Posts Tagged ‘Roberto Micheletti’

The Argentinian gay marriage Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, July 19th, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Argentina is now the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage.

Marcela Sanchez: The Toll of 200 Years of Latin America Independence

Gay rights activists celebrate Argentine vote for same-sex marriage

Argentine Senate backs bill legalising gay marriage
The Argentine Senate Debate continued until the early hours of Thursday
Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour.

A queer calculation

Argentina: Cronyism and Corruption Are Killing Economic Freedom

Brazil’s foreign-aid programme
Speak softly and carry a blank cheque
In search of soft power, Brazil is turning itself into one of the world’s biggest aid donors. But is it going too far, too fast?

Searching for Eldorado

Latest Hezbollah Hideout: Bolivia?

Entrevista a Luis Valenzuela “Si Santiago quiere crecer, necesitamos muchos más instrumentos que solo un Plan Regulador”

Luis Valenzuela _ Rechazo al PRMS from Plataforma Urbana on Vimeo.

The cracks start to show

Spy for Cuba, Unrepentant, Gets Life
Former State Department Aide, a Scion of Telephone Inventor, Was Recruited With His Wife in ’70s; ‘Fidel Is Wonderful’
After Friday Sentencing, Flashback: Newspapers Painted Spies for Cuba as Endearing Elderly Couple

Welcome to Spain, Suckers…

Fidel Castro appears on television to talk about Iran and North Korea

Look at plundered railways hints at reason for ouster of Transportation minister in May

Exclusion, the Real Counterrevolution

A Factory Defies Stereotypes, but Can It Thrive?

Críticas a Ley ‘Mordaza’ en Ecuador llueven de todas partes

In the media vs. Chevron, an uncertain winner

Media in El Salvador push for transparency law

Court rules for Guatemalan woman seeking asylum

Ranchers and Drug Barons Threaten Rain Forest

Chavez Con Canillera por Honduras Saca las Garras Despóticas

Internet is the new breakfast

Teresa Searcy and SMART Medical Teams in Honduras

Inside Mexico’s Drug War, Americans Allege Abuse

The Past Week in Mexican Politics Captured in a Single Headline

Yet Another Example Why I Cancelled My Subscription to the Post Years Ago
: Mexican drug cartels’ newest weapon: Cold War-era grenades made in U.S. Never Let Go of the Narrative

As we’ve covered extensively in the past, only 8-percent of cartel firearms are purchased in U.S. gun shops, and the number of firearms traced to the U.S. for any reason—including stolen weapons— is still just 18-percent.

Car Bomb Signals Deadly Intensification of Mexican Drug War

Mexican Drug Lords Now Use Car Bombs

Mexico cracks down on the border

Ortega Squeezes, the OAS Is Silent
Nicaragua’s president subverts its constitution.
This was the topic of this morning’s podcast.

July 16, 17 and 18 Meetings in Panama City to Regularize Migratory Status

95% of population get electric subsidy

Peru in the Eye of the Drug-Hurricane

Savia to invest US $120 million in oil exploration in Peru

Suspected Drug Kingpin Arrested in Puerto Rico


Esposa de Peña Esclusa y Micheletti en Programa LA NOCHE de RCN Colombia

¿Ocultismo con restos de Bolívar?

Occam’s razor

Chavez’s Reign of Legal Terror Widens

Venezuela: When having the largest oil reserves in the world is basically useless

Chávez’s Assault on the Press
Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of a television station critical of the Venezuelan government, has fled the country rather than face arbitrary arrest.

World Citizen: The Death of Chavismo

Hugo’s Tilt-a-Whirl

Will Obama Help Chavez Spread Marxism?

It’s not just Mexicans crossing our southern border illegally

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Hugo Chavez, Tomb Raider
Chavista distraction of the day: Exhume Bolivar!
Chavez’s widening legal terror UPDATED with VIDEO
Chavista unions on a rampage
Castro speaks: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Olguita Guillot, in memoriam


Zelaya leaves Honduras: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Friday, January 29th, 2010


Following Pepe Lobo’s inauguration, Mel Zelaya left the country, but promises to return.

I’ll talk about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, and you can also read my post at Real Clear World.

Related reading:
La Gringa’s Outside interference and Honduran reaction.

Honduras: Zelaya may be heading to Mexico? UPDATE: Nope.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009


La Gringa, last night:

Proceso Digital, an online Honduran newspaper, reports that Mel Zelaya has requested a ‘salvoconducto’ (safe conduct) and may be leaving for Mexico in the next hours. Radio Globo reported earlier in the day that they had information that Zelaya was making arrangements to leave the country.

Update 10:00: Enrique Flores Lanza, former Minister of the Presidency (who also has charges against him for withdrawing L.40 million in cash from the national bank two days before the proposed June 28 poll), has confirmed to Telesur that Zelaya has not asked for political asylum.  The Mexican Chancellor confirmed that Zelaya does not have political asylum in Mexico. Political asylum would prevent Zelaya from political activities and apparently his intent was to do some last minute campaigning with foreign governments to try to return to office. As mentioned above, he’s now talking about negotiating a new agreement of some sort. Please! He’s violated every clause of every agreement so far.

This morning Noticias 24 reports that Mexico had requested safeconduct for Zelaya to travel to Mexico as a guest. The Honduran government denied the request, instead insisting that Zelaya would be allowed to leave if Mexico grants him assylum – which Zelaya has refused.

The NYT says, Fate of Ex-Honduran Leader Is in Doubt

In an interview with the Mexican TV network Televisa, Mr. Zelaya said that the de facto government had placed a “denigrating” condition on his departure from Honduras, offering him safe passage out of the embassy only if he would seek political asylum. He added that he has not asked for political asylum.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that

Mexico’s foreign ministry, in an e-mailed statement, said it was acting upon a request from Zelaya

Apparently, Zelaya wants to head to Cuba by way of Mexico,

Zelaya, speaking earlier on Venezuela’s Telesur television channel, said he wanted to visit several countries in his role as the Central American country’s elected leader. He would not confirm earlier comments to Telesur by his chief of staff, Enrique Flores Lanza, that he was seeking to travel with his family to Mexico and then Cuba to attend a summit of the Venezuelan-led Alba trade bloc.

But then, maybe not.

Either way,

Honduran authorities denied Mexico’s request because it did not meet the legal requirements for granting safe-conduct to political asylum seekers, Rene Zepeda, a spokesman for the acting government, said in comments broadcast on Telesur.

As of now, Manuel Zelaya exile move from Honduras ‘postponed’

As Drudge says, developing…

UPDATE, 4PM Eastern
Noticias 24: Mexican government states there is no possibility of granting Zelaya asylum, since Zelaya himself turned it down. The Mexican government had sent an airplane last night to Honduras, where the plane was denied permission to land and had to land in El Salvador instead.

For the time being, then, Zelaya remains in the tin-foil lined room at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Honduran Congress rejects Zelaya’s reinstatement: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
The Honduran Congress will not reinstate Mel Zelaya, and what that means to the Obama administration.

Related reading
U.S. `disappointed’ by vote against Zelaya
U.S. officials said they were `disappointed’ with the Honduran congress’ vote against returning former President Manuel Zelaya to office.

Brazil to reconsider stance of not recognizing Honduras’ elections
Honduran Parliament to Obama: Pound sand

Honduras Congress will NOT reinstate Zelaya

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


111 out of the 128 members of the Honduran Congress present voted against reinstating deposed president Mel Zelaya. The vote came after an all-day session where the Congress reviewed several reports from the country’s institutions, including the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and various members of the political parties, including pro-Zelaya.

Following the vote, the Congress issued an official statement, which La Gringa translated,

“This Congress has fulfilled its responsibility under the Agreement Tegucigalpa / San José in a transparent and democratic manner. We call on all of the international community and regional bodies, including the Organization of American States, to respect our sovereignty. Having elected a new president, all Hondurans have already begun the process of national unity and reconciliation. Those seeking to continue the controversy and to perpetuate the political crisis in our country are obsessed with the past and personal agendas and not the welfare of our country,” added Ramón Velásquez Nazar, Vice President of Congress and member of the Christian Democratic Party of Honduras.

You can read the original in Spanish here.

Roberto Micheletti will remain as president until Pepe Lobo‘s January inauguration. Micheletti had stepped aside during the election.

We’ll see where Zelaya decides to go next, unless the Brazilians simply love having him hanging around the tin foil-lined room.

Welcome, Hugh Hewitt, Red State, Moe Lane and Hot Air readers. Please visit often.

Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins

Monday, November 30th, 2009

My latest article, Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins, is up at Real Clear World. Please go read it.

The Honduran election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 30th, 2009

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today the Carnival’s dedicated to the Honduran election.

Here’s a roundup of links:
Good news from Honduras

Honduras election results in decisive win for democracy

Don’t miss Daniel’s two posts: Honduras and the US win; Chavez and Lula lose and Recognizing Honduras elections

Congratulations, Honduras

Was the Election in Honduras a referendum on Socialism?

Honduran Voters Defy Leftist Thug Zelaya – Record Turnout Reported in Today’s Elections …Update: Conservative Lobo Wins

The tribunal say more than 60 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.


Morning Bell: A Victory for Democracy in Honduras

The Supremacy of Honduras

The Honduran vote

In-country reports from the Heritage Foundation:

Zelaya Opponent Wins Honduran Election by Large Margin

On his knees and other candidate news

Zelaya fans flames of discontent in Honduras also at This ain’t hell

Another must-read: Distorting Honduran History at the New York Times

Honduras Holds Presidential Election…Chavez And Obama Hit Hardest

The Mouse That Roared: Congratulations, Honduras

Ley seca en Honduras para elegir presidente “con ayuda de Dios”

Alone, and right, on Honduras

Honduras Votes Amidst Bomb Attacks as Police Seize More Explosives

Obama Backing of Honduras Election Crimps Latin Ties

Obama and Chavez Backed Zelaya Repudiated in Honduras election

More links on Honduras, via Larwyn:
Congratulations to the Little Country That Could

Thank You, Honduras

Honduras Elects Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo As President

Welcome, Andrew’s readers. Please visit often.

Summit of Amazon Countries Want Rich Nations to Pay Them for Global Warming

Ahmadinejad visit wrap-up


If I Were Lula’s Political Rivals

A hug from Lula
Why Brazil’s president offered a red carpet to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

18,000 miles to Washington
Motorcyclist rides from Brazil in hopes of getting patent case heard

UK police settle over de Menezes shooting

Maletines a Yoani: Te felicito, pero discrepo

Reading the fine print

That Blockheaded bloqueo means U.S. companies miss out on THIS.

Bastion and distraction

Arnaldo Márquez Gil, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/29/09

Our Neighbor to the South and Do We Care?

The best home defense

Dubai, Greece and Venezuela, three countries, three different debt profiles

Chávez pays a ‘lightning’ visit to Raúl, Fidel after talks with a high-level Cuban mission

Chávez’s achievement

Honduras: Porfirio Lobo elected new president

Monday, November 30th, 2009


In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Honduras elects Porfirio Lobo as new president
Rival Elvin Santos concedes defeat as ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, declares vote illegitimate

Profile of Porfirio Lobo (in Spanish).

Electoral map results at El Heraldo.

La Gringa‘s election day post.

In other presidential elections in the hemisphere, Uruguay elected a former Tupamaro:
“Pepe” Mujica es el nuevo presidente de Uruguay
Mujica, dirigente histórico de la guerrilla Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros (MLN-T), recibió nueve balazos, estuvo preso en 1970 y participó en una masiva fuga en setiembre de 1971.

Mary O’Grady at the Wall Street Journal:
In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chávez
The tiny country beats back the colonial aspirations of its neighbors.

Mr. Zelaya had already showed his hand when he organized a mob to try to carry out a June 28 popular referendum so that he could cancel the elections and remain in office. That was unlawful, and he was arrested by order of the Supreme Court and later removed from power by Congress for violating the constitution.

It is less well-known that as president, according to an electoral-council official I interviewed in Tegucigalpa two weeks ago, Mr. Zelaya had refused to transfer the budgeted funds—as required by law—to the council for its preparatory work. In other words, he didn’t want a free election.

Mr. Chávez didn’t want one either. During the Zelaya government the country had become a member of Mr. Chávez’s Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), which includes Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. If power changed hands, Honduran membership would be at risk.

Last week a government official told me that Honduran intelligence has learned that Mr. Zelaya had made preparations to welcome all the ALBA presidents to the country the night of his planned June referendum. Food for a 10,000-strong blowout celebration, the official added, was on order.

ALBA has quite a bit of clout at the Organization of American States (OAS) these days, and it hasn’t been hard for Mr. Chávez to control Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. The Chilean socialist desperately wants to be re-elected to his OAS post in 2010. Only a month before Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza led the effort to lift the OAS membership ban on Cuba. When Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza dutifully took up his instructions sent from Caracas to quash Honduran sovereignty.

Unfortunately for him, the leftist claims that Honduras could not hold fair elections flew in the face of the facts. First, the candidates were chosen in November 2008 primaries with observers from the OAS, which judged the process to be “transparent and participative.” Second, all the presidential candidates—save one from a small party on the extreme left—wanted the elections to go forward. Third, though Mr. Insulza insisted on calling the removal of Mr. Zelaya a “military coup,” the military had never taken charge of the government. And finally, the independent electoral tribunal, chosen by congress before Mr. Zelaya was removed, was continuing with the steps required to fulfill its constitutional mandate to conduct the vote. In the aftermath of the elections Mr. Insulza, who insisted that the group would not recognize the results, presides over a discredited OAS.


Almost 400 foreign observers from Japan, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. traveled to Honduras for yesterday’s elections. Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, the German parliament and Japan will also recognize the vote. The outpouring of international support demonstrates that Hondurans were never as alone these past five months as they thought. A good part of the world backs their desire to save their democracy from chavismo and to live in liberty.

Honduras: Elections tomorrow, Zelaya talking of leaving

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

My latest post, Honduras: Elections tomorrow, Zelaya talking of leaving is up at Real Clear World.

The visiting Ahmadinejad Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started his tour of South America by accepting Lula’s invitation to Brazil, which was first scheduled for last May but was postponed after public outcry. Protestors were at the airport

Around 200 Iranian businessmen accompanied Ahmadinejad’s delegation, in a sign of their eagerness to tap opportunities in a continent that does not consider Tehran a pariah.

Lucia Newman, formerly of CNN, reports on the visit,

More links on the visit in the Brazil section below.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Argentina.

New corruption ranking says a lot

US builds up its bases in oil-rich South America
From the Caribbean to Brazil, political opposition to US plans for ‘full-spectrum operations’ is escalating rapidly
. To which I say, “Drill, baby drill, here in the USA.”

Don’t cry for me, America

International Human Rights Clinic suit against former Bolivian president and minister of defense moves forward

Agua para el molino centralista

Polémica visita de Ahmadinejad a Brasil

Ahmadinejad, murderer, visiting Brazil on November 23: AHMADINEJAD, O MATADOR

Brazilians Take to the Streets Against Iran President’s Visit
IDF intercepts shipment of Brazilian weapons for Hezbollah

Armas brasileiras para o Hezbollah.

The NYT says that by hosting Ahmadinejad, Brazil Elbows U.S. on the Diplomatic Stage

Brazil: Pro-Israel March Against Ahmadinejad and Jew hatred

Looking ahead, Brazil’s farmers take up reforestation
Demand for ‘greener’ products changes growers’ tactics

Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines

Last Word on Battisti on ‘Political’
Brazilian supreme court rules in favor of extradition

Brazil investigating Battisti
Police say they have uncovered proof of terrorist activities

Olavo de Carvalho explains Lula and the Sao Paolo Forum

Mack Supports Senator LeMieux’s Hold on Tom Shannon to Be Ambassador to Brazil

La semana en Plataforma Urbana

U.S.-Colombia FTA: American Workers Wait as Congress Dithers

Colombia says Venezuela blows up two border bridges

China May Spend $700 Million on Costa Rica Refinery

Cuba: violence unabated, Castros prove HRW and critics right

The ghost of 1980

Raúl Castro y Yoani Sánchez:
crónica de fin de régimen

‘Jorge Barrera Alonso,’ Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/22/09

A great leap forward for Cuban healthcare

Former U.S. official, wife admit to 30 years of spying for Cuba. Plea deal reached for couple recruited by intelligence operative

Another Reminder Why Easing U.S. Sanctions on Cuba Not Warranted

Cuba and the United States: Resistant to sticks and carrots
The difficulty of pressing for change in a police state

Iran’s Tehran Times publishes Fidel Castro’s latest: The Bolivarian Revolution and peace

Inequities in Ecuador

Honduras’ Roberto Micheletti to step down for 7 days

U.S. Confirms Recognition of Honduras Presidential Elections

Reflections on Honduran Politics: Gauging the Will of the People

First Lady Hosts Social Work Session

Honduras election sets return to business as usual

Patricia Rodas dice que el país vive en insurrección
Patricia Rodas reconoce que en las últimas semanas el movimiento zelayistas ha decaído en todo el país.

Skeptics doubt Mexican data on military abuses
Figures contradict U.S. numbers; complaints rise as drug war rages

Mexico’s economy: A different kind of recession
In some ways the pain is less bad than the statistics suggest. But recovery will be harder than in the past unless complacency gives way to reform

US-Mexican cooperation in dealing with criminal insurgents

Buying guns for the Zetas

Entrevista a Felix Maradiaga

In the Grip of the Gripe

Revolting news: Human Fat Ring Busted in Peru

Darkest Peru

Peru and Brazil: Messing around with dams
First build a road, then flood it

Candlelight vigil for gay teenager brutally murdered in Puerto Rico

Venezuelan GDP down 4.5%, stagflation is here, now what?

Venezuela Falls Into Recession As 3Q GDP Shrinks 4.5%

Tacoa’s troubles

Chavez Rejects U.S. Mediation in Venezuela-Colombia Spat, U.S. Withdrawal is “Only Solution”

Chavez praises Carlos the Jackal

Alleged news agency allegedly strips the word “alleged” of any meaning whatsoever, sources allege

Socialist International and other assorted insults to intelligence

Bad news for Venezuela’s economy
After five years of expansion, the Venezuela economy is in technical recession as Gross Domestic Product has declined over two successive quarters

US politics
November 23, 1963

Thanks to Alex, The Baron, Bill, Dick, Eneas, Maggie and Roberto

This week’s posts and podcasts
Why the US stopped supporting Zelaya: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Cuba: Get yer free penile implant!
Ahmadinejad heading to Brazil
Yoani Sanchez gets reply from Obama
Chavez now making clouds abort from the presidential palace
Brazil takes off: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Honduran Congress will decide on Zelaya “after the election”
VIDEO Venezuela Franklin Brito’s hunger strike: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Islamic militants and the drug trade
Americans jailed in Cuba while visiting family: 15 Minutes on Latin America