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A fantastical Chinese winter festival

International | Plus, an explosion in Paris, Saudi asylum-seeker now calls Canada home, and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/14/19, 11:17 am

CHINA: If possible, the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival gets more fantastical every year.

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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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Two wrongs to make land rights

International | South African land reform raises White House worries
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/18, 03:04 pm

President Donald Trump last week weighed in on South Africa’s land reform, drawing renewed international attention to a racially divisive issue in the post-apartheid nation. The government’s plan to amend the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation could stir up unrest and harm the country’s economy.

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