Obamaĺs new Latin
American policy advisor: grandson of Honduran strong
functionary Ricardo Z˙˝iga, grandson of the right-wing
Honduran politician of the same name - known for his
support to the military dictatorship of Colonel
Oswaldo Lˇpez ľ has been appointed director of
Western Hemisphere Affairs by Barack Obama, having
previously run destabilization operations for the U.
S. Interests Section in Havana, before going on to
supervise these activities from Washington.
Z˙˝iga is a traveling salesman,
distributing the most backward, anti-Cuban ideas
wherever he lands.
Assuming this new position, Z˙˝iga
is taking the place of Dan Restrepo, of Colombian
origin, who was booted after his poor showing at the
recent Summit of the Americas, where Obama lost face
as a result of both his inability to address Latin
American aspirations and the scandalous behavior of
his security guards.
Z˙˝iga, who now becomes Obamaĺs
National Security Council advisor on Latin America,
is a U.S. born citizen of Honduran descent, the
grandson of Ricardo Z˙˝iga Agustines, the National
Party strong man, architect of the Oswaldo Lˇpez
Arrellano military coup, carried out just 10 days
before Presidential elections were to take place in
RABID ANTI-COMMUNIST AND GREAT
FRIEND OF UNITED FRUIT
A diehard anti-communist,
grandfather Z˙˝iga structured the illegitimate Lˇpez
Arrellano government and controlled it to the degree
that even his U.S. backers were worried about
discontent within the ranks of the Honduran military.
The regime installed by Z˙˝iga and headed by the
inept Lˇpez Arrellano, was committed to stamping out
any sign whatsoever of the left.
Z˙˝iga and his National Party, which
governed with an iron glove, whipped up followers
with calls to save Honduras from communism with a
regime of terror, hate and death, according to
firsthand reports from the era.
Thus Lˇpez Arrellano was installed
as President the first time on October 3, 1963, and
remained in power through June 7, 1971, when he
allowed elections to be held. The person who was
elected, however, was not to his liking, so, on
December 4, 1972, he retook the Presidency.
Despite their close ties to United
Fruit, Lˇpez Arrellano and Z˙˝iga were removed from
power April 25, 1975, in a coup led by General Juan
Alberto Melgar Castro, after a US-provoked scandal
After running in the 1981
Presidential elections, Z˙˝iga Sr. was consigned to
the dustbin of history.
THE YOUNGER Z┌ĐIGA AT WORK IN HAVANA
Ricardo Z˙˝iga the grandson
established his diplomatic credentials during an
assignment to Havana, where he served as human
rights advisor, according to the right-wing Honduran
newspaper La Prensa.
The reality is quite different and
not so innocuous.
Z˙˝iga worked at the U.S. Interests
Section bunker in Havana under the direction of the
eccentric James Cason who later, as ambassador to
Paraguay, devoted himself to singing in GuaranÝ, and
is now the mayor of Coral Gables, where an anti-Cuban
terrorist attack was recently carried out.
In Havana, Z˙˝iga led all the
subversive work and financing of "dissidents,"
collaborating not only with the State Department,
but with the CIA and the Miami mafia as well, to
push U.S. intervention in Cuba to new limits.
His lack of respect for Cuba, its
people and sovereignty, served to create a
confrontational environment, given his daily, crude
provocations of the countryĺs authorities.
In a television appearance April 23,
2003, Cuban leader Fidel Castro singled out Z˙˝iga
and his boss Cason as those principally responsible
for an increase in the number of aggressive U.S.
attacks on Cuba.
Fidel cited several occasions during
which the Cason-Z˙˝iga duo openly attempted to "invent"
an opposition party which would supposedly overthrow
the Cuban government.
Fidel reported that, January 19
through 25, 2003, James Cason and Ricardo Z˙˝iga
took a trip through the provinces of Las Tunas,
HolguÝn, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantßnamo,
providing "material support" to counterrevolutionary
These visits all around the country,
to call upon any one who might express a minimum of
discontent, gave Z˙˝iga the opportunity to peddle
his backward, anti-Cuban ideas to a clientele
composed primarily of antisocial delinquents looking
for a visa to the United States and a subsidized
Aleida GodÝnez, State Security agent
Vilma, who infiltrated the so-called "dissidence"
during this period, recalled Ricky Z˙˝iga. She
recalled, "He is a prototype yankee, it doesnĺt
matter that heĺs Honduran, contrary to the opinion
of his aunt Elizabeth "Tita" Z˙˝iga, who said that
he never forgot his roots. Thereĺs nothing Latin
American about him."
After completing his "humanitarian"
mission in Cuba, Z˙˝iga was honored for his anti-communist
accomplishments and assigned to the Cuba office at
the State Department, to later be appointed as its
director so he could continue giving free rein to
his right-wing sentiments.
He was subsequently named head of
the political section within the U.S. embassy in
Brazil, to do who-knows-what, before this latest
promotion to advise the White House on Latin America