30 years since secret Contra airstrip discovered in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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30 years since secret Contra airstrip discovered in Costa Rica

John McPhaul - September 21, 2016

When the press brought it to light in September 1986, a mile-long secret runway built on a lonely tongue of land jutting into the Pacific Ocean just…

Crime
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The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizations

John McPhaul - October 29, 2014

[caption id="attachment_51256" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Screengrab from interview by School of Authentic Journalism in Merida, Mexico, 2002.[/caption] See also: Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film I haven’t…

Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film
Crime
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Crime
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Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film

Norman Stockwell - October 20, 2014

The feature film “Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opened in theaters across the United States in mid-October. The film tells the…

The exposure of Eugene Hasenfus
Crime
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Crime
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The exposure of Eugene Hasenfus

Norman Stockwell - October 6, 2014

On Sunday, Oct. 5, 1986, a young Sandinista soldier named José Fernando Canales Alemán sighted a Fairchild C-123K cargo plane in Nicaraguan airspace near the Costa Rican…

PHOTOS: Esquipulas II – 5 presidents who came together to choose their own path
Central America
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Central America
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PHOTOS: Esquipulas II – 5 presidents who came together to choose their own path

Norman Stockwell - August 7, 2014

On Aug. 7, 1987, five Central American presidents signed a peace accord known as Esquipulas II, named after the city in Guatemala where the first round of…

Is the sword still the enemy of freedom?
Latin America
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Latin America
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Is the sword still the enemy of freedom?

John McPhaul - February 21, 2014

The controversy this week over the nonexistent U.S. military base in Costa Rica brings to mind the year 1985, when U.S. Green Berets were training Costa Rican…