Global Affairs

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians Begins Today, but Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

by Jorge Rivas on January 21 2010, 9:54AM

According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano the U.S. may be home to as many as 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants. Starting today the Obama administration is allowing Haitians who have been in the U.S. without legal status before January 12…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Legal Barrier Eased for Temporary Protected Status

by Michelle Chen on January 21 2010, 6:10AM

It took a massive earthquake in Haiti to finally push the government to reopen Temporary Protected Status for the tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who would otherwise be slated for deportation. Just in time, the TPS designation, which…

Topics: Global Affairs

Dying in Haiti: Humanitarian Crisis Enters Second Week

by Michelle Chen on January 19 2010, 11:18PM

As the unprecedented humanitarian relief effort in Haiti struggles through logistical chaos, triaging shipments of food, medicine, and personnel, making sure help is distributed efficiently, one entity seems to consistently dominate the hierarchy of needs: the military. And so…

Topics: Global Affairs

‘There’s No War Here’: Haiti’s Crisis, From Disaster Site To Military Zone?

by Michelle Chen on January 18 2010, 8:17AM

As humanitarian relief trickles into Haiti in fits and starts, reports of despair and frustration are trickling out. The situation grows increasingly desperate as hundreds of thousands of disaster-stricken people await emergency help, nearly a week after the emergency…

Topics: Global Affairs, News Items

Please Don’t Superdome Haiti (update)

by Michelle Chen on January 16 2010, 8:58AM

For those who know how race and media intersect in times of crisis, the earthquake in Haiti has probably sent a bump through your pop-cultural seismograph. Now it’s becoming a flashpoint. Following an initial wave of sympathy, the corporate…

Topics: Global Affairs, Katrina, Media

Haiti Smashed, Diaspora Shaken, Deportations Frozen

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 11:39PM

The devastation in Haiti is unrelenting, an avalanche of natural catastrophe exacerbated by man-made injustice. Perhaps 100,000 feared dead, homes shattered, people digging neighbors out of rubble without safe food, water or electricity. It’s hard to fathom just how…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, News Items

Haiti Shaken By Quake: What the U.S. Can Do

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 12:48AM

Yet another calamity has besieged Haiti. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere has been pummeled by a massive earthquake. The initial quake had a magnitude of 7.0, but New York Times reports that the disaster continues to reverberate:…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, News Items

EPA Moves to Shield Neighborhoods from Smog

by Michelle Chen on January 8 2010, 10:07PM

The EPA proposed stronger regulations on smog pollution this week, paving the way for stronger controls on the poisonous fumes that hover over poor and racially segregated communities. The agency is starting to undo the damage of Bush-era guidelines…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

Uganda’s Anti-LGBT Bill: Facing Hate and Hegemony

by Michelle Chen on January 7 2010, 7:19PM

The now-infamous anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda has kicked up a media storm halfway around the world. The bill, which could pave the way for the death penalty, life imprisonment or other severe penalties for homosexuality-related behavior—might otherwise be dismissed…

Topics: Global Affairs

African Literature for Dummies

by Michelle Chen on January 7 2010, 6:59AM

The publishing industry may be in disarray, but the market in liberal-guilt exorcism is booming. Now, you too can write your own acclaimed African novel. Just follow these simple steps, courtesy Binyavanga Wainaina.* * Hair accessories sold separately. (h/t Sociological…

Topics: Global Affairs, Video & Multimedia

Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Global Affairs, News Items, Race and Recession

Shifting Climate, Moving People: Immigration and Climate Justice

by Michelle Chen on December 15 2009, 9:36AM

The impasse in Copenhagen underscores just how interconnected, and perhaps collectively doomed, we all are in the face of global climate change. And like the rapid currents of trade coursing around the globe, environmental destruction is reshaping the flow…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

System Change Not Climate Change

by Debayani Kar on December 14 2009, 1:18PM

Climate justice activists from around the U.S. led by communities of color were part of the 100,000-strong protest march in Copenhagen this past Saturday. Not surprisingly, such a vibrant display of civil society’s power was responded to with more than…

Topics: Global Affairs

A Fresh Face at Greenpeace

by Michelle Chen on November 19 2009, 7:10AM

Greenpeace has earned a reputation as the quintessential radical environmental group, facing down oil tankers and crusading against nuclear plants. Today, the organization’s new executive director, a veteran of racial justice struggles in Africa, is tipping the group’s focus…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

What’s Fallen Since the Berlin Wall?

by Tammy Johnson on November 9 2009, 3:16PM

I can’t believe that it’s been twenty years. I was a student at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, when Doug came bouncing across the student union concourse screaming, “The wall is down! The Berlin Wall is down!” Back then,…

Topics: Global Affairs

Obama Should Have Turned It Down

by Rinku Sen on October 9 2009, 10:31AM

Obama’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize reminds me of this clothing commercial in which a man whose face you can’t see is at an interview or on a date. He’s told that he has horrible work history or got…

Topics: Global Affairs

Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on October 9 2009, 9:26AM

From the NY Times: President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” a stunning honor that came less than nine months after he made United…

Topics: Global Affairs, Video & Multimedia

At the G-20, Real Solutions Off the Table; Accidental American Shows the Way

by Debayani Kar on September 24 2009, 11:43AM

Today and tomorrow, leaders of the Group of 20 Nations, or G-20, are meeting in Pittsburgh for the latest in a series of meetings intended to address the global economic crisis. The global recession has shifted the nature of…

Topics: Global Affairs

The War Over Drugs in Central America and Washington

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2009, 5:58PM

One of the first signs that Obama’s healthcare reform efforts were headed southward was the backdoor deal the White House struck with the pharmaceutical industry earlier this summer. Big Pharma’s promise to help “save” Americans $80 billion under the…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Shah Rukh Khan: Bollywood Border Stop

by Guest Columnist on August 17 2009, 8:58AM

Written by: Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) The Shah Rukh Khan incident at Newark International Airport over the weekend has elicited a range of viewpoints and opinions. Shah Rukh Khan, a famous Bollywood…

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