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War divides residents

Uncategorized March 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

“Muslims are like a family. How would a family feel knowing that one of their members was being attacked?” This was the response that an employee at a gas station on Minneola Avenue, by Exit 36 of the Long Island Expressway, gave to the following question: What do you thinkRead More

Flushing Muslim center welcomes community in open house

Uncategorized March 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in Queens, the Muslim Center of New York (MCNY) opened its doors to the public on March 15. The program, “Know thy Neighbor,” in conjunction with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), invited community members to come and visit the center in an effortRead More

Probe roughing up of Indo-Canadian, say Congress members

Uncategorized March 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

Rep. Joseph Crowley, (D-N.Y.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, and 10 colleagues signed a letter last week to express outrage at the treatment recently meted out to Berna Cruz, an Indian Canadian, and sent it to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who oversees the U.S.Read More

How Greenpoint views the conflict in Iraq

Uncategorized March 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

Anna, 26, 5 months in the United States We are all concerned and worried about what is going on. I believe the Iraqi leader has no chance. Personally, I am following everything happening in Iraq. I don’t feel I’m in danger, though. I am surprised Americans approach this whole situationRead More

New talk radio format: Minorities spar with chasids

Uncategorized March 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

When WWRL-AM (1600), one of the nation’s oldest black-owned and -operated radio stations, hosted an event last week at the Times Square Planet Hollywood to celebrate its new line-up, the buffet was laden with treyf Buffalo wings and hamburgers. But there was another table, too, stacked with glatt kosher meals.Read More

Korean-American soldiers off to fight the war in Iraq

Uncategorized March 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

“The people who hate war the most are soldiers, because they know first hand about the tragedy of war. But when your country calls on you to serve, that is the moment when your life is no longer yours, but your country’s.” Korean-American U.S. Army Reservist Captain Jae-Hyuk Yoo, 40,Read More

Koreans focus on small and mobile businesses

Uncategorized March 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Recently, new businesses requiring small investments, such as those without storefronts or mini-stores have begun to spring up throughout the Korean business communities in Flushing, Manhattan and New Jersey. The continuing economic depression and increasing rents led Koreans to discover special businesses which can be run without stores, such asRead More

Thoughts on the progress of women’s rights

Uncategorized March 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Since March 8th, the United Nations has been celebrating Women’s Rights Week. I have been thinking of the distance that women, in my experience, have traveled. Newspaper reports of domestic violence and the terrible practice of karo kari in my native Punjab haunt me. Karo kari is a bizarre practiceRead More

Blaming Jews for war

Uncategorized March 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

A dozen years ago, Pat Buchanan blamed the Jews for the impending war with Iraq. Now the same complaint comes not from a right-wing crank but a moderate Democratic congressman from Virginia. When Jim Moran, speaking in a suburban Washington church last week, said the coming war with Saddam HusseinRead More

Justice for undocumented workers: Attorney General Elliot Spitzer orders the Burritoville restaurant chain to pay for overtime

Uncategorized March 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

After about one year of investigations by Attorney General Elliot Spitzer’s office, over 100 workers of Burritoville restaurant chain will be able to recover the money their eyes never saw. In agreement with the investigations, these workers, the majority from Mexico, worked about 50 to 70 hours a week withoutRead More

Defending an ideal with pride

Uncategorized March 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

For some Latinos, the possibility of war and the lack of information about emergency preparedness in Spanish is worrisome. But others, like Jorge Mantilla, feel only pride. Today, Mantilla’s 20-year-old son Luis, a Marine, sails for Kuwait to prepare for combat. “If I told you that I am not worried,Read More

Seward Park High School will be gone, Chinatown concerned about fate of bilingual program

Uncategorized March 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

It is the school application season. But Chinatown is worried about the fate of Seward Park High School, the largest high school in that area, and its bilingual program. The school is being replaced by two smaller ones, but Chinatown’s concern is that the bilingual program will be eliminated withRead More

Workers are in class, factories are empty: Owners charge September 11th Fund ESL program hurts Chinatown’s garment industry

Uncategorized March 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program set up in Chinatown by the September 11th Fund for workers who lost their jobs after the tragedy stirred an uproar among garment factory owners. The owners complain that the full-time class has attracted too many workers with its offer of aRead More

Segregation according to a Latino boy

Uncategorized March 14, 2003 at 12:00 am

Alejandro Gac-Artigas is not your average child. Born in Holland to a Chilean father and a Puerto Rican mother, the 14-year-old is the author of two books. He’s a 10th grader at Rumson Fair Haven High School in N. J., and he scored 1420 (out of a possible 1600) onRead More

Proposed changes in the citizenship test: Twenty-five questions about history and English

Uncategorized March 14, 2003 at 12:00 am

The administration of the English and history tests taken by all green card holders will probably be changed, Nowy Dziennik learned. “It is true that such a proposal has been submitted,” said Mark Thorne, a spokesperson for the New York Bureau of Citizenship &Immigration Services (BCIS), as the INS isRead More