Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Llorens’

Honduran general instrumental in coup moves to Mexico

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

García Padgett nominated as military attaché to embassy

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for February 11. See original here.]

By Arturo Cano

Janet Napolitano can relax. The man who blocked “the plan to carry to the heart of the United States a socialism, a communism, a chavismo disguised as democracy,” the general who kept “narcotrafficking and terrorism” from arriving in US territory, is coming to Mexico.

Miguel Ángel García Padgett, one of the four main perpetrators of the coup d’état that ousted President Manual Zelaya in June, 2009, will be the military attaché to the Honduran embassy in our country.

After his ascendancy to the highest military position in his country was vetoed by United States Ambassador Hugo Llorens, according to a cable released by the Wikileaks web site [here], García Padgett, the commanding general of the Honduran army, will return to the place where he received part of his training, in the Colegio Militar. (more…)

Honduras: Wikileaks cables reveal US mistrust of Micheletti

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Embassy reported Micheletti took advantage of political crisis to sign lucrative contracts

[Translation of an article from El País of Madrid, Spain, for January 29. See original article here and leaked cables, in English, here, here, here, here, here and here.]

Roberto Micheletti

By Francisco Peregil

In the 250,000 Wikileaks documents, the expression “banana republic” appears 51 times. Diplomats from countries like Turkey, Russia, Morocco and Spain (Miguel Ángel Moratinos in March, 2004) made clear to their counterparts from the United States that their countries were not banana republics. And yet in the most recent case of a coup d’état in Latin America, the concept is just below the surface in many telegrams but it does not appear at all.

The cables drafted in the United States embassy in Honduras after the June 28, 2009, coup against President Manuel Zelaya display everything that is usually associated with a country with no reliable institutions and under the shadow of the United States: a politician, Roberto Micheletti, who occupied the presidency in the name of honesty and in his despotism had to be threatened with revocation of his visa before he would surrender his position. Until the last minute, Micheletti, according the the embassy, took advantgage of the crisis the coup d’état had provoked to arrange crooked contracts. (more…)

Honduras renews relations “with countries that matter” as Porfirio Lobo celebrates

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for July 7, 2010.]

by Arturo Cano

Tegucigalpa, July 6 – “Minute 94. God is Honduran,” say the t-shirts still for sale in Valle de Angeles [a wealthy city 30 kilometers northeast of Tegucigalpa, popular with tourists], referring to a last-minute goal which last year helped Honduras qualify for the World Cup in South Africa. The rest was done by the United States team when it beat Costa Rica. Maybe that’s why the souvenir stores also sell US flags, displayed next to the t-shirts. Crowds of Christian gringos, who come here to proselytize and to see the sights buy them while flocks of musicians playing Mexican music follow them around.

In the capital and in San Pedro Sula, almost all the private schools have “school” [in English] in their names. In Comayagua, the city next to the United States airbase, the directions signs on the streets say “one way” [in English]. Busses traveling on them, which used to carry United States kids to their schools, now make up the bulk of public transportation in this country. On Sundays it it hard to find a place where you don’t hear hymns or loudspeakers spewing strict sermons by preachers, many representing  churches whose sees are far to the north. On those days it is hard to take a ten-minute walk without running into three or four Mormons in white short-sleeved shirts and wide ties. (more…)