Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as president of the Central American country by the nation's Congress on June 28, told reporters on July 15 that he would be willing to step down, provided that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya relinquishes his claims to the presidency.
Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya — whose attempt to return to Honduras two days earlier was thwarted when the new government blocked the runways at Tegucigalpa's airport — traveled to Washington on July 7 for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A plane provided by Venezuela's Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez ferried the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, from Washington to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on July 5, only to find the airport runway blocked by military vehicles.
The UN General Assembly on June 30 adopted a resolution by acclamation — sponsored by Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, and the United States, among other UN members — condemning the coup "that has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras, and resulted in the removal of the democratically elected president," Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales.
Acting on the orders of the Honduran Supreme Court, on June 28 a military force detained the nation's president, Manuel Zelaya, and took him to an air force base, where he was taken by plane into exile in San Jose, Costa Rica.
On the CBS television show Face the Nation on April 12, in an interview with Bob Schieffer, Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan tried to blame much of the violence in his country on the allegedly lax gun-control laws in the United States. He maintained in part: “Ninety percent of all weapons we are seizing in Mexico, Bob, are coming from across the United States.” Reinstituting the so-called assault-weapons ban in the United States, which expired in 2004, said the ambassador, “could have a profound impact on the number and the caliber of weapons going down to Mexico.”
A deadly strain of swine flu is sweeping across Mexico and has already spread to bordering states in America, as well. Mexican health officials are sounding the alarm as the spread of the disease is described by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency, as approaching “pandemic levels.” More than 68 people have died in this outbreak of swine flu and at least a thousand more are suffering from the concomitant illnesses.
A familiar accusation leveled at U.S. government officials came from a surprising source: Mexican President Felipe Calderon. “It is impossible to pass tons of drugs or cocaine to U.S. without some grade of complicity of some American authorities,” he said in a March 30 interview with the BBC before leaving for an official visit to London. “We need to act on both sides of the border.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Mexico last week to meet with various Mexican officials including President Felipe Calderón and Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. During her visit she “acknowledged” America’s role in Mexico’s recent descent into chaos, blaming Americans for everything from drug crime to weapons used by cartels.