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Building Bridges: The Tools of Public Diplomacy: The Association for Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) is a graduate-student organization at Syracuse University (SU) that aims to increase awareness of public diplomacy efforts worldwide. Each year APDS provides the SU campus with an academic journal, regular speakers series and an annual symposium. This year’s symposium focuses on the various tools of the public diplomacy field with a special focus on the implementation of those tools in the Middle East. Taking place on October 27-28, this symposium will expand the SU community’s concept of public diplomacy and reinforce the field’s multidisciplinary nature.
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American policy in shambles, leaders confused - Farrukh Saleem, The News International: "Over the past decade America’s security-related direct overt aid and military reimbursements to Pakistan have amounted to $14.615 billion. On September 22, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Armed Services Committee of the United States Senate that the Haqqani Network is ‘a strategic arm of Pakistan’s Inter- Services Intelligence Agency (ISI)’. First carrots then sticks. Over the past four years, Mullen undertook 27 visits to Pakistan. On September 22, Admiral Mullen made public accusations against the ISI. First private diplomacy, then public diplomacy. To be certain, President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen are all in one team. As a team they use a whole host of tools including carrots, sticks, private diplomacy, public diplomacy, good cop, bad cop and the media. ... The American team, utilizing all its cut-and-dried tools, always offering a ‘combination of rewards and punishments’, is manoeuvring to induce a particular
This is Yousuf Gilani's finest hour - M K Bhadrakumar, Rediff: "Think of it: [Pakistan PM Yousuf] Gilani is dictating today that Pakistan’s dialogue with the US will be 'on the basis of equality and mutual trust.' Then he turns around and tells Afghan President Hamid Karzai not to sit in his palace and sulk but to come out and try to make the best out of a bad situation. He has obtained a formal assurance, meanwhile, from the US that there is no question of American soldiers stepping foot in Waziristan.
Public diplomacy - PakistanToday.com.pk: Public perceptions are an actionable variable, through spin, but only to an extent. Crucial are the other variables, on which the [Pakistani] president, despite his government’s recent show of petulance to the Americans, has no actual control. ... Pakistan, like every other state, has to watch out for itself. But whereas the security establishment wants a seat at the post-American Afghanistan table, our political government, indeed almost our entire mainstream political class, wants something else. They realise that the costs that come with this strategy vastly outweigh any possible benefit that a say in Afghanistan would yield us. Do we risk tearing our very own social fabric to the already immoral end of wanting to control another country? No op-eds, no ads in the Wall Street Journal can begin to affect those variables. Change will come, if at all, from other quarters."
Another Step In The Wrong Direction - Roy Antoun, revolutimes.com: "Drones operate principally as a psychological scare tactic designed to exterminate threats from an altitude non-detectable by ground units and extremely difficult to identify by any radar. Drones sometimes hit wrong targets, kill civilians and attack without warning. In other words, imagine strolling down a sidewalk and, by random, an individual beside you is maimed or shot yet there is no shooter, no one with a gun and no military personnel around you.
Dale Carnegie of the Middle East - John Feffer, balkansproject.ips-dc.org: "U.S. democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East have been based on a bizarre notion: that U.S. society can serve as a model for the region. Talk about a tough sell. Congress is a bruising rugby scrum, and the U.S. economy is a shambles. U.S. warplanes and drones target Muslims abroad, and Islamophobia permeates the political discourse at home. Washington has supported Arab dictators and stood by Israel through thick and thin. We’re telling the world about the benefits of fruits and vegetables and then turning around to sell what looks like wormy apples and rotten tomatoes. No wonder that U.S. public diplomacy has largely fallen flat in the Middle East. As the U.S. brand sits dusty on the shelves, consumers in the Middle East are eagerly lining up for the competing product: Turkey. Here’s a predominantly Muslim country that has become more democratic even as it raises its religious profile. ... Unlike the United States, Turkey has decided that it will no longer put up with Israel. ... Turkey ... is employing the soft power that we generally associate with superpowers such as the United States or the European Union. Turkish diplomats are working as intermediaries in difficult conflicts; Turkish companies are investing billions of dollars overseas; Turkish schools are being established all over the world. The benefits that accrue to Turkey are enormous. ... Turkey is not all soft power. The Turkish military may have lost much of its political power with the arrest and resignation of a whole tier of generals, but the government still spends more on arms than any other country in the Middle East except Saudi Arabia. ... Turkey ... has become the Dale Carnegie
of the region: winning friends and influencing people for thousands of miles around." Image of Russian translation of Carnegie book from
Iranian Pastor Faces Death Penalty; International Community Weighs In - Sarah Torre, blog.heritage.org: "A young Iranian pastor currently faces the death penalty for refusing to recant his Christian faith. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was charged with apostasy for supposedly converting from Islam as a teenager and was sentenced to death last week when he refused to renounce his beliefs
Public Schedule for October 4, 2011 - Public Schedule, U.S. Department of State: "COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAMS DAWN MCCALL: Coordinator McCall is on foreign travel to Kyiv and the Crimea, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia through October 5 to co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Media Subgroup."
US State Dept’s fidgety, persistent efforts to control Al Jazeera - Brenda Norrell, revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com: "The US State Department’s obsession with Al Jazeera, as exposed by Wikileaks in the US diplomatic cables, is a good read for most anyone, especially journalists. Al Jazeera’s top director has already resigned. Still, four years of cables, 2005-2009, reveal how the United States demanded that Al Jazeera pander to US officials and the US perspective. ... The US cables expose the US Ambassadors and US State Department’s persistent,
According to these two, VOA reports only about the USA and should be reintegrated with US foreign policy - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting: Washington Times, 28 Sept 2011, John Lenczowski: "'The BBG argues that broadcasts will continue to China by Radio Free Asia (RFA). Fine and good. But RFA has a different mission than VOA. It, like Radio Free Europe, is designed to serve as a 'surrogate domestic free press' whose programming concerns developments within China itself - news and information suppressed by the communist regime. The VOA has a separate and equally important mission. It explains U.S. policy and helps foreign audiences understand America. Both missions are essential and cannot effectively be melded into a single station.' Heritage Foundation, 30 Sept 2011, Helle Dale: 'Close congressional oversight would be a good beginning, and the long-term objective should be reintegration of the BBG into the U.S. government’s foreign policy strategy and organization. The firewall of independence from day-to-day political influence that the BBG was designed to represent has too often become a justification for rebuffing legitimate congressional concerns or even State Department priorities. As the BBG moves forward with its strategic review and planning, it is clear now that Congress should be a partner.' [Elliott comment:] If Dr. Lenczowski's description of VOA were true, VOA would have a much smaller audience than it does now. If Mrs. Dale's vision for USIB is fulfilled, even that small audience would disappear. A bit of research would have revealed that VOA's Chinese output is hardly limited to U.S. policy and information about America. VOA Chinese provides extensive coverage about China, and, in fact, has entire programs devoted to the subject.
Not exactly news, but Alhurra and VOA Persian News Network make use of social media - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting: "Amid all this social media frenzy, overlooked is the fact that international broadcasters were soliciting, and receiving, and using comments, questions, suggestions, and feedback from the audience decades before the internet came along. This was via international airmail, a miraculous and underrated means of communication. Some listeners used to send me audio cassettes, excerpts of which which were sometimes inserted into my weekly VOA program."
VOA Korean reporter travels to North Korea, where officials tell him "VOA is very important" - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
In OPM job satisfaction survey, response rate from BBG is up, but satisfaction ratings are still near bottom - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
Freedom of speech in Fiji - Jenny Hayward-Jones, Lowy Interpreter: "Conducting opinion polls in countries without democracy and freedom of speech is hardly new or controversial. The highly respected US-based Pew Research Center has conducted opinion polls as part of its Global Attitudes Project in 57 countries since 2002,
Blogger Blogpreneur Nusantara Indonesia - rosis.net: [Google translation from the Indonesian] "For political terms alone, the world was shocked perblogan Indonesia diplomatic cable leaked to the release of embassy United States (U.S.) in Jakarta by WikiLeaks. Dalam dokumen tersebut diungkapkan kalau blogger di Indonesia (secara langsung maupun tidak langsung) telah dimanfaatkan untuk kepentingan AS. In the document disclosed that the bloggers in Indonesia (directly or indirectly) has been utilized for U.S. interests. Kawat diplomtaik tersebut kurang lebih mengungkapkan bagaimana strategi AS dalam memanfaatkan media social untuk kepentingan AS. Diplomtaik wire is more or less reveals how the U.S. strategy in using social media to U.S. interests. Strategi itu sendiri dinamakan Public Diplomacy 2.0. The strategy is named Public Diplomacy 2.0."
Nations are exploiting power of 'weiplomacy' - Qin Zhongwei, China Daily: "The world became a smaller and flatter place thanks to the Internet. But with the emergence of Weibo, the micro blog, cyberspace has again become multidimensional, as Weibo has been chosen as the most effective and immediate platform for people to say not only who they are, but also how they got that way. The micro blog frenzy continues to expand, spreading to the Chinese and foreign embassies in China. In the West, it's called 'twitplomacy' - after Twitter.
In China, 'weiplomacy' has come into being in this country with nearly 500 million netizens and 195 million micro-bloggers. So far, a large number of foreign embassies and international organizations in Beijing have registered their accounts on China's various micro blog service providers. The list of nations includes the United States, Japan, India, Thailand, Belgium and many others, covering nearly all the major continents. ... [T]hese micro blogs have become an unofficial platform for the foreign missions to release and update official news that they want to reach the public. ... The up-to-the-minute news and messages these embassies post show that the micro blog has become the medium of choice for foreign diplomatic agencies to conduct public diplomacy. While diplomatic events and news conferences, for example, were previously open only to diplomats and journalists, times have changed. Anyone interested in diplomacy can now become involved with the help of these modern media. ... 'Public diplomacy no longer solely depends on official channels. The communication forms will become increasingly diversified, digitalized and public-oriented in the future,' said Yu Guoming, a communications professor at Renmin University of China." Image from article, with caption: The micro blog services launched by various foreign embassies in China.
Children of Greek nationals could solve Istanbul Greek school problem - Ariana Ferentinou, Hurriyet Daily News: "It is already more than a month since the Turkish government made the historic decision to restore property taken from minority foundations through a dubious 1936 law to these communities. This impressive shift in the approach of the official Turkish state, which mainly affects the Greek, Armenian, Jewish and Syriac minorities, was hailed as a major step toward making the members of the religious minorities in Turkey feel as equal partners with the rest of society. This new decree, duly hailed as a “revolutionary” step, was announced by the Turkish prime minister himself during the last “iftar” dinner on the Aug. 28 in the presence of the religious leaders of all historical minorities in Turkey in the gardens of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
International workshop in İstanbul puts Arab Spring on agenda - todayszaman.com: "An international workshop in İstanbul has put the Arab Spring on the agenda as it will discuss the transition from dictatorship to democracy with the attendance of high-ranking participants from more than 50 countries including Europe, the US, the Arab Spring region and Turkey. The Arab Spring-oriented workshop is scheduled to convene on Thursday to discuss and analyze the developments that have paved the way for the Arab Spring, as well as the current conditions and the possible direction the developments may take in the future. The two-day-long event is to be co-hosted by the Public Diplomacy Coordinator’s Office and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University (ACMCU), to produce solid suggestions for the nations of the Arab Spring to obtain the democracy have been aiming for."
Revolt In Syria: An Alternative View From Iran - Maysam Behravesh, Eurasia Review: "A key component of Tehran’s regional public diplomacy, which gained momentum after the outbreak of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has been its extensive efforts to project itself as a revolutionary proponent of the downtrodden, the oppressed, the disenfranchised, or the dispossessed of the region. Iran’s unwavering support for Damascus in the face of the latter’s
Broadcasting from London: Inside the FCO - Ren’s Micro Diplomacy: "The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is only open to the public twice per year.
Thor - Paul Rockower, Levantine: "After watching the surprisingly good Captain America, I returned to the previous Marvel movie Thor. Thor had received some good reviews when it came out, and was directed by Keneth Branaugh so I thought it might be promising. ... There
Meet Our New Public Diplomacy Fellow, Mary Jeffers - "Our new Public Diplomacy Fellow, Mary Jeffers, came to the School of Media and Public Affairs to fulfill a desire to reimmerse herself in academia and share her experiences as a Public Affairs Officer with the Department of State. After working in public diplomacy since 1985, Jeffers certainly has much expertise she is eager to share. Most recently, Jeffers spent the last three years at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. ... In the early 2000s,
Meet the newest member of BrandHaiti Professor Bernard Simonin - brand-haiti.org: "Professor Bernard Simonin is the Executive Director of Marketing for BrandHaiti and a member of our Board of Directors. He has been a faculty member at Tufts University since 1999. He is Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Faculty Affiliate at the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard Kennedy School where he is a lead research
USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy Advisory board … - therectorgroup.com: "Gary Knell, Center on Public Diplomacy advisory board member and CEO of Sesame Workshop, has been named the new president and CEO of NPR."
La corsa repubblicana alla Casa Bianca: ne rimarrà soltanto uno - Enrico Cellini, meridianionline.org: "Enrico Cellini [:]
Financial PR Pioneer Pincus Dies at 78 - Jack O'Dwyer, O'Dwyer's PR News: [subscription]. From google entry: "[Theodore H. Pincus] also has been a leading advocate of more open, responsive US government public diplomacy policies."
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY (September 25-October 3)
US tries 'friendship song' diplomacy in Pakistan - Claire Truscott, AFP: "Pakistan and the United States set aside an escalating row over proxy warfare for a night of musical fusion by the moonlit shores of a lake, hoping to cement public friendships, and all that jazz. In Washington, the White House exacerbated tensions with more demands that Islamabad clamp down on the Al-Qaeda-linked network blamed for attacks on US targets in Kabul, but in the Pakistani capital, diplomats trod a softer path. Hosting a concert by the shores of Rawal Lake, the US embassy brought together America's 'Ari Roland Jazz Quartet'
Running out of options in Pakistan, US tries to improve relations with jazz music - Sebastian Abbott, Associated Press, startribune.com: "Carrots haven't worked with Pakistan. Neither have sticks. Now the U.S. has enlisted the power of jazz music to improve relations with Pakistanis at a time when the important alliance has hit rock bottom. The Ari Roland Jazz Quartet certainly faced a daunting task. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars over the past 10 years to win Pakistan's support in fighting al-Qaida and Taliban militants and turn around rampant anti-American sentiment in the country. Now, Congress is threatening to cut off funding given the lack of results. The performances are part of a recent stepped-up effort by the U.S. Embassy to sponsor cultural events in Pakistan. Already this year, an American director has staged Neil Simon's play 'The Odd Couple.'
U.S.-Pakistan relations hit rock bottom, send in the jazz quartet - Peter Hum, blogs.ottawacitizen.com:
Brooklynite and Band Take Jazz Cross Continent - Brooklyn Daily Eagle: "Bennett Paster of Kensington, a member of jazz band Paul Beaudry and Pathways, will soon tour as a musical ambassador to Central and South Asia on behalf of 'The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad.' The Rhythm Road is a cultural diplomacy program
"Cuba's Youngest Cultural Ambassadors Make Rare U.S. Appearance" - press release, PR Newswire: "La Colmenita, an internationally acclaimed Cuban children's theater group and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is bringing its high-energy mix of theatrics and song to Washington, New York and San Francisco, with a private performance at the United Nations Oct. 24. The Oct. 15-29 tour, which is sponsored by the New York-based Brownstone Foundation, will give American audiences a unique opportunity to meet some of Cuba's most talented young people, a generation that has been raised in the shadow of a decades-long U.S. embargo. ... During its two-week visit, the cast of La Colmenita looks forward to forging friendships with young Americans. Their visit comes at an important moment in U.S.-Cuba relations, with leaders in both countries acknowledging the importance of cultural diplomacy." See also.
Pop culture the new soft power tool in East Asia diplomacy - Radio Australia: "Countries in East Asia are increasingly looking to pop culture, as an instrument of 'soft power'. And the 'soft power' competition is alive and well in East Asia, with not just financial returns at stake, but also as a positive influence in the attitudes of target or importing countries. Professor Chua Beng-Huat of the National University of Singapore has been looking at Asia's 'soft power' competition. Presenter: Sen Lam Speaker: Professor Chua Beng-Huat, National University of Singapore. Professor Chua was at the University of Melbourne as a MacGeorge Visiting Fellow ... CHUA: If you look at the media culture in the last ten, fifteen years in East Asia, and I will include China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and even Singapore, by virtue of its 75 percent Chinese population, there's actually been two very popular waves of, particularly television drama material - first the Japanese, then the Korean, what we've come to call 'the Korean wave', which includes popular music. In those instances, both Japan and Korea, the government has been very supportive of their popular culture export industry and explicitly formulated foreign policy, part of cultural diplomacy around the popularity of its export product, suggesting that they should maximise the popularity of their television and pop music as a way of influencing the target audience - in this case, predominantly, the ethnic Chinese audience. LAM: So this
Cultures of China: An Exposition – Teshu Singh, eurasiareview.com: "Culture is the bedrock of soft power projection. Keenly aware of this, the People’s Republic of China has started a touring cultural exposition – the ‘Cultures of China’ aimed at North America, Japan and Southeast Asia. The tour was inaugurated on 6 September 2011 in Vancouver and is likely to end by 25 September 2011.This exposition celebrates the centennial of the Xinhai Revolution (1911) showcasing the spotlight on the achievements of Sun Yat-sen. It largely celebrates the PRC’s ethnic diversity through song and dance. ... China
Saudi Arabia brings cultural, religious exotica to India - Times of India: "Sugary dates, Persian calligraphy, colourful contemporary art, henna designs and holy Zamzam water from Mecca are some of the exotic flavours from Saudi Arabia in the culture corridor of the capital this week.A week-long Saudi Arabia cultural showcase - one of the biggest ever in India - is on here from Sep 27-Oct 1 with an arts blitz at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the festival is the first initiative of the cultural wing of the ministry of external affairs to build
Twitterati Hanif gets Indian visa, and a 'liar' tag as well - Aditya Kaul, Daily News & Analysis: "It’s a case of exploding ‘tempers’ and ‘missing pages’ here, rather than mangoes. And it’s a thriller in the making, even before Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, who authored the best selling A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008), has landed here. Two days after Hanif’s tweets about India inviting him and then refusing visa, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations said Hanif is lying and his visa got delayed because his passport did not have a page where it could be stamped. ... ICCR is involved in cultural diplomacy and has the task of promoting India as a soft power. ICCR is supporting the Kovalam Literary festival, to be held from October 1-2 in Thiruvananthapuram. It’s the ICCR that is facilitating Hanif’s visit. 'And if his file had been lost how would he have got his visa,' Goel [director general, ICCR, Suresh Kumar Goel] said. Hanif was granted visa on Wednesday."
Royal Opera House All Set To Dazzle The World: The ROHM will be a cultural and artistic icon that will change the cultural landscape of the region, writes David Solomon - omantribune.com: "At long last, the Royal Opera House Muscat, is ready to emerge on Muscat’s perennially lively and amazing cultural landscape, like some beautiful and ethereal apparition, (but which is all too real), or perhaps like an elusive and bewitching prima donna, all set for it eagerly-awaited debut on October 14.
Korean embassy to host Beautiful Harmony concert - Times of Oman: MUSCAT: The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Muscat will be hosting an event titled ‘Beautiful Harmony Concert’ by Beautiful Mind Charity Ensemble at the Conference Hall of Sultan Qaboos University at 7pm on October 2. ... The embassy has chosen Sultan Qaboos University as the venue hoping the concert would be a good chance to introduce Korea’s traditional music and instruments to SQU students in the light of promotion of people-to-people exchange between the two countries. ... . Beautiful Mind Charity (BMC) is a philanthropic organisation that pursues cultural diplomacy aiming to share love with the less privileged sections of the society around the world through diverse cultural activities. It was officially established in Korea on March 13, 2007 with recognition by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. BMC has also established its chapters in the US and Hong Kong." See also.
Rude Food: Neighbourhood watch - Hindustan Times: "I am not sure if I should be talking about this but a television channel is planning a massive food show that pitches a team of Pakistani chefs versus an Indian team.
Mashhad to host intl. conference on religious tourism - Tehran Times: "Scholars and researchers from 20 countries are coming to Iran to attend the first international conference on religion and the culture of pilgrimage running for two days on October 6 and 7. Organized by the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the conference will be held in Mashhad, home to the holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS), ICRO director Mohammad-Baqer Khorramshad said here on Sunday.
Cyprus – Russia Gala boost to Radiomarathon - Irina Bykova, Financial Mirror: "The closeness of relations between Cyprus and Russia has been developed beyond business and economic cooperation and is extensively complemented by a palette of cultural events held with the participation of leading Russian artists and emerging talents. During the past five years, the Cyprus – Russia Gala has been marked as one of the most
Caught and Social: Batman stars suffer daylight rubbery - Luke Blackall, The Independent: "Today’s rock is no good for Noel [:] Noel Gallagher does his bit for cultural diplomacy as he promotes his solo album High Flying Birds inMilan. In a recent interview, the singer called his former band Oasis 'the last great, traditional rock’n'roll band'. Describing the present state of rock’n’roll as 'really f***ing bad now', he told NME what was needed was a certain 'someone somewhere like Ian Brown, Liam [Gallagher] or Bobby Gillespie, or a songwriter like me who can retell the story.' Presumably that person will also need his gift for modesty."
Gay McDonald: Senior Lecturer School of Art History and Art Education at University of New South Wales - theconversation.edu.au: "Gay McDonald's Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution enabled her to continue research on the French involvement in the launch of American art, design and architecture in postwar France. ... She is
Death of al-Qaeda cleric puts wrench in propaganda machineBy Jim Michaels, usatoday.com: As al-Qaeda's military capabilities have declined, it has become increasingly dependent on its message to stay in the global spotlight, a strategy undermined by the death of one of its chief propagandists, terrorism experts say. Propaganda has long been a priority of al-Qaeda and its affiliates, but its role has grown in prominence. "It was out of necessity," said Jarret Brachman,
Don't give up on Pakistan: Is Islamabad backing terrorists? Even if it is, the alliance is crucial to both countries - Editorial, latimes.com: The fallout from last week's explosive Senate testimony by Adm. Michael G. Mullen, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in which he called the militant Haqqani network "a veritable arm" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency is still causing damage at home and in Pakistan.
Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World: Can Washington Move from Pacific Power to Pacific Partner? - John Feffer, TomDispatch: Isn’t it time for America to gracefully acknowledge that its years as the Pacific superpower are over and think creatively about how to be a pacific partner instead?
Foreign Aid Set to Take a Hit in U.S. Budget Crisis - Steven Lee Myers, New York Times: America’s budget crisis at home is forcing the first significant cuts in overseas aid in nearly two decades, a retrenchment that officials and advocates say reflects the country’s diminishing ability to influence the world. As lawmakers scramble to trim the swelling national debt, both the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate have proposed slashing financing for the State Department and its related aid agencies at a time of desperate humanitarian crises and uncertain political developments.
from, under the headline: Budget crisis be damned, F$U pays to save Bowden victories and following text: "Amid a budget crisis perhaps more severe than any it has faced in its history, Florida State University has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consulting and attorney fees relating to the university's on-going academic fraud case, according to documents released to the Orlando Sentinel through public records requests."
Propaganda and Lies: A Collector's Guide - maysaloon.org: One (of several) images, with the caption: This one is a bit simplistic,
NKorea accuses SKorea of airing propaganda broadcasts via North’s TV frequency - Associated Press, washingtonpost.com
Russia: Racial Propaganda in the State-Owned Media - Will Partlett, globalvoicesonline.org: In 2005, the Pentagon - desperate to capture the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people - paid millions to Iraqi newspapers to ensure that pro-American stories would appear in the Iraqi press. These techniques of misinformation and misdirection are particularly widespread across Russia. Drawing on a rich tradition of “political technology” honed under both the Tsarist and Soviet police states, the Russian media are now rife with paid stories (vbros) planted to advance specific agendas. The smoke and mirrors characterizing Russian public life is often unimaginably difficult for the outsider to decipher. A recent example suggests this phenomenon reaches far further than the release of pictures of politicians in bed with prostitutes or false reports of candidate deaths on the eve of an election. Last Thursday, Vesti FM’s Ksenia Krikheli - a seemingly mild-mannered journalist who normally covers local issues like schools - published an article [ru] on a small Moscow suburb in Liubertsy called Krasnaya Gorka. In an article laced with racial stereotypes and innuendo, Ms. Krikheli reported how local residents were living in fear as their quiet suburb was being transformed into an “African ghetto” overrun by an influx of unruly, violent, and sex-crazed African migrants. Ms. Krikheli described a “local” population unable to sleep and scared to venture onto the streets because of late night African drum playing, African prostitution (women supposedly asking
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