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Conferences for Egyptians in America: Where are the Coptic Christians?

Uncategorized August 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

With great interest, I followed the articles in Al-Ahram about the conferences in Washington, D.C., moderated by Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed Said, called, “Muslims in America and their role in public elections.” The first section was published in Al-Ahram on June 28, 2002, and the second section on July 5, 2002.Read More

September 11th investigation marred by arbitrary detentions, says Human Rights Watch

Uncategorized August 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

The United States government’s investigation of the September 11th attacks has been marred by arbitrary detentions, due process violations, and secret arrests, Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch) said in a new report released on Aug. 15. The Department of Justice has misused immigration charges to dodge legal restraints onRead More

Letter from Brighton Beach: Zhirinovsky plays the clown, and an emigr is not amused

Uncategorized August 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

It was a strange feeling. As if I never left the Soviet Union, as if I never escaped anti-Semitism, as if I am still a target. Hateful statements, followed by long applause—ethnic Russians laughing over dirty jokes about Jews. No, it was not a nightmare. It was Aug. 21. IRead More

Landlord of building where boy died stole rent money meant for poor

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

A fire claimed the life of eight-year-old Jashawn Parker just before midnight on Aug. 6. The PS 94 student, whose summer school classwork work was on display at the memorial outside the building, submerged himself in a bathtub full of water to stave off the flames which followed a loudRead More

Raids on Pakistani homes and arrests are at their peak: 60 arrested from Queens and Brooklyn this week

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

The INS and FBI are raiding the homes of those whose country of origin, Pakistan, is America’s greatest ally in the war against terrorism. Within the last week, the agencies arrested 60 people in Queens and Brooklyn. They were all charged with violations relating to their immigration status. The PakistaniRead More

Reparations and labor unions

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

As the reparations movement continues to gain momentum, activists maintain that the success of their movement rests in its ability to effectively educate and mobilize grassroots. The Millions for Reparations rally, held in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 17, drew considerable support from Black workers who view the reparations issue asRead More

Valor = Visa

Uncategorized August 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Belfast-born paramedic in New York whose immigration status had expired last year has been granted the right to stay in the United States by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a result of his rescue work on September 11th. The INS confirmed last week that Roger Smyth, whoRead More

The numbers game continues for Haitians

Uncategorized August 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

Two years after asking for mass support for collecting its data, the Census Bureau does not know how many Haitians or Haitian-Americans live in the United States. In 2000, census data was collected indiscriminately, but the results are not being furnished as inclusively because those who participated do not knowRead More

Learning English in El Barrio

Uncategorized August 26, 2002 at 12:00 am

When the Aguilar Language Learning Center opened its doors six years ago, its students were almost exclusively Spanish speakers; in fact, 90 percent were Mexican. Since then, however, the center, as well as El Barrio, grew to include large numbers of African, Turkish, Pakistani, Nepalese, and Angolan visitors. Brooks Emerson,Read More

Angry Bangladeshi community rallies after Mijanur Rahman’s murder, proposes renaming Forbell Avenue to Mijanur Avenue

Uncategorized August 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bangladeshis in New York rallied for peace on Aug. 18 after the murder of renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman. He was killed by a group of Hispanic men on Aug. 11 in Brooklyn. Many Bangladeshis and members of other community organizations attended the Sunday peace rally. The sentiment was, “MijanRead More

Nanny may be jailed in death of ward

Uncategorized August 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

For weeks now, Filipino babysitters and nannies in the New York-New Jersey area have been talking about a young colleague whom, they say, was jailed after the death of her seven-year-old ward who reportedly fell in a Manhattan playground and knocked his head on a concrete. The problem is, noRead More

A day of hope: Farmingdale day laborers earn diplomas for learning English and their rights as laborers

Uncategorized August 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

The situation for two day laborers from Farmingdale—who were nearly killed two years ago when two white men attacked them—seems to be looking up. Thanks to the hard work of activists like Irma Solis of the Center for Labor Rights (CDL), about 15 day laborers from Farmingdale have received diplomasRead More

Jamaica launches probe into allegations of corruption at Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

With a plethora of allegations of corruption swirling around Jamaica’s Tourist Board’s (JTB) office in New York, Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Sport has moved to get to the bottom of the charges. The claims in a lengthy unsigned letter included: suggestions of criminal behavior by some top tourist boardRead More

Say no to juvenile gangs

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

The recent shooting of a young girl in the Bronx after a gang stormed a private party is evidence of a resurgence in gang violence in New York. The gang members responsible appear to have ties to powerful Mexican gangs in Los Angeles, where whole neighborhoods and supposedly under theirRead More

Butt out, Bloomy: Bar owners slam smoking ban; vow to fight Bloomberg plan

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

Irish bar owners are hopping mad and banding together citywide to tell New York’s mayor to butt out of their businesses and not to impose a smoking ban on their premises. Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for a tough new law banning smoking in bars, company cars andRead More