Love Knows No Borders -- The LGBT Battle for Immigration Reform

Love Knows No Borders — The LGBT Battle for Immigration Reform

Every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my partner Richi dons an impeccable Cat in the Hat outfit he made himself and drives 40 miles to work, the same drive he makes every school day. He could work closer to home, but the kids in the impoverished Hispanic neighborhoods where he has taught for 10 years need him, and their responses to his innovative teaching prove that. He spends extra hours tutoring those most in need, and he sheds happy tears when his students excel on exams. More than just a school hero, he’s also a community hero. When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi, he purchased groceries with his own money and delivered them to families arriving at lonely Houston motels, and he was a regular Astrodome volunteer.

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USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register.

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Meet the New Ms. Marvel — A Female, Muslim, Pakistani Superhero

Meet the New Ms. Marvel — A Female, Muslim, Pakistani Superhero

Who are some of the first superheroes that come to your mind? Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, Ironman, Captain America… and what do they have in common? They’re all white dudes.

Comic companies are trying to diversify their superhero ranks. There have been non-white characters, and even a few Muslim heros.

Marvel Comics announced a new superhero comic book series featuring Kamala Khan: a Muslim, Pakistani 16-year-old who lives in New Jersey. She’ll be taking on the name of Ms. Marvel, after the former Ms. Marvel, who is now going by Captain Marvel.

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One Doctor Calls for ‘an Ounce of Prevention Over an Ounce of Maggi’ in Haiti

One Doctor Calls for ‘an Ounce of Prevention Over an Ounce of Maggi’ in Haiti

The Haiti that Mackenzy Brun returned to in 2005 was not the same one he left in 1987. After almost 20 years in Brooklyn, Mackenzy expected the newly paved streets that crisscrossed his small city in Haiti’s central plateau and the electric grid that inched into town in 2011. What he did not expect was the dramatic change to his grandmother’s cooking. He dreamt of her soup joumou(squash soup), legim (vegetable soup) and diri kole ak pwa (rice and beans). What he found was that the locally sourced green herbs that flavored her cooking had been replaced by a dense yellow-wrapped cube: Maggi.

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Power to Forgive: Mandela’s Death and Babri Demolition Anniversary

Power to Forgive: Mandela’s Death and Babri Demolition Anniversary

He was going for a long time. It was time, indeed well past time. But still the heart catches when the news finally comes.

Waking up to a world without Nelson Mandela is not unimaginable. We have come perilously close to it over and over again. The idea of Nelson Mandela was strong. But the reality of Nelson Mandela had been on life support for a long time.

Now only the idea remains.

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Meet the New Ms. Marvel — A Female, Muslim, Pakistani Superhero

Meet the New Ms. Marvel — A Female, Muslim, Pakistani Superhero

Comic companies are trying to diversify their superhero ranks. There have been non-white characters, and even a few Muslim heros.

Marvel Comics announced a new superhero comic book series featuring Kamala Khan: a Muslim, Pakistani 16-year-old who lives in New Jersey. She’ll be taking on the name of Ms. Marvel, after the former Ms. Marvel, who is now going by Captain Marvel.

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Number of Saudi Students On U.S. College Campuses Growing

Number of Saudi Students On U.S. College Campuses Growing

Despite the negative stereotypes surrounding Saudi Arabians, many Saudis in the United States are university students. Saudi presence on American campuses has grown significantly over the past seven years. Saudis amount to 4.5 percent of international students in the country.

In universities throughout Michigan, Saudis rank fifth in the number of international students. They make up 5 percent of the State’s foreign student body.

In 2006, the Saudi Higher Education Ministry established a scholarship program to send students to universities abroad.

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November Issue: ‘Linsanity’ Revisits the Incredible Sports Phenomenon

November Issue: ‘Linsanity’ Revisits the Incredible Sports Phenomenon

It was Christmas Day, 2011, and Jeremy Lin was alone on a plane flying back home to Palo Alto, Calif. The second-year NBA player had just been placed on waivers again, this time by the Houston Rockets. Two days later, Lin learned that he had been picked up by the New York Knicks. But this was not necessarily cause for celebration. After being tossed around by teams and sent to the D-League numerous times, Lin, at this point, was frustrated, burnt out and unsure of his future in the NBA.

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Q&A: Eroding Muslim Stereotypes, with Love Stories

How To Erode Muslim Stereotypes, with Love Stories

Editor’s Note: “Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” a compilation of personal essays, was released last year and garnered positive reviews. Building on the popularity of that first volume, editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi set out to compile a second collection, focusing on Muslim men and their personal love lives. The new book, entitled “Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy,” is slated for release in early 2014. Mattu spoke about the new book with New America Media reporter Semany Gashaw.

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