Tuesday, September 24, 1996

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  • The Crack Cocaine Business in Los Angeles In The Mid 1980’s and the Nicaraguan Contras.

    Since late August, Democracy Now! has been following developments in the story broken by San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb detailing how profits from the crack cocaine business in Los Angeles in the mid 1980s were funneled to the Nicaraguan contras, allegedly with the CIA’s knowledge. Since this story broke, Congress member Maxine Waters has demanded Congressional hearings on the revelations and the Justice Department and CIA are investigating the charges. Yesterday in Washington, a group of civil rights leaders including talk show host Joe Madison, Dick Gregory and Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a press conference to continue to draw attention to this story and demand full government disclosure.

  • Celerino Castillo

    One of the characters in the unfolding CIA-drug drama is Celerino Castillo, a controversial former D.E.A. agent who has made claims over the years that American authorities helped facilitate drug smuggling by the Nicaraguan contras. Castillo was at yesterday’s press conference — here’s his story.

  • Defense Department’s School of the Americas Was Training Latin American soldiers in Torture, Interrogation and Execution.

    Late Friday night, the Pentagon released documents revealing what human rights activists have been charging for years: that the Defense Department’s School of the Americas was training Latin American soldiers in torture, interrogation and execution. The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia has trained thousands of Latin American military officers, including some of the most heinous dictators and abusers of human rights in this hemisphere. Leading the fight against the School has been Father Roy Bourgeois, with S-O-A watch. Bourgeois is currently in prison in Georgia...

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
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