Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If you follow the statements made by the United States State Department about support for the Honduran government, the beneficiaries of a coup-administered election, you might find it all a bit confusing.

For foreign diplomats, there is no such confusion about Barack Obama's policy.

"Mexico, like many other countries, understands that the US looks on what happened in Honduras with great sympathy” UNAM professor Edmundo Hernández-Vela tells La Jornada, in response to Presidente Calderón's decision to normalize relations with Honduras last month.

American University professor Adrienne Pine wrote last June “Ongoing efforts -- led by Hillary Clinton -- to secure Honduras's reentry to the Organization of American States and other regional bodies like the Central American Integration System, depend on a narrative of stability and reconciliation. ... But opposing narratives come from all sides, and carry the weight of the bloody evidence accumulated in the months since the inauguration of president Pepe Lobo. ...

"Since January, nine journalists, most of them critical of the coup and its beneficiaries, have been killed in targeted assassinations. Death squads have disappeared, tortured and killed dozens of resistance leaders and their family members. Photographic evidence of this circulates among the population, provoking widespread fear and fury -- pictures of the mutilated body of Oscar Geovanny Ramirez, an unarmed 16-year-old land worker killed a week ago in an ongoing land dispute between indigent members of several land cooperatives and multi-millionaire coup financier and large landowner Miguel Facussé, by police and military working on behalf of Facussé, are among those recently making the rounds."

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