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America is a nation of narcissists, according to two new studies

Is America a narcissistic country?<p>On a day when America gathers together to celebrate itself, this seems a fair question. The answer is a resounding yes, according to new research — but some states are more narcissistic than others.<p>In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, …

Narcissism

Syria's civil war explained from the beginning

On March 15, the war entered its eighth year.<p>More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, over a million injured, and over 12 million - half the country's prewar population - have been displaced.<p>Here is how and why the conflict started:<p>While lack of freedoms and economic woes drove …

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

Haiti is a fixture in my mind, as permanent as memories of high school graduation or the weekend I first met my wife.<p>I lived there twice as an American diplomat for a total of four years since 2000, but its hold on me is not a function of time. Of all the countries I lived and worked in, Haiti …

Port-au-Prince

It’s impossible to study African history without understanding how much colonialism set it back

African history has gone through many incarnations as an academic discipline.<p>Most recently, there’s been a global turn in African historiography. This shift has been prompted by a greater awareness of the powerful forces of globalization and the need to provide an African historical perspective on …

Humanities

Nigerian clashes cast doubt on claim that Boko Haram is on its knees

Islamists have launched about 60 strikes on military targets since August, despite president’s claim that they have been ‘technically defeated’<p>Boko Haram has launched a series of attacks that have inflicted substantial casualties on Nigerian government forces and contradict claims by senior …

China's African population declines amid slowdown, crackdown

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Dreams are fading in China for African traders like Mouhamadou Moustapha Dieng, who in 2003 was among the first wave of …

China

France set to vote for rightwing presidential candidate to face Le Pen

After Donald Trump’s win in the US, could France’s presidential election herald a shakeup of the political system?<p>France votes this weekend to choose the rightwing candidate likely to face the far-right Marine Le Pen in next spring’s presidential election – just as Donald Trump’s US win has thrown …

I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per …

Health Care

Millions of Nigerians are falling for a 27-year old Russian Ponzi scheme

Nigeria’s economic downturn is proving fertile ground for a decades-old Russian Ponzi scheme to thrive.<p>Fallen on difficult times amid the country’s first recession in decades, millions of Nigerians have turned to Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM), a Ponzi scheme with roots in Russia, which promises …

Africa