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The result of mid-term American elections on Korea

Uncategorized November 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

For Koreans, who are facing the sensitive international issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapon development, the American mid-term election was of the utmost importance—more so than any American mid-term election before it. Because it is expected that Bush’s government, which defined North Korea as part of an “axis of evil,”Read More

Landlord sells girl as slave in Sind, Pakistan

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

In Kotri, a small town in the Indus Valley, in the province of Sind, Pakistan, a sharecropper, Nazar Mohammed, could not pay a debt of Rs.20,000 ($350) that he had borrowed to buy a water-buffalo. A local landlord, Arbab Allabachayo, in a region dominated politically and economically by large-landholders, decidedRead More

Swamped with calls

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Weekly Gleaner was deluged with phone calls from the mainstream media and persons who wanted to verify information sweeping like wildfire around the country and the world that the snipers were Jamaican nationals. Media houses such as MSNBC and ABC wanted reactions from The Gleaner. “This could be theRead More

Black voter apathy eroding black political and economic power

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

H. Carl McCall, the gubernatorial candidate with an impressive resume, years of public service experience, and the only Black ever elected to statewide office in New York was solidly trounced by his Republican opponent, incumbent Governor George Pataki, garnering a mere 33 percent of the vote. There has been aRead More

Chinese Americans pleased by Pataki’s landslide

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

Incumbent Republican George Pataki won the New York State gubernatorial election by a landslide, marking his third term as governor of New York State. The Chinese American community considers his re-election well-deserved since his polices have been successful and he has received support from outside of the Republican Party. SunRead More

David Chong lost his third bid for Palisades Park City Council by an unexpectedly large margin

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

At press time, Republican David Chong received a total of just 865 votes for Palisades Park, N.J. City Concil. This number does not include all absentee ballots, but his loss was evident regardless of the rest. Mayor Sandy Favre (1,987 votes), and City Council candidates James Rotondo (2,057), Tony OmaliRead More

Korean-Americans have the highest voter turnout ever

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Election Day, the Korean-American voter turnout was the highest ever recorded—a 50 percent increase since the last election. The Young Korean-American Service and Education Center (Chairman, Sokon Kim) provided translation services at voting sites and surveyed exiting voters. According to the data they compiled, over 100 Korean Americans votedRead More

Four Chinese-American candidates lose in new Flushing District

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

During the election for NY State’s Assembly new district, 22 in Flushing, the Democratic Party candidate Barry Grodenchik, a Jewish-American, won the election with less than 50 percent of the vote. Grodenchick beat Independence Party candidate Jimmy Meng, Republican Party candidate Meilin Tan, Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou and LiberalRead More

Nirma, the courtesan, in New York

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

Recently Nirma, a movie star from the Pakistani film industry, performed a dance in New York that has provoked the Pakistani community in all sorts of interesting ways. Pakistani papers are carrying headlines about the brazen nature of the dance, and male columnists are falling over each other in disapproval.Read More

Blessed month, poignant reminders

Uncategorized November 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

Enter Ramadan 1423. As Muslims seek the best of this blessed month, they will be apt to remember the brethren who have fallen victim to a vicious cycle of violence Ramadan after Ramadan. From Bosnia to Kosova and Palestine, and from Kashmir to Afghanistan, the tragic saga continues. In theRead More

When will we stop worshipping at the feet of capital?

Uncategorized November 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

In Bolivia, people are drinking water unfit for livestock. Privatization of Bolivian public utilities began in 1990, and by 1999, drinking water became too expensive for many people. There are more examples of alarming privatization of public utilities in the 1990s in both rich and poor countries. After the deregulationRead More

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