This blog describes some ideas that seem to be different from the current train of political thought. I will try to bring up somewhat unique and innovative ideas regarding political systems and policies in the US. I hope those who comment also bring in such ideas.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Honduras standing firm against Zelaya and Chavez

From Stephen A Kusmer in the South Bend Tribune:

The people of Honduras have accomplished something truly beautiful. It is no trivial feat that this developing nation, highly susceptible to the pressures of corrupt authority and false promises, and faced with opposition from everyone from Chávez to Obama, was able to unite to avoid joining the ranks of Venezuela and Cuba.
More praise for the job of Jim DeMint, this time from the Kansas City Star:

In August, a report by the nonpartisan Library of Congress concurred with DeMint, saying that Zelaya's ouster was legal, though it said Honduran soldiers had overstepped the law in secreting him out of the country.
Columbia has sent their ambassador back to Honduras. Now Panama says that it will recognize the elections.

(President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama) also urged the international community to support the elections and the eventual winner of the presidential contest, saying, "The best way to come out of the [political] crisis is to hold the election in peace and to have them recognized internationally."
Ulf Erlingsson reports on the likely uptick in tourism after the elections, certainly good news for those of us with family trying to make ends meet in Honduras.

Hurricane Ida passed over Nicaragua and up towards the US, bringing rain over Honduras for many days in the process. But just as sunshine comes after rain, so will a new day of proseperity dawn over Honduras after this year’s extraordinary political crisis.

The Newsweek blog mentions how Brazil and other Zelaya supporters have lost face.

by allowing Zelaya to use his diplomatic shield to broadcast radio messages from the embassy, Brazil ended up looking like a biased broker
Also in the news is renewed funding for Honduras from many sources, such as the IDB. However, if Honduras is to develop a vibrant economy, it needs an end to corruption more than handouts, and booting Mel is one step toward that goal.

The new openness toward the Micheletti government is also evident in recent statements from the European Union, the government of Spain, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and other international organizations that had suspended assistance programs.
Also check out the following from blogs I follow.

La Gringa
Public Secrets
My Roatan

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