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A 23-year-old Indian American is making a name for himself among the immigrant community by campaigning against discrimination and racism. It was after 9/11 that Prateek Sampat began hearing about Pakistani Americans who were deported en masse. Sampat also works with the Non-Military Alternative Project, which targets high school students to impress upon them that military service is not the only way to finance an education.

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On Sunday June 3rd, 2007 – Pakistani Americans and their friends will hold a rally for the democracy and justice in Pakistan. The rally is planned outside the White House. The people of Pakistan have been denied their legitimate right for democracy for many years. Military rulers along with their interloper partners have longed ruled the country with iron hand and sham democracy in the name of international security.

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British and US officials today denied a report that the US was seeking ways of imposing entry restrictions for visiting Britons of Pakistani origin, following a spate of UK bomb plots involving citizens with links to Pakistan. The report in the New York Times, quoted unnamed British officials as saying that the US had put several options on the table, including a cancellation of the existing visa waiver programme, which allows British tourists to visit without a visa, or a requirement that British Pakistanis would have to apply for visas.

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A California judge has ordered a fitness centre to pay damages to a Sikh man after the firm denied him a job on religious and ethnic grounds. During the course of the interview Dhaliwal, who was born and raised in California, was asked about his religious and ethnic background and later denied the job. “He was basically asked where he was born, where his parents were born, what religion he subscribed to and whether he was a Muslim,” said US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) programme analyst Linda Li.

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WASHINGTON, DC: In a show of unity, 23 organisations promoting Indian American and South Asian causes across the United States sent a strong message on Monday to President George W Bush over the heating immigration debate in the country. In March, a new White House “compassionate immigration reform plan” emphasised professional talents and corporate employment needs over family ties for approving legal immigration applications. The coalition says the plan is “unworkable” and “would have a devastating effect on the South Asian community.”

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A murder and manhunt originating in Ahwatukee Foothills captured global headlines this week and stirred concern about domestic violence among Indian couples. The Ahwatukee slaying is the latest in a string of cases in which Indo-Canadian men have been charged with the murder of their wives, the Vancouver Sun reported this week.

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Vijay Shah, a 28-year-old Cambridge resident, has filed a lawsuit in a Boston federal court stating he was a victim of racial profiling and that his constitutional rights were violated. Shah recalls participating in an anti-war march during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. “I was marching with 3000 other people,” Shah says, when Secret Service and Boston Police officials “grabbed me and shoved me down an alleyway and held me in handcuffs.”

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