Sometimes the best ideas arise from outlandish jokes shared between friends — something so silly and farfetched that you’d never think other people would actually be interested in it, too. That’s how the South Asian American writer and political activist Tanzila Ahmed — who goes by the nickname “Taz” — came to create the wildly popular podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, with collaborator and friend Zahra Noorbakhsh, an Iranian American comedian and writer.Details
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Two years ago, everything seemed to fall into place for Chando Kem, from his mental state to his work and love life.
That was when the Long Beach resident applied for and received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that grants certain undocumented youth temporary relief from deportation, a social security number, and a permit to work.
“Now I’m not afraid to walk anywhere,” said the native of Cambodia who has lived most of his life undocumented.Details
Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs. Everything culminates with the exuberant Gladi Gladi ceremony, a singing and dancing blowout that marks the day the women and girls return home cured.Details
Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.
Ahmed Mohamed, a fourteen-year-old freshman in a high school in Texas, was handcuffed and detained by police after he took a homemade alarm clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But another teacher thought it looked like a bomb and called the police. The boy in his NASA T-shirt was interrogated and taken to a juvenile detention centre, triggering off a huge row about Islamophobia and stereotyping.Details
A child should not have to die to mobilize governments into credible action.
The photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed ashore, which has mobilized international responses to the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean over the past week, signals two inter-related tragedies: firstly, that of the human loss and suffering that is ongoing in this context, and secondly, that of the dire shortcomings of global and regional good governance of migration.Details
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IANS) — Almost half of Asian Americans are suffering from undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (the highest among all ethnic and racial subgroups studied in the United States), mostly resulting from a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, a study reveals.Details
London: A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in the U.K. has achieved the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, outwitting physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Lydia Sebastian from Essex has joined the one percent of all entrants to attain the highest mark in the Cattell III B paper supervised by Mensa, the society for people with high IQs.Details
The photo of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian child who drowned and washed on the shores of Turkey, has inspired volumes of poetry and sympathy. But words and tears will not help the people of Syria. Actions are needed by all governments— including ours— which considers itself the leading force in the free world.Details
“After performing household duties throughout the day, we were subjected to sexual assault at night. Often, there would be more than one man who would rape and torture us. We have marks on our body,” one of them tells Firstpost.
She says the diplomat’s family knew about the abuse. Not only did they not try to stop it, they would beat the women as well. Armina Guru of Maiti Nepal India, an NGO which works on trafficking issues tells Firstpost that when the police raided the Gurgaon flat, “the women were being physically assaulted” and the medical examination confirms rape.Details
The Indian government insists its big bad porn ban has been done in the name of blocking child pornography rather than as a blanket ban on adult entertainment in general.
But some of the names on the black list of 857 don’t seem to quite fit the pedophlia proscription – maturosexy.com or shemale.asia, not to mention a very not XXX-rated CollegeHumor.com and BarstoolSports. But then who is going to sit and parse the list and petition the government to unblock their matureosexy entertainment on the grounds that no children are involved? Which bureaucrat does one write to?Details