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

We Are Your Neighbors: Things You Might Not Understand about New Immigrants

A map of Ethiopia.

By PM English Level 5/6 Class at the English Learning Center

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The Inequality Debate Needs to be Careful about Scale

[Image above: Property tax capacity per household in the Twin Cities, 2004. From Myron Orfield’s book Region.]


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Mission to Cuba would make Minnesota farmers first to market

In mid-December the Obama administration announced it would begin to normalize relations with Cuba, opening the door to potentially lucrative new markets.

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Red Lake Tribal Council to research feasibility of marijuana

The Red Lake Tribal Council.

RED LAKE, Minn. – Although the subject was not on the printed agenda for the Red Lake Tribal Council at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Jan.

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Attend a workshop, build a Festival

I attended the first workshop held for an upcoming inaugural event. The Mpls Lantern Fest on February 21, 2015 from 5—8 p.m. in Downtown Minneapolis (Mpls).

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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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