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Being Gay and Indian in New York

Posted on 13. Dec, 2010 by .

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Many LGBT Indians come to the United States to escape the pressures they have faced in India. Not all have legal residency.

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Art of the U.S./Mexico Border

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by .

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A penitentiary sits at the bottom of Bedel Tiscareno’s painting, “Justice.”  It represents 52 Mexican nationals on death row in the United States who don’t have access to counsel from the Mexican government. A portrait of George Bush is at the top, but labeled Malinche, who was a concubine to Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortes and […]

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Conflict Photojournalist 'Zoriah' On The Changing World Of Photojournalism

Posted on 21. Dec, 2009 by .

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Zoriah Miller, 35, is one of the top conflict photojournalists in the world.  He has been capturing controversial images in war zones all over the world for over 10 years. After taking photos of marines that had been killed in a June 26, 2008 suicide attack in Iraq, Zoriah, as he is known professionally, was […]

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World War II Veterans Are Losing Touch

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Joe Ruggiero, a thin, soft-spoken man of 84, sat quietly at the dimly lit Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5195 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Several Vietnam and Korean War veterans sat with him in the smoky bar, laughing and chatting. “It’s hard to get in touch with anyone,” he told me, referring to his World […]

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The Italian Man With the Chinese Name

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Lin De Ming is standing tall, feet spread, arms raised in defense.  Two teenage Chinese boys come at him from both directions, on the attack.  With two quick arm movements he wards them off and they shuffle, heads down, back into position. From his third floor studio in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Lin teaches the martial art […]

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A Symbol of Capitalism Celebrates Communism, Stirs Controversy

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Empire State Building lit it’s tower to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in September. More than a couple of people were not psyched. Here’s a slideshow and story.

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Trash into Treasures at Grand Central

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .

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Several vendors at this year’s Grand Central Station holiday market are offering goods discreetly fashioned from recycled materials, such as necklaces that were once piles of old magazines and smiling Christmas angels made from cans of bug spray. Some holiday vendors, like handbag company Engage Green, make environmentalism their mission.  Others market the crafts of […]

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Merry Christmas, Kensington Style

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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There’s more than one way to celebrate Christmas on Church Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn. Business owners and residents of the neighborhood – one of Brooklyn’s most ethnically and culturally diverse – are getting ready to rejoice in their own ways, often by mashing traditions together. Over a third of Kensington residents were born somewhere other […]

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Slideshow: Top news stories of 2009

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Associated Press had the very cool idea of allowing Facebook users to weigh in on its annual “Top Stories” list this year. When AP-member editors release their top ten picks for the year’s most important stories in a couple of weeks, the public’s list will be released, too. The differences will be interesting. “Important” […]

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U Visa: an exit from domestic violence

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Graciela Beines is a survivor. She arrived in the United States from Argentina ten years ago. She was undocumented, unmarried, had no children in the U.S. and barely spoke English. In 2002, Beines, 50, was victim of brutal domestic violence. After enduring two years with her abuser, she helped put him in jail. She moved […]

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