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Competing factions misinform FBI and Anti-Terrorist Task Force, who raid Pakistani mosque and find nothing.

Uncategorized January 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

New Delhi to New Jersey: Indians on fast track.

Uncategorized January 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Sikh to sue township for violation of civil rights

Uncategorized January 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Hunger strike protests tuition fee hike for undocumented immigrant students.

Uncategorized January 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

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?

Uncategorized January 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Bangladeshi Muslims face layoffs, discrimination in Dallas.

Uncategorized January 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Legal Aid for Detained Pakistanis

Uncategorized January 10, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Rivlas Accuse Each Other of Being Terrorists

Uncategorized January 10, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

American Muslims are eager to participate in political life

Uncategorized January 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Film Student detained for 48 days

Uncategorized January 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

What is our fault?

Uncategorized January 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

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

Pakistani Detainees Speak Out

Uncategorized January 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

“We are not criminals, but we are treated as such. We do not even know what the future holds for us. We are not certain whether we will ever be freed, deported or remained jailed.” The man being treated like a “criminal” is one of about 200 Pakistanis being heldRead More

Bangladeshi-American Drops “Mohammad” from his name due to fears of discrimination

Uncategorized January 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

Though regrettable, it’s true that one Bangladeshi-American has abandoned “Mohammad” from his name through an affidavit. The man, formerly named Mohammad Reza, changed his name to “Reza Hayat,” because, he said, he was victimized because his name was Mohammad. Mohammad Reza is 37 years old, and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma,Read More

The Companiganj Samity in New York donated $10,000 to those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Uncategorized January 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Companiganj Welfare Association of New York donated $10,000 to help the people affected by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The money was handed over at the installation ceremony of the Association at Montauk school auditorium recently. A representative from the New York Police Department received theRead More

Pakistani Store Set Afire

Uncategorized January 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

Syed Hamim Shah, a Pakistani immigrant and resident of Staten Island suffered a loss of over half a million dollars when two unknown white men burned down his grocery store a couple of weeks ago. Before throwing a bag full of explosives on the floor, the attackers verbally abused theRead More