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The 20th century bears his indelible stamp space
With his forage cap, beard and cigar, he became a beacon for a world weary of big-power politics and domination by the rich
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, November 28, 2016 – Page S9
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-- Fidel Castro's first attempt at revolution in Cuba was an utter failure. Some of his followers got lost on the way to the Moncada barracks in the city of Santiago. One car blew a tire. Surprised by an army patrol, the rebels botched their assault. A few were killed on the spot; dozens were hunted down, tortured and killed by dictator Fulgencio Batista's troops. The rest surrendered or, like Mr. Castro, were captured over the next few days.  FULL STORY arrow
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Please, no second term for the Iraq-obsessed Bush space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 – Page A27
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-- With a little help from the United States, the people of El Salvador have decided on a president. In an election on Sunday, they chose conservative Antonio Saca and rejected leftist Schafik Handal, a former leader of a guerrilla coalition that fought U.S.-backed military regimes during the 1980s.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Sharon decided to gamble space
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Israel's assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin helps pave the way for its unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and bolsters Prime Minister Ariel Sharon against restive hard-line supporters.  FULL STORY arrow
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We should have done more to save Haiti from rebellion space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 – Page A17
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-- Realistically, could Canada have done anything on its own to prevent the triumph of armed rebellion in Haiti and the overthrow of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide?I think the answer is probably no. It pains me to say so, because as readers know, I believe the actions of the Canadian government and others over the past few weeks made a mockery of their solemn pronouncements on democratic rule in the Americas.  FULL STORY arrow
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Justice proves elusive, after years of strife space
Accusations of grave crimes haunt both sides: pro-Aristide forces and the rebels behind the ouster
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 – Page A17
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- To some Haitians, Louis-Jodel Chamblain is a hero. The former soldier is a prominent leader of the rebels who helped drive president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office last month. To veteran human-rights activist Jean-Claude Bajeux, Mr. Chamblain is something else.  FULL STORY arrow
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Aristide's Haiti was just left to drift space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 – Page A19
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-- How different it might have been.If the rest of the world had been paying attention to Haiti while the disgruntled ex-soldiers we called rebels were conspiring in the Dominican Republic against the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  FULL STORY arrow
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Troops can't quell Haitian unrest space
Stability and security prove elusive to foreign soldiers patrolling the troubled streets of Haiti's capital, PAUL KNOX reports
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 – Page A12
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Just a week into their mission, foreign forces in Haiti are struggling to mount a convincing show of strength against street gangs and looters after the ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president.  FULL STORY arrow
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Violence greets Canadians landing in Haiti space
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, March 8, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Assailants opened fire on a victory march by foes of deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide yesterday, killing at least four and wounding several others in a fresh eruption of political violence.  FULL STORY arrow
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By TU THANH HA, PAUL KNOX
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – Page A15
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MONTREAL, PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Canada will spend $38-million to send 450 military personnel to Haiti as part of an international force that Prime Minister Paul Martin promised will not abandon the troubled country.  FULL STORY arrow
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Haitian criminals on run as jails empty space
Police are left task of trying to restore order with foreign soldiers providing backup, PAUL KNOX writes
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, March 5, 2004 – Page A15
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- When the news of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's departure began to spread on the radio early Sunday, it didn't take long for the inmates of Haiti's National Penitentiary to seize the day.  FULL STORY arrow
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Haitian rebel leader bows to U.S., promises to disarm space
Subdued Philippe gets 'tongue-lashing,' warned to 'make himself scarce'
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, March 4, 2004 – Page A19
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Former police commander Guy Philippe promised to lay down his weapons and disband his rebel army yesterday as U.S. Marines and French troops stepped up their presence in Haiti's capital.  FULL STORY arrow
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Haiti: Brute force rules space
Aristide's departure means that the outlook is bleak for constructing institutions that curb the power of warlords and gangsters
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 – Page A19
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Two hundred years ago, the independent nation of Haiti arose from a cauldron of oppression and violence. Ever since, murder and intimidation have been essential tools of power.  FULL STORY arrow
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Top Haitian rebel demands that army be re-established space
Philippe talks tough with politicians, vows to co-operate with U.S. troops
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 – Page A17
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Emboldened rebel chief Guy Philippe took over the former military headquarters yesterday, threatened to arrest Haiti's Prime Minister and warned the country's new president to reconstitute its disbanded army.  FULL STORY arrow
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By SHAWN MCCARTHY, JEFF SALLOT, PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 – Page A1
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NEW YORK, OTTAWA, PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Canada's reputation as a mediator in the Caribbean is in tatters, with Prime Minister Paul Martin's government accused of standing by while the U.S. and French governments helped remove Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office in what he has angrily called ''a modern kidnapping.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Haiti's rebels given heroes' welcome space
International forces embraced warmly by citizens happy president ousted
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 – Page A14
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Outside the ornate iron fence surrounding Haiti's National Palace, cheering crowds hailed the arrival of the gun-toting rebels who helped topple President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Inside the fence, guarding the gleaming white building, were more new arrivals -- and they weren't smiling.  FULL STORY arrow
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International force deploys to Haiti as Aristide flees space
Canadian troops secure airport; first U.S. Marines arrive in capital
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, March 1, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The vanguard of a foreign intervention force expected to include Canadian troops landed in Haiti last night after president Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled into exile and armed rebels vowed to hunt down his supporters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bloodstained past haunts hopes for new era space
Ousted president would have been wise to heed book on the laws of power, PAUL KNOX writes
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, March 1, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The looters who ransacked Jean-Bertrand Aristide's official residence a few hours after he fled into exile didn't leave much behind. They emptied the refrigerator and the kitchen cupboards. They took the mattress off the bed frame. Several rooms in the round white building were stripped of their contents.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, February 28, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- This is what it looks like when the end draws near.Masked, helmeted gangsters roam the streets by the truckload, wielding shotguns and automatic rifles.Gunfire rattles through the deserted port. Frenzied partisans of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide crowd around a vehicle, warning of the mayhem to come.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada, U.S. adopt France's suggestion that President's departure might help Haiti
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, February 27, 2004 – Page A13
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- A defiant Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide vowed yesterday to hold on to power until his term ends, despite facing a spreading rebellion and pressure from Ottawa, Washington and Paris to resign.  FULL STORY arrow
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Aristide's gangs gird for battle space
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, February 26, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Armed supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide tightened their control over Haiti's capital yesterday, bracing for a rebel onslaught as foreign governments pondered a stabilization force for the strife-torn country.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 – Page A21
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The choice for Canada and other nations trying to help Haitians find a way out of their bitter and seemingly endless conflict is beginning to simplify. We can send a multinational police or military force to keep order until Haiti can hold elections. Or we can toss all that high-minded talk about respect for democracy in the Americas out the window, and expect the already alarming death toll here to keep climbing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 – Page A17
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PORT-AU-PRINCE AND OTTAWA -- Foreign governments, including Canada, came under growing pressure yesterday to send troops to Haiti as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide issued an urgent plea for foreign help in battling armed insurgents and his political opponents rejected a power-sharing deal.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rebellion: Haiti's government prepares for final showdown with rebels in capital space
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haiti's government girded yesterday for a final battle with armed insurgents, urging mass mobilization to defend its capital city as the United States sent Marines to protect American personnel.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, February 23, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Armed insurgents seized control of Haiti's second largest city yesterday, cementing their hold on the north of the country in the third week of a bloody rebellion.Witnesses in Cap-Haitien, on the northern coast, said that about 200 rebels captured the city's airport, then swept into the centre of the city of 500,000, meeting little resistance, although radio reports said several people were killed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Warring Haiti set to party space
Carnival expanded for bicentennial of the slave revolt that freed country
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, February 21, 2004 – Page A19
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Pro-government gangs attacked a student protest march in the capital, wounding at least a dozen people. In the north of the Haiti, armed insurgents maintained their grip on several cities and towns.  FULL STORY arrow
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Those who were close to Haiti's embattled leader mourn a loss of innocence, PAUL KNOX writes
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, February 20, 2004 – Page A17
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- In his tumultuous first term in office, Jean-Bertrand Aristide learned two key lessons, according to people who have known him for years.One was that no matter what your political goals are, you can't achieve them without holding on to power. The other was that for a poor, powerless Caribbean country, there's no substitute for influential friends in Washington.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFF SALLOT, PAUL KNOX
Friday, February 20, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA AND PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Canada, the United States and other Western countries are sending a high-level delegation to Haiti to demand that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide replace his prime minister, release political prisoners, reform the police and begin dealing with other opposition demands.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, February 19, 2004 – Page A1
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The eyes are large and intense, and they never shift.Not when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is talking about rebellion and racism and all the other ills of the desperately poor country he leads. And certainly not when the diminutive former priest is vowing to serve out his remaining two years in office, despite the uprising that threatens to cut off half his country and the clamour of opponents demanding that he step down.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 – Page A17
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-- Jean-Bertrand Aristide's boldest stroke as President of Haiti was to disband the country's army. It existed for two purposes only: to dispense day-to-day terror among civilians, and to thwart the periodic expression of the popular will. In a land scarred by oppression, it was the fount of violence. It was thoroughly corrupt, and it was also unnecessary. Its existence betrayed the ugly truth about Haiti's brutal despots: Their only potential enemy was the people in whose name they claimed to rule.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 – Page A13
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- As rebels overran a key town in central Haiti yesterday, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said the country's police force is ill-equipped to deal with a growing insurgency, and issued a fresh appeal for foreign help.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ragtag band of insurgents predicts Haitian leader's ouster within weeks, PAUL KNOX writes
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, February 16, 2004 – Page A1
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GONAÏVES, HAITI -- Welcome to Gonaives, says the soda-pop ad on a billboard past the rebel-controlled barricade at the entrance to town. Life Tastes Good.It may never have tasted better for Butteur Metayer, leader of the ragged insurgents who control this ramshackle city, where a pig roots through garbage at a market crossroads and Mr. Metayer's henchmen rule the rubble-strewn streets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Opposition worries about rebel alliance with ex-leader of Haitian death squads
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, February 16, 2004 – Page A10
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Chanting and dancing, demonstrators poured into the streets yesterday to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but divisions among them halted the march with less than half its route completed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why peaceful protests fail to stir Aristide space
In a look at how Haiti's leader is managing the crisis, PAUL KNOX finds a man who is impressed by naked power but unwilling to confront it
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Saturday, February 14, 2004 – Page A18
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The deadliest month of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's term is half over, yet uprisings in several towns and more than 40 killings have failed to shake the tough-willed former priest's resolve.  FULL STORY arrow
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The mysterious murders of hundreds of young maquiladora women are subsiding, PAUL KNOX reports from Ciudad Juarez. But a star-studded protest march to mark Valentine's Day highlights the public's fear that justice has yet to be done
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Saturday, February 14, 2004 – Page F2
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-- This much we know about Claudia Ivette Gonzalez: She was tall and slender, with lush brown hair. She loved the Dallas Cowboys. She spent a lot of time playing Nintendo with her next-door neighbour. She was 20 years old on Oct. 10, 2001, the day she was a few minutes late for work at a car-parts factory in this dry, cheerless metropolis across the Texas border from El Paso, and was turned away.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. asks Canada to help police chaotic Haiti space
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, February 13, 2004 – Page A17
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The United States stepped up efforts to defuse Haiti's political crisis yesterday, asking Canada and Caribbean countries to consider sending a police mission to help the government seize control of rebel-held towns.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, February 12, 2004 – Page A1
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ST. MARC, HAITI -- Fear is a gaggle of menacing toughs on a ramshackle main thoroughfare, waving rifles and pistols to halt vehicles and summarily search their occupants.Fear is the nearly deserted market section of this central Haitian town, where the shops are left vacant and many inhabitants have fled for safety to the countryside.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 – Page A19
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-- If there are people out there who still think globalized markets are always a win-win proposition, I invite them to look at the report on worldwide labour rights that was issued this week by Oxfam International.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 11, 2004 – Page A16
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PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Charles Baker doesn't want you to get the wrong idea.''We're peaceful people,'' the outspoken Haitian factory owner said yesterday. In his close-clipped grey hair, white shirt and tie, he could be a candidate for the U.S. Senate, rather than what he is -- a leader with an opposition that has been staging demonstrations for months against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, February 7, 2004 – Page A17
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-- It's 2,800 kilometres from Moscow to Jerusalem, and another 900 from Jerusalem to northern Iraq. From there, it's 4,600 km to Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pakistani scandal reveals extent of arms network, IAEA chief says
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, February 6, 2004 – Page A17
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-- Pakistan's President struggled yesterday to contain the damage from an embarrassing nuclear-arms scandal, but the top United Nations atomic-energy watchdog said it had revealed a global network set up to traffic in banned weapons.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brain work and military brawn will define Bush's U.S. space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 – Page A17
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-- The bottom line is the easiest part of a budget to understand. That's why the greatest political heat in the United States this week is being generated by George W. Bush's ballooning fiscal deficit.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, February 3, 2004 – Page A13
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-- An explosive bribery scandal involving a former spy chief has rocked the government of Peru and sent its president's popularity plummeting. Sound familiar?It should. In September, 2000, videotapes surfaced showing then-president Alberto Fujimori's closest aide and head of national intelligence, Vladimiro Montesinos, as he handed a cash bribe to a congressman. Mr. Fujimori was dismissed two months later and went into exile in Japan.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hutton report had narrow focus space
The inquiry into the death of a British weapons expert had no mandate to look at the Iraq war, or at the intelligence failures that helped set it off, says PAUL KNOX
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Thursday, January 29, 2004 – Page A17
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-- It was a bad day for the BBC, as one of the British public broadcaster's own reporters stated during yesterday's coverage of Lord Brian Hutton's report into the suicide of weapons expert David Kelly.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 – Page A15
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MEXICO CITY -- For much of the 20th century, Mexico enjoyed a reputation among Latin Americans as a refuge from dictatorship and repression. South American democrats, Central American guerrillas, Spanish Republicans, European Communists -- all were welcome. Mexico City became a capital of international intrigue, sheltering everyone from Leon Trotsky to Fidel Castro, who launched his Cuban insurgency from a Mexican port.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 – Page A19
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MEXICO CITY -- Watching President Vicente Fox Quesada being skewered in the Mexican media late last week, I was reminded of an old Mad magazine satire on life insurance.The point of the piece was that buying a policy was about the worst gamble you could possibly make. Better to put your money on a horse, the writer advised. Why? Well, with life insurance, as the punch line put it, ''If you win, you lose.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Mexico City mayor fights for the poor space
Lopez Obrador has put the people first, PAUL KNOX writes, and the people have responded in kind
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Tuesday, January 20, 2004 – Page A14
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MEXICO CITY -- Ask the mayor of Mexico City if he wants to be president of Mexico, and he'll duck the question.Ask him what he has to offer the country, and he'll take the bait.  FULL STORY arrow
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Latin American leaders, facing political tumult at home, are rejecting the economic austerity forced on them in the 1990s
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004 – Page A17
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-- Geographically, the special Americas summit that ended yesterday couldn't have been much closer to the United States and still taken place in Latin America. Monterrey, Mexico's second-largest city and host of the meeting, is just 138 kilometres from the U.S. border. It has many gringolandia trappings, too - a Wal-Mart, gleaming glass towers, the feel of a hard-working, businesslike town.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004 – Page A7
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MONTERREY, MEXICO -- Haiti's beleaguered President promised yesterday to hold legislative elections within six months and welcomed a Canadian offer to help defuse his country's political crisis. Jean-Bertrand Aristide told reporters at the Summit of the Americas meeting here that he has high hopes for talks with opposition leaders scheduled for Jan. 20 in the Bahamas, where Canada will be an observer.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004 – Page A5
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MONTERREY, MEXICO -- They sweep into office in elections, and pledge that from now on everything will be different. No more embezzlement, no more bribe-taking, no more favours for family or friends. A few years later they leave office with cries of ''grafter'' ringing in their ears, fleeing abroad to lick their wounds and live comfortably off their earnings.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004 – Page A4
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MONTERREY, MEXICO -- Democratic leaders of the Americas opened a special poverty-fighting summit meeting last night in a no-frills ceremony underpinned by sharp differences on how to fairly distribute the benefits of economic growth.  FULL STORY arrow
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Migrant workers fuel economies space
Leaders to discuss ways to protect lifeline of cash flowing back to poorer nations
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Monday, January 12, 2004 – Page A10
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MONTERREY, MEXICO -- It has no factories, few offices and it produces nothing.But it's an annual trade valued at more than $32-billion (U.S.). It has tripled in size in just six years. And it's an economic lifeline to the poorest nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, January 12, 2004 – Page A1
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MONTERREY -- U.S. and Latin American negotiators clashed yesterday over the issue of corruption in the hemisphere as U.S. President George W. Bush prepared to arrive at a summit that is increasingly hostile toward Washington's plans for the region.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, January 8, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Under heavy foreign pressure, the government and rebels in war-weary Sudan signed a deal yesterday to split the proceeds from oil fields and other resources as part of an overall peace settlement.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 – Page A17
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-- I guess the good thing about the latest anti-terrorism follies is this: If the record of the U.S. security apparatus is any guide, there's no way they'll be able to properly keep track of the fingerprints (ahem, biometric data) of 24 million foreign air passengers every year.  FULL STORY arrow
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It was a year of triumph and president's 'dollar diplomacy' in resource-rich region became model for future U.S. interventions, PAUL KNOX writes
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Wednesday, December 31, 2003 – Page A8
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-- It was Theodore Roosevelt's year of triumph and a watershed for the peoples of the Caribbean.As 1904 opened, the 26th president of the United States wrestled with insurrection and a debt crisis in the Dominican Republic. In February, he turned Cuba over to a friendly government after four years of U.S. occupation.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 – Page A19
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-- Last week's opening lines struck a chord in Casper, Wyoming. A Canadian named Matt Van Dusen toils for the Star-Tribune newspaper there, and he seems to have a moment now and then to read The Globe and Mail.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 20, 2003 – Page A1
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-- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has admitted working to develop weapons of mass destruction but now says he will scrap all such plans, the leaders of the United States and Britain said yesterday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Deputy PM warns that if negotiations fail occupied West Bank should be partitioned
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 – Page A20
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-- With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon poised to deliver a major policy speech today, his deputy and close ally says the Jewish state can afford to wait only ''short months'' for a peace agreement with Palestinians before imposing a unilateral division of the land.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 – Page A21
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-- If I find Osama bin Laden rooting around in my back yard over the Christmas holidays, and I pick up a shovel and beat him to death, should I be charged with murder?  FULL STORY arrow
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Trial must have international help to be credible, legal experts say space
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003 – Page A16
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-- Can a shattered country that hasn't seen a fair trial in decades put on a credible show of justice for Saddam Hussein?Only with international help, legal experts say, and only if it isn't orchestrated by the United States.  FULL STORY arrow
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The capture of the deck's biggest card makes it seem as if Washington has won another round in the Iraqi conflict. But Saddam may have another ace up his sleeve: the power to embarrass the West, says PAUL KNOX
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, December 15, 2003 – Page A15
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-- It could hardly have been a more humiliating moment. The scraggly-haired Saddam Hussein looked like he'd just crawled out of a dumpster. The man who defied Washington for more than a decade closed his eyes in submission as a U.S. Army medic swabbed the inside of his cheek.  FULL STORY arrow
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Did Brazilian flier beat Wright brothers? space
U.S. hoopla over Kitty Hawk centennial neglects to mention Santos Dumont's feat
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, December 13, 2003 – Page A3
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-- The year was 1906, and a Brazilian-born aviator and boulevardier named Alberto Santos Dumont was about to make history.What kind of history, as far as millions of Brazilians are concerned, is still in dispute.  FULL STORY arrow
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Zimbabwe's lesson: Diplomacy doesn't impress despots space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 – Page A25
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-- Robert Mugabe and Hendrik Verwoerd. Shamefully, the Zimbabwean freedom-fighter-turned-despot has linked himself to the South African champion of apartheid. Both men were given a choice: Respect basic human rights or get out of the Commonwealth. Both chose to pull out and become international pariahs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Media bosses in Rwanda found guilty space
Radio-station founders, newspaper owner incited genocide, international court finds
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, December 4, 2003 – Page A20
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-- Rwanda, April of 1994. Genocide was in full swing, and the Mille Collines radio station was broadcasting in high gear.''Go work . . . go clean . . . the graves are not yet full,'' its announcers urged listeners, according to an international court indictment. In less than four months, an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 – Page A23
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-- It sounded like a heart-warming story from Colombia, a place that doesn't generate many of them. In a carefully stage-managed performance, more than 800 uniformed fighters gathered in a trade-show palace last week and handed over their assault rifles. The ceremony was hailed as a triumph by the government of hard-line President Alvaro Uribe Velez, who hopes it is a first step in ending nearly 40 years of internal war.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brazil hopes lavish team will boost Mideast trade space
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, December 2, 2003 – Page A20
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-- Call it Team Brazil -- as long as Jean Chretien hasn't registered the trademark.Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sets out today with scores of business people in tow on a sales-pitch trip to five Arab countries that will include a visit with Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qureia.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. blunts massive Iraqi attack space
14 foreigners dead in weekend carnage; fighting caps bloodiest month since March
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, December 1, 2003 – Page A1
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-- U.S. troops in Iraq repulsed a massive attack by insurgents yesterday, killing 46, but Washington's allies faced renewed pressure to withdraw their support after a weekend that also left 14 foreigners dead.  FULL STORY arrow
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Filling Edward Said's empty seat at the table space
The controversial scholar, who died this fall, was irreplaceable as a public intellectual, Arab thinkers say. It would take a dozen people to equal his influence. PAUL KNOX finds out who they are
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Saturday, November 29, 2003 – Page F5
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-- Whether you liked him or loathed him, there was no one quite like Edward Said. He was a literary scholar, polemicist, Palestinian activist and music critic, and his ability to challenge Western notions of the Near and Middle East in the West's own cultural and linguistic idioms was unique. His death in September, at the age of 67, robbed the Arab world of an eloquent exponent at a crucial time.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 – Page A19
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-- When Vicente Fox Quesada became President of Mexico three years ago, its population was 100 million. Now it's 104 million. Just to feed those new mouths, Mr. Fox needed the economy to grow by about 4 per cent. He'll be lucky if, by the end of this year, the figure turns out to be half that.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Turkey, why now? space
There is no shortage of reasons why Istanbul would be attacked by militants, says Globe world affairs writer PAUL KNOX. And no shortage of targets
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, November 21, 2003 – Page A17
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-- The suicide bombings in Turkey that killed 50 people in the past week and wounded more than 700 must have set some kind of record for the number of targets hit.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bush team flounders in Latin America space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 – Page A19
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-- Less than a month after his inauguration in 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush declared the dawn of a new era in relations with Latin America. Before travelling to Mexico on his first state visit, he vowed to ''build a Western Hemisphere of freedom and prosperity . . . bound together by shared ideals and free trade.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Top general fired by Colombia's Uribe space
Guerrillas bomb two popular nightclubs as President axes ministers, senior officers
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 – Page A18
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-- Hard-line President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia continued the biggest shakeup of his 16-month presidency yesterday, firing a senior army general implicated in one of several continuing corruption scandals.  FULL STORY arrow
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Words are among the casualties of counterterrorism space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 – Page A27
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-- More than two years into the post-9/11 world, words are fast becoming casualties. Several are in danger of being degraded to the point where they are no longer useful for meaningful communication.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ex-dictator's defeat presents new challenge space
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 – Page A22
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-- Efrain Rios Montt has lost his bid to rule Guatemala again, but accusations that the former military dictator committed atrocities will be one of the first tests for the Central American country's next president.  FULL STORY arrow
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Dictator finds support in Guatemala space
Ex-general Rios Montt running in third place heading into Sunday's election
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, November 8, 2003 – Page A21
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-- Fear gripped the highlands of Guatemala in the early 1980s as thousands of Mayan Indian villagers were massacred by soldiers and civil-defence patrols during a brutal campaign against leftist guerrillas.  FULL STORY arrow
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Zimbabwean rivals discussing transition space
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, November 6, 2003 – Page A19
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TORONTO -- A power-sharing agreement in troubled Zimbabwe is the focus of little-publicized talks between the government of President Robert Mugabe and his opponents, South Africa's Foreign Minister said yesterday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tamil homeland a fait accompli space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 – Page A25
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-- The crazy thing about the latest twist in Sri Lanka's tortured history is that the key matter at issue -- autonomy for a homeland occupied by the minority Tamil people -- is already affect.  FULL STORY arrow
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The federal government should clear the air on Maher Arar space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 – Page A19
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-- The serial smearing of Maher Arar has become a serious blot on the final weeks of Jean Chretien's sojourn in power. Officials in Ottawa can't seem to stop themselves from compounding the damage Mr. Arar suffered when the U.S., possibly acting on tips supplied by Canada, deported this Canadian citizen to Syria in September, 2002. Not only that, they've stooped to tarring others with the same brush.  FULL STORY arrow
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Confusion plagued Canada's war effort space
A report on Canada's Afghan mission finds major problems, as troubles grow for the U.S. in Baghdad
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By PAUL KNOX
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 – Page A1
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-- Inadequate planning, command confusion and supply foul-ups plagued the Canadian Forces during the first year of support for the U.S. counterterrorism campaign, an internal military report says.Vaccines were ruined through mishandling; some troops were not trained to protect themselves against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and diplomatic support from the Foreign Affairs Department was weak, it says.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. pressures allies to increase Iraq aid space
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, October 23, 2003 – Page A19
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-- A $6-billion (U.S.) gap between pledges of aid and Iraq's immediate postwar requirements greets delegates from more than 70 countries in Madrid today as they begin a crucial meeting on support for reconstruction.  FULL STORY arrow
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One-size-fits-all doesn't fit Latin America space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 – Page A17
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-- They go over the side rail and disappear, hounded off the ship of state by the people's outrage and the scheming of their opponents. Last week, it was Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada's turn. And when the hapless ex-president of Bolivia surfaced in Miami, it only seemed to vindicate the sneering epithet they tagged him with in the streets of La Paz -- el gringo.  FULL STORY arrow
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Antiterror campaign hinders Arab progress space
Used as justification for stifling dissent
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By PAUL KNOX
Monday, October 20, 2003 – Page A12
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-- Post-Sept. 11 clampdowns on freedom are blocking efforts to drag the Arab world out of educational and technological stagnation, according to a new United Nations report.Arab governments have used the U.S.-led counterterrorism campaign as an excuse to suppress dissent and stifle attempts at innovation, according to the UN's second annual Arab Human Development Report.  FULL STORY arrow
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UN critics fall into line on Iraq space
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, October 17, 2003 – Page A1
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-- Holdout UN members voted to embrace the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq yesterday, apparently concluding that the prospect of chaos there is more frightening than giving qualified support to U.S. President George W. Bush.  FULL STORY arrow
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Protesters converge on La Paz, besieging President space
Revolution appears imminent as miners, coca growers and Indian farmers clash with troops
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, October 16, 2003 – Page A23
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-- Bolivia teetered on the edge of revolution yesterday as a wave of protesters demanding the President's resignation surged toward the capital, clashing with soldiers and police along the way.  FULL STORY arrow
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CIDA gets Rinse and Spin award for this aid announcement space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 – Page A19
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-- Even in the surreal world of government public relations, it takes brass to cut a program's funding by nearly half and then headline the press release, ''Canada establishes new partnership.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Free political prisoners, Ebadi says space
5,000 cheering Iranians greet Nobel winner and demand changes
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 – Page A1
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-- According to Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, the Nobel Peace Prize isn't that important.But more than 5,000 people turned out at Tehran's Mehrabad airport yesterday to give a tumultuous welcome to Shirin Ebadi as the human-rights lawyer and latest Nobel laureate returned home.  FULL STORY arrow
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Arms trade revived by war on terror space
Human-rights curbs skirted to arm allies in U.S.-led effort, new report warns
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By PAUL KNOX
Thursday, October 9, 2003 – Page A20
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-- The U.S.-led battle against terrorism is pumping new life into the deadly global arms trade after a steady post-Cold War decline, disarmament campaigners say in a new report.  FULL STORY arrow
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Dangers on the road to Kandahar space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, October 8, 2003 – Page A25
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-- For some reason, we still call them peacekeepers. But the mission assigned to Canada's 1,900 soldiers in Afghanistan looks an awful lot like war. They operate in what their commander calls ''bad-guy country.'' They're authorized to use offensive deadly force. They have allies and they have enemies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sorry isn't good enough space
A public inquiry won't give Maher Arar back the past year spent jailed in Syria, but it might make the U.S. think twice about arresting a Canadian citizen with a suspicious name and an unfortunate birthplace, says PAUL KNOX
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 – Page A21
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-- A long, arduous chapter in Maher Arar's life ended yesterday. Another is just beginning.Mr. Arar's release by Syria after a year in custody may seem like vindication against his jailers, and against the U.S. authorities who delivered him into the hands of one of the Middle East's most repressive regimes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Deadly explosion illustrates mission's dangers space
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, October 3, 2003 – Page A6
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-- Canadian Forces generals say the dusty Afghan track where an explosion killed two soldiers yesterday had been swept for land mines less than 24 hours earlier.But no matter how carefully it was inspected, someone could have arrived later and planted an explosive device in just a few minutes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Big drug companies embrace AIDS plan space
Decision by brand-name firms lifts major barrier to generic-drug blitz
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By HEATHER SCOFFIELD AND PAUL KNOX
Thursday, October 2, 2003 – Page A1
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OTTAWA AND TORONTO -- Brand-name pharmaceutical companies in Canada removed a significant barrier to a plan to provide life-saving drugs to poor countries, saying they will work with Ottawa to allow generic drug makers to produce patented medicines for AIDS-stricken areas.  FULL STORY arrow
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Maher Arar: As Canadians, where is our outrage? space
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Wednesday, October 1, 2003 – Page A19
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-- In any self-respecting democracy where individual rights and the rule of law were held dear, Maher Arar's ordeal would be a national scandal.It's begun to attract attention among Canadians. But we're not there yet.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cocaine suspect in Brazil might not be Canadian space
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, September 26, 2003 – Page A2
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-- A former Toronto resident allegedly linked to Cali cocaine traffickers and Colombian guerrillas faces an 18-year prison term on drug charges, a Brazilian police spokesman said yesterday.Pierre Jacques Hernandez Delannoy was arrested Wednesday at a private airport after arriving in a single-engine plane carrying 200 kilograms of cocaine, said Antonio Carlos Silveira of the Sao Paulo state antidrug police.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bush at the UN: He seems faintly embarrassed space
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 – Page A23
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-- A year ago, a confident George W. Bush issued a pointed challenge to the United Nations General Assembly: Join us and confront Saddam Hussein head on, or stand aside as the tide of history rolls by.  FULL STORY arrow
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'The Serpent' held in death of Canadian space
Killer who spent 20 years in Indian jail charged in 1975 slaying of Manitoba man
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By PAUL KNOX
Saturday, September 20, 2003 – Page A23
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-- They called him the Serpent, but slithering out of jail and across the borders of Asia under false names was just one of Charles Sobhraj's talents.Charming young Western tourists in the hippie haunts of Thailand, India and Nepal was another. And after encountering Mr. Sobhraj, the backpackers often wound up drugged, robbed -- or dead.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bush hopes to win over key allies space
Guerrillas in Iraq ambush U.S. troops as President tries to rally UN support
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By PAUL KNOX
Friday, September 19, 2003 – Page A16
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-- As fresh guerrilla ambushes rattled U.S. troops in Iraq yesterday, President George W. Bush acknowledged that an initial round of diplomacy had failed to bridge differences with key allies on bolstering the U.S.-led occupation.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL KNOX
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 – Page A23
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-- It must have been deeply troubling for Secretary-General Kofi Annan to watch events unfold at the United Nations earlier this year. Whatever he thought of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the last thing he wanted was to see the UN sidelined by paralysis.  FULL STORY arrow
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UN ready to lift sanctions against Libya space
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Friday, September 12, 2003 – Page A22
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-- A rogue regime accused of sponsoring terrorism and guilty of savagely attacking innocent civilians appears set to be certified as rehabilitated by the United Nations today.Of course, it is not Iraq, where President Saddam Hussein was deposed by force earlier this year after the United States and other countries tired of waiting for diplomatic and economic sanctions to produce the desired result.  FULL STORY arrow
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The toll, the prisoners, and do Americans feel safe? space
As the horror of Sept. 11 continues to shape world events, TIMOTHY APPLEBY, PAUL KNOX and ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ answer questions on the day and its aftermath
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By TIMOTHY APPLEBY, PAUL KNOX AND ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ
Thursday, September 11, 2003 – Page A9
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-- What is the final death toll from the Sept. 11 attacks?At the World Trade Center, 2,645 died on the ground; 87 passengers and crew died aboard American Airlines Flight 11; 60 passengers and crew died aboard United Airlines Flight 175. Ten hijackers -- five on each plane -- also died. At the Pentagon, 125 died in the building; 59 passengers and crew died aboard American Airlines Flight 77; five hijackers also died. In Shanksville, Pa., 40 passengers and crew died aboard United Flight 93, as did four hijackers. In all, 25 Canadians died.  FULL STORY arrow
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Part conquest, part dragnet, the war on terrorism flounders space
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 – Page A21
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