Showing posts from July, 2009

Democracy in Honduras - Update

Exiled Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is losing momentum in his attempt to regain credibility and position. In an interview with The Associated Press Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez clearly believes the nation’s interim government will outlast Zelaya. He said Zelaya will begin to be relevant as campaigning for elections begins and noted that even the candidate for Zelaya's own party does not support the ousted president any longer. "There will be a totally different context and once the campaigns begin, the obsession with Mr. Zelaya will start fading," Lopez said.

"The people are united and are willing to weather the five months until the elections," Lopez said. He was optimistic that other nations would recognize election results as legitimate. "Of course it will be recognized. There is no sense in talking about it not being recognized". Lopez held firm on refusing to permit Zelaya to return although Congress will debate the question of amnesty, par…

Former Monsanto Executive is Food Czar

Jeffrey Smith posted this:

When FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on what was to become the most radical and potentially dangerous change in our food supply—the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods; secret documents now reveal that the experts were VERY concerned. Memo after memo described toxins, new diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and hard-to-detect allergens. They were adamant that the technology carried “Serious health hazards,” and required careful, long-term research, including human studies, before any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could be safely released into the food supply.

But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy and he wasn’t going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie.

Dangerous Food…

Honduras Talks Break Down

AP is reporting from Costa Rica the mediated talks to resolve disputed removal of President Zelaya have fallen apart over the issue of Zelaya's return to Honduras to finish out his term. After four days the two sides seem at an impasse. The interim government said it was not acceptable for Zelaya to return.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has been mediating discussions in attempts at a gaining peaceful resolution to the forced removal of President Zelaya from Honduras. "It was not possible to reach a satisfactory agreement. The Zelaya delegation fully accepted my proposal, but not that of Mr. Roberto Micheletti," Arias said, referring to the interim president sworn in by congress after the June 28 coup.

Arias said he will spend the next three days "working much harder to see if we can reach an agreement, because what is the alternative to dialogue?" On Saturday, Arias proposed a plan that would let Zelaya serve out the final months of his term, move up electi…

Khammenei Inc - Takes Control in Iran

The Guardian confirms assertions that the “Hidden Revolution” was well underway by “Khamenei Inc.” long before the current protests made headlines. In my June 22 post, citing a NY Times Op-Ed, the pieces began to fit together in such a way as to indicate Iran was being raped and pillaged by a thugocracy.
On the eve of today’s expected tenth anniversary protests commemorating the 1999 student uprising Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has taken control of the militia being used to crush the protest movement, according to a senior Iranian source.

The source, a politician with strong connections to the security apparatus, said that the leading role being played by Mojtaba Khamenei had dismayed many of the country's senior clerics, conservative politicians and Revolutionary Guard generals. But these conservatives are reluctant to challenge the Khameneis openly out of fear that any conflict would destabilise the Islamic Republic and weaken Iran in the region. Instead they will use their positio…

California Will Kill Obamanomics

The “script” that is playing out in California is merely a shadow of what transpires daily in DC - “District of Corruptiom” where we see two different political parties headed in the same direction. The only difference is the speed; as they both daily offer expensive government programs for every perceived need.
After years of playing this charade called “pass the buck” power thirsty politicans, instead of paying for what we truly need, now are reaping the proverbial whirlwind. We're trapped in the cellar

California politicians have wallowed in an orgy of spending but they are a poor imitation of the porkers based in Washington. Yes California’s deficit this year is over $26 billion and IOU’s are being printed (3 Billion in July). These numbers pale in comparison however to the federal deficit which will be nearly 70 times larger.

Obama's administration is the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of the U.S., he has no shame, and seems willing to cast aside any semblance o…

The Moscow Summit-More of the Same

The U.S.-Russian Summit Turns Routine

By George Friedman
courtesy of Stratfor

The Moscow summit between U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ended. As is almost always the case, the atmospherics were good, with the proper things said on all sides and statements and gestures of deep sincerity made. And as with all summits, those atmospherics are like the air: insubstantial and ultimately invisible. While there were indications of substantial movement, you would have needed a microscope to see them.

An agreement was reached on what an agreement on nuclear arms reduction might look like, but we do not regard this as a strategic matter. The number of strategic warheads and delivery vehicles is a Cold War issue that concerned the security of each side’s nuclear deterrent. We do not mean to argue that removing a thousand or so nuclear weapons is unimportant, but instead that no one is deterring anyone these days, and the ri…

Democracy Draws a Line in Honduras

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Violent clashes erupted Sunday between Honduran troops and the supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya as the military began moving trucks into position to prevent a plane carrying Zelaya from landing. Police reported 2 deaths.

Following the attempted landing by Zelaya; Honduran interim President Roberto Micheltti accused Nicaragua of massing troops on their mutual border. Micheletti also urged President Daniel Ortega to respect Honduran sovereignty.

The Interim Government reported it had contacted the OAS to express it’s willingness for discussions following their earlier suspension from the group.

Curfews have been imposed at night and media blackouts have been reported as Honduras, one of Latin America’s poorest countries, struggles to deal with the freezing of millions of US dollars of international aid. Regional trade blockades and recalls of foreign ambassadors have also had an impact.

To get a focused picture of what is brewing in Central America one must look…

Power and Pride - Two Space Age Products

North Korea is starving while Pyongyang pursues ICBM.
While this is not a recent revelation; hunger pangs seem destined to breach even the militarized fortifications that are the heart of DPRK power. The latest figures I have read from UN World Food Program indicate nearly a third of current NK people depend on food aid indicating the situation is growing ever more dangerous.

An emergency humanitarian program that began last year has ceased due to NK governmental restrictions placed on the agency’s operation and dwindling donations. Ian Kelly, U.S. State Department spokesman, indicated any future aid will have strings attached. “We currently have no plans to provide additional food aid to North Korea, and any additional food would have to have assurances that it would be appropriately used” Kelly further stated; “We remain very concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people. But we are very concerned because we need to have adequate program management in place, monitoring an…

Burma Blinks-Refuses North Korean Cargo

Following passage of UN resolutions the military rulers of North Korea and Burma continued doing business as usual until Sunday.
Reports from Radio Free Asia indicated The Kang Nam 1 initially presumed to be bound for Burma; was refused permission to dock if the cargo ship was carrying weapons or other prohibited materials. US officials in Washington said yesterday they do not know where the ship is headed but it was 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Hong Kong on Tuesday and slowly heading north.

The NK cargo vessel has been trailed by an American warship for more than a week on route towards Burma in what could serve as a successful implementation of the new UN non-proliferation resolution targeting DPRK. Pyongyang re-issued warnings against any attempts to board the Kang Nam 1 saying any such action would be considered an act of war.

A US delegation headed by former Ambassador Philip Goldberg left yesterday for Beijing to discuss the UN sanctions. China's cooperation is crucia…