Outrage for Zelayista feast at American Embassy

Manuel Zelaya was overthrown for seeking to repeal the Constitution, change the form of government and perpetuate himself in office.

Héctor Zelaya talking at the U.S. Embassy

Héctor Zelaya Castro, son of former president, celebrated another year of U.S. independence.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The presence of several former ministers, and even Hector Zelaya Castro, son of Manuel Zelaya, came like a complete shock upon the members of the so called Resistance Front.

In debates through e-mail networks, the resistance members consider outrageous that while Zelaya denounced that the U.S. planned and executed the “coup”, officials of his administration close to him, and even his son, went to talk with U.S. officials and Honduran businessmen.

At the party of Friday July 2 in honor of the 234 anniversary of independence, were present the Zelayistas Raul Valladares, Aristides Mejia, Milton Jiménez, Edmundo Orellana, Rodil Rivera, Marlon Brevé and Carlos Aguilar.

During the Zelaya administration these figures supported the illegal project of the fourth ballot box (cuarta urna), which was intended to repeal the current political constitution and change the form of government. Héctor Zelaya was smiling, holding hands with his wife.

Source: El Heraldo.

President of Honduras criticizes the Catholic Church

President Porfirio Lobo

Bishop Andino admitted that he was not invited to the celebration of the 234 years of independence of the United States, where political figures related to former President Manuel Zelaya Rosales were indeed invited.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa criticized the Catholic Church for asking impartiality from the Truth Commission in order to achieve its goal of national reconciliation.

Lobo referred to the words of Archbishop Darwin Andino in his Sunday homily, when the later said that the reconciliation must be based on justice and truth, not lies.

The president replied that “I think the most important is for each one to ask himself, as President Kennedy said at the time, do not ask what your country can do for you, ask yourself what are you doing for your country.”

Lobo made the remarks in the context of an event for children held at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Unitec).

The Truth Commission was formed by the government of Honduras to clarify the events that happened before, during and after the events of June 28, 2009.

Members of the committee shall submit a report and the only thing that Catholic Church is asking is for it to be fair and objective.

On Monday, the Catholic leader also referred to the impunity enjoyed by some protagonists of the political crisis in Honduras.

Bishop Andino admitted that he was not invited to the celebration of the 234 years of independence of the United States, where political figures related to former President Manuel Zelaya Rosales were indeed invited.

Source: El Heraldo

The House of Justice

By Roberto Sosa

I entered
into the House of Justice
of my country
and found it to be
a temple
of snake charmers.

Within it
one is like expecting
someone who
does not exist.

Fearsome
lawyers
perfect the day and its blue bite.

Dark judges
speak of purity
with words
that have acquired
the brightness
of a knife. The victims —in contained space—
measure the terror in one fell swoop.

And all is
consummated
under that feeling of tenderness that money produces.

See the original Spanish-language poem: La Casa de la Justicia. The music is by Karla Lara.

Frequent Power Outages in Danli

In Danli we are used to have power cuts on Saturday morning from 8 am to 4 pm. Sometimes they make it every other Saturday.

But now we have to endure more frequent and unexpected power outages, mostly in the afternoon and evening.

The National Company of Electric Energy (ENEE) has not deigned to explain these power outages, and local media do not seem interested in reporting this.

ENEE is also not responsible for appliances damaged by frequent power fluctuations, nor for the losses of local economy.

In Honduras the business of electrical energy is monopolized by the State, and as expected the State has not been a good manager, so much that even with its monopoly, ENEE is now having financial hardships.

One year since the supposed coup d’Etat

Everyone has heard of the crisis in Honduras since 2009 June 28, the day President Zelaya was expelled from the country. But the world did not know the origin of the crisis caused by Zelaya’s attempt to impose a National Constituent Assembly in order to draft a new political constitution which would have allow him to stay in office. In order to justify the change of constitution he called an election tainted by legal flaws.

June 28 was the day the consultation would take place, and the military intelligence received information of Zelaya’s dire intentions, his plan to dissolve Congress and the Supreme Court in the same day.

The Supreme Court issued the arrest warrant and the military executed part of that warrant, but the surprise was that instead of sending him to the competent judicial authority they led him by force to Costa Rica.

This was enough for the so-called “international community” to vigorously denounce a coup d’Etat in Honduras, and a military takeover of power.

Even when the legal basis for the expulsion of Zelaya was explained, as well as the state of necessity forced by the need to save lives and protect the constitutional order, the international opinion stubbornly described what happened as a coup d’Etat.

But in a real coup Congress and Supreme Court are dissolved and the military rules by means of decree-laws. That is not what happened in Honduras, instead a civilian government from the same political party of Zelaya seized the management of the Honduran State, ending the electoral process that had begun in 2008 under the tutelage of Zelaya’s administration.

The constitutional order was not broken in June 28, 2009, but there was a substitution of the executive branch, and even some of Zelaya’s ministers continued in office in the Micheletti administration. The State does not depend on this or that person to survive, any officer may be replaced with the State order remaining intact.

The way to replace a president is set in the Constitution, and that was the procedure followed to invest Roberto Micheletti as head of the executive branch, because as president of Congress he was the next in the chain of command to replace the ousted ruler, having resigned the vice-president Elvin Santos.

When the international public opinion knew that in Honduras there was not a military regime, but a civilian rule based on the same constitution, it was already too late. The sense of pride and prestige of world leaders prevented them from acknowledging publicly that they had been wrong. Also the fear of presidents of being overthrown prevented them from recognizing the legal presidential substitution.

An international media campaign against Honduras, headed by Hugo Chávez, defamed by every means this little country, accusing the Micheletti administration of savage human rights violations. Meanwhile Zelaya toured Latin America discrediting the country of his birth.

And as the interim regime was not scheduled to last long, its main mission being to safeguard elections that would give rise to a new administration, no country wanted to risk its prestige by recognizing an interim administration accused of being coupster and human rights violator.

But the elections were held successfully on November 29, with an orderly transition of command, which allowed Honduras to obtain recognition from many countries, with the exception of those countries allied with Hugo Chavez.

These elections have eased social tensions caused by the overthrown of Zelaya, but the threat against Honduras is not over yet.

The Lobo Administration

Honduras’s enemies, internal and external, are scheming to see how to take control of this little country, and the Porfirio Lobo’s administration seeks to appease these enemies by granting their requests and offering them positions in the government.

President Lobo mocks those who supported Micheletti, saying: “these blanquitos (Whiteys) didn’t even vote for me.” (Lobo disparagingly calls ‘Whiteys’ those who supported Micheletti, in reference to the protests in which they walked wearing white clothes at the heights of the political crisis). Thus President Lobo mocks those who defend the current Constitution, accusing them of being of the “far right”, offending the national dignity, dignity that was raised very high by the Micheletti administration, who strongly opposed the blatant foreign interventionism in the Honduras’ internal affairs.

President Porfirio Lobo wanted to give the appearance of neutrality in his political campaign, not leaning toward any of the warring factions represented by Zelaya and Micheletti, but just before the elections he tacitly expressed some sympathy for Zelaya.

And as soon as Lobo sweared to “respect and enforce the Constitution and its laws” in his inauguration, he violated his promise providing a safe passage to Zelaya, thereby protecting a fugitive from justice. Lobo then referred to Manuel Zelaya as ‘President Zelaya’, saying: “It’s not acceptable to have a president locked in an embassy.” Zelaya took refuge in what used to be the Brazilian embassy, and the right thing to do was to ask him for a formal request of political asylum in the country of his choice if he wanted to exit the country without being arrested. Referring repeatedly to Zelaya as ‘President’, and later in Spain, saying that what happened in Honduras was a ‘coup’, Lobo has put into question his own legitimacy as President.

Now Manuel Zelaya is in Santo Domingo, always conspiring against Honduras’ interests, and even against the interests of Lobo, who asked nothig in return for his liberation. And to this day Zelaya has shown not one ounce of public gratitude for being set free by Lobo.

Besides granting amnesty for political crimes in favor of Zelaya and his followers, using the mechanical majority of members of the officialist party at Congress, President Lobo has put pressure on the Supreme Court to restore some Zelayista judges dismissed for political proselytizing, and has even spoken repeatedly of his readiness to conduct a referendum to allow the call for a National Constituent Assembly, an action that was the reason for Zelaya’s removal.

Mr. Lobo has appointed a troublemaker Zelayista —Cesar Ham- as the head of the National Agrarian Institute (INA), who has only worsened a problem of invasion of cultivated land belonging to businessman Miguel Facussé. By promoting legal uncertainty in the rural land the Lobo administration discourages urgently needed investment.

President Lobo has gone so far as to offer himself to personally bring back Zelaya to the country, watching over him to prevent his arrest.

Lobo’s latest blunder was to denounce a conspiracy to overthrow him, without offering any evidence of such a complaint, but he soon decided to take vacations in South Africa to see the Soccer World Cup, showing he is not serious in his report of the alleged threat of a new coup. The fact that these statements damage the country’s investment climate does not seem to be a concern for the irresponsible Lobo in the slightest.

And on top of this irresponsibility, Porfirio Lobo left abandoned the public administration, and it was not known for certain whose vice-president was appointed as temporal substitute for Lobo.

President Lobo made his unexpected statements about new coup threats when some reporters asked him about his alleged intentions to remove the president of the Supreme Court from office. This clearly seems to be a diversionary maneuver by Lobo.

With his actions and words President Lobo is made to look, as every day goes by, more and more like the deposed Zelaya. Many of thouse who supported Micheletti also voted for Lobo, only to be disappointed by his unworthy conduct serving as president, since even though Porfirio Lobo has done everything possible to appease his Zelayista enemies, they continue in their denigration of him. Porfirio Lobo sells cheap the country, he gives everything in exchange for nothing.

If those who voted for Lobo were trying to cast away the influence of Zelaya —given that Zelaya stil regards himself as a Liberal Party member, while Lobo has belonged to the rightist National Party— they are now disappointed by the attitudes of Lobo.

Thus a climate of uncertainty persists in the country. The Lobo administration has no clear direction and apparently the ghost of Zelaya is still haunting us.

Mother’s Day in Honduras

In Honduras, as in other countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of May. This is a very popular celebration that takes place in all types of organizations: schools, churches, unions, trusts, etc.

Companies seeking to market their products through this special day reminds us weeks in advance the value of mothers, and they invite us to celebrate her with gifts. In schools children make crafts to give to their mothers, where they are also taught the Honduran Hymn to Mothers.

The Hymn to Mothers, whose lyrics are by Augusto C. Coello, and music by Rafael Coello Ramos, is sung in schools, colleges, churches, and other groups that come together to celebrate mothers on their day.

Mother’s Day is much more popular than Father’s Day, for the love of mother has no comparison. While there are irresponsible fathers who leave women after pregnancy, single mothers engage in any kind of sacrifices for the welfare of their children. That is why Mother’s Day is celebrated with great joy and gratitude.

In Honduras, Mother’s Day was officialy declared in 1927.

Origin of Honduras’ name

Honduras’ name was given by Vicente Yanez Pinzon and Juan Diaz de Solis in 1508, it most likely originated in the castilianization of Huntulha, and it refers to the watery coast and not to the deep sea. The territory was also called Higueras, Guaymuras and Cabo de Honduras.

Honduras Official Name

Although “Honduras” was named after [Central American] Independence in 1821, the official name was given and formalized on May 8, 1862 by the House of Representatives, in the city of Santa Rosa de Copan. In this respect, the Decree No. 3 indicates that “the House of Representatives, considering its authority and duty to institute the name the nation will bear, proceeding in line with the political status that belongs to it, attending the principles unfolded in the charter, has seen fit to decree and decrees: Article No. 1: The name of all towns that form the State, including its adjacent islands, will henceforth be the Republic of Honduras.”

Taken from “Honduras Geográfica”, an El Heraldo newspaper supplement. First Edition.

Official Honduran Hymn to Mothers

Here I put my translation of the Honduran Hymn to Mothers, used for Mother’s Day:

Lyrics: Augusto C. Cuello.
Music: Rafael Coello Ramos.

Chorus

In the name of mother is enclosed
The highest expression of love.
For there cannot be on earth
A clearer picture of God.

Solo

When we open our restless eyes
At the first glow of life,
It’s her pale and moved face
Our first and sweet vision.
And upon entering the unknown path,
At her holy and charitable shadow,
Every thorn that wounded our sole
Is turned by your hands into bloom.

Mother, you are our consolation in sorrow,
Hope and faith for the road,
A good tree that gives to pilgrim
Rest, shelter and peace.
Your love is sanctified in such way
That God himself being tortured to death
Sublimated his holy martyrdom
With your last kiss on his face.

As a holy service Honduras consecrates
In this day your immortal glory.
Mother you are good, joy,
Protection, light and forgiveness.
Your exalted virtue going through
The mystery of remote ages
Expands in the warm notes
That beat in this song.

See the hymn in its original in Spanish: Himno a la Madre hondureña.
Download the hymn in mp3.