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This Week's Voices That Must Be Heard


This Week's Voices That Must Be Heard

By IPA-New York, a sponsored project of the Independent Press Association

Edition 78: 14 August 2003.

NEWS ITEMS:

Will a bubble burst in Bronx real estate? by Jordan Moss, Norwood News, 27 August 2003. English language.

On June 25, the University Neighborhood Housing Program in North Fordham, celebrated its 20th anniversary in helping community groups purchase residential apartment buildings. But the mood wasn't all celebratory, as the nonprofit took the occasion to issue a warning about a serious vulnerability in the borough's housing market. MORE.

Open a road for Chinatown's economy: Residents protest Park Row's closure since Sept. 11 by Wing-hong Yip, China Press, 1 August 2003. Translated from Chinese by Connie Kong.

The aftermath of September 11 forced the city to close many streets in Chinatown. Since then, all but one street-which links Chinatown to City Hall-have reopened. Now, a group of residents are fighting to have this street, which is vital to Chinatown's fragile economy, reopened. MORE.

I refuse to be a mouthpiece for anti-Pakistani dialogue, India Weekly - USA, 10 August 2003. English language.

Indian filmmakers have produced dozens of war and terrorism films in which Pakistan is always the enemy. But in an uncharacteristically aggressive move, one of the biggest Bollywood stars has taken a stance against this practice. "I told Sharma to clean out the anti-Pakistani dialogues or else I'd quit," he said. MORE.

Squatting in a basement: Population boom in the '90s led to an explosion in illegal rentals, Nowy Dziennik / Polish Daily News, 7 August 2003. Translated from Polish by Ania Milewska.

>From basements in Queens, to closets in Chinatown and spacious lofts in Williamsburg, illegal apartments in New York come in a range of sizes and locations. Some believe that the city Buildings Department is too lax in regulating this issue, while others argue: Where would people live if illegal apartments didn't exist? MORE.

BRIEFS:

Sikh cab driver was called "bin Laden," and then beaten along with his wife and cousin by "three Irish fellows" by Ray O'Hanlon, Irish Echo, 12 August 2003. English language.

Lack of cultural awareness nixes quality education; call for more teacher sensitivity by Samantha Yearwood, Caribbean Life, 5 August 2003. English language.

Crime on the border of Queens and Brooklyn by Maruxa Relaño, Hoy, 6 August 2003. Translated from Spanish by Nicole Lisa.

EDITORIALS:

"Russian" immigrants in search of a communal identity by Leah Moses, Forward, 8 August 2003. English language.

At the first annual "Russian Heritage Week," hosted by Mayor Bloomberg in June, the best and brightest of our community were paraded around as modern-day immigrant success stories. No longer the stereotypes of petty businessmen from Brighton Beach, brutal mobsters and gorgeous blondes of easy virtue, it seems our community finally made it in America. We were officially baptized as Russian-the only problem is, that is not who we are. MORE.

Bush is strong, the press is weak by Jorge Ramos, El Diario / La Prensa, 7 August 2003. Translated from Spanish by Hirsh Sawhney.

The events of September 11 have given Bush immunity in the eyes of the press and the people of the United States. But the question is, how much longer will this immunity last? MORE.


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