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

Hispanic Federal Officers Want "Bully" Agents Investigated for Intimidation of Bill Conroy

There are, apparently, still many people working for the United States government who respect democracy and press freedom. As we have reported here, journalist Bill Conroy has been recently pursued by customs agents from the Department of Homeland Security demanding he give up his source for a leaked internal memo. The Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association (FHLEOA) has now sent a letter to that department’s head, as well as other top law enforcement and security officials in the Bush administration, defending Conroy and requesting an investigation into those agents’ actions.

Momentum Building in Defense of Bill Conroy

“Authentic journalism is telling people something that the government doesn’t want them to know.”

- Gary Webb

The campaign of harassment and intimidation from agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security towards Narco News correspondent Bill Conroy continues to draw outrage from journalists and others who value press freedom. Journalists in the United States and around the world have seen this case as not just an attack on Conroy, or on Narco News, but on all of us. Momentum is already building for his defense.

Narcosphere RSS

After requests from readers, we’ve finally gotten a working RSS feed for the Narcosphere. Scoop, the software the Narcosphere runs on, has a feature to produce an RSS feed but I could never quite get it to work (it seems to work fine on other sites using scoop). The new feed is consistently current with the top notebook entries. Subscribe to it here:

http://www.narconews.com/narcosphere.xml

But remember, this feed just features top notebook entries – the latest comments from our  copublishers will not appear in the feed, so keep coming back to the site regularly to check out all the new content.

We also have feeds for the latest headlines from The Narco News Bulletin, available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

RSS feeds are a way to quickly scan for new content on news sites. Here’s a pretty good explanation of the technology from this week’s Wall Street Journal.

Mexican AG Resigns as Fox Backs Down from Electoral Coup

This hemisphere’s political class received a strong message this month: make a promise to break from old – to turn your country in a new direction, to govern for the people instead of the corrupt elite – and you’d better keep it.

When Lucio Gutiérrez stood for president in 2002, he promised such a change, a new path for Ecuador to end the country’s subservience to U.S. economic and military policies and take power out of the hands of the domestic oligarchy. But Gutiérrez instead deepened the country’s neoliberal economic program and cozied up to the Bush administration, counting on the hope that his constituents and allies would keep their mouths shut out of loyalty. It’s an old trick used often in Latin American history. But the Ecuadorian people didn’t turn a blind eye this time, and the president was forced to flee as the people rose up and filled the streets of the capital.

As many readers have probably already seen, Mexican President Vicente Fox suddenly backed down this week from the “desafuero,” his crusade to haul popular Mexico City governor Andres Manuel López Obrador into court and therefore bar him from running for president next year. He too, like Gutiérrez, thought the people had become passive after they voted him into office, but a million protesters outside his office on Sunday proved him wrong...

Protests Spreading Against Gutiérrez in Ecuador

Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutiérrez, who has so far endured six days of growing protests against his government, went on Colombia’s influential Caracol Radio yesterday to defend his legitimacy, saying:

“I was elected with 59 percent of the vote, three million votes, not by the 3,000 or 5,000 who shout ‘out with Lucio,’ who are sponsored by a political party.”

Lucio’s denial about the seriousness of a crisis and the scale of the opposition is not a good sign, and hopefully does not mean that he anticipates having to justify repression or human rights violations. Radio La Luna, heroically broadcasting nonstop updates on the demonstrations and the sentiments of the people in the streets, has asked listeners to report any human rights violations. The situation is  unclear but voices have come on the air reporting unjustified mass arrests at the hands of the military.

Gringo Anti-Drug Forces in Colombia Moonlight as Narcos

U.S. forces have figured out a new way to get all that offensive cocaine out of Colombia: smuggle it out, and, while they’re at it, sell it back in the States.

According to several reports filed this weekend, five of the hundreds of U.S. troops stationed in the country as part of “Plan Colombia” have been arrested for using a military aircraft to transport the sixteen kilos of cocaine they were caught with to the U.S. via the military base in El Paso, Texas where they landed.

Big Week for Elections in América

Five hundred thousand people poured into the streets of Montevideo yesterday in a final rally for the left-wing Broad Front (FA in its Spanish initials) party before Sunday’s general elections. It was, according to the Uruguayan press, the largest demonstration in that country’s history. Now, a demonstration of that size anywhere is a big deal, but we’re talking about more than 14% of the entire country’s population. The election is expected to be a rout by FA candidate Tabaré Vázquez, who nearly all the opinion polls now predict will win in the first round (if he does not receive more than 50 percent there will be a run-off in one month).

This may turn out to be the straw that broke the gringo camel’s back. An FA victory would be the first left-wing government in Uruguay’s history, and could deal a major blow to both neoliberalism and the drug war in South America.

Marijuana March in Mexico City (Photos)

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Mexico City yesterday for marijuana legalization. There were similar marches all over the world this weekend, an annual global action often called the “Million Marijuana March.”

¡Narcoesfera bilingüe!

Como escribí aquí hace poco tiempo, hacer bilingüe (y finalmente trilingüe) este sitio web es el proximo objetivo importante para la Narcoesfera. Hoy damos el primero verdadero paso hacia ese fin.

As I wrote a short time ago here, getting this site fully bilingual (and eventually trilingual) is the next major goal for the Narcosphere. We've taken the first real step in that direction today.

Adding links to your comments

A Copublisher who made the very common mistake of not formatting a link correctly in a comment recently asked if there was some way around this problem. Rather than get off topic in the forum where the question was asked, I've decided to answer his question here.

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