Is the Donald putting up Qaddafi?

After being rebuffed by both Englewood, New Jersey, and Upper East Side real estate agents, it appears that Libyan ledaer Muammar Qaddafi may have found a place to stay at Donald Trump's estate in Bedford, New York. The Huffington Post reports:

Gaddafi's Bedouin-style tent, the source says, is to be pitched on the lavish Seven Springs property that Trump has owned since 1995. An aide to Trump denied the report. It is "totally untrue," said Rhona Graff, a spokesman for the real estate mogul.

Pressed whether Gaddafi was planning to stay at Seven Springs, Graff only said that the Libyan leader wasn't there currently. "He is not there to my knowledge," she said. "He is not there." The spokeswoman noted that Seven Springs is not Trump's primary residence, though neighbors said that his children spend time there regularly.

I kind of hope this is true. I would image these two might actually get along. They do share similar ideas about interior decorating. 


Did Zelaya snub Chavez?

Sarah Miller Llana of the Christian Science Monitor asks, was ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's deicision to take refuge in the Honduran embassy an attempt to distance himself from his polarizing patron Hugo Chavez?

It could be a calculated political decision on the part of Zelaya – to distance himself from Chávez, a polarizing figure in Honduras. Though Zelaya denies it, his foes say he was following the steps of his Venezuelan ally, particularly in regard to his alleged desire to change the Constitution to scrap presidential term limits, which was the reason for his ouster. Yet whether calculated or by default, Zelaya's refuge in the Brazilian embassy eclipses any role, for now at least, that Chávez may have hoped to play in this political crisis.

"Seeking asylum with Brazil shows that [Zelaya] thinks Brazil is the neutral voice in the crisis, not the US, Costa Rica, [or] Venezuela. He's essentially throwing in his lot with the party he thinks has the best chance to get him restored to power," says Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas, a consultancy based in New York. "It's a tangible representation of a power shift in the region."

 Chavez will address the UN General assembly on Thursday. It should be interesting to see what, if anything, he says about the unfolding situation in Honduras.