Saturday, May 13, 2006

D-8 summit avoids Iran nuclear issue - but why?

So these eight devloping Muslim countires decide to meet, but avoid the Iran nuclear issue. Do they prefer to live in oblivion? I can understand why they may not want to tackle the issue head on, but at least say something; anything!

All in all, it is interesting to see that these countries even meet. The mainstream media just tells us about larger, developed countries meeting with one another, but never about these Muslim developing countries.

Read here for more info on this year's summit...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

How many people are given green cards each year in the United States?

For those of us who use Gmail, one cannot go without noticing the little banner of web clips that appear towards the top of the Inbox.
Today, one of the links directed me to an "Ask Yahoo!" page, where experts answer random questions that Yahoo! receives, and I found this to be quite interesting.
Frankly, it's snot surprising that Mexico, India and China make up the bulk of the recipients of green cards, because aren't they largely responsible for making the American economy so successful?

How many people are given green cards each year in the United States?
Paris, France
Dear Leslie:
Some of the questions we get are tough, others are pretty simple. We thought this was going to be a doozy, and unfortunately, we were right.

According to the Department of State, "the Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons." However, the program's mission is to award visas to "persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States." It's responsible for only a fraction of the total number of green cards awarded.

In 2005, a total of 1,122,373 persons were awarded lawful permanent residence. That's up sharply from 2004, when 957,883 became LPRs. The majority (around 66%) "lived in the United States when they became LPRs." In terms of a country breakdown, Mexico accounted for 14% of the new citizens, while India made up 8%, and China was responsible for 6%.

Each year the State Department undertakes the momentous task of deciding which of the many applications will be approved. For those hopeful of gaining citizenship, the process can be confusing. Those who apply should be aware of fraudulent web sites. Many look quite convincing. While researching this question, we were nearly duped ourselves.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

NY Event: Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony - May 17th

The Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony will be held in New York City this May 17 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Washington Square. 5:30 – 7:30pm

We are eager to bring together audience who care about human rights issues. You are
certain to be inspired by the stories of these young heroes and entertained by the performers
and celebrities who will participate. If you are interested in attending, we would love to accommodate you. The tickets are free of charge, but reservations are required. Reply to or 781-401-4910.

More information about the program can be found at

(Feel free to forward the message to any other people who you think would be interested.)


An inspiring, enriching experience learning about human rights

The 2006 Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony is coming to New York to honor four extraordinary young human rights activists:

Li Dan (27 years old) from China, is a leading activist campaigning for the government to address China’s rapidly escalating AIDS epidemic.

Rachel Lloyd (30 years old) from New York City, created an organization that provides services to and advocates for underage girls exploited in the sex industry.

Khurram Parvez (28 years old) from Kashmir, is a courageous human rights advocate working to involve young people in the search for a non-violent resolution of the conflict in Kashmir.

Otto Saki (24 years old) from Zimbabwe, is a lawyer fighting for the safety of human rights defenders, the protection of human rights and the promotion of rule of law in Zimbabwe.

About the Award …

Reebok Human Rights Award recipients are young activists, who against great odds have had a real impact on our world. They all work on issues that directly relate to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Award recipients will be celebrated in a two-hour show in NYU's beautiful Skirball Center in Washington Square. Celebrity guests will introduce the recipients (past presenters have included Lucy Liu, Robert Redford, Katie Holmes, Jessica Lange, and Caroline Kennedy), video segments will tell the stories and everyone’s spirits will be lifted by musical performances (including dance troupes and famous rock and hip-hop performers.) You will share this experience with leaders from all parts of the community.