Monday, June 29, 2009

Democratic vocation

Israel claims to be building within the settlements only for "normal life." (Has anyone noticed if American Likudniks have picked up this deeply cynical phrase?) But in fact, it's also building new houses for settlers evicted from unauthorized outposts.

Statements from Obama and Hillary Clinton on the coup in Honduras more or less condemn it and talk a lot about "democratic norms" and whatnot (I especially like Clinton's call for "all parties in Honduras... to reaffirm their democratic vocation" – I'm sure the military will get right on that), but I have yet to see a clear call for Zelaya to be reinstated.

The NYT's front-page headline today (which has been changed on the website) was "Honduran Army Ousts President Allied to Chavez." Subtle, huh?

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