Tag Archives: roberto micheletti

Terrorist fest set for Wednesday in Washington

Advisory: Terrorists and coup-plotters from all over Latin America to meet at U.S. Capitol building in Washington español

By Jean-Guy Allard

Translation: Machetera

Almost all those scheduled to attend a meeting that will take place this Wednesday, November 17th, in a hearing room at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., have been linked with terrorism and in many cases coups d’etat and assassination attempts in Latin America. Continue reading

Vicky Peláez, the journalist who wrote too much

I often thought of translating Vicky Peláez’s pieces but somehow never found the time.  Here’s one from December of last year.  It’s not too hard to imagine why the State Department would have liked to shut her up.

The Empire’s Elections in Honduras

Vicky Peláez – El Diario NY

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 español

Translation: Machetera

Venceréis pero no convenceréis

[You’ll win but you won’t convince] – Miguel de Unamuno

The United States can change its strategy and tactics but its national interests are set in stone.  It proved this when, without making much noise, threatening, or brandishing arms as it has in the past, it imposed its will by breaking the weakest link in the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA): Honduras.  Ignoring every democratic precept that it has supposedly preached for the last 200 years, it threw human rights and international relations in the wastebasket, and forgot its promises of support for the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya.  In this way, refusing to hear the clamor of the Honduran popular resistance and the opnion of the majority of the countries in the world, the Big Boss supported the putschists in order to hold illegal presidential elections, and now Honduras has a new wolf as its president. Continue reading

El Salvador’s Funes moves his chips to the dark side

Torn between two Models – Funes follows Obama

By Diana Barahona – http://dianabarahona.blogspot.com

[Español abajo]

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who was carried to power by the FMLN this past March but quickly jettisoned the party from his government, has obliquely recognized the results of yesterday’s electoral farce in neighboring Honduras.

During his presidential campaign Funes rejected any affinity for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America and instead insisted that his models were Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva and Barack Obama. But those models are bitterly split over Obama’s support for the June 28 coup in Honduras and its subsequent legitimation by sham elections carried out yesterday. The United States followed up on its commitment to recognize the elections no matter what, but Lula has resisted pressure to do the same. Continue reading

Empire’s blogger

The Empire’s Blogger

By Stella Calloni for CubaDebateEspañol: La “bloguera” del imperio

Translated and edited by Machetera

During the most recent years and now too, like a cursed inheritance, the White House image has begun to deteriorate further – if such a thing were possible – around the world; as it resorts to the use of crude and unsustainable people in brutal coups d’etat such as that of the putschist Roberto Micheletti in Honduras, and employing other people in the same way, for deadly or silly operettas directed toward the same end, masked as “humanitarian” actions.

Although on the one hand, it played at fake “negotiations” in order to gain time in Honduras, a country occupied by the U.S. military through its bases and troops, when it comes to actions against Cuba or Venezuela and other countries, the U.S. has used such discredited people that its strategy ends up boomeranging.

Washington’s over-acting is evident when it comes to Cuba, through the support that President Barack Obama gave to Yoani Sánchez, a woman whose name was until now absolutely unknown, and who acts just like those who seek quick money and recognition by helping the CIA in its work to destroy the Cuban revolution no matter what. Continue reading

The imperial mandate arrives in Honduras

249458920_f2f7b25791Honduras: An Improbable Solution

By Atilio A. Boron
English translation: Machetera

Has the political crisis in Honduras been resolved?  Although a window of opportunity has opened, every indicator suggests that there is not a lot of room for optimism.  It’s worth recalling what we said here before when the coup d’etat took place: that Micheletti would only remain in power as long as he could count on the support, whether active or passive, of Washington.  It took four months for the White House to understand the high cost that a coup regime would exact in the region.  Beset by the various problems which he faces in his foreign policy, above all, by the rapid deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the miring of his troops in Iraq, Obama wrested the steering wheel from his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the main architect of support for the putschists, and sent Thomas Shannon to Tegucigalpa with the task of restoring order in the tumultuous back yard.  Shortly afterward, Micheletti shelved his bravado and meekly accepted what had previously been unacceptable.  Of course, Shannon had just laid down the imperial mandate.  Continue reading

Silence as a cowardly means of intervention

article-1102951-02E9C2BB000005DC-843_468x824How Many Deaths Does Obama Need in Honduras? – Español

By Atilio A. Boron

Translation: Machetera

Last Friday the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) issued a report blaming the de facto president of that country and putschist leader, Roberto Micheletti, for the more than 101 extrajudicial murders and summary executions perpetrated from June 28th to the current date.  The CODEH was created on May 11, 1981, by a group of Honduran citizens concerned by the serious human rights violations that were taking place in that country when Ronald Reagan decided to make it a platform from which the White House could launch its offensive against the Sandinista revolution which had just triumphed in Nicaragua, and the Frente Farabundo Martí (FMLN) in El Salvador, which was gradually winning the struggle against the Salvadoran army and its U.S. “advisors.”  As will be recalled, Reagan put John Negroponte at the head of that operation, a man devoid of moral scruples who did not hesitate to organize death squads and involve himself in the arms and drugs trafficking of the Iran-Contra operation directed by Colonel Oliver North.  CODEH’s firm struggle and its uncompromising defense of human rights did not please the Honduran government which only granted this organization official legal status thirteen years after its creation, in November of 1994. Continue reading

The boundless hypocrisy of the Inter-American Press Association

nx_006MayorsFacesThe Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) Feigns Unawareness That Its Own Members Were Behind the Honduran CoupEspañol

By Jean-Guy Allard

Translation: Machetera

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) that bemoans the “limitations” on press freedom suffered by media opposed to the coup d’etat, avoids recalling that two of the main conspirators behind the coup which led to the expulsion of President Zelaya from Honduras are also its main (and practically only) Honduran members.

Associated for decades with the CIA and located in Miami, USA, the IAPA has issued “denunciations” of the electricity cutoffs to Channel 36 and Radio Globo, through which they are trying to give themselves a legitimate image.

The IAPA criticizes the climate of “instability and restrictions surrounding the press” in Honduras “in recent months,” which in some cases, it notes, has led to “self-censorship.”

Just as hypocritically as the other press organization corresponding to North American intelligence, Reporters Without Borders, which attributes a new “wave of censorship” to President Zelaya’s return, the IAPA acts as though it is completely unaware that its own members are those who fostered the Micheletti regime.

Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé, the former president of Honduras (1998-2001) and the owner of the La Tribuna newspaper, and Jorge Canahuati Larach, the billionaire owner of the La Prensa and El Heraldo newspapers are among the conspirators who brought about the coup.

For those who may be unaware, the IAPA which aims to represent press freedom in America is nothing more than the cartel made up of the largest proprietors of communications media on the continent.  Created in New York in 1950 through a U.S. intelligence operation, it was a pirate takeover of the legitimate pan-American organization created in Havana in 1943.

The IAPA is so closely linked to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that its headquarters in Miami is named after its founder, Jules Dubois, a CIA agent and former U.S. military intelligence colonel who died miserably in a Bogota hotel in 1966, under hazy circumstances.

Over the years, this association of press magnates intervened in UNESCO in order to defend the control of information by private business, participated in the dirty propaganda war against the democratic government of Salvador Allende, and kept quite silent during the coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.  In the meantime, it has never missed an opportunity to attack Cuba.

A real network of magnates from the corporate press, the IAPA manipulates information far and wide across the continent, in parallel with its radio and television stations which pursue the same destabilizing objectives.  Through the servile collaboration of its providers, the press agencies, the IAPA continually expands its attacks against Latin American leaders which are then taken up by its media affiliates.

In Honduras, the television, radio, cable and Internet circuits are entirely in the hands of very few individuals: Rafael Ferrari, Miguel Andonie Fernández, Rodolfo Irías Navas – all of them, primary “shareholders” in the Micheletti coup.

These millionaire communication media barons are such business professionals that some, such as Rafael Ferrari, also have their tentacles in U.S. chain franchises such as Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts and Pizza Hut.

Instead of dedicating itself to stopping cold the fascist impulses of its associates Flores Facussé and Canahuati Larach, the IAPA went so far as to organize a “meeting” in Caracas with the reactionary Venezuelan press, under the pretense of “discussing the situation of freedom of expression,” but really to attack President Hugo Chávez all over again.  The IAPA and Venezuelan Press Group held their meeting last Thursday and Friday in Caracas, in order to discuss the situation of freedom of expression throughout the continent.

The adjunct Secretary General of the Latin American Federation of Journalists (Felap), Nelson del Castillo, denounced this IAPA maneuver, pointing out that this mafia organization “has fathered the derailment of democratic processes, in the name of certain liberties, when the only intention is to violate the rights of the people and keep them in the most backward political, economic and social [state].”

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