Posts Tagged ‘Mel Zelaya’

Honduras: What next?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Honduras held its presidential election yesterday, and the Ruling National Party Appears Headed For Win in Honduran Vote
Leftist Coalition Has Yet to Concede Defeat in Presidential Elections

If Mr. Hernández is ratified as the victor, it would be a major setback for Mr. Zelaya and his wife, who had formed the Libre party as a protest vote against the country’s traditional politics, dominated for decades by two political parties, the conservative National Party and the center-right Liberal Party.

Mary O’Grady is not optimistic:
Turmoil Is Expected After Honduras’s Election
A Central American democracy is in trouble thanks to Obama’s foreign-policy choices.

The Obama administration tried to force Honduras to violate its constitution and restore Mr. Zelaya to power. All of the country’s institutions refused.

That crisis remains a rare moment in Central American history when a U.S. president joined Fidel Castro and his allies in an effort to strong-arm three legitimate branches of a friendly government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even stripped the members of the Honduras Supreme Court of their U.S. visas. Just as rare, the rule of law prevailed.

Yet the bullying by Washington took its toll. The newly elected president, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, was keenly aware that Honduras was out of favor with the U.S. and other left-wing governments in the region. He set about to placate them. One of his most controversial decisions was to grant amnesty to Mr. Zelaya, who ought to have been tried for his high crimes and misdemeanors.

As the Diplomad puts it, The USA is now basically irrelevant to events in Latin America. Another triumph of the Obama foreign policy team.

And yet, compared to Saturday’s deal with Iran, it pales by comparison.

Honduras: Zelaya’s baaaack

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The return of Manuel Zelaya to a wary Honduras
Deposed president seeks return through wife’s ‘candidacy’
(emphasis added)

When the world last heard from Honduras in 2009, the country had sparked a regional crisis after deposing its president, Manuel Zelaya, for his repeated illegal attempts to rewrite the Honduran Constitution as his amigo, the now-deceased autocrat Hugo Chavez, had done in Venezuela. Despite the fact that the Law Library of the U.S. Congress later found the process to be constitutional, theObama administration joined Chavez and other radical regimes in branding Mr. Zelaya’s removal a “military coup” and unleashed punitive sanctions on one of the region’s poorest countries.

Honduras survived that assault, but not before enduring such affronts to its sovereignty as Mr. Zelaya buzzing the airport in Tegucigalpa on a plane with Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza after being denied landing rights, and then Mr. Zelaya sneaking back into the country and finding refuge in the Brazilian Embassy, where he lined his room with tinfoil because he said Israeli agents were beaming microwaves at him.

Incredibly, Mr. Zelaya is poised to return to power in Honduras next month in the person of his wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, a candidate in presidential elections to be held Nov. 24. Ms. Castro, who has never held elected office, currently leads the polls in a three-way race, although with just under 30 percent support.

The drug lords are going to like it.

The Renault 4 Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 16th, 2013

LatinAmerToday’s Carnival is dedicated to the Argentina Renault 4 Motor Club, which granted Pope Francis a lifetime membership, for his fondness for the “roadrunners”, as the fans call their little cars.

Over in Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro fell off his bike. The clueless anchorwoman went on reading the scripted propaganda as if nothing had happened. She probably didn’t even have a livefeed for the event, demonstrating it’s all about the narrative,

For more serious news,

BELIZE
See the Cathedral of Human Sacrifices in the Cave of the Crystal Maiden

BRAZIL
Reporter Glenn Greenwald to testify at Brazil spy probe
A parliamentary commission in Brazil investigating spying allegations says the journalist Glenn Greenwald will be invited to testify next week.

CHILE
David and Daniel (h/t American Digest)

Forty years after the coup and the IACHR

COLOMBIA
Colombia Implements Hotel Guest Immigration Tracking Program

Woman arrested with ‘cocaine bump’
A Canadian national is arrested in Bogota trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly filled with cocaine, Colombian police say.

The US Embassy tweeted on its campaign to save endangered species,

CUBA
Makes you wonder what kinds of strings Vlad attached to his $800 million offer: Concrete Crypt for Communist Dreams: Cuba’s Unfinished Nuclear Power Plant

Lacking nuclear fuel and without the primary components installed, the plant sat in limbo until December 2000, when Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Cuba. Putin offered Fidel Castro a belated $800 million to finish the first reactor. Despite Cuba’s reliance on imported oil for power, Castro declined. Project status: officially abandoned.

Amnesty International calls on Castro Kingdom to free Ivan Fernandez Depestre

ECUADOR
Chocolates From Ecuador
Until recently, Ecuadorean cacao growers had been cultivating low-grade cacao beans and selling them to foreign chocolate makers to process. The past few years have seen the emergence of local producers. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

EL SALVADOR
A U.S. Reward for Misrule in El Salvador The FMLN has made the country poorer and less free. Yet $227 million in American aid is coming.

GUATEMALA
Guatemalan bar attack leaves 11 people dead

HONDURAS
Honduras, A Bottomless Pit

MEXICO
Mexico captures third man linked to killing of U.S. border agent

MEXICAN SMUGGLER’S WILD RIDE: DRAGGED PASSENGER, RAMMED BORDER PATROL, CRASHED IN DITCH

NICARAGUA
Territorial disputes
A sea of troubles

NOTHING brings together domestic foes like an external enemy. So when President Juan Manuel Santos announced that Colombia would not heed a ruling last November by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that granted 70,000 sq km (27,000 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that Colombians have considered their own since 1928 to Nicaragua, even his harshest critics applauded.

PERU
Drug labs on Brazil-Peru border targeted in joint operation

PUERTO RICO
Analysis: Puerto Rico’s population drops as economy wobbles

The 4.9 million Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States as of 2011 outnumbered those on the island by more than 1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

VENEZUELA
“New Conferry” Chronicles (Corrected)

Venezuela: From crazy to insane

The week’s posts and podcast:
Argentina: Pope Francis, Renault 4 Club’s lifetime member

En español: El primer podcast de HACER

New book: Latin America in the Post-Chávez Era: The Security Threat to the United States

Colombia: Alvaro Uribe at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Argentina: SCOTUS to hear defaulted bonds case

Mexico: #EstamosHartosCNTE Fed up with the teachers’ union

Mexico: Bloomberg wants “sugary drinks” taxed

Venezuela: Can Chavismo last long?

Mexico: How the teachers’ union became so unpopular

Podcast:
Syria and Latin America reaction


The Brazilian demonstrations Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 24th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
New ‘moderate’ Iranian President involved in AMIA bombing, son suicided over father’s extremism

BOLIVIA
Bolivia prison inmates protest at closure plan
Inmates at Bolivia’s biggest prison have said they are protesting against government plans to close the jail.

BRAZIL
Protests in Brazil Injure 15
A day after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called for an end to violent protests, some 60,000 marchers took to the streets again in the southern city of Belo Horizonte, injuring at least 15.

Protests in Brazil
Taking to the streets
Bubbling anger about high prices, corruption and poor public services boils over into the biggest demonstrations in two decades

Despite Assurances by Brazil’s President, Protesters Stage Another Day of Demonstrations

The map lies to you

Brazil is saying what we could not: we don’t want these costly extravaganzas
From the World Cup to the G8, many countries are paying an extortionate price for hosting these pointless displays

COLOMBIA
D.E.A. Agent in Colombia Is Killed in Possible Attempt at Robbery

CUBA
The Case to Keep Cuba on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism, via Babalu.

HAITI
Feeding Haiti
A new menu
The government tries to load up the plates of the poorest people in the Americas

HONDURAS
Make way for Mrs. Zelaya, Deposed Honduran president’s wife leads in campaign for presidency; coup backers trail

MEXICO
Documents show FBI monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than 2 decades

NICARAGUA
Helicopter crash kills Nicaragua air force chiefs
Key members of Nicaragua’s air force, including the chief of staff, are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash.

PUERTO RICO
American Red Cross Responds to Decision to Stop Collecting Blood in Puerto Rico

VENEZUELA
Why there is no “latino american spring”, and certainly not in Venezuela

As People Look For Pragmatism In Currency, Venezuelan Government Ready For More Controls

The week’s posts:
Venezuela’s Chernenko

Brazil: 300,000 protestors in Sao Paolo

Venezuela: Legitimizing Maduro, continued

Brazil’s protests: Anti-inflation, anti-corruption, pro-representation, pro-middle class

Venezuela: Legitimizing Maduro

Brazil: Huge demonstrations

Brazil: Huge demonstrations

Colombia: Legitimizing the FARC


Zelaya returning to Honduras

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Just what the country doesn’t need,
Ousted Leader Is Set to Return to Honduras

Former President Manuel Zelaya is expected to return to Honduras within a month, ending an exile that began nearly two years ago when he was ousted in a coup, an aide and a key supporter said Wednesday.

Conditions are right for Mr. Zelaya to return from the Dominican Republic after the Honduran Supreme Court dropped corruption charges against him, said Rasel Tomé, a senior aide of the former president.

Mr. Zelaya’s return could pave the way for Honduras to be reincorporated into the Organization of American States, which suspended the country after the coup in June 2009.

The United States and many other countries in the hemisphere have long since restored diplomatic ties with Honduras, but some nations, including Venezuela and Brazil, have declined to do so.

Honduran President Pepe Lobo says Honduras will be readmitted to the OAS before June 5.

Hugo Chavez will be gloating this weekend on his cadenas.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was confident that the O.A.S. would restore Honduras.

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 9th, 2011

LatinAmer

LATIN AMERICA
Latin America’s housing boom
It’s not all froth
Big price hikes at the top end reflect a new, richer reality

Adios, We Hardly Knew You

FreedomHouse’s report PRESS FREEDOM IN 2010: SIGNS OF CHANGE AMID REPRESSION

Americas: In the Americas, 17 countries (49 percent) were rated Free, 14 (40 percent) were rated Partly Free, and 4 (11 percent) were rated Not Free for 2010. The region’s population is almost evenly split between those living in Free (41 percent) and Partly Free (42 percent) media environments, with the remaining 17 percent living in Not Free countries. These figures are significantly influenced by the open media environments of the Caribbean, which tend to offset the less rosy picture in Central and South America. There were two negative status changes, with Honduras and Mexico joining the ranks of Not Free countries, as well as a number of significant numerical declines. Not since 2006 have so many countries in the region been designated Not Free. The regional average score worsened compared with 2009, with the bulk of the decline occurring in the political and economic categories.
Press freedom conditions remain extremely restricted in Cuba, which has one of the most repressive media environments worldwide, and Venezuela, where the government of President Hugo Chávez continued its efforts to control the press. Further pressures were placed on independent V enezuelan broadcast outlets during the year, including the revocation of licenses, and the head of a major television station, Globovisión, fled into exile.
Ongoing deterioration in Mexico and Honduras tipped both countries into the Not Free range in 2010. Mexico’s score worsened from 60 to 62 due to the country’s escalating drug wars, which have taken their toll on journalists. Violence and intimidation by criminal groups have steadily increased in a climate of impunity, leading to heightened self-censorship by the profession as a whole as well as the murders of more than 60 journalists over the past 10 years. During 2010, the nature of drug gangs’ control over the news agenda expanded from prohibitory censorship to concerted attempts to place propaganda or press releases in selected media outlets. This was typically achieved through a combination of threats and bribery. In Honduras, political conditions stabilized somewhat in 2010 following a coup in 2009, and some legal and constitutional protections for press freedom that had been suspended the previous year were reinstated. However, journalists’ ability to work safely was severely compromised by a sharp rise in harassment and attacks in early 2010, including the killing of six journalists in March alone. The aggression and intimidation came from both sides of the political divide. This increase in violence, coupled with a climate of impunity in which journalists’ deaths were not investigated thoroughly or in a timely manner, pushed Honduras’s score from 59 to 61, placing it just inside the Not Free bracket.

Following a series of declines in recent years, Ecuador and Bolivia experienced significant downgrades in 2010. Ecuador’s score fell five points, from 47 to 52, to reflect an increasingly polarized media environment and a rise in negative rhetoric and actions against news outlets by the administration of President Rafael Correa. Pressures on the media included a growing number of criminal defamation suits, raids and shutdowns of broadcast outlets, government advertising boycotts, and official attempts to influence the news agenda through the establishment of state-owned or controlled outlets. Meanwhile, Bolivia’s score moved from 43 to 46 due to the approval of several new laws that allow the government to impose fines, withdraw operating licenses, and imprison journalists under loosely defined criteria. The legislation led to an increase in self-censorship by journalists. More modest declines were registered in Argentina as a result of continued tensions between the government and oppositionist news outlets. Journalists faced increased attacks and harassment, and there were officially sanctioned attempts to restrict the production and the distribution of newspapers, particularly those associated with the Clarín media group.
The only significant positive numerical movement in the Americas for 2010 took place in Colombia, whose score improved from 60 to 56 due to progress in ending impunity for past attacks on journalists. Charges were filed in a number of cold cases, and previously closed investigations were reopened.

Related to the above article, Special Report: The 10 Tools of Online Oppressors

ARGENTINA
Excellent report on how Argentina Firing of Inflation Expert Signaled Start of Dubious Price Data after 2007.

IAPA warns that press freedom in Argentina is in a “state of deterioration”

The Week in Buenos Aires, Argentina – May 8, 2011

BRAZIL
Skin-Deep Gains for Amazon Tribe

Mantega Says Brazilian CPI Peaked in April After Exceeding Target Range

COLOMBIA
Security in Colombia
New names, old games
Criminal gangs led by former paramilitaries have become the biggest threat facing the new government

CUBA
Inventories, Appropriations

Harvard Professor Unfazed by Tyrants

Abhorrent

El por qué de los silencios de Fidel Castro

Eager to modernize its army, Cuba invites Russia to share in profits from oil venture

Castro and Che’s Foiled (and Forgotten) 9/11

Razones ciudadanas 4 from Yoani Sanchez on Vimeo.

ECUADOR
Ecuador Votes on Bid to Give More Control to President

HAITI
Haiti cholera strain may have links back to peacekeepers, says U.N. panel

HONDURAS
Truth and reconciliation in Honduras
A road back for Zelaya?

MEXICO
President calls on Mexicans to back war on drugs

Siesta? What siesta? Mexicans work longest hours in world

AMLO agrees

Are Tougher U.S. Immigration Policies Responsible for Mass Murder Along the Mexican Border?

Families along U.S.-Mexico border face tough school choices

PANAMA
U.S. Embassy Travel Alert

PERU
The Leftist Threat to Peru’s Prosperity
Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala’s party platform talks of nationalizing strategic ‘activities’ and ‘revising’ trade agreements.

Peruvians wary of Humala

Peru to gain 4,300 kilometers of international waters in agreement with Ecuador

PUERTO RICO
Moody’s Warns Puerto Rico Of $28B Rating Cuts

In addition to assessing recent proposals by Gov. Luis G. Fortuno for addressing the island’s underfunding of its retirement system, Moody’s said it also will look at his proposed budget to determine if it moves the island closer to structural balance and if it believes revenue and expense forecasts are reasonable.

URUGUAY
Carlos Curbelo Tammaro lavado de activos del narcotrafico

VENEZUELA
Is Hugo Chavez an idiot?

Fascism forges ahead in Venezuela: the army declares journalists “military objectives”

CEPtic Shock

The strange case of Joaquin Perez Becerra, the Man Chavez Personally Extradited to Colombia

The week’s posts,
What we can learn from Chile
The Middle East-Latin America Terrorism Connection
Hezbollah setting up camp in Mexico
The growing Chilean economy
NY City cabs to be built in Mexico
Peru: Ollanta Humala’s new PR face

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Chavez and Zelaya, plotting Zelaya’s return

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Hugo Chavez hosted ousted Honduran president Mel Zelaya at the presidential residence in Caracas. The report (link in Spanish, if you use this translation, please credit me and link to this post) reads,

The purpose of the meeting is normalizing relations with Honduras. According to the President {Chavez], Zelaya and [current Honduran President Pepe] Lobo have reached an agreement which will be formalized in a document.

Earlier last week Chavez had officially recognized Lobo as the legitimate President of Honduras. Clearly, there are deals in the making.

Indeed, it sure looks like Hugo is the owner of the circus, and Lobo is talking to the owner of the circus.

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Honduras drops arrest warrants for Mel Zelaya

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Well, the US has been canvassing for his return and Pepe Lobo says he wants “a legal solution allowing for his return”, so now the arrest warrants are dropped,
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya

The move allows Mr Zelaya to return without detention to Honduras, where he was ousted in a coup in June 2009.

Judge Oscar Chincilla said Mr Zelaya still faced corruption charges over his plan while president to hold a vote on changing the constitution.

Mr Zelaya has said the charges are politically motivated and he wanted them dropped.

He now lives in the Dominican Republic.

President Porfirio Lobo has said he would like to see a legal solution that would allow Mr Zelaya’s return.

Mel is not happy with the decision and says it’s “absurd” that the judge let corruption charges stand.

Can’t wait for Jimmy Carter to drop by one of these days and work his magic.

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 14th, 2011

LatinAmerThe entire hemisphere is listening to the news on Japan. The LatinAmericanist has a roundup of LatAm ”desaparecidos” in post-earthquake Japan

LATIN AMERICA
Buoyed by Recovery, Migrants Send Home More Money

Tsunami waves graze Latin America’s Pacific coast

ARGENTINA
Peronists seek to stifle Vargas Llosa

Why is a segment, perhaps the majority, of the Argentine electorate insensitive to these violations of the law and moral standards? In my view, for three reasons:
• Because, 60 years ago, Peronism introduced a practice of patronage politics in which the militants give their support in exchange for some privilege or gift given by the politicians. They vote with their stomachs, not with their hearts or heads.
• Because a cynical attitude prevails towards the democratic system, built on the false premise that “all politicians are equally corrupt.” (That’s not true; in Argentina there are honest politicians and officials.)
• Because many Argentines, after several generations of continuous apathy, are willing to flout the law if they obtain some benefit from it. That makes a mockery of the republican ideal of a society of thoughtful citizens, voluntarily placed under the authority of the law. That responsible attitude simply does not prevail in a country where it’s common to boast about breaking the rules.
It’s no wonder that this lamentable civic climate nurtures an atmosphere conducive to the use of fascist tactics inimical to republican virtues, a habit of using some degree of violence against those who report violations of law, or simply express opinions contrary to the official current.

Bones and human rights
Identifying skeletal remains

BRAZIL
Brazil’s labour laws
Employer, beware
An archaic labour code penalises businesses and workers alike

CHILE
Chile-Japan nexus

COLOMBIA
22 Oil Workers Are Freed

Marxist guerrillas have freed 22 of the 23 oil workers for Canadian energy company Talisman Energy Inc. who were kidnapped late Monday, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said Tuesday.

Mr. Rivera said one of the 23 was released or escaped Monday night, while the 21 others were freed early Tuesday because of heavy pursuit by Colombia’s armed forces.

Managing cities
Bogotá’s rise and fall
Can Enrique Peñalosa restore a tarnished municipal model?

Tehran says is keen to cement ties with Colombia

CUBA
Biscet freed, sent home

Gaddafi and Castro, Solidarity Between Despots

A little less Che & a little more Tea for Cuba?

Continue reading on Examiner.com: A little less Che & a little more Tea for Cuba? – Portland TEA Party | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/tea-party-in-portland-me/a-little-less-che-a-little-more-tea-for-cuba#ixzz1GaMNN1c3

ECUADOR
Tsunami waves hit the Galapagos,

HAITI
Homecoming for Haitians
After the new president is elected, the prospects for reform may hinge on returning emigres
.

HONDURAS
Narcolaboratorio podría ser de cartel de Sinaloa
Ministro de Seguridad reveló que ya se tienen pistas de involucrados hondureños. Expertos colombianos determinarán cuánta droga se producía

Honduras and its former president
Why a pariah may return
Many now have reason to want Manuel Zelaya to come home

MEXICO
Dallas News report: Path of Destruction, via Silvio Canto.

Suicidal: Obama Sends 20 More ICE Agents to Mexico… Unarmed, article also at the Washington Examiner, Obama sending more unarmed agents into Mexico

Current Mexican law bans foreign law enforcement agents from carrying weapons, even when working on an investigation–a policy over which President Obama recently expressed his approval.

American Professor Kidnapped in Mexico

ATF Let Guns “Walk” Into Hands Of Mexican Drug-Gangs?

ATF Lied, Mexicans Died, via Doug Ross.

Should Mexico Go the ‘British Way’?

México tuvo menos homicidios que varios países, incluyendo a Venezuela

los países que están por arriba de México son Brasil (con 25,3 homicidios por cada cien mil habitantes), Jamaica (32,4), Belice (32,7), Colombia (37,3), Venezuela (48,0), Sudáfrica (49,6) y El Salvador (61,0).

PBS Documentary, U.S. mayor, police chief charged with smuggling guns to Mexico

Wanted: Officers to Retake Mexico

The Storm that Swept Mexico, airing on May 15,

TRAILER – The Storm That Swept Mexico from Paradigm Productions on Vimeo.

PERU
Peru elections shaken by reports of drug money

PUERTO RICO
Third U.S. Tsunami Center May Be Headed to Puerto Rico

Walking a tightrope 60 feet above the ground, El acróbata Rick Wallenda imita en Puerto Rico la hazaña en la que murió su abuelo

VENEZUELA
BFFs

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez loses Libya stadium honour
A stadium in eastern Libya named in honour of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been stripped of its title, opposition groups say.

OAS monitor concerned with gov’t attacks on press in Venezuela

The week’s posts and podcasts,
After the Gross sentence: More concessions from Obama?
Cuba: Alan Gross sentenced to 15 yrs in prison
Congress must pass the FTAs with Colombia and Panama
Why the Obama administration’s silence on Chavez and Castro? UPDATED with VIDEO

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The rule-by-decree Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 20th, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The week’s big news: Venezuela’s Chavista-controlled lame-duck National Assembly granted Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for the next eighteen months, essentially voiding the results of last September’s Congressional election.

ARGENTINA
Noche de Librerías en Buenos Aires atrae a 40 mil
La ciudad argentina se llenó de actividades gratuitas en las que participaron músicos y escritores

New Squatter Violence in Argentina Prompts Call for Evictions

BOLIVIA
Bolivia recognizes Palestine as independent state

Bolivia: ¿Militarización de Tarija? – EJU.TV

CHILE
Pinochet officials sentenced to jail in France
A French court has handed prison sentences of between 15 years and life to officials who served under Gen Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

COLOMBIA
GOP House Will Link Colombia and South Korea Trade Deals

Obama Lets Colombia Hang
The White House says it won’t submit the free trade pact to Congress.

CUBA
Diplomatic Cable leak: Cuba banned Moore’s “Sicko”

Moore: Hey, Cuba loved my movie!

Cardinal Ortega has his ‘promises,’ Cuba political prisoners have their sufferings

Ethics Slepping

What to Buy?

Wikipedia a la Cubana

ECUADOR
Chevron Forces Legal Change
Recent Moves in Ecuador Oil-Pollution Suit Have Plaintiffs Revamping Approach

HONDURAS
WikiLeaks, Honduras and the U.S.
Released cables make it clear that the U.S. knew Manuel Zelaya was a threat to democracy in Honduras.

Guest blog: Wikileaks and the Honduran Crisis
Second life for abandoned computer parts

JAMAICA
Jamaicans using patois version of Bible’s Luke

MEXICO
Thieves provoke pipeline explosion, killing 27

Mexico: Activist Mother of Brutally Murdered Teen Gunned Down

Mexico: mass jail-break near US border

PANAMA
A Leak Forms In the Panama Canal

Panama’s Ambassador to US Quits Due To Wikileaks Revelations About Panama Canal Expansion Bid

Another mega project for Panama

PARAGUAY
Paraguayan Senators would not allow Venezuela to join Mercosur since the country not a full democracy, Paraguay: Senadores explican que Venezuela no ingresará al Mercosur porque no es una democracia plena , following the Venezuelan National Assembly move granting Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months.

PERU
Army chief rejects Wikileaks drug claims

President García says “I’m not offended” by WikiLeaks personality profile

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico lures visitors with natural, manmade attractions

VENEZUELA
Chavez defends plan for Internet regulations

Venezuela’s armed forces in the middle of coups and voting
When saying that a potential victory of the opposition would not be accepted by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), General Henry Rangel Silva put the army in a dilemma of using force to keep Chávez in office

Aqui no pasa nada

For events developing in Sur del Lago, where the military may intervene, follow Milagros Socorro’s tweets.

A democratic test for Venezuela

As Chávez Gets Decree Powers, NYT Admires ‘Political Sagacity,’ Press Avoids Dictatorial Details

Venezuelan President Chavez’ Teflon popularity fraying at the edges

Towards a Worker’s Paradise

Weeding

La verdadera conspiración (actualizada)

The Chavez dictatorship

A Resident of the El Peonio farm tells Hugo Chavez what a farce his revolution is

The week’s posts and podcast,
Chavez to rule by decree UPDATED
Sicko banned in Cuba for portraying Cuban medical apartheid
Chavez, not allowing a disaster to go to waste, seeks dictatorship
Chavez’s steaming bucket of urea

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