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Has Guatemala Become the Cali Cartel’s Bodega?
By Frank Smyth, March 10, 1995, The Wall Street Journal

Colombia has been reluctant to prosecute top leaders of the Cali cartel and dismantle their organization. The Clinton administration is pushing Colombia to do more, while the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Jesse Helms (R., N.C.), threatens to impose trade…

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Arming Genocide in Rwanda
By Stephen D. Goose & Frank Smyth, September 3, 1994, Foreign Affairs

Rwanda is only the latest example of what can happen when small arms and light weapons are sold to a country plagued by ethnic, religious, or nationalist strife. In today’s wars such weapons are responsible for most of the killings of civilians and combatants. They are used…

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Justify My War: Why Clinton Eyes Haiti’s Drug Trade and Ignores Guatemala’s
By Frank Smyth, August 2, 1994, The Village Voice

While Bill Clinton’s White House invokes Haitian drug trafficking as a key rationale for invasion, it is continuing the Bush administration policy of virtually ignoring…

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Crossfire: The War Behind the Closed Doors of the NRA
By Frank Smyth, June 3, 1994, The Village Voice

The 123-year-old group convened its annual board of directors meeting in Ballroom D of the Hilton Hotel. Unbeknownst to the 74 directors, eight officers, and 25-odd NRA staff and VIP members assembled, the Voice was present, there to witness the inner workings…

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Arms and Mandela: After the Honeymoon, He Faces the Deadly Dilemmas of South Africa’s Arms Industry
By Frank Smyth, May 22, 1994, The Washington Post

The little-noticed role of South African-made arms in the catastrophe of Rwanda presents Nelson Mandela with…

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Rwanda’s French Connection
By Frank Smyth, May 3, 1994, The Village Voice

“We have eight million people here,” an aid worker told me last June in Rwanda, “and all you Americans care about are those damn gorillas.” I was in Rwanda investigating weapons trafficking for the Human Rights Watch/Arms Project, but I couldn’t argue with the man, a Tutsi. Almost the only news reaching the West last

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Blood Money and Geopolitics
By Frank Smyth, May 2, 1994, The Nation

The April 6 plane crash that killed the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi (they may have been shot down) is only the latest violent act for these neighboring Central African countries. As many as 100,000 people have died and more than a million have fled ethnic and politically based attacks in recent years. Elements of

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