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

A rural response to climate change

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released their Third National Climate Assessment on May 6; compiled by over 300 experts and peer reviewed by members of the public, climate change experts, federal agencies, and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details the impacts of climate change on the United States, including impacts on water, energy, transportation, agriculture, and human health, among other sectors.

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East African Business Forum features Tanzanian ambassador

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of the United Republic of Tanzania speaking at the Eastern Africa Business Forum at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota on May 7 2014. The forum was organized by the State of Minnesota’s Trade Office. (Photo: Courtesy Thomson Reuters)

Tanzania’s U.S. ambassador, Liberata Mulamula, was busy on her May 7 visit to Minnesota. After speaking at the Books for Africa annual fundraiser in St. Paul, she appeared at the Eastern Africa Business Forum at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan. Presentations highlighted investment opportunities in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania in particular.

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Rwandan Ambassador pays homage to past and present

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana visited the editorial offices of Mshale Newspaper in Minneapolis for an interview shortly before speaking at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus on Monday, May 5 2014. (Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale)

April marked the start of Kwibuka 20 events to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. The word “kwibuka” means to remember in the Kinyarwanda language. Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States spoke on the genocide at the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis on Monday. She appeared as a guest of the Minnesota International Center.

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A whisper

The sappy cards and flowers and pretty boxes of chocolate in every store I see mock how I feel on this particular Mother's Day. Over 234 girls were stolen from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven, a place where girls could learn in order to create a better life for themselves and their families. I just don't know how to think about this. All I can think of is a moment I had a few nights ago with my own daughter.

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COMMENTS of the WEEK | Part of the global village

If you ever imagined the Twin Cities are not part of the global village, news and opinion in the Planet last week surely dispelled that thought.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Oromo demonstration against killing in Ethiopia

In the bracing chilly winds Friday morning May 9, 2014, the Oromo community of Minnesota began their 3-day demonstration, hunger strike and 24 hour vigil, seeking to end the killing of innocent people who are oppressed by the Ethopian regime, Tigrayan People's Liberation Front.

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"Little Oromia" unites to advocate for justice and human rights in Ethiopia

Last Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of people poured into the Oromo Community of Minnesota’s meeting hall in St. Paul. They gathered for a forum to discuss how the Oromo people living outside Ethiopia–the Oromo diaspora–could show solidarity with Oromo students in Ethiopia, whose peaceful protests over the past two weeks have been met with gunfire and loss of life.

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NEWS DAY | Minnesota connections with kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, protesting Oromo college students

276 girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. Oromo students shot down by police in Ethiopia. What do these tragedies have to do with Minnesota?

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Killings in Ethiopia outrage Minnesota's Oromo community

Members of Minnesota’s Oromo community plan to rally Friday in St. Paul and are calling for a hunger strike to mourn the deaths of student demonstrators gunned down last week by Ethiopian security forces in Addis Ababa.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Statement of the Igbo Women League of Minnesota regarding the abduction of over 200 school girls from their school in Chibok, Bornno State, Nigeria

The Igbo Women League of Minnesota (IWL) strongly condemns the abduction, by a militant group, of over 200, 12 to 17 year old girls from their school dormit

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