In the News

New regulation at Indian consulate in Canada makes it harder for Pakistani Canadians to obtain visas

Uncategorized May 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Indian consulate in Canada has just made it harder for Canadians of Pakistani origin to obtain a visa. They are saying that such Canadians must give up their Pakistani citizenship before they can apply for an Indian visa! One wonders why this new rule has come up when thereRead More

A knock on the door in the middle of the night

Uncategorized May 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

My friend Teddy Shah tells the following story. One night he was alone in his apartment watching a very long film. It was way past his bedtime but he continued to watch it until finally he couldn’t keep his eyes open. That’s when he heard an insistent knocking at hisRead More

Homes for Nassau Latinos; County sets aside $1 million a year for pursuit of the American dream

Uncategorized May 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

More than 50 families will benefit from the Housing Partnership program, which provides up to $10,000 for down payments and related expenses to Nassau County families with limited resources. Orbelina Huezo, of Freeport; Rafael Peña, of Uniondale; as well as Ana and Carlos Sagastume, met last Thursday with Nassau CountyRead More

Politics of the Urdu press

Uncategorized May 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

Almost all of the Urdu papers circulated along the Eastern seaboard have their offices in New York. This means that besides being the center of the Pakistani community’s literary, cultural, religious, economic and political life, New York is also the hub of Urdu journalism. These papers provide coverage of theRead More

Support Miguel Malo and free speech rights for students of color at CUNY

Uncategorized May 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

If it were only about Miguel Malo, it would be bad enough. The most troubling thing is, it’s about much more: the first amendment rights of blacks, Latinos and other students of color at the City University of New York (CUNY). In August 2001, students at Hostos Community College inRead More

The Michigan affirmative action case & Black patriotism

Uncategorized May 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

The night before the U.S. Supreme Court was to hear oral arguments on whether to eliminate affirmative action as practiced by the University of Michigan, thousands of students, anchored by Howard University, spent a cold night outside the gates of the court petitioning justices not to damage their future. IRead More

Latinos not represented in politics

Uncategorized May 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Due to the growth of the Hispanic community and other immigrant groups in the United States, politicians in office do not represent the majority of the population. According to a study by the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York, the percentage of Hispanic elected officialsRead More

Police try to close down bootleggers again

Uncategorized May 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Yesterday, at around 12:30 p.m., police raided unlicensed vendors outside 291 Broadway. At that time, during lunch hour, many customers were buying illegal goods. The unlicensed vendors were busy and didn’t notice the police arrival—until they were caught. On the opposite side of the street, another group of police arrestedRead More

Bill to ensure immigrants’ privacy, access to services; NYC Council holds hearing on ‘Access Without Fear’ bill

Uncategorized May 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

Legislation aimed at safeguarding the confidentiality of New Yorkers’ private information moved onwards last Monday as New York City Council members heard testimony regarding the Access Without Fear (Intro.326) bill. The hearing, which took place May 5, 2003 in Manhattan’s City Hall Council chambers, gathered feedback regarding Intro.326. Activists hopeRead More

Orthodox Union blasted by labor group

Uncategorized May 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Jewish labor group is blasting the largest Orthodox organization in America for endorsing a bill that labor unions say is a Republican assault on workers’ rights. The legislation in question is a House bill that would allow businesses to offer workers time off from work, known as compensatory time,Read More

Mormons coming to rescue of rundown Bayside Cemetery

Uncategorized May 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

Armed with chainsaws and other heavy-duty equipment, hundreds of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—some traveling from as far as Salt Lake City—are mobilizing to clean up a long-neglected Jewish cemetery in Queens later this month. The four-day effort at Bayside Cemetery, which is owned byRead More

New restrictions on money transfers forces undocumented immigrants to send money home by hand

Uncategorized May 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

For undocumented immigrants, sending money to their home country from the United States has recently become more difficult. In many cases, they are not able to send money through legal means. Their only way is to send money by hand, which is called “Hundi.” (Generally, undocumented immigrants send more moneyRead More

FBI in Bangladesh to investigate whether money sent through the Sonali Exchange is going to terrorists

Uncategorized May 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

A team of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the United States went to Bangladesh to investigate whether the money sent through the Sonali Exchange was funding terrorist activities. The managing director of Sonali Bank, Rabiul Hussain, who is now visiting the United States, said that the money being sentRead More

Court ruling allows FBI to approach foreign governments for information on people living in the U.S.

Uncategorized May 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

A court ruling allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation to approach foreign governments for information on people living in the United States. The FBI claims that their target is U.S.-based sympathizers of the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, and Hamas in the occupied territories. The FBI already has the authority toRead More

Apartment scam dupes students

Uncategorized May 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

Irish students arriving in New York are being duped into spending unnecessary money when looking for an apartment. Flyers posted in the Irish neighborhoods of Queens and the Bronx, where Irish students normally flock to, advertise thousands of apartments without broker’s fees and without a credit standard. The number peopleRead More