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U.S. State Dept. Claims of Danger to Tourists in Mexico Untrue, Say Dept.’s Own Homocide Stats

FOIA Request Filed by Narco News Shows Drop – Not Rise – in Danger to U.S. Citizens

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

February 23, 2005


Mexico Poll: Fox-Creel Attacks on López Obrador Have Backfired

Mexico City Governor Gaining Support Despite Attempts to Drive Him From Presidential Race

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

February 23, 2005


Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions and the Supreme Court

“These Are the Same Kind of Proceedings the U.S. Has Spent Many Years Condemning When Used by Other Countries”

By Michael Ratnerand Ellen Ray
Chapter 4 and Conclusion of the Book Guantánamo: What the World Should Know

February 23, 2005


Attack on Haiti's Prison Had Nothing to Do with Lavalas Leaders

Back in Prison, Purged Government Officials on Hunger Strike to Demand Trial

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

February 22, 2005


Colombia in Negative

On the Opposition to Uribe’s Government and Other Affronts to the Establishment

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Narco News Editorial Columnist

en español... En negativo

February 22, 2005


Hunter Thompson (1937-2005) and the Art of Listening

He Killed the King Named “Objectivity” and Created the Model of a Journalist as a Sharpshooter

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

February 21, 2005


Media Confusion Over Port-au-Prince “Jailbreak”

Haiti's Top Political Prisoners Forced From Prison in Daylight Attack, Returned Next Day

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

February 21, 2005


“House of Death” Exploded by Former DEA Supervisor's Revelation

New Answers to Questions About DEA Informant Implicated in Mass Murder in Juárez, Mexico

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

February 18, 2005


New Coca Fumigation Program Drives Poor Colombians Off Lands

Locals See Supposed “Anti-Drug” Operations in Chocó as Part of a Decade-Old Campaign by the Government and Corporations to Displace Them

By Sean Donahue
Special to the Narco News Bulletin

en español... El nuevo programa de fumigación de coca expulsa a campesinos colombianos de sus tierras

February 16, 2005


Guantánamo Bay: Testimony and Case Details

U.S. Lies About “Humane” Treatment Revealed By Relatives and Released Detainees

By Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray
Chapter 3 of the Book Guantánamo: What the World Should Know

February 15, 2005


“A Gentleman Goes Twice”

Dirty Tricks and Lies in Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s Bid for Reelection

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Narco News Editorial Columnist

en español... “El que es caballero repite”

February 14, 2005


Condoleeza Rice vs. Democracy in Mexico

A Plot to Kick a Candidate Out of the 2006 Mexico Presidential Race Provokes an Unprecedented Public Revolt

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Condoleeza Rice vs. la democracia en México

February 13, 2005


Now Showing: The Narco-Bogeyman Eats Mexico!

Media Campaign by Washington and Its Press Lackeys Continues

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

en español... ¡El narco-monstruo se come a México!

February 13, 2005


Doe v. Bush: Suit Filed on Behalf of Guantánamo Prisoners

Administration Accused of Blocking Access to Legal Counsel

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

February 12, 2005


Saint Gary Webb

“I Think the Day That Gary Died, God Said…”

By Charlie Hardy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

February 10, 2005


Colombia’s Double Standard for Terrorism, Part II

The Discreet Charm of Salvatore Mancuso and His Boys

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Narco News Editorial Columnist

en español... La doble moral del terrorismo en Colombia II

February 8, 2005


Abuse And Torture at Guantánamo Bay

“After Being Held in Isolation for Two Years, People Will Say Anything, Particularly If Their Next Meal or the Avoidance of Coercive Techniques Depends on It”

By Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray
Chapter 2 of the Book Guantánamo: What the World Should Know

February 7, 2005


Customs Agency Short 5,000 Bulletproof Vests, Whistleblowers Claim

Out-of-Touch Politicians, Bureaucrats, Send Drug War Foot Soldiers to Die Without Equipment

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

February 6, 2005


Mexico City Floats Idea of Legal Drug Clinics in Prisons

A Counter-Proposal to the Failed National Policy is Emerging from the Capital

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

en español... En la Ciudad de México, flota la idea de abrir clínicas legales de drogas

February 4, 2005


WOLA Drops the Ball with New Book, Shifts to the Right on Drug War

The Book, Drugs and Democracy in Latin America, Is an Expensive Disappointment

By Jeremy Bigwood
Special to the Narco News Bulletin

en español... WOLA suelta el balón con su nuevo libro, gira a la derecha en la Guerra de las Drogas

February 2, 2005


Guantánamo Bay and Rule by Executive Fiat

“The United States Is Trying to Overturn One of the Most Fundamental Principles of Anglo-American and International Law”

By Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray
Chapter 1 of the Book Guantánamo: What the World Should Know

January 31, 2005


Why the World Must Know

Publisher Margo Baldwin on Guantánamo

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

January 31, 2005


FBI Claims Cartel Wants to Nab Cops

“Leaked” Internal Memo Whips Up More Hysteria in U.S. About Mexican Narco Boogymen

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

January 30, 2005


“Officials In the U.S. Government Have Committed War Crimes”

Reporting the Truth on the Savagery of Guantánamo Bay

By Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray
Introduction to the Book Guantánamo: What the World Should Know

January 28, 2005


Peruvian Drug Control Agency: Coca Cola Buys Coca Leaves

Conflicts in Peru Over Coca Industrialization

By Luis A. Gómez
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Devida: Coca Cola compra hoja de coca

January 28, 2005


“Travel Advisory” Reveals U.S. Media Campaign vs. Mexico

With Sights on Mexico's 2006 Elections, the Drug War Becomes the Latest “Weapon of Mass Deception”

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

January 27, 2005


The Inquisition Strikes Back

A Review of Guantánamo: What the World Should Know by Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray

By Jules Siegel
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

January 27, 2005


NY Times and Washington Post Reporters Smear Missing Texans as Narcos

“It’s Untrue,” Says the Father of Missing Laredo Woman

By Al Giordano and Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Reporteras del NY Times y del Washington Post acusan de narcos a texanos desaparecidos

January 26, 2005


The Life and Times of Gary Webb

His Journalism Was Vindicated, Yet the Industry Kept Him in Exile

By George B. Sanchez
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

January 25, 2005


Colombia’s Double Standard for Terrorism

The Colombian Government’s Lies on the Kidnapping of Rodrigo Granda and Its “Solidarity” With Venezuelan Coupsters

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Narco News Editorial Columnist

en español... La doble moral del terrorismo en Colombia

January 24, 2005


Power and Autonomy in Bolivia

Santa Cruz and its Sedition

By Luis A. Gómez
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Poder y autonomía en Bolivia

January 24, 2005


Democracy Doesn’t Exist – It Is Made

Depressed About the Inauguration? There Are Better Models of Democracy Building from Below

By Jennifer Whitney
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

January 20, 2005


1, 2, 3... El Alto Scores a Knockout Against Suez Company in Water Dispute

A New Victory for the Bolivian People

By Luis A. Gómez
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... 1, 2, 3... El Alto noquea a Suez en la disputa por el agua

January 14, 2005


The “Salvador Option” in Context

The “New” and “Controversial” Paramilitary/Death-Squad Strategy for Iraq Is the Rule, Not the Exception in U.S. Policy

By Sean Donahue
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

January 14, 2005


New Paraguay-Brazil Cocaine Smuggling Routes

Aerial Interdiction Policy Just Shifts Traffickers to Land Routes: The Classic Drug-War Story of “The Golf Ball Under the Rug”

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

January 12, 2005


Bolivia‘s President Mesa Complains “They Won’t Let Me Govern”

Threatens to Resign if Social Movements Won’t Keep Quiet

By Gissel Gonzales
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Bolivia: El presidente Mesa dice "No me dejan gobernar"

January 12, 2005


Pacho Cortés Leaves Prison, Under House Arrest

Will Appeal to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for a Full Release

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... “Pacho” Cortés dejó la cárcel, tiene arresto domiciliario

January 11, 2005


U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and Mandatory Minimums

A Former Drug War Prisoner Explains How the Gringo System Doesn't Work

By Don Henry Ford, Jr.
Via The Narcosphere

January 9, 2005


Portrait of a Dope-Smuggling Cowboy

Bill Conroy Reviews a New Book by Former Drug War Prisoner Don Henry Ford Jr.

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

January 6, 2005


Francisco “Pacho” Cortés Close to Freedom

Maintaining His Innocence Against “Narco-Terrorism” Charges, the Colombian Social Fighter May Soon Leave His Bolivian Prison

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Francisco “Pacho” Cortés a punto de ser liberado

January 4, 2005


The New Year's Military-Civilian Uprising in Peru

Echoes of Mexican Zapatismo and Chavez in Venezuela Shake the Andes at the Start of 2005

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

January 2, 2005


The Narco-Terrorist Who Came in From the Cold

Colombia Cancels Extradition of Paramilitary Chief Salvatore Mancuso as U.S. Officials Remain Strangely Silent

By Sean Donahue
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

December 30, 2004


The Long Road to Making “Goni” Pay For His Crimes

His Victims Face Obstacles in their Struggle But Keep Fighting for Justice

By Luis A. Gómez
Part Two of a Special Series for The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Sí se puede: “Goni” a Chonchocoro

December 27, 2004


Bolivia Moves Toward Gas Nationalization

New Law Pits Congress and the Social Movements Against the President and Foreign Companies

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

December 23, 2004


Memory’s Struggle Against the Labyrinth of Power

The Trial of Former Bolivian President Sánchez de Lozada and His Accomplices for the Massacres of 2003

By Luis A. Gómez
Part One of a Special Series for The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La intensa lucha de la memoria contra el laberinto del poder

December 21, 2004


Gary Webb: In His Own Words

A New Video from Guerrilla News Network and Narco News

By GNN and Narco News School of Authentic Journalism Scholars

December 20, 2004


Haiti: Large Peaceful Demonstration for Aristide's Return

Repression Continues Against Activists and Opponents of Washington-Backed Regime

By Benjamin Melançon
Via The Narcosphere

December 18, 2004


Corruption Alleged in U.S. Customs' Miami Operations

Pressure Builds on Officials Accused of Illegal Survalience and Planting Evidence

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

December 18, 2004


Gary Webb Drew Blood

“He Was the Best Investigative Reporter in the Country, and He Was Unemployable”

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

December 18, 2004


Colombian Oil, Texas Profits

Texas Companies with Ties to the Bush Administration Are Reaping Profits in Putmayo...

By Sean Donahue
Via The Narcosphere

December 18, 2004


Gary Webb in His Own Words

"You Must Have a Very Low Threshold of Outrage"

By Andrew Stelzer
Via The Narcosphere

December 18, 2004


Gary Webb: Do What He Did

The Canary in the Coal Mine of Journalism

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

December 15, 2004


Gary Webb ¡Presente!

"Where you were, they didn't deserve you, not enough that you could stay"

By Luis Gómez
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Gary Webb ¡Presente!
em português... Gary Webb ¡Presente!

December 12, 2004


Where's Lula? The Decree that Hasn't Come

Brazil's Drug Czar Makes Confusing Statement on Safe-Use Rooms

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

November 26, 2004


Welcome to Your Colony

An Open Letter to George W. Bush on His Visit to My Country, Colombia

By Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Reporting from Bogotá, Colombia

en español... Bienvenido a su colonia

November 22, 2004


Learning the Art of Journalism in Bolivia

Local Woman Tells Story of Self-Discovery

By Amy Casada-Alaniz
The Dayton City Paper

November 19, 2004


Emergency Music for a New Bolivia

A Music Video from El Alto: “Los Rios Profundos”

By Parafonista
In the Salón Chingón Screening Room, with Introduction by Luis A Gómez

en español... Música de emergencia para la nueva Bolivia

November 16, 2004


Brazil's Lula to Sign Drug Decriminalization Decree

November 24 Is the Expected Date to Order the Opening of 250 Safe Drug Use Centers Throughout the Country

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

November 15, 2004


Walking: We Ask Questions

Essay #7 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere Collective

November 11, 2004


Cynthia McKinney: “We Need Narco News, and It Needs Us”

A Letter from Georgia's Congresswoman-Elect on the Need for Authentic Media

By Cynthia McKinney
Please Distribute Widely

November 9, 2004


Eduardo Galeano: “The War on Drugs is a Great Imperial Hypocrisy”

The Narco News Interview

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Eduardo Galeano: “La guerra antidrogas es una gran hipocresía del imperio”

November 8, 2004


Power: Building it Without Taking it

Essay #6 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere collective

November 7, 2004


Now What? First, We Kill the Media

Suddenly Thinking About Moving to Latin America? Read This First

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

November 4, 2004


Election Loss of pro-Harm Reduction Mayor in São Paulo

City Health Official Reflects on the Progress Made Under Mayor Marta Suplicy

By Fabio Mesquita
City of São Paulo Public Health Department

November 4, 2004


A New Beginning for Uruguay

The People Take Power as the Left Wins First Election in 174 Years

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... El nuevo amanecer del pueblo uruguayo

November 4, 2004


Clandestinity: Resisting State Repression

Essay #5 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere Collective

November 3, 2004


Carnival: Resistance Is the Secret of Joy

Essay #4 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere Collective

November 1, 2004


Uruguay Election Coverage: Tabaré Vázquez, Presidente

Up-to-the Minute Tallies, Analysis, plus News from Elections in Venezuela, Brazil and Chile, Too

By Narco News Copublishers
Via The Narcosphere

October 31, 2004


The Coca Leaf: Tradition and Struggle

An Audio Documentary

By the Narco News J-School Radio Team

en español... La hoja de coca: la tradición y la lucha

October 31, 2004


Last Chance for Gas in Bolivia

Foreign Companies Are Grabbing for Every Last Cubic Meter

By Amber Howard and Natalia Viana
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholars

October 28, 2004


Autonomy: Creating Spaces for Freedom

Essay #3 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere collective

October 28, 2004


Mexico's New Power Before the United States

A Silver Bullet, South of the Border, to Collapse the Drug War Game

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

October 25, 2004


Networks: The Ecology of the Movements

Essay #2 from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere Collective

October 25, 2004


The United States Opposes New Agreement Between Government and Coca Growers

State Department Representatives Push for More Violent Eradication as Bolivia Looks for Peaceful Solutions

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... EE.UU. no está de acuerdo con convenio gobierno-cocaleros

October 22, 2004


The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and Drugs: A Perverse Omission?

At Least One Economic Faction Wants Drugs Legalized but Monopolized In the Hands of Multinational Corporations

By José Mirtenbaum Kniebel
Reporting from Bolivia

en español... El ALCA a la luz de la doctrina de la guerra contra las drogas

October 22, 2004


Homeland Security Stiffing Agents on Foreign-Language Pay

Narco News Obtains Leaked Email that Reveals the Negligence of U.S. Officials

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

October 21, 2004


Emergence: An Irresistible Global Uprising

An Essay from the Book We Are Everywhere

By the Notes From Nowhere Collective

October 21, 2004


Narco News Publishes Seven Essays from We Are Everywhere

A Primer on Radical Actions of the Last Decade… with Lessons and Ideas for All Movements

By Al Giordano
Publisher

October 21, 2004


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U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America by Bill Conroy

The Untold Story Behind Why I Am a Narco News Journalist by Bill Conroy

Official US Cover-Up Still Obscures Motive for Juarez Consulate Murders by Bill Conroy

Zambada Niebla’s Plea Deal, Chapo Guzman’s Capture May Be Key To An Unfolding Mexican Purge by Bill Conroy (1 Comment)

Narco-Villain “El Chapo’s” Arrest Packaged for Media Consumption by Bill Conroy (1 Comment)

TIME Magazine's Pay-to-Play Puff Piece on Mexican President Provokes Widespread Ridicule in Mexico by Bill Conroy (1 Comment)

US-Sponsored Drug-Plane Operation Had Global Reach by Bill Conroy

ICE Investigation Targeting Drug Planes Plagued by Scandal, Court Records Show by Bill Conroy (2 Comments)

DEA Case Threatens to Expose US Government-Sanctioned Drug-Running by Bill Conroy (2 Comments)

Mexican President Peña Nieto Enlists US-based PR Firm by Bill Conroy

Narco News Features

Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion

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The House of Death: U.S. Law Enforcement Complicity with Murder in Ciudad Juárez

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