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Anti-American Amigos August 17, 2009

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Hugo Chávez took a break last week from lobbying Washington on behalf of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to travel to Quito, Ecuador, for a meeting of South American heads of state.

There he launched a virulent assault on the U.S. military, reiterated his commitment to spreading revolution in the region, and threatened the continent with war. Mr. Zelaya was by his side.

The Venezuelan’s tirade against the U.S. and its ally Colombia raised the question yet again of what the U.S. could possibly be thinking in pushing Honduras to reinstate Mr. Zelaya. He was removed from office by the Honduran Congress in June because he violated the country’s constitution and willfully incited mob violence.

But that’s not the only thing that made him unpopular at home. He also had become an important ally of Mr. Chávez and was quite obviously being coached to copy the Chávez

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power grab in Venezuela by undermining Honduras’s institutional checks and balances.

If Honduras has been able to neutralize Mr. Chávez, it’s something to celebrate. A Chávez-style takeover of institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua has quashed political pluralism, free speech and minority rights in those countries. There is now a heavy presence of Cuban state intelligence throughout the Venezuelan empire. Mr. Zelaya literally has become a fellow traveler of Mr. Chávez, leaving no doubts about the course he would put Honduras on if given the chance.

via Mary O’Grady: The U.S. Should Not Help Chavez Advance an Anti-American Agenda – WSJ.com.

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U.S. appears to soften support for Honduras’s Zelaya | International | Reuters August 5, 2009

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. policy on Honduras’ political crisis is not aimed at supporting any particular individual, the State Department said in a new letter that implied softening support for ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

The letter to Republican Senator Richard Lugar contained criticism of Zelaya, saying the left-leaning former leader had taken “provocative” actions ahead of his removal by the Honduran military on June 28.

The State Department also indicated severe U.S. economic sanctions were not being considered against the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti, which took over in Honduras after Zelaya removed from office.

“Our policy and strategy for engagement is not based on supporting any particular politician or individual. Rather, it is based on finding a resolution that best serves the Honduran people and their democratic aspirations,” Richard Verma, the assistant secretary for legislative affairs, said in the letter.

“We have rejected calls for crippling economic sanctions and made clear that all states should seek to facilitate a solution without calls for violence and with respect for the principle of nonintervention,” he said. The letter was dated Tuesday and obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

via U.S. appears to soften support for Honduras’s Zelaya | International | Reuters.

Zelaya Promotes Violence August 5, 2009

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MANAGUA, Aug. 3 Xinhua — The opposition mayors from a Nicaraguan province bordering Honduras on Monday demanded the expulsion of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from the country, saying he caused social and commercial instability in the region.

The mayors from Nueva Segovia province belong to the Constitutionalist Liberal Party, headed by former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman, who also urged Zelaya’s departure. They said Zelaya’s so-called Pacific Resistance Army has been infiltrated by gangsters who are causing social insecurity in the area. These gang members blocked the trade transit and robbed residents there. “There is not any kind of control of the people who enter Nicaraguan territory by blind points.

The authorities do not request them any kind of identification,” added the mayors. The mayors called on the authorities to take measures to restore order in the border area. Reports from Nicaragua’s Capital of Managua said Zelaya left Ocotal, 26km to the border with Honduras, for Managua on Saturday and intended to go to Mexico from there. Meanwhile, hundreds of his followers remained in Ocotal, waiting for Zalaya’s instructions to return to Honduras.

Micheletti aclara que Zelaya “nunca” retomará el poder si sigue promoviendo la violencia con Chávez y Ortega – Yahoo! Noticias August 4, 2009

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“Mientras se empeñe en traer violencia, baño de sangre y muerte al pueblo hondureño no podrá volver, y mientras el señor Ortega y Hugo Chávez violen la carta de las Naciones Unidas, la carta de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA)”, tampoco podrá regresar, señala un comunicado divulgado este lunes por la Casa Presidencial.

Crisis política en Hondurasvia Honduras: Micheletti aclara que Zelaya “nunca” retomará el poder si sigue promoviendo la violencia con Chávez y Ortega – Yahoo! Noticias.

Fighting for Freedom! Never a coup August 4, 2009

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Congressman Connie Mack, center, greets children at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County during a tour of the facility in Naples on August 3, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff

NAPLES — Calling Honduras the “epicenter in the fight for freedom in Latin America,” Congressman Connie Mack said Monday that the U.S. gov ernment was on the wrong side of the issue of who should rule Honduras.

via PHOTOS: Mack speaks on Honduras coup during visit to Boys & Girls club » Naples Daily News.

Obama Turns On Freedom Around the Globe – Townhall.com July 31, 2009

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For more than twenty years American foreign policy has been guided by a freedom agenda: the notion that our security interests are best protected by advancing the cause of freedom around the world. Ronald Reagan championed it when he won the cold war, George H.W. Bush when he fought the first gulf war, and Bill Clinton when he committed America to defending human rights in the Balkans. Now, here comes President Barack Obama. who has effectively turned America’s back on the cause of freedom around the globe.

via Bob McEwen : Obama Turns On Freedom Around the Globe – Townhall.com.

NO a los abusos de Chavez! July 30, 2009

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TEGUCIGALPA.- Al mando de la cúpula empresarial hondureña desde el año pasado, el industrial Amílcar Bulnes afirmó en una entrevista con LA NACION que las sanciones que anunció la comunidad internacional contra Honduras no se van a aplicar en la práctica, porque violarían tratados internacionales, al tiempo que señaló que uno de los motivos que generaron el conflicto fue el “intervencionismo” de Hugo Chávez en su país.

via “Lo que trató de hacer Honduras es contener los abusos de Chávez” – lanacion.com.

No to the Zelaya & Chavez combo! July 30, 2009

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, the ranking Republican of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said the State Department’s decision to revoke the visas of several Honduran officials, including the vice president of the Supreme Court, was misguided and reckless.

Mack said:

“The State Department is wrong to revoke the diplomatic visas of several Honduran officials. Why is the Obama Administration punishing them for following their constitution and the rule of law? And more importantly, why won’t the Administration recognize Honduras’ legitimate, legal government and support the people of Honduras?

“Having returned from a trip to Honduras this past weekend where I met with President Micheletti, Members of the National Congress, the Supreme Court President, Honduran and American businessmen, and human rights organizations, it is clear that the Honduran people want a peaceful, lawful resolution to the upheaval. They don’t want the United States to cut off aid to their country. They don’t want our country to pull diplomatic visas. And they don’t want us to stand with the “thugocrats” of the Western Hemisphere like Hugo Chavez.

“The Honduran people, in their fight for freedom from the tyranny of Manuel Zelaya, have earned our support and deserve to have the United States stand with them as they seek freedom and democracy for their country.” http://helphondurasnow.com

via Mack decries pulling visas of Honduran officials | news-press.com | The News-Press.