Ethnic chauvinism: Why the whole world shouldn’t look like America

We are constantly trying to force the world to look like us — we need to move on.

  • When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many Americans jumped for joy. At the time, some believed there weren't going to be any more political disagreements anywhere in the world. They thought American democracy had won the "war of ideas."
  • American exceptionalism has sought to create a world order that's really a mirror image of ourselves — a liberal world order founded on the DNA of American thinking. To many abroad this looks like ethnic chauvinism.
  • We need to move on from this way of thinking, and consider that sometimes "problem-solving," in global affairs, means the world makes us look like how it wants to be.
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Ebola is now largely curable, new clinical trials suggest

A recent clinical trial shows that two new drugs are far more effective than current treatments.

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  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has been suffering a major Ebola outbreak since August 2018.
  • In November 2018, a clinical trial began comparing the efficacy of four Ebola treatments.
  • Two of those treatments — based on monoclonal antibodies — are nearly twice as effective as the standard treatment.
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Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in one day, breaking record

It's part of the nation's massive reforestation campaign that aims to plant 4 billion trees in 2019.

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  • Ethiopians planted 353,633,660 seedlings on Monday, likely breaking a world record for the most trees ever planted in a single day.
  • Ethiopia has suffered rapid deforestation over the past half-century.
  • On a broader scale, reforestation might be one of the most effective ways to curb climate change.
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Kenya launches Africa's largest wind farm

Lake Turkana Wind Power is expected to produce enough electricity to power 330,000 local homes.

  • The new wind farm is located in a remote part of Kenya with strong winds.
  • Kenya is leading Africa in terms of renewable energy and hopes to soon cease its reliance on fossil fuels altogether.
  • Globally, China represents the biggest market for wind power.
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New study uncovers China's massive hidden lending to poor countries

New report shows the extent of China's hidden power as the developing world's creditor.

  • Over 50 developing countries' Chinese debt accounts for on average 15 percent of their individual GDP.
  • New report shows that the majority of the world's developing country's debt to China is considered "hidden."
  • China's loans for poor countries are primarily for crucial infrastructure.
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