All Notebook Entries

  • Leagacy of Pope John Paul: War Criminal or Simple Hypocrite?

    Having watched the Pbs Special on the Pope - and Knowing (seeing) the atrocities committed by the US financed Death Squads of Central America (during my visits in 1998 and 1989) - I copied the transcript for the show and was searching around the internet when i found this report on indymedia - Wow - It is true...  

     I believe that in order to understand the cirisis of the church and of politics in Latin america that we need to identifiy the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the church and its Pope (s) ...  !

    Special on Pope John Paul

    [Titled: Pope a War Criminal and Hypocrite for Bush ] ndex.php
    Martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero to Become a Saint - John Paul to Be Tried for War Crimes and Genocide;


  • 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.

  • FOIA documents in House of Death case now online at Narco News

    DEA supervisor Sandalio Gonzalez fired off a letter in February 2005 to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in El Paso, Texas, that blew the whistle on an alleged cover-up within the U.S. justice system.

    The letter exposed federal agents’ complicity in multiple murders in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. The homicides were tied to an investigation into Heriberto Santillan-Tabares, who U.S. prosecutors claim is a top lieutenant in Vicente Carrillo Fuentes’ Juárez drug organization.

    Santillan has been charged with cocaine and marijuana smuggling along with five counts of murder. His case is currently pending in federal district court in San Antonio, Texas, and is slated for trial in May.

  • Mercenaries to Play Greater Role in Future U.S.-Led Drug Interdiction, Crop Eradication Missions

    The U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) and the State Dept. are preparing to intensify and expand drug interdiction and aerial crop-eradication efforts in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Based on a review of recently distributed federal-procurement documents, the U.S. government is actively soliciting the help of mercenaries whose sole function will be to locate and rescue missing or captured Drug War personnel.

    The hiring of private-sector contractors to perform these “personnel recovery” missions for the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is coinciding with other initiatives in and around Colombia; for instance, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) simultaneously is arranging to buy millions of gallons of jet fuel through 2009 to supply Colombian national police and military posts, camps and stations, the documents show.

  • When Consultants Attack: New Film on Carville and Greenberg in Bolivia

    There's a new film on the festival circuit "Our Brand is Crisis". When I saw it I was a bit suprised I hadn't read it here first:

    From Film Threat:

    Unlike Carville's first silver screen go-around, in the superior cult classic documentary "The War Room," however, this is not a race for the White House, but for the presidency of that Latin American basket case of a country, Bolivia. In this race, former Bolivian President Sanchez de Lozada, known locally as "Goni," has hired GCS to help him regain his former position of power.

    I was hoping someone in the NarcoSphere might have a chance to see it somewhere and post a review.

  • Washington Post in media offensive on Venezuela; twisting facts and lying

    I found this elsewhere and figured it might be of interest to those that participate here.

    VHeadline commentarist Carlos Herrera writes: Since the beginning of 2005 the main US dailies such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post have continued their media onslaught against Venezuela and the government of Hugo Chavez...

  • Catching a Sneaky Fox in A Pipeline Scandal: Oil and the Power of Arizona Big Shots

    Arizona has approved the construction of an oil refinery based on Mexican oil and a pipeline from Guaymas. The 3 to 4 billion dollar project is bad for Mexico. Jobs and income will be lost and a dangerous dependency on the US will increase.
  • Jovens jornalistas por uma cobertura alternativa aos meios comerciais

    “Quero dizer que o jornalismo está em crise. Vemos guerras terríveis no mundo agora, e por quê? Porque os meios de comunicação e jornalistas do meu país nativo, os Estados Unidos, têm mentido ao povo”. Com estas palavras, o jornalista Alberto Giordano anunciou à imprensa cochabambina o início da segunda Escola de Jornalismo Autêntico, organizada pelo site, de 30 de julho à 8 de agosto de 2004.
  • A Guerra e suas metástases

    Enquanto destinamos doses diárias de preocupação à Guerra do Iraque, noticiada insistentemente por nossos jornais, fechamos os olhos para a guerra velada que acontece dentro da América Latina, provocada pelos mesmos culpados por assassinar a população à margem dos rios Tigre e Eufrates. Se a desculpa das armas de destruição em massa foi a justificativa para uma invasão estadunidense ao Iraque, aqui, a Guerra às drogas tem sido motivação para uma invasão silenciosa, que tem matado feito câncer e se espalhado como metástases por todos os países, desde a Colômbia, Bolívia, Equador e Peru, produtoras da demonizada folha de coca, até Brasil e Argentina, vítimas dos efeitos colaterais dos conflitos impostos pelo império.
  • Some Coca Economics

    Tea made from the leaves of the coca bush is a safe and effective appetite suppressant. Even though the much demonized cocaine is the active ingredient, coca tea has a long history of being safe and healthful. There is also no danger for first time users. When the Pope visited Columbia and drank coca tea in order to relieve his altitude sickness, he did not grab a gun and start shooting people. Likewise, he did not go on a rampage of rape, pillage, and plunder.

    By contrast, the government-licensed drug industry has produced and sold many diet drugs which were later recalled because they caused organ (heart, liver, and kidney) damage in consumers including deaths.

  • Watchdog agencies asleep at the House of Death

    The first major sign that DEA supervisor Sandalio Gonzalez had hit a nerve with his letter of protest over the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s handling of the House of Death murders materialized in May 2004.

    The blowback came at him through a legal case he has pending against DEA. In 2002, Gonzalez filed a discrimination lawsuit against the agency in federal court in Miami. The case, which is still pending, stems from a stash of cocaine that came up missing after a 1998 raid of a house in suburban Miami.

    Prior surveillance of the house indicated there should have been about 32 kilograms of cocaine on the premises, but the total amount accounted for after the search fell 10 kilos short of that mark.

    Gonzalez suspected foul play. He says the same Miami-Dade Police team involved in the raid was responsible for “compromising three prior drug cases.”

  • Holy Thursday, 2005

    Twenty-five years ago on this day, March 24, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while he was celebrating Mass.
  • Scooped!

    I just got back from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and I opened up my browser to my homepage, Al Jazeera. Imagine my surprise to see the following headline...

    Ecuador police gas Congress protest 9A-4EC4-98A7-8374ECEC9E66.htm

  • Former DEA supervisor's letter opens new door on House of Death

    Narco News has uncovered a well-kept secret through a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

    Following is the list of government agencies who don’t want you to know this secret, and which have to date, to one degree or another, contributed to keeping it covered up: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio, the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at least two agencies charged with investigating corruption in federal law enforcement -- the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.

    But before revealing the details of the secret, some background is in order. Last month, Narco News reported the following:

    A startling claim has surfaced in a document filed in federal court by a former DEA supervisor. The claim raises serious questions about a U.S. Attorney’s handling of evidence in the case of accused murderer and drug-trafficker Heriberto Santillan-Tabares.

  • Suez - Lyonnaise des Eaux : « aportar lo esencial de la vida » pero, ¿a quién ?

    El grupo Suez – Lyonnaise des Eaux, principal accionario de Aguas del Illimani (AISA), consorcio encargado de la gestión y el saneamiento del agua y el alcantarillado de La Paz y El Alto, pretende “aporta lo esencial de la vida”. Sin embargo, los habitantes de El Alto no han visto nada a todo eso y piden, esencialmente, por sus vidas, desde hace mas de dos meses, la expulsión inmediata de la compañía.

    Aunque Jacques Chirac haya llamado a Bolivia para preguntar acerca de “la seguridad de las inversiones francesas en Bolivia”, la prensa francesa parece ignorar el fenómeno, apenas mencionado cuando Carlos Mesa hizo amago de renuncia…

    Para llenar el vacío mediático en francés, propuse una lectura del conflicto boliviano… Aquí va la traducción…

  • Beyon Ideology - Onto Doing Somethin

    The idea is to agree upon a general outline so that we can move on to organizing and building resistance to capitalism and ...  globalization’s social, military and extortionist aspects.
  • Illegalization Wars or Peace and Freedom?

    In a Narconews article, Don Henry Ford Jr. supports illegalization because, "Make no mistake about it. Total legalization of cocaine and heroin is akin to letting people walk around with loaded automatic weapons...." His description of these drug users or people who possess these drugs is inflamatory nonsense. It needs to be refuted because demonizing drug users justifies the war against them. It justifies all the barbarisms that have been and are being committed against these drug offenders in the name of the law. Millions of honest, decent people have been declared criminals by cocaine and opiate laws.

  • Urgent Clarification - Desmentido urgente

    Estimados colegas:

    A alguien le dolió nuestro trabajo en Bolivia. ¿Al masacrador Gonzalo Sánhez de Lozada? ¿A Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, hombre fuerte del masacrador? ¿A sus lacayos en la revista Datos? ¿A la gente que trabaja para el Presidente Carlos Mesa? ¿Al Virrey David Nicol Greenlee? ¿A la derecha golpista boliviana? ¿A todos? No sabemos nada todavía, lo cierto es que por eso desde hoy por la tarde está circulando una falsa alerta, sin nombre, que salió de este correo electrónico:

    Dear Colleagues,

    Our work in Bolivia has hurt someone. Was it the butcher Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada? Carlos Sánchez Merzaín, the butcher's strongman? His lackeys at the magazine Datos? The people who work for President Mesa? Viceroy David N. Greenlee? The coup-plotting Bolivian right wing? All of them? We're still figuring it out, but what is certain is that since this afternoon a false Narco News alert, not bearing any name, has been circulating, and that it came from this email address:

  • El Alto después de octubre: De ciudad heroica a ciudad vilipendiada

    Rearticulación racista de las elites oligárquicas y las clases medias

    A un año y cinco meses, después de octubre de 2003, la ciudad de El Alto ha vuelto a ser protagonista de las luchas sociales (entre enero y marzo de 2005) al exigir la inmediata expulsión de la transnacional Aguas de Illimani de esta ciudad y La Paz. La empresa francesa Suez-Lyonnais des Eaux es acusada de incumplir el contrato de servicios de agua con El Alto (los distritos más afectados son 8, 7 y 9) porque 200 mil personas (de los 649.958 habitantes que tiene El Alto) no tienen servicio de agua potable y 130 mil no cuentan con servicios de agua y acantarillado, y 68 mil no tienen agua pese a vivir en zonas donde hay red de agua potable [2]. Pero al hacerlo se ha ganado “paradójicamente” como enemigo al propio Presidente de la República Carlos Mesa, a quien, sin embargo, los alteños le han permitido ingresar en la historia de los presidentes de Bolivia el 17 de octubre de 2003.

  • Suez - Lyonnaise des Eaux : « apporter l'essentiel de la vie » mais, a qui ?

    Le groupe Suez – Lyonnaise des Eaux, principal actionnaire de Aguas del Illimani (AISA), consortium chargé de la gestion et l’assainissement de l’eau et des égouts de La Paz et El Alto,  prétend « apporter l’essentiel de la vie ». Or, les habitants de El Alto n’ont rien vu à cela et demandent, essentiellement, pour leur vie, voici plus de deux mois déjà, l’expulsion immédiate de la compagnie.

    Alors que Jacques Chirac a pris la peine d’appeler Carlos Mesa pour lui demander à propos de la « sécurité des investissements français en Bolivie », la presse française semble ignorer le phénomène, à peine mentionné lors de la tentative de démission du président bolivien…

    Pour combler ce vide médiatique, et à l’occasion du deuxième Forum Alternatif de l’Eau, qui se tient actuellement et jusqu’au 20 mars à Genève,  voici un petit tour d’horizon du conflit bolivien…

  • Condoleezza, My Love

    A few weeks ago I was in an automobile with two young Venezuelan male professionals when one made a call on his cellular telephone.  The conversation went something like this:

    “Hello, My Love.  I was just looking at the fantastically blue sky with its gentle white clouds.  The sun is shining brightly and the fields are filled with an array of colors.  The birds are playing in the trees and singing a variety of songs.  We’ve just come from the ocean and the waters were calm and gentle.

    “Surrounded by so much beauty, I automatically thought of you.  How are you?”

    From there the conversation turned to some papers that he had left on his desk -- what she should do with them -- and to some other business matters.

    When he finished talking, I asked him if he was speaking to his sweetheart.

    “No way,” he replied.  “That was the boss’s secretary.”

  • Mesa Will Stay Despite Rejection in Congress

    This afternoon, in a session lasting just over four and a half hours, the Bolivian National Congress rejected President Carlos Mesa’s proposal to hold early general elections in August… but President mesa, in press conference given at 11 pm sharp local time, says that the new scenario (the lifting of highway blockades), along with the supposed support he has received from the people, have made him reconsider his position: he will no resign his post and plans to stay in power until 2007, when his legal mandate ends.
  • Mesa se queda pese al rechazo del Congreso

    Esta tarde, en una sesión de poco más de cuatro horas y media, el Congreso Nacional ha rechazado la propuesta del Presidente Carlos Mesa de adelantar las elecciones generales para el próximo agosto... pero el presidente Mesa, en una conferencia de prensa dada en punto de las 11 de la noche, hora local, dice que un nuevo escenario (el desbloqueo de los caminos) ha permitido, junto al supuesto apoyo recibido de la gente, reconsiderar sus posición: no renuncia al cargo y pretende quedarse en el poder hasta 2007, cuando concluya su mandato.
  • Juntas Vecinales de El Alto quieren la nacionalización del gas

    El miércoles (16) por la noche, se realizó en la Federación de Juntas Vecinales (FEJUVE) de la ciudad de El Alto, una Asamblea General de Presidentes y Vecinos, para definir una posición frente a tres temas: agua, Carlos Mesa y los hidrocarburos. En síntesis, resolvieron: no se paga un centavo a la transnacional del agua Suez; se rechaza la ley de hidrocarburos y se posiciona la nacionalización de los recursos naturales y que se vaya Mesa con sus ministros y parlamentarios.
  • A Confusing Retreat in Bolivia

    After announcing last night that the pressure tactics would continue, Evo Morales met with the social leaders this morning, before flying to the Chapare to announce a temporary suspension in the mobilizations. Last night, after Carlos Mesa’s proposal to move forward with general elections and the diverse reactions to his speech, the Chamber of Deputies approved the hydrocarbons law proposal after a debate over the details. Now it’s up to the Senate to approve it definitively or modify it… in waiting for that moment, the movements went into a confusing retreat this morning.
  • Un repliegue confuso en Bolivia

    Luego de anunciar anoche que las medidas de presión continuaban, Evo Morales se ha reunido con los dirigentes sociales esta mañana, antes de volar al Chapare, para decretar un cuarto intermedio en las movilizaciones (una suspensión temporal). Anoche, luego de la propuesta del Presidente Carlos Mesa de adelantar elecciones generales, y de las diversas reacciones, la Cámara de Diputados aprobó el proyecto de ley de hidrocarburos que se venía discutiendo en detalles. Ahora toca al Senado aprobarlo definitivamente o modificarlo... en espera de este momento, los movimientos han realizado un confuso repliegue desde esta mañana.
  • Mesa Proposes Early Elections in Bolivia

    In a televised address, President Carlos Mesa has proposed to the country, and to the national congress, early elections, to be held this August 28. The elections would be for president, vice president, senators, deputies (members of Bolivia’s lower house of Congress), and, at the same time, for the members of the Constituents’ Assembly. According to Mesa, these measures will be the best exit from a stalemate between two objective realities that today find themselves in conflict over the form and organization of Bolivia.
  • Mesa pretende adelantar elecciones nacionales en Bolivia!!

    Hoy 15 de  marzo un dia  mas de bloqueos  y  protesta  Bolivia vive un clima de  confrontacion politica, en el parlamento, en las  calles, por la aprobacion de una Ley de Hidrocarburos que contemple el 50% de regalias como minimo para el Estado Boliviano.
    El nuevo mensaje del  chantajista Mesa  patea  el tablero de las  negociaciones y ahora  que  nos espera  ...
  • Mesa propone adelantar las elecciones en Bolivia

    En un discurso transmitido por televisión, Carlos Mesa ha propuesto al país, y al Congreso Nacional, adelantar las elecciones generales para el 28 de agosto próximo: presidente, vicepresidente, senadores, diputados y, paralelamente, los miembros de la Asamblea Constituyente. Según él, esta medida sería la mejor salida para un empate entre dos realidades obejtivas que hoy se disputan la forma y la organización de Bolivia.
  • FT says Chávez financed Carlos Mesa's resignation: Do they recruit journalists from CIA job fairs?

    The Financial Times really has blown it. Normally I find that they provide more reasonably balanced and accurate reporting than almost any other English-language daily of its size and scale. Why is this? Because it’s where policy-makers go for news – that is to say, policy-makers who actually give a damn about what is going on beyond the White House’s press statements and PR-company-run “messaging.” So the truth-to-propaganda ratio is usually heavily skewed in truth’s favor. But not this week.

    On March 13 they ran UK correspondent Andy Webb-Vidal’s flaccid piece of “reporting” titled “Bush Orders Policy to “Contain” Chávez.” With a headline like that, the blatant inaccuracies and vague allegations it contained should have come as no surprise, particularly when viewed along with Webb-Vidal’s new location, oligarch central – that is to say, Miami....

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