Monday, June 29, 2009

Honduras coup

The origins of the crisis:
The ongoing 2009 Honduran political crisis resulted from a non-binding referendum on changing the constitution proposed by President Manuel Zelaya but ruled illegal by the country's Supreme Court, attorney general, top electoral body, and human-rights ombudsman. Zelaya nonetheless asked the Army to distribute ballots in accordance with its role in conducting elections. After Army chief Romeo Vásquez Velásquez refused to distribute ballots, Zelaya dismissed him from office. The dismissal was declared illegal by courts and the parliament. On June 28 2009, shortly before polls were due to open for the referendum, the armed forces deposed Zelaya. [Wikipedia]
There Live Bloggers:

Dario, Honduras: What's really going on, IKN (text)*
I want to tell you that the situation is still precarious and that the repression from this de facto government led by dinosaurs is getting bigger. Last night (Tuesday night) and a few minutes ago the red dinosaur Michelleti and his cavemen subalterns addressed the nation on all TV and radio stations, giving out totally false information. Of course we know, those of us who are here know the true story. We have no access to communications and the only information presented is that which helps the coupmongers.

I inform you that in communities such as El Progreso, department of Yoro they have ordered forced military recruitment aimed mostly at youths (to use them as a barricade in any confrontation). Also, in the department of Olancho (the biggest in the country and the home territory of Zelaya) they have repressed people who were travelling to the capital in buses, beating them and forcing them off the buses and shooting through the bus tires.

In San Pedro Sula, the place where I live, they have given an order to depose the mayor of the city (who was one of the mayors allied to Zelaya) and have issued an arrest warrant for him. They are trying to replace him with one William Hall (strangely the cousin of Michelleti).

rbreve, rbreve's photostream, Flickr (20 photos with captions)
  • this was a very scary moment, military was firing their guns, I had to run, my camera settings were not properly set so this images are overexposed (photo)
La Gringa, Honduran views on Mel Zelaya and the current events, La Gringa's Blogicito
In my opinion, too many people are only willing to believe what they read in English (no matter where it comes from) and choose to ignore ALL of the Honduran media reports and what the majority of people of Honduras are saying. Just because something is done in a manner that it wouldn't have been done in the US does not automatically make it wrong. This is Honduras!

Dig deeper, please! Pro-Zelaya supporters are naturally angry and upset, but there is a lot more celebration going on in Honduras among those who feared what Zelaya was doing to Honduras. To disregard all of those opinions as being from ignorant peasants who don't understand what is going on in their own country or from the rich who benefit from the status quo is damned insulting!
Media-Live Bloggers

INK, INK - Honduras, INK (photos, text - English)
Includes translations of material from Spanish sources

Honduras Frente Al Golpe De Estado /Honduras Confronts the Coup D'Etat. (13 photos, text - Spanish)

Rick B, Honduras Coup Just Got Chile, Ten percent


Wikipedia, Honduran political crisis

Honduras - twazzup twitter - "Crowdsourcing meets citizen journalism meets twitter." Aggregates news concerning the crisis in Honduras

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bassij crackdown against protesters in Tehran

This report is a continuation of "Iran Protest," which contains a more comprehensive list of live bloggers, citizen journalists, and other resources.

There Live:

Dabalatarin, dabalatarin channel, YouTube (2 videos)

Media Live:

Andrew Sullivan, Live-blogging Day 8, Daily Dish
Good parsing of important new information coming in from the twitter feeds.

Twitter feed hashtags:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iran protest

Protesters are challenging the results of the recent election.

Iran has instituted restrictions on news media coverage of the protests on the streets of Tehran, making there-live reports indispensable to knowing what is happening.

Persiankiwi on Twitter.
Here are some of Persiankiwi's most recent tweets:

    Shahinkazemi, YouTube

    AmirAA, Ireport. Concerning the six day of protests, video-blogger AmirAA blogs (video):
    For the 6th day, protesters had a great rally in Tehran’s “Khomeini” square. The silent rally began on 4 PM and at 5:30 “Moosavi” appeared at one corner of this large square on his car. After a few words, the crowd moved to “Enghelab” square in a distance of 9 kilometers. I believe that there were more than 1 million in this rally and this is really great when you notice that it is the 6th day, protesters have no media, there are certain threats and attacks from the governments and there is no hope for a change in governments’ behavior. The Rally ended at 8 PM as there were fears of paramilitary attacks at the darkness of night. The protesters were mostly wearing black for the mourning of those who got killed in the past days. Many of them had candles with them. For tomorrow, all of us will have a holiday! The next rally would be on Saturday, beginning from “Enghelab” square towards “freedom” square.
    ShervingzS, Ireport (video)

    DigitalNegar, Ireport (video)

    Amir (freelance photographer), Amirpix channel, Peaceful Demonstration after 2 Days Clash in Tehran, YouTube (several videos)

    After 2 days hard clash between election results protestors and police and anti-riot, today hundreds of thousands of people jammed the streets of Irans capital city Monday to show support for defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi. 2009/6/15

    Hard to know whether each of these video posters actually took the videos (locations may be disguised to foil censors):

    Irandoost09, irandoost09 channel, YouTube (9 videos)
    One of the most popular channels in Australia by a 39-year-old shows: Iranians protesting election results in Isfahan Abbasi Square; Basij Militia shooting Iranian people; police and people uniting in Tehran; Iranian ambulances carry the injured; Isfahan university attack on students; Tehran IRIB stage silent protest.

    Mehrdad Oulyaei, MehrdadOulyaei, YouTube (9 videos)
    From Mehrdad, Iran.

    Saeid, saeidkermanshah channel, YouTube (9 videos)
    An Dutch electrical engineer from Kermanshah, Iran shares his video collection.

    iranriggedelect, iranriggedelect channel, YouTube (5 videos)
    Canadian channel, very graphic images of injured protesters (warning)

    Freeboydj, Freeboydj channel, YouTube (5 videos)

    ahriman, ahriman46 channel, YouTube (5 videos)

    Mousavi, Mousavi1388 channel, YouTube (5 videos)
    Mousavi1388's videos are among the most viewed. Two have logged over 300,000 views apiece.

    esfahanlive1, esfahanlive1 channel, Youtube (9 videos)
    age 25, UK. Appears to include a 15 part series.

    Media-live bloggers

    D. Nasaw, Guardian News Blog

    Hamid Tehrani, Global Voices

    Nico Pitney, Live-blogging Iran election protests, Huffington Post

    Andrew Sullivan, Daily Dish

    Spirit of Man, Spirit of Man

    Photo collections
    Twitter feeds


    Protest information
    Overview of coverage
    Daniel Bennett, Iran election: links on media coverage part 1 and part 2