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  • Europe backs Britain – and itself

    Russia’s drive to create dissent among Western democracies just hit an unexpected speed bump. On Friday, the European Union agreed that Russia was “highly likely” to be responsible for the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this month. Europe, in other words, will not allow itself to become like Syria’s chemical battleground.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:34:34 -0400
  • In South Africa, a push to reclaim an Afrikaans as diverse as its speakers

    When a wave of student protests began crashing over South Africa’s universities in mid-2015, it didn’t take long to reach the doors of Stellenbosch University. “Being taught in Afrikaans, going to class and not understanding – these have all been part of how Stellenbosch has excluded me as a black student,” a PhD student named Mwabisa Makaluza explained to a South African paper at the time, referring to the local language that was heavily used by the apartheid government. Recommended: Think you know Africa?

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:32:21 -0400
  • Turkey's 'holy war' in Syria puts a more religious nationalism on display

    When Turkey’s armed forces finally seized control last Sunday of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, after a two-month campaign, it was presented as a victory by “Islam’s last army” in a holy war, or “jihad.”

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:19:18 -0400
  • Spring break in Puerto Rico? After María, that means 'rebuild,' not 'relax'

    Mallory Gibson, a music-business major at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), has spent her junior-year spring break surrounded by sand, surf, and palm trees. “This is exactly what I wanted to do,” says Ms. Gibson, who moments earlier put down a nearly two-foot-long machete that she was using to whack apart a fallen palm tree.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:11:32 -0400
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