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1950s Tulsa in Cold War propaganda film, batesline.com: "The 15 minute film was part of the Cities in America series, produced by the United States Information Service, the Cold War-era organization that used a variety of media to promote a positive image for America overseas."
Obama’s Iran Failure: Israel turns up the heat - Lee Smith, weeklystandard.com: "After more than half a year of relative quiet as the Arab Spring rolled through the Middle East, the Israeli government has helped shift the regional conversation back to Iran. It’s hardly surprising that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are reportedly in favor of a strike since their historical legacies might rest on how the Iranian issue is resolved. However, the fact that Israel’s president Shimon Peres now calls military action 'more and more likely'
Influential Caribbean Women Pt. 4 - dccaribbeanbusinessdirectory.wordpress.com: "Ambassador Betty E. Boyer-King, St. Vincent born was nominated on October 22, 2009, by President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.
Great Programs for Students of All Levels!!! Take a Look! - bsosundergrad.blogspot.com: "FOR JUNIORS: PICKERING UNDERGRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Juniors – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All majors – Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply. Description: The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the US State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers.
Bill Buell: 1925-2011 - News and Calendar, St. George's School: "Mr. Buell entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1951 and served for four years at the American Embassy in Warsaw as chief of the economic and political sections.
Crossing continents - Alexandra Coghlan, New Statesman: "Building bridges; crossing boundaries: such ideals have become the persistent refrain of contemporary cultural diplomacy, losing applied meaning with every repetition."
Art as ambassador - bworldonline.com: "The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launching a program dubbed DiplomART: Cultural Diplomacy through Philippine Visual Arts.
Call for cultural diversity - Suzy Bell, Tonight: "Cultural activists, cultural workers, researchers and policymakers from Mali and Algeria to Singapore, and Limpopo to Cape Town, gathered in Joburg recently for the much-anticipated Diversity Conference. Their mission was to chart the way forward for the activation of the Unesco Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Department of Arts and Culture, Arterial Network and the founding members of the U40 Africa Network held a dynamic two-day event aimed primarily at creating a South African civil society working group to bring civil society and the government together in realising the aims of the convention.
Made in Chelsea: Camels, Lions and a Stuffed Monkey - Daisy Buchanan, Sabotage Times: "We’re back in Morocco (bloody hell producers, motion sickness much? And can I claim my airmiles when I renew my TV license?) and in a scene that makes Sex and the City Two look like an exercise in subtlety and cultural diplomacy, everyone is wearing massive printed cotton trousers and riding camels. Jamie Biscuits, clearly missing sexy Geographer Louise, asks Binkie what the capital of Africa is. 'Um, South Africa?'”
Chinese, but Not Their Leaders, Flock to U.S. Envoy - Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times: Just a few months ago, some Chinese media outlets were offering Mr. Locke as a role model for China’s stuffy political leaders — an American bigwig who flew economy class and shunned having a retinue of underlings, like those who attend to the needs of politicians here. Those days are over.
Party loyalty drives China's Xinhua news agency at 80 - Pascale Trouillaud, AFP: China's top propaganda official on Monday urged the state-run Xinhua news agency to better serve the Communist Party and become a "world-class" multimedia organisation as it turned 80. In a speech at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing to mark the anniversary, Li Changchun -- number five in the party hierarchy -- urged Xinhua to play a stronger role in publicising government decisions. The government wants to use Xinhua to project its voice globally as part of a major "soft power" push, and the news agency is due to expand its bureaus around the world from the current 162 to about 200 by 2020.
The agency currently employs 11,000 people, including 5,000 journalists, and produces news in eight languages including Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and Japanese. In July 2010, Xinhua set up CNC World, a 24-hour television news station modelled on the American CNN and Britain's BBC, which aims to cover the news in about 100 countries. Via. Image from
“Even Propagandists Get Sick of Propaganda Sometimes” - The China Hotline: "Occasionally one of my students will ask why Chinese movies don’t seem to have any appeal to foreigners. I think generally they already know the answer when they ask that question, which leaves their real motive for asking up to interpretation. Chinese audiences barely seem to like Chinese movies, given their preference for American films and the lackluster (at best) response to recent Chinese releases. ... The government has restricted the range of acceptable films down to such a small selection that it’s impossible for Chinese studios to do anything other than recycle the same movies over and over again. Watching Chinese tv is absolutely painful, with costume dramas and indistinguishable soap operas so wooden and unoriginal that after watching one you really have seen them all. When I asked a class of thirty students how many had liked “The Founding of a Party,” one student enthusiastically said “yeah!” while the other 29 gave various forms of disapproval. Based on how hard the movie flopped, I wouldn’t be surprised if that mirrored the general public reaction."
Workshops to aid cross-cultural communication - Kurt Madar, daily-times.com: Farmington's Community Relations Commission will help local businesses learn how to effectively communicate across cultures. On Tuesday, local businesses are invited to send their employees for a cross-cultural communication workshop at
“The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World” - Michael Getler, Washington Post: This month marks the publication of a new book, “The Unquiet American,” a remembrance of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. He was a one-of-a-kind diplomat whose almost 50-year career spanned modern U.S. history and wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan, and who died suddenly nearly one year ago while at work on his last assignment as President Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Social networking sites need filtration - Javed Aziz Khan, The News International: With amplified number of users of social media in Pakistan and many other countries, its use for negative purposes, particularly against Islam, has also increased.
Anti-Israel campaign reaching Canadians: professor - Janice Arnold, The Canadian Jewish news: When her mother’s hairdresser in Winnipeg started talking about the way the Palestinians are being treated, historian Catherine Chatterley realized that propaganda against Israel is having an impact on the “average non-Jewish Canadian.” Neither Chatterley nor her mother is Jewish, but the former is the founding director since last year of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) at the University of Manitoba. The “insidious” campaign accusing Israel of being an apartheid or racist, even Nazi, state is succeeding among ordinary people with no personal stake in the Arab-Israeli conflict and who are not haters, she indicated.
Iran sees 15 percent rise in foreign tourist attraction - tehrantimes.com: The number of foreign tourists visiting Iran rose by 15 percent in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (began March 21, 2011)
Ethiopian extremist group has plans for Sharia takeover - dailyethiopia.com: Ethiopia has seen its fair share of radicalism. But recently, radical Islamic propaganda was found encouraging people to support Sharia law alone. In a recent press conference, the Ethiopian government expressed its concern over the growing violence against moderate Muslims and Christians by radical Wahhabi Muslims, reports Voice of the Martyrs, Canada.
Somalia: Somalia’s Al Shabaab steps up war propaganda - afriquejet.com: Somalia’s Al Shabaab fighters have been shooting in the air and enacting battle scenes, which it uses for propaganda purposes, including falsified claims of capture of the Kenyan troops, a military spokesman warned Thursday.
“My first love was a drill”: building the socialist state - David Vaughan, radio.cz: After the communist coup, Czechoslovak Radio was at the political vanguard and transformed into a tool of propaganda.
Five Facts about Noel Coward - Jon Roe, swervecalgary.com: At the outbreak of the Second World War, Coward decided to serve his country by running the British Propaganda Office in Paris.
Film review - In Which We Serve (1942) - moviereviewfilmreview.com: Starring: Noël Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Michael Wilding, Leslie Dwyer, James Donald, Joyce Carey, Kay Walsh, Kathleen Harrison, Daniel Massey, Juliet Mills Directed by: Noel Coward, David Lean Review: Film review – In Which We Serve (1942) – This is a classic war film, so much so that it is now a piece of history itself. It Tells the true story of Lord Mountbatten's ship HMS Kelly as told to Noel Coward by Mountbatten.
Nazi Propaganda Films: Part 1 - subjectivemonkey.com: From the instigation of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany in 1933 and up until his death in 1945, the production and distribution of propaganda films promoting the work and views of the Nazi party, became a vital aspect of his aim to rebuild Germany within the eyes of the world. The primary aim of these films was to control
Propaganda - letsmakeadrawing.blogspot.com: "Not real propaganda, of course. You can do what I did, and make a zombie propaganda poster, then make copies and hand it out to people. It would be really funny and some people might thing you're making some deep satire of our society (instead of, you know...just having fun).
Robot Propaganda Art - meggan.typepad.com:
Propaganda Poster Intro - Mike Lambo, mikefda2.blogspot.com: "In this assignment I will be creating a 20th century style propaganda poster for an aspect of web 2.0 social media AKA Twitter or Facebook. I will be conducting visual research on previous examples of propaganda posters from the 20th century and making a decisive design based on the research I
"Cute Soviet space program statuettes, 1961." From Boing Boing