Insight News

Aug 28th


Muslims for Peace campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest Muslim-American organization in the United States (here since 1920), has launched a nationwide “Muslims for Peace” campaign that features the peace message on 100 NYC transit buses and is being delivered door-to-door across the US ( The St. Paul, Minnesota chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will participate in the brochure distribution Saturday, October 30th between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm..

Insight News 2010 Voters Guide

Insight News 2010 Voters Guide


The article published in the October 11 edition of Insight News entitled " Alecia Carter named Mrs. St. Paul International 2011," incorrectly listed the title for Dr. Cheryl Chatman. Chatman is Concordia University Executive Vice President, and Dean of Diversity. Concordia College was stated in error.

ANC veteran sounds alarm over media 'Self-Censorship'

ANC veteran sounds alarm over media 'Self-Censorship'(GIN) – South Africa’s media organizations this week marked Black Wednesday, when the former apartheid regime outlawed The World and Weekend World newspapers and Pro Veritate (a Christian publication) for publishing ‘inflammatory material that threatened the nation’s security.” Scores of critics and 19 black consciousness organizations were also detained on Oct. 19, 1977.
Yusuf Abramjee, chair of the National Editors’ Forum said it was important that the media industry in South Africa honor this day, especially now that media freedom is in the spotlight.

In August, the ANC party set off a storm of controversy with a proposed Tribunal and Public Information bill to check the press which, according to President Jacob Zuma, “tends to go overboard sometimes.”

Twelfth Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture focuses on Haiti Reconstruction

Twelfth Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture focuses on Haiti ReconstructionFormer Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson waxed warm on his topic with his relevant and thought-provoking delivery at the Twelfth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture last Friday. The event was held at Florida International University’s South Campus, as part of its African & African Diaspora Studies Program Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series.

Due to the catastrophic devastation wrought by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, this year’s Lecture, “The Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Integration,” addressed critical issues pertaining to Haiti’s rebirth and the special responsibility of metropolitan countries to ensure it.

Patterson is an engaging and self-effacing lecturer, presently the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Special Representative on Haiti’s Reconstruction and authorized by its government to represent it in appropriate fora. Most notable on Friday night, was his sound historical knowledge of Haiti’s - the then ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ - powerful 1791-1804 slave revolution. This was bolstered by a clear understanding of its potential and the current obstacles to achieving this. Mr. Patterson was firm in his assertion that history should not be repeated in the imposition of prescriptions for Haiti, whatever the context, but that the Haitian people, as one nation, should chart their own destiny. As he succinctly put it: “Every crisis presents an opportunity.”

The Daily Snapshot from the White House

The Daily Snapshot from the White HouseFirst Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator, left, work with students from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools during the White House Kitchen garden harvest on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Public order breaking down in Conakry, Guinea, as vote nears

Public order breaking down in Conakry, Guinea, as vote nears(GIN) – Fighting broke out Monday between supporters of Guinean presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo and police, just before the much-delayed run-off vote scheduled for Sunday.

In one incident, supporters gathered to welcome Diallo after he returned from campaigning were caught in a melee of rock throwing and tear gas, witnesses said.

In another suburb, a group of women gathered at the headquarters of a political party that supports Diallo, also were dispersed by police. Diallo has threatened to boycott Sunday's vote unless the head of the national independent electoral commission, who allegedly favors rival Alpha Conde, resigns.

Attention: Pediatricians and Biomedical Engineers

Jamaica is in need of Pediatricians and Biomedical Engineers

If you are or know of a anyone who would be able to spend 3-4
weeks in Jamaica, please contact the JMO for participation details.

Participants would be:
- staying at an all-inclusive resort (breakfast and dinner included)
- provided ground transportation between the hotel and the volunteer health facility each work day
- responsible for their own airline travel and workday daily lunches.

If you are or know of a anyone who would be able to spend 3-4
weeks in Jamaica, please contact the JMO for participation details.

P.O. Box 580726
Minneapolis, MN 55458

NABS and NOAA Partner to Bring Undersea World to African-American Students

NABS and NOAA Partner to Bring Undersea World to African-American StudentsThe National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries are working to bring the wonders of coral reefs and life below the sea to African-American students nationwide during a science and education mission, this week thru October 21, at the world’s only undersea research station.

The mission, “Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk,” is structured to help students and the public better understand their connection to the ocean and their role in helping sustain it. During daily live Web broadcasts from the Aquarius Reef Base, scientists and educators living and working underwater highlight the importance of conserving the nation’s marine resources. Science program themes during this mission include biodiversity, climate change and technology for field science.
Read more... unlocks ancestral roots of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marcus Garvey unlocks ancestral roots of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marcus GarveyNigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau identified as present-day countries of origin for Descendents of Renown Leaders

(October 2010) – For the children of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and social justice icon Marcus Garvey, DNA roots tracing has confirmed they have something genetically in common:  Both their paternal ancestries trace to Europe; and both their maternal ancestries connect them directly to Africa., the pioneers of DNA-based ancestry tracing for African Americans, recently revealed the paternal roots of King and Garvey through their sons -- Martin Luther King III and Dr. Julius Garvey respectively – during a special DNA Reveal Dinner hosted by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation’s African Policy Summit in Atlanta on Sept. 26.

Minnesota gets $56 million to help homeowners

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced HUD will provide nearly $56 million to help struggling homeowners in Minnesota through its Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP).  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama in July, authorizes HUD to administer a $1 billion Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, to provide assistance – for up to 24 months -- to homeowners who have experienced a substantial reduction in income due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, or a medical condition and are at-risk of foreclosure. HUD will assist borrowers in 32 states and Puerto Rico not otherwise funded by Treasury’s Hardest Hit Housing Fund program, based on the state’s relative share of unemployed homeowners.  It is HUD’s intention for the program to begin taking applications from eligible homeowners by the end of the year.
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