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

Reflection of New Minnesotans: Diaspora communities 'pave pathways' for human rights

Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability is a manual for diaspora communities put together by Minnesota's The Advocates for Human Rights. In this episode, staff from The Advocates and local immigrant and refugee activists discuss the new resource, and their experience advocating from afar for human rights in their home countries. [Audio below]

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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