- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Reputed cartel leader slain in his cell
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Manuel de Jesus Rodriguez, presumed leader of the so-called Atlantic cartel in Honduras, was killed in his prison cell this weekend.
He was shot at point-blank range on Saturday afternoon as he talked to a prison guard, police told the press. The shooter was killed by the guards.
Honduras, which is in the midst of a crackdown against crime and corruption, is a transit route for Colombian drugs heading overland through Central America and Mexico to the United States.

Mennonites troubled by war efforts
WINNIPEG, Manitoba More than 55 years after World War II, a Christian sect rooted in pacifism is still wrestling with the decision some of its sons made to serve in the Canadian military.
Forty percent of eligible Canadian Mennonite men took up arms when Canada joined Allied forces fighting Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945, violating a central tenet of their religion.
A new National Film Board of Canada documentary by director David Neufeld called "The Pacifist Who Went to War" explores the rifts in Mennonite communities still unreconciled.
This spiritual conflict moved to the fore yesterday on Veterans Day. Many Mennonites have trouble with a mainstream tradition of that holiday: a poppy worn on the lapel on Nov. 11 to honor the war dead. Some Mennonites wear red badges stating: "To remember is to work for peace" as an alternative.

Brazil denies ties to terrorism
SAO PAULO, Brazil Justice Minister Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro has denied that any terrorist groups linked to Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda or Lebanon's Hezbollah group are operating in the southern tri-border area.
The denial followed a CNN report that said some members of the large Arab population concentrated in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay's shared border region play an role in funding terrorist activity throughout the world.
Speaking at a meeting late last week of the regional trading bloc Mercosur, Mr. Ribeiro said any regional links to terrorism were "isolated incidents" not directly related to the al Qaeda network.

Weekly notes
A Nicaraguan congressional panel voted to strip ex-President Arnoldo Aleman of immunity from prosecution on charges of fraud and money laundering. It is up to Congress to confirm the weekend decision. Mr. Aleman's personal fortune grew from an estimated $50,000 in 1989 to about $250 million in 2001, his accusers say. The lead singer of Brazilian rap band the Executioners beat his girlfriend to death with a broomstick, police in Rio de Janeiro said yesterday. Maicon de Souza, 19, was arrested Sunday after the beating at his mother's house. Police said he confessed, claiming the 20-year-old woman betrayed him with another man. The victim was alive when she arrived at a hospital but died from severe head injuries and loss of blood, police said.


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