Jan 14

Review of the Book "Wealth For All" (Riqueza Para Todos)

Carlos Sabillón has the solution to end poverty in Honduras in just four years, as he claims in his book “Wealth for All” (“Riqueza Para Todos”).

This economist says that the key to national wealth is to obtain fast rates of economic growth that would wipe unemployment and poverty in record time through a simple management of macroeconomic policy .

Carlos Sabillón has dedicated his life to a quest for the formula that would take Honduras out of poverty, and having collected several college degrees and doctorates, and learning several languages, all with the goal of solving this pressing problem, he believes he has now been able to find the formula for economic growth.

Sabillón calls his doctrine “manufacturism” because, according to his study of world economic history, all developed countries have in common the manufacturing sector as engine of development.

Sabillón debunks and discredits the mainstream academic economic theories on development, both of left and right leanings, and refutes with statistics the clichés of economic policy usually applied in Honduras and Latin America, and demonstrates convincingly that only fast economic growth is the answer to the problems of unemployment, health, education and crime.

Sabillón believes that the only ones to be blamed for the poverty of Honduras are the politicians who have ruled the country, which have been corrupt and ignorant in economic matters. He rejects the idea that Hondurans have a cultural inclination towards laziness, or that being a small country dooms the nation to eternal underdevelopment. Sabillón is fond of quoting the examples of countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, Singapore and Qatar, which are smaller than Honduras, but have achieved impressive rates of economic growth.

In his opinion, what Honduras needs is a wise and honest leader who would guide it towards development.

Many of the problems of Honduras can be solved with economic growth, so this issue should be of general interest, however, many Hondurans adopt a pessimistic attitude about the future of their country, thinking that economic issues are very complicated, and that there is no hope for the country; that is why Sabillón appeals in his book to the interests of various sectors, even of those who are not interested in economic issues.

He argues that economic growth can reduce crime and increase the space and time for recreation, allowing more opportunities to find a romantic partner. For those who live the passion for soccer, the national sport, Sabillón says that economic growth would allow Honduras to host the FIFA World Cup, and even become a soccer super power. For those who care about human rights and the rights of women, Sabillón argues with figures, showing that human rights are more respected in countries with higher economic growth.

Sabillón has great faith in the ability of science to solve human problems, without falling into the trap of atheism, as do many others inclined to science. His inclination was always been toward the social sciences, although he is wary of the economic theories accepted in mainstream academic circles.

His focus on economic growth as the solution to social problems could give the impression of a crude economicism, but in fact he is quite the opposite. He does not believe that each person should seek only his own good, and that as a result the market system would magically produce an optimal level of social welfare. His own life bears witness of selfless service to humanity. He does not believe that money is the most important thing in life, but to serve others; and is science, not money, the thing that has improved the standards of living of Humankind.

This book consist of a series of articles independent of each other, all with the common theme of economic development focused on Honduras. At the end of the book he tells the story of his life, recounting his heroic quest for the solution to poverty through economic science.

My Criticism

I sympathize with Sabillón’s criticism towards the academic establishment of Economics, but I think that his book does not explain his doctrine of “manufacturism”, not even in an sketchy way. He keeps repeating that the manufacturing sector is the key to development, but does not explain what government policies should be applied to stimulate the manufacture, producing those amazing growth rates of 30% annually, that he promises.

His articles stimulate the curiosity and desire to learn more about the doctrine of manufacturism, but that curiosity is never fully satisfied. Nor any references can be found to a further development of the theory, although Sabillón says he has discussed his ideas with many experts in the field of economic growth, and has defeated them intellectually.

Throughout the book one can understand that Sabillón believes he is the best person to lead Honduras towards prosperity, because only he has the knowledge to produce economic growth at an accelerated rate, and only he has dedicated his life to seek the solution to the problems of Honduras. This statement may sound disturbing, for its lack of modesty, but that should be no reason to discard it. Sabillón tried to run for an independent presidential candidacy in Honduras, but failed for some reason.

Some parts of his biographical recount seem hard to believe, like when he says that after completing his studies in Economics he was offered a job that was about visiting luxury hotels.

In general, Sabillón seems to show a tendency towards narcissism, i.e., he seems to hold an exaggerated conception of his own importance, but it is easy to see that if his claims are true the implications are enormous.

The theory that the manufacturing sector is the most important seems to suggest that the government should concentrate the social investment in this sector at the expense of other areas such as health and education. This notion would surely be rejected by people on the Left. Also a government incursion as an entrepreneur in the field of manufacture may be rejected by right-wing sectors.

Jun 09

It was a Coup indeed, I take it back

I admit now that I was wrong, and that what happened on June 28, 2009 in Honduras was a coup d’Etat.

In this blog I have defended the thesis that in June 28, 2009 there was a constitutional succession in Honduras, and that Roberto Micheletti was a legitimate President. Although I initially said it was a coup, then I backed down, but I always kept expressing my doubts.

This is an issue that has been spinning round in my head, and I realize that my utter contempt for the figure of Zelaya led me to support a de facto regime in my country.

This is an issue I had in the back of my mind, but the new revelations of Wikileaks have made me see the Honduran crisis in a new perspective.

I do not know how reliable Wikileaks is, I argue that we should not believe something just because a cable published by Wikileaks says it, but the alleged reports of Ambassador Hugo Llorens make much sense to me.

It seems that there was no arrest warrant against Zelaya, the warrant was fabricated after the fact by the coup makers. The military simply decided to oust Zelaya and abort the referendum that was to take place that day. They had no authority to do so. It was a clear act of abuse of authority.

This argument of “necessity” of the military collapses, according to which they justified the expulsion of Zelaya under the guise of saving lives. How are lives going to be saved through a coup? It’s absurd.

The Zelaya’s resignation letter was an obvious forgery, a clumsy move of the coup makers. Congress was not authorized to remove a president, despite the twisted interpretation of a legal report of the US Library of Congress.

Article 239 of the Constitution has been used repeatedly to justify the coup. It was said that Zelaya was promoting the presidential reelection, so he was automatically dismissed from the presidency, so that when the military kidnapped Zelaya he was no longer president.

However, even if this is true, the Constitution also holds the principle of presumption of innocence. Every Honduran has the right to due process, but this right was denied to Zelaya when he was removed from the country. Therefore, Micheletti committed the crime of usurpation of functions and abuse of authority. Roberto Micheletti served as a de facto president, the legitimate president was still Zelaya.

Roberto Micheletti is not a hero who saved the country from falling into the clutches of communism. Roberto Micheletti grossly violated the Constitution while pretending to save it. There is no justification for the coup, none whatsoever.

It was said that Zelaya had planned to dissolve the Congress and the Supreme Court, and to immediately convene a National Constituent Assembly. This was the justification for the coup of Roberto Micheletti. To prove this they cite the decree PCM-020-2009, but that decree refers to the installation of a fourth ballot box in the November 2009 elections, it does not speak of immediately convening a Constituent Assembly. Micheletti therefore lied to justify the coup and probably conspired with the military to execute the coup. There was no imminent threat to justify such a serious crime.

I apologize to my readers for having supported a coup. I am not a follower of Zelaya, and never will be, but I maintain that the perpetrators of the coup and those who supported the coup also owe apologies to the people of Honduras.

Jun 08

Honduras’ Coup is left with no excuse, reveals Wikileaks

There was no arrest warrant for Manuel Zelaya the day of the coup, according to a Wikileaks cable attributed to Ambassador Hugo Llorens.

While there have been claims that the Supreme Court issued a warrant for Zelaya’s arrest, the president of the Supreme Court has told us that this is not true. The only warrant we are aware of is one issued either late on June 25 or early on June 26 by a lower court ordering the seizure of polling material.

If this is true, the arrest warrant against Zelaya was made after the fact to justify the coup d’Etat.

If this statement is true, there would be no justification for the coup. The argument of “necessity” of the military collapses .

They argue they removed Zelaya out of the country in order to save lives, because the other option would be to lock him in jail, which would have caused violent riots and loss of human lives.

But if there is no arrest warrant, Zelaya’s kidnapping is clearly just a case of military abuse, there is nothing to justify it. There’s no doubt that this is a coup.

The same cable refers to the excuse used to justify the coup:

It appears that the Attorney General, the military conspired with Micheletti and other leaders of Congress to remove Zelaya based on their fear that he planned to convene a Constituent Assembly immediately after the June 28 poll. They base their claim that he would have done so on the publication in the legal gazette on June 25 of the decree calling for the poll. Micheletti’s supporters say that publication calls for the convening of the Constituent Assembly. However, this is patently false, the publication simply states: “Are you in agreement that in the general elections of 2009, there be a fourth urn in which the people decide the convocation of a National Constituent Assembly.”

There was no reason to believe that Zelaya was about to dissolve the Congress and the Supreme Court, and to convene a National Constituent Assembly that day. There was no justification for a coup d’Etat.

Could it be possible that Micheletti and his entourage were involved in a coup for misreading a decree?

The coup leaders point to the title of the survey in the decree PCM-020-2009: “Public Opinion Poll Call for a National Constituent Assembly.” This implies, according to them, that the call for a Constituent Assembly would have been performed on the same day. But that title should be interpreted in context: again, the question in the survey refers to a fourth ballot box in the elections of November 2009.

It is inconceivable that Micheletti and his advisers were so stupid to misunderstand this decree in such a clumsy way, and to sincerely believe that this warranted a coup. I suspect Micheletti just wanted an excuse to be a de facto president.

May 31

Fun Facts about Manuel Zelaya

  1. His full name is Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, but in Honduras he is known as “Mel Zelaya.” The name Jose is omitted because it is extremely common.
  2. The father and grandfather of Manuel Zelaya had the same name: Jose Manuel Zelaya.
  3. In Olancho, the grandfather of Manuel Zelaya was known as “Melon”, the father as “Mel” and he himself as “Melito.”
  4. Manuel Zelaya’s father was a rightist that sympathized with military regimes, he lend his ranch for the murder of a group of farmers (Los Horcones’ Massacre). He spent some time in jail and was released following a pardon from the National Constituent Assembly of 1980.
  5. Manuel Zelaya claims to be a rancher, but in fact he and his father were engaged in wood cutting, he was a logger.
  6. Manuel Zelaya says he is from Catacamas, Olancho, but the thruth is he is from Lepaguare, Olancho.
  7. Olancho is a Honduras’ region which some people compare with the American Old West, but which has influence of the Mexican folklore.
  8. Mel’s favorite music are the rancheras, he learned to play guitar in his youth. He has made of his mustache, stetson hat and cowboy boots part of his identity.
  9. Zelaya began to study civil engineering, but soon quit. He never finished college.
  10. Zelaya married a second-degree cousin: Xiomara Castro. It was an arranged marriage. His father in law has a woman’s name: Irene.
  11. Zelaya began his political career as a Liberal Party member, a party with a somewhat conservative tendency. Zelaya was never known as a leftist politician until he was in office.
  12. Zelaya, as Liberal Party representative in the 80’s, objected to the continuist intents of President Roberto Suazo Cordova, and expressed solidarity with the drug trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros when he was illegally expelled from the country.
  13. Zelaya failed in his first attempt to get the Liberal Party’s presidential nomination. The internal movement which he presided was known as Movimiento de Esperanza Liberal (Liberal Hope Movement: MEL).
  14. Mel told La Tribuna newspaper that he would like to reincarnate in a foal from Olancho.
  15. Zelaya, being president, went to town fairs, and paraded on his horse, which he named “Coffee”.
  16. Zelaya is fond of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
  17. Micheletti Relation: Before beginning his administration he lobbied to get his friend Roberto Micheletti as president of the Congress (Speaker of the House). Micheletti was the one who put the presidential sash on Mel on the inauguration ceremony. Zelaya also supported Micheletti in his intent to win the presidential nomination for the Liberal Party.
  18. Zelaya appeared on CNN en Español eating melon in his attempt to deny phytosanitary problems.
  19. Being President, Zelaya appointed himself as manager of the National Electricity Company for a short time.
  20. Zelaya had under military leadership the National Electricity Company for a short time.
  21. Zelaya was known for his outlandish behavior during his administration: he sang with his guitar at political meetings, he dedicated songs to his critics, he summoned cabinet meetings late at night, he flew on a F5 plane for fun, he sang with the Tigres del Norte, and nearly drown when he dived in his wetsuit into the sea.
  22. Hugo Chavez baptized Zelaya as “cowboy commander” in the ALBA signing ceremony in Tegucigalpa.
  23. Zelaya ordered to look after a donkey in the presidential palace to later gave it to an Indian chief. He named the donkey as “Palmerolo”, in reference to the Palmerola airport in Comayagua.
  24. Zelaya ordered the military to build the new Palmerola airport .
  25. Zelaya forgot the Lord’s Prayer while praying in public for a kidnapped journalist.
  26. The media said Zelaya was taken out in pajamas in the coup, but in the videos he can be seen wearing a white t-shirt with a V-shaped neck upon a gray t-shirt. The military said he went out with his normal clothing.
  27. Before the coup, in the frequent national chains of radio and TV, Zelaya gave the impression of being high.
  28. During the coup, it was said that Zelaya had signed a letter resigning from the presidency for mental health problems. Zelaya denied he ever resigned.
  29. Zelaya told Obama that if he was willing, he could make him return to the presidency in five minutes. Obama replied that “he could not push a button to reinstate Zelaya.”
  30. After the coup they discovered statues of Zelaya that he himself asked to be made.
  31. At a meeting of the UN Mel referred to the prime minister of Spain as “Felipe Rodriguez Zapatero”, when his real name is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
  32. On a visit to Mexico, Zelaya hinted that the legitimate president of Mexico was Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, but then he tried to deny it. After being received as head of state, he left Mexico in shame.
  33. A few months after the coup, Zelaya entered undercover in Honduras, taking refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, hoping to start a popular uprising that would reinstate him, but he couldn’t make it, for lack of popular support. The president elected after the coup, Porfirio Lobo, decided to end his confinement through a safe-conduct.
  34. During his confinement in the Brazilian embassy, Zelaya came to imagine that he was attacked with toxic gas, and that Israeli technology was used to torture him psychologically with high frequency vibrations.
  35. In his exile in the Dominican Republic the stay costs were borne by the host government. Zelaya spent his days playing guitar, playing chess and surfing the Internet.
May 29

The return of Manuel Zelaya is positive

Contrary to what was feared, there were no reported acts of vandalism and no clashes with the police.

Manuel Zelaya speech comes with a new, more conciliatory tone. Zelaya recognizes the government of Porfirio Lobo as legitimate, and supports the Honduras’ return to the OAS.

This represents a diametrical change with respect to the previous extremist rhetoric of Zelaya and the so called “resistance.”

I do not understand the hysterical reactions of white shirts, upset by Zelaya’s return.

Zelaya has embraced the Cartagena Agreement, which respects the laws of the State of Honduras.

The downside, in my opinion, are the distinguished foreigners who participated in this political event openly supporting Manuel Zelaya, who no longer represents the State of Honduras. This blatant interference in the internal affairs of Honduras is reprehensible.

May 26

Mel Zelaya is coming, who is afraid of Zelaya?

Mel Zelaya did a lousy administration, but gained international notoriety for being the victim of an alleged coup d’Etat. That is enough to attract a group of followers who hope to receive him as a messiah on Saturday, May 28 in Honduras, while Hondurans that do not sympathize with Zelaya see with displeasure his coming. How can a person that has done so much damage to his country be received with great fanfare?

Mel’s followers may say the “coupsters” are the ones that damaged the country. They forget, conveniently, all the mistakes of Zelaya, and the constant challenges to the Honduran institutions.

It is feared that Zelaya’s reception may become violent. The scenes of vandalism starred by Zelayistas amid the political crisis of 2009 are still fresh in the mind.

But Zelaya is no longer president and he doesn’t pretend to be. The Cartagena Agreement implies a recognition of the legitimacy of the State of Honduras. Zelaya can no longer pretend to storm the presidential palace with a mob carrying him on shoulders. Mel Zelaya has no superpowers to punish the “coupsters”.

But still, people are afraid of Zelaya.

In my opinion, it is good that Mel is coming to Honduras. There is nothing to fear. With his coming the drama of the “coup d’Etat” will lose its hype. A cycle ends, and the myth of the political persecution of Zelaya collapses.

This is what many countries have called for: the return of Mel Zelaya, and now they have it, there are no more excuses to discriminate against Honduras and to continue the attempts to intervene in its internal affairs.

Former President Zelaya will cause some turmoil with his coming, at first, but then he will no longer be a novelty, but will always keep some leadership among his unconditional followers.

May 25

The Chavista Conspiracy against Honduras

According to “whiteys”, Hugo Chavez was responsible for the 2009 political crisis in Honduras.

There are several versions of this theory, but the most radical one claims that Manuel Zelaya received financial support from Hugo Chavez to win the elections of 2.005 through electoral fraud, others say that Manuel Zelaya was diverted to the Chavista left when he signed the accession of Honduras to ALBA.

The modus operandi of the Chavista left is to rise to power through the ballots, and once in power to destroy democracy from within, destroying the separation of the branches of government, creating new political constitutions to enable them to obtain totalitarian powers, establishing unlimited presidential re-elections, allowing them to perpetuate themselves in power through electoral fraud.

This is what Hugo Chavez sought to do in Honduras through Manuel Zelaya, because Manuel Zelaya is nothing more than a lackey of Hugo Chavez.

Zelaya’s administration strongly promoted the idea that it was necessary to change the Constitution in order to solve the problems of Honduras, but it never explained what those changes were.

The initial plan was to hold a referendum or plebiscite to ask people whether they wanted a new constitution. This consultation would take place the day of presidential elections: November 29, 2009.

But Zelaya never received congressional approval for the legal framework that would allow this consultation, so Zelaya decided to break the law, and to legitimize this consultation he arranged for another consultation, which would ask the people if they wanted to be consulted on the issue of whether to create or not a new constitution for Honduras.

This new consultation, totally illegal, was just a smokescreen Zelaya used to save time and hide his true intent, which failed, because everyone in Honduras knew that the real intention of Zelaya was to stay in office forever, although the Constitution of Honduras prohibits presidential reelection.

2.009 was scheduled as an election year in Honduras, and normally the electoral issues capture the attention of the press, but Manuel Zelaya overshadowed the issue of elections with his campaign for the “fourth ballot box” or referendum.

In this campaign a seed of hatred was planted against all of those who opposed the Chavista plans of Zelaya, accusing them of being “tools of the oligarchy,” or at best: “useful idiots.”

It was obvious that Zelaya did not want to have presidential elections, because he didn’t provided enough funds to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, a body responsible for conducting the electoral process, and that’s why he refused to submit the annual national budget, with the objective of embezzling the government’s funds to invest them in the illegal referendum.

Zelaya was informed of the decisions of the Judiciary, which prohibited him from performing such consultation, but he was arrogant and he believed himself to be above the law.

June 28 was the day set for the consultation, which could not be performed because Zelaya was expelled from the country and the electoral material was seized.

The electoral fraud of Zelaya was discovered, that he had prepared an executive decree ordering the immediate convening of a Constituent National Assembly. Zelaya wanted to dissolve the Supreme Court and Congress that day, because they oppose their totalitarian plans for staying in office.

This plan of Zelaya was a real coup, and the removal of Zelaya was made to prevent that coup, but the world could not understand this, because of the disinformation campaign conducted by Hugo Chavez and the international Left.

The Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant against Zelaya, for abuse of authority and treason, among others, but the military responsible for the capture of Zelaya decided that for national security issues it was preferable to oust Zelaya of the country before a mob may try to free him.

To fill the resulting power vacuum, Congress decided to swear in Roberto Micheletti as president of the Republic, to whom belonged this high office as virtue of being the next in the line of command in accordance with the Constitution.

Roberto Micheletti was a legitimate president and not a de facto president, as stated by Honduras’ enemies, because Zelaya had been automatically removed from office under Article 239 of the Constitution, for promoting re-election.

Roberto Micheletti behaved as a true national hero resisting international pressure to resign.

The population endured the Zelayista terrorism financed by Hugo Chavez, so it was necessary to declare several days of curfew, as it was necessary to reduce street violence.

For his part, Zelaya was stubbornly defaming his country, throwing absurd accusations of human rights violations, but later, under U.S. pressure, he decided to sign an agreement with the Micheletti administration, an agreement that he ignored when he realized it didn’t suit him.

But it was too late for Zelaya, because that agreement allowed the recognition of the 2.009 elections by the United States.

The elections were conducted successfully, despite the boycott attempt by Hugo Chavez. But the Chavez conspiracy did not end with the inauguration of a new president in Honduras.

It has been shown that the new president, Porfirio Lobo, bends easily to Zelayista interests, while pretending to be a moderate. President Lobo is part of the Chavista conspiracy against Honduras, which has entered into a new phase.

Problems with this story

The removal of Zelaya gave the impression of a real coup. The reasons against this give the impression of being mere rationalizations.

This conspiracy theory didn’t have an international propaganda diffusion, so it was easy to bury the truth under tons of lies.

“Whiteys” exaggerate when they see the shadow of Hugo Chavez everywhere.

May 23

The Cartagena Agreement is positive

I believe the Cartagena agreement is positive, because it helps to reduce the level of confrontation in Honduras. Although it may seem strange President Chavez’s cooperation with Honduras in order to return to the OAS, after his extremist rhetoric, accusing the government of Lobo of being a continuation of the coup. It is also positive the resumption of diplomatic relations with Nicaragua.

With this agreement President Lobo scores another diplomatic victory, locating himself in the center of the controversy between the factions of “whiteys” and “resistance.”

A sector of the self-called “resistance” interprets the agreement as a political victory, while another sector questions the lack of transparency in the negotiations.

Manuel Zelaya is expected to arrive in Honduras on Saturday 28 May. A massive welcome is being organized from the “resistance.”

The faction of the “whiteys” shows some division too, some see this agreement as an anti-patriotic betrayal, while others see it as an opportunity to lower the profile of Zelaya.

This agreement does not mean the end of tensions. The agreement may be misunderstood by either party, which may create more conflicts. Specifically regarding the alleged legal persecution of the Zelaya’s administration officials.

May 10

The Conspiracy of the Coup d’Etat

The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manuel Zelaya in HondurasBoth those who favored the coup (they call it “constitutional succession”) and those who are against it use different versions of conspiracy theories to explain what happened in Honduras.

While in other parts of the world conspiracy theories suffer from a bad reputation, they are necessary in Honduras.

And of course, internationally, the most acceptable conspiracy theory is that of the coup d’Etat.

And this being so, one wonders, if conspiracy theories have such a bad press, why in the case of Honduras they are acceptable?

In my opinion, this happens because of the bad image Honduras has internationally. A lot of people find it hard to believe that the U.S. government, for example, may conspire against his own people, but it is easier to think that a small country with a bad reputation, like Honduras, can.

The conspiracy theory of the coup d’Etat

According to the group that claims Honduras had a military coup, known as the “resistance”, Manuel Zelaya was the greatest president Honduras ever had,  the one who had the courage, like no other, to confront the the powers that be.  Proof of this was the disproportionate increase in the minimum wage and the proposed “fourth ballot box”, through which he was to inaugurate the popular sovereignty and participatory democracy. His affiliation with the progressive governments of Latin America that have joined the ALBA offered no doubt about his good intentions.

That’s why the Honduran oligarchy was frightened, because it saw the power slipping out of it hands, so they decided to conspire for a coup d’Etat, with the secret U.S. approval.  In fact, the U.S.  took the initiative in the coup, as the Honduran oligarchy is too servile to even think of a coup without the approval of Uncle Sam.

The conspirators were a group of businessmen of Arab descent who have taken the country through economic power, exploiting the natives and their natural resources. This group of Arab businessmen used the military to give a military coup with some semblance of civilian rule.  Roberto Micheletti appeared as a de facto civilian president, but in reality he was only a puppet in the hands of the military.

The military took control of Congress and the Supreme Court.

Upon learning of the coup, the people went immediately to the streets protesting against the savage military coup, repudiating dictator Micheletti, so the de facto regime responded with torture, killings and disappearances.

The dead, tortured and desaparecidos are counted by the thousands, it’s a real slaughter, but you wouldn’t have known this by the Honduran media because they were all controlled by the coupsters. All anti-coup media was shut down. The international news channels like CNN were censored.

The oligarchy organized rallies of government and private business employees supporting the coup to give the impression that it had popular support, but they failed to convince anyone.

The U.S. publicly denounced the coup but it secretly continued funding it.

With the help of the United States fraudulent elections were held which were attended by less than 5% of the population, and yet the United States recognized the elections as valid.

The elections were intended to wash the face of the coup, but the sad reality is that the military remains in power through savage repression and brutality, but this is hidden from international public opinion through the disinformation campaign  of the U.S. imperialism.

The Honduran people continue to believe that Mel Zelaya is their messiah, and he soon will come to free his people from he chains of the oligarchy.

But the reality is that…

It’s not true that Mel Zelaya did an excellent job as president in favor of the poor. Zelaya was characterized by his chaotic administration, he squandered the money of the debt cancellation.  Zelaya was not removed from office for being pro-poor, but for trying to jump the fence of the political game’s rules.

There is no evidence of conspiracy for a coup d’Etat. The expulsion of Mel Zelaya of the country was apparently an unexpected event.  Micheletti took office because he was the next in the line of command under the Constitution.  There is no evidence that the military exercised the power.  Micheletti led a civilian government.  The Congress and the Supreme Court continued with the same officials who served during Zelaya’s term.

The groups that supported Zelaya were a minority. Reports of human rights abuses were politically manipulated in order to damage Honduras’ image. The pro-Zelaya media continued to operate in the midst of crisis, defaming and inciting people to violence.

The elections were a success, and have been the basis for international recognition of the Honduras government. There is no evidence of U.S. participation in Zelaya’s overthrown, rather, on the contrary, it pressed for the return of Zelaya to power and continues to regard what happened on June 28, 2009 as a coup.

May 09

Mel Zelaya, annulment of charges

“They bent the arm of the Supreme Court,  which was forced to annul  the the charges against Zelaya so that Honduras may return to the OAS. “

That’s what the anti -Zelaya media media says,  but there is no evidence of this.

Whiteys complained that Zelaya had no respect for the law and that the rule of law had to be rescued.

However, the annulment of the charges against Zelaya was made following the legal principles and legal formalities.  Therefore,  it must be respected, even when they don’t like it.  Justice can not expect to please everyone.

They forget that the removal of Zelaya was illegal.  Every citizen is entitled to due process, and not to be forced out of the country.  When this right is violated, legal consequences may come, as the annulment of charges.

But Zelaya followers are mistaken if they believe this will end all legal actions against Zelaya.  The Public Ministry has decided not to appeal the decision of the Court , but that does not mean they can not  initiate a new prosecution against him.

The annulment of charges does not amount to admit that Zelaya is innocent of the charges against him,  let alone admitting that there was a coup d’Etat on June 28, 2009.

Zelaya himself has said that  “the  persecution against him still continues”,  that his “constitutional rights” are still not guaranteed  That is, he intends to enjoy total impunity as a condition to return to Honduras.