Progressive Calendar 07.24.09
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 05:21:04 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   07.24.09

1. Rosemary's home    7.24 1pm
2. Palestine vigil    7.24 4:15pm
3. Khruschev/Iowa     7.24 7:30pm

4. Peace walk         7.25 9am Cambridge MN
5. EXCO design class  7.25 11am
6. Northtown vigil    7.25 2pm
7. 1934 strike fest   7.25 2pm

8. 1934 strike picnic 7.26 12noon
9. Stillwater vigil   7.26 1pm
10. Palestine sendoff 7.26 1pm
11. RNC defense com   7.26 3:30pm
12. Gitmo justice     7.26 5pm

13. Landau & Valos - Hypocrisy and the Honduran coup

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From: Lynette Malles <lynettemalles [at] msn.com>
Subject: Rosemary's home 7.24 1pm

EMERGENCY ALERT. Save Rosemary's Home!

Today, Thursday July 23, at about 11:00 a.m., Judge Zimmerman issued a
"Writ of Recovery" on behalf of GMAC. This means GMAC can seize Rosemary
Williams's home as soon as Friday (TOMORROW). The sheriff could post the
eviction notice as soon as TODAY. Then the sheriff wants the house vacated
in 24 hours.

Here is the plan:
--Right after the sheriff posts the notice of eviction, we will put out a
call to have EVERYONE stand guard at Rosemary's house - 3138 Clinton Ave,
Mpls. Make plans now as to what your role will be as we stop this
eviction. Again, it is likely that we will have to be there tomorrow.

--Press conference:
Friday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Rosemary's house: 3138 Clinton Ave S, Minneapolis

SOME CALLS TO MAKE:
Call GMAC: Call GMAC in the Twin Cities and the national headquarters.
Twin Cities: 952-806-9705
GMAC Headquarters: 215-734-8899
Tell them to retract the writ of recovery and let Rosemary try to save her
home. She has been desperately trying to get financing to save her home, a
process that takes time.

Call Fraegre and Benson: GMAC is represented by the law firm of Fraegre
and Benson. Rosemary asks that you call them at 612-766-7000 and tell them
to "undo the Writ of Recovery" on Rosemary's home.

Call these elected officials
Mayor RT Rybak:  612-673-2100
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison: 202-225-4755
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 202-224-3244
U.S. Sen. Al Franken: 202-224-5641
Demand that they call GMAC and order GMAC to retract the writ of
recovery. Banks got billions of dollars in bailout money. Now is their
chance to help the people who the banks screwed over.

Rosemary Williams is a 55-year resident of the Central Neighborhood in
south Minneapolis. Rosemary has been a fighter against the foreclosure
crisis for nearly a year, giving inspiration to others to fight back. Now
is the time for all the community to show support. Clear your calendars
and take a stand!

We will put our more info later.

MN Coalition for a People's Bailout, www.mn-peoples-bailout.org,
612-822-8020, 612-296-5649
MN Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, 612-940-1040


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Palestine vigil 7.24 4:15pm

the weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the
intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul.  the Friday demo
starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30.  there are usually extra signs
available.


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From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Khruschev/Iowa 7.24 7:30pm

PETER CARLSON discusses his book about Khruschev's visit to Iowa and
AMERICA: K BLOWS TOP (Public Affairs Press) 7:30pm Friday July 24 at
MAGERS AND QUINN BOOKSELLERS.

This hilarious account of Khrushchev's 1959 U.S. tour is also a supremely
entertaining evocation of the history and atmosphere of Cold War America

Khrushchev's 1959 trip across America was one of the strangest exercises
in international diplomacy ever conducted "a surreal extravaganza," as
historian John Lewis Gaddis called it. Khrushchev told jokes, threw
tantrums, sparked a riot in a San Francisco supermarket, wowed the coeds
in a home economics class in Iowa, and ogled Shirley MacLaine as she
filmed a dance scene in Can-Can. He befriended and offended a cast of
characters including Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe.

Published for the fiftieth anniversary of the trip, K Blows Top is a work
of history that reads like a Vonnegut novel. This cantankerous communist's
road trip took place against the backdrop of the fifties in capitalist
America, with the shadow of the hydrogen bomb hanging over his visit like
the Sword of Damocles. As Khrushchev kept reminding people, he was a
hot-tempered man who possessed the power to incinerate America.

Peter Carlson is a former feature writer and columnist for The Washington
Post, where he wrote the weekly column "The Magazine Reader." The author
of Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood, and a co-author -
with Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton, among others of The Gospel
According to ESPN, he lives in Rockville, MD

Publisher contact: Dan.Ozzi [at] publicaffairsbooks.com
For further information, contact:
David Unowsky
612/822-4611
davidu [at] magersandquinn.com


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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: Peace walk 7.25 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street


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From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] usfamily.net>
Subject: EXCO design class 7.25 11am

The following is a class being offered through the Experimental College of
the Twin Cities, EXCO-TC.  At EXCO, everyone can teach or take classes and
all classes are free. EXCOtc is a collective of Experimental Colleges in
the Twin Cities that shares visions of a better world, offers free and
open classes and is building a community around education for social
change.

EXCO-TC is made up of four collaborating organizing groups out of:
Macalester, the U of M, MCTC, and the Waite House. The first chapter based
out of Macalester (EXCO-Mac) began in 2006 and a second one based out of
the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (EXCO-UMN) began in 2008. We are
excited to be developing chapters all over the Twin Cities and are open to
both campus and community groups starting chapters.

Designing for a Changing Future: Understanding the Past as a Basis
for Better Designs for the Future

Design is a (human) response to a situation, challenge, or problem
constrained by insight, means, opportunities, and environment. The
response can reach far beyond the designer's intent or conception.
Today's solution-driven designs for society can be dangerous propositions.

This class will examine the listed constraints, taking into account the
humanistic and philosophical concepts that underlie today's society
(understanding where we have come from) and will engage students in
applying a resulting broader vision to specific design problems.

Saturday, July 25--Development of new design principles and student
analysis of a design problem Optional 4--Student creation of ongoing
hands-on designing sessions

Time and Place
11 am to 12:30 pm, Room 207 at Macalester College (Student) Campus
Center

Facilitator
Wilhelm Reindl--Mr. Reindl was educated in physics at the University of
Munich.  In his working life in Minnesota he was a researcher at the
University of Minnesota and with the federal Bureau of Mines; a former
energy consultant to government, industry, and community organizations;
and an independent energy entrepreneur and inventor.


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 7.25 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: 1934 strike festival 7.25 2pm

"One Day in July:" 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Truckers' Strike
Street Festival for the Working Class
Saturday, July 25, 2:00 to 10 p.m. 7th Avenue North and 3rd Street
North (Warehouse District), Minneapolis.

The 1934 Truckers' Strike made history and it made Minneapolis a union
town. Come see exhibits, hear speeches, live entertainment, Brother Ali,
Ellis, 2 Tone Runts, El Guante and other bands, food and beverage vendors.
FREE admission. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Email seamus [at] pro-ns.net or visit
http://www.onedayinjuly.org/event.html .

--
From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com>

ONE DAY IN JULY
A Street Festival for the Working Class
Remembering 1934 - When Minneapolis Became a Union Town
Saturday, July 25, 7th Av N & 3rd St N, Minneapolis Warehouse District

For more information contact Jim McGuire (612) 378 1973,
email obscured> or log on to http://www.onedayinjuly.org.

Union activists One Day in July street festival will highlight union
courage, culture and sacrifices through music and history

Youthful supporters of the struggles of union labor will gather again at a
street festival and concert they are calling a counter-Aquatennial in
the Minneapolis Warehouse District on Saturday, July 25 to commemorate the
75th anniversary of the historic 1934 Teamster strikes.

Music, and speakers from a number of labor struggles and social movements.

The festival site at 7th Ave N and 3rd St N is one block away from an
intersection where Minneapolis police gunned down 67 strikers on Friday
July 20, 1934. Two strikers died of their wounds.

We will never forget the sacrifices the strikers made, says Jim McGuire,
coordinator of the festival and a union shop steward. After the strike was
won, Minneapolis became one of the strongest union cities in the country.
We have been benefiting ever since.

We call our One Day In July celebration the "counter-Aquatennial", McGuire
says. The Minneapolis Aquatennial was created in 1940 by business
interests concerned about the tens of thousands of working people who
flocked to annual summer picnics organized by the Teamsters union, heard
pro-labor speeches and celebrated union culture. At One Day in July, we
take back our working class history, culture and traditions.

Over 1,000 attended the first One Day In July celebration in 2004 on the
70th anniversary of the Teamster labor battles. Also headlined by Brother
Ali, City Pages named it Best Street Festival of 2004.

Organizers expect a larger attendance this summer as a devastating
economic crisis creates a renewed interest in unions on the part of
younger workers. ###

For more information please go to http://www.onedayinjuly.org


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From: lklhomecomp [at] yahoo.com
Subject: 1934 strike picnic 7.26 12noon

1934 Truckers Strike Picnic Sunday July 26

75th Anniversary Picnic 1934 Minneapolis Truckers Strike
Sunday, July 26, 2009, Noon-5 p.m. Wabun Picnic Area, Minnehaha Park,
Minneapolis

Close relatives and union leaders will speak and the public is invited to
attend a picnic to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis
truckers strike, one of the biggest strikes in the history of the United
States and one of the most famous in the nation. The event will be held
from noon to 5 p.m. in Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.
The picnic will include historical displays, and children's games and
there will be food and pop with no admission fee.

The speakers include:

 David Sundeen and Linda Leighton, Grandson and granddaughter of V.R.
Dunne, a central leader of 1934 strike
 Armando Robles, President, UE Local 1110, leader of the workers
occupation of Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago in December 2008
 Bernie Hesse, Organizer, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789,
South St. Paul
 Tom Dooher, President, Education Minnesota, grandson of Local 574 union
leader, Pat Corcoran, who was murdered
 Peter Rachleff,  Labor Hisory Professor, Macalester College
 Richard Berg, President, Teamsters Local 743, Chicago, Ill.
 Phyllis Walker, President, AFSCME Local 3800
 Michelle Sommers, President, Transit Workers, Local 1005
 Angel Gardner, IWW union organizer at Starbucks
 Music will be provided by Larry Long, Twin Cities troubadour

The 1934 Minneapolis strike was one of the biggest strikes in the United
States in the 1930s. On July 20, 1934 in Minneapolis, 60 strikers were
shot, most of them in the back. Two strikers were killed. The companies
capitulated in August, and the strikers won a tremendous victory, winning
union recognition and improved wages and conditions. It made Minneapolis a
union town and paved the way for union organizing in St. Paul and
throughout the midwest¬

For more information, call Linda Leighton 952-457-6680


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From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 7.26 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to
<http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560


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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Palestine sendoff 7.26 1pm

AntiWarMN
We are very excited to be sending two members of the Anti-War Committee to
Palestine this summer.

Send Off Party
Sunday, July 26th @ 1pm @ Bracket Park in the Seward neighborhood, 2729 39th
Ave S, Mpls

Say good luck and good bye to the 2009 Palestine delegation.  Everyone is
welcome to our send off party which includes an ice cream social!
Organized by the Anti-War Committee.


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From: info [at] rnc8.org
Subject: RNC defense com 7.26 3:30pm

The next open meeting of the RNC 8 Defense Committee is on Sunday, July 26
at 3:30pm. Interested in getting involved in the important work of keeping
our friends, neighbors and comrades free? Join us! Items on the agenda
will include the RNC 8's upcoming August 19 hearing, marking the one-year
anniversary of RNC resistance, and more.

Defend the RNC 8 - or you could be next! Questions? Don't hesitate to
email us at info [at] rnc8.org.

Sunday, July 26, 3:30 to 5:30
Walker Church
3104 16th Ave S., Minneapolis
P.S. Don't forget your new t-shirt! :-)


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From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Gitmo justice 7.26 5pm

Guantanamo lawyer Kristine Huskey discusses her book Justice at
Guantanamo: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights - 5:00PM,
Sunday, July 26, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

In her new book, Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman's Odyssey and Her
Crusade for Human Rights, lawyer Kristine Huskey takes readers on a
tell-all journey of how one woman landed the toughest legal career on the
planet - defending suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

Justice at Guantanamo tells the story of a woman's journey from the
Alaskan wild, across the ocean to a war-torn Africa, to New York City
nightlife and glamour of a model's life, to ultimately landing a legal
job representing accused terrorists at the world's most famous prison.
It is the first book written by a female attorney representing
Guantanamo's accused terrorists and one of few insider accounts of the
secret prison camp.

The men at Guantanamo - all Muslim - were held virtually incommunicado,
without any rights under domestic or international law, and in a legal
black hole for several years until Huskey and her colleagues at a
white-shoe corporate law firm brought the first case against the
government and won before the Supreme Court finally allowing Huskey down
to Guantanamo to visit her clients. Huskey has been to visit Guantanamo
over 15 times and met with her clients (she has represented 17 detainees
since 2002) dozens of times, learning about their life before they were
incarcerated, their wives and children, their hunger strikes, their
desire to die rather than be treated like animals, their inhuman
conditions, and torture. Though her clients were Muslim men from
traditional societies, they opened up to her, relying upon her as a sole
means to the outside world and possible freedom.

Kristine Huskey was one of the first attorneys to represent Guantanamo
detainees starting in 2002, just 6 months after 9/11. She was accused of
being unpatriotic and questioned at every turn for merely representing
accused terrorists and standing up for the rule of law. Huskey went on to
establish and become the Director of a National Security legal clinic at a
top law school - University of Texas School of Law - also her alma mater.
In becoming an expert on national security issues - detention, privacy,
terrorism financing, military justice - Huskey became all too aware of the
male-dominated aspect of her chosen field.

In addition to discussing her own personal victories, including her prior
career as a model and dancer and her journey through civil war in Angola,
Huskey is available to respond to questions concerning the continuing
issues at Guantanamo:

--Should government officials be prosecuted for torture?
--What should be done with the remaining detainees at Guantanamo?
--Will the Guantanamo prison be shut down by the end of the year as
President Obama promised?
--Was Guantanamo a "necessary evil" for our national security?
--What was it like representing people who may have been responsible for
9/11?
--Has there been justice at Guantanamo?
This author is available for interviews.

For further information, contact: David Unowsky 612/822-4611
davidu [at] magersandquinn.com


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Term Limits Only Apply When Governments Benefit People
Hypocrisy and the Honduran Coup
By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON VALDS
CounterPunch
July 23, 2009

"Why haven't there been attempted coups in Washington DC? Because there's
no US Embassy there."

(Joke told by Chilean journalist to President Obama during President
Michelle Bachelet's White House visit.)

In 1954, conservative Dwight Eisenhower authorized the CIA to overthrow
Guatemala's government, a coup modeled on a 1953 "regime change" in Iran.
In 1964-65, liberal Lyndon Johnson authorized coup d'etats in Brazil and
the Dominican Republic. When Dominicans revolted, Johnson sent in troops.

In mid September 1970, conservative National Security Adviser Henry
Kissinger and President Richard Nixon concluded Chileans had elected the
wrong government; so they decided to alter Chilean destiny by replacing
Dr. Salvador Allende's democratic government with 17 years of military
fascism, 1973-90.

In the post-Cold War world, such flummery became laughable. Washington
could direct policy toward law and human rights or continue collaborating
with military thugs. This apparent dilemma got finessed with a blueprint
to perpetuate Latin American oligarchs and satisfy US corporations and
banks linked to local elites.

In 2002, the US government tested the new plan. US-backed military
officers kidnapped Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But unforeseen
opposition arose inside the Venezuelan military; masses of Venezuelans
took to the streets. The coup failed.

Washington continued ranting against the "undemocratic" Chavez without
mentioning his five successive victories - since 1998 - in internationally
supervised elections. Chavez' government directed its energy toward
meeting basic needs, despite middle and upper class opposition.

In 2004, in test two, the State Department "to protect" Haitian President
Jean Bertrand Aristide, helped his kidnappers. Following the Venezuela
model, the Haitian plotters fabricated a "resignation letter".

In June, the third coup test began when military thugs kidnapped President
Manuel Zelaya. Then, civilian plotters penned a fake letter of
resignation. The legal "reason": the Honduran Supreme Court ordered
Zelaya's arrest for violating the Constitution. The State Department's
2009 Human Rights Report had already characterized that Court as issuing
"politicized rulings" and contributing "to corruption in public and
private institutions." (U.S. Department of State, 2008 Human Rights
Report: Honduras. February 25, 2009.)

Initially, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton feigned concern about what
looked like a coup. She couldn't quite call it a coup.  After all, she
cooed, Zelaya - whom she still recognized as President - might have
violated the Constitution. No US official or mainstream reporter
questioned the "logic" of the Honduran Supreme Court's postdated ruling
that attempting an open and non-binding consultation with the people
violated supreme law. In fact, Article 80 of Honduras' constitution
specifies that "Toda persona o asociacin de personas tiene el derecho de
presentar peticiones a las autoridades ya sea por motivos de inters
particular o general y de obtener pronta respuesta en el plazo legal."

Coup d'etat "interim President" Roberto Micheletti also raged. How dare
Zelaya consult the people about changing the document they had little
voice in passing! In 1985, however, Micheletti led just such a
constitutional change to re-elect then President Roberto Suazo.

Re-election becomes constitutional when aspiring Latin American candidates
serve local ruling class and Washington interests. Otherwise,
Constitutions stand as sacred, no matter what they actually say about
participatory democracy.

Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Connie Mack (R-FL) and other Republicans
indignantly defended the kidnapping of Zelaya as "protecting the
Constitution and democracy." They cited the Honduran Constitution, but did
not refer to any clause allowing military goons to kidnap the elected
President in pajamas at dawn, and fly him to Costa Rica in a military
plane.

The mind-numbing discussion of "legally authorized behavior" has omitted
reference to conditions in Honduras. In 2006, the United Nations
Development Program described Honduras as suffering "profound social
inequalities, with very high levels of poverty, and with an insufficient
economic growth where the population had a relative dissatisfaction with
the results of democracy." The Report claimed 15% of rural Hondurans have
a 40 years or less life expectancy and 20.4% of the adult population
remain illiterate. The UNDP concluded that "the time for change is now. "
(p. 5, 21).

A 2003 report showed the richest 10 percent still netted 50 times more
than the poorest 10th. 86.3% of the Honduran rural population lived in
poverty; 71.3% of urban dwellers qualified as poverty-stricken. 67.2% of
the children under the age of 5 were malnourished. (J. MacDonald, Expresin
de la pobreza en la ciudad, Reunin Grupo de Expertos sobre Pobreza Urbana
en America Latina y el Caribe, 27-28 de Enero 2003, p 4-5,)

In 2006, Manuel Zelaya won the presidency. He made the UNDP Report a
central part of his agenda for change. His social program, not an
ambiguous Constitutional interpretation, became the root of his "issue"
with the governing oligarchy - a dozen families who control economics and
social, cultural and political institutions. They also dominate the media.
A 2008 State Department Human Rights Report acknowledged: "A small number
of powerful business magnates with intersecting commercial, political, and
family ties owned most of the country's news media. Powerful magnates
strongly influenced the news agenda and thereby elections and political
decisions." (U.S. Department of State, 2008 Human Rights Report: Honduras.
February 25, 2009.)

Until Zelaya tried to bring real democracy into the governing equation,
Honduras' elite with US banking and corporate backing had found a
seemingly perfect recipe: people vote but don't change anything. Congress
and Courts belong to the educated (rich and powerful) who also control the
military in cooperation with the US government. Washington provided aid;
the School of the Americas trains Honduran officers in proper conduct -
torturing enemies and making coups. "Since the 1980s, the Honduran army
breathes through the noses of its US advisers." (ALAI AMLATINA, July 10,
2009)

For Zelaya, the UNDP Report coincided with a brutal fact. Switzerland and
Honduras each have 7 million people. Swiss yearly average income is $53
thousand; Hondurans $2K. This upper class President saw an obligation to
meet peoples' needs. Uttering such a subversive thought provoked panic
among the rich in Tegucigalpa and the powerful of Washington. They
reverted to a historical pattern.

In the 1980s, the CIA and US military used Honduras to attack Nicaragua's
leftist government. The CIA had Honduran officers selling drugs - to
support the surrogate Contras, which Congress forbade. In 1988, Rev. Joe
Eldridge, the husband of Maria Otero, Obama's Undersecretary of State for
Democracy, wrote about this drug link; then the Honduran military issued
death threats against the family. The Honduran army also repressed
internal opposition. The local elite supplied officers with perks and
status, but Central American armies have spent little time defending their
country and much time attacking their citizens.

The Honduran invented a "reason" to oust Zelaya: his unconstitutional
intent to consult the people in a non-binding vote. Yet, the Constitution
allows for referenda and plebiscites. Washington representatives now claim
they advised against a coup. But, reasoned the oligarchs and officers,
encouraged by some well-known anti-Castro Cuban Americans, how could
Washington abandon its friends and clients? So, they kidnapped Zelaya, and
flew him to Costa Rica under a justification thinner than the most
undernourished model.

One hundred and ninety two countries rejected this equivalent of a
political "Brooklyn Bridge for sale". The coup's defenders, Canada's
conservative government, the US mass media, the Honduran Catholic and
Protestant hierarchy and right wing anti-Castroites of Miami, approved of
previous Latin American coups, in the name of democracy, anti-communism,
or whatever.  This time the coup makers were 'rescuing Honduras from the
claws of Chavism'."

The drama descended toward farce, however, when Zelaya's abductors ditched
him in Costa Rica. President Oscar Arias received him - and the snatchers.
No high official or mainstream reporter has suggested Arias aided and
abetted a kidnapping and coup. Shouldn't he have arrested the kidnappers,
impounded their plane and demanded the illegitimate thugs in Tegucigalpa
surrender?

Instead, collaborator Arias became mediator Arias. Twenty years ago, Arias
refused to allow US bases in Costa Rica for its illicit war against
Nicaragua. Today, he stars in the good cop/bad cop show. His one act of
"disobedience" won him a Nobel Prize. Since then, he has shown loyalty to
Washington's economic consensus, meaning free trade and corporate well
being.

After Arias served as President (1986-1990), he changed the constitution
in order to run for a second term (2006-2010).  In June, another US ally,
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe changed his Constitution to allow for his
third re-election. Neither Washington nor the mass media objected.
Anti-Castro Miami moguls hailed this "democratic" move.

Double standard? No. Arias and Uribe followed US dictates: don't befriend
Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro or any serious "change" talker. Zelaya
disobedience - to his own class and to Washington - got him kidnapped.

In Washington, the response was "new elections". US Presidents hail
democratic elections - when they benefit the United States. When elected
governments help the poor and reduce US interests, however, Washington
officials plot coups, insist on term limits and enforcement of
Constitutions they have not read.

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on
dvd (roundworldproductions [at] gmailcom).

Nelson Valds is Emeritus Professor, Sociology, University of New Mexico.


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