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

What you need to know about the India-US agreement at the WTO

Just ahead of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia (November 15-16, 2014), India and the United States announced a breakthrough in their trade negotiations impasse over agriculture. That fight had brought trade negotiations to a crashing standstill in July after the few months of tentative optimism among negotiators that followed the eleventh-hour agreement in at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013. Confidence in the multilateral rules-based trading system had reached an all-time low, and while the response was muted (an agreement between two WTO members is not the same as an agreement among all), the media coverage made it clear the news of the U.S.-India agreement was very welcome in trade circles.

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Milk costs straining shops

(Photo by Zachary Bielinski) Barista Allison Noble makes a drink with soy milk Monday, Nov. 10 at Bordertown Coffee. Local businesses say they are trying to avoid increasing their prices while the cost of milk rises.

Stephen Miller paid $3.15 for a gallon of 2 percent milk in August. Two weeks ago, he paid about $3.45 per gallon.

Though it was a price increase of about 30 cents, Miller, the manager of Bordertown Coffee on 16th Avenue Southeast, said that extra money adds up for the shop, which goes through about 45 gallons of milk each week.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: "Ebola thrives within weak health care systems"

Julia and guests LaBelle Nambangi and Wynfred Russell discuss the local impacts of Ebola, as well as global efforts to battle the epidemic in West Africa. Nambangi is with the Minnesota Task Force Against Ebola. Russell, a health care advocate and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., recently returned from a week-long trip to Liberia. The purpose of his trip was to conduct a research assessment to inform the possible deployment of an Ebola response team. [Audio below]

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VIDEO: Rally at Minnesota state capitol urges nurses to file OSHA complaints over Ebola unpreparedness

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The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) held a rally and candlelight vigil at the Minnesota Capitol to draw attention to the lack of uniform and adequate safety procedures for dangerous viruses like Ebola at hospitals around the state.

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Celebrating Veteran's Day with a Lao call to action

This morning, it was very cold. The temperature was at about 22 degree F. Five Lao veterans attended the Veterans Day at the Vietnam Memorial in front of the State Capitol. I was among the attendees. I had a chance to talk about the war in Laos by expressing my thanks and I urged my fellow Brothers in Arms to do whatever they can so we will be treated as U.S. veterans. -Khao Insixiengmay

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Armistice Day: A day of peace

This morning I attended the annual Vets for Peace observance of Armistice Day at the USS Ward monument on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

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Eat local, save the planet

(Photo by Albert Leung published under Creative Commons License)

While climate change is typically associated with power plants, rising sea levels, or melting glaciers, an often overlooked yet important piece of the issue is our food system – agriculture is at the same time a cause, victim, and potential solution to climate change, depending on the way we grow and transport food from the fields to our plates.

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Kaler agrees to meet with University of Minnesota group 'Whose Diversity?'

(Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

After a student group raised criticism on the University of Minnesota’s commitment to diversity, President Eric Kaler has plans to confront their concerns.

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Minnesota nurses to participate in Day of Action on Ebola

Minnesota nurses will call for safety standards for healthcare workers dealing with Ebola and other infectious diseases at a rally and candlelight vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol.

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Continuing Mount Sinai’s legacy

Mount Sinai Hospital was a secular institution, with a vision of access, healing, research and treatment to all patients and medical professionals. (Photo: Courtesy of David Grossman)

In February 1951, within a climate of local anti-Semitism, Mount Sinai Hospital opened its doors at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 22nd Street in Minneapolis. The hospital — described in the AJW as “a house of healing for all mankind” — was a gift from the Twin Cities Jewish community to serve and employ, among others, those not accepted elsewhere because of their race or religion.

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