Zelayas asyl i Mexiko som inte var någon asyl

Inatt svensk tid inträffade en liten piruett i Honduras. Manuel Zelaya i ambassaden bad om ett plan från Mexiko och om fri lejd, för att han skulle få politisk asyl där. Honduras regering beviljade det. Men just som folket började samlas på gatorna för att fira så kom det fram att Mexiko inte alls tänkte ge honom asyl utan behandla honom som president, och sända honom vidare till ett toppmöte med ALBA-länderna på Kuba. Varvid naturligtvis Honduras drog in den fria lejden, eftersom den var beviljad på premissen att han sökte asyl och upphörde med att ställa till fanskap i Honduras.

Så istället för att fira Zelayas bortfärd kan honduranerna istället skratta åt hans misslyckade försök att lura Micheletti och den ännu inte installerade nye presidenten Pepe Lobo, vilken har börjat ta över så smått redan. Skrattar bäst som skrattar sist.

Eller som president Roberto Micheletti sa, “om vi inte har pengar, om vi inte har olja, så har i vart fall varje honduran värdighet i överflöd.”

Media: SvD, La Prensa.

How Swedish press covered the change of president in Honduras

The political crisis in Honduras started developing in 2008. By March 2009 the president issued a decree for a referendum. It got challenged in court, and an injunction against it was issued and upheld all the way up in the Supreme Court. In spite of this the president persisted on June 25th, why an arrest order was requested by the Attorney General on that date. It was issued by the Supreme Court on June 26th, and executed by the military on June 28th. However, instead of arresting him they exiled him to Costa Rica. In a TV broadcast from San José he denounced to the world that a military coup had taken place in Honduras. That is when Swedish media started paying attention to the political crisis.

I have just reviewed two newspapers, the “liberal” (i.e., right of center, as in the original and not the American meaning of the word) Dagens Nyheter, DN, and the rather more conservative Svenska Dagbladet, SvD.

The background level in SvD from 2004 to 2008 was to mention Honduras about twice a year, about half the time in relation to sports, half in relation to politics, and occasionally some natural disaster. The first mentioning of this political crisis came the evening of June 28th, 2008, and consisted of only photos. Late that evening came the first article, written by a journalist at the newspaper, Håkan Forsberg. It cites several people critical of the removal from office of the president, but nobody who represents the other branches of government in Honduras.

On the morning of the 29th, they report in a WebTV clip (that appears to be from Reuters) that Hugo Chavez was threatening to use military force against Honduras to bring down its new government. (They erroneously translated Zelaya’s uttering “gorilla” to ‘guerrilla’.)

On the morning of June 29, the paper reported for the first time that Micheletti according to himself and the Supreme Court became president through a legal process and not through a coup. The article was from TT-Reuters (TT is the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå). In the evening they published another article, by Forsberg, about the meeting in Nicaragua where Honduras was discussed.

On June 30 there is first an article by TT-Reuters about riots, later a WebTV piece about the riots, and finally an article by Forsberg mentioning Zelaya’s plan to return.

On July 1st the only mentioning of Honduras was in relation to football (soccer); that Sweden is ranked lower than the Central American country.

On July 2nd, an article from TT-Reuters reported that the new government in Honduras is categorically refusing to negotiate the country’s sovereignty of presidency.

After a day with new mentioning, July 4th brought two articles. First an article that goes a little bit more at depth by Sara Bergfors, and mentions how demonstrators were arrested in San Pedro Sula (where criminal elements had taken to breaking windows in downtown businesses, and my wife saw how a photographer started a tire fire himself (!) and then took a photo of it). Later there was an article by TT-Reuters about the breech with OAS, the Organization of American States.

The next article, again by TT-Reuters, came on July 6th, and mentioned how allegedly 2 persons had been killed at clashes between police and military with Zelaya demonstrators at the Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa, when the deposed president was circling above in a Venezuelan airplane provided by Hugo Chávez (who meanwhile was watching it on TV). The figure 2 for killed on this day has been widely disseminated, but as far as I am aware there is only 1 identified victim, a teenage boy.

Also on the 6th, SvD had this article with WebTV video of the event (no author given). The article claims that “at least two” persons were killed at the event, quoting a police spokesperson called Mendoza, who allegedly told AFP, “We have killed two and two are injured. The police has not shot. It was the military since the demonstrators tried to enter the runway.”

Also the 6th they published an opinion piece by Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, student of political science in Cambridge, who argued that the “coup” is not a threat to democracy, due to Zelaya’s violations of the constitution. Finally there was an article by Bergfors about the worry that there might be more violence.

On July 8th the first mentioning came of negotiations, or talks as it was called, in this article from TT-AFP. Most articles after that date have dealt with the efforts to find a political solution. It is noteworthy that in all the articles I have only found one mentioning, in one sentence, of the many big demonstrations for the new government (July 2, 22, 24). That information was almost completely withheld and marginalized for the readers of the newspaper.

Unfortunately the DN server is down now, so until further notice the review will only cover SvD. The overall impression is that of a biased reporting. Token efforts have been made type CYA, by mentioning that there had been demonstrations also for the new government, but by not mentioning that they typically were an order of magnitude larger, and by NEVER showing any photos or videos from them, and only mentioning them once in spite of there being at least dozens, the newspaper was clearly biased. Furthermore, allowing one opinion piece with a partly opposite POV (but only partly, since also that author called it a coup), is just barely enough for the CYA level of coverage.

The fact is that there was no serious reporting of the legal background in the way that I did on this blog (just scroll back on the calendar). Also, there seems to have been no mentioning whatsoever of the significant property damage and destruction caused by people who rioted against the police and military, nor of the fact that the demonstrators were left alone as long as they were peaceful and only arrested once they broke the criminal law (as witnessed also by me via Skype from San Pedro Sula).

In my judgment, the newspaper – which is typical of Swedish newspapers – has not provided an unbiased and fair news reporting to the public.

PS. The latest news, just now from Honduras, is that Manuel Zelaya will be going to Mexico for asylum within minutes to hours. His “salvoconducto” has already been signed by the Department of State.

Word from Honduras via Facebook is that the “whites” are going to Boulevard Morazan at this very moment to celebrate that Manuel Zelaya Rosalez will be leaving the country tonight, so that they can have a peaceful Christmas.

PS. PS. Things are moving quickly now. Just an hour later, Honduras realized that Mexico did not intend to give Zelaya asylum, but was receiving him as a distinguished guest (i.e., president) so that he could continue from there to a high level meeting of the ALBA group of “Bolivarian Revolutionary” countries under Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Since Mexico was not giving Zelaya asylum, Honduras immediately revoked the “salvoconducto” (free passage out of the Embassy).

Honduras på första plats

Uppdatering 2009-12-14: Ny statistik visar att det redan i år har begåtts 4739 mord i landet, vilket utslaget på 7.810.848 invånare betyder över 60 mord per hundra tusen invånare och år. Det är gängvåld, kidnappningar, familjefejder och annat som ligger bakom. Igår läste jag att de hittat en begravningsplats som en kidnapparliga hade använt, med uppskattningsvis ett dussin kroppar. Honduras har Latinamerikas minsta polisstyrka per capita, och det är uppenbart att för att försvara mänskliga rättigheter behöver resurserna till polis, åklagare och rättsväsende mångdubblas.

Ursprunglig text 2009-12-06: Honduras ligger på första plats i världen, men det är inte någon eftersträvansvärd ranking: Mordfrekvens. För ett årtionde sedan var det Colombia som låg först, men efter att president Uribe lyckats bekämpa både vänstergerillan och de irreguljära kommandon som har bekämpat gerillan med ofta olagliga medel, så har det landet fallit till 10:e plats år 2008. Nu “leder” Honduras med 58 mord per hundra tusen invånare och år, enligt Wikipedia. Statistiken är dock inte direkt jämförbar mellan länder, så det finns en avsevärd osäkerhet om verkligen Honduras ligger i topp.

År 2006 låg Irak högst med 101 mord, men deras siffra föll till 21 mord per hundra tusen invånare år 2008. Som jämförelse hade Ryssland 16,5 mord, USA 5,8 mord, Finland 2,17 mord, Island 1,03 mord (år 2004), Grekland 0,98 mord (år 2006), Sverige 0,89 mord, Danmark 0,88 mord, Norge 0,71 mord (år 2006).

PS. På tisdagen sköts generalen som är chef för narkotikabekämpningen ner på öppen gata, och senare en pensionerad överste. Se kommentaren jag gjorde igår, och DN, SvD.

Verkligheten hinner ikapp Honduras kritiker

Med valet och kongressens omröstning avklarade har Honduras åter försvunnit från mediernas förstasidor utomlands. Efter att först ha uttalat hårdnackat motstånd mot att erkänna den i ordinarie val demokratiskt valde presidenten, Porfirio Lobo, då Zelaya inte kom att återinsättas, har flera tungviktare börjat ändra ton redan efter några dagar. Till dem hör Brasilien och OAS, organisationen för amerikanska stater. Naturligtvis inser alla att erkännandet kommer förr eller senare, efter en liten tid av symbolisk protest. Men att den skulle komma redan efter ett par dagar var kanske inte helt väntat.

Överenskommelsen mellan Micheletti och Zelaya har implementerats av den förra sidan, och alla andra demokratiska instanser. Den enda som inte står för sina åtaganden är Zelaya, och de som stödjer honom i “resistencian” och utomlands, inklusive hans i Nicaragua födde och uppväxta utrikesminister, Patricia Rodas. Endast en punkt återstår att implementera, nämligen den sanningskommission som enligt avtalet skall tillsättas först efter presidentskiftet den 27 januari 2010.

Republiken Honduras har nu lämnat frågorna om valet och Zelayas återinsättande bakom sig. De är historia. På den diplomatiska fronten fokuseras istället energin på att framhålla landets företräden för turism, och för utländska investeringar. Tillverkningsindustrin är landets största inkomstkälla. Investeringarna kom av sig då landet började flörta med ALBA, Chávez pakt, eftersom “nationaliseringar” av företag och fastigheter (i verkligheten konfiskation, utan kompensation till ägarna) kännetecknar den så kallade Bolivarianska Revolutionen i Venezuela. Efter att Honduras nu har brutit med ALBA med besked, räknar man med att investerarna skall våga sig tillbaka. Viktiga länders ambassadörer, från östra Asien, lämnade heller aldrig Honduras, utan stannade kvar under radarn. Detta är en tydlig indikation på deras intentioner.

Jut nu sammanställs rapporter och information om situationen vad gäller mänskliga rättigheter i presidentpalatset. Ett stort antal anmälningar har gjorts, men de flesta är obekräftade. Det finns dock ett antal bekräftade fall som presidentämbetet nu arbetar med att följa upp, för att se om förändringar behövs i rättssystemet så att brott verkligen åtalas.

I fredags sa militärchefen Romeo Vásquez på radio att över 40 bomber hade placerats ut inför valet i syfte att sabotera det, och att utlänningar från Venezuela, Nicaragua, El Salvador och Europa hade deltagit. Den så kallade resistencian hävdar dock att det var staten själv som hade placerat ut bomberna för att misskreditera sina fiender.

Internetversionerna av tidningar i Honduras återspeglar förändringen. Efter månader av en speciell “kris-rubrik” på hemsidan är nu allt som vanligt igen.

Media: DN, La Prensa.

Is the global warming scare a hoax?

A scandal has erupted. E-mails from climate scientists have been hacked. They suggest that the information has been deliberately biased to make people believe in global warming. Well, some of us have always been skeptical, since it seems that they are forgetting the natural variation, but now it is out in the mainstream. Watch this video on the secret plot behind Global Warming.

Tongue in cheek, of course.

Establecer que nadie esta encima de la ley, se tiene que hacer

Aunque Honduras ha logrado celebrar elecciones exitosamente, todavía quedan dudas que impiden un regreso a la normalidad: Pleno respaldo de la población  y pleno reconocimiento internacional.

Se puede identificar un punto en particular que lo impide: El hecho de que no obstante todo el mundo puede ver que fue un delito enviar a Sr. Zelaya a Costa Rica, no se ha tomado ninguna acción por parte de la justicia. Un número de hondureños, al igual que unos países, toman eso como prueba de que fue un golpe militar. Otro grupo de hondureños, quizás más grande, no necesariamente lo interpreta como prueba de un golpe, pero sí como prueba de que la ley no se aplica igual a todos. ¿Y cómo el gobierno puede argumentar que la ley debe aplicarse al Sr. Zelaya, pero no al general que lo exilió ilegalmente?

También se debe mencionar que es una vieja queja que Honduras no alcanza un nivel deseable internacionalmente en lo que se trata de los derechos humanos, cuando los sospechosos de los hechos son miembros de la policía o las fuerzas armadas; específicamente, que estos casos no van a la corte pero si se olvidan.

Tengo entendido que el caso de los miembros de las fuerzas armadas que exiliaron al Sr. Zelaya se esta planificando ir por ese rumbo. No oficialmente, por supuesto, pero por el tono de voz así interpreto las respuestas.

Si yo hubiera estado encargado de tomar la decisión, es muy posible que mi decisión  hubiera sido la misma, exiliarlo aunque fuera ilegal, para evitar un baño de sangre. Sin embargo, cuando uno usa defensa propia como excusa para romper la ley, ese siempre tiene que ser evaluado por una corte después.

Por ejemplo, el 4 de marzo 1709, las tripulaciones de dos barcos daneses que habían pasado las Islas Vírgenes por un error de navegación por parte de un capitán incompetente, llegando a entonces Nicaragua (ahora Costa Rica) sin comida, sin agua, sin manera de regresar por 3 meses por culpa del viento, y con casi mil esclavos abordo, se amotinaron. Dejaban los esclavos libres (la mayoría de sus descendentes viven en Bluefields), quemaron las naves que no servían para navegar contra el viento, y tomaban veleros de los ingleses de Jamaica que estaban allá, para regresar a un lugar civilizado (Portobello en Panamá, que ya no existe). Cuando regresaron a Dinamarca, todos fueron entrevistados por un tribunal. El castigo de motín era muerte en la horca. Sin embargo, la corte opinó que para evitar una perdida grande de vidas (aunque de negros y esclavos), el motín fue justificable.

La corte restituyó el honor a los amotinadores.

Es por eso que tenemos cortes, especialmente la Corte Suprema de Justicia, para los casos donde se hace falta una interpretación de la ley, ya que la ley no puede cubrir todas las circunstancias posibles. Eso es algo que solo una corte puede hacer.

Ya he dado dos razones porque es importante que el caso de los militares vaya a la corte. Sin embargo, hay una tercera razón.

Cuando los acusados utilicen su derecho de defenderse, tienen que explicar las circunstancias. No hay, digo yo, mejor lugar mediático para difundir la información sobre el papel que jugaba el presidente de Venezuela en los actos. Es una manera de difundirlo sin meter el gobierno de Honduras en problemas diplomáticas.

Por eso, es mi opinión que sería un acto de patriotismo muy respetable, y a la misma vez, una defensa de su mismo honor, por parte de los militares responsables, si ellos mismos piden públicamente que el proceso jurídico contra ellos se comience pronto.

New social pact in Honduras

The president elect in Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, has gathered representatives from the different political parties and society to develop a new social pact for the country, expressed in the form of a 28-year plan that will be implemented by the 7 coming administrations. The present constitution has only existed for 28 years, and it is still the longest surviving in the nation’s history. This plan can thus not be described in any other way than to represent a new social pact, un compacto social, between all the sectors of the Honduran society.

The only ones invited who did not attend were some who believe that change can only come if the constitution is overthrown by illegal means, such as Cesar Ham, leader of the neo-communist party UD, and until this week supporter of the reinstatement of deposed president Zelaya who wanted to do just that.

The plan will be based on a national dialog that has been carried out in a number of open meetings during the general election campaign, by the various presidential candidates, in the shadow of the political crisis. The topics include all major aspects of policy, e.g. health care, employment, taxes (Lobo rejects taxing the poor but is open to raise taxes on the rich, even though he is from the right wing party), education, and the criteria for hiring officials to high government positions.

The project originated in the aftermath of the deposing of president Zelaya, when the whole world condemned the “military coup” and financial aid was frozen. A common feeling in Honduras was anger mixed with pride, resulting in a determination to cooperate within the country for the best of the country, and to make away with any dependence on foreign aid. Examples of other countries that have gone from poverty to wealth in a matter of decades have been held up as inspiration, e.g. South Korea and Sweden.

The key to success is that every group gets a stake in the economy. That is why everyone is invited to the table. This is the time when they can get what they have been fighting for. This is the time when everyone can get their fair share at the cake, and then get to work with making the entire cake bigger.

One of the required layers of the cake is a stable supply of reasonably priced renewably generated electricity. Honduras has, according to statistics from a hydropower trade publication in the 90’s, the second highest unexploited hydropower potential per capita in the world (after Iceland). Environmental protection prevents full exploitation, but there is still a natural resource that can be used to decrease the present dependence on imported oil (which is what brought Honduras in the arms of Hugo Chávez, the leading neo-communist in the Americas).

Another useful development, in my opinion, would be to adjust the land ownership legislation so that land can conveniently be leased. That would make it much easier to get optimal land use on each plot. As it is, I’ve been told, the one using the land gets ownership after a few decades, which makes leasing land completely impossible.

A third desirable change is in the political appointments. There are far too many political positions, and too few public servants. Compare Sweden; in Sweden a minister has one political secretary for each field of responsibility, but all the remaining posts are public servants. All fact-finding and implementation is carried out by long-serving skilled public servants. (The US suffers from the same flaw as Honduras, with thousands of politically appointed persons in each administration; often they are relatively young and inexperienced, the opposite of what one would hope from those who are running the country.)

Those are some of my opinions having worked as a consultant in Honduras. Many other points could be made, and are being made, such as fighting crime, and improving the infrastructure. Honduras has a great potential for tourism, but it needs to raise its ambition level when it comes to keeping the roads and parks nice and clean, especially in the capital.

There are so many problems, but personally I am optimist for the first time, that Honduras will be able to solve these. The reason is that for perhaps the first time, all of these different sectors are truly committed to working together for the good of the country. This makes me believe that Honduras can transform from an ugly duckling, a poor banana republic with perhaps as much as one million illegal guest workers in the US, to a swan, a free and independent welfare state that can take care of its own citizens.

It should be noted by the US, that Honduras is discussing introducing universal health care. For all those in the US who are against this reform in their country, it surely must be embarrassing if Honduras would put their ambition level higher than they do.

The key to transformation is to leave nobody behind. Nobody should be left to die for lack of health care. It will be interesting to see if the US or Honduras becomes first with universal health insurance. Based solely on the political will, it definitely tilts towards Honduras.

Media: El Heraldo, La Prensa.

Lögnare, förbannad lögnare, och Dick Emanuelsson

Dick Emanuelsson skrev i Proletären nedanstående saga, i vilket det är svårt att hitta ett sant ord. Han måste ha varit bakfull och vaknat först vid 10-tiden, då den största ansamlingen av röstande redan hade gått hem. Och sedan har han väl gått vilse nånstans innan eftermiddagsköret kom. Det är ju för böveln bara att titta på bilder från vallokaler med hundratals människor i kö i gryningen för att se att han ljuger som en häst travar. Och sen påstår han att militären hämtade folk. Det finns ca 15 tusen vallokaler, och då alla poliser, militärer och reserver är inkallade blir det i runda tal 30 tusen pers. Ta nu fram räknaren och dela 30 med 15. För svårt? OK, svaret är 2. Två uniformerade per vallokal – i runda tal. En stadsbild dominerad av militär? Jo jag tackar. Den där Dick verkar inte ha mycket respekt för sina landsmän när han kan ljuga dem så rätt upp i ansiktet.

Här är Dickens saga om Honduras.

Det officiella valdeltagandet är inte färdigräknat, men det senaste jag hörde, från landets folkvalda kongress igår, var 63%.

Det bästa beviset för att Dick Emanuelsson har fel om att Honduras är en diktatur är det faktum att han själv kunde skriva som han gjorde i Proletären. Hade detta varit på diktaturens tid så hade han för länge sedan varit korpföda, men en demokrati respekterar yttrandefriheten (så länge det inte övergår i olagligheter förstås, typ ärekränkning eller uppvigling – men i så fall blir det MP som ingriper).

Logiken är dråplig: “Beviset för att det Dick skriver är lögn är att Dick skriver det” (eftersom om det hade varit sant så skulle han ha dräpts och alltså inte ha kunnat skriva det).

Dick försöker göra svart till vitt och vitt till svart i hela sagan. Om läsaren utgår från att allting är precis tvärtemot så kommer man närmre sanningen. Till exempel OAS. Den organisationen är nu irrelevant, men inte därför att den hjälpte USA-imperialismen, tvärtom därför att generalsekreteraren Insulza är en marionett för Hugo Chávez, och därför att OAS underminerat demokratin i Honduras istället för att hjälpa den – enligt en rapport från en organisation för mänskliga rättigheter som gav Insulza hård kritik. För övrigt, den så kallade organisation för mänskliga rättigheter som Dick refererar till har inte det renommé som han förespeglar. De är notoriska för att komma med hysteriska anklagelser, och någon formell ställning har de inte – det är en ideell förening i princip, utan ansvar.

Verkligheten är att Honduras vänster har råkat ut för ett totalt fiasko. Istället för att utnyttja den unika möjlighet som gavs från juli och ett tag framåt, så har de fullständigt spelat bort sina kort, och har nu ingenting kvar annat än utomparlamentarisk opinionsbildning. Allt deras tidigare inflytande är borta. Och till icke ringa del är Dick Emanuelsson skyldig till detta, då han har gett dem genomgående usla råd hela tiden. Det krävs inte mycket fantasi för att inse att det är för att dölja sin egen skam som han ljuger om sanningen i Honduras, och utmålar fiaskot som en seger.

Cognitive Dissonance in media on Honduras

The reporting about the political crisis in Honduras that started with the president’s violations of the Constitution in June, is typically characterized by a severe case of cognitive dissonance. The same reaction I have met when talking to foreign political observers.

Cognitive dissonance is when you at the same time hold two beliefs that are mutually exclusive. In the case of Honduras, the two beliefs are that “the popularly elected Congress represents the will of the people in a democracy,” and “Congress carried out a coup d’état.” There is actually a third assumption in this, namely that a coup is carried out by a small group, and that it is always un-democratic.

The problem is of course that a popularly elected Congress, one that truly represents the will of the people, cannot carry out a coup d’état by any reasonable definition of it.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any definition of a coup d’état, but if we try to create one, then the first and most obvious criterion is that it is a change of government that is executed by surprise. As opposed to a revolution. However, a more common definition says that it is executed by a small group, whereas a revolution is executed by a large group.

What a coup d’état and a revolution have in common is that they violate the form of government, they violate the constitution. This is another point of cognitive dissonance in regards to Honduras.

According to the constitution it is the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) that has the last word in interpreting the law. The SCJ remains intact after the alleged coup in Honduras, and it has declared that it, the court, ordered the arrest of Zelaya for violating the constitution.

One cannot at the same time hold the belief that the SCJ has the final word in interpreting the law, and that it was a coup in Honduras. Doing so will lead to cognitive dissonance.

When people are affected by cognitive dissonance, the reaction is typically not to change opinion, but to rationalize the opinion that violates the deeply held belief. The rationalization in relation to Honduras is to say that the Congress and the SCJ are biased, beholden to the oligarchy, and therefore the normal rules for who can and cannot carry out a coup d’état do not apply to Honduras. Honduras is a special case, they tell themselves. It is a banana republic, they add. It is so small and poor and underdeveloped that the normal rules of logic cannot possibly apply there, their subconscious is whispering to them.

Then came the election. Free and fair constitutionally mandated elections, with primaries held long before the crisis drew international attention to the country. A new cognitive dissonance, perhaps the greatest of them all: The coupsters insist on holding free elections, whereas the deposed, once democratically elected, president insists that the people must boycott them, and urges the international community not to recognize them.

It must be hard to reconcile the ideas that the “dictator” wants free elections, but the “democratic president” does not.

So a new rationalization is called in, namely that the elections are not free; that the voter turnout was much less than reported; that the opposition was not allowed to go vote; that the “coupsters” are running a brutal, repressive regime; that tens of people have been murdered or disappeared; and so on. Those afflicted with cognitive dissonance want to believe these things. It is therefore the easiest thing in the world to spread these lies, since the world wants to hear and believe these lies. The truth is much harder to sell.

OK, you may say, but how to convince a person suffering from cognitive dissonance and rationalizations? Unfortunately, it is not easy. Every person takes a different path. It always starts, it seems, with some piece of evidence that does not fit into the puzzle, that becomes the drop that makes the whole thing start unravel, as the person himself starts searching for facts, and stops accepting what he or she hears from “trusted sources”.

There are no trusted sources, by the way. Only you yourself.

However, there is a simple explanation of the facts that does away with the cognitive dissonance. It is to separate two acts on June 28th: The deposing of president Zelaya, and the exiling of citizen Zelaya.

People believing it was a coup do not separate those acts.

The deposing of the president was legal, constitutional, and democratic.

The exiling of a citizen was illegal, unconstitutional, and should be brought to trial. And it still may.

If one distinguishes the issues at hand in this manner, there will be no cognitive dissonance. Just disappointment that it takes so long for the prosecutor to prosecute. However, if the international media had focused on this issue, instead of irrelevant mud-slinging on the country, perhaps they would have worked faster? Just a thought…