Chavez: No proof Iran building nuclear bomb + America, beware: Chavez is no clown!

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/

Ynetnews
AFP
09.05.09, 14:40

Upon his arrival in Tehran, Venezuelan leader says Islamic Republic pursuing peaceful nuclear energy

President Hugo Chavez, who arrived in Tehran Saturday, said in remarks rebroadcast on Venezuelan television that Iran will “not back down” in its quest for peaceful nuclear energy.

“There is no proof that Iran is producing a nuclear weapon,” he said during a ceremony at Tehran’s airport. “Next they’ll accuse us of manufacturing a nuclear bomb.”

[…]

via Chavez: No proof Iran building nuclear bomb – Israel News, Ynetnews

Continue reading

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

Bookmark and Share

Dandelion Salad

by Nikolas Kozloff
ICH
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.”

[…]

via Chiquita in Latin America  : Information Clearing House – ICH

FAIR USE NOTICE: This blog may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes, to advance understanding of human rights, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

see

Honduras coup leader ready to quit

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

Colombia: Stories That Kill

Chiquita: Between life and law

from the archives:

Chiquita pays for paramilitary ties + Colombia Outraged Over Chiquita Fine By Joshua Goodman

Military Using “Brutal” Force Against Anti-Coup Protests in Honduras + Father Roy Bourgeois

Dandelion Salad

Democracy Now!
July 1, 2009

The ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is expected to meet with US diplomats in Washington today before attempting to return to Honduras Thursday, five days after being deposed by a military coup. Meanwhile, the streets in Honduras remain tense, and the crackdown on the media has reportedly not been lifted. We go to Honduras to speak with human rights activist, Dr. Juan Almendares. [includes rush transcript]

Real Video Stream

Real Audio Stream

MP3 Download

Guest:

Dr. Juan Almendares, Honduran medical doctor and award-winning human rights activist. He is the president of the Honduran Peace Committee, as well as the past secretary of the Coordinating Committee of Popular Organizations. He was an opposition candidate with the Democratic Unification Party during the last presidential elections.

via Military Using “Brutal” Force Against Anti-Coup Protests in Honduras

Continue reading