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Honduras coup: The view from Cuba

You won't find wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage on Cuba's airwaves. The island's government-run media has tracked the coup in Honduras closely, mostly by running extensive footage from Venezuela's Telesur network.

The military takeover on Sunday even swept up Havana's ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Juan Carlos Hernandez, who was roughed up and briefly detained by the Honduran military. That episode was recounted by Fidel Castro yesterday while condemning the coup as a "suicidal error" in his most recent written column, in which Castro even repeated the obscenity (a crude word for the lower male reproductive organs) that Hernandez shouted at Honduran soldiers as they seized him. "I don't know if that word was ever used by Cervantes," Castro joked, "but without a doubt ambassador Juan Carlos Hernandez has enriched our language."

Cuba's official response to the coup has been swift and serious, though. President Raul Castro flew to Nicaragua yesterday to convene with other Latin American leaders in demanding the return of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Castro noted in his public remarks that U.S. officials had also condemned the coup, but he called on President Obama to take action "with deeds, not words," in helping restore Zelaya to the presidency.

Cubans who have been following the coverage seem to be especially interested by the Obama administration's response. By siding with other Latin American leaders against the coup-plotters, U.S. officials have made the usual attempts to blame Washington ring hollow.