Monday, July 13, 2009


Things are getting worse each day inside Honduras. Over the weekend, two well-known social leaders were assassinated by the coup forces. Roger Bados leader of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup d'etat, was killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula. Approximately at 8pm on Saturday evening, Bados was assassinated and killed immediately by three gun shots. Bados was also a member of the leftist party, Democratic Unity (Unificación Democrática) and was president of a union representing workers in a cement factory. His death was denounced as part of the ambience and repressive actions taken by the coup government to silence all disent.

Ramon Garcia, another social leader in Honduras, was also killed on Saturday evening by military forces who boarded a bus he was riding in Santa Barbara and forced him off, subsequently shooting him and wounding his sister. Juan Barahona, National Coordinator of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup, stated that these actions are committed by the coup government "as the only way to maintain themselves in power, by terrorizing and killing the people."

Despite statements made by representatives of the coup government, the national curfew remains in place. Different social organizers from Honduras have been denouncing the curfew is still in effect and that the coup government is lying about lifting it, so as to seem less repressive to the international community.

However, over the weekend, foreign journalists from Telesur, Venezolana de Televisión (VTV - Venezuelan State TV) and EFE, were detained by military forces and expelled from Honduras. The Venezuelan journalists returned last night to Venezuela, while Telesur is still trying to find a way to maintain its correspondents on the ground. For now, they are all in Nicaragua after being forcibly expelled from the country. This means few, if any, international media are left in Honduras covering the reality on the ground, of a coup d'etat now 15 days in the making.

Honduran media, which supports the coup, reported on the journalists' detention stating that the police arrested and deported them due to "car theft". The massive censorship inside Honduras by the media and coup government is already taking an extraordinary toll on the people of Honduras who each day are finding it more difficult to resist.

Meanwhile, the coup government has hired top notch democrat lobbyists in Washington to make their case before Congress and the White House and convince the US people to recognize them as a legitimate government. The New York Times has confirmed that Clinton lobbyist Lanny Davis, former Special Counsel for President Bill Clinton from 1996-1998, and close advisor to Hillary's campaign for president last year, has been hired by the Latin American Business Council - an ultraconservative group of Latin American businesses - to represent the coup leaders in the U.S. Davis arranged a series of meetings with congress last week, including a hearing before the House Foreign Relations Committee, where he testified in favor of the coup government alongside Iran-Contra propaganda man Otto Reich, as well as several private meetings in the State Department and interviews with U.S. media. Another lobbyist, Bennett Ratcliff of San Diego, another close friend and advisor of the Clinton's, was also hired by the coup government in Honduras to advise them on the negotiations taking place in Costa Rica.

Ratcliff actually accompanied the coup representatives and dictator Roberto Micheletti himself, to Costa Rica, presenting the "conditions" of a negotiated return for President Zelaya to Honduras.

So what's up with the Clinton advisors and lobbyists hanging out with the coupsters? Obviously, it's a clear indication of Washington's support for the coup regime in Honduras, despite the rhetoric we heard last week "condemning the coup" and blah, blah, blah. The real actions show just the opposite: clear, undivided support for Micheletti and a definite rejection of President Zelaya's return to the presidency in Honduras.

Ratcliff's conditions for the negotiation - approved by Secretary of State Clinton in Washington - included the following five main terms:

1. Zelaya can return to the presidency, but not to power. The presidency and the exercise of power are two different things.
2. Zelaya must not pursue any plans to reform the Constitution or promote polls or referendums that give voice to the people.
3. Zelaya must distance himself substantially from President Chávez. "This is essential", they said.
4. Zelaya must share governance with the Congress and those in the coup regime until the elections in November.
5. Zelaya must give amnesty to all those involved in the coup.

Well, there you have it! Obama's first coup and Hillary's first use of "smart power" to achieve the ouster of a left-leaning president that was further opening the doors of Central America to Latin American integration and sovereignty. There is no doubt that this coup has been executed to cease the expansion of socialism and Latin American independence in the region.


Roger Milbrandt said...


I think your analysis of Washington’s intentions is impeccable and I should note that your current position is entirely consistent with what you have been saying from the outset.

Whether they will be able to realize their intentions is not, thankfully, obvious. I doubt they realized how determined Honduran opposition to the coup would be nor, correspondingly, how fierce a repression would be needed to preserve an appearance of normalcy. They must also be worried that Zelaya will play the exotic wild card he still has in his hand: his own physical return which, if well timed, could have enormous, incalculable consequences. It is also possible that US public opinion could be a factor and that as the truth about Micheletti’s repressiveness leaks out support for the coup leaders could evaporate.

Please keep up your marvelous work.

NuestraAmericaNews said...

If the coup gov't wants to hold elections members of ALBA should attack. They should send in war planes and prevent any "election" to take place. For some particular reason the United States wants to stall and give some sort of legitamacy to the coup gov't. Whatever happens that election process must not take place. They most be disrupted and there must be a huge protest lead towards the military bases of the U.S in honduras. Zelaya needs to mobilize people to the U.S. base and demand that the U.S. leave Honduras soil. That will pressure the United States and prevent further legitamacy with the coup gov't. All Aids needs to be stopped President Barack Obama has suggested to continue providing Aid for HIV and other issues on the continent. But Zelaya must demand that all Aid be restricted becuase the Coup might use the funds to continue its buisness as usual. Zeyala must also demand an investigation by interpole on the death of the two recent victims in honduras. He must also demand that America news coverage show the protest and the constant demand of the people to re-instate Zeyala.

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drjasonsmith said...

Dear Eva: (1) Let me suggest that Honduras may be a good place for an international brigade to send a special force to restore constitutional order. In fact, had that Brigade a Special Action Section a hundred men could have flown into Tegucigalpa within hours of the coup's initiation and suppressed the golpistas immediately. Now it could take a little longer because they have presumably used their de facto control of state power to reinforce their positions. But they can't have achieved much because they have no meaningful mass support. If I were thirty or forty years younger I would already have created such a special section.
(2) As to the problem of ulta-leftism and anarchism it is a problem to which I have devoted forty years of my life and my conclusions are listed up front in the Preface of the book FUNDAMENTALS OF HISTORICAL MATERIALISM;BOLSHEVISM 2009 (which is the 5th ed. of this book and is free and downloadable) at
(3) Comrades in Nepal have been asking for my advice on the problems they confront because of that book and they are in power (more or less) as have comrades in countries where we are still illegal or at least out of power, so it might be worth it for your readers to take a few minutes to peruse that book which can be found at our new website under the button RECENT ARCHIVES.
(4) I bought your book The Chavez Code two years ago and was quite impressed. I started my career many years ago in the US Army Intelligence Service and I can testify that you are one of those writers who knows what she is talking about. Perhaps we can get more of our countrymen and countrywomen to read it and your column here (and your readers are obviously not suffering from the gringo curse of failure to read.) Congratulations on your work and don't worry this little skirmish in Honduras will end well and if this is the best the gringo's can do after two years of small unit trouble making activity in Peru, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia then they have already failed I can assure you.
Best wishes,
Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.
[email protected]
310 266-9380

Anonymous said...

Hi Jason: you are real smart. Do you have a website? I don't have the book "The Chavez Code" but I would like to but it later on. And keep posting in this blogger.


CC said...

I'd like to thank you for your great work. It definitely helps me to understand what is going on in Honduras. I translated the second part of your article to Japanese and posted in my blog ( Hope you don't mind.