The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis

Give yourself a gift this week, and enroll for one or more days of the rest of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, Minneapolis MN (Friday through Sunday Mar 7-9). Here’s up to the minute information.

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Bangladeshi workers seek support from students

Reba Sikder and Kalpona Akter spoke to students at the University of Minnesota Friday.

Reba Sikder remembers waking amidst the rubble of her collapsed factory to the moans of a co-worker, trapped where the ceiling had fallen on him. With her leg pinned by debris, she was unable to help him.

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Fast Laos and the quiet movement of Lao diaspora

“I have family, friends, and my culture here. I’m figuring out how to be…’Lao’.” -Anonymous (Origin: Toulouse, France)

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Building meaningful education programs for Lao youth

Youth programs are one of the big areas funders and community organizations serving the Lao community are interested in, and with good reason.

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Russia's "Gay Propaganda" law: How U.S. extremists are fueling the fight against LGBTI rights

On June 30, 2013, just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decisions in favor of marriage equality in Windsor and Perry, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Federal Law 135, which bans propaganda to minors about “non-traditional sexual relations.”

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Ethiopian snapshots: Still to come

I told many people that I was going to Ethiopia to visit the sacred and historical sights. Am I procrastinating the posting of a story about my trip to the headwaters of the Blue Nile, the island monasteries on Lake Tana and the ancient monolithic stone churches of Lalibela? I have many photos of all that from both our Ethiopian-Italian cousins and myself.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: Minnesota's literary community write haikus for Gambia

Poet IBé is protective of Africa's image. To celebrate Gambia's 49th independence anniversary from the British, IBé has sought out 49 of Minnesota's literary community to write haikus. Gambian Ramatoulie Jallow shares what she loves best about her homeland. What do you know about Gambia, the smallest country on continental Africa? [Audio below]

Ghanaians in Minnesota to launch Academic Foundation on Independence Day

The Ghanaian Association of Minnesota (GhanAM) is preparing to celebrate Ghana’s 57th Independence Day with a bold launch of a foundation with the express mission of awarding academic scholarships to deserving students who lack the financial wherewithal to further their education.

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Ethiopian snapshots: Goats and food security

I see goats all over the city here in Addis Ababa in small herds crossing the chaotic urban street’s seemingly lawless traffic. Every day one can see herds of cattle, sheep and goats grazing in open urban fields. Given that back home in Minneapolis there is an active local food movement growing month by month, year by year, this experience here tells me that a lot of our foreign born neighbors know something about HOW to live with livestock in urban settings. I don’t think we will do what I see here in Ethiopia, but change is coming as the necessity to localize food production unfolds. We currently allow for chickens under certain conditions in the Twin Cities. I have never seen goats actually running wild or being unruly here in Addis. It seems to me with effective rules of law, goats could be a part of the movement for food security.

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Ethiopian snapshots: Water and electricity

I have lived in the Land of 10,000 Lakes since 1964. There have been times when the lakes and streams have receded below normal levels, but the water has never been a shut off. Water shut-offs in Addis Ababa happens on a weekly basis. In some unfortunate barrios water can be off for a whole week. People will travel by foot to a public faucet with large recycled plastic jugs to gather water for cooking and washing. Bottled water is sold just about everywhere. It looks to me that many people don’t drink water directly from the faucets…not tourists, not residents.

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