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April 30, 2020

Asia
Vietnam’s Successful Battle Against COVID-19

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Huong Le Thu…

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc waits for the start of a special video conference with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hanoi on April 14, 2020.

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.

December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2019 who through…

Flags

December 17, 2019

South Africa
Shedding Light on the Iran-South Africa Relationship

South Africa has long been a cornerstone of Iran’s South-South strategy, which aims to strengthen ties with African and South American states. Strongly promoted by President Ahmadinejad, the South-South strategy intends to boost Iranian international credibility and promote trade. The Islamic Republic was one of the first countries to resume trade with South Africa following the end of apartheid, and the two countries have enjoyed strong relations ever since.

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma (L) and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) are seen during their meeting at Sadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, on April 24, 2016.

November 7, 2019

Nigeria
The Oscars Disqualify Nigeria’s Film Submission Over Language

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has disqualified from competition in the International Feature Film category the Nigerian film “Lionheart” because most of the dialogue is in English. English is the only official language of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, “Lion Heart” is incontestably a foreign made film in Nigeria’s only national language.

Genevieve Nnaji, a Nigerian actress, poses in a red suit at the Toronto Film Festival.

October 22, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Art Continues to Make Waves

A work by the late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu fetched $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London on October 15. The painting, “Christine,” is a 1971 portrait of the Caribbean-origin American wife of a missionary. After her death, the portrait hung on the wall at her family’s home. Unaware of the origin of the piece, a stepson eventually reached out to Sotheby’s to see if it had any value. 

A women looks at the painting "Christine," by Ben Enwonwu.

September 18, 2019

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 72nd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 72 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

U.S. Air Force

August 27, 2019

South Africa
One More Step in Dismantling Apartheid's Legacy

On August 21, South Africa’s Equality Court ruled that gratuitous displays of the Apartheid-era flag counted as hate speech and discrimination. Confronting history head on, Judge Phineas Mojapelo wrote in his ruling that the flag represents “a vivid symbol of white supremacy and black disenfranchisement and suppression,” and flying it, “besides being racist and discriminatory, demonstrates a clear intention to be hurtful.” 

South Africa's apartheid-era flag flutters in front of three black police officers.

August 19, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Pete Buttigieg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Pete Buttigieg announced on March 1, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Fact can be more interesting than fiction. In 2000, a high school senior won the John F. Kennedy Presidential Li…

Pete Buttigieg

August 13, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Beto O'Rourke announced on November 1, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming…

Beto O’Rourke