U.S. attorney, FBI to answer Somali community questions
In the first such meeting since six Twin Cities men were charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria, Minnesota's U.S. attorney and top FBI official will answer questions Saturday from members of the Somali-American community.
Nima Dahir, a junior honors student majoring in economics and mathematics, has been named a 2015 Beinecke Scholar. The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded to 20 students nationwide who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise.
Why young midwestern Somalis try to join Islamic State
ON May 3rd two Muslim men with rifles attacked a security guard at a venue in Texas showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Both were shot dead before they killed anyone—they were incompetent terrorists, fortunately. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. There is no evidence that it had any direct involvement, but the gunmen may have been inspired by the global jihadist movement. One of them, Elton Simpson, was questioned by the FBI in 2010 and later convicted of lying to them. He denied that he had made plans to go to Somalia and become a jihadist, when in fact he had.
A military offensive has driven Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group out of major strongholds and deprived it of revenue sources, but its retreat to a southern valley and northern hills still poses a threat, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said.
UN roots for investments in Somalia to facilitate return of refugees
Antonio Guterres, head of the UN refugee agency on Wednesday called on multilateral agencies to invest in social programs and physical infrastructure in Somalia in order to facilitate return of refugees to the Horn of African nation.
Kerry trip to Djibouti highlights importance of small nation
A sleepy coastal nation in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti was the last French colony to achieve independence. Today, nearly four decades later, the mainly Sunni nation has become a critical part of U.S. foreign policy.
The path of reform for Abdullahi Yusuf, a U.S. teenager who tried to become a radical Islamic soldier, passes through writings of Martin Luther King Jr., readings of the U.S. Constitution and discussions about life and literature with a fellow Somali-American named Ahmed Amin.
EU seeks UN approval to seize migrant boats, Russia against destruction
Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize boats used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though diplomats said Russia has signaled it would not allow destruction of the vessels.
UN Refugee Chief: Voluntary Return of Somali Refugees a Global Priority
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is in Kenya this week to discuss security and voluntary repatriation from the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, which the Kenyan government has threatened to close.