Eruption In Ecuador

Is it a coup attempt or just police protests against salary cuts? The 24 hour rule is in effect.

Ecuador ‘coup’: 50 injured in clashes

“We’ve treated 50 people in Quito for medical emergencies due to asphyxiation due to tear gas and impacts from pellets and teargas canisters,” said Jorge Arteaga, a Red Cross spokesman.

Most of the injured had been involved in clashes outside the hospital where president Rafael Correa is being held.

Mr Arteaga said that injuries were also reported in other Ecuadoran cities where rebel police took to the streets.

Mr Correa was holed up at Quito’s National Police Hospital, where he was taken after a tear gas canister exploded near him when he addressed rebellious police at a barracks nearby.

Although the police are surrounding the hospital and preventing him from leaving, Mr Correa told ECTV television that he is still running the country.

“They’re not letting me out,” Mr Correa said. “They’ve got all the hospital exits surrounded.

“Obviously, it’s a kidnapping, when you kidnap the president,” he added.

Mr Correa said he would not negotiate with the officers while he remains a captive.

“I’d rather die,” he said.

Ecuador’s president defiant after hospital rescue

A defiant Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa returned safely to the presidential palace late Thursday after spending hours held by police inside a hospital room outside Quito.

Minutes earlier, members of the Ecuadorian army — wearing gas masks — rescued him, a reporter for Ecuadorian Television reported.

Speaking from a balcony, Correa told thousands of jubilant supporters that he saw one person who was shot during the rescue, which he regretted.

He thanked his supporters — in particular his bodyguards — for standing behind him and said the rebel police effort to oust him had failed.

“Nobody has supported the police as much as this government, nobody has increased their salaries as much,” he said about police protests about what they thought were salary cuts. “After all we’ve done for the police, they did this!” he said, adding that he was held inside the room and not allowed to leave.

“Supposed national police!” he spat. “Shame on you!”

See also:
Ecuador coup attempt? President Rafael Correa attacked in police revolt.
Ecuador’s president attacked by police
State of Siege Declared Over Ecuador Coup
Coup d’état continues in Ecuador
Ecuador’s leader trapped after ‘coup attempt’
Ecuador President Hurt During ‘Coup Attempt’
Correa Claims Ecuador Coup Attempt After Scuffling With Police
Unrest In Ecuador: Protesting Security Forces Seize Airport
Protesting police, soldiers seize Ecuador airport
Ecuador Declares State of Emergency
Ecuador declares state of emergency as country thrown into chaos
Ecuador state of emergency: Your emails
Peru closes border with Ecuador after coup attempt
Colombia Seals Off Border with Ecuador
Colombia joins Peru in closing borders with Ecuador
Troops free Ecuador president
Ecuador president rescued amid police, military clash
Ecuador unrest: Rafael Correa returns to presidential palace
Ecuador’s President Freed From ‘Police Siege’
Troops storm Ecuador hospital and free Correa

Obviously, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in Ecuador at the moment, although it seems that it might be a failed coup attempt.

/if so, all I can say is better luck next time, Rafael Correa is a close protégé of oppressive socialism poster boy and enemy of the United States, Hugo Chavez

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Why Does Obama Hate Jews?

Remember this?

So, Obama has no problem being photographed getting chummy with Hugo Chavez, one of the most anti-American, anti-Semitic socialist dictators in the world. And yet he treats Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, one of America’s staunchest allies, like a disease, refusing to be photographed with him, hold a joint press conference, or even release a written public statement. What’s wrong with Barack Obama?

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.

Left to talk among themselves Mr Netanyahu and his aides retreated to the Roosevelt Room. He spent a further half-hour with Mr Obama and extended his stay for a day of emergency talks to try to restart peace negotiations. However, he left last night with no official statement from either side. He returned to Israel yesterday isolated after what Israeli media have called a White House ambush for which he is largely to blame.

See also:
At White House, Netanyahu humiliated by Obama
Barack Obama’s humiliation of Israel is a disgrace
Obama’s Disgraceful Conduct Toward Israel
VIDEO / Why wasn’t Obama photographed with Netanyahu?
Washington Post: Obama Treating Netanyahu Like Dictator
No Denying White House Animus Toward Israel
Netanyahu’s Humiliation
Obama, Netanyahu reportedly still at odds
Playing hardball with Netanyahu?
As U.S.-Israel rift continues, Netanyahu finds himself in a bind
Conflicting Demands Test Netanyahu
Can President Obama Be Trusted with Fate of America & Israel?
U.S.-Israel rift adds tension to AIPAC meeting

How can anyone explain Obama’s reprehensible behavior, treating the Israeli Prime Minister with utter contempt and barring any press coverage whatsoever, as opposed to gleefully glad handing the notoriously anti-Semitic Venezuelan dictator in front of the world’s cameras?

Don’t bother calling Obama, he won’t pick up the phone.

/apparently, he has no time and nothing but disdain for Jews and the Jewish State

Final Score: Honduras 1 Obama 0

Faced with the utter failure of yet another of his boneheaded, anti-American ally, foreign policy decisions, Obama finally gives up, waves his ever handy white flag, and surrenders to the good guys’ rule of law in Honduras.

Honduras: Obama administration finally and completely abandons Zelaya

The Obama administration’s wishy-washy attitude toward Honduran elections finally lands him on the right side of the issue: in favor of Honduras and its democracy, and against ousted President Manuel Zelaya, who was thrown out after attempting to extend his reign illegally.

The United States says it supports Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras as an “essential” part of a solution to that country’s ongoing political crisis.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the U.S. thinks it is important that the people of Honduras have the opportunity to “express their votes in a free and transparent way.”

…Spokesman Kelly noted that the election, in which neither [Interim President Roberto] Micheletti nor Mr. Zelaya is running, is being organized by an electoral tribunal that was selected and installed in a transparent, democratic process before the coup. He said it is important the election be seen as free, fair and transparent, and is monitored by a credible international monitoring process.

After an Obama knee-jerk reaction to Zelaya’s ouster in June, the U.S. had insisted on Zelaya’s reinstatement. This would have harmed Honduras’s Congress and high court, which had ousted Zelaya, even as it served no discernible U.S. interest. At the same time, Zelaya’s continuation in power would have benefited one of Zelaya’s main allies and alleged sources of funding — Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

By hanging Zelaya out to dry — leaving him powerless and languishing in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, possibly facing trial for illegally seeking re-election — the administration saves face in Honduras and ultimately does the right thing. The Honduran Congress will vote on Dec. 2, after the next president has been elected, whether to reinstate Zelaya as a lame duck, and with the election already decided, they won’t be under any pressure to do so and reverse their earlier decision.

So all’s well that ends well. But even so, as we recently opined, a happy ending is still no excuse for Obama’s half-cocked diplomacy, and no number of low bows to Honduras’s next president will make up for the damage he has caused there. Again, his legendary inexperience in world matters shows.

See also:
US Expresses Support for Honduran Election
Obama’s Honduran debacle
Micheletti steps aside for Honduras poll
Zelaya warns US support for Honduras election divisive
INTERVIEW-US risks isolation over Honduras election-Brazil
Honduras vote to sideline president, enshrine coup
Hondurans march supporting elections without Zelaya
Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic
Still Stuck On Stupid And Doubling Down
Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators

Well, ever since the U.S. reversed course and decided to support this Sunday’s November 29th Honduran elections, all the world’s communists, socialists, assorted tin pot dictators and far left loons have been screaming bloody murder.

/what does that tell you about what was the right thing for the United States to do?

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Zelaya negotiator says Honduras talks reach deal

Negotiators on Wednesday reached a deal that may resolve a crisis in Honduras sparked by a coup three months ago, but the agreement needs to be approved by ousted President Manuel Zelaya and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, Zelaya’s lead negotiator, Victor Meza, told reporters.

End to Honduras crisis? Not so fast, negotiator says

A negotiator for de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti said that no deal was reached between the two opposed sides Wednesday, as other government officials had reported.

Ninety percent of an agreement to end the country’s ongoing political crisis has been reached, Micheletti negotiator Vilma Morales said at a news conference Wednesday, but some key points remained to be worked out.

See also:
De facto Honduran gov’t to analyze agreement about Zelaya’s reinstatement
Accounts at Odds on Honduras Deal
Honduras Negotiators Move Closer to a Deal
As Honduran foes near a deal, crisis ‘almost at an end’
In Honduras, Elections Pose Test for Diplomats
Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic
Spinning Zelaya

Seeing as how his removal was legal and Honduran elections are scheduled for next month anyway, I’m not sure why there are even negotiations to reinstate Zelaya, except to placate the Obama administration’s bizzare threat not to recognize the elections. That’s right, the United States won’t recognize the constitutionally scheduled Honduran elections unless the Honduran government bends over for Obama’s State department and negotiates with the legally removed socialist, anti-semitic Hugo Chavez wannabe.

/as far as I’m concerned, they should just let his paranoid ass rot in the Brazilian embassy

Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic

Whoopsies, someone better tell Hillary and Obama that their man in Tegucigalpa is a crazed, paranoid, anti-Semitic common commie criminal.

They’re torturing me, Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya claims

It’s been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He’s sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and “Israeli mercenaries” are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.

“We are being threatened with death,” he said in an interview with The Miami Herald, adding that mercenaries were likely to storm the embassy where he has been holed up since Monday and assassinate him.

. . .

Honduran police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said he knew nothing of any radiation devices being used against the former president.

“He says there are mercenaries against him? Using some kind of apparatus?” Cerrato said. “No, no, no, no. Sincerely: no. The only elements surrounding that embassy are police and military, and they have no such apparatus.”

. . .

Israeli government sources in Miami said they could not confirm the presence of any “Israelis mercenaries” in Honduras.

The evil Jews are torturing poor Zelaya with poson gas and radiation waves, they’re out to assasinate him! What a loon! And this is the crazy ass Chavez wannabe that the Obama administration has thrown in with. Oh, and remember that supposed “coup” the Obama administration is obsessed with punishing the Honduran government and people for? It turns out that it wasn’t a “coup” at all, under Honduran law, the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional.

CRS Report: Honduran ‘coup’ appears legit

In response to the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, the U.S. State Department cut off foreign aid to Honduras and stopped approving visas for government officials. The U.S. is even threatening now to de-legitimize that nation’s upcoming November elections, and has been treating the interim government of Roberto Micheletti as a rogue regime.

But State’s is not the only opinion. By way of contrast, a new report (click here for the pdf) from the Congressional Research Service bears out what our editorial board has been pointing out for months now: The situation in Honduras should not be a cause for concern in Washington. It should a relief.

President Zelaya, who was attempting to subvert the constitutional order of Honduras by seeking re-election (considered a crime there) was removed from office by the order of civilian authorities, and the constitutional order of succession was honored afterward.

. . .
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“The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional, and we must respect that,” Rep. Aaron Schock said today. “It’s unconscionable the administration would attempt to force Honduras to violate its own Constitution by cutting of foreign aid.”

See also:
HONDURAS: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ISSUES
Spinning Zelaya

So, the Obama Administration and the State Department picked the side with the crazed, paranoid, anti-Semitic common commie criminal, the same side Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers are on. Go figure.

/I swear, these Obama Administration and State Department morons could watch a hundred episodes of the Road Runner cartoon and still bet on Wile E. Coyote

Spinning Zelaya

To hear Hillary tell it, you’d think it was reminiscent of MacArthur’s triumphant return to the Philippines.

Clinton, Arias: Zelaya return could help end Honduras crisis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Monday that ousted leader Manuel Zelaya’s return to Honduras offers an opportunity to end the country’s political crisis.

“Now that President Zelaya is back it would be opportune to restore him to his position under appropriate circumstances, get on with the election that is currently scheduled for November, have a peaceful transition of presidential authority and get Honduras back to constitutional and democratic order,” Clinton told reporters as she met with Arias in New York.

Well, what Hillary didn’t say is that, although Zelaya sneaked across the border like a thief in the night, he’s technically still not back in Honduras, he’s hiding like a coward in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest.

Honduras under curfew as ousted president returns

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government.

The move forced de facto leaders in Honduras to impose a 15-hour curfew according to an official announcement on local media.

. . .

Mr. Zelaya had been in exile mostly in Nicaragua while a de facto government that backed the coup against him became more entrenched in office, defying international calls to allow the leftist president to return.

But his sudden appearance in Honduras on Monday increased pressure on the country’s ruler Roberto Micheletti to cede power and increased the chance of violent protests or a standoff at the embassy

. . .

Micheletti, whose government is not recognized internationally, earlier on Monday vowed to have Zelaya detained.

“The moment that we know he has entered the country we are going to go ahead with his arrest. We have search and capture teams to carry out his arrest,” Micheletti told Reuters before news broke that Zelaya had taken refuge in the embassy.

See also:
Curfew imposed in Honduras after Zelaya’s return
Zelaya returns to Honduras
Ousted leader returns to Honduras, defies arrest
Brazil Confirms Manuel Zelaya At Embassy In Honduras
Zelaya takes refuge at Brazilian embassy in Honduras
Ousted president Zelaya appears in Honduras
Ousted president Zelaya returns to Honduran capital: Chavez
Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators
Still Stuck On Stupid And Doubling Down

sqwack

Seeing as how Zelaya was lawfully removed from office by the Honduran high court, according to Honduran law, it’s still puzzling as to why the Obama administration has obsessively come down on the side of all the communist and socialist regimes in the region. Then again, after watching the Obama administration in action for over six months now, maybe it’s not really that puzzling after all.

/Zelaya can’t hide in the Brazilian embassy forever, as soon as he comes out the Honduran government should arrest him and throw his Chavez wannabe ass in jail

Squelching Dissent, When Free Speech Becomes An Enemy Of The State

Venezuela to Add Charge Against Globovision, Cabello Says

Venezuela will open a sixth administrative proceeding against the Globovision television network and will “inspect” 29 radio stations after some media outlets supported marches against the government this week.

Diosdado Cabello, who as minister of public works and housing oversees the state telecommunications regulator, announced the measures today in a speech at a pro-government march in downtown Caracas shown on state television.

Cabello took 34 radio stations off the air July 31 and opened five earlier proceedings against Globovision. He said today that the mass media were behind marches against President Hugo Chavez around the world yesterday and a thousands-strong march through Caracas today by foes of Chavez.

State-run Venezolana de Television spent the day showing images of the pro-Chavez rally where Cabello spoke. Globovision broadcast from the opposition march for hours. Other news broadcasts showed both marches.

Cabello said he had ordered that Globovision be charged over viewer messages that scroll across the screen during a talk show. He said the station allows viewers to post messages in favor of violently overthrowing Chavez while filtering messages critical of Globovision.

See also:
Chavez minister vows more Venezuela radio closings
Venezuela opens new probe into anti-Chavez TV, announces 29 more broadcasters will be closed
Venezuela opens new probe into anti-Chavez TV
Critics denounce Venezuela’s Chavez in multi-city protests from Argentina to Honduras
“No More Chávez” worldwide rally begins
Venezuela rivals march in Caracas

And, in a disturbing, eerily parallel tangent to this story, check out who praises Hugo Chavez and admires the way he handles the Venezuelan media.

Now, you may ask yourself, who the hell is Mark Lloyd? Well, he’s the Obama administration’s Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at the Federal Communications Commission.

Chavez comes to the FCC

If for a moment you thought the Obama administration was going to sit there placidly while some on talk radio were so bold as to criticize its actions, think again, because here comes Mark Lloyd, the new diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission and a man with a mission.

It’s not a pretty mission, not if you value free speech, but it is a mission made clear by Mr. Lloyd’s own words.

There he was in 2008, participating in a conference on “media reform,” telling us what a wonderful leader Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was and wincing at an unpleasantness the dictator had to deal with, the uppity owners of media, people who had some objections in mind.

He spoke of Mr. Chavez’s “incredible revolution, a democratic revolution,” and of the “property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela” who “rebelled” and who “worked to oust him.” Still, said Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Chavez “came back with another revolution, and then … began to take very seriously the media in his country.”

Dang those property owners. Aren’t they a pain? Mr. Lloyd seems to think they are a pain in this country, too, at least those who own radio stations. As much becomes clear when you read a report he and some others produced for a left-wing think tank that said conservatives dominate talk radio, not because they are more popular than liberals, as the evidence clearly shows, but because most station owners are white men who apparently heed their monolithic ideology more than the marketplace and their pocketbooks.

The solution to this supposed problem? The report advised limiting how many stations can be owned, which means you would take property away from some people. You would get a lot tougher on renewing licenses of those who don’t play the game according to profit-eroding, make-local-groups-happy rules, and you would assess enormous fees to give money to public radio if there was insufficient saluting of all this. It adds up to go broke or go broke.

Do you maybe begin to see that Mr. Lloyd is not as distant as you might like from Mr. Chavez, who has been happily revoking radio licenses of the politically non-compliant in his country? To Mr. Lloyd, as he wrote in a 2006 book quoted in an Internet article, the whole free speech thing is at any rate a bit of a fraud meant to serve global corporations and obstruct policies of the kind our society needs.

See also:
Don’t call this ‘diversity’
FCC’s New Hire Targeted Conservative Radio Stations in Writings
Two surprising appointments by Obama administration
Mark Lloyd – the Federal Communication Commission’s Chief Diversity Officer

/if you’re a free speech advocate, Mark Lloyd, given his public pronouncements and published writings about the media, seems to be an odd, even scary, choice to be appointed to his current FCC position by the Obama administration, is there an agenda here?