click to enlarge Courtesy of India Association of San Antonio Since its formation in 1978, the India Association of San Antonio (IASA) has evolved from a small group of dedicated volunteers to a nonprofit umbrella over cultural, religious and charitable groups representing the Alamo City’s growing South Asian community. Built around a concept of “unity in diversity,” IASA functions as an online directory for local temples, churches, mosques, dance schools and yoga centers, helps raise funds for disaster victims all over click to enlarge Courtesy of India Association of San Antonio the world and offers mentoring programs covering everything from tolerance to financial self-sufficiency. As part of its mission to “foster a better understanding between India and San Antonio,” IASA organizes annual events surrounding Holi, a spring festival honoring Krishna, Diwali, a fall “festival of lights” celebrating the victory … [Read more...] about Festival of India Brings Cultural Performances, Vendors and Cuisine to La Villita’s Maverick Plaza
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The 1994 Rwandan genocide of ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee to neighboring sub-Saharan African countries. Key point: The burden of providing immediate care for physically threatened refugees always falls on the “host country,” even unwilling hosts. A second key point: A flood of refugees is not a military invasion, but economically and socially it can have similar effects on the host nation. We’ve seen this occur even in wealthy nations like Sweden and Germany. Which leads to another point: Every nation in central Africa is politically and economically fragile. Unfortunately, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s case, the Rwandan civil war followed Rwandan refugees across the border as defeated Hutu genocidaires fled the wrath of the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front. Tutsi refugees trickled back to Rwanda. Hutu extremists fled to Congo. Let’s make this clear: Suffering refugees did not ignite the Great … [Read more...] about Refugee waves and migrant marches
It felt startlingly pertinent when, last week, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two activists who have devoted their careers to the epidemics of sexual violence in their respective homelands. The prize was awarded to 63-year-old Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has dedicated his practice to the treatment of victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The award was also given to a survivor — 25-year-old Nadia Murad is a Yazidi-Kurdish survivor of genocidal rape by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The Yazidis, a religious minority within the Kurdish community, and the Kurds as an entire ethnic group within the Middle East, have been systematically targeted and persecuted by the ruthless forces of ISIS. When Murad escaped from captivity following the murder of her mother and six of her brothers, she endeavored to bring her cause to the forefront of the international conversation. With the help of representation from … [Read more...] about Recognizing the Bravery of Kurdistan’s Women
Maryam Rajavi Mayor Giuliani at 2018 Iran Uprising Summit-09/22 Gen. James Jones addresses 2018 Iran Uprising Summit-09/22 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Gen. James Jones, the former NSA, and former AG Michael Mukasey will address the Summit as well. We Supports a secular, democratic, and non-nuclear republic in Iran,”— OIACNEW YORK, NY, USA, September 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Ahead of the UN General Assembly Annual Session, 1,500 leaders of Iranian American communities in the US will attend a Summit in support of the nationwide uprising in Iran. In her video address to the Summit, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), will call on the UN Security Council to adopt binding, punitive measures to halt Iran's gross human rights violations and export of terrorism. Mrs. Rajavi will lay out her road map to freedom and democracy in Iran, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN conventions. She will also call … [Read more...] about Maryam Rajavi To Address Iran Uprising Summit in New York
In a speech on Sunday titled “Supporting Iranian Voices,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told an audience of Iranian-Americans that “the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do,” and announced an invigorated “diplomatic and financial pressure campaign to cut off the funds that the regime uses to enrich itself and support death and destruction.” Pompeo’s speech has been the talk of the Iranian-American community, which may share the Trump administration’s revulsion for the brutal and decrepit Iranian regime, but is deeply divided over the real aims of the secretary of state’s new campaign.Story Continued Below While some Iranian-Americans and Iran pundits have characterized his speech as being part of a policy of “regime change,” many others view it as a good opportunity to support Iranians who are fighting for democracy in their country. But to judge the efficacy of U.S. policy, … [Read more...] about Reform Is Dead in Iran. Here’s How the U.S. Can Help.