FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Minneapolis-A Twin with Mogadishu? or Mogadishu's calling Cory Booker

This is a very interesting article.  Somali Mohamed Nur left the safety of London to become the Mayor of Mogadishu.  He's putting out a call for a city in England to 'twin' up with them.  I say forget the redcoats Brits!  Let's get a US city to pair up.  My first thought would be for that city to be one with a large Somali population.  Following are the US cities with the greatest Somali diaspora #'s (in descending order):

Columbus, Ohio
Washington DC
Buffalo, NY
Kansas City
San Diego

However, I am not sure Minneapolis is 'street' or 'gangster' enough for Mogadishu.  It might be like pairing Miley Cyrus to rehab an LA Blood (or maybe more like pairing Ke$ha).   So perhaps a more appropriate choice would be "Brick City" aka Newark, NJ.  The Sundance Channel has a fascinating documentary series on the city and its controversial (what great leader isn't?!) and inspirational mayor: Cory Booker.  If there ever any two mayors that should sit down together it is Cory Booker and Mohamed Nur!


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