Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton’

The way it was: Telling on the Army

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Out about the military

[A few years ago, when Bill Clinton was president and don’t-ask-don’t-tell was first being debated, I wrote an article for a proposed book of writings by lesbian and gay veterans on our experiences in the military. The book was never finished. But now the 50th anniversary of the April, 1965, uprising in the Dominican Republic and the subsequent U.S. invasion is approaching and since my own participation in that invasion was central to my experience of the army and to the article I wrote, I am posting the article here. It is, of course, dated by now but I believe it is still relevant.]

by David Holmes Morris

Life was really pretty easy by the time I got settled at Ft. Devens in the spring of 1964. I hadn’t expected it to be. Basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, (Fort Lost-in-the-Woods to us) was as miserable as basic training is cracked up to be, especially for those like me who weren’t physically fit enough to run miles in combat boots or competent enough with rifles to hit targets. We were the weaklings (the others had a different word for us) and the objects of abuse for the lifers who ran the place.

Some miracle got most of us through, though, or, in my case at least, some quota and the recognition that electronic spying called for different abilities than physical combat did. Once through basic, those of us destined for the Army Security Agency were sent to Ft. Devens, a few miles west of Boston, for specialized training.

At Devens we were schooled in the arts of intercepting radio communications and tapping telephones. There were other lessons for me, though. Even before I made my first trip to Boston I happened on a certain men’s room at a certain PX not far from my barracks that other GIs had long since found uses for besides those the Army intended. (more…)

The richest man in the world to come to Honduras

Monday, July 26th, 2010

[Translation of an article from Revistazo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for July 25.]

Tegucigalpa – Foreign minister Mario Canahuati said yesteday that former United States President Bill Clinton and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, will come to Honduras to participate in an event to promote investment.  The event, called the  Relanzamiento de Honduras como País Atractivo para la Inversión [Relaunching Honduras as an Attractive Country for Investment] will be held in San Pedro Sula next November 4 and 5.

The foreign minister made the announcement during a meeting with the diplomatic corps in which he asked ambassadors to spread the word about opportunites the government is providing for foreign investments.

He asked them to get in contact with the businessmen of their countries so they can visit Honduras and confirm that the country is an attractive place for investments.

He also asked them for help in the development of economic and investment fairs since the government seeks to “raise the spirits of Hondurans in order to move toward what could be an alternative development and improvement in our fellow citizens’  living conditions.”

The governnment is counting on 20 million dollars of support from the Inter-American Development Bank to launch the project, Canahuati declared.

The World Bank is  expected to contribute a similar amount in hopes that Honduras will regain the position in the region that it once held.

Carlos Slim is a Mexican businessman involved in telecommunications who, according to Forbes magazine, is the richest man in the world.

Haitian senate passes law giving extraordinary powers to president

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Leaves executive power and international advisors with no checks and balances

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for April 17.]

by Blanche Petrich

Port-au-Prince, April 16 – President René Préval received a blank check of incalculable value last night when the senate, in a one-hour session in the absence of the opposition bloc and with no debate, approved a new national emergency law granting him extraordinary powers and leaving no checks on the executive and his international counterpart, the Interim Committee for National Reconstruction.

The Committee will centralize all decisions concerning post-earthquake management of the country and, with no oversight by the legislature, will disburse the 5.3 million dollars approved for the next year and a half by the donors’ conference. The arrangement will be directed jointly by former United States President Bill Clinton and Minister of the Interior [sic] Max Bellerive. (more…)

In Haiti, nobody talks about elections anymore

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

What does Préval have in mind?

[Translation of an unsigned article from Haïti-Progrès for April 4.]

Around the end of February and the beginning of March, the electoral process was on everyone’s lips. Especially after President of the Republic René Préval asked the Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP – Provisional Electoral Council) to initiate the process and to draw up an electoral calendar. Toward mid-March, the much disparaged head of the CEP boasted, “My agency is technically ready to organize the next step having to do with legislative and presidential elections.” (more…)

Haitian opposition parties reject government reconstruction plan

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

[Translation of an article from AlterPresse of Haiti for March 30, 2010.]

Port-au-Prince, March 30 – Parties opposed to the administration of President René Préval have rejected a plan that the Haitian government will offer at a United Nations conference on reconstruction of the country in New York on March 31. (more…)