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Plans for Honduras start-up city hit by transparency concerns
The Guardian ^ | Friday 7 September 2012 | Jonathan Watts

Posted on 09/11/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

Plans to create a neo-liberal start-up city in Honduras with its own laws, tax rules and police force suffered a setback on Friday when the economic guru who inspired the project said he has been unable to act as its guarantor and watchdog.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cities; foreigninvestment; honduras; planned
Well, well, well. Things sure happen fast.
1 posted on 09/11/2012 1:28:50 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Wouldn’t it be easier to just move to Detroit in the summer and not have A/C ?


2 posted on 09/11/2012 1:35:33 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Texas Fossil

A liberal city, with its own laws???

Well, you would have to have, among others :

mandatory homosexual marriage
mandatory use of electric cards
mandatory green energy generation
mandatory recycling and green waste handling
mandatory socialized medicine
mandatory confiscatory taxation to pay for it all

and, you would need to have a large illegal population, to be a servile class to the liberal elites of such a city. Somebody would have to do the grunge work. Do you think the idealistic liberal residents of such a city would do such jobs??????


3 posted on 09/11/2012 1:47:33 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Texas Fossil

You simply cannot flee from the problems of America because the problems are global and will follow.

When total economic collapse comes, I don’t want to be a foreigner in a strange land.


4 posted on 09/11/2012 1:50:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

European Marxist use “neo-liberal” to mean Capitalist.

As in the Australian “Liberal” party which is the conservative party of Australia.


5 posted on 09/11/2012 1:51:35 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Texas Fossil

In the mid-70s, I was hired by Belize Airways as a B-707 captain. The company was owned by a group of Honduran doctors, and was used as a vehicle to get their wealth out of the country. 5 airplanes, 200 hard-working, highly motivated employees - most of them Americans.

Once the money was in the USA, they let the company die. University professors with little real world experience would do well to remember the words of Jimmy Buffett’s “Banana Republic”:

Down in the Banana Republics
Things aren’t as warm as they seem
None of the natives are buying
any second hand American dreams


6 posted on 09/11/2012 1:52:26 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Reaganez

Yeah, I know someone who lives in Honduras for the economic freedom which they do mostly have for now.

Unfortunately our economic problems are global and you just can’t hide from them for long.


7 posted on 09/11/2012 1:56:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: QBFimi
Thanks for the great insight.

I thought this was the most important sentences in the article:

Romer said he and four other international figures were appointed by presidential decree to the commission, which has wide-ranging powers to appoint and fire governors, nominate judges and hire auditors in the proposed new zones. But the five will issue a statement distancing themselves from this week's announcement and calling into question the legality of their appointment, which they say has not been published in the official gazette as required by Honduran law, ostensibly because of a challenge in the constitutional court.

-snip-

"As you continue to work to attract foreign investment ... in this period of uncertainty, we feel it would be wise to release you from any sense of obligation to proceed with publication of the decree and thus with our formal appointment."

--

Mr. Lobo's "decree" say to me that he is taking lessons from Obozo. And his friends simply don't want to embarrass him by publishing the actual decree, after some Constitutional "questions" were asked.

8 posted on 09/11/2012 2:04:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: cripplecreek

I grew to admire the Hondurans when the removed Zelaya for defying their constitution.

Obozo & State Dept. tried to force him back down their throats. They resisted and with the help of Senator Demint and the Congressional delegation who went down there, Obozo finally accepted the election results.

Honduras has always been a good ally of the US. They are a poor nation, have inherited a huge drug violence problem. I see no reason why the US should not try to help them, but I am always suspicious of “international assistance”, seems it all comes from Flaming Lefties with a poison pill attached.


9 posted on 09/11/2012 2:29:29 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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