Over 1,000 people gathered last Saturday night to see Patti Smith and other American musicians at the Polish National Home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The concert was a fundraiser for a local group fighting a proposed power plant on Greenpoint’s waterfront. “Building a power plant on someone’s backyard is just anotherRead More
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Uzma Naheed said she never could imagine being treated like this in America. Standing in front of a crowd of over 100 people at New York’s Union Square, the Pakistan-born Naheed looked anguished, but was strikingly confident as she narrated her story during a protest of the detention of immigrantsRead More
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It took him four months of sitting at home, answering advertisements and handing out his resumÃ©, but Swaminathan Ramamurthy thinks he will finally get a new job. “I’ll know by next week for sure,” the database management consultant said. “I’m hoping it goes through, because at least I’ll get aRead More
Competing factions misinform FBI and Anti-Terrorist Task Force, who raid Pakistani mosque and find nothing.
On Friday, January 4, the FBI and the Anti -Terrorist Task Force raided Masjid e Khizra mosque, in Queens, on a false tip of weapons possession. The FBI received an anonymous tip that a few people planned to kill almost 400 people and hid dangerous weapons in the mosque. FederalRead More
Two small steps in the wide world of American politics, two big steps for the Indian community. Two Indian Americans, Roger Chugh and Seema Singh, were chosen to eminent positions in New Jersey: Chugh was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State in the Cabinet and Singh, the Public Advocate lastRead More
A Sikh court official in New York who was pulled from two domestic flights last October for refusing to take off his turban when asked by airport security officials, is taking legal action against the municipality and airline officials for alleged violation of his civil rights and for religious discrimination.Read More
Twenty-three students and teachers at the City University of New York (CUNY) initiated a hunger strike Tuesday to protest the recently implemented tuition fee hike for undocumented immigrant students. Dr. Bill Crain, a professor in the Psychology Department, coordinated the three-day-long hunger strike, as well as participated himself. The strikersRead More
Can we distinguish between reality in the Arab World and the future of the Arab/Muslim community in the United States?
Every once in a while I meet with the Egyptian Consul General in New York, Mr. Mahmoud Alam. We discuss the latest events, especially those that touch on the lives of the Arab community. In our meeting after September 11, Mr. Alam said he is convinced that the future ofRead More
After September 11, as layoffs grow across the country, a large number of Bangladeshis, along with other immigrants, are losing their jobs. Mahbubul Alam was one of 135 employees laid off by Texas Marriott Hotel. Alam, who now works as an auditor in New York, told Bangla Patrika that aboutRead More
The Association of Pakistani Americans For Community Organization last week announced that it was ready to provide legal aid to Pakistanis who have been jailed on suspicions of having links with the terror attacks. Malik Abdul Jabbar, president of the association, asked the relatives and friends of detainees to provideRead More
The Justice Department’s decision to give cash rewards to individuals for information about terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network is prompting FBI action against scores of innocent individuals, leaders of Arab and Muslim communities here say. Recent raids on the residences of Muslim and Arab families inRead More
Muslim Americans would like their communities to be more fully engaged with the political process, according to a recent survey. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed encourage such engagement and participation. Fifty-two percent said that members of their community have been discriminated against since September 11. Most surveyed (77 percent) agreedRead More
A Lebanese film student, Salaam Al-Zatari, spent 48 days in solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania jail after a box cutter was found in his luggage. That was considered sufficient reason for his incarceration, where he suffered a torrent of abuse because he was accused of terrorism, he said. In February,Read More
It’s September 11. The World Trade Center is burning. America is facing the worst disaster in its history. Everybody is mourning and crying. That day was devastating and totally unacceptable to anyone who understands the profound value and importance of a human life. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives.Read More