Post Tagged with: "Afghanistan"

Nooria Nodrat's medals adorn her wall, 10 of them from the NYC Marathon. (Photo by Jack D’Isidoro via Queens Courier)

Blind Marathoner Runs for Afghanis

Asian, Health, Sports November 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Queens resident Nooria Nodrat, herself blind and asthmatic, ran her 10th NYC marathon to raise money to help the visually impaired in her native country, reports Queens Courier.

Hemmootee arranges jewelry at her booth. She’s been selling at markets since she was a child. (Photo by Tanwi Nandini Islam, via Open City)

A Flea Market for a Changing Richmond Hill

Business, Immigration, Queens February 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

The flea market at Richmond Hill’s RKO Theater is not just a source of employment for residents, but also a pastime for the elderly and even some vendors, reports Open City.

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington, Richard Schnepf, and Lt. Karol Cierpica are decorating Linda and Robert Ollis, the parents of the killed American soldier.
(Photo by Wojciech Kubik/Consulate General of Poland in NY via Nowy Dziennik)

US Soldier Posthumously Honored for Saving Polish Serviceman

Eastern European, Government November 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

“Poles will remember his heroic deed.” A Staten Island-raised soldier is posthumously honored for saving the life of a Polish serviceman during a Taliban attack on an American base in Afghanistan, reports Nowy Dziennik.

An image from Khazar Fatemi's documentary, "Where My Heart Beats."

Video: Back Home, to a War Zone

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video August 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Khazar Fatemi and her family fled violence in Afganistan when she was 8, and moved to Sweden, where she grew up to became a successful journalist on a national television station. After September 11, 2001, Fatemi felt a need rediscover her roots, and explore her memories of Afghanistan, so she returned to her birthplace to film her documentary, “Where My Heart Beats.” Fatemi sat down for this video interview with Voices of NY on a recent visit to New York City.

Relatives of Pvt. Danny Chen, including his parents, father Yan Tao Chen. mother Su Zhen Chen, led the march through Chinatown on Thursday night. (Photo by Serena Solomon/DNAinfo)

Anger at Latest Verdict in Danny Chen Bullying Trials

Crime August 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The “light sentence” in the third conviction of a soldier implicated in the hazing suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen has upset community advocates, reports DNAinfo. Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas’ sentencing to a reduction in rank and time served has angered some advocates, who say he was in a position to stop the bullying.

Sgt. Adam Holcolmb and Pvt. Danny Chen (Photo from OurChinatown)

30-Day Sentence in First Danny Chen Bullying Trial

Crime August 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

In the first of eight military trials in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, Sgt. Adam Holcomb was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in military jail and allowed to stay in the military after he was found not guilty of the most serious charges against him on Monday, DNAinfo reported.

Some of the women working with the non-profit Women for Afghan Women posed near their shelters in Fresh Meadows, Queens. (Photo courtesy of Women for Afghan Women)

Afghan Group Braces for Surge of Refugees

Featured Posts, Immigration, Middle Eastern April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

The Queens non-profit Women for Afghan Women offers accommodation, classes and companionship to Afghan women who find themselves adrift in New York City. The organization is bracing for an influx of new immigrants as the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan over the next few months.

Voices in Focus: Women’s Human Rights to Star at Film Festival

Crime, Economy, Video March 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

The relatives of Pvt. Danny Chen respond angrily to news from the courts-martial of the soldiers accused of bullying him prior to his suicide; a drop in black unemployment turns out to be a statistical blip; Chinatown Restaurant Week continues; an anti-bullying video contest in South Brooklyn; and a film festival focusing on Women’s human rights.

The BDS conference last weekend at University of Pennsylvania was free of expected clashes between participants and pro-Israel groups.

Voices in Focus: Will Competitive Grants for Education Shortchange Poor Districts?

Culture, Education, Opinion, Politics February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Amsterdam News warns that “Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget leaves black and brown communities out in the cold,” The Jewish Daily Forward reports on calls to boycott Israel, and DNAinfo updates us on the Danny Chen case.

Liz OuYang of OCA-NY addressed a packed press conference, flanked by Private Danny Chen's father (wearing a hat) and mother (in a white sweater). Chen's parents addressed the crowd through a translator as well.

Danny Chen update: Details of abuse and calls for sensitivity training

Asian, New York, Politics January 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

In light of Army Private Danny Chen’s death three months ago, Council member Margaret Chin and Council Speaker Christine Quinn have introduced a resolution in the City Council, calling on the Defense Department to examine policies on the Army’s cultural diversity and sensitivity training for soldiers.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Afghan women in N.Y. reflect on 10-year war

In the News, Middle Eastern, New York October 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

In a new survey and interviews, women who have moved to New York City from Afghanistan say they prefer their new lives in the United States and fear the return of the Taliban. Many fear the consequences for women when troops withdraw.

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