Honduras: It's Not about Zelaya By David L. Wilson

5 July ,2009 – MRZine – Monthly Review

Manuel “Mel” Zelaya is a rancher and business owner who wears large cowboy hats and, in November 2005, was elected president of Honduras, an impoverished Central American country with a population of 7.5 million.  On June 28 of this year the Honduran military, backed by the country’s elite, removed Zelaya from power.  He instantly became a focus of attention for the U.S. media — his statements were examined, and his appearances at the United Nations and regional meetings were dutifully covered.  Most media depicted him as a major “leftist strongman” seeking to extend his term of office in the style of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.

U.S. journalists generally present world events as the actions of a few important individuals, a sort of Greek drama without the chorus.  Latin American politics especially are viewed as a parade of good guys and bad guys — Fidel Castro, August Pinochet, Hugo Chávez, Alvaro Uribe.  Which is good and which is bad depends on your perspective.

The current Honduras coverage is no exception.  Most working people in this country, pressed by the worst economic crisis of their lifetime, understandably change the channel or click on another website.  If you want celebrity news, the death of Michael Jackson is far more gripping than the overthrow of Mel Zelaya.

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Gaza activist talks to Al Jazeera from Israeli jail – 4 July, 2009

The Israeli prison guards are denying the right for Mairead to access her medicine. Continue to email and call Mark Regev and Shlomo Dror and express your outrage over the treatment of the FreeGaza21 while they are imprisoned. The women have no access to their luggage or their clothing.

Mairead is fasting, not just for her friends incarcerated along with her, but for the 11,000 Palestinians also thrown into jail, many without benefit of trial.

Mairead Maguire, a peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke to us from inside Tel Aviv’s Ramla Givon high security prison. Hear her eloquent interview with Al Jazeera.

Fourteen people remain in custody after an aid ship bound for Gaza was seized by the Israeli navy on Tuesday. Among them are a nobel peace prize winner, and two Al Jazeera journalists. The Free Gaza movement sent the ship loaded with humanitarian supplies from Cyprus, in defiance of Israel’s crippling 2-year blockade.