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Painting the Maya Red: Military Doctrine and Speech in Guatemala’s Genocidal Acts
By Frank Smyth, May 5, 2010, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The bloodshed woven through the fabric of Guatemalan society remains a rarely told story. One reason for the ongoing lack of attention is the impunity that has long…

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Uribe, Courts Hold Critical Journalists in Contempt
By Frank Smyth, May 27, 2009, Committee to Protect Journalists

Original story ran on the Committee to Protect Journalists blog Daniel Coronell’s name didn’t come up in a hearing this week on Capitol Hill, even though CPJ had just learned that a Colombian court had ordered the arrest of the respected Canal Uno TV reporter and Semana magazine columnist over his work. Coronell is one

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In Oakland, Progress in Bailey Murder Prosecution
By Frank Smyth, April 22, 2009, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The killers of journalists in many less developed nations often work in collusion with corrupt government officials, CPJ research has long shown. For more than a year irregularities in the Oakland police investigation into…

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Tunisia Caucus Co-Chair Calls Despot Moderate and Wise
By Frank Smyth, July 25, 2008, TheHill.com Blog

Betty McCollum told her constituents she was going to honor the dead. “Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) will spend the Fourth of July holiday visiting the North African Cemetery and Memorial in Tunisia to pay tribute to American troops, including 138 Minnesotans, who lost their lives in World War II,” reads a July 1 statement on her website…

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The Local Newsman – A CPJ Special Report By Frank Smyth
By Frank Smyth, October 31, 2007, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The newsman was hard to forget. He carried a handheld camera to record interviews. While on the cell phone, he scribbled notes on yellow Post-its, sticking them one by one up his arm. He asked not only the first, but often the toughest question at many press conferences. He invariably wore a collared shirt and tie…

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“Is Weller’s Beach an Ethics Breach?”
By Frank Smyth, October 25, 2006, Chicago Reader

JERRY WELLER, THE 11th District representative who’s up for reelection in November, has some explaining to do. As I wrote in an August 25 cover story, “The Congressman and the Dictator’s Daughter,” he’s already raised questions about whether he has a conflict…

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The Congressman and the Dictator’s Daughter
By Frank Smyth, August 25, 2006, Chicago Reader

JERRY WELLER WAS running for his sixth term as congressman from Illinois’ 11th District in July 2004 when he announced that he was engaged to Zury Rios Sosa, an outspoken third-term legislator in Guatemala’s congress and the daughter of former dictator General Efrain…

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