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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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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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Israel’s future could be on the line in Iraq
By Frank Smyth, January 20, 2007, Newsday

For all the talk about Iraq and whether we should send more troops, one subject seems almost too delicate to bring up: Israel. What happens to America’s closest ally in the Middle East if the Bush administration loses Iraq to a wider war marked by more anarchy and violence?

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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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Time for Hard Choices on Leaving Iraq
By Frank Smyth, August 9, 2006, Newsday

While the unexpected crisis involving Israel and Lebanon rages on with no end in sight, the United States needs to stay focused on the Iraqi crisis of its own making. Lately, even the most articulate supporters of that war have finally declared that our efforts there are…

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U.S. Sends Wrong Message to the World
By Frank Smyth, July 2, 2005, International Herald Tribune

Restrictive regimes around the world came out ahead when the U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it would not hear an appeal by two journalists in a case involving the leak of a CIA officer’s name. The…

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