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Colombian paramilitaries recruited as mercenaries in Honduras

This terrifying yet totally unsurprising development is reported on in Spanish here. Honduran businessmen, unable to find enough willing domestic mercenaries with the necessary training, are seeking international forces to make up their new terrorist "Frente Alvarez Martinez." The unspoken in all of this--since June 28th and before--is the drug cartels, which have more power than anyone, ANYONE, in Honduras.

Similarly on-topic, Billionaires for Wealthcare vs. Teabaggers

Once again, xenophobic red-baiting to prevent healthcare access in U.S./xenophobic red-baiting to prevent democracy in Honduras. Same thing, y'all. From Jesse Freeston:

Little Guantanamo, not really off-topic

The ties between the Bush-era secret prisons carried forward by Obama and the coup-leaders in Honduras are indeed notable, not only for their shared use of genocidal War-on-Terror and tough-on-crime ideology and practice in the execution of their war on the poor, but also in the planned construction of similar high-security prisons (by former Mossad contractors), approved by the Honduran congress.

U.S. Consulate Revokes Micheletti's visa

From the "Political Crisis" section of El Tiempo

Tegucigalpa

Provisional president Roberto Micheletti confirmed receipt of a letter from the U.S. consulate in which it is explained that his visa has been revoked "and therefore [royal] we no longer have a diplomatic visa nor a tourist visa," he said in a statement to the capital radio station HRN.

A plea, at exactly the wrong/right? time

When I wrote my book, it necessarily had to be in English for a variety of institutional and (my own) skill-related reasons. But the primary intended audience was never English-reading academics. It was Hondurans who were experiencing the state and other forms of structural violence that are the primary focus of the book. Since before it was published I have been seeking a Spanish-language publisher willing to finance the translation, which, done right by a professional translator (preferably a Honduran), would cost quite a few grand.

Letter to President Zelaya from INTERPOL

International Criminal Police Organization
The Secretary General
Ronald K. Noble
INTERPOL
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 LYON - FRANCE
Telephone: +33 4 72 44 70 05
secretary.general@interpol.int

Lyon, August 28, 2009

N/Reference:
OLA/36520-2/STA/36-E/JOMA/lb/DCS 39217

Your Excellency President Zelaya,

Organized paramilitary attacks begin in Honduras

Last night Canal 36 was attacked with chemicals and a note was left behind threatening and listing names of people from the Resistance and some of President Zelaya´s cabinet who will be attacked.

Businessmen offer discount for voters

La Tribuna Politics, 9 September, 2009 (my translation)

TEGUCIGALPA.- A novel strategy for motivating voters would be supported by the Honduran business sector, to support the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in the electoral process for which the arrival of foreign observers at the November 29th election is being negotiated.


Adolfo Facussé

The Honduran Coup, Crisis for Obama, or, "Mr. Pres., Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”, by Andy Taylor

The Honduran Coup, Crisis for President Obama , or, "Mr. President, Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”, by Andrew Taylor, Sep 09, 2009

In one of Clint Eastwood’s finest movies of the Western genre, 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976) the character 'Fletcher’ has a memorable line: “Senator: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

¡Calling all Philadelphians!

Join me and filmmaker/journalist Oscar Estrada this Friday evening (September 11th) at the incomparable Shoe Shop in my new favorite city, Philadelphia, for a film screening and discussion about the Honduran resistance, its current limitations, and its vast possibilities. From the facebook event description:

State Violence & the Resistance Movement in Honduras
What lies beneath...and beyond the coup?

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