Honduras: The making of a death squad “democracy”

Original article, by Bill Van Auken, via World Socialist Web Site:

With the restoration of diplomatic relations and the resumption of aid and credits from the world’s major governments and financial institutions, Honduras is being welcomed back into the fold of “democratic” nations, even as the organizers of last year’s coup remain at their posts and death squad murders continue.

Any questions about Obama and Empire should be answered by now. The continued occupation of Iraq and the expansion of the Afghanistan war into Pakistan were obvious indicators. The President’s reaction to the coup in Honduras is nothing we haven’t seen literally a hundred times by the Empire. The addition of American military bases in Colombia points toward what should not be denied. Obama is a tool of the Empire.

The Obama administration is leading the way in affirming that an election held last November under state-of-siege rule and the inauguration of Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo as president late last month have washed away all the sins of the past. For Washington, the June 28 military overthrow of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, along with the brutal repression that followed, is a dead letter.

No freedom loving people, knowing this about Obama and the Empire, should join the US in any expansion of said Empire. The US continues to treat other countries as it’s own personal play grounds. We should be ashamed that this is the case.

Finally, the World Bank announced on Wednesday that it is restoring loans that had been frozen in the aftermath of the coup, increasing the amount on offer from $270 million to $390 million, assuring the further indebtedness of the impoverished country and a new round of austerity measures and attacks on the already miserable living standards of Honduran workers.

I’ll let you read the rest of the article. Needless to say, support for independent countries outside of the Empire should be considered as very important. Insurrections against those who are seen as our ‘enemies’ should be considered suspect at best. The imperial beast, unsustainable as it is, will come crashing down soon enough. The question is who else will be brought down in the fall?

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  1. announcement deserves to be discussed.  Reuters tells us:

    The World Bank said on Wednesday it is restoring development aid to Honduras that it had frozen after a coup toppled President Manuel Zelaya.

    World Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub told a news conference in the Honduran capital that the bank would restore a planned loan of $270 million and add $120 million in new credit, for a total of $390 million, following the inauguration of a new elected president in the country.

    Aid agencies and donor nations agreed to an international aid freeze that amounted to $450 million after the June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya. Last month, the United States promised to restart aid, as other nations have begun to normalize relations with the impoverished Central American country.

    “For the World Bank, it is important to say that we are here to continue supporting the Honduran people … especially the most vulnerable in society,” said Daboub.

    The last sentence of the article, not quoted above, is the one that is most important:

    Honduras received about $1 billion a year in foreign loans, humanitarian aid and subsidized Venezuelan fuel before the coup, representing around 20 percent of its national budget.

    Did you get that?  Honduras, the article informs, gets about 20% of its national budget each year in loans.  Even if the loans were interest free, which they are not, and even if some of the loans will be turned into gifts, in 5 years it would take almost 100% of the national budget to pay back the principal on what has been loaned in the preceding 5 years.

    That effectively reduces Honduras to being completely dependent on the good will of those who loaned the money and makes its economy entirely captive to the lenders.  And it entrenches income inequality in the Honduras.  There is, for poor people in Honduras, no escape except immigration.

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