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

Twin Cities' Somali community demands justice for families 'under siege' in Kenya

Nearly 100 picketers joined the Friday demonstration in St. Paul, condemning actions by Kenyan government and demanding the release of those detained. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

After members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community said their afternoon prayers Friday, they gathered at the state Capitol to express solidarity and demand justice for relatives in Kenya.

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Local Ukrainians, Russians monitor Crimea strife

Many in Northeast’s Russian and Ukrainian immigrant communities—along with the rest of the world—have been closely following the drama unfolding in their homelands.

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OPINION | Bridging Y Iskaa Wax Uqabso: A report from the Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Osman, Khadijo and Hareda speak about the program

In Lyndale, neighbors are from different cultures and speak multiple languages; we do not like to try new things if we can keep our ordinary routines going. The toughest challenge we face, and fear to face, is leaving our comfort zone, speaking a new language, or just putting on others’ shoes for few minutes.

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Registration for Rwanda and Tanzania ambassadors' visits to Minnesota now open

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda (left) and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania will be in Minnesota on May 5 and May 7 2014 respectively.

Registration for two key Africa focused events in May in the Twin Cities is now open. Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania will headline two separate events organized by the Minnesota International Center and Books for Africa in the same week.

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Otaak Band brings East Sudanese soul to the West Bank

Otaak Band (Photos by Sarah White)

It was a glimpse into a world nearly lost. But the rituals, the traditions, the passed down legacies and teachings from ancestors were still evident in his being. Ahmed Said Abuamna, from Otaak Band, sang as though the music was shooting up from the ground through him, his voice sounding transcendent of earthliness. Watching the smooth and effortless way in which movements flowed from Abuamna’s limbs and in the way songs poured seemingly unencumbered from his soul at the January 29th performance at the Cedar Cultural Center, became a reminder of the importance of keeping a people’s culture and traditions alive.

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Condoleezza Rice's visit sparks protest: Students and faculty are asking the University of Minnesota to revoke her April 17 speaking invitation

Members of the University of Minnesota community are voicing disapproval of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s campus visit next month, citing her involvement in the George W. Bush administration’s wartime policies.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Condoleezza Rice and the Humphrey School: It's not about free speech

Dear Humphrey School Faculty, Fellows Staff and PASA members,

April 17 will be a sad day for the University of Minnesota and in particular for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. That is when Dr. Condoleezza Rice, at the Humphrey School's invitation, will deliver a Distinguished Carlson Lecture as part of the month-long series of events commemorating the reopening of Northrop Auditorium.

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Northsider Brian Gregg on skiing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

How was Sochi?

Absolutely beautiful, according to Northsider Brian Gregg, who skied in three events at the 2014 Olympic Games. Although his last event was Feb. 23, he hasn’t returned home yet, because he’s skiing in Alaska. Last week, however, when NorthNews caught up with him by phone, he shared some of his Olympic experiences.

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Minnesota Kenyans mark six-month anniversary of Westgate Mall attack with launch of iLask

67 people from various countries were killed and over 175 injured many with debilitating injuries, when Al-Shabab terrorists attacked the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 21 2013.

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