October

Village raids evoke Gestapo tactics

Just before dawn, sweeping searchlights and pounding on doors awaken terrified residents of a small village. Requests for warrants or official identification are ignored as squads of agents, some uniformed and some not, rampage through houses and rifle through personal belongs.

WORLD NOTES: Oct. 20

Lesotho: Diplomat hits world neglect of women, children Myanmar: Victims sue French oil giant El Salvador: Put water before profits Spain: Protesters march for housing Israel: Land grab stakes are high

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Haitian human rights activist still missing

After the disappearance of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine more than two months ago, his supporters are pressing the government of President Rene Preval, along with the governments of the United States, Canada and Brazil and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), to step up efforts to locate his whereabouts.

New opportunities to defeat far-right in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is offering new opportunities to trounce the Republican right next year.

Latino action plan could swing 2008 vote

LOS ANGELES — The National Latino Congreso held here Oct. 5-9 projected an action plan and program to massively increase Latino voter turnout in 2008 and decisively impact the Nov. 8 presidential and congressional elections. The Congreso, convened by 10 major national Latino organizations with over 2,000 participating leaders and activists from across the nation, set a goal of raising the Latino presidential turnout from 7.6 million in 2004 to over 10 million in 2008

WHATS REALLY GOOD: October 20

Students rally against racism Teen forced to leave U.S. with immigrant parents Lets talk about sex

Troubled teen had rough home life

CLEVELAND — Anguish and sorrow fill this city as teachers, parents, students, public officials and the community as a whole try to make sense of the tragic Oct. 10 shootings at SuccessTech Academy.

Union leaders reflect dissent in Chrysler vote

Many leaders of the United Auto Workers are voicing concern about the contract agreed to by the union’s negotiating committee last week, an agreement that ended a six-hour nationwide strike against Chrysler.

Two trees

The following poem was inspired by a coincidence: two trees recently became prominent in the news at almost the same time. One was the so-called “white tree” in Jena, La., which had become a symbol of de facto racism on campus. The other, a chestnut tree outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, is dying from various diseases.

Cubs fans shortchanged

At last! So I thought before the Chicago Cubs lost against the Arizona Diamondbacks in National League’s baseball playoffs.

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