Because homeless people aren't endangered

By: on 20 Jun 2006

Actor Salman Khan has been charged in yet another poaching case. Other actors accused of accompanying Salman on his most recent hunting trip are Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre.

But that's not the real news:

Khan is appealing against a five-year jail term, issued in April, for hunting gazelle on another trip in Rajasthan...

The poaching case is not Salman Khan's first brush with the law.

Minutemen using contractors for fence

By: on 17 Jun 2006

Last we heard from the Minutemen, they were planning to build a fence on their own along the US-Mexican border, since Warshington refused to act to protect us from the invasion.

I just got to Tucson this week during what is predicted to be the hottest week this year.

Hooray For Democracy!: A Herrenvolk Interpretation

By: on 16 Jun 2006

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that the government has wide latitude under immigration law to detain noncitizens on the basis of religion, race or national origin, and to hold them indefinitely without explanation.

I'm speechless.

The politics of futbol viewing

By: on 14 Jun 2006

A cumulative audience of more than 32 billion viewers around the world are expected to have watched the 64 World Cup matches on TV or other media by the time the final is played on Sunday 9 July.


I've had some serious drama lately. Getting to see some futbol here in NYC is a bitch. Really, what's a girl gotta do to see Kaka, Jaziri, Ronaldinho, Dhorasoo (who's a desi on the French team by the way), Mohamed Kader, and Crespo tear it up on German soil?

I mean, I just want to keep up on the latest gossip (the Brasilian president called up the team in Germany to find out  if Ronaldo had lost any weight yet, they say he's fat and out of shape...) And my favorite bit of info courtesy of ESPN2: Team Spain is staying in a $127 a night hotel (the cheapest of them all with free basic cable and buckets of ice), while the German team is staying in a $3200 a night hotel). Mostly, I want to watch Team USA get their asses kicked (they deserve it, the game is called football, not soccer). 

But still, my access limitations could be worse. So what if I have bootleg cable at home where the only thing worth watching is Food Network and C-SPAN? I just sit back with my Univision broadcast and enjoy the way-too-rapid-for-me Spanish commentary. I've also discovered a number of nice LCD screens all over the 5 boroughs in the last week, so if you need some info, I can certainly do some recommending. But it's nothing like what I'm hearing is going on elsewhere. A friend who is currently travelling through Brasil continuously makes me jealous with his stories of everything shutting down to watch the matches, and giant projections that are erected in the streets.

But according to the BBC, I really don't have it so bad.

The politics behind securing access to the broadcasts, and the difficulties people in some countries face in watching them, closely follow some of the world's current geopolitical fault lines.

In North Korea, state TV began broadcasting World Cup matches supplied by satellite free of charge by South Korea three days after the opening game.

The broadcasts screened in the North were reportedly pre-recorded and edited versions, broadcast terrestrially and were expected to include games involving South Korea, who played their opening game against Togo on 13 June.

Heartbreaker in Virginia

By: on 14 Jun 2006

Two days ago Madeeha Faryad was fighting for her life. A 20-year old undocumented Pakistani, she had appeared to be succumbing to restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare form of the illness. At the time of her diagnosis, in 2004, doctors told her she had three years to live--unless she got a heart transplant.

A week ago, at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, doctors were advising Madeeha's family that they pull the plug. Inject her with pain-killers. Let her go in peace.

Madeeha never was able to get that heart transplant.

Miraculously--though we use that word too profanely--she stabilized on Sunday night. But she has little chance of recovery without finding a new heart. The obstacle, of course, is her legal status. As an "illegal," Madeeha has no access to government-administered organ donation lists.

Indians baffle me - never mind, it's the pollsters

By: on 14 Jun 2006

My jaw dropped when I read the following headline on The Hindu's web edition: India's opinion of US drops; but confidence in Bush rises: Study

In 2005, 71 percent of Indians said they had a favorable opinion of the United States - a figure that dropped to 56 percent this year.

tidbit - hummingbirds

By: on 14 Jun 2006

From the hummingbird exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: 

Courtship and Mating

The male attracts a female with flashes of its iridescent plumage, a spectacular courtship dive, or a thin scratchy song. The birds must then overcome their natural aggressiveness long enough to mate. Their mating behaviors are not well known.

Queer it up Queens!

By: on 9 Jun 2006

While I'm on the public service announcement tip, there's a great pride event coming up this weekend in Queens. Complete with film screenings (and Q&A with the directors), music, drag, divas, and dancing--it's guaranteed to be a fun time and its all FREE.

for the love of futbol...

By: on 9 Jun 2006

For those of you who have been living under a rock, the month-long FIFA World Cup (yes, soccer) frenzy kicked off at noon (NY time) today with Germany v. Costa Rica (a game which Costa Rica is losing as I type lost). In the UK, BBC will be live streaming all 64 matches on their website.

Schism? Desi attorneys protest NASABA on Meth Merchant

By: on 8 Jun 2006

Since the war-on-drugs scheme aka Operation Meth Merchant came to light in 2005, the North American South Asian Bar Association hasn't exactly polished its civil rights brass. Really, it appears to some that the "unifiied voice" of South Asian attorneys has ditched the targeted cornershop owners--while openly flirting with the real culprits, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Georgia prosecutors. NASABA has distanced itself from civil/human rights groups working to expose the racist and illegal underpinnings of the Meth Merchant scheme. In fact, according to to upstart progressive attorneys Vanita Gupta (NAACP Legal Defense Fund) and Nick Rathod (Center for American Progress), NASABA won't even acknowledge that racial profiling actually occurred in the course of Operation Meth Merchant. Instead, NASABA has gone the way of so many desi political groups: appeasement.

By sharing notes and handshakes with the feds, NASABA has seriously pissed off some of its own supporters. With group's annual conference on the horizon, Gupta and Rathod are calling on desi lawyers to sign a petition that calls NASABA out.

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