Honduran dictators arrest feminist, many others

Alba Leticia Ochoa CamachoThe Honduran dictators are continuing with their brutal oppression of the people.

Among the latest people arrested is Honduran feminist activist Alba Leticia Ochoa Camacho. See also here. And here.

Honduras Crisis Update: Supporters of Deposed President Zelaya Urge Restoration: here. And here. And here.

World Leaders Say Today’s Subjugation of Women and Girls Worse Than Slave Trade: here.

USA: TomDispatch: Barbara Ehrenreich on a recent study about the supposed declining happiness of US women and responses blaming feminism: here.

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  1. Aide: Zelaya plane stopped at base with US troops

    16-8-2009 2:35 – Associated Press

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras_A top official in Honduras’ ousted government claims there was U.S. involvement in the coup that deposed Manuel Zelaya, saying the plane that flew him into exile stopped at an airfield manned by hundreds of American troops.

    Patricia Valle, who served as Zelaya’s deputy foreign minister, says the Honduran military aircraft took off from the capital’s Toncontin airport, then landed to take on fuel at the Soto Cano base before heading to Costa Rica. She says Zelaya stayed on the plane during the stop.

    Soto Cano, also known as Palmerola, is a Honduran military base that is home to at least 500 U.S. troops engaged in counter-narcotics operations and other missions in Central America.

    Valle charged Saturday that the stop at Palmerola showed U.S. officials at some level were complicit in the June 28 coup, although she gave no evidence that American personnel at the base interacted with the Honduran military officials on the plane or that they even knew Zelaya was there.

    “Zelaya was taken to Palmerola,” Valle told The Associated Press. “The United States was involved in the coup against Zelaya.”

    She didn’t offer any proof for that assertion and stressed that she didn’t believe the highest levels of the Obama administration were involved.

    Valle made the allegation in response to a question about a report in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo saying Zelaya spoke about stopping at the base during a meeting with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday.

    U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Shantel Dalton said she had no information about Valle’s claim and could not comment. Joint Task Force-Bravo, the military unit that operates at the base, and the U.S. Southern Command did not return calls.

    Palmerola was used by the United States during the Central American civil wars of the 1980s. U.S. Air Force personnel are responsible for maintaining the airfield and share air traffic control duties with Honduran authorities, according to the Joint Task Force-Bravo Web site.

    Zelaya has increasingly voiced his frustration with the U.S. government for failing to impose tougher penalties on the coup-installed government.

    Washington has suspended millions of dollars in military and development aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. But it has stopped short of imposing trade sanctions that could cripple the Honduran economy, which is highly dependent on exports to the United States.


  2. Honduras sets deadline for Argentine diplomats

    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    TEGUCIGALPA — The military-backed regime in Honduras has given Argentine diplomats until Friday to leave the country, the latest escalation in a tit-for-tat political dispute between the two nations.

    The Honduran foreign ministry on Wednesday said it had ordered Argentina’s diplomats gone by Friday, despite Buenos Aires’s warning that it had no intention of removing its representatives.

    The move was “in strict reciprocity” with Argentina’s decision to expel Honduran envoys in Buenos Aires, the Foreign Ministry said.

    Honduras on Tuesday broke off diplomatic ties with Argentina, which is pushing hard for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya’s return.

    Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana — part of a delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) due to travel shortly to Honduras — earlier told AFP other countries should do more to help resolve the political crisis in the impoverished Central American country.

    On Wednesday the government of interim leader Roberto Micheletti, which took power in a June 28 coup, also issued a renewed rejection of plans to return Zelaya to power, part of proposals set out by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

    “The unconditional return of Don Manuel Zelaya to the presidency of the republic … is non-negotiable,” the head of Micheletti’s cabinet of ministers, Rafael Pineda Ponce, told local media.


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