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Thread: Noam Chomsky on the Obama Team's Military Coup in Honduras and the History of US Rule in Latin America

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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKwJI9axblQ[/media]



    He explains the role of the US government assistance programs - the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID and others in facilitating the military coup in Honduras.



    According to Allen Weinstein, one of the founders of NED, "A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."



    These tax payer funded organizations helped facilitate the 2002 military coup in Venezuela and the 2004 military coup in Haiti.



    According to the State Department's Office of Inspector General..



    "It is clear that NED [the National Endowment for Democracy], Department of Defense (DOD), and other U.S. assistance programs provided training, institution building, and other support to individuals and organizations understood to be actively involved in the brief ouster of the Chavez government."



    http://oig.state.gov/documents/organization/13682.pdf


    NED - together with USAID - financially supported, by disbursing about $50 million annually for "democracy promotion" projects in Honduras, many organisations within the Honduran Civic Democratic Union, a network of organisations which opposed the ousted president Manuel Zelaya and supported the military intervention during the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis. In fact, a USAID report regarding its funding and work with COHEP, described how the “low profile maintained by USAID in this project helped ensure the credibility of COHEP as a Honduran organization and not an arm of USAID.” Which basically means that COHEP is, actually, an arm of USAID.



    The International Republican Institute (IRI), entity that receives funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), received more than $1.2 million in 2009 to work with political groups in Honduras. IRI’s work has been dedicated to supporting “think tanks” and “pressure groups” to influence political parties and “support initiatives to implement political positions during the campaigns in 2009.” This is a clear example of intervention in the internal politics of Honduras and evidence of NED and IRI funding to those groups involved in the coup.



    The National Endowment For Democracy - "Supporting Freedom Around the World"



    Eva Golinger - Washington behind the Honduras coup: Here is the evidence



    Eva Golinger







    Eva Golinger, winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico (2009), named “La Novia de Venezuela” by President Hugo Chávez, is a Venezuelan-American attorney from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of the best-selling books, “The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela” (2006 Olive Branch Press), “Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela” (2007, Monthly Review Press), “The Empire’s Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion”, and Since 2003, Eva, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and CUNY Law School in New York, has been investigating, analyzing and writing about US intervention in Venezuela using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain information about the US Government’s efforts to destabilize progressive movements in Latin America. Her first book, The Chávez Code, has been translated and published in six languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian & Russian) and is presently being made into a feature film.

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    I simply don't understand how the United States serves to gain anything from manipulating South American governments. If they want Socialism or Communism or Fascism or Democracy... so be it. If they want to trade with us on our conditions, so be it. If not, no worries. If we treated Domestic Policy the way we do foreign policy, New York and California would have long since invaded their surrounding States and funded military coups in Texas.

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    [quote name='Burning Giraffe' date='31 March 2010 - 04:37 PM' timestamp='1270067838' post='135057']

    I simply don't understand how the United States serves to gain anything from manipulating South American governments. If they want Socialism or Communism or Fascism or Democracy... so be it. If they want to trade with us on our conditions, so be it. If not, no worries. If we treated Domestic Policy the way we do foreign policy, New York and California would have long since invaded their surrounding States and funded military coups in Texas.

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    The long standing doctrine is to make the world open and hospitable for neoliberal-globalization, particularly American-based multinational corporations and to prevent the rise of any third world society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the neoliberal economic model.



    The United States has long dominated the Western Hemisphere by two major methods: violence and economic strangulation. Quite generally, international affairs have more than a slight resemblance to the Mafia. The Godfather does not take it lightly when he is crossed, even by a small storekeeper. The weaker the country the greater the threat. People who can free themselves against all the odds are sure to inspire others.



    To the United States, the real enemy has always been independent nationalism or what Washington calls "radical populism", particularly when it threatens to become a "contagious example," to borrow Henry Kissinger's characterization of social democracy in Chile, a "virus" that, he feared, might "infect" other countries as far away as the southern Europe. The source of the contagion therefore had to be destroyed, as it was on September 11, 1973. Chileans had to be murdered to teach others that democratic social reform wouldn't be allowed.



    In October 1970, President Richard Nixon was cursing in the Oval Office about the Social Democratic president of Chile, Salvador Allende. "That son of a bitch!" said Richard Nixon on 15 October. "That son of a bitch Allende – we're going to smash him." A few weeks later he explained why: "If Chile moves as we expect and is able to get away with it -- our public posture is important here -- it gives courage to others who are sitting on the fence in Latin America. The main concern in Chile is that [Allende] can consolidate himself, and the picture projected to the world will be his success ... If we let the potential leaders in South America think they can move like Chile and have it both ways, we will be in trouble."



    The National Security Archive - Memorandum of Conversation - NSC Meeting - Chile

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    [quote name='Burning Giraffe' date='31 March 2010 - 01:37 PM' timestamp='1270067838' post='135057']

    I simply don't understand how the United States serves to gain anything from manipulating South American governments. If they want Socialism or Communism or Fascism or Democracy... so be it. If they want to trade with us on our conditions, so be it. If not, no worries. If we treated Domestic Policy the way we do foreign policy, New York and California would have long since invaded their surrounding States and funded military coups in Texas.

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    Really, are you this stupid?

    If they want Socialism or Communism or Fascism or Democracy?
    Do they get to vote for these options? No. These become thrust upon you. The key is not the first election, but the second.



    Zalaya directly violated a clause of the constitution prohibiting any efforts to expand the term of president, and that constituion explicitly calls for the removal of the President who does this (for reasons seen in Venezuela). The legislative branch voted to remove Zalaya, per the constitution, and the Supreme court so ordered. It was Pres. Obama who was demanding that the Hondurans violate their constituion. And today, the US administration is seeking the return of Zalaya to Honduras with guarantees that Zalaya will not be arrested and tried for his breach of the constitution.

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    [quote name='ArizonaIrish' date='01 April 2010 - 03:01 PM' timestamp='1270148493' post='135440']

    Really, are you this stupid?



    Do they get to vote for these options? No. These become thrust upon you. The key is not the first election, but the second.



    Zalaya directly violated a clause of the constitution prohibiting any efforts to expand the term of president, and that constituion explicitly calls for the removal of the President who does this (for reasons seen in Venezuela). The legislative branch voted to remove Zalaya, per the constitution, and the Supreme court so ordered. It was Pres. Obama who was demanding that the Hondurans violate their constituion. And today, the US administration is seeking the return of Zalaya to Honduras with guarantees that Zalaya will not be arrested and tried for his breach of the constitution.

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    You are wrong..




    The collapse of the pretext for the right wing US-military coup



    The coup leaders insist Zelaya was ousted because he had defied a Supreme Court ruling against holding a referendum on constitutional reform, which they claim sought to lift a ban on presidential re-election — although this was not stated in the referendum question.



    TIME - Troubles for a Deal — and for Obama — in Honduras

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