"Barajas and the veterans staying with him are establishing a new life in Tijuana — a life after deportation. Their stories are similar: Each was honorably discharged from the military, but was later charged with a deportable offense — for example, drug possession, discharge of a firearm or perjury...Most have spent the vast majority of their lives in the United States and are now starting over in a country they barely know." (Aj Jazeera
I am on the western edge of the United States-Mexico border to understand more about the most publicised and most crossed border in the world. Ben Stubbs visits one of the most notorious borders in the world and reflects on Australia's frontier issues.
Rape in the Fields
is a Frontline documentary that explores the persistent allegations that female agricultural workers in the U.S. are frequently sexually assaulted and harassed by supervisors who exploit their (often undocumented) immigrant status
. Victims typically do not seek help from US law enforcement, either out of fear that they will be fired, deported or worse, or from a lack of understanding of U.S. law. Reviews: Popmatters
. NY Times [more inside]
The history of the Sikh Diaspora in USA and Canada
goes back to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Emerging as a casteless alternative
to the ongoing Hindu Muslim wars
in India, the Sikhs
have always been known
as a martial tribe, their prowess and courage
respected by the British
and others alike. Colloquially addressed respectfully as Sardarji, the men take Singh (lion)
as their middle name while the women bear the name
Kaur (princess). This custom further confirmed the equality of both genders as was the tradition set
by the founder of Sikhism
, Guru Nanak.
The first Sikh Organization
was The Pacific Coast Khalsa
Diwan Society organized in the spring of 1912. [more inside]
"Are the American People Obsolete?"
an essay by Michael Lind of the New America Foundation. [more inside]
“We send something whenever we have a little extra, at least enough so he can eat."
Remittances, the small money transfers a previous FPP
called "the most important antipoverty program in the world", are now flowing the opposite direction. Yes, poor families in southern Mexico are having scramble to find money to send north to their out of work relatives in the US.
"Chinatown" communities across the United States (New York
, Los Angeles
, San Francisco
) are undergoing a shift in linguistic identity, as recent immigrants are more likely to natively speak Mandarin (the official spoken language
of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,) instead of Cantonese. [more inside]
"I'm not a politician, I'm an artist. Depravity is part of the job description,"
says self-styled dandy, former drug addict, and controversial British author Sebastian Horsely, who was denied entrance to the US by customs officials at Newark Airport
on the grounds of "moral turpitude
," a wide net that encompasses everything from fornication to being a "nuisance." Shades of Oscar Wilde
The next terrorist attack on America may be perpetrated by Europeans.
Radical Islam is spreading across Europe among descendants of Muslim immigrants. Disenfranchised and disillusioned by the failure of integration, some European Muslims have taken up jihad against the West. They are dangerous and committed -- and can enter the United States without a visa.
Don't like the US? Then Leave!
Somebody posted this
to a newsgroup I read from time to time. Evidently, if you sign an agreement to leave the US for a year, you'll get a portion of what has been donated to the website (currently $53).