Sunday, July 19, 2009

Honduras Coup Analysis - What's Really Happening in Honduras?

As most of you know, I have lived in Tegucigalpa for the past 14 months or so, working at the American Embassy here. This is a wonderful country...the people are terrific, the climate is fabulous and if you can overlook the crime and corruption, it's a great place to live.

That being said, there is some pretty serious political unrest going on here. I've been spending most of my time posting links to articles on my facebook about the current situation here. The links below are excellent sources and covers all the angles. Please take a minute and read them. From what my friends in the U.S. say, there is very little press on this subject in the states. But the crisis here and its issues are so important and will have a direct impact on things in the states (as in the flow of drugs into the U.S. and the protection of Democracy in this small country) and it's important to know what's going on. This is not a time to stick your head in the sand and ignore it. Just be informed is all I ask.

Other great sites that are covering this crisis are , Christian Science Monitor (google it...not sure of the addy) and the Wall Street Journal ( . You may have to create a log on for some of these, but they are great sources of information and worth the trouble, especially if your hometown news isn't covering whats going on here.

Honduras Coup Analysis - What's Really Happening in Honduras? - Esquire


Tambopaxi said...

Debi, Thanks for your blog and your postings on the (post-Zelaya) situation there, which I find to be very informative.

I worked with the U.S. Embassy in Teguc for a total of seven years, 77-80 (my first tour, ever, in the FS) and 87-91, and I had the pleasure of knowing Hugo Llorens when he was the Econ Counselor there during my second tour. As well, my second boy was born there in 1989. Both times I was there, I had the good luck to live in El Hatillo, which I considered to be heaven.

Honduras did the right thing in throwing Zelaya out. The guy had clearly gone rogue and left to his own devices, I'm sure that he would have found to some way to stay in office (or power, as you prefer).

I'm impressed with the number of bloggers who know nothing about Honduras who've condemned Zelaya's sacking as a military coup (it was not; for real military coups, you have to go back to the 70's, I know, because I was there for two of them) and who see the whole event as a trashing of democracy. I don't, I see it as a near thing in terms of Honduras narrowly avoiding another wannabe caudillo in the mold of Chavez. I'm glad the other branches of the GOH headed this guy off, and let's get on the with elections later this year and get this guy behind us (I presume he'll stay in Managua or elsewhere for some years, courtesy of the Chavez government).

Again, Debi, I appreciate your blog and keep writing!

Debi said...

Thanks for your comment. These are very interesting times and there is never a lack of material to write about...but I can't wait for this subject to be closed and something else to take its place. I can't wait to read what Rep. Connie Mack says about this weekend's visit here. He was able to speak to several members of the de facto government, including Micheletti. He came down here looking for answers and I hope he found the right ones.