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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

Local senator leads fight against media merger

Uncategorized July 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

While state lawmakers are not usually known for their federal lobbying efforts, local State Senator Efrain González, Jr. has taken an active role in a hot national issue—media mergers. González is leading a protracted battle against proposed mergers in the Spanish-language media market. A decision by the Federal Communications CommissionRead More

Rep. Rangel pulls for Perkins, blasts Bloomberg

Uncategorized July 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

It was supposed to be a simple press conference where a group of Harlem’s movers and shakers gathered to give their blessings to a favorite son, Bill Perkins, in his bid for reelection to the New York City Council. But Rep. Charles B. Rangel, one of those invited to giveRead More

Fewer Immigrants after September 11

Uncategorized July 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Department of Homeland Security announced that U.S. Consulates issued fewer visas to immigrants coming into the United States. The number of immigrants who have legally come into the United States has dropped by about 26,632 compared to 2001. The decline may be linked to the events of September 11,Read More

Caribbean immigrants at mercy of unscrupulous immigration consultants

Uncategorized July 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

A West Indian religious minister remembers a woman came to his church in Brooklyn for help. Living in the U.S. illegally for at least three years, she was hoping that a legal way could be found so she could get a green card and bring her children. She was eagerRead More

Sunset Park’s internet caf a den of ill repute, say neighbors

Uncategorized July 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, an internet café between Eighth Avenue and 50th Street is a problem for the community’s safety. Parents have consistenly complained to the police about the internet café, which is located across the street from the office of The Organization of Chinese Americans. According to Chinese residents,Read More

Peace making in the parking wars between cab companies of Flushing

Uncategorized July 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

A parking space on 41st Avenue in Flushing had two Chinese-operated vans companies fighting each other. On one occasion the conflict came to blows and the police had to be called. To make peace the 109 Precinct, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) calledRead More

Africa beware!

Uncategorized July 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

George Orwell, the British author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, must be turning over in his grave. George must be spinning around and doing double takes in his grave as his namesake, President George W. Bush, makes real Orwellian forecasts about thought control, reining in dissent and establishing theRead More

Police claim that Zhang Qua was a special case

Uncategorized July 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

In recent months there has been a crime wave on East Broadway in Chinatown, which has generated much concern in the community. In a meeting between residents and the 7th Police Precinct last week, Ga-Wah Liu, in charge of community affairs, urged more people to cooperate with the police toRead More

Korean small businesses leaving Manhattan

Uncategorized July 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

Korean businesses are leaving Manhattan at an alarming rate because of the recession and the high rents. A Korean deli-owner in Manhattan invested $300,000 in late 2001 in the business. The owner expected that the market would improve, instead sales have fallen steadily. He can no longer afford the monthlyRead More

Bush bid for Jews’ votes zeroes in on Gen X, GOP nurtures cadre of activists

Uncategorized July 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

The White House is nurturing a cadre of Generation X Republican Jewish activists, many of them Orthodox, as part of a concerted strategy to boost Republican strength among Jewish voters—and Jewish political donors—in the run-up to the 2004 election. In private conversations recently, Bush aides have voiced hopes that theRead More

U.S. military action in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Uncategorized July 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

Aircraft were dropping hundreds of thousands of leaflets over rocky hillsides, farmers’ fields, forests and waterways. They were advertising large sums of money as rewards for information on Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden in the Afghan areas of Lawara, Bermal, Argoon, and Paktia and the adjoining tribal territories inRead More

A hundred Chinese garment workers protest and win

Uncategorized July 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the afternoon of July 9th, nearly one hundred Chinese garment workers protested in front of Wild Cat Service Corp, an occupation training center. They protested that the center did not complete the curriculum. After they attended eight weeks of classes, they were suddenly told to stop and not finishRead More

Bloomberg supports bilingual education

Uncategorized July 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

Mayor Bloomberg recently decided that bilingual education will continue to be available through the New York public school system. Supporters of his decision believe that bilingual schooling helps children adapt into the English speaking mainstream of children who attend public schools and learn English. This is a changed stance forRead More