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Dreams of democracy

Immigration | New book Patriot Number One profiles Chinese Democracy activists transplanted in New York
by June Cheng
Posted 5/24/18, 05:32 pm

Two years ago I wrote about Wukan, a fishing village in Guangdong province that in 2011 launched a protest over corrupt officials’ land grabs. The protest led to a rare success: The government allowed Wukan residents to elect their own village-level leaders. Yet that experiment ended in 2016, when officials arrested a local elected official, Lin Zuluan, on trumped-up corruption charges.

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Custody battle

Compassion | The United States cracks down on adults crossing the border illegally with children
by Rob Holmes
Posted 5/23/18, 03:18 pm

A new border security policy mandates separating children from parents who are apprehended after illegally entering the United States. The families can face federal criminal prosecution even if making an asylum claim.

Though prosecution of illegal immigrants has always been the law, in practice, the U.S. government in the past did not always charge parents who crossed the border illegally with their children, instead referring them to immigration court for resolution of their cases.

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Foreign nations denounce Venezuelan election

International | Nicolas Maduro wins six more years as president
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 02:05 pm

Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro emerged from Sunday’s election as the winner of another six-year presidential term, but several foreign nations disputed the legitimacy of his victory.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council reported that Maduro won nearly 68 percent of votes with about 93 percent of polling stations reporting. His nearest rival, Henri Falcon, finished more than 40 percentage points behind Maduro. Javier Bertucci, a TV evangelist, came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

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