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El congresista y la hija del dictador
By Frank Smyth, September 1, 2006, Raices

Jerry Weller buscaba por sexta vez una silla en el congreso por el estado de Illinois, cuando en Julio del 2004 anunció que estaba comprometido con Zury Ríos Sosa, una dura diputada del congreso guatemalteco e hija del conocido dictador, (general) Efraín Ríos Montt.

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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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The Untouchable Narco-State: Guatemala’s Army defies DEA
By Frank Smyth, November 18, 2005, The Texas Observer

The alert went out across the state this past July. A McAllen-based FBI analyst wrote a classified report that the Department of Homeland Security sent to U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Texas. About 30 suspects who were once part of an elite unit of the Guatemalan special forces were training drug traffickers in paramilitary tactics

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El narco-Estado intocable: Militares guatemaltecos desafían a la DEA
By Frank Smyth, November 18, 2005, The Texas Observer

La alerta atravesó el estado en julio. Un analista de la FBI ubicado en McAllen escribió un informe clasificado que el Departamento de Seguridad Interna envió a agentes…

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Behind the Badge: Meet the GOP’s Law Enforcement Front Group
By Frank Smyth, July 30, 2004, The Texas Observer

Kirk Watson cannot forget the first time he saw it. Watson, a former Austin mayor, was running as the Democratic nominee for state attorney general. Only about 10 days remained before the 2002 November election. His campaign was in full gear. On…

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Colombia Briefing: Bad Press
By Frank Smyth, September 1, 2001, Committee to Protect Journalists

Bogotá–On May 3, 2001, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Colombian paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño to its annual list of the ten worst enemies of the press. Six weeks later, a reporter from the Paris daily Le Monde caught up with Castaño in northern Colombia and asked how he felt about the distinction…

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A Brave Guatemalan Judge Challenges Corrupt Brass Hats
By Frank Smyth, August 13, 1999, The Wall Street Journal

Something new and promising happened in Guatemala last month when Judge Marco Tulio Molina Lara sentenced ex-Army Lt. Col. Carlos Ochoa Ruiz to 14 years in prison for trafficking in cocaine.

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