In Minnesota, Tales of a Hidden War
   Ethiopia Shakes Down U.S. Refugees
   Minnethiopians Brace for a Dreaded Visit
   U.S. Citizen Survives Ethiopian Prison
   Minnesota Oromos Share Their Secret
   Ethiopian Terror Touches Minnesota
   An Ethiopian Politico in Minnesota
   From Oromia With Love and Coffee
   Minnesota Ethiopians Feel the Heat
   Genocide Survivors Face Their Fears
   An Ethiopian Strongman in Minnesota
   An Ethiopian Official Defects to U.S.    
   Eritreans Weigh a Dream Gone Mad
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   War in Somalia = War in Minnesota
   Mathematician, Mentor, Moral Force
   Diaspora Speaks to Global Leaders
   Minnesota's Coffee Shop Warriors


       Around the World in 80 Papers
       A Sri Lankan Monk of Mankato
       The Asian Tigers of Minnesota

     A Chinese Journalist Meets MN

       Minnesota's Ya Ba Crisis
       Little Johnny Atop the World
       The Guns of Minnesota
       A Merry Sudanese Christmas
       A Supreme Minnesota Patriarch
       Somalis for Howard Dean
       From Kathmandu to Clark's Grove

                            More Columns




        HERE: A Global
       Citizen's Journey

  An anthology of Doug McGill's
  international journalism from
  Minnesota. Reports, analysis,
  opinions, essays. To learn more
r to buy, click here.

  Listen here to Doug McGill
  explain glocal journalism on
  NPR's "On the Media"

  Mark Kramer, Jay Rosen,
  Sandy Close & Jeremy Iggers
  comment on HERE.

  Philip Gourevitch, McGill and
  Dan Cohen discuss "Rehab-
  bing the Fourth Estate."


 A Darfur Victim: The Anuak
   The Pochalla Refugees (TNR)
   The Minnesota Anuak (MPR)
    "Targeted Killings" (HRW)
   400 Feared Dead in Massacre
   Ethiopia's Bloody Sunday
   Anuak Massacres Widen
   Minister of Genocide
  Jay Rosen: Why the Anuak    Genocide Story Matters

   The Pochalla Refugee Camp
   and Ajwara, Sudan

 Please also visit ...

The Spiritual Clarity
of Donald Trump

Trump intuits the Dharma
but tragically chooses to suffer
and to cause suffering.

Dear TMR Readers,


In the 2000s, I published this web site as an experiment in global-local journalism, reporting and writing stories about the international dimensions of life in southeast Minnesota.

I stopped writing for TMR in 2010 but wrote the article linked above and here—"The Spiritual Clarity of Donald Trump"—in January 2017 to express my belief that the prospect of a Trump presidency requires all citizens to look deeply into the causes of Trump's election and to consciously resist those forces as they certainly will play out, no doubt destructively, during his term.

Of course I am talking about the further erosion of democracy, constitutional values, environmental protection and human rights in the many ways that Trump has already explicitly promised.

But it was the prior catastrophic erosion of these values, as a result of decades of neoliberal economic policy based on greed, and the ongoing project of American empire, based on greed and hatred, that created the conditions that enabled a demagogue like Trump to succeed in the first place. 

I hope to play my part in investigating the roots of this tragic trajectory in the conflicted human heart, and in showing how these flaws in each of us as individuals inevitably shapes the policies and the destiny of whole nations.


In 2005, I was interviewed by NPR’s On the Media, which called me “Glocal Man” for using journalism to connect my patch of rural southeast Minnesota to the world.

The narrative nonfiction impressario Mark Kramer blurbed my 2007 book of global-local reportage -- “Here: A Global Citizen’s Journey” -- by saying:

“Doug McGill is a complete original. Heavyweight journalism + a grownup political consciousness + wry Zen consciousness.”

In the 2010’s, my growing interest in meditation and Buddhadharma led me to an ongoing project to reconcile journalistic free speech with the moral imperatives of right speech.

In recent years, I’ve been running the Rochester Meditation Center and teaching journalism at Carleton College and University of Minnesota Rochester.

Please do check out a recent creation though -- “The Leaf Artist” -- if you possibly can. I’m really proud of it, because I’m really proud of my 93-year-old Mom for dealing with her progressive dementia with such incredible creativity, wisdom and love. Many people have seen the site and let me know it’s brightened their world.

Love & connection,



The Leaf Artist





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    Straight Scoop, Strange World 
    Why Journalism is Shallow 
    The Conscience of the Reporter
    The Local is the Aleph  
    Journalists as Teachers 
    Language as Spiritual Food
    Why Journalists Should Meditate
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    The ABC's of Ethical Speech
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