Tuesday, June 30, 2009

United Nation: President Zelaya is here in New York.

Due to the high activity of drug trafficking in the area of the coast of Honduras by families linked to the drug mafia in Mexico, it is necessary that the international central banks at the start to crossing information on deposits and bank transfers by coups and coup d'etat affiliation of the beneficiaries with the plot to overthrow the President Zelaya because I know from my experience in similar dossier they hit the link-corrupted state officer- arms and drug trafficking, with some exceptions. We have to think that the fundamental objective of these activities is to reach the U.S. market with the drug based on puppeted democracies of banana republic as that is happenning in Mexico, if we don't take action, Mexican goverment will became weaken and isolated in the hands of the drugs families that very easy now can control Honduras and later hit Costa Rica and Guatemala.

With the conspirators ,with criminals, It is my conviction, that this brutal crime against democracy, the Constitution and the people of Honduras will not go unpunished, for the moment the usurpers of power in Honduras can end now in one of two roads, or lay down their arms and return to the real President, or end up as Noriega tried as criminals before an international court of justice.

There can be no dialogue with the perpetrators of a crime against the First Judiciary equivalent to the assassination, a crime defined internationally in the public international law.

Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.

In a conversation with Danger Room, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen said that between 75 percent and 80 percent of all the cocaine moving toward the United States – on go-fast boats, fishing vessels, and narco-submarines — first goes to Mexico, where it can be broken into much smaller packages that are harder to detect.

“The southern border that should be of concern to us as well is Mexico’s southern border, between Mexico, Honduras and that area with Belize,” he said.

(..)According to sources at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras passed by about 100 tons of drugs annually to their country(United States).(link)http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/resumen/53221

If we go by what is happening in Mexico, all those responsible for the coup in Honduras should be internationally monitored for suspected links with the families of drug dealers operating in the area since Honduras is classified as a "narco state" long time ago. ..
When the Mexican Drug Trade Hits the Border
http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20090415_when_mexican_drug_trade_hits_border








US ready to beef up UN peacekeeping operations
By EDITH M. LEDERER – 10 hours ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is prepared to provide more military observers, police and civilian staff to beef up the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.S. ambassador said Monday
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Until that point the drug mafias operating in the area intensely Guatemala-Honduras-Mexico are involved in the coup in Honduras to destabilize the state and sought to penetrate the U.S. market for cocaine, although we do not know exactly, but if we go by the statements of important personalities of the Honduran society and the link is tested coup d'etat with the drug market, the overall head of the UN blue helmets should be prepared to take action at any time. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
... most Hondurans felt was their top concern – the lack of personal safety and the growing drug trafficking, she adds. “He had completely ignored that,” Foglia Sandoval says. "This was becoming a narco state.”(...)*
*Jacqueline Foglia Sandoval, former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Honduras
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http://www.latinbusinesschronicle.com/app/article.aspx?id=3500


Honduran Interior Minister Jorge Arturo Reina (shown on the screen), who is also the permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks during the urgent meeting held by the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York June 29, 2009. The UN General Assembly held the urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the situation in Honduras, where President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a military coup.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Coup d' etat, money and drug trafficking in Latin America.


CNN and other international media must take into account that over 75% of the population of Honduras can not afford a computer let alone internet or international calls under the control of the minority elites linked to the rich, this is added to a the highest illiteracy rates in Latin America.
Educated people in Honduras are therefore GENERAL linked to the elite of wealthy families, a minority that supported the coup and the institutions that protect their interests.
The common citizen has no right to Honduran internet, de facto, although legally established right to this information, illiteracy and poverty isolation from the rest of the world.

International agencies that control drug trafficking must be aware of the power of drug traffickers in the area and its possible involvement in the military coup in Honduras.
1 .- The area should be monitored intensively.
2 .- There should be exchange of information with Mexico and the Mexican mafia links with the local mafias in Honduras.
3 .- The movement of money from Honduras should be tracked at the international level, so that the drug money laundering in tax havens is as we have experienced in the past with military and corrupt officials.
4 .- The central banks must be aware of these suspicions about the involvement of drug mafias operating in Mexico in the recent military coup in Honduras.
As we know from American banks and bank accounts of Pinochet, as a general rule, coups d'etat in Latin America are paid with millions of dollars in fiscal paradise for domes milityares, who incidentally, tend to receive money, too, from drug trafficking, intensive goods in the area that runs from Mexico to Honduras based on corruption of the legal system, at the moment.
Coup d'etat is associated to corruption in the legal system and institution and linked to the mafia of drug trafficker that tray to take the power in Mexico.
The drug gangs that try to destabilize the Mexican government today are the first interested in desestabilized Honduras, because, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico are their most active areas.
It is necessary to maintain a "status quo" of corruption in the legal and constitutional system to keep citizens in defenseless "de facto" at the will and mercy of the traffickers, officers, police and military corrupted as we see in Mexico, today.
This is the first law of the drug market:
The common citizen's legal defenseless.

A Few Elite of Landowners(banana republic) and the military is the mafia that controls Honduras, without law, nor democratic constitutional order ...





The combination of a worldwide economic crisis, a sharp rise in crime, and the absence of an independent police force and judicial system left the average citizen with a pronounced sense of vulnerability. (without juridical and legal support in Honduras more than 75% of the population of Honduras are oblied to emigrated to United States and Europe, intelectual and dissident are forced to emigration by the police and the army as they did with President Zelaya and Chancellor Patricia Rodas)
The overall standard of living in the country is one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Foreign as well as domestic assessments of the country have focused on its poverty to the point where this assessment dominates the outlook of the Honduran people.
The annual per capita income is low, health services are extremely deficient, infant mortality and child mortality rates are high, and literacy rates and other educational indicators are low. In 1993 the majority of the population in Honduras remained poor, and a high rate of population increase made alleviation of that poverty in the near future unlikely.

Honduran society, for the most part, mirrors other Latin American countries in terms of its social classes and sectors. Distribution of wealth is uneven, with a small minority of the population (increasingly made up of members of the military) controlling national politics and wealth. Capital is largely obtained through ownership of large landed estates, collaboration with foreign entrepreneurial enterprises, and privileges granted to the military.
In sharp contrast to the small wealthy class, the vast majority of the population is made up of subsistence farmers and agricultural laborers who live in increasing poverty. Since the 1950s, a small middle class has emerged from the ranks of the poor and the artisan sectors. This new middle class had become moderately well off by the 1990s. However, the middle class and especially the poor were extremely hard hit during the economic crisis of the 1980s. Both classes saw many of the modest economic gains they had made in the previous three decades wiped out.

...inadequate health services, as well as poor educational, employment, and housing opportunities, will be increasingly burdened by a rapidly growing and young population...
(...)An abundance of land, however, has not ensured the availability of land for cultivation. The terrain consists for the most part of mountains with only narrow coastal plains. Much of the arable land is used for export crops and is not available to small farmers. (...)
Surce:http://www.mongabay.com/reference/country_studies/honduras/SOCIETY.html

Honduras:BBC.



President Constitutional of Honduras Zelaya back to Homeland.

Invite deposed Honduran president to address UN General Assembly


The ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was invited to speak before the UN General Assembly, announced on June 29 the chairman of the meeting.

"I sent a letter to the president of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya, to come to the United Nations and speak before the General Assembly as soon as possible and give us an update on events in their country," said D'Escoto Brockman.

OAS not to recognize post-coup Honduras leaders
MEXICO CITY, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) said on Monday that the organization would not recommend Honduras' post-coup leaders, according to news reaching here from El Salvador.
"There is no room for the military in our region and we will not recognize the force that has brought about this break with The Constitution," said OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza at a joint press conference with Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes.
"We are only open to dialogue if that means the return of President Manuel Zelaya to his legitimate role," Insulza said.

General Francisco Morazan.

Hace falta una carga para matar bribones,
para acabar la obra de las revoluciones;

para vengar los muertos, que padecen ultraje,
para limpiar la costra tenaz del coloniaje;

para poder un día, con prestigio y razón,
extirpar el Apéndice de la Constitución;

para no hacer inútil, en humillante suerte,
el esfuerzo y el hambre y la herida y la muerte;

para que la República se mantenga de sí,
para cumplir el sueño de mármol de Martí;

para guardar la tierra, gloriosa de despojos,
para salvar el templo del Amor y la Fe,

para que nuestros hijos no mendiguen de hinojos
la patria que los padres nos ganaron de pie.

Yo juro por la sangre que manó tanta herida,
ansiar la salvación de la tierra querida,

y a despecho de toda persecución injusta,
seguir administrando el cáustico y la fusta.

Aumenta en el peligro la obligación sagrada.
(El oprobio merece la palabra colérica).

Yo tiro de mi alma, cual si fuera una espada,
y juro, de rodillas, ante la Madre América.

(1923) Ruben Martinez Villena




Honduras: Infantry Battalion revolted, resistance moving across the country.







Infantry Battalion revolted by Micheletti, peasant leader says Through a recording broadcast by the website http://albatv.org, the peasant leader mentioned that the resistance is moving across the country, conducting road blocks and jacks. Mon, 29/06/2009 - 16:46 Mexico .- peasant leader Rafael Alegría of Via Campesina International, said the 4th Infantry Battalion of the department of Atlántida, Honduras, has risen to support the regime of Manuel Zelaya. Through a recording broadcast by the website http://albatv.org, the peasant leader mentioned that the resistance is moving across the country, conducting road blocks and jacks. He urged more battalions to join his resistance to achieve victory over the new government of Roberto Micheletti. milenio.com

Monday, June 29, 2009

Two Military Battalions Turn Against Honduras Coup Regime



Unconfirmed news, reference can be
found by clicking here:
Posted by Al Giordano - June 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm
By Al Giordano
Community Radio “Es Lo de Menos” was the first to report that the Fourth Infantry Battalion has rebelled from the military coup regime in Honduras. The radio station adds that “it seems” (“al parecer,” in the original Spanish) that the Tenth Infantry Battalion has also broken from the coup.
Rafael Alegria, leader of Via Campesina, the country’s largest social organization, one that has successfully blockaded the nation’s highways before to force government concessions, tells Alba TV:
“The popular resistance is rising up throughout the country. All the highways in the country are blockaded…. The Fourth Infantry Battallion… is no longer following the orders of Roberto Micheletti.”
Angel Alvarado of Honduras’ Popular Union Bloc tells Radio Mundial:
"Two infantry battalions of the Honduran Army have risen up against the illegitimate government of Roberto Micheletti in Honduras. They are the Fourth Infantry Battalion in the city of Tela and the Tenth Infantry Battalion in La Ceiba (the second largest city in Honduras), both located in the state of Atlántida."
(You can see Tela and La Ceiba on the map, above, along the country's northern coast.)

European Union pronouncing about Honduras coup d'etat.

OAS: Honduras ambassador and the media.

United Nation meeting on Honduras.Emergency session.

UN General Assembly To Meet On Honduras Unrest Monday-Spokesman
UNITED NATIONS (AFP)--The U.N.
General Assembly will meet in emergency session Monday to discuss the political unrest in Honduras, where President Manuel Zelaya was ousted and sent into exile in Costa Rica, a spokesman said Sunday.
General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann scheduled a meeting for noon (1600 GMT) Monday at the request of Honduran Ambassador to the U.N. Jorge Reina Idiaquez, D'Escoto's spokesman Enrique Yeves said. (END) Dow Jones Newswires
06-28-091959ET
Copyright (c) 2009 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This is the democratically elected President of Honduras.


C'est le président du Honduras Manuel Zelaya élu démocratiquement.
Ne pas être confondu par la mafia, la corruption des militaires et des traîtres au peuple du Honduras.
Ici est le président, qui a choisi la ville.
















Este es el Presidente Manuel Zelaya de Honduras democraticamente electo.
No se deje confundir por mafiosos, ni militares corruptos traidores al pueblo de Honduras.
Aqui esta el Presidente que eligio el pueblo.

This is the President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya democratically elected.
Do not be confused by the Mafia, corrupt military and traitors to the people of Honduras.
Here is the President who chose the town.

Tu bandera es un lampo de cieloPor un bloque de nieve cruzado;Y se ven en su fondo sagradoCinco estrellas de pálido azul;En tu emblema, que un mar rumorosoCon sus ondas bravías escuda,De un volcán tras la cima desnudaHay un astro de nítida luz.

Your flag is a splendor of skyCrossed with a band of snow;And there can be seen, in its sacred depths,Five pale blue stars.In your emblem, which a rough seaWith its wild waves shields,Behind the bare summit of a volcano,There is a star of clean light.

India virgen y hermosa dormíasDe tus mares al canto sonoro,Cuando echada en tus cuencas de oroEl audaz navegante te halló;Y al mirar tu belleza extasiadoAl influjo ideal de tu encanto,La orla azul de tu espléndido mantoCon un beso de amor consagró

Indian maiden, virgin and beautiful you slept,Of your seas to the resonant song,When lying in your valleys of gold,The bold navigator found you;And on seeing your enrapturing beauty,To the inflowing ideal of your enchantment,The blue hem of your splendid mantleWith a kiss of love blessed.
De un país donde el sol se levanta,Mas allá del Atlante azulado,Aquel hombre te había soñadoY en tu busca a la mar se lanzó.Cuando erguiste la pálida frente,En la viva ansiedad de tu anhelo,Bajo el dombo gentil de tu cieloYa flotaba un extraño pendón.

From a country where the sun rises,Beyond the blue Atlantic,That man who had dreamt youIn search of you he launched to sea.When you raised your pale forehead,In the lively anxiousness of your hope,Under the gentle dome of your skyAlready floated a strange banner.
Era inutil que el indio tu amadoSe aprestara a la lucha con ira,Porque envuelto en su sangre Lempira,En la noche profunda se hundió;Y de la épica hazaña, en memoria,La leyenda tan sólo ha guardadoDe un sepulcro el lugar ignoradoY el severo perfil de un peñón.
It was useless that your beloved IndianRushed into the fight with ire,Because, covered with his blood, Lempira,In the deep night he sank;And of the heroic deed, in memory,The legend alone has keptA sepulcher in a forgotten place,And the severe profile of a mountain peak.

Por tres siglos tus hijos oyeronEl mandato imperioso del amo;Por tres siglos tu inútil reclamoEn la atmosfera azul se perdió;Pero un día gloria tu oídoPercibió, poderoso y distante,Que allá lejos, por sobre el Atlante,Indignado rugía un León.

For three centuries your children heardThe imperious mandate of the master;For three centuries your useless complaintIn the blue atmosphere was lostBut one glorious day your earPerceived, powerful and distant,That there, far away, over the Atlantic,Indignantly, a lion roared
Era Francia, la libre, la heroica,Que en su sueño de siglos dormidaDespertaba iracunda a la vidaAl reclamo viril de Dantón:Era Francia, que enviaba a la muerteLa cabeza del Rey consagrado,Y que alzaba soberbia a su lado,El altar de la diosa razón.
It was France, the free, the heroic,Which in its dreams of centuries slept,Awoke irate to lifeAt the virile protest of Danton:It was France, who sent to the deathThe head of the consecrated King,And which built up proudly at its side,The altar of the goddess of Reason.
Tú también, ¡oh mi patria!, te alzasteDe tu sueño servil y profundo;Tú también enseñaste al mundoDestrozado el infame eslabón.Y en tu suelo bendito, tras la altaCabellera del monte salvaje,Como un ave de negro plumaje,La colonia fugaz se perdió
You also, oh my country!, aroseFrom your servile deep sleep;You also showed the worldThe infamous shackle destroyed.And in your blessed soil, behind the tallHair of the wild jungle,Like a bird of black feathers,The fleeting colony was lost.
Por guardar ese emblema divino,Marcharemos Oh! Patria a la muerte,Generosa será nuestra suerte,Si morimos pensando en tu amor.Defendiendo tu santa banderaY en tus pliegues gloriosos cubiertos,Serán muchos, Honduras tus muertos,Pero todos caerán con honor.
To guard this divine emblemWe shall march, oh fatherland, to the death;Our luck will be generousIf we die thinking of your love.Defending your holy flag,And shrouded in its glorious folds,There will be many, Honduras, your dead,But all shall fall with honor.
!VIVA HONDURAS! !VIVA EL PRESIDENTE ZELAYA SU LEGITIMO JEFE DE GOBIERNO!

Chancellor Patricia Rodas of Honduras:abducted, an interantional call to preserve her life.







Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla called pro-cups to reinstate Manuel Zelaya to his office
Guantánamo, Cuba, June 28, (CMKS local radio station) .-
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, called the pro-coups to reinstate Manuel Zelaya to his office, after being the victim of a violent and unconstitutional act condemned worldwide. At the same time he blamed the Army´s forces with the Chancellor Patricia Rodas´ life, which was also kidnapped and beaten. The Cuban government also called today for international organizations and Honduran public opinion to condemn the coup taken place in the Central American country. The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, called the United Nations (UN), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Rio Group and the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) to demand respect for constitutional guarantees in Honduras. Cuba describes as criminal and brutal the coup d'etat in that country and claims for a return to his office President Manuel Zelaya, and calls for the security of the Chancellor Patricia Rodas´ life. "I denounce the criminal and brutal nature of this coup," said the Cuban minister of Foreign Affairs at a press conference. Rodriguez also urged that country´s armed forces to preserve the life of the Chancellor Patricia Rodas, whose whereabouts were unknown shortly after noon. Rodas was next to the ambassadors of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, about 10 am, where Major Oceguera, of the Armed Forces, tried to convince her to leave Honduras, said the Cuban Minister. However, a group of about 15 soldiers in balaclavas burst into the place and took the diplomats and the chancellor to the airbase in Tegucigalpa, as told by the Cuban ambassador to Tegucigalpa, Juan Carlos Hernández. Hernandez stressed that they were pushed and beaten by the military, to which their cell phones were expropriated. Rodriguez, for his part, appealed to international public opinion, to the Honduras armed forces, especially its decent and honest officers to save the life of Rodas. The military that abducted Rodas violated the international law and the Vienna Convention, recalled the Cuban Foreign Minister and acted with the style of the most cruel and violent Latin American dictatorships of the past. On the other hand, he demanded dignity and commitment to freedom as well as the establishment of political parties and the Congress of Honduras.
Source: Prensa Latina and Cubadebate
Translation: Ilia Charón

CNN HONDURAS: PRESIDENT ZELAYA AFTER THE COUP.

CNN HONDURAS

OAS ambassador of Honduras about gender discrimination against woman.

The military claims to be a friend, love and respect the President of Honduras hours before the coup.Believed or not believed.

A corrupt and ambitious bourgeois elite running a coup in Honduras.

Coup d'etat Honduras.

Honduras coup d'etat. seen from the midled east.

Honduras coup d'etat.

OAS RESOLUTION ABOUT COUP D'ETAT IN HONDURAS.


If the conspirators and the military coup, the MAFIA, that carried out the coup against the legitimate President Zelaya wanted to maintain the "status quo" of exploitation of the mostly poor people in Honduras we say them that they have failed because the international community repudiated because they demostrated to be the ambitious crap and plunderers of their own people . Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.
OAS Permanent Council Adopts Resolution on the Situation in Honduras
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States
(OAS) adopted Friday a resolution on the situation in Honduras
expressing support to the institutions of the country, calling upon all political actors to respect the rule of law and asking the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, to urgently establish a Special Commission to analyze the developments in Honduras.The text of the resolution, adopted by unanimous consensus, was worked out for several hours by a working group, created by the Permanent Council, where all regional groups were represented.The resolution includes three items. In the first one, the Permanent Council accepts the request of the Government of Honduras “to provide support to preserve and strengthen the democratic institutions of the country, within the framework of the rule of law.”The text also calls upon “all political and social actors involved to ensure that their actions respect the rule of law, in order to avoid a disruption of the constitutional order and of social peace that might impair peaceful coexistence among Hondurans.”The third item instructs the OAS Secretary General “to establish a Special Commission to visit Honduras as a matter of urgency, with a view to analyzing the facts and contributing to broad national dialogue aimed at finding democratic solutions to the current situation, and to report back to the Permanent Council.”The Permanent Council says that it adopted the resolution “concerned that recent events in the Republic of Honduras may jeopardize the democratic political institutional process and the legitimate exercise of power.”The Special Meeting of the Permanent Council took place at the request of Honduras. The permanent representative of the Central American country to the OAS, Ambassador Carlos Sosa, sent a message of gratitude to the other Member States before reading the resolution.“Honduras is deeply grateful to the 33 friends in this organization for their ideas, their contribution, their solidarity, their concern about the peace and calm of the State of Honduras and their respect to its legitimate democratic institutions. Therefore, thank you very much,” said Ambassador Sosa.The permanent representative of Brazil, Ambassador Ruy Casaes, who proposed the resolution to be adopted by consensus, stressed the “great effort” made by all Member States to reach an agreement about the “difficult moment” Honduras is going through.At the beginning of the Permanent Council all countries expressed their support to the democratic institutions of Honduras, and called all citizens and institutions to respect the rule of law. Participants in the meeting also included the representatives of Nicaragua (on behalf of the Central American Integration System, SICA), Belize (on behalf of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM), Venezuela (on behalf of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty, ALBA-TCP), and Paraguay (on behalf of the Common Market of the South, MERCOSUR), as well as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, United States, Chile, Canada, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia.
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Zelaya Remains Legitimate Honduran Leader, U.S. Officials Say


By Greg Stohr
June 28 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. officials said they continue to regard ousted Manuel Zelaya as the legitimate president of Honduras and are working with other countries in the region to restore him to power peacefully.
Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in a conference call today with reporters, said they expect the Organization of American States to issue a resolution condemning the coup. The OAS is meeting today in Washington.
Zelaya, an ally of Venezuela’s socialist president, Hugo Chavez, was ousted by the military after his opponents accused him of seeking to change the constitution to hold onto power.
President Barack Obama said in a statement earlier today that he was “deeply concerned” by the reports and called on “all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms.”
The administration officials said the U.S. government is in touch with Zelaya, who is now in Costa Rica, and that the Honduran military broke off contact with U.S. diplomats after the takeover. The officials said the U.S. isn’t considering military intervention.
In the days leading up to the ouster, the U.S. government urged the military and others in the country to resolve their differences through peaceful means, the officials said.
Seized by Soldiers
Zelaya was seized by soldiers who surrounded his house and forced him to board a plane for Costa Rica. The military acted after the Central American nation’s supreme court overturned the president’s decision to fire the commander of the armed forces.
Electricity and telephone service in the country were cut, and government supporters took to the streets of Tegucigalpa, the capital. Leaders from around the world condemned the coup, and regional counterparts will hold an emergency summit in Managua, Nicaragua tomorrow to discuss plans to help return Zelaya to power.
The Honduran Congress named Roberto Micheletti, who was serving as the legislative body’s president, the nation’s president to replace Zelaya, the Telesur network reported.
Honduras’s foreign minister, Patricia Rodas, was also seized by the military, Venezuelan Ambassador Armando Laguna said in comments broadcast on Telesur. Laguna and the ambassadors of Nicaragua and Cuba in Honduras were beaten and briefly detained after trying to defend Rodas against masked soldiers, Laguna said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.net. Last Updated: June 28, 2009 18:11 EDT

Congress imposed President Micheletti, leader of the coup in Honduras.

OAS Secretary General Condemns Coup Against the Government of Honduras
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, after finding out the details about the situation in Honduras, strongly condemned the coup been carried out by a group within the military against the Government of President José Manuel Zelaya.Mr. Insulza demanded that the rebels reveal the whereabouts of President Zelaya, and called on the Honduran people, the nations in the Americas and the international community to join forces against this grave disturbance of the democratic process currently being enjoyed throughout the Continent.Secretary General Insulza called an urgent meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution today at 11.00 (EST) at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC.



Where is in any Magna Carta around the planet, where, how it comes, which authorized the army based on political matter to break the door with rifle butts and fired at the house of the President of a democratic country free elected by the people and then extradited to another country, by kidnapping him at gunpoint in the head, where the legal procedure in wich Constitution, if that can be explained "a posteriori" by the Congress of Honduras surrounded by military, where the law of procedure, if you can explain to the Organization of the America States and United Nation community if we take in account in the international community courts of justice the legal precedent process of Pinochet in Chile and the military dictatorchip in Argentina...?
Congres of Honduras talking about legality and democracy imposed a new President named Michelletti, leader of the a political conspiration in the same stryle of Borgia family. The Congress of Honduras actually is surrounded by military after a coup d'etat and the country without power, radio and TV. No communication, journalist ... target under military weapons...




Honduras:There can be justice in a country ruled by a bayonet and a small elite of rich families.?


How are we going to give credit as the representative of a coup, a president elected by a congress, surrounded by bayonets, no press, no communications, and all states except in exchange for a real President, democratically elected by the people and that has never been prosecuted due to legal procedures.?


We are currently looking for CNN in spanish the embarrassing spectacle-burlesque farce- of the Congress of Honduras live-mafia of the conspirators- speaking of legal norms to justify a coup d'etat before the international community(Laugh a legal conference that makes decisions after a coup and that it is currently surrounded by troops with bayonets putschists, watch CNN spanish...), it really looks like a puppet theater of Moliere to defend their privileges of explotation, to have servants for pennies, without payment, benefits, health insurer and social security in the most the poor population of Honduras.
It is a very sad time for every democracy in Latin America and Caribbeans if we don't take action against this MAFIA of corrupted political and military conspirators.

Political crimes of conspiracy and coup in Honduras.

1 .- Decepcion expressing loyalty to the President until the last minute.

2 .- Violation of the home of the President with burst fracture of the door of the building with rifle butts.

3 .- Kidnapping at gunpoint and extradition to Costa Rica.

4.-breaking assault on foreign diplomats, the Vienna Convention.

5.-Close of the local media under threat of military aggression.

6 .- Reading of a false(conterfeit) letter of resignation of the President in the Congress of Honduras.

7 .- Flagrant violation of the Constitution and the laws of Honduras to dismiss a President.

8 .- Violation of the Charter of American States regarding the rights of a constitutionally elected President.
9.-Following the coup d'etat and the country taken by the military makes the Congress of Honduras acting in a theater to of "legality" to ensure impunity for the violation of law, democracy and constitucion inside the international community international public relation.




From the moment in Honduras that are legal entities governed by bayonets, and the money of a small elite of rich families that rely on the exploitation of the poor majorities, there is no democracy in Honduras and much less when a president is forced to leave country with a gun to his head. The international community can not accept this deception visible through CNN.

The conspirators politics contrary to the President of Honduras hatched the kidnapping of the President
overnigth with gunfire, breaking the door of the home and dragging it to a plane bound for Costa Rica at gunpoint and pointed to by guns machines as they are doing with the journalist in Honduras. Now are mobilized elites linked to rich families, money and bayonets, to pretend that there was no coup. The international community can not defend such a shameful crime, against the democracy and legality forged by groups of exploiters of the people of Honduras.Operators and their allies to deceive the President Zelaya showing adhesion until the last minute.People accustomed to the holding of slaves and servants for pennies and not benefits, neither social security.
Political conspirators within the Congress of Honduras false report on a letter of resignation to the presidency. The President of the Republic of Honduras just denied on CNN in Spanish, from Costa Rica, to the veracity of this letter with which they try to hide on the international community to attack the constitution and democracy in that Central American country by an elite of wealthy families.
Begins to concentrate the population of Honduras chanting slogans around the house of The President, at this time we see on CNN in Spanish. The President of Honduras was kidnapped by a military junta that deception him until the last moment and now tries to put a new one by manipulating a puppet congress threatened by bayonets and money from a little elite of rich families.
There are protests from the population while the army patrolling the streets.The first lady of Honduras declared made by CNN in Spanish where it is evidenced that the military misled the President until the night before the coup. It sees very nervous young soldiers pointing their weapons at the press correspondents.

President Zelaya attends a summit tomorrow in Nicaragua in order to take a position about the subject of the coup d'etat.
Broken the legal democratic system by a military elite in Honduras with the same model of Pinochet in Chile.
The international community is in communication with the President elected of Honduras, rigth now, in Costa Rica where is supported by the democratic goverment of that centroamerican country.
(You can see rigth now the CNN spanish conference of press with the President of Honduras...)
Honduras, there is not communication, radio, TV..., neither power... The First Lady in the hidden mountains called up the CNN.
The U.S. embassy in Honduras is against the coup d'état by the military junta.
Tworrow the centroamerican countries will have a Summit in Nicaragua.
Is developing a press conference at this time with President Zelaya narrating the circumstances of the kidnapping...!

President Zelaya is making statements by CNN in Spanish supported by the President of Costa Rica that repudiates the coup. President Zelaya was kidnapped by soldiers led by a small middle class elite which dominates the economy of Honduras.

Coup d'etat of the Pinochet model in Honduras. Danger of war between Honduras and Venezuela. It is feared for the physical integrity of the ambassadors of Honduras, Cuba and the Honduran foreign minister put out to trace his home by military coup. Popular protests in Honduras. President Zelaya is in Costa Rica. Latin American and Caribbean countries are reported at this time and are in consultation to assess the situation.
One speaks of ambassadors abducted and attacked, the military junta in Honduras does not respect the law and driving diplomatico like the military coup of Pinochet in Chile ...
Coup d'État de Pinochet, le modèle de l'Honduras. Danger de la guerre entre le Honduras et le Venezuela. Il est à craindre pour l'intégrité physique de l'ambassadeur du Honduras, de Cuba et de la ministre des Affaires étrangères du Honduras mis en trace son domicile par coup d'Etat militaire. Protestations populaires dans le Honduras. Président Zelaya est au Costa Rica. Amérique latine et des Caraïbes sont signalés en ce moment et sont en consultation pour évaluer la situation. On parle d'ambassadeurs enlevé et agressé, la junte militaire au Honduras ne respecte pas la loi et de conduire Diplomatico comme le coup d'Etat militaire de Pinochet au Chili .. Président Zelaya est de faire des déclarations par CNN en espagnol soutenu par le Président du Costa Rica, qui rejette le coup. Président Zelaya a été enlevé par des soldats dirigés par une petite élite de la classe moyenne qui dominent l'économie du Honduras. Est le développement d'une conférence de presse en ce moment avec le président Zelaya racontant les circonstances de l'enlèvement.
政變皮諾切特模型在洪都拉斯。 之間的戰爭危險洪都拉斯和委內瑞拉。 人們擔心的身體完整的大使洪都拉斯,古巴和洪都拉斯外長熄追查在家中被軍事政變。 民眾抗議在洪都拉斯。 總統塞拉亞在哥斯達黎加。 拉丁美洲和加勒比國家的報告在這個時候,並正在協商,以評估局勢。 談到大使綁架和襲擊,在洪都拉斯,軍政府不尊重法律和駕駛外交喜歡的軍事政變,皮諾切特在智利.. 總統塞拉亞聲明是在西班牙有線電視新聞網的支持哥斯達黎加總統的譴責政變。 塞拉亞總統被綁架的士兵由一個小的中產階級精英主宰經濟的洪都拉斯。 正在開發一個新聞發布會在這個時候總統塞拉亞敘事的情節綁架。
انقلاب بينوشيه نموذجا في هندوراس. خطر نشوب حرب بين هندوراس وفنزويلا. فإنه يخشى على السلامة الجسدية للسفراء هندوراس وكوبا وهندوراس وزير الخارجية لاخماد منزله اثر انقلاب عسكري. الاحتجاجات الشعبية في هندوراس. الرئيس زيلايا في كوستاريكا. بلدان أمريكا اللاتينية والكاريبي وأفيد في هذا الوقت ، وبعد التشاور لتقييم الوضع. واحد يتحدث عن خطف والاعتداء والسفراء ، والمجلس العسكري الحاكم في هندوراس لا يحترم القانون والقيادة diplomatico مثل الانقلاب العسكري الذي وقع في شيلي بينوشيه.. الرئيس زيلايا يجعل البيانات التي أدلى بها في سي الأسبانية التي يدعمها رئيس كوستاريكا التي ترفض الانقلاب. الرئيس زيلايا قد اختطف من قبل الجنود بقيادة صغير من الطبقة المتوسطة النخبة التي تهيمن على اقتصاد هندوراس. وضع مؤتمر صحفي في هذا الوقت مع الرئيس زيلايا سرد ملابسات عملية الخطف.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tampa(Florida, USA) would benefit from Cuban trade, speakers say


Benefits of trade with Cuba discussed at anti-embargo seminar in Tampa
By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer In Print: Sunday, June 28, 2009


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By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer Published Saturday, June 27, 2009


TAMPA — Tampa has much to gain if trade and travel with Cuba are opened.
So said several speakers Saturday at an Ybor City seminar at the Italian Club, where about 120 business and political leaders gathered to discuss the issue. The event was hosted by the
Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, a nonprofit anti-embargo group.
Because of Tampa's historical ties with Cuba and the port's proximity to Havana, the city would be the perfect spot for trade, and an opening would bring Tampa lots of money, said Mike Mauricio, the owner of Florida Produce of Hillsborough County Inc.
Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern went to the workshop and said she would like to open up trade with Cuba, for the benefit of Floridians and Cubans.
"The embargo not only has hurt the Cuban people, but it's hurt the cause of democracy," she said.
However, about a half-dozen protesters outside the Italian Club disagreed. Holding "libre Cuba" flags, they said that the United States should only trade with Cuba when it is a democracy.
"We would like to help Cuba when Cuba is free," said Orlando Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Historical and Cultural Center in Tampa.
But inside the meeting, speakers said that breaking away from the status quo would be more helpful than sticking with a policy that hasn't changed Cuban politics.
"It's made little difference in the lives of people in Cuba," U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., said in a conference call with the group.
Delahunt is the author of a bill to end travel restrictions. It has more than 150 House co-sponsors, yet no Florida lawmakers have signed on to the bill.
Attorney and Cuba-policy expert Tony Martinez said politicians have been slow to join the anti-embargo movement, even though it's gaining in popularity with Cuban-Americans.
He pointed to an April poll by Bendixen & Associates that shows 67 percent of Cuban-Americans support allowing all Americans to travel to Cuba, and 43 percent support ending the Cuban embargo.
Many of the speakers urged those in attendance to call or write their elected officials.
Tampa businessman James C. Alberdi, president of an import-export brokerage business, said he became an accidental activist.
Though his Spanish family has no ties to Cuba, he started attending meetings like Saturday's event at the urging of others because he could gain a lot of business if trade with Cuba were opened.
His company, A.J. Arango Inc., is an intermediary in trade deals that come through Tampa International Airport and the Tampa port.
"The more transactions there are, the more we benefit," he said.
But he also said trade would help Cubans, offering them new products and improving their quality of life.
The only downside would be if Cubans became too Americanized.
"I'd like to see them keep their culture," he said.
Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@sptimes.com or (813) 695-2297.

Interview with Charo Sadaba.Phd.

Teachers discussed problems of the Internet in the training of learners.


Generation Internet: future uncertain
SOURCES:1)http://www.generacionesinteractivas.org/
2)http://www.unav.es/fcom/profesores/sadaba_chelazquer.htm
The Latin American children between 10 and 18 years prefer to surf the internet than sitting watching television. And here are the consequences: children with less ability to concentrate and deepen, who "trivialized" the concept of friendship and in some cases are addicted to the network.
So strong was Sádaba Charo, a professor at the University of Navarre and coauthor of the book "The interactive generation in Latin America", which collects over 80,000 surveys in six Latin American countries to respond to questions from readers of BBC MUNDO.
However, the expert stressed that cases of addiction are minority and that the internet has also brought positive consequences, such as young people are reading and writing than ever before.
Therefore, according to her, this technology should be seen as an opportunity to create a generation smarter than the previous one, although it is too early to know if this will happen.
The expert responded this way to questions from readers:

I noticed, through my teaching practice in nearly three decades, that students do not improve their performance by giving more time to use electronic means, and that the quantity and quality of reading and the possibilities of decreasing abstraction. Dario Arredondo, Hermosillo, Mexico.

I agree that we still do not have keys to the tracks and make use of internet reverse in better education for children. But that can only be attributed disentiría negative things.

All children are reading a lot, consuming a lot of information they read online and are also writing a lot. I do not know whether more or less as before, but we can not say that is not read or write to have internet.

I think generations to come will be much more intelligent by providing early stimulation all these new tecnologías.Francis, Panama.

The technology does not make us smarter, give us more access to information and the information is not equal to knowledge. We have more information and not know it at all. Minors are in a better position to take advantage of all the stimuli that are around you, that if we use well-educated can make a difference.

Are you seeing this effect?

Not yet, too early and we have not yet succeeded in giving an educational response to this generation are using this technology, there is a slight delay in the training of teachers, parents ... What I notice is that teachers are more children are scattered, with less ability to concentrate and deepen, but that is not only because of technology but failure by harnessing technology.

Can we reverse this in the future?

I am an optimistic, especially given the concern that parents and teachers are showing on this issue.

How can I make my daughter 11 years to understand the disadvantages of being more than reasonable time compared to the internet? I think it is addictive, gets angry when I ask who is only two hours a day. Lesbia Briceno, Caracas, Venezuela.

It is an interesting concern. Moderation is that parents are right to demand the use of internet is the same as in the use of anything else available to them. For example, do not spend five or six in front of the TV, or do not eat much chocolate as possible. There must be an order in Internet usage, which may be an hour, two hours a day, what the parents see fit.

For me two hours is enough for most children in their daily schedule to make that sport is also important. Luis, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

I would not dare to say what is the limit. In some cases it is two hours long and not in others. For example, a child living in a large Latin American city that spends many hours away from home and takes a long time to get to school, passing two hours on the internet are long hours, have to spend time with your brothers, your family, study ... Parents need to ensure that children have variety in their diet of media and leisure activities.

So what the Company believes that the United States of Pediatrics warns that spend more than two hours a day online can be harmful to children?

Two hours may be the strip from which it can be bad for vision, headaches, passive situation of being at a computer. But they say that time is two hours, may be more, we must apply common sense.

Is internet addiction?

And of course there are children who have serious problems, but do not cease to be minority cases that often respond to children who are having other problems that are manifested in the use of internet as they could demonstrate otherwise, and sometimes means communication give too much importance.

Does the use of internet is generating other reactions?

In the survey we asked them to children who value things like whether they feel more welcome, or if you know someone who is isolated by using internet. And yes, knowing that they recognize some cases but not a majority recognition.

Experience teaches me to believe that Internet use among young people between 12 and 18 years old focuses on three areas: using chat, games, dominated by violence and pornography. César García, Maracay, Venezuela.

With data in hand, I agree only the first of the three premises. Minors are using the Internet mainly to communicate with each other. Is the chat, but also social networks that are dislodged at least in Europe chat.

I disagree that violent games are another of his great preference, I think so but tell us they play their favorite games are sports games and strategy. And pornography, they also state access adult content, but in no country have gone from 8-10%.

I am concerned how it affects interpersonal relationships of adolescents and older stop learning manual skills such as sewing, weaving, carpentry, painting, music ... Mercedes, Argentina.

One of the worrying consequences of the use that children are making the Internet is the trivialization of the concept of friendship. Learn skills that we did not learn, but there are skills that if not practiced not learn, such as face to face contact between humans, understand the body language of people who not only can communicate through text and images.

These skills are being reduced but is not yet widespread, it is early to know whether what is happening now is whether or not a consolidated basis.

Will it be viable effective regulation of harmful content that is handled in the network? Daniel Rangel, Merida, Venezuela.

It is difficult because it is half in a global reality where the laws are local or national, it would be desirable but it is complicated. In fact, now own the telecom operators are starting to self-regulate. The comprehensive legislation is very complicated. Meanwhile, parents have access to the content filters.

If you want to know more, you can click the link called "Interactive Generations" to the right of your screen, here you can download the book on the subject.

Friday, June 26, 2009

French Caribbean:"equality and identity" of the people must be respected.

Elie Domoto indisputable leader of the trade union and cultural groups in Martinique has not been invited to meet with French President which puts into question the true intentions of Sarkozy in the colonies of France in the Caribbean. Elie Domoto combating monopoly prices charged by protected and affluent families with roots in France, discrimination ninety percent of the population are not white, racism and gender inequality.
Elie Domoto incontestable leader du syndicat et les groupes culturels à la Martinique n'a pas été invité à rencontrer le président français qui met en question les intentions réelles de Sarkozy dans les colonies de la France dans les Caraïbes. Elie Domoto la lutte contre le monopole des prix pratiqués par les familles riches et protégées avec des racines en France, la discrimination à quatre vingt dix pour cent de la population n'est pas blanche, le racisme et l'inégalité entre les sexes. Tiré d'un article dans "Le Point" Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Elie Domoto onbetwistbare leider van de vakbonds-en culturele groepen op Martinique is niet uitgenodigd voor een ontmoeting met de Franse president die doet vragen rijzen bij de ware bedoelingen van Sarkozy in de kolonies van Frankrijk in het Caribisch gebied. Elie Domoto bestrijding monopolie prijzen die beschermd en welgestelde gezinnen met wortels in Frankrijk, discriminatie negentig procent van de bevolking is niet wit, racisme en ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen. Genomen uit een artikel in "Le Point" Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Elie Domoto indiscutível líder dos sindicatos e grupos culturais na Martinica não foi convidado para um encontro com o presidente francês, que põe em causa as verdadeiras intenções de Sarkozy nas colônias da França, no Caribe. Elie Domoto combate monopólio preços praticados pela protegidas e abastadas famílias com raízes em França, a discriminação noventa por cento da população não são brancos, o racismo ea desigualdade entre homens e mulheres. Considerada a partir de um artigo no "Le Point" Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Elie Domota el lider indiscutible de las agrupaciones sindicales y culturales en Martinica no ha sido invitado a reunirse con el Presidente frances lo cual pone en duda las verdaderas intenciones de Sarkozy en las colonias de Francia en el caribe.Elie Domota lucha contra el monopolio de los precios fijados por familias protegidas y pudientes con raices en Francia, la discriminacion del noventa por ciento de la poblacion no blanca, el racismo y la desigualdad de los generos.Tomado de un articulo de "Le Point"Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.



Published on Friday, June 26, 2009
By Philippe AlfroyReprinted from Caribbean Net Newscaribbeannetnews.com
“I am persuaded that the status quo is not possible,” declared Sarkozy, on his arrival in Fort-de-France, adding: “It is absolutely necessary to find a solution, to alleviate the issues, and to find an answer at the same time to the request for equality and identity. I will devote myself to it during these two days.” (Sarkozy in Martinique...)
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AFP) -- French president Nicolas Sarkozy affirmed on Thursday that the “status quo was not possible”, on his arrival in Martinique

A Committee on Financial Services in mid-2010 in Barbados Bridgetown, Caribbean.

Par Salaura Didon, correspondante CC1 à Barbade By Salauris Didon, corresponding to CC1 Barbados
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http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.caribcreole1.com%2Fnews%2Fbarbade%2F1%2C1410%2C23-06-2009-une-commission-des-services-financiers-mi-2010-a-la-barbade.html&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8LA BARBADE, Bridgetown, Mardi 23 juin 2009- (Caribcreole.com)- Le Ministre des Finances, Darcy Boyce a annoncé la création d'une commission des services financiers au milieu de l'année prochaine. L'objectif est de réguler et protéger toutes les institutions financières non bancaires et le secteur de commerce international, à cause de la crise économique mondiale. Il s'est exprimé à l'occasion du cinquantième anniversaire des courtiers du marché monétaire caribéen (Caribbean Money Market Brokers) samedi soir au Lion Castle Polo Estate, St Thomas. BARBADOS, Bridgetown, Tuesday 23 June 2009 - (Caribcreole.com) - The Minister of Finance, Darcy Boyce announced the creation of a committee on financial services in the middle of next year. The objective is to regulate and protect all non-bank financial institutions and the international trade sector, due to the global economic crisis. He spoke on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Money Market Brokers Caribbean (Caribbean Money Market Brokers) Saturday evening at Lion Castle Polo Estate St Thomas.
Boyce said that a balance must be struck so that the regulatory practices not only protect investors but also to encourage innovation in the financial sector. Il a également remarqué que la crise économique a founit une opportunité aux entreprises responsables comme Caribbean Money Market Brokers de démontrer à la population l'importance d'une planification financière minutieuse dans la création de la sécurité financière. He also noted that the economic crisis has found an opportunity for responsible companies like Caribbean Money Market Brokers to show the importance of careful financial planning in the creation of financial security. Le Président-Directeur Général, Ram Ramesh eprise CMMB a maintenu le cap durant le ralentissement économique. President and CEO, Ram Ramesh explained that his company CMMB has stayed the course during the economic downturn.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mariela Castro’s Hopes for Cuba Havana Times.org - http://www.havanatimes.org -

Posted By the editor On June 24, 2009 @ 3:15 pm In Interviews, leftcol1, leftcol2 No Comments
By Dalia Acosta
HAVANA TIMES, June 24 (IPS) - Recognized for her work in defense of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals, Mariela Castro Espín advocates a form of socialism that is more just, dialectical, inclusive, and especially, participative.
Castro Espín, 46, is the director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) and the principal initiator of a resolution approved in mid-2008 for performing sex change operations within the Cuban state health care system.
“Participation could be the key of socialism in the 21st century,” says Mariela, who is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, and the late Vilma Espin (who died in 2007), a fighter for the rights of the women and sexual minorities who was one of the historic leaders of the Cuban Revolution.
In a conversation with IPS, Mariela talked about moments that have led her to where she is today, as well as the topic of socialist participation and the hopes of Cuba if the US blockade is lifted.
IPS: In 2004 you met with a group of transvestites and transsexuals who were seeking assistance. Today you are recognized as the initiator of a set of reforms in support of the right to sexual diversity in Cuba. Were you always understanding of differences?
MARIELA CASTRO ESPIN: It was part of a process of becoming conscious as a Cuban citizen who looked at reality, listened and questioned. Life in this country has taught me not to be a simple interpreter of reality, but to be part of it, to participate, to even try to change what I don’t like or what I believe should just be changed.
IPS: Tell us of some important moment in becoming the person you are today?
MCE: There are many. When I was a first-year student at the university I experienced the process of forging a revolutionary consciousness within the ranks of the Young Communist League (UJC), a process that I didn’t like and that I confronted the best I could; I believed in something better.
What greatly bothered me was the extremism, the prejudices. I hated the phrase “ideological diversionism” because I saw it as an instrument of the opportunists.
What also marked me was the massive exodus from the port of Mariel in 1980. For me it was a tremendous awakening to see how many of those extremists went running to Mariel, and, still today, many of those who were punished are still here participating in the Revolution.
I was also marked by the “Special Period” (the economic crisis that began in the early 1990s). It made me re-think about what kind of socialism I wanted. It’s very interesting to see all that has been achieved in the 50 years of Revolution, with complete sovereignty and the search for social justice, but we still have a long way to go and in very broad terms.
IPS: How should socialism be for it to continue being a valid option, both presently as well as in the nation’s future?
MCE: I continue betting on socialism, but one based on a dialectical focus in which we are required to address all the contradictions that continue to arise and to identify the changes needed for development.
IPS: How do you respond to today’s young generation, which is said to not feel a commitment to anything or anyone?
MCE: Through mechanisms of participation. For me, participatory socialist democracy is fundamental, not only at a llevel of political statements or at the theoretical level, but in the creation of those mechanisms in day to day life..
That is the salvation of socialism as the historic option and the only way that youth will feel like they are a part of this effort, because they would be participating in it and because they could contribute their opinions, concerns and criticism.
It’s necessary to create settings and opportunities in which youth can become a part of a reality that is being invented and created, one that they can experience and commit to because it’s part of their reality, one that they too are constructing.

Mariela Castro, director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX). Photo: Caridad

IPS: Have you applied that principle to the current campaign of CENESEX in support of sexual diversity?
MCE: That’s exactly what we’re doing. CENESEX creates opportunities because we can’t do our work alone, nor should we. What we are doing is opening spaces and developing projects jointly. There is nothing more fascinating than participation, because we all assume responsibilities.
If participatory mechanisms are developed and improved in Cuban society, they will greatly enrich our process as well as those of socialism, since this has been its weak point throughout all of its history.
Cuba – this country so authentic, original, delicious and so contradictory – can also contribute to socialism as a system of Creole socialism in the Caribbean, which is what we are.
Otherwise you’re just trying to put on a suit on that doesn’t fit, one that has nothing to do with you.
IPS: With Barack Obama assuming the presidency of the United States, people have spoken a great deal about the possibility of that country easing its sanctions against Cuba. How do you imagine the island without the blockade?
MCE: A Cuba without blockade is a Cuba that will prosper. This is what I requested of St. Peter when I went to the Vatican, prosperity for Cuba. First I planned to ask for the end of the blockade, but I told myself that this would only be a part of the solution. We need prosperity, with or without the blockade.
The day they lift the blockade they will remove a very great weight from us so that we can survive in connection with the world.
But along with that it will be fundamental to improve the mechanisms of socialist democracy, because the lifting of the blockade in itself won’t impel prosperity. We have to improve our social system.
IPS: What do you think of the theory that the Cuban socialist system cannot withstand the impact of the lifting of the blockade?
MCE: To be alive is to be in danger, and the Cuban Revolution has always been in danger. Is it possible to have been subjected to more danger than what we’ve already been through? – I don’t think so. I believe it will be an opportunity, a dangerous one, but an opportunity, and we have to take maximum advantage of it.
It will be fundamental for Cuba, as it would be for any country. What country can survive a blockade? Cuba survived, but at a high cost – in many senses.
IPS: Do you share the opinion that we live in a country in which everything is seen through the perspective of its relations with the United States?
MCE: Everything is related to it. We have developed a culture of the blockade and we’ll have to learn the lessons of life without the blockade of Cuba, which wants to survive with a socialist system. In my opinion, it must be a system that is more prone to development, more inclusive and more dialectical.
Socialism cannot lose its dialectical focus of interpretation and development if we’re to withstand the impact of lifting the blockade. Everything that we do will have to be as a function of guaranteeing our sovereignty, without neglecting the internal mechanisms that mustn’t be as narrow as they have been.
I still have the energy, hope and strength to continue fighting for this socialism. I know that the Revolution has developed many defense mechanisms in the face of the constant hostility from the US imperialism and all its vast resources.
And that’s not just some trite phrase; it’s an expansive, intensive, very cruel imperial system, and it’s necessary to continue fighting, to not back down in the face of violence, in the face of the pressures that we will continue to confront.
When there is conviction on a road, you don’t yield. What’s most important is that we take this journey along the most intelligent route possible.
IPS: …that you don’t veer against the Cuban people themselves?
MCE: Exactly, that we don’t veer against ourselves. For that reason the development of participatory mechanisms is the key. How do we want Cuban socialism to be? How do we want to build it? How will we do it? And what are the principles that we cannot give up?
Of course, we must retain our national dignity, sovereignty, and social justice, so that in the search for development we don’t fall for mechanisms of exploitation, but there are indeed other mechanisms – perhaps ones of cooperation in the economic plane – that can allow us to prosper, to satisfy the population’s growing needs, perhaps through the fiscal policy, the possibilities of the state…
IPS: What do you expect from Obama?
MCE: In my personal opinion, he doesn’t have very good advisers on Cuba or on Latin America. I hope that we can have dialogue, a rapprochement. From his personal biography I find him to be a wonderful person, but now that he has assumed the role of president he has to wear another suit, and that’s difficult. I imagine that he wanted to do many things that he now can’t.
IPS: Do you think that, although Obama may not achieve substantial changes during his office, the single fact of his having been elected is an important symptom of change?
MCE: Yes, but the world needs a response from Obama. The world needs changes in the United States, a country that demands so many changes on the world in the interests of small circles of power.
The world is demanding the United States make deep changes to survive.
We cannot hope that the United States will cease being an empire, for the time being, and much less simply because of Obama, but at least the fact that Americans have chosen him is a symptom that they too want change.
As they say in Santería (an Afro-Cuban religion) when you want to wish someone luck, you always say Aché. So I say Aché Obama; so that he accomplishes all he can, all that’s possible.
Havana Times translation of the original article published in Spanish by IPS.
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