February

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Embracing the African presence in Mexico

CHICAGO — The Mexican Fine Arts Museum is revealing the missing chapter in Mexican history with a groundbreaking exhibition. “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present” showcases the past 500 years alongside two other companion exhibits: “Roots, Resistance and Recognition,” and “Common Goals, Common Struggles and Common Ground.”

Coke goes flat with Teamsters, students

“Our union brothers and sisters at Coca-Cola bottling facilities in Colombia have been threatened, kidnapped, tortured and murdered,” said Jim Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters union. Hoffa called for the company to negotiate a global human rights agreement that will “protect the rights and safety of those who produce, package and distribute Coca-Cola products.”

WORLD NOTES

Algeria: Saharawi refugees homeless Japan: Unions defend ‘Peace Constitution’ Venezuela: Parliamentarians hit the streets Nigeria: Conflict in the oil fields Italy: Gearing up for elections

Haitis Preval prevails after mass demonstrations

Rene Preval, presidential candidate of Haiti’s Platform of Hope (Lespwa) party and a longtime ally of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was declared winner of the Feb. 7 elections after more than a week’s delay. Preval’s victory, which came on the heels of massive demonstrations protesting evidence of vote fraud committed by his opponents, was announced Feb. 16.

South Africans gear up for local elections

South Africa is preparing for local elections March 1, the fourth set of elections since the demise of the country’s notoriously racist system of apartheid a little over a decade ago.

Churches demand closure of Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar has written an open letter, signed by 13,000 others, demanding that the Bush administration close the Guantanamo Bay torture prison where 500 detainees have been held for as long as four years without criminal charges.