Crowd overwhelmed by news of Obama win

By Khalida Sarwari and Melissa McRobbie Word that Democrat Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States produced hugs, yells and tears among a crowd that filled the Oakland Marriott Convention Center tonight. The historic win gives the United States its first black president and brings to a close a campaign season that at times seemed endless. The event, organized by the Obama campaign, was the culmination of an all-day phone banking […]

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Basin complex fire 100 percent contained

By Khalida Sarwari The Basin Complex Fire in Monterey County was declared 100 percent contained today, fire officials said. The fire, which began June 21, has burned 162,818 acres. The final acreage is expected to be higher due to the continued burning of islands of vegetation within the fire’s interior. As of Saturday, there have been a total of nine injuries reported and nearly 60 structures destroyed by the flames. Burnout was completed Saturday along […]

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Two arrested in connection with grocery store robbery

By Khalida Sarwari Two suspects allegedly involved in the early morning robbery today of a Union City Food Maxx have been arrested, police said. A report of the robbery came from an employee at the grocery store at about 4:55 a.m., according to the Union City Police Department. The employee, who identified himself as a cashier, described the suspects as two men wearing all black and ski masks and armed with a shotgun and a […]

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Afghan Friends Network fundraiser celebrates five years of achievement

For Sitara Magazine By Khalida Sarwari Did you know that over 30 percent of the population in Afghanistan is unable to read or write? Books are important in adding to knowledge and education, but they require time. For Afghan people whose average life expectancy is 43 years, time is as much of a luxury as clean water. Staggering statistics about the circumstances in Afghanistan are as ubiquitous as the destitution of its people. For the […]

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Movie Review: Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Buda as Sharm Foru Rikht)

For Sitara Magazine By Khalida Sarwari When Antonio Ricci goes on a desperate search on the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle in Vittorio De Sicca’s neo-realist masterpiece, The Bicycle Thief, your heart breaks for the man whose entire livelihood depends on the vehicle. The bicycle holds the promise of a job and future for a poor man struggling to survive in a country crippled with poverty after the end of World War II. […]

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