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Ilhan Omar can learn lessons from missteps of Minneapolis Council Member Warsame

Ilhan Omar can learn lessons from missteps of Minneapolis Council Member Warsame

Back in 2014, I wrote about how Minnesota’s House 60B is different from Minneapolis City Council Ward 6. The objective of the essay was to highlight the fact that any Somali-American…

Education is key to addressing radicalization

Education is key to addressing radicalization

As the Finance Minister for Kenya and as a proud Minnesotan who is a member of the Kenyan diaspora, we have always been aware of the importance of education and…

Voter suppression and victories in 2016

Voter suppression and victories in 2016

New and increasingly strict state and county voting laws are threatening to cut off a growing number of Americans from their right to vote as primary season opens. Ethnic minorities…

The matter of Herbert Igbanugo and the Minnesota Supreme Court

The matter of Herbert Igbanugo and the Minnesota Supreme Court

The news of the suspension of longtime Twin Cities attorney Herbert Igbanugo hit the community like a thunderbolt this past May. The Minnesota Supreme Court suspended the high profile Mr.…

Congressman Ellison writes to John Kerry on Somali remittances

Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district wrote to United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Friday, May 15 2015 thanking the Secretary for visiting Somalia, and expressing…

Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper declares open season on Black leaders

In a series of sustained and unrelenting attacks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper has declared an Open Season on Black Leaders. Beginning with a series of articles appearing last fall…

Ebola: Precautionary measures needed to save families and community

Ebola: Precautionary measures needed to save families and community

The recent Ebola case of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas raises concern and fear in the West African Community, particularly in the Liberian Community, because of the stigma…

Senators Klobuchar, Franken and Congressman Ellison write to President Kenyatta over treatment of Somalis

President Uhuru Kenyatta State House Road Nairobi, Kenya Dear Mr. President: We write to express our concern over the treatment of Somalis in Kenya during the government’s recent security operations.…

Let’s make foster care homes smoke-free

Let’s make foster care homes smoke-free

Children are typically being placed in foster care because their health and/or well-being is at risk. These children are vulnerable, and it is our responsibility to protect them and ensure…

Anti-Gay legislation in Africa not in its best interest

This editorial appeared in the Mshale print edition that  was on newsstands on March 1, 2014. A sense of homophobia is sweeping throughout Africa. As we ushered in the New…

Is the Twin Cities losing Black professionals due to lacking social scene?

Is the Twin Cities losing Black professionals due to lacking social scene?

Recently on a local sports talk radio station the hosts were lamenting on the poor play of the Timberwolves and began discussing what they called an overall lack of talent.…

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