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Hypocrisy at The Heart of Honduran Coup

Telesur, translated by Kristin Bricker: In 1985, [coup leader Roberto Micheletti] tried to turn the Honduran National Congress into a National Constitutional Assembly in order to reform the same Magna Carta that the coup leaders are now defending as their transcendental symbol during the current political crisis.

Members of Congress and politicians accuse Manuel Zelaya of trying to extend his term and change the Honduran Constitution, but what he tried to do was hold a non-binding opinion poll. Micheletti, on the other hand, did want to [extend the president's term and change the Constitution] 24 years ago.

Zelaya’s proposal is far from what happened in 1985 when then-congressman Roberto Micheletti (who has been a member of Congress for 28 years) called a Constitutional Assembly to extend the mandate of the president of that era, Roberto Suazo Córdoba.

It’s worth noting that 24 years ago the effects of the low-intensity war were still being felt, as well as the so-called “Contra” scandal and US President Ronald Reagan’s security doctrine.… Read the rest

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Hypocrisy at The Heart of Honduran Coup



Telesur:

Translated by Kristin Bricker.

In 1985, [coup leader Roberto Micheletti] tried to turn the Honduran National Congress into a National Constitutional Assembly in order to reform the same Magna Carta that the coup leaders are now defending as their transcendental symbol during the current political crisis.

Members of Congress and politicians accuse Manuel Zelaya of trying to extend his term and change the Honduran Constitution, but what he tried to do was hold a non-binding opinion poll. Micheletti, on the other hand, did want to [extend the president's term and change the Constitution] 24 years ago.

Zelaya’s proposal is far from what happened in 1985 when then-congressman Roberto Micheletti (who has been a member of Congress for 28 years) called a Constitutional Assembly to extend the mandate of the president of that era, Roberto Suazo Córdoba.

Original in Spanish can be viewed here.

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What’s Happening in China’s Xinjiang Province?

Salon.com: Every week lately seems to bring a new round of unrest in some corner of the world. Iran, Honduras and now Xinjiang, where 140 people died in rioting yesterday. Any such outbreak of civil conflict, of course, has its own complex history, with rival factions and long-held grievances that aren’t immediately obvious to far-off observers.

Follow the link to Salons coverage, or get more analysis below from Democracy Now!:

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Health Insurance Executive Speaks Out

Doctor with money. Image courtesy of CorbisTestimony given before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation:

Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to be here this afternoon.

My name is Wendell Potter and for 20 years, I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies, and I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick — all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.

… The average family doesn’t understand how Wall Street’s dictates determine whether they will be offered coverage, whether they can keep it, and how much they’ll be charged for it. But, in fact, Wall Street plays a powerful role. The top priority of for-profit companies is to drive up the value of their stock.

… Notices that insurers are required to send to policyholders — those explanation-of-benefit documents that are supposed to explain how the insurance company calculated its payments to providers and how much is left for the policyholder to pay — are notoriously incomprehensible.… Read the rest

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Iraq’s New Death Squad

The Nation Magazine, June 22nd 2009Shane Bauer, The Nation: The Iraq Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is probably the largest special forces outfit ever built by the United States, and it is free of many of the controls that most governments employ to rein in such lethal forces. The project started in the deserts of Jordan just after the Americans took Baghdad in April 2003. There, the Army’s Special Forces, or Green Berets, trained mostly 18-year-old Iraqis with no prior military experience. The resulting brigade was a Green Beret’s dream come true: a deadly, elite, covert unit, fully fitted with American equipment, that would operate for years under US command and be unaccountable to Iraqi ministries and the normal political process.

“All these guys want to do is go out and kill bad guys all day,” laughs retired Lt. Col. Roger Carstens. “These guys are shit hot. They are just as good as we are. We trained ‘em.… Read the rest

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