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Hotelier hails Naomi Osaka’s Haitian heritage, 9/15/18


While Osaka competes for Japan - the country of her birth and her mother's homeland - Pierre-Louis noted that the blossoming women's singles star is always quick to recognize her Haitian heritage, especially since she grew up with her Haitian grandmother in the United States.

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"She is clearly proud of her Haitian heritage and it is inspiring to see her acknowledge it and its influence on her. The people of Haiti would be honored to welcome Naomi for a visit to celebrate our first Grand Slam champion properly, and for Haitian youth to be inspired by somebody they can identify with," he said.

Notable talents of Haitian heritage, including Bruny Surin and Barbara Pierre (athletics); Orlando Calixte (baseball); Joachim Alcine (boxing); and Vladimir Ducasse (American football), have achieved success in the sports world. "Because they represented other countries doesn't stop us from saluting them and sharing in their success," said Le Plaza's general manager. "Naomi Osaka is the latest addition to this illustrious list and we'll continue to watch her progress," he affirmed.

NY World Trade Center Subway Station is a reminder to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights By Juergen T Steinmetz, 9/10/18


The new station cost $181 million and features a mosaic that uses words from the Declaration of Independence. Weaving is the symbolism behind the $1 million art project being designed for the Cortlandt Street station by Ann Hamilton, who was chosen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts and Design program. Ms. Hamilton, 58, a professor of art at Ohio State University in Columbus, creates large-scale multimedia installations. The basis for the words filling up the New York Subway station is a timely reminder of human rights and taken from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration reads: Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Europe’s Militarization of Contiguity Flouts Human Rights by Dr. Nader VAHABI 9/20/18

Dr. Nader VAHABI

The influx of asylum seekers in the EU is probably linked to a situational dimension, in particular to the zones of conflict in the Middle-East, but faced a chronic structural problem which began with the oil crisis in the seventies which had a strong political dimension.

As such, faced with the deadlock of the migratory policy, the rise of populist waves and the threat of the decay of the EU, Europe is steering towards a drift in the administration and outsourcing ethos of migratory flows shaped by the Seville conference in 2002 and reinforced at the European Council summit of June 28 2018. This EU repressive policy equipped with sophisticated means under the direction of Frontex, has caused 17,476 deaths in the Mediterranean between 2014 and 2018. In such a case can we evoke a “state crime”? How can we speak about a crisis when the process has been repeated regularly?

Great Movies

A Film on the Revered Ganges River in India

NYIHA MEDIA is pleased to release the best in Indian cinema. In a beautifully shot non-fiction film, Director Vinit Parmar presents an up-close look at the pollution that has been an ecological scourge troubling the revered Ganges River in India.

The film delivers a rarely seen and authentic view of the life at the river's edge and the people struggling to compel change. With unprecedented access, the film brings to light an age-old industry of leather production in jeopardy, bringing in USD$4 Billion to the Indian economy at a cost of degradation of the environment and the health of the residents.

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