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Pakistani arrested at registrations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

After two days of registration, 127 Pakistanis and 100 Arabs registered. One Pakistani, Khurrum Ali, was arrested. The Pakistani Consulate has not yet verified the arrest. American authorities still claim that the registration process is not discriminatory on the grounds of ethnic, national, racial origins. If the registration law isRead More

President Musharref silent about registrations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pakistanis residing illegally in the United States are anxiously awaiting news of the outcome of talks between Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, visiting from Pakistan, and Bush administration officials. Almost all undocumented Pakistanis will decide whether to register from their impressions of the meeting. Since September 11th, 10,000 Pakistanis haveRead More

The police department becomes more diverse

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

As of today, the New York Police Department (NYPD) can count more than 2,000 more officers. The graduating class is one of the most diverse to come out of the Police Academy. Latinos comprise 25 percent of the new officers, African Americans are 18 percent, women are 20 percent, andRead More

MLK celebrations – window dressing?

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

If you’ve gotten caught up in the salutes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and preparing to shortly celebrate Black History Month, you must recognize that sometimes these observances can seem like just window dressing to disguise the innate and often two-faced nature of racism in this country. Like weRead More

Is the KKK running the Bush Administration?

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

President George Bush continued his schizophrenic behavior when he decided to re-nominate Charles Pickering for the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 2002, Pickering’s nomination was rejected by a then-Democratic-controlled Congress Pickering angered black politicians and organizations when he called the state court, on the behalf of white racists that wereRead More

Nigeria’s disgrace at the United Nations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

The diplomatic community in New York is ashamed by what is happening at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations. For the past five weeks, diplomats and other U.N. officials trying to reach the Mission have been told by the phone company that the phone is disconnected. AfricanRead More

Latino-owned taxi companies protest Newark’s lack of support

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

More than 100 Latino-owned taxi companies picketed at Newark City Hall for close to four hours on Jan. 16. The demonstration was a protest against unsafe conditions, two taxi drivers were killed within a scant four months; high prices for auto insurance; and excessive ticketing by police. An estimated 70Read More

Police brass works to polish police image in Brooklyn

Uncategorized January 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the walls of Assistant Chief Joseph Fox’s office in Flatbush, more than 60 photographs and plaques decorate the walls and more crowd the tabletops. Fox points first to the one of the West Indian Labor Day Carnival by his door to make a point about how he sees Brooklyn.Read More

Asian community’s rage about Shaquille O’Neal’s comments continues

Uncategorized January 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Asian community’s rage against Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O’Neal continues. Despite Shaq’s apology for his comment against Huston Rocket’s Chinese player Yao Ming in mock Chinese, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) wrote to the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Jan. 14, demanding a public service announcementRead More

Bangladesh included in INS Special Registration program: More than 100,000 U.S.-based Bangladeshis anxious about future

Uncategorized January 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Five countries, including Bangladesh, were included in the Special Registration program of the U.S. Justice Department. Bangladeshi citizens should register at nearby INS offices between Feb. 24 and March 28. In New York City, one should register at 26 Federal Plaza, room 310. There are also registrations in Buffalo andRead More

Dual citizenship greeted with mixed feelings

Uncategorized January 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Americans of Indian origin reacted with mixed feelings to New Delhi’s grant of dual citizenship, saying it does not extend any more privileges to NRIs [NonResident Indians] than already available but it may help emotional ties with the motherland. G. Atmacharan Reddy, the only NRI who was a Parliament member,Read More

INS relaxes norms; gives H1 visas for nurses

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Applicants with a degree in nursing will be given H1 visas permitting them to come to the United States as temporary workers, thanks to a change in Immigration and Naturalization (INS) police whereby nursing has been reclassified. Until now, the INS did not consider nursing a “profession,” which deserves H1Read More

Pakistani gas station attendant prevents destruction of a Brooklyn synagogue

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Pakistani immigrant’s quick action to prevent the torching of a Brooklyn synagogue may be symptomatic of what some see as the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Syed Ali, 35, was working at an Amoco station in Sheepshead Bay when he realized that a man who had filled a canisterRead More

Mexicans protest their Consul General in N.Y.

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

About 30 Mexican activists protested in front of their consulate in Manhattan asking for the resignation of Consul General Salvador Beltran del Rio, along with the person in charge of protection, who they charged with “bad service and maltreatment of immigrants.” “The Mexican community cannot stand bad service and beingRead More

Mosque-goer shot at near Fulton St. mosque

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

One devotee was shot at by miscreants near the Bedford- Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn. Ashraf Mansur, 19, was leaving the Mosdhjid Al Muslemin mosque after Jumma Prayer on Jan. 10. Mansur was taken to the hospital, where his condition is improving. The bullet was fired just as the congregants wereRead More