Uhuru Kenyatta, the newly sworn President of Kenya, is to be tried by the International Criminal Court for his role in the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections.
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FOREIGN DISPATCH: The Irony Behind Kenya’s Elections

April 11, 2013 • 1468
This is the latest piece in Kiki Ochieng’s WKND BLOG column, exploring matters of political and international import beyond polls and borders. Watch her introduction to her writing series and focus here. At 50 years old, Kenya is a young country. But it is a nation that has been groomed as the precocious child of East »
David Brooks looks pretty humble to us.

David Brooks: Commentator, Realist, Humble Pie Server

March 1, 2013 • 0
This semester, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks is back at Yale to teach two courses at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. WKND BLOG’s Foreign Dispatch correspondent Kiki Ochieng was able to catch up with Brooks, liberals’ favorite conservative (especially after his comments on the GOP last year), about the contradictions inherent in teaching a seminar on humility while co-teaching Grand Strategy. Is this meant to be irony or an exploration of two sides of the same coin? Is there any overlap? How do all the egos fit in the room? Brooks chatted with WEEKEND about the lack of moral arguments in contemporary politics, the need for diversity in political thought and America as a “pain-in-the-ass” superpower.
The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Ethiopia is one of the world's oldest surviving churches and is considered the only precolonial Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa.
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FOREIGN DISPATCH: The case for an African pope

February 17, 2013 • 2381
This is the latest piece in Kiki Ochieng’s WKND BLOG column, exploring matters of political and international import beyond polls and borders. Watch her introduction to her writing series and focus here. Even as Western churches close their doors in the face of rising budget concerns, fewer men join the priesthood and we see more »
Will we soon see a mixed-race face in an official 10 Downing Street portrait?
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FOREIGN DISPATCH: Adam Afriyie — the British Barack Obama?

February 13, 2013 • 0
This is the latest piece in Kiki Ochieng’s WKND BLOG column, exploring matters of political and international import beyond polls and borders. Watch her introduction to her writing series and focus here. Last week, the British House of Commons voted in favor of gay marriage, despite more than half of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party »
This is the place we are discussing. We sincerely hope you can find it on the globe.
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FOREIGN DISPATCH: Why Mali Matters Now

February 3, 2013 • 4393
This is the latest piece in Kiki Ochieng’s WKND BLOG column, exploring matters of political and international import beyond polls and borders. Watch her introduction to her writing series and focus here. In recent weeks, Mali has been a constant fixture in the headlines. Given the West African nation’s poor standing in the Human Development Index »
The crowds gather in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.
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‘We the People’: Musings on a trip to the inauguration

January 23, 2013 • 3800
At 4 a.m. on Monday morning, in the dark parking lot of RFK Stadium, four buses full of Yalies awoke to make the trek downtown for the second inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Yale blanketed in its first snowfall of the semester.
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First Sandy, now snowy?

November 7, 2012 • 0
Today marks the first snowfall of the fall semester. Just a week and a half ago, the East Coast was hit by an unprecedentedly strong hurricane. These rapid weather changes and extreme conditions force us to contemplate the issue of climate change more actively. While the evidence linking global warming to hurricanes and intense winter »