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Amnesty International USA Under Fire for Its Support of “Plan Mexico”

At a Public Meeting with Amnesty USA President Larry Cox, a 15-Year Member of the Group Was Physically Removed After Speaking Against Militarization of Mexico

By Alan Gray
News Blaze

November 27, 2008


“I Didn’t Kill Brad Will”: An Interview with Juan Manuel Martinez

The Man Who Supposedly Murdered the US Videographer Agrees that He Participated in the APPO Protests, but He Maintains that He Never Met the Journalist

By Diego Enrique Osorno
Mileno

November 27, 2008


The U.S. Drug War Reaches New Heights of Absurdity in Federal Court

Popular Clean Urine Kit Used to Pass Drug Tests Targeted by Feds in Conspiracy Case

By Christopher Fee
Via the NarcoSphere

November 26, 2008


[AUDIO]

State of Fear: Arizona’s Immigrant Crackdown

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Policing Tactics, Which Many Call Illegal, May be Paving the Way for Future U.S. Immigration Policy

By National Radio Project
Making Contact

November 26, 2008


The Selma of Immigration Rights

In Arizona, Immigrants Protest Sheriff Joe’s Nativist Agenda

By Andrew Stelzer
In These Times

November 26, 2008


Mexican Government Tries to Pin New Charges on Juan Martinez in Brad Will Case

The Government Likely Knows that Murder Charges Won’t Stick in a Fair Trial, so it Hopes to Imprison Martinez for Firearms Possession

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

November 26, 2008


“La Doctora” Bertha Muñoz Returns to Oaxaca after Nearly Two Years in Hiding

Despite Threats of Violence, and State Criminal Charges She has Returned Home to Face the Fear that Led Her into Exile

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

November 26, 2008


Links Between Mexican Security Secretary Garcia Luna and Drug Kingpin “El Mayo”

Federal Police Say Garcia Luna’s Bodyguards Witnessed the Head of Mexico’s Public Security Ministry Discuss an “Agreement” with a Drug Cartel Gangster

By Ricardo Ravelo
Proceso

en español... Vínculos García Luna - “El Mayo”

November 25, 2008


Video: Doctor Bertha Returns to Oaxaca

Two Years in Exile, on the Date that Federal Police Invaded, the Voice of Popular Radio Picks Up the Cause Again

By Corrugated Films
corrugatedfilms.blogspot.com

en español... Video: La Doctora Bertha regresa a Oaxaca

November 25, 2008


New Media, New Opportunities

“It’s an Exciting Time to Be a Journalist”

By Erin Rosa
Denver Fieldhands, for Columbia Journalism Review

November 25, 2008


Romero’s Folly: NY Times Reporter Calls Chavez’s Landslide Electoral Victory a “Stinging Defeat”

The Venezuelan President Increased His Vote by 1.3 Million and His Candidates Won 74 Percent of State Governorships on Sunday

By Al Giordano
Via the NarcoSphere

November 24, 2008


Victory in El Barrio: East Harlem Tenants Win One As British ‘Predatory Equity’ Landlord Collapses

“We feel it is a great success for us. [Dawnay, Day] is a powerful, rich company, and it has fallen as a victim of its own devices.”

By Jennifer Janisch
The Indypendent

November 24, 2008


Sen. Clinton, if Named Secretary of State, Can’t Escape Husband’s Golden Tongue

An Extension of Current U.S. Policy in Latin America: Former President Clinton has Earned Nearly $2 Million in Speaking Fees Paid for by Organizations Representing the Business Elite in Nations such as Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia

By Bill Conroy
Via the NarcoSphere

November 23, 2008


Hillary Clinton’s Image in Latin America Could Become Obama’s Image

The Clintons’ Long History in the Drug War Casts a Dark Shadow Over Latin America from the Mena, Arkansas - Iran-Contra Scandal to Narco-Trafficker Campaign Contributions

By Bill Conroy
Via the NarcoSphere

November 22, 2008


US Secretary of State: A Cautionary Tale

Human Rights in the Hemisphere and Beyond Are at Stake with US President-elect Obama’s Pick for the State Department

By Al Giordano
Via the NarcoSphere

en español... Secretario[a] de Estado de Obama: Una historia aleccionadora

November 21, 2008


FTA with Colombia Favors Companies over Colombians

Passage of the Trade Agreement May Increase Violence as the Government and Transnational Companies Continue to Terrorize Civilians in Resource Rich Areas

By Charles Mostoller
ZNet

November 20, 2008


[AUDIO]

Audio: Justice Gone Awry - The U.S. Goverment's Targeting of an Honest Man

An Interview with Bill Conroy Detailing Iran-Contra Whistleblower Celerino Castillo's Recent Sentencing on Minor Weapons Charges

By Michael Levine, Mark Marshall, and Bill Conroy
Expert Witness Radio

November 20, 2008


US Releases $90 Million in Plan Mexico Military Hardware

Sources Within the US Congress Have Confirmed to Narco News that the US Government has Released a Large Portion of the $116.5 Million Assigned To Plan Mexico

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

en español... Material militar por 90 millones de dólares para el Plan México

November 19, 2008


Propaganda War: Magic Laptops Hit FARC, Chavez

“This campaign uses a well-established technique: Allegations of FARC ties have long been used in Colombia to defame human rights activists and dissident politicians”

By Daniel Denvir
The Indypendent

November 19, 2008


Up to the Highest Level: Narco Infiltration in Felipe Calderon’s Government

The Agencies in Charge of Mexico’s Drug War Have High-Ranking Officials Who Protect the Cartels

By Ricardo Ravelo
Proceso

en español... Hasta lo más alto…

November 13, 2008


Morelia Grenade Attack Case: Confessions “Under Torture”

"The accused say they were kidnapped and psychologically and physically tortured for days"

By Jorge Carrasco Araizaga and Francisco Castellanos J., Proceso
Translated by Kristin Bricker

en español... Caso Morelia: confesiones “bajo tortura”

November 12, 2008


It's On: Outgoing US President Bush Threatens President-Elect Obama Over His Opposition to the US-Colombia Trade Deal

“Neither Obama nor congressional leaders are inclined to concede the Colombia pact to Bush”

By Jackie Calmes
The New York Times

November 11, 2008


Mob Evicts Other Campaign Adherents in San Cristobal, Chiapas

Those Evicted Have Not Been Able to Return to the Property to Assess the Situation Because of Fears of Violence

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

en français... Expulsion d’adhérents de l’Autre campagne par un groupe de gens, à San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

November 10, 2008


Will Larry Summers Repeat History if Named Treasury Secretary?

"Chalked up a less-than-stellar record on civil rights issues" While in a Leadership Role in Bill Clinton's Treasury Department

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

November 8, 2008


Latin America Sends Obama Congratulations - and a Piece of Its Mind

"By far, the most important challenge will be to listen"

By Laura Carlsen
Americas Project

November 8, 2008


The Organizing of the President: What's Next for the Obama Movement?

Join Al Giordano, Nate Silver, Micah Sifry and More in Chicago at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at DePaul University

By Al Giordano
The Field

November 5, 2008


The Battle for Pemex: a Mexican Oil Worker Explains Energy Reform

Mexican Congress Approves Light Reforms for the State Oil Company; Legislators Vow to Continue the Campaign to Privatize Pemex

By Kristin Bricker
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La batalla por PEMEX

November 4, 2008


U.S. Government Finally Exacts Revenge on Iran-Contra Whistleblower Cele Castillo

Federal Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr. Sentences Former DEA Agent, and Decorated Vietnam Veteran to Three Years in Prison for a Simple Paperwork Crime

By Bill Conroy
Via the NarcoSphere

November 1, 2008


In Cold Blood, US Border Patrol Agent On Trial for Murder

Witnesses Said He Shot the Youth Without Provocation; He is Charged with Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter and Negligent Homicide

By Brenda Norrell
Via the NarcoSphere

October 30, 2008


Rice Refuses to Rule Out Deployment of Armed US Agents under Plan Mexico

During a Recent Visit to Mexico, the US Secretary of State Discusses Plan Mexico, Security Cooperation, and the War on Drugs

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

October 29, 2008


Well-Known Reporter Pedro Matías Kidnapped and Tortured in Oaxaca

Matías Reports on the Social Movement in Oaxaca for Noticias, a Local Daily Paper, and is Also a Writer for the National Weekly Proceso

By Scott Campbell
Angry White Kid

en français... Un reporter connu, Pedro Matias, sequestré et torturé à Oaxaca

October 29, 2008


High-Ranking SIEDO Officials Detained; They Were Working for the Beltrán Leyva Cartel

Arrests Within the Mexican Assistant Attorney General’s Office on Organized Crime Are Only the Latest; Drug Traffickers May Also Have Informants in Interpol and the US Embassy

By Agencias and La Jornada
La Jornada On Line

en español... Detienen a mandos de SIEDO; servían a los Beltrán Leyva

October 28, 2008


IACHR Meets Privately with the ACIN to Follow up on the Case of the ‘El Nilo’ Massacre

Colombia: Over the Last Month 29 Indigenous Persons Have Been Murdered, and Over the Last 6 Years More Than 1,240

By CCAJAR
Editorial

en español... CIDH se reune privadamente con la ACIN para hacer seguimiento del caso de la masacre del Nilo

October 28, 2008


History Repeats Itself For Indigenous Communities in Colombia

Mass Mobilization Facing Government Backlash in Northern Cauca Amidst “State of Internal Commotion”

By Mario A. Murillo
MAMA Radio

October 28, 2008


The Impunity of Chiquita Brands International: Friends in High Places

“The Defense of Chiquita Had the Assistance of Eric H. Holder Jr., Former Deputy Attorney General of the US DOJ... Now Advisor for Presidential Candidate, Barack H. Obama”

By CCAJAR
Editorial

en español... La Impunidad de Chiquita Brands International: Amigos en las altas esferas

October 27, 2008


Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Blames Plan Mexico for APPO Arrests

Official Human Rights Ombudsman Says the Government Believed Plan Mexico Funds were Conditioned on Resolving Brad Will Case

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

October 24, 2008


Friends of Brad Will Declare Dry Hunger Strike at Sen. Clinton’s Office

The Senator Has Not Met with the Protesters, or Responded to the Demands that Were Delivered Directly to Her Staff

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

October 23, 2008


Capitalist Games Cause Peso Crash

Mexican Companies’ Scramble for U.S. Dollars Caused the Peso to Fall 50% Against the Dollar

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

October 21, 2008


Mexican Defense Department Plans to Expand Anti-Drug Operations

The Military Will Carry Out Joint Operations in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Sonora, Tabasco, Coahuila, and Campeche

By Jorge Alejandro Medellin
El Universal

en español... Sedena planea ampliar operativos antidrogas

October 20, 2008


The Rule of Impunity: Mexican Government Ignores Overwhelming Evidence

Oaxacan Activists Charged with Brad Will’s Murder

By John Gibler
The Indypendent

October 20, 2008


No More Murders of Indigenous People in Colombia

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Condemns the Violent Repression of a Protest Carried Out by the Indigenous Communities

By FIDH
CCAJAR

en español... No más asesinatos de indígenas en Colombia

October 20, 2008


Octavio is Free on Bail, and Another Man is Arrested in Bradley Case

Three Activists Have Been Arrested so Far; Authorities Seek Another Eight

By Sayra Cruz
Quadratin

en español... Liberan a Octavio bajo fianza y detienen a otro por caso Bradley

October 18, 2008


Hemispheric Conference against Militarization Says No to Merida Initiative, U.S. Military Bases

The Conference Called for an Immediate Halt to the Initiative; the Bush Administration’s New Policy for Remilitarization of the Region

By Laura Carlsen
Americas Policy Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

October 17, 2008


Hurricanes Bring Horrific Damage to Haiti: International Response Blasted by Doctors Without Borders

“The Entire Harvest for the Current Agricultural Season Has Been Severely Damaged or Destroyed”

By Ben Terrall
HaitiAnalysis

October 17, 2008


Oaxacan Activists Arrested for the Murder of Brad Will

The Government Claims that He Was Shot at Close Range, Therefore Implicating the APPO Members Near Him at the Time of His Death

By Kristin Bricker
Via the NarcoSphere

October 17, 2008


Plan Mexico: Calderón’s Endless War

There are 40,000 Soldiers Deployed in 11 States, Since Open War Was Declared on Organized Crime a Year and a Half Ago

By Kristin Bricker
LeftTurn

October 17, 2008


Alleged Zetas and Municipal Police from Puebla Kidnap 32 Undocumented Migrants

Those Responsible Demanded Ransom from the Victims’ Families in the United States

By Martín Hernández Alcántara (La Jornada de Oriente)
La Jornada

en español... Presuntos zetas y policías municipales de Puebla secuestran a 32 indocumentados

October 17, 2008


Video Report From the Occupied Town of Xoxocotla, Morelos: Eyewitnesses Talk of Indiscriminate Attacks From Helicopters Using Weaponry Supplied by the United States

“Take a Look for Yourselves and Size Up the Absurd Amount of Firepower Sent to Squash a Public Protest”

By Gregory Berger
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

October 14, 2008


Cuba Confronts Global Warming Now: Drought, Hurricanes and Threat of Rising Oceans

As a Low Emitter of Greenhouse Gases, the Most That Can be Done is to Implement Measures to Protect the Population From Its Immediate Effects

By Diana Barahona
HaitiAnalysis

October 12, 2008


Forty Years After The Tlatelolco Massacre, The Mexican Army Attacks Civilians in the Indigenous Town of Xoxocotla

“Houses were Raided by Police and Soldiers, and Men Taken and Beaten in Front of Their Families”

By Gregory Berger
Via The NarcoSphere

October 11, 2008


Joe Garcia Takes on Mario Diaz-Balart in Florida Congressional Contest

The Right-Wing Stranglehold Over the Cuban-American Community May Be Broken in the 25th Congressional District

By Ethan Porter
The Nation

October 11, 2008


Message of President Evo Morales

The Continental Gathering of Solidarity with Bolivia in Guatemala City, October 9, 2008

By Evo Morales Ayma
Minga Informativa de Movimientos Sociales

en español... FSA: Mensaje de Evo Morales

October 10, 2008


Unanswered Phone Calls in Venezuela: Human Rights Watch Exposes Hugo Chavez Yet Again

HRW Publishes Some Criticism of the US, but Has Increasingly Come to Play the Role as a Group that Marshals Support Among Liberals for Very Nasty Imperial Projects

By Joe Emersberger
HaitiAnalysis

October 10, 2008


Chiapas Massacre Update

State Police Summarily Executed Three Peasants in Front of a Child

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

en français... Massacre dans le Chiapas

October 9, 2008


Six Deaths by Eviction in Chiapas Ejido

They Were Attacked by State and Federal Police, According to an Ejido Representative. Ten Wounded and Thirty Detained Reported

By Elio Henriquez, correspondent
La Jornada

en español... Denuncian seis muertes por desalojo en ejido de Chiapas
en français... Six morts pour expulsion d’un Ejido au Chiapas

October 4, 2008


The House of Death

An Interview with DEA Whistleblower Sandy Gonzalez

By Radley Balko
Reason

October 1, 2008


Plan Mexico in the Caribbean: Payday for Haiti Coup Co-conspirators - Part III

No Significant Policy Change in Haiti or the Dominican Republic, but The Merída Initiative Leaves Room for Expansion in the Caribbean

By Kristin Bricker
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 30, 2008


Mexican Activists Turn Over Mexico City Man to Police in Sally Grace Eiler Murder Case

The Townspeople of San Jose del Pacifico, Oaxaca Made the Arrest of the Suspect Possible

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

en español... Activistas mexicanos entregan a un hombre de la Ciudad de México a la policía en el caso del asesinato de Sali Grace Eiler
en français... Des activistes mexicains remettent à la police un homme de la ville de Mexico dans le cas de l’assassinat de Sally Grace Eiler
in italiano... Attivisti messicani consegnano alla polizia un uomo coinvolto nell’omicidio di Sali Grace Eiler

September 28, 2008


Hasta Siempre Sally Grace: Another US Activist Murdered in Oaxaca

Body Found in a Cabin Twenty Minutes Outside of San José del Pacifico; Investigations by Police and State Attorney General are Slow Moving at Best

By Kristin Bricker
Via the Narcosphere

en español... Hasta Siempre Sally Grace: Otro activista estadounidense asesinado en Oaxaca
en français... Hasta siempre Sally Grace : une autre activiste des Etats-unis assassiné à Oaxaca

September 27, 2008


Narcoterrorism in Mexico

The Relevance of Drug Trafficking in Mexico and its Parallels with Colombia

By Carlos Montemayor
La Jornada

en español... Narcoterrorismo en México

September 24, 2008


Plan Mexico in Central America - Part II

Increased Militarization and Police Security will be the Primary Strategic and Financial Focus for the Merída Initiative

By Kristin Bricker
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 24, 2008


Atenco’s Political Prisoners: The Persistence of Resistance

Thirty-One Year Sentences for Protest (or Being Near It) in Mexico

By Alejandro Reyes
Radio Zapatista

en español... Los presos políticos de Atenco: la persistencia de la resistencia

September 22, 2008


Did McCain Presidential Campaign Violate Finance Laws with Southeast Asia Trip?

FEC Filings Show Expenditures on Luxury Hotels and Spas for Southeast Asian Trip that May Not Be Legal for Campaign Budget

By Bill Conroy
Via The NarcoSphere

September 21, 2008


Unusual Press Freedom Victory in Panama

Panama City Judge Dismisses a Case of Criminal Defamation Brought Against the Publisher of The Panama News

By Okke Ornstein
Via The NarcoSphere

September 18, 2008


OCEZ-RC Member Disappeared in Pujiltic, Chiapas

The Attack is the Latest in a Series of Aggressions Against OCEZ Members in Carranza

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

September 18, 2008


Plan Mexico Spending Plan Released - Part I

Narco News Has Obtained, and Makes Available to the Public, the 38-Page FY 2008 Appropriations Document

By Kristin Bricker
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 16, 2008


South American Leaders Back Morales

The Summit Statement Said the Presidents “will not recognize any situation that attempts a civil coup ... which could compromise the territorial integrity of the Republic of Bolivia”

By Editorial
Al Jazeera (English)

September 16, 2008


Palin’s Private Tanning Bed in the Alaska Governor’s Mansion

One of Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s First Actions as Alaska Governor Was to Equip the State Building with a Tanning Bed

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

September 15, 2008


Border Wall Battle: Bad News vs. Good News

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Secretary Michael Chertoff, Filed by the US-Mexico Border Plaintiffs, Ruling in Favor of the Federal Government

By Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 12, 2008


Multimillionaire Budget to Assure State Viability

The Mexican Department of Public Safety Will Have Operation Centers for Immediate Reaction to Coordinate Intelligence and Investigation Tasks.

By Enrique Mendez and Roberto Garduño
La Jornada

en español... Presupuesto multimillonario para asegurar la viabilidad del Estado

September 11, 2008


The Fire and the Word: The Most Complete History of the Zapatista Movement

Mexican Journalist Gloria Muñoz Ramírez’s Book is the Result of Seven Years of Research, Interviews and, Most Importantly, Listening...

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

September 7, 2008


Mexican Generals Propose a Militarized National Police Force

Under the Proposal, Police Allied with Drug Traffickers Would Face the Death Penalty

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

August 30, 2008


Tijuana: Empire's Slum?

The Mexican Government's Latest Drug War Operation: To Protect International Pharmaceutical Companies from Mom and Pop Drug Stores Along the US Border

By Rocky Neptun
San Diego Indymedia

August 21, 2008


Taking On The System: The Must-Read Political Book of the Year

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga Is Our Era’s Very Own Saul Alinsky

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

August 19, 2008


Join Us in Denver on Sunday

David Rovics and Other Special Guests to Appear at Benefit for The Fund for Authentic Journalism

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

August 19, 2008


Massacre at CIAD #8 in Juárez

Masked Gunmen Unleash AK-47s on Drug-Rehab Center; Mexican Soldiers Parked 50 Yards Away Do Nothing

By Molly Molloy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

August 18, 2008


House of Death Informant, Facing D-Day in Court, Pens Letter from Prison

Narco News Obtains Ramirez Peyro Letter on Eve of Hearing that Could Bring a Death Sentence Called Deportation

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

August 18, 2008


Bolivian Referendum Results Analysis

Evo Morales Makes Inroads in Opposition Territory

By Andrew Lyubarsky
The Indypendent

August 12, 2008


FARC’s Options

Analysis of the Guerrilla Army: Continue Under the Classic Military Model, Become a Popular Movement, or Adapt to 4th Generation Warfare?

By Okke Ornstein
Via the NarcoSphere

August 11, 2008


Beware of Politicians Bearing Gifts for the Cold War Hydra

More on Senator McCain and the Freedom House Operation

By Bill Conroy
Via the NarcoSphere

August 6, 2008


McCain’s Kyrgyz Connection: The “Freedom House” That Isn’t Free

The US Presidential Candidate, His Lobbyist-Advisor, and the “Tulip Revolution” Gone Awry

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

August 3, 2008


Chiquita Board Members: Total Identification

“When I joined the board, I knew the company was making payments to paramilitary groups in Colombia,” - Morten Arntzen, Current Chiqutia Brands Director

By CCAJAR
Editorial

en español... Los Directivos de Chiquita Brands International: Totalmente identificados

July 30, 2008


Video Newsreel: The Drug War and Plan Mexico

“US Money and Training Will Only Make Things Worse”

By Avi Lewis
Inside USA, Al-Jazeera

July 28, 2008


Scenarios for the FARC

The US Southern Command (SouthCom), as Expressed in Plan Colombia II, Does Not Seek the Definitive Defeat or Negotiations with the Colombian Guerrillas

By Raúl Zibechi
Americas Policy Program

July 26, 2008


The Democrats’ Schism at a Mexico City Fundraiser

The “NAFTA Generation” of Corporate Ex-Pats Deceived the Obama Campaign and the Attendees at a Fundraising Event Last Tuesday

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

in italiano... Lo scisma dei Democratici a una raccolta fondi a Città del Messico

July 24, 2008


Panama Supreme Court Ruling May Leave Lawyers and Money Launderers Jobless

After 40 Years as a Haven for Banking and Corporate Secrecy a Libel Case Brought by HSBC Bank Against a Canadian Expatriate Has Far Reaching Consequences

By Okke Ornstein
Via the NarcoSphere

July 24, 2008


Join Narco News and The Field for a Garden Party on August 24 in Denver, Colorado

Sponsor and Reserve Your Ticket for a Fundraising Event to Benefit The Fund for Authentic Journalism

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

July 23, 2008


US Congress Freezes Funding of for Cuban-American Groups Following Evidence of “Massive Fraud”

The Washington-Based Anti-Castro Group, The Center for a Free Cuba, Embezzled $500,000, Provoking the Moratorium

By Frances Robles
The Miami Herald

July 23, 2008


“This is Essentially a Big Chunk of the Payoff the Corrupt Cuban Exile Community Gets”

Video: Frank Calzon of the Center for a Free Cuba Storms Off a TV Studio Set When Confronted with Fraud Charges by Joe Garcia in Miami

By Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
The Daily Kos

July 23, 2008


IACHR Denounces Haiti For Political Persecution Of Yvon Neptune

Two Years After His Release and No Credible Evidence Against Him the Haitian Government Remains Reluctant to Dismiss the Case

By Joe Emersberger
Haiti Analysis

July 23, 2008


Will the Stock Market Sink Panama’s Petaquilla Mine?

Misconduct by Public Officials, Environmental Protests, and Criminal Complaints May Result in Market Forces Ending the Company’s Destructive Mining Practices

By Okke Ornstein
Via The NarcoSphere

July 17, 2008


The Historical Significance of the Cochabamba Factory Workers' Strike

If Neoliberalism Left Something Intact, It Was the Factory Workers’ Movement

By Oscar Olivera F.
Ukhampacha Bolivia

July 15, 2008


Law Enforcement Groups Call for Probe of U.S. Rep. Reyes’ Handling of Kidnapping Case

The Complaint, Filed with a Congressional Committee, Seeks an Ethics Investigation into the Congressman's Actions and Cites Narco News Reports

By Bill Conroy
Via The NarcoSphere

July 15, 2008


What is the Venezuelan News Media Actually Like?

21 Caracas Daily Newspapers, Diverse Community Radio and TV Stations, Disprove the US-Propagated Myths

By Andrew Kennis
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

July 14, 2008


Plan Mexico: An Online Debate Between US Senator Pat Leahy and Laura Carlsen

The Los Angeles Times Welcomes Your Comments, Too, at its La Plaza Blog

By La Plaza
The Los Angeles Times

July 9, 2008


Stops Along the Cancer Treatment Trail

“The nurse asked me to close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and imagine myself in a calm, familiar and peaceful place. I pictured myself on on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, with my Narco News cohorts”

By George Sanchez
The Arizona Star

July 7, 2008


84 New Co-Publishers in Three Weeks, and 42 Regional Groups

Narco News Continues Breaking the Information Blockade, Now on Both Sides of the Border

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

July 7, 2008


North America Doesn't Exist

Proponents of Extending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Flunk Geography, and Economics, Too

By Laura Carlsen
IRC Americas Program

July 7, 2008


Company that Led Training in Torture Techniques for Mexican Police Is Risks Incorporated of Miami, Florida

Trainer Gerardo “Jerry” Arrechea is a High-Ranking Member of the Comandos F4, an Armed Cuban Terrorist Organization

By Kristin Bricker
Via The NarcoSphere

en español... La Empresa Encargada del Entrenamiento de Tortura para la Policía Mexicana es Risks Incorporated de Miami, Florida

July 7, 2008


Congressman Still Has Chance to Redeem Himself in Juarez Kidnapping Case

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes Should Call for Congressional Oversight Hearings in the House of Death Abductions and Murders

By Bill Conroy
Via The NarcoSphere

July 5, 2008


León Torture Trainers Identified

Mexican Daily El Universal Reports More Details Behind the Training-for-Torturers Video

By Kristin Bricker
Via the Narcosphere

July 4, 2008


Source: US Military Special-Ops Team, and Not the Colombian Army, Carried Out Hostage Rescue in Colombia

Months in the Planning, the Operation Included US Special Forces Posing as Members of a “French Humanitarian Group”

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

July 3, 2008


Plan Mexico: Uphill Battle Will Continue Against Failed Model

What to Expect Now that US President Bush Has Signed the Merida Initiative into Law

By Laura Carlsen
Americas Mexico Blog

July 3, 2008


So, That's Why McCain Went to Colombia

Colombia's Uribe Leaped into Partisan Quicksand; Why Mexico's Calderon Is Unlikely to Do the Same

By Al Giordano
The Field

July 3, 2008


US Private Contractor Leads Torture Training in Mexico

Warning: Graphic Content from the Training Videos Appear with This Story

By Kristin Bricker
Via the Narcosphere

July 2, 2008


McCain Backer’s Firm Pled Guilty to Funding a Terrorist Group in Colombia

Chiquita Paid a $25 Million Fine After Convicted of Financing the Paramilitary Organization “United Self Defense Forces” (AUC)

By Nico Pitney
The Huffington Post

July 2, 2008


Factual Plagiarism: The AP, NY Times, Washington Post & Washington Times Stole Their Work from Narco News This Week

The News Organizations Used an “Internal ICE Memorandum” on the Reyes Kidnapping Without Citing the Source

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

June 29, 2008


Congressman Defends ICE's Rescue of Mexican Citizen Kidnapped in Juarez

Government Watchdog Group Asks, "Did ICE officials assist in resolving a foreign kidnapping simply because the victim is related to a powerful member of Congress?"

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

June 27, 2008


Immigration Issue About to Cross the Media Border

US Presidential Candidates McCain and Obama Will Either Frame Clear Positions on Immigration Reform, or Be Framed By It

By Al Giordano
Via The Field

June 26, 2008


US Rep. Silvestre Reyes Sought US Help for Kidnapped Relative

Paper Credits Narco News with Breaking the Story; Quotes Copublisher and Former ICE Official Miguel Contreras

By Diana Washington Valdez
The El Paso Times

June 26, 2008


A Hidden Agenda: John McCain and the IRI

US Presidential Candidate McCain’s Connection to the IRI Could Endanger Already Stressed US-Latin American Relations

By Sarah Hamburger
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

June 25, 2008


Juarez Kidnapping Case Opens Pandora’s Box for Congressman Silvestre Reyes

Victim, Assisted by U.S. Law Enforcement, Was Relative of Congressman's Wife and a Mexican Citizen

By Bill Conroy
Via The NarcoSphere

June 25, 2008


McCain to Travel to Colombia and Mexico Next Week

US Republican Presidential Candidate Has Colombian “Free Trade” Agreement and the Drug War on His Agenda

By Jill Zuckman
The Baltimore Sun

June 24, 2008


Send Al to Denver

“We must not let others determine our fate... let him speak freely and come what may, I believe we will know that we have been participating in the American experience.”

By Jamaica Kincaid
The Field

June 24, 2008


US Congressman's Family Member Kidnapped, then Released, in Juarez

Abduction of the Sister-in-Law of US Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) Met with Turf War Between Homeland Security (ICE) and DEA

By Bill Conroy
Via The NarcoSphere

June 23, 2008


Two Years Later in Oaxaca: Part IV and Final

What’s the Difference - Law and Memory as Political Weapons

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

June 23, 2008


APPO and PRIistas Clash in Zaachila, Oaxaca

Protesters Accused the Father of the Current Municipal President of Having Fired Shots at Supporters of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca

By Eliza Ruiz Jaimes
Noticias Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca

en español... Chocan APPO y priístas en Zaachila

June 23, 2008


Charges Finally Dropped Against Father Gerard Jean-Juste

After Intense International Pressure Haitian Court Dismisses Unsubstantiated Allegations of Criminal Association and Firearms Possession of Popular Haitian Activist

By Wadner Pierre and Joe Emersberger
HaitiAnalysis

June 22, 2008


The House of Death: Now Available on Video

Major Overseas TV Network Tackles a Story the U.S. Networks Fear to Cover

By the People and Power series
Al-Jazeera English

June 19, 2008


Two Years Later in Oaxaca: Part III

What’s the Difference - The Long Slow Process on the Ground and the Observance of June 14

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

June 18, 2008


Panama Supreme Court to Review US-Backed Drug Interdiction Program

The Arrest and Imprisonment of Two Suspects by the United States May Have Violated Panama’s Constitution

By Okke Ornstein
Via The NarcoSphere

June 17, 2008


Al Giordano's "The Field" Moves to Narco News

Faced with Censorship, Al Has Disassociated Himself and The Field from its Former Host

By The Narco News Team
(Celebrating in the Newsroom)

June 14, 2008


The New Government Provocation Against Zapatismo

“The New Governmental Effort to Make Out the EZLN to Be an Accomplice in Organized Crime Attempts to Take Advantage of the Wave of Anti-Narco Sentiment”

By Luis Hernández Navarro
La Jornada

en español... Zapatismo: la nueva provocación gubernamental
in italiano... Zapatismo: la nuova provocazione del governo

June 12, 2008


No Rest For the Working Poor

Globalization Continues to Break Down Its Own Myths, Especially in Developing Countries

By Laura Carlsen
Americas MexicoBlog

June 11, 2008


Death Squads in Oaxaca

The Mexican Government Ignores the Assassination of Two Community Radio Activists

By John Gibler
In These Times

June 10, 2008


Mexican Military and Police Use Drug War to Attempt to Enter Zapatista Territory

They Claimed to Be Looking for Marijuana Plants; Local Civilians Drove them Away

By The Good Government Council
La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico

en español... Con el pretexto de la guerra contra las drogas, militares y policías intentan entrar a territorio zapatista
in italiano... Col pretesto della lotta aòòa droga, militari e poliziotti tentano di entrare in territorio zapatista

June 6, 2008


No More Drama

The Obama Campaign, the First Mass Multi-Racial Collaboration in the US Since the Southern Civil Rights Movement, Has Changed American Society

By Al Giordano
The Field

June 5, 2008


Two Years Later in Oaxaca: Part II

What’s The Difference? - Networking and Local Autonomy: The Thigh Bone’s Connected to The Knee Bone


By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

em português... Dois Anos Depois em Oaxaca - Parte II

June 2, 2008


CIA Spook Gunned Down by Intolerance

Former Federal Agent Confirms Roland Carnaby Was CIA as Wildfire of Speculation Surrounds Mysterious Circumstances of His Death

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

May 29, 2008


Two Years Later in Oaxaca: Part I

What’s The Difference?

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

em português... Dois Anos Depois em Oaxaca: Parte I

May 27, 2008


Obama and the US-Latin America Time Bomb

Defusing US Policy Toward Latin America Requires Cutting the Wires in Proper Order

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Obama y la bomba de tiempo Estados Unidos-Latinoamérica

May 26, 2008


Rethink the Fight Against Cocaine

Drug Use is Up, and Colombian Farmers are Unfairly Targeted - Let’s Overhaul Counternarcotics

By Mark L. Schneider
The Christian Science Monitor

May 24, 2008


“Time to Dig Into That Jar”

Please Join Me in Donating to The Fund for Authentic Journalism to Keep Narco News Publishing

By Bill Conroy
The Fund for Authentic Journalism

May 22, 2008


The McCain Doctrine: Back to the Cold War in Latin America

The Cuba Embargo, Colombia Trade and Human Rights in Mexico Are Suddenly Major Issues in the US Presidential Campaign

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La Doctrina McCain: De vuelta a la Guerra Fría en Latinoamérica

May 22, 2008


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