Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Guatemala An Unexpected Ally in the Storm

After the events of June 28, 2009 had you told me that the one positive light and support in Honduras would be Guatemala I would have probably laughed in your face.

Here we are though with the visit of Guatemala being outshadowed by the visit of Baltazar nobody and the OAS and Insulza. Guatemala has offered not only observers but logistical support for our elections in November.  They also had a group of business leaders from Guatemala visit us in support of the new government and the upcoming elections.  Guatemala surprised me even more when they called off trade negotiations with the European Union until Honduras can be included in the talks and negotiations. I was pleased when I heard the talks were delayed because Guatemala would not discuss until Honduras was a part of the discussions. I couldn´t help but feel like that was a tiny victory. Then today their visit to Honduras outshined all of the darkness that was surrounding us. Thank you Guatemala. I guess it takes a country who has suffered from real civil war.  A country that has been ripped apart by corruption, maltreatment internationally, and poverty to really understand what we are going through. Guatemala isn´t perfect and their president is not my idea of honest and noncorrupted, but I give him a thumbs up on this move and thank him from the bottom of my heart.

I watched the discussion and meeting with the OAS and Micheletti on the cadena nacional tonight and was impressed that you could note Micheletti´s anger about the way Insulza had treated Honduras in the face of the events after June 28 and before and his lack of understanding.  I really appreciated him pointing out that he was part of the honor guard for Villeda Morales where there were deaths in the first and second coup against him. I appreciated that he pointed out to them that he had went to prison for standing up for democracy so many years ago. It brings to light many things that perhaps they did not know; of that I am sure. I watched their expressions and the attention they paid to the different subjects that he discussed and this was one where they paid particular attention.  I also appreciated that he apologized in a fashion to Insulza. I watched intently the expression of Insulza and it softened somewhat after that point.  Before the apology they both looked like two bristled alley cats about ready to go for round four on the tin roof. (Hondurans and ex pats know all about alley cats going at it on the tin roofs...Americans who don´t live here won´t get it)

What shocked me was on El Heraldo minute by minute I noticed that the chancellors for the OAS were told to refrain from pronouncing on anything except the accord of San Jose and their support.  I don´t think that is right.  I think that each chancellor should be able to pronounce their opinions and feelings on the matter.

What still leaves me shaking my head in disgust, shame, and downright incomprehension is the US position in this mess. I can only wonder how McCain would have reacted.  I guess we will never know, but I sure wish he would show up and give us an opinion on this matter so we know how bad we truly messed up by not picking him.

I shot off emails to Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss both of the senators from Georgia where I hold legal residency in the states even though I live in Honduras. They have been very supportive of Honduras and our democracy in this situation and I hope they will pronounce on this latest issue of the visas and the state department. 

I watched channel 10 and Wong said something about the Washington Post and a writer by the name of Guillermo and an article that he wrote on July 31 of this year about how Obama was using Honduras as a lab experiment for the coup against Chavez. If anyone has a link to this article I would greatly appreciate it because my husband begged me to find it and read it so that we could see if it made any sense whatsoever, because we sure do not understand how the US could sell out their best friend Honduras to a communist like Chavez.

Response to Dept of State in US

The Department of State sent a communication that they are going to suspend all non emergency and non immigrant visas to the US from Honduras while they review their visa policies.
I guess since they want to take punitive action  against Honduras for refusing to break the laws of our constitution perhaps we can forget our fight against the trafficking of drugs to their country.  Suspend all police actions including drug trafficking that directly benefit the United States of America.  That might get their attention.  We don´t get financial support to fight their damned war on drugs so why are we wasting our time and finances on fighting a war that dosen´t affect us other than transport through our country?
Want to bet they change their tune really very quickly? I bet they do..and they can´t force us to fight the traffic of drugs when they don´t support that fight financially.

Cholusat Sur Channel 36

This is the socialist channel and I don´t really much pay attention to it but I usually do flip past it and noticed yesterday they were off air all day and today as well. Every once in awhile I will turn down the volume and watch the videos and so forth and then flip to the channels I normally watch.  However, I haven´t seen anything in the news and on one communist site they said something about an attack against Cholusat Sur and Radio Globo. I have to find it rather convenient if true...and suspicious as to the timing...I think if there was an attack it should be investigated as to whether they attacked themselves for attention from OAS to claim they are being attacked..ect...because supposedly it came right after the information saying that most media attacks had been on part of the opposition and so forth.hmmm...Investigate this and find those responsible whomever they are and if it is the resistence give them long jail terms.

OAS Meeting with Micheletti

The Organization of American States met with Micheletti today. Of course supposedly they didn´t recognize the government so I don´t really know what to make of this present meeting. I am holding my breath for the moment in hopes and prayers that it is a positive move forward. I think with 97 days till elections they have come also to assure how elections will be conducted since clearly they went to meet with the TSE(the elections tribunal) I was encouraged by that.  I was also encouraged by the fact that Micheletti and Insulza seem to be mending fences in some of the comments. I do not know what this will mean for the future or if the realization by the OAS that there is not a blood bath in Honduras and that there are not thousands of political prisoners and that the largest violations are on behalf of the protesters who have burned buildings, denied children educational rights, ect.

Party Over for Taxi Drivers

A small group of taxi drivers that are supporters of Zelaya had planned on blocking key points in the city obstaculating the free travel of traffic.  There weren´t enough of them to cause more than a slight problem that was easily fixed.

Anyhow, the police launched an inspection against each of these taxis and over 60 units were detained for irregularities that included, serious mechanical problems, expired licenses, failure to pay registration, pirated numbers, and more.

They had wreckers waiting to remove anyone who blocked traffic. They didn´t dare.  Anyhow, the Transit police said this is just the beginning.  The other taxi group which is registered and supports the interim government has been asking for years that Transit police crack down on ´ghost´taxis that run using duplicate numbers of legal taxis and do not use the proper equipment or operate with poor running units. Their wish has been granted.
Some might complain that this is repression, but if they are limiting it to units that are violating laws, it isn´t repression.  You don´t have a right to a driver´s license, it is a priveledge.  You certainly don´t have a right to a taxi license it is a priveledge that is granted by the government.  You block traffic you betcha they can sieze your unit and your license...the state makes those laws..so cry foul and violation all you want...you don´t have the right to run a foul unit that spreads polution, is not registered, not using a legitimate number.and drive without the proper license. Quite frankly I am glad...too many taxis in this city.