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MINNEAPOLIS (HOL) – Having experienced physical, verbal attacks and bullying last year, Ilhan Omar hasn’t taken it so personal but rather an outright attack on her community from which she relies on their vote to win the upcoming Minneapolis House District 60B election, the same district where she was attacked.
Yet again, defiant Omar struck again, kicking off her campaign for the election which would see her challenging with the longtime DFLer, Rep. Phyllis Kahn.
On Wednesday, the 32 years-old activist turned to her community in Minneapolis, seeking their votes as she unveiled her candidacy for the seat which many believe carries a significant value for diverse communities in Minneapolis.
Mrs. Omar who most recently served as a senior policy aide to Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrew Johnson had left the war-torn Somalia in in 1990s, as she and her family spent years in a refugee camp in Kenya before they got sponsored to come to the United States in 1997.
“I hereby declare that I am a candidate running for state representative’s position,” Grinning Ilhan said at her campaign kick-off event.
“If elected, I am going to make sure we reduce the dependency on fossil fuel and that we are able to divest it.” She said as she lined up some of her previous work experiences including promoting democracy, justice and youth programs.
Omar who vowed she would not abandon politics had paid the price to become a political figure. She was physically beaten at the DFL Party caucus in Minneapolis early last year.
“The men and women who attacked me did so because I refuse to succumb to their continued threats and attempts to silence me politically.” She said in an opinion piece on the Star Tribune after the assault.
In the face of racial and challenging stereotypes faced by immigrants in the US, defiant,
Mrs. Omar is determined to use her skills and experience to help changing people’s lives.
“We have an important choice to make – stay the course and continue to support the same old ideas and views or introduce new voices into that process and take a look at new solutions.” She told her supporters who gathered at packed hall in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
MOGADISHU (HOL) —-Somalia’s national intelligence agency has accused a journalist and his director it arrested this of inciting violence through their coverage after their television station hosted a debate which discussed about a meddling by neighbouring countries in Somalia’s internal affairs.
Awil Dahir Salad, a producer of the London-based Universal TV who hosted the debate in which Somali parliamentarians criticized the government’s rule and its ‘leniency’ towards ‘intrusive’ politics by neighbouring countries and Abdullahi Hersi, the television’s bureau director were arrested on Friday after being summoned to the intelligence agency headquarters.
During the debate, two Somali legislators have alleged that neighbouring countries notably Ethiopia dominates Somali politics and continues to divide Somalia along clan and regional state lines.
“When a media outlets is used to extort state institutions, defame constitutional heads of state, creates a political instability and instill public hopelessness – they inflict a damage more harmful than terrorism,” said a statement from Somalia’s National intelligence agency (NISA) on Tuesday.
“We haven’t taken action against this television station just because of one reporting, but there have been previous detrimental actions they have committed.” The statement added.
The statement from the Somali Intelligence agency comes as the two media workers are spending their fifth day in a prison in the Somali capital.
Journalists’ watchdogs accused the government of violating freedom of speech by arresting the journalists, an action which they said constitutes a flagrant violation of freedom of information.
“We condemn the arrests of Abdullahi Hersi and Awil Dahir Salad and the suspension of Universal TV,” said Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes. “We call on Somali authorities to stop this arbitrary harassment of journalists and respect freedom of the press, as called for in the country’s constitution.”
Besides Syria, Somalia is one of the most dangerous places media workers operate. Dozens of journalists have been killed in the past few years, forcing many to flee the horn of Africa nation where political parties vying for Somali politics, government and militants are often blamed for journalists’ deaths.
Very few perpetrators have been so far been charged with the cold-blood murders which sent shockwaves across media industry.
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