US escalates war build-up against Latin American revolution by Federico Fuentes

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by Federico Fuentes, Caracas
Green Left
25 July 2009

The US State Department and the coup regime in Honduras have publicly stated what many of us already knew: the June 28 military coup was not just directed against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, but also Venezuela and the unfolding Latin American revolution.

On July 20, US state department spokesperson Phillip Crowley said he hoped Zelaya now understood that in “choosing a model government and a model leader for countries of the region to follow”, the US believes “the current leadership in Venezuela would not be a particular model”.

“If that is the lesson that President Zelaya has learned from this episode, that would be a good lesson.”

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Chavez: US plans to invade Venezuela through Colombia

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30 June 2009

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US military presence in the Americas (2009) by David Vine

1) Venezuela Prepares Defense Against Potential U.S. Aggression from Colombia (24 July 2009)

2) Venezuela Reviews Relations with Colombia as More US Bases Established (21 July 2009)

3) U.S.: Honduras Coup a “Lesson” for Zelaya Not to Follow Venezuela’s Path (23 July 2009)

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excerpts from: Venezuela Prepares Defense Against Potential U.S. Aggression from Colombia

by James Suggett, Venezuela Analysis, 24 July 2009

In response to Colombia’s “unfriendly” decision to expand the U.S. military presence on Colombian bases, Venezuela will strengthen its fleet of armored vehicles and increase its military presence along its border with Colombia, President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday.

“You are opening your house to an enemy of your neighbor… and the neighbor has the right to say that it is an unfriendly act,” Chavez said to the Colombian government. […]

[…] Chavez warned a group of Venezuelan military officers during a ceremony at Fort Tiuna in Caracas that the U.S. military buildup in Colombia would likely bring more “mercenaries, spy planes, the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency], and paramilitaries” to South America. […] He asserted that the U.S. “has plans to invade Venezuela,” and “wants to convert Colombia into the Israel of Latin America.”

The president also raised questions about why Venezuelan opposition leaders, including the mayor of Metropolitan Caracas and the governors of two states on the border with Colombia, Zulia and Tachira, had met with White House officials in Washington D.C. earlier in the week, shortly after the Honduran elite had carried out a military coup and the U.S. was increasing its military presence in Colombia.

“The extreme right sectors continue to conspire,” said Chávez. “They were there in the White House and the OAS [Organization of American States] practically asking for Venezuela to be intervened in, that’s what they want.”

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Zelaya Follower Tortured & Assassinated By Coup Regime In Honduras

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by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
Saturday, July 25, 2009

During the protests yesterday against the coup regime in Honduras, a curfew was imposed at noon that remains in place throughout the day and night today, Saturday. A large group of hundreds of protesters was detained in the El Paraiso region by armed forces under orders of the coup regime and prevented from reaching the border with Nicaragua, where President Manuel Zelaya was attempting his second entry into the country since his ouster one month ago.

The police and army repressing the people in El Paraiso fired tear gas, bullets and detained dozens of protesters. Violence erupted during the protests in reaction to the brutal force imposed by the coup regime. There are reports from the protesters in El Paraíso that the coup forces are preparing a nearby stadium to use for large-scale detentions. This would be reminiscent of the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in the 1970s that used stadiums to detain, disappear, torture and execute tens of thousands of leftists.

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via Postcards from the Revolution: ZELAYA FOLLOWER TORTURED & ASSASSINATED BY COUP REGIME IN HONDURAS

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Defying Coup Regime, Zelaya Attempts Return to Honduras

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July 24, 2009

Defying Coup Regime, Zelaya Attempts Return to Honduras

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is attempting a risky return home after last month’s military coup. The coup regime has threatened to arrest him if he sets foot in the country. We go to Honduras to speak with Latin America historian Greg Grandin. [includes rush transcript]

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Honduras At Standstill + Zelaya just one of millions

2 Honduras Activists Killed; Venezuelan Journalists Expelled; Coup Leaders Hire Top Democrat Lobbyists by Eva Golinger

Independence from the Great Satan: The Stakes are High

Honduras: Anti-Chavez ‘free speech’ warriors linked to coup by Federico Fuentes

Honduras At Standstill + Zelaya just one of millions

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by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
July 22, 2009

President Zelaya is giving a press conference right now, presumably from Nicaragua. About one hour ago, President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica presented a new proposal, called the “San Jose Agreement” of 12 points, adding and modifying his previous 7-point proposal that was rejected by the coup regime on Sunday. The 12 points, available in Spanish here, incorporated several of the requests of the coup regime into Arias’ original proposal.

Specifically, point number one was changed from calling for President Zelaya’s immediate return to power to become a call for a “government of unity and reconciliation” to be composed of members of the coup regime together with representatives from each political party. Zelaya would have been returned to the presidency, but with his hands completely tied. The proposal again called for amnesty for the coup regime, and, in an inference to the coup regime’s allegations against President Zelaya, also called for amnesty to be granted to him as well. This factor clearly legitimates the coup regime’s theories.

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via Postcards from the Revolution: Honduras At Standstill; Arias Proposal Of “San Jose Agreement” Rejected By Both Parties.

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Honduras: Anti-Chavez ‘free speech’ warriors linked to coup by Federico Fuentes

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by Federico Fuentes
Green Left
Caracas
18 July 2009

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.

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.

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Coup Regime Rejects Proposed Solution; Arias: Resolve Or Face Civil War

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by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
Sunday, July 19, 2009

The talks are finished for now, with no resolution. The coup regime in Honduras, which ousted President Zelaya exactly 3 weeks ago, has rejected the 7-point proposal put forth by designated mediator Oscar Arias, president of Costa Rica. Zelaya’s delegation in Costa Rica had earlier stated they had accepted the proposal, but later said they accepted debating the proposal, and didn’t comment on whether or not they had unconditionally accepted all seven terms laid out by Arias.

The coup regime today introduced a counter-proposal, which would not have allowed for President Manuel Zelaya’s return to the presidency, but would have allowed his return to Honduras, to be tried and imprisoned for alleged constitutional violations. The coup regime and those participants in the June 28th coup d’etat that involved the violent kidnapping and forced exile of President Zelaya, have claimed that a coup did not take place, but rather a “rescue” of the constitutional. They claim that President Zelaya was violating the constitution by proposing a non-binding national survey on the possibility of future constitutional reform. Most strange in this claim is that a non-binding survey, which means it doesn’t legally matter what the outcome is, to consult the people’s will regarding their constitution, is somehow a violent crime that justifies kidnapping, forced exile, and 3 weeks of imposed national curfew, suspension of constitutional rights and repression of the people. Who are the real criminals?

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via Coup Regime Rejects Proposed Solution To Crisis In Honduras; Arias Calls For 72 More Hours To Resolve Or Face Civil War

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Zelaya says yes, interim government says no to Arias’ mediation proposal

Honduras Repression Intensifies

Honduras coup leader ready to quit

Washington & the Coup in Honduras + U.S. continues to train Honduran soldiers

Chiquita in Latin America: From Arbenz to Zelaya by Nikolas Kozloff

Zelaya says yes, interim government says no to Arias’ mediation proposal

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by Xinhua writer Luan Xiang
www.chinaview.cn
2009-07-19 06:02:12

SAN JOSE, July 18 (Xinhua) — Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Saturday said “yes” to Costa Rican President Oscar Arias’ mediation proposal of setting up a national unity government, while the post-coup interim government refused to put Zelaya back into office.

Zelaya said on Saturday on Radio Globo that he is in favor of the establishment of a power-sharing “government of reconciliation,” as proposed by Arias, designated mediator for the Honduras political crisis.

He also said that he would go back to Honduras within days despite the arrest order issued by his opponents.

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via: Zelaya says yes, interim government says no to Arias’ mediation proposal_English_Xinhua

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Honduras Repression Intensifies

Chiquita in Latin America: From Arbenz to Zelaya by Nikolas Kozloff

Honduras coup leader ready to quit

Washington & the Coup in Honduras + U.S. continues to train Honduran soldiers

Honduras Repression Intensifies

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Soa Watch
July 17, 2009

The situation in Honduras is getting worse each day since the SOA graduate-led military coup against the government of President Manuel Zelaya.

The Committee of Family Members of Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) published a report yesterday, detailing hundreds of cases of human rights abuses committed by the coup regime, including four political assassinations. You can take a stand against this injustice right now: http://www.soaw.org/contactcongress

No to the Military Coup! Urge your Representative to Take a Stand for Democracy!

Despite US government claims that they’ve cut all military ties with the Honduran golpistas, the SOA continues to train Honduran soldiers. This is not real support for democracy.

Representatives Bill Delahunt, José Serrano and Jim McGovern have introduced a resolution that calls for the return to democracy and the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya as President of Honduras. Ask your Representative to take a stand for democracy by suspending operations of the SOA and restoring the rightful government of Honduras: http://www.soaw.org/contactcongress

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Chiquita in Latin America: From Arbenz to Zelaya by Nikolas Kozloff

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July 17, 2009 “Counterpunch

When the Honduran military overthrew the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya two weeks ago there might have been a sigh of relief in the corporate board rooms of Chiquita banana.  Earlier this year the Cincinnati-based fruit company joined Dole in criticizing the government in Tegucigalpa which had raised the minimum wage by 60%.  Chiquita complained that the new regulations would cut into company profits, requiring the firm to spend more on costs than in Costa Rica: 20 cents more to produce a crate of pineapple and ten cents more to produce a crate of bananas to be exact.  In all, Chiquita fretted that it would lose millions under Zelaya’s labor reforms since the company produced around 8 million crates of pineapple and 22 million crates of bananas per year.

When the minimum wage decree came down Chiquita sought help and appealed to the Honduran National Business Council, known by its Spanish acronym COHEP.  Like Chiquita, COHEP was unhappy about Zelaya’s minimum wage measure.  Amílcar Bulnes, the group’s president, argued that if the government went forward with the minimum wage increase employers would be forced to let workers go, thus increasing unemployment in the country.  The most important business organization in Honduras, COHEP groups 60 trade associations and chambers of commerce representing every sector of the Honduran economy.  According to its own Web site, COHEP is the political and technical arm of the Honduran private sector, supports trade agreements and provides “critical support for the democratic system.”

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Washington & the Coup in Honduras + U.S. continues to train Honduran soldiers

Colombia: Stories That Kill

Chiquita: Between life and law

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Thu, 16 Jul 2009 06:57:46 GMT

Micheletti says he will only step down so long as the deposed president Manuel Zelaya refrains from reclaiming power.

Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti sets conditions for his departure following weeks of political turmoil in the Central American state. Micheletti said he would only step down so long as the deposed president Manuel Zelaya refrains from reclaiming power.

Micheletti expressed willingness to leave “at some point that decision is needed to bring peace and tranquility to the country, but without the return, and I stress this, of former President Zelaya.”

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Washington & the Coup in Honduras + U.S. continues to train Honduran soldiers

Honduras cardinal urges Zelaya to stay away

Season of Travesties – Freedom and Democracy in mid-2009 By Noam Chomsky

2 Honduras Activists Killed; Venezuelan Journalists Expelled; Coup Leaders Hire Top Democrat Lobbyists by Eva Golinger

Washington & the Coup in Honduras + U.S. continues to train Honduran soldiers

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By Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
15 July 2009

• The Department of State had prior knowledge of the coup.

• The Department of State and the US Congress funded and advised the actors and organizations in Honduras that participated in the coup.

• The Pentagon trained, schooled, commanded, funded and armed the Honduran armed forces that perpetrated the coup and that continue to repress the people of Honduras by force.

• The US military presence in Honduras, that occupies the Soto Cano Palmerola military base, authorized the coup d’etat through its tacit complicity and refusal to withdraw its support of the Honduran military involved in the coup.

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The Washington Lobby

Republican Senator John McCain, ex US presidential, helped coordinate the visit of a coup regime delegation to Washington last week. McCain is well known for his opposition to governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and other countries in the region considered “anti-imperialist”. McCain also maintains very close ties to the Cuban exile community in Miami. McCain is also Chairman of the Board of the International Republican Institute (IRI) that has funded the coup participants in Honduras. McCain offered the services of a lobby firm in Washington, closely tied to him, the Cormac Group, that organized a press conference for the coup regime delegation at the National Press Club on June 7th. McCain also helped set up several meetings in Congress with the traditional Cuban-American representatives and those general “Chávez-haters”, such as Connie Mack, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mel Martinez.

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Honduras cardinal urges Zelaya to stay away

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July 14, 2009

Honduras’ ousted president has traveledzel to Guatemala to muster more regional support.

Manuel Zelaya says negotiations will be a failure unless he’s reinstated.

But the country’s highest-ranking Cardinal has now entered the political dispute and called on Zelaya to stay away.  Gabriel Elizondo reports.

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Season of Travesties – Freedom and Democracy in mid-2009 By Noam Chomsky

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Season of Travesties – Freedom and Democracy in mid-2009 By Noam Chomsky

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By Noam Chomsky
July 14, 2009 “Information Clearing House

June 2009 was marked by a number of significant events, including two elections in the Middle East: in Lebanon, then Iran. The events are significant, and the reactions to them, highly instructive.

The election in Lebanon was greeted with euphoria. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman gushed that he is “a sucker for free and fair elections,” so “it warms my heart to watch” what happened in Lebanon in an election that “was indeed free and fair — not like the pretend election you are about to see in Iran, where only candidates approved by the Supreme Leader can run. No, in Lebanon it was the real deal, and the results were fascinating: President Barack Obama defeated President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.” Crucially, “a solid majority of all Lebanese — Muslims, Christians and Druse — voted for the March 14 coalition led by Saad Hariri,” the US-backed candidate and son of the murdered ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, so that “to the extent that anyone came out of this election with the moral authority to lead the next government, it was the coalition that wants Lebanon to be run by and for the Lebanese — not for Iran, not for Syria and not for fighting Israel.” We must give credit where it is due for this triumph of free elections (and of Washington): “Without George Bush standing up to the Syrians in 2005 — and forcing them to get out of Lebanon after the Hariri killing — this free election would not have happened. Mr. Bush helped create the space. Power matters. Mr. Obama helped stir the hope. Words also matter.”

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2 Honduras Activists Killed; Venezuelan Journalists Expelled; Coup Leaders Hire Top Democrat Lobbyists by Eva Golinger

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by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
July 13, 2009

Things are getting worse each day inside Honduras. Over the weekend, two well-known social leaders were assassinated by the coup forces. Roger Bados leader of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup d’etat, was killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula. Approximately at 8pm on Saturday evening, Bados was assassinated and killed immediately by three gun shots. Bados was also a member of the leftist party, Democratic Unity (Unificación Democrática) and was president of a union representing workers in a cement factory. His death was denounced as part of the ambiance and repressive actions taken by the coup government to silence all dissent.

Ramon Garcia, another social leader in Honduras, was also killed on Saturday evening by military forces who boarded a bus he was riding in Santa Barbara and forced him off, subsequently shooting him and wounding his sister. Juan Barahona, National Coordinator of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup, stated that these actions are committed by the coup government “as the only way to maintain themselves in power, by terrorizing and killing the people.”

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So what’s up with the Clinton advisors and lobbyists hanging out with the coupsters? Obviously, it’s a clear indication of Washington’s support for the coup regime in Honduras, despite the rhetoric we heard last week “condemning the coup” and blah, blah, blah. The real actions show just the opposite: clear, undivided support for Micheletti and a definite rejection of President Zelaya’s return to the presidency in Honduras.

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via Postcards from the Revolution: UPDATES: 2 HONDURAS ACTIVISTS KILLED; VENEZUELAN JOURNALISTS EXPELLED; COUP LEADERS HIRE TOP DEMOCRAT LOBBYISTS TO JUSTIFY THEIR DE FACTO GOVERNMENT

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Obama’s Rollback Strategy: Honduras, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan (and the Boomerang Effect) by Prof James Petras

John Pilger on Honduras, Iran, Gaza, the Corporate Media, Obama’s Wars and Resisting the American Empire