The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras

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CCB Publishing, 2010 - Honduras - 247 pages
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Honduras is known as the classic "Banana Republic" - a characterization of a politically backward country ruled by a tiny wealthy class. The phrase was coined by the North American writer O. Henry in his book, Cabbages and Kings. It conveys the image of a nation plagued by military coup d'etats... historically undeniable in the case of Honduras. The controversial overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009 represents a watershed in Honduran history. Was President Zelaya an innocent victim of the military and judicial systems, or did government officials act wisely in rescuing Honduras from a president intent on remaining in power indefinitely and dismantling the country's democratic institutions? Although it awakened memories of past coups, it is unclear whether this was a traditional or a "hybrid coup," featuring some elements of what the world tends to associate with coups, but lacking others. The collection of short essays in this book offers personal insights on these questions and on a wide range of events, themes, and philosophical struggles that defined the political crisis in Honduras.

About the Author:
Marco Caceres di Iorio is the editor of the online newspaper Honduras Weekly. He is also the cofounder of projecthonduras.com, an international network of volunteers involved in humanitarian development projects aimed at empowering the people of Honduras. He directs the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copan Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. He was born in Tegucigalpa.

 

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This book was well written. The author seems to have the knowledge and the philosophical nature of Latin American nations that most of the time tends to be overriden by the "MILITARY".
We have seen
how Venezuela was taken by a despotic president Hugo Chavez, a military man without the proper education to know how to govern a nation. Venezuela has been suffering a lot of economic chaos. Inflation and poor living conditions threatens the health and life for those citizens that wishes to have a government for a "FREE ENTERPRISE". Just like Thomas Jefferson stated,"that any nation in the world can not be free and ignorant in a tate of civilization. to this I just say,amen.
A good Coup de Etat could be the only solution to free Venezuela from the tragedy of despotic opressors of that nation. The trouble is that, it is difficult to find a military man with the intellect and culture to free this nation from chaotic disaster.,however, you can see that president Nicolas Maduro's background was nothing but a chauffer for many years. This is why the military has him just as the front for Chavez and the military despotic tendencies of today.
 

Contents

A PERMANENT STATE OF PROTEST
4
MELS BIG FAVOR
10
EXPERIMENTATION
18
ÓSCAR ARIAS IS NOT THE SAVIOR
24
THE CIVIL COUP THE WORLD FORGOT
31
10POINT REHAB PLAN FOR MEL
39
ARIAS MEDIATION DOOMED FROM THE GETGO
45
HOW BOUT REINSTATING MEL AFTER THE ELECTION?
51
CAUDILLOS MAKE POOR ADVOCATES OF THE PEOPLE
114
PEPES GRAND NATIONAL DIALOGUE
127
THE DOOMED CAUSES OF RESISTANCE
134
ODD ODYSSEY FOR MARTYRDOM
140
TRADING POWER FOR RECONCILIATION
146
THE CYNICISM OF HONDURAN RECONCILIATION
152
THE GLARING ABSENCE OF CARLOS FLORES
158
THE WISDOM OF GRACIOUSNESS
170

DEAR ELVIN AND PEPE
59
IRONIES OF A WORLD CUP CLINCHER
65
MELS ASSUMPTIONS
71
PLAYING AT UNITY AND RECONCILIATION
82
GAUGING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
88
PUTTING ASIDE TRIBALISM
98
ANOTHER RANCHER FROM OLANCHO
104
A TRUTH HONDURANS RECOGNIZE
176
TEXTBOOK DIPLOMACY
187
THE LAST GREAT HONDURAN COUP
195
MELS PLAN FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
224
FORMER PRESIDENTS NEED BENEFITS
233
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
245
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