Anti-Chavez news in the Times

New York Times Caracas correspondent Francisco Toro resigned from the newspaper citing his own “conflicts of interest” and “opposition activism” in Venezuela.

Narco News published Toro’s resignation letter and important background information that reveals that The New York Times’ management knew about Toro’s conflicts throughout his brief tenure at the “Paper of Record.”

After discussing his conflicts with a Times editor, Toro did not resign, but merely “hid” his partisan weblog from public view, making it password accessible-only. [But then] after a week of thinking it over, Toro decided to resign rather than cease his involvement in what he described as “protest marches” and opposition “organizations” in Venezuela.

The resignation of Toro is the latest in a series of misteps, misdeeds, and ethical lapses, at The New York Times regarding its Venezuela coverage. The Times’ credibility reporting from that country is now in a free fall. Read the history and documentation, with key links, at:

Al Giordanovia e-mail

Giordano is the publisher of The Narco News Bulletin

Web audio files

I wonder if it would be possible to put the actual sound files in a convenient place to be downloaded on your webpage (

Since I work on a dial-up link on a rural telephone system I don’t want to slow up my connection with an audio stream. I’d rather save the file downloading it overnight or some other convenient time.

The real audio format is satisfactory, but if you want to maximize distribution of such things it might be possible to convert them to mp3 and keep them in an archive that was linked to a Gnutella file sharing system.

James Stewartvia e-mail

Germ warfare

I enjoy reading your publication, for the insights you have into world events. However, I think you should allow for more website posts from your readers, regarding how they are addressing their concerns, regarding world events, around the world.

I am constantly corresponding with various news agencies, and government websites around the world, to address my concerns to the sources. I believe the best way to handle an issue is at the source of the issue, or concern, so that is what I have been doing.

I read the book on germ warfare, and corresponded with several agencies about the book. I do not feel it is necessary for warfare anywhere on my planet, and as a global citizen, I feel it is necessary to say how I feel.

I don’t think there is any need for warfare, and I especially do not think developing biological agents for weapons of war is ever a good idea. I told them I feel it would be better to address world hunger, things of this nature, and to use this technology, and these resources, to develop cures, and to use nuclear resources as an alternative fuel source. What do your readers think?

Bill PfitzerOrlando FL

U.S. peace movement

Thanks for your very informative article by Susan Webb (1/11) on the U.S. peace movement. It helps us a lot, since the mainstream Greek media and some anti-war resources are reporting only on the activities of one U.S. organization only. We need more information and analysis on the broader sections of the U.S. anti-war movement, as well as news of actions or statements by trade unions, intellectuals, civil rights groups and coalitions in order to coordinate better our peace efforts.

We are now preparing for big anti-war actions in all Greek cities on Feb. 15.

Babis AngourakisAthens, Greece

Campaign finance reform

Brandi Kishner’s article on campaign finance reform (12/14/02) was excellent. Facts and then critical thinking presented in that article help people to overcome the unfair campaign finance system we have. But remember it’s one person, one vote (except for the electoral college) no matter how much money is involved.

Chris O’bannonvia e-mail

Hope for 2003

I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May 2003 be the best year ever for you and your families, and may peace, tolerance, freedom, dignity and kindness prevail in our global village.

Radwan Masmoudivia e-mail