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The Revolution Will Now Be Televised

Jill Freidberg’s New Documentary, “A Little Bit of So Much Truth,” Documents the Taking of the TV and Radio Airwaves by the People of Oaxaca

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

en español... La Revolución Ahora Será Transmitida

November 19, 2007


The Unforgivable

As Colombia’s Uribe Lobbies the U.S. Congress for a Free Trade Agreement, Attacks on Human Rights Defenders and Rural Communities Are Increasing

By Laura Del Castillo
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Los Imperdonables

November 19, 2007


Mysterious Jet Crash Is Rare Portal Into the “Dark Alliances” of the Drug War

Paper Trail for Cocaine-Filled Plane that Crashed in Yucatán Suggests Link to U.S. Law Enforcement Corruption in Colombia

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

November 17, 2007


Colombian Ironies: Political Prisoner Andrés Gil Unable to Attend Human Rights Forum

Government Continues its Legal Assault on a Key Rural Social Organization

By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Ironías Colombianas: Andrés Gil, preso político, no puede asistir a un Foro Internacional sobre Derechos Humanos

November 16, 2007


Don't Trust Anyone Over 50

The 2008 Campaign Offers the Sixties Generation a Shot at Redemption

By Al Giordano
CounterPunch

November 14, 2007


ICE's Julie Myers is latest actor in Great American Minstrel Show

Blackface Costume at Halloween Party is Just the Latest Chapter in a Long History of Alleged Racism Within U.S. Customs

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

November 11, 2007


Mohawks, Border Delegation, Inflamed Over Arrest of Indigenous Peoples

U.S. Border Patrol Detains a Group of Women and Children Right in Front of Delegates to Border Summit in Arizona

By Brenda Norrell
Via the Narcosphere

November 9, 2007


Let’s Do It: Narco News Matching Grants Are Raised by Another $4,000

Donors Advise that We Ought to Ask for More to Be Able to Do More Reporting

By Al Giordano
Founder, Narco News

November 6, 2007


November 2 Redux

The Governor of Oaxaca Still Wields the Hammer

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

November 5, 2007


Colombia’s Elections Highlight Democratic Shortcomings

Reports from the Last Week Have Shown Vote Buying, Threats, Illegal Campaign Financing, Government Intimidation, Massive Disenfranchisement of Citizens and Outright Fraud

By Garry Leech
Colombia Journal

November 5, 2007


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The Yucatan Narcoavión

Por Esto!’s Mario Menendez and Others on the CIA-Linked Airplane that Crashed One Month Ago in Mexico, Filled with Cocaine

By Worldview: The Geopolitics of Drugs
Chicago Public Radio

November 4, 2007


Tabasco 2007: Will It be New Orleans in 2005, or Mexico City in 1985?

The Solidarity Mexicans Have Shown to One Million Flood Victims Could Turn to Rage and Political Organization, as it Did After ’85 Quake

By Greg Berger
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Tabasco 2007: ¿Será como Nueva Orléans en el 2005 o como Ciudad de México en 1985?

November 4, 2007


Sex, Lies and Missing Tapes in the House of Death

As Congress Remains Silent, Evidence Mounts on Details of Juárez Mass Murder Cover-Up

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

November 3, 2007


Speakers at “Plan Mexico” Hearing Admit That Plan Will Not Curb Flow of Drugs to U.S.

The Intended Goal May Be to Give Mexico Resources to Suppress its Social Movements

By Jennifer Truskowski
Chicago Indymedia

November 2, 2007


Brad Will in Context, On the One-Year Anniversary of His Murder in Oaxaca

The Slain Journalist is Part of a Legacy that Goes Back Over 500 Years on These Lands

By RJ Maccani
Zapagringo

November 2, 2007


President Calderón’s Counterinsurgency in Mexico: A Story That Must Be Told

Popular Movements Are Regrouping and Planning for the Future, and Narco News Needs Your Help to Keep You Informed

By Greg Berger

November 1, 2007


“Plan Mexico” Claims its First Victims in the Murky Floodwaters of Tabasco

With an Entire State Under Water, Calderón Has Troops Searching Cars for Drugs Instead of Helping

By Greg Berger
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... El Plan México deja sus primeras víctimas en las aguas sucias de las inundaciones de Tabasco

November 1, 2007


In Colombia, a Rural Community in Peaceful Resistance Against a Repressive Government

The Arrests of Three ACVC Leaders Is Revenge Against a Region That Has Rejected Uribe and His Paramilitary Allies

By Luis Alberto Matta
Agencia Prensa Rural

en español... En Colombia, una comunidad rural en resistencia pacífica frente al Estado victimario

October 31, 2007


Latin America at the Breaking Point: Will You Know When History Is Happening?

Narco News Brings Unique and Breaking News on Latin America’s Social Movements, but Without Your Support It Won’t Exist

By Dan Feder
Editor-in-Chief of The Narco News Bulletin

October 31, 2007


Plan Mexico: A Repressive New Security Strategy in the Guise of a War on Drugs

Aid Package Sees Virtually No Difference Between an International Terrorist, a Migrant Farmworker, a Political Protester, and a Drug Trafficker

By Laura Carlsen
Foriegn Policy In Focus

October 30, 2007


The Geneology of the Uribe Double Standard

The President Attempts to Discredit the Opposition with Warnings of Guerrilla Influence and Vote-Buying, But His Own Crimes Are More Serious

By Laura Del Castillo Matamoros
Via The Narcosphere

en español... La genealogía de la moral uribista

October 30, 2007


Local Elections in Colombia: Uribe’s Political Movement Treading Water

In This Allegedly Conservative Country, Leftists, Independents and Drug War Critics Are Gaining Power

By Dan Feder
Via The Narcosphere

October 29, 2007


Indigenous Education as Politics

The Second National Congress on Indigenous and Intercultural Education

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

October 28, 2007


Colombian Senator Petro Tells U.S. Congress: Free Trade Agreement Would Benefit Narco-Traffickers

Bush and Uribe Administrations Can’t Hide Reality with their Fantasy Tours of Colombia for Legislators

By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... El senador colombiano Gustavo Petro dice al congreso de los E.U: el Tratado de Libre Comercio beneficiará a los narcotraficantes

October 24, 2007


Zapatismo in Spanish Harlem

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio, Inspired by the Zapatista Other Campaign, Brings New York Communities Together to Fight Gentrification

By RJ Maccani
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Zapatismo en el Harlem del Este (El Barrio)

October 25, 2007


As White House Unveils “Plan Mexico,” DEA Administrator Gets Wired on Motorola

Karen Tandy, Who Oversaw the DEA During the “House of Death” and “Bogotá Connection” Scandals, Becomes Vice President of a Company Deeply Involved in Law Enforcement

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

en español... Mientras la Casa Blanca revela su “Plan Mexico”, la directora de la DEA se enchufa a Motorla

October 24, 2007


Give Narco News a Hand to Help it Survive

“The funny thing is that although the commercial reporters claim not to take Narco News seriously, they seem to be very up-to-speed on what it’s saying...”

By Laura Del Castillo Matamoros
Narco News Managing Editor

October 23, 2007


Mohawk Warriors Unite with Zapatistas at Encuentro

"We All Have to Get Together to Fight Colonialism”

By Brenda Norrell
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Guerreros Mohawk se unen con Zapatistas en el Encuentro

October 23, 2007


Congressional Hearing on “Plan Mexico” Will Be Held Thursday, October 25

Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere to Hear Testimony from Critics and Promoters of Bush’s Proposed Multi-Billion-Dollar Drug War Aid Package

House Committee on Foriegn Affairs

October 22, 2007


A Day in the Life of Lou Dobbs, CNN's Patriotic Border Warrior

“6:00 am: I wake up from a horrifying nightmare in which I am being pursued by hordes of two-headed, four-legged Mexicans...”

By Pius Adesanmi
Narco News Contributing Satirist

October 20, 2007


Message from the Earth: Free Opitz and Lehmann Now!

Filmmakers Arrested for “Espionage” While Documenting Nigerian Resistance to Oil Companies

By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere

October 20, 2007


COHA Deserves Applause for Retracting Article, but Should Know Haiti’s 2006 Election Was Not Free or Fair

“The Most Dangerous Gangsters Haitians Face are High Officials Who Reside in Washington, Paris and Ottawa”

By Joe Emersberger
Via The Narcosphere

October 20, 2007


Village Voice Media Executive Editor Released From Jail and Vows to Fight

Editors Were Arrested After Phoenix New Times Published Subpoena Sheriff Issued “In An Attempt to Research the Identity, Purchasing Habits, and Browsing Proclivities of Our Online Readership”

By Michael Clancy
The Village Voice

October 19, 2007


Bush Administration Reveals “Details” of U.S. Military Subsidies to Mexico

We Must Understand the Damage that “Plan Mexico” Will Do at Our Tax Dollar Expense

By Jennifer Truskowski
Chicago Indymedia

October 19, 2007


O’odham Return from Gathering with Mexico’s Indigenous and Subcomandante Marcos

“I Felt a Sense That This Is an Awakening of the People”

By Brenda Norrell
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Los O’odham regresa a su lugar de origen después de reunirse con el Subcomandante Marcos e indígenas mexicanos
en français... Les O’odhams rentrent chez eux après s’être réunis avec le sous-commandant Marcos et les Indiens du Mexique

October 18, 2007


Marcos: "There Has Never Been So Much Destruction and Stupidity by the Governments"

After Continental Gathering, the Indigenous of América Warn in "Vícam Declaration" that They Will Defend Mother Earth with Their Lives

By Hermann Bellinghausen
La Jornada (Translated by Zapagringo)

en español... "Nunca había sido tanta la destrucción y la estupidez de los gobiernos": Marcos
en français... « Il n’y a jamais eu autant de destructions et de sottise de la part des gouvernements », Marcos.
in italiano... “Non è mai stata così grande la distruzione e la stupidità dei governi”: Marcos

October 18, 2007


Council on Hemispheric Affairs Retracts Dishonest Article on Haiti’s Aristide

“COHA’s senior officials regretfully concluded that much of the criticism of it – notably the September 21, 2007 critique by Joe Emersberger for the Narco News Bulletin – was well-founded”

By Dan Feder
Via The Narcosphere

October 18, 2007


Pro-Zapatista Activists Among Those Imprisoned In New Zealand Crackdown

Using New Anti-Terror Laws, Police Target Indigenous and Supporters Across the Country

By Julie Webb-Pullman
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Activistas pro-zapatistas se encuentran entre los detenidos durante olas de arrestos en Nueva Zelanda

October 17, 2007


A Reporter on the Lam in Latin America

El Nuevo Herald’s Gonzalo Guillén Is the Latest Victim of Bush Buddy Álvaro Uribe

By Chuck Strouse
Miami New Times

October 17, 2007


Low Turnout for Tsongas Is Bad News for “Dynasty Democrats” in ’08

Yesterday’s Special Election in Massachusetts Pitted a Dynasty Democrat vs. a 9/11 Republican and Voters Yawned

By Al Giordano
Huffington Post

October 17, 2007


Bypassing Mainstream Sources to Bring You the “Stories that Elude Bigger News Organizations with Shorter Attention Spans”

With Your Help, Narco News will Continue to Report “from the Front-lines of the Struggle for a Country called América!”

By Sean Donahue
Narcosphere Co-publisher

October 16, 2007


Indigenous Woman from British Columbia: “They’ve Relegated Us to Authentic Concentration Camps”

The Indigenous Peoples’ Encuentro Began with a Strong United States Presence

By Raúl Romero and Juan Trujillo
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... “Nos han relegado en auténticos campos de concentración”: mujer indígena de Columbia Británica

October 16, 2007


National Agrarian and Popular Mobilization Continues to Shake Colombia

Updates and Information on Protest Actions and Government Repression

Agencia Prensa Rural

en español... La Movilización Nacional Agraria y Popular sigue sacudiendo a Colombia

October 12, 2007


Chronicle of Resistance in Colombia, October 8-10

Police Brutality, Military Offensives and Government Intimidation as Protests Break Out Across the Country

By the Human Rights Commission
National Coordination of Agrarian and Popular Organizations of Colombia

en español... Cronología de resistencia, 8 a 10 de octubre

October 12, 2007


Immigration Judge Rules “House of Death” Informant Will Not Be Deported to Mexico

Homeland Security Tried to Send “Lalo” to Near-Certain Death After Using Him to Bust Juarez Trafficker then Covering Up His Crimes

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

October 12, 2007


Bill Clinton as Ambassador to the World?

He Says He Wants that Job, but Ask Latin America, First

By Al Giordano
CounterPunch

October 11, 2007


Colombia’s Rural Social Movement Defies Government Intimidation and Comes Out to March

The Peasant-Farmer and Indigenous Mobilizations that Have Shaken the Country Since Yesterday Faced Intense Legal and Military Repression Before they Even Started

By Dan Feder and Laura del Castillo Matamoros
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Movimiento agrario colombiano desafia intimidaciones del gobierno y sale a las calles

October 11, 2007


Memo to Al Gore: Enter the Michigan and Florida Beauty Contests

You May Not Want to Run for President, but You Could Derail the Clinton Express in the States Where the 1990s Machine Tried to Cheat Democracy

By Al Giordano
The Huffington Post

October 11, 2007


Double Your Impact: Donate to Support Narco News and Your Contribution Will Be Matched

A $5,000 Matching Grant from the Angelica Foundation Kicks Off October Fund Drive

By Al Giordano
Founder, Narco News

October 11, 2007


U.S. Soldiers Accused of Raping 12-Year-Old Girl in Colombia

Second Known Case of Alleged Sexual Abuse by Plan Colombia Forces at Tolemaida Military Base

By Dan Feder
Via The Narcosphere

October 8, 2007


“Mexican House of Death” Was Made in the USA

The Case “received little press attention except for the online publication Narco News, which has written extensively on the subject”

By Jerry Seper and Sara A. Carter
The Washington Times

October 8, 2007


“First, Identify the Enemy”

Town by Town, the People Are Fighting Energy Mega-Projects and Neoliberalism in Oaxaca

By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca

October 8, 2007


Informant in Carman Kidnapping Case Reaches Out to Narco News

Customs Whistleblower Faces Possible Life in Prison, but Informant Claims He Was “Only Trying to Help”

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

October 7, 2007


Plan Colombia’s Loving Gestures in Putumayo

U.S. Embassy Interferes in Fumigation Impact Study, as Farmers Block Orito Highway to Protest Spraying of Their Fields

By Laura Del Castillo Matamoros
Via The Narcosphere

en español... El Plan Colombia y sus gestos de amor en el Putumayo

October 7, 2007


Uribe the Teacher

A Few Things the Colombian President Forgot to Mention in His Speech in New York Last Week on Education

By Laura Del Castillo Matamoros
Managing Editor, Narco News

en español... Uribe, el maestro

October 4, 2007


Haiti: Digging Through A History of Economic Violence

Budget Documents Reveal How U.S. Aid Embargo Crushed Artistide Government and Sparked Rightwing Coup

By Jeb Sprague
Blog the Debt

October 4, 2007


The Netroots Battlefield in the ’08 Presidential Campaign

Declarations of the Death of Blogger Power Are Greatly Exaggerated

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

October 3, 2007


Legalize It?

Policymakers the World Over Have Boosted the Profits of Drug Lords and Fostered Narcostates that Would Frighten Al Capone

By Ethan Nadelmann
Foreign Policy Magazine

en español... ¿Legalizarlas?

October 3, 2007


“The Success of Plan Colombia Lies in its Failure”

While a New Ambassador Spins the Same Old Lies, the Drug War Here Is More Destructive Than Ever

By the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective
Bogota, Colombia

en español... “El éxito del Plan Colombia radica en su fracaso”

October 3, 2007


The Clinton Campaign’s Reckless Race for Big Money Donors

The Gift that Keeps on Taking: A CounterPunch Special Investigation

By Al Giordano
CounterPunch

October 1, 2007


Direct Democracy in Oaxaca

A Book Review of Nancy Davies’ The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly

By Kristin Bricker
Left Turn Magazine

October 1, 2007


Peasant-Farmer Activists Imprisoned in Colombia

Rural Social Movement’s Headquarters Raided, Leaders Arrested

By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

en español... Detenidos activistas campesinos en Colombia
in italiano... Attivisti contadini incarcerati in Colombia

September 30, 2007


Labor Activists Say U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Will Be Signed in Blood if Approved

Exiled Labor Leader: Cocaine Mafia Drives Uribe Government

By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 30, 2007


Mayans in Guatemala: No Compromise, Halt Mining

Indigenous Community Turned Down Corporate Mining Cash

By Brenda Norrell
Via the Narcosphere

September 30, 2007


Damn You, Barack Obama

Win or Lose, Obama’s Small Donors May Have Already Brought a Revolution in Campaign Financing

By Al Giordano
The Boston Phoenix

September 27, 2007


Bogotá Connection “Informant” Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against US Government

Using the US Court System, Baruch Vega is Attempting to Force Both the Government and the Compliant Media to Confront DEA Corruption and Cover-Up in Colombia

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

en español... El “informante” del caso “Conexión Bogotá”, Baruch Vega, demanda al gobierno de Estados Unidos

September 24, 2007


Communiqué on the Situation of the Federal and State Governments in Chiapas

The Sixth Commission of the EZLN will Suspend the Journey of the Second Phase of the Other Campaign, but will Attend the Encounter of the Indigenous Peoples of America

By the General Command of the EZLN
Translated by El Kilombo Collective

en español... Comunicado sobre la situación actual de los gobiernos federales y estatales de Chiapas
auf Deutsch... Kommunique des Geheimen Revolutionären Indigenen Komitees – Generalkommandantur der Zapatistischen Armee der Nationalen Befreiung
en français... Communiqué sur la situation actuelle des gouvernements fédéral et de l’État du Chiapas
in italiano... Comunicato sulla situazione attuale dei governi federale e statale del Chiapas

September 26, 2007


Evo Morales on the US Electoral System: “If It’s Rigged, then Something Needs to Be Done to Change That”

The President of Bolivia on The Daily Show with John Stewart

By The Daily Show
Video Via YouTube.com

September 26, 2007


Seven Years of Plan Colombia … and Little Has Changed in Putumayo

Despite the Hyped Shift to “Manual Erradication,” Fumigations Still Going Strong

By Kyle Johnson
Colombia Journal

September 24, 2007


The Council on Hemispheric Affairs Deserves an F for Article on Haiti

Conflicting Reports from the Research Organization Raise Questions about Its Reporting in Haiti

By Joe Emersberger
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

September 21, 2007


MINUSTAH Hospitality

Three Years After Arriving to Legitimize a US-Backed Coup, Brazilian-Led UN Forces Stomp on Press Freedom in Haiti

By Jeb Sprague
PopDem

September 20, 2007


Narco News Needs Your Help to Carry the News to You

If You Haven’t Pitched In Yet to Our Fall Appeal, Please Do So Today

By Bill Conroy
The Fund for Authentic Journalism

September 18, 2007


Leaked Document Links U.S. Attorney Sutton to Cover-Up in House of Death

Letter Proves Justice Dept. Knew of Informant's Participation in Juárez Murders All Along

By Bill Conroy
Via the Narcosphere

September 15, 2007


Narco News Reloaded: Help Dan Feder Lead Our News Team for the Coming Months

Dan Returns, Laura del Castillo Rejoins the Team, While I’ll Be Covering a Story on a Different Beat

By Al Giordano
Publisher, Narco News

en español... Narco News se recarga: Denle una mano a Dan Feder para liderar nuestro equipo periodístico en los meses que vienen

September 11, 2007


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