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Archive for September 22nd, 2009

The Price of Pollution

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I was just about to post on Trafigura’s minimal payout when I saw that the Poor Mouth has it covered.

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22/09/2009 at 21:05

Zelaya Made It In.

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Manuel Zelaya, the ousted President, has made it back into Honduras and good luck to him.

At the moment he’s stuck in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa surrounded by military forces, which supported the coup d’etat, and they making very hostile noises.

Whether or not the coup plotters will have the courage, or foolhardiness, to storm the Brazilian Embassy remains to be seen, but this twist in events certainly ramps up the tension with clashes between Zelaya’s supporters and the forces of the State.

The Obama regime has come out against the coup d’etat, however, it seems powerless to influence events on the ground, now it is all in the hands of the Honduran people.

Update 1: BBC has more coverage, including a video of police brutality.

Update 2: The Field has a lot more and some real time blogging as events unfold.

Update 3:
According to the Field, Brazil has requested an emergency session of the UN Security Council, tomorrow.

Update 4:
The Honduran Campesino has some startling pictures.

Update 5:
Another blog, Honduras Oye, is providing plenty of coverage, here’s a snippet:

“The more important items from this batch are: A great deal of repression taking place in San Pedro Sula and the house of National Front leader, Israel Salinas, has been heavily damaged; the Supreme Court of Honduras is preparing the legal means to order the invasion of the Brazilian embassy; hundreds of people are being detained at the Futbol Estadio – Chochi Sosa, some with injuries for which they are not receiving medical care; and the offices of the committee of detained and disappeared have been attacked by police with tear gas.”

Update 6:
A few more sites and related blog, the National Front against the coup d’etat, El Libertador, Vos El Soberano and Honduras Laboral.

Update 7:
The Beeb has another report with a video clip.

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22/09/2009 at 20:35

Comic Bigotry

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Anti-Jewish bigotry is a live and well on the comic circuit, over in County Laois, Tommy Tiernan got started, the Irish Independent has more:

“There are some things we can always take for granted — the weather in Ireland will be horrible, Irish politicians will turn even the most ardent democrat into a raving anarchist and Tommy Tiernan, who stopped being funny a long time ago, will offend a bunch of people.

And, since Ken Sweeney’s story in the Sunday Tribune about Tiernan’s undeniably anti-Semitic diatribe at the Electric Picnic, he has managed to offend an entire race.

Responding to a question from the audience about accusations of anti-Semitism, the increasingly unhinged comic went off on a rant that would go down quite well with those who think the Nazis have been treated badly by history.

According to Tiernan: “These Jews, these f*cking c***s come up to me, Christ-killing bastards. F*cking six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that, no problem. F*ck them. Two at a time, they would have gone. Hold hands, get in there. Leave us your teeth and your glasses.” “

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22/09/2009 at 12:32