Outspoken Iranian student gunned down outside Houston home

Plus the dangers of sushi, cricket in South Florida and Americans on Korean TV

By Nicholas Nehamas

Did the government of Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have anything to do with the murder of a Houston-based student who protested against it?

In today’s interconnected world, news doesn’t stop at the border. Every Monday morning, Latitude News brings you a round-up of headlines from around the country that drive that point home.

  • An outspoken Iranian student, a critic of the Ahmadinejad regime in Tehran, has been shot to death outside her home in Houston. Gelareh Bagherzadeh was thirty years old. She moved to the U.S. in 2007. Her murder in January has led to speculation and fear in Houston’s close-knit Iranian-American community. Was it because of her public opposition to Iran’s hard-line government? Her conversion to Christianity? Or even a $20 million lawsuit involving her father, whose car she was driving at the time of her shooting? (Houston Chronicle)
  • In Korea, viewers can’t get enough of “I Miss That Person,” a show that tries to reunite Koreans adopted into American families with their birth parents. Relatives watching “I Miss That Person” are often able to identify the children they or their family decided to give up long ago. Some Korean-American adoptees find the experience moving, so much so that they move back to the land of their birth. (New York Daily News)
  • The Caribbean island nations of Trinidad and Jamaica are celebrating their golden jubilees with a cricket match – in South Florida. Both countries achieved independence from Great Britain fifty years ago this August. The match will take place in Broward, which is considered the heart of the English-speaking Caribbean community in Florida, according to the Miami Herald. If you can’t make it to the start of play on Friday, don’t worry. Cricket is a multi-day affair, and the match continues on Saturday. (Miami Herald)
  • An Austin man has made an award-winning documentary about the global appeal of sushi. “Sushi: The Global Catch“follows the worldwide spread of this Japanese delicacy from its home in Tokyo restaurants to the United States, Eastern Europe and around the globe. “The further you get away (from Japan),” says the filmmaker, the wackier it gets. But his research also led to a troubling conclusion: the overfishing of blue fin tuna, an apex predator and sushi staple, is leading to a collapse of the marine food chain. (Austin American Statesman)