Honduras's Zelaya: Not with a bang but a whimper
Any last faint hope of reclaiming his presidency, even briefly, ended Jan. 27 this year, when former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya abandoned his siege in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa (although not before having his hair done) and went into exile in the Dominican Republic. It was seven months after he was ousted in a military coup in the middle of the night. New Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, sworn in that same January day, saw Zelaya off. His departure came after the Honduran Supreme Court found seven military generals innocent of abuse of power in the coup and an amnesty was declared for both the military and Zelaya. For good measure, $1.5 million in embezzlement charges against Zelaya - a handy tool to have against ousted leaders - are still being investigated.
Last summer, it appeared international negotiations with anti-Zelaya forces (that included Peter Kent, Canada's minister of state for the Americas) were focused on allowing the ousted president to serve out his term until January. That was when the notion was still in vogue that coups are a thing of the past in Latin America. Not so much.
In its latest March/April issue, the NACLA Report examines events since June in an article entitled, "Honduras: Whitewashing the Coup." The bi-monthly report contains some of the best reporting on the Americas and is worth a read. Unfortunately, it looks like you'll have to pick it up on the newstand or subscribe on line to get a copy. Not very helpful, I know, but for those interested in Latin America, it's a good investment.