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Travel Tales #4: Climbing the Dom Toren

Dom Tower in Utrecht

Walking around the center of Utrecht, near the Dom Tower and the Oudegracht (Old Canal), one sees markers on the streets and plaques on some buildings telling about the location of the Roman Wall. At night, the iron street markers, which have an opening, show as bright lines of light across the street, showing the boundaries of the old wall, which now lie buried beneath the stone and brick streets. Continue reading

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May 19, 2012 · 3:58 pm

Minnesota hawalas under siege

Hawala protest

Many innocents get squashed by the elephantine steps taken in the never-ending war on terrorism. Some showed up outside the Wells Fargo bank at 2600 E. Franklin today, protesting the closing of hawala accounts, which means they are left with no way to send money back to hungry families in Somalia. Continue reading

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January 5, 2012 · 11:05 pm