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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - A general who spent eight years in
prison as Mexico's "last prisoner of conscience" called on President Vicente
Fox on Friday to remove remaining government troops from Chiapas and let the
Zapatista rebels "live in peace."


By: Alejandro Ruiz
May 17, 2002

While lawmakers in Washington debate whether to expand the United States’
involvement in Colombia’s civil war, the Colombian citizens best positioned to end
their country’s bloody cycle of violence are facing new attacks from Colombia’s
armed actors even as they are ignored by...

By Sandra Alvarez and Jason Mark
May 17, 2002

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane University canceled a conference on Cuba's
environment after the State Department denied travel visas to eight

Cuban researchers and members of Cuba's Ministry of Science,
Technology and Environment and its Ministry of Tourism were...

By Jose Pertierra
May 17, 2002

The Attorney General of Justice for the Federal District of Mexico (PGJDF)
will allow human rights NGOs to review the case of human rights defense
attorney, Digna Ochoa, assured Bernardo Batiz. However, he insisted that
those designated by the NGOs to...

By Susana Gonzalez
May 16, 2002

Pinar del Rio, Cuba, May 16 (PL) US former President James Carter
dedicated the morning of his second to the last day in Cuba to
the Las Terrazas Tourist Complex and its La Moka Hotel, in his
to learn as much as possible during his short visit to the...

May 16, 2002

Human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience General Jose
Francisco Gallardo accused the army of training paramilitary groups in the
conflict-torn state of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border.

In a recent interview, he said the paramilitary...

By Zoltan Simon and Janet Leslie Schwartz
May 16, 2002

Colonel Mário Pantoja, the commander of the military police, was condemned
to 228 years in prison for his role in the massacre of landless peasants
at Eldorado dos Carajás that occurred on April 17, 1996. Military police
Captain Raimundo Lameira was absolved in the case. The...

May 16, 2002

WASHINGTON, May 14 — The Senate scorned the threat of a Bush administration
veto today, voting to amend trade legislation to permit separate votes on any
provisions of new agreements that could weaken existing antidumping laws.

The administration, like its predecessors, seeks...

By Adam Clymer
May 15, 2002

Only 1.7 percent of the territory of the West Bank is built-up settlement
area, while the territory "controlled by the settlements" amounts to 41.9
percent of the West Bank, according to a report published yesterday by
B'Tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights...

By Nadav Shragai, Ha'aretz Correspondent
May 14, 2002


In a closely watched human rights case, a U.S. District Judge in the
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands issued an order certifying a
class of more than 30,000 sweatshop workers and...

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May 14, 2002

Persuasion works best when it's invisible. The most effective marketing
worms its way into our consciousness, leaving intact the perception that we
have reached our opinions and made our choices independently. As old as
humankind itself, over the past...

By George Monbiot
May 14, 2002

HAVANA - Former President Jimmy Carter began a
five-day visit to Cuba today with a promise from President
Fidel Castro that he could inspect any of the island's
biotechnology research facilities.

The offer, made at a welcoming ceremony, seeks to blunt

By David Gonzalez
May 13, 2002

(AP) -- For a developing nation, Cuba has an unparalleled biotechnology industry.

President Fidel Castro's government has pumped an estimated $1 billion into
biotechnology over the last 16 years and Cuban scientists have developed a
number of novel medicines, which are sold...

May 13, 2002

State and local officials are jumping into the national
debate on globalization, led by an unusual state legislative
committee in California that scrutinizes the effect of trade
agreements on individual states.

Though the Constitution gives the federal government

Carter Dougherty
May 13, 2002

SONGGANG, China -- On the night she died, Li Chunmei must have been
exhausted. Co-workers said she had been on her feet for nearly 16 hours,
running back and forth inside the Bainan Toy Factory, carrying toy parts
from machine to machine. When the quitting bell finally rang...

By Philip P. Pan, Washington Post Foreign Service
May 13, 2002

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Longtime American adversary and Cuban President Fidel
Castro welcomed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Havana with open arms
and an open mind Sunday, saying Carter could speak with anyone, "even if they do
not share our struggles."

"You will...

May 12, 2002

Tens of thousands rallied in Tel Aviv's Kikar Rabin last night to call for a
withdrawal from the territories. Police estimated the crowd at about 60,000,
while organizers Peace Now put the figure at above 150,000, calling it the
biggest peace rally since the current wave of...

May 12, 2002

When Jimmy Carter and his retinue arrive in Cuba on Sunday for a five-day visit, they'll see a country quite different from the one that befuddled him and his administration 25 years ago. While George W. Bush, the 10th U.S. president during Fidel Castro's reign, has done his best to freeze...

By Tom Miller
May 12, 2002

Sen. Rutilio Escandon, chairman of Mexico's congressional Commission
for Concordance and Pacification (Cocopa), predicted Friday the
Supreme Court would throw out the Indigenous Rights and Culture Law
on constitutional grounds.

Escandon, a member...

By Edgar Hernandez
May 12, 2002

From the beginning of his administration, President Carter
wanted to establish relations with Cuba. Soon after Mr.
Carter took office, both countries opened interest
sections, quasi embassies - the first solid step on what
was expected to be a long...

By Mirta Ojito
May 12, 2002