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1 Latin America: Web: Narco News to Suspend PublishingFri, 10 Oct 2003
Source:The Narco News Bulletin (Latin America Web) Author:Giordano, Al Area:Latin America Lines:157 Added:10/10/2003

NARCO NEWS TO SUSPEND PUBLISHING INDEFINITELY ON OCTOBER 18

In memoriam: Carlos Sanchez Lopez (1954-2003)

Narco News regrets to inform our readers that your trilingual online newspaper will suspend publishing new reports on October 18, three-and-a-half years after we began reporting on the drug war and democracy from Latin America.

The suspension will be indefinite, it may be permanent, but the suspension will last at least until the New Year. We thank our readers and supporters who have helped to keep Narco News publishing non-stop since April 18, 2000.

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2 Latin America: Players in Latin America to Face Drug TestingThu, 04 Sep 2003
Source:Kitchener-Waterloo Record (CN ON)          Area:Latin America Lines:55 Added:09/05/2003

Players in Latin America with minor-league contracts will be tested for drugs by major league baseball starting next year.

"There was enough out there in terms of issues people had raised to us that the prudent thing to do from our perspective was to spend the money and find out if we have a problem," Rob Manfred, executive vice-president for labour relations in the commissioner's office, said yesterday.

The commissioner's office has been testing minor leaguers in the United States since 2001, but decided to expand its program following a series of articles in The Washington Post, which first reported baseball's decision yesterday.

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3Latin America: Cocaine War Spurs Heroin TradeSun, 08 Jun 2003
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Forero, Juan Area:Latin America Lines:Excerpt Added:06/09/2003

San Roque, Colombia --- Colombia and Mexico have become the dominant suppliers of heroin to the United States, supplanting Asia, in a trend that experts and authorities fear could offset U.S.-backed successes in a campaign against drugs that has focused mostly on cocaine.

From Maine to California, law enforcement authorities report small-scale epidemics and a rising rate of overdoses from a dangerously potent and cheap form of heroin.

While total heroin use in the United States has not risen significantly, the drug is appealing to new middle-class users because it can be smoked or snorted, rather than injected.

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4 Latin America: Turmoil in Latin America Threatens Decades ofSun, 18 Aug 2002
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Semple, Kirk Area:Latin America Lines:192 Added:08/18/2002

Economic Woes, Political Unrest Raise Anxieties

BOGOTA - A convergence of political and economic upheavals in recent weeks has plunged South America into turmoil, threatening to undermine two decades of progress toward democracy and market liberalization.

Financial meltdowns in Brazil and Uruguay have prompted huge bailouts by the International Monetary Fund. Antiprivatization protests have erupted in Paraguay, Ecuador, and Peru. The political and social schisms in Venezuela have widened, and rumors abound of another coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez.

Colombian rebels launched a mortar attack this month at the inauguration of President Alvaro Uribe, killing at least 19, and the government declared a state of emergency. To the south, Argentina slid further into economic ruin.

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5 Latin America: Drug Lords Slaughter DolphinsMon, 01 Apr 2002
Source:New York Post (NY) Author:Hoffmann, Bill Area:Latin America Lines:36 Added:04/01/2002

The world's growing illegal-drug trade is claiming innocent new victims: tens of thousands of dolphins.

The playful sea mammals are being slaughtered by Latin American gangs using the fishing industry as cover for smuggling cocaine into the United States and other countries.

Federal agents say crime syndicates in Colombia and Mexico have bought tuna fleets and canneries in South and Central America.

The boats are used to transport cocaine and the fishing companies provide a means of laundering the profits.

"The drug cartels don't care how they catch the tuna, so they don't fish in a dolphin-friendly way," Ben White of the Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute told London's Sunday Telegraph.

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6 Latin America: Dolphins Slaughtered As Cocaine Smugglers Take To Tuna FishingSun, 31 Mar 2002
Source:Sunday Telegraph (UK) Author:Russell, Jonathan Area:Latin America Lines:91 Added:03/31/2002

TENS of thousands of dolphins are being slaughtered by Latin American gangs using the fishing industry as cover for smuggling cocaine into the United States and on to other countries, including Britain.

US anti-narcotics officers acknowledge that crime syndicates in Colombia and Mexico have bought up tuna fleets and canneries in South and Central America.

The boats are used to transport the cocaine - known as "white tuna" - and the fishing companies provide a means of laundering the profits.

Ben White, the international co-ordinator of the Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute, said that the gangs used fishing methods most countries had banned because of the disastrous effect they have on dolphins and porpoises.

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7 Latin America: The AmericasSun, 24 Mar 2002
Source:Salt Lake Tribune (UT)          Area:Latin America Lines:61 Added:03/24/2002

Colombia: A newspaper columnist who printed allegations that leading presidential candidate Alvaro Uribe had drug connections said he had fled Colombia due to threats.

Fernando Garavito, who writes for the Bogota weekly El Espectador, said he was now in the United States, but did not specify his whereabouts. Dozens of other Colombian news reporters and columnists have gone into exile, as political and drug-related violence escalates in the South American country's 38-year civil war.

Haiti: Shouting "Down with Aristide," nearly 1,000 supporters of Haiti's embattled opposition rallied at the ruins of their headquarters in Port-au-Prince on Friday to proclaim their right to political freedom.

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8Latin America: Bush's Trip Intended To Boost US Influence InThu, 21 Mar 2002
Source:El Paso Times (TX) Author:Kuhnhenn, James Area:Latin America Lines:Excerpt Added:03/21/2002

WASHINGTON -- President Bush visits Latin America this week to focus on controlling immigration, combating drugs and expanding trade, issues that have been redefined since Sept. 11.

The brisk four-day, three-country tour, which begins today, aims to reassert U.S. leadership in a hemisphere that is eager to get back on the president's radar. The largely symbolic excursion will reunite Bush with Mexican President Vicente Fox and showcase the fledgling democracies of Peru and El Salvador.

It could serve Bush well politically at home, where he has made a point of courting Hispanic voters.

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9 Latin America: In Latin America, Bush Will Focus On PovertyThu, 21 Mar 2002
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Vandehei, Jim Area:Latin America Lines:75 Added:03/21/2002

WASHINGTON -- President Bush will highlight two lesser-known targets of the war on terrorism when he travels to Latin America this weekend: poverty and drug lords.

Starting Thursday in Monterrey, Mexico, Mr. Bush will tout his plan to boost U.S. foreign aid, partly as a way to dissuade nations from harboring terrorists. At the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development, he will call for what amounts to a competition among developing nations for U.S. aid; winners will be picked based on their ability to adopt economic reforms and to end corruption.

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10 Latin America: US Is Preoccupied As Latin America EruptsSun, 03 Mar 2002
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Hall, Kevin G. Area:Latin America Lines:132 Added:03/03/2002

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - With the United States focused on the war against terrorism, long-simmering problems in Latin America have boiled over.

Those woes could force President Bush to pay the sort of attention to America's closest neighbors that he promised during the presidential election campaign.

. Colombia, the world's largest producer of cocaine, has erupted into open warfare against Marxist rebels who are deeply involved in the drug trade. Government troops have started retaking by force a swath of the country that was ceded to the rebels in a December 1998 bid for peace.

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11Latin America: Back Yard Untended As Troubles GrowSun, 10 Feb 2002
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Williams, Mike Area:Latin America Lines:Excerpt Added:02/13/2002

Miami - Latin America and the Caribbean seemed to drop off the U.S. radar screen after Sept. 11, but the region's problems could easily entangle the United States in the coming decade.

Marxist guerrillas and cocaine cowboys in Colombia, an aging but crafty dictator in Cuba, an anti-American populist in Venezuela, economic and political paralysis in Haiti and the recent Argentina collapse are clear warning signs that America's own back yard shouldn't be ignored, experts say.

''The biggest challenge in Latin America over the next decade is the aftermath of Argentina,'' said Bruce Bagley, a Latin specialist at the University of Miami. ''We're likely to see more rejection of market reforms, a growing questioning of democracy and the emergence of more populist leaders. The U.S. talks a good rhetorical game on free trade, but in reality we're protectionist on textiles and agricultural goods. We're going to have to alter that, even if it means job losses at home.''

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