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The 30th Sandinista anniversary and the San José proposal

Posted in Communist Movement, International Affairs with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by Umer

Reflection of Fidel Castro

THE Honduran coup d’état promoted by the ultra-right wing of the United States – which was maintaining the structure created by Bush in Central America – and supported by the Department of State, was not developing well due to the energetic resistance of the people.
The criminal adventure, unanimously condemned by world opinion and international agencies, could not be sustained.

The memory of the atrocities committed in recent decades by dictatorships that the United States promoted, instructed and armed in our hemisphere, was still fresh.

During the Clinton administration and in subsequent years the empire’s efforts were directed toward the plan of imposing the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) on all the Latin American countries via the so-called Summits of the Americas.

The intention to compromise the hemisphere with a free trade agreement failed. The economies of other regions of the world grew at a good rate and the dollar lost its exclusive hegemony as a privileged hard currency. The brutal world financial crisis complicated the situation. It was in those circumstances that the military coup came about in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere.

After two weeks of growing popular struggle, the United States maneuvered to gain time. The Department of State assigned Oscar Arias, president of Costa Rica, the task of aiding the military coup in Honduras, under siege from vigorous but peaceful popular pressure. Never had a similar action in Latin America met such a response.
The fact that Arias holds the title of Nobel Peace Prize laureate had weight in the calculations of the government of the United States.
The real history of Oscar Arias indicates that he is a neoliberal politician, talented and with a facility for words, extremely calculated and a loyal ally of the United States.

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Honduran Military Coup

Posted in International Affairs with tags , , , on July 1, 2009 by Umer

UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (Xinhua) — Standing before the United Nations General Assembly here on Tuesday, ousted president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya expressed his gratitude toward the international community and tearfully described the last moments in his home country before being thrown onto a plane and whisked away.

“This resolution is historic,” said Zelaya, referring to the General Assembly’s condemnation of the military coup in Honduras on June 28. “It is significant and it will empower every last citizen of the world.”

Zelaya expressed his appreciation for the United Nations and then thanked each regional group from the Americas to Europe, who had all condemned the coup d’tat and called for the restoration of democratic order.

“All presidents have passed through times of weakness in their terms,” said the former farmer and cattle rancher. “Often these threats are nothing more than threats.”

“But when these threats are issued behind bayonets or rifles, then here, in the 21st century, we have not progressed enough,” he said.

Never, he said, did anyone tell him what his crime was and never was he put on trial for the accusations against him. Rather he has been labelled a populist and a Communist and illegally thrown out of his country, he said.
Describing his last moments in Honduras before being taken to Costa Rico early Sunday morning, Zelaya said he was awoken by “shouts, hammering at the door below, and screams.”

Zelaya said he was trying to call people on his cell phone before men wearing full combat gear burst into his room.

“More than eight heavy rifles were pointed at me,” he said. “‘ Drop that mobile phone or we will shoot,’ the men said.”

“My mobile phone was ripped from my hand and I said, ‘If it is your order, shoot me.'”

“They grabbed my arms and said, ‘We’re taking you away.'”

“Fifteen minutes later I was in the airplane, and 45 minutes later I was in Costa Rica,” said Zelaya, noting that he was still in his night clothes when he was dumped at the airport in San Jose.

“These are moments I do not wish to remember,” he said. “It breaks my heart to see humanity slide backwards.”

President Zelaya to Return to Honduras after his Speech at the United Nations