Belén Fernández on The Honduran Pantomime

The Virtual Observer had been advertised by the TSE as a way for the international community to witness Honduran democracy; as for non-virtual election observers, these included Israeli Ambassador to Guatemala and non-resident Ambassador to Honduras Eliyahu López and organizations such as the International Republican Institute, which in addition to supporting the 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez happens to have also cooperated in election-related projects in Venezuela and Nicaragua with Hagamos Democracia.


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4 Responses to “Belén Fernández on The Honduran Pantomime”

  1. Kit Says:

    Much to my disappointment, Al Jazeera quote the International Republican Institute.

    “Few international observers travelled to Honduras for Sunday’s vote, but one group from the International Republican Institute, a US-based nonprofit organisation, said on Monday that they had witnessed “an election free of violence and overt acts of intimidation”.

    In a statement, the institute called Sunday’s vote “credible and peaceful”.

  2. RickB Says:

    Hi Kit, yes that is disappointing, a minutes googling could disabuse a journo of the ‘Institute’ as a credible actor. They are to coups in the US interest what hands are to a Muppet’s mouth movements. As RNN have called it -laundering a coup- captures it exactly and perhaps sets a dangerous new precedent for how imperialists will operate, slightly more subtle than a full on ‘Pinochet’ but all the better to manage favourable media coverage.

  3. Kit Says:

    Even though I know better, the injustice & the crudity of the reporting still shocks me.
    … RNN? Real News Network?

  4. RickB Says:

    Me too, it’s more like CNN than Al Jazeera who usually find at least some small difference in angle to take, even if they too answer to wealthy interests.

    Yes indeed

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