“So, why are you here?” asked John Ullmann, a renowned former editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Walking around the classroom in his hooded top, with a frown on his face and an angry look, he was summing up all our answers with the same phrase: “Not good enough.”
The number of Somalis in St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rising over the years. A local shopping area in Minneapolis is named ‘Little Mogadishu’. Here, locals mingle irrespective of race and creed. It’s a closely knit community.
There are an estimated 25,000 Somalis in the Twin Cities. But their presence, viewed against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s overambitious immigration reforms, has put Minnesota at a crossroads as the new administration digs in.
President Donald Trump could be best described as a man under siege. As he battles fresh accusations of abetting racial hate, the U.S. leader is under fire for slurring the media and constricting the civil space.
The recent violence in Virginia yet again turned the spotlight on Mr. Trump and his administration. The chaos, partly ignited by a controversial plan to remove a statue of a confederate general, led to deadly clashes, destruction of property and deaths. Mr. Trump, as usual, waded into it with remarks that left a bitter taste in the mouths of civil groups and minorities.
The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”
In about ten days, the most broadcasted political event on earth will take place in Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, on Monday, September 26th. That is when Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s candidate, and Donald Trump, the G.O.P.’s candidate, will face each other in the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election.