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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

Workers protest over alleged abuse

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

Several workers protested on Tuesday in front of the chain deli Austin’s Cafe, located on Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in Manhattan, over alleged labor abuse. Miguel Angel Sánchez, Siriaco Guzmán and Santos Marroquí, who said they are workers at the chain, handed out flyers in front of the storeRead More

Different than 11 years ago: how Israelis are preparing for war

Uncategorized October 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

It smells of rubber in the mortuary. Brown boxes are piled up to the ceiling and the smell of the gasmasks comes through the packaging. The army has built this site at a former cemetery north of Tel Aviv, which has been closed for years. It is here, next toRead More

Belafonte did the right thing by speaking against Powell and war against Iraq

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

“There’s an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those who lived on the plantation and there were those slaves that lived in the house.” Harry Belafonte, one of America’s great and most enduring entertainers, and civil and human rights advocates, was recalling an ugly part of America’sRead More

Are the democrats tricking or treating?

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

No group is more loyal to the Democrats than the descendants of enslaved Africans. No individuals have been more loyal to the Democrats than Carl McCall and Ron Kirk. Yet, both black men are now in fights for their political lives as unwitting fall guys. They have obviously been setRead More

Crackdown against corporate bribes in the South?

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bribes are as old as history. In the King James Bible, there is a passage saying that those who bribe will be destroyed. Unfortunately, we are not told when that will come to pass. Many societies consider bribing immoral, and many countries in the West passed laws making bribing illegal.Read More

Protest for detainees in front of the INS

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

More than 10 non-governmental organizations convened yesterday to protest the United States’ immigration policy and the detention of 75 immigrants in the Passaic County Jail. The detainees, who come from over 40 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, were charged for being in the United States without legalRead More

Two sides of the coin: Brazilians in the US see a drop in sales as the dollar rises

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

The overvaluation of the Brazilian real is causing dissatisfaction among many Brazilians residing in the United States, the opposite of conventional wisdom. Many with busness here already see a slowdown in sales and find it impossible to make investments in Brazil. Ironbound, on the east side of Newark, is aRead More

The end of a neighborhood center: Video rental store Stroll-Inn on Bedford Avenue closes its doors

Uncategorized October 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

“This rental shop was the soul of our community. We left our keys and our children here. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone,” says Wayne Padgett, a customer and a friend of Stroll-Inn Video on the corner of Bedford and 9th Street. The owners were forced to shut downRead More

Undocumented warned of new passenger tracking system

Uncategorized October 29, 2002 at 12:00 am

New passenger tracking technology at U.S. airports is raising the specter of another Christmas far from home for the undocumented Irish. The new system of tracking passengers departing from the United States was implemented by the U.S. Customs Service in the last few weeks. The system, known as the AdvancedRead More

Families of Flight 587 Victims Protest in Washington

Uncategorized October 29, 2002 at 12:00 am

Dozens of families of Flight 587 victims convened yesterday in front of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the first hearings began on the plane crash that claimed 265 lives last November in New York. Protesters arrived in Washington on a cold and rainy afternoon to demand that theRead More

Indigenous Mexicans find refuge in Manhatitln

Uncategorized October 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

Seventeen year-old Erastro reluctantly agreed to pose for his picture after an indigenous community leader from Erastro’s hometown convinced him that the photographer, although a “white Mexican,” was trustworthy. Also known as “Méjico” at the Dominican restaurant where he works, Erastro stands just about five feet tall; his face isRead More

Perception or paranoia: Alleged sniper ID has Black folks asking questions

Uncategorized October 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

Skepticism is not a trait unfamiliar to the Black community regarding any “official” word. The huge taskforce which has desended upon the D.C. area declared that John Allen Muhammad, (a.k.a. John Allen Williams) and John Lee Malvo, 17, his unofficial ward, were the snipers who terrorized the region for threeRead More

Waiting for war: Filipinos in Mideast say U.S. war on Iraq loom

Uncategorized October 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Ranka Manis family had just returned home from morning prayers at the mosque when a Filipino nurse relative from Iraq called up telling, “we are anxiously preparing for the worst.” “What future awaits you, your loved ones and your families?” was the response posed by Potri Ranka Manis, aRead More

Suit filed against school for discrimination

Uncategorized October 26, 2002 at 12:00 am

SEIU Local 32BJ filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Chapin School, a private school, on behalf of two women workers. The union is up in arms because the women were intimidated and dismissed from their jobs for attempting to join the union. María Alemán and Elsa González said yesterdayRead More