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

More slaves today than at any other time in history

There are more slaves today than at any point in history. They labor in fields and factories, under brutal “owners” who threaten violence if they try to escape.

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Minneapolis may soon get a commemorative Oromo street

Photo by the Office of Keith Ellison. This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

The Minneapolis City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Jan.

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Report from the Climate Change Conference in Peru

Photo by Oxfam International, via Flickr. This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

I had the honor of being part of a nurses delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru. These are my impressions as one nurse in Lima.

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2014's lesson: Take action. Lives depend on it.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights abuses garnered a lot of attention; many did not, taking place under the radar of the media and public conversation. Let’s consider a few examples, and let them serve as a call to action.

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Godson Sowah named chair of African Awards Judges Panel

(Photo: Courtesy of Ernst & Young, LLP)

The African Awards which are presented by Mshale Newspaper has named a distinguished panel of judges to oversee the selection of finalists for the 5th African Awards which will be held in Minneapolis in Fall 2015.

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The giving season: Lao Diaspora style

It’s the holiday season and while we know the Lao way of celebrating isn’t just eating holiday hybrid favorites like honey-baked ham with a side of sticky rice and jeow, it’s also about giving. The reflections of the past year, what it means to be in tuned with one’s self, and building community one hopes to see.

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Cultural bridge builder: Sia Her redefines what it means to be a 'good Hmong daughter'

(Photo courtesy of Sia He)

Sia Her remembers hearing relatives ask her mother, "Is this the daughter you tried to abort?" And her mother would say yes. For years, until her parents finally felt able to tell stories from Laos, she didn't understand the questions, or the answer.

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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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