Edit: As information has come in throughout the day, I realize that some aspects of this article may now be in error. I regret the error, and will probably post more as the situation develops.
I wish that my time in Honduras would give me a little more insight into the latest political upheval in that country, but, alas, I'm more concerned about the 30 June deadline. Nevertheless, the situation is worth mentioning.
What appears to have happened, based on a few of the reports that I have read (Zenpundit, Honduran Blogger, WSJ), is that the Supreme Court of Honduras has placed the current Presidente, Manuel Zelaya, under military arrest and exiled him to Costa Rica for, in effect, attempting to amend the constitution to allow for him to stay in office well after his term had expired. (Much like the Jedi arresting Chancellor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith after he didn't give up his emergency powers. Maybe Zelaya is...a Sith Lord?)
Many are referring to this as a military coup, but I'm not so sure this actually meets the definition of a coup. The Honduran Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for the President for the crime of attempting to extend his term limits, in effect, remaining in office as a de facto dictator. The Honduran military apparently moved in, arrested him, and sent him to Costa Rica (tough break).
This isn't so much a subversion of power, since militaries under civil control are not necessarily loyal to the leader of the country, but rather to the constitution of the country. With President Zelaya blatantly violating the constitution, and an arrest warrant issued by the Honduran Supreme Court, this is actually democracy in action--well, Latin American style.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is sticking up for Zelaya--there's a shock.
Needless to say, it never ceases to amaze me how Latin America works sometimes. It's nothing to see soldiers line the streets in Honduras to keep order. In fact, when I was in Honduras, we would often take turns of one another posing in front of the riot police. My favorite is when I snapped a picture of one of the military journalists, who jumped off of a bus in the middle of Tegucigalpa and did his best "What? Me, worry?" pose in front of about a hundred armed Honduran troops, then hopped back on the bus. Yes, rest assured that whenever there is political upheval anywhere in the world, Gen Y will be there to take pictures of themselves in front of it.
Anyway, as I'm still waiting for a flight, I might find time to catch up on the latest happenings in Honduras. I might even try to find that picture somewhere...I know I have it around here...
Best of luck to all of my friends still in Honduras dealing with this. Hopefully, you'll have less corrupt government as a result of this.