World

Paulson Institute

Damien Ma, a fellow at the Paulson Institute joins Dakota Midday.  Ma will speak at Daktronics on Monday, October 5 as part of the South Dakota World Affairs Council’s event “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.”  To help individuals better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting its ninth annual China Town Hall at more than 70 locations nationwide.

University of South Dakota

75 years ago this summer, the Baltic States became a part of the Soviet Union following an invasion and rigged elections. In 1990 and 91, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regained their independence and subsequently became the only ex-Soviet states to join NATO and the European Union.

Nine years ago, Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. It was what he described as a “crash course in manhood.” During the trip, he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar Gadhafi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Gadhafi's forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

Dakota Midday: Matthew VanDyke

Aug 18, 2015

Nine years ago Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. During the trip he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar el-Qadaffi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Qadaffi’s forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is one of the smallest, but richest nations in the world. It’s an alpine country nestled between Switzerland and Austria and a winter destination for skiers. Claudia Fritsche has been the Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the U.S. since 2002, when the European country first opened its embassy in Washington, DC. With a population of only about 37,000, she describes her country as similar to a small town.

Most countries measure their success by Gross Domestic Product. But the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan uses a different measure: Gross National Happiness. For centuries Bhutan was almost completely cut off from the outside world. The Buddhist nation began opening up in the 1970s after years of seclusion. Since 2008 Bhutan has gone through dramatic changes with a transition from a monarchy to a two-party parliamentary democracy and the introduction of free press and more western-styled media.

Courtesy of Frontline

Since the Ebola epidemic started over a year ago in a remote village in Guinea, an estimated 10,000 people have died. Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary, Outbreak, airing on SDPB1-TV at 9, CT; 8, MT,  investigates the epidemic that devastated West Africa. Filmmaker and journalist Dan Edge joined Dakota Midday and discussed the outbreak's origins and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

Courtesy of Frontline

Two years ago, a federal judge sentenced American-born David Coleman Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in planning the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 160 people.

Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary produced in collaboration with ProPublica, American Terrorist, reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching Headley and the Mumbai plotters and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.

Korean Economic Institute

According to the Korea Economic Institute, South Korea is the 7th largest destination for exports of South Dakota goods, the majority from food manufacturing. Exports from the state have grown by more than a third since the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2011.

NASA

U.S. connections with Ireland go back to at least the 19th century when a large number of Irish immigrated here. Along with those historical and cultural ties, the U.S. and Ireland also have a strong relationship based on economics and trade.

South Dakotan Represents at World Horse Show

Oct 4, 2012

A South Dakotan is making good at a world championship horse show. 

The American Quarter Horse Association Novice World Championships are now underway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The competition includes horse confirmation, showmanship, and horsemanship.

Heather Basham and her mare "One Hot Molly" took 7th place in the Halter Class.   Basham says it takes hours of preparation to prepare the horses for show and years of daily work to ready the horse for national competition.