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Kill the Messenger: Gary Webb Connected the CIA to Crack and Was Hounded to Death

A new movie profiles journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s involvement with the U.S. crack epidemic and later committed suicide.

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Stephen Colbert: Obama Stole Republicans’ Immigration Reform Tactic

As the president decides to delay action on help for “los latinos imigrantes,” the “Colbert Report” host points out how unoriginal this approach is by noting all the Republicans who have mentioned the importance of immigration reform again and again and yet again for the past decade or so.

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The Real Story Behind the ‘Invasion’ of the Children

Pitting the humanitarian imperative to help dislocated children against the plight of American communities places victimology in the service of party politics. Both Republicans and Democrats claim the moral high ground while conveniently avoiding the political economy of the problem they lament—and have collaborated in creating.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Citizen Militias

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Unintended Consequences

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Impending Impeachment

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Border Crisis

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Rick Perry’s Operation Strong Candidate

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Stephen Colbert Blasts Congress Members for Saying Central America Safe for Kids, but Not for Them

Though Rep. Steve Pearce deemed Honduras and Guatemala sufficiently secure for the child refugees at the U.S. border to be returned home there, he and the rest of the Central America assessment delegation rarely left their hotel during their two-day trip for fear of “dangers.”

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Uncle Sam: Send Immigrants Back

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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

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Jon Stewart on GOP Response to Refugee Crisis: ‘What the Fuck Is Wrong With You? These Are Children’

Obviously, the thing to do with the hundreds of children fleeing crippling poverty and violence is “shout at them in a language they don’t understand,” the “Daily Show” host explains.

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Immigration Policy

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Send Back Those Immigrant Kids

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

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Flyover Compassion

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AP/Eric Gay

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

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Impeaching Liberty

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Hate in Murrieta and Violence in El Salvador

As American protesters in Murrieta, Calif., repulsed three busloads of immigrant mothers and children being considered for placement in the U.S., a journalist recalled the grisly Washington-funded civil war in El Salvador that killed more than 75,000 people as a cause of the refugees’ displacement.

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Obama Administration Seeks New Deportation Powers

The White House will ask Congress for greater power to conduct “fast-track” deportations of tens of thousands of parent-less children from Central America who are crossing the U.S. border.

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Stephen Colbert: Child Immigration Influx Clearly Obama’s Plot to Tip Voting Scales

Obviously the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border after having journeyed all the way from Central America have been brought in by President Obama in hopes they’ll grow up to vote him in again in a few years. That doesn’t sound crazy at all, right?

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Walmart Bribes

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Prison Fire Kills More Than 300 in Honduras

One inmate’s reported death wish led to the immolation of more than 300 people at a Honduran prison after the apparent instigator set fire to his mattress on Wednesday in the town of Comayagua, where some 356 others were still missing after the blaze, according to The Associated Press.

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U.S. to Throw More Money at Central America’s Drug War

At a regional conference this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged almost $300 million to the governments of Central America during 2011 to aid in their efforts to oppose cartels and others involved in the region’s violent, illegal drug trade. (more)

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Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million.

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Ortega Stirs Controversy in Re-Election Bid

Contemporary Nicaraguan politics have always been mired in conflict, be it in response to natural disasters, U.S.-sponsored terrorism, or depressing and dire poverty. And now President Daniel Ortega is using a “contested interpretation” of the country’s constitution to try to stay in power, incensing his opposition.

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Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

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Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Immigration Bill

It’s a sad day for anyone who is not a xenophobic, anti-immigrant militant: Arizona has passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to detain anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and arrest them if they don’t have papers.

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23,000 Reported Dead in Mexico Drug War

A Mexican government report has been leaked, coinciding with first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Mexico, stating that 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since the beginning of a government crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

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A Deadly Winter for Border Crossers

It’s been a wet and deadly winter for illegal immigrants crossing into Arizona from Mexico, with nine border crossers dying from hypothermia since November. That equals the number who died trying to make the crossing in the previous three winters combined.

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Honduras’ Zelaya Rethinks Exile

It may not be the end just yet for Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a coup in June. Despite international support for his return to office, Zelaya was slated to leave his country for exile in Mexico. But those negotiations have now been postponed.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Honduras Talks Fall Apart

Despite overwhelming international support and the fact that he was removed in an illegal coup, Manuel Zelaya is still having problems winning reinstatement as Honduras’ president: Talks between the interim government and his ousted administration collapsed Thursday.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE



Diario El Tiempo

Honduras Curfew Suspended

The de facto government in Honduras lifted a three-day curfew imposed after ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to the Central American country. As the political drama played out, residents of the capital rushed out to shop for food and supplies.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Day-1 Honduras Talks Fail

Talks between Honduras’ President Manuel Zelaya and not-president/coup-leader Roberto Micheletti expectedly failed Thursday. Now, negotiations will fall to the staff members of each politician, as the two leaders have refused, and will refuse, to meet face to face.

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Honduran Coup Leaders Stand Defiant

The Honduran coup leaders are showing their bravado. Said hombres have defied an international deadline to return democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya to power within 72 hours, doubling down on their swagger with a quip that “only a foreign invasion could reinstate him.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


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