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Nothing is Sacred: Saleem Shahzad

Nothing is Sacred:  Saleem Shahzad

What is truth? According to Merriam-Webster, truth is defined as: fact, the body of real things, an idea that is true or accepted as true, and reality.  What then is a journalist? A journalist is a writer who aims at a mass audience through the medium of journalism. Journalism is writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or a description of events without an attempt at interpretation. This means a journalist is a writer that writes truth without personal opinion based upon fact and reality.

Syed Saleem Shahzad was the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, covering issues of global security, focusing on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Shahzad has reported on Islamist movements, taking him to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Syria and the UAE.

Shahzad introduced the world to Al-Qaeda and Sheikh Essa  His interviews include:

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

This year the Niagara Falls Memorial day parade will be held: Saturday May 28,2011. The Parade will assemble 10am at the city market (19th Street and Pine Avenue)

The parade will step off 11am sharp and will proceed east up Pine Avenue towards Hyde Park Blvd. The parade will end Hyde Park Grounds) at Pine Avenue and Robbins Drive.

A Veterans Ceremony will be held immediately at the parade end on the site of the new Veterans Memorial to be constructed. A full status report of phase 1 of the Veterans Memorial will announced. Application for active duty, retired, reserve, veterans who are serving or have served in the US Military will be available.  For more information you may email  mrimmen@sysr.com or  nfvmc1@gmail.com

ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

Hop into Niagara Falls Applebee's Restaurant Where Kids Eat Free on Easter Sunday

Hop into Niagara Falls Applebee's Restaurant Where Kids Eat Free on Easter Sunday

Once the Easter egg hunting is done, children across Western New York are invited to enjoy a free meal at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results of the 2010 census for New York, and the numbers show that population in all eight Western New York counties continues to decline. The City of Buffalo lost 10.7% of its population since the 2000 census, down to 261,310. Erie County’s population (919,040) is down 3.3%.

Local media unanimously reported this decline in population as a negative. (See the complete WGRZ report here.) Erie County Executive Chris Collins has said before: "We must grow or die."

But is the news all that bad?

Newfane Student Suspended for Activism

Newfane Student Suspended for Activism

Nicolette Saraf, of Newfane NY, was suspended today from Newfane High School for three days. She was suspended for participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for children who have no shoes, going just one day for those who go a lifetime, with no shoes. The TOMS brand is known for donating a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes you purchase. TOMS even has some vegan shoes, of which I am the proud owner. I guess it's like wearing activism on my feet, and today for Nicolette, wearing her activism meant not wearing any shoes. For that, she was suspended for three days. Three days that she will miss class work, assignments, and vital instruction from her teachers.