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Gov't Officials: US to cut aid to Honduras
Associated Press ^ | Sept. 3, 2009 | MATTHEW LEE

Posted on 09/03/2009 10:16:11 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Obama administration is cutting all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. The termination makes permanent a temporary suspension of U.S. aid imposed after Zelaya was deposed in June.

The officials said the State Department would make the announcement on Thursday as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Zelaya in Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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1 posted on 09/03/2009 10:16:11 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Disgusting. And the press carries this water. *spit*


2 posted on 09/03/2009 10:20:18 AM PDT by eureka! (Turn the Tea Party into our own ACORN when voting time comes. GOTV.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is worse than the Clintoon years.

Welcome to the USSA (United States of Socialist America).


3 posted on 09/03/2009 10:20:20 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just as Ford has done better because it did not take money from BO, I suspect Honduras will also benefit from telling our Leftist government to butt out.
If there is need for these freedom loving people, our churches should fill the gap instead of building bigger buildings for fewer worshipers.


4 posted on 09/03/2009 10:20:33 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good, now let’s cut aid to the middle east and Africa and the rest of the world and keep the money here in the tax payers’ pockets!!


5 posted on 09/03/2009 10:20:53 AM PDT by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The most corrupt, Marxist, untransparent, dictator-supporting Administration in US history.


6 posted on 09/03/2009 10:21:23 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

7 posted on 09/03/2009 10:22:37 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought I’d repost an open letter from an earlier thread on this topic:

http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/2009/08/open-letter-from-honduran-foreign.html

The following open letter was printed in the Honduran newspapers yesterday, in Spanish, of course. It is from Carlos López Contreras, Foreign Minister of Honduras, addressed to the Citizens of World.

Happily, a translation to English was also performed. You can read the original letter in Spanish in the newspapers [I haven’t been able to find it online yet], or the English translation here. I’m including the letter in full here because I want everyone to read it and I know that some won’t click links or don’t have the ability to open PDF files.

SECRETARIA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES
DE LA REPUBLICA DE HONDURAS
An Open Letter to the Citizens of the World
from Carlos López Contreras,
Foreign Minister of Honduras

As citizens of an increasingly smaller and interconnected global community, we are all responsible for respecting one other and for creating a better world together. Our diverse cultures, religions, and forms of government must continually search for ways to understand one another and work together.

In Honduras, we have always worked diligently to uphold this responsibility as inhabitants of a global village. We have always remained steadfast in our commitment, and this past month is no exception. In fact, it is an example of what we must all vow to do from time to time: hold true to the principals of democracy and the rule of law while protecting the human and civil rights of our fellow citizens in the face of criticism and misunderstanding by certain sectors of the international community.

Let me be clear about what we as Hondurans believe. We believe in the rights of every person to freely express themselves and their beliefs so long as it is done in accordance with the rule of law. We encourage full and equal participation in political discourse and believe that a free and unfettered press is a valuable part of that discourse. We believe that the Honduran government must act in accordance with the Constitution that establishes and limits its power to govern.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs, I am charged with representing the Honduran government and its people before the world. Now more than ever, my job is to bring an understanding to our shared global community of our dedication to uphold these beliefs, and ask each of you to consider our views as we consider yours.

Yes, Manuel Zelaya was democratically elected as the Honduran President. We cherish democracy.

Yes. as President, he did abuse his power and violate the Constitution. We respect our Constitution.

Yes. his powers as President were automatically forfeited after our Attorney General investigated the violation and our Supreme Court ruled that the violation had occurred. We respect the rule of law.

Yes, the military was ordered to arrest him as part of their Constitutional duty. We know this appearance might seem troubling to some, but it is clearly written in our Constitution -and has always been a part of our Constitution.

Yes, it was a mistake to remove Manuel Zelaya, a Honduran national, from the country. We admit the error and are aware that there are consequences.

Those consequences are that the Constitution and rule of law must be upheld. And so, the Attorney General opened an investigation into the expatriation of Manuel Zelaya on July 4th, and we await the findings of this investigation.

We, the Honduran people, firmly believe that those consequences are not any of the following:

• The restitution of the Presidential powers of Manuel Zelaya. This is not an option the Honduran Constitution grants to the government. In fact, it is clear that the exact opposite must take place. No powers under any circumstances.

• The granting of amnesty to Manuel Zelaya by the executive branch. This is a proscribed duty of the Congress. and the Congress alone. This is their power. and theirs alone.

• The unilateral decision to negotiate breaking articles of the Constitution in order to satisfy some members of the international community. Popular opinion by powerful nations does not rule our nation, and should not rule any country.

Please consider what is being asked of our country: Break the Constitution. Ignore the rule of law.

We simply can not do this because of a mistake in expatriating a Honduran national who had been Constitutionally stripped of the powers that democracy provided to him only to have him abuse them.

We would never ask another nation to ignore its Constitution and trample on the rule of law much less purposely violate its Constitution to please our opinion.

Each day, our citizens wake up and hope that through our insistence and dedication that we can bring understanding to others. We are thankful to friends who have courageously spoken up on our behalf. We are grateful for their support, and are humbled that they have chosen to work selflessly alongside us to bring other nations to understanding our commitment to democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law.

We are a little country among the community of nations but our nation’s larger mission is to protect human rights, democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. We are confident that these are values worth standing firmly in order to uphold. We invite the world to examine our true intentions and decide for themselves. As we prepare to hold free and fair elections this coming November, our faith in these principles could not be more clear.


8 posted on 09/03/2009 10:24:37 AM PDT by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / Declaration of Independence - 5th sentence)
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To: LibFreeUSA

Maybe Zelya has the birth certificate...because I can’t imagine why they are doing this.


9 posted on 09/03/2009 10:24:58 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bookmark.


10 posted on 09/03/2009 10:27:07 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: RedCell
Update - I just checked the main page of her blog and there are some newer posts fyi...

http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/

Here's a little preview:

The point? Yes, there are human rights violations in Honduras and there always have been. But to blame any current violations on a "coup regime", without investigation or providing Honduras the right to investigate and respond, is a political move to increase world pressure on the current constitutional government.

Organizations and media outlets that report bloodbaths, massacres, disappearances, gang rapes, detention camps, and continual media suppression without one shred of evidence are irresponsible and are using what should be of grave concern to all the world − human rights − as a political tool.

Groups who make false human rights claims only harm those groups who are truly interested in finding the truth. They should be identified and discredited.

To insist that Mel Zelaya must be restored to power as some sort of panacea to stop human rights violations is the worst kind of hypocrisy from organizations that know better.
11 posted on 09/03/2009 10:30:47 AM PDT by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / Declaration of Independence - 5th sentence)
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To: RummyChick

“Professional Courtesy” From One Dictator to Another.


12 posted on 09/03/2009 10:31:46 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may. -Sam Houston)
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To: RedCell
ULTRACORRUPT MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

The First Annual ex parte Constitution-usurpers anti-Constitution Party
(a.k.a. 'Let's all Piss-on-John-Jay's-Grave Day')
which voided and made laughable the silly, ignored, Judicial Code of "Ethics".


Ex parte (Together): "Death to the US Constitution. To us, now gods in black robes,
forever ignoring the rule of law."


13 posted on 09/03/2009 10:33:36 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: eureka!

Wonder how much this amounts to, and if private donations could make up for it.


14 posted on 09/03/2009 10:34:09 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I love the parrots picture.

I’m happy to say that I read an article that says Honduras has been reigned to this. They are tightening their belts preparing for it.


15 posted on 09/03/2009 10:38:15 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

I think I read $30 - $40 million, don’t quote me. Probably much more ‘cuz we spend billions in foreign aid. Way beyond charity. They will survive. Not an ally anymore though. I am really beginning to loathe this administration. I wish ill on them daily in the form of the truth outing. Not good for my karma and a Quixotic dream with the corrupt mainstream press. A pox on their dishonest houses.


16 posted on 09/03/2009 10:41:12 AM PDT by eureka! (Turn the Tea Party into our own ACORN when voting time comes. GOTV.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Related good news to offset this outrageous policy: Bush Appointee Saves Honduras from Obama-Chavez Thugocracy
17 posted on 09/03/2009 10:50:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
HUSSEIN:
$900,000,000 FOR HAMAS-CONTROLLED GAZA...
BUT HE CUTS AID TO
ANTI-COMMUNIST HONDURAS!

He is revolting.

18 posted on 09/03/2009 10:52:18 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: LibFreeUSA

Rev. 13:3 KJV - And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:

19 posted on 09/03/2009 10:58:33 AM PDT by Errant (`)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I long for the day we bring him up on sedition charges or RICO charges.

And why can’t there be some sort of nation-wide class action suit against him and all Congress? We have standing now. He’s hurting us. My lifestyle, my finances, my childrens’ finances are being directly affected by his and Congress’ tyrannical rule. When will someone bring him up on charges of not upholding his oath to defend the Constitution? Not only is he placing us in peril, he is now hurting others with his Marxist agenda. The man must be stopped.

God, show us the way to remove Obama and all of his cronies from office. Help protect us, this country, this world, from pure evil.


20 posted on 09/03/2009 11:07:36 AM PDT by humble and shy (Taking our country back, one politician at a time)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bush Appointee Saves Honduras from Obama-Chavez Thugocracy
21 posted on 09/03/2009 11:08:25 AM PDT by Errant (`)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Thats what I was thinking. It would be great if we could set up a “democracy fund” for the honduran people to show our solidarity with them. Obama and the dems be damned!


22 posted on 09/03/2009 11:30:50 AM PDT by Merlinator (Teddy in Arlington?... WTF were all the Massachusetts landfills full?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; TheThirdRuffian; eureka!
More U.S. pressure on the interim Honduran government.

Here is the official State Department press release issued today.

Here's what's new: The USG had previously revoked visas of four high interim government officials including Jose Tomas Arita. He's the Supreme Court magistrate who issued the arrest warrants for Zelaya on June 26th. And last week the administration stopped issuing visas to Hondurans except for emergency cases and immigrants.

According to media reports, the board of directors of the U.S. government-owned Millenium Challenge Corporation are to meet next week to consider revoking reportedly $200 million in aid. Secretary of State Clinton chairs this corporation, so I expect the revocation will go through.
23 posted on 09/03/2009 12:33:10 PM PDT by normanpubbie
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To: normanpubbie

Tnx. Hopefully our freedom loving allies will step up.


24 posted on 09/03/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT by eureka! (Turn the Tea Party into our own ACORN when voting time comes. GOTV.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Evil Trinity Launches Tribulation

Recent youtube video by the Rev. Manning.

25 posted on 09/03/2009 2:55:50 PM PDT by Errant (`)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

With this current Government, thats more a badge of honor and a feather in the cap than anything else. Honestly they are better off with out having to “pay back” any of this administrations ‘favors’.


26 posted on 09/03/2009 2:57:07 PM PDT by Danae (- Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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