Tuesday, January 16 2018 07:29 pm



Well, here is what I’ve learned about Honduras, thus far… Please note this article will probably be revised as information is gathered, and I will note such changes with (*) and time.

  • President Manuel Zelaya wanted to change the constitution to allow him to run for president and possibly be elected to a 2nd term.
  • *UPDATE 16:03 PDT President Manuel Zelaya wanted to hold a national poll that asked citizens if they wish to include a referendum on new Constitutional Conventions on the November election ballots.
  • The Honduran legislature, courts and military said the polling was illegal, and seized polling boxes.  They also declared it illegal for citizens to even participate in the poll.
  • Zelaya, despite threats by the military to remove him from office, re-seized the polling boxes.
  • The military removed him from office and exiled him to Costa Rica.
  • The legislature, courts and military all claim that he was removed legally.
  • The newly appointed president, Roberto Micheletti, Speaker of the House, was appointed as President to serve the rest of Zelaya’s term.
  • Practically the entire rest of the world has opposed Micheletti’s appointment and demanded Zelaya’s reinstatement as president.
  • Micheletti says if Zelaya returns, he will be arrested.
  • Zelaya is planning a return to Honduras on Thursday, apparently.  He plans to proceed with the polling.

Sounds to me like there will be some updates soon, as it seems like a fairly tenuous situation.


*Update 16:03 PDT: According to The Narcosphere,

Right-wing Echo Chamber

El Heraldo’s (A conservative paper in Honduras) constant campaign against Zelaya and the opinion poll is far from isolated; Honduras’ conservative right-wing media is pulling out all the stops to discredit Zelaya and those who are pushing for a new Constitution.By far the biggest lie being promulgated by the Honduran press is that Zelaya wants a new constitution so that he can be re-elected (Honduran presidents can by law only serve one term).  This lie has been repeated so often in the Honduran press that it is now internationally considered to be a fact.”

Voltairenet.org says

“Are we to believe that the United States had no role in coordinating with Vasquez (head of the Honduran military) and the coup plotters? The U.S. has had longstanding military ties to the Honduran armed forces, particularly during the Contra War in Nicaragua during the 1980s. The White House, needless to say, has rejected claims that the U.S. played a role.”

Twitter, once again, is not making it much easier, as Honduran Micheletti supporters pump their views into the Twitter-sphere.  I’m also not discounting the idea of an intelligence-agency disinformation campaign.

President Obama is denouncing the ouster, but the US establishment has much to gain from it, as, Zelaya supports ALBA, (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas – a proposed alternative to the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas).

Venezuelan Analysis says ALBA differs from the FTAA “in that it advocates a socially-oriented trade block rather than one strictly based on the logic of deregulated profit maximization. ALBA appeals to the egalitarian principles of justice and equality that are innate in human beings, the well-being of the most dispossessed sectors of society, and a reinvigorated sense of solidarity toward the underdeveloped countries of the western hemisphere, so that with the required assistance, they can enter into trade negotiations on more favorable terms than has been the case under the dictates of developed countries.”

UPDATE 23:41 PDT: It is interesting to note that there is a dispute as to WHAT exactly Manuel Zelaya was trying to change by holding a new Constitutional Congress.  His opponents say he was trying to consolidate power and extend his presidential term.  Zelaya says that Honduras’ social problems are rooted in its constitution.  He claims he is not seeking re-election.

The Honduran congress and courts say that Zelaya was breaking the law by planning his referendum.  Funny how the law works, as, they only created a law on June 22nd of THIS YEAR, barring such referendums from taking place 180 days before or after an election.  A Pre-emptive strike of sorts.  They essentially changed the law to entrap him because they knew he was planning on holding the referendum.


One Response to “Honduras…”

  1. gatekeeper Says:

    The plot thickens… more to come soon. Stay tuned, it’s about to get more confusing.

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