One Minnesota man was in Mogadishu for a job interview. Another was about to meet members of his family. Then Somalia's deadliest terrorist attack happened.
Minneapolis friends stood trial for charges that included conspiracy to provide support to ISIS and commit murder abroad.
It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that's a big deal in places like Minnesota where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades. Somali immigrants say the move is cutting off a vital lifeline — and may actually harm the fight against terror.
Wellesley College Historian Lidwien Kapteijns is the lead advisor on Afropop’s Hip Deep program “Reconstructing Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation.” Here she introduces the program with a tour of her office, introducing artists, recordings, books and ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17698/somali-love-songs-a-hip-deep-introduction/"> Read more »</a>
Banning Eyre presents songs and stories from Somalia’s fertile independence era, and up to the present. This podcast is a supplement to Afropop’s Hip Deep program “Reconstructiong Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation.” Somali scholar and former ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17686/web-exclusive-podcast-reconstructing-somalia/"> Read more »</a>
This program offers a rare musical portrait of Somalia’s formative, pre-civil war years (1960-90). In a rising mood of patriotism and hope, Somalis sought to forge a culturally authentic, but also modern, national identity. Poetry, theatrical plays, and gorgeous, lyrical ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17636/reconstructing-somalia-love-songs-at-the-birth-of-a-nation/"> Read more »</a>
If you ever plan to travel by sea off the coast of east Africa, make a note to self: Britney Spears' music seems to have a repellent effect against pirates.
Kenyan authorities say they've identified one of the al-Shabab militants who laid siege to Nairobi's Westgate Mall last month. He's a Somali who grew up in Norway. And it seems Norwegian police knew he was a risk three years ago.
You wouldn't wish anyone to have a childhood that started in war-torn Somalia. But in the real-life story of pirates who commandeered a US cargo ship and were pursued by US Navy SEALs, Barkhad Abdi says his few early years in Somalia helped him in his co-starring role.
Cities are centers of culture, but they're also increasingly home turf for militant warfare. That's what counter-insurgency guru David Kilcullen argues in his new book Out of the Mountains: The Coming of Age of the Urban Guerrilla.
A BBC filmmaker doing a documentary on the extremist group al-Shabab got a rare glimpse into its recruiting tactics