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February 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Making Its Mark on the English Language

In its February update, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) includes numerous new words of Nigerian origin. Many of the words relate to food preparation, urban transportation, the shortening of conventional English words, and the incorporation of words from indigenous languages. For example, ‘mama put’ refers to female food venders, ‘okada’ are passenger-carrying motorcycles, ‘guber’ refers to gubernatorial, and ‘danfo’ is the Yoruba work for urban minibuses.

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks at a podium, effectively a high-table. She is wearing a blouse of varying shades of orange, and is standing in front of a black background speckled with white.

October 24, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Mark Sanford announced on November 12, 2019, that he was ending the campaign.  Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally m…

Mark Sanford

May 13, 2019

Global Governance
How the Paris Agreement Model Could Help Ward Off the Next Mass Extinction

Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. A bankrupt biosphere, however, is not yet destiny. To reverse course, nations must take a page from the Paris Agreement on climate …

A boy carries a dog as he stands after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 14, 2015.

April 7, 2020

Coronavirus
U.S. Coronavirus Response: Who’s In Charge of What?

Dozens of federal agencies, including the CDC and FEMA, are battling COVID-19 in the United States.

A National Guard service member wears a mask and gloves and holds a sign reading that the Department of Health will call patients within three days with their test results.

April 6, 2020

Japan
Abe Declares National Emergency over COVID-19

Prime Minister Abe today announced that he was placing seven regions of Japan, Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, as well as Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka under a stat…

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a closed cherry blossom viewing spot during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (not pictured) urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease from spreading, at Ueno park in Tokyo, Japan March 28, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump’s Africa Policy Is Better Than It Looks

The Trump administration has largely continued U.S. policies in Africa aimed at building economic ties, political stability, and health care, but it lacks a strategy for the continent’s looming geopo…

April 6, 2020

Syria
Can the World Alleviate Idlib’s Humanitarian Disaster Amid a Pandemic?

At the outset of 2020, the conflict in Idlib province was emerging as the worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s nine-year war. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has made relief efforts even more difficult…

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 2, 2020: Crowds in India and Pakistan Thwart Social Distancing

Density and crowds thwart health measures in India and Pakistan; mass unemployment looms in Bangladesh and across the region.

Rows of people sitting on the ground spaced six feet apart

April 2, 2020

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus…

Aerial shot suburban LA

March 31, 2020

Nigeria
Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria’s Past and Possibly Its Future

On March 9, the governor of Kano state removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from his position as Emir of Kano, which is usually regarded as the second or third most important Muslim traditional ruler in Nigeria, and an Islamic scholar. There is speculation, especially among some Nigerian expats, that he is looking to launch a political career, perhaps even contesting for the presidency in 2023.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria's central bank governor at the time, gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Lagos.