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Bar’s Bloody Mary promotion shakes up Irish sensibilities

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

After complaints from several Irish people, an East Village bar removed posters from its windows last Wednesday that used the Union Jack and the words “Bloody Sundays” for a Bloody Mary drinks promotion. The posters, measuring about 8 feet by 11 inches, were replaced later in the week with almostRead More

Councilman Alan Gerson works with several Chinese organizations to initiate an Asian American Art and Culture Center

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

A special committee has been set up for economic recovery and improving the cultural atmosphere in the battered lower Manhattan, Councilman Alan Gerson announced yesterday. At the same time, he required the city, state and federal governments to allocate funds to build an Asian American Culture Center in the downtownRead More

The Jews of the Arab world: a community unto itself

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

They speak Arabic. They listen to Arabic music. They eat Arabic food. Were you to pass by an Arab Jewish synagogue during prayer, you would hear strains of music by Om Kolthoum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and Sayed Darwiche. And yet, here in New York, they are not considered a partRead More

Cash flow to campaign coffers

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

Christian-right extremist Jerry Falwell’s comment that the Prophet Mohammed was a “terrorist” on “60 Minutes” prompted a large protest of the CBS-TV offices on Oct. 8. Many in the media, as well as prominent ministers and rabbis, also expressed dismay at Falwell and CBS. Many Muslims have responded to theRead More

Why you should join the PTA

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

I became a member of my daughter’s school Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in the hope that I would make a difference. My wife and I worked very hard to prepare our daughter for school. She learned to read and write before she was three years old. We made sure sheRead More

Injured workers and police conflict, four were arrested in Albany

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

A team of injured workers marching in a protest in Albany ended up in a conflict with police on Oct. 15. The conflict led to the arrests of four organizers, including the executive director of the Chinese Staff &Workers Association, Wing Lam. All four were released when the march wasRead More

1,000 deaths in the high seas: Senegalese community in America mobilizes to assist victims and families

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Senegalese community in America is mobilizing to meet the challenges posed by the worst ferry disaster in Africa, as well as one of the worst in the world. The Senegalese ferry, Le Joola, capsized in a treacherous storm off the coast of Gambia on Sept. 26. Officially, there wereRead More

Protesters accuse Bloomberg of racism

Uncategorized October 15, 2002 at 12:00 am

“I was able to survive, thanks to my mother and my church, but many people don’t have mothers, churches or anyone to turn to for help,” said Dominican Severina Evangelista as she addressed the crowd in front of the Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) offices while struggling to cover her sonRead More

Are small businesses prey in New York City? Small businesses are angry with the reckless issuing of tickets

Uncategorized October 15, 2002 at 12:00 am

Due to New York City’s deficit, small businesses are suffering from unreasonable tickets issued by the city. The City government in the last two years has recorded a loss of $500 million, and it is in the worst financial situation since the financial crisis of 1970. Some civil servants warnedRead More

Primary loss

Uncategorized October 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

There has often been talk about Indian Americans not participating enough in the political process in this country and electing members of their own community to high offices. But last week’s instance in Georgia when incumbent Rep. Cynthia McKinney lost the primary, shows that Indian Americans can make a difference.Read More

A Pakistani writes from an American jail

Uncategorized October 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

A friend of the editors of Pakistan Post received a letter from Zubair Hanafi, which has been forwarded to me and I am including in this column. Zubair’s address is the Brooklyn Detention Center. His prisoner number is 67898053. The letter bears an Aug. 15 postmark, meaning the letter hasRead More

Poetic injustice

Uncategorized October 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Social activist and prolific poet/writer Amiri Baraka recently became the center of controversy since New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey asked Baraka to resign his position as poet laureate of New Jersey because of Baraka’s poem “Somebody Blew Up America.” The flare-up began after Baraka read the poem at the 2002Read More

Learning multiculturalism through food

Uncategorized October 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

“Through food we understand other multinational groups and learn about them.’ The Korean Presbyterian Church (Rev. Chang-gil Kim), the black Paterson United Presbyterian Church (Rev. David Sonton), and the mostly white Franklin Lakes Church (Rev. Jack Lore) collaboratively will publish a cookbook of more than 200 international recipes in December.Read More

The flip side of Wyclef Jean

Uncategorized October 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

Wyclef Jean is not a household name. In the hip-hop world, Jean is known as an innovator—a larger-than-life persona whose music career dates back to his work with the Fugees, which enjoyed tremendous success in the early 1990s. Jean also released a solo album “Carnival,” which was followed by twoRead More

The political insanity of visas

Uncategorized October 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

Security measures taken since September 11th have robbed many innocent people of both time and money. The inefficacy of these new measures becomes more apparent when the victims are world-renowned cultural and academic figures. If the U.S. Department of State censors can defend the denial of visas to lay peopleRead More