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Agreement Details

Agreement Details

Okay, some more details on the agreement. In Spanish here, in English here. There will be no amnesty. That’s a good thing in my opinion, since this is hardly post-apartheid South Africa and everybody involved exhibited poor and likely illegal [...]

October 30, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
Micheletti Signs Agreement

Micheletti Signs Agreement

From the NYT: According to Mr. Micheletti, the accord reached late Thursday would establish a unity government and a verification commission to ensure that its conditions are carried out. It would also create a truth commission to investigate the events [...]

October 30, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
Heroin and Afghanistan

Heroin and Afghanistan

Yglesias makes a good point: Just because the opium trade is a major source of funding for the Taliban doesn’t mean that cracking down on “the opium trade” hurts the Taliban. If I deal heroin here in DC than [sic] [...]

October 29, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
Honduras Talks Break Down

Honduras Talks Break Down

Negotiations in Honduras have broken down yet again, as the Micheletti government passes a Zelaya-imposed deadline. According to Mayra Mejía, a negotiator for Zelaya’s side, “The fundamental point is the reinstatement of president Zelaya and for this, there was no [...]

October 23, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
Agreement in Honduras Possible?

Agreement in Honduras Possible?

It seems that there is slow and confusing progress being made in the talks between Micheletti, the OAS, and Zelaya. Oddly, the biggest question appears to be whether to reinstate Zelaya before or after the elections scheduled for November 29 [...]

October 15, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
The Rabbit Hole Gets Deeper

The Rabbit Hole Gets Deeper

James Kirchick, in a post yesterday on Honduras, called the US position “a mistake in search of a rationale.” While I certainly am biased toward the interim government, the US position has a very clear rationale, one supported by the [...]

October 4, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
Come On Now

Come On Now

Well, my print article’s latest draft is pretty much screwed as Honduras’s interim government has declared a 45-day state of emergency, suspending civil liberties and eliminating any hope of viable elections anytime soon. I’d criticized the UN for withdrawing support [...]

September 29, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
A Case of Limitations

A Case of Limitations

In the end, it was Switzerland that caught up with Roman Polanski. As the Washington Post’s Applebaum, blogger for Post Partisan, points out “why was it Switzerland — the country that traditionally guarded the secret bank accounts of international criminals [...]

September 28, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
More on Honduras

More on Honduras

The question of the Honduran crisis is both perplexing and extremely frustrating – perplexing at a legal level with respect to judging what happened, what should have happened, and what should happen in the future. But it’s frustrating with respect [...]

September 25, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog
An Interesting Day at the UN

An Interesting Day at the UN

The full text of President Obama’s speech can be found here. In it, he declares that “We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and our work must begin now.” This message of [...]

September 24, 2009 Global, Soapbox Blog