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Nancy Youssef is McClatchy Newspapers’ chief Pentagon correspondent. She spent the past four years covering the Iraq war, most recently as Baghdad bureau chief. Her pieces focused on the everyday Iraqi experience, civilian causalities and how the US’ military strategy was reshaping Iraq’s social and political dynamics. While at the Free Press, she traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war from the time leading up to it through the post-war period.


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Honduras coupsters’ big fat Cuban exile family By Dr. Néstor García Iturbe

15 July, 2009 — Machetera – Translation by Machetera

The Cuban Gestapo Mafia in Honduras

machetero-hond.jpgWhen analyzing the events that resulted in the sly thuggery which took place in Honduras, we can hardly fail to be surprised by the number of Cuban exiles who are part of what’s been called the Gestapo mafia, and appear to be involved in the terrible events in which the will of the Honduran people has been short-circuited.

According to the criteria of these people, who acted in coordination with the extreme U.S. right wing in the Pentagon and the CIA, it was necessary to impede at all costs any further movement by Zelaya’s government toward the left, since that represented a danger to the ‘National Security of the United States.’ The fastest and most effective remedy at that time was the coup d’etat.

The journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner and the former Undersecretary of State in the George W. Bush government, Otto Reich, were participants in the initial coordination of the armed action. Both were in constant communication with the coup plotters, the first from Miami and the latter from Panama.

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U.S. Press Misses Honduran Official's Racist Assault on U.S. Prez By Steve Rendall

13 July, 2009 — Black Agenda Report

Enrique Ortez Colindres may be a coup plotter from the original ‘banana republic,’ but as a white man he feels comfortable calling the president of the United States a ‘little black sugar plantation worker’ and other Spanish variations on ‘nigger.’ Ortez’s comments were not deemed newsworthy by most of the U.S. Media.

‘Ortez referred to Obama as ‘that little black boy who knows nothing about nothing.”

On June 29, the day he was installed by Honduran coup leaders as the country’s new interim foreign minister, Enrique Ortez Colindres repeatedly used racist slurs to describe U.S. president Barack Obama.

Using the word ‘negrito,’ a well-recognized and profoundly racist epithet, whose literal translation means ‘little black man’ or ‘little black boy,’ Ortez referred to Obama as ‘that little black boy who knows nothing about nothing’ [‘ese negrito que no sabe nada de nada’] and ‘a little black man who doesn’t know where Tegucigalpa is’ [‘el negrito, no conoce donde queda Tegucigalpa’]. In another case, he told the Honduran newspaper El Tiempo (translation from DailyKos):

“I have negotiated with queers, prostitutes, leftists, blacks, whites. This is my job; I studied for it. I am not racially prejudiced. I like the little black sugar plantation worker who is president of the United States.”

For more than a week after they were uttered, Ortez’s slurs were a big story in Latin American and around the world: The Chinese and French wire services Xinhua and Agence France Presse covered them, among others . But besides online sites like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post, the story was mostly ignored by U.S. journalists, who otherwise freely quoted Ortez about Honduras’ coup and constitutional crisis.

‘Ortez’s slurs were a big story in Latin American and around the world.’

That wasn’t the case when Hugo Chavez called George W. Bush the devil in an address at the U.N. in 2006. Then the arguably lesser insult was discussed for days in the U.S. media.

Wednesday, July 8, offered big new developments in the story when a U.S. diplomat in Honduras complained about the slurs and Ortez offered a brief apology. Then, later that afternoon, Ortez was fired and replaced by the coup government’s president.

But today, two days later, the New York Times has yet to mention any aspect of the story, and the Washington Post only ran a brief 120-word Associated Press report about the apology (though nothing about the resignation) on July 9–its readers only then learning about the original slights.

And so it would appear that, at least in this case, few U.S. journalists think it’s much of a story when a high-ranking foreign official, otherwise in the news, launches a racist attack, even one that targets the president of the United States.

BAR Editors’ Note: The New York Times belatedly reported the story of Ortez’s blatant slurs on July 11, following the FAIR piece. The Times noted that Ortez was installed in a new job – as minister of justice and government of the majority non-white country!

This article was previously published in the blog of FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

Cynthia McKinney and Charles Barron Enter Gaza on Relief Convoy By BAR Editors

15 July, 2009 — Black Agenda Report

viva-palestina-2.jpgTwo hundred human rights activists drove their convoy into the besieged Gaza strip after ten days of delays and harassment at the hands of Egyptian and U.S. officials. However, the group has been given only 24 hours to complete its mission and leave.

WE WILL UPDATE THIS ITEM THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AS DEVELOPMENTS OCCUR.

‘The U.S. Embassy required American citizens to sign papers waiving their right to protection by their own government.’

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Honduras: Coup Leaders Hire Top Democrat Lobbyists to Justify Their De Facto Government By Eva Golinger

13 July, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

Things are getting worse each day inside Honduras.  Over the weekend, two well-known social leaders were assassinated by the coup forces.  Roger Bados leader of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup d’etat, was killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.  Approximately at 8pm on Saturday evening, Bados was assassinated, killed immediately by three gun shots.  Bados was also a member of the leftist party, Democratic Unity (Unificación Democrática) and was president of a union representing workers in a cement factory.  His death was denounced as part of the ambience and repressive actions taken by the coup government to silence all dissent.

Ramon Garcia, another social leader in Honduras, was also killed on Saturday evening by military forces who boarded a bus he was riding in Santa Barbara and forced him off, subsequently shooting him and wounding his sister.  Juan Barahona, National Coordinator of the Bloque Popular& the National Resistance Front against the coup, stated that these actions are committed by the coup government “as the only way to maintain themselves in power, by terrorizing and killing the people.”

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The Honduran Coup, the Media and Obama The African World By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

16 July, 2009 — BlackCommentator.com

Most knowledgeable commentators will suggest that the Honduran military coup against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya probably should have lasted less than 48 hours; that is, had the US government made it perfectly clear that the coup was unacceptable.

While the response to the coup by the Obama administration was at first glance admirable, i.e., a condemnation of the coup and a failure to recognize the usurpers, there remain some very strange aspects to the events. First, the US government knew that the coup was being plotted. Various sources report that the US did not support the coup and would not give their blessing. So far so good, but the obvious question is this: then why did the Obama administration not notify Zelaya’s forces so that they could arrest the coup people on grounds of treason?

No answer.

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Obama Visits Africa’s "Oil Gulf" By Emira Woods

16 July, 2009 — BlackCommentator.com

President Barrack Obama makes his historic visit to Africa. Born of a Kenyan economist father, Obama will go not to his ancestral lands but to Ghana, Africa’s newest oil State.

Oil was discovered in Ghana just in 2007. A wide swath of the Atlantic‘s Western shores, the area stretching from Morocco to Angola is becoming Africa’s “Oil Gulf”.  Oil-producing countries in Africa, including those in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, now provide 24% of U.S. oil imports. Africa has outstripped the Middle East as an oil supplier to America. Increasingly, Africa’s oil is being produced offshore.

Off Ghana’s deep Atlantic shores, the Texas-based, Kosmos Energy already controls the Jubilee Fields, one of the largest oil
finds in West Africa in the past decade, which is predicted to hold 1.2 billion barrels of oil.  In May, 2009 Kosmos began to draw bids for shares of its stake in the oil-rich fields. Global energy players – Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, China National Offshore Oil Company, and British Petroleum – all with a focused eye on Africa, and a bloodied record on the continent are beginning to circle like vultures.  After all, the deadline for Kosmos Energy Bids has been set for July 17, a week after Obama’s visit to Ghana.

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From WW II To WW III: Global NATO And Remilitarized Germany By Rick Rozoff Part 2

15 July, 2009Global Research | Stop NATO

The reunification of Germany in 1990 did not signify a centripetal trend in Europe but instead was an anomaly. The following year the Soviet Union was broken up into its fifteen constituent federal republics and the same process began in Yugoslavia, with Germany leading the charge in hastening on and recognizing the secession of Croatia and Slovenia from the nation that grew out of the destruction of World War I and again of World War II.

Two years later Czechoslovakia, like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia a multiethnic state created after the First World War, split apart.

With the absorption of the former German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic, which since 1949 had already claimed an exclusive mandate to govern all of Germany, the entire nation was now subsumed under a common military structure and brought into the NATO bloc.

Wasting no time in reasserting itself as a continental power, united Germany inaugurated its new claim as a geopolitical – and military – power by turning its attention to a part of Europe that it had previously visited in the two World Wars: The Balkans.

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Eva Golinger: Washington and the Coup in Honduras: Here’s the evidence!

15 July, 2009 — VHeadline

  • The US Department of State had prior knowledge of the coup.
  • The Department of State and the US Congress funded and advised the actors and organizations in Honduras that participated in the coup
  • The Pentagon trained, schooled, commanded, funded and armed the Honduran armed forces that perpetrated the coup and that continue to repress the people of Honduras by force.

Eva GolingerEva Golinger: The US military presence in Honduras, that occupies the Soto Cano (Palmerola) military base, authorized the coup d’etat through its tacit complicity and refusal to withdraw its support of the Honduran military involved in the coup.

The US Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, coordinated the removal from power of President Manuel Zelaya, together with Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon and John Negroponte, who presently works as an advisor to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From the first day the coup occurred, Washington has referred to “both parties” involved and the necessity for “dialogue” to restore constitutional order, legitimizing the coup leaders by regarding them as equal players instead of criminal violators of human rights and democratic principles. The US Department of State has refused to legally classify the events in Honduras as a “coup d’etat,” nor has it suspended or frozen its economic aid or commerce to Honduras, and has taken no measures to effectively pressure the de facto regime.

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