"You never hear of anyone dying of happiness."
--Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old runner who this week became the world's oldest person to complete a full-length marathon, crossing the line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront event in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. (And he didn't finish last: five came in after him.); image and text from; via AB on facebook
Is China Top Dog in The Great Game? - Walter Russell, Via Meadia: "Aaron Friedberg – formerly of the Bush administration, now Asia-Pacific adviser for Romney – wants Americans to get their heads back into the Asian Great Game. From his WaPo interview: ['] ... In addition to public diplomacy, the U.S. government should continue to support the development of software that may make it easier for citizens of countries with repressive regimes to access the Internet without fear of surveillance. ... ['] For now, let me just say that I think Aaron Friedberg’s take is an
Putin and the US Senate - Anna Borshchevskaya, New Atlanticist: "On October 12, the U.S. Senate held a hearing to confirm National Security Council official Michael McFaul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. McFaul used his testimony to defend the Obama administration’s 'reset' policy, even though the policy has neither reversed the antagonism
US mission unveils Web-based Virtual AIT World - Shih Hsiu-chuan, Taipei Times: "The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday became the only US mission abroad that runs a Web-based virtual program to promote US public diplomacy. With the program, the AIT hopes to let Taiwanese know that the AIT 'is not only a place where they come to apply for visas,' but that it 'provides many other wonderful things' for them to discover, AIT spokesperson Christopher Kavanagh said at the launch of Virtual AIT World. During the initial stage of the program, the AIT will share online three of its most popular exhibits — 'American Footsteps in Taiwan,' 'Dr Sun Yat-sen and the United States' and 'Picturing America.' ... AIT spokesperson Sheila Paskman said the AIT obtained a lump sum of US$40,000 to create Virtual AIT World after its application for a grant from the US Department of State was approved. ... The AIT is the only US overseas mission to run a virtual program, she said." See also
Experience America New Orleans - Taken Question, Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC: "Established in 2007, Experience America is a public diplomacy program aimed at educating other nations about America and strengthening our bonds economically, socially and politically with countries around the globe. The goal of Experience America is to share the best of our nation with senior foreign officials and foster new, mutually beneficial relationships with the American communities they visit.
State Department Persian-Language Spokesman Addresses Iranian-American Community - cpayvand.com: "As the Persian-Language Spokesman, [Alan] Eyre’s role allows the U.S. State Department to more routinely communicate with Iranians in a timely manner. Eyre discussed new mediums, specifically social media, used by the State Department in engaging Iranians and
Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate - press release, whitehouse.gov: "NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: ... Alfredo J. Balsera, of Florida, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2014, vice Elizabeth F. Bagley, term expired."
Circus Attaché in Moscow - Yale Richmond, American Diplomacy: "It’s not often that an embassy sponsors a tour by a circus but that’s exactly
New strategic plan "aims to make BBG the world’s leading international news agency by 2016." With comments - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting: "USIB, if it aspires to be the leading news agency, must form an alliance within US domestic media. US private news organizations, to protect their credibility, would initially be loath to take money from the government. Any such deal between USIB and US private media must therefore be carefully crafted."
International Media and Government - suapds.wordpress.com: "I am looking forward to learning more about International Broadcasting from the public diplomacy perspective at the second annual symposium 'Building Bridges: The Tools of Public Diplomacy,'
Putin Has Radio Svoboda On His Mind - Charles Dameron, rferl.org: "Dangerous and subversive CIA tool, harmless propaganda organ, or evidence of Russian liberalism? Russian Prime Minister (and once and future president) Vladimir Putin wants to have it every way when it comes to describing RFE/RL's Russian Service, aka Radio Svoboda. ... Putin provided Svoboda with a little backhanded publicity in a prime-time interview aired on October 17 with the heads of Russia's three largest television stations. Responding to a question from NTV's Vladimir Kulistikov about much-needed reforms to Russia's legal system, Putin prefaced his answer by chiding Kulistikov for having once served (1993-96) as a correspondent for Radio Svoboda. 'When I worked for the KGB, we viewed Radio Svoboda as a branch of the CIA. Of course, it was only a propaganda arm, but still. Anyway, such an attitude toward that station was not unfounded. It was funded by the CIA
from, with caption: Did you know that the CIA's Polygraph Division has its own seal? Here it is: antipolygraph.org
China's stagnation not an option - Yong Kwon, Asia Times Online: "Many of the problems facing China, both economic and environmental, will be difficult to resolve autonomously. Therefore, closer ties and cooperation with the international community, and in particular with the US, are in the nation's best interest. ... Washington has to play its part, but so does Beijing. ... Doing business in the US is clearly important and cooperation between the two countries in developing green technology cannot be ignored either. Enhancing public diplomacy and pursuing a more considerate foreign policy in the region can improve American perceptions on China and result in significant long-term returns that better ensure the prosperity of both nations."
A National Security Strategy Document for India - Arvind Gupta, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses: "Making India secure will
South Korea - Spokesperson's Press Briefing, 18 october 2011 - isria.com: "[T]he Foreign Ministry, along with the Korea Foundation and the Center for International Studies at Seoul National University, will co-host the 8th Meeting of the Korea Public Diplomacy Forum at the National Assembly Library on October 19. At the Forum, the participating experts will look into the institutional foundation of Korea’s public diplomacy and engage in a discussion on the 'special bill to invigorate cultural diplomacy' proposed by the National Assembly. Launched in 2010 to invigorate Korea’s public diplomacy, the Korea Public Diplomacy Forum has since functioned as an arena for discussions on the country’s policies on public diplomacy."
Swedish Institute launches Arabic website - The Local.se: Sweden's 'official gateway' on the internet launched an Arabic edition on Wednesday, in an effort to strengthen Sweden's dialogue with the Arabic speaking world. 'We’ve seen that this region is very important for Sweden in many ways, but that they have very little knowledge about Sweden,' Frida Roberts, Head of digital communication for sweden.se, told The Local. 'This is not just another language version of the site, it is locally adapted with everything from imagery, the content, and the technological aspects.' The Swedish Institute (Svenska institutet),
When silence speaks -polcomm.wordpress.com: "South Africa’s public diplomacy is coming under new scrutiny as people ask how can the party of liberation have turned into the party that supported Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Gaddafi when others had turned away. ... Employing better or more public relations experts is not going to help."
Considering Soft Power's Future - Phillip Seib, Huffington Post: "[P]olicymakers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are sophisticated and articulate in their discussions of how to weave public diplomacy into the fabric of British foreign policy. They clearly see that Britain can make public diplomacy work for it, and this is reflected in their promotion of next year's Olympic Games, Queen Elizabeth's 60-year jubilee, and other events to which Britain can lay claim. ... [T]hose at the summit of power ought to contemplate the value of public diplomacy before they feel forced to do so. The UK is a good example of a country that is supplanting muscle with wisdom. If officials at the
The last 65 feet ... - Gary Rawnsley, Public Diplomacy and International relations: "Scholars of public diplomacy are used to hearing about the importance of the 'last three feet' of human contact. When a woman jumped into a lake in Hangzhou (China) and started to panic, an American woman took off her coat, swam the 65 feet
DARPA looking to master propaganda via 'Narrative Networks' - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the semi-secret agency charged with coming up with new and cool ways to protect the citizens of the United States from foreign bad guys, wants to hire someone to figure
Ron Paul: Iran Plot is War Propaganda (Video) - vizfact.com
Britain’s Own Pravda-Style Propaganda - dissidentvoice.org: As ever Western states and corporations are striving relentlessly to maintain control of resources and global markets, and to maximise profits for themselves, with as much force and skullduggery as they can muster. And Western media will provide intellectual cover by selling the resultant theft, slaughter and misery as “stabilisation,” “‘investment” and “the protection of human rights.”
1000 prisoners for one Israeli soldier - Nick Parker, The Sun: Jonathan Shalit, cousin of Gilad, the returned Israeli soldier:
Hillary Clinton: ‘US wants Qaddafi dead’ - rehmat1.wordpress.com: Libya is the third Muslim country occupied by the US-NATO through propaganda lies, distortion of facts and naked military aggression. And in all three cases, Israel has been the driving force behind these propaganda lies and aggressions.
Saudi "Propaganda Center" Sets Up Shop in Vienna - Soeren Kern, Hudson New York: Saudi Arabia is spearheading the establishment of a controversial new "interreligious and intercultural dialogue center" in the Austrian capital Vienna. The King Abdullah Center for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue
Muslim Scholars Issue Fatwa Against ‘Islamophobic Propaganda’ - noshariainamerica.com: Islamic scholars tired of conservative charges that Muslims in the United States constitute a radical fifth column bent on subverting American values and obligated by their religion to launch jihadist terror attacks are fighting back by issuing a fatwa. The Islamic religious ruling, a “Resolution On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans,” is a response to what its authors call “erroneous perceptions and Islamophobic propaganda” that has built up for a decade following the 9/11 attacks and subsequent terrorist plots by adherents of al-Qaida and other extremist groups. It was issued in Virginia late last month by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), a group of Islamic scholars who meet several times a year to draft opinions on issues of concern to American Muslims.
Turkey Remains Strong Ally of the Bosniak People in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anniversary of death of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first president, Alija Izetbegovic, is being commemorated in his country 8 years after his passing - Bosnian Genocide: The late president,
IMAGE (uncaptioned): CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AT ITS BEST
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