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Hispanic Federal Officers Want "Bully" Agents Investigated for Intimidation of Bill ConroyPosted by Dan Feder - June 5, 2005 at 10:41 pm
- 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.
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RSS feeds are a way to quickly scan for new content on news sites. Heres a pretty good explanation of the technology from this weeks Wall Street Journal.
When Lucio Gutiérrez stood for president in 2002, he promised such a change, a new path for Ecuador to end the countrys subservience to U.S. economic and military policies and take power out of the hands of the domestic oligarchy. But Gutiérrez instead deepened the countrys 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. Its an old trick used often in Latin American history. But the Ecuadorian people didnt 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...
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.
Lucios 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.
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.
This may turn out to be the straw that broke the gringo camels back. An FA victory would be the first left-wing government in Uruguays history, and could deal a major blow to both neoliberalism and the drug war in South America.
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.”
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.
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.