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Call to Free the Five resounds in Toronto

TORONTO, Canada — Over 200 friends of Cuba from throughout North America gathered in here, Nov. 9-11, to hear legal updates, retool strategies and rededicate themselves to the liberation of five Cuban men jailed in the United States.

NATIONAL CLIPS: November 17

LONG BEACH, Calif.: Antiwar vets barred from parade OLYMPIA, Wash.: Peace activists arrested for blocking military gear PALO ALTO, Calif.: Stanford students say no to Rumsfeld LEWISTON, Maine: Somali American runner charges foul play

Pakistans struggle for democracy intensifies

As Pakistan enters its second week under martial law, political parties, unionists, lawyers, journalists and other “civil society” components are coalescing to challenge Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule and widespread repression of democratic rights.

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PWW forum underscores role of peoples media

ST. LOUIS — A standing room only crowd of trade unionists and community leaders attended the Fourth Annual Missouri/Kansas Friends of the People’s Weekly World “Working Class Media and Democracy” forum, held here Oct. 27. David Bacon, an Oakland-based photojournalist and author of “The Children of NAFTA” and “Communities Without Borders,” keynoted the event.

Steve Earle packs a musical wallop

Steve Earle’s CD, “Washington Square Serenade” (New West CD), is an ode to New York City and its residents. His song “Tennessee Blues” is his farewell to music city, Nashville, Tenn., and his hello to NYC.

Can you believe it?

Movies are all fake, as we know. For example, I don’t think actor Omar Metwally, who plays Anwar El-Ibrihimi in “Rendition,” is an Egyptian, let alone a green-carded Egyptian scientist living in the states. Didn’t he play a Palestinian in “Munich”?

Antiwar movies tell all at Toronto film fest

Many of the films screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival reflected the realities of death and destruction caused by wars around the globe.

Letter sheds light on ouster of Haitian leader

A newly released letter from ousted Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune sheds more light on the U.S.-backed coup against the former center-left government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. It reveals, among other things, that U.S. officials threatened Neptune with death or imprisonment if he did not leave the country.

Colombian left unites to beat rightists

Colombian politics, notable for corruption, bossism and violence, took a positive turn Oct. 28 when candidates of the Alternative Democratic Pole (PDA), Colombia’s new, left-progressive coalition party, won local electoral victories. Leaders are looking to 2010, when the party will contest the re-election of President Alvaro Uribe, a U.S. protégé.

LETTERS: November 10

Compromising position Genocide is genocide Remembering Ish Flory More jobs Che’s hair Important facts to the story

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