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Cheered in Havana, Obama’s Cuba trip spurs GOP skepticism

President Barack Obama said Thursday his history-making visit to Cuba next month was part of an effort to “improve the lives of the Cuban people. He vowed to press the …


Julian Assange claims total vindication with U.N. panel ruling

A little-known United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be allowed to walk …


Gay rights protesters arrested in Idaho Capitol

BOISE – More than 40 gay rights protesters were arrested Monday in Idaho’s state Capitol after they blocked every entrance to the Senate chamber, standing silently with their hands over …


Tiny ND town mobilizes to halt Aryan enclave

LEITH, N.D. — In a tree-fringed grassy lot with a lone picnic bench in the tiny North Dakota farming town of Leith, Craig Cobb sees the perfect venue for a …


Obama cancels Moscow summit with Putin

LOS ANGELES — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Ray Stone, former Coeur d’Alene mayor, dies

Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Raymond L. Stone, a World War II veteran, teacher and jazz musician, died Monday. He was 89.


New CdA law opens rift over equality

Coeur d’Alene is the fifth Idaho city to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation following a heated community debate that exposed a deep divide on the issue. Human rights advocates, …


Benewah Human Rights Coalition wins civil rights award

A human rights organization in Benewah County has received this year’s Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Civil Rights Award. The Benewah Human Rights Coalition was presented the award …


Genocide prevention topic of human rights banquet

A world expert on preventing genocide will be keynote speaker at the 16th annual human rights banquet in Coeur d’Alene next month.


Mormon church appointee aided CIA on terror

A Spokane psychologist who helped develop controversial interrogation methods, which some human rights groups say amount to torture, became the new spiritual leader of a Mormon congregation on the South …


Some employers push to expand rights

BOISE – Idaho hasn’t yet seen its business recruitment efforts affected by the state’s lack of a nondiscrimination law covering sexual orientation, but the experience of neighboring Utah suggests that …


Idaho senators reject protections for gays

BOISE – Efforts to prohibit employment and housing discrimination against gay people in Idaho were rejected Friday by a state Senate committee as a shocked crowd of more than 250 …


State Dept: Americans take refuge at Cairo embassy

CAIRO — Three American democracy advocates barred by Egyptian authorities from leaving the country have sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, officials said Monday, as tensions between the …


Racism, here? Denial convenient, misguided

Remember the KKK snowman? In December, a Hayden Lake doofus built a 10-foot, pointy-hooded snowman holding a noose in his front yard. Hilarious. Idaho made the news again.


Significant statistics

For white supremacists who have made North Idaho home over the years hoping the region would one day become a white homeland, Tony Stewart has this message: Sorry, but just …


Race, religion figure in GU hate studies conference

Several high-profile experts in combating hate will address racism, violence based on religion and similar topics at a Gonzaga University-sponsored conference this week. The Second International Conference on Hate Studies …


Shawn Vestal: Taco can be the way to answer region’s racists

Matt Anderson grew up not far from the old Aryan Nations compound. He’s seen all the haters have to offer, but he didn’t necessarily expect them to come out against …


Downtown bomb linked to hate crimes

The hunt for the person who left the bomb targeting marchers in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade will focus on two aspects: forensics and the region’s violent history with …


Longtime activist joins human rights panel

Marshall Mend has seen North Idaho make great strides with human rights, he says. But there’s always more to do.


Immigrant mother makes one last plea to stay

An immigrant mother of two young children faces deportation next week unless she can win an 11th-hour stay based on deteriorating human rights conditions in her native China. “If I …


Artist exposes human rights violations through art

Through September there will be an art show at Second Space Gallery, 610 W. Second Ave., unique to our area. Commodity is at the bottom of the list of reasons …


Stewart to receive education award

The nation’s largest organization of educators will honor Coeur d’Alene human rights activist Tony Stewart on Friday in New Orleans at the annual Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner. The …


Lecturer calls for action

A former California congressman who co-chaired the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 said Tuesday that today’s young people need to stand up more for what they believe in. “In …


Co-chair of first Earth Day calls on youth to act

A former California congressman who co-chaired the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 said Tuesday that today’s young people need to stand up more for what they believe in.


Alaskan activist recounts battle to protect land, native ways

Dune Lankard was a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil in March 1989. A native Athabaskan Eyak of the Eagle …


Exhibit explores link between water, human rights

An exhibit opening tonight at the Human Rights Education Institute in downtown Coeur d’Alene will ask visitors to consider what happens to human rights in a world of increasingly limited …


Face Time: Tony Stewart

White-supremacist fliers have been distributed in several Coeur d’Alene-area neighborhoods over the past three months. The Aryan Nations, which was bankrupted in 2000 by a $6.3 million court verdict, has …


Exchange students veer off topic

Not everything went according to script at the 23rd annual Human Rights Celebration at North Idaho College last week. Three international exchange students from St. Maries High caused a few …


China Arrests Prominent Dissident

In a direct rebuke to the United States, China’s most prominent dissident, Wei Jingsheng, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of trying to overthrow the government, a crime that carries …


‘Mass Executions,’ Being Held, Official Says

A senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday he heard credible accounts of “mass executions” by Bosnian Serb rebels who overran the eastern Bosnian enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa last month. John …