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More Internet Links: Supplemental References For This Blog (updated 11/22/2014)

This page is a work in progress, with entries in no particular order, as yet. As I assemble more references, I’ll add and arrange categories as I feel most appropriate. United Nations Office of Drug Control “World Drug Report” series

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Gary Webb Interview, Part 2

C:..I don’t know if you know, that Carlos Lehder is out of prison. [Important: there’s been abundant dispute about this. I’ll be discussing it in the “Notes In The Margin” for this post.] W: Oh, I know he’s out of

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Tip Of The Iceberg (a work in progress- latest entry 11/1/2014)

In order to have a more complete understanding of the validity and importance of Gary Webb’s reportage in the Dark Alliance series, it’s necessary to have a familiarity with the wider context for his findings. It’s perhaps most important to

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Bulletin: Some Comments on Jeff Leen’s Washington Post Review of Kill The Messenger

Jeff Leen of the Washington Post posted a scoffing review of Gary Webb’s work and the film Kill The Messenger on October 17, 2014: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gary-webb-was-no-journalism-hero-despite-what-kill-the-messenger-says/2014/10/17/026b7560-53c9-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html?wp_login_redirect=0 Since then, the comment section appended to the article is still open, and it’s received

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Remembrance of Gary Webb

I spoke with Gary Webb only twice- once in a phone conversation to arrange a radio interview for my KDVS-FM public affairs show on the Drug War, and later for the hour-long interview. It was the only time we met

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Gary Webb Interview, Part 1: Notes In The Margin (updated 10/26/2014)

[updated 10/26/2014] As I mentioned in the preface to the interview that I put on this site as the first post, I broached some topics that fell a bit outside the scope of the material covered in Gary Webb’s original

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“Kill The Messenger” Gary Webb Film Review and Fact Check 10/17/2014

Short version review: fairly compelling narrative, dialogue ranging from incisive to witty to cliched and overwrought; acting uniformly high caliber; mostly well-paced, with a few brief lapses; conclusion unsatisfactory (not really the fault of the movie.) Fidelity to the facts:

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Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance Series: Internet Reference Links (updated 11/09/2014)

Dark Alliance website http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/index.htm Excerpt from the 1998 book Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb: Webb’s own account of how his former employer, the San Jose Mercury-News, responded to the attacks on the “Dark Alliance” stories published by that newspaper http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/Taking-a-Dive-on-Contra-Crack/

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Gary Webb Radio Interview Part 1

[ Yes, this is a real interview with Gary Webb.This interview took place on KDVS-FM, 90.3mHz, Davis, California, either in December of 1997 or early 1998. Unfortunately, I neglected to label my cassette tape recording with the exact date. It’s

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Justice For The Messenger

Gary Webb, American News Media, and the War on Drugs

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