7:11 PM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
There's been a great debate over whether what happened in Egypt constitutes a "coup." The reason for the debate is clear: If it was in fact a "coup," then the U.S. must stop providing aid to that country -- because that's what U.S. law requires.
One interesting thing to keep in mind is that when the Honduras leader was overthrown a couple years ago, President Obama was quick to call it just that -- a "coup."
In 2009, at a joint press conference with the President Colombia, in the Oval Office, President Obama had this to say about what had happened in Honduras:
"Well, let me first of all speak about the coup in Honduras, because this was a topic of conversation between myself and President Uribe. All of us have great concerns about what's taken place there. President Zelaya was democratically elected. He had not yet completed his term. We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the President of Honduras, the democratically elected President there. In that we have joined all the countries in the region, including Colombia and the Organization of American States. I think it's -- it would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections."
But when it comes to Egypt, he's still not sure.
9:35 AM, Jan 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been in the hospital the last couple days with a blood clot in her head, released a statement yesterday. But it had nothing to do with her health. Instead, the statement was on "Haiti's Independence Day."
Caring for orphans, ransoming hostages, burying the dead—it’s all in a day’s work for Father Rick Frechette.12:00 AM, Feb 24, 2010 • By MATT LABASH
For my recent week in Haiti, I was armed by our art director with a camera, and commanded to take usable pictures. I am not a professional photographer, but he assures me these qualify. (In this week's print edition of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, you can see more photographs from shooters who actually know what they're doing.) Here's hoping the additional snaps more clearly illuminate a wild and devastated place. (Warning: Some photos are extremely graphic.) And by all means, read the accompanying story, since I am, arguably, a professional writer.
Feb 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 22 • By
John Edwards Googles
First time farce, second time . . . Feb 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 22 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
The first week of February, a group of more than 75 celebrities met in a studio on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles to re-record “We Are the World.” The occasion was the January earthquake in Haiti, which left the bedraggled, destitute country even more bedraggled and destitute.
A buffoonish autocrat gone wild.12:00 AM, Jan 21, 2010 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
In case you were wondering what U.S. military forces are doing in Haiti, allow Hugo Chávez to explain: “I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war,” the Venezuelan leader said Sunday on his national TV show. “They are occupying Haiti undercover.”
And their lack of compassion.10:38 AM, Jan 19, 2010 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
Israeli doctors and rescuers, who have been doing heroic work on the ground in Haiti since the earthquake, have decided they must stay put to help for another month. Donations have been pouring in from the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, and poor Lebanon, as well. Even the butchers of Iran have risen to the occasion. So where, beyond an expression of condolence from the “king,” are the offers of help and money from the House of Saud? It seems it was God’s little joke to hand the greatest supplies of oil and natural gas to a people who part with their riches for their own ends only. Not only have the rulers of sand and oil donated not a single penny so far to the Haiti relief effort, but a scouring of the English-language Saudi press turns up not even a mention of the word Haiti.
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