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

Poetry perfection: State champion Faiza Abubaker demonstrates her gift for expressing herself

(Photo by StaciCarrol) Faiza-Abubakar

Faiza Abubakar loves language. A native Oromo speaker from Ethiopia, Abubakar is the reigning state champion for Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide contest in which students test their skills of oration and interpretation with poetry. She is starting her junior year at Ubah Medical Academy, a Hopkins charter school.

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University of Minnesota officials monitor Ebola outbreak in West Africa

As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague parts of West Africa, the University of Minnesota and other colleges nationwide are adjusting their travel policies to comply with new recommendations from the federal government.

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Lessons from Nicaragua

Nicaragua is not sending waves of refugees to the United States. Instead, Nicaragua, along with Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize, is receiving waves of refugees coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. What’s going on here?

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Mehr Jay Shahidi: Is this Cold War 2?

The editors of Time magazine needed almost 6 years to pay attention to my article published in Twin Cities Daily Planet on September 8, 2008, in which I stated that Cold War Two had started (see Ti

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Bill to ease money transfers to East Africa, but some locals say problems persist

To Mohamud Abdi, sending money to family and friends is routine.

“I don’t think I know a single Somali family who doesn’t send money back home,” the sociology sophomore said, adding that his family has done so ever since immigrating to the United States in 2003.

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New Minnesota State Fair vendors reflect broader demographic changes

(Photos by Megan Nash) La Loma Tamales employee Maria Garcia, putting tahini spice on the mango-on-a-stick; below, Holy Land's Kushari rice and tabouleh.

When you think of Minnesota State Fair food, you may think of cheese curds, corn dogs and gooey cookies. But over the years, that narrative has been changing, and Minnesotans have been seeing more culturally diverse foods popping up on the fair grounds.

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Minnesota’s first Korean immersion school may benefit adoptees

(Photos by Susie Voss)

Korean adoptees in Minnesota will soon have a way to better get in touch with their heritage.

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Aiming at the Moon (and hitting ourselves): Redefining how we relate to the world

Early Wednesday morning, August 21, I was heading out for coffee from my motel in LaMoure ND, and a sight begging to be photographed appeared a few steps to my left, and I couldn’t pass on it. Here’s the snapshot. The waning moon appeared to be in the “bullseye”.

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Sad the World Cup is over? Support your local FOOTBALL!!

Despite the evils of FIFA, there is nothing like the World Cup. It is and always will be the greatest and most popular sporting event in the world. Nobody should have to wait another four years to get their football/soccer fix, and the good news is there is no wait. With footy now more available in the U.S. than ever before between the Premier League broadcasts on NBC, MLS (Major League Soccer) on ESPN, Liga Mexicana on Univision, the Bundesliga on Fox coming in 2015, not to mention accessing whatever league you want online, you can fill your plate easily. While it’s great to watch on TV, nothing beats singing and screaming your heart out at a live professional match. So come support your Loons, The Minnesota United.

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