Friday, August 21, 2009

US Interests Behind Military Coup in Honduras?

John Perkins argues in a post at Global Research that Chiquita Brand (Formerly United Fruit) and Dole Fruit may have had an important role in the overthrow of Honduras' democratically elected President Zelaya.

Apparently the populist (but not leftist) Zelaya was proposing to increase the minimum wage. Chiquita and Dole protested the move, saying it would eat into their profits.

Honduras' low wages are noteable, even in a region as poor as Central America.

United Fruit has a nasty history in Central America and the U.S. (CIA) role in instigating and funding military coups in Central and South America is exceedingly well documented.

The rise of populist and leftist leaders in Latin America is a direct result of the failures of U.S. neoliberal reforms that have impoverished population majorities.

It is deeply disturbing to hear that the US might again be instigating military coups in a region that has suffered greatly from our interference.

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