Category Archives: Diaspora

Minnesota: Feds sue city of St. Anthony over rejection of Islamic center

The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. The lawsuit sprang from a controversy that echoes those that have … read more »

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Kenya to close borders to travellers from Ebola states

Nairobi (BBC) Kenyan officials say the country is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak.Kenya’s health secretary said Kenyans and medical workers flying in from those states would still … read more »

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Terrorism expert says isolation driving Calgarians to join ISIL

Calgary jihadist Farah Mohamed Shirdon, in his 20s, was reportedly killed abroad after joining the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself Islamic State. Shirdon’s death follows those of fellow Calgarians Salman Ashrafi, … read more »

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Tense Minneapolis House race to bring extra security at polling places

Minneapolis — Elections officials in Minneapolis are planning unprecedented security precautions for Tuesday’s primary at several polling places in a Minneapolis House district,where the race between two DFL candidates has become quite contentious, MPR News reports. The city is posting … read more »

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Mudaharaadkii Minneapolis oo lagu soo Bandhigay Halku Dhegyo Jaaliyada Soomaalida Kala Fogeynaya (VIDEO)

Minneapolis (BARTAMAHA) Kooxda kasoo horjeeda Siyaasiga da da yar ee Maxamuud Noor ayaa waxa ay soo abaabuleen dibadbax kooban isla markaasna qabyaaladeysan Dibadbaxa ayaa laga hor sameeyey albaabka hore dhismaha ay Jaaliyada Minnesota kula kulmeysan Madaxweyne Xassan SH. Dibadbaxaas ayaa … read more »

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Controversy Over Somali President’s Visit to Minneapolis (VIDEO)

Minneapolis – Some Twin Cities residents decided to protest Saturday during the Somali president’s 2-day visit to Minneapolis. President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud is in the U.S. as part of a divisive tour to engage Somali Americans. He was invited to … read more »

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Somali president’s Northrop speech draws protest (VIDEO)

About 150 people charged Hassan Sheikh Mohamud with supporting terrorists. More than 100 people protested Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s speech at the University of Minnesota on Saturday night, alleging his administration supports terrorists and demanding he step down. As … read more »

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Kahn, Noor press fight for Minneapolis House seat as primary nears

Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s 42 years in the Legislature count for a lot in the halls of the state Capitol, where her seniority makes her a player on state budget and spending bills. In her Minneapolis district, however, it’s not clear … read more »

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UK: Police who stamped on a mentally ill Somali man walks free from court

A police sergeant who stamped on a mentally ill prisoner’s foot during a strip search and told him ‘Welcome to Hackney’ has walked free from court. Sgt Charles Pilbeam, 30, forced Somalia-born Abdi Ali-Ahmed to pick up scraps of paper … read more »

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Calls to help Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx

Serious concerns have been raised after a Somali family spent four months living on a high street bench. The pair, understood to be mother and son, have centered their lives around the bench outside TK Maxx, in the busy Tooting High Street.They … read more »

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Immigrants’ degrees from abroad rarely recognized in U.S.

Columbus –When Abdi Muhammad Ali fled Somalia to a refugee camp in eastern Kenya in 1991, he remembered one important piece of paper. His college diploma. But his degrees in English and history from Lafole University, a college in Somalia, … read more »

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Candidate seeks to become first Somali-born state lawmaker in US

MINNEAPOLIS — In a neighborhood dubbed “Little Mogadishu,” Mohamud Noor can’t walk more than a block without being stopped by someone who wants to shake his hand. Juggling two cell phones and a stack of campaign fliers, he chats them … read more »

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Somali Candidate Eyes Milestone in US Race

Minneapolis (AP) – In a neighborhood dubbed “Little Mogadishu,” Mohamud Noor can’t walk more than a block without being stopped by someone who wants to shake his hand. Juggling two cell phones and a stack of campaign fliers, he chats … read more »

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Eid festival connects Edmonton Somali community with neighbours

The Somali Canadian Business Council marked the end of Ramadan with food, music and dancing Saturday. The group gathered in a small park on 118 Avenue and 91 Street for the city’s first Eid al-Fitr Festival from 11 a.m. to … read more »

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Somalia’s police boss called ‘war criminal’ in Canada

Mogadishu’s new police commissioner was once wanted in Canada as a “war criminal” after a refugee and immigration board concluded he was “responsible for the ruthless torture of prisoners” while with Somalia’s police force in the 1980s. Mogadishu’s new police … read more »

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What’s Drawing Somali-American Teens To Foreign Militant Groups?

MINNEAPOLIS — Abdi Mohamed Nur, a 20-year-old Somali-American, reportedly left his family in Minnesota to travel to Syria to join and fight alongside the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) last month. … read more »

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Minnesota election officials go after voters listing mail centers as addresses

Minneapolis – County election officials across the metro area are scrutinizing dozens of voter registrations tied to commercial mail centers after a probe in Minneapolis revealed a loophole in the state’s election system. A new Star Tribune comparison of voter … read more »

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Bristol: Award nomination for Montpelier social housing association

A BRISTOL housing association has been nominated in this year’s National Business Awards. Ashley Community Housing, based in Montpelier, is up for the Social Enterprise of the Year category after successive years of growth. The award, which will be handed … read more »

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For Somalia, “Team Canada” means more money, fewer jobs

As the diaspora return in record numbers, tension is growing. Sending money from abroad is one thing, coming back to Somalia is another. MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—The tables start to fill inside the air-conditioned Maka al Mukarama Hotel cafe just before sunset. … read more »

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Meet Mohamed Roble Municipal Candidate for Gloucester-Southgate Ward 10

Ottawa – Muslim Link interviewed Mohamed Roble, Municipal Candidate for Gloucester-Southgate Ward 10. The Ottawa Municipal Election takes place on Monday, October 27th 2014. Please tell me a little bit about your background (i.e. country of origin, where you are … read more »

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