Oct 29, 2008-June 29, 2009
Articles and editorials from The Utila East Wind which chronicle the
events that preceded the removal of former Honduran President Manuel
and His War with the Empire
Hugo Chavez has been making big
waves on the international political scene and there is a growing
argument that could, at least partially, lay the blame on him for the
financial tsunami wiping out institutions globally. Quotes like “We have to do everything possible
so that in the coming years the US empire falls” or
calling the President of the United States “The Devil”, call to
mind the old saying, “Them’s fighting words!”.
Early this year Chavez called
upon Latin American leaders to move their cash reserves out of U.S.
Banks citing an impending financial crisis. Latin leaders and
others, who heard the call, may or may not have listened to his advice.
However, Uncle Sam was listening and will now likely argue that these
instructions were the catalyst for the biggest bank run in World
In recent months, Hugo Chavez has
turned down his rhetoric and is now trading words for substance.
He has found friends in old
American adversaries like Russia and Iran and is building economic,
social and military ties with these countries that will complicate any
attempt for the US to isolate Venezuela.
The Venezuelan Military, through
billions of dollars in investment, is emerging as a serious force in
Latin America and the Caribbean. Ak-47 factories, the purchase of
submarines, fighter jets and missiles are being facilitated by Russia.
On the economic front, Chavez has
just announced the formation of what will be “the largest petroleum
consortium on the planet” in partnership with Russia.
The fear generated by this
development is that this consortium will allow for the manipulation of
oil, gas, currency and financial markets. Further more, creating this
consortium, a bank and possibly an oil exchange will diminish the US
Dollar’s status as the global oil currency and reduce demand for the US
There is no doubt that Hugo
Chavez is making strategic moves to advance his war on the Empire and
the creation of ALBA is another tool that will be used in his
ALBA. A NEW DAWN
ALBA (The Bolivarian Alternative
for the People of Our America) is an organization with the goal of
attaining the political, social and economic integration of Latin
America and the Caribbean. Currently the member nations include Cuba,
Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Vincent
and Grenadines and Honduras.
The ratification of ALBA (in
Spanish “dawn”) by Congress has caused much speculation as to the future
of Honduran relations with the USA. The heart of the controversy is not
so much the concept of ALBA but with the masterminds behind it.
Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro
founded ALBA in 2004. The first agreement made under the ALBA is
an ongoing trade deal. Cuba has sent 20,000 medical personal and
thousands of teachers to Venezuela’s poorest regions and in return
Venezuela sends 96,000 barrels of per day to Cuba.
Since ALBA’s creation, Hugo
Chavez has been on a drive to find new membership and allies including
the Sandinista leader and President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega. After
entering ALBA, Nicaragua benefited by Venezuela forgiving 31 million
dollars of debt.
There is speculation that there
will be a military wing to ALBA and when commenting of the function of
the proposed Army of ALBA, President Daniel Ortega said, "an attack on
any member country of ALBA would be considered an attack against all
It is not clear what the benefit
of Honduras joining ALBA will be and we will not really know what ALBA
is for some time. But, it is now possible to imagine people being
gathered to fight a war in Bolivia or exported to Cuba to cut cane
fields, to pay an oil debt. On the other hand, Hugo Chavez may lead us
in the creation of an Utopian society and rid Latin America of poverty,
corruption, capitalism and hunger. This remains to be seen.
Current trade agreements between
Latin American countries and the United States are being perceived as
one sided and in favor of large Corporate interests. The ALBA is said to
be in favor of trade between member Nations and structured in a way that
all member Nations are equal. The ALBA Bank provides funding for
development and social projects that are in line with ALBA principals.
The reason ALBA, with its
anti-American stance, has gone so far seems to stem from US Foreign
Policy. The Iraq war, both politically and financially, has undermined
the way the World sees America. The war has caused the United States to
lose focus and ignore their southern neighbors. Further, many see the
Iraq War as an illegal act due to the fact that WMD’s were never
The Iraq War and the continued
occupation have created the perfect environment for a Hugo Chavez to
rise in Latin America as a symbol of resistance and reform with his
Next month the Russian Fleet will
be visiting the Caribbean and conducting military exercises with the
Venezuelan Navy in the largest display of Russian military might since
the Cold War.
It is no coincidence that this
operation is being conducted at one of the United States weakest
moments, The Presidential Elections.
The vessels in the armada include
the nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, attack
submarines and anti-submarine ships and aircraft. Escorted by the fleet
is a Russian oil drilling ship.This fleet will be conducting drills and
making port calls in undisclosed locations in the Caribbean Basin.
This announcement coincides with
Cuba’s declaration that their oil reserves are double that of the USGS
(U.S. Geological Survey) estimates. New estimates by Cubapetroleo double
Cuba’s oil reserves at 21 Billion Barrels, an amount almost equal to
total US Oil reserves. Cubapetroleo has stated that the USGS surveys did
not accurately understand Cuba’s offshore geology and it can be proven
that Cuba’s off shore area is much larger than thought.
Russia has been clear in its
displeasure in what it sees as NATO expansion along its borders. The
arrival of the Russian Armada in the Americas is thought of as a
measured response to U.S and NATO activities related to Russia’s
bordering countries. However, the activities of the Russian Fleet, while
here, remain to be seen.
If Hugo Chavez is right and
George Bush is indeed “The Devil” then the people of America will have
the chance to defeat "The Beast".
On November 4th either John
McCain or Barak Obama will be elected as the new President of the United
States of America and on January 20th 2009 Chavez’s Devil will be gone.
The question is will the next
President bring new wisdom and rekindle the respect that The United
States once had around the World or will “The Devil” enter into the new
President and give Chavez his much needed enemy.
Time will tell.
War on Drugs
War on Peace
2009 at 04:03 pm
After many months of late night landing on the airport, in
late January, the small Caribbean Island Utila (a former British
Colony) woke up to an incredible scene. Honduran Naval vessels were in
the harbour, helicopters in the air, soldiers spreading throughout the
streets and over 1500 kilos of cocaine and a Venezuelan plane on Utila’s
Over the last months it had been strongly rumored that
Utila Airport was being used as a distribution hub in the cocaine
transport system from South America and since then there have been two
more Venezuelan registered planes captured. One plane was found in Colon
and one crashed in Yoro. Also, a fishing boat was captured in Honduran
waters by the U.S. Navy with more than 3000 pounds of cocaine, which was
tracked from Venezuela.
Venezuela has been sited by the U.S. State Department as a
“major drug-transit country” and is now the “main outlet” for Columbian
cocaine traveling to the USA and Europe. Further to this, there are
growing implications that the FARC Terrorist Group is funneling the
cocaine from Columbia through to Venezuela to finance their efforts with
little intervention from the powers that be.
In reaction to the report,
Venezuela’s Bolivarian President Hugo Chavez stating that the problem
lies in the hands of North American Countries and was quoted as saying
that President Obama should “clean up the mess”.
Here in Honduras, outgoing
President Manuel Zelaya has called for the legalization of drugs and was
quoted saying “instead of pursuing drug traffickers, societies should
invest resources in educating drug addicts and curbing their demand.”
Evo Moralez, President of Bolivia
is on the same page and has called for the legalization of the coca
plant (the base ingredient of cocaine). His reasoning being is that in
rural areas of Columbia, Peru and Bolivia the coca plant has been a
staple for hundreds of years and is used in natural medicines, teas and
dietary supplementation. To indigenous people the criminalization of the
coca plant would be similar to the criminalization of barley. Both are
just plants. It is the chemical refinement of coca that creates cocaine
and the fermentation of barley that brings alcohol. The plants in their
natural state are beneficial to humans.
In the USA there is also a
growing voice calling for drastic changes in drug policy. The Drug
Policy Alliance, who’s supporters include global heavy hitters like
George Soros, are making their voice heard in the Obama Administration
and the Alliance actively support
decriminalization/legalization/education strategies in the USA and
To find a global solution is
difficult. It is very doubtful that any society that has seen the
devastating effects of cocaine would consider the legalization of
cocaine as a solution to the problem. But the fact that most prison
systems are overloaded with simple drug users while the major players,
the real players, remain invisible to us all leaves little doubt that
change is needed.
A good historical reference to
the current situation is the Prohibition of Alcohol in the USA
(1919-1933). Gang warfare and racketeering in this era was at an all
time high. Once repealed, even the supporters of Prohibition saw its
John D. Rockefeller Jr. stated in an open letter in 1933 “When
Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by
public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of
alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to
believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has
generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army
of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly
ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and
crime has increased to a level never seen before.”
There is no question that alcohol
is full of damaging effects, both physical and social, but in this
modern age only Muslim Countries practice Prohibition of alcohol. And
these same countries are considered, by most people in the Western
World, as extreme in their repression of basic human rights.
Fundamentalists from all
religions see little difference between a drinker, a crack head or a
heroin addict. They are all failing God and themselves. This point of
view may be the truth as drugs and alcohol can be very damaging to the
body, but used responsibly they can be beneficial.
Laws should be created to bring
peace to a society not to divide it. They should promote individual
freedom not suppress it. The Ten Commandments (just ten) are the
building blocks that have created some of the greatest Societies in
history both Christian and Muslim. These Ten Commandments are the Laws
that have been the keys to the success of mankind over the last 5000
Unfortunately, many Modern Laws
seem not to have the same effect. These laws can destroy a person’s life
and render them unemployable for one small mistake. They can render a
family bankrupt for being unable to understand the fine print on a
contract or make someone obscenely wealthy as a bonus for making their
The incident on Utila was a small
move in a giant game, a game involving Mafias, Cartels, Terrorist Groups
and Governments. The vast amounts of money created by this 800 Billion
USD per year business can make or break revolutions, bring down
Governments or finance secret wars. With so much division on how to deal
with the problem World States could become further polarized and things
become worse if middle ground is not found.
Legalize cocaine, No. But, do not
punish the weak and fill our jails with them. This is a waste of
resources. Educate everyone, Fathers, Mothers, Teachers, politicians and
Children to the dangers of all drugs, including alcohol. Save prison for
the rapists and murderers and for the Masters who are behind the These
Drug and Terror Wars.
Remember without Law, there can be no crime.
Chavez and Clinton to face off at OAS Meeting
June 1, 2009 at 07:00 am
On June 2nd the Organization of American States will be meeting in San
Pedro Sula, Honduras with Hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez ready to
collide on many issues. Cuba, human rights and freedom of the press are
subjects they could spar on ‘till kingdom come, but the real battle is
now being revealed and the stakes are high.
Hugo Chavez makes no secret of the fact that he is a Marxist or of his
desire to expand his Revolution beyond the borders of Venezuela while
Hillary Clinton represents the new political face of the Obama
Administration, one more of partnership than domination.
The Obama Administration and Chavez’ Revolution are similar in one
respect. They both want a sympathetic government in Honduras and to
benefit from Honduras’ vast natural resources. While Chavez would like
to absorb Honduras into a State within the Bolivarian Revolution through
the ALBA scheme, the Obama Administration would like to re-secure itself
as the most influential country within Honduras, return to the status
quo and continue the integration of Honduras into a Constitutional
Democracy similar to and connected with the US system.
Over the last years American Foreign Policy and military resources have
been focused in the Middle East and most of their diplomatic resources
have been used in that region. Latin America has for over a
hundred years been considered under the sphere of control of the United
States as sited in the Monroe Doctrine and the rest of the world has not
been interested in challenging this philosophy, with the exception of
Cuba. Now however, there are New Stars rising in the world of global
influence and the USA is being challenged on all fronts.
Hugo Chavez is a Bright and Shining Star in the political sky over Latin
America, willing to insult Kings and Presidents, take on and take out
Multinational Corporations, consolidating power and crushing opposition,
all to further his Bolivarian Revolution. However, he has not been able
to rise by himself. The alliances Chavez has formed have fueled his
power, influence and support, but alliances come at a price and the
price has not yet been paid.
Hugo’s strategy to unify Latin American and Caribbean Countries within
“Dawn”) (The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) and
his success in doing so has impressed his Masters and every step he
takes forward on his plan; they are becoming more and more visible.
Looking at the map you can see that ALBA expansion is not random. Cuba
and Venezuela were the first countries to become ALBA States with
Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, St Vincent and Grenadines and Honduras
following suit. The potential for ALBA States to become a real Union,
complete with a standing army, could result in ALBA having control of
the entire Caribbean Basin and its rich oil/aquatic reserves, and
control of shipping routes. This is the prize.
As is, the threat of these small States to pose a Military threat to the
USA is unlikely, but the Economic threat is now real. ALBA mandate
states that any development of natural resources must be done by ALBA
State Companies. This means that future development within the Caribbean
Basin would be controlled by ALBA. By excluding non ALBA Countries,
including the USA, Chavez and his allies would be able to dominate Latin
So who are these allies? One is Iran, the arch enemy of the USA.
Iran has been granted Observer Status in ALBA and is expanding its
diplomatic influence in Bolivia and Nicaragua by constructing massive
Embassy Compounds. Iran is investing in hydroelectric plants, strategic
port projects and reportedly aiding Hezbollah in gaining a foothold in
Is seems unlikely that a Fundamentalist Islamic State and predominantly
Catholic Countries would be allies, but Chavez has been able to sideline
the Church in Venezuela and is replacing religious Zeal with the Zeal
seen in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution. Iran is more than happy
to see both The United States and the Catholic Church marginalized and
sees a Chavez Alliance as necessary in order to weaken the USA and force
it from its doorstep and out of The Middle East.
The other ally is Russia. This alliance has grown in strength as a
reaction to American Foreign Policy including the expansion of NATO
along Russian Border Countries, the Declared Independence of Kosovo and
most controversial is the proposed American Missile Shield in Europe.
The Shield’s stated use is to protect Europe and the USA from an Iranian
nuclear threat. However, in Russia these changes are seen as a major
change in strategic balance between the USA and Russia, a balance that
has existed since WWII.
Militarily, Russia’s countermeasure was the invasion/liberation of South
Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia. Economically, Russia has joined
with Venezuela in the formation of an Oil and Gas Consortium that will
rival OPEC and run under the Petroleos de Venezuela (the national oil
company of Venezuela).
With Russia partnered with Venezuela and Iran as an observer member of
ALBA both Countries will have preferential status within ALBA markets
and full access to natural resources. The USA as a non member will be
excluded from developing further in the ALBA Block, an uninterrupted
economic zone covering an area from South America to the US-Cuba border,
just minutes south of Cay West, Florida.
We know that Hugo Chavez has not and cannot challenge the influence of
the United States in Latin America alone. Until now, he has rallied his
partners by protesting American Foreign Policy under the Bush
Administration. But, with Barack Obama now in power, these alliances
will demand more from Chavez than insulting rhetoric. Economic results
will now be necessary to keep Hugo’s Axis spinning.
A moderate Obama Administration creates problems for Chavez and now it
will be less likely more Latin American States will take the plunge and
join ALBA without significant economic gain. This means it will be more
costly financially and more challenging ideologically, for Hugo Chavez
to assimilate Countries into the ALBA.
However, a secret report from Israel was leaked to the Associated Press
stating that Iran and Venezuela have created a 200 Billion USD fund to
persuade more Latin American Countries to join the Revolution. “Since
Ahmadinejad’s rise to power, Tehran has been promoting an aggressive
policy aimed at bolstering its ties with Latin American countries with
the declared goal of ‘bringing America to its knees,’” the report
concludes. Considering the possible truth of the finances committed to
sparking Revolution throughout Latin America, the World needs to take
seriously, the potential for serious conflict.
Here in Honduras, President Manuel Zelaya signed the Presidential Decree
admitting the Country into ALBA. This move was seen by many as an act
against the will of the people of Honduras. Further, Zelaya, whose
mandate expires this November, is proposing a Referendum to replace the
Honduran Constitution and some say this move will open the way for him
to continue as President after his mandate ends. President Zelaya has
followers who are organized, well financed and willing to do what it
takes to see that he remains in power, if the opportunity arises. He has
replaced top Military Brass and is now wrestling with the Supreme Court
of Honduras pushing for a referendum that has already been ruled illegal
by the Court. The coming months will be crucial in determining the fate
of Honduras and indeed Latin America for decades to come and with so
many interests competing for influence it is difficult to predict the
It is for this reason that Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State of
the United States of America, is coming to Honduras for the OAS General
Assembly Meeting, to be held at the Arab Club in San Pedro Sula. She
will be here to show “The Americas” the new face of the USA and attempt
to prove to Latin America it is better off with a more social, if not,
Socialist partnership with The United States than a Marxist/Communist
future under Hugo’s Revolution.
Time will tell.
Chavez states “The Strike has started”. Honduras
HONDURAS 29th June 2009 6:20am
Hugo Chavez, President of
Venezuela, Sandinista President Daniel Ortega, President Rafael Correa
of Ecuador and the Cuban Foreign Minister all met under the ALBA Flag in
Managua, Nicaragua late last night. This emergency meeting was held to
form a strategy regarding the fate of Manuel Zelaya, the recently ousted
President of Honduras.
At the meeting President Chavez warned the Honduran military and the new
government that are "surrounded" by the countries of ALBA. "It boils the
blood in your veins. Desde Venezuela no teníamos dudas. From Venezuela
we have no doubt. El golpe había comenzado”, declaró. The strike had
started, "he said.
ALBA (eng. DAWN) is an
international trade organization started by Hugo Chavez and Fidel
Castro, which has evolved in Latin America into a Socialist Block
contrary to the United States of America that calls for the integration
of all Latin American Countries into a single economic block.
One notable observer member is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Honduras
joined ALBA by the Presidential Decree of Ex-President Manuel Zelaya
near the end of George Bush’s Presidency. This was not widely approved
of by the Honduran people and was thought of as a strong shift to the
Honduran Presidential elections
are due to be held in November this year, bringing an end the term of
President Zelaya. However, a plan was initiated that would,
through a Referendum, allow a fourth ballot to be placed on the
Presidential Ticket. This Ballot would give voters the option to instead
of voting for a new president to vote for a Constitutional Assembly to
replace the constitution and allow Zelaya to remain President.
Considering that Honduras did not have any legal provision for a
Referendum the Congress Passed a Referendum Act that does allow for
referendums, but the results would be a survey of the people’s support
for the process. This was not acceptable to Zelaya because it did not
give him the legal power to add the controversial Fourth Ballot. The
Supreme Court of Honduras ruled that the Ballot was constitutionally
illegal, yet President Zelaya ignored the Court and vowed to push
forward with the vote. He then ordered the Military to support the
This is where the real trouble began.
The Military is bound by the constitution and Zelaya was asking them to go
against the Constitutional Ruling. At this point the Congress, seeing
that the President intended to continue without regard to the ruling,
voted unanimously to halt the ballot.
Zelaya still would not comply. Later, the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs General Vasquez was removed by Zelaya due to the General's
unwillingness to go against the Constitution and assist in the illegal
Poll demanded by the President. After the dismissal, the Commanders of
the Army, Navy and Air force resigned.
The Supreme Court later ruled that the dismissal was
illegal and reinstated the Vasquez to his post.
The Ballots were ordered seized by the courts yet, the President, who is
the Commander of the Honduran Armed Forces entered the Air Force base
where the ballots were kept, took the ballots with the aide of his
supporters and started distribution of the ballots.
Meanwhile in Caracas, Hugo Chavez, upset with the problems
created by the Honduran Supreme Court, Congress, Military and over
100,000 protesters who marched against the illegal ballot started a
propaganda campaign stating that ALBA would mobilize. During his speech
Hugo Chavez reiterated, "This is an armed revolution" and to
"Summon our people to the great battle for the full independence of our
America, only the union will make us free” and to "Summon our people to
the great battle for the full independence of our America, only the
union will make us free”. This Venezuelan Army Day speech was delivered
to military cadets from Honduras marching with Cuban, Nicaraguan and
These events and the refusal of the Ex-President to respect the Supreme
Court and Congress gave way to his removal.
The international community is
unsure of the situation in Honduras and they are taking a
very condemning position.
As the facts come to the surface and the world sees that
not only America meddles in the internal politics of sovereign states,
Honduras will hopefully able to peacefully elect a new president in the
elections scheduled for November 29th.