Today in Honduras we celebrate the Day of the Teacher, and this time, their party was in the streets. We have to pay our respects to the men and women who teach, and who have heroically resisted this usurping government which continues to use all its repressive arsenal to bust their union. Assassinations and beatings, persecution and threats, rigged judicial processes, prison and accusations in the media, takeovers of schools by people claiming to be parents of schoolchildren, insults and campaigns to discredit them are only a few of the resources that the dictatorship has used--to no effect.
Stiglitz's nervous defense of global corporate capitalism, on the eve of the Pittsburgh G-20. To be read in conjunction with Samir Amin's timely and scathing critique of the previous Stiglitz Report, catchily titled Report of the Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System (and for a strikingly different insider perspective, read Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann's parting speech). Read closely. There's a sincere attempt by Stiglitz to co-opt the rhetoric of the opposition, but it falls...um...short. Quote below image of cover page.
Yesterday, executives of Channel 36 accused the provisional government of Roberto Micheletti of having sabotaged their television signal, which they achieved through contracting "terrorist hijackers."
In a communique transmitted on various occasions in the news segment "Así Se Informa" ("Get Informed"), Channel 36 blames the government of Micheletti in complicity with the National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL) and the Honduran Telecommunications Company (HONDUTEL) for the sabotage.
“Zapatero a tu zapato” [literally “shoemaker to your shoe,” meaning roughly mind your own business, and in this case playing on the name of the Prime Minister of Spain], said the sadly celebrated “chancellor” Enrique Ortéz Colindres more than 2 months ago when Spain condemned the Honduran coup. Today the Spanish papers announced that Zapatero had presented a list of characters from the Micheletti government who are banned from Spanish territory, and with this they are trying to force a firmer stance from the European Union.
This happened a few days ago (Sept. 15, Central American Independence Day), and I hadn't posted it here because it was in Spanish, but then I realized all non-Spanish-speakers need is a 3-sentence summary to understand. See summary below.
Honduras: Human Rights Violations
Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 4:34 pm
Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission
September 15, 2009
A joint statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and other International NGOs
Honduras: NGOs Call For Establishment Of International Group Of Experts To Monitor Human Rights Violations
UN Human Rights Council Member-States
September 14, 2009
On September 15th we celebrate the independence of Central America, in a fiesta traditionally characterized by military bands, marching squads and baton-twirlers from secondary schools who compete among themselves for first place of all those marching in the street. This has always been an opportunity for the population to be spectators of the tribute paid by the youth to the nation. Together with their families, thousands of people line the streets from the very early hours to watch the schoolchildren pass by on their way to the national stadium where the parade ends.
See yesterday's report by Bill Conroy and Al Giordano, highlighting Clinton's personal ties to the coup Pro-Coup Honduras Presidential Candidate Elvin Santos Is a Key Beneficiary of Continued US Government Funding: The Liberal Party Nominee’s Construction Company Enjoys a Multi-Million Dollar Contract, Government Records Show. Article includes link to a list of MCC contracts awarded in Honduras through June of this year.
Solidarity Urged: Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano detained in Honduras
Freedom for Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano
To all Honduran Human Rights organizations and international agencies, we inform we have received the following denunciation regarding the young man Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano, who has been detained in Honduras, we demand that he is freed immediately and all his civil, political and human rights are fully respected.
To these ends we are divulging the denunciation as it was sent us