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Kathak in the City

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Kathak is one of eight classical dance forms of India. Because kathak originated in North India, it is the only Indian classical dance style that has Islamic influences: by India’s medieval shahs – the Mughals – and their Persian style. Kathak is also known for it’s tatkar (complex footwork), natural posture style and chakkars (intense […]

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He is over there, she is over here: The story of Sharon Brown

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Sharon Brown’s life, 56, changed 5 years ago, when her husband Cleveland Duncan, 50, was detained and later deported back to Jamaica. Duncan was a legal resident of the U.S when he got deported. According to Brown, he had been living in the country for 29 years, owned a house, had a car and paid […]

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Peggy's Sidewalk Stories – Is that a Christmas tree on the sidewalk?

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Columbus Ave. and West 81st Street This is not the scene in Canada. At home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Christmas trees are sold in big stores like Home Depot and Canadian Tire, not sidewalks. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, I stumbled upon a Christmas tree vendor on one of the busiest corners on the Upper […]

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Finnegan's Awake: What's good enough for Switzerland

Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by .

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Let’s be clear about what the gay marriage movement wants. It does not want to be validated by the Catholic Church; it wants to be validated by the U.S. government. No one is asking the Church to redefine its concept of marriage. That would be like asking Muslims to redesign their concept of an appropriate place of worship. Both things would be wrong for any government to do.

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Artist Paints Concentration Camp Memories

Posted on 02. Dec, 2009 by .

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The children subjected to the terrors of the Holocaust are now some of the last living survivors of this historical tragedy. When Judith Evan Goldstein was forced by Nazi Germany into a Jewish ghetto established near her home in Vilna, Poland, she was just nine years old. Many of her family members were not so […]

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The journey of Jose

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by .

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While politicians, NGOs and immigrants are debating the importance of an immigration reform, stories about foreigners trying to make a life in the U.S. are everywhere. I found one of those stories last week when I met Jose, who prefers to use his middle name because of the fear of being deported. Jose arrived in […]

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Female soldiers find a voice

Posted on 24. Nov, 2009 by .

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Genevieve Chase,32, created the American Women Veterans (AWV) last year because she wanted to have a space for female veterans that would focus on women’s issues, and a group that would accommodate all generations, all eras, and all branches of service. Never did she dream that a few months later she would be marching the […]

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The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Seeking to put a face behind the staggering statistics of HIV in Africa, UNAIDS brings a unique photo exhibit to the New York public. The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big, a photography project initiated by Lynn Warshafsky, founder of Venice Arts, and Neal Baer, executive producer of Law and Order, opened at […]

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Too Close to Home?

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Last week, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the 9/11 trials would be held in New York City. Eight years after the terrible events of that day, many people still feel as if it were yesterday. Pain was felt all over the world. Lives were ended too early, families were shattered, and hearts were […]

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Gallery Opening Reception of "Sikhtoons" commemorates 25th Anniversary of Sikh massacre

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Thursday night was the gallery opening reception for “When a Big Tree Falls,” an exhibit by Vishavjit Singh that commemorates this year being the 25th anniversary of Operation Blue Star and the massacre of Sikhs during the anti-Sikh riots. In this exhibit, Singh sought to illustrate the events that occurred in North India during the […]

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