Category Archives: Diaspora

With grit and girded by College Possible, young immigrant makes his way

MINNPOST — When Walid Abubakar began thinking about paying for college, he budgeted for textbooks, transportation, living expenses — all of the usual stuff. And then he thought long and hard about the $300 to $400 a month he has … read more »

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Three arrested after potential threat made against Halifax mall

AFP – OTTAWA-Police arrested two men and a woman in a raid Tuesday over a “potential threat” to a mall near Canada’s port city of Halifax, home to the navy’s Atlantic fleet. It comes after security officials last month warned shoppers … read more »

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Somalis in Banyule fear loss of remittance accounts as banks cease transfer service

BANYULE’S Somali community is on tenterhooks with only weeks until the last remittance accounts — the only thing helping their families in Africa survive — are closed for good. Herald Sun — The deadline comes as a report on the … read more »

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Al Franken Joins 52 Other Democrats Who Will Skip Netanyahu Speech

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has joined eleven more Democrats in announcing that they won’t be attending Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The total of Democrats who are not attending the speech has jumped to 53. In a statement, Sen. Franken said, … read more »

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Seattle’s Malitia MaliMob Reps Somalia

My Philosphy – Alot of people of my generation first heard of Somalia in the early 1990s, during its civil war. What I didn’t know was that Somalia is also known asthe Nation of Poets, where being slick with words and … read more »

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Somali-American on FBI watch list detained in Somalia -source

Reuters — A former Washington-area taxi driver who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list has been detained and is in the custody of the Somali government, a U.S. government source said on Monday. The FBI in said in … read more »

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New Alberta-wide Somali TV show will connect community

Edmonton Journal – EDMONTON – People in Alberta’s Somali community will hear their own stories in their own voices on a Somali-language television news program airing Sundays, says the show’s host.The half-hour Omni television show, called Somalis in Alberta, started in … read more »

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Security tightened in Kenya as militants threaten attacks on parliament

The Star – Police are on high alert following reports of a possible terror attack on Parliament. Security has been heightened at all key government installations, said acting IG Samuel Arachi. “We have deployed both static and mobile teams,” he said. … read more »

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Twin Cities Somalis Say They’re Unfairly Affected By Anti-Terror Efforts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some local immigrants say they, and their families, are being unfairly affected by an anti-terrorism effort.Most banks that have helped east African immigrants wire money home are no longer doing that.  Some are afraid the money could … read more »

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Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

Star Tribune (WASHINGTON) – It’s been exceedingly hard lately for Somali-Americans to wire cash back to families in their homeland after the main California-based bank that facilitated the bulk of the business halted Somalia transfers Feb. 7. The bank stopped doing … read more »

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Somali-Americans in Minneapolis condemn terror threats, promote positivity

  KMSP (MINNEAPOLIS) – The East African community of Minneapolis is coming together at the Brian Coyle Community Center to discuss how threats of terrorism and recruitment by al-Shabaab and ISIS are overshadowing the positive work of Somali-Americans and Muslim-Americans.Community … read more »

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Video: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shares community engagement video for Somali-Americans

Insight News – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office released a new video aimed at strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the Somali community. The video discusses the public safety responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office, opportunities for community members to connect with … read more »

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Arrested at MSP Airport with one-way ticket to Somalia, fake passport

KMSP-TV ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – He had a one-way ticket to Somalia, but he never made it past the security checkpoint at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Zaki Mohammed Sugule was arrested at the airport on Presidents’ Day, acting suspiciously. … read more »

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Meet the Canadian star of Somalia’s national bandy team

Toronto Star – In Newmarket, Anwar Hared was just another minor league hockey player: average, albeit enthusiastic. In Khabarovsk, a sprawling city in Russia’s frigid Far East, the 18-year-old solidified his position as the star of Somalia’s national bandy team. “I’ve … read more »

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VIDEO: Columbus Man Held on $1 Million Bond for Terrorism Charges

ABC6 – COLUMBUS (Lisa Ranta) — In court, prosecutors revealed new information against a suspected terrorist who’s accused of laundering more than $1,000 to terrorists and providing them electronic devices.Abdirahman Mohamud, 23, pleaded not guilty to two counts of terror Wednesday … read more »

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Video: Rep. Ellison Discusses Violent Extremism on MSNBC

Youtube — Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district discusses Violent Extremism on MSNBC’s NOW With Alex Wagner

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Al-Shabab threat ‘disgusting’ says leader of Edmonton’s Somali community

Global News — EDMONTON — Edmonton’s large Somali community is “disgusted” and “insulted” to be mentioned in a recent video allegedly released by Somali-based extremist group Al-Shabab.“This group is known to have caused a lot of destruction and death back … read more »

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Kenyan court throws out sections of controversial security law

Reuters – NAIROBI – Kenya’s Constitutional Court court on Monday threw out parts of a new anti-terrorism law, including restrictions on the media, but left most of it intact, including a provision allowing police to hold terrorism suspects for a year … read more »

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Famous Somali Restaurateur, La Brezza owner Marco Abdi dead at 59

Calgary Herald – Calgary has lost a legendary business man, restaurant owner and personality. Marco Abdi, owner of Italian restaurant La Brezza in Bridgeland for about 30 years, died of lung cancer on Sunday in a Calgary hospital. He was 59. A … read more »

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‘There’s An Awful Lot’ Of Somalis Driving Cabs, Says Joe Biden

Daily Caller —  Vice President Joe Biden told an audience on Tuesday that he has great relationships with Somalis living in America since many of them have driven him around in taxi cabs. The latest “Bidenism” — the name given … read more »

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