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CIVIL RIGHTS HEROINE ROSA PARKS IN JUNE 1999, AT THE ROTUNDA OF THE U.S. CAPITOL IN WASHINGTON, DC. PARKS WAS AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR HER ACT OF DEFIANCE THAT STARTED A BUS BOYCOTT THAT BECAME A LANDMARK IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF THE 1950S AND 1960S. (GEORGE BRIDGES/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sat down on a seat in the middle...

Searching for oil off the coast of one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt countries was always going to be difficult for Soma Oil and Gas Ltd. Now its work in Somalia is being scrutinized by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office. On July 31, the SFO raided Soma’s London office as part of its investigation into almost $500,000 worth of payments to Somali officials....

Employment Counsellor Najat Hamza, right, and Youth Program Coordinator Abdurahman Kadir strategize at the Oromo Community Center in St. Paul on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi) From a former medical clinic within St. Paul’s Bandana Square, members of Minnesota’s Cameroonian community organize a Scrabble tournament, lawn tennis...

Unlicensed clinics and pharmacies with unqualified staff have been dispencing counterfeit and expired medicines that are making people sick and endangering the lives of Somalis.The sick can be seen walking towards the hospital at dawn, before any other souls venture out onto the streets of Mogadishu. They move slowly, placing one shaky limb before the other, accompanied...

For a young man of 23 from an impoverished background, Zouhar would seem to have done well. He has bought land, a house for his family, and a new car for himself. This, however, is a rather modest reflection of his earnings, which are no less than $200,000 (£129,000) a month. Zouhar is a trafficker of humans, taking advantage of the one trade that is still blossoming...

In its fifth State of Maritime Piracy Report, Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) analyzes the impacts of this crime during 2014 in the Western Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Guinea and, for the first time, in Southeast Asia. The Report will be officially launched at the Army and Navy Club (the Rag), 36 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN, on Wednesday, 10 June at 13:00, where a panel of experts...

A group of immigrants from Somalia is growing a new life in Maine. The Somali Bantu Community Association of Lewiston is leasing about 3.5 acres from the owners of Intervale Farm in New Gloucester for the growing season. The association is paying through grants. Last fall, Carl and Jan Wilcox decided it would be their last growing season at Intervale Farms. When they were...

As published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2015, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was extended for Somalian nationals currently living in the United States.  Somalia’s TPS extension and re-designation is for an additional 18 months, from September 15, 2015 through March 17, 2017.  This action was taken after the Secretary of Homeland Security...

Qatar Charity UK (QCUK) and International Medical Corps UK (IMC UK) have signed a memorandum of understanding in order to strengthen their combined purpose of providing humanitarian assistance to those most in need around the globe. The collaboration will allow both organisations to reach areas, sectors and communities that are currently underserved.Drawing on decades...

For the state’s Somali community, the Islamic State group’s recruiting tactics pose a new challenge. MINNEAPOLIS – Law enforcement and community leaders in Minnesota have seen this before: Young Somalis traveling abroad to fight under the banner of a terrorist organization. But while it can be tempting to compare a recent round of would-be jihadis attempting...