Crack was born during 1974 in S.F. Bay Area

The following are a series of revealing articles on the connection between the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras and the smuggling of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine. They are among the first exposés about Contra drug smuggling published in the United States. They were written by journalist Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 underContinue reading “Crack was born during 1974 in S.F. Bay Area”

Trio created mass market in U.S. for crack cocaine

The following are a series of revealing articles on the connection between the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras and the smuggling of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine. They are among the first exposés about Contra drug smuggling published in the United States. They were written by journalist Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 underContinue reading “Trio created mass market in U.S. for crack cocaine”

Salvador air force linked to cocaine flights, Nicaraguan contras, drug dealer’s supplier

The following are a series of revealing articles on the connection between the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras and the smuggling of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine. They are among the first exposés about Contra drug smuggling published in the United States. They were written by journalist Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 underContinue reading “Salvador air force linked to cocaine flights, Nicaraguan contras, drug dealer’s supplier”

Nicaraguan Contras Backed by the U.S. & C.I.A. Introduced Crack Cocaine to America’s Inner Cities In The 1980s

The following are a series of revealing articles on the connection between the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras and the smuggling of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine. They are among the first exposés about Contra drug smuggling published in the United States. They were written by journalist Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 underContinue reading “Nicaraguan Contras Backed by the U.S. & C.I.A. Introduced Crack Cocaine to America’s Inner Cities In The 1980s”

International Relations from a Different Country: AU Professors Share Their Story

By Erin Lockwood According to AU professor Dr. Elizabeth Cohn, Ronald Reagan’s presidential legacy has been whitewashed. This is not a reactionary political slogan; it is a conviction born of her work as founder and director of the Central American Historical Institute from 1982 to 1988 — the height of the Reagan Administration’s covert supportContinue reading “International Relations from a Different Country: AU Professors Share Their Story”

1986: The Iran-Contra Affair

Chomsky’s brief account of the US selling arms to Iran via Israel in order to fund far-right paramilitary contras in Nicaragua. The major elements of the Iran/contra story were well known long before the 1986 exposures, apart from one fact: that the sale of arms to Iran via Israel and the illegal contra war runContinue reading “1986: The Iran-Contra Affair”

1970-1987: The contra war in Nicaragua

Noam Chomsky’s account of the US-backed “contra” counter-insurgency in Nicaragua against the left-wing government. It wasn’t just the events in El Salvador that were ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television – all networks –Continue reading “1970-1987: The contra war in Nicaragua”

CIA admits it overlooked Contras’ links to drugs

CNN November 3, 1998 WASHINGTON (CNN) — The CIA overlooked or ignored reports that the Nicaragua Contra rebels financed their fight to oust the communist Sandinistas through the sale of drugs in the United States, according to an internal CIA report. Fredrick Hitz, the now-retired CIA inspector-general who supervised the report, admitted that monitoring ofContinue reading “CIA admits it overlooked Contras’ links to drugs”

The Contras: A Sorry Sight Despite 4 Years of U.S. Help

December 12, 1986 By Joseph C. Harsch This has turned into the week in world affairs that took Honduran troops, ferried to the fighting front in United States Army helicopters, to rescue the main force of the Nicaraguan contra rebels from Nicaraguan troops. So low has the contras’ fighting ability fallen that they could notContinue reading “The Contras: A Sorry Sight Despite 4 Years of U.S. Help”

Rant & Personal Account: A Disturbing Revelation

By the Espresso Stalinist As a kid, one of my favorite games was Contra for the original Nintendo NES. As an adult, I now know this game was a propaganda effort to raise support for the reactionary Contras in Nicaragua fighting against the Sandinista government. The ending theme of the original game was titled “Sandinista”Continue reading “Rant & Personal Account: A Disturbing Revelation”

Video: the Nicaraguan Contras

  “But despite the efforts of the White House PR machine, the Contras increasingly appeared to be a particularly ruthless and bloodthirsty bunch. Stories of atrocities against civilian noncombatants certainly didn’t help. In the words of human rights group Americas Watch, ‘the Contras systematically engage in violent abuses … so prevalent that these may beContinue reading “Video: the Nicaraguan Contras”

Bolstering Contras Was A Top Priority

January 18, 1987 By GEORGE de LAMA, Chicago Tribune Correspondent Michael Tackett of the Chicago Tribune contributed to this story. WASHINGTON — Months before Congress cut off support for the Nicaraguan rebels in October 1984, President Reagan approved an ambitious campaign to encourage private American donors and foreign governments to finance the war against Managua`sContinue reading “Bolstering Contras Was A Top Priority”