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September 24, 2019

Donald Trump
Patriot Games: President Trump Again Puts the “Nation” in United Nations

Though Trump’s tone was solemn and even-keeled, the overall thrust of his UN General Assembly speech was of transactional nationalism, emphasizing the importance of pursuing national interests and co…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, NY on September 24, 2019.

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 15, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the market; she wants to curtail its abuses. But for all of their policy differences, the two share…

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May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

May 7, 2019

International Law
Four Challenges for International Law and Cyberspace: Sartre, Baby Carriages, Horses, and Simon & Garfunkel Part 2

For years states and scholars have struggled with questions of when and how international law applies to cyberspace. The final post in the two-part series will provide imagery to help grapple with th…

Members of the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018.

May 3, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Distrust at Core of Ebola Crisis in Eastern Congo

The Ebola vaccine is proving highly effective in Eastern Conog, but distrust of health workers, skepticism of the disease’s existence, and attacks on medical facilities are stymying progress.

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March 5, 2015

United States
The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs

Sunday marks fifty years since the first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam. To mark the anniversary of the war that changed America, I am doing a series of posts on the best histories, memo…

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April 16, 2019

Republic of Congo
The Daughter of Republic of Congo's President and a $7 Million Apartment in New York

Globa1 Witness, a non-profit corruption watchdog, is reporting that the daughter of Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), purchased an apartment for $7 million i…

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December 9, 2013

North Korea
The Removal of Jang Song-taek

There is nothing like a good purge to spark off speculation about the future of an opaque totalitarian regime like the one in North Korea. The problem, of course, is that unless one knows what is goi…

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January 23, 2019

Niger
African Migration Across the Sahara Is Down

The BBC cites data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which are probably the best available. According to IOM, in 2015 there were 6,000 traffickers in the Agadez region of Niger who transported some 340,000 migrants across the Sahara to Libya. The migrants were eventually bound for Europe. They came from all over West Africa to Agadez, long a center of the cross Sahara trade.

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