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Petitioners urge President Obama, Free the Cuban Five!

The Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine has launched a petition drive to put pressure on President Obama to free the Cuban Five political prisoners.

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Behind the death threats against supporters of Afro-Colombians

Death threats have been made against U.S. organizations working in solidarity with Colombia. On October 10, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) received its third death threat this year from Colombian "Black Eagles" paramilitaries.

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U.S. lawmakers call for halt to Honduras military aid

Thirty members of the United States House of Representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to cut off U.S. aid to the armed forces and police in Honduras, until that country's government can demonstrate and end to human rights violations.

Amnesty urges Cuban Five case review

Human rights group, Amnesty International, issued a call to U.S. officials to review the case of the Cuban Five, citing serious violations of the prisoners' rights.

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Appeal for support for Iran hunger strikers

Hunger strikers in Iran's notorious Evin Prison are approaching their third week without food in protest at being transferred to solitary confinement, inhuman prison conditions and violent treatment.

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Rwanda releases U.S. lawyer Erlinder

Progressive U.S. lawyer Peter Erlinder has been freed from jail in Rwanda and may be returning to the United States within the next few days.

José Luís Centella leads Spanish Communist delegation to Cuba

As a U.S. and European media campaign, orchestrated particularly by right wing Spanish publications, reached full throttle, José Luis Centella demanded an end to the European Union's so-called "Common Position," which conditions any full European opening to the island on Cuban protection of human rights.

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World Notes: Greece, Honduras, Western Sahara

Greek workers reject cuts, new U.S. base for Honduras, rights abuses in Western Sahara.

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10th World Social Forum in Porto Alegre

The 10th World Social Forum opened on Jan. 26 in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre with a call for activists across the world to "unite to change the world.

Persecuted Middle East gays hope for resettlement

In Iran, there is a three to four day gap between when an individual is reported to the police for being homosexual, and when the police arrive to arrest that individual. Most flee before the police arrive, making such preparations as they can and becoming refugees. Iranians don't need visas to enter Turkey, so that is a common destination. Most refugees flee over the mountains, a grueling trek.

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