With press coverage swirling around Haugen, Zhang has been drafted as a secondary character in another’s story. What distinguishes the two whistleblowers reflects complicated truths about what catches the public’s attention, the effects of strategic PR, and the extent of journalism’s value in holding the powerful to account.
The Tinder Swindler, on Netflix, is a gripping documentary feature about Shimon Hayut, an accused Israeli con man who, the film alleges, posed as a billionaire diamond dealer’s son, enticed women on the dating app across Europe, invited them to join in on his lavish lifestyle of private jets and island vacations, and eventually manipulated them into giving him a total of more than $10 million.
New York City’s vaccine rollout makes an effort, but sometimes falls short of meeting the needs of people with disabilities. The lack of coordination, ongoing chaos and insufficient resources are only some routine issues.
High school students curate an exhibit in the Bronx Museum, focusing on the positive aspects of their communities. The pieceis as much a commentary on race and injustice as it is an exploration of identity and belonging during an exceptionally challenging year.
Living on the margins of a metropolis, the city's indigenous fisherwomen have created a complex network of solidarity that kept them afloat in a difficult year.
“Caste does not go away just because a community migrates elsewhere. The feelings of caste, the practice of caste, the very institutions of caste are brought along wherever we go. New York is one of the biggest hubs for discrimination based on caste, and it’s hidden in plain sight.”
NY CITY LENS
Described as a “food desert,” the Bronx has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. This includes not having sufficient well-stocked and affordable supermarkets within reasonable commuting distance for residents. Local nonprofits working with the city are best equipped to aid the community.
The United States' Latest Visa Decision Isn't Likely to Discourage Indian Students
Thirty years ago, these aspirations may not have been misplaced, but today the economic realities and failures of India’s own education system, mixed with a global capitalist agenda, are what ultimately sustain Indians leaving the country, year after year.
What happens when the places we’ve built up as utopias of opportunity show us their dysfunction and injustice? The ICE decision, like many pro-nationalist policies that seek to limit foreign immigration, throw open massive gaps in our discourse on educational inequality.
"When an Indian performer puts on a bindi, their record sales will be crazy. But the aunty in Jackson Heights has been wearing a bindi all her life – there’s nothing cool about it, she’s an outsider who has to work a minimum wage job and her bindi is a marker of her otherness."
Not only does the show fail to address the racial and political undercurrents that come with being brown in America, but it also ends up self-stereotyping the community to the point of completely whitewashing it.
Every movement that challenges age-old social structures is bound to have a few disparagers. Some of these are predictable, like the mass of men instinctively crying “ false accusations!“ or those that make flippant, dismissive remarks instead of confronting uncomfortable truths. But some are subtler and more complex — like women that decisively shun the movement and, if they have social and cultural clout, undermine any chance of a united resistance.
DOWN TO EARTH
More than half our GDP is singularly dependant on coal, and one of the main goals of the Modi government is to bring India to a $5 trillion economy. Privatizing energy and agricultural sectors will bring India closer to its economic goals — but at the cost of its climate ones.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, the way the government allocates public funds — particularly the money spent on subsidies — is telling of how low a priority both climate change and public health truly are.
The push towards cutting consumer tariffs for renewable energy has resulted in its unviable production for private companies. With infrequent and insufficient government subsidies, the cost of going green effectively cuts off access to low-income communities.
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Before a court hearing Monday, Michael Cohen’s attorneys said Cohen had three clients in 2017: Donald Trump, Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and a third person he declined to name. This is what happened at the reveal.