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Edwin Okong'o is the former Mshale News editor-in-chief now Associate editor at New America Media. Stories on Mshale.com without his middle initial indicate writings done while at Mshale.

Somali Youth Decry Police Profiling, Harassment

Somali Youth Decry Police Profiling, Harassment

Of all immigrant African youth living in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, Somalis are more likely to end up in jail.

Zimbabwe Needs Solutions, not Resolutions

Just like it does every time there is a crisis in the developing world, the U.N. Security Council is contemplating a resolution. If the international community – as member countries…

Wanted: The League of Immigrant Voters

It is the election year and here they go again – politicians – using the age-old “illegal alien” excuse to cover up their three-year fiestas and siestas in Washington, D.C.

Together for the Children

Together for the Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Perhaps because of the stereotypes of high illiteracy associated with Africa, immigrants from the continent excelled in universities in the United States without anyone noticing. Then in…

Iowa Immigration Raids Meant to Sidetrack U.S. Voters, Activists Say

Iowa Immigration Raids Meant to Sidetrack U.S. Voters, Activists Say

MINNEAPOLIS – The arrests on Monday of 390 undocumented immigrants at a meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, was a tactic to distract the nation from the failures of the…

Somali Teen’s Murder Unearths Generational Conflict in Community

Somali Teen’s Murder Unearths Generational Conflict in Community

 Abdullahi Awil Abdi’s death presents Somali immigrants with an opportunity to resolve cultural conflicts and unite a community many feel is neglected by governments.

A, B, C + 1, 2, 3 = Less Depression for Elderly African Immigrant Women

A, B, C + 1, 2, 3 = Less Depression for Elderly African Immigrant Women

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Sarah G. Swen walks to the courtesy telephone mounted on the wall in the hallway outside her classroom and pulls a small phonebook from her purse.…

Minnesota Minorities Here to Stay but not Home Yet

Minnesota Minorities Here to Stay but not Home Yet

Minnesota’s face has indeed changed demographically since its founding 150 years ago, but the statestill lags behind in the area of equality and social justice, University ofMinnesota scholars said at…

Tutu Condemns War Spending, Calls Enemies ‘Family’

Tutu Condemns War Spending, Calls Enemies ‘Family’

MINNEAPOLIS – In a short speech punctuated by punch lines, Nobel PeacePrize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke Friday against war andbloated defense budgets, calling instead for turning enemies intofriends and…

New High School on the Block

New High School on the Block

MINNEAPOLIS – A normal American high school student wishing to take ajob may be doing so only to earn a few dollars for a movie with agirlfriend or to buy…

Banking on Diversity: An African Woman Redefines Finance

Banking on Diversity: An African Woman Redefines Finance

When M&I Bank needed a strong manager to lead a new branch in a multiethnic neighborhood, Felicia Ravelomanantsoa stepped up to the challenge.

MINNEAPOLIS – As a little girl…

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