STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: GOP passes child care union dues limits
State subsidies paid to Minnesotas home-based child care providers could not be used to pay union dues under a bill the Republican-controlled Legislature Monday sent to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
... Posted on 4/17/12 at 2:40 AM
A day after the U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was set to ask thousands of Somalis in Minneapolis on Friday to help rebuild their country.
The trial of a Minneapolis man convicted in a conspiracy to send young men from Minnesota to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia has provided the most detailed look yet into what has been called one of the largest investigations into the recruitment of U.S. fighters to a foreign terrorist organization.
A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somali expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home.
A Minnesota man recently traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab, a spokesman for his family said, renewing fears that the terror group is continuing to recruit Somalis living in the U.S. to return to their homeland to fight.
The secret was still intact when President Barack Obama, entering the House chamber Tuesday evening to deliver his State of the Union speech, pointed at his Pentagon chief and said, "Good job tonight."
Kimberly Dozier and Robert Burns
, January 25, 2012
The same U.S. Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early today and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed.
Abdi Guled, Katharine Houreld and Kimberly Dozier
, January 25, 2012
Minnesota sees high Somali population
The October al-Qaida video shows a light-skinned man handing out food to families displaced by famine in Somalia. But the masked man is not Somali, or even African — he’s a Wisconsin native who grew up in San Diego.
Holding signs with pictures of emaciated children and messages such as "Somalis are starving because of U.S. Bank Policy," more than 200 people rallied Friday to protest the severing of a cash "lifeline" to Somalia. Cars honked in support as drivers sped past the rally at Minneapolis' Peavey Park. The demonstration was organized by the Somali American Money Services Association (SAMSA). Protesters called for a legal fix that would allow Somali-owned hawalas, or money-transfer businesses, to start wiring money overseas again.
Hundreds of Minnesota Somalis are rallying to draw attention to the closing of businesses they use to send money back to Somalia. Many held signs Friday with pictures of starving children and blaming banks for blocking money from going to the famine-stricken East African country.
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