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Jamal Abdulahi

He writes about politics, the economy and Minnesota's Somali-American community.

Your Voices
October 4, 2015
Idd Mohamed: 'If I had 15 years again, I would have spent it differently'

Idd Mohamed: 'If I had 15 years again, I would have spent it differently'

Idd Mohamed had been working to fix Somalia politics nearly 15 years. He would have spent this time differently if he had to do it again.
Your Voices
September 8, 2015

Trump won't win the GOP nomination, but his candidacy has accomplished something else

It's unlikely Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination and become US president but he certainly ratcheted up the immigration rhetoric.
Your Voices
August 6, 2015

Does 'A Prairie Home Companion' need a Somali character?

Garrison Keillor was asked if he would introduce a Somali character to Prairie Home Companion and there is a character more emblematic of Somali lives.
Your Voices
July 26, 2015

Meet the attorneys representing Somali-American terror suspects

Defense attorneys for the seven Somali-American terror suspects are good lawyers working hard for little pay. But the government has stacked the deck in favor of the prosecution, increasing the likelihood of plea deals before trial.
Your Voices
July 10, 2015
Congressional Somalia Caucus brings little reason to celebrate

Congressional Somalia Caucus brings little reason to celebrate

Formed by Congressmen Keith Ellison and Tom Emmer, the Congressional Somalia Caucus is pure symbolism. Minnesota's Somali community needs its representatives to focus on more concrete issues and problem-solving.
Your Voices
June 26, 2015
A boy holds the Somali flag at a Somali Independence Day celebration in this file photo from 2012.

Jamal Abdulahi: Celebrating Somali Independence Day in Minnesota

Minnesota's Somali community remembers Somalia's liberation from colonial powers in the summer of 1960.
Your Voices
June 12, 2015
Jamal Abdulahi: Hastily written report insults Minnesota's Somali community

Jamal Abdulahi: Hastily written report insults Minnesota's Somali community

A hastily written report for the Department of Homeland Security by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California adds insult to an injured Somali community.
June 1, 2015

Jamal Abdulahi: CAIR-MN overreaches on CVE program

CAIR-MN must stop discouraging corporations and foundations from the CVE program. And the program's Somali-American taskforce has to shift strategy.
Your Voices
May 31, 2015

Jamal Abdulahi: CAIR-MN overreaches on CVE program

CAIR-MN must end advocacy discouraging corporations and foundations from the CVE program. And the Somali-American tas kforce has to change strategy.
Your Voices
May 17, 2015
Mohamed Jama, left, 19, and Abdirahman Shiekh, 19, Minneapolis locals who are both good friends with the young Somali-Americans accused of trying to s

Jamal Abdulahi: Alienation critical factor in terror recruitment of youth

There are a number of policy steps that can address the problems of young people.
Your Voices
May 1, 2015

Arrests trigger flood of emotions in Minnesota's Somali community

The recent arrest of six Somali-American young men, suspected of trying to join an overseas terror organization, has triggered a flood of emotions in Minnesota's Somali community. Now community leaders are floating proposals to help everyone cope with these emotions.
Your Voices
April 18, 2015

When fear of the unknown paralyzed David Axelrod

David Axelrod's memoir "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics" is filled with riveting political anecdotes, including one episode that demonstrates an unjustified fear of Somali-Americans.
Your Voices
April 2, 2015

Don't use the Counter Violent Extremism pilot program as cover for gathering intelligence

CAIR-MN has spoken loud and clear on risks. Minnesota's Somali community has received the message. It's time to proceed with a risk mitigation plan that prohibits grantees, grantors and law enforcement agents from leveraging the program to gather intelligence.
Your Voices
March 23, 2015

Minneapolis schools and the dangerous calculus behind the Counter Violent Extremism program

Political mechanization with the goal of securing funding is a nobble enterprise for Minneapolis Public Schools. But its calculus on the Counter Violent Extremism pilot program, which targets Somali-American children, is dangerous.
Your Voices
March 9, 2015

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's Somali workforce

An estimated 1,000 Somalis work at MSP performing functions critical to airport operation at $8 an hour and often no healthcare.