<i>"The Name of Our Country is América" - Simon Bolivar</i> The Narco News Bulletin<br><small>Reporting on the War on Drugs and Democracy from Latin America
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The War for Defense of the Truth

Welcome to the Dramatic and Creative Country That Is Bolivia

By Jennifer Whitney
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 1, 2004


Spinning “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”

Venezuelan Pollster’s Deceit Failed to Rob Chávez of His Base Among the Poor

By Justin Delacour
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

July 30, 2004


Bolivians Demand Recovery of Gas From Foreign Corporations

With the Referendum Over, the Battle Moves to Congress and to the Streets

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Bolivia exige recuperar el gas de manos transnacionales

July 19, 2004


A Referendum Divides Bolivia

On July 18, the Fate of the Gas Resources in the Heart of the Continent Will Be Decided

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Bolivia dividida por el referéndum

July 6, 2004


Terms of Denouement for Venezuela Opposition

President Hugo Chávez, Polls Say, on the Verge of a Stunning Victory

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

July 4, 2004


Increasing Repression, U.S. Intervention, and Popular Opposition in Colombia

A Conversation with Colombian Authentic Journalist Alfredo Molano

By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Aumenta la represión, el Intervencionismo estadounidense y la oposición popular en Colombia

June 28, 2004


“Attack the Wrongheaded Drug Policies”

A Letter from Baylen Linnekin in Washington, DC

By Baylen Linnekin
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

June 22, 2004


Confessions of a Media Gatekeeper

Five Days Left to Have Your Contribution Matched

By Bill Conroy
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

June 17, 2004


“Everyone Must Know What Is Going On”

A Letter to Readers from Sterling Harris

By Sterling Harris
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

June 17, 2004


“Coming Together from the Poor South and the Wealthy North”

A Letter to Readers from Greg Berger in Mexico

By Greg Berger
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

June 14, 2004


Piedad Córdoba: Plan Colombia Has Been a Total Failure

A Colombian Senator Criticizes U.S. Policies Imposed in Latin America

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... El Plan Colombia es un verdadero fracaso: Piedad Córdoba

June 10, 2004


"Where People Like Me Learn Not to Lie to People Like You"

A Letter to Readers from Andrea Wilkins y Martínez

By Andrea Wilkins y Martínez
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

June 10, 2004


A Humanitarian Mission Hopes to Win Pacho Cortés’s Freedom

If the Bolivian Government Does Not Release the Colombian Social Leader, It Will Face a Global Campaign

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Misión humanitaria espera libertad de “Pacho” Cortés

June 9, 2004


Between Immense Happiness and Anxiety

A Letter to Narco News Readers from Pablo Francischelli in Porto Alegre, Brazil

By Pablo Francischelli
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Entre de felicidad inmensa y angustia

June 9, 2004


Voices From Around the World Unite for the Release of “Pacho” Cortés

Representatives of a Humanitarian Mission to Bolivia Criticize “Anti-Terror” Policies

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Unen voces del mundo por la libertad de “Pacho” Cortés

June 8, 2004


With a Camera, a Backpack, Books, and Illusions

A Letter to Narco News Readers from Manuela Aldabe in Italy

By Manuela Aldabe
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Con una cámara de fotos, una mochila, libros y mucha ilusión

June 7, 2004


Big Brother on the Border

Insurance Agents with Badges Accused of Civil Rights Violations

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

June 5, 2004


The Joyful Rebellion

A Letter to Narco News Readers from Sarahy Flores Sosa

By Sarahy Flores Sosa
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Rebeldía con alegría

June 5, 2004


A Struggle for the Nationalization of Bolivia’s Gas

Social Movements Unite Against the Policies of President Mesa

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Inician lucha por la nacionalización de los hidrocarburos

June 4, 2004


In Their Own Words

The 2004 Authentic Journalism Scholars Speak

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... En sus propias palabras

June 4, 2004


"A True Chance to Achieve Effective Change"

A Letter from Romina Trincheri in Rosario, Argentina

By Romina Trincheri
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... "Una verdadera apuesta a lograr cambios efectivos"

May 28, 2004


"Where Do I Find América?"

A Letter to Narco News Readers from Teo Ballvé

By Teo Ballvé
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

May 27, 2004


Epilogue

At the Threshold of Conscience

By Bill Conroy
Author, Borderline Security, in 14 Chapters

May 26, 2004


A Letter from Amy Casada-Alaniz

"In the Factory of Journalism… with a Head-full of Dreams"

By Amy Casada-Alaniz
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

May 25, 2004


The Dysfunctional Anti-Drug Agencies

Documents Show a Pattern of Corruption Cover-Ups at DEA and Customs

By Bill Conroy
14th and Final Chapter of a Book Published by Narco News

May 24, 2004


Supposed “Terrorists” Win Their Freedom After 13 Months Behind Bars

A Humanitarian Mission Will Visit Bolivia to Look Into the Case of “Pacho” Cortéz

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Despúes de 13 meses de detención, presuntos “terroristas” recuperan su libertad

May 21, 2004


"All Hands on Deck!"

The Good Ship Narco News Sets Sail, and the Authentic Journalism Inn Opens Once Again

By Luis Gómez
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism

en español... "¡Manos a la obra!"

May 21, 2004


A Letter from Andrew Grice

"We proved the naysayers wrong... now, we're asking for your help again"

By Andrew Grice
Treasurer, The Fund for Authentic Journalism

May 20, 2004


Airline Passengers At Risk from DEA Drug Sting Shipments

Smuggling Case at JFK Airport Reveals Pattern of Corruption, and Danger for Passengers

By Bill Conroy
Chapter 13 of a Book Published by Narco News

May 19, 2004


Narco News Authentic Journalism Class of 2004 Is Chosen

On to Cochabamba and the Chapare in July and August

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

May 18, 2004


From the DEA to "Homeland Security"

Asa Hutchinson's "Retaliation Against Minority Employees"

By Bill Conroy
Chapter 12 of a Book Published by Narco News

May 12, 2004


Zapatista Children and the Secrets of War

“Children can make wars and loves, meetings and misunderstandings”

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Los niños y niñas zapatistas y los secretos de la guerra

May 11, 2004


Government Betrays Inspector Who Went Undercover for U.S. Customs

He Is Forced to Return to Border Town with His Cover Blown

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

May 10, 2004


Crimmins, Musicians, Headline May 16 Narco News Cabaret in Los Angeles

Vessy Mink, The Boners, The Smiling Minks, Mike Gray, to the Aid of Authentic Journalism Scholarships

By The Fund for Authentic Journalism
www.authenticjournalism.org

May 9, 2004


The Zapatistas Reject the War on Drugs

Mexican Police and Army Grow and Smuggle Marijuana, While the Indigenous Rebels Don’t Touch Drugs or Alcohol

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Los zapatistas rechazan la lucha contra el narcotráfico

May 8, 2004


The Mysterious Silence of the Mexican Zapatistas

“After more than 10 years of war and 20 years of organizing, we can’t take a single step back.”

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... El misterioso silencio de los zapatistas insurgentes

May 7, 2004


"It could be that he has died... but it could be that he has not"

"Trying to understand is a form of respect. Yes, Don Amado respected us."

By Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Zapatista Army of National Liberation

en español... "Puede ser que haya muerto... pero puede ser que no"

May 2, 2004


The Last Interview: Authentic Journalist Amado Avendaño Figueroa (1938-2004)

They "Assassinated" Him in 1994, but He Continued Writing, Denouncing, and Fighting Another Ten Years

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La última entrevista: periodista auténtico Amado Avendaño Figueroa (1938-2004)

May 2, 2004


Politically Connected

A Border Corruption Investigation "targeted" a U.S. Senator, and Was "Shut Down Overnight"

By Bill Conroy
Chapter 11 of a Book Published by Narco News

April 29, 2004


Fumigations Continue in Colombia Despite Court Ordered Suspensions

Uribe and Bush Administrations in Clear Violation of Colombian Law

By Peter Gorman
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Continúan las fumigaciones en Colombia pese a que una Corte ordenó la suspensión

April 29, 2004


Democracy, Liberty and Justice in México

The Zapatistas Build “Autonomous Municipalities” in Chiapas

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Zapatistas construyen con democracia, libertad y justicia

April 29, 2004


More Than 100 Families Retake their Communities

A Caravan of Supporters in Chiapas Accompanies the Zinacantán Refugees Back to their Homes

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Más de 100 familias zapatistas retoman sus comunidades

April 27, 2004


Oventik, Where Freedom Breathes

The Zapatistas of the Chiapas Highlands Begin to Unite their Autonomous Municipalities

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Oventik, el territorio donde se respira libertad

April 25, 2004


The House of Death

U.S. Prosecutors Protect an Informant Who Killed Mexican Citizens, as Two DEA Agents Barely Escaped Alive

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La Casa de la Muerte

April 22, 2004


Violence Returns to Chiapas Communities

In Mexico, An Ambush Leaves 35 Indigenous Zapatista Supporters Wounded in the Town of Zinacantán

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... La violencia retorna a comunidades de chiapas

April 22, 2004


Blockades Begin in Peru

Coca Growers, Tired of Broken Agreements, Adopt the Tactic that Worked in Bolivia

By Sarah de Haro
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Comienzan bloqueos en Perú

April 21, 2004


Bolivian Drug War Prisoners: We Were Tortured

Congressmen Investigate Prisoners’ Claims Against Authorities

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Bolivia: presos políticos fueron torturados

April 21, 2004


Poppies Planted on a Reporter's Patio

The Latest Effort to Silence News from Zapatista Territory in Mexico

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

en español... Amapolas plantadas en el patio de un reportero

April 21, 2004


Coup d'État Plot, Exposed, Shakes Bolivia

Chile and U.S. Military Officials Balked on March 25th, but Continue Pushing Three Alternate Coup Plans

By Luis Gómez
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Conjura de golpe de Estado descubierta sacude a Bolivia

April 18, 2004


Swept Under the Rug

Customs Internal Corruption Investigator: "We Were Getting Too Close"

By Bill Conroy
Chapter 10 of a Book Published by Narco News

April 18, 2004


"The Airwaves Belong to the People"

Venezuela's Top Media Regulator Opens Dialogue with Journalists from Around the World

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Los retos de los medios comunitarios y auténticos

April 16, 2004


Celebrating Venezuelan Democracy

Two Years After Defeating a Coup, a Global Gathering in Caracas

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Celebrando la democracia venezolana

April 14, 2004


Firestorm

US Customs Border Corruption: "Like Gangland Chicago During Prohibition"

By Bill Conroy
Chapter 9 of a Book Published by Narco News

April 13, 2004


The Struggle for a “Constituents’ Assembly”

Bolivian Social Movements Promote a New Model of Democracy: Popular Participation in the Government

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Impulsan asamblea constituyente

April 10, 2004


A Military Base Shakes the Yungas

The Bolivian Government Gives Into Demands of Both Highway-Blocking Coca Growers and the US Embassy

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... La construción de una base militar convulsiona Los Yungas

April 8, 2004


Giordano Wins Upton Sinclair Award for Press Freedom

With Krassner, Flanders, Goodman, Robbins, Invited to Receive Award on May 15th in the Port of Los Angeles

By Adam Saytanides
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

April 4, 2004


Aristide, Bush, Chávez, Kerry: When Presidents Collide

U.S. Political Campaign Plays With Latin American Fire

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

April 2, 2004


Announcing 37 Scholarships in Authentic Journalism

From July 30th to August 8th, 2004, the Narco News J-School Comes to Cochabamba and the Coca-Growing Chapare Region of Bolivia

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... 37 becas en Periodismo Auténtico
em português... Anúncio de 37 bolsas de estudo para Jornalismo Autêntico

March 31, 2004


Meet the 2004 School of Authentic Journalism Faculty

Coming to Bolivia, 35 of 46 Invited Professors Confirmed

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... Conoce al profesorado de la sesión 2004 de la Escuela de Periodismo Auténtico
em português... Conheça o Corpo Docente da Escola de Jornalismo Autêntico 2004

March 30, 2004


A Letter from Laura del Castillo Matamoros in Colombia

"Somewhere in this World there Is a Journalist Adrift..."

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Graduate, Narco News School of Authentic Journalism

en español... Una Carta de Laura Del Castillo Matamoros

March 4, 2004


Borderline Security

A chronicle of reprisal, cronyism and corruption
in the U.S. Customs Service

By Bill Conroy
Prologue and Chapters 1-8 of a Book Published by Narco News

February 18, 2004


Meet Alex Contreras Baspineiro

Narco News and Authentic Journalism Sign a South American Bureau Chief

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... Presentando a Alex Contreras Baspineiro

February 16, 2004


Narco News Reborn

A $30,000 Matching Grant, and a New Model for Authentic Journalism

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... Narco News Renace
em português... Narco News Renasce

January 1, 2004


You Are Cordially Invited...

…to have a Narco News co-publisher's account

By the Narco News Team
Somewhere in América

en español... Están cordialmente invitados...
em português... Vocês estão convidados...

January 1, 2004


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