Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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What does China gain from U.S. universities?

Higher Education
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/29/15, 02:38 pm

WASHINGTON—In 2012, New York University (NYU) set up a degree-granting campus in Shanghai—one more American university stringing into China’s educational system.

But does China’s communist government really give American universities academic freedom? One NYU official told members of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday that NYU makes its own decisions. But a Chinese witness at the same hearing believes the Chinese government is taking advantage of the universities.

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African nations band together to defeat Boko Haram

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/26/15, 08:00 am

WASHINGTONAfrican countries will not defeat Boko Haram terrorists unless they work together, experts at a Wilson Center forum in Washington, D.C., said this week.

“This is our fight and we have to lead it,” said Kah Walla, president of the Cameroon People’s Party, who added African countries must work together to end Boko Haram “sustainably.”

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Should the U.S. offer new homes to Syrian refugees?

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 05:12 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. lawmakers continue to debate taking in some of the 4 million Syrian refugees from the civil war that began March 2011. Those against a resettlement program argue it could be an easy way for terrorists to enter the country.

“America has welcomed refugees from conflict zones,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “We would not abandon that tradition. But we must also not abandon our vigilance, and we cannot be naïve.”

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