Salvadoran Rebels Anticipated Soviet Fall, Shifted Tack
By Frank Smyth, May 6, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

EL SALVADOR’S leftist guerrilla movement began moving away from Marxism-Leninism several years before the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, they and independent analysts say. Since the FMLN was already…

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Guatemalan Army Crushes Land Protest
By Frank Smyth, April 7, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

San Jorge la Laguna — Security forces have ignored the exhortations of Roman Catholic Church officials and other mediators in a local land dispute here and violently put down a two-week-old indigenous peasant occupation of disputed land. Mediators were still hoping to find a peaceful resolution when military riot police attacked on Saturday.

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Guatemalan Murder Probe Beset by Irregularities
By Frank Smyth, January 7, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

HER short stature and soft voice were deceiving. Among Guatemala’s highland Indians she was a legend. Among her colleagues in North America and Europe she was a rising academic star. An ethnic Chinese Guatemalan, Myrna Elizabeth Mack Chang had become one of Latin America’s most eminent anthropologists. Her research focused on Guatemala’s nearly 1 million indigenous refugees…

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In El Salvador, Both Sides Say That New Year Pact Will End Long Civil War
By Frank Smyth, January 6, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

THE signing of a conditional agreement at the United Nations in New York to end El Salvador’s 12-year civil war is irreversible and likely to be respected, longtime activists on both sides of this embittered conflict say. Although there is still fear that violence by ultra-rightist groups opposed to the accords may escalate in the coming months…

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Jordan Defends Stance in Gulf War
By Frank Smyth, March 6, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

When United States Secretary of State James Baker III visits the Middle East this week, one leader noticeably absent from his talks will be Jordan’s King Hussein. Although the US and Jordan have in the past cooperated closely on regional issues, the two countries experienced a falling out over the question of Jordan’s neutrality during the Gulf war.

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Jordanians Lament Iraqi Move for Early Withdrawal
By Frank Smyth, February 27, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

THE jury is still out on whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is a hero or a failure among his supporters in the Arab world. As they try to make sense of Saddam’s dramatic announcement Feb. 25 that he is abandoning Kuwait, many Jordanians say they remain faithful to the Iraqi leader. But shortly after the announcement, Jordanian government officials…

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Iraqi Tactics: Avoid Early Combat
By Frank Smyth, February 25, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

IRAQ is likely to employ tactics designed to minimize the effectiveness of coalition air support, according to military experts in Jordan. Jordanian military commanders knowledgable about the Iraqi Army’s training, tactics, and weaponry say Iraqi troops will likely try to avoid major combat in the ground campaign’s early stages.

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