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Learning multiculturalism through food

Uncategorized October 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

“Through food we understand other multinational groups and learn about them.’ The Korean Presbyterian Church (Rev. Chang-gil Kim), the black Paterson United Presbyterian Church (Rev. David Sonton), and the mostly white Franklin Lakes Church (Rev. Jack Lore) collaboratively will publish a cookbook of more than 200 international recipes in December.Read More

The flip side of Wyclef Jean

Uncategorized October 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

Wyclef Jean is not a household name. In the hip-hop world, Jean is known as an innovator—a larger-than-life persona whose music career dates back to his work with the Fugees, which enjoyed tremendous success in the early 1990s. Jean also released a solo album “Carnival,” which was followed by twoRead More

The political insanity of visas

Uncategorized October 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

Security measures taken since September 11th have robbed many innocent people of both time and money. The inefficacy of these new measures becomes more apparent when the victims are world-renowned cultural and academic figures. If the U.S. Department of State censors can defend the denial of visas to lay peopleRead More

Why U.S. embassies must end abuse of visa applicants: Unfair immigration treatment being meted out to people in the Caribbean

Uncategorized October 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

Consular representatives must show compassion as they interpret the new anti-terrorism rules and regulations, and allow students, politcal asylees, those seeking medical treatment and others who legitimately visit the United States their visas.

Bangladeshis again alarmed as gunmen kill three, wound one in Oklahoma and Michigan

Uncategorized October 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bangladeshis again alarmed as gunman kill three, wound one in Oklahoma and Michigan, by Loblu Ansar, Thikana, 5 October 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser. A Bangladeshi man, Abdur “Kousar“ Rahman, 38, and his American friend Sterling Molense, 30, were shot dead by a masked gunman on Sept. 15Read More

Rebuilding Ground Zero

Uncategorized October 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

The raging wrangling over what to do with the apocalyptic site of the razed twin towers of the proverbial World Trade Center (WTC), recalls another significant debate which, for obvious reasons, has transpired almost without the public attention, decibel and outrage. And here, we refer to the controversy over theRead More

First Muslim Bangladeshi in run for N.Y. State Senate: Muslims must get involved in politics in order to be heard

Uncategorized October 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

Giash Ahmed has the distinction of being the first Asian Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrant to run for the New York State Senate. He is running for the State Senate from District 13 on a Republican Party ticket, the first ever to have been awarded to an Asian Muslim. His constituency,Read More

Boston charity urges bosses to resolve janitor strike

Uncategorized October 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Boston janitors’ strike has prompted a rare letter of support from the city’s Jewish welfare federation. The executive board of the federation, known as the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, voted Tuesday to send an open letter to Unicco, the company that cleans the federation’s headquarters and 27Read More

New Jerseyans seeks to oust poet laureate.

Uncategorized October 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

Just about everyone in New Jersey wants to fire state poet laureate Amiri Baraka, but nobody knows how. Call it poetic license. Last week Governor James McGreevey called for the resignation of Baraka, a 68-year-old poet, playwright and activist who gained fame in the 1960s as LeRoi Jones, after heRead More

A room of their own: Uptown and downtown, Green Chimneys is an alternative to foster homes

Uncategorized October 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

On a Friday afternoon, 10 gay and transgendered teens laugh and talk on the steps of a well-kept Gramercy Park apartment building. A pretty transgendered girl sweeps her carefully coiffed hair from her face as she flirts and poses. Nearby, two boys with coffee-colored skin watch her and smile. ItRead More

Following the U.S. example, several countries detain and deport Pakistanis

Uncategorized October 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

. Pakistan Post. 2 October 2002. Translated from Urdu by Rehan Ansari. Oman, Saudi Arabia, Muscat and United Arab Emirates deported 2000 Pakistanis. Upon their arrival in Pakistan, all were interviewed by FBI agents and released without further charges. Oman and Muscat deported 1,100 Pakistanis living there without legal status.Read More

Dispute between union and factory owners causes a thousand Chinatown garment workers to lose health insurance

Uncategorized October 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Because their employers did not pay the health insurance fee to the union on time, about a thousand garment workers from a dozen Chinatown garment firms lost their guaranteed health insurance from the union yesterday. The garment workers union staged an “alternative strike,” by organizing frequent meetings during working hours,Read More

Caught in the whirlwind of the Central Park jogger case

Uncategorized October 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Sharonne Salaam, mother of Yusef Salaam, said she heard about Matias Reyes’ confession to the rape in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, when a friend called and said to turn on the TV. And she read more about it from a report in The New York Times. Ms. Salaam,Read More

Copycats, mainstream United States and Africans

Uncategorized September 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

Copycats, mainstream U.S. and Africans, African Abroad, 30 September 2002. English Language. Let us begin by admitting that many African immigrants in the United Sates are here to stay. Even though this is very difficult to say within our culture, yet it must be said that many will also dieRead More

Winds of change blow in El Barrio

Uncategorized September 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

The winds of renovation are in the air in East Harlem. They gust into our daily lives as a group of workers pours asphalt on Park Avenue while others put the finishing touches on the new, luxury laundromat on 116th Street; nearby buildings are being restored and new restaurants areRead More