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

ACTIVISM ACROSS BORDERS | Mike Whelan: American Irish and activist on both sides of the Atlantic

A Vietnam veteran, Mike Whelan’s politics became more radical after the war, and after being arrested twice at anti-war demonstrations in the 1970s, he travelled to Northern Ireland for the first time. For the last 40 years, Whelan has been active in numerous leftist causes, and aside from having his home raided during the 2008 RNC, is especially known for his work related to the struggle for a United Ireland, both from here in Minnesota (where he also happens to be the premier local expert on ceilidh dancing) and in Ireland.

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Accent at Jambo Africa

On Sunday, November 17th, Minnesota spoken word artist IBé Kaba brought together artists and community members together to Jambo Africa in Brooklyn Center to introduce people to the African community in the Twin Cities (and African culture). Hopefully, the effort would also help these businesses stay viable. “It’s us doing our part to ensure our community continues to thrive in our new home,” Kaba said.

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Letters remembering a war

A number of years ago a friend of a friend started a Red Cross project she’d heard about somewhere. The goal was to send Holiday greetings to service men and women who may not get any mail from anybody.

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Hamline emphasizes social media during International Education Week

From left to right, Maura Youngman, Dr. Philip Niemann (University of Trier) and Graham Lampa (U.S. Department of State). Photography: Anke Faehnrich

Hamline's International Education Week discussions focused on social media and international affairs.

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The battle for greater transparency in the food system

To truly see the power of agribusiness, and its growing disconnect from regular people and farmers, look no further than the current dust-up over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Polls say more than 90 percent of consumers want simple labeling indicating what country the meat they are buying comes from. Farm groups like the National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association support it because of the marketing advantage it gives to U.S. produced meat and livestock producers. Yet, agribusiness has repeatedly flexed its lobbying muscles to block COOL and now they are at it again as Congress negotiates a new Farm Bill. Why do companies like Cargill, JBS and Tyson care so much about COOL? Remarkably, these enormously profitable global corporations are frightened that if consumers better understood their business model—which pays no attention to what country animals come from—they might have to make some changes.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Images of Africa film series opens at Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul

Twenty-seven films from Africa and the African diaspora are playing though November 21st at St. Anthony Main and Mixed Blood Theater as part of Images of Africa, an African film series by the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The series features both narrative and documentary films, and is part of a series of festivals organized by the Film Society with a focus on world cinema.

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Climate change hits home

In the past week, we have had a terrible reminder of what’s at stake in our work with the horrific typhoon hitting the Philippines. IATP Board Member and Director General of the Asian Farmers Association (AFA), Esther Penunia, has let us know that she’s alright, after several anxious days. Some of our earliest work with AFA was working together to build knowledge and capacity on climate change before the Copenhagen talks in 2009, and they continue to be close partners to promote agroecology as a resilient, low-carbon solution to feeding a climate-challenged world.

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African film series starts in Minneapolis this week

Mother of George by director Andrew Dosunmu is one of the featured films at the Images of Africa series that runs November 15-21, 2013 in Minneapolis.

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul has unveiled its lineup for Images of Africa, a series of films highlighting the cinema of Africa. Part of the Film Society’s Diaspora Project, will feature 30 narrative and documentary films from 15 countries. The series will showcase from November 15-21, with all its Minneapolis screenings taking place at St. Anthony Main Theatre and Mixed Blood Theater.

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From Ethiopia to Minneapolis coffee shops, Somali community cheers Warsame's election

Warsame supporters championed their candidate across the street from the Brian Coyle Community Center on the West Bank of Minneapolis on Election Day. (
MinnPost photo by James Nord)

From as far away as Ethiopia and as close as neighborhood coffee shops, the Somali community is cheering the election of one of their own to the Minneapolis City Council.

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