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Official Sources, Western Diplomats and Other Voices from the Mission
By Frank Smyth, January 3, 1993, Columbia Journalism Review

On the post-cold war era, ethnic rivalry may have replaced ideology as the most likely cause of conflict, but while all else changes one journalistic habit picked up during the past four decades will, in all likelihood, persist — the habit of relying heavily on the mission, as the U.S. embassy is known, for assessments and information. In an increasingly unfamiliar world, in fact, the temptation to do so will be even stronger…

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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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Out on a Limb: The Use and Abuse of Stringers in the Combat Zone
By Frank Smyth, January 3, 1992, Columbia Journalism Review

Somewhere just outside of Baghdad, I was blindfolded and led down a corridor into a room where, to judge by the sound of the voices, there were at least half a dozen men. The possibility of being beaten or tortured was on my mind. I was ordered to sit, and waited in the darkness. The interrogator asked me what was my “real job.”

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The War Next Door
By Frank Smyth, April 7, 1990, Boston College Magazine

Original story can be found here. The slaying of six Jesuits was only the most recent reminder that El Salvador is one of the few remaining countries where the price of thought can be death. San Salvador – Several months ago a friend invited me to his sociology class. “Come on,” he said, “we’re going

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Salvadoran Abyss
By Frank Smyth, January 15, 1990, The Nation

Escalon, San Salvador — “They should either kill them all or negotiate,” the well-to-do Salvadoran businessman said in nearly flawless English. Leftist guerrillas had taken over this usually quiet suburban neighborhood, and some had even passed the night in his home. “This thing has to end,” he added. “We need a solution.” The November military

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Negotiations or Total War
By Frank Smyth, August 7, 1989, The Nation

Morazan, El Salvador — Compa, read the posted handwritten note, “Why did the insurrection not occur?”… Many people at all levels of El Salvador’s leftist guerrilla movement genuinely believed that they would be raising their flag over San Salvador by March of this year. But at a base in the rebel stronghold of Morazan province,

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