Archive for August, 2008

“Mom” for Vice President!

Posted on August 29, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Politics.

Check out my blog on the Huffington Post today:

Watching Sarah Palin accept the Republican nomination for vice president, all I could think was that I am so grateful my mother did not run for president or VP while I was a baby. This is hardly good judgment on Palin’s part.

Such a sentiment is surely anti-feminist of me. Women, including mothers, should be allowed and encouraged to pursue high-powered careers. And having a mother who works is the best way to teach one’s children that women should be financially independent and treated equally in the workforce.

But running on a national ticket months after your child was born? Let alone a son who has Downs Syndrome and therefore under the best of circumstances is going to need every last bit of attention. How can one possibly be an involved and nurturing parent while campaigning in such a heated race?

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Oped in Hartford Courant

Posted on August 26, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Culture, Media, Politics, Religion.

Check out my personal essay in the Hartford Courant this Wednesday. It’s about driving cross country and learning about the presidential campaign and American culture from the radio shows along the way. It was on the Los Angeles Times/ Washington Post wire and also ran in the Chicago Tribune.

My husband and I just finished driving from our home in Los Angeles to my parents’ in upstate New York because I will be taking a job on the East Coast. The trip was a great success: We slept in a budget hotel each night and never got bed bugs — just one night with a spider — and we made it to New York without crashing or getting a speeding ticket. More important, we learned about this country we live in, yet know so little about.

Neither of us had ever been to most of the places we visited along the way. My husband was born and raised in Burma, and I have never traveled in the South or much of the Midwest. We got to check out the vistas in the Grand Canyon, art galleries and jewelry shops in Santa Fe, beautiful brick mansions in Tulsa, Cardinal fans in St. Louis and cornfields in Illinois. But what was most interesting to us about our trip was listening to the radio.

Throughout the entire country — between Los Angeles and New York — we couldn’t flip through the radio stations without finding multiple shows dedicated to people talking about Jesus. Some were singing songs about him; most were discussing how their lives had changed since they had accepted the Lord into their heart. On one station a host was interviewing a child about which Biblical verse was her favorite.

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Fire and Naturalization Applications

Posted on August 12, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Crime, Immigration.

A couple more stories I did during my stint at the NY Sun:

U.S. to Process Applications for Citizenship More Quickly

Two Killed in Fire on Upper East Side

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From an Iraqi Stranded in Malaysia

Posted on August 9, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Immigration, International.

An Iraqi interpreter named Ashraf who fled his country because of fear of being killed for his work with the Americans wrote a comment on this blog. He said he wants his story told and agreed to have his comment posted, in the hopes that someone might be able to help him. “I feel hopeless and lost,” Ashraf wrote. In his own words:

i am an iraqi guy, i’m 26 now and i’m a registered refugee asylum seeker with the unhcr here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…i worked in iraq as an interpreter with the US army, and US special forces (the navy seals) in anbar province and in baghdad….i did alot of work and i was so devoted to my job… my father was killed by a terrorist group that wanted me cause i worked against them with my unit, and my family was displaced and i was almost killed twice and my brother was kidnapped and thank god he survived it and he is working now in baghdad with the US forces also as an interpreter…

i registered here in malaysia cause i was hunted in syria also and i couldn’t get a visa to egypt or jordan or other near countries so i got a visa to Malaysia and here i am here…

i went to the US embassy here in malaysia but they have no help and no answers for any question i have…. and they never gave me hope…and when i go to the unhcr here after being registered they also have no answers for me, they just said that no countries are accepting any refugees now and we have no info about the US accepting iraqis…

i am totally lost and i dont know what to do….if i had enough money then i would try to go back and work as an interpreter, i dont know what to do…

please miss Hanna……. please i need some advice and i really hope that i can be recognised or told what to do or where to go to apply or how to do it….i am totally lost…i wish i can reach the american media or any media to hear my story….

i was the only iraqi local interpreter to work with the US nave Seals cause they are so special but cause of my dedication and devotion to work i was assigned to them….

please miss hanna….i need some advice or some help…i would do anything to survive…

The only thing I can do is share his story. If someone else has some ideas, let me know and I’ll give you his contact info.

It is horrifying to think how many people are in similar situations (more than 2 million Iraqis have fled the country). Ashraf is 26, clearly smart and well-educated judging by his English…so similar to my friends and co-workers. And yet, my friends and I spent the day on the beach, flipping through photographs of Shilo and Angelina’s new baby twins. Ashraf, because he was born in Iraq, because he helped the United States military, is now living in fear and misery.

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Crime, Police Stories in NYC

Posted on August 7, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Crime.

I’ve been working at the New York Sun for the past couple weeks on their crime beat. Check out some of my recent stories here:

New York May Weigh Sex Offender Act

Civil Rights Lawyer Sues City Over Handcuffing of Girl, 10

School Crime Decline Recorded

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