Sunday, November 01, 2009

Zelaya Accuses Sub Secretary Shannon of Intimidation

I knew that it would not be 24 hours before Zelaya changed his mind and came up with another plan. He suddenly realized that his fate rested in the hands of the very people that removed him and they already were saying that they were waiting on the Supreme Court and not likely to change their minds. Zelaya knew he was going to lose this one.


Early today he started with the threats if he wasn’t restored. That tells me that most are probably not taking his bribes and are telling him they aren’t going to restore him. Most of them are looking forward to their campaigns and do not want a bribe that will cost them their seat as a Congress member. So he has found himself in a difficult position.

He told Vanguardia a newspaper in Spain that he was going to cause a lot of trouble if he was not returned to the presidency before Thursday. The Vanguardia described his situation in the Brazilian embassy perfectly by defining Zelaya as being caught in a Brazilian rat trap...it took me a few minutes to stop laughing at the perfect description and the visions that came to my head of Zelaya being caught in a huge rat trap screaming at the world and threatening them as to what is going to happen if he is not immediately released.

What is more interesting is that Vanguardia says that Zelaya was threatened by Sub secretary Thomas Shannon. He claims that Sub Secretary Thomas Shannon said that if he did not sign the document that he would have Hector Zelaya, the son of Mel Zelaya, prosecuted for drug trafficking. Therefore, his complaint is he signed under duress and therefore the document is not valid.

Let’s look at this for a moment. Do you believe that Shannon threatened Zelaya?

I am not sure. That is possible and I believe perhaps for the first time ever that there is a morsel of truth in Zelaya´s accusations. Though I tread on that carefully, because Zelaya has lied so much that it is hard to distinguish between lies and the truth. I think that Shannon should be questioned about it for obvious reasons. If the US has evidence that Hector Zelaya is trafficking drugs he should be detained period and he should be tried for that crime. I however, wonder if it wasn’t him as well that was threatened and he is not saying that because it will not work well to admit that the US has evidence against him that he was trafficking drugs for Chavez. I think that Shannon most likely threatened that they were going to detain him and drag him out of the embassy and take him to the US like they did Noriega in Panama and convict him for all his drug trafficking and for the other crimes he committed...then the sub secretary handed him a pen and he signed. I do not think that Zelaya would sign on a threat against his son and then make the accusation against the sub secretary with his son still in the USA where he could be detained and charged with trafficking drugs. If Zelaya knows that his son is innocent that would not be much of a threat in the US since we all know to charge someone and convict them there must be evidence and good evidence. So he would have most likely told them to get lost that he would hire his son the best attorney money could buy and ruin them for falsely accusing him. Then there is the problem of it perhaps being true. Telemundo reported in July that Hector was friends with Chapo Guzman a notorious Mexican drug cartel leader. We do know that Mexican drug cartels and Venezuelan traffickers as well as FARC have all appeared in Honduras since Zelaya took office. It almost seems like our poor little country is under siege so I hope that Shannon will not let drug traffickers go free for the simple thing of a signature to end the Honduran crisis when it was easier to just arrest Hector Zelaya, arrest Manuel Zelaya and try them, recognize Micheletti and the elections, problem solved.

Micheletti did get his way on the embassy and the consulates as all of them have now been accredited in the US and all of his appointments accepted. That tells me that there were some things active behind the scenes that went in favor of Micheletti. Micheletti did not put up a fuss about signing the document because it was his offer in the first place.

So I will sit down to compose my letter to sub secretary Shannon and ask him to clarify this for me since Zelaya is making a very libellous accusation against him and Clinton and then I will also send a copy to Congress for investigation on whether Shannon has let a drug trafficker run free in the US. I expect a statement from them tomorrow in reference to this because I cannot see the US letting it go unanswered.


Making Enemies
Honduras needs desperately to move beyond Mel so that we can address the real issues. In 2009, before July there were 300,000 people that had lost their jobs. Many of them right after the minimum wage hike that Zelaya touted as helping the poor. It didn’t help the poor, it cost them their jobs since most of those layoffs were minimum wage earners. Many asked him to do it in increments every six months so that it would not impact the market so negatively and he refused in classic style he refused to listen to reason and the poor paid the price.

On January 30, 2009 there was an article in El Heraldo.hn that spoke about Zelaya and his confrontations. The article specifically says ´If there is one thing that can characterize the Zelaya administration it is his attitude of confrontation with the different social sectors of society´

This confrontational style started the day of his inauguration when he lashed out at the petroleum importers. Since that time he has lashed out at every production sector of society in Honduras and many outside of Honduras as well.

All criticism of his administration has been received in a negative fashion by him. Instead of using it constructively to work with society he bristled and fought back constructing media outlets that treated him as a god. First channel 8 (Chavez style) with 24 hours a day non stop Manuel Zelaya (barf). Then radio Globo with his paedophile and Jew hating friend. Could it really get any worse?

Zelaya even lashed out at the thermic energy sector (yes our electricity). He said he would buy absolutely no more thermic energy at bunker price and only clean energy would be bought(remember our society is a third world country folks. Some people earn less than $100 a month so they cannot afford this) However, he didn’t even fulfill this promise and left us without enough thermic energy and a contract for carbon energy that isn’t backed up by financial security.

That isn’t all folks...even the telecommunications sector did not escape from Zelaya. He accused the other telecommunications companies of uniting to destroy Hondutel. Hondutel is the state owned telephone company that was a part of a huge bribe scandal where people went to prison in the United States for what was known as the Latinnode scandal.

Even worse is he absolutely refused to address the many complaints filed about corruption going on inside the government during the previous four years.

Minimum Wage Controversy

In contrary to the recommendations by financial experts, COHEP, and various business advisors he raised the minimum wage from 3,400 to 5,500 lempiras a month. This is a raise of 65% that took place over night which was a nightmare. Sure the people earning the raise were at first celebrating, but they weren’t celebrating when they got their pink slips. Almost 60% of that sector LOST their jobs. He did this raise in the middle of a financial crisis in the country that was already threatening the business sector because of energy prices. Several simply packed up and moved elsewhere. A family member of mine worked in one of the textiles owned by a Korean. He packed his bags and went to Haiti where it was cheaper and less investment risk. He threatened the business sector that refused to pay immediately with sedition. What was interesting is his own employees did not see that increase until after Micheletti took office. So if he was going to charge others with sedition why didn’t he apply that to himself as well? Granted the minimum wage was not enough to survive on, but in most societies the minimum wage does not support people fully. I recognize it badly needed to be raised, but not by 65% overnight. What should have occurred is a raise to 4,000 and then in six months another raise to 4,500 and every six months until it got to 5,500 - 6,000 lempiras. This would have been better absorbed and worked with the economic hardships that Honduras has felt from the US crisis.

Freedom of Expression
Zelaya has complained about the limiting of the free expression of Cholusat sur and radio Globo when both were validly accused of creating insurrection and violence, which is a valid reason to revoke broadcasting licenses. However, Zelaya himself is guilty of threatening many broadcasters and newspapers and making intimidating remarks to silence them. Conadeh accused him of trying to eliminate freedom of expression in Honduras.

During 2006, 6 reporters were killed and 15 camera men or reporters were threatened and intimidated by the Zelaya administration.

In 2007, 8 reporters were judicially processed and 13 were threatened with assassination.

In October of 2008 a reporter was murdered that was associated with Radio chain of voices. Then in 2009 after Zelaya was removed a reporter that had been kidnapped from before his removal was found buried and had been a victim of assassination.

Zelaya´s administration was completely covered with corruption, threats, and a tremendous rise in crime and drug activity. These are things that had not been seen in Honduras since the 80´s. Zelaya´s administration was a very dark period in Honduras and it is time to move past him. If he is involved in drug trafficking or the US has evidence of his son being involved they need to bring it forward for either Honduras to process him or for them to move forward in either international courts or US courts or both. We do not need to let free the very people who have cost hundreds of lives this year because of drugs in Honduras and who brought more than 30 planes registered to Venezuela into Honduran territory carting drugs, money, and guns to further detriment to both the US and Honduras. Send them to jail Hillary Clinton, do the right thing.

How Can the US Media Always Seem to Screw Up the Facts on Honduras?

Since June 28 I have noticed a pattern in the US media that has made me start to question the entire establishment and their ability to actually report factual news.  I don´t just stick it to Fox News like Obama did.  I stick it to everyone from CNN, NBC, ABC, New York Times, all the way to Fox News and the Washington Post and back. 

In early July the media sources from the US that had came here to do reporting could not even figure out the difference between protesters that were pro Zelaya and anti Zelaya protesters.  They were so confused and their facts were all messed up.

Now that the Guayamuras agreements are concluded and signed they have declared it a victory for Obama...really? When did Obama come to Honduras?  What precisely did he do to gain a victory? Is he not one of those folks that insisted on the restitution of Zelaya or else? Did we restore Zelaya? NOPE! We agreed to think about it. So please someone tell me how that is a victory for the administration in Washington DC?

I think it was cya for Obama in a situation that he had no clue how to fix and only got worse everytime he opened his mouth.  I think he realized that Honduras was not going to retore Zelaya via threats so he decided to deal with it by letting Hondurans work it out...he realized they would never agree to restore him outright so he sent observers to the discussions.  Obama actually lost his tail on this situation in Honduras.  He realized when the Library of Congress sent a report that said he was flat wrong on Honduras and that they had followed the law and then stood by their report that he better do something.  What made a solution, any solution, for him more urgent is the calls by Congress for the GAO to investigate his Department of State and Hugo Llorens as well as the US embassy in Honduras.  I think perhaps Obama has much to hide in this and is afraid of that audit which tells me that the Republicans better stick to their guns on this one because they probably hit paydirt if they want an excuse to ditch him via impeachment...if he orchestrated anything that caused the crisis or made it worse he is going to be in a lot of hot water.
Yesterday, I read several sources that said flat out that the US had brokered a deal to return Zelaya to power.  My question to them is can they read? Nowhere in the agreement does it say that Zelaya is going to be returned to power...it says ´we will think about it when Congress has time...it is on their schedule...if we don´t get time until after January 27, 2010 too bad...
Honduras, this tiny little Central American Republic, flipped off the whole world and got away with it..no I take that back they didn´t just flip them off..they flipped them off and the International community including the US came at them bearing their teeth and growling and Honduras in its tiny chihuahua way barked with all its might and scared the hell out of the rest of the world and they ran tucking their tails not sure where this banana republic gathered so much strength for a tiny spot on the map...a country smaller than South Carolina in the US...what a tremendous embarrasment for Obama and Co...a complete Foreign policy failure on behalf of his administration and a loss for him as well as the OAS community.  Both are debilitated forever for their lack of ability to see this through center glasses instead of leftist socialist hack glasses that Honduras wanted no part of.

A bit of advice for the US media sources for the next time.  Do not get your news from Chavez.  He hasn´t the slightest clue how to tell you the truth.  It is more than painfully obvious that you are getting your information from Telesur.  Next time try coming and actually investigating what is going on yourselves and you might save yourself a tremendous embarrassment and a loss of your reputation as a reliable news source.

Here are some of the news media that got their facts completely twisted on Guayamuras and the fact that there was no guaranteed restoration of Zelaya...they in fact called it a deal to restore him..ahem....next time guys read the agreement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/world/americas/31honduras.html?_r=1
Interestingly enough Ginger Thompson is no longer accepting comments just one day after she posted the article.  Maybe she realized that she had made a serious reporting error in that there was not a deal that Zelaya would be returned to power so she had to stop comments before it revealed her error.  What surprised me is only one poster said anything about her serious error. 

In fact, when I ran a google search I found over 31,000 articles claiming that Zelaya was going to be restored via the deal.  Most of them used the NYT exact words in fact.  Someone please fire this woman she has yet to get a single article about Honduras correct.

I should not just pick on US media as the Guardian from the UK screwed it up even worse.  Here is what they said:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/30/honduras-zelaya-deal-coup
Honduran coup leaders agree to restore ousted president to power De facto government announces that it will sign accord reinstating Manuel Zelaya

ahem...no they didn´t sign an accord that reinstates Zelaya they signed an accord that lets Congress discuss returning him and then they can vote yes or no and what is even better than that is that Congress can delay this all the way till January 27 and no one can do a thing about it as the agreement states there is NO time limit.

Coup leaders in Honduras have accepted a US-brokered deal allowing the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, to return to power and resolve central America's gravest political crisis since the end of the cold war.

No they accepted a deal that would let them think about it and then vote on it after a Supreme Court decision is made and no it isn´t the gravest crisis in Central America since the cold war.  I would say that the hundreds of thousands killed in El Salvador´s civil war or in the Nicaraguan revolution would highly disagree with you on that factor and those happened in the 80´s.
The de facto government led by Roberto Micheletti said it would sign an accord reinstating the leftist leader in a national unity government, raising hopes that a dangerous standoff which has increased tension across the region will end without further bloodshed.
Really? When and where did he say this? These are the only folks who have reported this and I think perhaps they have made this up because he didn´t say anything like this in any press conferences that I have seen.
Under the deal Zelaya will return to office and share power with his adversaries; both sides will recognise the result of a 29 November presidential election, which will choose a new leader. If not re-elected, Zelaya would step down in January when his successor is sworn in.
Now I know this writer is clueless and they need a new editor as well.  First of all Zelaya cannot be re-elected as he is not a candidate in the election set for November 29 and secondly it doesn´t say anything about him returning to office or sharing power.  It says a reconciliation government will be established and there is a set date for that, but not for the return of Zelaya...