Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang Pao

Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang PaoNao Shoua Xiong started to cry as he watched an online news report Friday about Gen. Vang Pao's death.
Xiong, 54, of Wausau is a strong man. He fought in a war. He has been uprooted from his home. He lived in a refugee camp. He started over in America. He's a Hmong shaman and statewide clan leader who has shown courage in speaking out against wrongs such as domestic abuse.

Sudan: Transcending tribe

Sudan: Transcending tribe"Between tribes there can only be war. And through war, the memory of war, and the potentiality of war, the relations between tribes are defined and expressed." - - E.E. Evans-Pritchard, British anthropologist of the Sudan

In the summer of 2010, the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) torched and looted one of the oldest living kingdoms in Africa.

Searching for the Soul to Cleanse It

Searching for the Soul to Cleanse ItA new year, a new opportunity to cleanse the soul and start afresh. Isnít that what everyone says? Around this time of year, people can get consumed with ambitious resolutions, new gym memberships and spiritual purification. Itís never been my experience, though. Iím not sure where my soul resides, but wherever it is, itís probably a terrible mess.

Drumming Against Hate at Giffordsís Office

Drumming Against Hate at Giffordsís OfficeTUCSON ó By 2 p.m. about 40 people had gathered in front of Representative Gabrielle Giffordsí district office at the intersection of North Swan and East Pima Streets, many holding hand-printed signs, others with hands raised toward the traffic, fingers making peace signs..

Earthís magnetic pole shifts, screws up runway at Florida airport

Earthís magnetic pole shifts, screws up runway at Florida airportAn airport in Tampa, Florida, has had to temporarily close its runways to keep up with Earth's magnetic north pole, which is drifting toward Russia at a rate of 40 miles per year.

Fox News reports that the international airport was forced to adjust the signs on its busiest runway Thursday because pilots depend on the magnetic fields to navigate. The runway will be closed until Jan. 13, and will re-open with new taxiway signs that indicate its new location on aviation charts, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.