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A Pakistani American view on the new books on Islam and terror

Uncategorized February 26, 2003 at 12:00 am

I have been reading various books on Islam, terrorism and democracy published recently. With I felt the ideas of all of these writers suffocating me. First there is the one with the happy title: “Sword of Islam: Muslim Extremism from Arab Conquests to the Attack on America.” The author, JohnRead More

Students march to Albany

Uncategorized February 26, 2003 at 12:00 am

Hundreds of students from New York public universities continued their 560-mile march on Tuesday to stop the tuition hikes and financial aid cuts proposed by Governor George Pataki. Students from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY), who started their march toRead More

Hate crimes against Asian-Pacific Americans increase

Uncategorized February 26, 2003 at 12:00 am

Hate crimes against Asian Pacific Americans in the United States in 2001 totaled 507 incidents, a 23 percent increase over to 411 incidents in 2000. According to the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s annual report on hate crimes against Asian Pacific Americans,Read More

Heading for Iraq

Uncategorized February 26, 2003 at 12:00 am

Not even the haunting fear of undergoing a major surgery to remove a malignant tumor from a kidney can compare to the emotional turmoil one family in Queens, New York, is experiencing as their youngest child is whisked away to war. Norma Moodie-Waite, a Jamaican, and the assistant manager atRead More

Korean-American groups join scholarship work

Uncategorized February 26, 2003 at 12:00 am

Manhattan Korean-American groups are expanding various scholarship programs to help different races live together. They feel that scholarships are a wonderful way to support education for racial minorities, and to strengthen the social ties among races. Various businesses earn their income from localities, and as a way of contributing somethingRead More

Why Ashcroft wants West Indian tried for murder

Uncategorized February 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

If U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft gets his way, a 32-year-old West Indian will be executed if he’s found guilty in a federal murder trial in Brooklyn. And Ashcroft seemingly wants the man’s death even though U.S. prosecutors, who report to Ashcroft, believe the case against Emile Dixon should notRead More

Sikh attorney’s right to wear turban while visiting client upheld

Uncategorized February 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

Since September 10 last year, Ravinder Singh Bhalla has been waiting to go to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention center. He may get his wish in a few weeks, now that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has upheld his right, as a Sikh, to wear his turban while visiting his client.Read More

Congress allocates $750,000 to improve traffic in Chinatown

Uncategorized February 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose constituents include residents in Chinatown, was able to get funding of $1.65 million from Congress. She announced the plan to revitalize three areas in downtown Manhattan. The plan gave $750,000 to Chinatown to improve its traffic situation. The amount would be used to research ways toRead More

Where’s the outrage?

Uncategorized February 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Over the past few issues of the Manhattan Times, we reported on the effects of the city’s budget gap of billions of dollars. Library services are on the chopping block. Funding for education is evaporating. City day care center directors and workers staged a one-day walk out. We also detailedRead More

Running – back home? Manipulative maneuvers by immigrants

Uncategorized February 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Imagine that disaster has struck your home. Your home is gone. There is no bread. No water. No life. People are saving themselves in any way they can. Your family is taken in, by a relative, by a friend, or by a neighbor. He gives you shelter and food; educatesRead More

INS officer speaks to a delegation of Pakistanis: Those who do not register will experience problems exiting the U.S.

Uncategorized February 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Public Relations Officer Christian Rodriguez says that the INS is not seeking to carry out mass arrests during the registration process. He said that if they started arresting every person with a minor immigration violation, they would need an office the size of a footballRead More

Jews for Israel, against the war in Iraq

Uncategorized February 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

On Saturday morning, Feb. 15, a coalition of Jewish groups gathered at the Workmen’s Circle building in Manhattan to prepare for a march to the anti-war rally near the United Nations that day at noon. While anti-war observant Jews prayed at morning Sabbath service on the second floor before joiningRead More

Phone tapping leads to cleric’s arrest

Uncategorized February 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

On Feb. 6, I heard on the radio that a Brooklyn mosque was raided and the cleric –along with several other people—was arrested. The FBI had been tapping the cleric’s phone and heard him refer to the events of September 11th without expressing remorse. He is also being investigated forRead More

Drivers should not risk their lives!

Uncategorized February 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

The recent attacks on New York City car service drivers?in which two people were killed?caused the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers to warn city authorities that they will sharply reduce service to areas with high crime rates. “We do not have any other choice,” declared Fernando Mateo, presidentRead More

Understanding black history

Uncategorized February 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

February is Black History Month, and as a student in high school I find that we don’t really learn enough about our cultures. I think there is not enough information in our history books. I have never questioned any of my teachers as to why we do not go in-depthRead More