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Supreme Court shakeup
The nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the Washington D.C. circuit court is stirring excitement in India. Srinivasan would the be the first Indian American federal judge in U.S. history—and the D.C. circuit court is often seen as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court, leading to speculation that Srinivasan could replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she retires.
The Times of India reports that both Indians and Indian-Americans are rallying behind Srinivasan, who was born in Chandigarh and currently argues cases before the Supreme Court as President Obama’s Deputy Solicitor General. The ToI also points out that a whole host of people with the last name Srinivasan have become famous in the U.S., including a PBS host, a journalist professor at Columbia, and one of Yahoo’s first engineers (who happens to be the prospective judge’s sister).
Pakistani Americans big in Chicago
Not to be outdone by their Indian American counterparts, Pakistani Americans are apparently taking over the city of Chicago, according to a story in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. There are almost 100,000 Pakistani Americans in Chicago, which has a “sister-city” agreement with Lahore, Pakistan. And Chicago’s Little Pakistan has produced top scientists, businessmen, architects and public officials in the area, including the first ever Pakistani-American judge.
But as Dawn reports, the community has its dark side as well. Two Pakistani Americans from Chicago were involved in the deadly 2008 hotel attack in Mumbai, and the FBI charged a third with providing funds to al-Qaeda.
U.S. celebs get rich in Nigeria
Writing for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Olatoye Idowu says his fellow Nigerians have an overblown fascination with anything American. He sites a recent visit by Kim Kardashian during which she cohosted a concert and earned $500,000 for 45-minutes of work, paid for by the Lagos State Government. More offensive that deifying American celebrities, Idowu says Nigerians must stop undercutting their own talent by shoveling cash into the pockets of rich Americans.