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Honduras… all things considered…

6 October 2009

The “de facto” regime in Honduras is playing still more games … stretching out any attempts at “dialogue” by changing the conditions once again.  Basically, the United States government forcing the Honduran government to do what the U.S. says it will never do… negotiate with terrorists, only with the terrorists being aided and abetted by congressional representative from the United States.

It was well reported in the U.S. and other “mainstream media” that the fake president had called off HIS “state of siege” (which, even if the defacto president was President, he didn’t have the legal power to impose (that’s the job of Congress) was not so much lifted, as was no longer needed. The opposition radio stations were destroyed during the “state of emergency” (their equipment hauled away and the stations taken off the air) and… as to getting back on the air, Micheletti said they can “reapply for broadcast licenses”.

Coupled with threats against foreign reporters, this is not, like the situation in Venezuela — a country with a thriving opposition press — where ONE television network that was openly calling for rebellion was not granted a new broadcasting license when it came up for renewal (and led to world-wide condemnations of press censorship), there still is only the sketchiest of notice that civil liberties are under attack in the Americas.

Better late than never, the U.S. press is FINALLY starting to notice.  Now that the New York Times has finally decided, well, yeah, maybe there was a coup in Honduras, and maybe the “de facto” government is a bunch of lying scumbags, National Public Radio is able to more or less report on what’s been happening with some accuracy…

Honduras is one of the original “banana republics.” In the 1800s, U.S. firms set up fruit companies that exploited cheap Honduran labor to export bananas to the port of New Orleans.

While things have improved since the days of the company store, the vast majority of Hondurans remain in poverty.

Ramon Romero, a professor of economics at the National Autonomous University, says power in Honduras is in the hands of about 100 people from roughly 25 families. Others estimate the Honduran elite to be slightly larger, but still it is a tiny group.

Romero says the country’s elite have always selected the nation’s president. They initially helped Zelaya get into office, and then they orchestrated his removal from power.

Micheletti, the de factor president, says Zelaya was “taken out” because he tried to change the rule of the Honduran Constitution, which prohibits presidents from even trying to extend their one term in office.

“[Zelaya] was doing that. He [doesn’t] care. He disobeyed the Supreme Court and the Congress and everything,” Micheletti says.

Micheletti and his supporters say Zelaya, despite only having a few months left in his term, was on the verge of creating a socialist state modeled after Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.

But Romero, the economics professor, says this was a ruse. “The principal reason why the elites split from Zelaya was for economic and not political reasons,” Romero says.

Zelaya ran for president as a center-right candidate but then moved sharply to the left while in office.

He governed with a bravado that endeared him to the poor and infuriated the rich…

Could it be that in Venezuela, the opposition was in favor of keeping U.S. oil companies happy, and in Honduras, the illegitimate government will keep the United States in cheap bananas?

Living in a country that sells both oil and bananas to the United States, should I start to worry about media access here?

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