The drug "war" is used to justify U.S. military intervention in Honduras, now a way station for drugs moving from South America to U.S. consumers.
Honduras' National Front for Popular Resistance gathered in Tegucigalpa, Feb. 11-12, to launch a political party. The name, Liberation and Re-foundation Party (Libre), is timely: Honduras is mired in catastrophe.
Killings and crime make present day Honduras look like the former U.S. "wild west." Yet the "sheriffs" - read police and armed forces - are in cahoots with the bad guys.
The National Front for Popular Resistance organized anti-government marches and demonstrations around Honduras.
"Our cry is for return of all rights and guarantees of Honduran democracy," Zelaya told supporters. "We are heading for a constituent assembly to win back power."
Two sets of realities are opposed: a small, wealthy, U.S.-backed minority and popular mobilization, always in the background, but now gathering new strength.
A strike by teachers in Honduras, which has led to a confrontation with the right-wing government, could have riipple effects.
Greece: Communist Parties claim persecution; Iraq: Further confirmation of babies harmed in US war; Honduras: Killings of reporters continue; India: Communists prevail in municipal elections; Tunisia: Unexpected street heat.
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya angrily blasted the U.S. State Department comments revealed in a secret diplomatic cable.
Thirty members of the United States House of Representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to cut off U.S. aid to the armed forces and police in Honduras, until that country's government can demonstrate and end to human rights violations.