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US lawmakers are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make it clear that Washington will withhold funds for elections in Haiti next month if they are not going to be free, fair and inclusive.
The US State Department said Friday it would respond later to the letter from Maxine Waters and 44 other members of Congress.
In the letter published Thursday, the lawmakers expressed concern about the run-up to the November 28 presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti, the first since January's devastating earthquake.
By Robert Naiman
Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
by Betty Pleasant
Editor's Note: Wave Contributing Editor Betty Pleasant spent three days (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) in Haiti with members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Global Mission. This is the third in a series of reports on the people and places she saw while visiting the earthquake-ravaged nation.
Haiti — a country created by Africans who were kidnapped and enslaved by Spain and France in the 17th and 18th centuries — has always been a land of extreme deprivation and misery caused by White people, Black people and people of both colors: mulattos.
"I would like to thank the Chairman for organizing this hearing and welcome Secretary Geithner back to our committee. Thank you for taking the time to come and testify today on "The State of the International Financial System, Including International Regulatory Issues Relevant to the Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act."
By Patrick McDonnell and Ruben Vives
People across Southern California took part in vigils, prayer services and other acts of remembrance Saturday as the region marked the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
"I just decided to drive up and make this my memorial celebration," said Rose Diaz, one of many who took a reflective interlude on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, off Pacific Coast Highway.
by John North
Thousands of local Muslims marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan Friday, the same day word came from Florida that a pastor's threat to burn copies of the Koran has been called off.
Los Angeles Congresswoman Maxine Waters and a group of African American church leaders came together Friday to condemn the announcement by the Reverend Terry Jones that he would burn the Koran. Jones planned to do it on the ninth anniversary of September 11, 2001.
By Olu Alemoru
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, who said she was "shocked and appalled" at the plan by a Florida pastor to publicly burn 1,000 copies of the Quran, joined area faith leaders Friday to call on him to keep his pledge to cancel the controversial event.
The group included First AME Church Senior Minister, the Rev. John J. Hunter and his wife Denise and political activist and college professor, Dr. Ron Karenga and his wife Tiamoya.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and the pastor of the First AME Church today joined the chorus of outrage over a Florida minister's threat to burn the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11.
"America was created as a safe haven for religious freedoms,'' FAME Pastor John J. Hunter said during a news conference at the church. "At this time of remembrance of the 2,977 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, it is the role of the church to urge communities to come together across all races and religions and to respect and defend the diversity of faiths of our fellow man.