By Lisa Sullivan
School of the Americas Watch
This past Saturday, Fr. Roy Bourgeois and I accompanied President Manuel Zelaya back to his native Honduras, almost two years after a military coup led by SOA graduates removed him from his country at gunpoint. The short flight
we took with him, from Managua to Tegucigalpa, was a journey packed with laughter, tears, songs, nerves, hugs, and decades of history.
Above all, this was an epic Latin American journey, a brief Latin American freedom ride of sorts. It was a moment to display to a world that does not often look this way, a loosely woven cloth of Latin American sovereignty and integration. As the only U.S. citizens invited to be part of a small group of international accompaniment, Roy and I felt extraordinarily privileged to be sharing this moment with our Latin American sisters and brothers.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, colombia, coup, democracy, honduras, obama, venezuela, zelaya
Porfirio Lobo and Manuel Zelaya shake hands on May 23, 2011 (Guardian UK)
By Rady Ananda
Since Obama’s first coup on June 28, 2009, when Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and flown to a U.S. military base in Palmerola before being spirited out of the country in his pajamas, Honduras has endured lethal repression under the US-installed dictator, Porfirio Lobo. But today, May 28, 2011, Zelaya returned.
On May 23rd, Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela president Hugo Chavez brokered a deal that allowed Zelaya to return so that Honduras will be readmitted to the Organisation of American States, thus gaining access to international “aid” funds.
Posted in Land Grab, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, chavez, colombia, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, dictatorship, honduras coup, Juan Manuel Santos, OAS, obama, Organization of American States, us imperialism, venezuala, zelaya
By William Blum
Bombing a flooded Pakistan, CIA assassinations & military coups, Obama Lies, MSM mind control, the US war machine.
Posted in Military, MSM Shills, NWO, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged imperialism, mind control, NWO, obama, psyops, US world domination, william blum
Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling
By John Perkins
Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths
It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: Honduras, Region: Iceland, Region: India, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged Amazon resistance, avatar victory, BP oil catastrophe, defeating corporatism, Dongria Kondh, Environment, indigenous tribes, Land Rights, people vs profits, populism
By Thelma Mejía* Inter Press Service
TEGUCIGALPA, Feb 17, 2010 (Tierramérica) – The effects of climate change in Honduras have a local accomplice. Not only are forests suffering from global warming; they are also the victim of illegal logging.
More than three-quarters of Honduras is mountainous, and over 50 percent of the territory is wooded.
Government reports indicate that forests are the most valuable natural resource for development of this Central American country. They could generate more than 25 percent of GDP, estimated at 12.7 billion dollars following the crisis triggered by the Jun. 28, 2009 coup d’état that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.
However, currently the forest sector contributes just five percent of GDP.
The decline of the country’s forests has four main causes: changes in land use, consumption of firewood, fires and illegal logging, according to a report by the independent forest monitoring unit of the ombudsman’s office.
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras
Tagged corruption, Fires, Firewood, Illegal Logging, Land Rights, Region: Honduras, Timber trafficking
Posted in Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged Abuse, human rights, imperialism, political murder, Region: Honduras, Right-wing extremism, Supporting Dictators, Torture, US Complicity
Tegucigalpa, indeed all of the country, is covered in political graffiti. It doesn't take long to recognize that the state is in a moment of intense political struggle and repression, despite the international media's insistence that 'everything is fine.'
By Tyler Shipley
“When the media goes quiet, the walls speak.” — graffiti in Tegucigalpa.
What strikes a visitor to the Honduran capital most immediately in this moment is the degree to which the social and political conflict that has erupted since the golpe de estado (coup d’etat) on June 28th is actually written on the walls, the fences, the rockfaces, bridges, errant bits of siding, abandoned buildings, and even the concrete upon which one walks. Though the discourse in the international press is muddled and misinformed, the situation in Honduras is very obvious to those who are here – as a quick taxi ride around Tegucigalpa demonstrates.
Posted in Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged canada honduras complicity, coup d'etat, democracy, fascism, human rights, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, state terror, us honduras complicity
By Dan Archer and Nikil Saval
We created this graphic history of the coup in Honduras. The comic looks at the roots of the military coup and the role that the United States has played in Honduras.
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Neoliberalism, NWO, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged honduran coup, honduran coup graphic history, Region: Honduras
I came to Honduras to participate as a human rights observer of the electoral climate in a delegation organized by the Quixote Center. Several delegations converged, connecting some 30 U.S. citizens with dozens more from Canada, Europe and Latin America.
Posted in Economy Economics, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged coup d'etat, democracy, fake elections, human rights abuse, militarism, New World Order, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance, us intervention
By Tom Loudon
After five months of political chaos in Honduras, repeated attempts to reach a negotiated agreement for restoration of constitutional order have failed due to the defiant recalcitrance of the Roberto Micheletti coup regime and the complicity of the State Department. Given this impasse and the deepening human rights crisis, it is widely recognized that conditions for holding free, fair and transparent elections on November 29, just days from now, do not exist.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged coup d'etat, democracy, honduras elections, military coup, neocolonialism, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, us back honduras coup
Avi Lewis traveled to Honduras only days after Zelaya smuggled himself into the country and only 100 days after the country experienced only the second coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War. In this 24-minute Fault Lines program for Al Jazeera English, he chronicles how social movements are mobilizing in the streets, standing up to repression not just to bring their president back, but to re-found their nation on more equal terms.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged al jazeera, avi lewis, democracy, Land Grab, military coup, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, Resistance, zelaya
By School of the Americas Watch
Latin America awoke yesterday to two extraordinary announcements that will impact the region for years to come; one in Honduras producing tentative hope, and the other in Colombia, sowing widespread concern and fear. Together they reflect the dual nature of the Obama Administration´s approach to Latin America.
Posted in Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged colombia, democracy, military coup, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, us imperialism, Us military expansion colombia, zelaya to be restored to power