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

Palestine supporters say Gov. Dayton backs Israeli Zionists

"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.

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Saado Ali Warsame: Minnesota's Somali community reflects on slaying of fearless singer

(Photo from Facebook) Saado Ali Warsame

For more than four decades, Saado Ali Warsame, killed last week in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu, used her songs and voice to plant seeds of peace and unity in Somalia and its diaspora communities in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

Photo by William Arthur published under Creative Commons License

As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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VIDEO: Vision of a Minnesota World's Fair

Could Minnesota host the first World's Fair in the United States in a generation? Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leads a committee to bring the multi-month international event to Minnesota. He says it could bring millions of people, billions of dollars and leave cultural, educational and environmental legacies that promote global cooperation and innovation for generations. Ritchie stopped by the Minnesota 2020 studio to talk about his vision for the 2023 World's Fair and how it could impact our community. Join in the discussion.

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Visiting Africans from 18 countries prepare to become 'transformative leaders'

(Photo courtesy of U of M) Twenty-five young African professionals studying on fellowship at the U of M, Rep. Keith Ellison at center

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this summer hosted 25 young African professionals in its first year as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Center for Integrative Leadership operates under the auspices of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which the Obama administration started in 2010 to “spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.”

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Doing good around the Jewish world: Conference draws attendees from throughout Midwest

(Photos: Mordecai Specktor) Michael Novick (left), JDC executive director for strategic development, moderated a discussion with Julie Pulda (center), JDC Entwine Fellow, Israel, and Aliona Druzhynina, a young leader and volunteer with JDC Ukraine.

A “Global Symposium” hosted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Jewish Federations from around the Midwest drew around 200 attendees on Monday.

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1,000 march in Minneapolis to protest Israeli bombing of Gaza

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More than 1,000 people of many ethnic groups and many faiths gathered at 44th and Central in Northeast Minneapolis to rally in support of the Palestinian people on the day Israel invaded Gaza with army troops. The death toll is estimated at 274 Palestinians, mostly children and women, and two Israelis. The rally was organized by the Anti-War Committee.

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Minnesota’s Palestinian and Jewish communities react to escalating clashes in Mideast

Meredith Aby-Keirstead, spokesperson of the Anti-War Committee that organized the Tuesday demonstration. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Escalating violence in the Mideast is prompting local demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians as well as reactions from Minnesota lawmakers and a leader in state’s Jewish community.

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Transpo Convo with Mohamed: Learning about rider experience from Nairobi’s matatu culture

Welcome to the very first Transpo Convo! This is a brand new ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use. In this first installment I share a few highlights from my conversation with Mohamed F., where we gab about bike lanes, transit pricing, and what Metro Transit could learn about rider experience from Nairobi’s matatu culture.

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