Posts Tagged ‘Óscar Arias’

Lula, Arias, Honduras, and the US: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, two articles:
Brazil Reluctantly Takes Key Role in Honduras Dispute, and From a Zelaya Backer, an Admission That Honduras Got It Right
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias admits that Honduras acted lawfully in ousting Manuel Zelaya.

The Tegucigalpa Accord

A proposal for a Honduran solution for the Honduran crisis was announced tonight by Cardinal Juan Jose Pineda. Instead of the international community forcing the San José Accord on Honduras, when neither side agrees with it, Hondurans will develop their own Tegucigalpa accord.


Honduras right, Obama, UN, OAS wrong — according to the smart people
Honduras courageously speaks truth to power

The last Monday in August Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Among the big news this week, Hugo Chavez is visiting his friend Muamar Gadafi in Libya, Oscar Arias wants to extend his term, and the US continues to pressure Honduras to reinstate Zelaya.

Kicking Bolivarian butt in Bariloche

Chávez’s Covert War
Obama needs to call Venezuela’s president what he is: a terrorist and a drug-trafficker.

Strategic Challenges in Latin America

Buenos Aires y Río de Janeiro compiten por ser el “Mejor destino gay del mundo”

Bolivia’s Planning Stifles Development

Latin American Journalists Face New Opposition

Colombia says president has swine flu

Costa Rican President Calls for New Constitution

Gumshoes wanted, preferably educated

Rep. Watson: Che and Fidel were right to ‘kick out the wealthy’

Chavez and Correa: Dual Suspension (of Freedom)

La ONU viola la Declaración de Principios del Derecho Internacional

Interview with Honduras Supreme Court President Video here

17 Honduran Diplomats Removed For Support Of Democratic Process In Honduras

New Honduran blog, El pergamino de la derecha

Taiana to visit Honduras with OAS delegation

OAS, US, UN pile on Honduras: another important story being smothered by the media

Honduras makes Zelaya an offer he can’t refuse

Traffic Accident in Panama: What You Must Know and Do

Chávez ya llegó a Libia como parte de su gira para “fortalecer alianzas” Chavez in Libya, on the eve of celebrations to mark 40 years of Moamer Kadhafi’s rule.

Financial Times: Fears over Chávez threaten oil auction

Ding, Dong, Seniat Calling

Venezuela’s Assault on Freedom of the Press and Other Liberties


Venezuela Price Rises Mean that Caracas is Now More Expensive than London

Special thanks to the Baron, Dick, Eneas, Maggie,

This week’s posts and podcasts:
Obama vs Honduran Democracy
Global Anti-Chavez Day
U.S. moves toward formal cut off of aid to Honduras UPDATED
The fashionable traveling tyrants
Chávez’s manipulation, Chávez’s repression: 15 Minutes on Latin America
US to Reduce Visa Services In Honduras: 15 Minutes on Latin America
US to Reduce Visa Services In Honduras

At Real Clear World:
Honduras Rejects Zelaya Deal, Reasserts Sovereignty

Oscar Arias gets the flu, and other headlines from Latin America

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Oscar Arias has the H1N1 flu, and other headlines of the region in this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.

And a really funny YouTube on Zelaya (in Spanish), who, after getting thrown out of Mexico is in Brazil, via Venezuelan jets.

Zelaya ran away, he ran away…

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

After his much-ballyhooed excursion yesterday evening, Zelaya turned tail and ran away, like Sir Robin:

His little incursion lasted 30 minutes and it was a show for the media:

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya pushed through a crowd made up mostly of journalists and some supporters, lifted the chain that divides Nicaragua and Honduras, and stepped into his homeland Friday, nearly a month after he was deported in a coup.

He stepped back into Nicaragua 30 minutes later.

Now he’s managed to annoy Hillary and Arias.

The Beeb calls it a symbollic move.

As DP asked,

If he did indeed enter Honduras and then leave on his own, doesn’t this mean that his exile is voluntary? It seems that there is a difference between forcible exile and a refusal to repatriate. Jus sayin’.

And another question to ponder,
Is Insulza inflaming Honduras?

Honduras: Zelaya moves his “ultimatum” to July 24

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


Honduras’ interim government on Sunday rejected Arias’s proposal.

While Arias warned of a civil war, the Honduran government also disauthorized the Zelaya negotiating team following Zelaya’s insistence on amending the Constitution.

Arias asked for a 72-hour extension for the negotiations to continue.

Meanwhile, prior to being expelled from the country, Zelaya had a statue and a bust of himself ready for display, supposedly for after the referendum (h/t Eneas).


Earlier today:
While Chavez has done his outmost to stoke the flames in Honduras with talk of civil war,

Speaking in Bolivia, Chavez said Honduras’ army would not be able to control popular pressure for Zelaya’s reinstatement. “What do they want? A civil war? The people will sweep them away,” he said.

and saying the negotiations were “dead before they started”, and Mel Zelaya was threatening to return to Honduras in secret and attempt to retake power on his own if no agreement is reached, things have cooled down a lot since Friday:

Bloomberg says it’s a “stalemate”:

Costa Rican-brokered talks to resolve a three-week political stalemate in Honduras will continue for a second day as delegations remain deadlocked over the main issue of reinstating deposed President Manuel Zelaya.

Representatives of Zelaya and acting President Roberto Micheletti, who both claim to represent the “constitutional government” of Honduras, agreed to review a seven-point proposal by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in an attempt to reach an agreement today.

Noticias 24 says it differently: Las negociaciones de Costa Rica seguirán y Zelaya aplaza su ‘ultimatum’ hasta el 24 Negotiations will continue in Costa Rica and Zelaya postpones his ultimatum [deadline] to [July] 24th.

Here is Arias reading (in Spanish) the seven points proposal [My translation: if you use this, please credit me and link to this post]:
1. Zelaya’s legitimate reinstatement until the end of his period ending January 27 next year, when he will give up his office and allow an election overseen by the international community.

2. Forming a government of unity and national reconciliation composed by representatives of the main political parties.

3. A general amnesty on all political crimes incurred during this conflict before and after last July [sic, should be June] 28.

4. President Zelaya’s expressed resignation, and of his goverment, from attempting to place a fourth ballot box in the next elections, or to bring about any popular consultation not directly authorized by the Honduran Constitution.

5. Moving up the national election from November 29th to the last Sunday in October, and moving up the electoral campaign from early September to late August.

6. Transfer the command of the armed forces from the executive power to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal a month prior to the elections in order to guarantee transparency and normalcy of the vote, in accordance to the terms of the Honduran Constitution.

7. The formation of a Verification Commission, composed of notable Hondurans and members of international organs, especially representatives of the Organization of American States, that would watch over the compliance of these agreements and supervise the correct return to constitutional order.

Negotiators for Honduras’ interim government said they didn’t have the authority to accept the Costa Rican president’s plan that calls for the return of Manuel Zelaya.

Talks may continue today, according to Reuters:

Mediation talks aimed at resolving Honduras’ political crisis will resume on Sunday, a senior Costa Rican government official said on Saturday after talks broke for the day.

Pablo Gueren, adviser to the minister of the Costa Rican presidency, told reporters in San Jose the two sides in the conflict would study a proposed agreement overnight.

From my perspective, Nobel Prize winner Arias’s proposal basically throws Honduras under the bus, and point #6 contravenes the Honduran Constitution directly.

Don’t miss Sean Fairburn‘s article at Big Hollywood (h/t Red Alerts).

Honduras’ Micheletti in Costa Rica

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Please scroll down for updates

Honduras’ interim president Roberto Micheletti has met privately with Costa Rican president Oscar Arias at Arias’s residence, according to Globovisión. Earlier in the day, Micheletti had refused to leave the airport “unless his personal safety was guaranteed.” Guatemalan government minister Rodrigo Arias, Oscar’s brother, then escorted Micheletti to the meeting.

Here’s video of Globovisión’s TV report, via Noticias 24

micheletti aero 09
by noticias24

I’ll update this post later today.

Here in the USA, (h/t The Other McCain) hearings on Assistant Secretary of State nominee Valenzuela:


Periodista Latino‘s interview of Eneas Biglione of HACER (in Spanish).

Oscar Arias’s op-ed at the WaPo: Fuel for a Coup: The Perils of Latin America’s Oversized Militaries

More articles, 5:30PM
After Honduras coup outburst, Chavez works in wings

While not in the spotlight, Chavez has been busy. His foreign minister and top aides spent most of last week in Central America and he was in regular phone contact with leftist elders Fidel Castro of Cuba and Ortega.

Venezuela cut oil supplies to Honduras and lent a plane and a pilot for Zelaya’s return attempt on Sunday that was aborted when Honduran soldiers blocked the runway in Tegucigalpa. Other countries in the Organization of American States had advised Zelaya not to make the trip.

Chavez cut short his participation in Venezuela’s independence day celebration on Sunday to follow the action.

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western
Hemisphere Affairs Otto Reich is scheduled to testify at tomorrow’s open hearing of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, The Crisis in Honduras. Chavez had blamed the coup on Reich. You can read Reich’s reply here (registration needed).

Commentary at the GOP website: Obama Policy Promotes Marxism In Honduras

Honduras: Riding Tigers

Nobel Laureate Arias May Push for Early Honduras Vote

U. S. Interests in Honduras Matter

In the news,
A small group of Zelaya supporters staged a demonstration in Costa Rica:


Today’s update on Honduras: Arias to negotiate

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

At the WSJ: Mediator Chosen for Honduras
Costa Rica’s Óscar Arias, Nobel Prize Winner, to Help Settle Leadership Dispute

Costa Rican President Óscar Arias will mediate talks beginning Thursday to resolve Honduras’s political crisis, in an effort spurred by the U.S. to stave off confrontations between deposed President Manuel Zelaya and the provisional government that ousted him.

The U.S. also strengthened its support Tuesday for Mr. Zelaya, who was forced into exile by the Honduran army on June 28. President Barack Obama called for his restoration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with him in Washington.

At the BBC: Honduras rivals back peace moves

Juan Forero at the WaPo:

Speaking on Honduran radio from Washington, Zelaya said his reinstatement as president was “nonnegotiable.” “What this is, is not a negotiation,” he said. “This is the planning of the exit of the coup leaders.”

Monsters and Critics: Clinton: Costa Rica will mediate Honduras crisis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has agreed to lead the mediating effort to resolve the political crisis in Honduras.

Arias will host the talks in Costa Rica, and the leader who replaced Zelaya, former speaker of the Congress Roberto Micheletti, has agreed to participate, Clinton said.

Arias confirmed he’ll meet with Zelaya and Micheletti tomorrow.

Miami Herald: Costa Rican president to mediate Honduras crisis
Talks between the ousted and de facto Honduran leaders, mediated by a Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, could begin Thursday.

The high-level meeting [Zelaya’s] with Clinton signaled a higher degree of intervention by the United States, which has joined leaders across the Americas in trying to bring an end to the crisis that began with a predawn raid June 28.

According to La Prensa, EEUU parece abandonar a Manuel Zelaya
Clinton dijo que habló directamente con Micheletti, e indicó que éste aceptó que Arias asumiera ese papel en el conflicto
“The US appears to abandon Manuel Zelaya. Clinton said she talked directly with Micheletti, and stated he accepted that Arias will assume that role in the conflict”; the article also says that for the first time she abstained from mentioning that the US insists on Zelaya’s reinstatement. This article, as you can see, directly contradicts the WSJ article above.
[note: Links to La Prensa apply only on the date posted since the website uses only one same URL for their top story, and they change their top story daily.]
Noticias 24: EEUU alude a la probable influencia de Venezuela en crisis de Honduras US mentions possible influence by Venezuela in Honduran crisis. Reuters mentions,

Valenzuela acknowledged “probably … significant influence” from Chavez on Zelaya, but said the Honduran military should not have deposed and exiled Zelaya without judicial process. Supporters of the coup in Honduras say it was a lawful removal.

Venezuela’s PDVSA has formally ceased oil delivery to Honduras

CS Monitor: Hondurans against Zelaya, but for the rule of law
Young professionals are struck with uncertainty. They want any political transition to be based on democratic principles.

Here in the US, GOP senators press administration not to back Zelaya

Seventeen Senate Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urging the Obama administration to reverse its rhetoric and support the removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

The GOP senators disagree with the administration’s use of the term “coup” for the events in Honduras, saying that Zelaya was removed properly. The senators also urge Clinton to meet with a delegation of Honduran officials currently in Washington with whom they met earlier Wednesday.

Zelaya was removed from power last week after moving to hold a non-binding referendum to change the country’s constitution to allow him to remain in office. Obama and Clinton have reacted strongly, but the Republicans say Zelaya was corrupt and that the U.S. should not seek to return him to power.

“It appears that the Honduran government operated under constitutional authority and that the removal of Mr. Zelaya from power was legal and legitimate,” the senators wrote to Clinton.

At the blogs:
Smoking Gun of Vennie Imperialism

From Ferdsblog:

Honduras is an example to the world. We don’t have oil or dollars, but we have balls.

Hunter Smith has video of yesterday’s demonstration.

CNN Falls For The Honduran Fauxtester

Unreal. ‘Honduras Hillary’ Meets With Zelaya …Update: McCain Counters Obama. Gateway Pundit also has a video of a Democracy Now report stating that “a group of right-wing Hondurans” are in Washington, ignoring the fact that they are members of Zelaya’s own party. Does that, then, make Zelaya a right-winger?

Cut funding for the OAS

Update, Thursday 9 July
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