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How race-based Affirmative Action college admissions policies are harming Asian-American students

affirmative-actionThe educational performance of Asian-Americans is outstanding. Whereas Asian-Americans make up 5.6% of the U.S. population, according to the complaint to the Department of Educatiin, they make up more than 30% of the recent American maths and physics Olympiad teams and Presidential Scholars, and 25-30% of National Merit Scholarships.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   The goal of the civil rights movement was the creation of a color-blind society in which men and women would be judged, as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared, on the “content of their character, not the color of their skin.” That philosophy, however, was soon replaced by policies of “affirmative action,” in which people would indeed be judged on the color of their skin in a variety of endeavors. One of these related to college admissions policies in which standards applied to minority students, in effect, gave them points for their minority status and considered judging them on the basis of their academic achievement or SAT scores as, somehow, unfair.

Vicky Sepass: My role in her death, and my own

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Kevin Annett Global News Centre

(NAINAMO ISLAND)  She was slightly older than me, but we would have been in the same grade in United Church Sunday school class, which we both attended as children. Every worship day, I wore a proper suit and tie and clutched my white offering envelope in which a single Canadian dollar would help fill the coffers of what the United Church still calls its “Mission and Service Fund”. But Vicky Sepass wore a shabby grey uniform and had nothing to put in the plate on Sundays, for she herself was the offering.

Comment on the Charleston massacre

On June 18, mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church (ABCnews.go.com)

On June 18, mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church (ABCnews.go.com)

Roof’s shootings at a church was a symbolic attack on the heart and soul of the Black community.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   Everyone has now heard the news that Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year old white supremacist, is accused of murdering nine worshipers at the historic Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.  The Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the church pastor, was among the dead.

When African-Americans demonstrated against police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland, California, they were called “thugs,” “rioters,” and “hoodlums.”  But 21-year old Roof, a white supremacist, is being referred to as a “lone wolf” and of course, he must be mentally ill.

“I’m From that Hell Called Gaza”

palestinian-girls-walk-past-buildings-in-gaza-thomas-coex-afp-gettyThe evil of injustice in Gaza is an especially insidious evil because it is largely ignored by those in a position to confront it. It was the injustice in Gaza that brought Carter and Brundtland to Israel and Palestine.

Dr. James Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO)  Former President Jimmy Carter has concluded his trip to the West Bank area of Palestine. He “deeply regretted” that he was unable to visit the Gaza enclave of Palestine.

President Carter traveled with former Norway Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. It was their fourth Elders’ mission to Israel and Palestine since 2009.

Father of gang-raped Christian girls demands justice for his daughters

Ilyas Masih, Father of gang-raped Christian girls Sherish and Farzana takes on the rapists with help of BPCA and LEAD.

Ilyas Masih, Father of gang-raped Christian girls Sherish and Farzana takes on the rapists with help of BPCA and LEAD.

The girls were reportedly taken to a home and repeatedly gang-raped, beaten and abused, turn by turn the whole night.

Mushtaq Gill Special to Global News Centre

(LAHORE)  On 9 March, 2015, Ilyas Masih, father of two gang-raped underage Catholic girls, came to meet Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and High Court Advocate for free legal assistance to challenge the grant of bail that saw two rapists set free and for trial of the two cases.    The meeting transpired after British Pakistani Christian Association Chairman, Wilson Chowdhry, approached Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and Chief of the Legal Evangelical Development Association (LEAD) on behalf of two Christian under age girls. Mr Chowdhry expressed his desire to push for justice for the girls who were beaten, spat upon and had their faith mocked during one of the most brutal rape ordeals in Pakistan (click here).

Black farmers in America

Photograph by John Francis Ficara, the American Black Farmers Project

Photograph by John Francis Ficara, the American Black Farmers Project

As a result of slavery, blacks were not allowed to own land or real property.  African Americans began to equate land ownership to independence, wealth, and full citizenship.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  Last year, my wife and I visited for the first time the sights in Philadelphia, which included an informative exhibit “Distant Echoes:  Black Farmers in America” at the African American Museum there.  The exhibit featured the poignant, award-winning photographs of John Francis Ficara.  The photographs depict what Ficara considers the last decade of black agriculture in the United States.  Ficara spent several years documenting the experience of black farmers, which for many years has been in crisis after decades of prejudice and discrimination.  According to the exhibit, Black farmers are losing their property at approximately 1,000 acres a day.

From 1999 to 2002, Ficara traveled around the country photographing 60 farmers and their families in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  Farmers described their struggles to keep their farms sufficiently productive to provide income.  To many, this is land their parents and grandparents plowed, seeded, and harvested.

HumanRights: Bilbaal and more

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Jerusalem is being ethnically cleansed of its people and transformed into a city run by and for racists instead of being a city of peace. The Palestinian self-appointed leaders are in a self-preservation mode.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM)  Google puts interesting tidbits on their logo every day worth reading. Today for example they remind us of the birthday of Italian Physics pioneer Alessandro Volta (February 18, 1745 – March 5, 1827) who invented the battery and after whom we say volt and voltage for electricity. We continue to live in societies in which idiotic fundamentalist people professing religion can do ethnic cleansing and massacres using modern tools of scientific inventions for evil acts.

We continue to lose great people.

The Danger of making police scapegoats for larger racial problems

Cra pulled over by police for a ticket.The inner-city culture which promotes the social dissolution that results in crime has been written about for many years by respected black observers.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   The attacks upon police for “racism” have been mounting as a result of the killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, Staten Island and elsewhere.  Many with a history of demagoguery when it comes to questions of race relations, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton among them, have done their best to keep this issue alive.  Sadly, they have cast more heat than light on a question which is far more complex than their self-serving analysis would lead Americans to believe.

Recently, FBI director James Comey addressed this question.  At the outset, he declared certain “hard truths,” including the fact that the history of law enforcement has been tied to enforcing slavery, segregation and other forms of discrimination.  “One reason we cannot forget our law enforcement legacy,” he said, “is that the people we serve and protect cannot forget it, either.”

Chapel Hill murders: Palestine brands killing of three Muslims in North Carolina ‘terrorism’

Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 (R-L) were killed on Tuesday (10 February) in the couple's Chapel Hill apartment(Source: Our Three Winners/Facebook)

Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 (R-L) were killed on Tuesday (10 February) in the couple’s Chapel Hill apartment(Source: Our Three Winners/Facebook)

Murders leave Muslims stunned and shocked…

International Business Times

(CHAPEL HILL)   The Palestinian government has demanded its investigators are included in a probe into the killing of three Palestinian Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in an attack it described as “terrorism”.

US police have charged Craig Seymour Hicks with the murder of his neighbours Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, his wife, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, and said they were killed following a dispute over parking.

However, FBI investigators are also examining whether their Muslim faith played a role in Hicks’ motivation.

Greek tragedies

The victims were identified as Chapel Hill residents Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Read more: Three Muslim students killed in North Carolina shooting | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/three-muslims-students-killed-in-north-carolina-shooting/#ixzz3S1w0Cy8G Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook  mirajnews.com

The victims were identified as Chapel Hill residents Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.

This week we lost several friends and neighbors and we mourned atrocities committed in the US, Syria and Iraq.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM)   Life rolls on not in any monotony but in the crazy waves of ups and downs and scenarios reminiscent of ancient Greek tragedies.  We take the punches, resist the evil acts of some, act to help where we can, accept the things we cannot change and try to change those we can.  That is life. 

70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

holocaustKL Auschwitz I and KL Auschwitz II-Birkennau are now maintained as museums open to the public.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  January marks the 70 anniversary of of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  We have seen newsreels of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of WW II and a number of movies depicting the horrors of the Holocaust. However, newsreels and movies did not really prepare us for an actual visit to the site of the largest mass murder in history. As many as 1.5 million were murdered at Auschwitz, mainly Polish Jews, but also Soviet prisoners-of-war, Gypsies, Czechs, Yugoslavs, French, Austrians, and Germans.  

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