by Cindy Von Quednow, intern for Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama lit a diya at the White House in celebration of Diwali, a light festival practiced by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Indian Buddhists. The diya was lit after the president signed an executive order restoring a commission that will actually talk about issues that affect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been pardoned! That’s right the two Current TV reporters who were captured in North Korea in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor were officially released and pardoned this afternoon after a meeting between former President Bill Clinton and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, wrote an editorial calling for comprehensive immigration reform throughout the United States. NAM seeks to bring attention to the urgency and importance of fair immigration law by reaching ethnic outlets and their readers across the country.
Earlier this month, nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her young father Raul were shot and killed during the night in their home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Three suspects allegedly forced themselves into the family’s home dressed as law enforcement officials, shot the two victims and wounded a third.
By now, you’ve probably already seen this hilarious and ironic picture in other blog sites, but let me reiterate. Here you see conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and accused white supremacist Peter Brimelow at a conference discussing how to win back white Democrats.
photo credit: David Rapkin In protest to the Los Angeles Unified School District layoffs and cuts, fifteen students at Liechty Middle School in Los Angeles turned their backs during their graduation ceremony. For this they were not allowed to obtain their diplomas.
Photo: Justin Maxon/The New York Times Last Sunday, The New York Times printed a pleasant piece on the new lives of four recently released Uighur prisoners in Bermuda, debunked the conservative rhetoric around them as “dangerous terrorists.” The Uighurs’ history is a harsh one: after fleeing persecution by their own government and countrymen, these Chinese Muslims were bombed out of