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Abdi Aynte was a news reporter for Mshale in his early journalism years. After a stint at Mshale, he moved on to the BBC, Voice of America and eventually relocated to Doha to join Al Jazeera. After leaving Al Jazeera, Aynte moved back to his homeland of Somalia to become the first Director of newly formed non-partisan Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS).

Missing Youth Still Haunt Minnesota Somalis

Missing Youth Still Haunt Minnesota Somalis

The story of Somali youth who vanished from the Twin Cities, possibly to fight alongside jihadists in their home country, is transforming the normally passionate and sometimes pugilistic debates at…

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse: Faces of the Missing Emerge

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse: Faces of the Missing Emerge

Sadiya Sahal was returning to her home in St. Paul Wednesday afternoon when she made a phone call to her relative in Minneapolis a half hour before the Interstate 35W…

Muslim Cabbies Suit Similar to Amish Case

Muslim Cabbies Suit Similar to Amish Case

What do Muslim airport cab drivers and the Amish have in common? In filing a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Airports Commission, a lawyer for the cabbies has cited a 1990…

Appointment of Special U.S. Envoy to Somalia Brings Mixed Reactions

Appointment of Special U.S. Envoy to Somalia Brings Mixed Reactions

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last month appointed a special U.S. envoy for Somalia, ending more than 10 years of no diplomatic presence in the African…

Panel Discusses Religion and Workplace Rights and Responsibilities

Panel Discusses Religion and Workplace Rights and Responsibilities

The debate over workplace rights and religion left the media circus briefly Thursday evening, when a panel of legal experts, Muslim scholars and others hashed out the issue at the…

A Mogadishu Rape Victim Finds Hope in Minnesota

A Mogadishu Rape Victim Finds Hope in Minnesota

Just six months ago, Murayo Nur Ali was told that she had no hope of being treated for a severe injury she suffered during a gang-rape…

Somalis Decry Ethiopian Invasion, U.S. Support

Somalis Decry Ethiopian Invasion, U.S. Support

Ali Jumale strode with his wife and four children Saturday to a protest in Peavey Park that attracted hundreds of Somalis, who stridently denounced Ethiopian troops for forcing its way…

Banks to Close Accounts for Money Wiring Companies

Banks to Close Accounts for Money Wiring Companies

Bank of America, the nation’s largest retail banking company, announced on August 23 that it’s cutting its ties to the nation’s top two money transmitters, Minneapolis-based MoneyGram International and…

Body of Missing Somali Woman Found in the River

Body of Missing Somali Woman Found in the River

The body of a missing Somali woman surfaced in the Mississippi River on Monday (5/29), authorities said.…

Local Muslims Poised to Abandon Dual Loyalty

Local Muslims Poised to Abandon Dual Loyalty

In America the followers of Islam, a faith under fire, abandoning the prevailing dual loyalty to native lands and America is the only path to repair their religion’s terrorism-entangled image.

At…

In the Kingdom of Men, a Woman Penetrates

In the Kingdom of Men, a Woman Penetrates

Just seven months ago, Ikran Hagi Daud Warsame was a full-time housewife and a bread-winner for her 18-member household in Borame, a remote town in the mountainous border between…

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