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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

Aishwarya makes Pataki’s fundraiser “more lively”

Uncategorized October 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

“Sorry, no press allowed,” said the man outside Shaan restaurant. The event was a cocktail and dinner party in honor of Gov. George Pataki, seeking a third term in the Nov. 26 gubernatorial election on the Republican ticket. We debated the need for press presence. The hassled event manager, whoRead More

ADL rips ACLU on terror stance

Uncategorized October 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

The leader of a Jewish defense organization that traditionally sides with civil libertarians is zinging the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for its stance on President Bush’s war against terrorism. In an interview with the Forward, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), castigated the ACLU for runningRead More

This November presents an opportunity for the Pakistani community to reverse its electoral mistakes of November 2000

Uncategorized October 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

Community leaders are appealing to Pakistani-Americans to vote Democrat in the upcoming midterm elections. Democrats have a better record on immigration. Many Muslim organizations brought out a Republican vote in November 2000, a decision they regret because of the Bush Administration’s crackdown on Muslims. Pakistanis have historically voted Republican. TheRead More

Congress votes on Iraq

Uncategorized October 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives passed a resolution to grant President Bush the authority to use America’s armed forces as he deems necessary and appropriate to defend national security. In the House, six Republicans joined 126 Democrats in voting against the resolution. All of the Latino DemocratsRead More

A look inside the last male bastion: The barbershop

Uncategorized October 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

On a Monday afternoon in Flatbush, Nicolas Jean-Jacques walked into Titi’s Barbershop on Nostrand Avenue and declared that he would never come back to the shop if Ernst “Titi” Daphnis, 53, who had been on the phone for some time, did not start cutting his hair soon. “I’ve been walkingRead More

Westerners show more interest in dragon and lion dancing than Chinese American youth

Uncategorized October 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

In Chinatown, it’s becoming more common for more and more Westerners to join in the traditional dragon and lion dancing teams and perform admirably in celebrations. Is it a cultural exchange or there is something more behind this trend? Many dragon and lion dancing coaches say that lack of interestRead More

Workers fired over union contract

Uncategorized October 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

Five janitors say they were fired for pressuring their employers to conclude contract negotiations that are almost a year overdue with labor union SEIU 32BJ. The contracting company Mayco Building Services, Inc. fired workers Salvador Flores, Rosa Figueroa, José Valentine, Ramón Portillo, and Esperanza Velásquez on Oct. 9, after theyRead More

Jackson Heights is changing

Uncategorized October 19, 2002 at 12:00 am

Jackson Heights in Queens is changing. At least, the composition of its population is. This was reflected during the Diwali (festival of lights) celebrations held on 74th Street on Oct. 13 when in addition to the Indian Bollywood songs and dances, there were elements of entertainment from Pakistan and Bangladesh.Read More

Pakistani Christians stage protest in New York

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

Christians from Pakistan, who comprise about three percent of the population, staged a demonstration outside the United Nations office in New York on Oct. 10 in protest against “repression” of the community by “successive Pakistani governments, including the present Musharraf regime.” Shouting “let Christians in Pakistan live,” the protesters, numberingRead More

Asian groups support Democrat McCall against Pataki

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

New York City’s Asian immigrant groups registered a first last week, when they got together to throw their collective weight behind Democratic contender for the New York State gubernatorial race Carl McCall. Even as McCall closed the gap with incumbent George E. Pataki, the Asian American community in New YorkRead More

The cemetery nobody wants

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

To get to her parents’ graves, Beth Rocke, 77, rides the A train more than an hour from Morningside Heights in Manhattan to Ozone Park, Queens. Rocke, who sometimes needs a cane, slowly descends the stairs of the shabby elevated train station, then walks past modest homes, industrial buildings andRead More

Asian organizations fight against discrimination: Costume maker recalls Kung Fu mask

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

Asian organizations accused San Diego-based costume maker Disguise, Inc., of discrimination because their Kung Fu-style mask, which Disguise, Inc. put on the market this September in time for Halloween. The mask was sold with a set of Kung Fu clothes, and depicted a bucktoothed, slant-eyed Kung Fu figure, with aRead More