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Carlos Hamann

Washington D.C.-based writer and editor
Carlos Hamann has written 33 posts for The Fedora Report

Beware of (potentially) deadly Ikea furniture

So you saved a few bucks buying furniture at Ikea, and risked eating horse meat when you tried out their meatballs. Just make sure to anchor that cheap chest of drawers that you bought to the wall, as per the instructions (yes, the ones you tossed aside) because the consequences could be dire if you … Continue reading

Video: Where are the black Civil War reenactors?

I produced this clip for my J-school class in the fall. As a print monkey I had no experience with video, but somehow I cobbled together a cohesive string of images, dialog and background audio that made sense. Civil War reenactors are always happy to be pictured and will talk up a storm if you … Continue reading

Radio reporting: Mark Warner vs. Ed Gillespie for US Senate

I produced this radio story for a class I took in the fall at the University of Maryland Graduate Journalism School. It came out a week before the November 4, 2014 election, when Democrat Mark Warner was forecast to crush his Republican rival in the Virginia senate race. In the end the race was a … Continue reading

Update (2)

Since December I’ve spent most of my sabbatical catching up on long-delayed work at home, caring for the kids on snow days (that sure was a bleak winter!), and working on a book on the early days of the U.S. Civil War. Yep, I’m becoming one of those insufferable CW geeks (which is my Instagram … Continue reading

“Stonewall” Jackson, still controversial 150 years on

My May 2013 story on Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson ran on several websites, including Alternet and Southern Partisan. It generated a string of rabid commentary in favor and against Jackson on the Raw Story site (since deleted). Who knew I was going to re-start the Civil War? These days the first thing that comes up when … Continue reading

¡Fraude! Leftists protest PRI victory in Mexico

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador may have lost Mexico’s July 1 presidential election at the ballot box, but that didn’t stop supporters of the leftist candidate from claiming fraud. While the margin of victory for the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Pena Nieto was so wide that the man widely known as AMLO could not claim ballot-box … Continue reading

The PRI returns to power in Mexico

The Institutional Revolutionary Party ran Mexico for 71 years though a combination of patronage, ballot-box stuffing and selective repression, a governing method incompatible with the 21st century democracy that Mexico aspires to be. And yet when it came time to vote on July 1, the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto was the hands-down winner. In the … Continue reading

If I can cover Saddam’s trial, then why not John Edwards?

I guess if I can cover Saddam Hussein’s trial then I can certainly cover the trial of . . . (fill in the blank). Either that, or I was the first reporter my boss saw when he needed to send someone to Greensboro, North Carolina to cover felony trial of one-time US presidential candidate John Edwards. Once the … Continue reading

AFP Live Report!

An AFP Live Report is a real-time posting of a breaking news event. It works best if you read them from the bottom up. We normally handle events in our region — in my case, since I’m based in Washington D.C., the Americas — but on a major breaking stories AFP bureaus will share Live Report … Continue reading

US-led “War on Drugs” may be bust, but don’t expect changes soon

Latin America leaders are increasingly demanding changes to the US-led “War on Drugs” — but with billions of dollars at stake and no clear political benefit there is little incentive in Washington to challenge the status quo, US experts say. For the first time ever talks on alternatives to the US policy, which treats drug … Continue reading

Reporters in the cross-hairs in Honduras violence

In Honduras, where you can hire a killer for few hundred dollars and get away with murder, people who ask questions — like reporters — are prime targets. Radio Progreso reporter and news editor Karla Rivas has this on her mine every time she goes to work. Sixteen journalists have been killed since a 2009 … Continue reading

No Islamophobia here: Muslims pray at US Christian churches

Muslims seem to be the last group in the United States who are fair targets for ridicule and verbal attacks. Yet, contrary to the hateful rhetoric spewed by some politicians and so-called religious leaders, there are plenty of Christians willing to help their Muslim neighbors, even allowing them to use their churches for Friday prayers. … Continue reading

First major Civil War battle at Manassas / Bull Run

The United States is marking the 150th anniversary of its 1861-1865 Civil War with a series of events nationwide. Huge crowds from the Washington D.C. area flocked to nearby Manassas on the weekend of July 26 to watch nearly 9,000 re-enactors wearing in heavy wool period uniform re-enact the first major encounter of the war. … Continue reading

US Military art – Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

The United States armed forces has a cadre of artists assigned to travel the world to portray the challenges soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines face in their lives. I came across this particular piece of artwork during a 2006 tour of the Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. It depicts … Continue reading

Radio station provides lifeline in quake-stricken Chile

Radio station throws lifeline to Chile CONSTITUCION, CHILE Monday, March 15, 2010 TWO days after Chile’s monster earthquake and tsunami pummeled this seaside town, the manager of its sole news radio station hauled broadcast gear three blocks from its damaged studio to a bench outside the town hall. There he ran up an antenna and … Continue reading