Government upheaval and Wikileaks revelations in Honduras

September 14, 2011

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Oscar Alvarez, Honduras' minister of security, (pictured here) recently resigned from his post.

Last week, there was a surprising shake-up in the ruling regime in Honduras. The country’s powerful security minister and foreign minister both resigned, bringing a wave of controversy to President Porfirio Lobo’s administration. The president came to power just two years ago by coup.

Security Minister Oscar Alvarez told the press that he lacked economic support for his efforts against drug violence and had found himself stepping on the toes of powerful interests. In addition to Alvarez and Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati, three deputy ministers in the areas of security, social investment and income also resigned from their posts.

Dana Frank, a professor of history at UC-Santa Cruz and a contributor to The Nation, joins us for analysis of the recent upheaval. She also tells us what the new Wikileaks cables reveal about U.S. involvement in the politics of Honduras.