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UNITING EAST AND WEST 



 

Joy Dutta: NY to CA
Inspirational rider does grand trek on 2 wheels in 2 weeks



 

Islanders bring youth hockey teams from Harbin and Qiqihar in China to America



 

Related Photos: Harbin's Ice Festival (If BBC link stops, click photo to see one example)

LI - METRO NY NEWS 

O Study on South Asian college students needs volunteers to take survey

NATIONAL NEWS

O VAWA: Violence Against Women Act Signed Into Law : NAPAWF Factsheet  
O NAPAWF Statement in Opposition to Alito for the US Supreme Court  
O Use NAPAWF's Statement to Call THESE Senators ASAP to Let Them Know How You Feel About Alito  


 


 

Asra Nomani: A Muslim Woman's Fight to Pray
- Vince Beiser, Mother Jones

O Mohammed Was A Feminist: Interview with Asra Nomani, Mother Jones


 

US Visa Denials Imperil Construction of Chinese Scholars Garden in California
- Daisy Nguyen, AP

WORLD NEWS

O Bill Gates, How Unethical Can You Get? Microsoft Takes Down Chinese Blogger
- Rebecca MacKinnon, RConversation
O Global Voices: A Means to Bridge Cultures by Posting & Translating Blogs, News, & FOI, Sponsored by Harvard Law
See country (China) example
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SPECIAL REPORTS

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
                    - Benjamin Franklin, 1755

As members of the press, and as Asian Americans a part of America's immigrant community unjustly demonized since 9/11, of utmost importance is maintaining the most basic premises this country was founded on. Among them freedom of the press is one, checks and balances to maintain democracy another, all falling under that claim we make to the world that we are a nation ruled by laws. Since 9/11 our laws have been broken and our rights trampled. Many blindly believed the lies our government told. Yet it is our own government that has stolen more of our freedoms than any terrorists have. We need to change the direction the Executive Branch is trying to take us. It is time for the press to not be like The New York Times and keep hidden for a year a President breaking the law. It is time to make the Attorney General uphold the Constitution as he swore to do. It is time to insure that the next Supreme Court justice is not someone who believes in a supreme Presidency, superior to Congress or the Courts. It is time for Americans to keep America free.

OK FOR U.S. TO SPY ON AMERICANS?
Nationwide Poll NO v. President YES

O Spies Like U.S., Newsday Editorial
"The Constitution was violated and federal law broken, and someone in the White House must be held accountable."
O On the Subject of Leaks, New York Times Editorial "Illegal spying and torture need to be investigated, not whistle-blowers and newspapers."
O Bush Used NSA to Spy on Americans Illegally - Marcel Votlucka, SB Press
"It's clear that this administration has engaged every possible agency, from the Pentagon to NSA to the FBI, to engage in spying on Americans." - ACLU
O Congressional Research Service Report: Dubious Legal Basis for Spying "may represent an exercise of presidential power at its lowest ebb," - "does not seem to be as well-grounded"
O Besides Bush Ordering NSA to Illegally Spy on Americans, FBI Routinely Spied on American Mosques “could lead to the perception that we are no longer a nation ruled by law, but instead one in which fear trumps constitutional rights. All Americans should be concerned about the apparent trend toward a two-tiered system of justice, with full rights for most citizens, and another diminished set of rights for Muslims.” - CAIR
O Is this to be a nation of laws or of men? -Nick Turse, TomDispatch  "If the President has commander-in-chief power to commit torture, he has the power to commit genocide, to sanction slavery, to promote apartheid, to license summary execution." -Harold Hongju Koh, Dean, Yale Law School
O Checks and No Balances
-Sydney Schanberg, Village Voice
O Why Microsoft Censorship in China Matters to Everybody - Rebecca MacKinnon, RConversation "If these American technology companies have so few moral qualms about giving in to Chinese government demands... can we be sure they won't do the same thing in response to potentially illegal demands by an over-zealous government agency in our own country?"

IS TORTURE LEGAL?
Congress NO v. President YES

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh


 

Instead of investigating illegal torture, Gonzalez is investigating who leaked the truth about that torture. Is he protecting a man, the President, or the law, the Constitution he swore to uphold? Koh's prescient testimony is on the mark.

O America Outsources Terror: Internment Camps Found in Europe -Mike Prazak, SB Press "If our nation relies on deception and pain as a means to an end, are they not in danger of becoming that which they fight?"
O President Backs McCain Publicly But Quietly Slips in Signing Statement Saying He Can Approve Torture Whenever He Wants - Charlie Savage, Boston Globe "The basic civics lesson that there are three co-equal branches of government that provide checks and balances on each other is being fundamentally rejected by this executive branch." -Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First
O 3 GOP Senators Blast Bush Bid to Bypass Torture Ban  - Charlie Savage, Boston Globe   "...in enacting the law, Congress intended to close every loophole and impose an absolute ban on all forms of torture, no matter the circumstances." -Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican, NC

GET RID OF 3 EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOV'T FOR EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY?
Congress NO v. President YES

  


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CULTURE 

O English as a Second Language: From 'Memoirs of a Geisha' to Gwen Stefani's Harujuku Girls, Asians get lost in translation
       - Anne Ishii, Village Voice
O Cantonese is Losing It's Voice
       - David Pierson, LA Times
O Those Weird College Ads  If you like our football team, you'll love our chem labs filled with Asian students. - Mike DeBonis, Slate
O "Remember, a thirty-five-year-old American's brain and IQ is the same as a 10-year-old Indian's brain. Americans are dumb, just accept it." - Chetan Bhagat

OPINION 

O Salmon Rushdie on Multiculturalism
"No society, no matter how tolerant, can expect to thrive if its citizens don’t prize what their citizenship means — if, when asked what they stand for as Frenchmen, as Indians, as Britons, they cannot give clear replies."

CHARLES B. WANG CENTER

Charles B. Wang Center Celebrating Asian & Asian American Cultures - Architect: P.H. Tuan

 

Charles Wang: Donor Celebrating Asian and Asian American Cultures
P.H. Tuan: Architect

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