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Empowering the people

Books | Promoting democracy around the world isn’t wrong—but it is difficult
by Condoleezza Rice
Posted 10/27/18, 12:21 pm

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice begins with the former secretary of state’s own story, in which she writes that as a child she was part of “the second founding of America, as the civil rights movement unfolded” in her Birmingham, Ala., hometown, and finally expanded “to encompass people like me.” For these racially divided times, Rice provides a good way to begin a chronicle of democracy around the world—and to consider U.S. foreign policy from President George H.W. Bush’s “New World Order” to President Donald Trump’s “America First” era.

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Trump touts American sovereignty at UN

International | Plus, China’s control of churches, the latest on Andrew Brunson, and more international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/26/18, 10:36 am

UNITED NATIONS: In President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday to the UN General Assembly, writes Eli Lake, a theme to his often erratic statecraft emerges: American sovereignty. “We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy,” Trump said.

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Kenyan floods kill more than 100 people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/11/18, 10:13 am

Seasonal rains in Kenya triggered floods that have killed at least 132 people since March, the Kenyan government said. Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the floods also displaced more than 200,000 people. At least 44 people died Thursday, including 20 children, and 40 others were declared missing after heavy rains caused a dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley to burst. Gideon Kibunja, Nakuru County police chief, said silt and water from the dam cleared away almost an entire village. Kenya battled a severe drought last year.

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