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Filipinos fear the INS invitation may result in arrest, deportation

Uncategorized November 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

“How can we walk into the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) without fear, when people of color on the subway or in their homes were being questioned and arrested?” This reaction was one of several Filipinos to the “invitation” from an INS official for Filipinos to go freely to theRead More

Communal violence is said to have hurt economy of Gujarat

Uncategorized November 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Gujarat state Congress Party President Shankersinh Vaghela has urged nonresident Indians, especially those from Gujurat, “to help violence-ravaged Gujarat.” Vaghela is on a week’s tour of the United States to highlight the conditions in Gujarat and invite investment to the state. Recently addressing a gathering of about 500 at theRead More

Koreans demonstrate against Con Edison moving to Midtown: Korea Town will disappear if Con Edison comes

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Oct. 30, about 200 people, including Koreans and neighboring residents and business owners, demonstrated against a proposed move of Con Edison’s transformer station to Korea Town in midtown Manhattan. This demonstration, presided over by the Herald Square South Civic Association and several Korean associations, lasted an hour and aRead More

Triumph? Shame? Tragedy?

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Saturday evening, my son called me from Sitka, Alaska. Instead of delivering news of the purchase of his new house, he asked me, “So are you still pro-Chechen?” This is an old argument of ours. It’s not specifically about Chechens, but about Muslim terrorism in general. My son isRead More

Workers protest over alleged abuse

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

Several workers protested on Tuesday in front of the chain deli Austin’s Cafe, located on Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in Manhattan, over alleged labor abuse. Miguel Angel Sánchez, Siriaco Guzmán and Santos Marroquí, who said they are workers at the chain, handed out flyers in front of the storeRead More

Different than 11 years ago: how Israelis are preparing for war

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

It smells of rubber in the mortuary. Brown boxes are piled up to the ceiling and the smell of the gasmasks comes through the packaging. The army has built this site at a former cemetery north of Tel Aviv, which has been closed for years. It is here, next toRead More

Belafonte did the right thing by speaking against Powell and war against Iraq

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

“There’s an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those who lived on the plantation and there were those slaves that lived in the house.” Harry Belafonte, one of America’s great and most enduring entertainers, and civil and human rights advocates, was recalling an ugly part of America’sRead More

Are the democrats tricking or treating?

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

No group is more loyal to the Democrats than the descendants of enslaved Africans. No individuals have been more loyal to the Democrats than Carl McCall and Ron Kirk. Yet, both black men are now in fights for their political lives as unwitting fall guys. They have obviously been setRead More

Crackdown against corporate bribes in the South?

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bribes are as old as history. In the King James Bible, there is a passage saying that those who bribe will be destroyed. Unfortunately, we are not told when that will come to pass. Many societies consider bribing immoral, and many countries in the West passed laws making bribing illegal.Read More

Protest for detainees in front of the INS

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

More than 10 non-governmental organizations convened yesterday to protest the United States’ immigration policy and the detention of 75 immigrants in the Passaic County Jail. The detainees, who come from over 40 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, were charged for being in the United States without legalRead More

Two sides of the coin: Brazilians in the US see a drop in sales as the dollar rises

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

The overvaluation of the Brazilian real is causing dissatisfaction among many Brazilians residing in the United States, the opposite of conventional wisdom. Many with busness here already see a slowdown in sales and find it impossible to make investments in Brazil. Ironbound, on the east side of Newark, is aRead More

The end of a neighborhood center: Video rental store Stroll-Inn on Bedford Avenue closes its doors

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

“This rental shop was the soul of our community. We left our keys and our children here. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone,” says Wayne Padgett, a customer and a friend of Stroll-Inn Video on the corner of Bedford and 9th Street. The owners were forced to shut downRead More

Undocumented warned of new passenger tracking system

Uncategorized October 29, 2002 at 12:00 am

New passenger tracking technology at U.S. airports is raising the specter of another Christmas far from home for the undocumented Irish. The new system of tracking passengers departing from the United States was implemented by the U.S. Customs Service in the last few weeks. The system, known as the AdvancedRead More

Families of Flight 587 Victims Protest in Washington

Uncategorized October 29, 2002 at 12:00 am

Dozens of families of Flight 587 victims convened yesterday in front of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the first hearings began on the plane crash that claimed 265 lives last November in New York. Protesters arrived in Washington on a cold and rainy afternoon to demand that theRead More

Indigenous Mexicans find refuge in Manhatitln

Uncategorized October 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

Seventeen year-old Erastro reluctantly agreed to pose for his picture after an indigenous community leader from Erastro’s hometown convinced him that the photographer, although a “white Mexican,” was trustworthy. Also known as “Méjico” at the Dominican restaurant where he works, Erastro stands just about five feet tall; his face isRead More