August 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners. The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. Still it could face stiff resistance from some racial and ethnic groups who worry that any kind of wording change in the high-stakes government count could yield a lower tally for them.
May 28, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Political discord has come to Shangri-La. Again. Kathmandu, which normally swarms with business, honking horns, and creaking rickshaws, found itself stuck in a tense quagmire last week as political leaders struggled to finish writing Nepal's new constitution by a May 27 deadline. Even though Nepal proclaimed itself a democratic republic in 2008, two years after a brutal decade of civil war, this mountainous country of almost 30 million is still operating with an interim government.
April 13, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's new interim civilian president took office Thursday, vowing to keep the chaotic country intact even after rebels declared an independent state in the north following a military coup three weeks ago. Hours after handing over power to Dioncounda Traore, the junta also released about a dozen politicians who had been detained since the coup, including the country's foreign minister. Traore, who heads the country's national assembly, is to serve as Mali's president for 40 days following an agreement between West African regional mediators and the leader of the junta that seized power last month.
September 6, 2011
DO EX-CONS deserve a second chance? Yes. Should my perspective toward an ex-con change simply because he "paid his debt to society"? Absolutely not! Should ex-cons be treated as "second-class citizens"? Duh! First-class citizens don't break the law, let alone kill dogs. Just because Michael Vick paid his legal debt to society does not change the fact he is murderous, dog-killing scum. In my opinion, his only true regret is the fact that he got caught. Saying "I'm sorry" only makes the person saying it feel better, and does nothing for those affected by the crime (every dog lover in the world)
September 1, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day - and some are downing a lot. One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say such beverages should be limited to half a can or less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and children. Sweetened drinks have been linked to the U.S. explosion in obesity and related medical problems, and health officials have been urging people to cut back for years.
August 22, 2011
Norway victims recalled in Oslo OSLO, Norway - Norway's prime minister urged his countrymen to look after one another and be vigilant for intolerance, as the nation concluded a monthlong mourning period with a candlelit memorial service Sunday in Oslo for the 77 people killed by a right-wing extremist. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted to carrying out the July 22 killings. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who received standing ovations from the 6,700 relatives, survivors, and officials in the audience during his speech, said "together we are an unbreakable chain of care, democracy, and safety - that is our protection against violence.
May 4, 2011
IN THE 1800s and early 1900s, immigrants poured into seaport cities like Philadelphia, and "they all would settle around where they arrived," including Jews, Italians, Irish and other groups, said Rabbi Fred Kazan. "In Philadelphia, they tended to be in South Philadelphia. Side by side were a synagogue, church, bar and bathhouses," said Kazan, who grew up around 5th and Federal and is rabbi at Kesher Israel, in Society Hill. "As the decades passed, those who were able tended to move south," he said.
April 15, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social-studies lessons under a bill passed Thursday by the California Senate. California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history if the bill is adopted by the Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Supporters said the move was needed to counter antigay stereotypes that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide.
January 17, 2011
I'M A BLACK man and a lifelong resident of Philadelphia. I mentioned my ethnicity because I want to address what I perceive as unfair attention directed at black people by those uncertain about their own status, economically and socially. But first I need to let it be known that I don't deplore racism - if it's positive. Positive racism is the ethnic preference and pride that allows an individual to celebrate his or her ethnicity by associating with members of their own ilk. Annual parades, Irish, Puerto Rican, Chinese, among others, are a reflection of this.
January 3, 2011
RE "Kwanzaa a nice idea, but it won't catch on": This is the most insulting and politically incorrect letter I've ever read. It appears the writer needs to take his own advice about education. His letter was inaccurate and disingenuous. The fact is that, in 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a male professor of black studies at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., created a nonpolitical and nonreligious celebration of African values. Kwanzaa is more than an idea, as the writer claims it is, about values and principles such as unity, community, self-sufficiency that need to be practiced all year round.