The military coup in Honduras is under increasing international pressure to restore elected president Manuel Zelaya to power, but is responding with growing repression.
by Robert Parry
The FBI has released reports on 20 interviews and five conversations conducted with Iraq’s deposed dictator Saddam Hussein before he was put to death, but none of the disclosed Q and A deals with the role of the Reagan administration in delivering key components for Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons in the 1980s.
As the National Security Archive, a private non-profit group that obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, wrote:
“Not included in these FBI reports are issues of particular interest to students of Iraq’s complicated relationship with the U.S. – the reported role of the CIA in facilitating the Ba’ath party’s rise to power, the uneasy alliance forged between Iraq and the U.S. during the Iran-Iraq war, and the precise nature of U.S. views regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons policy during that conflict, given its contemporaneous knowledge of their repeated use against Iranians and the Kurds.”
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In the wake of UBC forbidding students from posting signs and posters on dorm buildings or in dorm windows “visible from the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre” and VANOC urging cities to prohibit political leafleting or signs during the Olympic torch run, the BCCLA has come to the troubling conclusion that free speech is not welcome at the Olympics.
“Canada, B.C. and Vancouver said in our bid documents that we would honour our constitutional commitment to free speech, but they forgot to mention this right was reserved for Olympic sponsors alone,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA. “It’s time for a sober second look at these anti-free speech activities, and if necessary seek review of them by our Courts.”
UBC is asking students who wish to live on campus to sign a tenancy agreement which obliges the students not to post “signage or displays that create a false or unauthorized commercial association with the Olympics.” The BCCLA will be working with students in September to overturn this prohibition on speech that led to confrontations during the APEC protests.
Earlier this month, the BCCLA obtained from 24 Hours newspaper reporter Bob Mackin a copy of documents drafted by VANOC identifying activities such as handing out political pamphlets or displaying political banners while the Olympic Torch Relay takes place as matters of “high concern.”
by Mike Ferner
As of June 30, all U.S. troops have left Iraq's cities - except for Baghdad where municipal borders were redrawn so a U.S. base doesn't have to move, Mosul where some troops will remain as "advisers," and other cities we haven't heard about at this point.
A year from now, the U.S. will still have upwards of 50,000 'non-combat' troops in Iraq - a rather bizarre concept to any soldier who has been in a combat zone. Not until the end of 2011, two and a half years from now, are U.S. troops finally scheduled to be gone, and even that distant deadline could change.
Such a lengthy timetable is simply not good enough.
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by Barry Grey - WSWS
2 July 2009 - The standoff between deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the “interim government” installed by the military following Sunday’s coup intensified Wednesday, following unanimous resolutions passed by the United Nations General Assembly and the Organization of American States (OAS) condemning the coup and demanding Zelaya’s reinstatement.
The OAS, meeting in Washington on Wednesday, gave the new regime in Tegucigalpa three days to relinquish power and allow Zelaya to resume his presidency or face suspension from the body. On Tuesday, Zelaya addressed the UN General Assembly and obtained its official support.
He announced that he would postpone his return to Honduras, originally slated for Thursday, to Saturday, after the three-day OAS deadline expires. He said he would be accompanied by OAS head José Miguel Insulza, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa, and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Nicaraguan president of the UN General Assembly.
by Hanna Kawas
Margaret MacDiarmid: Should we dare request a meeting with you to clarify the facts or is that only reserved for the pro-Israel lobby?
I was shocked, hurt and outraged by your action of removing an exam question relating to the dispossession of my people. It is clear that your action came as a result of pressure from the “Canadian Jewish Congress” that claimed, “all three sentences are misleading and historically inaccurate” without specifying or attempting to clarify why.
Let us look at the exam question: “They have been fighting to regain a homeland since they were driven out in 1948. Some have lived their entire lives in refugee camps. Forty years later, Israel still refuses to recognize their right to exist as a nation.”
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Listen to Radio Liberada, from somewhere in Honduras, after the military coup
In the morning of this Sunday, Honduran president Mel Zelaya was
kidnapped by the military and transferred by force to Costa Rica.
According to Honduran newspapers, the president of the congress, Roberto Micheletti, will be assuming the presidency.
Previously and soon after the coup d'etat in Honduras, Radio Liberada is transmitting an alive chronicle than it is happening in Honduras, of the opposition and the mobilizations of the popular and indigenous organizations against the coup d'etat, by the accomplishment of a new constituent assembly, and writing a new page of the independent means movement in Central America.
Listen the transmission of Radio Liberada from some place of Honduras: http://126.96.36.199:8070/
We encourage the national and international independent means groups to broadcast in your free radios or make a mirror of this transmission.
Mirrors: 1 | 2 | 3
More information in the Independent Media Center of Honduras Indymedia Honduras: http://honduras.mediosindependientes.org
More information in Radio is the one of less:
Minute by minute by Kaos in the Network: http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/secuestrado-presidente-honduras-militares
Information and transmission by the Association of Radios and Participating Programs of El Salvador (HARPS): http://www.arpas.org.sv/
We know that there are been closing free media in Honduras. This morning the Radio Progreso, one of the older communitarian radios of the continent has been closed by the military. Other communitarian radios have decided to protect their equipment.
The electrical energy, the telephone and the Internet have being interrupted by the coup participants trying to block the communications and make the informative censure.
And the situation worries to us in that the networks of communitarian radios of the Lenca town and the Garífuna town stay, as well as the free media: COMUN, Revistazo, the COFADEH and the rest of groups of the independent and communitarian media movement in Honduras.
by Paul Craig Roberts
On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the "Spirit of Humanity," kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead MaGuire, and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials, and children's toys that were on the way to the Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The "Spirit of Humanity," along with the kidnapped 21 persons, is being towed to Israel as I write.
Gaza has been described as the "world's largest concentration camp." It is home to 1.5 million Palestinians who were driven by force of American-supplied Israeli arms out of their homes, off their farms, and out of their villages so that Israel could steal their land and make the Palestinian land available to Israeli settlers.
What we have been witnessing for 60 years is a replay in modern times, despite the United Nations and laws strictly preventing Israel's theft of Palestine, of the 17th, 18th, and 19th century theft of American Indian lands by US settlers. An Israeli government spokesman recently rebuked the President of the United States, a country, the Israeli said, who stole all of its land from Indians, for complaining about Israel's theft of Palestine.
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"There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect."
Ten days later, he refused to obey a direct order from his company commander to prepare to deploy and was issued a second counseling statement.
The Anti-Poverty Committee is calling for a mobilization against police brutality both locally and internationally, and the violence that the state perpetrates around the world everyday through police and 'correctional' facilities.
Montreal girls anxious to leave Honduras
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A group of high school girls from Montreal remained stuck in Honduras on Tuesday after a military coup there.
Twenty-one students, aged 16 and 17, and three teachers from Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie — a private girls school in Outremont — flew to Honduras last Thursday to volunteer with a group called Mer et Monde. The girls were reportedly there to help build a new wing on a women's centre.
On Sunday, a military coup forced the Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, into exile in Costa Rica, and incited clashes between protesters and riot police in front of the presidential palace in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on Monday.
Half of the girls were staying in a village in the countryside, the rest were at a guesthouse in the capital, near the presidential palace.
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by William Bowles
The devil lives in the small print, the devil in this case being the BBC in its coverage of the coup d’etat that ousted President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras on 27 June, 2009.
Take the following para from a BBC piece titled ‘US treads careful path on Honduras’ (30 June, 2009)
“So while Washington's reaction has been strong and swift, when it comes to statements, its actions have so far been measured.
Now you may wonder why the BBC chose the word ‘measured’ to describe the US’ response to the military coup d’etat? Not only why but how? The following para explains,
“This is a signal that Washington is not keen to use its clout to help Mr Zelaya return to power, shying away from any action that could be seen as interventionism in a region where the US has a long, complex history.”
But ‘measured’ is not a word that describes the US administration’s response. Obama simply stated that the Honduras coup is “not legal”. And note that the US interventions, both direct military and covert over the years, for example, US support for the Contras in Nicaragua, the overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile, the attempted overthrow of Chavez in 2002, are described by the dissembling BBC as “long [and] complex [sic], which is the BBC’s standard method of covering up the crimes of Empire.
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