistance, HIV/AIDS support, and other infectious diseases, will continue.

The communiqué ends with a call for dialogue, a return to the constitutional order, and the desire that the talks in Costa Rica allow Hondurans to reach a national consensus.

The coup backers and their media allies have already backed away from their insistence that Zelaya never return to Honduras, much less to office. We’ll see what the latest news brings.
Charles adds: The latest news was that Zelaya said the coupistas were welshing on their deal. I meant to post it earlier and now I can’t find the link. He says that he is coming to “listen” to how “the de facto government is planning to exit in the most honorable way.” The negotiation is proceeding, but it sure didn’t sound like it was likely to go anywhere. Micheletti started out the negotiation by flying a route that avoided Nicaragua and by demanding that the negotiation take place in the airport, which Costa Rica denied. I also don’t like the locution “the de facto government” that the US has apparently insisted on. To me that raises the suspicion that the State Department may be preparing to recognize facts on the ground.

As I said before Micheletti grabbed power, paranoia is your friend in Latin America.


Phoenix replies: If “de facto government” is a bad choice of words, then Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! is making the same mistake. See how her program chose to translate President Zelaya’s replies to her questions during the course of an interview with him:

I think that both President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton as well as U.S. Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Lawrence, and all the other officials have been completely categorical and clear. While there have been other opinions voiced in the United States, they’re not been official government statements. They have condemned the coup, asked for my reinstatement and in addition are not recognizing the de facto government’s decisions.

Charles says: Yes, the US has apparently insisted on this locution (i.e., diplomatic-speak) and even Zelaya is playing along. It’s a very unnatural phrase in Spanish, especially coming from someone who has been removed by a coup. The natural phrase is “golpistas.” But apparently State thinks that if Zelaya says what would be normal, the coupistas will refuse to talk. This is surmise, but it’s about the only explanation that makes sense.

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