Two months ago I attended a show by Dobet Gnahoré and her entourage. I’m still waiting for a gig equally as impressive. She performed on November 10th, 2011 at the Dakota Jazz Bar. A packed audience was treated to over 16 polished numbers.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn - Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya has shot down calls by Kenyans abroad for the creation of a ministry in charge of Diaspora affairs. Instead, the prime minister said the Diaspora desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be strengthened.
Adier Deng fled his home in southern Sudan at the age of 4 in 1989 during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He was separated from his family, who now live in a refugee camp in Uganda. Deng’s mother died on the way to the camp.
Last week the Pentagon proclaimed that the last U.S. combat forces had left Iraq. This after an armored unit drove out of the country and crossed the border into Kuwait. However, there will still be 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
Who counts as "us" and who counts as "them" has shifted throughout modern American history. For decades, African-Americans were "them," judged to be members of an inferior race and denied basic rights. In the aftermath of 9/11, "us" and "them" were reshuffled as Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim were targeted and labeled "the other."