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America did not learn from the Kerner Report, history repeats itself in Ferguson

(Photo by Fibonacci Blue published under Creative Commons License) Students at South High School held a sit in for four and half hours, the length of time Michael Brown's body was on the street after he was killed. Then they walked out and marched to the Minneapolis police 3rd precinct.

“The police are not merely a ‘spark’ factor. To some Negroes police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression.

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Northside Voice: Lydia

Lydia pictured here with her daughter.

This story told through a transcript from an interview with Lydia.

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Ahmed Tharwat: A letter from the mother of 16-year-old arrested by Egyptian security

I received this poetic letter from an Egyptian mother, where Abo Elbaraa, her 16 year old son was arrested , 1/12/2014 sent to detention in EL Merg, Mansoura, (my home town) put on trial as an adult, tortured, and abused in prison… ,he was accused of threatening national security for flashing Rabaa sign being in one of the protests that is taken place daily in Egypt. I cant verify her story but what is going on in Egypt now… I have seen worst…!! please give her a word of support.

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Ahmed Tharwat: Thomas Friedman, a man with big ideas

Thomas Friedman, the winner of three Pulitzer prizes, the New York Times foreign affairs columnist, with host of bestseller books, a man known for his big ideas.

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Twin Cities celebrates Transgender Day of Remembrance

(Photo by Ted Eytan published under Creative Commons License)

Stoned to death. Stabbed 33 times. Pushed out of a moving car then run over. When hate and fear rage out of control, people destroy by any means necessary. Eighty-one transgender people were murdered in the past year throughout the world.

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Garth Brooks: Well worth the hour wait

Country music star Garth Brooks and his stunning wife Trisha Yearwood came to Minneapolis with a boom.

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Who are heroes and to whom? An Indigenous perspective on Columbus

Last month, October 13, 2014, it was my pleasure to participate in a celebration at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The occasion was the resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council to have as a co-name, “Indigenous Peoples Day,” for what white U.S. society has celebrated as Columbus Day.

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The elusive deer

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon deer hunting (or sitting as I call it and "nature viewing" as a friend of mine calls it). It was about the twelfth time I've gone bow hunting this year and it was the 11th time I didn't draw my bowstrings back. The time I actually might have had a shot where I did take aim it was too far past sunset for me to get an accurate shot, although I do believe the deer were actually within range (for me that would mean 25 yards or less). I probably would have had a shot the very first time I went out which was opening bow hunting week in Minnesota in the middle of September but, of course, I had to reach for my bow screwed into the tree that I was sitting in and my hanging stand was only about eight feet off the ground so the deer, of course, noticed. It's too bad. Before I moved the deer was running straight towards me.

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