Search Results for: April Howard and Benjamin Dangl

Mar 14 2008


Paraguay's Tri-Border Area: Who's Hyping Whom?

April Howard and Benjamin Dangl’s “City of Terror” (Extra!, 9-10/07) is a remarkably sloppy, naive and tendentious piece of reporting even by your habitually partisan and lax standards. Let me see if I understand them correctly: They mosey into Ciudad del Este in 2007, can’t find evidence of Islamic extremists in the Tri-Border Area (TBA), and projecting backward from that cursory examination, in which they appear not to have talked to anyone with any real knowledge of local security issues, conclude that exactly the same situation must always have prevailed in the region. Frankly put, that is silly. In their […]

Mar 1 2008

Letter Exchange

Paraguay’s Tri-Border Area: Who’s Hyping Whom?

I’m not in a position to speak for or about other American reporters or newspapers that have written about the Tri-Border Area (TBA) and its ties to Islamic extremist groups. But since April Howard and Benjamin Dangl refer to one of my articles (New York Times, 12/15/02) in the oh-so-snide first paragraph of their report (“City of Terror: Painting Paraguay’s ‘Casbah’ as Terror Central,” Extra!, 9-10/07), erroneously attributing to me personally the views that were in fact expressed by the numerous intelligence officials I interviewed, I feel obliged to set the record straight and enumerate the cascade of false assumptions […]

Oct 1 2007

City of Terror

Painting Paraguay's 'casbah' as terror central

When we arrived in Ciudad del Este, we were petrified. After all, we were in the Paraguayan city known in the American press as a “Jungle Hub for World’s Outlaws” (L.A. Times, 8/24/98), and a “hotbed” “teeming with Islamic extremists and their sympathizers” (New York Times, 12/15/02). The U.S. media’s portrayal of this city, the center of a zone on the frontiers of Argentina and Brazil known as the Tri-Border Area, left us expecting to see cars bombs exploding, terrorists training and American flags burning. We soon realized that picture painted by U.S. media was inaccurate. In the Cold War, […]