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Sweet Success for ‘Non-traditional’ Somali Students


Amid the daily struggles of life in a new country and revelations of Somali youth leaving Minnesota to fight alongside a designated terrorist group, Somali-Minnesotans continue to show a tremendous strive to adjust life in Minnesota. Among the many graduating students of this year from Minnesota State University were Mohamed-Rashid Mumin and Hussein Wehelie.

Women of Zimbabwe Honored for Human Rights Work


Women of Zimbabwe (WOZA), a grassroots movement working to empower women from all walks of life to mobilize and take non-violent action against injustice has mobilized hundreds of demonstrations of thousands of women across Zimbabwe, motivating mothers to take a stand against the brutal repression and neglect committed by President Robert Mugabe's government.

Minority Businesses Shut Out of Stimulus Loans


Loans handed out to struggling small businesses as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package have largely shut out minority businesses - especially those owned by Blacks and Latinos - according to data provided by the federal government's Small Business Administration (SBA) to New America Media (NAM).

Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill Prompts Protests and Warnings


NEW YORK - A Ugandan bill that proposes the death penalty for homosexuals has sparked international condemnation. Enraged opponents of the bill have been advocating that Uganda reject passing such a severe law.

Mshale Interview with Safaricom CEO, Michael Joseph


Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom, East Africa's largest mobile phone provider based in Kenya spoke recently with Mshale's Shamilla Amulega, on the state of the mobile telephony industry in the region and strategies his company has taken to command the number one position it currently occupies.

U Visa Program Offers Protection to Immigrant Crime Victims

Immigrant crime victims generally lack access to the criminal justice system because of language barriers, cultural differences, and ignorance about the process. Most of all, their fear of deportation and separation from family members discourages them from seeking police protection, shelter, medical care and other social services.

Stay Focused!


Life takes many twists and turns. Our response to everyday situations faced can have significant impact on our future life. We can learn great lessons from Bible characters who were distracted from their God-given purpose and, therefore, weren’t able to respond well to the situations they faced.  Their decisions impacted their life. 

U.S. Ties Africa Prosperity to Good Governance


WASHINGTON - Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, listed conditions that she said will propel Africa to prosperity - chief among them being responsible leadership.

Department of State Issues December 2009 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's (DOS') Visa Office (VO) has released the visa numbers for the month of December. The Employment First Preference category remains current for all chargeability areas. The Worldwide Employment Second Preference cutoff and the Second Preference cutoffs for Mexico and the Philippines are also current. The China mainland-born cutoff remained at April 1, 2005, and the India Second Preference cutoff remained at January 22, 2005.

Mayor Coleman Affirms New Era of Commitment to Minority Businesses


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has affirmed the city’s commitment to do right by communities of color, small businesses, women-owned businesses and other disadvantaged businesses through restructuring city government to create new ways to do business with the City of St. Paul.

World Premiere of Walker Art Center-Commissioned Reggie Wilson and Andreya Ouamba’s The Good Dance:...


Two continents, two great rivers, and two of contemporary dance’s biggest talents: The Good Dance: Dakar/Brooklyn is the culmination of a landmark three-year collaboration between American dance/theater-maker Reggie Wilson and Congolese contemporary dance creator Andréya Ouamba. As a new commission receiving its world premiere at the Walker Art Center, the piece will be polished during a two-week residency that includes rehearsals and production work as well as community gatherings, workshops, and a master class.

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