Friday, October 21, 2011
“The [US presidential] election is much more about Americans losing their jobs than about Gaddafi losing his head.”
--Glen Bolger, a Republican pollster
Give peace a chance: Gilani tells Clinton - bnlive.in.com: "[Paskistan PM Yousuf Raza] Gilani said both countries [USA and Pakistan] should complement each other in countering terrorism and their relationship should 'go beyond terrorism'.
Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria - Reuel Marc Gerecht, Bloomberg: "With Qaddafi’s fall and next week’s elections in Tunisia, the odds are decent that the Great Arab Revolt will start to shake Algeria. ... One thing is certain, if revolt comes to Algeria, anger at the U.S. will probably swell. Twenty years ago, France was still the omnipresent devil. In the popular imagination today, Washington has replaced Paris as the backer of tyranny. In 2002, William Burns, an assistant secretary of state, remarked in Algiers that the U.S. 'has much to learn from Algeria on ways to fight terrorism.' This solicitation has continued under President Barack Obama. Last month, the State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, Daniel Benjamin, was in Algiers. At a counterterrorist conference hosted by the government, he saw an opportunity 'for our officials to learn from the experiences of other allied countries, in particular our North African partners. Our bilateral cooperation with the Algerian government in the battle against terrorism is now stronger than it has ever been,' he said, covering 'issues of public diplomacy, economics, and military aid.'"
Cheers, shrugs as locals react to Gadhafi's death - timesunion.com: "Robert Gosende, visiting professor of public diplomacy at the University at Albany and a career diplomat who served in the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from 1967 to 1969 ... [:] 'It's very good that Libya will now come to a different political order. The great question is what will that political order be,' Gosende
Feds Bust Student Exchange Program: After complaints of labor abuses, Hillary Clinton concludes the State Department’s venerable exchange plan isn’t working. Lois Romano on how a well-intentioned program spun out of control - Lois Romano, Daily Beast: "The State Department’s summer cultural-exchange program is supposed to be a uniting exercise in public diplomacy, bringing 100,000 eager foreign students here to work in fun jobs, and use their earnings to travel to fun places. In theory, at least, they return home with gauzy thoughts and memories of the United States. It was quite embarrassing, therefore, when 200 students walked off their factory jobs at a Pennsylvania Hershey plant in August, protesting exploitative working conditions.
How about this? Jones the doper now a diplomat for US - Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune: "[T]his news item from the Associated Press popped across the transom Thursday: 'Former U.S. track star Marion Jones is telling children in Croatia to think hard about making big decisions, saying she wished she had done so. Jones was in Croatia Thursday on behalf of the U.S. State Department, an international opportunity for her to continue rehabilitating her tarnished image after a career brought down by doping.' ... I called the State Department Thursday to ask about the decision to have Jones traveling through the former Yugoslavia (she was in Serbia earlier this week), giving basketball clinics and speeches under the aegis of the U.S. government. State Department spokesperson Nicole Thompson gave me a statement explaining that Jones' appearances were part of 'our embassies'
Open Hands Initiative founder Jay Snyder addresses the GlobalPost/Open Hands Initiative 'Covering a Revolution' Fellowship: TRANSCRIPT: Snyder spoke to a group of journalists, academics, activists and government representatives about building person-to-person relationships - globalpost.com: Snyder: "I’ve long believed that there is a role for the private sector to give back and help shape the public diplomacy of their own country. Like many around the world, I felt a new spirit of cooperation that President Barack Obama inspired when he pledged to extend an open hand of friendship and dialogue to all people of the world. In 2009, my wife Tracy and I founded the Open Hands Initiative. We are an independent, privately funded, non-profit organization. Our goal is to promote diplomacy between 'ordinary' citizens We are not an aid organization, nor an organization that aims to extol the virtues of U.S. values. The mission of the Open Hands Initiative is to listen... to understand... to engage…. and bring people together to work toward a greater goal. In all of our activities we seek to understand the communities in which we enter and help them understand us. ... We focus primarily on the Middle East — a crucial region of the world where we, the American people, have the much to learn. And we go where the relationships between countries are complicated."
Nordic Day in D.C. Schools - The Slow Cook: "Coinciding perfectly with my recent school food fact finding mission to Sweden, the D.C. Public Schools next week are holding a 'Nordic Day,' supported by several local embassies. As well as a menu of classic nordic foods
for all 45,000 DCPS students, the embassies will be providing musical entertainment and other activities at individual schools. The Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, together with the D.C. Public Schools’ Office of Food and Nutrition Services and the DC Embassy Adoption Program, will bring Nordic food to all 45,000 D.C. Public School students at 125 DC schools on Nordic Food Day, DCPS’ first ever celebration of international food and culture. ... [Among those participating with which embassy] Kenilworth Elementary School Embassy of Denmarks ... NE Lunch: tbd * Chef Trina Hahnemann will share Danish food and talk about eating healthy and sharing a meal at home with your family *Get your photo taken with a real live ‘Tivoli Guard’ *Piano music, face painting and lots of fun the happy Danish way! Media Contact: Pernille Florin Elbech Senior Advisor, Public Diplomacy and Press : email@example.com O: 202.797.5362 C: 202.320.0098." Image from
“Spread the Love” | Featured: Uncornered Market - the-globe-less-traveled.com: "What is Uncornered Market? Uncornered Market is the award winning travel blog from Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott – two highly educated adventurers who left their secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle in Prague back in 2006, and have since been traveling the world, taking photographs and sharing stories about people from all walks of life.
From Foot Soldier to Finance Minister: Takahashi Korekiyo, Japan's Keynes (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Review - Auto Detailing Business: "For anybody interested in Japanese history from 1868 (the start of the Meiji era) till the 1930s, and especially the financial aspects thereof, this fascinating biography is a must-read. [But] I was ... personally disappointed that there was only a brief mention of Kaneko Kentaro who travelled from Japan to the U.S. on the same boat as Takahashi in February-March 1904. (See Masayoshi Matsumura, Baron Kaneko and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05): A Study in the Public Diplomacy of Japan which I translated into English." Image from article
President Obama points to value of ‘collective action’ in Libya - Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post: How President Obama helped bring about the end of a long-standing American antagonist in Libya captures in microcosm the vast difference in the way he and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have employed diplomacy and military power against their declared enemies.
Obama chose the right course on Libya - David Ignatius, Washington Post: What was good about President Obama’s cautious, back-seat approach to Libya was that it denied Gaddafi the final, apocalyptic confrontation with the United States that he craved. Obama's vision of opposing Gaddafi through a broad, international coalition — in which other nations shared the burden, for a change — worked out pretty well.
Libya after Kadafi: The U.S. and its allies contributed to his downfall. Now they must aid in the country's recovery - Editorial, latimes.com: The U.S. intervention in Libya isn't comparable to the commitments
Gadhafi and the Swindle of Dictatorship: We needn't dispatch our forces to all lands of trouble, but our burden of celebrating liberty on foreign shores endures - Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal: This hadn't been a mission that President Obama, the steward of American power, had wanted, but the threat of massive slaughter, and the pressure from France and Britain, settled the matter. This was the luck of the Libyans. America was half-in and "led from behind," but the dictator's fate was sealed.
Colonel Qaddafi’s End - Editorial, New York Times: Earlier this week, on a visit to Tripoli, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States will provide $40 million
Foreign aid shouldn’t be first thing on the chopping block - Matthew Wallin, thehill.com: Foreign assistance creates long lasting partnerships with countries and foreign publics—partnerships that benefit the national security of the United States. By helping to educate, empower, employ, and befriend people in other countries, we decrease instability that we have ended up spending trillions to combat. Via PR.
American Troops In Afghanistan Burn Bill O’Reilly’s Book - Stephen D. Foster Jr., progressivenewsdaily.com: Rather than read Bill O’Reilly’s book ‘Pinheads and Patriots,’ American soldiers at an outpost in Afghanistan burned them. According to a Tumblr maintained by a soldier serving in Afghanistan, “Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington — Patriot; George Soros — Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap.
Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes: The bipartisan Senate bill would allow foreigners who spend at least $500,000 on a residential property to obtain visas allowing them to live in the United States - Jim Puzzanghera and Lauren Beale, latimes.com: American consumers and the federal government haven't been able to bail out the sinking U.S. real estate market. Now wealthy Chinese, Canadians and other foreign buyers could get their chance. Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would allow foreigners who spend at least $500,000 on residential property to obtain visas allowing them to live in the United States."Many people want to come and live in the United States," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who introduced the legislation Thursday along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Supreme Leader: Iran is moving forward despite enemies' plots - Islamic Republic News Agency: Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Thursday Iran is moving forward despite the enemies’ conspiracies. “The political, economic and security and propaganda campaign of the world arrogance against Iran is a clear cut evidence of Iranians’ rapid movement toward their goals and causes,“ the Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with executive directors in Kermanshah.
Anti-Israel Propaganda Creeps Into World of Grand Opera - Myron Kaplan, camera.org: Recent manifestations of the global spread of anti-Israel propaganda in the world of grand opera include an unjustifiably sympathetic portrayal of Palestinian murderers (John Adams' recent opera, The Death of Klinghoffer); an opera (Hannah Conway‘s When I Am Old) inspired by the mythology of Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist who lost her life in 2003 trying to block Israeli bulldozers clearing an area used
Kim Crushed 70 Invaders! - Lee Seok Young, dailynk.com: North Korea has used the fixed-line ‘3rd Broadcast’ system to issue propaganda describing last year’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island as a great military victory for Kim Jong Eun in the face of direct U.S.-South Korean military threat. With characteristic bravado, the attack was today called “The greatest victory, as Comrade General Kim Jong Eun fought and defeated 70 American soldiers all alone.” Ordinarily, propaganda aimed at the North Korean people is delivered via Chosun Central Broadcast, the state radio broadcaster, and TV, but when the state prefers outside ears to hear less of what it is saying, 3rd Broadcast is employed.
Hype builds around North Korea’s look-alike hotel - koreaherald.com: The butt of countless jokes, the North Korean capital Pyongyang’s Ryukyong Hotel was the monolithic structure dominating the city’s skyline that seemed to be a veritable “white elephant.” Work started on the 105-story, pyramid-shaped building in 1987 with hopes of being opened just two years later. But four years on, and still very much a work in progress, construction ground to a halt under the pressure of a groaning economy at a time when North Korea was about to enter the worst ravages of the famine it faced during the 1990s. Now, with work restarted after a 15-year hiatus thanks to a $400 million investment by the Egyptian firm Orascom, London’s unfinished ― and perhaps almost equally incongruous ― building the Shard is drawing decidedly unfavorable comparisons to the Ryukyong.Both are slated to be “complete” next year ― the Shard in time for the 2012 London Olympics. With current North Korean leader Kim Jong-il jockeying to deliver on his promise that his country will be a “prosperous” nation in time for his father and “Eternal President” Kim Il-sung’s 100th birthday celebrations, some
Indo-Afghan pact and realities - Eschmall Sardar, pakobserver.net: An article “Afghanistan-India Pact Defeats Pakistan Army” (Oct 13) highlights the rejoicing mood of India on signing the strategic partnership agreement, the first ever of its kind in the region. The Indo-Afghan strategic pact is being viewed as a double-pronged military alliance drawing simile with Allies-Russo nexus, painting scenarios of Normandy-landing. The present situation needs to be carefully monitored and the scathing propaganda be carefully and strongly responded before it is too late.
Vatican asks Hindus to fight anti-Christian propaganda - AFP, wwrn.org: The Vatican on Thursday asked Hindus to fight "hateful propaganda" and allow Christians to practise their religion freely, in a message delivered to mark the upcoming festival of light, Diwali. The message, signed by the head and deputy head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Pier Luigi Celata, comes as the number of Christians persecuted in certain regions of India rises. Image from
Hitler's war boast exposed as a myth: Unpublished letters disprove claim that he was blinded in action by a British mustard gas attack - Dalya Alberge, The Independent: A notorious propaganda story told by Adolf Hitler about himself can now be exposed as a lie. The Führer claimed that the First World War ended for him when he was blinded in a British mustard gas attack, but previously unpublished letters
Moscow Nightlife: Sunday to Saturday – Where to go - Two-Zero, moscow-blog.com: Propaganda – Gay Night (if you feel like it). Naomi Campbell was seen at that party already (she’s currently with a Russian oligarch and in Moscow sometimes).
CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years - Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY: Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
ON WINSTON CHURCHILL
"I had not realised what a horrid little fellow he was -- like some sort of maggot. He has thin nervous limp sort of hands. He looks like a drug-taker, or at least if there was something wrong to be ashamed of ... I happened to be next to him
--Diarist A.C. Benton (August 1915); cited in The Times Literary Supplement (October 14, 2011), p. 10; Churchill as a young man image from