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Do news blackouts help journalists held captive?
By Frank Smyth, February 26, 2013, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

At any given time over the past two years, as wars raged in Libya and then Syria, and as other conflicts ground on in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, a number of journalists have been held captive…

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FOIA Needs New Muscle Behind It, Not Just Promises
By Frank Smyth, April 26, 2010, Committee to Protect Journalists

These are busy days for Freedom of Information. On April 5, the watchdog Web site that knows no borders, WikiLeaks, posted a classified U.S. military video showing U.S. forces firing on Iraqi civilians, killing many, including two Reuters journalists, as well as wounding children. Two days later, the Pentagon posted a redacted U.S. military assessment…

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El Salvador’s Cold War Martyrs
By Frank Smyth, November 11, 2009, CommonDreams.org

The curfew broke after dawn. But the massacre took place in the middle of the night. The high command of the Salvadoran armed forces, who were receiving a million dollars a day in U.S. aid, made their decision near midnight. They had been on the defensive over the past…

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Israel’s future could be on the line in Iraq
By Frank Smyth, January 20, 2007, Newsday

For all the talk about Iraq and whether we should send more troops, one subject seems almost too delicate to bring up: Israel. What happens to America’s closest ally in the Middle East if the Bush administration loses Iraq to a wider war marked by more anarchy and violence?

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Time for Hard Choices on Leaving Iraq
By Frank Smyth, August 9, 2006, Newsday

While the unexpected crisis involving Israel and Lebanon rages on with no end in sight, the United States needs to stay focused on the Iraqi crisis of its own making. Lately, even the most articulate supporters of that war have finally declared that our efforts there are…

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A war ‘shock and awe’ didn’t win
By Frank Smyth, March 21, 2006, Newsday

Remember when the Bush administration launched its “shock and awe” campaign across Iraq? Even hardened critics were left starstruck watching the bombs rain down on Baghdad and other targets three years ago this week. It was as if the United States were flaunting its firepower while saying to hostile states and forces around the…

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Iraq: No Consensus, No Constitution
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 2005, Newsday

Iraqi negotiators are as likely to agree on a constitution by Monday’s new deadline as American troops are likely to leave Iraq anytime soon. If leaders ultimately fail to reach a consensus, however, we could end up occupying Iraq for years…

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