By Charles Hallman
In spite of criticism and skepticism, President Barack Obama’s recent Africa trip has the potential to reap benefits for both this country and the African continent. Prior to the trip, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, during a June 21 conference call in which the MSR participated, briefly addressed the criticism that the trip was too costly. “The costs for these types of trips, as well as any presidential trip” is determined by the Secret Service and the White House Military Office, explained Rhodes. “That’s been the case no matter who is president. “We take this [African] region very seriously,” added Rhodes. Continue Reading →
By Charles Hallman
A group of young missionaries are finishing up a nearly-two month stay in the Twin Cities. Their goal is simply to change people’s lives for the better. Around a dozen National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS) volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 31 have visited local churches and juvenile detention centers since their arrival in mid-May. Many of them currently are college students and hail from various parts of the country. NAPS was established in 1978 in Alabama as a nonprofit volunteer relief organization. Continue Reading →
What took place during the trial of the Somali women Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, who were convicted of aiding terrorists, was nothing short of U.S. cynicism and hypocrisy. While engaging in a campaign to intimidate the Somali community into silence about the goings-on in their home country, the U.S. has done everything in its power to undermine all efforts to stabilize the East African country.
The trial at bottom undermines some of the foundation of a democratic society. An individual should have the ability to be charitable to whomever they choose to be charitable to. U.S. Attorney Jeff Paulsen said that the fact that the women had done nothing against the U.S. was beyond the point. Continue Reading →