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Venezuela: Belafonte leads tour of U.S. activists; India: Toyota workers on strike; Ghana: Gold no easy way out of poverty; Indonesia: Thousands homeless after landslide; Nigeria: Prison reform approved

Did Arnold turn over a new leaf?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying hard to convince voters he’s turned over a new, centrist leaf since his corporate-inspired, anti-labor state makeover proposals went down to defeat last November.

World trip underscores Bolivians historic win

Indigenous leader Evo Morales gained 54 percent of the popular vote in Bolivia’s Dec. 18 presidential election, and his totals would have been more had election officials not decertified a million poor people before the voting. Even so, the longtime leader of Bolivia’s Movement Toward Socialism won by a landslide.

Bay Area hurricane evacuees still need help

OAKLAND, Calif. — More than four months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast, hundreds of evacuees continue to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some plan to return home as soon as possible, while others struggle to put down roots in a very different area.

Stop the war meet calls for worldwide demos

The international peace movement took another step forward last month when some 1,200 people gathered in London for the Dec. 10 “Stop the War” conference. The delegates, many from the United Kingdom, included representatives from about a dozen other countries, including the U.S., Iraq, the Philippines and Poland. The meeting called for worldwide protests on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, March 18-19.

National Clips

RALEIGH, N.C.: Klan members indicted for conspiracy; NEW YORK: IBM attacks pensions; BROWNSVILLE, Pa.: Hospital closes rather than obey law; ANN ARBOR, Mich.: Students force Coke off campus; CHICAGO: ‘Make steel not war’

30 years later, Peltier still battles for justice

Leonard Peltier, the long-imprisoned American Indian Movement activist, sent out a recent message to supporters: “We are all geared up to file more appeals on new information my legal team has found while reviewing withheld documents. I want you to know that we will continue to fight for my freedom.”

Anti-immigrant rallies fizzle in Texas, elsewhere

DENTON, Texas — A group calling itself “Lone Star Minutemen” called a statewide protest against immigrant day laborers in this college town in the early morning of Jan. 7. Supporters of the group had declared their intention to carry out anti-immigrant actions in Texas’ major cities. They were undoubtedly disappointed with the response they received here.

Fla. high court nixes school vouchers

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to Gov. Jeb Bush’s highly touted state-sanctioned school voucher program Jan. 5, with a 5-2 majority declaring it unconstitutional.

Abramoff pleads guilty, DeLay throws in towel

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to influence peddling and his crony, Rep. Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas, gave up his drive to win back his post as House Majority Leader last weekend.

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