<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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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 Results: 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


Uruguay Votes Today: "An Historic Triumph for Latin America" and South American Unity

Eduardo Curuchet on the Significance of Today’s Election and the Movement for Regional Integration

By Manuela Aldabe
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Hoy vota Uruguay: “Un triunfo histórico para América Latina” y la unidad sudamericana

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


Uruguay Elections: "We Will Be Able to Begin to Make Changes in Drug Policy"

Congresswoman Margarita Percovich on the Center-Left Coalition that Is Expected to Triumph on Sunday

By Manuela Aldabe
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Las elecciones en Uruguay: “Vamos a poder empezar un cambio en la política de drogas”

October 27, 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


Wanted: Former Bolivia President Called to Justice

Congress Votes that Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, in Miami, Stand Trial in Bolivia

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

October 14, 2004


Honduras Columnist Calls for Legalizing Drugs

"Is It Not Horrible What Is Already Happening?" Asks Otto Martin Wolf

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

October 13, 2004


Argentina Targets Smalltime Drug Users and Dealers

Drug "Defederalization" Bill Passes the Buck to State and Local Governments

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

October 8, 2004


Bolivian Drug War Myths Fall Apart

After Years of Struggle, the Government Recognizes Legitimate, Legal Coca Cultivation in the Chapare

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Caen los mitos de la falsa guerra antidrogas en Bolivia

October 7, 2004


Legalize Marijuana Says Chile Presidential Candidate

Senator Nelson Avila, Blocked in Congress, Takes It to the People

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

October 7, 2004


Harm Reduction Advances at Stake in São Paulo Election Run-Off

Fabio Mesquita's Innovative Drug Policy Reforms Hang in the Balance

By Al Giordano
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Adelantos en la reducción de daños están en juego en las elecciones en San Pablo
em português... Avanços na Redução de Danos em jogo com o Segundo Turno das eleições em São Paulo

October 4, 2004


Homeland Security Memo Exposes Effort to Manipulate Media

Department’s “Hispanic Heritage Month” a Cover-Up for Discrimination Controversy

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

October 4, 2004


Violence Returns to the Chapare

One Death and Nineteen Injuries as Drug Warriors Clash with Bolivian Farmers

By Alex Contreras Baspineiro
Narco News South American Bureau Chief

en español... Retorna la violencia al Chapare

September 29, 2004


“Shoulders to the Wheel!”

A Letter from an Uruguayan Photographer in Rome

By Manuela Aldabe
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

September 29, 2004


“We Are Optimistic As We Face a Daunting Task”

A Letter from Rosario, Argentina

By Romina Trincheri
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... NO – Somos Optimistas – SI

September 23, 2004


What Is the Cost of Freedom?

A Letter from San Antonio, Texas

By Bill Conroy
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

September 20, 2004


“The Training Camp In the War to Defend the Imagination”

The Narco News J-School Puts the Tools Into Our Hands

By Sean Donahue
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

September 17, 2004


Gringo-thon

“It’s Hard to Be a Gringo in Mexico when Your Country Declares an Unjust War”

By Greg Berger
Now Screening at Salón Chingón

en español... Gringoton

September 14, 2004


“The price of supporting Narco News vs. the price of losing Narco News"

A Cost-Benefit Analysis

By George Sanchez
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

September 14, 2004


Save Tiberio!

Mexico's Most Popular Bartender and Fugitive, in the Clutches of the Drug Warriors

By El Chilaquil
In Salón Chingón

en español... Save Tiberio!

September 14, 2004


“The Only Control Over Narco News Is that of the Reader”

A Letter from Campinas, Brazil

By Daniel Fleming
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

em português... “O único controle que pode ser exercido é pelo leitor”

September 13, 2004


Chew On This

"For Us, Coca is Life"
A Documentary

By The Narco News J-School Video Team
Now Screening at Salón Chingón

en español... Chew On This

September 9, 2004


“If We Want a Better World, We’ve Got to Work for It”

A Letter from Charlie Hardy in Caracas, Venezuela

By Charlie Hardy
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

September 9, 2004


"You Are Supporting Something Very Powerful"

A Letter to Readers from a Narco News J-School Graduate-Turned-Professor

By Andrew Stelzer
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

September 8, 2004


DEA Agent’s Whistleblower Case Exposes the “War on Drugs” as a “War of Pretense”

Agent’s Sealed Legal Case Dismissed on National Security Grounds; Details Leaked to Narco News

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 7, 2004


The Season to Get Serious Again

Narco News Autumn Appeal for $10,000 in 30 Days from Our Readers

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

September 7, 2004


"Super Coca!" A New Pretext for Drug War Funding

With "Plan Colombia" Losing Support, a Rumor Is Spread of a Botanical Bigfoot Loose in the Jungle

By Al Giordano
On the Narcosphere

September 5, 2004


Narco News Reporter Whitney Illegally Detained in New York

An Attack on One Journalist is an Attack on All: Calling on NN "Swarm Coverage" to Liberate Her

By Al Giordano
Publisher

August 31, 2004


Authentic Democracy in Action

Images From the August Referendum in Venezuela

By Noah Friedsky
At Salón Chingón

en español... La democracia auténtica en marcha

August 31, 2004


A Tale of Two Bolivias

Behind the Ongoing Gas Wars, a Geographic Rift Between Rich and Poor

By Teo Ballvé
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 27, 2004


Coca Leaf Is Not a Drug

With Maria Eugenia Flores Castro

By Karla Aguilar, Litzie Escobar and Vladimir Flores García
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholars

en español... La hoja de coca no es droga

August 27, 2004


The Word on the Bolivian Street

In Cochabamba, Coca Is An Important Part of a Rich Local Culture

By Manuela Aldabe and Daniel Fleming
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholars

en español... Las palabras de las calles bolivianas

August 27, 2004


La Paz Paralyzed; Strikes and Blockades Return to Bolivia

Post-October, Bolivia's Social Movements Reorganize

By Claudia Espinoza
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Se paraliza La Paz; paros y bloqueos vuelven a Bolivia

August 26, 2004


Pirate Radio Hits Cochabamba

Interview with Maria Eugenia Flores Castro of Radio Móvil in Cochabamba

By Quetzal Belmont
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... La radio pirata llega a Cochabamba

August 25, 2004


Coca: Food, Medicine, and Ritual in Bolivia

The Multiplication of Poverty in a War Against the Wrong Enemy

By Romina Trincheri
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Coca: alimento, medicamento y ritual en Bolivia

August 25, 2004


The Life and Work of an Authentic Journalist

An Interview with International Journalist Reed Lindsay

By Litzie Escobar
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... La vida y el trabajo de un periodista auténtico

August 25, 2004


Bolivia Heats Up Once Again

A "Communal Justice" Killing and the Imprisonment of a Landless Movement Activist Shake the Country

By Pablo Francischelli
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... La situación en Bolivia se calienta de nuevo

August 24, 2004


Travelblogue: Bolivia

A Drug Policy Alliance Writer's Observations and Analysis From His Trip to the J-School

By Baylen Linnekin
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 24, 2004


"Journalism Is in Crisis"

At The Narco News J-School Press Conference

By Quetzal Belmont
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... "El Periodismo está en crisis"

August 23, 2004


Oscar Olivera, Spokesman for the People

With the Doctrine of “Propose and not Impose,” He Wins Political Battles

By Amy Casada-Alaniz
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 20, 2004


Policies of Exclusion

An Interview with Argentine Journalist and Drug Policy Expert Romina Trincheri

By Manuela Aldabe
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Políticas de Exclusión

August 20, 2004


Using the Government to Investigate the Drug War

Jeremy Bigwood on the Freedom of Information Act

By Eartha Melzer
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 20, 2004


Penn & Schoen's Inaccurate and Dishonest "Exit Poll" on Chávez Vote

Maneuver by U.S. Political Consultants Violated Venezuelan Law and Professional Ethics Codes

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... La “Encuesta de Salida” de Penn & Schoen, Inexacta y Deshonesta en el caso de Chávez

August 19, 2004


The Authentic Journalism Renaissance

An Interview with Narco News South American Chief Alex Contreras

By Gissel Gonzales
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... El renacimiento del Periodismo Auténtico

August 18, 2004


Plan Colombia Is Driving Many People to Hunger

An Interview with Former Brazilian Drug Czar Wálter Maierovitch

By Daniel Fleming
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... El plan Colombia está ocasionando hambruna

August 18, 2004


Venezuela: The Chávez Victory by the Numbers

The Emergence of Participatory Democracy in América

By Al Giordano
Reporting from Caracas

August 16, 2004


Up-to-the-Minute News from Venezuela

Reports on Election day, Sunday, August 15th

By The Narco News Team in Caracas
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Noticias actuales desde Venezuela

August 15, 2004


The Carter Center’s Jennifer McCoy

Can She Observe Venezuela’s Referendum Impartially?

By Justin Delacour and Diana Barahona
Reporting from Caracas, Venezuela

August 15, 2004


Herding Cats at the School of Authentic Journalism

An Ethnography of a Strange and Lost Art in the Era of Globalization

By José Mirtenbaum
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Professor

en español... Pastoreo de Gatos en la Escuela de Periodismo Auténtico

August 13, 2004


Safety in Conflict Zones

Conflicting but Illuminating Advice for Authentic Journalists

By Benjamin Maurice Melançon
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 13, 2004


Alternative Crops Aren’t an Alternative

Campesino Families Continue to Grow Coca for Cash to Meet their Needs

By Benjamin Maurice Melançon
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 12, 2004


Tragic Comedy

The Frustrations of one man’s attempt to change Brazil’s War on Drugs

By Andrea Wilkins y Martínez
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 12, 2004


“The War on The Cocaleros Has Brought Bolivia Nothing But Poverty and Death.”

The Story of Leonilda Zurita Vargas

By Yasmin Khan
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 9, 2004


The Criminalization of Social Movements in the Andes

Pacho Cortés Case Part of a Wider Campaign in the Region

By Tigran Feiler
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 8, 2004


A Bolivian Military Colonel Speaks

"The Peace in the Chapare Is Owed to Evo Morales," Says Col. Jaime Cruz Vera

By Natalia Viana
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

en español... Habla un coronel militar boliviano

August 7, 2004


Monitoring the Drug War in Bolivia

An Interview with Kathryn Ledebur

By Baylen Linnekin
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 7, 2004


The Heart of the Bolivian Coca Trade

A Cochabamba Market Exposes the Contradictions of Coca Prohibition

By Sean Donahue
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 7, 2004


A Sunrise Raid on a Coca Field

With the “Anti-Drug” Soldiers in Bolivia’s Chapare

By Amber Howard
2004 Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholar

August 7, 2004


The Condor Flies

Gliding on Narco News' Wings through the Coca-Growing Chapare

By Al Giordano
President, School of Authentic Journalism

August 6, 2004


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


In Their Own Words

The 2004 Authentic Journalism Scholars Speak

By Al Giordano
Publisher

en español... En sus propias palabras

June 4, 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


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