<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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By Benjamin Melançon

March 16, 2006

Dear Readers,

$1,429.45 in my own bank account will not keep Narco News running full power for long. It will not keep the Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in food and fuel for much time at all. Added to the $700 left in the Fund account from the contributions by the many remarkable donors among you (some still waiting for me to get our “Chew On This” and “Gringothon” DVDs to them), it will do something. But alone — not enough.

I try to think of people I know to ask for money to support these bulletins from Latin America — but in the end, there’s no one to ask but you the readers. Maybe some of you, like me, haven’t been able to read all of every report from South America, Mexico, and north of the border, too. But we are the readers. We know the reporting is good. We know what’s reported is important. We know it’s not free. I do not decide what gets first funding with your dollars, pesos, and occasional troy ounce of silver — I just collect and pass on — but it doesn’t take any insider knowledge to figure out what can’t be done if the money isn’t there.

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Benjamin Melançon
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