The short story of the Coup, recent Harvard lecture by Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle

I use, for this conference, a different title than the “sexy” one with which our friends at DRCLAS have advertised it. I have misgivings as to how much of an “insider” I have really been and am not sure I will cover here as much territory as my patrons would want. Let me start by warning also of what I am not going to do. I will not attempt to refute the various theses which I consider erroneous of the Coup, either from interested parties or from those uninformed commentators and new “experts” that have proliferated in the last three months. I will not try to solve false legal issues or fill in all the information gaps. Nor will I dramatize the monstrous human rights abuses in Honduras or complain about those who pontificate or are intent on whitewashing the de facto regime. I will not decipher the mysteries of American Foreign Policy, nor inventory the regional power games. And I will not give you a definitive and impartial version of the story, first of all because I am not inclined to do so, secondly because there is such thing as good and evil, black and white, in the face of which shades and subtleties seem irrelevant and lastly, because I am still Secretary of State for Culture…. But much confusion derives from the fact that people don’t know the basic story line and by trade, I feel obliged, on the other hand, to bring that story into a historical and theoretical perspective.

Upcoming Radio Gigs

I have neglected to announce here all the times I've gone on radio in the past few weeks. I've had great discussions with people on radio stations in Jamaica, Canada, right here in D.C., and across the U.S. I hope to have some of the archived interviews and a calendar module up soon, but in the meantime I wanted to let you know about 4 upcoming shows I'll be doing. Next Monday, October 5th, there's (all times EST)

  1. noon WUSB Stony Brook with Mort Mecklosky
  2. some time between 1 and 3 (although I think this one is taped) WRFG Atlanta
  3. 4:35 WRPI, Troy NY with Mark Dunlea

Consumer Power, translation by María Cervantes Ramírez

From: El Poder del Consumidor (Consumer Power)
Sent: Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Subject: Businesses & businessmen supporting military coup in Honduras

Dear Consumer:

U.S. Congress takes a stand

From RAJ at

Click here to see scan of letter and original post.

[sigh] New comment policy

It's not because I want to censor anything...I'm now getting so much viagra spam in the queue that I just don't have time to filter through it to find the genuine comments. So, if you want to post, I hope you will take the time to register. Use your real name or a fake one, use your regular email or a decoy one, I don't care. I know it's a hassle, but I very much appreciate [almost] all of your comments--not just the ones I agree with!

US senator, congressmen to meet with interim Honduras leader despite no-contact policy

That little brownshirt Schock is at it again. First he makes up a CRS report, now this...
By Ben Fox (CP) – 10 hours ago

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A U.S. senator and three congressmen plan to meet Friday with Honduras' interim leader in defiance of official Washington policy barring contact with the architects of the military coup that ousted the nation's president.

Day 96, October 1st 2009 from Oscar (translation by Camille Collins Lovell)

October has arrived and gone is the possibility of a prompt solution to the current crisis. At this point, even if Zelaya returns to the presidency, the resistance will not be able to accept the San José accord because the elections, so touted by the dictatorship as a solution to the conflict, will provide no assurance of transparency and equality of circumstances to our candidates who during more than three months have struggled together with the people for their political rights.

Tio Camo, a fictional scenario from an anonymous author

I am finding it increasingly difficult to believe that Obama did not approve this coup. I've read Agee, McGehee, and the rest, and studied Honduras for almost 20 years, and Central America for many more; I've had many opportunities to poke around in its darkest corners and interact with the shadiest characters old movies can produce...

Day 95, September 30th 2009 from Oscar (translation by Camille Collins Lovell)

Finally the order was given to evict the compañeros from the INA (National Agrarian Institute). More than a thousand police and military agents arrived this morning to break down the doors of the building and capture the 70 men and women who for the last 3 months had taken over the the Institute´s offices throughout the country. They will likely be accused of sedition, the same as other compañeros currently detained in different prisons all over Honduras.

Article on FMLN solidarity rally last Saturday

Salvadorans Demonstrate Solidarity with Honduras
by Kara Newhouse and Laura Taylor

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