The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

Candles for Peshawar

I lit a few candles yesterday. Reading the gruesome report of the events in Peshawar had me rattled. Two days prior I was hanging little ornaments on my tree in memory of each person killed in Newtown, MA and now 148 lives were gone at the hands of the Taliban. Children and teachers were shamelessly killed.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: #16daysofactivism against gender-based violence

This episode covers a wide range of current affairs, from police brutality and the pulse of the country to the United Nations' '16 Day of Activism against Gender-based Violence.'

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'America, Here I Come': Book explores Somali immigrant experience

Hamse Warfa

The story of Hamse Warfa begins in a place not unfamiliar to many immigrants in Minnesota: Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. But where that story culminates (at least for now), is quite unique: with a memoir Warfa released last month: “America Here I Come: A Somali Refugee’s Quest for Hope.”

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Same-sex conversion therapy: What is it? Where is the movement to ban it in Minnesota?

The movement to ban same-sex conversion therapy in Minnesota picked up the support of GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and other key GLBT organizations.

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Kenya Independence Day dinner to feature Brett Buckner

Brett Buckner, a Minneapolis community organizer and development consultant, will be the featured speaker at the Kenya Independence Day Dinner on Friday, December 12 2014 at Jambo Africa Restaurant in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Community organizer and community development consultant, Brett Buckner, will be the featured speaker at a special dinner to mark Kenya’s 51st Independence Day (Jamhuri Day) at Jambo Africa restaurant in Brooklyn Center on Friday, December 12 at 8:00pm.

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Security vacuum

The Iraqi security forces, bolstered by a small contingent of US ground forces working as advisors to the Iraqi Army, have been battling the terrorist organization known as ISIS or ISIL for the last four months (the air campaign has been in effect for six months).

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OPINION | Abdullahi ali Anshur and the death of dreams

Late in November, just before Thanksgiving, Abdullahi ali Anshur was murdered by al Shabaab in Mogadishu. In what must have been a planned execution, they stopped his car and sprayed it with bullets.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event, Dec. 7

Most Americans alive today do not remember December 7, 1941 – still, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt predicted, it remains “a date which will live in infamy.” It was on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, that the Imperial Japanese Navy executed the infamous surprise attack on the American Army and Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor. The next day the United States declared war on Japan and thereby entered World War II.

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Minnesota imam looks at 'caliphate' through Islamic lens

(MinnPost photos by Ibrahim Hirsi) Sheikh Jamel Ben Ameur, imam of Masjid Al-Tawba Islamic Cultural Community Center in Eden Prairie, discusses caliphate state and the raging violence in Iraq and Syria.

Any time a militant organization rises with violent acts in the name of Islam, some Muslim leaders grow vocal in denouncing radicalization as they distance their faith from terrorism. Often times, some of these religious leaders seem to condemn certain actions or groups because the society expects them to do so — or because they’re concerned that critics might put them in the spotlight for their silence.

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A long and winding path to the law for one Minneapolis immigration attorney

Abdinasir Abdulahi

Abdinasir Abdulahi is now an established immigration attorney, with his Minneapolis law firm, Abdinasir M. Abdulahi, LLC, having become a destination for thousands of East African immigrant clients throughout Minnesota and other states.

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