About Dan Feder

I was a member of the Narco News team in various capacities, from webmaster to Editor-in-Chief, from 2002-2008. Since 2006 I have also been a member of the International Peace Observatory, which performs human rights accompaniment for Colombian campesino organizations in conflict zones. I am now living in Boston and working as a website developer for DigitalAid, Inc.

Dan Feder's Comments

Honduras' Coup Congress Cancels Five Basic Liberties
Jul 2 2009 - 9:40pm
Honduras' Dictator-for-a-Day Rails vs. Obama & Chávez, Declares Martial Law
Jun 28 2009 - 10:08pm
State Violence in Iran Hits New Extreme
Jun 24 2009 - 4:48pm
Brainstorming Iran: An X-Ray of Immediate History
Jun 24 2009 - 4:44pm
State Violence in Iran Hits New Extreme
Jun 24 2009 - 2:46pm

Robertson: Asesinemos a Hugo Chávez

El Televangelista Pat “Dios me dijo que Bush va a ganar” Robertson pidió ayer el asesinato del democráticamente electo (es gracioso cuán a menudo el hecho necesita ser recordado) Presidente de de Venezuela Hugo Chávez por parte de los “operativos encubiertos” de Estados Unidos. El programa televisivo de Robertson, “El club de los 700”, tiene una audiencia de millones de personas, está disponible en más del 95 por ciento de los hogares estadounidenses (de acuerdo con el sitio web del programa) y ha recibido las visitas de figuras políticas nacionales tales como Tom Delay, Bill Frist, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Ronald Reagan y más. En otras palabras, el establishment de Washington, especialmente el sector dominante en el Partido Republicano, lo toman seriamente.

Robertson: Let's Assasinate Hugo Chávez

Televangelist Pat “God Told Me Bush Will Win” Robertson called for the assassination of democratically elected (funny how often that fact needs to be reminded of) Venezuelan President Chávez by U.S. “covert operatives” yesterday. Robertson’s television show, The 700 Club, has an audience of millions, is available in more than 95 percent of U.S. homes (according to the show’s website), and has enjoyed visits from such national political figures as Tom Delay, Bill Frist, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Ronald Reagan, and more. In other words, the Washington establishment, especially the ruling sector of the Republican party, takes him seriously.  

From the transcription at Media Matters (a clip is also available at that link):

“You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop... We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

This is pretty much in line with Robertson’s contempt for democracy and, interestingly, the State Department, which he often derides while praising the CIA.

So, Pat, who else would Jesus assassinate?

Jackson: U.S. Energy Company Drummond Accused of More Colombian Crimes

Authentic Journalist and Narco News copublisher Stephen Flanagan Jackson has again come forward to report on the alleged crimes of the U.S.-based Drummond energy company. Last year, as we reported here, Jackson went to court “seeking the lifting of a bizarre gag order imposed on Colombian miners, unions, and family members of those who were assassinated, in their lawsuit against the Drummond Company.” He won his case, in a victory for both the families of the victims of paramilitary assassins in Colombia, and for free speech in the U.S.

Now, Jackson is back with new reports in The Birmingham News and the online Alabama journal The Locust Fork on new allegations against the Drummond  Coal Co., revealed in a lawsuit from another energy company. According to the suit and interviews Jackson he conducted in Colombia with executives the Llanos oil company, Drummond has plotted to steal oil rights in northern Colombia with help from its friends in the Uribe administration.

Radio Free Venezuela?

The United States Congress is doing its best to outdo the Colombian government in overwrought, overreaching responses to the new Latin American news station Telesur. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on Wednesday to begin beaming “the ideals of freedom” into Venezuela via new broadcasts modeled on the Cuba-aimed Radio Marti.

The flimsy justification for force-feeding U.S. government and CIA propaganda onto the airwaves which is used for Cuba – that the government does not allow opposing views in the media – should be laughable to anyone who has spent one day in Venezuela. Newsstands and television stations overflow with big-budget anti-Chavista media. Not a single journalist has been jailed or censured under Hugo Chávez’s presidency, while government censorship was rampant under several previous rightwing administrations.

But apparently the impending launch of Telesur – which in truth represents more voices, more freedom of information, instead of less – has the wingnuts that seem to control the House these days in a panic.

Nuevo Laredo's Guns, Made in the U.S.A.

Ricardo Sala writes of the human costs of a military incursion into northern Mexico that is unlikely to make much of a dent in that region’s drug supplies. Another unavoidable, ugly result of this increased militarization is one the Mexican government is well aware of: a stepped-up arms race between and among narcos as they face more and better-armed enemies. And where do those gangsters get their guns? The same place everyone else does – from the United States arms industry.

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i wonder if there is a better way to make the active notebooks box refresh...

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It's Official: Mesa Submits Resignation

President Mesa has just announced his resignation in a speech transmitted by the Bolivian media. On his way out, he took another opportunity to blame his and the country’s problems on a “few,” “imposing” their will on the rest of the country, then said he didn’t “want to put the blame on anyone else.” His resignation is, again, submitted to Congress and awaits its approval. More details very shortly from our journalists on the ground in La Paz.

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