Politics

zelaya re-entey

zelaya trying to re-enter back to Honduras from Nicaragua. will he do it??

Interesting new book - Gringo A Coming-of-Age in Latin America

I happened to see this book on display at the library the other day. So I checked it out, and I am almost finished reading it.

Journalists “Escorted Out” of Honduras

Though I don’t see a story on CNN, BBC, or anywhere else outside two countries, Venezuelan VTV and Teslesur journalists were detained (arrested?), interviewed (interrogated?), then escorted (kicked out?) of Honduras. The story is covered in Honduran media, in some form or another, for the last three days (this is the alleged corporate controlled pro-coup Honduran media). It is widely reported by sources offering accounts based on Venezuelan sources, but hard to find in mainstream or non-mainstream media elsewhere.

Honduras has a new kind of coup- LA Times

"Zelaya managed to push through legislation that helped the poor and ruffled the elite, including a huge raise in the minimum wage, in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day. But power was more important to him than solid ideology."

Rest of the story from the LA Times: http://tiny.cc/iWQ3r

Honduran Political Playing Field

Until recently and after almost 28 years of formal democracy since 1982 when the present constitution was approved, it seems most Hondurans, had lost all trust in politicians. 1981 elections had a turn out of 80%, 2005 elections had a turn out of 47%. While they have had basic liberties and precarious growth, Honduran leaders have thoroughly failed to ease the country’s poverty and longstanding social divide. The ever continuing and remarkably peaceful demonstrations since June 28th seem to have changed that quite a bit.

Central America's Coming Crisis.. Honduras is just the beginning.

This is an article written by MANUEL OROZCO for Foreign Policy Magazines' Web Site: If democracy hit Central America like a wave in the mid-1980s, it was one that left more than a few bubbles of authoritarianism behind. As recent turmoil confirms, the region's transitions from dictatorship to democracy were interrupted or left incomplete. Now, a coup in Honduras, electoral fraud in Nicaragua, and assassinations in Guatemala are just a few signs of trouble ahead.

Honduran Military Forces open fire on crowd at Tegucigalpa airport

BBC video of the Airport confrontation

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8135453.stm

Mel Zelaya's left turn

Back in 1975 poor peasants of Honduras invaded farms and blockaded bridges to force the government to fulfill its promises to redistribute the land. June 25th 1975 was a memorable day in their campaign. While the army broke up "hunger marches" in various regions, wealthy ranchers, backed by soldiers, stormed a training center for peasant leaders in Juticalpa, the capital of Olancho province, and killed six people. The same day, two Roman Catholic Franciscan missionaries disappeared. Both priests were interrogated, beaten and shot to death, and their mutilated bodies were thrown down a 120 ft.

Iran, what does it mean for Nicaragua and Latin America

There has been a lot of controversy about Iran: Visas, Tractors, A new Port, People showing up at the Iranian Embassy, etc., I wonder what the Nicaraguense take on the current Iranian 'situation' surrounding the Election is? Nicaragua had their own election controversy. I believe the current Iranian establishment has warm relations with Chavez, also. Seems like there may be some reconciliation with the anti-US alliance, and the support for the People of Iran to determine their own destiny.

Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista Revolution Betrayed

"Daniel Ortega's election as Nicaragua's president two years ago did not mark the triumph of the Sandinista revolution and the democratic principles that propelled it 30 years ago. Instead, his rise has been the tragic tale of betrayal—of the real revolutionary movement, of his Sandinista comrades and of the Nicaraguan people."

It's rare to read an article like this that seems to have some balance...Rest of the story at:

http://tiny.cc/newamericamedia

An open letter to the US State Department

"(By the way, I'm also quite certain the CIA reads this blog. I get an inordinate number of hits from Virginia, and an awful lot of seriously stupid, intentionally misleading comments from people whose IPs trace back to there, too. Hi and a big fat one-finger salute to all you folks in Langley, and your Miami station too!)" The rest of Sabina Becker blog post here:

http://www.hollow-hill.com/sabina/2009/05/an_open_letter_to_the_us_state...

Is Auxiliadora Martinez, a Nicaraguan political refugee?

Martinez was Eduardo Montealegre's a campaign organizer for his bid for the office of Managua mayor. World Net Daily is painting a picture of "this beauty" being a political refugee. I have not seen any other reference to this. (I admit I have not been reading the Nicaraguan press in the last few days as I have been "off-line".)

In any case, the picture World Net Daily portrays seems a bit, um, one-sided.

New York Times Article about Carlos Fernando Chamorro - Publisher of La Prensa

The NY Times ran an article about the man behind La Prensa. The article (book?) was in the Magazine section, this past week.

David Frost interviews President Daniel Ortega

David Frost interviews President Daniel Ortega http://ow.ly/Ko7

A Different Look at the Current Nicaraguan Government

An article in Scoop offers a look at some might call the "Ortega side" of the current Ortega-led government in Nicaragua. The article was inspired by what the author sees as a severe distortion of the situation in an article by Roger Burbach and accuses Burback of using politically-motivated sources.

Agree or disagree with the points being made, the article certainly seems to offer an internal look rather than international interpretation of what is happening here. For example,

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