Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Answer To Alternet's Outrageous Lies On Honduras

Welcome to the New Honduras, Where Right-Wing Death Squads Proliferate

By Kari Lydersen, AlterNet

Posted on April 27, 2010, Printed on May 29, 2010

Things are back to normal in Honduras. Yes, things are pretty normal in Honduras.

At least that's the message of right-wing president Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo Sosa and much of the international community.

That is because it is true and Pepe isn’t really a right winger the party is a centre right party not a right wing party…the right wing party would be the Democracia Cristiana party.

Several U.S. and international agencies are in the process of restoring aid to Honduras. U.S. biofuels, mining and other businesses are ramping up for increased investment in the impoverished Central American country. The massive repression of public protests, curfews and censorship that followed last summer's coup d'etat have abated.

And why shouldn’t they restore aid considering that Pepe was elected freely? We already were still receiving fuels…that never stopped, mining was done by private business so that never stopped either as it wouldn’t be very beneficial to US interests to not get the gold would it? Other business never stopped either…business is not government ran here or in the US nor is it controlled nor was Honduras every fully sanctioned because the situation here wasn’t what you try to make it to be and the US knew this that is why it was never declared a military coup…because it wasn’t. Massive repression of public protests? Where and when were any protests that were peaceful repressed? If the protests got violent they were removed from the streets for obvious reasons…no one has a right to be violent while they protest in any country. Yes, there are curfews in the US as well so your point? Censorship? By whom, when and where? There was no censorship....those that were breaking the law were removed from the air, the same as the FCC does to vulgar and racist djs in the US.

But this image ignores a new reality in Honduras: the emergence of what many are calling death squads carrying out targeted assassinations, brutal attacks and threats. They have created an extreme climate of fear for the campesinos (peasants), teachers, union members, journalists and other community leaders involved in the resistance movement that continues to oppose the coup and Lobo's election.

Death squads? You mean the Resistance right?? That after all is who is behind the recent killings in my opinion. Attacks? When and where? Threats? You have got to be kidding me. Targeted assassinations? Who was targeted for assassination? Extreme climate of fear for campesinos? No the only fear they have is that they cannot invade private property and take it from the rightful owner. If they want to own property they have to buy it now…and that is the way it should be.

Dozens were killed in street violence between the June 28 coup and the November 29 election,

Dozens? Only one death according to the final investigations could be even loosely associated with the military and that was even questionable. When you try to tear down the fence of an international airport with threats of violence then you shouldn’t be surprised when you are treated like violent criminals and someone ends up dead, but there was one problem, the police were using rubber bullets and the bullet that killed the man in this instance wasn’t killed by a military or police issue bullet.

with the deaths largely attributed to police, military forces and other coup supporters. Flat lie refer to the above. Please show me even a single death that was directly related to the police, military forces and supporters…the white shirts is the group I was involved with and we did not carry ANY weapons…not even rocks though quite a few times we had rocks thrown at us by the resistance and were fired upon with guns as well. I have photographic proof, where is yours?

Lobo has tried to distance himself from the coup regime, but since the election, at least a dozen people have been killed and others beaten or raped in attacks with clear political hallmarks.

More bullshit. Who was killed, beaten or raped due to the government…you might have some where the resistance and Chavez are involved, but not Pepe Lobo…perhaps if he did what you accuse him of so freely it might calm down some of the crime in the streets.

The victims include a teacher shot in front of his students; a young union leader whose body was found with signs of torture after she disappeared; the daughter of a prominent anti-coup TV reporter shot in her home; five journalists killed in March alone; and a TV reporter killed April 21. In December, well-known gay rights activist Walter Trochez was kidnapped in Tegucigalpa and interrogated about the resistance while being pistol-whipped in the face. He escaped, but was murdered a week later. In February, a woman who was raped after a post-coup protest was kidnapped and terrorized by men including the rapist, who said "Pepe says hi," a clear allusion to the president. And not a single one of these things was attributed to the government. The teacher was killed by THEIVES that were trying to rob students and teachers and he resisted. The journalists interestingly enough almost all have been PRO government, so how is the government killing their allies? What post coup protest and where is the proof that any of this happened? I live here and never heard anything like this and am quite sure it didn’t happen since the rest of your story is full of inaccuracies. I would be akin to insist that Pepe Lobo sue you for libel as there is nothing you can substantiate here and it is absolutely false. He asked for international, US, Spain, and Colombia all to assist with the investigation of the murders of the reporters and other murders that have occurred. How is he involved if he is asking for international assistance with other independent police forces that are known for their ability to solve crimes?

Authorities have largely attributed the murders and attacks to random crime and gang violence.

You have never been to Honduras or you would know this is true…even Tiempo which is not pro government attributes it to random crime and gang violence…which is absolutely the cause.

Street crime has been at epidemic levels in Honduras for years, and has reportedly increased since the coup.

Wrong, crime tripled under Zelaya and had escalated during his term as he was allowing DRUG TRAFFICKING in the country now we have the same situation on our hands that they have in Mexico. Are you going to blame Mexican authorities for the murders that the cartels commit as well?

And a few prominent victims of attacks or threats have been coup supporters.

So that really works against your theory doesn’t it? Especially since it is not just a few victims but almost 75% of victims.

But international rights groups say a trend of violence and threats against community-based resistance leaders is undeniable and part of a highly orchestrated campaign to tamp down the popular resistance movement which continues to call for a new constitutional assembly and a reshaping of Honduran society, including the restoration of worker protections and social policies instituted under deposed president Manuel Zelaya but terminated since the coup. Considering that the major part of the resistance movement are Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and other illegal immigrants the government is right in removing such threats…I assume you are referring to the deportation of illegal immigrants from ALBA countries…and sorry, but they don’t have a right to resist anything in Honduras, if they don’t like the government here they need to go home! Workers protections…workers in Honduras are entitled to a 13th and 14th month salary bonus by law, they also get a separation from employment payment if something happens that they lose their job, so please show me how these protections are less than those in the US? They seem to be more than the protections in the US where you can be fired for any reason and be given nothing more than your last paycheck. Our society doesn’t need reshaped and the people by the majority do not want it reshaped, that is why Pepe was voted for in such large numbers.

"They've pulled away from the mass repression in the streets and gone for individual assassinations," said Victoria Cervantes of the Chicago group La Voz de los de Abajo, who met with resistance groups in Honduras after the coup and the election. "You don't look like a military regime, and it's cheaper than sweeping up people in the streets. But it terrorizes large groups of people, perhaps more effectively than the mass repression."

She met with resistance groups…did she get PROOF instead of just allegations? I can insist that Obama is murdering Hispanics in the US as well, but that doesn’t make it true. This is a woman who lives in Chicago and is out of touch with the reality of what is occurring in Honduras. She can meet with anyone she wants, but she doesn’t live here! My bet is she belongs to the Socialist Workers Party and would gladly hand us to Chavez on a silver platter. Ask the workers in Chavez’ world how their rights are working out…most of them have no rights any longer.

This spring at least one campesino has been murdered and at least four shot in a land struggle in the Bajo Aguan area, where campesinos are trying to reclaim land from wealthy palm plantation owners. Campesinos who occupy and lay claim to unused land have long suffered violence from police and hired guns. Zelaya was largely supportive of such campesino movements, which are legal under agrarian reform laws, but the conflicts have escalated since his ouster.

If you break into someone’s home and onto their private property with a gun in your hand do not be surprised when you get shot and killed…especially when you kill the security guards protecting the property. Reclaim land they sold right? Oh interesting that you left that part out…yes, they were GIVEN the property for FREE in the 90s and they SOLD it to Facusee, now they want to demand it back. This man employees 3000 workers on this one property and he paid his workers during the entire debacle. The land isn’t unused it is valuable land where a working palm oil production was going on…I love how you classify it as unused land. Zelaya was very good at using people for his own gain. Ask him what happened to that land of his that he was going to gift to these same campesinos? He still can give his property away if that is his wish but he has no right to give away other people’s property. These campesinos don’t always just go after wealthy land owners either. They have stolen small plots of land from the very poor as well. I know of someone who lives in a middle class neighborhood and is in the lower income levels that lost 15 acres of land to an invasion and it was land that was passed down from family member to family member and was all he had to live with and now has to work at minimum wage along with his wife just to get by. So much for the wealthy land owner situation. I also am not a wealthy land owner but THREE TIMES this year we have had to chase invaders off our land and our land is not unused either. It is well used and also legally owned by us. No one has the right to steal someone else’s property just because you deem them to be wealthy…and I am far from being ultra wealthy.

In the Bajo Aguan area, locals say, former Colombian paramilitary members have been hired to terrorize campesinos. And Billy Joya, a notorious member of the "Battalion 316" death squad during the 1980s military dictatorship, has reportedly returned to train militias to fight drug traffickers and "guerrillas," which is taken to mean the resistance movement. Post-dictatorship, Joya was charged with illegal detention, torture and murder of opponents. He has since lived in Spain and the U.S., continually pleading his innocence while working as an international businessman and security adviser. A 2006 report by the Mesoamerica Institute for Central America Studies says Joya worked as an adviser to Zelaya’s security secretary Alvaro Romero. Another of Zelaya’s cabinet ministers, Milton Jimenez, was among the six students Joya was charged with illegally detaining and torturing in 1982.

No in the Bajo Aguan area they were removed fairly peacefully because they refused to negotiate with the government for land that was offered to them in a more than fair way. The military, not any Billy Joya removed them.

While the land struggles Joya was hired to fight predate the coup, campesino and resistance leaders say they are integral to the larger struggle over Honduras's political and economic future which has driven the past year's events.

In light of the violence and human rights abuses, Honduran and international rights groups have decried Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's move to restore more than $30 million in aid, including military aid. After the U.S. announced on March 4 that it would fully restore all aid to Honduras, the Inter-American Development Bank agreed to release half a billion dollars suspended since the coup. The International Monetary Fund has committed $160 million in new funding, and the World Bank also recognizes the new government. The Organization of American States is considering re-admitting Honduras, at Clinton's behest. Many Latin American governments have likewise recognized or promised to recognize Lobo's regime. But governments including Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia and Nicaragua still refuse.

Care to take a look at the governments of Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua’s human rights abuse record? Oh interesting how you forgot about the abuses in Cuba and dare mention them…what about the abuses in Venezuela? Chavez is a scumbag dictator and with a straight face you call a freely elected government in Honduras a regime.

The restoration of aid, while theoretically a boon to the poor, is crucial for the Lobo administration and business interests that backed the coup as a symbol of legitimacy.

So starve the poor is your theory? Ok either you are for the poor or you are against them.

"The main lobbyists for lightening the sanctions from the U.S., the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank were coming from the business sector," said Alex Main, a policy analyst with the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "They were very worried about the economic effects [of the coup] and since they themselves were involved they had to defend it."

The business sector and the middle class…don’t forget the middle class and even the poor felt that the sanctions were unfair and harming them more than anyone else. The business sector employees the poor, how do you think the poor put food on their table? If it weren’t for the businesses the poor would starve.

Cervantes and Alexy Lanza, a Honduran now living in Chicago, said during October and January visits resistance members told them they want aid withheld regardless of the economic impacts, to avoid legitimizing the coup and elections.

Hondurans living in Chicago have no clue what they are talking about and I bet that Cervantes hasn’t lived in Honduras in at least twenty years. I have never heard of Victoria Cervantes so my bet is she is just a blogger and nothing more. Interestingly enough the only thing I can find is that her blog was founded in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch she said. Hurricane Mitch occurred October 29, 1998. So that means that she was likely already in the US at that time and probably had been in the US for awhile. My husband has been in the US for 17 years. I somehow doubt she has been there less time. If she wants to discuss what is going on in Honduras and complain about Honduran policy she frankly needs to move back to Honduras.

"The resistance is worried about normalization of this new golpe (coup government), where death squads, privatization and intimidation become the new normal," said Lanza.

What they need to do is get back to work and stop worrying about normalization. They have the right to vote and they should have made their voice heard at the ballot box. Death squads? Don’t make me laugh this is pathetic. What does privatization have to do with death squads? The country is capitalist and we don’t want to be China or Venezuela or Cuba. Since your site praises more the faces of Che Guevarra than it does indio Lempira I have to question your loyalties. Are your loyalties to Cuba or the US and Honduras? If your loyalty is to Honduras why are you in the US? If you hate privatization and capitalism why are you benefiting from it by living in the US instead of Cuba? If you are worried about Honduras why aren’t you working for Honduras in Honduras?

Main pointed to Lobo's appointment of former military commander and coup leader Romeo Vasquez Velasquez to head the Hondutel telecommunications agency as a prime example of coup plotters profiting from the new regime. Vasquez has said he will use his authority over telecommunications to do surveillance on drug traffickers and others; many take this to include the resistance. He promised an integrated government there isn’t much that Romeo Vasquez Velasquez can do to harm anyone as director of Hondutel. In fact, he has done a pretty good job of rescuing it from the thievery that occurred under Chimirri who bankrupted the telephone company.

"That's ugly stuff, and it didn't even merit rebuke from the U.S.," said Main. "The U.S. could have crippled Honduras with trade restrictions, the U.S. was in a position to change things in a matter of days, but they chose not to."

Not really, they could not legally restrict trade since that is in the private sector through CAFTA and CAFTA can’t be blocked for political reasons.

Honduras has relatively little trade with countries other than the U.S. and its small Central American neighbors. And its maquiladora sector, producing textiles largely for the U.S. market, has been hard hit by competition from Asian producers and the economic downturn.

Now this is absolutely false, while Honduras does most of its trade with the US it also has trade with Spain, the other Central American countries who threw a fit when we shut down the borders, China, Taiwan, Japan, etc…there is quite a bit of trade with the Asian countries. The most popular vehicle in Honduras is the Toyota and that is not an American car.

Hence the political situation in Honduras would seem to have little impact on the U.S. or regional economies and to be of relatively little interest to other governments. But Honduras's economic and political symbolism has far exceeded its actual economic impact since the coup. All sides see it as a symbol of the tension between an increasingly integrated and powerful Latin American bloc excluding the U.S. and based on the social democratic Bolivarian ideals advanced by Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador…or the previously dominant neoliberal model characterized by the influence of the U.S. and multinational companies.

And who is harmed by trade embargoes? The maquilas which is where the POOR work. So who is hurt? The poor.

"Honduras can be seen as a test case -- people in the State Department are nervous about what they see as the [Venezuelan president Hugo] 'Chavez menace' and the growing left in Latin America," said Adrienne Pine, an assistant anthropology professor at American University and senior research associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA). "Honduras would seem like a weak link easy to pick off. If they can succeed there, similar coups can be carried out in places like Nicaragua and Venezuela."

A weak link and easy to pick off? We didn’t turn out to be so easy to pick off, why? Because Honduras is able to self produce. Honduras has gold, silver, other minerals, even oil yet not explored, they grow enough food to support the country entirely have enough meat products to self sustain so no the country would not be as harmed as you would be much more harmful for US businesses that are invested in Honduras to face a sanction or for the US tax base which includes business here like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wal Mart…yeah I can see the US trying to sanction Wal Mart…lmao.

COHA executive director Larry Birns noted that the symbolism is so important, the U.S. has been willing to alienate powerful trading partner Brazil -- which vehemently opposed the coup -- with its stance. "Washington almost made a calculated decision that Honduras was more important than Brazil, it was a decision which country the U.S. will identify with," said Birns. Brazil is good at internal politics but they suck at external politics. Brazil was following their master Hugo Chavez since they are signed onto ALBA.

Under the brief reign of coup leader Robert Micheletti, the Honduran Congress voted to withdraw from ALBA (the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, in Spanish) the Latin American trade and support bloc that had provided low cost or free medical care, tractors and other necessities to Honduras. The prime feature of ALBA is the PetroCaribe alliance wherein Venezuela had provided Honduras oil on generous credit terms: 20,000 barrels of crude a day, 40 percent of it paid at just a 1 percent interest rate over 25 years. The Honduran government is still technically party to the PetroCaribe arrangement, but since Venezuela does not recognize the Lobo government, no oil is forthcoming. The Lobo administration has reportedly engaged Zelaya's former UN ambassador, Jorge Arturo Reina, as an ambassador to ALBA to try to restore oil assistance.

Withdrawing from ALBA was a GOOD thing it was costing us more than it was earning us and no we don’t want to be ran by Hugo Chavez or want our military subject to his whims…which include an attack on the US. Generous terms? No it was a long term loan which is not smart. It was the regular price loaned to us with interest over twenty years…that was a disaster waiting to happen. We have had stable oil prices despite all this…why? Most of our oil never came from Chavez. Um no he hasn’t…I have read nothing like this or heard anything like this from Pepe Lobo as he wants no part of ALBA and if he wants to be supported and not end up like Zelaya he would be smart to stay away from selling Honduras out to Chavez.

"Lobo would be happy to keep PetroCaribe and even go into ALBA and get all of the member countries to recognize his administration, but he knows it is impossible for him to do so and not alienate his allies, the Honduran business elites, conservative political groups, the military -- all of whom orchestrated, funded and backed the coup -- and of course the U.S.," said Rodolfo Pastor de Maria y Campos, Zelaya’s deputy chief at the Honduran embassy in Washington through February. He now works with the advocacy group Hondurans for Democracy. "He depends on all of the above to remain president and has been warned to behave if he wishes to prevent being kicked out like Zelaya." It is never smart to go against the people who vote for you is it? A president certainly faces impeachment if they don't obey the law.

Any aid is sorely needed in the country known as Latin American's third poorest after Guyana and Nicaragua. But Hondurans say the economic impact of the coup and subsequent repression paired with the economic effects of stepped-up privatization and neoliberal policies mean increasing poverty, rural migration to already overburdened cities and migration to the U.S. and other countries. Which proves why it isn’t smart to sanction poor countries because those who suffer are invariably the poor…except that the US also has proof now that Zelaya stole funds from USAID that was provided to Honduras.

"There are people leaving daily, much more than before," said Luther Castillo Harry, a doctor in the Atlantic coastal communities of Garifuna, African-descended Hondurans considered indigenous. "Many of them are dying on the way to the U.S."

Actually the economic situation in the US has kept a lot of poor from leaving but there is no more than before and probably less than before leaving to go to the US. In my neighborhood which is middle class no one has left. In the very poor area close to mine very few have left and most have returned in a few months of leaving.

Since government funding was revoked after the coup, Castillo has seen 11 local community clinics with live-in doctors shuttered, and the hospital he runs struggles to secure basic necessities and medications.

Even if this were true it goes to show how it affects the poor to place sanctions, but the problem is it isn’t true. The medical funds and medicines were not stopped and never are during sanctions. Even Iraq received medical assistance.

This is just one example of how conditions for Hondurans living outside the elite business and military class have deteriorated since the coup. A report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research notes that after healthy economic growth under Zelaya, the economy contracted since the coup, and the coup regime's curfew alone cost about $50 million.

Last night I took my son to the public hospital and I went as well…both of us were ill from the rains that had flooded our area. He had an infection that had proliferated in a scratch on his arm and turned into staff and I had a virus and bacterial infection from the flood waters. Both of us received medical attention for the price of 40 lempiras which is less than $3 and the medicine that was available we were given and the rest we received a prescription for and the doctor prescribed the lowest cost medication he could which included something for me for dehydration since I didn’t want to be hydrated via IV. The cost of our medicines was less than $20 total and we had about seven prescriptions between the two of us. We were also seen immediately with no wait. If it had been the US it would have cost us hundreds of dollars plus prescriptions that are very expensive. So much for your theory about lack of medical care.

"Tourism has been crushed, really large sectors of the economy are just not functioning, the whole public sector has just been devastated," said Pine, author of a book about maquiladoras, violence and alcohol in Honduras. "At the height of the massive repression there were almost constant curfews, so people were forced to stay inside their homes and weren’t able to go to work. Many lost jobs, businesses folded, people who survived by selling things on street had no way to maintain themselves."

Tourism has not been crushed…Roatan and Utila were unaffected by the political situation. Maquilas is not tourism that is a factory sector. Roatan and Utila are tourist areas as is Tela, Ceiba and Tegucigalpa. None of it has been hurt. The ex pat community did a fabulous job of making sure that false information did not stand, such as what you want to spread.

Lobo's proposed new budget won't help. It raises taxes but cuts spending on most social, education and health programs, while increasing budgets for the military by 23 percent and expanding subsidies to promote business by 15 percent. Who are you to complain about his budget? Do you pay taxes like I do in Honduras? Remember we have no income tax.

Honduran and international rights groups say the U.S. must reverse course to suspend aid and otherwise pressure the Lobo government to stop human rights abuses and allow the peaceful resistance movement to follow its course, including the call for a popular assembly to vote on drafting a new Honduran constitution. It was exactly this proposal, which, contrary to propaganda would not have extended Zelaya's term, sparked the coup in the first place. Peaceful resistance? ok now I known you have never been to Honduras and certainly not during the past year.  It is illegal to overthrow the constitution.  Yes, Zelaya had every intention of extending his term and that has already been verified.  Furthermore, what Honduras allows or doesn't allow is not the international community's business and a movement that could not even get 200 thousand signatures is not as popular as you want to believe. 

Honduran groups and international groups are still calling for embargoes? Really…the exception may be the resistance but I don’t know of any groups calling for trade embargoes and sanctions on Honduras.

Honduras is one of few Central American countries that has never had a powerful united leftist movement. Hence during the civil wars that wracked the region in the 1980s, Honduras was not at war itself but served as "an unsinkable aircraft carrier" for the U.S., in Birn's words, to carry out its proxy wars. Honduran residents and U.S. analysts say events of the past year may have galvanized a new level of political resistance and coordination in Honduras. Why is it a tragedy that we have never had a powerful leftist movement? Civil wars that wracked the region went on in El Salvador and cost 100,000 lives and in Guatemala lots of lives also were lost as well as Nicaragua…why is it a tragedy that we didn’t have a Civil War in the middle of that chaos?

"Honduras will become a tinder box," said Birns. "That was one of the great things that happened under Zelaya – he set forth a chain of events to create a new country no longer willing to tolerate receiving miserable handouts from society." A possible civil war because of Zelaya is a great thing? How utterly disgusting a thing to say in your opinion a country mired in civil war and lots of civilians killing each other over politics is a wonderful thing. SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Since its days as a banana republic run essentially as a huge plantation for foreign companies, Honduras has been economically enslaved by foreign interests who capitalized on its resources and labor pool giving little in return. Many critics say this pattern was furthered across the region with the adoption of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which was signed by Zelaya and originally shepherded by former president Ricardo Maduro. No it was ratified under Zelaya, but Ricardo Maduro signed the agreement. However, the CAFTA agreement has brought more trade deficits to Honduras than it has helped.

Opponents say CAFTA has already increased poverty, economic inequality and displacement in Central America. I don’t know that it has increased poverty, but it has caused inequality and displacement in Central America as the trade agreement is largely to the favor of the US and not Central America. ALBA and CAFTA both created more deficits which is not a good thing for an already stressed government budget.

"The recent surge in violence in Honduras -- like last year's coup -- has its roots in the country's profound political and economic polarization, brought on by decades of failed trade and economic policies," said Todd Tucker, research director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "Honduran leaders should have long ago cultivated an economic development strategy with substantial yet targeted state involvement and a focus on value-added manufactures and the domestic and regional

market. What Hondurans got instead was a series of governments that did the opposite." Not true. Trade deficits and unequal treatment in the international sector is something Honduras is used to and we don’t blame other Hondurans for that.

Main thinks if the targeted attacks, threats and murders continue without censure from the U.S. or international agencies, the resistance movement faces a dim future.

"They're picking off resistance activists from different sectors," he said. "If they can keep doing it with impunity, I don't see how the resistance can survive."

The resistance movement has all but disappeared. In fact, in the elections the UD came in dead last in the election and they lost seats instead of gained. That is not very positive for their movement and showed how unpopular their movement was with the community at large. They have the ability to participate in the elections just like anyone else…if they want control they need to lobby for that control and campaign just like everyone else…this Victoria Cervantes character would rather see a violent revolution in a country she long ago abandoned for the US and its capitalist society. I would beg to differ with her in that she has nothing to lose if people start killing each other here and she has nothing to gain either. Come preach this crap from her pedestal here in Honduras…other than that she is just another Honduran who left Honduras for life in another country and has no business commenting on Honduras as long as she remains outside.

But Juan Almendares, a Tegucigalpa-based doctor well known internationally for his public health and human rights work over three decades, is confident the resistance will bear fruit. He sees it as the convergence of long-time campesino struggles with a growing awareness of environmentalism, labor rights, LGBT rights and other issues among the Honduran public.

Juan Almendares? The same man who got every one of his degrees from the USA? He has spent his life protesting not doing medicine. He has spent his life teaching at a University and living the life of a wealthy man while fooling the poor with fancy words. An example of how things should be done is Mayor and Doctor Zuñiga who is mayor of San Pedro Sula and was the director of Hospital Catarino Rivas the same hospital I went to with my son last night. This man has done open heart surgery for poor with NO CHARGE and is a cardiologist and surgeon. He is an incredible example and he is a liberal and won the election here. Some are not happy that they lost their jobs after he took office but he looked at who had continued doing their job and who had been not showing up for work(insubordination) and fired those who were insubordinate which is what most jobs do. He didn´t look at political colors for those he would hire either. Zelaya fired him from his director position for refusing to make people sign the assembly agreement in exchange for medical care and if they didn't sign not give them treatment.  I notice you didn't mention those things in your report.  You also don't mention the reporters killed while Zelaya was in office either.  You also fail to mention the murders of gay activists while he was in office and the murders of more than a few woman.

"The resistance is the most beautiful experience of my life," he said. "It's transformative. The spirit of the people has been released. This is a pre-revolutionary process, with solidarity and unity. It's a new pueblo, a new people."

Burning cars, throwing rocks at private citizens, attacking children in a church bus, painting with spray paint on monuments and churches as well as private homes is what is beautiful to you?

Kari Lydersen, a regular contributor to AlterNet, also writes for the Washington Post and is an instructor for the Urban Youth International Journalism Program in Chicago.

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