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A first-hand account of the City Hall assassination of James Davis

Uncategorized July 29, 2003 at 12:00 am

I was sitting quietly at the press table in the front of the City Council Chamber, just waiting for the meeting to begin. Instead all hell broke loose. I was startled by a loud bang. I didn’t know what it was, or where it came from, but it was frightening.Read More

The jewels of Bayridge.com

Uncategorized July 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the surface www.bayridge.com seems like an innocent enough website, full of news and information about local politics, happenings, etc. They have a message board for anyone who wishes to communicate about any number of Bay Ridge-related issues. The message board entitled “Community Issues” has some very illuminating comments thatRead More

Demand for trial of imam who fleeced mosque

Uncategorized July 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

The congregation and committee members of the Al Osman Jame Mosque in Sunnyside, Queens, allege that both the imam and president of the mosque, who recently fled to Bangladesh, fleeced the mosque’s bank account by writing counterfeit checks. The members of the Mosque Committee, led by General Secretary Mohammed Taleb,Read More

Tidying up domestic workers’ rights

Uncategorized July 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

It was not yet 7:00 a.m. on an uncharacteristically chilly May morning, and the corner of Mercy and Division Avenues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was already teeming with life. A group of some 30 women were gathered, falling into an unspoken yet understood choreography: the Latinas stood in small clusters chattingRead More

Russian radio station sets its own path

Uncategorized July 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

It doesn’t seem like it was long ago. On March 1, “Novaya Zhizn” [New Life] radio appeared on 620 AM, ruining the hitherto existing monopoly of “Narodnaya Volna.” Today Russian-speaking residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have grown so accustomed to “Novaya Zhizn” on the air thatRead More

FBI probes gruesome murder of Pakistani students as hate crime

Uncategorized July 23, 2003 at 12:00 am

Sair Saeed Butt, 26, and Hammad Chaudhry, 23, both from Lahore, Pakistan were shot outside Mr. Butt’s apartment in Prince George’s Country, Maryland, last Monday. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided to probe the murder of two Pakistanis near Washington D.C last week as a hate crime, officialsRead More

State Assembly approves bill to punish immigration charlatans

Uncategorized July 23, 2003 at 12:00 am

Each year, in pursuit of the “American dream” and legal residency status, thousands of immigrants in New York turn to agents who promise to deliver the keys to heaven. However, many of them wind up defrauded, losing the opportunity to live legally in this country. Given this situation, a groupRead More

Haitians meet with Councilman Stewart in aftermath of distressing statement

Uncategorized July 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

Ready to stand up and demand respect, Haitian activists met with Councilman Kendall Stewart on July 11. Taking advantage of his upcoming reelection campaign in November, activists demanded he accomplish items deemed beneficial to the community. It was a step further from the proof of sincerity they had asked ofRead More

Caribbean Casserole

Uncategorized July 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

On a Saturday afternoon in Flatbush, Brooklyn, a 40-something woman stood on the threshold of a shipping business on Bedford Avenue with two boys. “Hey, how much?” she shouted, pointing to the five barrels in the front of “Big and Ready: Peters’ Shipping and Travel.” “Twenty dollars,” storeowner Ian PetersRead More

Bill introduced to regulate wire transfer agencies; transparent accounts for remittances

Uncategorized July 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

On July 21, New York Senator Charles Schumer submitted a new bill that would require businesses that wire money abroad to reveal all activities in their accounts. Schumer’s proposal will permit regulators to examine whether charges to clients are properly adjusted to the costs assumed when providing cash transfer service.Read More

Why Korean students do not attend school

Uncategorized July 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

There are almost 50,000 Korean students in America; many thousands of them do not attend classes. Through the newly implemented SEVIS tracking system the government has figured out that many foreign student have illegally aqquired I-20’s from cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Harvard University’s Immigration PolicyRead More

From Warsaw to the U.S. via Tijuana and Montreal

Uncategorized July 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Many Polish immigrants get to the United States by illegally crossing the Canadian or Mexican border. Until the mid-80s the most popular crossing point was the northeastern part of the Mexican border. After that stretch was secured, newcomers flocked to the western part of the border. According to the U.S.Read More

Call for naming anti-Shia violence sacrilegious

Uncategorized July 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

On July 4 three men wheeled a trolley up to the gate of a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan before pulling guns from under cover and opening fire on worshippers, police said. At the end of the carnage 53 Muslims had been killed and 65 injured. Quetta is a town closeRead More

Mute Congress

Uncategorized July 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

The parliament is an imperfect institution, just as democracy itself, but the U.S. Congress has added new dimensions to the meaning of imperfection. Corruption is, in a way, built into the American electoral system by political action committees (PACs), which allow businesses and labor unions to circumvent the ban onRead More

Looking for work through a street job market in Williamsburg

Uncategorized July 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

On Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. on the corner of Marcy and Division Avenues in Williamsburg, 26 Polish women waited hoping to get a cleaning- job offer. Forty minutes later the group grew to 100 more people. Most of them left the street job market empty-handed. “Jewish people are not hiring,”Read More