Honduras, even deeper into the depths

Those Presidential elections in Honduras of 26Nov17. Were there to be any recount, the robbery would be exposed. Were there to be new elections, there would again have to be robbery to achieve ‘the Northern’ result.

How bad is it? Well, when even The Economist, well-established clarion for Western capitalism, calls out the farce that has been played out in Honduras, a ludicrous farce masquerading as ‘elections’, we know something is awry. We start off with this headline, Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?, which sets the stage for the predictable dénouement.

We are presented with the usual caveats before being served,

Allegations of outright vote-rigging are widespread in Honduras but difficult to prove. The Economist has obtained a recording that, if authentic, suggests the ruling party has plans to distort results in the upcoming elections. Hondurans will be voting in congressional and municipal elections as well as the presidential one.

Then we learn of a recording,

Roughly two hours long, the recording appears to be of a training session for members of the National Party who will be manning voting tables at polling stations on election day. The Economist received the recording from a participant…

With additional details added comes this nugget,

…It appears to be a scheme for fraudulently boosting the vote of the National Party at the expense of its rivals.

So said, so done.

Which makes the article an essential read in order to follow the road to corruption, rigged elections. Again, The Economist, after the vote, What the data say about the integrity of Honduras’s election

The Economist has analysed the results to figure out whether someone falsified the count. Our findings are not conclusive, but they suggest there are reasons to worry.

Yes, The Economist, and it pulls no punches – even for this ‘partner’ of the US. Elementary laws of probability repudiate the likelihood of a victory for the US candidate.

And Mark Weisbrot, co-director of CEPR (cepr.net), fills in further details in his video interview by Gregory Wilpert of The Real News Network (TRNN). His analysis demolishes the remotest idea of a victory and sets forth the role of the US for its preferred outcome, US Works to Uphold Flawed Honduras Vote. When the leadership of the OAS exercises caution and delays at falling into lock-step with the US, we know there is something rotten in the state Honduras and its elections that smell to high heavens.

For an examination of the role of the US in the benighted, poverty-stricken country run by a handful of oligarchs, a country where murder and displacement of indigenous and campesinos are now routine, Danielle Marie Mackey of The Intercept does the honour with, The Election Fraud in Honduras Follows Decades of Corruption Funded By the U.S. War on Drugs. Ms Mackey states,

The curfew and violence were sparked by a strange, contested election. On the day before Hondurans went to the polls, The Economist published evidence of what seemed to be a plan by Hernández’s National Party to commit systematic fraud. The next day, November 26, the election results came in choppy waves: first a sizable lead by Hernández’s opponent, Salvador Nasralla, and then the electronic voting system went off the air…

And in those protests, from the very young to families, and all invariably met with state-sanctioned violence from security forces on which US-funds are lavishly expended under the euphemism of ‘foreign aid’.

As for the decades old horrors, exacerbated by the US-sanctioned military coup in 2009 against the democratically elected President Emanuel Zelaya, we are presented with an example of the enduring US legacy to the country,

…The journalist requested anonymity, like everyone else, because of fear. The journalist’s grandmother worked on a farm in Olancho where 14 people, including religious clergy, were killed in a massacre during land reform protests in 1975. Three more family members died violently between 2012 and 2014, two of them in Olancho. And in the next two years, 19 of the journalist’s family members left the province for the United States, undocumented and desperate.

And, yes, the US President at the time of the 2009 coup until the end of 2016, Barack Obama, a Democrat. The incumbent Republican administration ratifies the election results in Honduras, confirming the obvious – spelling is the main foreign-policy difference between the two corporate US political parties.

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