Abdirizak Bihi paces the courtyard of Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis, awaiting his children's arrival from school. Dirt blows freely down Cedar Avenue as piss-colored newspapers dance in the wind. In the shade of a tree stand a slouching man and a woman with cavernous eyes, locked in stormy debate. ... More >>
People on Twitter were not nice to Jeff Dubay after he outed himself as a global warming denier during his ESPN 1500 radio show last Friday. ("It's a myth, it's a conspiracy, it's a left-wing conspiracy," Dubay said during a brief discussion about climate change with KSTP meteorologist Patrick Hamme ... More >>
Michele Bachmann wants the U.S. to stay out of Syria and thinks President Obama should at least seek congressional approval before initiating any sort of military strike.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014 Al Franken, on the other hand, says "there has to be ... More >>
Climate change might change the city's demographics
If we survive tomorrow's Mayan apocalypse, we may have to start contending with a more insidious doom: rising oceans. But one way to offset at least the financial punch of climate change, says The Economist's economic correspondent, Ryan Avent, is for people to start migrating. Specifically, migrati ... More >>
Documentary follows the since-ousted president of the Republic of Maldives
It is perhaps important for fans of country music to note that they may not be fans of other fans of country music. Images of rebel flags and down-home country conservatism may come immediately to mind, but now add this dude to that list of fans Today we now know that the man behind the past ye ... More >>
WikipediaThe Haiga Sophia and Blue Mosque: Cooking in a foreign city can create an intimate connection with the local cultureIstanbul is a city with great narrative. It has style, romance, history, and food, an exploding music and art scene, plus a caressing Mediterranean climate. But after y ... More >>
Gadhafi: Best known for slaughtering his own people. Pawlenty: Best known for being Minnesotan.Tim Pawlenty has the whole Libyan civil war thing dialed. Screw the United Nations and the Arab Spring, it's time to Cowboy Up. "I would tell Gadhafi he's got X number of days to get his affairs in ... More >>
Keith Ellison demands ElBaradei's release.Minneapolis Congressman Keith Ellison has taken to Twitter to denounce the government of Egypt as it tries violently to quash an uprising seeking the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. Urging them on: Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the ... More >>
And just like that, Kanye West's long, strange art-rap journey of a year winds down with a Christmas posse cut, of all things - a Christmas posse cut that leaks, then is hoisted for sale on iTunes, then is issued as the final, long-delayed piece of the canny/self-aggrandizing G.O.O.D. Fridays puz ... More >>
Sarah Shourd wants Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal released from an Iranian prison.Shane Bauer is still stuck in a miserable Iranian prison with his friend Josh Fattal, held on spy charges ahead of a February trial. But if the Minnesota native and freelance journalist ever gets out, he intends t ... More >>
Like death, taxes, and incomprehensible, wrongheaded Fox News/Tea Party memes, we've become used to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Unlike death, taxes, and the GOP, G.O.O.D. Friday eucharists will cease to arrive at about the same time that Santa Claus begins his annual international rever ... More >>
U.S. officials consider Al-Shabab in Somalia a terrorist threat, even hereJust in time for the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a bipartisan think tank has issued a report on how terrorism has changed since 2001. And the Somali men who disappeared from the Twin Cities to play a prominen ... More >>
Photo: Free Prof. Peter Erlinder Now/FacebookErlinder's controversial views on the Rwandan genocide have landed him in prisonIt's not clear whether this means he'll be able to return home yet, but William Mitchell law professor Peter Erlinder has been granted bail on medical grounds by a Rwan ... More >>
Another day on Fox News, another chance to lob unsubstantiated claims. In the latest version, Bachmann gets her Middle East facts all wrong, aided and abetted by host David Asman. The video (after the jump) is helpfully posted on Bachmann's Facebook page.
Peter Erlinder is accused of denying the Rwandan genocideThe New York Times is reporting that William Mitchell College law professor Peter Erlinder attempted suicide in his Rwandan jail cell, where he is being held for allegedly denying that country's genocide. Police said they found Erlinde ... More >>
Rep. Keith Ellison will be in Sudan this week meeting with officials to discuss the ongoing humanitarian situation in Darfur and plans for the implementation of a peace agreement.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the release of a North Dakota journalist and Minnesota college graduate being held in Iran.
Inspired by comic books, ordinary citizens are putting on masks to fight crime
Karen immigrants describe their harrowing journeys from the brutality of Burma to sanctuary in St. Paul
Was it a Kenyan assassin who killed the Minnesota-reared missionary—or was it madness? Seven years later, the verdict is in.
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Pork, sugar, and other political commodities With theories on free trade and protectionism spanning the ideological spectrum (and creating some of the strangest political bedfellows in history), it's a pretty sure bet no member of Congress relishes an upcoming vote on a trade pact. Especially not ... More >>
Jonathan Richman, modern lover
Plans for the Sears building loom large (again)
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The liberty, equality, and sorority of the Soviettes
Wire-transfer services cleared by the feds, dumped by local banks
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Five years ago Joel Sisson's blend of art, social work, and lawn furniture was the talk of the town. Now the founder of the Green Chair Project is sitting on a pile of dreams and unpaid bills.
The battle over the Office of Technology has ended. The bureaucrats won.
The Circus Is in Town: The slapstick troupe of Emir Kusturica's Underground.
Thanks to Clinton's foreign policy, 1998 could be the year of living dangerously for much of the world.
Last night, while the nation trembled in anticipation of momentous changes,
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