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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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Bush’s Brush with Latin America’s Drug Lords
By Frank Smyth, March 9, 2007, The Nation

George W. Bush has embarked on the longest trip of his presidency to Latin America this week, a junket to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico that purports to advance social justice. His journey comes at a time when oil-rich Venezuela, under the radical populist…

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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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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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