December 5, 2015 |
Since its launch last December, Kiva.org/Philadelphia, the crowdfunded small-business, no-interest lending program, has funded 57 loans totaling $261,000. Fund-raising is underway for an additional eight loans totaling $40,000, said Kiva spokesman Jason Riggs. Of the Philadelphia businesses that have received funding, 59 percent are owned by ethnic minorities, Riggs said. To qualify, small businesses create a profile at Kivazip.org, where they outline their business plans and crowdfunding loan goals.
January 20, 2013 |
YANGON, Myanmar - Ethnic Kachin rebels in Myanmar said clashes in the country's north continued Saturday despite a government promise to cease fire, casting doubt over hopes that the bloody conflict there could end soon. Myanmar's military had declared Friday that it would stop attacks against rebels around the town of Lajayang, near Myanmar's northeastern border with China, starting Saturday morning because it had achieved its goal of securing an army outpost there that had been surrounded by insurgents.
June 2, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - As thousands paid their respects this week to a slain northern Afghanistan police commander, a top lawmaker sounded an ominous warning: He and three other minority faction leaders are on a Taliban hit list and could be next. Conflict between the Taliban - who come mostly from the biggest group, the Pashtuns - and members of its ethnic minorities is nothing new in a nation whose history is scarred by civil strife. But rising ethnic tension is jeopardizing efforts to make peace with the Taliban after nearly 10 years of war. Minorities already worry that President Hamid Karzai, a Pashtun, will make too many concessions to their Taliban enemies to shore up his Pashtun base and craft a peace deal.
February 25, 2011
The grassroots protests taking place in North Africa and the Middle East appear related to the change that took place in the United States in 2008, when we elected Barack Obama to be our first African American president ("America's needless losses," Thursday). In a free and fair democratic election, the American people elevated a member of a racial minority to the presidency of our nation. This was a sign to the rest of the world of our great respect for people who show an ability to lead, no matter what racial or ethnic background they come from.
August 24, 2010 |
The former old boys club on 22d Street, replete with majestic columns, marble rotunda, grand staircase, and a beaux arts exterior protected by a wrought-iron gate, is imposing but not impenetrable. At 16, Faith Konate of South Philadelphia already has a foot in the ancient oak door. An 11th grader at Masterman High, Konate is among 24 young people from "under-resourced" neighborhoods who were handpicked for a novel project at the revered College of Physicians, on South 22d Street.
September 23, 2007 |
The needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities are overlooked when it comes to planning for public-health emergencies, a new report has found. The national study, issued by a team of Drexel University researchers, said that in the last 30 years, racial and ethnic minorities figured in programs and materials related to disaster planning just 10 percent of the time. If unaddressed, this lapse could have a profound effect on the Philadelphia suburbs, where diverse populations live and work in increasing numbers, the study's lead author says.
August 24, 2007
A report on the CIA's failings before the Sept. 11 attacks has ignited a new round of finger-pointing. But that shouldn't be allowed to sidetrack its counterterrorism efforts. The report, completed in 2005 but released this week, is mostly aimed at former CIA Director George J. Tenet. The spy agency's inspector general said Tenet didn't have a comprehensive plan to combat al-Qaeda and could have done more to prevent the attacks. Tenet, who stepped down in 2004, has countered that the report is "flat wrong.
June 14, 2005 |
THE NEW African and African-American history requirement in Philadelphia public high schools will almost certainly end up on "The Daily Show. " The effort lends itself to parody and bears the burden of foolish precedents. But at the risk of being parodied myself in all the obvious ways, I'm for the requirement. First the disclosure. My children go to private school and will not be subject to it. But, as I've said before in this column, democracy is all about speaking on other people's issues - it's unavoidable.
September 23, 2004 |
They walked two miles under the midday sun - past Rita's Water Ice, past pizza and hoagie shops, through a landscape of brick houses, tamed front yards, and street signs in a foreign script. "Rhawn. " A right here. "I need my car," joked Alibek Lomidze, who had just been turned away from the first day of classes at Northeast High. "Bradford. " A left here. It was not the first time the 18-year-old, his family or his ancestors had had to navigate unfamiliar terrain.
September 16, 2004 |
For Americans, access to adequate health care, preventive or otherwise, often is directly related to economic status, race or ethnicity, gender, education, disability, geographic location or sexual orientation. To eliminate disparities, the health-care community must make a more concerted effort to increase awareness of these differences - and increase cultural sensitivity - among the general public, health-care providers, insurance companies and policymakers. Unfortunately, racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive lower-quality health care even when insurance, income, age, and severity of conditions are considered.