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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000
Southern African leaders have closed ranks behind Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, criticizing Western efforts to isolate him and backing his program for a "just and equitable redistribution of land." Land reform in Zimbabwe is a goal that Mugabe must pursue, but so far his plan is neither just nor equitable. He has defied two court orders to end illegal occupations of farms owned by whites and vowed to seize 3,000 farms, violating legislation that he himself forced through parliament.
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NEWS
July 1, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The black squatters who occupied the land of white commercial farmer Neil Conradie two months ago were belligerent at first. They stuck abusive notes on his gate. They called him a "white pig" and taunted him to go back to his "own country," though Conradie's family has lived in Zimbabwe for generations. Gradually, the squatters calmed down and most left, returning to their home regions for last weekend's parliamentary election.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
White families whose land is threatened with government seizure prepared to abandon their homes Friday ahead of an expected invasion of squatters, farm leaders said. Late Friday, the government announced that the state would immediately begin seizing 804 farms, most of which are white-owned. Farm leaders urged calm in this southern African country, where the government has ignored constitutional ownership rights and laws protecting private property.
NEWS
April 22, 2000 | From Reuters
Key southern African leaders have rallied behind President Robert Mugabe, urging the West to provide funds for land redistribution and defuse the mounting political crisis in Zimbabwe. Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Sam Nujoma of Namibia and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique said after talks with Mugabe at Victoria Falls on Friday that Western governments should make good on their promise at a 1998 donor conference to finance land reform.
NEWS
April 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A charismatic leader of Brazil's land reform movement was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges in a trial that has focused attention on the plight of the country's poor farm workers. Jose Rainha Jr., leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement, had been charged with being the mastermind behind the killing of two men during a botched attempt to take over a farm in 1989. At his first trial three years ago, he was convicted and sentenced to 26 1/2 years in prison.
NEWS
April 18, 1997 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of marchers demanding agrarian reform completed a two-month trek through the brush with a historic rally Thursday in Brasilia, dramatizing the strongest political challenge to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso during his two years in office. The demonstration was organized by the Movement of Landless Rural Workers, a highly disciplined leftist group that is the most important social movement in Brazil today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1996 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to allegations of fraud involving controversial developer Marshall Redman, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to enact sweeping public-interest reforms that will provide buyers of undeveloped land broad new protections.
NEWS
April 24, 1996 | Reuters
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, "still shocked" by last week's massacre of 19 landless farmers, said Tuesday that measures to speed up land reform and punish human rights abuses will change the nation. Last Wednesday, police fired on farmers demanding land who blocked a highway near Maraba, about 700 miles north of Brasilia. Officials said police "lost control" and opened fire with machine guns. Tests showed many of the dead were killed with execution-style shots to the heads and necks.
SPORTS
April 7, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK
Andre Chevalier is bright and enthusiastic, easygoing yet hard-working, extremely likable and an excellent role model. But can he coach? More than a few eyebrows undoubtedly arched when Chevalier, 24, was hired this week as boys' basketball coach at Cleveland High, his alma mater. Including Chevalier's. "I was very surprised," Chevalier said. "When I heard the job became open, it just hit me that this would be a good time to start coaching."
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