Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do."
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November 12 South Carolina GOP Debate Recap: Waterboarding Edition - The Tree of Mamre - Politics, religion, and life: Unapologetically conservative, Christian, and iconoclastic. "First a complaint: Today there was yet another GOP debate, this one hosted by CBS News and the National Journal in South Carolina, focusing on national security issues. The moderators, Scott Pelley and Major Garrett, were simply terrible, and the whole way this debate was run by CBS was a joke.
His idea of solving problems in US-China relations by engaging the youth of China through the Internet and public diplomacy was hopelessly naive. ... Jon Huntsman was an embarrassment. One of his worst answers of the night was on China–and he is a former ambassador to that country." Above image from; Huntsman image from
Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Paneta Warns Against Military Strike Against Iran - Dialogues: "From: firstname.lastname@example.org [email@example.com] On Behalf Of Cornelius Hamelberg [corneliushamelb...@gmail.com] In the final analysis 'prevention is better than cure' and when the Shia doctrines of Taqiyya and Kitman enter the political arena of public diplomacy there's no telling exactly where the Iranian regime is heading. It's extra dangerous because we cannot foresee that the regime is destined to be stable."
Management pressures VOA China Branch to drop two hours of radio to pay for more television - BBGWatcher, BBG Watch: "[T]he newly-formed Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) has sent emails to BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson, other BBG members, the VOA Director and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo informing them that proposals to cut vital VOA radio and TV programs have always represented
Every year, around Halloween, the VOA Persian detractors emerge (updated) - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting: "The purpose of VOA Persian might be encapsulated in the new BBG Mission: 'To inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.' The wording could make members of Congress conclude that the mission of US international broadcasting is along the lines of what Michale [sic] Rubin is advocating [see article in Commentary] . To add diplomatic, military, and economic components to what really should be a newsroom would create chaos, indeed. And it would chase away an audience seeking news that is more credible than the news they receive from the regime-controlled domestic media. At least there would still be BBC Persian."
Hasbara: Why does the world fail to understand us? - Noam Sheizaf, 972mag.com: "Hasbara is a form of propaganda aimed at an international audience, primarily, but not exclusively, in western countries. ... The use of the Hebrew term Hasbara in a critical context, rather than 'propaganda' or 'public diplomacy' (the title of the Wikipedia entry on the issue), is necessary, because Hasbara efforts are wider and their goals much more ambitious than any similar activities taken by all democracies and most non-democracies.
A tentful of hasbara - Bruce Levy, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG), London BDS: Londoners for a Free Palestine: "A constant theme of the Zionist hasbara (propaganda) machine is that the BDS movement is built on a foundation of lies and hate, doomed to fail and is no threat to Israel. Which leads one to ask if the Zios are so confident that BDS will be consigned to the rubbish heap of history, why then do they devote so much time, effort and resources to try to counter it? In May, BICOM (the Britain Israel Communication and Research Centre) staged the We Believe in Israel conference in London that brought together
Arab League, Keeping up with Online Public Diplomacy - RS Zaharna, battles2bridges.wordpress.com: "Today the Arab League made news. After its meeting on what to do about the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, the League’s members voted to . . . If you wanted to get the news in English, you would have to go to news media sources rather than the source itself. The Arab League may have missed the
European music festival returns to Vietnam - Thanh Nien Daily: "The annual European Music Festival will return to Vietnam next week with first-time participants from Slovakia. This year’s event will feature pop, jazz, rock, classic and world music performances, plus highlights from many Vietnamese artists. This year, the annual music festival will continue to celebrate the richness of European culture as well as culture exchanges between Europe and Vietnam. The event 'is in itself an excellent example of important public diplomacy exchanges in the EU-Vietnam relation,' said Mr. Franz Jessen, ambassador – head of the Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam."
Public Diplomacy: Words and Realities - J. N. Nielsen, geopolicraticus.wordpress.com: "Every nation-state indulges in duplicitous and disingenuous public diplomacy in which it attempts to get results through words alone. And, of course, sometimes these efforts are effective. Words can have consequences. ... Diplomacy has been called the
Afghanistan success is in eye of beholder: As NATO insists that violence is declining while many Afghans say daily life has grown more perilous, tension has grown over so-called metrics that can be used to chart progress or deterioration - Laura King, latimes.com: As the U.S.-led war against the Taliban grinds into its second decade, the life-and-death struggle taking place daily across Afghanistan has gotten entangled in increasingly divergent narratives of the Western war effort.
In this high-stakes phase of a waning conflict, perceptions of success have become crucial, perhaps more so than reality. Image from article, with caption: Polish and U.S. members of the NATO International Security Assistance Force patrol in the Zana Khan district of Ghazni, Afghanistan.
Taliban Propaganda Watch – 121445UTC Nov 11 - milnewsca.wordpress.com
Here Is How Modern Propaganda Is Disseminated - tomasestradapalma4today.blogspot.com: We are being foisted into yet another war with propaganda that is as sorry as propaganda comes.
Obama, Erdogan find shared interests - Soner Cagaptay, Washington Post: Only last year, U.S.-Turkish relations were in tumult, with disagreements on a number of issues — such as Turkey’s relations with Israel and how to deal with Iran’s nuclearization — undermining Washington’s historical bond with Ankara. Today, however, the United States and Turkey are on a honeymoon, with President Obama and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan having formed what is probably the best relationship between a U.S. president and a Turkish prime minister in decades.
Book review: Condoleezza Rice is thorough in 'No Higher Honor': In 'No Higher Honor,' Condoleezza Rice details clashes with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, but she also addresses Hurricane Katrina and several hot-button topics - Scott Martelle, latimes.com: In several occasions Rice blames the media for not understanding the nuances of issues and policies, leaving the White House on the defensive. She doesn't seem to have contemplated the possibility that communication problems in the White House may have led to so many misunderstood messages.
10 Percent Intellectual": The Mind of Condoleezza Rice," PR Watch (2008)
No One Is Stealing Palestinian Land - Jerrold L. Sobel, American Thinker: There is a common theme amongst two sets of people supporting the Palestinian cause: those with unmistakable animus toward Israel and Jews and others just misinformed by consistent, unremitting propaganda.
Guardian anti-Israel propaganda photo of the day (Palestinian children edition) - Adam Levick, cifwatch.com: When it comes to reports about Israel at the Guardian, their inventory of misleading anti-Israel images are clearly quite abundant. Indeed, the Guardian received an Honest Reporting ”2010 Dishonest Reporting Award“ due to this memorable photo, and accompanying headline: Eyewitness: "Palestinian youth run down."
Macedonia : FYROM’s Propaganda and Human Rights - historyofmacedonia.wordpress.com: These series of articles will expose to public eyes how FYROM’s Propaganda machine works. Especially the massive internet campaign used by Slavic propagandists from FYROM
Broadcasting to the Balkans: Al Jazeera’s latest venture - economist.com: In the centre of Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, a gleaming piece of Arabic script adorns the top of a new building. This is the logo of Al Jazeera, the Qatari network that has changed the face of television news since it was founded 15 years ago. Inside the building, carpenters and technicians are putting the finishing touches to the offices. But this is not just another foreign bureau. Al Jazeera’s Balkan service goes live on November 11th. This will be the second foreign-language station the network has opened, after Al Jazeera English in 2006. But what language is it? Journalists will be broadcasting in “their” language, say station bosses. This tongue used to be called Serbo-Croatian; now it goes by a number of names: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian or Montenegrin. (Think New Zealand, Scottish and American versions of English.) The target audience for the channel will be the former Serbo-Croatian speaking regions of the ex-Yugoslavia. But plenty of Macedonians and Slovenes understand the language, as do older Kosovo Albanians. Tarik Djodjic, the managing director, says that €15m ($20.5m) has been invested in Al Jazeera Balkans.
Russia: Valdai’s valid concerns - Neil Buckley, Financial Times: The Valdai Discussion Club, the annual conference of academics and journalists specialising in Russia, has sometimes been dismissed by critics as a Kremlin-sponsored propaganda-fest. Not this year. Debates at the event, held this week in provincial Kaluga, 200km from Moscow, and in the capital itself, have reflected deep unease among both Russian and international observers about the country’s political and economic outlook. Timothy Colton, a Harvard professor specialising in Russia, sums up the concerns: “The paradox that we now have is that Russia once again is in a position where it has quite a dynamic society and economy, but a stagnating if not stagnant political system.”
Furious Greeks revive ghosts of Nazi past - Roger Boyes, theaustralian.com.au: The angry anti-austerity movement in Greece has embarked on a propaganda war against Germany, evoking the symbols and images of the
The Good Fight: Battle of Britain Wartime Propaganda and The Few - fulldownload.ce.ms: The Good Fight: Battle of Britain Wartime Propaganda and The Few 368 pages | Sep 22 2008 |ISBN: 1403989982 | PDF | 2.5 Mb The Battle of Britain lasted for sixteen weeks during later 1940, yet this struggle for air supremacy was vital in thwarting Hitler’s invasion threat. The Good Fight discusses wartime propaganda where “The Few,” the RAF’s fighter and bomber pilots, captivated the world through their combat prowess and valor.
Execution of British nurse riveted world attention in October 1915 - thetelegram.com: On Oct. 23, 1915, The Evening Telegram: Seldom have we read anything more inspiring than the story of Miss Edith Cavell. She appears to have been the head of a nurses’ training school at Brussels and, although she knew she was spied upon by the Germans and under suspicion of aiding British soldiers who escaped from the Germans, she was resolutely determined to remain at her post as long as there were British soldiers to relieve in the cots under her care. In pursuance of the policy of frightfulness by which they imagine they can cow their foes, she was charged (by the Germans) with succouring escaped British soldiers, taken before a military tribunal, condemned to death and sentenced to be shot.
Book review: ‘The Prague Cemetery’ takes you on a madman’s tour - A detestable narrator spins a disquieting tale that meshes history with intrigue - Kevin Canfield, Kansas City Star: Simone Simonini, the appalling figure at the heart of Umberto Eco’s historical novel about propaganda, fear and ignorance, can’t stand what he sees on the horizon of his adopted home city.
American Propaganda: See Something, Say Something - truthtransmission.com: "Earlier this evening I was watching Saturday Night Live, a widely popular comedy program on television. Some of the skits were rather funny so I continued watching. The show cut to commercial break, and the normal deluge of commercials were on, car commercials, dryer commercials etc. None of these were of particular interest to me, except one. This commercial wasn’t so much of a advertisement, as opposed to a public awareness message. The commercial consisted of a woman in a pleasant voice talking about the See Something, Say Something campaign in New York City, which essentially plays the role of reporting your neighbor for suspicious activity. This sounds like something you’d find in the Soviet Union, or something you’d fine in the movie 1984 (book by George Orwell), as opposed to a supposedly Democratic and free society. The main tenet of this campaign is to keep New York safe. My question is keeping New York safe from what? "
"Ted McIlvenna, Ph.D., [is] president of The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and curator of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas.
--Chris Morris, "Porn memorabilia becoming a legitimate collectible," USA TODAY
"A study recently released by the American Association of University Women shows that nearly half of students in grades 7 through 12 have experienced sexual harassment."
--Katie Roiphe, "In Favor of Dirty Jokes and Risqué Remarks," New York Times
--US college grads's salaries in steep decline, from Boing Boing
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