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¿Justicia en Honduras? Sobreseimiento a Medeline David y ratificación propiedad a mafia canadiense  12/17/2016 OFRANEH: "En medio de la ofensiva territorial que se viene contra los pueblos indígenas en Honduras, el Juzgado de Letras de la ciudad de Trujillo, emitió un sobreseimiento definitivo a favor de Medalime Martina David Fernández por el supuesto delito de usurpación, al mismo tiempo que el Juez Fredy Cenen Caballero Nuñez acreditó legítima propiedad del terreno comunitario a Sociedad Mercantil CARIVIDA, registrada a nombre del Sr. Patrick Forseth, ciudadano canadiense ligado a Randy Jorgensen conocido como “el rey del porno”."

El Rey del Porno Canadiense, Randy Jorgensen, amenaza con desalojar comunidad Garífuna de Guadalupe de su territorio ancestral  12/13/2016 Pasos de Animal Grande: "Una vez más las comunidades Garífunas en la Bahía de Trujillo se ven acosados por extranjeros que aducen ser propietarios de terrenos comunitarios. En este caso, en la comunidad de Guadalupe, Colón, un grupo de abogados, acompañados de miembros de la Policía Nacional, acosaron a Garífunas que hacían presencia en un terreno en el cual se encontraba construido un proyecto de turismo comunitario, según una publicación de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras, OFRANEH difundida este 13 de octubre de 2016."

II Simposio Afrodescendientes Después de Santiago:El Movimiento Afrodescendiente y Los Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos, Universidad de Cartagena  12/10/2016 ODECO: "Compartimos con ustedes información sobre el II Simposio "Afrodescendientes Después de Santiago: El Movimiento Afrodescendiente y Los Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos", con participación de la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario en esta oportunidad se contó con la presencia de activistas de alto perfil y miembros representativos de agencias gubernamentales, no gubernamentales y donantes, nos acompañaron académico(a)s e intelectuales, tanto pertenecientes al movimiento afrodescendiente, como aquello(a)s quienes han venido estudiando y acompañando su accionar desde Santiago 2000.; evento organizado por el Instituto de Investigacion Afrolatinoamericanas, Universidad de Harvard y la Universidad de Cartagena, en Colombia."

Honduras: Una mujer que con tenacidad separó la pobreza del éxito  12/9/2016 El Herald: "¿Por qué todos sus hijos llevan el nombre Luis? Mi marido es que tiene esa preferencia. Protestamos, pero el amor predomina y la mujer debe tener obediencia, así que ni modo."

La mafia canadiense del rey porno y la persecución a garífunas en la bahía de Trujillo en Honduras.  12/5/2016 África Fundación Sur: "La persecución judicial en contra de Medeline David por parte de los canadiense asociados a Randy Jorgensen, es consecuencia directa de la cuestionada Ley de Propiedad, promovida por el Banco Mundial (BM) a través del Proyecto de Administración de Tierras de Honduras (PATH), cuyo marco jurídico es la Ley de Propiedad (2004), la que en su artículo 100, da luz verde para que lo patronatos rescindan de la propiedad colectiva."

Atlantic Cartel  11/25/2016 Insight Crime: [covers the areas occupied by Garinagu] "The investigations of the murders of González and Landaverde languished for years, and the cases came to exemplify the extent of criminality and impunity within the Honduran police force. In 2014, recordings surfaced from a police station known as the Casamata, or "Slaughter House," which showed officers discussing plans to execute González. Shortly thereafter, a police officer who had retrieved the recordings, apparently planning to turn them over to investigators, was found dead."

Wilter Blanco, el narco que mandaba en la Policía de Honduras  11/22/2016 La Prensa: "Para abril de 2015, los hondureños se vieron sorprendidos con la incautación masiva de bienes derivada de una operación de la Dirección de Lucha contra el Narcotráfico (DLCN) en contra de Wilter Neptaly Blanco Ruiz, un presunto narcotraficante de 39 años señalado como jefe del Cartel del Atlántico o del Cartel de Colón, prófugo de la justicia y ahora acusado como autor intelectual del asesinato del general Julián Arístides González. Blanco Ruiz, originario de Brus Laguna, La Mosquitia hondureña, era dueño de negocios dedicados a la exportación de mariscos y mantenía varias haciendas, unas que desbordaban en lujos como el famoso el Rancho Reguleto en Sonaguera, Colón, al noreste de Honduras, adonde llegaban bandas y artistas a entretener en las fiestas que ahí se organizaban."

The Canadian porn king and the Caribbean paradise  11/20/2016 Toronto Star: "Randy Jorgensen made a fortune in the last millennium, selling sex when videotape was cutting-edge technology. He then reinvented himself as a land developer and seller of snowbird fantasies. But his Canadian retirement dream is, for indigenous people in Honduras, a nightmare."

“Rey del Porno” logra orden de captura contra otro dirigente garífuna  11/15/2016 Criterio, HN: "Apuntó que lastimosamente la alcaldía de Santa Fe está jugando un triste papel porque entrega documentos “leoninos” a favor de los extranjeros y en detrimento de los nativos de la comunidad. En ese orden denunció que el alcalde, Noel Ruiz, tiene intereses de proteger a los canadienses porque hace negocios con ellos mediante la venta de materiales de construcción a través de una empresa de su propiedad. Es así como “él está más a favor de los canadienses que de su propio pueblo”, cuestionó."

Honduras: Inversiones turísticas que cercenan territorios y fagocitan derechos ancestrales  11/13/2016 Alba Sud: "Este artículo se realiza en el marco del proyecto "Turismo responsable, derechos humanos y trabajo decente" ejecutado por Alba Sud con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona - Programa Barcelona Solidaria convocatoria 2015."

NUEVA ARMENIA ENFRENTA EL DESTIERRO  11/2/2016 Pulso: "Tras su cierre, los pobladores de Nueva Armenia exigieron regresar a su antiguo territorio, pero de acuerdo a la OFRANEH, paulatina y de forma amañada, la municipalidad repartió las tierras ancestrales a otros grupos, supuestamente palmeros. No obstante, el INA le otorgó a la comunidad un título de propiedad en 1994, el cual reconoció 169 hectáreas. Desde un inicio los garífunas indicaron la insuficiencia del territorio concedido, por no abarcar el total de las tierras ancestrales de la antigua Armenia. Pero los reclamos no fueron atendidos."

GARÍFUNAS EN DEFENSA DE SUS TERRITORIOS [PARTE 1]  11/2/2016 El Pulso: "Los garífunas, o, más correctamente denominados como garinagüs, actualmente habitan en 48 comunidades, desde Masca, departamento de Cortés, hasta Plaplaya, departamento de Gracias a Dios. También se ubican en seis centros urbanos de Belice, en dos comunidades de Nicaragua y en una de Guatemala. Se estima que hay unos 250 mil garífunas en Honduras y más de 100 mil que emigraron hacia Estados Unidos."

A punto de perderse construcción de represa donada por Japón  10/24/2016 La Prensa: "El alcalde Carlos Aguilar y técnicos del Sanaa tratan de convencer a los vecinos de Corinto y Sambo Creek. Fotos: Samuel Zelaya El alcalde Carlos Aguilar y técnicos del Sanaa tratan de convencer a los vecinos de Corinto y Sambo Creek. Fotos: Samuel Zelaya La Ceiba, Honduras. Las autoridades municipales y del Servicio Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (Sanaa) tienen hasta el 30 de noviembre para gestionar el permiso ambiental para la construcción de la represa Cuyamel en la comunidad de Corinto. La obra será financiada por el Gobierno de Japón, que ya tiene los fondos, pero no puede empezar. El atraso está en que los habitantes de las comunidades de Sambo Creek y Corinto se oponen porque aseguran que afectará el ambiente y secará el río Cuyamel. Sin embargo, los japoneses hicieron los estudios de factibilidad y concluyeron que no dañará la naturaleza de la zona."

Reunidos por un solo proposito, tema Rio Cuyamel a la Ceiba  10/16/2016 Omar Suazo: "Reunidos por un solo proposito, tema Rio Cuyamel a la Ceiba . Conclusión no Permitir ninguna actividad llamado Cabildo abierto o asamblea con ningun ente del gobierno. Nuestro Rio no es negociable."

10 Preguntas para Alfredo López de OFRANEH  10/15/2016 Witness for Peace: "Como líderes, nos enfrentamos a constantes persecuciones. Nuestros teléfonos están intervenidos, nuestros movimientos son vigilados y estamos constantemente amenazados. Sin embargo, tengo que seguir trabajando y haciendo lo que tengo que hacer. Trabajamos con mucha pasión y determinación. Yo mismo he pagado el alto precio de haber sido encarcelado por seis años y seis meses, acusado de ser un traficante de drogas y esto me motiva a seguir denunciando las injusticias y agresiones contra nuestro pueblo y usurpación de nuestras tierras disfrazados como proyectos de desarrollo."

US Investigating Criminal Ties of Dozens of Honduras Elites: Report  10/11/2016 Insight Crime: "Nearly three dozen mayors, congressmen, judges, military officials and police officers in Honduras are reportedly being investigated for their connections to a drug cartel, a potentially explosive probe that could help expose the deep links between elites and organized crime in the country."

Honduras Mayor Arrested for Murder, Ties to Organized Crime  9/8/2016 Insight Crime: "In several instances, criminal organizations have been shown to have close relationships with Honduran mayors. Nine mayors across the country have been arrested for a range of crimes, including murder, drug trafficking and money laundering. (Two have been absolved of wrongdoing since their arrest.) As of April 2015, authorities were investigating no less than 35 mayors or deputy mayors for alleged links to organized crime."

Aseguran mansión en La Ceiba a supuesto capo hondureño  8/4/2016 La Prensa: "Las propiedades pertenecen al hondureño Francisco Javier Zelaya Fúnez quien está en prisión en Estados Unidos."

ZACATE GRANDE: UNA COMUNIDAD QUE PERSISTE EN LA DEFENSA POR EL DERECHO A LA TIERRA1Zacate Grande: una comunidad que persiste en la defensa por el derecho a la tierra  8/1/2016 CESPAD: "En la península de Zacate Grande se ha desarrollado una historia de lucha en la defensa de la tierra que aún no concluye. Comunidades, pertenecientes a la Asociación para el desarrollo de la Península de Zaca-te Grande –ADEPZA-, tomaron la iniciativa de organizarse para defender su territorio ante las eminentes amenazas de desalojos por parte de grupos económicos, familias prominentes y terratenientes de la zona. Es un conflicto que ha sido evidenciado a nivel nacional y a nivel internacional, poniendo en la palestra pública la criminalización y la persecución del movimiento social en la zona sur de Honduras. Además, ha colocado la necesidad de realizar un proceso de saneamiento de la propiedad de la tierra rural que solucione la mora de títulos de propiedad en la zona de Zacate Grande y en el resto del país."

Tim Kaine’s Unlikely Biography  7/31/2016 Daniel Hopsicker's MadCowNews: "A 21-year old Harvard Law School student spending 1981 in Honduras as a Jesuit volunteer is as absurd as an English tutor parachuting before D-Day into Normandy to teach French children when to use “their” and when to use “they’re.” It doesn’t pass the smell test."

Report: The situation of indigenous peoples in Honduras  7/21/2016 UN Special Rapporteur: "Representatives of the indigenous peoples claimed that, even when they have title to their lands, they face counterclaims from individuals who seek to break up the indigenous lands by launching legal and administrative procedures and by buying land illegally sold by indigenous individuals. Some municipal authorities have been involved in the illegal sale of indigenous lands and have approved or participated in logging, mining or agricultural activities on those lands. The communities with title to their land who face this kind of problem include the Lenca of Lepaterique and Llanos de la Candelaria and also Tolupán tribes in Yoro that have held title to their land since the nineteenth century. In La Mosquitia, the problem is also linked with drug trafficking and money-laundering activities."

Attempts to disappear Garifuna people  7/18/2016 Latin America Press: "“The Garifuna people have suffered two displacements and they are now facing another one for living in the coasts that are so coveted by national and transnational capital,” explains Miriam Miranda, coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), which defends the rights of the Garifuna communities."

Abaimahani de mujeres Garifunas en Sambo Creek contra represa río Cuyamel  7/14/2016 OFRANEH: "La defensa de los bienes comunes es esencial para la sobrevivencia del pueblo Garífuna. La pretención de la Municipalidad de Ceiba de apropiarse de la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cuyamel, con el pretexto de la destrucción premeditada del río Danto -fuente primordial de agua para la Ceiba- ha colocado en alerta a la comunidad de Sambo que ha padecido de aproximadamente de cinco intentos de apropiación del río desde la década pasada."

In the Aftermath of the Murder of Berta Cáceres: Squashing Indigenous Resistance and Discrediting International Observers in Honduras  7/12/2016 Counterpunch: “The Indigenous peoples were highly disciplined and resistant…They were the most firm on the journey. They have resources that the rest do not have: their long history of resistance.”

Down Where the Death Squads Live: the “New” Police in Honduras  7/8/2016 Counterpunch: "On June 22 Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Reyes published a response to the Guardian article, claiming that the Military Police did not have a seventh battalion, that the FBI had not trained military forces in Honduras and that the TESON (Troops Specialized in Jungle and Nocturnal Operations) training course did not have U.S. military trainers. However, the Honduran military has reported to local press that the Military Police is in the process of creating a series of ten battalions, each with slightly under 500 soldiers. In December 2014 the military reported that the fifth and sixth battalions had graduated, and by January 2016 it reported that there were 4,000 active Military Police, making it clear at least eight battalions are in operation."

Ex-Honduras president's son and police allegedly conspired to bring drugs to US  6/29/2016 Guardian: "Six Honduran national police officers have bene charged with conspiring with the son of a former Honduran president to import drugs into the United States. US attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan announced the charges, saying the officers were accused of participating “in a massive drug trafficking conspiracy” that flooded US cities with cocaine. None of the officers are in custody."

Integrante de partido neonazi, actual Presidente del Comité de las Ciudades Modelo en Honduras.  6/24/2016 OFRANEH: "La candidata por el FPO (Partido de la Libertad) para el puesto de Auditora en Austria, la Sra. Barbara Kolm, aparece en varias publicaciones austriacas como la actual presidente de la Comisión para la Adopción de Mejores Practicas (CAMP), de las Ciudades Modelo (ZEDE) en Honduras."

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier  6/21/2016 The Guardian: "Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed. Lists featuring the names and photographs of dozens of social and environmental activists were given to two elite units, with orders to eliminate each target, according to First Sergeant Rodrigo Cruz, 20. Cruz’s unit commander, a 24-year-old lieutenant, deserted rather than comply with the order. Cruz – who asked to be identified by a pseudonym for fear of reprisal – followed suit, and fled to a neighbouring country. Several other members of the unit have disappeared and are feared dead."

Miriam Miranda: “Quieren desaparecernos para adueñarse de nuestros territorios”  6/12/2016 Alba Sud: "Miriam Miranda, dirigente garífuna y coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (Ofraneh), asegura que las industrias extractivas no sólo ponen en riesgo el futuro de territorios y bienes comunes, sino que aceleran el proceso de desaparición de los pueblos indígenas. Los proyectos de viviendas con fines turísticos destacan entre las más recientes formas de despojo."

Hillary’s Role in Honduran Coup Sunk US Relations With Latin America to a New Low  6/1/2016 Counteprunch: "If Clinton’s State Department was concerned by the extent of this foreign diplomacy failure in what Washington used to refer to as its “backyard,” their emails and diplomatic cables do not hint at it. Rather, senior officials appeared to revel at having gotten one over on Brazil and other governments that wanted to see Honduras’ democratic government restored. Just after the November 2009 election results were announced, Shannon emailed Clinton triumphantly, noting, “The turnout [ … ] and the clear rejection of [Zelaya’s] Liberal Party shows our approach was the right one, and puts Brazil and others who would not recognize the election in an impossible position.”"

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers  5/27/2016 Counterpunch: "Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm. The DESA representative who was present for the public signing of the USAID agreement was none other than Sergio Rodríguez, the company’s Social Investment Manager, who is now accused of Cáceres’ assassination along with another former DESA employee and individuals with military ties. The arrests also included Douglas Geovanny Bustillo, a retired military officer and the former head of DESA’s security detail. The trial against the accused murderers began on Monday."

Son of ex-Honduras president pleads guilty to drug trafficking  5/16/2016 NY Post: "The son of Honduras’ ex-president Porfirio Lobo pleaded guilty Monday to being a common drug trafficker — and he now faces at least 10-year behind bars. Fabio Lobo, 44, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to scheming to import a “multi-ton load” of cocaine into the US last year in hopes of a big payday."

Gemelo de detenido tenía el arma que mató a Berta Cáceres  5/6/2016 La Prensa: "El Ministerio Público amplió el requerimiento fiscal por asesinato contra Emerson Eusebio Duarte Meza, hermano de Edilson Atilio Meza."

La Ceiba: capturan a "La Diabla" presunta extorsionadora y líder de mara  4/30/2016 TVC, Honduras: "Investigaciones de las autoridades señalan que la detenida era quien había quedado al mando de la pandilla 18 en esta ciudad después de la captura de Rodolfo Alexander Banegas Martínez, alias "Quick"."

La pérdida de un amigo  4/23/2016 GarifunaWeb: por Bienvenido Rojas Silva, la Havana, hablando de Celeo Álvarez Casildo (1959-2016), lider garifuna

Gangs in Honduras  4/21/2016 Insight Crime: "This report was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development. It was prepared by InSight Crime with assistance from the Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa."

Oscar Álvarez debe ser investigado por nexos con el crímen organizado : General Ramírez del Cid  4/18/2016 Criterio: "El Comisionado general de policía, Ricardo Ramírez del Cid, acusó directamente al exsecretario de seguridad, Oscar Álvarez Guerrero, de estar vinculado con el crimen organizado y de ser el responsable de esta campaña de descrédito contra toda la Policía Nacional y pide que se le investigue."

Tres generales y un cartel: violencia policial e impunidad en Honduras  4/15/2016 NYT: "Al General Arístides González lo mandaron a matar dos directores generales de la policía de Honduras que dirigieron la institución entre 2010 y 2013, los generales José Luis Muñoz Licona y José Ricardo Ramírez del Cid, que según la investigación de la propia policía, trabajaban para el Cartel del Atlántico junto con más de dos docenas de oficiales de diversos rangos. Recibieron la orden, organizaron el asesinato, lo ejecutaron y lo encubrieron. E hicieron lo mismo con el político de la Democracia Cristiana Alfredo Landaverde, que también había sido titular de la Dirección de Lucha contra el Narcotráfico."

Files Suggest Honduran Police Leaders Ordered Killing of Antidrug Officials  4/15/2016 NYT: "Behind the scenes, according to the case files, the police investigators took just three weeks to solve the murder. The chief suspects were a cell of high-ranking police commanders working hand-in-hand with drug traffickers. The conspiracy reached all the way to the chief of police."

Un informe revela nombres y hechos relacionados con asesinatos cometidos por la policía en Honduras  4/15/2016 NYT: "La revelación de la responsabilidad de la cúpula policial hondureña en asesinatos de alto impacto sucede la misma semana que se ha instalado la Misión de Apoyo Contra la Corrupción e Impunidad en Honduras (MACCIH). Creada por la Organización de Estados Americanos con el permiso del gobierno, la misión busca responder a la presión ciudadana que durante meses el año pasado pidió en las calles que la comunidad internacional interviniera el sistema de justicia del país."

Garifuna leader dies in Honduras  4/13/2016 Breaking Belize News: "The National Garifuna Council (NGC) issued a press release announcing that a delegation will be leaving the country today to participate in burial activities for one of the ethnic group’s great leaders, Sasamu Celeo Alvarez Casildo."

Garifuna stalwart, Celeo Álvarez Casildo, dies at 57 from throat cancer  4/12/2016 Amandala: "Afro-descendants of Central America, and especially the Garifuna community, are mourning the loss of Don Celeo Álvarez Casildo, who became known to us at Kremandala for his leadership role in the Central American Black Organization (CABO), based in his home country, Honduras, as well as his founding role in the Organization for Ethnic Community Development (ODECO), which helped to establish CABO in the 1990s."

Cuerpo de Celeo Alvarez es velado en La Ceiba  4/12/2016 HCH TV 

Honduras: Fallece líder garifuna Céleo Álvarez Casildo  4/11/2016 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Por su lado, el extitular de la Secretaría de Pueblo Indígenas y Afrodescendientes de Honduras, Luis Green informó que entre las 10:45 a 11:00 de la mañana se reportó el deceso del defensor de los pueblos negros hondureños, luego de estar en agonía en un centro asistencial capitalino. "Estamos un poquito choqueados con esta situación, ya nos estamos reuniendo con los hijos, hay hermanas de él que vienen desde los Estados Unidos; la decisión de los hijos es que sea velado hoy acá -Tegucigalpa- y mañana poderlo trasladar a La Ceiba y hacerlo en las oficinas de la Odeco", confirmó. Álvarez Casildo ha sido el líder más grande que ha tenido la comunidad garífuna y afrodescendiente de la nación, consideró Green."

Muere líder garífuna hondureño Celeo Álvarez Casildo  4/11/2016 La Tribuna: "Era un connotado dirigente de la Federación de Sindicatos de Trabajadores Nacionales de Honduras (Fesitranh) y Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Medicina, Hospitales y Similares (Sitramedhys). A los 24 años, ya manejaba la dirigencia de salud a nivel nacional."

Fallece el coordinador de la Odecoh Céleo Álvarez Castillo  4/11/2016 HRN: "Se graduó de licenciado en economía agrícola, y es considerado fundador y coordinador de la Organización Étnico de Desarrollo Comunitario de Honduras (Odecoh). Asimismo, desempeñó los cargos de presidente del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Medicina y Similares (Sitramedys), presidente del comité consultivo de la integración Centroamericano (CECESICA), presidente de la Organización Negra Centroamericana y secretario ejecutivo de la plataforma Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes."

Honduran Garifuna Leader, CELEO ALVAREZ CASILDO Passes Away in Honduras This Morning  4/11/2016 Being Garifuna: "Noted for his championing of the rights of Afro-Descendants, Honduran Garifuna Leader / Activist Celeo Alvarez Casildo passed away this morning in Honduras. May he Rest In Peace."

Honduras: Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination  3/23/2016 Upside Down World: "The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner. Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend."

In Honduras The Killing Of Environmentalists Continues  3/22/2016 WBEZ, Chicago: "In Honduras, less than two weeks after the murder of human rights activist and environmentalist Berta Caceres, someone from the same indigenous group has been killed. Nelson Garcia was shot four times in the face in the Rio Chiquito community. His killing is the latest of a string of assassinations of indigenous and other political activists in Honduras who’ve opposed multinational corporate projects such as the Agua Zarca Dam."

Another Environmental Activist Slain in Honduras  3/21/2016 Nonprofit Quarterly: "Last week, another environmental activist in Honduras was brutally murdered outside of his home, less than two weeks after the death of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Like Cáceres, 39-year-old Nelson Garcia was a member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The shooting came following the evacuation of approximately 150 families from the settled community of Rio Chiquito."

Dutch bank suspends Honduran hydro scheme after second activist murdered  3/21/2016 Global Construction Review: "The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) has suspended $86m worth of projects in Honduras after the murder of two activists who opposed a project it was sponsoring."

Another environmental activist, Nelson García, is murdered in Honduras  3/21/2016 Treehugger: "Mere days after the murder of celebrity activist Berta Cáceres, a fellow member of her group was shot and killed for his participation in the same environmental group."

Murder of mother linked to ‘green’ bank, mining companies and Hillary Clinton  3/14/2016 The Canary 

Honduras: the White River, dyed with indigenous blood  3/14/2016 Open Democracy: "The murder of Berta Cáceres, a high-profile opponent of a hydroelectric project in Honduras, confirms the perverse connection between a private company, Chinese capital and the absolute contempt of local communities’ life."

For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’  3/14/2016 Foreign Policy in Focus: "The power and resource grab going on throughout Latin America has roots stretching back to Spanish colonization. The river Gualcarque — with its deep spiritual significance for the Lenca people — was famously defended against Spanish invaders by indigenous resistance leader and hero, El Lempira. Although the form has evolved, the struggle against powerful foreign forces in the region has continued to this day."

The US role in the Honduras coup and subsequent violence  3/14/2016 National Catholic Reporter: "U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, reflecting the broad consensus of international observers, sent a cable to Clinton entitled "Open and Shut: The Case of the Honduran Coup," thoroughly documenting that "there is no doubt" that Zelaya’s ouster "constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup." Similarly, Ann-Marie Slaughter, then serving as director of Policy Planning at the State Department, sent an email to Clinton strongly encouraging her to "take bold action" and to "find that [the] coup was a 'military coup' under U.S. law." However, Clinton's State Department refused to suspend U.S. aid to Honduras -- as required when a democratically-elected government is ousted in such a manner -- on the grounds that it wasn’t clear that the forcible military-led overthrow actually constituted a coup d'état. Emails released last year by the State Department also show how Clinton rejected calls by the international community to condemn the coup and used her lobbyist friend Lanny Davis -- who was working for the Honduran chapter of the Business Council of Latin America, which supported the coup -- to open communications with Micheletti, the illegitimate interim ruler installed by the military."

Demonstrators demand Canadian government speak up for murdered Indigenous activist  3/14/2016 Rabble Canada: "The coalition of civil societies leading the demonstration demanded that the Canadian government, which entered into a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras in 2013, condemn the murder. An open letter signed by over 80 organizations from across Canada demanding an independent international investigation involving the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights was also delivered to ministry clerks. NDP members Hélène Laverdière, critic for foreign affairs and Cheryl Hardcastle, part of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, were two of the signatories. "Change happens when citizens ban together and demand it," said Katarina Kahnert-Wolchak, a member of The Delta Now, a grassroots group led by students out of York University working in Solidarity with Honduran Indigenous-Garifuna communities on genocide and land rights issues."

US Activists: 'USAID Stop Funding Murder in Honduras'  3/14/2016 teleSUR: "The two D.C. residents, Jake Dacks and Nico Udu-gama, unfurled banners which read: “USAID stop funding murder in Honduras” and “Berta Caceres, Presente!” “We stand in solidarity with our dear comrade Berta and the Lenca people and all Hondurans who are valiantly resisting displacement in their territory,” said activist Jake Dacks in a press release."

Oxfam launches public campaign demanding company backers pull out of Honduran dam project  3/14/2016 Oxfam: "Oxfam supporters around the world are pressuring the backers of the Agua Zarca dam project in Honduras to withdraw, and demand an independent investigation into the murder of a local Indigenous leader who opposed the project."

Honduras: Hay indicios para dar con asesinos de Berta Cáceres  3/12/2016 teleSUR: "Las autoridades informaron que todas las líneas de investigación planteadas para el esclarecimiento de los hechos y responsabilidades se encuentran abiertas."

Drugs, Dams, and Power: The Murder of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres  3/11/2016 The Intercept: "Cáceres told her she was being “seriously harassed” by three local politicians who she believed were acting at the behest of Desarrollos Energéticos, SA (DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam. DESA is partially controlled by the controversial Honduran Atala family, whose members are involved in a variety of business ventures and suspected by many of having backed the 2009 coup. Best known among them is billionaire Camilo Atala, president of Banco Ficohsa, a regional bank that in 2014 acquired most of Citibank’s assets in the region, making it the largest bank in Honduras."

Honduras, otro régimen de terror impuesto por el imperialismo  3/10/2016 Cubadebate: "Después del golpe de Estado de 2009 contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya, planeado en la base aérea estadounidense de Soto Cano y en el Comando Sur de Estados Unidos, Honduras se ha convertido en uno de los países más peligrosos y violentos del planeta y en un paraíso para la inversión de las grandes trasnacionales y para las organizaciones criminales. El país centroamericano compite con México en cuanto a asesinatos de periodistas y activistas sociales, nunca aclarados, nunca sancionados sus ejecutores y mucho menos los autores intelectuales. Es el reino de la impunidad para los crímenes del capital imperialista."

Slain Honduran activist Berta Caceres remembered at Ottawa rally  3/8/2016 CBC: "Berta was an extraordinary activist in Honduras who was assassinated in her home," said Rachel Vincent of the Nobel Women's Initiative, who helped organize the Ottawa rally. "And the echoes of that assassination have reverberated around the planet."

Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres Died in Gustavo Castro Soto's Arms; Now His Life is in Danger  3/8/2016 Democracy Now: "At the time of her assassination, Cáceres was with Gustavo Castro Soto, another well-known environmental campaigner and coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico. He witnessed the shooting and sustained two bullet wounds. Now, human rights activists say the Honduran government is detaining Castro without cause and refusing him permission to return to his native Mexico."

Honduras: Deep failures in investigation into activist’s killing put many at risk  3/8/2016 Amnesty International: "The catalogue of failures in the investigation into the death of a prominent Indigenous leader last week exposes the Honduran government’s absolute lack of willingness to protect human rights defenders in the country, said Amnesty International after a visit to the Central American country. “Authorities in Honduras are saying one thing and doing another. They have told us they are committed to finding those responsible for Berta Cáceres’ death yet they have failed to follow the most basic lines of investigation, including the fact that Berta had been receiving serious death threats related to her human rights work for a very long time,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International."

Hidroeléctricas: Berta Cáceres, en el Día de la Mujer  3/8/2016 La Estrella, Panama: "La mataron los que no defienden el ambiente, los que miran para otro lado, los que se prestan para realizar, pagar y abalar estudios de impacto ambiental ilícitos, los que firmaron esos contratos cobrando a los concesionarios privados el uso de nuestro recurso hídrico nacional a unos vergonzosos 0.0000383 de centavos por metro cúbico, los que se reparten y aceptan coimas, los que abusan de su autoridad, los que financian los proyectos, los que se repartieron las concesiones como barajas para jugar ‘Péscalo', el que calla, el que no denuncia, el que no sanciona, el que construye las hidroeléctricas destruyendo ríos, el que no custodia nuestro patrimonio arqueológico, aquel al que no le duele que dejen como caudal ecológico un mísero 10 %; dejando sedientas las piedras, el que defiende las hidroeléctricas sabiendo que ya no son rentables, el que no hace buen uso de la electricidad y las despilfarra, el que no dice ¡basta ya!"

Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues  3/8/2016 Ecologist: "Early in the morning on 3rd March, the day of Berta Cáceres' murder, witnesses saw hit men from DESA in a blue Ford 150 vehicle near La Esperanza, and heard them speaking ill of Berta Cáceres. • on 25th February, during the forced eviction of COPINH Lenca families in Jarcia, Guinse, Intibuca, by the police and military, a member of the National Direction of Criminal Investigation (DGIC in Spanish) police unit harassed Berta Cáceres and told her that they would not be responsible if anything happened to her. • on 20th February, during COPINH's protest against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, the vice-mayor of San Francisco de Ojuera publicly asked that Berta Cáceres be killed."

Internationally Recognized Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Murdered in Honduras  3/7/2016 Truth Out: "Berta is someone that spent her entire life struggling, not just for Lenca indigenous people, but also for the Honduran social movement, women, for afro-indigenous peoples, for campesinos, and she was always one of the most outspoken activists. It is very clear that what she was and why she was doing it. And so, her killers and the Honduran state that failed to protect her, they've made a very strategic decision to take her life."

ONU destaca papel de la líder indígena Berta Cáceres  3/7/2016 teleSUR: "Durante el acto celebrado en La Paz (capital) indígenas peruanas condenaron el asesinato de la dirigente social y destacaron el valor de tantas mujeres, que como Cáceres, han tenido papeles importantes en la sociedad. La colombiana Ana Angarita otorgó de manera muy especial una mención post mortem a Berta Cáceres, una mujer que dedicó su vida a luchar por los derechos de los pueblos originarios de su país. A su juicio, Cáceres fue una "gran líder que ya había recibido amenazas de muerte por sus luchas"."

Gustavo Castro en riesgo en la comunidad de La Esperanza, Honduras  3/7/2016 Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero: "A pesar de todas las solicitudes a distintas instancias, para que esta nueva declaración se hiciera en las mejores condiciones paran su seguridad física y psicológica dentro de la Embajada de México o en Tegucigalpa, la Fiscalía General de Honduras decidió que se tenía que hacer en La Esperanza, lo que representa un alto riesgo para su integridad física y psicológica. Les pedimos exigir junto con nosotros la seguridad de Gustavo Castro durante todo el proceso de ampliación de su declaración y durante su llegada a la Embajada de México en Tegucigalpa. Exigimos al gobierno de Honduras que cumpla con su promesa de levantar la alerta migratoria que pusieron sobre su persona para que Gustavo Castro pueda salir inmediatamente de Honduras terminado este último proceso judicial requerido sin que haya ningún otro motivo ni acción que se lo impida."

Berta Cáceres: Denouncing the structures of terror  3/7/2016 Huff Post: by Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy - "The point of terror, of course, is to immobilize people with fear. It is used to send a message to the peasant and indigenous communities being brutally displaced by the expansion of sugar cane, palm oil and soy plantations, by dams and by land speculators. The message is simple: do not resist."

Mexicano dice que escenario del crimen de Berta Cáceres fue modificado  3/7/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "Y es que mis declaraciones les estorban para culpar a quienes quieren meter a la cárcel. No escuché carros llegar ni irse cuando el asesinato; el escenario del crimen fue modificado y alterado; las pruebas de sangre y otras dejaron líneas en blanco que luego pueden ser alteradas; mandan a declarar a la mayoría a gente del Copinh y no a los sospechosos tiempo atrás de estar intentando asesinar a Berta… Pero llegaron para que viera fotos y videos e identificar al asesino que me encontré cara a cara, pero lamenté que todos los videos y fotografías eran de las marchas del Copinh, para que señalara quién de ellos había sido. Pero no me han mostrado las caras de los dueños de las empresas o sus sicarios."

Slain Honduran activist laid to rest as daughters call for independent inquiry  3/6/2016 CNN: "Earlier, Honduran Security Minister Julian Pacheco said police had made at least one arrest in the case and had an eyewitness to the shooting under witness protection. Honduras was the most deadly country for environmental activists last year, according to watchdog Global Witness. The country also has one of the world's highest homicide rates."

Pedophile victims group slams so-called ‘dirty dozen’ cardinals — including Timothy Cardinal Dolan — who they claim covered up sex abuse  3/6/2016 NY Daily News: Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiagia from Honduras is on the list.

Gustavo Castro, el mexicano lesionado en ataque a líder indígena de Honduras  3/5/2016 24 hrs Mexico: "Se trata del sociólogo y ex jesuita, Gustavo Castro Soto, integrante de la Organización Otros Mundos Chiapas/Amigos de La Tierra México, la Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) y el Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4), Es autor del libro Las Aguas Negras de la Coca Cola."

Alerta: manipulación de investigación en el crimen contra Bertita  3/5/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "La Plataforma de Movimientos Sociales y Populares de Honduras (PMSPH) y la Coalición Contra la Impunidad (CI), en relación al asesinato Bertha Cáceres, ALERTA a la comunidad nacional e internacional sobre los siguientes extremos."

Berta Cáceres, Honduran activist, killed  3/4/2016 CNN: "But even as authorities vowed to investigate and apprehend whoever is responsible, activists pointed to the killing as a troubling sign that officials haven't done enough. Honduran authorities were supposed to protect Cáceres, La Via Campesina -- an organization representing peasants, farmers and indigenous groups -- said in a statement. "That same state of Honduras took measures to persecute Bertha Cáceres for her struggle against foreign companies that destroy natural resources," the group said."

Communiqué des mouvements sociaux haïtiens à l’occasion du tragique assassinat politique de Berta Caceres tuée le 3 mars 2016  3/4/2016 CADTM: "Les organisations haïtiennes exigent que les droits des peuples indigènes du Honduras soient respectés en particulier des peuples Lenca et Garifuna qui luttent pour leurs droits à la terre face aux expulsions liées aux mégaprojets et aux entreprises de prédation des entreprises transnationales. Les droits environnementaux et ceux reconnus par la Convention 168 de l’OIT qui engagent l’État du Honduras doivent être respectés. Nous exigeons la libération des prisonniers, le démantèlement des groupes paramilitaires et l’arrêt des persécutions constantes contre les défenseurs des droits humains dans ce pays. La mort de notre amie Berta Caceres doit servir de point de rupture pour mettre fin à l’impunité et à la criminalisation des militants pacifistes, écologistes et féministes."

Berta Cáceres: Un alma indomable  3/4/2016 ADITAL: "Durante toda mi vida he estado consciente de lo que puede pasar estando en esta lucha, como también estoy consciente de que nos estamos enfrentando a un poder oligarca, banquero, financiero y transnacional, así como al mismo Estado de Honduras y a sus cuerpos represivos, que históricamente se han plegado a los intereses de las grandes empresas transnacionales. ¡No me doblegarán!” (Berta Cáceres, junio de 2013)."

Cepal exige justicia por muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Santiago, Chile La Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal) condenó el asesinato de la dirigente indígena y líder ambientalista hondureña Berta Cáceres y exigió que se haga justicia."

Cohep rechaza señalamientos por asesinato de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "El Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (Cohep) rechazó este viernes, a través de un comunicado, los señalamientos en su contra por la muerte de la líder indígena y defensora del medio ambiente, Berta Cáceres. Cohep reaccionó luego que en las redes sociales circulara un video donde la expresidenta de ese ente, Aline Flores, acusara a Cáceres de boicotear e impedir junto a un grupo de campesinos un proyecto de energía renovable."

Garífunas protestan por la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Miembros de comunidades garífunas se manifestaron la tarde de este viernes en las calles de La Esperanza, Intibucá, en demanda que se esclarezca el crimen de la activista hondureña Berta Caceres. "No mas impunidad", exclamaron los manifestantes, provenientes de Atlántida y Colón, al nororiente de Honduras."

Remembering Berta Cáceres, Assassinated Honduras Indigenous & Environmental Leader  3/4/2016 Democracy Now: "In our worldviews, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water and from corn. The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirits of young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet. COPINH, walking alongside people struggling for their emancipation, validates this commitment to continue protecting our waters, the rivers, our shared resources and nature in general, as well as our rights as a people. Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction."

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?  3/4/2016 Huff Post: "But we need to call out the actors who share a moral responsibility for the murder of our friend and partner: • the Honduran government, which leads the country with the world's worst track record of environmental killings, and which did not protect Berta Cáceres even though it had been ordered to do so by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; • the dam builder, Desarrollos Energéticos S. A (DESA), which has close contacts with the country's security forces and has orchestrated an intimidation campaign against Berta Cáceres in recent months; • and finally, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), FMO, Finnfund and Voith-Siemens, the funders and corporations which underwrite the Agua Zarca Project with their loans and equipment contracts."

Cientos de indignados activistas velan a ambientalista asesinada en Honduras  3/4/2016 Publinews: fotos

Assassination of Berta Cáceres sparks outrage  3/4/2016 Common Frontiers: with list of supporting organizations - "On October 1, 2014, Canada implemented a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras despite opposition from civil society and labour organizations. The deal provided diplomatic and economic backing to an undemocratic government responsible for widespread human rights abuses, political violence that has generated massive inequality. We call on the government of Canada to condemn the murder, and to call on the Honduran government to support an independent, international investigation into the murder."

Interrogan a tres personas tras la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: ""Debido a la insistencia de los compañeros de que (Aureliano Molina) no atendiera dicho requerimiento, fue acompañado por su padre Aureliano Molina y su cuñado", sigue diciendo el comunicado. "En este momento el Copinh se encuentra en estado de alerta, temiendo por la integridad de Gustavo Castro y los integrantes de la organización que viven en constante acoso por oponerse al despojo de su territorio". Agrega que "fue llevado a la Jefatura Policial de la localidad y hasta el momento está detenido como supuesto sospechoso del asesinato. Se ha preguntado cuáles son los cargos que se le imputan, respondiendo a la organización que no hay dichos cargos pero se tienen 24 horas para hacer la investigación"."

Capturan a sospechoso del crimen de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 teleSUR: "El Gobierno confirmó la captura en un comunicado emitido la noche del jueves en el que asegura que cuenta con dos testigos del suceso, entre ellos, el mexicano Gustavo Castro, director de la organización Otros Mundos Chiapas, quien se encontraba en Honduras para dictar conferencias sobre energías alternativas y resultó herido durante el ataque a Cáceres. "Un sospechoso del crimen” está bajo custodia policial, señala el reporte gubernamental, el otro testigo está bajo la figura de protección. "

Una multitud despedirá con cariño mañana a dirigente Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "El cariño que cosechó la ambientalista Berta Cáceres con su labor en pro del medio ambiente y la defensa de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas se ve reflejada en el velatorio que se lleva a cabo en el barrio El Calvario de La Esperanza, Intibucá. Es una despedida multitudinaria. Las personas tienen que hacer fila para poder ver el férretro y decirle las palabras de adiós a la lidereza que luchó con coraje y valentía por los derechos de los demás."

Murder of activist Berta Cáceres sparks violent clashes in Honduras  3/4/2016 The Guardian: "The police initially reported the case as an attempted robbery, but the victim’s family believe the killing was an assassination ordered by people behind the dam project. Cáceres and other members of the group she founded – the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) – have been in conflict with the operators Desa, the local mayor, police and soldiers. Last week, members of the group were detained and threatened, Copinh said in a statement."

Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated, Won Goldman Environmental Prize  3/3/2016 Democracy Now: "According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country. In 2015 Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said, “In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam."

Murdered While She Slept: Shocking Death of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Leader and Activist  3/3/2016 Indian Country: "Cáceres was the Director of the National Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which has been in the forefront of protests against the dam being constructed by the DESA Company of Honduras. Cáceres and other activists assert that the Agua Zarca project would cause great harm to the Lenca community known as Rio Blanco through displacement of the people and environmental damage to an area considered sacred by the Lenca. In a press statement from 2013 Cáceres outlined the reasons for the protests. “There is a displacement of the population that has traditionally lived on those lands, practically an eviction,” Cáceres said. “...DESA [of Honduras] and SINOHYDRO (a transnational Chinese hydroelectric project builder no longer involved in the project) have exerted brutal pressure against the communities, with maneuvers such as co-opting leaders and the offering of bribes, and on the other hand repression, systematic harassment, and the occupation of the territory by the army, the police and security guards and gang members."

Berta Cáceres, una mártir más de los grupos ambientalistas  3/3/2016 La Tribuna, Honduras: "“Despertemos, despertemos humanidad”, fue el grito de la líder indígena, Berta Cáceres, durante la entrega del premio Goldman Environmental que marcó la lucha de la ambientalista hondureña."

Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Murdered  3/3/2016 Prensa Latina: "According to sources contacted by the multi-state Telesur channel, the attack against Caceres, a coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras (Copinh), took place in the early hours of the morning, when several armed men forced down the door of her home, shot her and wounded her brother, Awarded the Goldman Prize in 2015, the highest recognition for environmental activists, Caceres was also a renowned human rights defender. She fought the expropriation of the ancestral lands of the Lenca people and the establishment of U.S. military bases on their territory, which is located in western Honduras. Her last fight was directed against a hydroelectric project in the town of Rio Blanco, approved by the government without a prior consultation."

Hypocrisy surrounds the murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras  3/3/2016 The Guardian: "She is the latest in a long line of victims in Honduras since a coup, sponsored by the US and supported by the then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, overthrew the reformist President Mel Zelaya in 2009. Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, trade unionists, gay rights activists and political opponents of subsequent regimes have been singled out for abduction, disappearance, torture and murder in a climate of almost complete impunity. Particularly shocking is a femicide rate that increased by 260% between 2005 and 2013. In 2014, 513 women were killed and in 2015 it was estimated that a woman lost her life every 16 hours. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, impunity “perpetuates the social acceptance of violence against women”."

The Impact of CAFTA: Drugs, Gangs, and Immigration  3/1/2016 teleSUR: "On March 1, 2006 the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went into effect between the United States and El Salvador, the first of six Central American nations and the Dominican Republic that would eventually become part of the deal. The agreement, modeled on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, was seen by the Bush Administration as the first step in a new way toward creating a hemispheric free trade zone after the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. CAFTA was ratified in the United States at midnight July 28, 2005. Throughout the process the trade agreement was controversial, and faced staunch opposition from Central American leftist political parties, social movements, and civil society. It also faced strong resistance from U.S. solidarity, labor, environmental, and human rights organizations, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives where it barely won ratification 217 to 215."

Preocupación de la CIDH sobre invisibilización del Pueblo Garífuna por parte del Estado hondureño  2/26/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "En su informe especial sobre Honduras emitido por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, CIDH, el pasado 18 de febrero, señaló que tiene preocupación porque el Estado estaría invisibilizando la identidad y la cultura, del pueblo garífuna al no llamarles garífuna, sino “afrohondureños”, además de ser constantemente víctimas de racismo según las denuncias recibidas de líderes y defensores. La visita in situ a comunidades por parte de la CIDH comprobó la precaridad de vida de los garífunas debido a la profundización de la pobreza, sin que desde las autoridades se haga algo para resolver la situación."

COPINH denuncia hostigamiento por parte del alcalde de San Francisco de Ojuera  2/20/2016 Criterio, Honduras: "DENUNCIA URGENTE :En la caminata pacifica que el COPINH está desarrollando en este momento, empleados de DESA AGUA ZARCA y la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y del Partido Nacional están deteniendo y hostigado a más de cien compañeros que son parte de esta caminata, esto en San Francisco de Ojuera, apoyados por ejército, guardias, sicarios, policía."

Congress: End the Anti-Corruption Charade in Honduras  2/16/2016 Move On: "Millions of dollars of public funds from Honduras' health care system were funneled to the ruling National Party and the election campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernández. No charges have been brought against Hernández or other top party officials over the diversion of funds to the party. Human rights advocates in Honduras are insisting on an independent, United Nations-backed body to investigate, and 54 Members of Congress have urged Secretary of State Kerry to support this demand."

La sentencia de la Corte IDH, el derecho a la consulta y la represa en la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek  2/11/2016 Rebelion: "Tanto el río Cuyamel como el río Sambo, ubicados en el territorio de la comunidad Garífuna, han sido objetos de estudios de factibilidad para la construcción de represas hidroeléctricas, y desde el año pasado para la construcción de un acueducto destinado a suplir agua potable a la ciudad de La Ceiba. Desde el año 2006, la Municipalidad de la Ceiba ha venido participando en la entrega de los ríos a diferentes empresas, sin haber efectuado consulta previa alguna con la comunidad. Desde la familia Lafitte, hasta los Cantero Ocho y posteriormente el clan de los Ponce han pretendido construir represas en los ríos de Sambo."

Las Sentencias de la Corte IDH, el derecho a la consulta y la represa en la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek.  2/10/2016 OFRANEH: "El pasado 18 de diciembre, la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Corte IDH) emitió dos sentencias en las que condenó al Estado de Honduras por la violación a los derechos colectivos de las comunidades Garífunas de Triunfo de la Cruz y Punta Piedra. Las sentencias son contundentes sobre las violaciones que se han dado en relación al Derecho a la Consulta en las comunidades Garífunas."

Pueblo Garífuna enfrenta a corporaciones y al Estado de Honduras en defensa de sus tierras  2/8/2016 Radio Mundo Real: "En octubre pasado, la Alianza Estadounidense por la Soberanía Alimentaria (USFSA por su sigla en inglés) decidió distinguir a la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (Ofraneh) con la sección internacional del Premio Soberanía Alimentaria 2015… Miriam Miranda, coordinadora de la Ofraneh, explica que el propio Estado de Honduras se ha convertido en una de las principales amenazas para el pueblo garífuna. “Sigue negándose a reconocer nuestra condición de pueblo indígena y pretende relegarnos a una condición de minoría étnica no autóctona, sin derechos jurídicos internacionalmente reconocidos”, afirmó Miranda a Opera Mundi. Esta actitud de negación trae consigo el desconocimiento del derecho ancestral que el pueblo garífuna tiene sobre sus territorios, pretendiendo así eludir la aplicación del Convenio 169 de la OIT (Organización Internacional del Trabajo) sobre pueblos indígenas y tribales."

Construcción de hidroeléctrica amenaza con desaparecer comunidad garífuna en Sambo Creek  2/8/2016 Criterio: "Hoy como hace más de 218 años, los tambores suenan en Sambo Creek, La Ceiba, Atlántida, como símbolo de resistencia, instrumento poderoso de lucha, en esta ocasión contra la instalación de una represa hidroeléctrica en el río Cuyamel, que amenaza con desaparecer la histórica y emblemática comunidad garífuna ubicada en la zona norte de Honduras."

Dos diputados abandonaron las filas de LIBRE por recibir pagos de ONG’s  2/8/2016 Tiempo: "Además de Denis Sánchez, ya identificado como uno de los receptores de estos dineros con cuatro cheques por L. 99,800 y L. 449,100.L.124,750 y Augusto Cruz Ascencio que al perecer recibió un monto de dos millones y medio de lempiras, Eleazar Juárez de Valle de Libre dos cheques por L. 224,550, Daniel Flores Velásquez ex diputado cachureco de Atlántida dos cheques por L. 99,800."

Conozca en detalle la danza del “tilín tilín” para diputados vendidos en el Congreso Nacional  2/8/2016 Criterio: "cheque #19, a nombre de Daniel Flores Velásquez, ex diputado del Partido Nacional por el departamento de Atlántida y actual director de Educrédito, por un monto de 99 mil 800 lempiras, emitido el 16 de diciembre de 2015."

ONG pagó en un mes más de ocho millones de lempiras a diputados y a otros mafiosos  2/8/2016 Criterio: "La Asociación Nacional de Productores e Industriales de Barrios y Colonias de Honduras (ANPIBCH) pagó más de ocho millones de lempiras en el lapso de un mes a diputados que votaron a favor de los proyectos impulsados por el gobierno y a testaferros que organizaron la mafia mediante la cual se drenaron recursos del Estado… Asimismo a Augusto Cruz Asensio y al exdiputado nacionalista por el departamento de Atlántida y actual director de Educrédito, Daniel Flores Velásquez."

Honduras: Pueblo Garífuna enfrenta a corporaciones y al Estado en defensa de sus tierras  2/4/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "En su planteamiento, el Estado de Honduras argumenta que los garífunas llegaron a territorio hondureño solamente en 1797 - provenientes de la isla de San Vicente - y que ocuparon ilegalmente los territorios de los pueblos Tolupán y Miskito. En más de una ocasión, funcionarios del Estado han reforzado el concepto de que los garífunas son extranjeros y, por ende, no gozan de derechos territoriales. “En repetidas ocasiones, el Estado ha actuado con una fuerte carga de racismo institucional, no solamente negando nuestra originariedad y condición de pueblo indígena, sino validando el acaparamiento ilícito y la invasión de nuestras tierras y territorios, así como el desplazamiento y expulsión de las comunidades garífunas”, dijo Miranda."

El Pueblo Garifuna y sus Luchas.  2/2/2016 ODECO: "Contexto Histórico de la Presencia Garifuna y Afrodescendiente en Honduras"

International Winner: Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)  2/2/2016 Food Sovereignty: "The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) was created in 1979 to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of 46 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast of Honduras. At once Afro-descendent and indigenous, the Garifuna people are connected to both the land and the sea, and sustain themselves through farming and fishing. Land grabs for agrofuels (African palm plantations), tourist-resort development, and narco-trafficking seriously threaten their way of life, as do rising sea levels and the increased frequency and severity of storms due to climate change. The Garifuna, who have already survived slavery and colonialism, are now defending and strengthening their land security and their sustainable, small-scale farming and fishing. OFRANEH brings together communities to meet these challenges head-on through direct-action community organizing, national and international legal action, promotion of Garifuna culture, and movement-building. In its work, OFRANEH especially prioritizes the leadership development of women and youth."

And the 2015 winners are…  2/2/2016 US Food Sovereignty Alliance: "In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fisherfolk, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. We especially commemorate them as a vital part of our food and agriculture system – growers and workers who are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems."

ODECO 2016. 24 Años haciendo historia…  2/1/2016 ODECO: "La Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario, ODECO nació en la ciudad de La Ceiba, Honduras, el 25 de enero de 1992 para luchar por el desarrollo integral de las comunidades Afrohondureñas y contribuir a la construcción de un perfil de dignidad de las mujeres y hombres de ascendencia Africana en Honduras."

Garifuna Music & Talk With DJ Labuga Presenta Omar Suazo  1/29/2016 Canal GAHFU en YouTube: entrevista con Omar Babakle Suazo

Instalación de hidroeléctrica violenta derecho a consulta en comunidad garífuna  1/29/2016 Radio Progreso, Honduras: "El pasado 28 de enero representantes de la Comunidad de Sambo Creek se movilizaron a Tegucigalpa, para protestar frente a las instalaciones de la Secretaría de Energía, Recursos Naturales, Ambiente y Minas (SERNA) exigiendo el respeto a su autodeterminación. En esta acción los garífunas denunciaron el papel que están desempeñando las autoridades de la municipalidad de La Ceiba, el Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (SANAA) y la Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), quienes ya están realizando trabajos en el río bajo el argumento de que la represa solucionará la crisis energética que enfrente el litoral caribe. Nahúm Lalin, coordinador de juventudes en Ofraneh, asegura que las protestas continuarán hasta detener la construcción y de no obtener resultados en el país, llevarán el caso hasta instancias internacionales."

Garífunas de Sambo Creek protestan contra construcción de represa  1/28/2016 La Tribuna, Honduras: + video "Miembros de la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek en La Ceiba, Honduras, protestaron este jueves frente a las oficinas de la Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (Serna), en contra de la construcción de una represa hidroeléctrica. Explicaron que la construcción de la represa es en el rio Cuyamel y que las autoridades no han consultado sobre los problemas a futuro. Aseguraron que Sambo Creek cuida sus bienes comunes porque son parte de la cultura y que las autoridades de La Ceiba permiten la destrucción también del rio Danto."

Comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek y la Denegación del Derecho a la Consulta Previa.  1/28/2016 OFRANEH: "Aparentemente la administración del alcalde Carlos Aguliar retomó la construcción del supuesto acueducto, ante el rotundo fracaso de la municipalidad de La Ceiba, en el manejo de la cuenca del río Danto, la que ha sido salvajemente deforestada sin que las autoridades hayan tomado cartas en el asunto, permitiendo el ecocidio de una fuente de agua de alta calidad. Mientras tanto se viene generando un proceso de deforestación de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios, existiendo la presencia de varias fincas de café, entre los ríos Cuayamel y Sambo Creek, situación que a pesar de las denuncias interpuestas nadie ha tomado cartas en el asunto… La OFRANEH demanda a la Municipalidad de La Ceiba respetar el Convenio 169 de la OIT y ceñirse a la jurisprudencia emitida por la Corte IDH, de proseguir actitud asumida por la municipalidad de La Ceiba, nos veremos obligados a recurrir al Sistema Interamericano de Justicia."

La travesía de los garífunas  1/22/2016 La Prensa, Honduras\: "La música vital de una comunidad afrocaribeña en peligro de extinción, misma que el hondureño Aurelio Martínez ha pesonificado con gran talento."

OFRANEH  1/21/2016 YouTube: "The Garifuna in Honduras are an indigenous people who have lived off the land for over two centuries along the Caribbean coast. Since 2007 Garifuna communities along the Trujillo region have been displaced from their ancestral lands through illegal expropriation and repression in order to make way for mega tourism projects. The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH by its Spanish acronym) has denounced Canadian investor, Randy Jorgensen’s two companies; Life Vision Developments (gated community projects) and Banana Coast (owns cruise ship terminal) tourism-related projects accused of illegal land purchases belonging to Garífuna communities."

National Garifuna Council blasts Honduras over Garifuna military attack  1/16/2016 Breaking Belize News: "Belize’s National Garifuna Council (NGC) demands that the Government of Honduras stop the massacre of Garifuna in Honduras and to stop the militarization that they are imposing on Garifuna communities. This follows a December 28 attack in the village of Iriona along the coast in which two men were killed and others injured. The military responded with violence, the NGC says, as part of what it calls a concerted plan to attack and dispossess Garifuna people under the guise of the “War on Drugs,” even as drug lords are doing the same."

Garifunas exigimos la desmilitarización de nuestras comunidades y sus territorios  1/5/2016 OFRANEH: "Desde meses atrás el corredor entre las comunidades garífunas de Limón y Plaplaya fue militarizado, existiendo una estrategia de represión hacia la población local por parte de los militares, a pesar que las Fuerzas de Seguridad poseen la información precisa de quienes integran las bandas al servicio del crimen organizado, en su gran mayoría conformada por mestizos que no habitan en nuestras comunidades."

En prisión diez militares acusados de asesinar a dos civiles en Honduras  1/3/2016 Fox News Latino: "Diez militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras implicados en un confuso tiroteo en el que murieron dos civiles en el departamento caribeño de Colón, fueron enviados a prisión por orden de un juzgado, informaron hoy fuentes judiciales."

Auto de prisión para 10 navales por muerte de los dos garífunas  1/2/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "Auto de formal procesamiento dictó un juez de Trujillo a 10 elementos de la Fuerza Naval involucrados en el ataque armado contra un grupo de garífunas que dejó el saldo de dos jóvenes muertos en el municipio de Iriona, Colón. El delito que se les imputó es el de homicidio en perjuicio de los jóvenes Jairo Joel Palacios Lino (24) y Elvis Armando García Martínez (19)."

Honduras - Events of 2015  1/1/2016 Human Rights Watch: "Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Efforts to reform the institutions responsible for providing public security have made little progress. Marred by corruption and abuse, the judiciary and police remain largely ineffective."

Situación de derechos humanos en Honduras  12/31/2015 OAS: "La situación de la comunidad Garífuna de Barra Vieja, que la CIDH visitó, es un ejemplo de conflicto de tierras asociados a proyectos de inversión en turismo. Los miembros de esta comunidad, en la ciudad de Tela, habrían sido víctimas de órdenes de desalojo de sus tierras para dar paso a proyectos de inversión en turismo80. El pueblo Garífuna, producto del sincretismo cultural entre indígenas y africanos, ha hecho valer sus derechos en Honduras como pueblo indígena81. En el 2013 se habría inaugurado un primer complejo hotelero y las amenazas, actos de intimidación y persecución contra los líderes y la población en general."

In Venezuela a Garifuna Student Studies Medicine and Revolution  12/31/2015 teleSUR: "Of the 27 Hondurans in the program, she is the only Garifuna student. Among her class are students selected from: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Gambia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia Arzu began her studies in Venezuela a month before the coup d’etat against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya June 28 2009. In this exclusive interview with writer Jeanette Charles, she speaks to her appreciation of the Venezuelan people and their Bolivarian Revolution, learning from Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries whose only weapon is a stethoscope, her path to becoming a doctor and a mother as well as the plans she to return to practice medicine in Honduras as a medical profession whose experience prioritizes people over profits. This is her story."

Detención judicial para 7 navales por muerte de garífunas  12/29/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Detención judicial decretó el Juzgado de Trujillo, Colón, contra siete efectivos navales involucrados en la muerte de dos jóvenes garífunas la madrugada del pasado domingo en el municipio de Iriona, Colón. Los efectivos asignados a la Base Naval de Puerto Castilla fueron requeridos junto a sus armas el lunes pasado por el Ministerio Público de Trujillo, después del confuso hecho en el que se vieron involucrados la madrugada del domingo anterior, en la playa de Iriona, adonde dos jóvenes garífunas perdieron la vida, cuando los navales dispararon contra un grupo de personas que ayudaba a sacar un vehículo que se había atascado a orillas de la playa."

Dos jóvenes garífuna fueron asesinados en Honduras  12/29/2015 Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela: "Militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras asesinaron a tiros a dos jóvenes garífuna. Las víctimas respondían a los nombres de Jostin Palacios Lino (24) y Elvis García (19). El hecho ocurrió en el departamento de Colón, al norte del país centroamericano, donde según familiares de las víctimas los uniformados dispararon a mansalva sin previo aviso."

Comisión investigadora de asesinatos de garífunas es liderada por oficial de policía con antecedentes graves de violación a derechos humanos  12/28/2015 Pasos de animal grande: "Se podrá investigar a sí misma la seguridad del Estado de Honduras después de provocar en las últimas horas dos asesinatos de garífunas donde están involucrados militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras, si la Comisión Investigadora que se ha nombrado está al mando de un oficial de policía con graves antecedentes en su carrera policial y de acciones de violación a los derechos humanos?, es la pregunta que ya empezó a circular, desde este lunes 28 de diciembre de 2015."

Muere segundo garífuna tras supuesto ataque de militares  12/28/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Este lunes falleció el joven garífuna Elvis Armando García Martínez (19) mientras era atendido en el hospital Atlantida de La Ceiba, producto de varios disparos que supuestamente le infirieron militares en la comunidad de Iriona en el departamento de Colón. García Martínez es la segunda víctima del hecho registrado el pasado sábado cuando estos intentaban remolcar un vehículo de la playa."

This One Tiny Hospital Gives the Power of Healthcare to Thousands  12/23/2015 Next City: "When Luther Castillo Harry left his Honduran homeland for medical school in Cuba, he was breaking new ground as one of the first few members of his ethnicity, the Garifuna people of Honduras, to ever become a doctor. As one of the first few Garifuna students at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Harry helped initiate a project that has become First Garifuna Hospital, a hospital built and run by the community of Ciriboya, Honduras, which formerly had no healthcare facilities. I recently spoke with Harry, who’s the focus of the documentary film “Revolutionary Medicine.”"

El canadiense: Una cronología de usurpación de tierras Garífunas por Randy Jorgensen  12/13/2015 Criterio: "Defensores y líderes Garífunas que reclaman las tierras comunitarias enfrentan amenazas y ataques. El 27 de noviembre del 2015, Vidal Leiva, presidente del Comité de Defensa de Tierra de Cristales y Río Negro sufrió un atentado en el patio de su casa, recibiendo tres balazos. Sobrevivió y se está recuperando de las graves heridas en su torso, pero otros defensores de tierra en la zona han recibido amenazas."

Se Afianza Colaboración entre ODECO y la Universidad de Tuskegee, Alabama, USA...  12/9/2015 ODECO: "Se suscribió un Memorándum de Entendimiento MOU, entre la Universidad de Tuskegee y la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario ODECO, en el marco de la celebración de la 73 Conferencia Anual de Trabajadores Profesionales Agrícolas PAWC, evento en el cual se pone de manifiesto la indisoluble relación y perspectivas futuras entre la agricultura y las familias, desde lo local, nacional y global."

The Struggle Continues: Garifuna land defender shot in Honduras  12/6/2015 IC Magazine: "Leiva is president of the Land Defense Committee of Cristales and Rio Negro, two Indigenous Garifuna communities at either edge of the town of Trujillo, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He is also a candidate in the local elections later this month for the leadership of the community council (patronato) of Cristales and Rio Negro. The outspoken Garifuna land defender believes his three attackers were hired to kill him due to his involvement in the local struggle to recuperate and defend Garifuna lands. Collective lands belonging to Cristales and Rio Negro and to other Garifuna communities along the Trujillo Bay are being taken over by Canadian developers for tourism projects."

La Universidad de Harvard con la Causa Afrodescendiente…  12/6/2015 ODECO: "Los temas abordados fueron: Causas y manifestaciones del racismo contra los Afrodescendientes, modelos de movilización política Afrodescendiente, relaciones entre el movimiento Afrodescendiente y las entidades gubernamentales, intergubernamentales y las agencias donantes; políticas implementadas para prevenir y erradicar el racismo en contra de los Afrodescendientes, y protegerlos efectivamente; la actuación de las agencias gubernamentales, intergubernamentales y donantes para promover la causa Afrodescendiente; modelos de movilización en el movimiento Afrodescendiente; divergencias y convergencias políticas dentro del movimiento Afrodescendiente; impacto de las divergencias en el logro de fines comunes; divergencias y establecimiento de alianzas; modelos de liderazgo en el movimiento Afrodescendiente y su impacto en el logro del bienestar de las comunidades; las bases y el acceso a recursos; participación de las bases en la toma de decisiones; políticas y normativas gubernamentales y su impacto en el funcionamiento del movimiento Afrodescendiente; políticas y normativas gubernamentales y su impacto en el bienestar de las comunidades; programas de las agencias donantes y su impacto en el funcionamiento del movimiento Afrodescendiente; programas de las agencias donantes y su impacto en el bienestar de las comunidades."

The Struggle Continues: Garifuna land defender shot in Honduras  12/6/2015 Intercontinental Cry: "The outspoken Garifuna land defender believes his three attackers were hired to kill him due to his involvement in the local struggle to recuperate and defend Garifuna lands. Collective lands belonging to Cristales and Rio Negro and to other Garifuna communities along the Trujillo Bay are being taken over by Canadian developers for tourism projects."

Honduras: Ataque contra defensor garífuna opositor a proyectos turísticos en “su territorio ancestral”  12/3/2015 Business and Human Rights 

El atentado contra Vidal Leiva, y la intervención canadiense en la bahía de Trujillo  12/3/2015 OFRANEH: " El atentado sufrido por el líder comunitario Vidal Leiva el pasado 27 de noviembre en Trujillo, no es más que el resultado de la estrategia estatal para la entrega del territorio Garífuna a inversionistas extranjeros, como parte del experimento neoliberal de las ciudades modelo (ZEDE) en Honduras."

Assassination Attempt In Honduras Linked to Canadian Tourism Businesses: Indigenous Garifuna leader Vidal Leiva shot three times  12/2/2015 Rights Action: with Rights Actions suggestions for next steps.

Repression against women and violence that doesn’t stop  12/1/2015 The Dawn: "Honduran Daniela Galindo kept intact in her memory the legacy of struggles of her indigenous Garifuna and Lenca peoples as well as the recent resistance of feminists. Even though she is young, her life experience has been so intense that she has already learned about repression and organization for struggle."

Honduran Indigenous Group Sues Mayor over Hydroelectric Project  11/30/2015 teleSUR: "The people of Lenca, the country's largest indigenous group, had planned a peaceful protest in front of San Francisco de Ojuera City Hall against the works initiated on the river Gualcarque without their consent. However, officers from the National Police temporarily detained the buses transporting the activists, while bulldozers had “broken” the public roads leading to San Francisco de Ojuera, creating ditches of almost two meters (see photos), claimed the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH, in a statement. The organization informed it filed a lawsuit against DESA Corporation and against the city's mayor, Raul Pineda, who they claim sent bulldozers to break the road."

Caso atentado contra dirigente garífuna: DNIC rechazó la denuncia aduciendo que el afectado se disparó nueve veces a sí mismo  11/30/2015 Pasos de animal grande: "“Las amenazas en contra de los defensores del pueblo garífuna son permanentes, pero se han agudizado en los últimos días después de la audiencia que se realizó contra el rey del Porno, Randy Jugersesen”, detalló Alfredo López en referencia al proceso que se le sigue a este empresario por el delito de usurpación de tierras garífunas. Señaló que durante la audiencia del pasado 13 de noviembre contra el inversionista norteamericano, hombres contratados por él estuvieron tomando fotografías desde unos automóviles polarizados contra ciudadanos y ciudadanas garífunas, la mayoría representantes de comunidades y defensores de derechos humanos."

Alerta: Atentan contra la vida de defensor del territorio Garífuna en Trujillo  11/30/2015 OFRANEH: "Las comunidades Garífunas de la Bahía de Trujillo han sido afectadas por fuertes presiones territoriales promovidas desde el año 2007 por el rey del porno, llegando a su apogeo con la demolición de Río Negro en el año 2010, promovida desde la Municipalidad y lograda a través de la amenaza de “expropiación forzosa”, con el propósito de construir el muelle de cruceros conocido como el Banana Coast."

Simposio Afrodescendientes 15 Años Despues de Santiago, Harvard University...  11/22/2015 ODECO: "Compartimos con ustedes informacion sobre el Simposio "Afrodescendientes: quince años despues de Santiago. Logros y desafios", con participacion de activistas, representantes de agencias internacionales y funcionarios; que se llevará a cabo en la Harvard University."

Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras  11/15/2015 Los Despojados: "On November 13th, 2015, Canadian tourism developer Randy Jorgensen, aka “The Porn King”, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands. The court ruled partially in Jorgensen’s favour, choosing not to go to a full trial for the time being, but local communities smell corruption and vow to appeal this ruling in Honduran courts and keep on fighting all the way to international tribunals, meaning that Jorgensen’s and others’ investments remain in legal limbo and could still be in jeopardy."

“Rey del Porno” canadiense comparece en audiencia acusado de usurpación del territorio Garífuna  11/13/2015 OFRANEH: "Después de varios años de espera, finalmente el canadiense Randy Jorgensen comparecerá el día de hoy ante el Juzgado de Trujillo, sindicado de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad Garífuna de Cristales y Río negro en Trujillo"

La captura del megaempresario hondureño empieza un terremoto  11/7/2015 Nomada, Guatemala: "Para los políticos porque junto con quien fue el capo de los Cachiros –los narcos que lavaban dinero en el banco de los Rosenthal– también temblaba el presidente hondureño, conocido por el acrónimo JOH."

45 denuncias por discriminación racial en el MP  11/4/2015 La Tribuna: "La pena, según el Código Penal, para la comisión del delito de discriminación racial, es de tres a cinco años de reclusión. Los datos fueron brindados ayer, luego de que las autoridades de la Fiscalía sostuvieran una reunión inicial con Relatora de Pueblos Indígenas de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Victoria Tauli-Corpuz."

Did Yani Rosenthal Surrender in Honduras Elite Case?  11/3/2015 Insight Crime: "Secondly, Yani’s decision may be so as to protect the Rosenthals' conglomerate, Grupo Continental, one of Honduras’s largest economic groups. The US indictment was released at the same time as the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added three Rosenthals and seven of their businesses to the “Kingpin List,” effectively embargoing all business dealings with the family. While there are no open investigations against the Rosenthals in Honduras, Honduran officials have seized at least 16 of the family’s assets. The government has also closed the Rosenthal’s Banco Continental. Liquidation of the bank has been a major financial hit for the both the family and ordinary Honduran citizens."

Capturan a líder de la mara MS en La Ceiba  10/29/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Un supuesto cabecilla de la pandilla MS fue capturado por la Fuerza Nacional Antiextorsión (FNA) a inmediación del estadio municipal en el barrio Potreritos de La Ceiba, Atlántida. A Roberto Javier Alemán Castellón, alias El Larga, le decomisaron un arma de fuego."

The Canadian "Porn King”, Tourism and the Corrupted Administration of Justice in Honduras  10/27/2015 Rights Action: "Lands of Garífuna communities of Trujillo Bay, on the north coast of Honduras, have been seized by Canadian investor Randy Jorgensen, known in Canada and in Honduras as the "Porn King.""

Randy Jorgensen, the Canadian “Porn King”, To Appear in Honduran Courts for Illegal Possession of Garifuna Lands for Tourist Projects  10/23/2015 Aqui Abajo: "It is likely that many, if not all of these tourism-related investments are in serious risk, given that most, if not all recent tourism investment projects, going back to before the 2009 military coup, and particularly since the coup, are being constructed on Garifuna lands and territories that have been illegally acquired, in one fashion or another. Garifuna community and human rights defenders believe, and hope, that the usurpation charges against Randy Jorgensen are only the first of many legal challenges to come."

Las ciudades modelo (ZEDE), el “Rey del Porno” y la manipulación de la administración de justicia.  10/23/2015 OFRANEH: "El territorio de las comunidades garífunas de la bahía de Trujillo ha venido siendo saqueado por el empresario canadiense Randy Jorgensen, el que desde el año 2007 inició una serie de compras ilegales de tierra, además de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad de Cristales y Río Negro. A pesar de haber sido notificada oportunamente la Fiscalía de las Etnias, sobre las acciones al margen de la ley emprendidas por el empresario canadiense conocido como el “Rey del Porno”, este logró apoderarse de buena parte de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios y algunos sectores de la playa de Santa fe y San Antonio. Posterior al golpe de estado, con el apoyo de la Municipalidad de Trujillo, invocando la Ley de Expropiación Forzosa (1913), se apropió de la comunidad de Río Negro, la que posteriormente demolió para la construcción del fallido muelle conocido como el Banana Coast."

Ofac de EUA ordena bloquear intereses y propiedad de Seguros Continental  10/22/2015 La Prensa: "La Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros (Ofac) del Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos ordenó hoy jueves bloquear 'la propiedad e intereses' en propiedad de Seguros Continental. Ofac explica que la medida se toma debido a que Banco Continental, designado por el Departamento del Tesoro como empresa usada para lavar dinero vinculado al narcotráfico, posee 50% o más de intereses de Seguros Continental."

Honduras: Banco Continental violó normas contra el lavado de activos  10/22/2015 El Heraldo: "El Informe Especial sobre la Situación Financiera y Proceso de Liquidación de Banco Continental que entregó la Comisión Nacional de Bancos y Seguros (CNBS) a una comitiva de diputados del Congreso Nacional establece que la entidad incumplió regulaciones contra el lavado de activos, entre otras anomalías. El documento, al que tuvo acceso exclusivo EL HERALDO, además señala que Banco Continental sirvió de plataforma para que Inversiones Continental Panamá, S. A., e Inversiones Continental, S. A. de C. V., captaran recursos sin autorización ni respaldo para responder por los depósitos."

Aseguran otra agencia de Banco Continental en San Pedro Sula  10/16/2015 La Prensa: "La Fuerza Interinstitucional Nacional (Fusina) y miembros de la Agencia Técnica de Investigación Criminal (Atic) y de la Dirección de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico (DLCN) aseguraron este viernes la agencia del Banco Continental en el bulevar Morazán, las bodegas de Inversiones Chumbagua en la 33 calle del sector El Polvorín y una casa abandonada en la colonia Felipe Zelaya de San Pedro Sula."

La caída de los Rosenthal, el poderoso clan hondureño acusado de lavado de dinero y narcotráfico  10/14/2015 BBC Mundo: "Como una de las familias más ricas e influyentes de Honduras, los Rosenthal estaban acostumbrados a ocupar importantes puestos de gobierno y su apellido figuraba regularmente entre los aspirantes a la presidencia. Pero en lugar de pelear por la máxima magistratura sus energías ahora están puestas en tratar de evitar una cárcel en Estados Unidos, país que les acusa de haber estado lavando dinero proveniente del narcotráfico durante al menos diez años."

Caso Comunidad Garífuna Triunfo de la Cruz y sus miembros  10/8/2015 Corte IDH: Decision de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

US Releases Indictment Against Honduras Business Behemoth  10/7/2015 Insight Crime: "The US Treasury Department simultaneously named the three Rosenthals as "Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers," and added the family bank, meat packing plant and investment arm, among other businesses, to its "Specially Designated Nationals" (SDN) list, which prohibits others from doing business with these companies or face sanctions."

Nueva Ley de Pesca y Acuicultura liquida el santuario de las tres millas del pescador artesanal  10/1/2015 OFRANEH: "Con la aprobación de Ley de pesca y Acuicultura el pasado jueves 24 de septiembre, quedó demostrada una vez más la estrategia del Estado de tergiversar e ignorar el Derecho a la Consulta previa Libre e Informada, que poseemos los pueblos Indígenas, consignado en el Convenio 169 de la OIT y la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los pueblos Indígenas."

Why is Honduras so violent?  10/1/2015 Brookings Institution: "It remains one of the most violent countries in the world due to a serious organized crime problem associated with drug trafficking and gangs. This has produced both internal displacement and a wave of undocumented immigrants to the United States (including unaccompanied minors). Drug trafficking has contributed to corruption, impunity, and insecurity in Honduras. President Juan Orlando Hernández, who took office in 2014, responded with a crackdown on crime and the militarization of law enforcement, but faces serious criticism over corruption in government and human rights abuses by the security forces. This week, the Honduran government accepted a proposed Organization of American States (OAS) mission to counter corruption and impunity, the MACCIH (Misión de Apoyo en Contra de la Corrupción e Impunidad en Honduras)."

Suman 211 kilos de cocaína decomisados en lancha en Colón  9/24/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Luego de varias horas de búsqueda y persecución, navales hondureños decomisaron la madrugada de ayer 211 kilos de cocaína y capturaron a un presunto traficante de origen colombiano, cuando descargaba desde una lancha la droga en las playas del municipio de Iriona, Colón."

Garifuna Communities of Honduras Resist Corporate Land Grabs  9/23/2015 COHA: "The fate of the Garifuna people of Honduras hangs in the balance as they face a Honduran state that is all too eager to accommodate the neoliberal agenda of U.S. and Canadian investors. The current economic development strategy of the Honduran government, in the aftermath of the 2009 coup against the democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya, has not only benefited the political and economic elite in Honduras, but it has also encouraged the usurpation of some of the territories of indigenous peoples of this Central American nation. The often-violent expropriation of indigenous land threatens the Garifuna’s subsistence."

Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles  9/20/2015 OFRANEH: "En los países donde las plantaciones industriales de palma aceitera ocupan grandes extensiones de tierra, los gobiernos deberían dar prioridad absoluta a las demandas de las comunidades, apoyar su control sobre las tierras y los bosques de los que dependen, en lugar de adoptar políticas que faciliten la entrega de esos territorios a empresas transnacionales. Exhortamos, además, a los gobiernos a invertir en la producción local diversificada de alimentos y en la soberanía alimentaria, como la mejor forma de apoyar a las comunidades y también a las economías locales y nacionales, a la vez de promover una mayor justicia social y ambiental."

Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land  8/12/2015 The Ecologist: "Now, these communities are facing eviction to make way for the construction of development projects supported by neoliberal economic policies such as the Alliance for Prosperity and the Strategy for Engagement. Additionally, the expanding interests of narco-traffickers and African oil palm plantations have forced the communities from their land. "We are all suffering the same situation", said Selvyn, from the community of Porto Cortez. "We are all being evicted from our lands. The state has decided to exclude the communities from the national conversation.""

Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land  8/12/2015 Ecologist: "Pristine beaches, clear Caribbean waters, coral reefs, fertile land ... such is the homeland of the Garifuna people, writes Jeff Abbott. It's so lovely that outsiders are desperate to seize ever more of their territory to develop for mass tourism, oil palm plantations, illicit drug production ... and the land grabs have the full support of Honduras military government, backed to the hilt by Uncle Sam."

Honduras’ Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land  8/3/2015 Waging Nonviolence: "Along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are being forced from their land, as proposals for the creation of mega-tourism projects and corporate-run cities, commonly referred to as “model cities,” gain momentum internationally."

Emails Show Secretary Clinton Disobeyed Obama Policy And Continued Funding For Honduras Coup Regime  7/5/2015 NarcoNews: "One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended. Another email exchange involving Clinton shows that she turned to a lobbyist employed by Honduran business interests suspected of orchestrating the coup to get access to the Roberto Micheletti, the “de facto” president of the putsch regime."

Honduras under Occupation - murders, land grabs, and Hillary Clinton's 'hard choices'  7/2/2015 The Ecologist: "Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the Obama administration and those who supported it, then and now, are complicit in an ongoing political, economic, and social tragedy in Honduras. But why bring it up now, other than to mark the anniversary of the coup? For starters, because one of the primary participants and benefactors happens to be the likely Democratic Party presidential candidate: Hillary Clinton."

Nuevo juicio para expulsar a la comunidad Garífuna de Barra Vieja de su territorio ancestral.  6/29/2015 OFRANEH: "Para el próximo martes 30 de junio, la Junta Directiva de la comunidad de Barra Vieja ha sido citada por el Juzgado de Tela, con el propósito de efectuar una audiencia preliminar, en referencia a la supuesta usurpación de tierras que promueve la Empresa Nacional Portuaria (EPN). Los empresarios asociados al proyecto de megaturismo Indura Resort, conocido previamente como Laguna de Micos, continúan presionando para apoderarse del territorio ocupado por el pueblo Garífuna desde 1885, cuando los garinagus que habitaban en el antiguo de Triunfo de la Cruz, -conocido actualmente como la ciudad de Tela- fueron desplazados por las compañías bananeras, replegándose en Tornabé y en el actual Triunfo."

El verdadero escándalo de Hilary Clinton es Honduras, no Bengazi  5/30/2015 Kaos en la red: "Quizás Ud. haya olvidado lo que pasó en ese pequeño país durante el primer año de la administración Obama –tocaremos eso adelante. Pero seguramente Ud. ha notado la desagradable oleada de xenofobia con que se ha recibido al creciente número de niños centroamericanos refugiados que llegan a nuestra frontera sur. Algunos defensores del Presidente Obama tratan de culpar por esta crisis migratoria a la administración George Bush debido a la Ley contra el tráfico firmada por éste en 2008, especialmente redactada para proteger a los niños centroamericanos que anticipó un alza en las llegadas. Pero, ¿qué país es la principal fuente de niños que cruzan la frontera? Honduras, la tierra con las tasas de asesinatos más alta del planeta, con la peor desigualdad en toda Latinoamérica y con un régimen represivo sostenido por EEUU."

Hondurans Demand End to Corruption and President's Resignation  5/30/2015 teleSUR: "Years of popular discontent with the Honduran government has been reinvigorated by corruption scandals implicating the president."

Partido Nacional hostigó judicialmente a opositor por denunciar desvío de fondos del IHSS  5/29/2015 C Libre: "El opositor político y periodista deportivo, Salvador Alejandro Cesar Nasralla Salum, fue querellado ante el Tribunal de Sentencia por haber denunciado que el Partido Nacional, en el poder, recibió cheques provenientes del supuesto saqueo del Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social (IHSS)… Como consecuencia, el 29 de mayo de 2015, los directivos del Partido Nacional, Daniel Flores Velásquez, Alberto Chedrani Castañeda, Milton de Jesús Puerto Oseguera, José Rodolfo Zelaya Portillo y Nelly Karina Jeréz Caballero, interpusieron la acción penal contra Nasralla por los presuntos ilícitos de difamación, constitutiva de calumnias e injurias."

Son of Honduras Ex-President Arrested for Drug Trafficking  5/22/2015 Insight Crime: "Lobo's arrest follows another mysterious incident in April, when a congressman and his father, a former Supreme Court judge, were murdered. The congressman was reportedly a political operator for the Valle family, a prolific drug trafficking clan whose two leaders, Miguel Arnulfo and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, were extradited to the United States in December. Other alleged political operators for the Cachiros have faced similar fates: just days after the Maradiaga brothers surrendered, a former governor with suspected close ties to the Cachiros was gunned down. With the alleged leaders of Honduras's two biggest drug trafficking groups imprisoned in the United States, some of the country's elites are arguably now beginning to see the fallout from their well-documented collaboration with drug traffickers."

Son of former Honduras president Porfirio Lobo arrested by DEA in Haitian drug bust  5/21/2015 NY Daily News: "The son of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in an apparent anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Haitian authorities, the ex-president and the Honduran government confirmed Thursday."

Garifuna Community Radio Stations Under Threat in Honduras  5/15/2015 Upside Down World: "Garifuna community radio stations are operating in a risky national context. After the 2009 coup, Honduras surged to the top of the list of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the first quarter of 2010, according to Reporters Without Borders. A 2013 UNESCO report concluded that Honduras had the highest number of journalists assassinated per capita, ahead of Syria and Mexico. The country has since dropped down in the rankings, but Honduran journalists continue to be murdered. Honduras is also now the most dangerous country for environmental defenders, according to How Many More?, an April 2015 report by Global Witness documenting 116 murders of environmental activists in 2014. “A shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous, with most people dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business. Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America,” according to the organization."

Garifuna community radio stations under threat in Honduras  5/4/2015 Beacon Reader: "“We think they want to shut them down,” Miriam Miranda, general coordinator of OFRANEH, a Garifuna federation, told C-Libre, the Committee for Freedom of Expression in Honduras. OFRANEH has been accompanying and supporting the growing Hamalali Garinagu Garifuna Community Radio Network. Nine radio stations air community affairs, news, public interest, music, and Garifuna language programming in Garifuna communities along the country’s Caribbean coast from Bajamar, in the department of Cortés, to Punta Piedra, in Colón."

How Many More?  4/20/2015 Global Witness: "New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit. We shine a spotlight on Honduras - the most dangerous country to be an environmental defender."

Geothermal Development in Honduras  4/19/2015 Stanford University: "The main on-going activities related to geothermal development in Honduras are described. They will serve as lessons learned for potential public and private investors in this field. Description of development activities and update mapping of geothermal resource potential nationally, the activity is implemented altogether with the IDB and JICA which aims to capture the majority of geothermal areas in Honduras who are still in the phase of recognition." [JICA = Japan International Cooperation Agency ].

Update on Garifuna Health/Nurse Solidarity Projects  3/7/2015 Quotha: "A few months back I posted a follow-up talk show program I did with some of my Honduran nursing & med students with whom I organized a health solidarity brigade to Ciriboya last year recently. I also recently published a short piece in National Nurse magazine reflecting on the experience."

Honduras registers first death from chikungunya virus  2/26/2015 Tico Times, Costa Rica: "A 23-day-old infant died in Honduras on Thursday after being infected with the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, health authorities reported. It was the country’s first reported death from the virus, which is carried by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue. The Honduran daily La Prensa reported that the infant was from the rural department of Olancho."

Can the Violence in Honduras be Stopped?  2/20/2015 CounterPunch: "For the fourth year running, San Pedro Sula has been one of the most dangerous places on the planet outside of a war zone. Its murder rate in 2014 was an astonishing 171 per 100,000. The city, which is caught in the crossfire between vicious criminal gangs, has been the largest source of the 18,000 Honduran children who have fled to the United States in recent years. The vast majority of killings in Honduras are carried out with impunity. For example, 97 percent of the murders in San Pedro Sula go unsolved."

Just Cause: Black Earth  2/7/2015 teleSUR: ""Black Earth" looks at the struggles of the Garifunas, a Honduran rural community, descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African peoples. They are fighting to preserve their land and their way of life against attempts to evict them to make for private sector tourism megaprojects or "model cities" promoted by the government as free trade zones to attract foreign and national investment. #BlackLivesMatter, globally!"

Conversations with the Garifuna Buyei Yaya about where do Garifuna Songs Come From?  1/26/2015 Health and Honduran: "Yaya sang the song she composed on the occassion of her new greatgrandson for me with her son Polo present. Instead of being happy that his mother had composed a song for his new grandson, he was angry. “This grandson will not grow up to be a Garifuna of “hacha y azadón”, he will grow up to be a Garifuna of “saco y corbata” (suit and tie)”, Polo said. After that she never composed another song and I gave up the Project of trying to tape record Garifuna music, which I had done thinking her children would like to have a recording of the songs their mother wrote. She is still alive, now about 95, but she no longer sings and she is bedridden and dying. The recording would not have meant that much to her grandchildren, none of whom speak Garifuna except the youngest Domini who has learned some Garifuna in bilingual education classes in the Socorro Sorrel School in Barrio Cristales,Trujillo."

Alerta: Sambo Creek defiende sus ríos  1/26/2015 Patronato Sambo Creek: "Una vez más la comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek, Atlántida, se ve asediada por la Municipalidad de Ceiba, la que pretende asumir control sobre la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cuyamel. Según el Sr. Alfredo Ortega, subgerente regional de la Empresa nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) en la ceiba Atlántida, la represa en el río Cuyamel tendría una doble función: la producción de dos a cuatro megavatios de energía eléctrica y una línea de conducción que abastecería de agua potable a la zona este de La Ceiba."

Is Honduras heading for the privatization of parts of its territory?  1/18/2015 Tico Times: "“The Honduran people are susceptible to the illusion of job creation and economic growth,” it pointed out, and added that, “over the past several years handing territory over has been sold as attractive in order to bring in the necessary economic investment leading up to ‘development.’” Ofraneh is a Honduran Garífuna rights organization based in Sambo Creek, in northern Honduras."

UN to Set up Human Rights Office in Violence-Marred Honduras  1/14/2015 teleSUR: "On Aug. 6, members of the National Preventive Police burned down dozens of homes and arrested dozens of community members. In October, a group of men allegedly accompanied by police officers burned down the homes that were left standing in August."

Represa en el Río Cuyamel violenta el derecho de consulta previa: OFRANEH  1/3/2015 Conexihon: "La Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) denunció en un comunicado público que la construcción de una represa hidroeléctrica en el caudaloso río Cuyamel violenta el derecho a la consulta previa e informada con la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek, en el departamento de Atlántida. “La comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek, Atlántida, se ve asediada por la municipalidad de La Ceiba, la que pretende asumir control sobre la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cuyamel”, indica el documento."

Award Winning Garifuna Film “Garifuna in Peril” Now Available in DVD  12/17/2014 health culture and traditional Honduran Indians and Afro-Hondurans: "The Garifuna mayor of Santa Fe Engineer Noel Ruiz is an agronomist who was active for many years with FUCAGUA, the environmental NGO in the Trujillo, and with Garifuna Emergency Committee of Honduras (CEGAH) and was instrumental in getting these new programs in Santa Fe. The Garifuna Emergency Committee’s programs of incorporating reforestation of traditional Garifuna plants like root crops, craft plants, palms and trees used in construction, crafts, and foods, and medicinal plants, with development projects like classes to make Garifuna crafts, starting a market in Trujillo, small business projects, organic agriculture, breakfast feeding program with traditional Garifuna foods, preparing materials for intercultural education won prizes internationally for best practices development such as semi-finalist of the UNDP Equator prize for the best practices of protecting the environment while fostering development, the Asoka prize for best practices for recovering after a disaster, and featured on the “Best practices” section of Huairou’s website. Huairou is an international group of NGO’s that work with women."

Garifuna: Africans in St. Vincent, Caribbean and Honduras, South America  12/12/2014 Back History Heroes: "Other commentators argue that the Garifuna arrived from ship-wrecked European slave ships that landed on the island of St. Vincent (aka Saint Vincent, San Vicente) as early as 1635. A lay historian from Greater-Accra, Ghana, Kwekudee, asserts they may be kin to the Akan Fante people of West Africa. Kwekudee considered factors such as the Garifuna's matrilineal inheritance system, their dancing styles and their food, with the staple food being cassava."

Priorizan construcción de represa para abastecer de agua a La Ceiba  11/23/2014 La Prensa: "Con la construcción de una represa en el río Cuyamel se solucionará el problema de los racionamientos de agua potable en esta ciudad durante el verano. Este embalse también servirá para la generación de energía hidroeléctrica. El proyecto, que ya fue priorizado por el Gobierno, tiene un costo de 303 millones de lempiras, su perfil ya fue entregado a la Agencia de Cooperación Internacional del Japón (Jica), la que ha ofrecido dar apoyo a la iniciativa." [No se habla nada de Sambo Creek, que seria eradicado por la represa.]

Celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day in Dangriga  11/20/2014 Plus TV, Belize: "President of the National Garifuna Council Robert Mariano, in his official address, commented on the issue of discrimination against the Garinagu which was made live earlier this year by First Caribbean International Bank, when one of its managers banned the speaking of Garifuna inside the bank’s premises. Robert Mariano’s report also included news this week of a SICA-backed project to support Garifuna communities from Belize to Nicaragua, in the commercialization of agricultural production, particularly of the staple cassava, in order to safeguard food security. Visiting dignitaries included guest speaker and Mayor of Santa Fe, Honduras, Isidro Noel Ruiz Martinez; Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General Wilfred Elrington, deputizing for the Prime Minister."

Merelym: I was also a teenager once (by Natalie Roque Sandoval)  11/9/2014 Quotha: "It was with deep indignation that I found out about the murder last weekend of the 14 year old teenager Merelym Abigail Espinoza Bustillo, who adds to the never-ending list of young Honduran women violently murdered. It is with profound indignation that I write these lines. They justify the murders and blame the victims!"

UTV Program about Ciriboya Initiative & Healthcare Justice  11/8/2014 Quotha: "I joined several nursing and med students to talk about our January 2014 brigade to Ciriboya, the perils of neoliberal healthcare in Honduras, and the promise of the Cuban model on UNAH's television program last June."

Starving Central America  10/31/2014 CounterPunch: "Honduras was “being converted into a vast pasture for cattle destined for export,” DeWalt elaborated—a development in line with Washington’s aims. Robert G. Williams noted that Kennedy’s “Alliance for Progress boosted Central America’s beef-export business,” for example, and that “the World Bank, AID, and the IADB” all viewed beef “as a pragmatic, quick way to achieve export-led growth.” This beef, DeWalt continued, was “not bound for the estimated 58 percent of Honduran children under five years of age who suffer from identifiable malnutrition,” but rather for the U.S.—the source of “insatiable demand for livestock products” and “the largest importer,” by a long shot, “of Central American beef export.” As U.S. citizens gorge themselves on steaks and hamburgers, “food supplies in poorer countries become scarcer, unemployment increases, and the land and other resources are increasingly degraded.” Poor Hondurans thus were forced “to compete with the animals for the locally available resources.”

Garífunas de Honduras denuncian por racismo a diputada nacionalista y esposo  10/29/2014 Honduprensa: "La señalada es la diputada nacionalista por Atlántida, Carmen Rivera, y su esposo Manuel Muñoz, de proferir frases racistas contra dirigentes garífunas del norte de Honduras."

At the exclusive service of private capital: Honduran public forces evict Garifuna community  10/1/2014 Radio Mundo Real: "Right now we are being evicted by the police and the army and this is due to the pressure being exerted against the Indura Beach & Golf Resort project”, said Nahum Lalin, leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization in an interview with Real World Radio. Nahum is joining the over 45 families that make up the Garifuna community of Barra Vieja, which is suffering a new illegal eviction."

At the exclusive service of private capital: Honduran public forces evict Garifuna community  10/1/2014 Radio Mundo Real: "In addition to this eviction, the Honduran Garifuna community is suffering other kinds of harassment in Sambo Creek community. The National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) “aims to close the Sugua Community Radio, and we know that this is due to the international demands of the Garifuna community against the Honduran State, and we don´t have another choice but to keep fighting”, said Nahum Lalin."

Desalojo de la comunidad de Barra Vieja, el Indura Resort y la estrategia de expulsión de los Garífunas de Honduras.  9/30/2014 OFRANEH: "En horas del madrugada del día de hoy, una fuerza combinada de policía y ejercito efectuaron un desalojo de la comunidad garífuna de Barra Vieja, Tela, procediendo a destruir las humildes casas de habitación y dispersar a sus moradores. Barra Vieja está ubicado contiguo al proyecto turístico Indura Resort, conocido previamente como Laguna de Micos & Beach Resort, perteneciente a la elite de poder de Honduras, implicados directamente en el golpe de estado del año 2009. El proyecto fue inaugurado en noviembre del año pasado, al mismo tiempo que se efectuó una reunión del Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL)."

Film Review: ‘Revolutionary Medicine – A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital’  9/13/2014 Upside Down World: "Revolutionary Medicine, true to its title, is a provocative, 45-minute documentary by Beth Geglia, an independent, activist documentarian based in Washington D.C., and Jesse Freeston, a film maker based in Montreal, who had been a key member of the Real News Network. Dr. Luther Harry Castillo, a Cuban-trained Garifuna doctor is our lively guide. He retraces the journey of the people of Ciriboya, a town in northeastern Honduras, to self-determination and empowerment, through the building of a community hospital. It is a heroic and inspiring struggle, told with intelligence, strength and humor, through the power of story, song and dance—and with an ever present historical context. The music of Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Soul Band provides the film’s ‘trilling wire.’"

Electas nuevas autoridades de mancomunidad garífuna de Colón  9/2/2014 DINAFROH: "La asamblea de la MAMUGA fue bautizada con el nombre de Delmar Aníbal Duarte Rodríguez, el extinto alcalde municipal de Iriona, asesinado en un hotel de la Ceiba, Atlántida, en esta ocasión los delegados acordaron hacerle un homenaje a la familia del fallecido jefe edilicio, especialmente a la madre y la viuda de este, otorgándoles una placa de reconocimiento…. Luego, los alcaldes procedieron a la elección de las nuevas autoridades de la mancomunidad mediante votación secretar, saliendo electo presente el alcalde del municipio de Santa Fe, el ingeniero Noel Ruiz, como vicepresidente el representante de Juan Francisco Bulnes."

The Killing of Margarita Murillo in Honduras  8/30/2014 Huff Post: "Mrs. Murillo has been a leading activist within Honduran peasant land movements for decades. In addition to her role in the Asociativa Campesinos de Producción Las Ventanas, she was the main coordinator for the National Front for Popular Resistance (FNRP) in the department of Cortés and one of the founders of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (Libre)."

Canada’s Controversial Engagement in Honduras  8/11/2014 Honduras - Country in Pain: "Since Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, Canada has cast an increasingly long shadow over the small Central American country’s economy and policy; a presence that has grown stronger since Honduras’ controversial 2009 coup. The self-proclaimed peacekeepers have since built a stronghold over Honduras via investment in industries and support for the illegitimate government created in the wake of the coup. Canada’s relationship with Honduras is emblematic of its shifting position within the international community, as an imperial presence, establishing and expanding industries in the less developed country at the expense of local citizens and the environment."

Hope Dwindles for Hondurans Living in Peril  8/2/2014 NYT: "The economic distress and migration laid the ground for the emergence of powerful street gangs, and government dysfunction gave them staying power. They have roots in Los Angeles, among Salvadoran refugees who fled there during the civil war. After the war, gang members were deported and, taking advantage of weak institutions, re-emerged on their home turf with little to keep them in check."

U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America  7/29/2014 NarcoNews: “… It has been the malignant effects of immense drug trafficking through these nonconsumer nations [in Central America] that is responsible for accelerating the breakdown in their national institutions of human rights, law enforcement, courts, and eventually their entire society as evidenced today by the flow of children north and out of the conflictive transit zone,” Kelly wrote. “… I believe that the mass migration of children we are all of a sudden struggling with is a leading indicator of the negative second- and third-order impacts on our national interests that are now reality due to the near unimpeded flow of drugs up the isthmus [Central America], as well as the unbelievable levels of drug profits (approximately $85 billion) available to transnational criminal organizations to literally buy police departments, court systems and even governments.”

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans  7/24/2014 NYT: "Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal."

El empresario que quiere un Honduras de ricos  6/30/2014 Forbes: "Otra de las apuestas de Jaime Rosenthal está en el sector turístico con una participación minoritaria en Indura Beach & Golf Resort, en el Puerto de Tela, al norte de Honduras, que a través de su empresa Promociones y Turismo es propietaria de una gran cantidad de tierras vecinas al proyecto Indura."

The Honduras Drug War  6/27/2014 CounterPunch 

Why Are Honduran Children Leaving?  6/27/2014 CounterPunch: "The spirited festivities of the Brazilian World Cup qualifying matches Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez enjoyed last week stood in stark contrast to the cold grey Homeland Security buildings where thousands of Honduran children met with U.S. officials to search for next of kin and start deportation proceedings. Instead of advocating for the youth of his country, the Honduran president delegated his wife, the First Lady, to escort these children to Honduras and has ordered inadequate and short-term shelters to receive them."

Puerto Castilla, Honduras: Corporate and Military Interests Above Garífuna Community Survival  6/25/2014 Upside Dowwn World: "Six children from the community of Puerto Castilla, Trujillo, suffered severe respiratory damage resulting from an attack carried out on May 23, 2014 by the Honduran National Police, Military Police, and in conjunction with the Operation Xatruch III military unit. Hundreds of tear gas canisters were fired into the community in a haphazard manner as a means of dispersing a peaceful protest. After inundating the town with tear gas, the roughly 500 security force members entered the community, dousing anyone within reach with pepper spray."

THE SEX TOURISM INDUSTRY SPREADS TO COSTA RICA AND HONDURAS: ARE THESE COUNTRIES DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION  6/1/2014 Digital Commons: "Child advocacy organizations blame the government's failure to enact adequate legislation on the fact that sex tourists are bringing a huge source of revenue into the impbverished country.' Further, one should note that Honduran officials who pass strict legislation in response to the growth of this industry face the likelihood of being run out of office by those who profit from the industry."

Garifuna Culture in Honduras: Dancing in a Changing World  5/22/2014 Wilder Utopia: "The group of coupmongering businessmen of CEAL and the “Nationalists” who participated in the meeting that took place in Miami (Tela) applauded the upstart prophet Klugmann, as well as the interventions of Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli and Spanish [ex-president] José María Aznar, who joined the chorus calling for the dissolution of national territory in the search for supposed solutions to the fiasco of social policy of the past few decades."

Sospechan que asesinato de alcalde de Iriona, Colón fue por encargo  5/17/2014 La Prensa, Honduras: "Carlos Alberto Valle, alcalde de Sabá y de la misma afiliación política, lamentó el hecho y dijo que se ha ido un buen amigo y un excelente líder. Al velatorio llegaron todos los alcaldes del departamento de Colón, quienes condenaron el asesinato y exigen una investigación profunda de los hechos."

Expulsión y el exterminio del pueblo garífuna en Honduras.  5/12/2014 Land Portal: "La expulsión y el exterminio del pueblo garífuna está planificado de antemano. Sabemos que un pueblo sin su territorio, sin su identidad, sin su cultura es un pueblo que estámuerto Miriam Miranda, OFRANEH"

`ASOCIACIÒN DE AFRODESCENDIENTES DEL VALLE DE SULA CELEBRA ANIVERSARIO JUNTO A ALCALDE DE SAN PEDRO SULA  4/10/2014 Calidonio Alcalde: "Total apoyo ofreció el alcalde de San Pedro Sula, Armando Calidonio Alvarado, a los miembros de la Asociación de Afrodescendientes en el Valle de Sula, Asafrova, a quienes acompañó en el Parque Central, junto a la vicealcaldesa Lilia Umaña, durante la expoventa de comida garífuna, realizada este día en el marco de celebración del Mes de la Herencia Africana."

El mes de la Herencia Africana y el despojo al pueblo Garífuna  4/9/2014 Honduprensa: "El mes de la herencia africana, ha servido como una cortina de humo para soterrar el racismo existente en Honduras, donde la pequeña elite de poder nacional, se encuentra conformada en su mayoría por familias descendientes de europeos, sirios, libaneses y algunos judíos quienes arribaron al país en el siglo XX. Al mismo tiempo que los pueblos indígenas y negros somos considerados como extranjeros, y nuestros territorios se han convertido en objetivos de un saqueo, bajo el esquema del supuesto “desarrollo” preconizado por las políticas de los organismos financieros internacionales. La cultura Garífuna, de origen arawak-caribe, con algunos remanentes de los pueblos de África occidental, fuimos declarados Patrimonio cultural Intangible de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en el año 2002. Sin embargo nuestra idioma se encuentra en peligro de desaparecer ante las políticas de homogeneización cultural aplicadas en las ultimas décadas y la casi nula existencia de medios de comunicación en Garifuna."

Organizaciones afrodescendientes declaran "la guerra" al presidente de Honduras  4/7/2014 El Heraldo: "No obstante, el dirigente acusó al Poder Ejecutivo de favorecer a la Organización de Desarrollo Etnico Comunitaria (Odeco) y cuestionó que se financie "solamente o parcialmente a una organización que ciertamente promueve la división del pueblo hondureño". "El presidente (Porfirio) Lobo es responsable de esto", agregó, al tiempo que declaró non grato al ministro de Pueblos Indígenas y Afrodescendientes de Honduras, Luis Francisco Green."

NOEL RUIZ  4/1/2014 YouTube: "UNICO ALCALDE GARIFUNA EN HONDURAS" [visto 98 veces en 25/5/17]

José María Aznar disertará sobre desarrollo ante empresarios  3/20/2014 La Prensa, HN: "Los presidentes de Centroamérica se reunirán con el ex jefe del gobierno español para analizar el tema del desarrollo regional."

The Garífuna of Honduras and Belize: Land disputes and encroachments into indigenous territories in Central America  3/20/2014 The Violence of Development: "The communally-held titles grant the Garífuna communities rights to their area in perpetuity, and land may not be sold or transferred to owners outside the community. Not all of the Garífuna land titles, however, are recognised by the Honduran government, which in 1998 reformed the Constitution to permit foreigners to acquire land less than forty km. from the coast, an entitlement previously prohibited. The constitutional change prompted Garífuna fears that big hotel investors would push the Garífuna out of their homes. In 2004 Eva Thorne reported that in some cases these fears had been well-grounded."

Randy Jorgensen - Banana Coast  3/19/2014 Noticias de Cruceros: "Randy Jorgensen, Director General de Grande Trujillo, autoridad administradora del puerto Banana Coast (Honduras), entrevistado en el marco de la Cruise Shipping Miami."

US weighs in on Honduras rights abuse  3/18/2014 Hondupresa: letter from Officers And Members Of The Garifuna Nation - "We hereby applaud and support the bold stand that is being taken by Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky from the 9th Congressional District in the State of Illinois and her colleagues in Congress, to draft a Resolution highlighting the Human Rights and Land Abuses that is being committed against the Garifuna people and other groups by President Orlando Hernandez of Honduras and his government."

Canadian Aid, Honduran Oil  3/12/2014 Media Coop: "The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has been financing technical assistance to the hydrocarbon sector in Honduras as part of a $9.5-million Sustainable Energy Access project managed by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). During the first part of the five-year (2012–2017) project originally approved by the Canadian International Development Agency, OLADE initiated a review of the regulatory framework in Honduras and examined the oil and gas potential in the country."

Cocaine: the new face of deforestation in Central America  3/11/2014 Monga Bay: "Finally, profits from drug trafficking cannot be declared as income and thus must be laundered. Drug cartels often get around this by purchasing remote land and clearing it, allowing them to convert drug-money into legalized private property without leaving a trail. Large ranches or narco-estates formed by deforestation, often masquerade under the fronts of agriculture and oil palm plantations. Land titles are falsified, government officials bribed, and ultimately, such land becomes legalized when unsuspecting legitimate corporations purchase it from “locals” as an agricultural investment."

Honduras y los resultados del examen ante el Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial (CERD).  2/24/2014 Honduprensa: "En Honduras la inexistencia de independencia de poderes, y la imposibilidad de una aplicación verás de justicia acompañado por la persecución judicial de los defensores de los bienes comunes, forman parte de la estrategia de destrucción de los pueblos y sus culturas."

Lawlessness Is Undoing Effort to Save Honduran Forests  2/12/2014 NYT: "Illegal loggers, cattle ranchers and land speculators have long laid waste to the shimmering greens of the forest canopy here at the edge of the country’s eastern wilderness. Now, as Honduras has become a central transfer point for drug shipments to the United States, there is more money to pay — and arm — land invaders, who strip the forest and transform the land into businesses like cattle ranching that can be used to launder drug money."

Days six to ten of the Ciriboya UNAH nurse/med student brigade  2/6/2014 Quotha: "While the students were in the community, I had to go buy gas and supplies with Dr. Valcárcel and some of the Cubans. We ran into the man who'd been at the Cubans' house days earlier profusely bleeding from a cut tendon. They'd operated on him at the hospital that same morning (after coffee) and now, just days later, he was already well on his way to being healed. Dr. Valcárcel fixed him a sling with a cloth he had handy while the others bought food inside."

AVANZA AMPLIACION DEL PRIMER HOSPITAL GARIFUNA  1/10/2014 YouTube 

Garifuna Hospital promo video  1/10/2014 YouTube 

Dirty War in Honduras Fuelled by West's Drive for Clean Energy (...minerals, cheap clothing, tourism enclaves, oil and gas, etc.)  1/7/2014 Rights Action: "The west's drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are implicated in the murder, disappearance and intimidation of peasant farmers involved in land disputes with local palm oil magnates. More than 100 people have been killed in the past four years, many assassinated by death squads operating with near impunity in the heavily militarised Bajo Aguán region, where 8,000 Honduran troops are deployed, according to activists. Farmers' leader Antonio Martínez, 28, is the latest victim of this conflict. His corpse was discovered, strangled, in November."

A Mission Gone Wrong  1/6/2014 New Yorker: "“The story that was out there at the time was entirely different from what we saw.” Later, having become more familiar with the shooting, the Senate aide said, “I am not aware of anyone in the Honduran government or the State Department who, after reviewing the case, believes that the evidence establishes that the people in the boat fired at the agents.”

Honduras: Mega-Tourism and Garifuna Communities Collide  12/29/2013 Wilder Utopia: "Canadian “Porn King” Randy Jorgensen’s mega-tourism “development” projects are stirring conflict and destroying Afro-Caribbean Garífuna communities in Trujillo on the north coast of Honduras."

Absences. Graciela Suazo, and words to describe losing her.  12/27/2013 Quotha: "But the story serves two purposes: it obscures the possible political motive of the murder in the context of a wave of post-election extrajudicial assassinations of mid-level LIBRE candidates and activists, and it directly blames Suazo for her own violent death. I traveled to Suazo's home in Barra Patuca for the funeral, and have been here since. I have not found a way to write about the pain that her death has caused here, not publicly at least. That inability has also made it difficult for me to write about anything else, despite all of the things that so badly need to be written."

Honduras Dam Project Shadowed by Violence  12/22/2013 Upside Down World: ""The army has an assassination list of 18 wanted human rights fighters with my name at the top. I want to live, there are many things I still want to do in this world but I have never once considered giving-up fighting for our territory, for a life with dignity, because our fight is legitimate. I take lots of care but in the end, in this country where there is total impunity I am vulnerable… when they want to kill me, they will do it." The threats, she told Al Jazeera at her home in the pine-covered mountains of La Esperanza, are from private security guards working for the dam company, as well as the police and army protecting the project."

In Post-Election Honduras, Challenges and Opportunities for the Resistance  12/21/2013 NACLA 

Honduran Military Colonel Makes False And Threatening Accusations Against Annie Bird, Co-Director Of Rights Action  12/19/2013 Rights Action: "Last week, School of the Americas (SOA) graduate and Honduran military Colonel German Alfaro made outrageous accusations against a leading U.S. human rights defender, Annie Bird, Co-Director of Rights Action (USA), which is based in Washington, DC. Colonel Alfaro declared that the military is investigating Annie for alleged subversive activities with campesinos, including filing false reports about military abuses of human rights. One of the Honduran newspapers, La Tribuna, picked up the story and even ran a picture of Annie, putting her at further risk.* The allegations are completely trumped-up and dangerous given the pattern of violence in Honduras, of which Alfaro himself is a propagator."

Honduras: Accusations by Military Endanger Activist  12/19/2013 Human Rights Watch: "The United States allocated over US$50 million in security aid to Honduras from 2010 to 2012 through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) – an ongoing program to provide security aid to countries in the region – as well as nearly US$17 million in US Defense Department security assistance in 2011 and 2012. US legislation granting military and police aid to Honduras states that 20 percent of the funds will be available only if the US State Department reports that the Honduran government has met several human rights requirements. “Given its ongoing cooperation with Honduran security forces, the US government should use all the tools at its disposal to call a halt to verbal attacks on activists by senior Honduran military officials,” Vivanco said. “Whether directed at human rights defenders or campesino leaders, such accusations only add to a climate of fear and intimidation.”"

Electoral fraud in Honduras?  12/19/2013 Al Jazeera: "Much of the international press have based claims of transparency on reports issued by the election observation missions of the European Union, the Carter Centre and the Organisation of American States all of which concluded that the election was transparent. This was despite the fact that their own observers reported irregularities such as a lack of transparency in campaign financing and electoral lists which included dead people. Other election observers were not so forgiving and many reported far more lengthy and serious lists of fraudulent behaviour, including bribery and vote buying; violation of the right to secret voting; pre-marked ballots; the militarisation of the electoral process and a lack of oversight in some voting centres causing the militarised police to take charge. "

Honduras' Flawed Election: The Case of El Paraiso  12/15/2013 Truth Out: "Although it is generally difficult to directly link election results to acts of voter intimidation, the case of El Paraíso provides an interesting example. El Paraíso, in the Copan department of Honduras, is located directly on what is known as the “road of death.” The road is a well-known drug trafficking route which travels through Honduras and on to Guatemala. The presence, and influence, of Mexican drug cartels has steadily been rising in the area."

Inside the Honduran Elections  12/12/2013 CounterPunch: "You would not know how massive these irregularities were if you only relied on the mainstream press. News outlets such as The Washington Post and the AP’s man in Honduras , Alberto Arce, both declared JOH the winner before the counting process was complete and the fraud investigated thus promoting the neo-liberal agenda that has devastated this country. Arce bases his opinion on what he calls the lack of concrete evidence of fraud and puts his full faith and confidence behind the words of Lisa Kubieski, US Ambassador to Honduras, Ulricke Lunacek, the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), and the Organization of American States (OAS) all of which declared the elections transparent and free of fraud while many were calling for an investigation."

International Election Monitors in Honduras: Do They Ensure Clean Elections or Whitewash Fraud?  12/11/2013 Upside Down World: "Prior to the Honduran election it was announced that NDI would have 100 election observers in the country. Our delegation did not run into any of them and there is no statement on their web page. Either they didn't go, or the fact that a slim majority of Democrats in the House have signed letters to the State Department calling for changes in US policy toward Honduras may have caused them to keep their heads down after witnessing so much fraud. Likewise, I can't find an official report from the Organization of American States observer delegation, although there were statements applauding the “transparency” in the Honduran media election night and the next day. I was on a radio show with Mark Weisbrot on Dec. 9 and he stated that thus far only a few Latin American countries had officially recognized the Honduran election results. Perhaps the OAS is lying low as well. The European Union has shown no such hesitancy. Its official statement heaped praise on the process. However, its endorsement of the “transparent” election was quickly undermined when one of its monitors held a press conference in the Tegucigalpa airport as the delegation was leaving the country. He criticized the official report and said the actual election monitors did not agree with the report written by the leadership. He said it resulted in a “heated exchange” but that the leadership refused to budge."

Ceremonia Religiosa Elecciones 2013  12/9/2013 Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras: "Recientemente autoridades militares llevaron a cabo un acto religioso en el cual agradecieron a Dios haber culminado con éxito la misión de apoyo al tribunal supremo electoral (TSE) en las pasadas elecciones generales."

Report from Honduras: How the Election Was Stolen  12/9/2013 NACLA: "TSE officials advised us that they allocated an equal number of blank credential documents to each party, but could not control what the parties did with them later. This practice, which has been strongly criticized by the EU and the OAS, allowed the National Party to consolidate control over the voting tables where critical decisions (such as whether a voter is eligible to vote, or how to count a ballot) are made by majority vote. Members of our delegation saw the popular National Party discount card—another mechanism used to influence the electoral outcome—being offered to voters at party tents outside polling places. The card, which lowers the cost of groceries, pharmaceuticals, cell phone plans, and other goods and services, reportedly identifies the bearer as a National Party member and is good for four years. Whether or not this constitutes bribery, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) calls it a hidden campaign financing source which may directly violate Honduran election laws, for businesses having contracts with the government."

Honduras: A Heavyweight for Foreign Relations  12/6/2013 Huff Post: by Marco Cáceres - "Marco Cáceres is the senior space analyst for the Teal Group, a defense and aerospace consultancy just outside of Washington, DC. He writes about satellites, launch vehicles and spaceports, and forecasts the future of space markets. He is the editor of Honduras Weekly and cofounder of projecthonduras.com, an international network of volunteers involved in Honduras, and the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. Marco is the author of the book, The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manual Zelaya in Honduras. His follow-up book, The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo, is scheduled for publication in March 2014. He is originally from Tegucigalpa."

Call on the State Department to stop legitimizing fraudulent Honduran elections  12/4/2013 SOA Watch 

Meanwhile in the Aguán, More Military Terror Campaigns Against Campesinos  12/3/2013 MCRGC: "The persecuted are leaders Santos Marcelo Torres and Leodan Cartagena Castillo both MCRGC members who have been active in land recuperation in the Finca Paso Aguán which is in the possession of the landowner Miguel Facusse . Alexis Mirinda, also a campesino leader, was arrested this afternoon by members of the army. He received psychological torture to pressure him to give information about the whereabouts of the above mentioned peasant leaders."

Why the world should care about Honduras' recent election  12/3/2013 Guardian: "First is the compilation of votes by the Libre party, released on Friday. The parties are able to do their own vote count after the election because their observers receive copies of the tally sheets, which they sign, at the polling centers. The Libre party was able to salvage 14,593 of the 16,135 tally sheets (some Libre observers were reportedly tricked or intimidated into turning their copies over to the electoral authorities). They compared these tally sheets to the official results posted on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) web site, and found enormous discrepancies: for example, an 82,301 overcount for the National Party, and a 55,720 undercount for the Libre party. This by itself is more than 4.6% of the total vote, well over half of the National Party's lead in the official tally."

Testimony of militarization and poll worker intimidation in Copán  12/2/2013 German Espinal Zúniga: "After a moment, when I had taken possession of my position as president of Voting Station 2686, in the Minerva School, there was a verbal altercation between the police officers and Mr. Pinto that reached the point where Mr. Pinto and his cronies ended up intimidating and kicking out the members of the community police force. Once we were without police protection, they began to threaten my compañeros and me, telling us we should leave the voting stations and the polling place. They confiscated the national identity card and electoral worker credential of one of my compañions by threatening to kill her, and they tried to intimidate me at gunpoint to sign the tally sheets and ballots before leaving the table, which I did not agree to, and finally they forced me to give them my electoral worker credential and national identity card."

Thousands protest election result in Honduras  12/2/2013 Al Jazeera: "Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, has led thousands of supporters onto the streets of Tegucigalpa to protest an election result she has called fraudulent. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of the votes, according to the country's election tribunal. Xiomara Castro ran as the candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) - a coalition of leftist politicians, unions and indigenous groups founded by her husband. She came second with 28.79 percent of the vote."

La operación #StopFraudeHN, que protesta en contra del resultado de las elecciones  12/2/2013 Habla Honduras 

Resultados Presidenciales de Centros de Votación: El Paraiso  11/30/2013 Tribunal Supremo Electoral 

Member of official EU delegation denounces EU elections report  11/29/2013 Quotha 

The Results of the Elections in Honduras were Changed, Says European Union Observer  11/29/2013 Upside Down World: "I can attest to countless inconsistencies in the electoral process. There were people who could not vote because they showed up as being dead, and there were dead people who voted. It was also clear that there was a huge mess at the voting stations, where the hidden alliance between the small parties and the National Party led to the buying and selling of votes and [electoral worker] credentials [note: by law each party has the right to have an election worker at each mesa electoral or voting station, but as Gabriel notes, in many voting stations, the smaller parties sold their rights to the National Party]. During the transmission of the results there was no possibility to find out where the tallies where being sent and we received reliable information that at least 20% of the original tally sheets were being diverted to an illegal server that they kept hidden."

From David Dougherty at TRNN: Alleged Voting Irregularities Mar Honduran Elections  11/27/2013 Real News 

Honduran Elections: Live Blog  11/26/2013 CEPR: "Honduras has a flawed electoral system with many deficiencies including control of the process by political parties, unregulated and undisclosed campaign financing, and inadequate resources, training and voting facilities that disadvantage poor communities. In addition Honduran electoral law provides for no run-off election. Without a runoff election in which a majority of voters choose leadership, the electoral aspirations of two-thirds of Honduran voters who voted for change, are frustrated, and the winner of a mere plurality is denied a real mandate."

Venezuela’s Maduro Rejects US “Intervention” in Honduras  11/26/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "Yesterday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro criticised US “intervention” in the internal affairs of Latin American countries, and in the Honduran elections. US Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, said minutes after the third preliminary announcement from the TSE (Electoral Supreme Court), that she “recognised and respected” the results, as they “coincide” with the reports of US governmental observers. The final results with the full count had yet to be announced at the time, and the LIBRE party and Anti Corrupcion have stated they don’t recognise the results, as they say they have proof of irregularities committed during the voting process."

Canadian electoral observers question the legitimacy of the Honduran election results  11/25/2013 Rabble: "After careful consideration of our own observations of the electoral process in Honduras, we find the presidential elections to be inconsistent with democratic principles and rife with fraudulent practices. We are not surprised that the LIBRE party rejected the preliminary projections of the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE)."

Honduras Presidential Elections in Dispute as Activists Defy Violence to Back Ousted Leader’s Wife  11/25/2013 Democracy Now 

Mensaje de Berta Caceres a la población hondureña  11/24/2013 Observatorio de las Mujeres: "Berta hace un llamado a la resistencia para poder enfrentar el fraude electoral que se venia pronosticando y hacer frente a la oligarquía del país que quiere destruirlo. Proclama continuar con la unión de las personas, para continuar con la refundación del país juntos y a no dejarse vencer;seguir en la lucha "sin darle tregua a la presión" Para escuchar su mensaje…

Military Presence at Radio Globo  11/24/2013 Honduras Solidarity: "Reporters at Radio Globo are commenting live on the air (at the time of this post) that the military has established a presence at the site of the station’s transmitter in Cerro de Canto Gallo. Radio Globo is one of the strongest voices on the airwaves. The broadcast on via TV and radio."

Political Repression Intensifies Ahead of Honduran Presidential Election  11/23/2013 Real News: "Jesse Freeston: Violence and political repression by western-backed Honduran military raises questions if Sunday's presidential election will be open and fair."

Agents in ski masks intimidate foreign election observers  11/23/2013 Quotha: "Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception. and they asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”. They explained they were tourists and still they took passports without credible cause."

Roger Noriega accuses Honduran candidate’s husband of drug-trafficking links  11/22/2013 Tico Times: "Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, a leading candidate in Sunday’s presidential elections in Honduras, is an inexperienced politician whose husband – the ousted former president Manuel Zelaya – has links to well-known drug traffickers. That’s according to retired U.S. diplomat Roger Noriega, a former lobbyist for the interim government that replaced Zelaya. Noriega made the drug-trafficking claim on Nov. 19 in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank."

List of attacks directed against political activists during the electoral process  11/22/2013 Habla Honduras: "Below is the link to the COFADEH list of attacks, including murders, death threats and police raids, directed against political activists in the context of the electoral process. It shows that, contrary to a number of reports in the Honduran press, which seem to wilfully ignore the facts, the victims are overwhelmingly from the LIBRE party."

Honduras: Bertha Cáceres teme que la asesinen luego de elecciones generales  11/19/2013 SiBCI: "El pueblo indígena Lenca ha recibido ataques y amenazas de muerte por parte del Ejército y la Policía Nacional de Honduras. La última agresión ocurrió a principios de noviembre, cuando un grupo de policías, con pasamontañas y sin identificarse, ingresó violentamente a la comunidad de La Tejera en Río Blanco. La denuncia la confirmó Bertha Cáceres, coordinadora del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Copinh), durante el programa Caribe Nuestro de la Radio del Sur. Ella explicó que los policías encañonaron a los residentes del poblado. “Llegaron con armas gringas, israelíes, sin identificación, sin orden de cateo, entraron a las casas, amenazaron a las ancianas y ancianos, los golpearon, les botaron sus enseres, los niños vivieron momentos de mucho terror”. Los policías amenazaron con realizar una matanza en esa comunidad indígena si los Lenca seguían oponiéndose al Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca en el Río Gualcarque. “Las amenazas son reiteradas."

Xiomara de Zelaya cuenta con la simpatía de los empresarios "golpistas"  11/13/2013 El Faro: "El presidente de la influyente Asociación Nacional de Industriales (ANDI), Adolfo Facussé, quien se manifestó a favor del golpe del 28 de junio de 2009, ha dado la sorpresa: declara simpatías hacia la aspirante del partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre), fundado por Zelaya. "Tenemos empresarios de todos los partidos. Libre tiene algo que me atrae mucho a mí que es la promesa del cambio. El país definitivamente tiene que cambiar", afirmó a la AFP el influyente empresario, quien calificó al actual gobierno de Porfirio Lobo como "un desastre"."

Denuncian al presidente de Odeco por presunta eliminación de terminología garífuna de libros y textos  11/13/2013 Proceso Digital: "La organización indígena, Gemelos de Honduras, en representación de la comunidad garífuna de este país centroamericano, presentó este miércoles, una denuncia ante la Fiscalía de las Etnias en contra del Estado hondureño, así como para el presidente de la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (Odeco), Céleo Álvarez Casildo, por presunta discriminación al ser llamados afrohondureños y afrodescendientes."

Indura Beach & Golf Resort, un paraíso en Tela, Atlántida  11/12/2013 Canal 11 HN: "El sector privado, garífunas junto al gobierno inauguran el proyecto de turismo Indura Beach & Golf Resort que abre operaciones en Febrero 2014, Hotel 5 Estrellas, Restaurantes, Canchas de Golf y las playas de arena blanca."

Indígenas emplazan a ministro a aclarar su posición sobre hidroeléctrica  10/30/2013 SERVINDI: "El Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) exigió al ministro Luis Green, de la Secretaría de Desarrollo para Pueblos Indígenas y Afrohondureños (SEDINAFROH), que aclare públicamente su postura hacia el conflictivo proyecto hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca."

Context of the Honduran Electoral Process 2012-2013: Incomplete list of Killings and Armed Attacks Related to Political Campaigning in Honduras - May 2012 to October 19, 2013  10/21/2013 Rights Action: "As the November 24, 2013 General Elections approach in Honduras, a discussion of human rights violations surrounding the electoral process is paramount in understanding the historical and political context in which the elections will take place. This report is intended to promote that discussion by providing a list of killings and armed attacks against candidates, party and campaign leaders, and their families since May 2012, six months prior to the November 2012 Primary Elections. The purpose is to draw attention to the context of violence, insecurity and apparently politically motivated killings that are occurring in the lead up to the 2013 General Elections."

Berta Cáceres Is Still Alive  10/20/2013 Truth Out: "Honduran authorities want Berta Cáceres in prison. Even more, they want her dead. Berta, as she is fondly known by her many friends in Honduras and beyond, is a Lenca indigenous woman, and one of the founding directors of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). She is now the face of social movement resistance in Honduras, which in recent months has seen an escalation of state repression against social movement leaders, indigenous peoples’ organizations, environmentalists, and political dissenters. She went into hiding on September 20. But as I write, against all odds, Berta Cáceres is still alive. COPINH, one of the strongest voices in Mesoamerica for the defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, was founded in the early 1990s to fight logging companies in the territories of the Lenca people. After decades of struggle, COPINH has expelled dozens of logging operations from Lenca territories, recovered over 100 indigenous communal land titles, and served as a critical voice in international forums advocating for the right of indigenous communities to give or withhold their binding consent to any megaprojects planned for their territories. Today, COPINH is struggling against a mega-complex of four large dams in the Gualcarque River basin, called the Agua Zarca dam project, being undertaken by a Chinese corporation called Sinohydro and a Honduran company called Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA)."

Afrodescendientes o Garifunas : raza o cultura  9/18/2013 OFRANEH: "La utilización del término afrodescendientes para suplantar el gentilicio de Garífuna, es un ardid con trasfondo político mas que cultural, destinado a complacer los mandatos de organismos financieros que vienen promoviendo la entrega de nuestro territorio ancestral a cambio de una supuesta inserción en el mercado laboral y las instituciones del Estado."

Honduras on the Brink of Change  9/13/2013 CounterPunch: "LIBRE also proposes to promulgate a set of laws that protects indigenous people, Afro-descendants, and Garifuna communities, long time marginalized groups that rarely figure into political party politics except to perform dances of rituals as a spectacle for national holidays and special occasions. Now important members of The Resistance, these groups would have a voice and legal protections. Similarly, there are hopes for protections of the environment and natural resources, a national patrimony? eroding under hydroelectric plants construction and resorts and villas for tourists, as people are caught in the middle between protest, death or migration."

COMPAÑEROS DE HONDURAS ASESINADOS POR LA POLICÍA  8/20/2013 Observatorio Critico: "Reproducimos la noticia leída en la naciente revista libertaria Atentados, vocera del grupo salvadoreño La Revuelta, sobre el asesinato de dos compañeros asesinados en Tegucigalpa por la policía hondureña. Esperemos que acabe en algún momento la situación represiva y la criminalización de la protesta que se vive en Honduras."

John Perry: Enjoy your Nutella  8/13/2013 Quotha: "Last week, the RSPO held its fourth Latin American sustainable palm oil conference in Honduras. Alongside the WWF and other proponents of sustainability, a prominent organiser and exhibitor was the local palm oil company Dinant, currently seeking RSPO certification. The company is led by Miguel Facussé, the largest landowner in Honduras. He’s also been called the ‘oil palm grower of death’. Much of the palm oil development is taking place in the lower Aguán valley where there is a worsening conflict between large landowners and thousands of landless peasants. In the 1990s, Dinant and other landowners ‘used a combination of fraud, coercion and violence’ to take land given to peasant farmers under agrarian reform laws. Farmers’ organisations are demanding that these ‘sales’ be declared void. They are under constant threat. At least 80 people have been killed."

Agua Zarca, Honduras: la negación del derecho a la consulta y la Criminalización de los Pueblos Indígenas  8/13/2013 OFRANEH: "El asesinato el pasado 15 de julio de Tomas García y las heridas infrigidas a su hijo Allen García, a manos de elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras, señalan la violencia estructural existente en Honduras y el inicio de una clara ofensiva en contra de los pueblos y comunidades que se resisten al saqueo de su territorio y la madre tierra. Previo al asesinato de Tomas Garcia, comenzó una campaña de intimidación y criminalización de los líderes(as) del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), cuando el pasado 25 de mayo les fue plantada un arma en el vehículo que se conducían Bertha Cáceres, Tomás Gómez y Aureliano Molina pretexto que ha servido para perseguir a las voces que con valentía vienen defendiendo a los pueblos indígenas y sus territorios."

Honduras: Where the blood flows and the rivers are dammed  8/6/2013 Al Jazeera: "Dams funded by foreign investors are threatening the cultural heritage and livelihood of Honduras indigenous peoples."

Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development'  8/5/2013 AP: "From 6th-8th August, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its 4th Latin American Conference on so-called sustainable palm oil in Honduras [1]. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). Environmental and social campaigners have been shocked to learn that one event sponsor is the palm oil company Dinant Corporation, owned and controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras [and one of the larger drug traffickers]. They are calling on World Wildlife Fund WWF and three other organisations to withdraw from and denounce the conference being held in Honduras due to the Dinant’s sponsorship of the event and the serious human rights implications [2]."

Honduras, LIBRE is predicted to win the general elections in November  7/1/2013 Resistencia Honduras: "Honduras doesn’t need patches, but changes from the roots”, Castro stated. She questioned the moral authority of Parliament’s former president who has force people pay thousands of millions of Lempira for the so-called “margin of security” which never arrived. Immediately afterwards she lamented that the two-party system has driven Honduras into “a State for narcotics traffickers and paramilitaries”. “The two-party system has made the country into a stage for narcotics traffickers and paramilitaries where justice is bought and sold. What has the two-party system brought us? In the first place, violence, the greatest in the world, furthermore, ignorance, hunger, inequality and other sufferings, it has left us a fiscal abyss that has not precedent in our country."

State Department stymied probe into shooting of four Hondurans, whistleblower says  6/12/2013 NY Post: "According to an internal 2012 document, the DEA agents were under the authority of the State Department chief of mission in Honduras, funded by a counternarcotics program, and were “subject to investigation” by State investigators. But when those inquiries began, “despite requests by the US ambassador to Honduras and congressional pressure, DEA reportedly [was] not cooperating.”

Honduras: When Will the US Stop Funding Death Squads?  6/4/2013 Al Jazeera: "A resurgence of death squad activity targeting suspected gang members and others is exacting a mounting toll in Honduras, a country already wracked by violence and impunity. As documented in a series of AP investigative reports, it is increasingly apparent that US-funded Honduran National Police are dispatching summary justice to gang members, in a policy of "social cleansing", with complete impunity. Since evidence has surfaced linking the Honduran police to death squad activity, US support for the police would violate the "Leahy Law", which mandates withholding aid to foreign security forces when credible evidence exists that they have committed human rights abuses."

Les Garifuna de Puerto Cortés veulent conserver leur langue  4/23/2013 Afrodescendants d'Amérique Latine et des Caraibes: "Humberto Castillo, président de l'Association des Afrodescendants à Valle de Sula (Asociacion de Afrodescendientes en el Valle de Sula) signale pour sa poart qu'il est urgent d'adopter l'éducation interculturelle bilingue dans les communautés garífunas. Selon Castillo, les enfants doivent continuer à recevoir l'éducation en Espagnol. Mais on doit aussi renforcer la langue maternelle “La majorité des enfants ne parlent pas leur langue et c'est quelque chose que nous devons récupérer, non seulement dans les centres éducatifs, mais également dans les foyers”."

Periodistas y abogados, víctimas de violencia en Honduras  4/3/2013 CubaDebate: "Periodistas y abogados están entre las mayores víctimas de la violencia en Honduras durante la administración del presidente Porfirio Lobo, según un informe del Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (Conadeh), citado hoy por medios locales. En los 35 meses de gestión del mandatario Lobo murieron en forma violenta alrededor de 80 profesionales del Periodismo y el Derecho, revela el documento."

Carta del 21 de febrero del 2013 de la Comisión a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos  2/21/2013 Periodistas: "La Comisión pone en conocimiento de la Corte la siguiente información sobre quienes han actuado como peticionarios a lo largo del trámite y sus respectivos datos de contacto: Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña"

Capturan en Honduras a uno de los capos más buscados en Colombia  1/19/2013 Proceso Digital: "Smith Pomare era buscado por la policía de Colombia por formar parte de una banda del crimen internacional junto a su hermano gemelo, de hecho, se les conoce a los dos como “Los Mellos”, por lo que las autoridades colombianas han ofrecido una recompensa de 200 millones de pesos a quien entregue información que contribuya a desmantelar ese grupo delincuencial."

Honduras: La remilitarización del país profundiza la violación a los derechos humanos  12/21/2012 Prensa Indigena: "El Cofadeh (Comité de familiares de detenidos desaparecidos en Honduras) presentó ayer (13/12) en conferencia de prensa cuatro casos emblemáticos de violación a los derechos humanos, que en las próximas horas serán sometidos al conocimiento de la justicia internacional, "en los que concurren elementos graves de impunidad y factores hegemónicos de seguridad hemisférica de Estados Unidos”, se lee en un comunicado de dicha organización. De acuerdo con el análisis del Cofadeh, el proceso de progresiva remilitarización de la región centroamericana, impulsado por Estados Unidos en aras del ‘combate al narcotráfico y al crimen organizado’, Honduras ha devuelto a las Fuerzas Armadas "instrumentos legales y facultades discrecionales” que en sólo tres meses de 2012 ha provocado esos cuatro casos emblemáticos, "envueltos por mecanismos institucionales y presiones externas en la absoluta impunidad”."

Home Town Association for Garifuna Village of SAMBO CREEK, Honduras to Host New Year’s Party in the Bronx on SATURDAY December 29th 2012  12/17/2012 Being Garifuna 

Death Squads, Swastikas and "Medieval Methods" of Torture - Honduras’ Post-Coup Elections  11/20/2012 CounterPunch: "She expressed concern that many LIBRE voters would not vote today out of fear, and that many people could not vote for LIBRE, because they would lose their jobs. We later learned that a notice came out in a newspaper Saturday that any state worker who voted for LIBRE would be fired."

US-Backed Honduran Soldiers Chase Down, Murder Innocent Teenager  11/15/2012 AntiWar: "Ebed Yanes, 15, was killed the night of May 26 after driving through a military checkpoint. His father, Wilfredo Yanes, a mild-mannered organic food supplier, tracked down the soldiers, eventually uncovering an allegedly high-level attempt to hide evidence. Further, his quest led to new information reported this week that the unit in question was supported by the U.S."

Honduras: De mal en peor  10/21/2012 Cubadebate: "Desde que se quebrantó la constitucionalidad hace tres años y se instauró otro régimen al que la loba feroz del Estado de Florida (la congresista Ileana Ros-Letienen) vertió su agua bendita, las cosas no han dejado de ir de mal en peor. Contrariando su gusto, en este reciente capítulo, la mayoría de los magistrados determinó que el proyecto de llamadas “ciudades modelo”, viola el principio de soberanía e integridad territorial, mientras la oposición acusa al gobierno de querer vender el país a pedazos a capitales internacionales."

Mitt Romney’s “Pinochet Moment”  9/20/2012 Mad Cow Morning News: "Speaking about US policy towards Honduras, Romney accused President Obama of backing a "pro-Marxist" leader in Honduras, faulting him for not more quickly and enthusiastically supporting the military coup in 2009 that deposed the elected President of a fledgling democracy. That Romney chose to say anything at all about a small nation in Central America was somewhat surprising, especially since he hasn't been specific about much else. But, as he must know, Honduras is important to US foreign policy for only one reason: Controlling Hondurus is important to controlling the drug trade."

Vallecito Resists, Satuye Lives! The Garífuna Resistance to Honduras’ Charter Cities  9/18/2012 Upside Down World: "The Garífuna drums echo robustly and the people’s fervor rises with the tension in the camp as the tarps sound thunderously as they are jarred to and fro in the gale. It is impossible to distinguish the faint movement of people outside the main tent in the absence of the moon and her stars. Suddenly, out of the darkness that surrounds the encampment like an ocean fog that encroaches silently from afar, enveloping everything in its path, heavily armed men wielding sophisticated weaponry burst onto the scene unleashing a barrage of gunfire above the camp. They arrive mounted in pairs on motorcycles, an act in of itself illegal in Honduras[ii]. They move rapidly from one edge of the camp to the other, relentlessly firing a hairs shot above anything they encounter in their trail. They are uniformed, but not with official police or military uniforms, but well uniformed nonetheless."

Rising Violence in Post-Coup Honduras - Central America’s Newest “Death Squad Democracy”  9/14/2012 CounterPunch: "As Mariam Herrera, an Afro-Honduran woman told me yesterday, “The politics of this country are shitty. The laws are shitty, and everybody violates them. Half the Congress violates the laws.” Do you hold the United States responsible for part of that? “Yes, because the guns come from the United States. Honduras don’t manufacture guns, we have machetes. Guns – they come from the United States.”

Romney Campaign Calls Obama Foreign Policy 'Confusing' and 'Amateur Hour'  9/14/2012 ABC: ""When Honduras and their supreme court removed the president of the country -- a pro-Marxist, anti-American president -- and he insisted, our president, President Barack Obama insisted he get put back. That sent a message to the world," Romney said, igniting applause from the 900 attendees."

Romney broadens criticism of Obama on Middle East violence  9/14/2012 Detroit News: "The Republican presidential candidate offered a series of criticisms, attacking Obama for refusing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, backing a "pro-Marxist" leader in Honduras, failing to support protesters in Iran and mismanaging the alliance with Egypt."

Honduran jet fighter shot down DEA drug plane  9/11/2012 MadCow Morning News: “The U.S. agreement with Honduras for sharing radar intelligence specifically prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft. We are merely seeking better controls for its militarized approach to combating drugs in Central America,” said the spokesman. “The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras. We don't have information about the occupants or their cargo."

US suspends anti-drug radar support in Honduras  9/7/2012 AP: "The United States has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with Washington, the State Department and U.S. military confirmed Friday. The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras, said William Ostick, spokesman for the State Department's Western Hemispheric Affairs Office. The U.S. agreement with Honduras for information sharing specifically prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft."

“Pepe” Lobo confirma derribo de avioneta  9/7/2012 Nuevo Herald: "El presidente de Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, admitió que hubo un derribo de una avioneta por parte de una autoridad nacional sin respeto a un “protocolo”, y dejó entrever que el incidente le costó el puesto al exjefe de las Fuerzas Aérea Hondureña (FAH), Ruiz Pastor Landa. El gobernante tampoco precisó qué incidente fue y en qué fecha. EL HERALDO informó esta semana, en exclusiva, que la aeronave fue derribada en las proximidades de Guanaja."

Honduras signs deal to create private cities  9/5/2012 AP: "The project is opposed by civil society groups including indigenous Garifuna people who say they don't want their land to be used for the project. The developers say the fears are unjustified."

Avión derribado en Guanaja creó fricción con EE UU  9/5/2012 El Heraldo, Honduras 

Se reanuda el Proceso de Remedición de las Tierras de Vallecito, Colón  9/5/2012 OFRANEH: "Como parte del reclamo del pueblo Garifuna sobre la usurpación de Vallecito, Colón, nuestra organizacion emprendió la semana pasada una jornada cultural y política en el territorio usurpado, que tuvo como ambientación traqueteos constantes de armas automáticas, con el proposito de intimidarnos y disuadir el proceso de remedición prometido en diversas ocasiones por el Instituto Nacional Agrario, I.N.A y que una vez no se llevó a efecto."

URGENT ACTION on Vallecito, from OFRANEH - Process of Land Remediation is Renewed on the Garifuna Lands of Vallecito, Colon  9/4/2012 Quotha: "Any action suffered by the Garifunas will be the responsibility of the paid gunmen of Reinaldo Villalobo and of Miguel Facusse, as well as the government itself." [Facusse is one of the wealthiest men in the country and a large scale drug trafficker.]

Honoring Dr. Alfonso Lacayo, first Garifuna MD from UNAH  9/2/2012 Quotha 

U.S.-funded/trained police going on witch hunts  9/2/2012 Quotha: "Last week police raided a woman's house in Choloma and found evidence of a traditional Garifuna medicinal drink, Guífiti (El Tiempo, whose reporters went along for the raid, puts "guífiti" in scare quotes), which they confiscated as evidence of witchcraft along with, allegedly, pictures with pins in them. And something that is presumed to be marijuana. They also arrested a suspected witch. For allegedly being a witch."

Honoring Dr. Alfonso Lacayo, first Garifuna MD from UNAH  9/2/2012 Quotha: "This is from back in April, but I came across it recently, and loved the son's recollections of his father, who said he would always say that él no era un profesional de la medicina, sino que era un obrero de la salud. He was not a medical professional; he was a healthcare worker."

Romney's El Salvador Death Squad Ties  8/28/2012 Common Dreams: "In a book entitled “The Country Between Us,” the noted US poet Carolyn Forché writes about the brutality in El Salvador during those years. In a short vignette called The Colonel, Forché tells of being invited for dinner at a Colonel’s house. “What you have heard is true. I was in is house,” writes Forché. “…The parrot said hello on the terrace. The colonel told it to shut up, and pushed himself from the table. My friend said to me with his eyes: say nothing. The colonel returned with a sack used to bring groceries home. He spilled many human ears on the table. They were like dried peach halves. There is no other way to say this. He took one of them in his hands, shook it in our faces, dropped it into a water glass. It came alive there. I am tired of fooling around he said. As for the rights of anyone, tell your people they can go fuck themselves. He swept the ears to the floor with his arm and held the last of his wine in the air. Something for your poetry, no? he said. Some of the ears on the floor caught the scrap of his voice. Some of the ears were pressed to the ground.”"

Alert: Urgent request for solidarity as Day 2 of Land Recovery begins over the presence of armed men in expensive vehicles  8/28/2012 Honduras Eyewitness: "Since yesterday, many communications have been sent to the current government administration, about the menace and threats directed at the representatives of the Garifuna communties, awaiting the process of land title remediation, of the associative (Garifuna) businesses of Vallecito."

The moral economy of a floating crate of cash  8/23/2012 Quotha: "Within Ángela's community, at least, such finds are necessarily redistributed in a way that strengthens, reaffirms, and creates kinship ties. In her poor extended family—ranging from extremely poor to middle-of-the-road, getting-by-fairly-well and university-educated poor like Ángela—a Limited Good model of wealth distribution seems to guide the discourses of the poorest family members, who see the relative wealth of their less-poor kin as having been accumulated at their expense. Meanwhile, the less-poor family members tend to employ a Protestant ethic/developmentalist logic, blaming the extreme poverty of their family members on poor choices, bad morals, a disdain for formal education, and excessively high fertility."

Collateral Damage of a Drug War  8/15/2012 CEPR: "On May 11, 2012, four boat passengers were shot dead during a counternarcotics operation that involved Honduran and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. Although Honduran authorities announced that drug traffickers had been killed after agents had fired in self-defense, survivors of the incident, as well as local authorities, insisted that innocent people had been killed, including two women, a fourteen year-old boy and twenty-one year old man. In late July of 2012, analysts from Rights Action and CEPR visited the region where the shooting took place. This report summarizes and analyzes the extensive testimony and other information obtained during the visit. It presents detailed narratives of the sequence of events on May 11 and provides detailed background profiles on the boat passengers who were fired upon as well as on key witnesses. It also describes the region and context in which the shooting incident occurred, in order to better understand its impact on the local community. Finally, it offers a series of key findings and formulates recommendations of measures that the U.S. government and international community should take to address the May 11 incident as well as the broader consequences of U.S.-sponsored drug policies in Honduras and the Central American region."

Fault Lines: The US and Honduras  8/14/2012 L Jazeera: Interviews with survivors of the DEA massacre.

The US and Honduras - Is the US lending financial support to a police force and army linked to a campaign of extra-judicial killings?  8/14/2012 Al Jazeera: "Honduras has become the newest front in the US war on drugs in Latin America. The US has provided financial support for both the police and the military there in spite of its deep corruption issues. Furthermore, members of both institutions have been linked to a range of killings. Political dissidents, human rights workers and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have all been killed at alarming rates."

Honduras cooperating with US human rights probe  8/13/2012 AP: "Despite repeated U.S. criticisms that law enforcement agents have murdered and tortured people, an in-house State Department report sent to Congress Wednesday certifies that Honduras meets U.S. human rights requirements to receive all $56 million appropriated by Congress. But the report said no U.S. military or law enforcement aid - including $1.3 million in foreign military assistance, and another $1.7 million in peace and security funding - can go to anyone working under Bonilla until he is cleared."

Honduran President Puts “Tigers” Police Force on the Streets  8/7/2012 IPS: "But Yuri Sabas, a lawmaker with the opposition Liberal Party, told IPS that the creation of the Tigres should be studied in depth. “A few years ago, we created another elite force in the police named Cobra, which has now been implicated in criminal activities,” he said."

Por represas inminentes, pobladores de Concepción, Intibucá, se acercan al movimiento de resistencia indígena  8/2/2012 Defensores en Linea 

Es “hipocresía” decir que Honduras es aeropuerto de la mafia: Pepe Lobo  7/23/2012 La Prensa, Honduras: “Yo lo que pediría a todos, al Departamento de Estado, es que revisen si están haciendo lo suficiente, y si es justo que aquí en Honduras, en lugar de hacer programas sociales, apoyar a los productores a que siembren más o resolver muchos problemas... si es justo que estemos invirtiendo recursos en esa lucha (contra el narcotráfico)”, expresó el mandatario. A su juicio, el asunto no es de estarse “tirando la bola”, porque al final la única realidad es: “qué pasaría si nosotros no estuviésemos en el corredor entre donde se demanda y donde se produce”.

Policía colombiana se lleva de Honduras a capo  7/20/2012 La Prensa, Honduras 

The Massacre in the Moskitia - The DEA and the Return of the Death Squads  6/15/2012 CounterPunch: "I first heard of the tragedy while in the process of preparing for a human rights delegation to Honduras coordinated by the Alliance for Global Justice and led by Karen Spring from Rights Action. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press have all published stories glorifying the role of the DEA in seizing a huge quantity of drugs in the incident. They not only down played the killing and injuring of innocent people (some reports even questioned if there even were casualties), but also some of the news reports stated that those shot were actually involved in drug trafficking. In typical mainstream media fashion there was over-the-top anonymous quoting of US and Honduran officials and not much fact checking."

Will Gutting Honduras’ Police Force Get to the Root of Corruption?  6/15/2012 COHA: "Ironically, Bonilla has been accused of the same iniquity that he pledges to eradicate from the police force. In a report released 10 years ago by former State Prosecutor Maria Luisa Borjas, Bonilla was accused of killing three people and named as a suspect in the murders of 11 others. Bonilla was formally charged in only one of these cases, but legal action was halted when law enforcement officials refused to cooperate with the prosecutor. All charges against Bonilla were subsequently dropped after Borjas’ husband was attacked and Borjas received multiple death threats from unknown assailants thought to be operating on behalf of Bonilla."

Víctimas inocentes  6/13/2012 El Heraldo, Honduras 

CNN acts as SOUTHCOM's propaganda agent on Honduras  6/10/2012 Quotha: "This article about an imaginary Honduras where people don't give a shit about DEA massacres on national territory cites as its two "expert" sources the Monologue's Michael Shifter and FIU prof Eduardo Gamarra, both of whom have recently been paid quite a bit of money to write reports for SOUTHCOM (through Florida International University) and unspecified Intelligence agencies (at least in Shifter's case with his work for WHEMSAC)."

Honduran Miskitos Caught in Anti-Narcotics Crossfire  6/9/2012 Repeating Islands 

Legal Questions Remain in DEA Miskitia Attack  6/8/2012 Honduras Weekly 

Taiwan-Honduras ties remain strong despite criticism  6/7/2012 Focus Taiwan: ""Our relations with Honduras are very stable," Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuo-yu said in a question-and-answer session at the Legislature's foreign affairs and national defense committee. Tung's remark came amid blasts from lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that China is helping Honduras establish a US$300 million hydroelectric power plant. Furthermore, the Chinese national flag has been seen flying at the construction site, DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang said, describing the incident as a diplomatic crisis."

Video of COFADEH press conference on DEA massacre in Ahuas  6/5/2012 Quotha: "Graphic image warning. Skip to 1:30 if you don't want to see the horrifying photographs of how the DEA destroyed the bodies of the indigenous Miskitu people whose brave relatives are present at the press conference that begins at that time mark. Video by Dick and Mirian Emanuelsson."

La masacre en Mosquitia, Honduras: “Sólo los agentes de la DEA pueden disparar desde un helicóptero que por otra parte, es suyo”  6/5/2012 Dick Emanuelsson: "Habla agente de la policía antinarcótica del Ministerio Público."

Drug interdiction: The U.S. wades more deeply into Honduras  6/4/2012 Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "To Americans of a certain age, the picture of U.S. drug advisers, flying in State Department helicopters and operating in a small jungle country in support of the corrupt security forces of a questionable president, is all too familiar. It is also entirely inappropriate, particularly as innocent civilians die as a result of their work."

URGENT ACTION: Honduran State Discriminates Against Victims of the DEA  6/4/2012 Quotha: "The child WILMER LUCAS WALTER (14) and youth LUCIO ADAN NELSON QUEEN (22), who were traveling in the boat that was fired on by the DEA and Honduran agents, have been hospitalized since May 11 en regional hospital centers and to date have not received the surgical attention required to treat their serious injuries. Wilmer is at risk of losing his left hand due to negligence and lack of attention and Lucio is weakened by infection as he waits for orthopedic intervention in his right arm. In the midst of the so called “war against drugs” the principal victims are the indigenous, Misquito villagers including children and women; the principal actor responsible for these serious actions is the State."

Dana Frank on This is Hell  6/3/2012 Quotha: "Click for Dana Frank’s 40-minute interview on the DEA attack in Honduras on the Northwestern University program “This is Hell”, a weekly, 4-hour political analysis program broadcast each Saturday morning."

Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean  6/1/2012 UN: "In 2007, UNODC concluded that the mara groups (MS-13 and M-18) play very little role in transnational cocaine trafficking. This continues to be the case."

THE GARIFUNA JOURNEY FROM BEQUIA TO ROATAN ISLANDS  6/1/2012 Garifuna Heritage: "Lombardo Lacayo Sambula founded and headed Iseri Lidawamari Movimiento [New Dawn Movement]. It was organized in the early 1990s against Honduras agribusiness mogul, Miguel Facussé, who tried to seize Garifuna land in the Vallecito Limon, Colon territory. He was elected Limon’s mayor from 1994 through 1997. Garinagu considered Lacayo Sambula’s election to be the consolidation of Garinagu’s political activism in Honduras. Isidro Sabio Gonzalez served as the first Garifuna mayor of Trujillo and he held the position as Statewide Supervisor of Education; he also founded Instituto Jose Santos Guardiola [high school] in Roatan, Bay Islands. Abel Gonzalez Caballero was a prolific teacher for more than 30 years and served as the director of Instituto Espiritu Del Siglo in Trujillo. Erasmo Zuñiga Sanbula was a virtuoso in poetry recital, he was well-known as being the founder of OFRANEH. He took part in seizing of the border village of Mocorón under Somoza’s administration in Nicaragua. Fausto Miguel Alvarez Garcia was a teacher with over 30 years in the field of education so much so that he became a pioneer in researching and investigation of the Garifuna culture traveling to every Garifuna settlement in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Belize. They were Garinagu and not Afro-descendants."

Annie Bird: USA/DEA Killings in Ahuas  5/30/2012 Quotha: "The Patuca River is like a highway for over 25 Miskitu, Tawaka and Pech communities that live on its shores; there are no roads in this part of the Gracias a Dios department. But the river is much more than a road, it is their source of life. Communities farm rice, beans, yucca, and plantains on its shores, and fish the waters. They leave their towns in planting and harvest seasons to spend weeks at a time in huts along the river shore close to their fields. Though most make their life from the river, the main source of outside employment is working on the commercial fishing boats that pick up Miskitu men at mouth of the river and take them to sea for weeks at a time. For over 20 years, Lilda Lesama has coordinated divers and fishermen for the commercial boats, transporting them by canoe from Ahuas to Barra Patuca."

Death in Miskitia Land and the Search for Justice  5/28/2012 COHA: "On May 11, death came to the Miskitia from U.S. State Department-owned helicopters manned by contract Guatemalan pilots, members of a special Honduran Police Unit, along with U.S. DEA agents. Reports concerning the botched anti-narcotics operation barely survived three news cycles before expiring in the face of an indifferent public. During week one, a number of initial news reports (with the notable exception of the coverage by the Huffington Post) offered a defaming criminal profile of the local Miskito population using anonymous “official” U.S. government sources. During week two, when the voice of the Miskito community was beginning to be heard more clearly, some news reports offered a more humanized version of the people of Ahuas and surrounding villages. By May 17, the question of U.S. accountability began to lose steam when State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland deferred the responsibility of carrying out an investigation to the notoriously corrupt Honduran authorities. Despite the current paucity of news about this incident, the struggle for justice in the Miskitia continues."

Informe Preliminar de Verificación - Caso Ahuas  5/24/2012 COFADEH: "Del 20 al 24 de mayo de 2012, una Comisión de verificación conformada por tres personas del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras, COFADEH, con el acompañamiento internacional de representantes del Programa de Acompañamiento Honduras PROAH y de Acción Permanente por la Paz, visitó los municipios de Ahuas y Puerto Lempira en el Departamento de Gracias a Dios y también La Ceiba en el departamento de Atlántida, con el objetivo de documentar los hechos trágicos del 11 de mayo de 2012."

DEA Facing Fallout from Deadly Honduras Raid  5/22/2012 Stop the Drug War: "In the Honduran village where four residents were killed last week by gunfire from a helicopter on a US-backed anti-drug operation complete with DEA agents on board the chopper, feelings continue to run high. On Monday, they told the Associated Press that DEA agents also accompanied Honduran commandos who stormed into homes and mistreated residents after the raid, but the agency denies that."

US agents on deadly Honduran military operation  5/16/2012 AP: "The leaders of the Masta, Diunat, Rayaka, Batiasta and Bamiasta ethnic groups said in a press statement that "the people in that canoe were fishermen, not drug traffickers." "For centuries we have been a peaceful people who live in harmony with nature, but today we declared these Americans to be persona non grata in our territory," the statement continued."

Entrevista a Miriam Miranda de OFRANEH  5/8/2012 YouTube 

Lessons of Iraq Help U.S. Fight a Drug War in Honduras  5/5/2012 NYT: "Honduras is the latest focal point in America’s drug war. As Mexico puts the squeeze on narcotics barons using its territory as a transit hub, more than 90 percent of the cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela bound for the United States passes through Central America. More than a third of those narcotics make their way through Honduras, a country with vast ungoverned areas — and one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the world."

Honduran activist tours Wisconsin  3/30/2012 Workers' World: "Dr. Luther Castillo, a Garifuna doctor from Honduras and a member of the National Resistance movement there, traveled throughout Wisconsin March 14 through 18 as part of a national tour sponsored by the Honduras Solidarity Network. Castillo, a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, spoke not only on the fight for health care as a human right, but also informed audiences about the Honduran resistance movement that is waging a fierce, ongoing struggle against U.S. imperialism and its puppets in Honduras."

Presentation: Dr. Luther Castillo & Prof. Ariel Reyes in Pillsbury  3/25/2012 YouTube: "Dr. Luther Castillo Harry is a specialist in familiar medicine and public health."

Dr. Luther Castillo and the struggles of the Garifuna people of Honduras  3/21/2012 SF Examiner: "Given the American State Department’s ambivalence about things Cuban and the medical profession’s general misgivings about alternative medicine, Dr. Castillo’s exploits have been under-publicized. Labeled “Public Enemy #1” by the Honduran military, Dr. Castillo “finds it difficult to leave the struggle” because as a humanitarian and voice for the Garifuna people, he feels “we have the right to dream, too.”"

Carbon Blood Money in Honduras  3/10/2012 Common Dreams: "Small farmers in this region have increasingly fallen under the thumb of large landholders like palm oil magnate Miguel Facussé, who has been accused by human rights groups of responsibility for the murder of numerous campesinos in Bajo Aguán since the 2009 coup. Yet Facussé’s company has been approved to receive international funds for carbon mitigation under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)."

En Honduras, un desastre hecho en los E.E.U.U. Friday, 27 January 2012 14:04 Administrador  1/27/2012 Defensores en Linea: "Cuando prominentes figuras han salido ha acusar a la policía son acribillados por escuadrones de la muerte y narcotraficantes, el más famoso acusador fue el antiguo comisionado de policía, Alfredo Landaverde. El fue asesinado el 7 de diciembre, hasta ahora el gobierno ha comenzado hacer significativos arrestos de oficiales de policía… Porque el Departamento de Estado se ha lanzado detrás de la administración Lobo a pesar de las evidencias de la corrupción del régimen? En parte porque ha sido enterrados por la circunscripción Cubana-Americana de la Representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y sus aliados. Ellos han sido feroces sobre Honduras como un primer dominó con el que pueden empujar contra la línea gobiernos de izquierda y centro-izquierda que han ganado elecciones en América Latina en los últimos 15 años. Con su base militar aérea Americana, Honduras es crucial para la estrategia militar de los Estados Unidos en América Latina."

In Honduras, a Mess Made in the U.S.  1/26/2012 NYT: "When prominent figures came forward to charge that the police are riddled with death squads and drug traffickers, the most famous accuser was a former police commissioner, Alfredo Landaverde. He was assassinated on Dec. 7. Only now has the government begun to make significant arrests of police officers… Why has the State Department thrown itself behind the Lobo administration despite brutal evidence of the regime’s corruption? In part because it has caved in to the Cuban-American constituency of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and her allies. They have been ferocious about Honduras as a first domino with which to push back against the line of center-left and leftist governments that have won elections in Latin America in the past 15 years. With its American air base, Honduras is also crucial to the United States’ military strategy in Latin America."

Honduras says US personnel to help stem violence  1/19/2012 AP: "Honduran President Porfirio Lobo says the United States is sending people to help Honduras battle the violent crime that led to the withdrawal of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers this week. Lobo says the Americans will work on analyzing the problems. Lobo told the HRN radio network Thursday that "soon there will be U.S. personnel here ... and that will contribute to the tranquility of the Honduran people."

A State of Siege in Northern Honduras: Land, Palm Oil and Media  1/12/2012 Upside Down World 

Honduras: Garifuna Communities Take Legal Action Against Canada's 'Porn King'  1/11/2012 Intercontinental Cry: by OFRANEH - "The Porno King has received a huge amount of support from Mr. Ramón Lobo Soso, the brother of President Porfirio Lobo, which has allowed him to cut through any red tape and avoid the opposition mounted by Garífuna communities against the pressure upon them and dispossession of their lands. On June 21 of this year, Jorgenson received a ‘special award’ from Lobo during a ministerial cabinet session in Trujillo. The Canadian received financing from the Canadian Shield Fund, the controversial mining company Barrick Gold, and the company Canadian Oil and Gas, which provided funds to Life Vision Properties, the company under which the Porno King hides his name."

Honduras: Falleció la Madre de la Canción Tigarigu Nanigui  12/27/2011 Legado Afro: "Prensa ODECO – La organización de desarrollo étnico comunitario desde La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras, manifiesta su pesar por la desaparición física de la Señora Andrea Amaya Rochez (Doña Dade) y declara días de duelo en su honor."

Honduras: Asesinato de Guillermo Norales Herrera sigue en la Impunidad...  12/22/2011 Legado Afro: "Por tercera vez el tribunal de sentencia de la ceiba aplaza celebración de juicio oral y publico en caso del pescador garífuna Guillermo Norales herrera, asesinado por miembros de la fuerza naval el 24 de septiembre de 2008."

Garifuna Communities of Trujillo Take Legal Action Against Canadian Porn King OFRANEH: Garifuna Communities of Trujillo Take Legal Action Against Canadian Porn King  12/15/2011 Friendship Office of the Americas: "On Monday, December 13th, leaders from the communities of Cristales and Río Negro, part of the Municipality of Trujillo, accompanied by OFRANEH, presented a lawsuit to render null and void various fraudulent contracts for sales of community lands held by Canadian Randy Roy Jorgensen."

US Supported Honduras’ Ascent in the Cocaine Business Chain: Putting 2 & 2 & 2 Together  11/1/2011 Boiling Frogs: "Long an impoverished backwater in Central America, Honduras has become a main transit route for South American cocaine.”Honduras is the number one offload point for traffickers to take cocaine through Mexico to the U.S.,” said a U.S. law enforcement official who could not be quoted by name for security reasons. A U.S. State Department report released in March called Honduras “one of the primary landing points for South American cocaine.”

Drug Trafficking in Honduras (Crime Part III)  10/21/2011 La Gringa 

WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman  10/21/2011 The Nation: "New Wikileaks cables now reveal that the US embassy in Honduras—and therefore the State Department—has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé is a cocaine importer. US “drug war” funds and training, in other words, are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos…. Miguel Facussé’s power base lies in the lower Aguán Valley, where campesinos originally settled in the 1970s as part of an agrarian reform strategy by the Honduran government, which encouraged hundreds of successful campesino cooperatives and collectives in the region. Beginning in 1992, though, new neoliberal governments began promoting the transfer of their lands to wealthy elites, who were quick to take advantage of state support to intimidate and coerce campesinos into selling, and in some cases to acquire land through outright fraud. Facussé, the biggest beneficiary by far of these state policies, now claims at least 22,000 acres in the lower Aguán, at least one-fifth of the entire area, much of which he has planted in African palms for an expanding biofuel empire."

Post-2009 Coup, Honduras a 'Narco-Storehouse'  9/23/2011 In Sight: "With the state's focus fixed elsewhere and crucial support from the U.S. missing, criminal groups took advantage of the disorder. During Micheletti's brief time in office, up to 1,000 tons of cocaine may have traveled through Honduras by land, sea or air, according to analyst James Bosworth."

Revelan lazos de magnate hondureño con el narco  9/3/2011 Dick Emanuelsson: "Obviamente, si bien Facussé tiene varias preguntas incómodas que responder a partir del contenido de este cable, los Estados Unidos harían bien en explicar cómo, si durante más de ocho años han tenido acceso a esta información, nunca actuaron sobre ella."

DRUG PLANE BURNED ON PROMINENT HONDURAN'S PROPERTY  9/3/2011 Wikileaks: "Post's JIATF-S TAT provided information to the HAF March 14 about a known drug trafficking flight with a 1,000 kilo cocaine shipment from Colombia, which resulted in a fruitless air interdiction attempt. Separately, a law enforcement source provided information that the aircraft successfully landed March 14 on the private property of Miguel Facusse, a prominent Honduran, who is one of the nation's wealthiest individuals, leading industrialist, and uncle of former Honduran President Carlos Flores Facusse."

Honduras: killings continue as Aguán becomes "new Colombia"  8/30/2011 WW4 Report: "African oil palms have replaced bananas as the main commercial crop in the valley, and tensions increased as landowners like Facussé saw the potential for the palms in the biofuel business, which could attract carbon credits and international financing. To maintain their estates, the landowners have hired private guards and supplied them with arms. Campesino groups consider the guards paramilitaries and blame them for most of the 51 killings of campesinos that they say have taken place in the past two years. Meanwhile, narco traffickers and other criminals have reportedly moved into the area."

Honduras: Cumbre mundial de Afrodescendientes contra la exclusión  8/25/2011 La Guarura: "Del 18 al 21 de agosto se realizó la Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes en la ciudad de La Ceiba, que congregó a representantes de 44 países de América, África, Europa y Asia, junto a organizaciones españolas que participaron como afrohispanos y África activa. El cónclave fue convocado por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (Odeco), con sede en La Ceiba, bajo el auspicio de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)."

Are Foreign Criminal Gangs Driving Honduras Land Conflict?  8/24/2011 Honduras Weekly: "Drug traffickers are certainly a powerful presence in Colón, but other reports have tied them to palm oil plantation owners, rather than to the peasant movements. The state, located on the Caribbean coast close to Nicaragua, is a key transit location for trafficking groups moving drugs from South America towards Mexico and the United States. A statement released by representatives of the Catholic Church in Honduras said that drug traffickers are in the process of becoming big landowners in the region, and that they dominate Bajo Aguán, flaunting their wealth. Similarly, the palm oil landowners have themselves been accused of using foreign firepower, with allegations after a series of killings in November 2010 that Facusse had hired 150 Colombian paramilitaries to form a private army and attack the peasant movements. Land conflicts in other parts of Latin America, driven by the accumulation of land to grow monocrops such as palm oil, have tended to feature organized criminal groups on the side of big landowners, rather than on the side of the peasants. In the 1990s and 2000s Colombia saw mass displacements carried out by paramilitary groups, who would remove peasants from their land on behalf of big agribusinesses like palm oil."

World Summit Celebrates People of African Descent in the Americas  8/24/2011 US State Department: by Zakiya Carr Johnson. "Summit participants included civil society, government, and international organizations from more than 30 countries. I headed the Department of State's delegation. The U.S. delegation also included several staff from the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as officials from the U.S. Embassy in Honduras. Participants in the opening ceremony included President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, Vice-President Alfio Piva of Costa Rica, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in Honduras, central government ministers, the mayor of La Cieba, representatives of 34 international delegations, and the local community. President Lobo stressed, "Racial and ethnic discrimination in whatever type is intolerable…There is no exception."

More Narco airplanes land in Honduras  8/21/2011 Canal 10 

A propósito de la cumbre mundial afrodescendiente en Honduras  8/20/2011 Matriz del Sur: Por Pedro de la Hoz - "Pero sucede que tanto el lema como la agenda están viciados desde el mismo punto de partida. El reconocimiento de las contribuciones de la diáspora forzada de las poblaciones africanas tiene que pasar por la admisión de la deuda histórica contraída por las antiguas potencias coloniales con los esclavos y la consecuente reparación de los daños físicos y morales infligidos por la infamante trata. La valoración de las culturas originarias y las que nacieron de complejos procesos de transculturación y mestizaje deben trascender las márgenes espurias de la exhibición folclorizante y la explotación turística. Las políticas de inclusión, formalmente establecidas en algunos casos de la región, se contradicen y anulan en el contexto de las democracias representativas que no toman en cuenta la real participación ciudadana."

Honduras instala I Cumbre de Afrodescendientes  8/18/2011 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Más de 800 representantes de 40 naciones iniciaron el jueves en Honduras la Primera Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes para combatir el racismo y la discriminación y hacer prevalecer los derechos milenarios de ese grupo étnico. La cita fue inaugurada por el presidente Porfirio Lobo en la sede de la Universidad Nacional en La Ceiba, 450 km al norte de Tegucigalpa. En su discurso, el mandatario hondureño abogó para que la Cumbre, que definió como "un evento histórico, el primero de su tipo de la ONU" logre "importantes avances en las reivindicaciones de los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes".

Drug Trafficking: Central America’s Dark Shadow  8/17/2011 Honduras Weekly: "Drug-related corruption has thoroughly infiltrated Central American governments and business elites. Cartels have penetrated key state institutions throughout Central America, including the police, army, executive branches, and judicial systems."

Canada backs profits, not human rights, in Honduras  8/16/2011 Toronto Star: by Todd Gordon - "Canada is one of the largest foreign investor nations in the country, with over $600 million in investment, according to Ambassador Cameron Mackay. Canadian companies play leading roles in mining, maquilas and tourism, and are central actors in the recent announcement of plans for a tourism-focused model city, the first such city announced. When I was in Honduras in June, I spoke with activists organizing against Canadian companies in all these industries. They spoke of being displaced from their land, environmental destruction and exploitative working conditions. Some alleged they had received death threats for their opposition to Canadian company practices."

A drug trafficker's paradise  8/15/2011 Al Jazeera: "When cameraman Alfredo DeLara and I travelled to Colon, Honduras, we were surprised to see what this rural province has become. Everyone is armed: we saw drug dealers with AK-47s and revolvers in Toyota cars, farmers with submachine guns and gunmen in trenches within the perimeters of the palm oil plantations."

Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes  8/14/2011 Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes: "La Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes se realizara del 18 al 21 de agosto de 2011, y es convocada por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario, ODECO, que tiene su sede en la ciudad de La Ceiba, Honduras, Centroamérica."

Pueblos negros de Honduras Denuncian Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes por excluir comunidades  8/10/2011 Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular: "Lideres y lideresas de unas veinte organizaciones de los pueblos negros de Honduras rechazaron hoy que la “Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes” sea representativa de los pueblos negros, por excluir a representantes de las comunidades garífunas, al mismo tiempo que anuncian la celebración entre el 18 y 21 de agosto del Foro “Acaparamiento de tierras y territorios en África y América Latina”. Miriam Miralda, Coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) dijo que el Foro sobre “Acaparamiento de tierras y territorios en África y América Latina”, paralelo a la Cumbre Mundial, tiene la clara intención de darle la palabra a los excluidos del evento internacional organizado por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (ODECO), una ONG que recibe financiamiento estatal, y el gobierno de Porfirio Lobo Sosa."

¿Que hay detrás de la Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes de Honduras?  8/5/2011 Blog Fosforito: "Primero, específicamente sus dos o tres líderes visibles, buscan el beneficio personal y han vendido su alma al diablo. Segundo, el imperialismo norteamericano a través de USAID, la NED, Open Society y la derecha rancia europea, saben que 150 millones de afro en América Latina es un capital político importante para planes futuros de endeudamiento económico a través de la Banca internacional y sobre todo la desestabilización política hacia los avances progresistas en nuestros países. Tercero, la derecha hondureña intentará tapar sus crímenes con el golpe de estado apoyado por USA., Aquí en Colombia algunas veces los árboles lloran sangre y la Ceiba no escapa de esa mitología."

Honduras Catches First Narco-Sub  7/15/2011 In Sight: "Honduras' Navy intercepted a semi-submersible vessel, containing between three and five tons of cocaine, in the Caribbean Sea. The drug trafficking craft was spotted off the Mosquito Coast, close to the border with Nicaragua. The military gave chase, but the crew reportedly abandoned the semi-submersible and tried to sink it to destroy the evidence."

Honduras: Narco-trafficking threatens Plátano River Reserve  7/15/2011 InfoSur 

Primera Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes. La Ceiba, Honduras, 18 - 21 Agosto 2011 .  6/30/2011 Facebook 

InSight gets it wrong, again  6/17/2011 Quotha: "InSight, based (sadly) at my university (where I love working, but fear I am rapidly losing my shot at tenure), recently published a piece by Jose Luis Flores called Honduras Mass Grave Found, Amid Gang's Peace Offer, in which great weight is given to government claims that the mass grave recently found in La Lima is a Mara 18 burial ground for its victims. InSight further authoritatively states that this undermines Mara 18's attempts at negotiations with the police. Anything InSight publishes, as well as any claims by Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, should be viewed with deep suspicion, if not discarded out of hand as pro-neoliberal crime control propaganda. A large part, if not a majority, of so-called "street violence" in Honduras is perpetrated by the police force and military, which regularly orchestrate massacres that are then blamed on gang members (and in which the victims are posthumously blamed for their deaths for having been involved in gangs or drugs themselves, when this is more often than not patently false)."

Honduras Re-Admitted to the OAS: 3 killed; 2 kidnapped in the Aguan  6/16/2011 Honduras Human Rights: "There are reports that approximately 400 private security guards, employed by African palm producers in the region, are being trained in the Rio Claro base in Tocoa, Colon , home of the 15th Army Battalion. The security guards reportedly are from the Orion security company, employed by the Exportadora del Atlantico, and others are employed directly by the Dinant palm oil and derivatives company. The trainers wear Honduran military uniforms, and rarely leave the base though they have been reported to participate in forced, illegal evictions. During these evictions security guards have been reported to change into military uniforms; close collaboration between police, military and security guards has been reported. Local informants claim the trainer’s accents, stature and coloring lead people in the region to believe they are not Honduran. Many suspect they are Colombian. In October 2009, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the use of Mercenaries, Private Security and Paramilitaries reported the Honduran African palm producers were recruiting security forces in Colombia particularly among former AUC members – a right-wing paramilitary group. There have also been reports of Chinook helicopters flying to and from the Rio Claro base, which leads many to believe US troops maintain a presence on the base. On January 8, 2011, Juan Chinchilla, a Honduran land rights activist, was kidnapped and tortured. Able to escape the evening of January 9, while being moved from his illegal detention center, Chinchilla reported that participants in his torture spoke English and another language he was not able to identify." [Israeli?]

Miguel Facussé Blinks  6/11/2011 Honduras Culture and Politics: "His recent actions suggest he has reached the end of his rope. In short order, he has sued prominent critics; taken out self-promoting newspaper ads, including one in which he sought to unilaterally renegotiate the terms of a settlement with the Honduran government over disputed land in the Bajo Aguan; and continued his campaign of seeking police enforcement of judicial orders against campesinos living on land he refuses to cede."

Presentan textos sobre la misión médica cubana en Honduras  6/9/2011 Cuba Literaria: "El doctor Elis González Polanco, jefe de la Misión Médica en Honduras, destacó que Rojas Silva «se adentró tanto en la selva y en los campos de ese país, que se convirtió de pronto, en uno más de los miles de habitantes de esas alejadas y remotas zonas [rurales]». Por otra parte, el facultativo caribeño señaló que «en su labor de reportero audaz, incansable y creador, Rojas Silva ha penetrado, con gran sagacidad periodística y psicológica, en la mente y en el alma de los pueblos autóctonos hondureños, así como, en su lengua y en su identidad (nacional)»; aportes que nunca podrán ser relegados al olvido por los «ángeles guardianes de la salud» —según los calificara el líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana—, ni por los colegas de profesión del autor de esos valiosos testimonios."

Garifunas: su voz habla desde Cuba  6/7/2011 La Polilla Cubana: "Les invitamos a la presentación de los libros: El silencio de los Garífunas y La voz de los Garífunas, de la autoría del periodista Bienvenido Rojas Silva, que recoge sus experiencias como reportero, durante cuatro meses, en la República de Honduras, para dar a conocerlas incidencias relacionadas con la labor de los médicos cubanos en ese país centroamericano."

Investigación de consesión de ríos en Atlantida  5/29/2011 ISSUU 

Zelaya ya está en Honduras  5/28/2011 Cubadebate 

Negev Security, NED, the misuse of culture within the FNRP, & more  5/26/2011 Qotha: "NED was the organization that financed, organized, and sent the bulk of "observers" to legitimize the illegitimate and fraudulent 2009 elections — since the EU, UN, OAS and Carter Center had declared them illegal and thus prevented the legal possibility for the presence of international monitors."

Honduras en el laberinto  5/3/2011 ArgenPress: "El reciente encuentro del presidente de Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, del presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez Frías, y del continuador de la política golpista hondureña Porfirio Lobo, ha sido una decisión que todavía trata de ser interpretada en las filas de la Resistencia Hondureña y de los movimientos populares colombianos, pero también por quienes hacemos del latinoamericanismo y del internacionalismo nuestra particular manera de estar en este mundo."

Predators: Miguel Facussé Barjum, businessmen and landowner , Honduras  4/15/2011 Reporters without Borders: "A community radio station launched on 14 April 2010 in a fertile region coveted by the “oil palm magnate,” La Voz de Zacate Grande has been the constant target of physical attacks, censorship and persecution by private security guards in Facussé’s pay, with the police and army acting as accomplices. The same goes for the Afro-Honduran Radio Coco Dulce, a community radio station on the Atlantic coast. Ten journalists were murdered in Honduras in 2010. A probable or proven link to the victim’s work as a journalist exists in three of the ten cases. All are still unpunished."

Honduras: Policía golpea y detiene a la dirigente garífuna Miriam Miranda  3/28/2011 Comunicadores Charrúas: "Permanece golpeada en una celda policial en Tela, Atlántida. Se teme por su seguridad, debido a que desde el golpe de Estado los garífunas han sido objeto de serías violaciones a sus derechos humanos."

Honduras: La muerte de Satuye y la expulsión del pueblo garifuna del Banana Coast  3/16/2011 Comunicadores Charrúas: "Los barrios garífunas de Cristales y Río Negro en Trujillo han sido históricamente baluartes de nuestro pueblo. La conversión de Rio Negro a Banana Coast, emporio del rey del porno (el canadiense Randy Jurgenson) además de los hábitats funcionales de las comunidades de Santa Fe, San Antonio y Guadalupe, es una más de las acciones emprendidas para expulsar a los garífunas de Honduras o convertirnos en dóciles afrodescendientes involucrados en algunos casos como peones."

Drug Trafficking in La Ceiba, a Honduran Caribbean City  3/7/2011 CoLab Radio: "The core area of drug trafficking is indeed the Department of Colon and the Mosquito Coast area, east of La Ceiba. There, the landing of Colombian avionetas transporting cocaine is common, as are 4X4s and SUVs."

Military Coups are Good for Canadian Business, by Todd Gordon  3/1/2011 Quotha: by Todd Gordon - "And now Canada is about to sign an agreement with Honduras, whose citizens still live under the large and menacing shadow of the military coup against left-of-centre president, Manuel Zelaya. Concluding a trade agreement with Honduras is an important achievement for the Canadian state – payoff for the strong support it has given the Honduran coup forces centred among the country's political, military and economic leaders."

With Increased US Aid, Honduras Militarises Anti-Drug Fight  2/22/2011 Upside Down World: "Javier Aguirre, a young man from Juticalpa, told IPS that things there are tense. "The traffickers walk about freely, flaunting their weapons and their bodyguards, and there are places where you can't go after 8:00 at night, because they shoot you if they don't know you. "The problem is that there is complicity between the police and the 'narcos'. Leaders of the cartels can often be seen going into the police station to 'fix' things with the police, using drugs or money," he added. The stories coming out of Olancho are shocking. For example, after the frequent shootouts and killings, groups of heavily armed thugs often show up before the forensic experts can identify the bodies, to burn the corpses so they won't be recognised. But such incidents are rarely covered by the press. A journalist from that area who spoke to IPS under condition of anonymity said reporters there engaged in self-censorship because they would not be "the first killed for talking."

Honduras Human Rights Abuses Worse One Year After President Lobo Took Office  1/27/2011 Common Dreams 

Nombran jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas al general que capturó a Zelaya  1/26/2011 Aporrea: "bo, cumplió este jueves un año de gestión en medio de protestas contra su gobierno y nombró jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas al general René Osorio Canales, quien dirigió la captura y el destierro del mandatario constitucional Manuel Zelaya durante el golpe de Estado del 28 de junio de 2009."

Garinagu de Sambo Creek a la defensa del río Cuyamel  1/25/2011 Vimeo: "El Proyecto Hidroeléctrico la Ensenada, perteneciente a la familia Ponce, vinculada al ex ministro de Agricultura y Ganadería del gobierno de facto de Roberte Micheletti, recibió una licencia ambiental en tiempo récord (un mes y diez días) con la cual pretenden destruir el río Cuyamel, localizado en la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek."

Denunciation of Facussé and el Cardemal  1/15/2011 Quotha: "That in July 2009 we presented a formal complaint to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor requesting an investigation and determination of whether the ex-President, Carlos Roberto Flores Facusee and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez were responsible for Abuse of Authority and diversion of public funds, because, through an executive agreement in December 2001, the ex president authorized payment of 100 thousand lempira to the office of the cardinal monthly and permanently. This executive agreement was published in the newspaper La Gaceta and the Cardinal has publicly acknowledged that the money was received at least once by the archdiocese of Tegucigalpa."

Sus captores hablaban en inglés e idioma que Juan Chinchilla no reconoció  1/11/2011 Dick Emanuelsson: "Según la primera declaración de Chinchilla, los secuestradores eran guardias de Miguel Facussé, que incluso hablaban en inglés y en un idioma que no reconoció, posiblemente israelita que son expertos tanto en “consultoría de terrorismo estatal” como en ejecutar “acciones especiales” al servicio a los Poderes Facticos del mundo, pero siempre por un buen precio."

Interview with Juan Ramón Chinchilla, MUCA  1/11/2011 Quotha: [Israeli Mercs] - "On the afternoon of Sunday the 9th. They got me up and showed me a table with torture instruments on it. They began talking among themselves. They said, “What are we going to do first? Are we going to pull out a fingernail or burn him? Then they began to strike me in the face. They burnt my hair. They told me they were going to pour gasoline on my head and burn me. They beat me on the back with a club. There were several foreigners. Some spoke English and another spoke a language that I was not able to understand."

Pro-Coup Lobbyist Lanny Davis' Game Plan For Honduras  1/3/2011 NarcoNews: NarcoNews publisher Al Giordano is allergic to any discussion of the Israeli role in Honduras, this article does not discuss the fact that Davis is a Zionist neocon.

Organized Crime in Central America  12/14/2010 Wilson Center: "According to consultant James Bosworth, Honduras, like El Salvador and Guatemala, has experienced the effects of organized crime in Mexico, especially with respect to illicit trafficking. In recent years, the country has recorded one of the highest (if not the highest) homicide rates in the world, upwards of 60 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Honduras has also become one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. However, Bosworth said, what distinguishes Honduras from its Central American neighbors is the 2009 coup against President Manuel Zelaya. The coup facilitated the expansion of organized crime in the country and demonstrated to the international community the incompatibility of goals of democracy promotion and public security."

Selling Snow Birds on Honduras  12/14/2010 The Tyee: ""I'd like to tell everyone to come to Honduras and that it's a tranquil place and everything is beautiful, but you think I'd be successful with that message?" asked deposed tourism minister Ricardo Martínez, after showing footage of riots and repression in Tegucigalpa during a presentation to the Central American Travel Market. "Well, Central America is Central America," says Jorgensen, when asked about the safety of travelling and living in Honduras. He says Trujillo is a small town, and the "really bad guys" tend to stay away from the area."

“Tiene usted mucho trabajo Mr Green”  12/10/2010 Kenny Castillo: "En el mismo acto Porfirio Lobo dio un atisbo de lo que podría ser el primer logro de la nueva Secretaría; buscar la reforma del primer artículo de la Constitución para declarar a Honduras un país multicultural, toda una declaración de intenciones que indica la excelente química entre del Presidente y los pueblos afros e Indígenas." [Lobo era un narco.]

US ambasassor to Honduras knew coup against Zelaya was illegal but supported it anyway (Wikileaks Cable)  12/6/2010 Wayne Madsen Report: "On July 6, 2009, WMR reported on the involvement of the Obama administration and its ambassdor to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, a Bush holdover, in the coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. In the following cable, dated July 24, 2009, Llorens admitted that the coup that he supported was illegal and that the present president, Porfirio Lobo, should have been ineligible to serve as president for ten years:"

Honduras: Asesinados 640 jóvenes durante el régimen de Lobo  11/12/2010 Aporrea 

El silencio de los Garífunas  11/1/2010 Cubarte: "El autor de los fabulosos libros El silencio de los Garífunas y La Voz de los Garífunas estuvo a punto de morir por la mordida de una serpiente venenosa que, enroscada debajo de su asiento, viajaba en la endeble embarcación que llevaría a Bienvenido Rojas Silva al encuentro de la legendaria tribu de los garífunas en la isla Roatán, en Honduras, donde reportó la misión médica cubana que presta atención en ese intricado punto insular."

Honduras: Indigenous Peoples Ready to Mobilize Against Hydro Dams  10/29/2010 IntercontinentalCry: "Indigenous and Black Peoples from across Honduras have said they are ready to mobilize against 41 dam concessions which they say violate their rights, threaten the environment and endanger their communities. Representatives from several organizations and members of the Tulupanes, Pech, Miskito, Maya-Chortis, Lenca and Garifuna Peoples met from October 2-3, 2010 to discuss the current state of human rights and the environment in Honduras."

Narcotraficante Villela Meza, hermano de Armida de López contreras y cuñado de Federico Álvarez, será extraditado a EE.UU.  10/18/2010 Vos el Soberano: "Miguel Ángel Villela Meza es hermano de la lidereza de la fascista Unión Cívica Democrática UCD Armida Villela Meza de López Contreras, esposa del Canciller de la dictadura michelettista Carlos López Contreras. Así mismo, el capo de la droga y también traficante de armas, es cuñado del Supernumerario del OPUS DEI en Honduras, el costarricense Federico Álvarez, analista estrella del Diario La Tribuna."

Querían desviar el río Cuyamel en Corinto  9/21/2010 La Prensa, Honduras: "Lo que se buscaba en el lugar era sacar las aguas del río y desviarlas para que entraran a una propiedad y luego hacer un canal para volverlas al cauce natural. Los moradores del lugar enfatizaron que si se llega hacer un proyecto de tal naturaleza, es un hecho que en tiempos de lluvias podrían presentarse tragedias producto de desbordamientos."

La voz de los Garífunas  9/9/2010 Granma: "Para él, La voz de los Garífunas es un homenaje a todos los hombres y mujeres que se sacrificaron en aras de la libertad y la construcción de este pueblo hondureño, a quienes han sabido mantener viva su cultura, su lengua, religión, hábitos y costumbres y la esperanza de conseguir un mundo mejor"."

Honduras since the coup: Drug Traffickers’ Paradise  8/31/2010 CIP: "In his book El Narcotráfico en América Latina (English: Drug Trafficking in Latin America), Adalberto Santana indicates that in the seventies and eighties, during some of which time Honduras was under military rule, the Central American country became a US ally against communism in the isthmus. Santana states that the US tolerated drug trafficking that even the highest ranks of the military government were involved with. The author cites a report – “El Narcotráfico en Honduras 1982-1988” (English: Drug Trafficking in Honduras 1982-1988) – from the Honduras Data Centre, according to which drug trafficking there between 1982 and 1987 made revenue of 12 billion dollars."

Honduran Peasant Leader Assassinated  8/13/2010 Upside Down World 

Honduran women reject US military presence  7/16/2010 Prensa Latina: "Honduran women rejected the increased US military presence in the country and the installation of two new bases in the Caribbean Wednesday. “There are clear intentions by Washington to continue extending its operational range and to demonstrate from our territory its hegemony to wage a war that the peoples, do not want,” warned the Visitacion Padilla Movement of Women for Peace."

Washington Strikes out on Honduras  7/2/2010 Scoop: "President Obama’s Latin American policy scarcely differs from President Bush’s and his regional team has had few successes in rehabilitating Washington’s flawed image throughout the hemisphere."

Catholic Church Accused of Covering Up Pedophilia: Blame the Jews  6/5/2010 Huff Post: "That man is Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Meridiaga, who is the archbishop of Honduras. Cardinal Rodriguez who was in the running for Pope Benedict’s job and who remains a leading candidate to replace him, is an overt anti-Semite and is not ashamed of it. For years, he has been telling anyone who is willing to listen that “the Jews” are to blame for the scandal surrounding the sexual misconduct of priests toward young parishioners!"

Human Rights in Cuba and Honduras, 2010: The Spring of Discontent  5/19/2010 Cuba L Analysis 

Pretenden construir ocho represas en el litoral  5/7/2010 La Prensa: "Existe la preocupación ante el actuar de las autoridades ya que se presentó el 15 de diciembre de 2009 el proyecto La Ensenada en el río Cuyamel en Sambo Creek en la cordillera Nombre de Dios y ya le fue otorgada la licencia ambiental el 26 de enero de este año. El problema es que fue aprobada sin tomar en cuenta las observaciones hechas por los ambientalistas, no cuenta con una constancia de la fundación que co-maneja el área, ni del Instituto de Conservación Forestal, ICF, y los inventarios de fauna que presentaron son pobres y algunos no son válidos."

Out of the Past, a New Honduran Culture of Resistance  5/3/2010 NACLA 

Activist speaks on human rights violations  4/15/2010 Bay State Banner: "In 2007, Luther Castillo was part of a team of Cuban-educated doctors who opened a hospital in Ciriboya, a community of Garifuna — the descendants of Africans and Arawak and Carib Indians that live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Things went well for the first two years, as the hospital grew and treated 378,000 patients in the impoverished coastal area. Then, a day after the June 2009 right wing coup in which the country’s military ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, soldiers broke down the doors of Castillo’s hospital, stole medical supplies and intimidated doctors, most of whom left."

Honduran physician speaks here tonight  4/13/2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Luther Castillo, a Honduran physician now leading a large international health mission in Haiti, will speak tonight (April 13) at 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St."

Honduras: el peligro de informar la verdad  4/9/2010 PL: "Con cinco reporteros asesinados en el último mes, Honduras encabeza hoy la lista de países más peligrosos para el ejercicio del periodismo, sector fuertemente golpeado desde la ruptura del orden institucional en junio pasado. Las víctimas pertenecen a diferentes medios de prensa y a disímiles regiones del país y el único punto en común hasta ahora es que todos los crímenes permanecen impunes."

Disappearing the Truth in Honduras - "National Reconciliation" & the "Truth Commission" Provide Cover for Repression Aimed at Destroying the Demand for a New Constitution  4/9/2010 NarcoNews: "While the US and Canadian governments, corporate lobbyists in Washington and even WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America), a Washington based human rights NGO, assist the Honduran government in creating the illusion of “reconciliation,” death squads assassinate journalists, teachers and unionists."

Report condemns Honduras violence  3/9/2010 CNN: "An Organization of American States commission condemned Monday the slayings last month of three Honduran political activists opposed to a military-led coup that removed the elected president in June. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights also said it deplores the kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violations and illegal raids that the panel maintains other members of the political resistance have suffered since the June 29 coup."

III Congreso Mesoamericano de Areas Protegidas  3/8/2010 ODECO 

Clinton Seeks Better Honduras Ties in Central America  3/5/2010 Bloomberg: "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to Central America since the June coup in Honduras, announced the U.S. is restoring aid to the country and urged its neighbors to normalize ties following the election of a new president. The U.S. backs moves by President Porfirio Lobo “to promote national unity and strengthen democracy,” Clinton told reporters today in Guatemala City ahead of a meeting with five Central American and Caribbean leaders."

Honduras After the Coup: Fear and Defiance  3/4/2010 Inside Costa Rica: "I learned that a group of international volunteers were helping to rebuild a community radio station, so I took a bus north to spend a few days helping. There I met Alfredo Lopez, a leader of the Garifuna community along the north coast of Honduras. Alfredo was imprisoned for seven years on a false drug charge, because of his work in opposing developments of luxury vacation resorts that threaten to destroy communities and disperse the Garifuna people. Now, Lopez is back in his community, organizing a string of community radio stations that have a key role in informing and mobilizing the struggle against the well funded developers who covet their beautiful beaches."

Bicentenario Garifuna +13, Mes de la Herencia Africana en Honduras 2010  3/3/2010 ODECO 

Brasil en contra de pronta normalización de relaciones con Honduras  3/3/2010 Granma 

Thousands of Zelaya Supporters Renew Protests in Honduras  2/27/2010 Global Research: "Tegucigalpa -- Thousands of supporters of ousted Honduras president Manuel Zelaya took to the streets of the capital Thursday for the first time since President Porfirio Lobo took office last month, AFPreported. Lobo, who was elected in controversial polls held under the de facto regime, took power on January 27 and granted Zelaya safe passage to the Dominican Republic. Zelaya, a centrist who swung to the left while in office, had spent several months holed up in the Brazilian embassy after secretly returning to the Central American nation. Thursday's protesters called for reform of the constitution and denounced corruption and rights abuses since Zelaya was ousted last June. Some 10,000 people set off from the capital's main university but were blocked by soldiers from nearing the presidential palace and diverted to the parliament in the city center instead, according to organizers."

Sepultada Claudia Larisa Brizuela..  2/26/2010 ODECO: "El día ayer en horas de la tarde fueron sepultados los restos mortales de la sra. Claudia Larisa Brizuela, asesinada por desconocidos el pasado miércoles. La solidaridad y la indignación fue multitudinaria, la exigencia de justicia y la demanda de captura de él o los asesinos fue unánime por parte de los cientos amigos, amigas, dirigentes del movimiento popular y miembros de la Resistencia Nacional que hicieron acto de presencia acompañando a su Padre Compañero Pedro Antonio Brizuela. Queda pendiente la honesta, ágil y oportuna actuación de la Policia Nacional, así como de los órganos de justicia, para que el asesinato de Claudia, no sea otro caso mas que quede en la impunidad."

Photos of yesterday's massive march by Mario Ardón Mejía  2/26/2010 Quotha: "The first massive march to reject the continuation of the coup d'etat in Honduras. The golpistas are still in power. There is no one in the government who is not a golpista. Primera marcha multitudinaria para rechazar la continuidad del Golpe de Estado en Honduras. siguen los golpistas en el poder. No hay nadie en el gobierno que no sea golpista."

Congreso español rechaza reconocer de forma expresa las elecciones hondureñas  2/25/2010 El Libertador 

In Solidarity with Pedro Brizuela in Honduras  2/25/2010 NarcoNews: "Yesterday afternoon between two and three o’clock gunmen knocked on the door of the home of Claudia Larisa Brizuela in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. When she answered the door, they assassinated her on the spot. Claudia, 36, was a member of the civil resistance movement in Honduras, and the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, union organizer, political strategist, radio host, columnist and good friend and collaborator of Narco News."

ROHRABACHER CODEL  2/24/2010 Cablesearch.org: "Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) visited Honduras January 31-February 2 and called on Hondurans to "turn the page" on the political events of the summer. Congressman Rohrabacher commended the Honduran people for their commitment to democracy and said he would urge the U.S. government to re-instate revoked U.S. visas. Congressman Rohrabacher expressed concern that establishment of a "truth commission," as called for by the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, would have the effect of continuing to divide Hondurans. Congressman Rohrabacher, who was accompanied by several American businessmen and investors, endorsed US investment and particularly lauded the benefits of the development of biofuel industry in Honduras. He enthusiastically promoted a start-up biofuel company, SG Biofuels... In his conversation with President of Congress Juan Orlando Hernandez on February 1, Congressman Rohrabacher told Hernandez that he was an emissary of Honduras' friends in Congress, in particular member of Congress Ileana ROS-LEHTINEN."

Empresa Hidroeléctrica en Sambo Creek  2/22/2010 ODECO: "El día de ayer se celebró una importante reunión entre las Juntas Directivas de los Patronatos, las Juntas de Agua Sambo Creek y Corinto con los miembros de la Sociedad Hidroelétrica La Ensenada, con el propósito de establecer una aproximación sobre las eventuales consecuencias positivas y/o negativas derivadas de la posible implementación de un Proyecto Hidroeléctrico sobre los rios Cuyamel y Sambo Creek."

Pepe Lobo appoints his daughter as Central American Bank Honduras Director  2/21/2010 Quotha 

The Honduran Dam Controversy and Micheletti’s Legacy  2/20/2010 America's Quarterly: "Just before relinquishing power, Micheletti and the Congress rushed to approve a $160 million contract to operate and improve the José Cecilio del Valle Dam (better known as the Nacaome Dam). In January, the Honduran Congress sped through the process of granting the contract to a Honduran-Italian consortium. Then-President of the Congress, José Alfredo Saavedra, argued that Congress had recently fast-tracked laws, including the general amnesty passed in January, so the contract should not raise concerns. After the congressional vote, Roberto Micheletti signed the contract into law in his last cabinet meeting. Almost immediately after Micheletti left power and Congress changed hands, however, the contract came into question. Only days after President Porfirio Lobo took office, the new government placed a hold on the publication of the decree in the country’s official newspaper, La Gaceta. Two weeks later, however, it became clear that La Gaceta had published two versions for January 22, 2010, with the same issue number. One version contained 16 pages, with no mention of the dam contract; the other included an additional 16 pages covering the dam contract and the creation of a new government office of criminal investigation. To make matters worse, the office in charge of publishing La Gaceta, Empresa Nacional de Artes Gráficas (ENAG), apparently only published 20 copies of the second version, and then denied publishing them at all once these copies had disappeared."

Organismos de derechos humanos pide a Presidente Lobo revierta la violencia desatada contra Resistencia  2/18/2010 El Libertador 

Julio Funes Benítez, another resistance member assassinated  2/16/2010 Quotha: "Just hours ago on this Monday February 15th, our compañero in resistance JULIO FUNES BENITEZ, of the Union of Aquaduct and Sewage Workers SITRASANAA, was murdered. The assassins shot at him in a cowardly fashion from a taxi, near the Brisas del Norte colonia [neighborhood] of Comayagüela."

Colombia's Uribe Signs Security Pact with Honduras' Lobo  2/16/2010 Latin American Herald Tribune: "He added that both Honduras and Colombia are harmed by drug trafficking and terrorism, scourges that destroy “morality and ethics” while creating in society “an attitude of contempt for the law.”" [Uribe was cited in a DIA memo as a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar.]

Pepe Lobo, Imperialism and the Resistance - Consolidating the Coup in Honduras  2/5/2010 CounterPunch 

Investigan “rápida” aprobación de hidroeléctricas en La Ceiba  1/31/2010 El Pais, Honduras: These projects affect areas with strong Garifuna demographics.

The Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan attacked - Campesinos Seriously Wounded.  1/28/2010 Honduras Resists: "The La Voz de los de Abajo delegation received reports this afternoon from the CNTC and, via telephone, from a leader of the MUCA in Colon of the following urgent situation in communities affiliated to the CNTC. While Pepe Lobo, the new de-facto president, assumed office with pomp and ceremony; the real face of the “reconciliation” coming to Honduras on January 27th was revealed again as repression in northern Honduras left 3 campesinos seriously injured - one in critical condition. Edwin Diaz and Reynaldo Reyes were wounded in the leg and foot and Marco Antonio Estrada was shot in the face in the face when National Police and privately contracted paramilitaries came into the campesino community in Aguan and opened fire."

From Gun Boat Diplomacy to Smart Power in Honduras: The Preventive Coup  1/23/2010 CounterPunch: "We have watched "Good Neighbor" and "Gun Boat" morph into "Smart Power": combining force and diplomacy, and mobilizing U.S. "civil society" assets abroad. In Honduras, Obama borrowed from Teddy Roosevelt but added a word: "speak softly, 'prevaricate,' and carry a big stick.""

Presidente guatemalteco persuadirá a “Pepe” Lobo para que entregue a Zelaya el poder  1/21/2010 El Libertador: "Guatemala ha señalado que mantiene su posición de rechazo contra el régimen golpista de Honduras. El Gobierno guatemalteco podría reconocer a la nueva administración hondureña sólo si se restituye al presidente legítimo, Manuel Zelaya, y sea éste quien entregue el poder a Porfirio Lobo."

“Pepe” Lobo firmará salida del Presidente Zelaya de la embajada de Brasil  1/20/2010 El Libertador 

Rebuilding the Garifuna people's radio station  1/20/2010 Quotha: "In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 6th, the Garífuna community radio Faluma Bimetu (Sweet Coconut) - based in Triunfo de la Cruz - was burnt down by unknown armed individuals who proceeded to loot the station’s radio equipment. This is not the first time the radio has been attacked and its equipment stolen. In 2002, unknown persons stole the Faluma Bimetu transmitter and other key radio equipment. The Garífuna people are in resistance to a slow process of forced (and often times violent) assimilation into the dominant culture by proponents of the tourist industry and mass media; and subject to evictions by corrupt corporate monopolies. Triunfo de la Cruz, like other Garífuna communities in the Tela Bay area, has become a conflict zone since the invasion of venture capitalists, politicians, and foreign investors attempting to seize community land for the construction of mega–tourism projects."

Honduras: Why Do Garifuna Community Radios Burn?  1/13/2010 Upside Down World: Written by Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña.

Golpistas presionan por cuotas de poder a “Pepe” Lobo  1/13/2010 El Libertador: "La conocida organización golpista Unión Cívica Democrática (UCD), financiada por la CIA y USAID para consolidar el golpe de Estado contra el Presidente Zelaya, prácticamente está asestándole un golpe de Estado al presidente electo Pepe Lobo que está presionándolo para que les conceda secretarías de Estado y posiciones importantes en el próximo gobierno. Las caras visibles del golpe de Estado y miembros activos de la Unión Cívica son, entre otros: María Martha Díaz, Armida López y Luz Ernestina Mejía, ellas y otros gente de esta organización creada para impulsar las marchas de los “camisas blancas”, ahora aparecen oponiéndose a la amnistía que en todo caso ellas también recibirán, porque de lo contrario, tendrán que ir a la cárcel por su participación en el crimen constitucional."

Cuando el vicepresidente colombiano, en visita en Honduras, pedia a los paramilitares crear un “Bloque Paramilitar”  1/13/2010 Dick Emanuelsson 

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression expresses concern over the attack against a radio station in Honduras  1/10/2010 Media Newswire: "The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ ( IACHR ) Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression expresses concern over the attack against community radio station Faluma Bimetu ( Coco Dulce ), which belongs to the Garifuna community in the Triunfo de la Cruz area of Atlántida department, Honduras… According to the information obtained by the Office of the Special Rapporteur, sometime after 3:30 in the morning on Tuesday, January 6, a group of unknown individuals broke into the building from which radio station Faluma Bimetu ( Coco Dulce ) operates and removed equipment including the transmitter and two computers. They then set fire to the facility, though the fire only damaged part of the building thanks to the intervention of the neighbors. Since the June 2009 coup, radio Faluma Bimetu ( Coco Dulce ) has received several threats for its opposition to the coup and to several real estate developments in the region. For this reason, the radio station had informed the IACHR that it was at risk."

Massacre in Aguán  1/9/2010 Quotha: "I am getting calls from my own relatives who work among the campesinos right in the area, who are currently running through the mountains. I have known these persons for many years, and I trust them. I am being told there are armed platoons assassinating people in BLACK-OPS fashion, with armed commandos storming the area, shooting around and killing people, while the Army and Police remain in outside PRETENDING to be evicting the campesinos, which is only a cover for the REAL OPERATION GOING ON INSIDE against unarmed men, women, including pregnant women, and children. The scene being described to me reminds me of the siege of Waco, Texas. This is definitely MASS MURDER. Already a couple Army pick-up trucks have departed filled with the bodies of assassinated peasants. Women are being raped and killed in the Palm plantations. Lots of people are being detained and sent into the Army Camps. They are letting NO ONE go in and check the conditions."

Honduras: Un mar humano de hondureños en marcha contra la amnistía para generales y el aparato represivo del régimen de facto  1/8/2010 Dick Emanuelsson 

Honduran Military Leaders Face Arrests  1/7/2010 Global Research 

Left to Fend for Themselves - Killing Organizers in Honduras  1/6/2010 Cuba Now 

Left to Fend for Themselves - Killing Organizers in Honduras  1/5/2010 CounterPunch: "The bodies of slain activists are piling up in Honduras. While it's being kept quiet in most Honduran and international media, the rage is building among a dedicated network of friends spreading the word quickly with the tragic announcement of each compañero/a. Now that the world heard from mainstream news outlets such as the New York Times of a “clean and fair” election on Nov. 29 (orchestrated by the US-supported junta currently in power), the violence has increased even faster than feared. The specific targets of these killings have been those perceived as the biggest threats to the coup establishment. The bravest, and thus the most vulnerable: Members of the Popular Resistance against the coup. Their friends and family. People who provide the Resistance with food and shelter. Teachers, students, and ordinary citizens who simply recognize the fallacy of an un-elected regime taking over their country."

Starvation Predicted in Honduras  12/29/2009 Juventud Rebelde: "At least 100,000 Hondurans will suffer from starvation in the coming year due to drought and the food crisis, which has worsened due to the political instability resulting from the coup d’état six months ago, reported Prensa Latina. A delegation from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will arrive in the country in a few days to carry out a comprehensive study of the consequences of the El Niño climatic phenomenon."

Petróleo en Honduras fue causa del golpe de Estado: Zelaya  12/25/2009 CubaDebate 

Rights Abuses Persist  12/20/2009 Quotha: "Repression continues unabated following Honduras’ U.S.-recognized Nov. 29 elections, according to human rights groups and other observers on the ground in Honduras. A report, slated for release Dec. 17, by the Honduran Women’s Rights Center and other rights’ groups documented at least 235 separate human rights violations—the group had to stop counting—during the 10-day period immediately before and after election (Nov. 25-Dec. 5). Cited abuses included illegal searches of alleged resistance members’ homes, illegal detentions, police and military surveillance of resistance members, voter deterrence efforts in resistance-heavy neighborhoods, and five confirmed resistance-related deaths. Women’s Rights Center director Claudia Herrmannsdorfer said members also reported an increase in generalized militarization on the streets, with previously unseen equipment including armored Humvees with mounted Galil machine guns, the sights of which were actively following suspected resistance members as they made their way through the streets. After a 10-day visit to Honduras during the election period, Amnesty International issued a call on Dec. 3 for an independent investigation of human rights abuses in the country since the June 28 coup."

Noam Chomsky on Honduras at MIT  12/19/2009 Quotha: video

Declaraciones del dictador Micheletti son presagio de muerte anunciada contra miembros de la Resistencia  12/18/2009 El Libertador 

Asociaciones latinas piden Nobel para Micheletti  12/18/2009 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Las organizaciones agrupadas en la asociación America's Democracy Watch con sede en Miami, enviarán una solicitud a los organizadores del Premio Nobel de la Paz para que se nomine al presidente Roberto Micheletti, por su papel en defensa de la democracia y libertad de Honduras."

Declaraciones del Dr. Luther Castillo  12/18/2009 OFRANEH - YouTube 

Asesinan hija de periodista, y dictador acusa a la Resistencia del crimen  12/17/2009 El Libertador 

Honduras: Two Detained and Fear of Evictions by Coup Security Forces in Land Recuperations in Colon  12/17/2009 The Dominion: "Two active members of the Aguan Farmworkers Unification Movement (MUCA) were detained at approximately 11am yesterday, December 16th when they left a land recuperation in the department of Colon, in northeastern Honduras. Osman Alexis Ulloa Flores and Mario René Ayala were taken to the police station in Tocoa and remain in detention in the city. Local police authorities refused to comment via telephone on the arrest or charges. However, the local district attorney was able to confirm that the men have been charged with land usurpation, while resistance lawyers in the region confirmed that the accusing party is the Cressida Corporation owned by powerful businessman and landowner Miguel Facussé Barjum."

Nectali Rodezno amenazado  12/17/2009 Hibueras: "El día de ayer martes 15 de diciembre a eso de las 4:20 p.m. en el barrio la Hoya de Tegucigalpa, y cerca del puente La Isla, a tres cuadras de su bufete Jurídico, fue agredido con lesiones en la boca el Abogado NECTALI RODEZNO, Coordinador del Frente de Abogados contra el Golpe de Estado e inmediatamente al ser identificado como uno de los abogados de la resistencia amenazado de muerte con una pistola por parte del activista del Partido Nacional de Honduras y del Alcalde capitalino Ricardo Álvarez, de nombre PEDRO GOMES."

Organizaciones condenan asesinato de defensor de derechos humanos en Honduras  12/16/2009 El Libertador: "Organizaciones internacionales expresaron hoy su "más enérgica condena" por el asesinato del defensor de Derechos Humanos Walter Tróchez, la madrugada del lunes, mientras caminaba en el centro de Tegucigalpa."

Presidente Zelaya dice que el dictador Micheletti desvió dinero de ALBA para sus intenciones golpistas  12/16/2009 El Libertador: "El presidente Manuel Zelaya dijo hoy que el dictador Roberto Micheletti, ha hecho un mal manejo de más de 100 millones de dólares provenientes de Petrocaribe y de la Alianza Bolivariana de las Américas (ALBA), bloque del que ahora está excluyendo al país."

SOCIEDAD HIDROELÉCTRICA LA ENSENADA S.A. de C.V. PROYECTO HIDROELÉCTRICO LA ENSENADA LA CEIBA, DEPARTAMENTO DE ATLÁNTIDA, REPÚBLICA DE HONDURAS  12/15/2009 La Ensenada: "La Sociedad Hidroeléctrica La Ensenada S.A. de C.V. es la sociedad promotora del “Proyecto Hidroeléctrico La Ensenada”, el proyecto consiste e n generar energía eléctrica utilizando el agua del Río Cuyamel ubicado en la Jurisdicción de La Ceiba, Departamento de Atlántida, República de Honduras, mediante una central hidroeléctrica con u na capacidad instalada de 1,504 kW." [En la Jurisdicción de Sambo Creek.]

HONDURAS: “El señor que ganó las elecciones tendrá que lidiar con nosotros durante toda su gestión”: Vice canciller Beatrice Valle  12/11/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "Anexo sobre los recursos económico suministrados por NED, National Endowment for Democracy, que la vice canciller hondureña, Beatrice Valle acusa de ser un instigador en las elecciones hondureñas. "HAGAMOS DEMOCRACIA" en Honduras es financiada por la USAID, NED y otros organismos. En este anexo en donde se muestra los presupuestos durante seis años a HAGAMOS DEMOCRACIA, solo el organismo de NED ha pagado a Hagamos Democracia la suma de 565,000 dólares a la seccional en Nicaragua. Todo el mundo sabe la guerra que ha ejecutado la embajada de Estados Unidos en Managua contra el gobierno sandinista acusándolo de fraude. A su asistencia ha tenido un bloque de llamados ONGs que casualmente son casi todos financiados en gran parte por organismos como NED o USAID."

Micheletti reclutó en Miami a observadores vinculados a la CIA  12/10/2009 TR-Honduras: por Jean Guy Allard - "Revelaciones” de la prensa mafiosa de Miami confirman que a su lista de supuestos observadores reclutados en los círculos de extrema derecha de Estados Unidos y de América Latina - se aparecieron el traidor cubano Huber Matos, jefe de la organización Cuba Independiente y Democrática (CID). Orlando Gutiérrez, capo del Directorio Democrático Cubano (DDC), Sylvia Iriondo, gerente de la organización MAR por Cuba. Los tres tienen lazos documentados con la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA) y se han vinculado a organizaciones terroristas generadas por este mismo órgano del gobierno norteamericano."

Presidente Zelaya llamó a Resistencia Popular a transformarse en tribuna política por la reinvindicación de derechos  12/9/2009 El Libertador 

Honduran Youth under Attack  12/8/2009 Media Coop: "The five men killed were Isaac Enrique Coello Soto, 24, Roger Andrés Reyes Aguilar, 22, Kenneth José Rosa, 23, Gabriel Parrales Zelaya, 34, and Marcos Vinicio Matute Escobar, 39. The massacre was carried out by masked men who stepped out of an unmarked Nissan and opened fire in the Villanueva neighbourhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa. Locals claim the gunman were wearing military uniforms. Honduran media reported yesterday that the massacre was carried out by police. Neither the police nor the military have admitted that they were responsible for the killings. One woman survived the massacre and is now in hiding."

Sicarios asesinan a funcionario antinarcórticos del Ministerio Público  12/8/2009 El Libertador: "En horas de la mañana, dos desconocidos asesinaron al jefe de la Direccion de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico (DLCN) Julián Arístides González, cuando este venia de dejar a sus hijos de un colegio bilingue en las afueras de la ciudad, sin que hasta el momento la policía de investigación y la preventiva no hayan dado con los responsables del asesinato del general retirado."

Electoral Fraud Proved in Honduras: More than 50 Percent Did Not Vote  12/7/2009 NarcoNews: "While most international news organizations took obedient dictation of the Honduras coup regime's claims of more than 62 percent voter participation in the November 29 "elections," authentic journalist Jesse Freeston did what real reporters are supposed to do: He went directly to the source, asked questions, took notes, and videotaped the evidence. Freeston today publishes this bombshell report, above, on The Real News that documents definitively that Honduras electoral officials knowingly lied about their claims of more than 60 percent voter turnout. The hard results in possession of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE, in its Spanish initials) demonstrate only 49.2 percent turnout: That means that a majority - more than 50 percent - of Honduran citizens abstained in the "elections" that the National Front Against the Coup d'Etat had called unfair, unfree and placed under boycott."

Escuadrones de la muerte asesinan a miembros de la Resistencia en Tegucigalpa  12/7/2009 El Libertador 

Honduran elections exposed  12/7/2009 Honduras Resists!: video

Honduras "Election" Failed to Stop the Resistance  12/4/2009 NarcoNews 

Independent investigation needed into Honduras human rights abuses  12/3/2009 Amnesty International 

Porfirio Lobo es protegido por el Mossad israelí  12/1/2009 Aporrea: "De acuerdo con varias investigaciones, se ha comprobado la asesoría israelí en Perú y Colombia para fortalecer la actividad exterior de los servicios de inteligencia de Perú y Colombia, sobre todo en el campo del espionaje técnico (Techint), basado en el empleo de medios sofisticados de intercepción y escuchas telefónicas y vigilancia satelital. Una de las principales compañías israelíes es Global CST, dirigidas por Israel Ziv, e integrada por ex militares israelíes de alta jerarquía en el Mossad y el Tzahal, quien opera en Colombia brindando asesoría al ejército colombiano y al DAS colombiano. La participación de Global CST en los planes desestabilizadores contra Venezuela ha sido reportada en varias ocasiones, complementando la actividad injerencista de Israel por parte de la actividad contrarrevolucionaria de la Fraternidad Hebrea y de su jefe Sammy Eppel."

Lobo ahead in Honduran election, early results show  11/30/2009 CNN 

Memo: Honduras State Employees Forced to Attend Santos Campaign Rally  11/29/2009 NarcoNews: "In the letter, addressed to all department heads of the office of Civil Service, general director Marco Tulio Flores wrote, “I instruct all employees that are fulfilling their duties, without any exception, to attend the closing campaign of the Liberal Party that will take place Sunday November 22 at 9:30am. In a booth at the entrance to the coliseum Xiomara Orellana will take attendance of all personnel of this institution.”

Israel to recognize elections in Honduras  11/29/2009 RIA Novosti: "Israel became the fifth country to officially announce that it would recognize the results of Sunday's elections in Honduras, the Honduran TV has said. Many countries and international bodies have warned they would not recognize election results if the Honduran polls are held under Roberto Micheletti's presidency."

VIDEO: Amenazas de arresto y bombas en Tegucigalpa  11/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "La señora NORA ALMENDARES vive en la populosa Colonia Kennedy en Tegucigalpa. Supo que había llegado a la colonia el famoso periodista Jorge Ramos del canal Univisión. Lo quería ver en persona y a él le dio por entrevistarla. Relataba al periodista que le habían ofrecido dinero para ir a votar, informaciones dadas a este reportero de varias personas que tiene su local de votar en otros departamentos y les ofrecen pasajes y mil lempiras, aproximadamente 53 dólares, para dar su voto y así aumentar los votantes y dar más credibilidad unas elecciones no reconocidas por la comunidad internacional, menos de Estados Unidos, Israel, Taiwán, Panamá, Perú y probablemente por el régimen de Álvaro Uribe de Bogota."

Honduras: el estafador Adolfo Franco entre los “observadores” golpistas  11/28/2009 Honduras en Lucha: por Jean Guy Allard - "El estafador Adolfo Franco, que utilizó su puesto en la USAID para regar sus amistades de la Miami mafiosa con millones de dólares, se encuentra entre los ex funcionarios norteamericanos vinculados a los Bush, que viajarán a Honduras como observadores de las elecciones del domingo, anunció la fundación ultra derechista Heritage citada por la prensa golpista."

Honduras to Have “Free and Fair” Elections with Disrespect for Human Rights  11/27/2009 NarcoNews 

Honduras warning for Latin America  11/27/2009 Guardian: "The military coup that overthrew elected president Manual Zelaya and seized power in Honduras in June is now seeking to legitimise its illegal government through the international recognition of elections on 29 November. Such recognition would give a green light to opponents of democracy throughout the continent that military coups will be tolerated. Free and fair elections on November 29 are impossible. Human rights, freedom of assembly and of the press have all been under attack in Honduras. Repression under the coup regime has seen at least 20 people killed, more than 600 people injured and 3,500 people detained."

Costa Rica: Honduras vote must be backed if fair  11/27/2009 AP: "Costa Rica promised Friday to restore ties with Honduras if its presidential elections are clean, joining other nations in rejecting ousted President Manuel Zelaya's insistence that recognizing the vote would legitimize a June coup. The front-runner in Sunday's elections, Porfirio Lobo, welcomed the decision by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, saying in an interview with The Associated Press that he expected other Latin American countries gradually to follow suit."

HONDURANS IN WASHINGTON, DC TO PROTEST CONTROVERSIAL ELECTIONS IN HONDURAS  11/27/2009 Quotha 

Honduras vote to sideline president, enshrine coup  11/25/2009 AP 

Alerta N.4: Dictadura militar se arma de máquinas de muerte y pertrechos y declara la guerra al Frente de la Resistencia pacífica  11/24/2009 Defensores en linea: "En comunicación girada el 9 de noviembre de 2009, por la Secretaría de Finanzas del régimen de facto a las autoridades de la Aduana de Puerto Cortés, se ordena el ingreso libre de impuestos de un camión blindado para control de disturbios callejeros, basado en un camión Ford modelo F750, motor Cummis diesel con transmisión de 6 velocidades, con todos sus accesorios, a un costo de $ 11,990.000.00 (Once millones 990 mil dólares) procedente de Estados Unidos de América, mediante intermediación de la empresa representaciones, Comercio e Inversiones S. de R.L. de C.V. y consignado a la Secretaría de Seguridad. La maquinaria de muerte está equipada con una torreta de cañón de agua con presión de 300 libras y 150 galones por minuto, 4 cámaras blindadas de seguridad con una visión de 360 grados, operadas desde una estación de video-grabación dentro del camión…. Por otra parte el Secretario General de Finanzas, Rafael Antonio Trejo envío una nota a las autoridades de la aduna La Mesa de San Pedro Sula para que se autorizara el ingreso en dispensa oficial, de 10 mil granadas de mano lacrimógenas valoradas en 12,800,000.00 (doce millones 800 mil lempiras) y 5 mil proyectiles de 37 mm de gas lacrimógeno con valor de 4, 950,000.00 (Cuatro millones 950 mil lempiras) para un valor total de 17 millones 750 mil lempiras, detallado en el pedido número 003534. El despilfarro millonario utilizado en la compra de pertrechos y unidades de combate urbano, aunado a las comunicaciones giradas a los alcaldes y alcaldesas para que identifiquen a miembros de la Resistencia contra el Golpe de Estado, más la orden de despejar las salas de los centros hospitalarios del país, reafirma la visión de que nos enfrentamos a terribles presagios en vísperas del desarrollo del acto espurio que se llevará a cabo el 29 de noviembre."

“Vamos a crear un poder popular paralelo después de las elecciones”: Berta Flores Cáceres  11/24/2009 Dick Emanuelsson 

Honduran Leader Says He’ll Briefly Step Down  11/20/2009 NYT: "In announcing that he would hand over power to his cabinet ministers for a week beginning on Nov. 25, Mr. Micheletti made it clear that he had no plans to cede power to Mr. Zelaya, who was ousted from the presidency on June 28 in what much of the world has branded a coup. “God bless Honduras,” said Mr. Micheletti, portraying the temporary ceding of power as a move to reconcile the divided country."

Urgent: Assault on Garifuna Communal Lands  11/18/2009 Quotha: "From the Garifuna community of Triunfo de la Cruz we have received word that relatives of a member of the National Congress [Diputado Antonio Fuentes] plans to seize communal lands. Once again it is shown that the continual threats against and repression of Garifuna peoples stems from the voracious appetite for land and for the malignant racist spirit that drives coup-supporting legislators who claim to defend fossilized principles of the Constitution of the Republic. We demand a stop to the assault on the existence and historical dignity of the Garifuna peoples and first nations of Honduras. We demand respect for Mother Earth who today is trampled on by multinationals and the oligarchy."

Honduran Congress to vote on Zelaya fate after pol  11/17/2009 Reuters 

Trumka: Free Elections Not Possible Now in Honduras  11/16/2009 AFL CIO 

S.C. Senator Jim DeMint forces U.S. change on Honduras stance on elections  11/15/2009 The State, SC: "Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican known for his efforts to block influence domestic immigration and health-care issues, has scored a foreign-policy coup by helping to compel the Obama administration to shift its stance on strife-ridden Honduras. After demanding for months that deposed Honduran President Mel Zelaya be restored to power, senior State Department officials now say they'll accept the outcome of Nov. 29 elections in the Central American country even if Zelaya doesn't reclaim his post… While the U.S. government froze aid and took other punitive steps, DeMint held up two State Department nominations all summer and into the fall. Christopher Sabatini, policy director at the Council of Americas, a New York-based organization of international businesses, said DeMint has had a major impact on the Obama administration's evolving response to the Honduran strife. "DeMint's role has been disproportionate to his interest in Latin America," Sabatini said. "He chose to take a stand on this, and he plunged headlong into it. He drew a line in the sand." ...Once ensconced in the Brazilian Embassy, the deposed Zelaya said "Israeli mercenaries" were trying to kill him with poison gas and described broad conspiracies behind his ouster. He later apologized for the claim about Israel." [Zelaya did not apologize for those claims, which happen to be true.]

Iglesia Católica Francesa suspende premiación al Cardenal Rodríguez por golpista  11/15/2009 El Libertador 

Romeo Vasquez Commands Bloody Operations: CODEH  11/14/2009 Quotha 

US Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Three-Day Fact-Finding Mission in Honduras Confirms Widespread Human Rights Abuses  11/13/2009 NarcoNews: "Despite the US State Department’s stance for a ‘Honduran Solution,’ some Republican US Senators and House members have openly intervened and strongly supported the de facto government, not recognized by any nation in the world. US Rep. Jan. Schakowsky (D-Illinois), is the first congressperson to visit Honduras since the June 28 coup that did not come in prefabricated support of the de facto regime. She was invited by Bertha Oliva, Coordinator of COFADEH, a human rights organization that has been documenting abuses for the past 27 years. COFADEH has documented more than 3,000 illegal detentions since the coup and over 21 murders in a report published Oct. 22. During her recent mission in Washington, Oliva invited Schakowsky to witness firsthand the Honduran reality of police brutality that is not making the headlines."

Presidente de CODEH denuncia posible masacre durante las elecciones de Noviembre  11/12/2009 El Libertador: "La denuncia expresa que el día 29 de Noviembre, fecha en la que se celebraran las elecciones generales, el ejército procederá a efectuar una operación militar de asesinato en masa en contra de miembros de la Unión Cívica Democrática, con el fin de provocar repulsión violenta en Honduras y pérdida de apoyo al Frente Nacional de Resistencia Contra el Golpe de Estado a nivel internacional. Según Pavón, fuentes militares fidedignas le han hecho llegar de forma confidencial la información correspondiente a la operación, tras señalarle que el mismo “es dirigido por fuerzas oscuras dentro de las facciones golpistas que se niegan a aceptar instancia alguna, en la cual tengan que dar explicaciones y enfrentar las consecuencias de la ruptura del orden constitucional y la vigencia de las protecciones legales a los derechos humanos en el país”.

240+ Latin America Experts Pressure Obama on Honduras  11/12/2009 Quotha 

Honduras' attorney general escapes unharmed after gunmen open fire on his convoy  11/8/2009 AP: "Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubi was riding on a northern highway when assailants opened fire Saturday night. Cerrato said no one was hurt. One car was damaged. He did not give a motive for the attack or say whether it was related to Honduras' four-month political crisis. But he speculated the attack could be an attempt to "provoke unease in the country." After the June coup, it was Rubi who filed criminal charges against ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Honduras is also home to violent, well-armed street gangs."

Italia: jefe de los 23 agentes CIA condenados “traficó” en Honduras, con la red de Posada  11/7/2009 Habla Honduras: "“Bob” Seldon Lady, el ex jefe de la estación de la CIA en Milán, quien dirigía a los 23 agentes de la CIA condenados en Italia por secuestrar, torturar y luego ‘desaparecer’ al clérigo musulmán Abu Omar en la ciudad italiana de Milán en el 2003 era un elemento clave de la red que desde Honduras y El Salvador, con John Negroponte, Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía y Luis Posada Carriles traficó armas contra cocaina a favor de la Contra nicaraguense, cuando se encontraba en América Central en los años 80."

Zelaya: US-brokered pact for Honduran crisis fails  11/6/2009 AP 

National Resistance Against the Coup d’Etat Announces Boycott of November 29 Honduras Elections  11/6/2009 NarcoNews: "So we resolve: 1.If today, Thursday, November 5, no later than midnight President Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales is not reinstated to his position, the National Resistance Front against the Coup d’Etat will not recognize the electoral process and its results. 2.We alert all the organizations in the resistance on a national level so that in case President Zelaya is not reinstated in the established period to be ready to execute the actions of negating the farse elections."

As Honduran Deal Failed, Split Behind Crisis Grew  11/6/2009 NYT 

And the Winner in Honduras is ... the United States?  11/5/2009 CounterPunch 

Honduras: the popular resistance is close to victory  11/5/2009 Voltaire Net: "While the Honduran people were not seen as being particularly politicized, and US experts had not anticipated a lasting reaction against the coup, the direct opposite has taken place. The population has suddenly arisen, joining activist organisations in a united stance against the putchists. According to Arnold August, this phenomenon is evocative of the popular movements that rattled other states in the region in recent years bringing, without exception, revolutionary leaders to power. In his view, and barring an event that could thwart the mobilization, the retreat of the Honduran putchists is inexorable. But, in any event, US interventionism is once again backfiring against Washington."

CEPR Press Release: Berta Oliva says it's too late to hold elections  11/5/2009 Quotha: "Bertha Oliva, the head of Honduras' most well-known and respected human rights organization, called on the Obama administration to denounce the "grave human right violations" in Honduras. "How can it be that the United States government is silent while Hondurans are subjected to arbitrary arrest, the closure of independent media, police beatings, torture and even killings by security forces?" asked Oliva. Oliva is the General Coordinator of COFADEH, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained in Honduras. She is currently in Washington, D.C., to brief Members of Congress, their staff, and other policy makers on the situation in Honduras."

Honduras: la Corte Suprema limpia el general Vásquez de su pasado criminal  11/5/2009 Tercera Informacion: "El general golpista Romeo Vásquez, ha logrado limpiarse jurídicamente de su pasado criminal con la complicidad de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que dictaminó el "sobreseimiento definitivo por falta de pruebas" de los expedientes del actual jefe de las fuerzas armadas, de su primo Marvin y de doce otros socios implicados en el trafico de carros robados, que se les mantenía congelados desde 1993. Lo confirmó el diario golpista La Prensa de San Pedro Sula que entierró recientemente, en un par de párrafos, el caso Vásquez al final de un texto donde se anunció que su cómplice Wilfredo Leva Cabrera, un ex coronel narcotraficante del ejercito, tendrá que cumplir 85 años de prisón."

Ros-Lehtinen, máxima representante del lobby israelí contra un informe de la ONU  11/5/2009 Honduras en Resistencia: "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la politiquera yanqui de origen cubano que salió a defender el dictador hondureño Roberto Micheletti y que se hizo una carrera denigrando a Cuba, se convirtió en máxima representante del lobby israeli en el Congreso al obtener la condena del Informe Goldstone presentado en la ONU que reconoce el carácter genocida de de los crímenes de Israel."

Dr. Luther Castillo, voice of the voiceless in Honduras, gets rousing reception in San Francisco  11/3/2009 SF Bay View 

The imperial mandate arrives in Honduras  11/1/2009 Machetera: "But Zelaya is far from being the only actor in this drama: How may the heroic militants who risked their lives and their physical integrity to defend their legitimate government react, especially once the possibility of calling a popular referendum to reform the constitution has also been completely ruled out? There are many dead and wounded, much imprisonment and humiliation along the way. Will these men and women who won the streets in Honduras accept the forgetting of so many crimes and the pardon of their victimizers? Also, the one lesson taken by the efforts of the people and social movements over the past four months of resistance is that if they organize themselves and mobilize their influence in the political juncture they can be decisive, much more than they realized before. The crisis taught them, brutally, that they can stop being history’s objects and turn themselves into its protagonists."

Al Jazeera: Honduras deal thrown into doubt  10/31/2009 Quotha: "A deal to end the political standoff in Honduras has been thrown into doubt after a negotiator for the de facto government suggested that Manuel Zelaya, the ousted president, will not be returned to power. The comments by Arturo Corrales prompted confusion on Saturday as it had been thought Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti, Honduras's de facto leader, had reached a deal."

Reports of a Deal in Honduras Are Premature  10/30/2009 NarcoNews: "But Micheletti’s claim that a Congressional vote to restore Zelaya would require Supreme Court authorization is a flat out lie, according to a source with Zelaya inside his Brazilian Embassy refuge in Tegucigalpa: “That is what the golpistas have put out, but that is NOT the accord… The Supreme Court gives its non-binding opinion to the Congress, but the key is that all of this takes time, time that the golpistas want to keep taking.”

From Guantanamo to Honduras: Psychological Wars Then and Now  10/29/2009 Pulse Media: "Following orders by coup government officials, the army has been frequently directing harsh noises at the embassy occupants. The most recent example took place early in the morning of October 21, when the broadcast included military anthems, rock music, and animal noises (pig grunts, in an apparent attempt to add insult to injury) at an excessive volume, and on a constant loop from around 1:30 am to 7 am. This was the latest in a series of increasingly dramatic acts of harassment against embassy occupants, including flashing blinding lights at the windows during the night, designed to cause sleep deprivation. Little has been mentioned in the international press of these sonic and visual assaults on the embassy which began upon the President’s return. Sources from inside the embassy confirm that the harassment has been almost constant."

The Electoral Theater of the Military-Political Coup, by Juan Almendáres  10/29/2009 Quotha 

El agente Micheletti  10/29/2009 Rebelion: de Jean Guy Allard

Scary armed forces developments  10/29/2009 Quotha: "These letters have been sent to all the mayors in Honduras from the armed forces, asking them to serve as spies for the regime. The police and armed forces have also warned that anyone promoting a boycott of the elections will be considered a terrorist."

De facto Honduran president's nephew killed  10/27/2009 Xinhua: "Micheletti's nephew was found in the Choloma municipality in the Cortes department (province) together with another dead male, who has not been identified yet."

Honduras leader's nephew killed  10/27/2009 BBC 

Colonel and Micheletti's nephew assassinated in separate incidents  10/26/2009 Quotha 

Habla Honduras interview on Tuky Bendaña, in translation  10/25/2009 Quotha: "Golpistas have a useless memory, one that they operate by means of a logical process that seems to have been trained at the same spots where hens go to pee."

Crece rechazo en Honduras a elecciones bajo dictadura  10/25/2009 El Libertador: "El rechazo de vastos sectores de la sociedad hondureña a la celebración de las elecciones bajo la dictadura cívico-militar, continúa hoy expandiéndose y los candidatos anti golpistas anunciaron su retiro del proceso. Los opositores al golpe de Estado acordaron desconocer los comicios si no es restablecido el orden constitucional y el presidente electo por el pueblo, Manuel Zelaya y señalaron que no es posible participar en unas elecciones bajo la dictadura militar, de igual forma coincidieron los aspirantes presidenciales Carlos H. Reyes, independiente, y César Ham, del Partido Unificación Democrática (UD)."

Centro Carter: No observaremos elecciones sin restitución  10/25/2009 El Libertador 

Golpistas Set Sights on El Libertador Director After One of His Journalists is Kidnapped and Burned with Cigarettes  10/25/2009 NarcoNews 

The Impact of Dictatorship on Tourism  10/23/2009 Quotha: "Ricardo Martinez, minister of tourism under Zelaya, said tourist arrivals had fallen by 70%. Tourism is the country’s biggest earner, employing 155,000 people and an important sector for 7,000 small businesses. Much-needed investment in infrastructure, such as a new airport at Copan and a new highway link to El Salvador, has been withdrawn. “The Economic Commission for Latin America estimates we will take around 10 years to recover from the damage,” Martinez told delegates."

Honduran President Mel Zelaya Retains Public Support  10/23/2009 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner 

OEA no reconocerá elecciones generales de noviembre si no se restituye a Presidente Zelaya  10/23/2009 El Libertador 

Next: A Popular Referendum for a New Honduras Constitution?  10/23/2009 NarcoNews 

CONDEMNATION OF THE ACTS OF INTIMIDATION AGAINST THE EMBASSY OF BRAZIL IN HONDURAS  10/22/2009 Honduras Embassy, Washington 

Leva Cabrera Libre: Romeo Vásquez  10/21/2009 Habla Honduras!: "El Golpista Romeo Vásquez ha ordenado al gobierno de facto de Roberto Goriletti, por medio de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, que ponga en libertad a varios reclusos amigos suyos que tendrían que purgar penas perpetúas en cárceles de Honduras… En febrero de 1993 la Dirección Nacional de Investigación (DNI) capturó a Leva Cabrera y a Romeo Vásquez Valásquez por dirigir la “Banda de los Trece” y bajo los cargos de robo de automóviles en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. A la semana de ser capturados por los agentes de investigación, Vásquez Velásquez salió libre de la Penitenciaría Nacional. En tanto, Leva Cabrera se escapó de la cárcel. El huyó a El Salvador y más tarde a Nicaragua. En 1999, efectivos de la policía de ese país lo detuvieron en un hotel de Granada, Nicaragua, cuando participaba en una reunión familiar. Más tarde, autoridades de ese país lo extraditaron a Honduras… Los juzgados hondureños lo condenaron a 80 años de prisión por una serie delitos, entre los cuales destacan, robo de carros, tráficos de armas, narcotráfico y falsificación de documentos."

Asesinatos en serie de dirigentes de la Resistencia provocan profunda indignacion  10/20/2009 Honduras Solidarity 

Policía Asesina Profesor!  10/20/2009 Habla Honduras!: "Ayer, ultimo día de suspensión de derechos, en Macuelizo, Departamento de Santa Bárbara, cuando se conducía de su casa de habitación a su escuela, fue acribillado a balazos por un policía del destacamento local, el Prof. EUCEBIO FERNÁNDEZ SUAREZ, dirigente local del COLPROSUMAH, quien pertenecía a la Resistencia Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado. Los transeúntes escucharon al asesino policía gritarle al profesor ‘ESTA ES TU RESISTENCIA, HIJO DE PUTAAAA!’"

Zelaya Backers Vow More Protests on Acting Government  10/19/2009 Bloomberg: "Protests seeking Zelaya’s return to office have been undercut by the acting government’s suspension of constitutional rights and closings of two media outlets since Zelaya’s unexpected Sept. 21 return from exile, Barahona said. One of the media outlets, Radio Globo, returned to air today. The acting government should restore rights and stop blocking prosecutors’ investigations of alleged human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said in an Oct. 16 report. The report alleged killings, excessive use of force by authorities and “illegal and arbitrary detentions.”

Un testigo y filmación clave en la investigación contra el asesino del líder sindicalista Jairo Sánchez  10/18/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "José Antonio Yánez, amigo a Jairo Sánchez filmaba los suecos cuando los policías asesinaron a Jairo Sánchez, presidente nacional del sindicato SITRAINFOP, en la mañana el 23 de septiembre de 2009 en Tegucigalpa. Su testimonio y video puede ser clave en la investigación contra los policías que llegaron esa mañana cuando el dirigente popular organizaba la Resistencia en su barrio, la Colonia La Quesada en Tegucigalpa. Sin medir una palabra bajaron dos policías y en una distancia de 30 metros dispararon con sus fusiles FAL, fabricación belga, a quemarropa a Jairo Sánchez."

Deal may return Zelaya  10/15/2009 The Age, Australia: "Honduran negotiators have reached agreement on ending a political crisis triggered by President Manuel Zelaya's ouster in a June coup. ''We have agreed in a document on point No. 6, which relates to the restitution of the powers of state to where they were before June 28, 2009,'' Mr Zelaya's representative said."

Ros-Lehtinen invites golpistas to U.S. Congress  10/14/2009 Quotha 

Entrevista a Agustina Flores: "No me callan los barrotes la prisión no ha disminuido mi ideología"  10/13/2009 ANMCLA 

Headstrong Honduran ruler resists world pressure  10/12/2009 Reuters 

Celeo Alvarez Casildo: The Moment Has Come for a New Constitution in Honduras  10/12/2009 NarcoNews: “Those in power, accustomed to loot and to control the powers of the State, do not sleep. They engage in speculation, lie and raise false expectations whenever they think that their interests might be affected.” He said it is urgent to guarantee freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly and the personal safety of all citizens, without repression and violations of human rights. It is time to join forces to prevent that the terrible retrograde decade of the 80s does not return by guaranteeing the rights and liberties written in the Constitution and in international treaties. That’s why Celeo Alvarez Casildo believes the moment has come to write a new Constitution through the election of a National Constituent Assembly that takes into account what the great majority of Hondurans want."

Militares apuntan al interior de la embajada de Brasil, gobierno golpista reitera amenazas  10/9/2009 ANMCLA 

Honduran Coup Regime in Crisis  10/9/2009 The Nation: "In retrospect, it is hard to understand what Micheletti and his allies had hoped to achieve with Zelaya's overthrow, which took place just five months before regularly scheduled presidential elections, still set for November 29. Before the coup, it was expected that a candidate from either the Liberal or National Party--both conservative--would win the vote, dousing whatever popular restlessness was unleashed by Zelaya's turn left. But the coup--along with Zelaya's surprise return--has created a lose-lose situation for Honduran elites. If they yield to international pressure and negotiate Zelaya's symbolic restoration, it would legitimize the November elections but would also embolden the left and discredit the coup plotters--that is, nearly all of Honduras' governing class. If they force Zelaya back into exile, arrest him or keep him holed up in the Brazilian Embassy, then the popular movement that has gained momentum over the past three months will demand a constitutional convention as the only solution to re-establish legitimacy. In other words, the very issue that served as the spark of the crisis--Zelaya's attempt to build support for a constituent assembly to reform Honduras' notoriously undemocratic charter--may be the only way to settle it. Even Costa Rican President Ocar Arias has suggested as much. He recently called the Honduran constitution the "worst in the entire world," an "invitation to coups." "This is something that will have to be resolved," he said, "and the best way to do this is, if we can't have a constitutional election, is to have certain reforms so this Honduran constitution ceases to be the worst in the entire world." "

Allanado hospital garífuna de Ciriboya  10/8/2009 CubaDebate: "El día de ayer a las cinco de la mañana, fue allanado el Hospital Garífuna de Ciriboya, por elementos de la policía Preventiva y soldados los que irrumpieron al recinto a través de una ventana. En el operativo participaron aproximadamente quince elementos, los cuales adujeron estar participando en un operativo antinarcóticos. El Hospital de Ciriboya es la sede del proyecto Luagu Hatuadi Waduhenu, primer hospital popular garífuna, el cual es un modelo de atención médica en Honduras, atendidos por médicos egresados de la ELAM (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina) con sede en Cuba."

VERDAD, JUSTICIA Y REPARACION - Asaltado el hospital Garífuna por elementos de la Fuerza Armada  10/7/2009 OFRANEH: "La ayuda de la comunidad internacional hermana han aportado una mano amiga para construir un sistema de salud propio del Pueblo garifuna (Hospital Garífuna de Mañali) y que en este momento está siendo amenazado por este gobierno de facto, dado el día 6 de octubre fue asaltado el hospital Garífuna por elementos de la fuerza Armada rompiendo puertas y ventanas. Este atentado ha sido considerado por la comunidad Afrohondureña como un crimen en contra de la salubridad y la educación de Pueblo Garífuna, que sufren el arraigado del abandono miserable por varios siglos por parte del sistema de Salud del  Gobierno de Honduras."

Leader Ousted, Honduras Hires U.S. Lobbyists  10/7/2009 NYT: "It has also drawn support from several former high-ranking officials who were responsible for setting United States policy in Central America in the 1980s and ’90s, when the region was struggling to break with the military dictatorships and guerrilla insurgencies that defined the cold war. Two decades later, those former officials — including Otto Reich, Roger Noriega and Daniel W. Fisk — view Honduras as the principal battleground in a proxy fight with Cuba and Venezuela, which they characterize as threats to stability in the region in language similar to that once used to describe the designs of the Soviet Union. “The current battle for political control of Honduras is not only about that small nation,” Mr. Reich testified in July before Congress. “What happens in Honduras may one day be seen as either the high-water mark of Hugo Chávez’s attempt to undermine democracy in this hemisphere or as a green light to the spread of Chavista authoritarianism,” he said, referring to the Venezuelan president."

Ros-Lehtinen Discovers Antidote to Honduran Tourism Crisis in Visiting US Congress Members  10/6/2009 NarcoNews 

Anti-Jewish statements raise concern on Honduras  10/5/2009 AP: "The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League cited statements made by ousted President Manuel Zelaya as well as the news director of a radio station that was closed by the interim government in Honduras and by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, among others." [ADL granted an award in 1985 to Purple Gang leader Moe Dalitz for his substantial contributions to ADL.]

Fascism, (counter-)fascism, lobbyists, anti-semitism and the State  10/5/2009 Quotha: "So on the one hand, there is anti-Semitism (though primarily in the old-school sense of anti-Levantism, not tied solely to Jewishness) among the resistance. And that is Bad. Members of the resistance are actively struggling to figure out how to create a unifying narrative and practice that does not replicate the racist rhetoric and practices of the de facto government. Although the physical, structural and everyday violence in Honduras today is overwhelmingly directed toward the racialized poor, the coup financiers' newly-hired Zionist lobbying firm, Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (Lanny Davis is also from a big Zionist firm) has decided to go Horowitz on Zelaya because a)he has denounced the golpistas use (which, as you saw above, they themselves celebrate) of Israeli mercenaries in the violent crackdowns on peaceful Honduran protesters and on himself and his family, and b)some of the people who are wrongly labeled as his "followers" are anti-Semitic."

Supporters of coup: 3 Florida GOP members of Congress visit interim Honduras president  10/5/2009 AP 

Open Letter from President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales in Relation to the Jewish Community in Honduras  10/5/2009 NarcoNews: "It would be worthwhile to consult the Government Secretaries of my cabinet about the accusations that I have anti-Semitic positions. When the Honduran people elected me President, I received criticism from some anti-Semites, because I named, among other religions, some very talented and qualified Hondurans who practice Judaism, as members of the Government Cabinet. I named as Government Secretary in the Offices of the Presidency, the one who would be my right hand in the government, Yani Benjamin Rosenthal; who gave me strong support in managing the Economic sector, this close collaborator invited me to the Bat Mitzvah ceremony of his daughter. I also named Mr. Leo Starkman as Minister of Foreign Investment and on another occasion, Minister of Energy. I also named Engineer Moises Starkman as Minister in charge of Bio-Fuels. He reminded me on one occasion of the suffering of the Jewish people in the Nazi concentration camps. This close collaborator also informed me of the significance of the expression Shabat Shalom, a greeting used by Jews to honor their sacred day of the week. Also in my government I named Mr. Jacobo Regalado Weitzembluth General Manager of the telecommunications company."

Against Anti-Semitism: Right, Left, or Media-Induced  10/4/2009 NarcoNews: The normally informative Al Giordano vents against reprehensible anti-semitic comments by Radio Globo station manager Romero, who himself has a Jewish grandfather. However, he ignores the documentation on Israeli activities in Honduras and even articles on his own site delineating the Israeli role in creating, training, and arming the viciously genocidal Colombian paramilitaries, including the AUC. See "Doing the US's Dirty Work - The Colombian Paramilitaries and Israel" on NarcoNews, April, 2003.

DECLARATION - THREAT TO AND SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF THE BLACK GARIFUNA PEOPLES—DECLARED BY UNESCO A CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY  10/3/2009 Quotha: "The change in the clause also is intended to destroy the health system of the Afro-Honduran people, which is protected under the ILO Convention 169. People have the distinct ability, through the Convention, to direct their own policies according to their own interests and cosmological perspectives and develop the positive aspects, strengths and significant contributions of the Afro-Honduran Community to human development. Currently, the Black person is being treated as folkloric object, exposed to ridicule and denigration through pejorative images and the use of journalistic language with racist and xenophobic connotations. The de facto government of Honduras in particular has undertaken a political and racial prosecution of Afro-Honduran, organized civil society."

"Real Time" lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen taking Honduran coup show on the road  10/3/2009 NarcoNews: "So, let’s get this straight. Ros-Lehtinen is headed to Honduras next week to help preen the feathers of the leaders of the Honduran coup while at the same time her former press secretary is working under contract with an inside-the-Beltway PR firm to advance the despotic interests of those same coup leaders — all in open defiance of the Obama Administration’s stated policy on Honduras. Maybe after she returns, Ros-Lehtinen can get HBO to once again pay her way to Los Angeles to appear on the “Real Time with Bill Maher” show — a gig she’s done at least four times since 2005, with the last such trip racking up nearly $2,300 in travel and lodging expenses (including a $750 town car ride), according to Congressional travel records. And once on the show, maybe Ros-Lehtinen can give CSLA an assist with their coup contract by putting a positive spin (cloaked in humor, of course) on all the golpista-sanctioned democracy she discovered while fact-finding in Honduras."

Threat to and Systematic Destruction of Garifuna Peoples  10/3/2009 Quotha: "Drafted by Representatives of the Association of Garifuna Municipalities, Iriona Municipality (Colon Department), Luagu Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation, the First Public Garifuna Hospital in Honduras, and OFRANEH (National Black Fraternal Organization)"

US Congress Takes a Stand: Open Letter to Honduran Congress  10/2/2009 Honduras Coup 2009: click on letter image to read

Israel entrega a Micheletti su "arma secreta para revoltosos”  10/2/2009 Aporrea: "Era nada menos que este Screamer cuyos sonidos, efectivamente, provocaron un grave malestar, entonces inexplicable, a todas las personas presentes en la representación diplomática de Brasil, una violación evidente de todos los convenios internacionales en materia del respeto y de la protección que deben otorgar las naciones a las embajadas en su territorio. El propio presidente Zelaya acusó en varias entrevistas las tropas de la dictadura de usar tales instrumentos de represión. La prensa internacional, en mayor parte propiedad de grandes monopolios, dio poca difusión a estas informaciones…. Elemento nuevo: el contrabandista Latchinian fue liberado en el 2002 por la justicia de Bush, después de cumplir solo 18 años de la sentencia de 30 a la cual había sido condenado una gigantesca operación de narcotráfico a favor de la Contra nicaragüense."

Noticias Urgentes - twitter  10/2/2009 Frente Nacional: "# Un boicot contra empresas de Honduras fue convocado por una organización ciudadana de defensa al consumidor de México y de América Latina. about 8 hours ago # A las 5:30 a.m. fueron desalojados manifestantes que tenian tomado el INA. Gobierno golpista no ha derogado decreto ejecutivo de represión. 1 day ago # En estos momentos Radio Globo esta amenazado por 200 militares en sus oficinas ya que siguen transmitiendo por el internet. 1 day ago # Resistencia se congrega nuevamente frente a la UNPFM desafiado los decretos dictatoriales del régimen fascista. 1 day ago"

More Tax Dollars At Work  10/2/2009 Honduras Coup 2009: "Grant highlights for 2008, the latest information available on the NED website, indicate a grant of $550,000 to the International Republican Institute to promote and enhance think tanks in Mexico and Honduras as "pressure groups" to force the political parties to develop concrete positions on key issues. "IRI will place special emphasis on Honduras...." In addition the IRI received a $400,000 grant to provide elected officials with management skills in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala , and Honduras. Finally, the Trust for the Americas received a $95,338 grant to strengthen the capacity of member organizations to promote Freedom of Expression and access to information, and to encourage the implementation of information acces laws in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragaua, and Panama. Trust for the Americas is a non profit associated with the OAS. The IRI lists a program on municipal good government as its sole project in Honduras this year. It uses polls and focus groups conducted by the IRI to identify gaps in services and where citizens are asking for greater transparency and accountability. The program partners with the Fundación para el Desarrollo Municipal. This program is funded at levels above $1 million."

Day 95, September 30th 2009 from Oscar  9/30/2009 Quotha: "Finally the order was given to evict the compañeros from the INA (National Agrarian Institute). More than a thousand police and military agents arrived this morning to break down the doors of the building and capture the 70 men and women who for the last 3 months had taken over the the Institute´s offices throughout the country. They will likely be accused of sedition, the same as other compañeros currently detained in different prisons all over Honduras."

¡Estos son los golpistas, el soberano juzgará!  9/30/2009 EL Libertador: "La galería de los golpistas está conformada por conocidos empresarios que consideraron a Zelaya como una amenaza que decidió apostar por las clases populares. Ellos son los apátridas que se esconden tras un rostro de “honorabilidad”."

Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal Comes Out Against Coup Decree  9/30/2009 NarcoNews 

Salvadorans Demonstrate Solidarity with Honduras  9/30/2009 Quotha: "Another coordinator from the women's commission, Margarita Rodriguez, said that the people of Perquin have a special relationship to injustice in Honduras because the Salvadoran resistance of the 1980s originated in Perquin. People there endured much suffering and repression during the war, and many sought refuge across the border in Honduras. This history, Rodriguez said, creates a strong sense of solidarity and consciousness about organizing: “Here the community is ready for anything.”"

TODAY: event at Congress with Dr. Luther Castillo  9/29/2009 Quotha 

Romeo Vásquez responsabiliza a la Policía por uso de equipo bélico en embajada de Brasil  9/29/2009 EL Libertador: "Sin tantos miramientos, el oficial en cuestión miente al hacer estas aseveraciones puesto que el Dispositivo Acústico de Largo Alcance (LRAD, siglas en inglés) se utilizó en horas de la tarde del martes (22 de septiembre), cuando el Frente de Resistencia contra el golpe de Estado ya había sido desalojado con bombas lacrimógenas por la policía, cuando el gobierno de facto ordenó el toque de queda durante más de 24 horas seguidas."

Cartas desde Tegucigalpas  9/29/2009 AfroCubaWeb: "Mataron a un número indeterminado de compañeros de la primera barricada al final del Puente Guancaste."

The sordid history of Lewis Amselem, Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS  9/29/2009 Machetera: "The Guatemalan Defense Minister, Hector Gramajo, said publicly that Dianna Ortiz had made up her story, adding insults and slanderous insinuations of a sexual nature. Researching the subject, reporters from ABC News identified the source of these degrading rumors. They came from the Office of Human Rights’ Lewis Amselem, who upon being asked about them, vehemently denied any involvement. The Reverend Joseph Nangle of the Assisi Community, said later that Amselem had spoken on the subject in his presence, with an outrageous vulgarity. Other people confirmed Nangle’s comment and added that Amselem multiplied his insulting references to the presence of religious volunteers in Guatemala’s indigenous communities."

Acoustic and Chemical Attacks on the Brazilian Embassy - The Sound and Fury of the Honduran Coup  9/28/2009 CounterPunch: "Numerous reports, including Honduran News Network sources, also mentioned radioactive cesium. If the use of radioactive cesium is confirmed, the consequences are very serious. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry finds that the effects of high levels include the symptoms listed above and even coma and death. This is the notorious "day-after" effect of nuclear bombs. The agency adds that "it is reasonable to expect that individuals exposed to high levels of radiation from a source of radioactive cesium will develop the same types of cancer observed in survivors of the atomic bombs in Japan." Embassies are protected under the Vienna Convention and any violation of this is an international issue. With the notable exceptions of Colombia and the United States, all nations of the region expressed concern about the Honduran situation at the 64th UN General Assembly meeting."

Capo de la prensa golpista patrocinó un Premio 'Derechos Humanos' de la SIP  9/28/2009 Patria Grande: "Increiblemente, apenas un mes despues de haber conspirado y participado en el secuestro y la expulsión de Honduras del Presidente Manuel Zelaya, uno de los dos más recalcitrantes magnates de prensa de Honduras, Jorge Canahuati Larach, cuyos diarios son los voceros más fanáticos del régimen Micheletti, ha sido copatrocinador, del “Premio Derechos Humanos” 2009 de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), la asociación de los magnates de la prensa comercial del continente. La SIP es este cartel de comerciantes de la información que predica constantemente su version de la libertad de prensa en campañas de difamación dirigidas de manera sistemática en contra de los líderes progresistas de América Latina."

Newsbytes and comments  9/28/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "The Israeli weapons firm that funneled the weapons for Leitner was International Security and Defence Systems (ISDS), started in 1982 by Leo Gleser, an Israel Defense Force and Mossad veteran. ISDS specialized in interrogations and supervision of prisoners in Latin America, that is torture and illegal detention. ISDS also, curiously, provided security services to Venezuelan oil companies shortly before the 2002 abortive coup against President Hugo Chavez. The CIA and U.S. Special Operations Forces fomented anti-Chavez labor strikes and protests among the oil workers' unions prior to the coup. ISDS benefited greatly from security contracts with U.S. firms in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks… The cell phone jammers used by the Honduran military on the Brazilian embassy are C-Guard units made by NetLine Communications Inc. of Tel Aviv. One was found on the roof of a home next to the Brazilian embassy and confiscated by Zelaya supporters and taken into the Brazilian embassy as proof of Israeli involvement with the Honduran junta."

The Dictatorship Unmasked  9/28/2009 NarcoNews: "It is obvious, therefore, that with the 45-day curfew--that is, for the duration of the election campaigns--the real goal is to torpedo November's electoral process through a plan to consolidate the dictatorship's power, unmasking the de facto regime's faked determination to support the general elections at the end of the year."

Soldiers raid Honduran media outlets  9/28/2009 AP: "The government's suspension of civil liberties limits rights guaranteed in the Honduran Constitution: The decree prohibits unauthorized gatherings and allows police to arrest without a warrant "any person who poses a danger to his own life or those of others." It also allows officials to shut down media outlets for "statements that attack peace and the public order, or which offend the human dignity of public officials, or attack the law." The Honduran Constitution forbids arrests without warrants except when a criminal is caught in the act. In a nationally broadcast announcement, the government explained it took the steps it did "due to the calls for insurrection that Mr. Zelaya has publicly made.""

U.S. blasts ousted Honduran for "foolish" return  9/28/2009 Reuters: "Anselem also criticized Zelaya for fueling violence by slipping back into Honduras last week and holing up in the Brazilian Embassy, from where he has called on his supporters to take to the streets. "The return of Zelaya absent an agreement is irresponsible and foolish ... He should cease and desist from making wild allegations and from acting as though he were starring in an old movie," Anselm said." ["Lewis Amselem takes side of Honduran fascist junta. Note: Amselem is a post graduate of Brandeis University, a former political officer at the US Southern Command, and was vice consul in Georgetown, Guyana during the Jonestown massacre, meaning Amselem is an official cover CIA officer." -- Wayne Madsen Report]

Israeli Firms Sell Toxins to Honduras Putschists  9/27/2009 Inside Costa Rica: "Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas denounced that two Israeli companies supplied putschists with the toxic gases thrown inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where President Manuel Zelaya is staying. "We have received information that the chemicals and arms have been supplied by Alfacom and Intercom companies, owned by Israeli Yehuda Leitner," Rodas said in press conference in thit city. After putschists soldiers threw gases inside the embassy, nearly 80 people have had headaches, vomiting, diarrhoeas, and nose bleeding over the last hours."

Lula rechaza emplazamiento de Micheletti y lo llama "usurpador"  9/27/2009 Terra/AP: "El presidente brasileño Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rechazó el domingo los 10 días que el gobierno de facto de Honduras le dio para definir la situación del derrocado presidente Manuel Zelaya, refugiado en la embajada de ese país en Tegucigalpa, o de lo contrario adoptará "medidas adicionales", que no especificó. En un comunicado de la Cancillería de Honduras, el gobierno de facto amenazó con adoptar "medidas adicionales" que no especificó si Brasil no cumple con el periodo establecido y también condicionó el retorno de embajadores extranjeros a Honduras."

Lula no acepta ultimátum de los golpistas  9/27/2009 EFE 

Isolation  9/27/2009 Honduras Coup 2009: "The United States is the only country that still has an ambassador in Tegucigalpa. All of the Latin American countries, and the European Union countries recalled their ambassadors after the coup. In recent days, both the EU and many Latin American countries have agreed to restore their ambassadors at the request of the OAS to help mediate a solution to the Honduran political crisis."

OAS Representatives Deported  9/27/2009 Honduras Coup 2009 

FRENTE NACIONAL DE RESISTENCIA CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO  9/27/2009 Frente Nacional: Twitter del Frente Nacional en vivo otra vez - "# Enviados de la OEA que aterrizaron hoy en Tegucigalpa fueron regresados por órdenes del fascista Micheletti. Muestra que no quiere diálogo. 3 minutes ago # Marcia Facusse, la diputada de las comidas rapidas que no pagan impuestos, mociona en el congreso para quitar niños a padres en Resistencia. 7 minutes ago # Hija del Dictador; Bianca MIcheletti ha sido deportada de USA hoy domingo en horas de la tarde. 10 minutes ago # Gobierno de facto crea decreto presidencial para cerrar medios de comunicación que no esten afines al gobierno usurpador. 11 minutes ago"

Honduras: el proveedor de gases israelíes, un viejo socio de la conexión Bush-Posada  9/26/2009 Cubadebate: "Yehuda Leitner radicado en Honduras, denunciado como proveedor de armas y gases tóxicos a la dictadura hondureña de Roberto Micheletti, es un ex oficial del ejercito israelí quién perteneció en los años 80 a la red de contrabando del multimillonario Gerard Latchinian, que abastecía en armas a los cubanoamericanos Felix Rodriguez y Luis Posada Carriles en sus operaciones luego conocidas cómo escandalo Iran-Contra. Rodriguez y Posada manejaban entonces la escandalosa operación de venta de droga contra armas, encubierta por Bush George padre, vicepresidente de la administración ultraderechista de Ronald Reagan. La Canciller del gobierno constitucional de Honduras Patricia Rodas, denunció este viernes 25 de septiembre en Wastington como “fuentes de la inteligencia militar leales a Zelaya” informaron que “los químicos y armas del asedio (de Brasil en Tegucigalpa) han sido proporcionadas por las empresas Alfacom e Intercom”, propiedad del ciudadano israelí Yehuda Leitner, que “sirvió de intermediario con Israel”."

Accelerated Environmental Licenses  9/26/2009 Honduras Coup 2009: "Vice Minister of Natural Resources, Mauricio Reconco, said "We hope by December 31 of this year to activate a great many of projects which permit the generation of 200 Megawatts of clean energy...we are looking at projects from 150 megawatts to 10 megawatts." Congress, we are told, is working on enabling legislation to loosen the environmental regulations that hold up these projects and streamline their approval. Recently Congress issued its legislation approving some $1200 million for renewable energy projects within the country, and the Banco Central transferred the corresponding funds to the Honduran bank that then funds the projects. Today, less than a month later, SERNA handed over 320 environmental licenses for projects valued at $368 million, projects such as piers for cruise ships to dock on the Bay Islands, housing, pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, hotels, restaurants. Not a single one of the renewable energy projects promised. SERNA promises they will have issued over half the backlog of licenses by the end of this month! None of these projects seems to raise any environmental issues. Literally incredible."

FRENTE NACIONAL DE RESISTENCIA CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO  9/26/2009 Frente Nacional: el twitter del sitio sigue interrumpido otra vez - "# Continua el toque de queda para reprimir la resistencia en todo el país excepto algunas comunidades desde las 8:00 pm a 5:00 am. 2 days ago # Ante la presencia de médicos en la embajada de Brasil, desaparecen aparatos y humidificador para enviar tóxicos colocados por golpistas. 2 days ago # El ejército ha cortado todas las comunicaciones con la embajada, se teme por la vida de las personas que están adentro. 2 days ago # El ejército está atacando con un neurotóxico a la embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa, hay varias personas sangrando y con nauseas. 2 days ago # El Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado convoca a que la resistencia se manifieste en sus barrios para evitar la confrontación"

"Sanitation Operation"  9/25/2009 Quotha: "Abusing again the national emergency radio system, the de facto government unbelievably claims that the severe symptoms of chemical and audio attacks among the people trapped with President Zelaya in the Brazilian Embassy were the result of a routine cleaning operation using regular cleaning chemicals and loud machinery. In a completely militarized zone, blocked off to traffic."

Deposed Honduran president accuses ‘Israeli mercenaries’  9/25/2009 Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said he is being tortured by "Israeli mercenaries." The politician, who currently is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said the "mercenaries" had used a device emitting high-frequency radiation, which affected his mental and physical health. He also said they were likely to storm the building and kill him, the Miami Herald reported. Witnesses earlier had reportedly said that they saw police, who are surrounding the compound, use a satellite dish-like device nearby to emit a shrill noise, according to the Herald. A Honduran police spokesman denied any kind of radition device was being used."

Conatel intenta intervenir la RDS en Honduras  9/25/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Day 90, September 25, 2009 from Oscar  9/25/2009 Quotha: "The great fear of the resistance now revolves around those closed door meetings. Would Mel Zelaya betray us? is a legitimate question coming from a people who have many times been betrayed by their leaders. That possibility is lessened in the degree that the regime continues to harass him."

Con lanzamiento de químicos atentan contra la vida del presidente  9/25/2009 Defensores en Linea: "La circulación de químicos en el ambiente lanzados desde el exterior de la Embajada de Brasil en Honduras, provocó serios problemas de salud a las personas que se encuentran junto al presidente Manuel Zelaya Rosales, este viernes en la mañana. nicialmente el Padre Tamayo relató que un helicóptero y una tanqueta habrían lanzado un químico y unos minutos después la Primera Dama, Xiomara Castro se subió en una escalera que da a la casa atrás de la embajada para comprobar y observó el equipo utilizado por los agente de la Dirección Nacional de Investigación Criminal, DNIC,militares de las Fuerzas Armadas y miembros de la Policía Nacional… Pero esas acciones ya subieron el nivel, este viernes a eso de las nueve de la mañana un helicóptero sobrevoló el lugar y al frente pasó un tanque regando químico “la gente está sangrando, tenemos mucho mareo, dolor de estómago, yo tengo la garganta apretada”, dijo casi al borde de la inconsciencia Tamayo al ser abordado por el teléfono. Mientras Xiomara Castro, primera dama de la nación relató que las personas que se mantienen con el mandatario tienen resequedad en su boca, taquicardia, picazón en todo el cuerpo, escupen y defecan sangre… Según los médicos del Frente Nacional de Resistencia el químico que se han utilizado para reprimir al pueblo hondureño es el Cecio 132 que es un neurotóxico que provoca aflojamiento de los músculos y por ende decaimiento en las personas."

Micheletti’s newest U.S./Israeli toy  9/25/2009 Machetera: "Photo Confirms the Use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) by Micheletti’s Troops, Against Zelaya. By Jean-Guy Allard"

The president is in the trunk By Pepe Escobar  9/25/2009 Asia Times: "Deposed, rightful Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has been to Washington no less than six times since the coup. Not once was he allowed to meet Obama. Then, this past Monday morning, Zelaya showed up at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital, after a spectacular run that started in Nicaragua, involved a flight to El Salvador on a plane offered by Venezuela, and a 15-hour odyssey across the border to Honduras on foot and by car, evading myriad checkpoints manned by local intelligence - which is, crucially, funded, trained and maintained by the Pentagon. Zelaya was smuggled into the Brazilian Embassy in the trunk of car. Zelaya may have had help from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, under the umbrella of the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA). But now the strategic game-changer has been to shift the attention towards Brazil - and that means under the UNASUR."

Honduran Coup Regime Mocks UN Security Council with Embassy Attacks  9/25/2009 NarcoNews: "In light of those international laws, the device you see in the photograph up top, deployed by Honduran coup regime security forces at the gates of the Brazilian Embassy, offers a smoking gun of proof that the regime is violating the Vienna Convention. Narco News and its team of technical engineers and counter-surveillance consultants has identified the apparatus as the LRAD-X Remote Long Range Acoustic Device, manufactured by the American Technologies Corporation."

"Sonic gun" used by police in Honduras now used against G-20 protesters?  9/25/2009 Democratic Underground: "WHY are the Israelis interferring in Honduras? Are they from the Israeli government or hired mercs? Does anybody know?"

Gremio de cineastas saca a la luz la colaboración del gobierno peruano y el gobierno golpista hondureño  9/25/2009 Hibueras 

“No vamos a aceptar un golpe antidemocrático”: Presidente de España  9/24/2009 El Libertador: "El mandatario español, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, se ha referido en esos términos al régimen de facto que desde el 28 de junio anterior tomó por asalto la Presidencia de Honduras. Asimismo, Zapatero insistió en que “vamos a ganar este desafío”.

Enviados del régimen golpista visitan a Zelaya Rosales  9/24/2009 Publico: "Después de cuatro días de tensiones e incertidumbre, finalmente, enviados por el régimen golpista comienzan a visitar la Embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa para romper el hielo e iniciar el diálogo con el presidente constitucional, Manuel Zelaya Rosales. El arzobispo auxiliar de la diócesis de Tegucigalpa, Juan José Pineda, el suplente del cardenal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez, se convirtió en el segundo personaje que en las últimas 24 horas ha visitado a Zelaya Rosales con el ánimo de encontrar una solución a la crisis política. Pineda, acusado de "golpista" por el Frente de Resistencia Contra el Golpe de Estado, salió alrededor de las 15 horas de la embajada de Brasil luego de sostener una breve conversación con el presidente legítimo. "Nadie se ha atrevido a dar el primer paso."

La SIP pretende ignorar que sus propios miembros iniciaron el golpe en Honduras  9/24/2009 Bol Press: "La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) que tanto lamenta las "limitaciones" a la libertad de prensa que sufren los medios de comunicación opuestos al golpe de Estado, evita recordar que dos de los principales conspiradores del cuartelazo que llevo a la expulsión del Presidente Zelaya son también sus principales (y casi únicos) miembros hondureños. Asociada desde décadas a la CIA y radicada en Miami, USA, la SIP publica "denuncias" de las interrupciones de la energía eléctrica al Canal 36 y de la señal de Radio Globo, con las cuales pretende darse una imagen de legitimidad."

The boundless hypocrisy of the Inter-American Press Association  9/24/2009 Machetera: "The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) that bemoans the “limitations” on press freedom suffered by media opposed to the coup d’etat, avoids recalling that two of the main conspirators behind the coup which led to the expulsion of President Zelaya from Honduras are also its main (and practically only) Honduran members. Associated for decades with the CIA and located in Miami, USA, the IAPA has issued “denunciations” of the electricity cutoffs to Channel 36 and Radio Globo, through which they are trying to give themselves a legitimate image… Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé, the former president of Honduras (1998-2001) and the owner of the La Tribuna newspaper, and Jorge Canahuati Larach, the billionaire owner of the La Prensa and El Heraldo newspapers are among the conspirators who brought about the coup."

Alto a la guerra irregular en Honduras - Actos terroristas por cobras y militares  9/24/2009 Hibueras: "Batallones de cobras, militares han violentado las viviendas, de las comunidades pobres disparando balas vivas contra las familias, han lanzando bombas lacrimógenas y picantes dentro de las habitaciones contra niños niñas, mujeres embarazadas, ancianos en las colonias Altos del Viera, Manchen y el Barrio el Bosque, Hato, Suyapa, Las Vegas, San Francisco, colonia Kennedy ,Bendeck, Travesía y residencial Morazán, Colonia Divanna , Altos de la Divanna, Pedregal, Centroamérica, Altos de los Milagros en Tegucigalpa y en otras barrios pobres de la capital, en igual forma han capturado y torturado al Joven José Luis Rodas, los defensores de los derechos humanos Francisco Mencía y Walter Tróchez, Mauricio Mendoza torturado por la Dirección de Investigación Criminal detenido en la posta policial de la colonia Víctor F. Ardón quienes corren extremo peligro y se teme por sus vidas. En igual forma en la Colonia Juan Ramón Molina y otras colonias de San Pedro Sula y diferentes áreas del país han sido objeto de semejante brutalidad."

IMF offers $163.3 million to Zelaya government  9/24/2009 Honduras Coup 2009 

En Honduras se impone la violencia estatal generalizada  9/24/2009 Dick Emanuelsson 

Giving Constitutional Research a Bad Name  9/24/2009 Honduras Coup 2009: "US congressman Aaron Schock (Republican from Illinois) commissioned a research report that has excited immense interest in the pro-coup Honduran media. So far, in English mainstream media, it appears to have been given the cold shoulder it deserves. But make no mistake, bad research is consequential, and the right-wing blogs are alive with the story as well. Written by someone identified only as a "Senior Foreign Law Specialist" at the Library of Congress, Norma C. Gutierrez, the report makes an argument that the removal of President Zelaya was constitutional. In this, her report would contradict numerous constitutional law professors in Honduras, Spain, and the United States. The references cited in the report consist almost entirely of citations of the Honduran constitution, or of documents posted online by the Honduran Supreme Court."

Ejército de Honduras usa armas electrónicas de última generación  9/24/2009 ADITAL: "Uno de ellos es el llamado "cañón de dolor" o "rayo de dolor" fabricado por la corporación ‘Raytheon’, una de las principales contratistas militares de varios ejércitos del mundo, especialmente del estadounidense, es solo un ejemplo. Cito de un sitio en Internet que nos explica mejor lo que es y cómo funciona este dispositivo. "Este es un VMADS (Sistema Activo de Negación Montado sobre Vehículo, según sus siglas en ingles) no es un arma letal, pero sí muy eficaz. Su munición consiste en haces de radiación electromagnética de 95 gigaherzios, frente a los 2.45 de un horno domestico de microondas, la persona que recibe el trallazo de energía nota una quemazón similar a la que sentiría si se aplicara una bombita sobre la piel, ya que las moléculas de agua de la epidermis impactada alcanzan una temperatura de 55ºC". "Desarrollado por el ejercicio estadounidense, el cañón sirve en teoría para dispersar multitudes, aunque las voces críticas denuncias que todavía no se conocen del todo bien sus efectos secundarios""

“Cañón sónico” para revoltosos  9/24/2009 La Tribuna, Honduras: "Pocos segundos después emite un sonido que corta el aire: La multitud agitada, cae en pánico, se tapa los oídos y se contuerce del dolor. Es la última arma secreta en dotación desde hace tiempo por el ejército de Israel, usada públicamente sólo ahora después de muchos años de experimentación."

Noiticias Urgente  9/24/2009 Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe: "# El Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado convoca a que la resistencia se manifieste en sus barrios para evitar la confrontación about 16 hours ago # Ministros de facto obligan a los empleados públicos a marchar a favor del golpe de estado, amenazándolos con despedirlos si desobedecen. about 16 hours ago # Régimen golpista utiliza vehículos del Estado para transportar personas a la marcha de las camisas blancas a favor del golpe de estado. about 16 hours ago # La marcha de camisas blancas está pagando 300 lps para que las personas de los barrios para que participen. about 17 hours ago # La Corte Penal Interncional aceptó los juicios en contra de los violadores de los derechos humanos en Honduras. 1 day ago # Están reprimiendo manifestaciones en varios barrios de Tegucigalpa 1 day ago"

Brasil advierte: "No toleraremos ninguna acción contra nuestra embajada en Honduras"  9/23/2009 El Libertador 

Spinning resistance as vandalism  9/23/2009 Honduras Coup 2009 

The One-Sided War on the Streets of Honduras - “They’re the Only Ones Using Violence,” Human Rights Leader Bertha Oliva Observes of the Coup Regime on Day Two of Zelaya’s Return  9/23/2009 NarcoNews: "Eye-witness testimony indicated that the soldiers and police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds into the crowd. “It was brutal,” said resistance organizer Juan Barahona, director of El Bloque Popular. “I was outside the embassy when the police began their dispersal. Afterwards we reorganized, and marched through some of the poor barrios. But the police attacked us there as well.” The day before, thousands had gathered in front of the Brazilian Consulate in the Colonia Palmira, to welcome home Mr. Zelaya with chanting and songs. The de facto government imposed a curfew starting at four p.m., and cut power to the Embassy; but Zelaya’s supporters stayed on in the streets all night long, defying orders to disperse… Leaving the hotel this morning on my way to the Brazilian Embassy, I encountered several young men fleeing a squadron of baton-wielding police. As I watched, the officers caught up to two of them and commenced beating them viciously, even after they had fallen to the ground. “We were just walking to work,” said Aron Antonio, bleeding profusely from multiple head wounds. “I can’t understand why they attacked us.” I called an ambulance on my cell phone, but by the time it had arrived, Antonio’s companion had lost consciousness. The youth’s eyes refused to dilate, and he began to vomit where he lay in the gutter."

Honduras Curfew Costs Economy $50 Million Daily, Canahuati Says  9/23/2009 Bloomberg 

Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe - twitter funcione, muchas noticias desde la calle  9/23/2009 Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe: "# Constantemente están llegando reportes de violaciones de derechos humanos: torturas, detenciones ilegales y hasta muertos.about 2 hours ago from web # Se activó una dirección alterna para monitorear radioglobo en la red: contraelgolpedeestadohn.blogspot.comabout 2 hours ago from web # Hay una amenaza latente de represión generalizada y sistemática que comenzaría con el apagón de electricidad.about 2 hours ago from web # Varios cortes de energía eléctrica, tienen oscura varias parte de Tegucigalpa y San Pedro sula. Se teme por un corte generalizado.about 3 hours ago from web # La dictadura delira, leen un absurdo comunicado en inglés en lugar de Español.about 5 hours ago from web # Fuerte represión contra manifestantes en la colonia Kennedy de Tegucigalpa. Se está disparando con bala viva y bombas lacrimógenas.about 5 hours ago from web # Se informa que hay varias subestaciones policiales que han sido tomadas por La Resistencia.about 5 hours ago from web # La policía ataca con armas de fuego al menos dos tomas de calles en Tegucigalpa.about 5 hours ago from web "

Barrios y colonias de la capital enfrentan al régimen  9/23/2009 El Libertador: "La población se ha decretado en contra del gobierno usurpador y defiende cada posición, el dictador Roberto Micheletti ha desatado una guerra civil que de Tegucigalpa se extendió a todo el país… “Protestábamos pacíficamente cuando vinieron los policías y empezaron a disparar, piensan que así nos van a callar, nosotros desconocemos este gobierno de facto y vamos a luchar hasta que se restituya al Presidente Manuel Zelaya en su cargo”, aseveraba un habitante de la capitalina colonia El Pedregal, que por razones de seguridad se omite su nombre."

Estados Unidos y Brasil dan ultimátum a golpistas  9/23/2009 El Libertador: "La embajada estadounidense acreditada en Honduras, ha dicho que cualquier agresión al cuerpo diplomático brasileño, donde se encuentra el Presidente Zelaya, será asumida como un ataque a Estados Unidos… En el caso de Honduras, podría representar el envío de tropas para restablecer el orden constitucional, en vista que el usurpador Micheletti ha llevado al país a una guerra civil al romper las garantías constitucionales."

What Some US Reporters Don't Get About Brazil and the Honduras Crisis  9/23/2009 NarcoNews 

¡150 000 hondureños en la calle en la capital!  9/23/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "Pese al toque de queda (lunes 16.00 horas-miércoles 10.00 horas) que fue suspendido a las 10 de la mañana el martes por siete horas, la Resistencia contra el golpe de estado logró a juntar 150.000 hondureños en la capital hondureña. En esta misma noche esta llegando reportes sobre fuerte represión en los barrios populares de Tegucigalpa en donde la Resistencia se ha consolidado su presencia."

Honduras Updates: “There is a people’s insurrection”  9/23/2009 Green Left 

Alzamiento, Revuelta… Insurección popular en Tegucigalpa  9/23/2009 Habla Honduras: El gobierno ya no puede contar con el apoyo de las maras: "Audios en las colonias Honduras, la Bellavista (donde nos reportan 6 muertos de la resistencia – no tenemos nombres-) y la Ramón Amaya Amador, que reporta un acuerdo entre las maras para defender al pueblo, y avisa al ejercito que no intente entrar, ahi la gente ha bajado, desde los centros depauperizados, desde los cerros de la pobreza, desde el hambre, desde la dura vida del desempleo y el asedio…"

How Much Repression Will Hillary Clinton Support in Honduras?  9/23/2009 CounterPunch: "One important actor, the only major country to maintain an ambassador in Honduras throughout the dictatorship, has maintained a deafening silence about this repression: that is the United States government. The Obama administration has not uttered one word about the massive human rights violations in Honduras. This silence by itself tells you all that you need to know about what this administration has really been trying to accomplish in the 87 days since the Honduran military squelched democracy. The Obama team understands exactly how the coup government is maintaining its grip on power through violence and repression. And President Obama, along with his Secretary of State, has shown no intention to undermine this strategy. In fact, President Zelaya has been to Washington six times since he was overthrown, but not once did he get a meeting with President Obama. Why is that? Most likely because Obama does not want to send the “wrong” signal to the dictatorship, i.e. that the lip service that he has paid to Zelaya’s restoration should be taken seriously. These signals are important because the Honduran dictatorship is digging in its heels on the bet that they don’t have to take any pressure from Washington seriously. They have billions of dollars of assets in the United States, which could be frozen or seized. But the dictatorship, for now, trusts that the Obama team is not going to do anything to hurt their allies."

UN suspends support to Honduran electoral court  9/23/2009 AP: "U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has suspended technical assistance to Honduras' electoral court, saying turmoil there means presidential elections scheduled for November will not be credible."

El Presidente Zelaya ha regresado a Honduras - En Tegucigalpa el Régimen golpista Ilegítimo ha bloqueado el Acceso a Internet y la Telefonía Celular  9/22/2009 NarcoNews: irse abajo en la pagina para el blog en vivo - 21/9/09 - 5:42 p.m.: Los líderes del bloque del Partido Liberal que se pronunciaron contra el golpe firman una carta pública en la que llaman a los miembros del partido “de todos los barrios populares” de Tegucigalpa y de todo el país para que se congreguen en la embajada brasileña para proteger al presidente Zelaya. Radio Globo acaba de leer la carta al aire.

In pictures: Zelaya's dramatic return  9/22/2009 BBC 

Frente Nacional site under cyberattack  9/22/2009 Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe: Twitter feed coopted by spam, Blogspot asleep at the switch. Most recent legit twitters: "# EL GOBIERAJANO GOLPISTA ORDENO A LA POLICIA QUE RODEEN LA EMBAJADA DE BRASIL PARA REPRIMIRLA FAVOR LLAMAR A TODAS LAS EMBAJADAS INFORMANDO -- # El gobierno GOLPISTA ha dado instrucciones a las compañias de Celulares para que bloqueen todas las llamadas e incomunicar a la Resistencia -- # El Gobierno GOLPISTA en cadena Nacional declara Toque de Queda a partir de las 4:00 p.m. del Lunes 21 de sept hasta las 07:00 am del Martes"

¡Emergencia!: Dictadura reprime a balazos a la Resistencia  9/22/2009 El Libertador: "Desde horas de la madrugada, millares y policías disparan contra los miles de compatriotas que respaldan al Presidente Manuel Zelaya, que se encuentra en la embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa. En este momento los helicópteros sobrevuelan la capital, el ejército persigue y dispara contra la población y se reportan ya tres muertos… Los uniformados dan muestras claras de estar bajo la influencia de alucinógenos, pues profieren palabras soeces e incoherentes."

Live Blog: President Zelaya Has Returned to Honduras  9/22/2009 NarcoNews: scroll down for live blog: 9/21/09 - 5:42 p.m.: Leaders of the Liberal Party bloc that turned against the coup have now signed a public letter calling on party members "in all the popular barrios" of Tegucigalpa and throughout the country to converge on the Brazilian Embassy to protect President Zelaya. Radio Globo just read the letter live on the air.

Neighborhoods in resistance  9/22/2009 Quotha: "The de facto government, through its violence and denial of constitutional and human rights, has managed what Zelaya alone had not fully succeeded in doing: uniting the entire country in the struggle for freedom. Today, they resistance underwent an important shift: it went local. The following Tegucigalpa neighborhoods are defying the curfew and protesting against the coup d'etat:"

Para la Loba Feroz, el regreso de Zelaya es “amenazante”  9/22/2009 CubaDebate: "En la misma lógica ultraderechista que defiende Ros-Lehtinen, las elecciones que realizaría en noviembre la junta golpista dispondría como “observadores” a enviados del grupo neonazi UnoAmérica y de la “Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Libertad”, un apéndice de la Fundación Libertad, financiada por la NED y al Faes de José María Aznar, según la prensa oficialista hondureña Los magistrados del Tribunal Supremo Electoral, TSE, han anunciado que “recibieron el ofrecimiento oficial de participación como observadores” de estos grupos cuya filiación con la CIA y la derecha latinoamericana más recalcitrante está bien documentada. En los últimos meses, UnoAmérica (Unión de Organizaciones Democráticas de América) ha realizado campañas de propaganda contra Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay y Nicaragua. UnoAmerica es diriga por el venezolano Alejandro Peña Esclusa, un opositor golpista a Hugo Chávez."

Honduras Update (9/22, 11PM edt): Insurrection, UN Security Council, One More Dead  9/22/2009 Honduras Oye 

Red Cross buses taking kidnapped protesters to open-air prison at Villa Olímpica  9/22/2009 Quotha 

No es país sino una CARCEL!!!  9/22/2009 Honduras Resistencia: Fotos de la resistencia y la represion.

Gobierno de facto ataca embajada de Brasil  9/22/2009 El Libertador: "El régimen de facto ha ordenado atacar mediante bombas lacrimógenas y balas de verdad la embajada de Brasil en Honduras, ubicada en la colonia Palmira de la capital, donde se encuentra el legítimo Presidente Manuel Zelaya Rosales, a fin de capturarlo. Para eso, fueron desplazados agentes “Cobras” y de la Policía Preventiva a las 4:00 de la mañana de este martes (22 de septiembre de 2009), quienes sin mediar palabras abrieron fuego contra el Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el golpe de Estado, que se encontraba frente a la sede diplomática en respaldo al mandatario. “Están atacando la embajada de Brasil con sonidos estridentes para enloquecer a la gente que está aquí, están atacando con bombas la embajada de Brasil”, dijo el Presidente Zelaya en declaraciones a medios locales."

Honduras Tilts Toward Revolution  9/21/2009 Consortium News: Honduran Filmmaker Óscar Estrada describes the split in Honduras' ruling class and discusses the hard right religious bent of the coup regime.

Noticias Urgente - las mas recientes noticias con Twitter  9/21/2009 Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe: "# EL GOBIERAJANO GOLPISTA ORDENO A LA POLICIA QUE RODEEN LA EMBAJADA DE BRASIL PARA REPRIMIRLA FAVOR LLAMAR A TODAS LAS EMBAJADAS INFORMANDO -- # El gobierno GOLPISTA ha dado instrucciones a las compañias de Celulares para que bloqueen todas las llamadas e incomunicar a la Resistencia -- # El Gobierno GOLPISTA en cadena Nacional declara Toque de Queda a partir de las 4:00 p.m. del Lunes 21 de sept hasta las 07:00 am del Martes"

Live Blog: President Zelaya Has Returned to Honduras  9/21/2009 NarcoNews: "As occurred during the first hours of the June 28 coup d'etat, the Internet signals of Channel 36 and Radio Globo are blocked, as is cell phone service in the capital (I've yet to confirm that there is any Internet or cell phone access in Tegucigalpa at all right now - it all appears to be jammed - but we do have reporter Belén Fernández reporting right this moment from that city and the information blockade will be broken soon enough.) We can take that extreme of censorship as additional confirmation that the President has indeed returned and the illegitimate coup regime is panicking. Developing... We'll update here as we're able to report and confirm more…"

El Presidente Zelaya ha regresado a Honduras - En Tegucigalpa el Régimen golpista Ilegítimo ha bloqueado el Acceso a Internet y la Telefonía Celular  9/21/2009 NarcoNews: "Desarrollando…Seguiremos actualizando aquí cuando estemos en condiciones de informar y confirmar más…"

Zelaya 'will rebuild democracy'  9/21/2009 BBC: "The ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has returned to his country after nearly three months in exile following a political coup. Below is the transcript of an interview he gave to the BBC's Latin American service from inside the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa."

COMUNICADO COFADEH: Retorno del Presidente Zelaya  9/21/2009 Habla Honduras - El Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras COFADEH: "El pueblo hondureño tiene el derecho a expresarse libremente, circular por todo el país sin menoscabo a sus garantías individuales. Invocamos el artículo 3 de la Constitución de la República “nadie debe obediencia a un gobierno usurpador ni a quienes asuman funciones con empleos públicos por la fuerza de las armas o usando medios o procedimientos que quebranten o desconozcan lo que esta Constitución y la leyes establecen. Los actos verificados por tales autoridades son nulos”... Denunciamos la suspensión abrupta de los servicios de la telefonía celular de la empresa TIGO que desde las 3:40 pm, ha dejado sin comunicación a miles de hondureños, violentando el derecho a la comunicación y la libertad de expresión, consignados en la Constitución de la República. Nos alarma la movilización de convoyes militares y policiales en las cercanías de la avenida La Paz, zona en donde se encuentra el Presidente Constitucional de la República, Don Manuel Zelaya Rosales, en la Embajada del Brasil."

President Zelaya Has Returned to Honduras  9/21/2009 Honduras Oye: "State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says in Washington that U.S. officials have confirmed that Zelaya is in Honduras. But Kelly adds: “Where exactly he is, I don’t know, and we’re just trying to find out more details.” Officials of the interim government that ousted Zelaya earlier denied his claims that he had returned to Tegucigalpa. And a U.N. official denied that he was at the United Nations office he said he was speaking from in an interview with a local television station."

¡Presidente Zelaya ya está en Honduras!  9/21/2009 El Libertador: "El legítimo Presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, ya se encuentra en territorio nacional, 85 días después de que fuera derrocado por la dictadura impuesta por Roberto Micheletti. Esto fue confirmado por el mandatario a un canal de televisión nacional: “Estoy en Tegucigalpa”, fueron las primeras palabras que vertió, ante el grito de entusiasmo por parte de la resistencia."

Radio Globo en vivo desde Tegucigalpa, Honduras  9/21/2009 Radio Globo 

Manuel Zelaya's Nightime Return to Honduras  9/21/2009 Huffington Post: "That Zelaya traveled at night, crossing "rivers and mountains," as he put it, all the while managing to evade Honduran intelligence - largely funded, trained, and provisioned by the US military - is quite a feat - and also a hint that Zelaya still commands the loyalty of some sectors of the military and police… It has become increasingly clear that Micheletti's strategy of trying to hold out until scheduled presidential elections in late November was not working, with a movement within Honduras for a boycott of the vote gaining steam and most Latin American nations saying they would not recognize its results. Since the prospect of holding elections with Zelaya in prison - or perhaps still rallying supporters from his Brazilian refuge -- would only underscore the illegitimacy of the coup government, it seems that it will have no choice but to negotiate directly with Zelaya his return to power. Those backing the coup perhaps sense that their game is up; a communiqué issued by the National Front Against the Coup reports that some businessmen and military leaders who supported Zelaya's overthrow are leaving the country. If this is a moment of truth for Honduras, it is also one for Washington. Since his ouster, Washington has sent mixed messages, refusing to condemn the coup with the same force as the Organization of American States and the European Union, and refusing to apply as much pressure as it could - freezing the foreign bank accounts, for instance, of those behind the overthrow - that could force the restoration of democracy."

Llamado a la población: todos a la Embajada de Brasil  9/21/2009 Hibueras: "Se hace un llamado a la población para que de manera ordenada vayan a la capital a reunirse con el presidente Zelaya, él está en la embajada de Brasil. Pueden también presentarse a las reuniones del frente de resistencia. En San Pedro Sula ya la gente está lista para partir y llegarán mañana martes. Mientras tanto miles y miles de personas están ya en los alrededores de la embajada de Brasil. Se pide a la población que contacte al frente de resistencia para mayor información, La embajada de Brasil está en la Avenida los Próceres cerca de la embajada de Estados Unidos. La consigna del frente de resistencia es el llamado a la Constituyente. Mujeres, hombres, jóvenes, ancianos, niños, todos, todos a la embajada de Brasil. Están transmitiendo la llegada de Zelaya: Telesur, radio Globo, Cholusat"

EJERCITO REVOLUCIONARIO DEL PUEBLO HONDUREÑO  9/19/2009 ERPH.org: alleged false flag site

WHOIS results for erph.org  9/19/2009 Network Solutions: "Registrant Name:Georges Godoy Registrant Street1:106 avenue Roger Salengro Registrant City:Chaville Registrant State/Province: Registrant Postal Code:92370 Registrant Country:FR Registrant Phone:+33.147500943"

Honduras Resistance Warns of Provocateurs on the Internet  9/19/2009 NarcoNews: "And what drives the coup mongers battiest is that after 84 days of constant and massive dissent against the illegitimate coup regime – even after more than 3,500 arbitrary arrests of coup opponents, brutal beatings, torture and even some assassinations by the regime, its police and its military – the resistance remains nonviolent. Coup defenders have thus tried to seize upon isolated images of youths tossing tear gas canisters back at police, or the early August incident in which three unidentified men, a few blocks away from a protest march, set fire to a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant with a Molotov, as somehow representative of the resistance. They’ve tossed in a few photos of graffiti on the walls of Honduran cities as further supposed evidence of the unruly nature of the resistance. But that dog hasn’t hunted and so now the deceit and trickery has sunk to a new low: the invention, out of thin cyberspace, of a supposed guerrilla army and its website which claims the armed organization (one that doesn’t exist) is sponsored by the National Resistance Front Against the Coup d’Etat, the umbrella organization for many organizations and individuals that oppose the coup."

Golpistas racistas: cierre del Hospital Comunitario garífuna de Ciriboya  9/18/2009 Honduras Resists: "En los útlimos días se viene haciendo efectiva la amenaza de la conversión del Hospital Comunitario de Ciriboya en un simple centro de salud, descalificando la enorme labor de apoyo efectuada por los médicos garífunas graduado en la ELAM y las brigadas cubanas. Las razones que motivan al régimen de facto a tomar la determinación de destruir el trabajo efectuado por el Hospital Comunitario de Ciriboya, radica en el racismo de los funcionarios estatales que se han incorporado a la pesadilla orquestada por Micheletti, y al desprecio por la visión social de los médicos educados en Cuba, versus a la mentalidad capitalista de la mayoría de los médicos egresados de las escuelas locales."

Racist coup government: Shut down the Garífuna Community Hospital of Ciriboya  9/18/2009 Honduras Resists: "This report was written by the National Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), the largest organization of Afro-Hondurans and an important force within the resistance to the coup d'etat. The Garífuna doctor who spearheaded the creation of the hospital, Dr. Luther Castillo has been faced with ongoing threats to his life and freedom as a result of the coup."

Honduras and Iran: Essay Requirement for the School of Authentic Journalism  9/17/2009 Narco News: "In June of 2009 Civil Resistance Movements Emerged in Two Countries, but Much of the Media Coverage Treated Each Differently"

Rights Action SPEAKING TOURS - FALL 2009 - “RESISTANCE TO MILITARY COUPS & GOLD MINING DEVASTATION IN HONDURAS & GUATEMALA”  9/17/2009 Rights Action: "In October, activists with Rights Action will be on speaking tours in Ontario, Quebec, eastern Canada, and parts of north-east USA, showing slides and short documentaries and speaking about the on-going pro-democracy, anti-coup movement in Honduras and about indigenous and community resistance to Goldcorp Inc.’s open-pit, cyanide leach mines in Guatemala and Honduras."

La FAES de Aznar niega el golpe  9/16/2009 El Correo Web: "La Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales (FAES) que preside José María Aznar considera que España, la UE y Estados Unidos están desempeñando en Honduras un papel "meramente subsidiario" de los intereses del líder venezolano, Hugo Chávez."

De Facto Regime Terrorizes Father of Slain Youth  9/16/2009 Earth Island Institute 

The Honduran Coup: Was it a Matter of Behind-the-Scenes Finagling by State Department Stonewallers?  9/16/2009 COHA: "Evidence points to Senator John McCain, Otto Reich, the heavily ideological policy advisor on Latin America for the McCain campaign, and Robert Carmona-Borjas, a Venezuelan lawyer, columnist and academic, all of whom may have had significant financial and politicized ties to the U.S. telecommunications industry. Senator McCain and the International Republican Institute (IRI), of which he is chairman, have both received significant funding from AT&T. In return, the IRI has fought tirelessly against Latin American democracies that refuse to privatize their telecommunication companies. By chance, Zelaya has been one of the chief opponents to privatization. Additionally, connections between this corporate agenda and Carmona-Borjas, who fled to the U.S. in 2002 after Chávez had been briefly ousted, have since been discovered. Carmona-Borjas is now a co-founder of the Arcadia foundation, an institute that has launched fierce attacks against Zelaya, accusing him of alleged fraud and corruption involving Hondutel, the Honduran state telecommunications company that he has refused to privatize. A fierce opponent of Zelaya and an acquaintance of Carmona-Borjas, rightwing ideologue Otto Reich has contested any reinstallment of the Zelaya administration. Perhaps this is because his firm, Otto Reich Associates, is the paid agent of a number of clients promoting the free trade ideology in Latin America, which has closely coincided with the push for privatization of the Honduran telecommunications industry."

Resistencia antigolpista vuelve a las calles de Honduras  9/14/2009 PL 

Honduran presidential hopefuls to meet mediator  9/14/2009 AP: "Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said he will meet Wednesday with at least four of the six candidates, including the top two contenders, in an effort to gain their support for restoring ousted President Manuel Zelaya before the Nov. 29 ballot. Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been leading U.S.-backed efforts to restore Zelaya, said he will make clear that the world will not recognize the outcome of the election unless Zelaya is reinstated before then. "The idea is to speak with them frankly," Arias said at a news conference in Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, where the meeting will take place. "What good is there for a presidential hopeful in Honduras to win the elections if his future government will not be recognized by the international community and the sanctions will continue or even increase?"

Honduras envoy says "ordered out" of U.N. rights body  9/14/2009 Reuters 

History Repeats Itself in Honduras - Banana Workers Unions Apply Lessons of 1954 General Strike to Coup Resistance  9/14/2009 NarcoNews: "As for other kinds of replacement, Nuñez announced that many of the banana plantations in the vicinity of La Lima had been replanted with African palms, which produce palm oil and biodiesel. University of California professor Dana Frank, well – known by all at COSIBAH, offers one explanation for the proliferation of the African palm in her book Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America. According to Frank, banana corporations like Chiquita took advantage of the destruction of the majority of the Honduran banana plantations by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 to withdraw from plantations that had workers’ unions or else replant them with African palms, which require less of a work force and thus presumably generate fewer workers’ demands. Other objectives of African palm proliferation were suggested by Nuñez, one of them being the expropriation of land from small farmers who had been encouraged to convert to the crop and then gone bankrupt due to increased Asian production of palms and their diminishing market price. Nuñez listed Honduran politician and businessman Jaime Rosenthal as an example of someone who might end up in possession of the expropriated land and proceeded to list other things already in the Rosenthal family’s possession, such as banks, crocodiles, the newspaper El Tiempo, and the Marathon soccer team – which, he added mischievously, workplace safety coordinator Gloria García avidly supported."

Official: U.S. revokes visas of Honduran president, 15 others  9/13/2009 CNN 

Honduras: Narcotráfico e imperio converge  9/11/2009 CubaDebate: "En Honduras la actividad de los carteles de la droga, el lavado de dinero, el surgimiento de numerosas fortunas sin explicación, intensa actividad en la construcción, infraestructuras innecesarias, no son actividades nuevas. De hecho ya durante esta década incluso un diputado del derechista Partido Nacional fue capturado mientras peleaba por recuperar un cargamento d droga de una avioneta que aterrizo clandestinamente en una carretera sin pavimentar en el despoblado departamento de Olancho (http://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/2003/07/08/internacionales/inter2.html) . Este diputado fue puesto en la cárcel, y antes de que se esclareciera nada fue ejecutado en la penitenciaria. El caso se cerró pero la conexión entre los fondos de la droga y los políticos hizo aparición por primera vez. Resulta sorprendente la efectividad policial desde entonces para ignorar evidencias, pistas o indicios racionales sobre este tipo de casos."

EU to warn Honduras of further sanctions over coup  9/10/2009 Reuters: ""Until a peaceful settlement is found, the EU will stand ready to take further restrictive measures, including targeting those members of the de facto government who are seen to be blocking progress on a negotiated solution," the statement, seen by Reuters, said."

Bajo un golpe de Estado no puede haber elecciones libres  9/8/2009 Hibueras 

Micheletti vs la “Bestia”  9/8/2009 AfroCubaWeb: "Al condenar desde el Parlamento hondureño al “lépero” Miranda, el hoy golpista Michiletti retomaba religiosamente las maldiciones proferidas por la jerarquía católica en contra de los seguidores de Miranda por tatuarse el diabólico signo 666 en el cuerpo.  El arzobispo de Tegucigalpa, cardenal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez, hoy partidario del golpe de estado, había denunciado al líder satánico que encabeza la secta Creciendo en Gracia, por promover manifestaciones callejeras."

FUND-RAISING APPEAL - RESISTING & ROLLING BACK THE COUP-REGIME IN HONDURAS  9/7/2009 Rights Action 

They fear us because we are not afraid: Honduran women resist the coup  9/7/2009 Stabroek News, Guyana: "In their preliminary report, the Observatorio de la Transgresión Feminista (Feminist Transformation Watch) noted the central role of women in daily street marches and demonstrations rejecting the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti and calling for the return of President Manuel Zelaya. They noted the increasing use of violence by the military and police against demonstrators, and that women were being targeted in specific and all too predictable ways. One news report described acts of sexual aggression against women, “ranging from verbal obscenities and threats to women being grabbed or beaten with batons in their buttocks, to torture and rape in detention”. In one reported incident, women who were demonstrating outside the Institute of Women against the policies of the newly installed Minister of Women (who has refused to hear any complaints of the violations of women’s human rights following the coup), found themselves on the receiving end of the baton wielding military who she called in to dismantle the protest. Given the fact that so many of the testimonies have implicated the military and police as perpetrators, women have been understandably reluctant to file reports. In a situation that Guyanese can surely sympathise with at present, what do you do when those entrusted with the ‘legitimate use of force’ and with people’s security and safety are among those that you fear?"

Creciendo en Gracia, una secta en campaña agresiva en Iberoamérica  9/7/2009 Zenit, Rome: Zenit es un periodico catolico en Roma - "En estos últimos años se ha puesto de actualidad una secta de origen cristiano denominada "Creciendo en Gracia", que se caracteriza por un proselitismo agresivo y sus ataques a la Iglesia católica y a otras confesiones religiosas. Fundada por un puertorriqueño que se hace llamar "Jesucristo hombre" y el Anticristo, está extendida por todos los países de habla hispana. Por eso publicamos este estudio, realizado por Luis Santamaría del Río, sacerdote de la diócesis de Zamora y miembro de la Red Iberoamericana de Estudio de las Sectas (RIES)."

Honduras targets deposed leader over expenses  9/6/2009 AFP: "Honduras' de facto government attacked deposed President Manual Zelaya on Saturday for wasting six million dollars of public funds on horses, vacations and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Government officials distributed a lengthy list of what they claimed were Zelaya's pet luxury items, including cash for the upkeep of his horses as well as airline tickets, jewelry, the use of a private helicopter, and his own top-of-the-range motorbike, local media reported."

Centrales obreras hondureñas acuerdan nuevo paro nacional  9/4/2009 Aporrea: "Hoy amanecieron en paro de labores las empresas estatales como: la empresa Nacional de energía eléctrica (ENEE), El Servicio Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (SANAA), la Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (HONDUTEL) y otras empresas más del Estado, cuyos empleados están afiliados a las tres centrales obreras que hay en el país, para participar en las protestas de la resistencia."

U.S. Warns Honduras on New Vote  9/4/2009 WSJ: "U.S. officials also said they would revoke some visas of members and supporters of Honduras's interim government. Potentially more significant were the U.S. comments on the elections set for November. The interim Honduran government hopes that the inauguration of a new president will provide a path out of the country's current isolation. "At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections," a statement by State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said. U.S. officials declined to comment further on the implied election threat."

Honduran Garifuna Culture Threatened by Coup  9/4/2009 New American Media: by Willie Thompson - "The Honduran de facto coup government under Roberto Micheletti plans to eliminate the Honduran Garifuna people and culture. Micheletti has rescinded the Manuel Zelaya authorization to teach in the Garifuna language in school and to teach the language itself. All scholarships to Garifuna students have been eliminated. Now, Micheletti, with no opposition from the U.S. State Department, has set Sept. 1, 2009, to take over the Garifuna built and operated hospital and fire its Latin American Medical School (ELAM) trained Garifuna physicians, including Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, its founder. Dr. Castillo Harry has been targeted for assassination in order to decapitate the Garifuna leadership. The original open assassination strategy has been revised to arrest and imprison Castillo Harry and have him killed in jail as a way of covering his assassination."

Los hechos hablan  9/3/2009 ALAI Net: "Ese es el gran ejemplo que nos da la comunidad garífuna de Iriona que demanda, en forma urgente, la solidaridad del pueblo hondureño para que el hospital que fue construido con los esfuerzos de todos sus miembros, no les sea arrebatado para encadenarlo a un sistema estatal que no garantiza la permanencia de los beneficios médicos con que actualmente cuenta, especialmente los que ofrecen los profesionales garífunas, compatriotas graduados en Cuba."

EL LIBERTADOR aporta pruebas: El Heraldo mintió: Secretario de Seguridad hizo el retiro de cincuenta millones del Banco Central  9/2/2009 El Libertador 

Chávez tiró la toalla  9/2/2009 Cuba Entre Rejas: "Hoy hemos recibido dos buenas noticias. La Unión Europea aprobó el desembolso de $150 millones que estaban pendientes de entrega al gobierno de Honduras y que habían manifestado que no lo harían. La segunda buena noticia es que en el día de ayer una delegación de empresarios del San Salvador y Panamá se reunieron con el presidente Roberto Micheletti."

Zelaya: Honduras election 'a fraud'  9/2/2009 Al Jazeera: "Manuel Zelaya, the ousted Honduran president, has said elections is his country due to be held on November 29 will be viewed as a fraud by the international community. Speaking to reporters in Washington, where he has been meeting with representatives from the Organisation of American States (OAS), Zelaya said he had been assured the result of the poll would not be recognised."

Takeover imminent of Honduras’ Garifuna Community Hospital  9/1/2009 SF Bay View: by Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

Honduran Zelaya post coup return unlikely: Chavez  9/1/2009 Reuters: "Regardless of whether Zelaya returns or not, and really, at this point, that's hard to imagine, Honduras will keep up the fight," Chavez said in a phone call to Venezuelan television from Libya."

Clinton to meet Zelaya, US mulls cutting off aid  9/1/2009 Reuters: "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to meet ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Thursday, the State Department said as Washington debates formally cutting off aid to the Honduran government… Clinton's Washington talks with Zelaya, a wealthy landowner who moved toward the left after taking office, take place against the backdrop of an extended U.S. government debate on whether he was deposed by the military."

La resistencia se profundiza con el boicot electoral: Vamos por la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente  9/1/2009 El Libertador: “Vamos a despreciar y rechazar a todos los políticos y las políticas golpistas que hoy están avalando la farsa electoral, vamos a elegir una Asamblea Constituyente para una nueva Constitución, un nuevo acuerdo para refundar a Honduras”.

OFRANEH: Golpistas racistas cierran Hospital Comunitario Garifuna de Ciriboya  8/31/2009 Honduras Solidarity: "En los útlimos días se viene haciendo efectiva la amenaza de la conversión del Hospital Comunitario de Ciriboya en un simple centro de salud, descalificando la enorme labor de apoyo efectuada por los médicos garífunas graduado en la ELAM y las brigadas cubanas. Las razones que motivan al régimen de facto a tomar la determinación de destruir el trabajo efectuado por el Hospital Comunitario de Ciriboya, radica en el racismo de los funcionarios estatales que se han incorporado a la pesadilla orquestada por Micheletti, y al desprecio por la visión social de los médicos educados en Cuba, versus a la mentalidad capitalista de la mayoría de los médicos egresados de las escuelas locales. La labor efectuada tanto por las brigadas cubanas como por los médicos garífunas, ha servido de paradigma al igual que la construcción con recursos propios de un hospital modelo, único en Honduras y ejemplo para los demás pueblos indígenas."

Scenes of Resistance in Honduras  8/31/2009 CounterPunch 

Toppling a Coup, Part VII: A School of Leaders in Honduras  8/31/2009 NarcoNews: "75 young Afro-Honduran community organizers gathered this weekend in La Ceiba and issued a call for a November 2010 referendum for a new Constitution. D.R. 2009 Samuel Molina… The July comment by its make-believe “foreign minister” that referred to US President Barack Obama as “that little nigger” was not an isolated gaffe: Coup “president” Roberto Micheletti has additionally installed the country’s most infamously bigoted politician, Rafael Pineda Ponce, as his very own chief of staff. As the de facto regime’s “minister of government,” Pineda Ponce has suddenly found new relevance in Honduran political life. Before the coup plotters rescued him from obscurity, Pineda Ponce was a disgraced and largely forgotten 2001 presidential candidate on the Liberal Party line who lost to President Ricardo Maduro largely due to the total rejection Pineda Ponce faced from the Afro-Honduran population after he referred to those citizens sneeringly as “monkeys” that hang from trees."

The Parable of the Honduran Congresswoman and the Gringa Blogger  8/31/2009 Narco News: "Congresswoman Silvia Ayala Multi-Tasks to Restore Democracy as Self-Pitying Expat Blogger Attempts to Smear Her While Updating Amazon Wish List"

Position of National Front Againt the Coup on Elections  8/31/2009 Honduras Resists: "NEITHER CAMPAIGN NOR LEGITIMATE ELECTIONS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COUP."

Pese a la presión, Micheletti inicia campaña para elecciones generales  8/31/2009 ADITAL 

U.S. must get tough to help restore democratic order in Honduras  8/30/2009 Seattle Times: By Elvia Valle - "ROBERTO Micheletti, the man who, on June 28, supported a military coup against the president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, and then assumed control of the country, was until recently a close friend and political ally. For years, I had admired his strong commitment to democracy. But then when I first realized, in early June of this year, that Micheletti was prepared to betray his principles in his effort to force President Zelaya out of power, I felt a deep sense of disgust and fear… Moreover, on top of being unconstitutional, the vote to approve the destitution of Zelaya was not transparent. I am a member of our Congress' Executive Committee, yet I was not summoned to participate in the vote to approve the president's removal, nor were another 20 fellow Liberal Party members of Congress. The regime then tried to fool the world by claiming there was a unanimous congressional decision supporting the coup, even though some 27 congress members publicly voiced their opposition…. The U.S. should freeze the de facto regime leaders' U.S.-based assets, and revoke their visas, as the U.S. State Department has already started to do. The U.S. should also join the Union of South American Nations and Mexico in refusing to recognize the outcome of November's elections. Since the electoral process would be held under a de facto regime that has suppressed all constitutional liberties, civil guarantees and the freedom of expression, conditions for free and fair elections will be impossible, and some politicians who have publicly denounced the coup now face reprisals and retaliation for their ties to President Zelaya."

HOSPITAL GARIFUNA: Cuba y Estados Unidos trabajan juntos en Honduras  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "Entrevista a John Garamendi, Vicegobernador del Estado de California en Estados Unidos durante la inauguración de una clínica en Ciraboya."

“Los cubanos médicos llegan a cualquier sitio y atienden a la gente como lo que es”  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson 

GARIFUNAS: “El capitalismo que existe en Honduras nos ha destruido”  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "Diálogo con Arnulfo Mejias Zelaya, el Alcalde del muncipio de Iriona y de la Comunidad Garífuna que subraya que “antes que llegaran los médicos cubanos en Iriona sólo había un médico”"

“Los médicos cubanos curamos, prevenimos, y no hablamos de dinero, así nos formamos”  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "Hace 16 meses llegó la primera Brigada Médica Cubana a Ciriboya, una aldea del municipio de Iriona. Ganó inmediatamente el cariño y el amor de la población garifuna. Trabajaron los cubanos un año y fueron reemplazados por un nuevo contingente. Con ellos conversé cuando solo faltaba un mes antes de que inaugurara un hermoso hospital de dos pisos el 8 de diciembre. Los tres cubanos con que conversamos son la Licenciada en Enfermería LOYNA CARIDAD MILANES ALDAZABAL, la especialista en Medicina Integral (MGI) KENYA FERNÁNDEZ MORA y el Estomatólogo, JORGE LUÍS CHIVAS."

Garifunas: La lucha por el derecho a salud para el pueblo garifuna  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "El 27 de febrero del 1999 llegaron los primeros estudiantes latinoamericanos para comenzar sus estudios en la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, ELAM, una institución que fue inaugurada por Fidel Castro el 15 de noviembre del mismo año cuando se celebraba la Cumbre de los Jefes de los paises Iberoamericanos. Desde el inicio estuvo al frente Eladio Valcárcel, vicerrector de la ELAM con lo cual conversamos en esta entrevista exclusiva."

HOSPITAL GARIFUNA: Diálogo con el Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, motor de la lucha del pueblo garifuna  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: "LUTHER: Primero que nada agradecer profundamente a ti, compañero Dick, por esta oportunidad. Vale aclarar que los verdaderos motores de este proyecto son Fidel, el pueblo cubano y el pueblo garífuna, que creemos son engranajes muy importantes. Fidel por la concepción de este proyecto que es la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, que nos permite a nosotros los pobres, los afrodescendientes de Honduras, e hijos de campesinos, de obreros y diferentes grupos étnicos, formarnos en esta noble carrera que es la de Medicina. El pueblo cubano por el apoyo y ese soporte que ha dado a estos ideales. Y el pueblo garífuna por el compromiso que hemos tenido en la lucha por muchos años y es la que nos mantiene ahí firmes para crear este proyecto, que es la idea con la que fue concebida la ELAM."

HOSPITAL GARIFUNA: LA LUCHA POR LA SALUD DEL PUEBLO GARIFUNA EN HONDURAS  8/29/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: Expresión de la solidaridad internacionalista de la Revolución Cubana - Reportaje, audio y fotos de Dick Emanuelsson - Trascripción Adriana D'Ambrosio, la Juventud (Montevideo) - "Transcurrieron 116 años, entre que se fundó la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Honduras hasta que se pudo graduar el primer médico garifuna en esa Facultad. Sin embargo, entre 2005 y 2007 ya han sido graduados en la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicinas (ELAM), en Cuba, 32 médicos garifunas y están por graduarse varias decenas más de esta etnia hondureña. Es con este panorama comenzamos este reportaje divididos en cinco partes."

El golpe de estado en Honduras y los aparatos clericales  8/28/2009 ADITAL: por Helio Gallardo Martínez, Teólogo del DEI (Departamento Ecuménico de Investigación). Profesor de la Universidad de Costa Rica -- "Por el contrario, la ruindad ventajista de las palabras del Cardenal no hizo sino confirmar que al menos él sí sabía que se había producido un golpe de Estado y que políticamente un eventual retorno de Zelaya tornaría más vigorosa la resistencia interna de la población que se oponía a los golpistas. Puesto que tuvo a la mano una mejor y coherente opción para debilitar la posición de Zelaya (a quien probablemente odia por razones personales) su aporte personal, además de ruin, puede considerarse estúpido. Que se haya reparado poco en ello se deriva exclusivamente de que, como cardenal, la gente ve en él y escucha en sus palabras, algo sagrado."

Dictador Roberto Micheletti reta a Estados Unidos y la OEA: "No tenemos miedo al embargo de nadie"  8/27/2009 El Libertador 

BALTASAR GARZÓN: “Para la defensa de derechos humanos no existe frontera”  8/26/2009 El Libertador: "Asimismo, respecto al caso de Billy Joya, señalado de violación de derechos humanos en la década de 1980, el miembro de la Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos, Guillermo Pérez, afirmó: “Si el aparato judicial hondureño no ha hecho nada en este caso, de nuevo el ejercicio de la jurisdicción universal de España se puede plantear con el señor Billy Joya y él lo debe tener muy claro”."

Dictador hondureño desafía a Estados Unidos  8/26/2009 El Libertador 

Honduran resistance goes it alone  8/26/2009 NarcoNews: "60 days of anti-coup protests show persistence in civil disobedience and little faith in int'l community."

Catalyzing a New Movement - The Coup and Honduran Women  8/26/2009 CounterPunch: "One of the things that provoked the coup d'etat was that the president accepted a petition from the feminist movement regarding the day-after pill. Opus Dei mobilized, the fundamentalist evangelical churches mobilized, along with all the reactionary groups," he explained."

Friedrich Naumann Foundation  8/25/2009 Deep Politics Forum: "The work of the Nauman-Foundation in Latin America is currently drawing attention, because the FDP affiliated organization has conspicuously been supporting the Honduran putschists. Their party, the Partido Liberal de Honduras (PLH), is closely cooperating with this German foundation, and several of the foundation's IAF alumni had already been named ministers and vice ministers before the putsch (german-foreign-policy.com reported [4])."

Fundación alemana que apoya golpe en Honduras patrocina a Carlos Alberto Montaner  8/25/2009 Mundial, Caracas: por Jean Guy Allard - "La fundación alemana Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS), denunciada ante el Parlamento alemán por su apoyo al régimen fascista de Roberto Michiletti, también da cobertura al terrorista de origen cubano Carlos Alberto Montaner y desarrolla operaciones propagandísticas en contra de los gobiernos progresistas de Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Venezuela. Esta organización acaba de ser objeto de acusaciones de injerencia y de interpelaciones al gobierno federal alemán por el grupo parlamentario del partido socialista Die Linke (La Izquierda), quién atacó el carácter ilegitimo de las operaciones de esta fundación ultraderechista vinculada al FDP (Partido Demócrata Liberal)."

Toppling a Coup, Part VI: Electoral, Armed, or Something Else  8/25/2009 NarcoNews: "For seventeen years, ODECO and the man the organization calls its principal strategist, Celeo Alvarez Casildo, have built what is evidently the largest and most advanced project of community organizing anywhere in (and one that reaches across a wide geographical swathe of) Honduras. As Afro-Hondurans they have self-organized to defend and expand their civil rights and those of indigenous peoples and other minorities, to win proportional representation in Congress and other governmental bodies, to overturn NAFTA-style initiatives that would have opened the door wider to foreign ownership of Honduran property and resources and, among other conquests, to legalize 32,000 hectares of communal lands. “We had always been invisible,” Alvarez, fifty-years-young, explained to your reporters. A recent reminder of the unapologetic racism rampant in the mindset of the Honduran oligarchy came in the early days after the June 28 coup d’etat when the regime’s make-believe foreign minister, Enrique Ortez, expressed his views about US President Barack Obama: “Ese negrito no sabe nada de Honduras,” or “That little nigger doesn’t know anything about Honduras.” Alvarez and ODECO launched an all-out media offensive that forced the regime’s first defeat: Ortez’s resignation (the regime transferred him to a less visible sinecure in its bureaucracy)."

Prohíbido disentir  8/23/2009 Hibueras: "El Noticiero Radio noticias Chic, que dirigía acertadamente el compañero Mario Peralta, a través de la radio Chic Estéreo de San Esteban, Olancho fue cerrado por los propietarios de la radio, encabezados por la diputada suplente Mirian Paz, en represalia por haber transmitido en el noticiero un pronunciamiento del Frente De Resistencia Popular de San Esteban, Olancho y una entrevista del coordinador general del frente Ing. Mario Méndez."

Honduras Reports Lack of Towns Named for Oliver North  8/23/2009 NarcoNews: "Last Thursday night in the northeastern Honduran port of Trujillo, Al Giordano and I visited the Bahia Bar, past clients of which had allegedly included Marine Corps officer Oliver North in the 1980s. North’s patronage was presumably an effect of the bar’s proximity to the Trujillo airfield, which functioned as a transit point for Colombian cocaine en route to the United States."

The Learning Curve of the Teachers vs. the Honduras Coup  8/23/2009 NarcoNews: "In this tropical banana producing region, the highway blockades of July were of longer duration – some for as long as 60 or 70 consecutive hours – than in other parts of the country (see also Belén Fernández’s related report from the region, Honduras Reports Lack of Towns Named for Oliver North) and faced less interference from repressive forces. “There is more respect here from the police and the Army,” Paz explained, and by respect it’s clear that he means a healthy fear of provoking this population. Colón – like Olancho to the south, and much of eastern Honduras – has a farming and ranching populace many of whom possess weapons for hunting and protection. And while the resistance here, too, is nonviolent, the locals do have a nationwide reputation for self-defense. One of the first and biggest stores one sees upon entering Tocoa, population 53,000, is called “La Armería” – “The Gunshop” - and displays large hand painted images of the weapons and bullets on sale inside. As in the rural regions of the United States, sportsmen are a big part of the culture, as are omnipresent cowboy hats men wear. That this region’s civil resistance has remained pacific is evidence of the self-discipline maintained so far by its movement’s most important sectors."

HONDURAS’ Cuban Connection: Coup AND Assassination Attempts?  8/23/2009 Honduras Oye: "In an article he wrote (translated by Machetera) in early July, Dr. Nestor Garcia Iturbe, identified a network of Cuban terrorists that was involved in the coup against President Zelaya. Among them was Ralph Nodarse, owner of Channel 6 TV in San Pedro Sula and good buddy of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. The following article written by Miguel Angel Ferrer suggests that not only was Nodarse involved in the coup, but was an active participant in assassination attempts against President Zelaya. And. as if this is not enough, let’s remember that the next stop for Cuban terrorist, Armando Valladares, the darling of the Reganites, is supposed to be Honduras."

Escalating Sexual Aggression Against Women Protesting Military Coup  8/23/2009 Honduras Oye: "Women’s and human rights groups are receiving reports of escalating sexual aggression against women both in the demonstrations and in detentions, ranging from verbal obscenities and threats, to women being grabbed or beaten with batons on their buttocks, to torture and rape in detentions, noted Adela Coria of the Center for Women’s Studies (CEM). In today’s Forum in Tegucigalpa, Yadida Minero reported that she had just taken a young woman to a radio station to denounce her torture and rape with a rifle while in detention at a police station. Likewise, in the United States, the diminishing number of media reports on Honduras reflect how Pres. Obama led by Secretary State Hillary Clinton is backing away from his originally strong condemnation of the coup which ousted the legally elected President Zelaya, according to Breny Mendoza, a Honduran living in the US, and professor at California State University in Northridge."

Despidos ordenados por ministra de facto, ponen en peligro la memoria histórica de Honduras  8/22/2009 Defensores en Linea 

CIDH comprueba violaciones a los derechos humanos en Honduras  8/22/2009 El Libertador 

Feministas en resistencia: “S i Zelaya no retorna, se dará otra lucha histórica”  8/22/2009 El Libertador 

CIDH confirmó existencia de patrón de uso desproporcionado de la fuerza pública en Honduras  8/22/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Los golpistas se hacel el hara kiri: en 80% se redujo el flujo turístico en Honduras  8/22/2009 Hibueras: "Tan grave es la crisis que la Federación de Cámaras de Turismo (FEDECATUR) están haciendo hasta lo imposible para unir esfuerzos para que las pérdidas sean menores que las habidas hasta ahora, y es que dar un golpe de Estado en plena temporada puede ocurrírsele unicamente a la débil y desraizada empresa privada hondureña, que siempre ha visto a corto término y jamás ha podido superar el cortoplacismo. Esa debilidad e inmadurez fue habilmente explotada por los tiburones venezolanos golpistas y ahora por los aventureros cubanos que, tranquilamente, llegan a ofrecerse al gobierno de facto para reprimir a los hondureños que protestan contra el golpe de Estado."

La figura de las manifestaciones ilícitas amenaza a la Resistencia contra el Golpe  8/21/2009 Defensores en Linea: "Los acusados y acusadas por el Ministerio Público que se convirtieron en perseguidos políticos del gobierno de facto de Roberto Micheletti, fueron capturados, torturados y detenidos ilegalmente por efectivos policiales, durante un brutal desalojo a una manifestación pacífica, ejercido por las fuerzas represivas del Estado, el pasado miércoles 12 de agosto en el centro de la capital."

Open Letter to Kenneth Roth - Why has Human Rights Watch Fallen Silent on Honduras?  8/21/2009 CounterPunch: "We are deeply concerned by the absence of statements and reports from your organization over the serious and systematic human rights abuses that have been committed under the Honduran coup regime over the past six weeks. It is disappointing to see that in the weeks since July 8, when Human Rights Watch issued its most recent press release on Honduras, that it has not raised the alarm over the extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, physical assaults, and attacks on the press – many of which have been thoroughly documented - that have occurred in Honduras, in most cases by the coup regime against the supporters of the democratic and constitutional government of Manuel Zelaya… We know that there are, sadly, innumerable urgent human rights crises around the world, all of which require your attention. Addressing the deteriorating situation in Honduras, however, is of paramount importance given its potential to serve as a precedent for other coups and the rise of other dictatorships, not just in Honduras, but throughout the region."

"Más tarde o temprano vamos a tener una guerrilla en Honduras”  8/20/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: “Si se sigue reprimiendo el pueblo y provocando a la juventud, que no se extrañen las clases golpistas, que más tarde o temprano vamos a tener una guerrilla en Honduras”

Amnesty: Honduran Forces Using Arrests, Beatings to Punish Zelaya Supporters  8/20/2009 Democracy Now: "Yes, we visited the country at the end of July, and we had the opportunity while we were there to visit a police station just after a demonstration had taken place. We interviewed some of the seventy-five people who were detained in that police station. For example, we interviewed a nineteen-year-old girl who had injuries to her back, to her arms, to her legs, from where she’d been beaten repeatedly by police using their batons. This was during the breakup of a peaceful demonstration that day. That’s just one example of many during that day when we interviewed those people at the police station."

Honduras regime breaks ties with Argentina  8/19/2009 AFP: "The de facto leaders said they were breaking off relations on the basis of "strict reciprocity" after Argentina last week expelled the Honduran ambassador over her support for the military coup. Diplomatic relations would now pass through the Israeli embassy in Argentina, they said in a statement."

Honduras post-coup mediation moves to Washington  8/19/2009 UPI: "State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters the talks had taken place and included acting Assistant Secretary of State Craig Kelly. "But it in no way -- I'd like to emphasize -- this in no way is meant to imply any kind of acceptance of the de facto regime in Tegucigalpa," he said." [wink, wink]

Honduras government takes over the only Garifuna hospital in the country  8/19/2009 Caribbean Net News: "This unrest in Honduras, if it continues, could lead to many of these Garifuna people leaving Honduras to go and join their relatives in Belize and the United States. This action on the part of the current Honduran government could be considered a gross violation of the Garifuna people’s human rights. The act of forcefully closing down a hospital that takes care of the sick and needy by the military is not one that falls into good behavior with any humanitarian government or agency throughout this world. As a Garifuna from Belize who has relatives all over Honduras, like many other Garifuna people from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize, I call on all Garifuna people throughout Central America and the world to file a complaint with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, the United States, other countries and international agencies to condemn this outrageous act. The Garifuna people who are seeking treatment for their diseases and are currently on medication may not be able to survive while this unrest is ongoing."

Cracks in the Honduran Coup Regime Grow Wider  8/18/2009 NarcoNews 

“The Only Crime” in Honduras  8/16/2009 Upside Down World: "Soon after the highway blockade began, there was a negotiation between resistance leaders and police officials, supposedly in order to avoid yet another violent eviction. According to witnesses, a verbal agreement was made between the two parties to allow the protest to continue for another hour and peacefully disperse. However, approximately twenty minutes after the agreement was reached, a large police presence gathered, along with some elements of the army. The police then proceeded to violently quell the protest, using tear gas and a water cannon. The demonstrators dispersed, but police ran after resistance participants running towards downtown Choloma, using brutal violence during their arrest of protesters and others, and during their transfer to the nearby police station in Choloma. Twenty-seven people were detained. Among them were minors, elderly people, women, and journalists. The majority of the 27 detained were violently beaten."

Honduras Charges Zelaya Supporters With Sedition  8/14/2009 ABC: "Some 24 demonstrators were charged with sedition and damaging private property, said Melvin Duarte, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office. Another four were charged with aggravated arson and terrorism in the burning of a bus and a restaurant. Interim President Roberto Micheletti condemned the clashes as "violent and terrorist" and vowed his government would no longer tolerate street blockades and other disruptions."

Honduras Coup: The Labor Angle  8/14/2009 In These Times: "Maria Luisa Borjas, a Congressional candidate in the upcoming November elections with the leftist UD party, said organized labor has been key in mobilizing the population and gaining solidarity from U.S. and European unions. International unions including the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and International Textile Workers Federation have made statements against the coup and called for a boycott of Honduran exports; and AFL-CIO officials have spoken in support of Zelaya. “The strongest arm of the resistance was the unions,” said Borjas, a former police officer fired for exposing corruption. She noted that U.S. and European union workers are refusing to unload or handle Honduran products, including fruits and vegetables, in protest against the coup. “That’s a big blow to business, and it hits them right where it hurts most, the pocket book,” she said."

Pedro Magdiel Muñoz Salvador’s via dolorosa  8/14/2009 Machetera: "El Heraldo, the Honduran newspaper that goes so far as to use Photoshop to erase the blood of Honduran victims in its photos in order to conceal the consequences of the coup d’etat, reported with record speed that at 12:22 p.m. – just 22 minutes after the removal of the body had begun from the eastern part of the country, while the process to determine the causes of Mr. Muñoz’s death had not even finished – that the national police had nothing to do with his arrest, according to their spokesman, Javier Cerrato."

El Opus Dei en Honduras: La Iglesia Católica en el Golpe  8/13/2009 Vos el Soberano 

Israeli commandos in Honduras  8/13/2009 Machetera: "We’re facing the COPEMH building, which is the professional association for middle education, and we also are speaking with Dr. René Andrés Pavón, who is the President of the Honduran Human Rights Commission (CODEH). Dick Emanuelsson (DE): Yesterday CODEH put out a news release denouncing a variety of things, among them that Micheletti’s de facto government has contracted with Israeli commandos or people to train the Honduran military/police forces. What we know from the civil war in Colombia is that these commandos have also been advising the Colombian military forces. What are the Israelis doing here?"

¿Qué es un golpe de Estado?, sinfonia de una masacre  8/13/2009 Honduras Resistencia 

Update on Honduran physician Luther Ware & Garifuna Hospital  8/13/2009 Social Medicine: "Last week, says Dr. Castillo, the defacto ministry of health notified hospital staff that the facility was being downgraded to a health center “under new management”. “They told us that the Garifuna staff-both doctors and locally-trained nurses aides-will be fired,” he told MEDICC. “These measures would condemn to death many of our old and seriously ill people, and stop all outreach and prevention services.” However, he said the staff is staying put, and vows to continue working, even without the small stipend the government had provided in the past and with no guarantee of medicines or vital supplies. “We will not abandon our people,” said Dr. Castillo. “These are the poorest of the poor, the invisible poor.. They are the real victims of the coup,” he told MEDICC.”And they are the reason so many of our young people decided to become doctors in the first place.”"

Interview with Fanni Castillo, young Garifuna leader  8/13/2009 Honduras Resists: "I am Fanni Eliszabeth Solarzano Castillo and I represent the Garifuna community Triunfo de la Cruz."

Muertes ligadas al GOLPE DE ESTADO  8/12/2009 COFADEH: fotos

Anti-Coup Marchers Merge on the Capital of Honduras  8/12/2009 NarcoNews 

Honduras reimposes night-time curfew in capital  8/12/2009 AFP: ""They are afraid of us because we are not afraid," said Zelaya's daughter, Hortensia, referring to the interim government led by Roberto Micheletti and quoting a popular chant among Zelaya supporters. The National Resistance Front, which opposes the bloodless coup that sent Zelaya into exile, has held marches in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to step up the pressure for his return."

Honduras: unions start open-ended strike  8/12/2009 WW4 Report: "As of Aug. 7 the de facto government was dismissing the general strike as only partial. In fact, teachers, healthcare workers, employees of the National Electrical Energy Enterprise and two unions of university students were on all on strike. Strike supporters said few businesses were open and schools were closed around the country. In Francisco Morazán department, which includes Tegucigalpa, the de facto government itself suspended classes, claiming fears that a swine flu epidemic would spread—although the Health Ministry didn't consider the epidemic serious enough to suspend an upcoming soccer match. Soldiers guarded some hospitals in the capital to keep striking medical workers from occupying them. The Mexican daily La Jornada reported that restaurants were empty in Tegucigalpa in the evenings, even though the authorities ended a curfew they maintained for much of the previous month. All four of the country's airports were closed, because 95 technicians had joined the strike. On Aug. 7 the taxi drivers unions decided to side with the strikers. Drivers said that in any case they'd had so little business since the coup that they couldn't make enough in fares to pay the rent for the cabs."

Attack Against Offices of Vía Campesina in Honduras  8/12/2009 Upside Down World: "The act was a clear attack against our social organizations and leaders who are part of the National Front Against the Coup. In addition to the recent attack on Vía Campesina, a bomb capable of killing 15 people went off in the building of the Beverage Workers Union (STIBYS, by its Spanish initials) on July 26th 2009. Both organizations are part of the National Front Against the Coup. We condemn this incident given that the activities of Vía Campesina and the National Front Against the Coup are completely peaceful. It is important to mention that during curfew only police are permitted to be in the street."

Heridos de la represión policial del 12 de agosto  8/12/2009 COFADEH: fotos

ALERTA! Golpista Takeover of Indigenous Garifuna Community Hospital  8/12/2009 Honduras Oye 

Honduras: Decenas de miles de hondureños entran en Tegucigalpa y San Pedro Sula  8/11/2009 Aporrea 

US Secretary of State Clinton’s Micro-Management of the Corporation that Funds the Honduras Coup Regime  8/11/2009 NarcoNews: "In recent days, Narco News has reported that, in the three months prior to the June 28 coup d’etat in Honduras, the US-funded Millennium Change Corporation (MCC) gave at least $11 million US dollars to private-sector contractors in Honduras and also that since the coup it has doled out another $6.5 million. The latter revelation – that the money spigot has been left on even after the coup – comes in spite of claims by the State Department that it has placed non-humanitarian funding “on pause” pending a yet-unfinished review."

On the Road to Tegucigalpa with Father Andrés Tamayo  8/10/2009 NarcoNews 

A U.S. Connection - The Honduran Coup  8/10/2009 CounterPunch: "According to Greg Grandin, a history professor at New York University, the coup makers also included the extremely right-wing Catholic organization, Opus Dei, whose roots go back to the fascist regime of Spanish caudillo Francisco Franco. In the old days, when the U.S. routinely overthrew governments that displeased it, the Marines would have gone in, as they did in Guatemala and Nicaragua, or the CIA would have engineered a coup by the local elites. No one has accused U.S. intelligence of being involved in the Honduran coup, and American troops in the country are keeping a low profile. But the fingerprints of U.S. institutions like the NED, USAID and School for the Americas—plus bipartisan lobbyists, powerful corporations, and dedicated Cold War warriors—are all over the June takeover."

Honduras Coup: Template for a Hemispheric Assault on Democracy  8/10/2009 Global Research: "Costa Rican President Oscar Arias’s plan for ending the coup and restoring “stability” to Honduras should be called the “Obama-Clinton-Lula Plan.” Santiago O’Donnell, regular journalist for the Argentine Pagina 12, wrote on July 26 that the Arias Plan was traced out in a Moscow meeting between Lula and Obama. According to O’Donnell, “Lula wanted Zelaya to return and Obama wanted him not to remain in power. So they came to agreement: Zelaya would return but would not remain in power.” The plan’s evident, but unstated intent was to keep Zelaya from exercising any real power and block any possible return to office in the future. And, above all, to weaken the mass resistance movement. The two presidents met again at the G-8 summit in Italy… In a press conference in Mexico during his state visit this week, Zelaya sent a message to Washington and other hemispheric governments – either golpismo (coup making) by the extreme right will be contained, or Latin America’s left-wing guerrillas will be reborn. He again asserted the people’s right to insurrection under conditions of military dictatorship."

Toppling a Coup, Part III: Discipline Solves the Big Problems  8/10/2009 NarcoNews: "Marovich explained to Honduran organizers on the night of July 31 that when his movement in Serbia moved toward tactics that included informing the police agencies in advance of its plans for each action or demonstration, they succeeded in removing the uncertainty and fear among individual cops sent to contain those protests. “The officer might still receive an order to attack you,” Marovich explained. “But if he’s not personally afraid or nervous – something that happens more when he doesn’t know in advance what the multitude marching toward him is going to do or not - he can think more clearly about how to comply with that order.” Uncertainty, paranoia and fear almost always generate a much more brutal and violent response from individual police or soldiers: Even with those ordered to attack protesters, there are degrees in how savagely that can happen."

Revelan registros del Senado: Jorge Canahuati, Camilo Atala y Jesús Canahuati pagaron la campaña en EE. UU. para consolidar el golpe de Estado  8/10/2009 El Libertador: "El propietario de El Heraldo y La Prensa, Jorge Canahuati Larach (der.); el socio principal de Ficohsa, Camilo Atala (izq.), y el presidente de los maquiladores, Jesús Canahuati (centro), aportaron 28,000 dólares para la campaña en Estados Unidos, a fin de consolidar el golpe de Estado, según rastreo de información de EL LIBERTADOR en la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado de EE.UU."

Toppling a Coup, Part II: The Honduras Regime Is Like an Onion  8/8/2009 NarcoNews: "In three decades of organizing or reporting on social movements, one develops a very good memory of which of them won their battles, which were defeated, and what made the difference between those that won and those that lost. If it could be boiled down to a single factor it would be this: In victorious struggles, a critical mass of the organizers arm themselves to think strategically and act tactically to isolate and defeat their opponent. They learn from experience that the power structure that props up the enemy – be it a government, a particular corporation or an entire political-economic system – is shaped like an onion, and they set about methodically to identify, target and peel away the rings of protection around its core."

L 700 millones en pérdidas por tomas de carretera  8/7/2009 La Prensa: $37 million in dollars, a likely undercount

Senator Fears Letter Sends Wrong Signal on Honduras  8/7/2009 NYT: "The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is concerned that the Obama administration’s efforts to placate Republican critics of its policy on Honduras were giving the impression that American support for the restoration of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, had begun to weaken. Frederick Jones, a spokesman for the committee chairman, Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, said Friday that the senator was worried that a State Department letter to Republican legislators “risks sending a confusing signal” about the United States’ support for negotiations aimed at restoring Mr. Zelaya to power… However, in the letter to Senator Lugar on Wednesday, the State Department seemed to distance itself from Mr. Zelaya, criticizing his “insistence on taking provocative actions” that contributed to the crisis and saying that the administration’s policy “is not based on supporting any politician or individual.” The letter angered Latin American leaders, who were already critical of what they considered a weak response by the United States. The United States has not withdrawn its ambassador and has avoided stronger economic sanctions, saying it was concerned about destabilizing the third poorest country in the hemisphere."

Toppling a Coup, Part I: Dilemmas for the Honduras Regime  8/7/2009 NarcoNews: "One thing that became crystal clear from my reporting from Comayaqua, Tegucigalpa, Catacamas, San Pedro Sula and points in between, through talks with members of the civil resistance, is that the best organizers among them are beginning to wake up each morning with that same question: How do we create a headache for the regime today? These headaches, growing in number and from decentralized locations begin to deliver “the death of a thousand cuts” to the regime, whose only hope to remain in control is to keep the national and international community convinced that, whether legitimate or illegitimate, it at least is in control. But the fast growth of these “dilemma actions” are painting a more compelling picture of a coup regime that very much is not in control, that it is unable to govern."

Honduran Coup Government Continues Attack on the Poor with Plan to Seize Indigenous Hospital  8/7/2009 Huffington Post: "As MEDICC explains, the Garifuna Community Hospital opened in December of 2007 under an agreement with the government of President Zelaya and in accordance with an International Labor Organization covenant that supports locally-managed health services for indigenous and tribal peoples. According to Dr. Castillo, the hospital has treated 175,000 cases since that time, providing such services as birthing, surgeries, hospitalization, dental care, laboratory tests and other outreach and prevention services. Now, the de facto Honduran government is threatening the lives of the poor in the Ionia coastal department and surrounding area by its move to oust the staff of this hospital."

Policías hondureños propinan salvaje golpiza a reportero gráfico del diario TIEMPO  8/6/2009 Aporrea 

Honduran Coup Shows Business Elite Still in Charge  8/6/2009 AP: ''You can't go against the businessmen,'' said seamstress Gladys Gomez, 48. ''They're the ones that give us work.''

¡Conozca las diez familias que financiaron el golpe de Estado en Honduras!  8/6/2009 El Libertador 

Honduras Coup Generals Break Silence in Hopes that World Will Understand Them  8/6/2009 NarcoNews 

Sinceramiento del imperio: EEUU reconoce que en Honduras no respalda a nadie en particular  8/6/2009 Aporrea: "La carta, dirigida al senador Richard Lugar, contiene críticas a Zelaya entre las que señala que ha incurrido en acciones "provocadoras" después del golpe de Estado del 28 de junio, cuando fue sacado del país por militares armados."

Preliminary Report by Int’l. Observation Mission on Human Rights in Honduras Issued Today  8/6/2009 HCV Analysis: "The fundamental rights violations reported to the Mission included a significant number of extrajudicial executions, hundreds of arbitrary detentions, multiple threats, curtailment of freedom of expression and information, as well as undue restrictions on the freedom of movement, altogether signaling a clear context of political persecution that especially affects political and union leaders, human rights defenders, social activists, journalists, foreign citizens, and others."

Ametrallan sede del PANI en franca amenaza contra sindicalistas  8/6/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Ante la brutalidad policial en la UNAH  8/6/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Coup regime steps up repression in Honduras  8/6/2009 World Socialist Web Site: "CODEH further charges that the Micheletti regime is receiving advice from an Israeli private security company on what level of violence to use against the demonstrators. It is also evident that Micheletti is surrounding himself with people who were associated with the dictatorship including the infamous Billy Joya, who is now an advisor to the de facto regime. Joya, an architect of the death squads of the 1970s, was trained by the American CIA and the Chilean fascist dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Another human rights group, the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH), has reported that the regime has assembled a death squad of 120 individuals, which trains on private ranches and includes elements associated with the Pinochet dictatorship."

11 de Agosto de 2009: DIA DE ACCION GLOBAL POR HONDURAS  8/6/2009 COPINH 

Speaking of Democracy, Honduras, and President Obama. . .  8/5/2009 Global Research: "Everyone I talked with there was convinced that the military coup that had overthrown the democratically-elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, had been engineered by two US companies, with CIA support. And that the US and its new president were not standing up for democracy. Earlier in the year Chiquita Brands International Inc. (formerly United Fruit) and Dole Food Co had severely criticized Zelaya for advocating an increase of 60% in Honduras’s minimum wage, claiming that the policy would cut into corporate profits. They were joined by a coalition of textile manufacturers and exporters, companies that rely on cheap labor to work in their sweatshops. Memories are short in the US, but not in Central America. I kept hearing people who claimed that it was a matter of record that Chiquita (United Fruit) and the CIA had toppled Guatemala’s democratically-elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 and that International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT), Henry Kissinger, and the CIA had brought down Chile’s Salvador Allende in 1973. These people were certain that Haiti’s president Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been ousted by the CIA in 2004 because he proposed a minimum wage increase, like Zelaya’s."

Disminuye consenso en cuanto a expulsión de Zelaya  8/5/2009 AP: " Un candidato importante a la presidencia de Honduras se distanció el miércoles del derrocamiento de Manuel Zelaya y calificó como un error el haberlo expulsado del país. Los comentarios de Elvin Santos exponen fisuras en el frente monolítico que la estructura de poder había mostrado respecto al derrocamiento de Zelaya el 28 de junio, aunque las autoridades hasta el momento han rechazado las demandas internacionales para que se le permita regresar."

Soros's pro-junta "colored revolution" in Honduras  8/4/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "...the country's military-backed junta is supported by throngs of wealthy elites in the streets who have adopted the color white in support of the junta and its acting president Roberto Micheletti. The selection of the color white is perhaps fitting for a nation where the capitalist elite that supported the coup is practically 100 percent white and of European ancestry. The "white" nature of the coup leaders was best spelled out by the junta's first "Foreign Minister" Enrique Ortez Colindres who said of President Barack Obama: "that little black boy who knows nothing about anything . . . a little black man who doesn’t know where Tegucigalpa is." The use of white flags in pro-junta demonstrations and the wearing of white shirts by junta supporters is reminiscent of the themed "color revolutions" fomented and financed by global troublemaker and crisis financial speculator George Soros. At the same time white flags and shirts appeared on the streets of Honduras, green flags and clothing were being worn by anti-government demonstrators in Iran. The involvement of the Soros-linked National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which has worked with Soros's Open Society Institute (OSI) in organizing opposition movements and demonstrations in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Tibet, Serbia, and Sinkiang province in China, in the street demonstrations in both Honduras and Iran is clear."

Ficoha, La Prensa, y los maquiladores pagan lobby golpista en EEUU. En el país pagan al ejercito para que reprima al pueblo  8/4/2009 Hibueras 

Pudimos reconocer un cambio en la estrategia de la represión  8/4/2009 Habla Honduras: "La misma persecución y brutal golpiza que se dio a los manifestantes en Tegucigalpa, se dio en Comayagua al día siguiente, Copán y ayer en San Pedro Sula con saldos más o menos similares. Muestra esto un aumento en la represión masiva que vive el pueblo hondureño, pero en especial, y explicaré esto con más detalle, muestra también un cambio en el foco de los ataques, su blanco ahora son los medios independientes. No es casualidad que en las 3 ocasiones en donde se atacó con disparos a los manifestantes, dos de ellas con saldos fatales, en todas había una cámara a pocos metros de las víctimas. En todas, y nuestras imágenes muestran, que si bien no podemos asegurar que se disparó contra nosotros, si se hizo con el ánimo de intimidarnos y dejar claro el mensaje: podrías ser vos. En la golpiza que la policía me dio, junto a cuatro camarógrafos más de forma casi simultánea, uno de los oficiales repetía lo que parece ser la justificación de estos ataques: es por culpa de ustedes, que no son objetivos en la información, que este país está de rodillas."

Coup General: "We're Going After the Protest Leaders"  8/4/2009 NarcoNews 

Paramilitares formados por dictadura de Micheletti ya estarían actuando en Honduras  8/4/2009 YVKE: "Según las informaciones que posee la resistencia popular hondureña, los grupos de exterminio ya estarían actuando en todo territorio hondureño, y sólo en la ciudad de San Pedro Sula estarían apostados 23 de esos individuos. COFADDEH denuncia que esas bandas paramilitares fueron formadas en haciendas propiedad de empresarios y de militares ligados al golpe de estado. Bertha Olivo también denunció que hace aproximadamente una semana ingresaron a Honduras, dos terroristas chilenos con el propósito de asesorar al gobierno golpista. Al parecer, uno de estos individuos tendría el grado de general y arribaron a Tegucigalpa, utilizando credenciales de periodistas. También se encuentra en Honduras, desde antes del golpe de estado, el conocido agente desestabilizador venezolano Robert Carmona, a quien la resistencia hondureña lo señala como planificador de la asonada militar contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya. Carmona ya habría participado en el golpe de estado del 11 de abril de 2002 en Venezuela."

Represión, brutalidad y muerte: La orden del día del gobierno de facto  8/4/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Radio Globo Defies New Military Tribunal Order to Close Its 15 Stations  8/4/2009 NarcoNews: "The order was printed on the hijacked stationary of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL, in its Spanish initials), executed by a military judge, and delivered to Radio Globo’s flagship station on 88.7 FM in Tegucigalpa at noon today: charged with “sedition,” the people’s radio station will be closed by decree, it proclaimed. But the station continues to broadcast here in San Pedro Sula at 104.5 FM and also from 14 other cities throughout the country, in defiance of the order, which had been solicited by the Armed Forces of Honduras clandestinely on July 31 and granted today by the illegitimate coup regime. This highly illegal situation – in which Armed Forces that claim to obey the orders of civilian authorities are the ones giving the orders to the regime over which media may broadcast and which may not – makes a lie, again, of the legaloid claims to be a civilian coup. But it’s the military – the same one that invaded and closed Radio Globo in the early hours of June 28 – that is calling the shots in Honduras today."

Israel, Honduras and Costa Rica  8/4/2009 Third World Traveler: "Honduras was one of Israel's first arms customers in Central America. Between 1975 and 1977, this second poorest of all countries in the Western Hemisphere bought 20 French super-Mystere fighter planes from Israel. Delivered at a time when it was U.S. policy to discourage the acquisition of sophisticated weaponry in Central America, these were the first supersonic aircraft in the region; some were equipped with Israeli-made Shafrir heat-seeking missiles. The Hondurans bought a range of other Israeli arms: Arava STOL aircraft, a fleet of armored vehicles mounted with recoilless rifles, and Galil rifles and Uzi submachine guns. For all its poverty, when Ariel Sharon visited Honduras, he was calling on one of Israel's three biggest clients. In the wake of Sharon's visit came more arms and training-both in Israel and Honduras for officers, pilots and troops."

Comandos israelitas con experiencias de Palestina y Colombia capacitan a las FF.AA. de Honduras  8/4/2009 CubaDebate: “Hasta ahora lo que nosotros tenemos nos indica que la misión que ellos tienen es preparar a la Fuerzas Armadas y la policía para disuadir manifestaciones de manera agresiva y violenta, tratando de cometer crímenes de naturaleza selectiva con el fin de construir miedo, construir escenarios de terror y lograr la desmovilización de la resistencia. Otras acciones que están haciendo es lograr que algunos empleados de la empresa de seguridad privada se pongan el uniforme de la policía y cometan actos de agresión directa contra los manifestantes. Ya que el policía de alguna manera ha tenido formación para disuadir movilizaciones y es un poco temeroso al momento de agredir a los manifestantes de alguna manera algo se le ha quedado en materia de formación en derechos humanos. En cambio los guardias de seguridad son doblemente pagados y se les garantiza la impunidad. Estas son prácticas que están desarrollando utilizando la experiencia del conflicto palestino y haber puesto en práctica algunas de estas acciones en Colombia”.

Adhesión al golpe descalifica a candidatos presidenciales hondureños  8/4/2009 CubaDebate: "Los candidatos presidenciales de los dos principales partidos políticos en Honduras están hoy prácticamente descalificados ante el pueblo por su adhesión al golpismo, observa la prensa local. Previstos para el próximo 29 de noviembre, los comicios tienen en estos momentos un futuro incierto y aunque prosperara la propuesta de adelantar su celebración, resultarían inaceptables para la mayoría de los ciudadanos si ocurren bajo la égida de quienes quebrantaron el orden constitucional."

Soros's pro-junta "colored revolution" in Honduras  8/4/2009 Milfuegos: "Soros and NED funds have been intermingled in support of the Honduran junta under the ruse of "preserving the rule of law" in Honduras, which is code for supporting the right-wing junta. One of the cover projects is called Civic Participation and Democratic Planning. In Honduras, OSI is reported to use "local researchers" for its "projects." Similarly, such intermingled funds are used to destabilize Hugo Chavez's government in Venezuela under the guise of combating "anti-Semitism" in that country."

Israel: The Hijack State  8/3/2009 Reds - Die Roten: [published prior to 2001] - "The new Israeli-Honduras agreement involved sophisticated jet fighters, tanks, and Galil assault rifles (a specifically anti-guerrilla weapon). Sharon’s entourage during his visit included the head of the Israeli Air Force and the Director-General of the Defence Ministry. A Honduras government spokesman said that Sharon’s visit was more positive than an earlier one from President Reagan since Sharon “sold US arms” while “Reagan only uttered platitudes, explaining that Congress was preventing him doing more.” [20] In neighbouring Guatemala an even more bloody dictator, General Rios Montt, actually boasted to an ABC television reporter that the coup which brought him to power had been so successful, “because many of our soldiers were trained by the Israelis.” [21] In the summer of 1982, as Sharon was slaughtering Palestinians in Lebanon, Montt was slaughtering 5,000 Indians in the Guatemalan countryside as part of a “counter-insurgency” campaign – aided and abetted with Israeli weaponry and Israeli-trained expertise. [22]"

España no avalaría elecciones  8/3/2009 El Tiempo, Honduras: "España no avalará elecciones en Honduras que se lleven a cabo bajo el gobierno instalado tras el golpe de Estado que a fines de junio depuso al presidente Manuel Zelaya, afirmó el canciller español, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, en declaraciones publicadas el domingo por el diario El País."

HONDURAS COUP RESISTANCE – SPEAKING TOUR IN U.S.A. HONDURAN CIVIL SOCIETY AND IMMIGRANT LEADERS TO VISIT WASHINGTON DC, NEW YORK, BOSTON, CHICAGO  8/3/2009 Rights Action: "One month after the interruption of constitutional order in Honduras through a military coup d'etat and in the wake of widespread reports of human rights violations harkening back to events of the 1980s, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is bringing a delegation of civil society representatives from that country to the U.S. to participate in a speaking tour and to advocate for the restoration of constitutional order and respect for human rights."

Militares hondureños asesinaron este lunes a campesino en El Paraíso  8/3/2009 Aporrea: "Fuerzas policiales que apoyan al régimen de Roberto Mocheletti, asesinaron al ciudadano, Pedro Hernández, luego de abrir fuego contra un vehículo que transportaba a varias personas en un retén cerca de la frontera con Nicaragua. Según el vocero de las Fuerzas Armadas, Ramiro Archaga, dispararon contra las ruedas del auto por negarse a hacer el alto, sin embargo, una vecina de la víctima denunció que los militares arremetieron indiscriminadamente contra todos los pasajeros."

Detrás de la “democracia” de Micheletti, el esbirro CIA Billy Joya y sus “Cobras”  8/3/2009 CubaDebate: "España solicitó sin éxito la extradición de Joya Améndola Pese por sus crímenes. Siempre recibió cobertura del aparato judicial que hoy pretende obstaculizar el regreso del presidente constitucional. Las actividades criminales de Los Cobras nunca se interrumpieron hasta la llegada la poder de Manuel Zelaya. En el 2004, se denunció ante un Relator Especial de Naciones Unidas cómo el 15 de julio de este mismo año, Los Cobras arrestaron a Daniel Ortiz Menjivar, un menor de 16 años de la Colonia Municipal de San Pedro Sula, sospechado por la policía de haber robado dos armas. Interceptado por el comando especial Ortiz Menjivar ha sido golpeado y le cortaron ambas manos. Poco después, el joven falleció de una hemorragia debida a la amputación salvaje. Un amigo que lo acompañaba Juan Manuel Aguilar, de 17 años, fue golpeado y violado antes de ser disparado mortalmente."

Un Llamado a Eliminar el Ejército Hondureño  8/3/2009 Habla Honduras 

Zionists "Israelis" advise the Honduran dictatorship  8/3/2009 Palestine Telegraph: "In a prense conference, Pavon accused the de facto government of hiring an Israeli private security group to advise Police about the agressive attitude that they need to have against the protesters. Pavon announced that all these illegal and violent actions are being documented by CODEH in order to denounce them in an international level."

Comandos israelitas con experiencias de Palestina y Colombia capacitan a las FF.AA. de Honduras  8/3/2009 Dick Emanuelsson: “Hasta ahora lo que nosotros tenemos nos indica que la misión que ellos tienen es preparar a la Fuerzas Armadas y la policía para disuadir manifestaciones de manera agresiva y violenta, tratando de cometer crímenes de naturaleza selectiva con el fin de construir miedo, construir escenarios de terror y lograr la desmovilización de la resistencia. Otras acciones que están haciendo es lograr que algunos empleados de la empresa de seguridad privada se pongan el uniforme de la policía y cometan actos de agresión directa contra los manifestantes. Ya que el policía de alguna manera ha tenido formación para disuadir movilizaciones y es un poco temeroso al momento de agredir a los manifestantes de alguna manera algo se le ha quedado en materia de formación en derechos humanos. En cambio los guardias de seguridad son doblemente pagados y se les garantiza la impunidad. Estas son prácticas que están desarrollando utilizando la experiencia del conflicto palestino y haber puesto en práctica algunas de estas acciones en Colombia”.

Después del golpe llega la tormenta  8/2/2009 Hibueras: "Repite hasta la saciedad "nosotros no aceptamos que nadie nos imponga nada" como para autoconvencerse, como queriendo olvidar quienes han sido los autores intelectuales del golpe: los cubanos de Miami junto con el apoyo de algunos senadores republicanos."

Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat: The Provocateur, his Protege, and the Toppling of a President – Part Two  8/2/2009 Machetera 

Honduras coup is more bloody than bloodless  8/2/2009 NY Daily News: "But Vallejo Soriano wasn't the first victim of "golpista" violence according to Dr. Luther Castillo, 33, director of the Luaga Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation, a group that brings vital health services to isolated indigenous coastal communities. He left Honduras eight days ago with five other community leaders to "educate the world about 'el golpe.'" "We have denounced many extrajudicial executions," said Castillo. According to Castillo, in addition to Isis Murillo, a teenager killed July 5 at the airport waiting for Zelaya's return, there have been other deaths that can be directly attributed to the Micheletti regime. "On July 2, Gabriel Pino Noriega, from San Juan Puebla, was murdered; on Saturday, July 11, Roger Iván Báez, was shot while entering his home in San Pedro Sula; July 12, Ramón García, a 'campesino' leader, was also killed. And there are many more," he said. Castillo says it is ironic that Micheletti claims Zelaya's return would cause a bloodbath. "The bloodbath is already going on courtesy of the military," he said."

Military Coup Engineered By Two US Companies?  8/2/2009 Dprogram: "I was told by a Panamanian bank vice president, “Every multinational knows that if Honduras raises its hourly rate, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean will have to follow. Haiti and Honduras have always set the bottom line for minimum wages. The big companies are determined to stop what they call a ‘leftist revolt’ in this hemisphere. In throwing out Zelaya they are sending frightening messages to all the other presidents who are trying to raise the living standards of their people.” ...Chiquita, Dole and all your representatives need to hear from you. Zelaya must be reinstated."

Matanza de hondureños obliga a la desaparición de las FF. AA.  8/1/2009 El Libertador 

Former U.S. Ambassador Roger Noriega hired to push Honduran putsch agenda  8/1/2009 NarcoNews: "But in the case of Noriega, as has often been the case with Bush-era players, it appears some corners might have been cut in his Honduran lobbying assignment that may run counter to the letter of the U.S. statute governing that activity. Unfortunately, the U.S. law governing lobbying activity might itself fall short of addressing the realities on the ground in Honduras. That law, the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), requires all agents, or lobbyists, representing “foreign entities” to declare as such on forms they are required to file with the Clerk of the U.S. House and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate."

Aseguran que brazo derecho de Posada se refugió en Honduras  7/31/2009 Aporrea: "A finales de septiembre del 2005, Chávez y 21 miembros de su banda fueron arrestados bajo cargos de robo de automóviles y estafa. Las autoridades aseguraron entonces que se trataba de "una de las principales estructuras del crimen organizado dedicadas al robo y hurto de vehículos a nivel nacional y centroamericano". Según la prensa salvadoreña, la investigación reveló que el brazo derecho de Posada había desarrollado “conexiones” con empleados de aduanas, agencias de trámites de documentos de tránsito e instituciones públicas y privadas. La operación realizada por la policía salvadoreña, denominada Tormenta, incluía una serie de allanamientos en San Salvador, Soyapango, Ciudad Delgado, Santa Tecla y hasta… Ilopango, el refugio de Posada durante años."

Is a Wider Right Wing Counter-Attack Looming? The Honduran Coup as Overture  7/31/2009 CounterPunch: "The coup plotters have some powerful friends in Washington. According to the New York Times from Sunday, July 12, “Mr. Micheletti has embarked on a public relations offensive, with his supporters hiring high-profile lawyers with strong Washington connections” to lobby against sanctions. Among them is Clinton-adviser, Bennett Ratcliff, and Lanny J. Davis, who was a personal lawyer for President Clinton and who campaigned for Hilary Clinton. On Friday, July 10, Davis testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Micheletti de facto government. While the perpetrators of the biggest threat to regional democracy in years were allowed to keep their US visas, bank accounts and even lobby on behalf of a former Clinton lawyer in Washington, the democratically elected leader of Honduras was warned that he should be patient, and that his actions could lead to violence."

Nuestros hermanos de Colón siguen sufriendo, siguen amenazados con el desalojo violento  7/31/2009 Hibueras: "Hace unos minutos se ha confirmado información que indica que las fuerzas militares del Ejercito y la Naval de Honduras, en unión con elementos de la Policía Nacional, se preparan para desalojar violentamente a los campesinos de la comunidad “Guadalupe Carney” que mantienen tomada la carretera que comunica las ciudades de Trujillo y Tocoa. Los militares del XV Batallón de Fuerzas Especiales con sede la Río Claro, Trujillo, departamento de Colón, y de la Base Naval de Puerto Castilla, han empezado a tomar posiciones desde las primeras horas de la noche de hoy con la intención de actuar violentamente contra los campesinos en horas tempranas del día de mañana viernes.La carretera que se mantiene tomada en apoyo al paro general contra el golpe de estado es la usada por las rastras que transportan contenedores con productos de la transnacional estadounidense “Standard Fruit Company”."

La dictadura empresarial es ciega y ordena a su ejercito la represión de "la chusma"  7/31/2009 Hibueras: "Acostumbrados como estaban, a ver la actitud permisiva del pueblo hondureños, a lo aguantadores que hemos sido y perfectamente convencidos de que nos habían arrebatado el espíritu de solidaridad que nos ha sido característico, se echaron encima del único presidente que nos ofrecía la esperanza de ser consultados. Jamás esperaron estas respuestas. Hoy no les queda más que reprimirnos; todos los pasos de la dictadura son coercitivos, pero "Cualquier coerción puede desembocar en el caos: quien la practica es culpable de violencia. La coerción es inhumana", Ha dicho Gandhi, de allí viene nuestra respuesta. Sin embargo hay que analizar el discurso que deviene de los últimos aconcimientos."

OCCIDENTE SE ENMONTAÑA  7/31/2009 Hibueras: NOS ESTAMOS ENMONTAÑANDO Y NO RESPONDEMOS. CONOCEMOS MUY BIEN NUESTRO TERRENO EN QUE NOS ESTAMOS MOVILIZANDO. SABEMOS MUY BIEN QUE EN LAS FFAA SOLO HAY 7500 ELEMENTOS. SOMOS MAS NOSOTROS. Coordinadora Popular de Occidente

Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat: The Provocateur, his Protege, and the Toppling of a President – Part One  7/30/2009 Machetera: "The story that emerged outside Honduras about Zelaya’s insistence on holding a public opinion poll being the trigger for the coup is only a partial one, because the effort to undermine Zelaya was proceeding on several tracks in the years leading up to the coup. A whispering campaign about corruption was one of them. Juiced with Reich’s contacts at the highest levels of the U.S. government, the Arcadia Foundation put the Honduran telephone company under a microscope that was meant to create the public perception, similar to the accusations against Aristide, that Zelaya’s government was hopelessly corrupt from the top on down, and that Zelaya was unfit for the presidency."

Reprimen y detienen manifestantes en la carretera salida a Olancho  7/30/2009 Habla Honduras: "Aproximadamente unas 250 personas fueron apresados a eso de las once de la mañana por la policía y militares en la carretera salida a Olancho durante una toma de carretera en protesta contra el régimen golpista y la exigencia por la restauración del orden democrático en el país."

Represión en el Durazno, carretera salida al norte de Honduras  7/30/2009 Habla Honduras: "La manifestación en repudio contra el golpe de estado en El Durazno Tegucigalpa, sobre la carretera salida al norte comenzaron a ser reprimidos hace unos minutos por la policía con bombas lacromígenas, muchos son golpeados."

Comerciantes de Ocotal se solidarizan con hondureños y desmienten publicación de CNN  7/30/2009 Habla Honduras 

Thursday, Bloody Thursday in Honduras  7/30/2009 NarcoNews: "Meanwhile, up above, the illegitimate “president” Roberto Micheletti, continued to mock the neutered "peace process" championed in San José and Washington. With the left hand, he flashed a peace sign, while with the right hand, according to multiple press reports, he today ordered the police and military forces to “put a stop” to the peaceful blockades. And in the next-door country’s capital of Managua, Nicaragua, the legitimate President Manuel Zelaya met with US Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, who led a delegation of US officials there for talks of which the details are not yet publicly known. The full toll of Thursday, Bloody Thursday in Honduras has not yet been counted. “They treated us like animals,” Baranhona told Prensa Latina, while under arrest. The “forces of order” pursued and brutally beat the multitude in many locations across the land that had, for the fifth time in three weeks, successfully blockaded the key points of the country’s major arteries for most of the business day."

Denuncian actitud xenofóbica de la policía hacia los garífunas detenidos en la costa atlántica  7/30/2009 Defensores en Linea 

Los militares comienzan a sacar la podredumbre  7/30/2009 Hibueras: "Nosotros, un Grupo de Oficiales Superiores y Subalternos(no damos nombres por razones obvias y no por cobardía) ante la situación en que los políticos en contubernio con la junta de comandantes han involucrado a las Fuerzas Armadas y que han deteriorado la buena imagen que teníamos ante el pueblo hondureño nos pronunciamos y denunciamos lo siguiente:"

Honduras: Detenido el candidato presidencial Carlos H. Reyes durante salvaje e indiscriminada represión a protestas cívicas  7/30/2009 Aporrea 

Policía detiene y discrimina a Garífunas porque luchan contra régimen de facto  7/30/2009 El Libertador: "La Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) denuncia enfáticamente la actitud asumida por los policías acantonados en la posta de Danlí, por sus actitudes racistas que no son muy diferentes de las del excanciller golpista Enrique Ortez Colindres y sus señalamientos raciales contra Barack Obama."

Hasta las grandes marcas empiezan a ejercer presión sobre el gobierno estadounidense por el caso Honduras  7/29/2009 Aporrea: "Lo cierto es que a estos grupos de las "grandes marcas" no pretenden solidarizarse con el pueblo hondureño ni los mueven "razones democráticas", sino que en el marco de la crisis económica mundial temen perder uno de los lugares de latinoamérica donde ejercen su explotación desmedida a través de las maquilas que tienen en el hermano país hondureño. En este sentido, para estos capitalistas el panorama en el que los gobiernos del mundo no reconocen a los golpistas y, por ende, los debilita económicamente, no les resulta nada rentable."

The Authentic Journalism Renaissance Reports from Honduras  7/29/2009 NarcoNews 

Honduran Leader Backs Return of President  7/29/2009 NYT: "But on Wednesday, the officials said, Mr. Micheletti called President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica, who has tried to mediate a diplomatic solution to the Honduran political crisis, to express his support for a plan Mr. Arias presented. The 12-point plan, known as the San José Accord, would allow Mr. Zelaya to return as president, although with significantly limited powers."

Golpistas impiden divulgación de un informe sobre DD.HH. que los compromete, Telesur in Honduras  7/28/2009 CubaDebate 

HONDURAS (videos): The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  7/28/2009 Haiti Cuba Venezuela Analysis: [includes video of police shooting at soccer fans]

Ricardo Maduro, “héroe” de la ultra derecha, y protector de Posada Carriles  7/28/2009 CubaDebate: "Ricardo Maduro, el ex presidente de Honduras que participó en el criminal golpe de Estado contra el presidente constitucional, Manuel Zelaya, y que acaba de ser acogido en Washington por los congresistas de la ultra derecha cubanoamericana, fue quien presidía el país centroamericano cuando Luis Posada Carriles se refugió ahí en el 2004 para quedarse durante más de seis meses, con la tolerancia evidente de su gobierno. Maduro está realizando una gira en Estados Unidos, adonde lo invitaron los miembros de la pandilla cubanoamericana del Congreso. El ex candidato presidencial John McCain, viejo socio de la mafia miamense, y la representante republicana, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen le organizaron una reunión en el Capitolio con una decena de sus colegas."

Mack decries pulling visas of Honduran officials  7/28/2009 News Press: "The State Department is wrong to revoke the diplomatic visas of several Honduran officials. Why is the Obama Administration punishing them for following their constitution and the rule of law? And more importantly, why won’t the Administration recognize Honduras’ legitimate, legal government and support the people of Honduras? “Having returned from a trip to Honduras this past weekend where I met with President Micheletti, Members of the National Congress, the Supreme Court President, Honduran and American businessmen, and human rights organizations, it is clear that the Honduran people want a peaceful, lawful resolution to the upheaval. They don’t want the United States to cut off aid to their country. They don’t want our country to pull diplomatic visas. And they don’t want us to stand with the “thugocrats” of the Western Hemisphere like Hugo Chavez."

¿ENTONCES QUIEN DETUVO EL JOVEN?  7/28/2009 El Libertador: "El joven Magdiel, activista del Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el golpe de Estado, encontró una terrible muerte, víctima de unos sádicos que lo torturaron seguramente durante mucho tiempo, tomando en cuenta que fue detenido alrededor a las 17.00 horas (5 p.m.) de la tarde el viernes y la muerte la encontró entre las 02.00-04.00 (2-4 a.m.) del sábado."

US Revokes Diplomatic Visas of Honduran Coup Members  7/28/2009 NarcoNews: "State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, declined to identify the officials but Honduran officials identified two of them as Tomás Arita, a Supreme Court justice who signed the detention order that led to Mr. Zelaya’s removal by the military, and José Alfredo Saavedra, president of Congress."

Chávez Bashing  7/28/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "The most recent examples appear in the July 21st editions of the New York Times and Washington Post, which document allegations that Chávez is responsible for the rise in crime in Venezuela and the destablilization of Colombia. Of major concern for the Washington Post is a recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that outlines supposed "corruption at high levels of President Hugo Chávez's government and state aid to Colombia's drug-trafficking guerillas [which] have made Venezuela a major launching pad for cocaine bound for the United States and Europe."

Comisión Internacional de A.L. y Europa verificará violaciones a derechos humanos en Honduras  7/28/2009 Defensores en Linea: "Representantes de la Red Biregional Europa- América Latina y el Caribe han conformado una Comisión Internacional de Solidaridad, Observación y Acompañamiento que tratará de sortear los retenes militares en la carretera que de Tegucigalpa conduce a la frontera con Nicaragua, para verificar las múltiples denuncias de violaciones a derechos humanos cometidas por el gobierno de facto, al cumplirse un mes del golpe de Estado en Honduras. En conferencia de prensa la Coordinadora General del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos en Honduras (Cofadeh), Bertha Oliva, anunció sobre la presencia de la misión internacional de derechos humanos que está preocupada por las graves violaciones a los derechos humanos que se han presentado en nuestro país."

Billy Joya cranks up the killing machine in Honduras  7/27/2009 Machetera: "Before Alegría and Tomé brought the two agents to the police station barely 200 meters away, the agents were disarmed and their badges and documents were registered. The police truck was set afire by indignant family members, neighbors, friends and companions who said “The can’t even leave us in peace for the burial, even though they are the ones who murdered him. We should have set fire to the murderers inside the car.” It was an expression of indignation that is a common feeling among the Honduran people right now."

Otto Reich’s propaganda factory still churning out the goods  7/27/2009 Machetera 

Hillary and Obama Nix Change in Honduras  7/27/2009 CounterPunch 

Un oficial del ejército capturó a joven torturado y asesinado revelan fotos publicadas  7/27/2009 Habla Honduras: "Una foto publicada en la pagina 52 del diario La Tribuna que se edita en Tegucigalpa muestra al militar que arrastra con su mano izquierda a Magdiel, viste uniforme verde de camuflaje y casco militar. Un detalle importante es el fusil que porta en su mano derecha el cual es similar al M16 pero más pequeño. Este tipo de fusil es únicamente utilizado por los oficiales de las Fuerzas Armadas, específicamente del ejército."

ACUERDO DE DUELO  7/27/2009 El FRENTE NACIONAL CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO: "El FRENTE NACIONAL CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO por este medio expresa sus más profundas muestras de pesar y solidaridad con la familia de PEDRO MAGDIEL MUÑOZ SALVADOR, por el brutal asesinato de que fue objeto por los aparatos represores del régimen golpista el día 25 de julio de 2009."

Obama y el sátrapa Micheletti  7/27/2009 La Jornada: "La estrategia de reversión del clan Clinton y grupos del aparato institucional al servicio del complejo energético militar industrial, que presentan una política de hechos consumados para el aval de Obama, tuvo una pieza clave en el actual embajador en Tegucigalpa, el cubano-estadunidense Hugo Llorens. Vinculado al ex zar de la inteligencia John Dimitri Negroponte, y al ultraconservador Otto Reich, protector de la mafia cubano-estadunidense de Miami, Llorens coordinó la expulsión de Manuel Zelaya. Él mismo integra una red de diplomáticos nombrados en las postrimerías de la administración Bush, todos expertos en operaciones encubiertas y guerra sicológica contra Cuba y Venezuela: Robert Blau en la embajada en San Salvador; Stephen McFarland en Guatemala y Robert Callahan en Managua, Nicaragua."

The Honduran Coup and the Clinton Connection  7/27/2009 AntiWar: "When Zelaya announced that he would cross the border between Honduras and Nicaragua on foot and called on his supporters to gather, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced him as "reckless." Which led Zelaya to ask, in effect, which side is she on? Good question, and the answer is she’s on Lanny Davis’ side. Davis, you’ll recall, was her chief attack dog during the presidential primary campaign, and now he’s sold his services to the Honduran branch of CEAL, the Central American business alliance, which supports the coup. He has always been very close to Hillary, and he was her priapic husband’s defense counsel during the impeachment hearings. This time he’s taken on a similarly indefensible client and is working his public relations skills prettifying a brazen coup d’etat as a valiant attempt to "preserve" the Honduran constitution and "the rule of law." "

Obama and the Cunning Micheletti  7/27/2009 La Jornada: "The backward strategy of the Clinton clan and the institutional apparatus at the service of the energy military industrial complex, that ends up with a policy of events that would be endorsed by Obama, owes much to the key role played by the actual ambassador in Tegucigalpa, the Cuban-US citizen Hugo Llorens. Connected to the ex intelligence czar John Dimitri Negroponte and the ultra conservative Otto Reich, protector of the Cuban-US mafia in Miami, Llorens coordinated the expulsion of Manuel Zeylaya. He is part of a network of diplomats named in the last days of the Bush Administration, all of whom are experts in undercover operations and psychological warfare against Cuba and Venezuela: Robert Blau in the El Salvador Embassy: Stephen McFarland in Guatemala and Robert Callahan in Managua, Nicaragua."

Bienvenidos los garífunas (II parte y final)  7/26/2009 Cubarte: Entrevista con Bienvenido Rojas, autor de tres libros sobre los garinagu (garifunas).

Honduras Unity to Lead Peace and Democracy Demonstration in Washington, DC  7/26/2009 Honduras This Week: "Honduras Unity in Miami, FL announced today that it will sponsor a demonstration on Monday, July 27 in support of peace and democracy in Honduras… “The rally is meant as a show of solidarity with the people of Honduras who are fighting to maintain their democracy in the face of mounting international pressure to reinstate former Manuel Zelaya,” says event organizer Karen Bush-Neuspiel." [Another German Honduran?]

Zelaya organiza «columnas» cívicas para su reingreso  7/25/2009 Primerisima: "Zelaya instó a que en forma ordenada los centenares de hondureños que le llegaron a esperar este viernes, después de largas jornadas a pie para burlar los retenes militares, se organizarán "en columnas" civiles y desarmadas para ingresar nuevamente a su país, columnas a las que dio nombres de próceres de Honduras, como José Cecilio del Valle."

Ambulancia de Cruz Roja fue detenida con bombas lacrimógenas  7/25/2009 Revistazo, Honduras: "En contradicción a lo que establece la Convención de Ginebra y el Protocolo Adicional, las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras hicieron uso de una ambulancia de la Cruz Roja para transportar bombas lacrimógenas hasta la frontera de Honduras-Nicaragua. Mientras un grupo de manifestantes se dirigían a la frontera Las Manos, donde llegó el presidente Manuel Zelaya, logró interceptar la ambulancia número 112 de la Cruz Roja de El Paraiso y constataron que en su interior no había heridos, ni material para dar asistencia, lo que llevaban era un fuerte cargamento de bombas lacrimógenas."

Bienvenidos los garífunas  7/25/2009 Cubarte: Entrevista con Bienvenido Rojas, autor de tres libros sobre los garinagu (garifunas).

profeta jaime chavez  7/25/2009 YouTube: "El General romeo Orlando Vazquez Velazquez actual comandante en jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras estuvo en nuetro II Congreso MIGApartners en Praris Francia en Octubre del 2008 y ahora estara en nuestro IV Congreso de MIGApartners en Miami, FL junto con el Profeta Jaime Chavez de Honduras"

Canciller hondureña Patricia Rodas: Clinton debe hacer una seria diferencia entre pacíficos y violentos  7/25/2009 Telesur: "En entrevista exclusiva a teleSUR, Rodas se refirió a las declaraciones de la Secretaria de Estado estadounidense, que calificó de "imprudente" el acercamiento de Zelaya a la frontera del país que lo eligió democráticamente. "Debe haber un reconocimiento por parte de Clinton de que a lo largo de estas tres semanas lo único que ha hecho Zelaya son esfuerzos pacíficos para poder hacer que los criminales caigan en razón", aclaró."

Honduras Coup: the US Connection  7/25/2009 Global Research: "Hypothetically, Zelaya can expect to find some support among the mid- and low-ranking officers. They are the target audience of his radio-addresses from abroad in which he continues to say that the authority in the country has been usurped and that they have the right to resist. Officially, Washington is actively advocating reconciliation in Honduras, but in reality it is helping Micheletti by impeding Zelaya’s return. The US would rather see Micheletti gain ground and Zelaya lose irreversibly. Theoretically, there exists a possibility of a compromise between the two, but in this case Washington will be pushing for a radical limitation of Zelaya’s authority."

Honduras General Live on Radio Globo, Wants San José Accord Signed  7/25/2009 NarcoNews: "The general keeps saying over and over again that the coup regime should sign the San José Accords - restoring President Zelaya to power but with weakened powers - and that the military will comply with them. (But neither the coup regime nor the legitimate elected government have signed said accord... the whole context of the interview is strange, as if the general is racing toward the EXIT sign in the coup building.) And this is on the same radio station that the military shut down in the first days of the coup."

Presidente Zelaya cruzó la frontera e ingresó a Honduras  7/24/2009 Telesur: "El presidente legítimo hondureño, Manuel Zelaya, ingresó hace instantes a Honduras, luego de esperar por varios minutos en el puesto fronterizo con Nicaragua. El mandatario constitucional está acompañado por sus seguidores y por su canciller, Patricia Rodas, mientras tanto, en la ciudad de El Paraíso, miles de manifestantes son retenidos por los militares golpistas que no los dejan trasladarse a recibir a Zelaya."

Pueblo hondureño desbordado rompe el cerco policial y avanza a la frontera  7/24/2009 Primerisima 

Viernes 24 de julio, 1:30 pm  7/24/2009 COPINH: "Según los reportes dos manifestantes que se encaminaban a las fronteras de Nicaragua a recibir al presidente Manuel Zelaya resultaron heridos de bala, uno en el brazo y otro perdió una oreja, los que fueron trasladados de forma inmediata para asistencia médica a un hospital de Danlí. Uno de los heridos que recibio el disparo en la oreja es identificado como Moisés Hernández, procedente de Tocoa, Colón, perteneciente a la Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguán, COPA."

Agentes encapuchados y fiscales amedrentan a misión diplomática de Venezuela en Honduras  7/24/2009 Defensores en linea: "La policia se retiró cuando un grupo de manifestantes que se apostaron desde horas de la mañana en la sede diplomática, comenzaron a tomarles fotos a los encapuchados y cuando las cámaras de Venezolana de Televisión comenzaron a grabar las escenas de la presencia policial, informó el diplomático."

Detrás de la “democracia” de Micheletti, el esbirro CIA Billy Joya y sus “Cobras”  7/23/2009 Aporrea: "El siniestro "Doctor Arrazola" – versión hondureña de Luis Posada Carriles y de Klaus Barbie – está limpiando la policía nacional de sus altos oficiales“blandos” para situar en cada puesto estratégico a elementos fascistas Para evitar el derrumbe de su régimen golpista, Micheletti y sus cómplices están ahora jugando su última carta: los escuadrones del “ministro-consejero” Billy Joya, creador con sus asesores yanquis de “Los Cobras”, comandos de élite entrenados para matar, y veterano miembro del siniestro batallón 316 creado por la CIA que persiguió, torturó y desapareció a cientos de hondureños en la guerra sucia de los años 80. Nombrado ministro del gobierno ilegitimo por Micheletti, Billy Fernando Joya Améndola, puro producto de la “preparación” de oficiales de cuerpos de represión hondureños prodigada por la inteligencia fascista argentina bajo orientación de la CIA, está recomponiendo su maquinaria de terror para acabar con la rebelión popular."

Preparan magnicidio de Zelaya y masacre del pueblo con la venia de Washington  7/23/2009 Primerisima: "Fuentes de entero crédito que por razones de seguridad no son reveladas, aseguran que en los próximos días se pondrá en marcha un plan del gobierno golpista para incrementar la represión al movimiento popular. Parte de la estrategia de la ultraderecha de este país consiste en el entrenamiento de 120 sicarios, a quienes se les adiestra todos los días a partir de las tres de la madrugada en la casa del coronel retirado Amílcar Zelaya, situada en la aldea de Amarateca a unos 25 minutos de Tegucigalpa. La residencia de este ex militar fue conocida en la década de los ochentas por ser un centro de tortura."

En Honduras con ocasión del golpe de Estado - Constatan violaciones sistemáticas a los derechos humanos  7/23/2009 ALI 

Honduran Coup Leader joins Prophets & Apostles in Miami Saturday; He Should Be Arrested  7/23/2009 Daily Kos 

Grupo "evangelico" anuncia presencia del general golpista Vásquez en Miami  7/23/2009 Aporrea: "El General golpista Romeo Vásquez, quien secuestró y expulsó de Honduras al Presidente Constitucional Manuel Zelaya, estaría en Miami este de 22 de julio para participar en un encuentro convocado por un tal "profeta" Jaime Chávez en el Centro de Convenciones de esa ciudad norteamericana. La presencia en territorio de Estados Unidos del jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras fue anunciada por los organizadores del "IV Congreso MIGApartners" que tendría lugar bajo el tema "El Gobierno del Reino en Miami"." Jean Guy Allard

Honduran Coup Leader joins Prophets & Apostles in Miami Saturday; He Should Be Arrested  7/23/2009 Daily Kos 

Honduras … Left behind?  7/23/2009 Mex Files: "I keep wanting to spell “Prophet” as “Profit”… and maybe for good reason. Setting up the Kingdom Government costs money. Profeta Chavez’ group… MIGA Partners seeks “partners” willing to pony up a thousand to five thousand U.S. Dollars in return for which Profeta Chavez will bless your region, nation or economic zone… or something like that. Outside the Kingdom are the Garifuna, the afro-indigenous people of Honduras. If you’ll remember, the “rationale” still being used to justify the coup was to prevent a referendum on a constitutional convention that might (not would) lead to a new consitution, that would probably have incorporated new trends in Latin American political theory that don’t bode well for the old power elite … who apparently, being already blessed on this earth, are the logical heirs to the Kingdom."

Fracasa Acuerdo de San José  7/23/2009 EL Libertador: "El presidente de Costa Rica y mediador, Oscar Arias propuso un gobierno de reconciliación nacional, amnistía para delitos políticos, el adelanto de las elecciones para octubre de 2009 y el retorno del Presidente Zelaya para el 24 de julio. Este último punto no fue aceptado por los representantes del gobierno de facto de Roberto Micheletti, quienes no aceptan bajo ningún punto el retorno de Zelaya, por lo que se dio por terminada la negociación."

Honduras Gets "Left Behind"™ as Top Coup Leader Bails for Miami Weirdo Conference  7/22/2009 BoRev.net 

HONDURAS AT STANDSTILL; ARIAS PROPOSAL OF "SAN JOSE AGREEMENT" REJECTED BY BOTH PARTIES  7/22/2009 Chavez Code: "Another point incredibly called on the Zelaya government and supporters to refrain from convening a constitutional assembly, directly or indirectly, and in fact also ordered a refrain from even holding any kind of consultation, survey or opinion poll on any issue remotely related to constitutional form. This is absolutely outrageous because no government has the right to usurp the people's sovereign right to choose their form and model of government. This is not a right that can be transferred or taken away, it is inalienable… By the way, the leading military figure in the coup, School of the Americas graduate General Romeo Vasquez, is in Miami today, invited to speak at some evangelical conference funded by the Cuban mafia. So, the State Department hasn't revoked his visa, obviously, despite his clear role in kidnapping - at gun point - and forcing into exile the democratically elected president of Honduras. Yet another clear indication of Washington backing the coup."

No toda la comunidad evangélica está de acuerdo con el golpe de Estado  7/22/2009 EL Libertador 

Zelaya hace responsable de su vida a jefe militar cuando vuelva a Honduras  7/22/2009 Aporrea: ""Si a mí me pasa algo, a mi familia o a mis hijos, el único responsable será el jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras. El único responsable será Romeo Vázquez", dijo Zelaya en una conferencia de prensa en la embajada de Honduras en Managua."

"Martinetti apoya a Micheletti": Panamá alaba al Ejército de Honduras por el manejo "responsable" de la crisis  7/22/2009 Aporrea 

Diplomáticos venezolanos afirmaron que no abandonarán Honduras  7/22/2009 Aporrea: "El encargado de negocios venezolano en Tegucigalpa, Uriel Vargas, aseguró este martes que los diplomáticos de su país no se irán de Honduras, ya que la orden de que abandonen el país fue dictada por un gobierno golpista, el de Roberto Micheletti, al cual Caracas no reconoce. El gobierno de facto dio este martes 72 horas al personal de la embajada de Venezuela para abandonar el país centroamericano."

Presidente Zelaya se trasladará el jueves a la frontera con Honduras  7/22/2009 Aporrea: "El presidente legítimo de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, adelantó este miércoles a teleSUR que el próximo jueves se trasladará desde Managua hacia dos municipios fronterizos con Honduras, desde donde intentará pasar la frontera."

Embajadora de Honduras retoma control de sede en México  7/22/2009 Aporrea: "Acompañada por los embajadores de Costa Rica, Haití, Bolivia y la encargada de negocios de Venezuela en México, Rosalinda Bueso agradeció la solidaridad y destacó el permanente apoyo de los gobiernos federal y capitalino para retomar sus funciones."

Honduras: Anti-Chavez ‘free speech’ warriors linked to coup  7/22/2009 Global Research: "The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is well-known for its mission to expose the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez as a threat to free speech “all over the continent”. These brave free speech warriors made a big deal this year about how they “dared” to hold a meeting in the Venezuelan capital, “defying” the repression of Chavez’s dictatorial regime. It turns out that the IAPA has found little to condemn in regards to the dictatorship that has installed itself by military force in Honduras… So why are these free speech crusaders so soft on the coup regime in Honduras? Probably because IAPA representatives in Honduras have been central to the coup. For instance, Roberto Micheletti, who was installed by the coup as de facto president, is the owner of various companies, including the newspaper La Tribuna. One of his associates at the newspaper is Edgardo Dumas Rodriguez, a Honduran representative to the IAPA. Then there is Jorge Canahuati. Two of the most pro-coup newspapers are La Prensa and El Heraldo. Together, they control 80% of newspaper circulation. Both are majority owned by Canahuati, also president of the IAPA international commission."

Amid crisis, minorities find a voice  7/22/2009 Miami Herald: ``We have no political visibility in this country and that makes us extremely vulnerable,'' said Alfredo López, 56, a community activist and one of about 400,000 ethnic Garifunas in Honduras. ``The constitutional assembly would have given us a chance to change that.''

Honduras orders Venezuelan diplomats expelled  7/21/2009 AP: "Vargas dismissed the allegations and — holed up in the embassy along with a consular officer also affected by the order — vowed to defy it. "We only have relations with the government of President Manuel Zelaya," Vargas told reporters outside the building. He said the expulsion order "does not exist for us, because the Micheletti government does not exist. It is a usurper government, a coup government, a government that is not recognized by anyone on an international level." The Micheletti government did not say if it would take any measures to force the Venezuelans to leave."

Hillary Clinton moves State Department to the right of Condoleezza Rice  7/21/2009 OnLine Journal: "It was then announced that Clinton’s presidential campaign adviser Lanny Davis, a consummate Washington, DC, slime merchant and ardent Zionist, became a paid shill for the pro-Honduran junta Honduran Chamber of Commerce, CEAL. Davis is reportedly coordinating his activities with Republican members of the Congress who support the junta, including Cuban-American reactionary Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), as well as Otto Reich, George W. Bush’s Cuban-American Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs who worked overtime to overthrow Chavez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia… Mrs. Clinton has always seemed to have an affinity for fascists and their fellow travelers. She has written of “The Family” Christian cult leader Doug Coe, who provides housing on C Street on Capitol Hill for a number of conservative Republican and a few Democratic congressmen and senators, as “a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.” However, Coe’s record shows that the only people he wants to “deepen his relationship” with are a number of tinhorn dictators around the world, including past military junta leaders in Honduras, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries."

Honduras: Llaman al pueblo a organizarse para recibir a Zelaya  7/20/2009 La Nacion, Chile: "El próximo viernes está programado el regreso del depuesto Presidente a su país, tras confirmarse ayer que las negociaciones con el gobierno de facto de Roberto Micheletti finalizaron sin acuerdo."

Denuncian que el batallón 3-16 está detrás de dirigentes del movimiento social  7/20/2009 Defensores en Linea: "El ex capitán de policía Billy Joya Améndola, siniestro personaje miembro del batallón 3-16 que persiguió, torturó y desapareció a cientos de compatriotas en la década de los ochenta, vuelve a ser denunciado por perseguir a dirigentes del movimiento social. La denuncia del presidente del Colegio de Profesores de Educación Media de Honduras (Copemh), Eulogio Chávez de que es sujeto de seguimiento por paramilitares dirigidos por el ex capitán de policía Billy Joya Améndola confirma la grave situación que experimentan dirigentes y dirigentas del movimiento social hondureño que se han manifestado contra el golpe de Estado en Honduras."

Obama's Bullish Behavior in Latin America - Honduras and the Big Stick  7/20/2009 CounterPunch: "In the media, the Honduran imbroglio has been depicted as a struggle over presidential power and term limits. But while any new constitution might have extended presidential term limits, such a reform could have also led to new progressive amendments to the law and further radicalization on the ground. In recent years Honduras has seen the emergence of a vibrant social and political scene including labor, Garifuna (Afro-Honduran people) and Indians. If Zelaya had been successful at pushing through his constitutional reform he would have been able to mobilize such groups. What is the connection between U.S. interests and constitutional reform? If you had any doubt about Washington’s true intentions in Honduras consider the following AP Report for July 8 about diplomatic negotiations between the coup regime and ousted president Zelaya: “Clinton would not discuss specifics of the mediation process, which she said would begin soon, but a senior U.S. official said one option being considered would be to forge a compromise under which Zelaya would be allowed to return and serve out his remaining six months in office with limited powers. Zelaya, in return, would pledge to drop his aspirations for a constitutional change.”

Interview with Teresa Reyes, Garifuna leader from Triunfo de la Cruz  7/20/2009 Honduras Resists: "What has been the reaction of the Garifuna community to the coup d'etat? What they have wanted is for people to stay calm in their houses because anything can happen in the streets, but we have a movement in the community which has come out because we can't continue to sit in our homes with our arms crossed. We have to do something to participate because we have a right to the participation even if it's limited. We have looked for ways to protest because we can't stay silent about a situation as horrible as what we are living through in this country. We are representing the Garifuna people currently even though there's few of us but we are doing it and we are showing the face of our people because we are also against what is happening."

The implications of the coup in Honduras on Afro-descendants  7/20/2009 SF Bay View: by TransAfrica Forum

Resistencia de Honduras ratifica convocatoria a una asamblea constituyente  7/20/2009 Aporrea: "El Frente Nacional contra el Golpe de Estado en Honduras ratificó en una carta abierta al presidente de Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, que no abandonarán la propuesta de convocar lo antes posible una asamblea nacional para modificar la Constitución de ese país."

Racist, white supremacist military rule in Honduras  7/20/2009 SF Bay View: by Professor Willie Thompson

Racist, white supremacist military rule in Honduras  7/20/2009 SF Bay View: "Honduran Foreign Minister Colindres referred to Obama as “that little Black boy who knows nothing about anything [ese negrito que no sabe nada de nada],” later adding, “a little black man who doesn’t know where Tegucigalpa (the Honduran capital) is [El negrito no conoce donde queda Tegucigalpa].” Colindres and the Honduran coup government are overtly expressing a poisonous, racist and white supremacist shibboleth in Latin America: that people of African descent and Africans are stupid, uncivilized and more appropriately belong enslaved on agricultural plantations."

Fuerzas populares de Honduras acuerdan reforzar lucha antigolpista  7/19/2009 CubaDebate: "Las decisiones incluyen preparar una huelga general para el jueves y viernes próximos, cuyos preparativos las tres centrales sindicales comenzarán a puntualizar desde mañana, apuntó uno de los líderes del Frente, Juan Barahona. El presidente de la Federación Unitaria de Trabajadores (FUTH) precisó en un acto público que con el paro se proponen dar un fuerte golpe a la economía del gobierno de facto y a los empresarios que lo apoyan."

Las relaciones de los militares hondureños con el narcotráfico  7/19/2009 El Liberador: "El hondureño defensor de los Derechos Humanos, Andrés Pavón, afirmó que el general Vázquez Velázquez, jefe del Estado Mayor hondureño, tiene conocidos lazos con el narcotráfico. "Él es un hombre de la comunidad de inteligencia de América Latina, cercana a las estructuras de la DEA y la CIA", explica."

Honduras: The Nonviolent Battle for the Zelaya Home in Catacamas  7/19/2009 NarcoNews 

HONDUREÑOS DE OCCIDENTE RESISTIRÁN HASTA LA MUERTE: ¡FUERA DICTADORES!  7/18/2009 El Libertador: "Los Movimientos Sociales y Organizaciones Populares del Occidente de Honduras y en la antesala de los acuerdos de mediación de San José Costa Rica en relación a la crisis política que está viviendo nuestro país MANIFIESTA lo siguiente:"

¡Estos son los golpistas, el soberano juzgará!  7/18/2009 El Libertador 

Honduras Zelaya won't accept coup leaders in unity gov: aide  7/18/2009 Reuters 

The Closing of the Southern Highway from Tegucigalpa: An Eye Witness Report  7/18/2009 NarcoNews: "Several tense minutes slowly pass. Reina then turns away from the police and walks back across the bridge to speak to leaders there. Soon they are speaking to the crowd over the loudspeakers, asking for a show of hands of who is willing to leave the site, and go to support the protestors who’ve taken the northern entrance to the city. Amid shouts and cheers, a sea of hands reaches for the air. “We have done here what we came to do. We don’t want violence. We don’t want problems with the police. We have said what we came here to say,” shouted one leader. “Now let’s leave—single file and in small groups, for security. And we have more to do tomorrow!” People begin walking back in groups across the bridge, amid shouts, songs and chants. There is a collective sigh of relief. Police step aside. One flashes a quick smile and offers a furtive “thumbs-up”."

Historia calculada del golpe de Estado contra la democracia  7/18/2009 El Libertador 

Honduras ship action declared (También en version española)  7/17/2009 International Transport Workers' Federation: "The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today called for all its union members to oppose the coup in Honduras by focusing protests on the Honduran merchant fleet. The global union organisation, which represents 656 unions worldwide with four and a half million members, has made the call as its latest move to defend democracy in the coup-stricken Central American nation, and in support of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) condemnation of the military takeover. The action call is likely to affect the loading and unloading of the 650 ships flying the Honduran flag, which the ITF considers a flag of convenience – a low cost cosmetic ship registration by companies with no link to the country and no intention of employing its citizens onboard."

U.S. policy of political assassination follows Obama into office  7/17/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "WMR has also learned from Honduran sources that U.S. ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens closely coordinated his activities with the coup leaders. Llorens' car was seen by the public traveling between the U.S. embassy and the government buildings where the coup leaders were consolidating their hold on power. Llorens, a Cuban-born U.S. citizen, was reportedly heavily involved in the 2002 coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez while serving in the National Security Council at the White House… WMR has also learned that support for Zelaya is strong among the Honduran police and the lower ranks of the Honduran military. There have been a number of cases where police and military personnel have refused to carry out their orders and aided opponents of the coup. Support for Zelaya is particularly strong in San Pedro Sula, Honduras's second largest city, and along the border with El Salvador. WMR has learned that the El Salvadorean Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front government is providing quiet assistance to Zelaya supporters along the border."

Micheletti, vinculado al cartel de Cali, en una lista de narcos del ministerio de la Defensa  7/17/2009 CubaDebate: "El nombre del cabecilla golpista hondureño Roberto Micheletti aparece en una larga lista de narcotraficantes redactada, en una fecha no precisada, por un alto oficial del Ministerio de la Defensa y Seguridad Pública de Honduras que lo relaciona con el Cartel de Cali, la red colombiana de narcotráfico. El documento firmado por el Coronel de infantería René Adalberto Paz Alfaro y llevando el membrete del ministerio, señala en el número SN-FF. AA. 060, a ROBERTO MICHELLETI BAIN – con el error de ortógrafo en Micheletti – con la “CONEXIÓN” Cartel de Cali y bajo la mención “LUGAR” la palabra “Yoro”. Las notas biográficas de Micheletti precisan que empezó su carrera política en los años 80, cuando ocupaba el cargo de presidente del Consejo Local en Yoro donde siempre se hizo elegir de diputado al Congreso Nacional… Llama la atención que, hace unos días, un grupo de congresistas norteamericanos de extrema derecha encabezados por los representantes de la Florida, Mario y Lincoln Díaz-Balart, intentaron ensuciar el nombre del presidente constitucional Manuel Zelaya al solicitar del presidente Barack Obama que investigue su supuesta “vinculación con el narcotráfico”, a través de la DEA. Obama ni constestó. Los Díaz-Balart tienen un viejo expediente de relaciones turbias con los círculos colombianos afiliados al narcotráfico."

Israeli art students show up at interesting times  7/17/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "The reported involvement of Israeli security advisers in the coup d’état in Honduras also puts into another perspective the following report from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the espionage activities involving Israeli art students in the months prior to 9/11."

!!!LA LUCHA SIGUE!!!  7/17/2009 COPINNH: "La carretera que conduce hacia el puerto principal de Honduras, Puerto Cortés, la carretera panamericana CA-5 en Comayagua, y las tres salidas de Tegucigalpa están bloqueadas por miles de hondureños de la Coordinadora Nacional de Resistencia Popular (CNRP), el Bloque Popular y el Frente Nacional contra el Golpe de Estado. En Choloma, Cortés, en el puente Blanco en el Barrio el Kilómetro miles de ciudadanos en contra del Golpe de Estado se tomaron desde las 9:00 AM de manera indefinida, la carretera que conduce al puerto más importantes de Honduras, por donde se entra gran parte de la mercancía de la región centroamericana."

Asesinan a dirigente sindical en Honduras  7/17/2009 Aporrea 

UPDATES: ZELAYA ON ROUTE TO HONDURAS; US PUMPING UP MILITARY BASES IN COLOMBIA  7/16/2009 Chavez Code: "Meanwhile, Washington is busy moving its military installations from Manta, Ecuador, where it has maintained a Forward Operating Location (FOL) since 1999, to neighboring Colombia, pumping up its presence next to Venezuela. The base in Manta was established per a ten-year contract created in 1999, when the Pentagon formally closed its big air force base in Panamá (Howard Air Force Base) and proceeded to set up several Forward Operation Locations (FOLs) in the region - in Manta, Ecuador; Aruba and Curaçao, and Comalapa, El Salvador. At the same time, the Pentagon substantially increased its capacity in the Soto Cano air base in Honduras, which is at the center of the recent coup d'etat against President Zelaya (see my blog entries below). President Rafael Correa of Ecuador refused to renew the Pentagon's contract to maintain its presence at the Manta base, forcing its ouster this year. The US began its move today. Despite the persistent denials by US Ambassador in Colombia, William Brownfield, regarding the Manta base's relocation to Colombia, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confirmed the relocation today, stating, "obtaining agreements with countries like the United States, so that, with all due respect to the Colombian constitution, and Colombian autonomy, they help us in the war against terrorism, against drug trafficking, is in the best interests of our country.""

Who's in charge of US foreign policy  7/16/2009 Guardian: "When the coup occurred on 28 June, the first statement that came out of the White House was a major blunder. Although the US and international press gave Obama a pass, the diplomatic community could hardly help noticing that the White House issued the only official statement in the world that didn't have a bad word to say about the coup when it happened. This position shifted as events moved forward, and Obama himself even went so far as to say: "We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras." But then his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, seemed to contradict him. Twice she was asked by the press whether restoring the democratic order in Honduras meant restoring the elected president, and twice she declined to answer."

Day 19: Peaceful Blockades vs. Coup Paralyze Honduras  7/16/2009 NarcoNews: "Narco News can confirm, together with reports in other media, that at least three of those four routes - the three most important - have been successfully shut down by peaceful occupations by a citizenry opposed to the coup d'etat regime, as well as vital arteries in the country's northern coastal regions. The most important - which links Tegucigalpa to the second largest city, San Pedro Sula to the Northwest - is blocked five kilometers outside of the capital, in the town of El Durazno, reports the French Press Agency (AFP)."

Washington and the Coup in Honduras: Here is the Evidence - by Eva Golinger  7/15/2009 Chavez Code: - presents evidence of US and Cuban American involvement.

Ex-Clinton aides advising Honduran coup regime  7/15/2009 Global Research: "Ginger Thompson of the New York Times reported from San Jose, Costa Rica Sunday that in organizing the first sessions of a US-brokered mediation exercise between the ousted President Zelaya and the leader of those who overthrew him, Micheletti, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias instructed both men to appear at his residence with just four advisers. “On Thursday morning, Mr. Micheletti showed up with six, adding an American public relations specialist who has done work for former President Bill Clinton and the American’s interpreter, and an official close to the talks said the team rarely made a move without consulting him,” Thompson reported. The PR man was identified as Bennett Ratcliff of San Diego. Thompson quoted an official close to the talks as saying that “Every proposal that Micheletti’s group presented was written or approved by the American [Ratcliff].”

Comunicado No 12  7/15/2009 El Frente Nacional contra el Golpe de Estado en Honduras: "Denunciamos el uso de los medios de comunicación masiva en manos de la oligarquía, que intentan mostrar un país en normalidad y paz, mientras se asesina y persigue a líderes populares."

Un día despues del llamado de Zelaya a la Insurrección, sus seguidores llaman a ocupar puntos estratégicos en Honduras  7/15/2009 Aporrea: "En Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula (norte) y otras localidades donde hayan condiciones para ejecutar esas tomas en puntos estratégicos se van a hacer", afirmó Israel Salinas, de la Confederación Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras (CUTH), en una rueda de prensa. Aseguró que la medida de presión "tiene que estar combinada con la acción absoluta y total de todos los trabajadores". "Habrá tomas de los edificios, tomas de las carreteras y no trabajará nadie", sostuvo Salinas, quien señaló que esperan coordinar con los sindicatos del sector privado para que se sumen a esta protesta. Anticipó que organizaciones de países vecinos, entre ellas de El Salvador y Nicaragua, han manifestado su disposición a sumarse en los próximos días a bloqueos en las fronteras."

Zelaya llama a la insurrección popular contra régimen golpista de Honduras  7/15/2009 VTV 

WHAT JOHN ENSIGN, HILLARY CLINTON & THE HONDURAN RIGHT WING HAVE IN COMMON  7/15/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "It is not only the Fellowship's involvement with the Ensign and Sanford sex scandals that has raised eyebrows but also Secretary of State Clinton's milquetoast response to the military coup in Honduras that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, a progressive. The National Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Fellowship, has, in the past, attracted the right-wing elite of Honduras, including Zelaya's predecessor, Ricardo Maduro, who was backed by the same Christian evangelical forces that forced Zelaya from power. WMR also previously reported on another link between the Fellowship and Honduras's right wing through the DeMoss Foundation, which is linked to Fellowship ministry operations: The DeMoss Foundation is anti-gay, anti-abortion, and favors close links between church and state. Arthur [DeMoss] dropped dead of a heart attack at age 53 while playing tennis at his ritzy Main Line estate in Bryn Mawr, outside of Philadelphia. In addition to supporting [Charles] Colson's [Prison Fellowship] group, the foundation gives generously to the American Center for Law and Justice, the legal group run by Pat Robertson. DeMoss also supports the Plymouth Rock Foundation, an extreme right-wing Christian Reconstructionist movement that advocates the imposition of Biblical law in the United States and the death penalty for adulterers, homosexuals, heterosexual sodomists, non-Christians, and witches."

US Press Falsely Claims Honduran Plurality for Coup  7/14/2009 Truth Out: "Did a CID-Gallup poll last week indicate that a plurality of Hondurans support the military coup against democratically elected President Zelaya? Yes, according to The Washington Post [July 9], The Wall Street Journal [July 10], The Christian Science Monitor [July 11], and Reuters [July 9], which all reported that the poll showed 41 percent in favor of the coup, with only 28 percent opposed. But in fact the poll showed that 46 percent - a plurality - were opposed to the coup, according to The New York Times [July 10], The Associated Press [July 11] - and the president of CID-Gallup, in an interview with Voice of America on July 9. "

Who's behind Lanny Davis' putsch paycheck?  7/14/2009 NarcoNews: Following the money trail in the Honduran coup - "Today’s junta-enablers no longer have to work in secret. In fact, illegal usurpers can now shop openly in Washington for a hired gun of their choosing to grease the wheels of Congress and commerce to assure their coup d'état remains a fait accompli. Enter Lanny Davis — a long-time friend and Yale Law School chum of Hillary Clinton and former White House Counsel to Bill Clinton [as well as a consummate shill for their agendas]."

Canada Supports the Military Coup in Honduras  7/14/2009 Global Research: "On Saturday, July 4, at the impromptu meeting of the Organization of the American States, Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs for the Americas Peter Kent suggested President Jose Manuel "Mel" Zelaya not return to Honduras. It's an interesting stance for Canada to assume, considering that most of the international community has condemned the coup in Honduras. ...As the man at the end of the road tried to explain to me, mining is not development for people who live around these mines. He speaks for thousands of others -- a base of support aligned with the ousted President Zelaya. In 2006, Zelaya decided to cancel all future mining concessions in Honduras. Which would appear to explain, at least in large part, why Canada stands virtually alone in the hemisphere in supporting the Honduran military's ousting of Zelaya. The Canadian government, and its friends in the mining industry, are using the coup as an opportunity to plant their feet deeper into the Honduran ground."

Declaration of the Afro-Honduran Assembly PDF  7/14/2009 TransAfrica: by ORGANIZATION OF ETHNIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (ODECO)

The Politics of Destabilization - McCain and Honduras  7/14/2009 CounterPunch: "According to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, it was Venezuelan lawyer Robert-Carmona Borjas who helped to draft some of the infamous anti-constitutional “Carmona decrees” after Hugo Chávez was overthrown in the April, 2002 military coup. After Chávez was returned to power Carmona Borjas fled to the United States where he found his calling as a leading anti-Chávez figure and, more recently, as a fierce critic of the Zelaya regime in Honduras."

The CIA's Ghosts of Tegucigalpa  7/14/2009 Consortium News: "The DEA agent in charge of its recently opened Tegucigalpa office, Thomas Zepeda, had documented the complicity of Col. Torres Arias and other high-ranking Honduran officers in Matta Ballesteros’s drug operations. But DEA needed the Honduran military’s assistance to arrest Torres and his cronies, and the CIA needed them to support the contras. To avoid a showdown with the CIA, the DEA’s Zepeda proposed that a grand jury be empanelled to investigate corruption in the Honduran armed forces. But the CIA nixed the idea, no doubt to protect its collaborators. As one high-level diplomat later noted: “Without the support of the Honduran military there would have been no such thing as the contras. It’s that simple … So they got rid of the DEA station.”"

Chavez: US Government Giving Oxygen to Honduran Coup  7/13/2009 Venezuela Analysis: ""Obama withdraw your soldiers from Honduras, withdraw all support for the coup plotters, freeze their bank accounts, withdraw their visas so that this government falls immediately," the Venezuelan head of state said. "If the US government truly doesn't support the coup, it would withdraw all of its troops from the military base at Palmerola," he added."

UPDATES: 2 HONDURAS ACTIVISTS KILLED; VENEZUELAN JOURNALISTS EXPELLED; COUP LEADERS HIRE TOP DEMOCRAT LOBBYISTS TO JUSTIFY THEIR DE FACTO GOVERNMENT  7/13/2009 Chavez Code 

The Honduras coup is the Caribbean’s business; Norman Girvan, Andaiye and Alissa Trotz  7/13/2009 Norman Girvan 

Telesur and Venezuelan TV Journalists Arrested in Honduras  7/12/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "Get out of here, you all have to go, you don't have anything to do in this country," one of the police reportedly said."

General golpista Vásquez fue detenido por robo de carros en 1993  7/12/2009 Cubadebate 

It’s Still a Military Coup in Honduras  7/12/2009 NarcoNews 

Under Threat is the Life of Honduran Activist Luther Castillo  7/12/2009 CAN: "If Luther is captured and resists the arrest, the military have orders to shoot him, the last we heard from him was a phone call to his sister Tania, who he requested, in her garifuna language, not to tell names since phone communications were being intercepted by coup perpetrators, she assured."

Honduras' political conflict pushes youth activism  7/12/2009 Miami Herald 

Interview with Vice-President of National Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras  7/10/2009 Honduras Resists: "I am a Garifuna Honduran citizen. My name is Alfredo López, Vice-President of the National Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH). Well, we are here inTegucigalpa, immersed in the process of re-establishment of the constitutional order of the country."

Interview with Vice-President of National Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras  7/10/2009 Honduras Resists: "I am a Garifuna Honduran citizen. My name is Alfredo López, Vice-President of the National Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH). Well, we are here inTegucigalpa, immersed in the process of re-establishment of the constitutional order of the country."

Motivaciones del Cardenal golpista: Presidente Zelaya le suspendió salario mensual gratuito de 100,000 lempiras  7/10/2009 El Libertador 

Micheletti Tried to Change the Honduran Constitution 1985  7/10/2009 NarcoNews: "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."

In Rare U.S. Broadcast, Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Discusses Coup, Costa Rica Talks, U.S. Role and More  7/9/2009 Democracy Now: "MANUAL ZELAYA:[translated] We only have humanitarian aid coming from the United States the U.S. held up military aid, our officials in Washington have been replaced because they left with the coup. They were changed yesterday. And all of the U.S.’s messages have been consistent with the firm condemnation of the coup and supporting democracy in Latin America."

Two Cuban Counterrevolutionaries Involved in Coup against Manuel Zelaya  7/9/2009 Cuba Now: "Montaner and Reich were always in contact with coup plotters in Honduras either through phone calls or by means of intermediary agents, the article explains and adds that Montaner himself told coup leaders to resist all international pressure to prevent any attempt by President Manuel Zelaya to return to the country and to advance presidential elections, scheduled for the end of the year."

Cuba retira a colaboradores que prestan servicio en Honduras, salvo a personal médico  7/9/2009 CubaDebate: "La Embajada de la República de Cuba desea informar que mantendrá al personal médico y paramédico en la República de Honduras, teniendo en cuenta que su misión destinada a proteger la salud y salvar vidas humanas en cualquier circunstancia es estrictamente humanitaria."

Honduran people block roads in protest of coup regime  7/9/2009 Granma: "Thousands of members of Honduran popular organizations today blocked the highways at different points throughout the country on the eleventh day of demonstrations to demand an end to the coup regime and the return to power of President Manuel Zelaya. Demonstrations also took place in the eastern section of the capital and on the highway connecting the city with the eastern region of the country, principally the departments of Olancho and Paraíso, as well as San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city."

Otto Reich and the International Republican Institute - Honduran Destablization, Inc.  7/9/2009 CounterPunch: "Another interesting lead comes via Bill Weinberg, a thorough and dogged journalist, founder of the Web site World War 4 Report and the host of WBAI Radio's thoughtful program Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade in New York. On Sunday, Weinberg posted an intriguing article on his Web site entitled "Otto Reich behind Honduras coup?" In the piece, Weinberg discloses that the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization, known by its Spanish acronym OFRANEH, has claimed that former U.S. diplomat Otto Reich and the Washington, D.C. based Arcadia Foundation were involved in the coup."

Ros-Lehtinen Proposes Amendment to Cut Funding to OAS - Funds would be re-routed to support the National Endowment for Democracy  7/8/2009 House Foreign Affairs Committee: “From its warm overtures towards the Cuban tyrants to its knee-jerk support of Manuel Zelaya, echoing the rhetoric and agenda of autocratic leaders like Chavez, Morales, and Ortega, the OAS is losing credibility as an entity that stands for democratic institutions, human rights, and the rule of law."

We have to go on fighting, affirms first lady of Honduras  7/8/2009 Granma 

Honduras: What's Black and White and Gets the Red Out?  7/8/2009 NarcoNews: "The now-iconic photograph of the late 19-year-old Isis Obed Murillo, being carried by his friends to seek medical help moments after his shooting by gunmen during Sunday’s demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, was also published by the Honduran daily… Except that La Prensa chose to airbrush the young man’s blood out of the photo."

Diputado habría peleado por droga  7/8/2009 ElSavador.com 

US leaves Honduras to its fate  7/8/2009 Guardian: "This puts a heavy burden on the people of Honduras, who have been risking their lives, confronting the army's bullets, beatings and arbitrary arrests and detentions. The US media has reported on this repressiononly minimally, with the major print media sometimes failing even to mention the censorship there. But the Honduran pro-democracy movement has in the last few days managed to change the course of events. It is likely that Clinton's decision to finally meet with Zelaya was the result of the large and growing protests, and Washington's fear that such resistance could reach the point at which it would topple the coup government."

EEUU: El Senador Republicano John McCain organizó la visita de los representantes golpistas de Honduras hoy en Washington  7/7/2009 Aporrea: "El senador republicano John McCain, ex candidato presidencial en Estados Unidos, está detrás de la visita hoy a Washington de los representantes del gobierno de facto en Honduras. McCain, conocido por su dura postura contra Venezuela, Bolivia y otros países en la región considerados “anti-imperialistas”, ha organizado una “rueda de prensa” para los representantes golpistas a las 3:00 hoy en el prestigioso Club Nacional de Prensa en la capital estadounidense."

Venezuelan Solidarity Convoy Bound for Honduras Detained in Colombia  7/7/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

The Role of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in the Honduran Coup  7/7/2009 Chavez Code: "The International Republican Institute talks of “coup” in Honduras, months before. By Eva Golinger."

Denuncia desde Honduras. Golpistas obligan a los pobres a marchar  7/7/2009 Aporrea: "Hoy martes 7 de julio del 2009 el estamento golpista está organizando a nivel nacional una manifestación de camisas blancas en defensa de la democracia. Sin embargo, decenas de personas han llamado a Radio Globo para denunciar que están siendo obligados por sus patrones para participar en esta manifestación. En Tegucigalpa, las empresas e instituciones que están obligando a su trabajadores se encuentran: Granitos y Terrazos, varias maquilas y la Alcaldía. También se denunció que hay buses en los barrios marginales de la capital para sobornar a los pobres y llevarlos a la manifestación. Una señora manifestó que “se les está ofreciendo un tiempo de comida y 100 lps en efectivo (5 dólares) por ponerse una camisa blanca”.

¿Comienzan a flaquear?: La golpista Corte Suprema de Honduras evalúa una "amnistía" para Zelaya  7/7/2009 Aporrea: "El legítimo presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, podría ser amnistiado por el Congreso Nacional de Honduras, lo que evitaría su detención al regresar al país, dijo a la agencia de noticias AFP el portavoz de la Corte Suprema de Justicia hondureña, Danilo Izaguirre."

Micheletti Blinks: Zelaya's Return Not Barred from Costa Rica Mediation  7/7/2009 NarcoNews 

IV Congreso MIGApartners en MIAMI  7/7/2009 YouTube: "General romeo vasquez Velasquez actual jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras Estara dando su testimonio en el IV Congreso MIGApartners, El Gobierno del Reino del 22 al 25 de julio del 2009 en MIAMI, FL. "

Obama officials supported Honduras coup  7/6/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "WMR has been informed that key coup leaders were supported by elements of the Obama administration, including U.S. ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, a Cuban-American career diplomat with close links to the right-wing elements of the Cuban community in southern Florida. Supporting the coup were multinational banana and mining companies that feared Zelaya's support for improving the working conditions of workers in both industries. One of the junta's first moves was to cancel plans by the Zelaya administration to change the mining laws in Honduras to give Hondurans greater control over mining operations and restrict open pit gold mining. Mining companies active in Honduras and supported the coup include those based in Canada."

Preocupa en Honduras la vida de Luther Castillo  7/6/2009 CubaDebate: “Informa a los compas que denuncien que mi nombre está en el listado del ejército para captura y hay orden de dispararme si me resisto”. Por lo tanto, nosotros exigimos las garantías de integridad física de nuestros compañeros, así como también alzamos la voz de protesta y lucha del pueblo Hondureño."

Honduran coup resistance growing  7/6/2009 Real News: "Military resorts to killing, numbers in streets double - even opponents of Zelaya join in."

Preocupa en Honduras la vida de Luther Castillo  7/6/2009 Ahora: "Un comunicado enviado por los Movimientos Sociales en Honduras a Cubadebate, alerta sobre el peligro que corre la vida del doctor Luther Castillo, coordinador de la resistencia en ese país. Luther Castillo es uno de los jóvenes médicos graduados en la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina en Cuba y uno de los fundadores del hospital para el pueblo garífuna de Honduras, que abrió el gobierno de Zelaya el 8 de octubre de 2007."

Same Old Globalizers and Torture School Grads - Honduran Coup to Venezuelan Coup  7/6/2009 CounterPunch 

Obama officials supported Honduras coup  7/6/2009 Wayne Madsen Report: "Although Honduran junta propaganda, aided and abetted by corporate-controlled media in the United States and other countries, is claiming that the ouster of Zelaya was "constitutional" because it was sanctioned by the country's Supreme Court and Congress, WMR has been informed by a top former official in Honduras that the Honduran Constitution, cited by newly-installed junta leader Roberto Micheletti in legitimizing the coup, has been suspended. A curfew has also been opposed by the junta. Our Honduran sources report that some 200 opponents of the junta have been detained and that some were badly wounded in attacks by police and military units. Nevertheless, WMR is informed that a popular mobilization against the junta is taking place across Honduras…"

Tragedy at Toncontin: Army Shoots and Kills Protesters, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  7/5/2009 MiMundo: “The armed forces have fired live rounds against unarmed civilians. For over five hours, the protesters behaved respectfully of the army and police. There had been no confrontations. No one had sticks or guns. The march’s organizers had even decommissioned stones from a few protesters. But the army shot at us just like that, in cold blood. There was no need to shoot! Yes, some had started to cut and remove the barbed-wire fence [so as to enter the landing strip], this cannot be denied. But it was not necessary to shoot civilians with live rounds. Once again, so that the people of Honduras will remain united: the blood of a martyr is the seed for many Hondurans who will stand up and remain firm against such de facto government – this government of delinquents. We are only following Article 3rd of our Constitution: ‘Nobody should obey a Government which has reached power by means of usurpation.’” -Cesar Omar Silva, television journalist for State-owned Channel 8."

Honduras Coup Chooses Path of Rogue Narco-State  7/4/2009 NarcoNews: "One of the big backers of the coup d’etat has been an international terrorist network of ex-Cubans, who have financed the dirty work of jet plane bomber Luis Posada Carriles over the years and have set up business interests in Honduras. These forces are desperate now that Washington is making the moves to ease and end the embargo of Cuba. Investigative journalist Guy Jean-Allard reports, via TeleSur, that Ralph Nodarse – ex-Cuban owner of Channel 6 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras – and arms-and-drug trafficker Rafael Hernández Nodarse are knee deep behind he coup-plotters in Honduras. The latter aided and abetted Posada Carriles to hide out in Panama in 2004. There was likewise a strong nexus between the Honduras government and military and the 1980s Iran-Contra drugs-for-arms-for-Nicaraguan-paramilitaries scandal, where much of the illegal covert US cocaine smuggling operation was headquartered during the Reagan and Bush Senior presidencies. The government of Venezuela has accused that former State Department official and anti-Castro ex-Cuban Otto Reich is involved with the current coup regime in Honduras. Reich, at State during the 2002 coup in Venezuela, was the US official that called ambassadors from throughout Latin America into his office when the coup was taking place to instruct them that the US supported the coup and expected the same from them (that move backfired when Latin American nations delivered the first-ever rebuke to the US via the OAS). He was also at State in the mid-1980s heading up Latin American operations and has been strongly linked to the cocaine-smuggling activities then. Those who think that when the US cuts off funds, as it will surely do in the coming days, that the sanctions will starve the Honduran coup regime into surrender, are forgetting that in this asymmetrical world there are non-government entities – which is to say, organized crime, terrorist, and narco-trafficking organizations – that seek a safe haven in Central America, so important in the route between the South American coca plant and the noses of North America."

Honduran Chancellor: Obama is a little black man who knows nothing  7/4/2009 Majikthise 

Dictador negocia salida de Honduras  7/4/2009 El Libertador 

Honduras's de facto chancellor: "Obama is a little black man who knows nothing."  7/4/2009 Incakola News: "His precise words in Spanish were "Ese negrito que no sabe nada de nada". I decided to translate this as "that little black man who knows nothing" or "that little black man who doesn't know anything" to stay away from the controversial side of the statement and be as bland as possible. In fact the use of the word "negrito", i.e. the diminuitive of "negro", is very derogatory in nature and overtly racist in context; the kind of racism that would force the resignation of any public figure in the USA (for example). One mailer offered up the translation of "that know-nothing black boy" to get the proper feeling of the message implied by Ortez, and although it's extremely difficult to hit the translatory nail on the head in this case, I'd tend to agree that the offered translation captures the sentiment better than my deliberately bland version."

Honduras Coup General Was Charged in 1993 Auto Theft Ring  7/4/2009 NarcoNews: "General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, who appeared on stage this week with Honduran coup “president” Roberto Michiletti, and who ordered the kidnapping and forced deportation of P resident Manuel Zelaya last Sunday, was charged with grand auto theft in 1993, Narco News has learned. On February 2, 1993, the front page of the Tegucigalpa daily El Heraldo included this headline: “Eleven Members of the Gang of 13 Go to Prison”: “Eleven individuals arrested for their alleged participation in the theft of 200 luxury automobiles… were sent to prison yesterday… (including) Colonel Wilfredo Leva Caborrea and Major Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, accused as alleged participants…”"

Chavez: U.S. and Venezuelan Right Wing Support Coup in Honduras, a Challenge to Obama  7/3/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "The Venezuelan government has suspended oil shipments to Honduras until Zelaya is reinstated, Chavez confirmed. Venezuela has also called for an investigation of the coup by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and advocated possible multi-national military intervention if diplomatic means fail to restore Zelaya to power."

The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent? By Michael Parenti  7/3/2009 L'Info Decodee: "Fifth, Obama still has had nothing to say about the many other acts of repression attendant with the coup perpetrated by Honduran military and police: kidnappings, beatings, disappearances, attacks on demonstrators, shutting down the internet and suppressing the few small critical media outlets that exist in Honduras. Sixth, as James Petras reminded me, Obama has refused to meet with President Zelaya. He dislikes Zelaya mostly for his close and unexpected affiliation with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. And because of his egalitarian reformist efforts Zelaya is hated by the Honduran oligarchs, the same oligarchs who for many years have been close to and splendidly served by the US empire builders. Seventh, under a law passed by the US Congress, any democratic government that is the victim of a military takeover is to be denied US military and economic aid. Obama still has not cut off the economic and military aid to Honduras as he is required to do under this law. This is perhaps the most telling datum regarding whose side he is on."

Honduras: the Israeli Connection  7/3/2009 Middle East Reality Check: "That was then. This is right now: "A Latin American expert sent me this from a major newspaper in Honduras: "Buena noticia. Embajadas de Taiwan e Israel reconocen al nuevo gobierno de Roberto Micheletti." (Good news. The embassies of Taiwan and Israel recognize the new government of Roberto Micheletti.) ...Will death squads be roaming the land once more?"

Spinning the Honduran Coup - Latin America Media Battle Continues  7/2/2009 CounterPunch: "Adriana Sivori, Telesur’s correspondent in Tegucigalpa, was in her hotel room speaking on the telephone to her network when ten soldiers arrived with rifles drawn. The men unplugged Telesur’s editing equipment in an effort to halt the network’s coverage of protests in support of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. When a soldier lightly slapped Sivori’s hand so she would hang up, the journalist grew alarmed. “They’re taking us prisoner at gunpoint,” she remarked. Sivori along with producer María José Díaz and cameraman Larry Sánchez were taken to an immigration office in a military caravan. There, the authorities beat them and demanded to see their Honduran visas. Shortly later, the journalists were released."

Detienen a miembro de Común Noticias  7/1/2009 Defensores en Linea: "Carlos Bueso , un joven de Comunicación Comunitaria (COMUN) está detenido en las celdas policiales de El Progreso, Yoro, acusado de sedición junto a seis personas más después de que las fuerzas de seguridad reprimieran una manifestación pacífica que la población de la zona realizaba este martes exigiendo el retorno del orden constitucional en Honduras."

Behind the Honduran Coup - Why Zelaya's Actions Were Legal  7/1/2009 CounterPunch: "President Zelaya intended to perform a non-binding public consultation, about the conformation of an elected National Constituent Assembly. To do this, he invoked article 5 of the Honduran “Civil Participation Act” of 2006. According to this act, all public functionaries can perform non-binding public consultations to inquire what the population thinks about policy measures. This act was approved by the National Congress and it was not contested by the Supreme Court of Justice, when it was published in the Official Paper of 2006. That is, until the president of the republic employed it in a manner that was not amicable to the interests of the members of these institutions. Furthermore, the Honduran Constitution says nothing against the conformation of an elected National Constituent Assembly, with the mandate to draw up a completely new constitution, which the Honduran public would need to approve. Such a popular participatory process would bypass the current liberal democratic one specified in article 373 of the current constitution, in which the National Congress has to approve with 2/3 of the votes, any reform to the 1982 Constitution, excluding reforms to articles 239 and 374. This means that a perfectly legal National Constituent Assembly would have a greater mandate and fewer limitations than the National Congress, because such a National Constituent Assembly would not be reforming the Constitution, but re-writing it."

Showdown in Honduras: The Rise and Uncertain Future of the Coup  6/30/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "As one media analyst pointed out, while many major news outlets in the US, including theMiami Herald, Wall St. Journal and Washington Post, said an impetus for thecoup was specifically Zelaya's plans for a vote to allow him to extend his termin office, the actual ballot question was to be: "Do you agree that, during the generalelections of November 2009 there should be a fourth ballot to decide whether tohold a Constituent National Assembly that will approve a new politicalconstitution?" Nations across LatinAmerica, including Venezuela,Boliviaand Ecuador,have recently re-written their constitutions. In many aspects the changes tothese documents enshrined new rights for marginalized people and protected thenations' economies from the destabilizing effects of free trade and corporatelooting."

Text of a lawsuit against the Honduran Govt - by Honduran lawyers  6/30/2009 Daily Kos: [English y español] "The Supreme Court released to the media the same day June 28 a press statement describing the decision issued by the Court of Administrative Litigation of Francisco Morazán, which ordered the suspension of the opinion poll called "Fourth Urn" and the seizure of ballot boxes, ballot papers and all material related to the so-called popular consultation. Needless to say, this court has no power to order the detention of any person, but the detention of citizen José Manuel Zelaya Rosales is without question. The court order in any case should be the product of a process defined by the Code Criminal Articles 417, Following and no doubt justifying the detention of any person in the republic of Honduras, means making it accessible to the competent judicial authorities, which in this case did not happen."

Honduras: Un muerto, varios heridos y numerosos detenidos tras última arremetida de militares contra manifestantes  6/29/2009 Aporrea 

Zelaya anuncia que volverá a Honduras acompañado de Insulza  6/29/2009 TeleSur: "El presidente legítimo de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, anunció este lunes que a tras su viaje a Estados Unidos, donde pronunciará un discurso ante la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), regresará a su país, acompañado del secretario de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza. Extendió una invitación a los Jefes de Estado que deseen viajar con él."

Two Military Battalions Turn Against Honduras Coup Regime  6/29/2009 NarcoNews: "Community Radio “Es Lo de Menos” was the first to report that the Fourth Infantry Battalion has rebelled from the military coup regime in Honduras. The radio station adds that “it seems” (“al parecer,” in the original Spanish) that the Tenth Infantry Battalion has also broken from the coup. Rafael Alegria, leader of Via Campesina, the country’s largest social organization, one that has successfully blockaded the nation’s highways before to force government concessions, tells Alba TV: “The popular resistance is rising up throughout the country. All the highways in the country are blockaded…. The Fourth Infantry Battallion… is no longer following the orders of Roberto Micheletti.” Angel Alvarado of Honduras’ Popular Union Bloc tells Radio Mundial: "Two infantry battalions of the Honduran Army have risen up against the illegitimate government of Roberto Micheletti in Honduras. They are the Fourth Infantry Battalion in the city of Tela and the Tenth Infantry Battalion in La Ceiba (the second largest city in Honduras), both located in the state of Atlántida.""

Honduras Defends Its Democracy - Fidel Castro and Hillary Clinton object  6/29/2009 WSJ: "That Mr. Zelaya acted as if he were above the law, there is no doubt. While Honduran law allows for a constitutional rewrite, the power to open that door does not lie with the president. A constituent assembly can only be called through a national referendum approved by its Congress."

Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal  6/29/2009 Reuters: "Despite Obama's comments, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the administration was not formally designating the ouster as a military coup for now, a step that would force a cut-off of most U.S. aid to Honduras. Under U.S. law, no aid -- other than for the promotion of democracy -- may be provided to a country whose elected head of government has been toppled in a military coup. "We do think that this has evolved into a coup," Clinton told reporters, adding the administration was withholding that determination for now. Asked if the United States was currently considering cutting off aid, Clinton shook her head no."

Crisis política en Honduras - Varios heridos en choque entre policías y manifestantes  6/29/2009 AFP: "Hay disturbios, la policía está reprimiendo... Se escuchan disparos.. Hay varios heridos", relató el reportero gráfico. "Los militares están disparando a discreción" para desalojar a centenares de manifestantes que se congregaron frente a la sede presidencial, dijo el reportero. "Hay heridos por todas partes: gente, militares, policía", relató el fotógrafo que definió el escenario como una "batalla campal".

Emergency in Honduras-Letter To Minister Cannon  6/29/2009 Northumberland View, Canada: "During the past days, we have been in close contact with a number of our Honduran partners. All have expressed grave concern and indignation over the violent ouster of their country's democratically elected President by the Armed Forces. Partners in Tegucigalpa report a virtual state of siege in the capital including the presence of military tanks, power cuts and media censorship. Garifuna partners in Trujillo have informed us of a similar heavy military presence in their communities. In the town of Nacaome, where we support organizations engaged in rural development and the protection and promotion of women's rights, one of our partners told us "we fear for the lives of several community leaders" who are engaged in actions of peaceful resistance to the coup d'etat."

Honduran Students in Cuba Express Support of Zelaya  6/29/2009 Periodico 26: "Now, when I’m about to conclude my studies and return to my country to offer my services to our brothers and sisters of the garífuna ethnic group, who for many years didn’t have access to medical assistance, I’m deeply concerned that this situation created by the military coup d’ etat interrupts the public health program President Zelaya was carrying out along with other measures for popular benefit."

Sigue la represión contra manifestantes en Honduras  6/29/2009 PL: "En las cercanías de la Casa Presidencial, en esta capital, tienen lugar los choques más violentos contra miles de personas en resistencia cívica, de carácter pacífico. Aunque desde el domingo los golpistas decretaron el toque de queda, los manifestantes frente a la sede del Ejecutivo se mantuvieron en vigilia durante la madrugada."

Honduran coup tests waning US clout in Latin America  6/29/2009 CSM: "Mr. Tinker Salas says the crisis over use of the referendum has its roots in Honduras's cold war era constitution, which was written by the country's "liberal elites" and does not provide for referendums. "The referendum is the primary vehicle through which change has occurred in countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia, and the elites know it," says Tinker Salas. "They wanted to nip this thing in the bud." Given the international pressure now bearing down on Honduras, he adds, "they may have shot themselves in the foot.""

Honduras's Zelaya says US helped thwart coup-paper  6/28/2009 Reuters: "Honduran President Manuel Zelaya told Spain's El Pais that a planned attempt to wrest power him was thwarted after the United States declined to back the move. "Everything was in place for the coup and if the U.S. embassy had approved it, it would have happened. But they did not ... I'm only still here in office thanks to the United States," he said in the newspaper interview published on Sunday."

Correction: Honduran Presidential Candidate Is Still Alive  6/28/2009 NarcoNews: "Luther Castillo, coordinator of Honduran social movements, in an interview with the Cuban television program Mesa Redonda, denied that the leader of the Democratic Unification Party, Cesar Ham, has been assassinated. Castillo also denied that Ham has been detained and said that he remains in a secure location, faced with the possibility of repression by the coup leaders."

Obama's First Coup d'Etat: Honduran President has been Kidnapped: Updates 1-17  6/28/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Honduras supreme court 'ordered army coup'  6/28/2009 Telegraph, UK: "Today's events originate from a court order by a competent judge. The armed forces, in charge of supporting the constitution, acted to defend the state of law and have been forced to apply legal dispositions against those who have expressed themselves publicly and acted against the dispositions of the basic law," the country's highest court said."

Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in U.S.  6/28/2009 Facing South: "At least two leaders of the coup launched in Honduras on June 28 were apparently trained at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning, Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads and other human rights abuses."

Attempted Coup in Honduras?  6/26/2009 Daily Kos: [2 days before the coup] - "Well, my friend, Celeo Alvarez Casildo, who has a development organization in the coastal city, La Ceiba, aimed at the Garifuna populationcalled ODECO(and who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year for his efforts to organize the entire Central American Afro-descendent community), held a workshop on the constitution and the "Cuarta Urna" a couple of weeks ago. They concluded it was unnecessary and kind of stupid. Since the Honduran government has never really been trustworthy, the motives behind this are suspect."

Honduras: inminente violencia ante acaparamiento de tierras del pueblo Garifuna por Diputado del Congreso Nacional  6/26/2009 Biodiversidad en América Latina y El Caribe 

The Fellowship, Governor Mark Sanford’s Secretive Christian Landlords On C Street  6/25/2009 Guanabee: "1984 The Fellowship brought former Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova to the prayer breakfast. In 2002, Casanova was found liable for the torture of thousands of civilians in the 1980s. Casanova attended the breakfast along with Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, then the head of the Honduran armed forces. Alvarez, later linked to the CIA and a secret death squad, became an evangelical missionary before he was assassinated in 1989."

¡Urgente! Se prepara Golpe de Estado en Honduras  6/24/2009 COPINH: "Con la fuerza ancestral de Iselaca, Lempira y Etempica se levantan nuestras voces de vida, justicia, dignidad, libertad y paz."

“Mel está en deuda con los garífunas”  6/19/2009 La Prenda, Honduras: "Céleo Álvarez Casildo, presidente de la Odeco, dijo que durante este gobierno no se les ha titulado las tierras donde habitan desde hace varias décadas"

Presidente Zelaya liderará delegación hondureña a Festival del Caribe en Cuba  6/19/2009 AND 

Ex coronel Leva Cabrera purgará 85 años de cárcel  5/8/2009 El Heraldo: "El ex teniente Coronel, Wilfredo Leva Cabrera, fue sentenciado en dos juicios a una pena de cinco años de prisión, sumados a la sentencia de 80 años que purga en la Penitenciaría Nacional Marco Aurelio Soto de Támara, a unos kilómetros de la capital. Por hurto en perjuicio de varias personas, en febrero de 1993, los juzgados de Tegucigalpa le dieron tres años y por falsificación de documentos, el 18 de julio de 1998, en perjuicio de la fe pública otros dos años de cárcel. Leva Cabrera cumple una condena de 80 años por asesinato, secuestro, narcotráfico y robo de autos. Por complicidad en el hurto a varias personas fue sentenciado a dos años de prisión Luis Antonio Castro Espinal. Por este mismo caso, los tribunales también dictaminaron sobreseimiento definitivo por falta de pruebas a: Romeo Orlando Vásquez Velásquez (actual jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras) Marvin Renieri Vásquez Velásquez (primo de Romeo Vásquez Velásquez)"

Hillary's Prayer Circle, The Family AKA Fellowship, Doug Coe  4/27/2008 YouTube: "Today, the Family's members includes dictators from around the world. One Honduran death squad organizer, Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, was convicted in a Miami court of torturing over 1000 Hondurans."

Dr. Luther Castillo and Diane Appelbaum Bring ¡SALUD! To Town  2/21/2008 Santa Barbara Independent: ¡SALUD! is an award-winning film about Cuba’s medical outreach programs to the developing world. Produced and directed by Connie Field, of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter documentary fame, the film-beautifully shot in Cuba, South Africa, Gambia, Honduras, and Venezuela-traces the conflicting agendas that mark the quest for global health. It examines the remarkable case of Cuba, a poor country with what the BBC calls “one of the world’s best health systems” and an outreach program to other countries that former president Jimmy Carter claims is “unequaled anywhere.”

Presentado el libro La voz de los Garífunas en la capital  9/30/2007 Cubarte: "Entre las múltiples curiosidades que posee el Caribe se encuentra la diversidad de un entorno de grandes bellezas naturales que se vio ocupada por pueblos de diferentes etnias. El pueblo garífuna está entre ellas y sus habitantes fueron considerados por José Martí como seres locuaces, de admirable vivacidad y generosa fraternidad al dejar constancia de su viaje a Livingstone en 1877."

Nuevo texto que abunda sobre la etnia garífuna en Honduras  7/19/2007 Cuba Literaria: "Este texto tiene una primera parte: El silencio de los Garífunas (2004), en la cual Rojas presenta el tema, prácticamente desconocido, y a partir del testimonio de un cura de esa etnia.La etnóloga Leyda Oquendo afirmó que el Héroe Nacional de Cuba, José Martí, legó un artículo donde radica el primer antecedente de estudios sobre el tema, que este periodista ha logrado publicar con una visión contundente."

Honduran Government Representative Threatens San Juan Community President  10/2/2006 Global Exchange: "Vice Minister Suazo arrived in the evening at the house of Jessica García, where the President was speaking with Yolanda Lambert, another member of the community Patronato. Suazo pointed out that only a few days before he had spoken with members of the Rosenthal family, who had expressed the need to come to an agreement in private with members of the Patronato, so that the community cease to reclaim Nuevo San Juan, part of the community's ancestral lands being claimed by powerful businessman and politician Jaime Rosenthal… It confuses us that under the so-called Government of Citizens' Power, the situation begins to replicate that of the massacre of 1937. Over the past few months, we have lived through the February 26 murder of community youth Epson Andrés Castillo and Yino Eligio López by agents of the armed forces assigned to protect the planned construction site of the Los Micos Beach & Golf Resort, numerous threats to our Patronato president Jessica García, and the recent murder of young Mirna Isabel Santos. ...It is lamentable that Vice Minister Suazo, considered a prestigious Garifuna intellectual by many, has allowed himself to become a spokesperson for the most reactionary wing of the Liberal Party instead of defending the interests of his People. But it is not the first time that he has represented the interests of the Honduran oligarchy."

Book on Garifuna to be published  2/19/2006 Carribean Net News: "Honduras This Week writer Wendy Griffin has written a book about the Garifuna culture, ready for release this February. Entitled Los Garifunas de Honduras: Su Cultura, Su Lucha y Sus Derechos Bajo Convenio 169 de la OIT (The Garifunas of Honduras: Their Culture, Their Struggle and Their Rights Under ILO Convention 169), the book explores a range of cultural characteristics of the Garifuna community including their agriculture, hunting, dances, medicines, religion, architectural environment, and crafts (including baskets and tools for the processing of the Cassava root to make bread). One of the key areas Griffin focuses on is how the different elements of Garifuna culture are related to the environment, how ecological degradation has contributed to the loss of land and has been detrimental to the Garifuna people. “The Garifunas need to know how to unite in the struggle and be successful in protecting their lands,” said Griffin on why she wrote the book. To Griffin, the most important document regarding land rights is the International Labour Organization’s legal rights convention 169. ILO 169 demonstrates the Garifuna’s legal rights to lands. OFRANEH, an ethnic federation that represents Garifunas through petitions, press releases and complaints, is also discussed in the book. By highlighting the organizations and laws dedicated to protecting Garifuna rights, Griffin hopes to strengthen isolated Garifuna communities by integrating them into a larger network."

Bush administration "Back to the Future" antics in Central America  2/1/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: "According to high-level U.S. intelligence sources, the Bush administration is planning a redux of the Contra wars of the 1980s. With polls showing that Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega may become Nicaragua's next President in November 2 elections, the Bush administration has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to establish a network of small clandestine communications stations along the Honduran and Costa Rican borders with Nicaragua, supplemented by additional support bases in El Salvador. Many of those involved in the covert operations are veterans of the Contra wars of the 1980s. The hub of U.S. covert activity is centered in the Soto Cano airbase in Honduras. Formerly the Palmerola airbase, the base was active in U.S. support for the contras against the Sandinistas in the 1980s. U.S. intelligence sources also report that right-wing elements in the CIA and Pentagon also have a nasty surprise in store for Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, if he is, as expected, elected President of Mexico in July's elections. Obrador, a former mayor of Mexico City, a champion of Mexico's poor, and an ally of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, is leading in most polls. Intelligence whispers from U.S. covert actors in Latin America indicate that if Obrador is elected and fails to moderate his leftist policies, he will not live to see his inauguration day. Apparently, Obrador has gotten the message from the Bush administration. Last night, he told Mexican television that he would appoint three non-PRD members to his three most important cabinet posts: Treasury, Foreign Affairs, and Interior."

John Dimitri Negroponte  1/22/2006 Celerino Castillo: "From 1985 to 1991, I was assigned to Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. As one of two DEA agents that covered those countries, I observed that our U.S. government was complicit in drug trafficking and human rights violations. The area was rife with rebellion, gunrunning, and a perception that communism was on the move towards our back yards. One of my job descriptions was to train members of their military intelligence on interdiction of drug enforcement. However, most of my time was spent assisting the CIA in training the death squads. We were utilizing CIA contract agents from different parts of South America, specifically Venezuela and Argentina. In reality, Central America became one huge country, which allowed the death squads to over flow into each other. Mario Sandoval-Alarcon, best know as the godfather of the death squads and creator of the notorious death squad, ?La Mano Blanca? ran all death squads. Sandoval was so loved by Ronald Reagan, that he got a private invitation and attended Reagan's inauguration."

Garífuna Indigenous Activists Under Attack in Honduras  11/23/2005 Human Rights First: "Leaders of the Garífuna community in Honduras are facing mounting threats and violent attacks in reprisal for their defense of indigenous land rights. Community activists are working to prevent the loss of Garífuna land to powerful interests seeking to develop large-scale tourism along the coast."

HONDURAS: Garifuna people resisting on-slaught of global tourism business  8/24/2005 Rights Action 

Miguel Facussé: Fencing off Paradise  5/1/2005 Envio: "In Tocoa, in the northeastern department of Colón, it is said that Facussé offered 3 million lempiras to Carlos Escaleras, who ran as the mayoral candidate for the leftist Democratic Unification party (UD). Escaleras didn’t accept the offer and continued to openly criticize Facussé’s decision to set up a plant there to extract African palm oil without any apparent concern for the potential damage from vapors and chemicals to the hundreds of families living in numerous neighboring communities. A few months after the offer and Escaleras’ continued environmentally based criticism, he was gunned down by hired assassins. The crime has been lost in the thick fog of impunity hanging over Honduran justice, although human rights organizations did manage to get the case passed on to the OAS’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights."

People in the Film -- Dr. Luther Castillo  12/1/2004 Salud!: "Since graduating from the Latin American Medical School [Cuba] in August 2005, Dr Luther Castillo has been collaborating with other graduates, non-governmental partners, labor leaders, community members, and international and local volunteers to finalize the construction and equipping of the Ciriboya Community Hospital in the Honduran Mosquitia (see Innovative Project Brings Permanent Medical Services to Honduran Mosquitia). This community-based initiative, addressing the specific health needs of the Garifunas, represents the first sustainable source of care for the 18,000 people living in Ironia Municipalty, Dr Castillo´s home region."

Uno de cada 100 hondureños padece de SIDA, afirma experto  6/12/2004 Prensa Latina 

Honduras: 'Homies Were Burning Alive'  6/2/2004 Alternet: "In first-ever interviews, representatives of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) gang in Honduras this week described how security forces were to blame for the May 17 prison fire that killed 105 of those they call their homeboys. In addition to starting the fire, police and prison guards allegedly kept the facility's gates locked for over an hour while trapped inmates were burnt alive or died from smoke inhalation. Human rights observers, children's advocates, and MS members say the tragedy is a direct consequence of Honduras' mano dura (strong fist) policies. These policies employ suppression tactics based on New York City's "zero tolerance" police strategies of the '90s, and were instituted on the advice of the Manhattan Institute think-tank and the Giuliani Group, which have exported the New York model to Latin America."

Honduran Prison Fires Kills 103 Inmates  5/17/2004 AP 

Honduras rushes to pull out troops  4/20/2004 CNN: "Honduras has confirmed that it will join Spain in withdrawing its troops from Iraq "in the shortest possible time." "

The Garifuna  1/3/2004 National Geographic 

Meet 'The Family'  6/13/2003 Global Network: "GNN: What are the connections between the CIA and the Fellowship? SHARLET: A lot of their key men in a country would be the intelligence officers in the American embassy. Throughout their correspondence, that's the kind of guy they would like to have involved. They always had a lot of Army intelligence guys involved, Pentagon guys. Doug Coe in the early 70's was touring the frontlines in Vietnam with intelligence officers and South Vietnamese generals. That's the level of connections they are talking about, like the Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova [convicted by a Florida jury for the torture of thousands] and Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez [a minister also linked to the CIA and death squads]. They are the people who brought those people in. They said you need to meet this person. That's how it works. Their diplomacy can affect some good things, like the truce in Rwanda. They had a lot of connections with the South African [apartheid] regime, where they were generally a moderate, even a progressive force. But it's kinda hard to name a nasty regime around the world that doesn't have really well-documented connections to them. Franco was a hold-out. So they started winning over a bunch of ministers in the Franco regime and then they went to Franco and said this is a good group, we can do business with them."

Honduras: Murdered with Impunity  5/29/2003 Guardian, UK: "Casa Alianza claims that many of the murders are a form of "social cleansing" whereby vigilante groups and police regard the deaths as others might regard the removal of vermin. The Honduran government believes that most of the killings are gang-related. Both human rights groups and government agree that the numbers of deaths amount to an epidemic of violence, with a murder rate 50 times that of the UK."

Disease threatens people and palms  5/20/2003 Latin America Press: "Lethal Yellowing Disease (LYD) has ripped through the Caribbean coast of Central America, destroying the major species of coconut palm in its path. It is also wiping out the livelihood of the Garifuna people who populate the Caribbean coastal regions of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. LYD is a phytoplasma whose organism is thought to behave like a primitive virus."

Honduras: asesinan cónsul  5/8/2003 BBC Mundo: "La víctima, quien se desempeñaba desde hacía ocho años como cónsul honorario de Bélgica, podría haber sido asesinado por miembros de una banda de secuestradores que retienen a su esposa, según la policía."

Honduras rioters back in prison  4/7/2003 BBC 

Honduran Riot Displays Gangs' Brutality  4/7/2003 Guardian, UK: "LA CIEBA, Honduras (AP) - They have a fanatical devotion to their cause and they dream of bringing their violence to America's streets. They're not terrorists, but ``maras,'' Central America's U.S.-style street gangs whose brutality was on display Saturday during a prison riot that killed 69 people and injured 31 others on Honduras' Caribbean coast." Typical of US media, there is no explanation for this behavior.

Honduras: al menos 60 muertos en motín  4/6/2003 BBC Mundo 

Jail riot in Honduras leaves 66 dead  4/5/2003 CNN 

New York: Reunion Comunitaria con Celeo Alvarez, 3/1/03  3/1/2003 GarifunaWeb: Celio es presidente de ONECA, Organización Negra Centroamericana. "Habran informes sobre los últimos acontecimientos en Honduras" y en Centroamérica.

Honduras: No more empty promises -- Investigate murders of children and youths  2/25/2003 Amnesty International 

Honduras Investigates Massive Fish Kill  2/8/2003 Guardian 

Honduran Officials May Have Found Priest  1/29/2003 Newsday: "Carney arrived in Honduras in 1961 as a missionary shortly after ordination. He was expelled in 1979, accused of attempting to lead peasants in a revolt against the military government then in power. A short time later, he was assigned to parish work in Nicaragua, where he remained until traveling with a band of leftist guerrillas into Honduras in 1983. According to relatives and fellow Jesuits, Carney served as the rebels' chaplain. Carney, then 58, was captured by soldiers during the incursion across the border. He was never heard from again."

THE ORIGIN OF THE GARIFUNA  1/16/2003 Garinet: "When someone says,“I am a Garifuna,” that person is acknowledging the fact that she/he has Carib, Arawak and African blood pumping from their heart and through their veins."

Honduras: Corte confirma: ¡Fuera coordinador de juzgados!  1/5/2003 La Prensa, Honduras: clean up the judiciary when big capital is at stake - "La funcionaria en comunicación vía celular con La Prensa, mientras se encontraba analizando otras denuncias de corrupción, manifestó que los cambios son necesarios para una mejor aplicación de la justicia y evitar que la inversión nacional y extranjera se ahuyente del país."

Organizacion Fraternal de Negros de Honduras: Perfil 4/1/03  1/4/2003 GarifunaWeb: report on current projects

Organizacion Fraternal de Negros de Honduras: Informe 4/1/03  1/4/2003 GarifunaWeb: report on current status

Central America: Rescuing devastated coffee growers  12/31/2002 Washington Times: conservative paper details USAID assistance to what is a real problem.

Gringo justice  12/30/2002 Honduras This Week: shades of Elian - scroll down for this story - "The child was put under the custody of North Carolina, and was then adopted by the homosexual couple. The judge believed that Honduras was still a “jungle.” He refused to give the child up for custody, even to relatives in the state of Florida. The child has lived with the couple for nearly a year. His Honduran grandparents, who live in Honduras, are asking the U.S. government to deliver the child to their care, promising to provide him with a good education and future."

Mysterious death of J'can fisherman in Honduras  12/28/2002 Jamaica Observer 

Honduras: Muertes Arbitrarias (extrajudiciales o sumarias) y otras Muertes, CODEH  12/20/2002 PDS 

Despite presidential promise, child killings in Honduras continue  12/16/2002 Honduras This Week: "According to a Casa Alianza press release, despite a presidential promise that further deaths would be unacceptable, another 46 children and young people less than 23 years of age were murdered in Honduras during the month of November. Not one of the 15 cases of children allegedly murdered by police that were turned over to the Special Investigation Unit of the Ministry of Public Safety has been resolved. During this same period, another 159 children and youths were killed. The list of cases “to be investigated” just keeps growing."

GARIFUNA: A LIVING HUMAN TREASURE  12/15/2002 Garinet: "The recognition is beyond comprehension For those who chose, in the past, to jeer Calling negative names their Garifuna peers. The Garifuna subjected to tidal waves Of insults, rejection, oppression Resiliently emerged using the negatives As spark plugs regenerating, rejuvenating."

Enrique Soto Cano Air Force Base  12/13/2002 Center for International Policy: "With the departure of the U.S. Army’s 228th Aviation Battalion from Fort Kobbe, Panama, many aviation assets of U.S. Army South (USARSO), Southcom’s army component, were moved to Soto Cano. These include a command and control element, CH-47 “Chinook” helicopters, and UH-60 “Blackhawk” and “Medevac” helicopters.7 The Honduran Constitution does not permit a permanent foreign presence in Honduras. A "handshake" agreement between the United States and Honduras allows JTF-Bravo to remain in Honduras on a "semi-permanent" basis. This agreement, an annex to the 1954 military assistance agreement between the United States and Honduras, can be abrogated with little notice."

5 dead in US military helicopter crash in Honduras  12/13/2002 Agence France Press: A few more details than in the AP story - "The Blackhawk belongs to a US Air Force regiment that is part of Joint Task Force Bravo, based at the Enrique Soto Cano Air Force base, located near the city of Comayagua, some 70 kilometers (44 miles) north-west of Tegucigalpa. The base is home to some 550 US military -- mainly army and air force -- personnel and more than 650 US and Honduran civilians. US forces at the base carry out anti-drug operations, training missions, and support for humanitarian relief assistance, according to the base website."

Honduras Crash Kills Five U.S. Soldiers  12/12/2002 AP: "Palmerola is a $30 million base built in 1983. It lodges 400 U.S. soldiers, who rotate every three months. During the turmoil of the 80's in Central America, Palmerola was the main U.S. military operations center in the area." Coca Contra left overs.

Tela pudiera quedarse sin playas públicas  12/8/2002 Honduras News: "Entre estas playas se pueden mencionar las ubicadas al frente de la colonia Zacapa (al extremo Oeste del centro de la ciudad), las del barrio El Paraíso, las de las comunidades garífunas de San Juan, Tornabé, La Ensenada y Triunfo de la Cruz, así como muchas al extremo Este hasta pegar al cerro Punta Izopo, sin dejar de mencionar algo de común saber: que algunos empresarios hoteleros se apropiaron de grandes porciones de playas para construir sus inmuebles." The theft of Garifuna lands continues.

Life, Liberty and the Pursue of Garifunaness  12/7/2002 Garinet: "I have a Dream that one day, NGC, WGO, OAGANIC, ODECO and the Garifuna Coalition will one day join hands and march down Emperor's Avenue as the Garifuna Nation declare victory in reclaiming their home, language and culture."

DECLARACIÓN DE SAN JOSE VIII ASAMBLEA DE LA ORGANIZACIÓN NEGRA CENTROAMERICANA 5, 6 Y 7 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2002  12/7/2002 GarifunaWeb: "Reunidas en San Isidro de Coronado, San José, Costa Rica las organizaciones Afrocentroamericanas pertenecientes a la Organización Negra Centroamericana: Asociación Proyecto Caribe y el Centro de Mujeres Afrocostarricense de Costa Rica, OAGANIC y ADEHPCA de Nicaragua, ASOMUGAGUA y ONEGUA de Guatemala, National Garífuna Council y UBAD Educational Foundation de Belice, ODECO y ECOSALUD de Honduras, Coalición Garífuna USA, Hondureños Contra el SIDA, Mujeres Garifunas en Marcha de Estados Unidos, Respuesta Afro Panameña y Red de Mujeres Afropanameñas de Panamá, para reafirmar nuestra determinación y verdadera convicción de ser los actores de nuestros procesos de desarrollo, haciendo uso de nuestro pleno derecho como ciudadanos de los distintos países de la región y en la diáspora africana.Por lo tanto acordamos:"

Médicos calorizan masiva marcha del Bloque Popular  12/6/2002 El Tiempo, Honduras: "Más de 3. 000 personas atendieron ayer el llamado del Bloque Popular para marchar contra las privatizaciones, protesta que contó por primera vez con la presencia de más de 200 médicos y estudiantes de Medicina que se oponen a la privatización de la salud. La marcha de protesta inició a las 4: 00 de la tarde en el Parque El Obelisco, y participaron además de los médicos, maestros y los sindicatos agremiados al Bloque Popular. También participó un nutrido grupo de sindicalistas provenientes de El Progreso, Yoro; Tocoa, Colón y Atlántida; maestros de diversas zonas del país y muchos pobladores de patronatos de las colonias marginales de la capital."

Honduras: Médicos se unen a protesta  12/6/2002 La Prensa, Honduras: "Los médicos, considerados un sector de elite en la sociedad hondureña, se unieron ayer a los sectores populares por primera vez en la historia durante una jornada en la que protestaron en contra de las privatizaciones. “Empeorarán nuestros males, si privatizan los hospitales’’ era una de las consignas que gritaba un reducido grupo de médicos especialistas, generales y hasta estudiantes de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Honduras, Unah, los cuales se mezclaron con obreros y maestros para manifestarse en la calles."

Barranco community fights disease, indifference and a new airport  12/2/2002 Honduras This Week: "In addition to Hurricane Mitch, the community was hit with the destruction of their principal crop—coconuts. One farmer said she used to bring 500 coconuts twice a week to sell in Trujillo. Due to Lethal Yellowing Disease which has killed most of the Honduran coconut trees, no coconuts at all are produced in Barranco now. The farmers do not produce enough either to rebuild their houses nor to pay transportation to the area. Due to the help of several NGO’s including the Garifuna Emergency Committee (Comité de Emergencia Garífuna de Honduras), the environmental organization responsible for the nearby Guaymoreto Lagoon FUCAGUA, the Catholic church’s social arm CARITAS, and CIDH (Independent Center for the Development of Honduras) the agriculture is slowly returning to Barranco. Thirty five families are working in the area, traveling from the town of Trujillo. FHIS (The Honduran Fund for Social Investment, a government agency) has provided funding for local residents to build an eco-tourism project in the area."

Los Pueblos Indígenas y Negros en la Normativa Nacional  12/2/2002 PDS 

Flor del Campo: The Struggle for Land  12/1/2002 Justicia HN: A case similar to the Garifuna land theft cases on the coast - "It has been a long, hard struggle, and it is not over yet. The residents of the community of La Flor del Campo in Tegucigalpa have been fighting for title to their land for over twenty years. La Flor del Campo was formed in 1979 by a group of people driven from other areas of Honduras by poverty, war and drought. The land they occupied belonged to the Municipality, and under Honduran law, they should have been able to receive title for it following three years of occupation. However, soon after they claimed the land and were recognized as legitimate by the state, one of Tegucigalpa's wealthy and influential families began to claim that they owned the land. For the last twenty years they have manipulated the justice system and other authorities to ensure that no titles could be issued to the poor inhabitants of La Flor del Campo and eight other surrounding communities."

Honduras: COMUNICADO PUBLICO, Sambo Creek  11/21/2002 GarifunaWeb: "La Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, Ofraneh, denuncia ante la opinión publica la caótica impartición de Justicia por parte del Estado Hondureño, el que de forma racista y arbitraria procedió el pasado miércoles 13, a desalojar a nuestros hermanos Garífunas de Sambo Creek, los que habían recuperado un terreno usurpado por los herederos del abogado Miguel Ángel Castillo. La celeridad con que actuó el Juzgado y la parcialidad demostrada por el Ministerio Publico, denota racismo de parte del aparato judicial además de la venalidad con que actúan sus miembros, los cuales procedieron al desalojo sin haber escuchado los argumentos que presentaron los miembros del Patronato de la comunidad y su Comité de Defensa de Tierras, y sin haber consultado al INA, la autoridad en materia de tierras."

Honduras: Garífunas, el pueblo olvidado  11/20/2002 La Prensa, Honduras: "El 12 de abril de 1797 llegaron a Punta Gorda, Roatán, 5080 garífunas desde la Isla de San Vicente. Ellos venían como prisioneros de guerra después de combatir contra ingleses y franceses por cerca de 40 años. Una vez establecidos en Roatán iniciaron negociaciones con los españoles en Trujillo y se ubicaron en tierras continentales, estableciendo comunidades a lo largo de la costa Atlántica, inclusive Guatemala, Belice y Nicaragua. Con la Reforma Liberal, desde finales del siglo XIX hasta mediados del siglo XX, llegaron a Honduras nuevos contingentes afrocaribeños, principalmente de Jamaica, Haití y Trinidad y Tobago, para ser empleados en la construcción del ferrocarril interoceánico y en las plantaciones bananeras de las transnacionales. El mestizaje iniciado desde el siglo XVI, supone que aproximadamente el 80 por ciento de la población hondureña tiene sangre africana. Actualmente habitan en 36 comunidades a lo largo de la costa."

Honduras: Denuncia Publica de la Problematica de la Tierra Garifuna en Honduras  11/18/2002 GarifunaWeb: "Ante la poca voluntad de la justicia Hondureña, en hacer prevalecer los derechos ancestrales del pueblo Garifuna, nos veremos obligados desde este momento a interponer una denuncia junto con OFRANEH, ante la Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos de la OEA y otras organizaciones de los Estados Unidos."

Honduras: GARIFUNA MUSICIANS MEET TO DISCUSS FUTURE  11/9/2002 Garinet: "They began in September of 2002 by exposing their dilema at the 2002 ONECA Conference in New York. From there, the Foundation of Garifuna Artist in New York has been on a campaign blitz to inform the entire New York community about current problems facing Garifuna artists in New York."

Honduras: OFRANEH INFORMA SOBRE REPRESION  11/9/2002 Garinet: "Yo Juan Martinez, mayor de edad, oriundo de la comunidad de Triunfo de la Cruz en el Departmento de Atlántida, Republica de Honduras Centro America, miembro del Comité de Defenza de Tierras Triunfeñas (CODETT), presidente del "Isery Ondarun" (Nueva Organizacion en Garifuna) y miembro de la Junta Directiva Nacional de la "Organizacion Fraternal Negra de Honduras" (OFRANEH) en mi nombre y de mis compañeros informo a mi pueblo y al mundo lo siguiente, ruego a todos diseminar ampliamente esta infomacion. Denuncio la detencion e injusto encarcelamiento de tres de nuestros dirigentes comunitarios."

Police Attack Garifuna leaders in Honduras  11/9/2002 Garinet: "Coming on the heels of an arson in Vallecito, a police attack on a national march, and the government's filing charges against 35 community leaders, there is more news of repression against the Afro-Honduran Garifuna. In Triunfo de la Cruz, 3 Garifuna leaders were actually arrested and thrown in prison November 3, over a land conflict. It regards 3 actes of land which fall inside the land which belongs officially and traditionally to the community of Triunfo. The official Community Title was awarded by INA, (National Agrarian Institute) the relevant government body, in 1992, encompassing 380 acres. Six years ago, the municipality of Tela (nearby larger city) sold those 5 acres to the "Asociacion de Pueblos Franciscanos de Muchachos," APUFRAM, (Association of Franciscan Boys Towns) who planned to build a high school. In the document, it is explicit stated that they must build a school within 2 years or lose their right to the land."

Ethnic diversity in Honduras, 7.2 percent indigenous  11/4/2002 Honduras This Week: See census table. Out of a total population of 6,535,000, this has 49,952 Garifuna. "It the last Housing and Population Census this ethnicity was captured in question number five, “What ethnic group do you belong to?” The population that participated responded in accordance to their feelings of identity with the different groups. See table. We can observe that the majority (92.8%) of the population did not identify itself with any of the ethnic groups. But of those that did, 63.5% claimed to be Lenca. In as much as education is concerned, the illiteracy rate for the Garífuna ethnic group was 9%, but only 4 percent for the English Afro-Caribbeans (Bay Islands); the remaining groups have an illiteracy rate much higher than the national 20 percent. Population structure also varies among the different groups, the Miskito and the Tolupan groups have the largest youth population, while the Garifuna and the Tolupan groups have the largest groups of older people."

Garifuna Settlement and Migration Patterns  11/4/2002 Garifuna Empowerment Movement: Whereas Honduras this week had a Garifuna population based on the Honduran census at 50,000, this has it as 126,000 in 1999. "Based on research carried out in 1981/82, Palacio estimates that there were between 4,000 and 10,000 Garifuna living in Los Angeles (Palacio 1992) but more recent estimates put that number around 25,000 (O'Conner 1998). My conservative estimate of the Los Angeles Garifuna population is somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 with the vast majority living predominantly in South Central Los Angeles."

NEW YORINAGU RESPONDS TO ERIKA IN A BENEFIT CONCERT  10/21/2002 Garinet: "The event was a benefit fundraise to aid Erika Ramirez who was stripped off her royalties by the Honduran beauty pageant organization and its coordinator, Eduardo Zablah."

Politizacion del sistema judicial en Honduras  10/2/2002 GarifunaWeb: "Así las cosas el Poder Judicial se maneja como si se tratara de una hacienda cuyos capacates llamados jueces y magistrados responden a los intereses del partido o de los dirigentes que les consiguió la “chamba”.

The New Forestry Law will Impact the Social, Economic and Environmental Future of Honduras  10/1/2002 Revistazo, Honduras: "We want the work of the committee to be free from manipulation by politicians or interested groups, which is why we are working with different sectors. We want a comprehensive, viable law that is not prejudiced against anyone-a law with a vision for the country," say a congressional member of the Democratic Unification party. Members of HAA have said that it is yet to be seen if such expectations are fulfilled. At the same time they state their intention to defend at all costs their rights to be actors in the process of conservation, management and use of the forestry resources. The small farmer groups, cooperative members, indigenous groups and environmentalists are ready to protest to the National Congress and to the public if their social interests are scorned."

Did Racism Beat Ms. Honduras?  9/29/2002 Seeing Black: "So in late September 2002, she stood up before New York-based reporters to speak out against the national director of the Ms. Honduras Universe pageant, Eduardo Zablah. Zablah, Ramírez claims, signed a contract with her on Oct. 16, 2001 which promised her a college scholarship, jewelry, endorsements and a cash prize—all as payment for representing Honduras on the international stage. Ramírez was then flown to the United States, St. Martin, and other locales to promote Honduran beauty. But other than a promotional ring, she has not received any of the prizes that go along with winning the Ms. Honduras Universe contest."

Showing Faith in Discretion  9/27/2002 LA Times: "The Fellowship also has brought controversial figures to Washington, where they have met with U.S. officials either at the prayer breakfast or other venues. Among them are former Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who in July was found liable by a civil jury in Florida for the torture of thousands of civilians in the 1980s. He was invited to the 1984 prayer breakfast, along with Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, then the head of the Honduran armed forces. Alvarez, later linked to the CIA and a secret death squad, became an evangelical missionary before he was assassinated in 1989. "The people that are involved in this association of people around the world are the worst and the best," Coe said. "Some are total despots. Some are totally religious. You can find what you want to find."

Thousands of families cannot afford $2 for potable water  9/1/2002 Revistazo, Honduras: "Martha Francisca Alvarado is a 43-year-old woman who looks 60. She lives near a ravine of dirty water where she bathes and washes laundry for her children and grandchildren. She does not have potable water services in her home and she does not have the money necessary to buy the water she needs for cooking and drinking. She is part of the more than 2 million Hondurans who do not have potable water in their homes and who have to work to purchase water from the water trucks that circle the hills of the capital city. More than one million people live in Tegucigalpa, but many of them do not have access to potable water in their homes."

USAID Outlines Assistance to Honduras  8/28/2002 USAID: FY 2002: $33.1 million

DESARROLLO INDÍGENA Y GLOBALIZACION  8/12/2002 Mujeres Indigenas: "En el marco de la Primera Cumbre Mundial de Mujeres Indígenas, organizada por la Iniciativa Indígena por la Paz, el Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas y el Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas, bajo la Coordinación General de la Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum. Se nos han solicitado preparar el documento base para el análisis y discusión del Tema "Desarrollo Indígena y Globalización", motivo por el cual solicitamos su colaboración respondiendo al cuestionario adjunto, con el fin de tomar en cuenta las opiniones, conocimientos y experiencias desde la cosmovisión de las mujeres indígenas liderezas de los diferentes pueblos del mundo. La preparación de este tema nos supone un gran reto, puesto que una area que muy poco se ha investigado en el marco de los pueblos indígenas y mucho menos en el de las mujeres. Es por eso que solicitamos a todas hacer un gran esfuerzo para apoyarnos en brindarnos su opinión al respecto."

Garifuna protest environmental destruction in Iriona, Colon  7/29/2002 Honduras This Week: "In a public denouncement made July 25, Garifuna organizations are strongly protesting environmental destruction of watersheds caused by the construction of a road in the Municipality of Iriona in the Department of Colon. According to said documents, the road between Sico-Ciriboya was illegally built using Soptravi (Secretary of Public Works) machinery in the year 2000 despite numerous formal protests to pertinent government authorities —the National Forestry Agency - COHDEDOR, the Ethnic District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Protected Areas -PROBAP, and the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources - SERNA— by local authorities, patronatos and other community organizations; and without an environmental impact study having been realized. Construction and the now existing road has contaminated the Los Naranjos River watershed which supplies five Garifuna communities with water that since 2000 has been laden with sedimentation, unfit for human consumption."

Garifuna music/dance film available on Internet  7/15/2002 Honduras This Week: scroll down for this listing

GARIFUNA PROTEST  7/7/2002 Resource Center of the Americas: "On July 7, representatives of the Garifuna ethnic group protested in Tegucigalpa against a proposed constitutional change that would allow foreigners to buy land on the Atlantic Coast. “The land is our mother, and mother is not for sale,” the protesters chanted. Congress suspended debate and agreed to meet with Garifuna representatives to discuss an alternative plan that would protect their rights to the land they have occupied for 200 years."

Cardinal blasts US media for sex coverage  6/8/2002 UPI: "In the advance copy obtained by United Press International, Rodriguez Maradiaga specifically mentioned Ted Turner, the media tycoon who founded CNN, and the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe as being unfairly aggressive in their coverage of the scandals."

DECLARACION DE LA CEIBA  4/26/2002 Garinet: "Bañada por las aguas del mar Caribe, en la franja centroamericana, la Ciudad Hondureña de La Ceiba se convirtió en escenario del PRIMER SEMINARIO REGIONAL SOBRE AFRODESCENDIENTES EN LAS AMÉRICAS, los días, 21, 22, 23 y 24 de Marzo de 2002, organizado por la Oficina de la Alta Comisionada de Derechos Humanos y el Grupo de Trabajo de Minorías y la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario ODECO."

PROBLEMÁTICA TIERRA COMUNIDADES GARIFUNAS  4/22/2002 Garinet: recent history of land title issues in Garifuna communities of Honduras.

Garifuna Street Festival in LA 2002  4/13/2002 GEM in Action: "The keynote speaker Dr. Jocelyn Palacio-Cayetano explained to the crowd the meaning of April 12, 1797. She told the crowd it represented the last time the Garinagu was together as one, before being exile from Yurumein to Central America."

205 AÑOS DE PRESENCIA GARIFUNA EN HONDURAS  4/12/2002 Garinet: history from ODECO

Report Back and Declaration from the Water, Light, And Land For All! Forum in Guatemala, March 2002  4/1/2002 Global Exchange: "On June 30th, 2001, security forces for Energisa Corporation murdered Carlos Roberto Flores, a Honduran community organizer protesting the construction of the Babilonia River Hydroelectric Project. Two weeks later, on July 18th, police forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons at campesinos and indigenous peoples camped in front of the National Congress of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, demanding justice for Flores and the suspension of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (BCIE) supported dam."

Periodistas conocen raíces Afro americanas  2/23/2002 Foro de Fortalecimiento a la Democracia, Honduras: scroll down - "Con el apoyo de la Sección de Información y Cultura de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América, se desarrollo en Tegucigalpa y San Pedro Sula los día 21 y 23 de febrero las conferencias sobre "Democracia e Integración Social en las Américas" dictada por la Antropóloga, Sheila Walker, de la Universidad de Austin, Texas. Asimismo, participaron como panelistas los señores: Aníbal Delgado Fiallos, Director del Instituto Nacional Agrario, INA; René García, Tesorero General de la República y miembro de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) y Céleo Alvarez Casildo, Director de la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (ODECO)."

INA no tiene nada que ver en la venta de las playas de Perú dice su director  2/9/2002 La Prensa: "Garífunas. Gregoria Flores, de la coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal de Negra de Honduras, Ofraneh, pidió a las autoridades del INA recuperar esas tierras y, además, evitar que sigan quitándoles las propiedades a los garífunas. Flores dijo que se reunieron con el director del INA para denunciar la usurpación de las tierras de las comunidades establecidas en las playas, en cuenta las de Perú."

Honduras looks to develop northern coast; Garifuna fight to keep beaches  1/2/2002 ENN: "A disease has killed most of the palm trees along the coast, robbing residents of one of their main food sources -- coconuts -- while Hurricane Mitch in 1998 forced many fishermen to sail hours out of their way to find their catch. "There are no highways, and they are deforesting the land," Lored said, arriving for a meeting to organize residents against encroaching tourism. At the same time, Garifuna leaders say, residents are coming under increasing pressure to sell their land to developers. In the coastal village of Triunfo de la Cruz, 190 miles north of Tegucigalpa, the capital, a few residents sold a yucca field because they didn't know they had the right to say no, community leader Edgardo Benedeth said. "They think that if they don't sell the land, it will be stolen" and they won't receive any money, he said. Once other villagers discovered what had happened, the yucca field was already being plowed under and construction had begun on seven luxury vacation homes, complete with swimming pools and two-story picture windows. The community is fighting the construction in court and trying to educate residents about their property rights. But that development is just the beginning. Small hotels and restaurants are sprouting up nearby, and Honduran officials are searching for foreign investors for a multimillion-dollar resort located in the swamps next to the Garifuna village of Tornabe, 12 miles to the west. A similar resort is being planned 100 miles to the east, amid several Garifuna villages. "We have hundreds of kilometers (miles) of beaches that aren't developed, and it's a waste," Tourism Secretary Ana Abarca said in Tegucigalpa. "We want strong tourism. We are going after the sun and the beach."

Garifuna: To Protect Ancestral Lands  1/1/2002 JusticiaHN: "Under an international agreement signed by the Honduran government, indigenous groups such as the Garifunas have a legal right to their ancestral lands. However, as is often the case, getting the government to comply with this agreement is always a struggle, partially because of opposition from wealthy and powerful people with interests in the area and also perhaps due to a general disinterest in the situation of these indigenous groups, often the victims of great prejudice and racism."

Grant to Organización de Desarrollo Étnica Comunitaria (ODECO)  12/31/2001 InterAmerican Foundation: "70,841 over ten months, to provide support for community mapping exercises and related formulation of local development plans among 200 participants from 11 communities in Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras. ODECO sent 50 of these participants to a conference on Afro-American development in La Ceiba, Honduras, where they presented their plans to professionals and representatives from other Afro-American communities for possible technical assistance and funding. In addition, the grant covered travel and per diem for three Afro-Latinos to attend the NGO Forum of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Forms of Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 7, 2001. (HO-234 and HO-234-A1)"

REPORT Nº 124/01 - CASE 12.387 - ALFREDO LÓPEZ ALVAREZ - HONDURAS  12/3/2001 Inter American Commission on Human Rights: "On December 13, 2000, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereafter “the Commission” or “IACHR”), received a petition submitted by the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH [“Honduran Black People’s Fraternal Organization”], represented by its president Mrs. Gregoria Flores (hereafter “the Petitioner”], on behalf of Mr. Alfredo López Alvarez, a Honduran citizen of Garífuna descent (hereafter “the victim”), against the Republic of Honduras (hereafter “the Honduran State”, “Honduras”, or “the State”). The petition declares that the victim is a recognized Garífuna leader, a defender of his people’s human rights, that in this context he was arrested on April 27, 1997, and accused of a crime that he did not commit, that he has been held until this date in preventive detention, and that his case is still at the indictment stage. The violations denounced relate to alleged irregularities committed by the justice authorities during the criminal proceedings undertaken against the victim, involving trial for the crime of possession of and trafficking in narcotics, whereby the Honduran State violated the right to due process, to judicial guarantees and to the right of equality before the law, enshrined in the American Convention on Human Rights (hereafter “the Convention” or “the American Convention”)."

LA OTRA CARA DEL RACISMO EN HONDURAS  10/24/2001 Garinet: "La Otra Cara del Racismo, que queremos presentar en Honduras, básicamente consiste en la poca atención hacia los grupos étnicos y raciales que existe en este país. La falta de oportunidades para ser participes en las concepciones filosóficas e ideológicas hondureñas, y en la toma de decisiones. Por lo menos los educadores deberían de tomar en cuenta la historia Afro-hondureña para fomentar la educación multi-étnico; a los jóvenes en diferentes instituciones a través de afiches, que den prioridad a la imagen de los descendientes de África en este país."

PRONUNCIAMIENTO, Indígenas de Márcala, Intibuca y Lempira, aglutinados en COPIN, y Campesinos del Municipio de Gualaco, Departamento de Olancho.  6/20/2001 Garinet 

Garifuna community delivers for homeland  4/16/2001 Bronx Beat: "Ventura, 45, is one of more than 50,000 Garinagu living in New York – the majority live in the borough. The Garifuna people gained public attention in 1990 when a fire at the Happy Land Social Club in the borough killed 87 people, many from this ethnic group. The shipments from the borough’s Garifuna people became more critical in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch devastated Garifuna communities in Honduras. Ventura and others said the 100,000 Garifuna people in Honduras are marginalized by the government because of their heritage and skin color. The Garinagu -- who speak Garifuna and Spanish -- have retained a language and traditions inherited from their African and Indian ancestors. They descended from West African captives shipwrecked off the coast of St. Vincent Island in the 17th century in a slave ship en route to Brazil. They intermarried with Carib-Arawak indigenous groups."

Honduras - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor  2/23/2001 US State Dept: "There were several developments in the investigation of the 1982 murder of Nelson MacKay Echevarria. During the year, a court charged Colonel Wilfredo Leva Cabrera with the killing. Leva Cabrera, who is in prison on a drug trafficking conviction, requested protection under the Amnesty Law; however, during the year the Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision and rescinded amnesty protection for Leva Cabrera in this case. At year's end, the murder charge was being initiated in a criminal court. At year's end, former military official Alexander Hernandez Santos was being tried for the murder of MacKay, as well as other crimes related to human rights abuses."

Deadly Import: TB Returns, AIDS Spreads  1/1/2001 Columbia University: "Just as tuberculosis is invading Corona, parts of the South Bronx are trying to cope with an alarming increase in AIDS deaths among the Garifuna, black Central Americans, the majority of whom are from Honduras. The rate of AIDS among Latin Americans, Caribbeans and Africans is high, but Mirtha Colon, the president of Hondurans Against AIDS, a not-for-profit, grassroots organization begun in 1992, said that among the Garifuna, the rate is disproportionately high. She said the neighborhoods of Mott Haven, Morrisania, Tremont and Crotona—where most Garifuna settle in New York—mirror parts of Honduras, where an epidemic is ravishing the nation. She said she believes the problem is getting worse. Colon, who presented a lecture on AIDS among the Garifuna in the South Bronx before the Centers for Disease Control on March 21, said: "We see people dying every day. There is an epidemic in our communities."

Continental Summit on Development of Afro-American Communities and Populations,  11/1/2000 GarifunaWeb 

Cumbre Continental ONECA  11/1/2000 GarifunaWeb 

The U.S. Agency For International Development (U.S.A.I.D.) Launches An Attack Against The Peace And Security Of The Garifuna People In Honduras  6/2/2000 OFRANEH: According to informed sources this article may be as much as 4 years old but relates to the recent jailing of OFRANEH Garifuna leaders. "The representatives of the USAID in the city of Tegucigalpa have been extensively informed, on various occasions, about the cultural, health-related and environmental risks which the construction of such a project would entail for the Garifuna people. In addition, USAID's representatives have ignored the report issued by the Department of Natural Resources and the environment, in which the construction of the sewage treatment plants was deemed not viable since the project does not offer the appropriate development conditions due to the fact that the treatment plants will be built just a few meters from the housing and would adversely affect the health of the Garifuna inhabitants." Hondurans reported yesterday that OFRANEH (Honduran Black Fraternal Organization) leaders, who are mostly Garifuna, are being sought for arrest in this land dispute.

The Maya Chorti indigenous community in the Copan area of Honduras were killed  3/17/2000 Garinet: "On March 12, four members of the Maya Chorti indigenous community in the Copan area of Honduras were killed. The suspects are the Cuevas family and their employees, who have mounted an increasingly pitched battle for the land the Chortis (descendents of the Maya) have always occupied. According to CONPAH (Confederacion de Pueblos Autoctonous de Honduras) in the past decade, the Cuevas family, a major cattle raising business, began to fence in the land surrounding the Chorti's towns and fields, and then demanded that the Chortis deliver 50% of their harvest to them in a form of neo-feudalism."

VI ASAMBLEA GENERAL  12/1/1999 GarifunaWeb 

DECLARACIÓN DE "DENUNCIA" ANTE LA COMISIÓN INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS  10/27/1999 GarifunaWeb 

HONDURAS: GARIFUNA LEADER'S HOUSE BURNT DOWN AND SHOTS FIRED  10/20/1999 Garinet: "Tragically, it appears that this struggle has entered a stage of violence, as this past week, the house of one of the Garifuna leaders was set on fire by some type of flame-thrower weapon, and then shots of an automatic weapon were fired into it. The house, which was occupied by the family including children, is in Vallecito, where Garifuna have been living and working in an agricultural cooperative for over 9 years (Nuevo Amanecer). Their land abuts the ever-expanding lands of Facusse, one of the biggest land-owners in the country, who is also a relative to the president. The members of the cooperative have long been subject to invasions of their land and threats, but this escalation into outright violence has everyone fearful of a bloodbath. There is evidence of hired killers."

POLICIA MATA 2 y HIERE 18 en MARCHA PACIFICA!!  10/20/1999 Garinet: "Un contigente multi-etnica de miles de personas empezo una marcha pacifica en Tegus, desde la Corte Suprema hoy (12 de octubre) a las 9 a.m.. A las 12:30, la policia formo una barricada en la ruta de la marcha a mediciones del Boulevar San Pablo y detuvo la marcha. De repente, la policia ataco a los participantes de la marcha con bombas lacrimogenas y disparos. Gente huyeron corriendo sin rumbo, desesperado, y algunas personas fueron alcanzados por las bombas y disparos. Dos hombres, miembros de Unidad de Trabajadores Campesinos, fueron asesinados por la policia. Ademas, 18 otros sufrieron heridas, algunas graves. Un hombre perdio un ojo debido a una bala; una senora Garifuna de Rio Esteban, en su intento de escapar, se quebro el tobillo; otra senora Garifuna de Limon fue alcanzado por una bomba en su muslo y la herio."

International Mafia  1/15/1999 Revista Envio: [Scroll down for this section] "Montealegre stressed that, despite all at]tempts, "international organized crime has been unable to consolidate in Nicaragua." On February 4, the PN detained former Honduran Army colonel Wilfredo Leva Cabrera, now an organized crime and drug trafficking boss in his country. He was turned over to Honduran authorities."

Indígenas entregan cargado pliego de peticiones y exigen respuestas  10/14/1998 La Prensa, Honduras: "La Confederación de Pueblos Autóctonos de Honduras, Conpah, en el documento, señala que desde 1994 en negociaciones sostenidas con el gobierno han suscrito siete compromisos en las áreas de tierra y territorios, educación, salud, infraestructura y legislación sin que se hayan cumplido."

Garifuna sacred areas lack adequate protection  8/30/1998 Honduras This Week: "Deputies of the National Congress are currently considering legislation that would change or eliminate Article 107 of the Honduran Constitution, which prohibits foreigners or foreign companies from owning land within 40 km of the coast. This article repeats the contents of a 1890s Agrarian Reform Law. This law and the Constitutional article were specially designed to stop foreign-owned banana companies from obtaining all the land near the Coast, thus possibly affecting Honduran access to fishing, ports, and prime agricultural land. The Garifunas have been organizing to fight against the change in the Constitution and also to denounce violations of their rights under Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, which states among other things that the government shows respect for the special importance of lands or territories, according to the spiritual values of the ethnic group."

In Honduras, the Garifuna culture fights for survival  3/29/1998 Seattle Times 

Authentic African Culture in Honduras? Afro-Central Americans Challenge Honduran Indo-Hispanic Mestizaje  1/1/1998 LASA 

Documents from the Indigenous Struggle in Honduras  11/19/1997 Centro de Educacion Mundial 

DENUNCIA INTERNACIONAL  8/6/1997 CICA: "El Consejo Indigena de Centro América (CICA), integrado por 138 Organizaciones de 58 Pueblos Indígenas a nivel de la Región, representados a través de sus 7 Consejos Nacionales desde Panamá hasta Belice, ante los últimos acontecimientos que enfrentan los hermanos Indígenas y Negros de Honduras, denunciamos ante la Comunidad Internacional, Organismos de Derechos Humanos y ante los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo lo siguiente"

HONDURAS: Human Rights Groups Denounce Indigenous Murders  5/22/1997 Centro de Educacion Mundial 

Garifuna Dügü: A Really Extended Family Reunion  9/13/1996 Judy Lumb: " I was honoured to be invited to a Garifuna dügü by my friend, Sebastian Cayetano (Sab), because it is a private family affair, not a cultural event to which the public is invited. In casual conversations, the Garinagu translate the word "dügü" into English as "family reunion." Indeed, families gather together, but not only the living relatives, the spirits of ancestors also attend."

Denuncian emigración de negros por marginamiento  4/16/1996 La Nacion, Costa Rica: "Los negros, que en Honduras constituyen una población de unas 300.000 personas, emigran hacia los Estados Unidos porque en su país sufren marginamiento, se informó ayer, lunes. Según registros de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH), entre el tres y cinco por ciento de la población negra o garífuna busca mejores niveles de bienestar en Estados Unidos. Honduras, con una extensión de 112.492 kilómetros cuadrados, tiene una población de unos 5,7 millones de habitantes, de los que unos 400.000 pertenecen a unos ocho grupos étnicos, incluidos los negros."

Recuerdan llegada de primeros negros y reclaman derechos  4/13/1996 La Nacion, Costa Rica 

1995 series: Fatal secrets in Honduras  6/11/1995 Baltimore Sun: "A four-part investigative Sun series describing how the Central Intelligence Agency helped train and equip a Honduran military battalion that tortured and executed civilians during a crackdown on suspected subversives during the early 1980s.

 

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