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Filipino president wants to hire Giuliani as consultant

Uncategorized February 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today lashed at critics anew, saying her choice of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a consultant on fighting crime will rank the country among the “world class.” “Those are anti-Americans,” Ms. Macapagal said of critics, who contend that hiring Giuliani indicates the “Americanization” of theRead More

Patti Smith performs in fundraiser opposed to Greenpoint power plant

Uncategorized February 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

Over 1,000 people gathered last Saturday night to see Patti Smith and other American musicians at the Polish National Home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The concert was a fundraiser for a local group fighting a proposed power plant on Greenpoint’s waterfront. “Building a power plant on someone’s backyard is just anotherRead More

NY Protest against detention of immigrants.

Uncategorized February 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

Uzma Naheed said she never could imagine being treated like this in America. Standing in front of a crowd of over 100 people at New York’s Union Square, the Pakistan-born Naheed looked anguished, but was strikingly confident as she narrated her story during a protest of the detention of immigrantsRead More

Special Feature: Why Did God Choose Me?

Uncategorized January 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

Click here to read the story in the New York Blade.

Bench marked

Uncategorized January 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

It took him four months of sitting at home, answering advertisements and handing out his resumé, but Swaminathan Ramamurthy thinks he will finally get a new job. “I’ll know by next week for sure,” the database management consultant said. “I’m hoping it goes through, because at least I’ll get aRead More

Competing factions misinform FBI and Anti-Terrorist Task Force, who raid Pakistani mosque and find nothing.

Uncategorized January 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Friday, January 4, the FBI and the Anti -Terrorist Task Force raided Masjid e Khizra mosque, in Queens, on a false tip of weapons possession. The FBI received an anonymous tip that a few people planned to kill almost 400 people and hid dangerous weapons in the mosque. FederalRead More

New Delhi to New Jersey: Indians on fast track.

Uncategorized January 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

Two small steps in the wide world of American politics, two big steps for the Indian community. Two Indian Americans, Roger Chugh and Seema Singh, were chosen to eminent positions in New Jersey: Chugh was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State in the Cabinet and Singh, the Public Advocate lastRead More

Sikh to sue township for violation of civil rights

Uncategorized January 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Sikh court official in New York who was pulled from two domestic flights last October for refusing to take off his turban when asked by airport security officials, is taking legal action against the municipality and airline officials for alleged violation of his civil rights and for religious discrimination.Read More

Hunger strike protests tuition fee hike for undocumented immigrant students.

Uncategorized January 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

Twenty-three students and teachers at the City University of New York (CUNY) initiated a hunger strike Tuesday to protest the recently implemented tuition fee hike for undocumented immigrant students. Dr. Bill Crain, a professor in the Psychology Department, coordinated the three-day-long hunger strike, as well as participated himself. The strikersRead More

Can we distinguish between reality in the Arab World and the future of the Arab/Muslim community in the United States?

Uncategorized January 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

Every once in a while I meet with the Egyptian Consul General in New York, Mr. Mahmoud Alam. We discuss the latest events, especially those that touch on the lives of the Arab community. In our meeting after September 11, Mr. Alam said he is convinced that the future ofRead More

Bangladeshi Muslims face layoffs, discrimination in Dallas.

Uncategorized January 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

After September 11, as layoffs grow across the country, a large number of Bangladeshis, along with other immigrants, are losing their jobs. Mahbubul Alam was one of 135 employees laid off by Texas Marriott Hotel. Alam, who now works as an auditor in New York, told Bangla Patrika that aboutRead More

Legal Aid for Detained Pakistanis

Uncategorized January 10, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Association of Pakistani Americans For Community Organization last week announced that it was ready to provide legal aid to Pakistanis who have been jailed on suspicions of having links with the terror attacks. Malik Abdul Jabbar, president of the association, asked the relatives and friends of detainees to provideRead More

Rivlas Accuse Each Other of Being Terrorists

Uncategorized January 10, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Justice Department’s decision to give cash rewards to individuals for information about terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network is prompting FBI action against scores of innocent individuals, leaders of Arab and Muslim communities here say. Recent raids on the residences of Muslim and Arab families inRead More

American Muslims are eager to participate in political life

Uncategorized January 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

Muslim Americans would like their communities to be more fully engaged with the political process, according to a recent survey. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed encourage such engagement and participation. Fifty-two percent said that members of their community have been discriminated against since September 11. Most surveyed (77 percent) agreedRead More

Film Student detained for 48 days

Uncategorized January 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Lebanese film student, Salaam Al-Zatari, spent 48 days in solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania jail after a box cutter was found in his luggage. That was considered sufficient reason for his incarceration, where he suffered a torrent of abuse because he was accused of terrorism, he said. In February,Read More