Box of Pain
By Frank Smyth, March 21, 1994, The New Republic

What does the Grateful Dead, America’s most popular live musical act, a band whose devoted following helped it sell 1.8 million concert tickets and gross $47 million last year, have to do with mandatory minimums? Quite a bit. Five years ago, no more than 100 Deadheads were believed to have been in jail. But today…

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Guatemalan Army Crushes Land Protest
By Frank Smyth, April 7, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

San Jorge la Laguna — Security forces have ignored the exhortations of Roman Catholic Church officials and other mediators in a local land dispute here and violently put down a two-week-old indigenous peasant occupation of disputed land. Mediators were still hoping to find a peaceful resolution when military riot police attacked on Saturday.

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Guatemalan Murder Probe Beset by Irregularities
By Frank Smyth, January 7, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

HER short stature and soft voice were deceiving. Among Guatemala’s highland Indians she was a legend. Among her colleagues in North America and Europe she was a rising academic star. An ethnic Chinese Guatemalan, Myrna Elizabeth Mack Chang had become one of Latin America’s most eminent anthropologists. Her research focused on Guatemala’s nearly 1 million indigenous refugees…

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In El Salvador, Both Sides Say That New Year Pact Will End Long Civil War
By Frank Smyth, January 6, 1992, The Christian Science Monitor

THE signing of a conditional agreement at the United Nations in New York to end El Salvador’s 12-year civil war is irreversible and likely to be respected, longtime activists on both sides of this embittered conflict say. Although there is still fear that violence by ultra-rightist groups opposed to the accords may escalate in the coming months…

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Tragedy in Iraq
By Frank Smyth, May 14, 1991, The Village Voice

NEAR THE BORDERS OF SYRIA, TURKEY AND IRAQ -Small waves broke over the sides of the creaky raft that our Kurdish contacts had lashed together from old inner tubes and scraps of plywood. Though it was only about as wide as a city avenue, the river was high with the spring melt, and the water was the color of coffee…

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Jordan Defends Stance in Gulf War
By Frank Smyth, March 6, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

When United States Secretary of State James Baker III visits the Middle East this week, one leader noticeably absent from his talks will be Jordan’s King Hussein. Although the US and Jordan have in the past cooperated closely on regional issues, the two countries experienced a falling out over the question of Jordan’s neutrality during the Gulf war.

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Jordanians Lament Iraqi Move for Early Withdrawal
By Frank Smyth, February 27, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

THE jury is still out on whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is a hero or a failure among his supporters in the Arab world. As they try to make sense of Saddam’s dramatic announcement Feb. 25 that he is abandoning Kuwait, many Jordanians say they remain faithful to the Iraqi leader. But shortly after the announcement, Jordanian government officials…

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