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 ...

Dear TMR Readers,


In the 2000s, I published this web site as an experiment in what I called "glocal" journalism, writing stories about the international dimensions of life in southeast Minnesota.

Somehwere in the late 00's, after 30 years as a journalist with The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and freelancing, I got interested in the ethics of journalism. Especially, I was noticing how language and culture lock us into fixed and rigid ways of seeing the world that are deeply distorted, unhealthy, and indeed ultimately destructive.


How to escape this trap?


This question led me to the Buddhist notion of "skillful speech;" which in turn led me to meditation; which in turn led me to open a meditation center and to start teaching meditation full time.


Which I am still doing.


I hope to get back to journalism, in one way or another, someday.


In the meantime, I hope you'll check out

The Leaf Artist," an online tribute to my mother, Jean McGill, who suffered a progressively catastrophic but in many waysa happy dementia for 20 years.


Many people who are facing dementia either themselves, or with loved ones, say The Leaf Artist has given them an outlook that helps them deal with dementia, and has brightened their world.

With all good wishes and love,



The Leaf Artist





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    The Re-Presentation of Suffering 
    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
    Sharon Salzberg Explains it All
    The ABC's of Ethical Speech
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