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Haitian priest rebuffs govt frame-up

A Haitian judge has rejected government charges that imprisoned Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Roman Catholic priest and pro-democracy activist, was responsible for importing weapons and inciting recent violence in Haiti.

Priests arrest spotlights Haiti repression

Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Roman Catholic priest, pro-democracy activist, former Lavalas government cabinet minister and defender of the poor was arrested by Haitian police on Oct. 13, becoming the latest victim of the unfolding wave of repression that is washing over the country.

China moves to reduce rural poverty

At the first-ever China Poverty Eradication Award ceremony on Oct. 17 — the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — China announced with great pride that the poor population in the country’s rural areas had decreased to 29 million from 250 million in 1978.

Elections, democracy and Afghanistan

News Analysis In its drive to show the world — and the American people — that Washington can bring “democracy” to areas where it’s deemed lacking around the globe, the Bush administration has set great store by the presidential election in Afghanistan, finally held Oct.

Haitian regime escalates repression

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — According to an American filmmaker and journalist living in Haiti, the country’s U.S.-installed government is intensifying its repression of supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Germans on the march against reforms

BERLIN — People are suddenly on the march again. The government’s “reform package” known as “Agenda 2010,” but especially its cruelest item, the jobless reform law, has shaken German working people and especially the jobless out of apathetic attitudes of “Wait and see!” or “You can’t change things anyway.” Tens of thousands have been marching.

International Notes

Greece: Rally honors workers who died; Nigeria: Hope grows to wipe out polio; Argentina: IMF admits mistake; S. Korea: U.S. builds up Patriot missiles; Haiti: Small merchants protest taxes

Battle for democracy reaches new stage in Iran

The strategy and tactics of Iran’s “reformists” allied with President Mohammad Khatami suffered a crushing defeat during the parliamentary elections last February, in part because thousands of their candidates were disqualified by the country’s ultra-conservative Guardian Council and kept off the ballot.

Why Puerto Ricans were celebrating

The defeat of the U.S. Olympic basketball team by the Puerto Rican team was cause for great jubilation in Puerto Rico.

The strange twists of U.S. refugee policy

Citing terrorist dangers, Federal immigration authorities announced a crackdown at U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico Aug. 11.

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