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"She's Baldly Lying": Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton's Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup*

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  • As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup."
  • Related: How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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April 13, 2016 | Amy Goodman: For more on Honduras, we are joined by—Hillary Clinton and the legacy of the 2009 coup—Dana Frank, is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras.

Professor Frank, it’s great to have you with us. Well, Hillary Clinton said a lot in this five-minute exchange with Juan González. Respond.

Dana Frank: Well, I just want to say this is like breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath. I mean, first of all, the fact that she says that they did it legally, that the Honduras judiciary and Congress did this legally, is like, oh, my god, just mind-boggling. The fact that she then is going to say that it was not an unconstitutional coup is incredible, when she actually had a cable, that we have in the WikiLeaks, in which U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens says it was very clearly an illegal and unconstitutional coup. So she knows this from day one. She even admits in her own statement that it was the Honduran military, that she says, well, this was the only thing that was wrong there, that it was the military that took Zelaya out of the country, as opposed to somehow that it was an illegal thing we did—that the Honduran government did, deposing a president.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres, Compiled by David Culver,  Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

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  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
  • Related: Take action for justice for Berta

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Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism

The Clinton-brokered election did indeed install and legitimate a militarized regime based on repression.

Greg Grandin, Nation

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March 10, 2016 | Before her murder on March 3, Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist, named Hillary Clinton, holding her responsible for legitimating the 2009 coup. “We warned that this would be very dangerous,” she said, referring to Clinton’s effort to impose elections that would consolidate the power of murderers.

In a video interview, given in Buenos Aires in 2014, Cáceres says it was Clinton who helped legitimate and institutionalize the coup. In response to a question about the exhaustion of the opposition movement (to restore democracy), Cáceres says (around 6:10): “The same Hillary Clinton, in her book Hard Choices, practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the bad legacy of North American influence in our country. The return of Mel Zelaya to the presidency (that is, to his constitutionally elected position) was turned into a secondary concern. There were going to be elections.” Clinton, in her position as secretary of state, pressured (as her emails show) other countries to agree to sideline the demands of Cáceres and others that Zelaya be returned to power. Instead, Clinton pushed for the election of what she calls in Hard Choices a “unity government.” But Cáceres says: “We warned that this would be very dangerous.… The elections took place under intense militarism, and enormous fraud.”

Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and is the author of a number of prize-winning books.

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Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism

Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead.

Gaius Publius, WashingtonsBlog 

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RH-D-BTdMyY/Vty6re7ExFI/AAAAAAAACj8/2lLSxz3fgjQ/s400/Berta_Caceres_otu_img.jpg  Berta Cáceres, Honduran indigenous and environmental activist, before she was murdered (source)

March 8, 2016 | I’ve been looking for a way to tell this story, the story of Hillary Clinton and the murder of Berta Cáceres, for a while. The core of the story involves yet another victim of Honduran right-wing violence.

For example, there’s this, from the Nation:

 

The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders

The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.

Greg Grandin

March 3, 2016 | Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras.

Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. 

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Take action for justice for Berta, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • RIGHT NOW demand justice for Berta Caceres, protection for human rights defenders, and a cut-off of U.S. security aid to the repressive Honduran regime.
  • No matter how many death threats she received, no matter how many times she was followed, pursued, or threatened, Berta would not be silenced.
  • And she must not be silenced today. Berta's voice must continue to be heard.
  • Part 1: Call & Email NOW to demand justice for Berta & Honduras!
  • Part 2: Take action to demand justice in the Assassination of Berta Caceres 

 

The obscene moral hypocrisy on Brussels: Why are terror attacks against civilians in the Middle East ignored?

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  • The hundreds killed in the Middle East in the past few days don't get a fraction of the attention dead Europeans do.
  • Until the deaths of the infinitely more victims of Western crimes are mourned equally (the millions of dead Iraqis, Yemenis and Libyans — not to mention the countless more Afghans, Palestinians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Somalis, Nigerians, Congolese and more), the whole charade following tragic attacks like those seen in Brussels and Paris reeks of extreme hypocrisy — moral and political hypocrisy that is nothing short of obscene.

Ben Norton, Salon

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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 | When a bomb emblazoned with “Made in USA” massacres civilians in the Middle East, scarcely a single tear is shed. When Westerners are subjected to the same terror people in Muslim-majority countries endure on a regular basis, the sky falls.

We have seen it numerous times — in Paris in January and November 2015, and in Brussels now. The response of the international community makes it clear: the lives of Westerners (particularly the white ones) are valued exponentially more than those of people in the Middle East.

Ben Norton is a politics staff writer at Salon

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AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics.

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  • AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.
  • Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's
  • Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

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Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's

AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.

Samantha Brotman, Common Dreams

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Monday, March 21, 2016 | The 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC. The conference is no small affair; as is the case every year, there is a star-studded speakers list. This year, nearly all of the American presidential candidates are scheduled to speak, each no doubt hoping to convince conference goers that they love Israel more than their competitors in the presidential race.

All of this would be business as usual were it not for the controversy stirred up by Donald Trump’s participation in the conference. Many Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals plan to protest Trump at AIPAC this week because he does not reflect their values. Trump’s flagrantly racist statements and violent and exclusionary rhetoric are deeply troubling to many across the political spectrum. But it is important to note that AIPAC inviting Trump is not an aberration, it is in line with AIPAC’s mission to support Israel regardless of how illegal and repressive its policies are.

Samantha Brotman is the Membership Coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Juan ColeCommon Dreams

http://www.juancole.com/images/2016/03/map-story-of-palestinian-nationhood-750x500.jpgTuesday, March 22, 2016 | I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy toward the Mideast doesn’t change much. She was still a senator then. Much of the audience was Middle East experts, who could barely keep themselves from gagging.

Clinton used her speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting, the gathering of some of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, to lambaste Donald Trump for saying he’d try to be neutral in heading up negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Donald Trump should be lambasted. He is wrong on everything most of every day. But, like a clock, he is right twice a day and this a point on which he is correct. The US cannot be an honest broker in the Mideast conflict if it is more Israeli than the Israelis, which it typically is. Palestinian negotiators over the years complained that they’d get an Israeli proposal, then go to the US to tweak it, and get back the same proposal from Dennis Ross or some other American partisan of Israel who had been put in a position to shape negotiations on the American side.

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st.

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U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres

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  • This is not a hyperbolic statement.
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  • Part 1: U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres
  • Part 2: To the FMO Development Bank

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Part 1: U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres

This is not a hyperbolic statement. On July 15, 2013, a collegue of Cáceres, Tomás Garcia, was murdered by gunshot in broad daylight by a Honduran soldier in front of 200 to 300 people while Garcia was peacefully marching to deliver a message to the companies constructing a dam near his community.

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It is highly likely, and suspected by the family and friends of Cáceres, that the Honduran government was involved in her assassination.

This is not a hyperbolic statement. On July 15, 2013, a collegue of Cáceres, Tomás Garcia, was murdered by gunshot in broad daylight by a Honduran soldier in front of 200 to 300 people while Garcia was peacefully marching to deliver a message to the companies constructing a dam near his community.

ANSWER Coalition:  connecting the flight for social justice at home and in opposition to war and occupation abroad.

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Part 2: To the FMO Development Bank

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Berta stood up to corporations and helped delay the construction of the Agua Zarca dam which, if built, would destroy her community's land and the Gualcarque River in Honduras. The dam was delayed due to protests for so long that investors started pulling from the project.

As a result, Berta became a target for corporate spying, intimidation, and ultimately murder, simply because money wasn’t being made.

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SumofUs.org is a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations.

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It's Not About The Refugees, It's About All Of Society

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  • Now is the time to invest in the integrity of our society. That is the most responsible politics for the future of our country.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

 

Sigmar Gabriel, Huffington Post

 

 

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03/03/2016 | The integration of refugees is a mighty challenge for the coming years. From the pleasant slogan "We can do it" we must change to "We will do this." We have to create the preconditions now so that we can complete the task.

For us Social Democrats, one thing has always been clear: It's about society as a whole. We've been saying this for months. Instead of building "refugee housing," let society provide affordable housing for anyone who needs it. Instead of "refugee day care" let's provide child care and kindergardens for anyone who needs them.

Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor, Economics and Energy Minister of Germany

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Arend Van Dam | Refugees and Europe / media.cagle.com

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

Haiti | Aid-Money Laundering As An NGO Racket

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  • It took the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti to expose the rot in the world’s charities. Well-meaning people and their governments donated about $12 billion dollars of emergency aid, virtually none of which reached individual Haitians. The funds that were delivered went mostly to enrich the donor countries’ government agencies, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and the vast majority of the pledged funds were never delivered at all. Some of this disappeared money was embezzled. Two criminal cases in 2015 give a glimpse into the use of NGOs by criminal networks to launder embezzled aid money.
  • Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

Dady Chery, Global Research / Popular Resistance 

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February 2nd, 2016 | Aid, Mediterranean style

Rafael Blasco, one of Spain’s longest-lived and most indestructible politicians, became the first person to serve time for stealing Haitian reconstruction funds when he began a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence on June 15, 2015 for committing embezzlement of public funds, administrative prevarication, and forgery while he was the Director of the Aid Ministry in Valencia’s regional government. Although the English-language press ignored this news, in Spain, the “Aid Case” was a major scandal that the media followed for three years, until the Spanish Supreme Court denied Blasco’s final appeal for clemency in May 2015.

https://d1ldy8a769gy68.cloudfront.net/180/978/099/665/350/3/9780996653503.jpg According to a Valencia High Court and the Spanish Supreme Court, Blasco received his sentence for running a criminal ring that had syphoned off all but 3 percent of a $2 million aid package that should have brought water and sustainable food to two poor rural areas of Nicaragua. This was only one part of the three-part Aid Case, which involved a total of $10 million and irregularities in 30 humanitarian projects in Central America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Another important part of the Aid Case was the planned construction of a hospital in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake for $5.1 million, but it turned out that there was sufficient evidence in the Nicaragua part to convict Blasco.

Dady Chery is the author of We Have Dared to Be Free, an energetic defense of Haitian culture coupled with an indictment of alleged Western attempts to destroy it under the pretense of international assistance. It is a tribute to the genius of the Haitian people.

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Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died” Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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  • The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

 

 

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