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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.…

The controversial repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya

The controversial repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya

By Hawa Noor, Intern &  Emmanuel Kisiangani , Senior Researcher                                            …

Stop Nairobi City Carton evictions

I’m writing to express my concern and raise awareness about the forceful evictions that happened on 10 May 2013 to the people living at the City Carton informal settlement in…

Clearing up the facts on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare

Clearing up the facts on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare

There has been a lot of confusion about some recent notices to consumers from insurance companies that sell coverage in the individual insurance market, and I’d like to clear up…

Neutralize Al-Shabab by supporting Somalia

Neutralize Al-Shabab by supporting Somalia

Al-Shabab’s assault on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, exemplifies the behavior of a cornered animal — it lashes out when threatened. The tragic paradox of last week’s attack is that…

In Westgate, Al-Shabaab fought the wrong war, suffered the right defeat

In Westgate, Al-Shabaab fought the wrong war, suffered the right defeat

Mshale Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion piece by Charles Onyango-Obbo of Kenya’s Nation Newspaper group. Al-Shabaab terrorists who attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which claimed the lives…

March on Washington: Banks, business and local government are new enforcers of racism

March on Washington: Banks, business and local government are new enforcers of racism

Today August 28, 2013 is the 50 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a Dear Speech”. Nobody can deny the concrete progress of African Americans and other…

Chinua Achebe’s legacy and the Need for more African voices in U.S.-Africa policy dialogues

Chinua Achebe’s legacy and the Need for more African voices in U.S.-Africa policy dialogues

Chinua Achebe died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at a Boston hospital Chinua Achebe, the literary giant from Nigeria, passed away last Thursday. In his various writings, Achebe challenged the then…