Some throwback pics from Zanzibar, Tanzania, & Kenya 2011...Like my friend born in Dar es Salaam says, "Everyone goes to West Africa or South Africa, but East Africa is where it's at!" More here and here.
VELVET GLOVE: How China's hard power should be translated into soft power for the international community.
MORE MALDIVES: Democratically elected former President Mohamed Nasheed's op-ed after getting ousted from office.
VALUE: A French Sarkozy ally stirs the pot this week by stating that some civilizations are worth more than others.
FILM DIP: The U.S. State Department and University of Southern California has selected 29 films for their international cultural outreach, "American Film Showcase."
CUTE & SMART: BBC's series on the world's smartest animals, who do it all from skateboarding to math equations.
ALLY: Russia wants to halt the Arab Spring.
FRESH: Why Chinese NBA baller Jeremy Lin is a relief to some Asian American men.