Thursday, November 17, 2011
"[P]ropaganda has no place in Department of Defense public affairs programs."
--U.S. Department of Defense, Principles of Information; cited at; image from
CFP: Use of Social Media in Public Diplomacy: "The editors invite proposals for for a special issue of the Global Media Journal-American Edition to be published Fall 2012 on the theme 'Use of Social Media in Public Diplomacy: Getting Connected and Getting the Message Out.'
The Nazis Strike was the second film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda film series. It introduces Germany as a nation whose aggressive ambitions began in 1863 with Otto von Bismarck and with the Nazis as their latest incarnation.
Obama’s speech to [Australia's] Parliament: experts respond - theconversation.edu.au: "Dr Timothy Lynch, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne [:] The speech and doctrine was far less grounded in a liberal illusion of Obama as a cosmopolitan-in-chief. His public diplomacy on this trip was meant less to reassure and more to make plain America’s intent to augment its hard military power in Australia’s backyard.
Benetton ‘Kissing’ Ad: Obama, Pope among Smooching World Leaders - Peggy Truong, ibtimes.com: "A new Benetton ad featuring President Barack Obama, the Pope and other world leaders 'kissing' has been taking over Twitter feeds, blogs and other social networks. ... Naturally, Twitter
World Leader Porn* - Heresy Corner: "The new posters, which also feature Barack Obama smooching with Hugo Chavez and Benjamin Netanyahu getting up close and personal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, are fairly blatant rip-offs of the famous East German mural which depicted a full-on snog between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the GDR's Erik Honneker.
Public Diplomacy Goes 'Pubic', "(2007) CPD Blog, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Clinton in show of support for flood-hit Thailand - straitstimes.com: "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in to Thailand on Wednesday to offer assistance in fighting massive floods, hoping to avoid a further crisis in a United States (US) ally torn by political infighting. Mrs Clinton headed straight to evening talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is facing intense pressure after only three months in office as she confronts the kingdom's worst flooding in decades which has killed at least 562 people. Officials said that Mrs Clinton would unveil 'significant' US help to Thailand and then on Thursday visit a shelter for Thais displaced by the flooding, part of her trademark emphasis on public diplomacy."
Hillary Clinton to students: "Get out" (and study abroad) - Jill Dougherty, CNN: "With the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States at a record high this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging more American students to follow those students' lead and pack their backpacks for study in other countries. Only 1% of American students enrolled in college study overseas. In a new YouTube video, Clinton is urging more to think about going international. 'To remain the leader in this ever-changing world, we have to push ourselves not just to think globally, but to get out there and study globally as well,' Clinton says in the video.
Chicago hip-hop group detained in Pakistan - Karin Brulliard, Washington Post: "An American hip-hop ensemble touring here as part of a U.S. embassy cultural diplomacy program got an additional publicity bounce on Wednesday — but not the kind likely to win Pakistani hearts and minds. The FEW Collective, a Chicago-based group that just began two weeks’ worth of gigs in major cities finished a show at a university when it was briefly detained by the Pakistani military. The accusation: One member took photos of 'sensitive installations' in the city of Rawalpindi, a garrison city home to the powerful army’s headquarters.
1.2 million dollar grant for linguistics - Katelynn McCollough, Iowa State Daily: "The Applied Linguistic Program within the English department has received a $1.2 million grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. The grant, the largest received in the English department's history, will be used to develop and revise materials used to train English language professionals and learners in foreign countries. Twenty-six foreign professionals will take an online course followed by a face-to-face workshop here in Ames this coming summer. These professionals, coming from 13 countries including Afghanistan, Egypt, China, Togo and Brazil, will review the materials. ... According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website, the
Elon celebrates International Education Week with focus on India - Kassondra Cloos, The Pendulum: "This week marks International Education Week, an initiative started by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote international awareness. While there is no national theme, Elon University is currently celebrating by hosting almost two dozen events relating to India. 'It's a public diplomacy initiative,' said Bill Burress, international programs adviser at the Isabella Cannon International Centre. 'It's sort of a soft power initiative building the United States' reputation around the world and also helping U.S. citizens engage with other cultures and other nations around the world. It's kind of the idea that by interacting with one another and by people seeing the real kindness and generosity of people in the U.S. and people from other places then we're more likely to live in a peaceful world.' The Isabella Cannon International Centre started planning this week's events more than a year ago and has been working with numerous groups and individuals across campus, including Periclean Scholars and Indian faculty, staff and students."
Agenda Transcript for the May 2011 Public Meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – U.S. Department of State. Via LB
Jerry Sandusky's Immaculate Deception... Sex, Lies and Locker Room Horseplay - Eric Ehrmann, Huffington Post: "There's also a bigger cultural problem running in the background of the Sandusky affair [a Penn State football coach's child molestation; the coach is author of 'Touched' (2001)].
Examining U.S. Military Public Affairs and Strategic Communication: Information or Influence? - Mark Van Dyke's PR News Blog: "Through my work this week at the U.S. Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership, I engaged in an interesting exchange of ideas about U.S. military public affairs and strategic communication roles – or how to integrate public affairs, information operations, public diplomacy, and even psychological operations (recently renamed military information support operations) in strategic communication. This dialogue is not unlike the discussion among communication professionals in the private sector who are trying to figure out the best ways to harmonize public relations, marketing, advertising and other organizational functions in the form of integrated or strategic communication processes. ... According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Korean envoy to rev up public diplomacy in U.S. - koreaherald.com: "The South Korean ambassador to the U.S., Han Duck-soo, plans to visit four U.S. states later this month as part of efforts to reach out to ordinary people under an annual 'Ambassadors’ Dialogue on Korea' program, the Korea Economic Institute said Wednesday. Han will be accompanied by former U.S. ambassador to Seoul Kathleen Stephens and Jack Pritchard, president of the KEI, on the five-day tour of Missouri, Utah, Nevada and Arizona to start on Nov. 29, according to the organization."
South Korea - Palestine and Israel Recognize Contribution of Ambassador Ma Young-sam - isria.com: "Ambassador for Public Diplomacy Ma Young-sam has been awarded by both Palestine and Israel in recognition of his contributions. ... The award was conferred in recognition of the Ambassador’s role in the formal establishment of general delegation between the ROK government and the Palestinian National Authority in 2005; contribution in promoting
'Israeli water firms important tool for diplomacy' - Sharon Udasin, Jerusalem Post: "The entrepreneurship and problem-solving expertise evident in so much of Israeli water technology can serve as a critical tool for diplomacy, Jewish-American philanthropist and businessman Ronald Lauder said in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. 'Israel is known throughout the world as a place with great technology, but when we go to another country solving their water problems, it’s the best public diplomacy,' Lauder told a group of journalists at the WATEC water technologies exhibition."
How the Egyptian Revolution Emphasized the Sovereignty of the People - Abeer Bassiouny Arafa Ali Radwan, American Diplomacy: "[T]he Egyptian revolution has shifted public diplomacy from the state’s domain to private sector and non-institutional domains. For example, the mission to Uganda of the Egyptian Public Diplomacy delegation — formed from a totally non official group — has succeeded in convincing Uganda
Things fall apart - geopolicraticus.wordpress.com: "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been particularly public about 'unfriending' Bashar al-Assad, and has openly called for al-Assad to go (Syria crisis: Erdogan steps up Turkey pressure on Assad). While up until recently Erdogan and al-Assad presented themselves as friends as a matter of public diplomacy, the two preside over drastically different systems.
VOL. VII NO. 23, November 04-November 17, 2011 - The Layalina Review on Public Diplomacy and Arab Media:
"A Bit of Sunshine for US Public Diplomacy Tara D. Sonenshine, former Executive Vice President at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), was nominated to be the next Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs by President Barack Obama. The announcement was welcomed by a majority of experts and practitioners in the field who value her previous experience.
Withdrawal Generates Uncertainty in Iraq The Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr comments on President Obama's plans to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, while analysts speculate about the country's future, keeping an eye on Saudi Arabia and Iran. Meanwhile, Iraqi translators waiting for their visa to the US are growing increasingly concerned.
Israel’s Diplomatic Impasse Israel’s decision to withhold funds from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank as a response to UNESCO’s recognition of Palestinian statehood could have dire repercussions on security in the region and future diplomatic negotiations.
Islamists Gain Political Leverage In the post-Arab Spring Middle East, Islamists are making headways politically in the electoral processes of Tunisia and Egypt. While analysts have expressed their concerns regarding the implications for the development of democratic measures, others argue that these fears are unfounded.
Latest IAEA Report Stirs Controversy International tension over the Iranian nuclear program is growing, leading to heightened tensions between Israel and Iran.
Al-Assad Dismisses Peace Plan The ongoing violence and protests in Syria have generated criticism by the United States. Yet, Syrian president Bashar Al Assad refuses to step down despite mounting pressure and has so far refused to consider any transition." Image from
Russian Analyst: Armenia Will Withdraw Its Forces From The Seven Occupied Regions - historyoftruth.com: "Interview with Professor Alexey Malashenko, member of the Scientific Council of Carnegie Moscow Center, famous political analyst ... [Q:] - Is it possible to solve the [Nagorno Karabakh] conflict through the public diplomacy? [A:] I don’t know what is the public diplomacy because the diplomacy can not be the people’s or anti-people. Currently the negotiations replaced the war. Everyone knows that the conflict is outside the framework of the sides.
Kosovo - MFA starts publishing an informative newsletter - isria.com: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo has launched the first issue of its newsletter, 'Kosovo's New Diplomat'. The bi-monthly newsletter is conceived as another channel of regular communication between MFA and foreign citizens who contact Embassies and Consulates of the Republic of Kosovo, as well as guests of the Ministry. ... This project sought to assist the Foreign Ministry, civil society and other initiatives in improving European dialogue about Kosovo and using public diplomacy to improve the international situation of the state and society of Kosovo."
Nuanced protrait of India that was and is - Soma Basu, The Hindu: "Even before stealing a first look at this third in a series of coffee-table books conceived by the Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs, it is not difficult to hazard a guess about its content. When you know it’s a kind of ‘sarkari’ production meant for promoting India the world over, the rhetoricism doesn’t appear over-bearing — that global companies are learning lessons from India on simplicity and affordability and that ‘Indian solutions’ are becoming ‘Solutions from India’ for transforming lives in other parts of the world.
A Thousand and One Nights: Night 182 - The Vizir*Mobility Diplomacy Enterprise with Colin Hicks: "I left the Québec Government Office on the 1st October 2010 after 18 years service. That length of time in one place is enough. I have been an independent worker before and this is my third time. ... One of the issues encountered during my last two years at Québec House was the growing difficulty facing artists who wished to work internationally. I observed the development of a perfect storm around this issue due to the confluence of five separate constraining components: ■visas and border controls ■double taxation and exchange rates ■the public diplomacy policies of unenlightened governments■the impact of carbon footprint ■sometimes severe reductions in public subsidy for the arts[.] So I decided early on to hang most of my ideas and enquiries off this issue. I find that few people are concentrating on this in any practical sort of way."
Babalú Exclusive: Carbon Copy Communism - Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Babalú: "Exiles are a fantastic asset abroad: they can help change the perception of the homeland that is no longer a totalitarian dictatorship. They can influence their community to embrace the changes. This will translate into political pressure to open relations between their adopted home and the old country. The most progressive exiles will become public diplomacy ambassadors.
Swapping Soft Power for Hard Power: Public Opinion and Public Diplomacy Surrounding the China-Costa Rica Diplomatic and Trade Bilateral Relationship - Candace Ren, Ren's Micro Diplomacy: "From a public diplomacy perspective, the China-Costa Rica case points to the importance of both consistent, long-term outreach and PD/PA partnerships to keep the public informed and engaged. This strategy strengthened support for the new diplomatic relationship, which has paid off in many ways."
The United States of Awesome Possibilities – Brand USA, Inc - Efe Sevin, placemanagementandbranding.wordpress.com: "Brand USA, Inc (formerly the Corporation for Travel Promotion) is a public private partnership to attract more international visitors. They launched their website – along with presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn – last week.
Secretary General releases report on Women, Peace and Security - nato.int: "NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released his first annual report detailing NATO’s work to support the implementation of Resolution 1325 on Thursday 17 November 2011. The report reflects the commitment by NATO Allies and partners to make the principles of UNSCR 1325 an integral part of their everyday business, including their political, civilian and military structures, and their operations and missions.
[IWS] USCCC - [China] 2011 Report To Congress [16 November 2011] - iwsdninternational.blogspot.com: "http://www.uscc.gov/annual_report/2011/annual_report_full_11.pdf [full-text, 414 pages] Press Release 16 November 2011 http://www.uscc.gov/pressreleases/2011/11_16_11pr.pdf ... CONTENTS ... Chapter 4: China’s Public Diplomacy Initiatives Regarding Foreign and National Security Policy"
The State Department -- a great place to work? - Jill Dougherty, CNN: Travel to exotic locations? Learn a new language? Help change the world? The State Department has all that, and more, according to Washingtonian Magazine's new list of the "50 Great Places to Work for 2011." The State Department made the list based on a survey of Federal News Radio listeners and in consultation with the non-partisan, non-profit Partnership for Public Service.
Gary Locke really does like to do his own plumbing — honest - Joni Balter, Seattle Times: One has to wonder if Chinese political leaders and their news organizations have access to Google. A quick run through the mighty search engine could counter some presumptuous storytelling taking place these days. Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, the new U.S. ambassador to China, seems to be unnerving Chinese officials and propaganda authorities with his aw-shucks-I'll-fix-it-myself way of doing things. The Chinese cannot fathom a guy like Locke, who as governor really did climb a 60-foot scaffold in the state Capitol to change the light bulbs. The Guangming Daily, a Communist Party newspaper, said the appointment of Locke "reveals the despicable intention of the United States to use a Chinese to control the Chinese and incite political chaos in China." The Chinese may not realize it yet, but Locke is most comfortable puttering around the house wearing jeans and a tool belt.
GOP’s loose lips sinking their covert options - David Ignatius, Washington Post: As America chooses its tools along the continuum of power, it will undoubtedly continue (and perhaps augment) its covert activities against Iran. But they lose their impact and rationale if they become a topic for facile domestic political debate.
Iranian FM: Amano's Report on Iran Impairs Agency's Credibility - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi lashed out at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano for his biased report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, and said the report impaired the UN watchdog's credibility.
American Islamists and Iranian Propaganda - rightsidenews.com: Iran's Press TV's message today is that America is a terrorist state, and that its actions – from the allegations in the Saudi assassination plot to the saber-rattling over Iran's nuclear program – are either manipulated by Israel or direct favors to the Jewish state. By making frequent appearances critical of the United States, American Islamists reinforce a propaganda machine sowing hatred and distrust.
Baha’i Citizen Anvar Moslemi Began Serving Prison Sentence - Iran Press Watch: Anvar Moslemi has begun serving his one year prison sentence in Sari Prison. He had been detained and interrogated twice before.
Restored Citadel of Herat poignant reminder of past Afghan glory: More than 300 craftsmen labored years shoring up the fortress in western Afghanistan, which opened last month as a museum and cultural center. At the opening, there was hopeful talk of a tourist draw: Laura King, Los Angeles Times: With the citadel's commanding hilltop position, "it was always a project that quite literally stared us in the face," said Ajmal Maiwandi, director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which carried out the restoration with about $2.4 million in funding from the United States and Germany.
Pakistani ambassador warns against U.S. aid cutoff - By Ashish Kumar Sen, The Washington Times: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday warned against cutting off U.S. aid to his country, after a Republican presidential candidate called for an end to foreign assistance to the South Asian country where intelligence officials
are suspected of supporting terrorists. “By shutting down [U.S. aid to Pakistan], you are sending a message to people that you dont care,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani said. Haqqani image from article
Reclusive North Korea opens its door a crack for tourists - Keith B. Richburg, Washington Post: The vast majority of North Koreans are cut off from e-mail, the Internet, cellphones and almost every other form of contact with the outside world. Most days, there are just two government-run television channels — not on all day — with a third on weekends showing old Chinese movies.
Diyarbakir Mayor Faces 28 Years in Jail - armenianweekly.com: Osman Baydemir, the Metropolitan Mayor of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey, is facing prison terms of up to 28 years in a trial opened against him recently.
Baydemir is being tried under allegations of “committing a crime on behalf of an illegal organization without being a member of that organization” and of “making propaganda for an illegal organization.” Baydemir image from article
Putin slams candidates over populist propaganda - english.ruvr.ru: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has slammed several Duma candidates over populist propaganda based on burning social issues. He stated this when meeting pensioners and veterans in the Kremlin together with President Medvedev.
On Cold Wars & colder shoulders – Scott Stinson, nationalpost.com: When Joseph Stalin realized he was losing the battle in the Bolshevism vs. Capitalism debate that flourished in the years following the Second World War, he turned to the propaganda vehicle that had served his enemies during the conflict: the film industry. Except there was a niggling problem to consider, which is that the Soviet Union didn't have one; it was one of the country's many casualties of war. As a new CBC documentary miniseries explains in its premiere, Stalin proceeded to strike a mighty blow not just for communism, but for irony, when he raised money for the Soviet film industry by charging admission to screenings of popular U.S. films. Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War would be worth it just for the scenes of Gone with the Wind dubbed into Russian, but the way the series presents these little nuggets of history make it compelling. The propaganda war that waged between West and East
See also. Image from, which notes: "Over on the Western side of things, we’re told about the Greta Garbo movie Ninotchka (1939) – about a prickly Russian woman going to Paris and falling for a man who represents Western decadence – having already established the use of Hollywood movies as propaganda."
Nazi Propaganda Films: Part Two - subjectivemonkey.com: Of all of the propaganda films produced during the Nazi Party’s reign over Germany, the film The Eternal Jew, directed by Fritz Hippler can be found to be the most notorious. It is for this reason that it remains a significant aspect of history, having impacted on the minds of many throughout the Second World War. As Joseph Goebbels once remarked, “even the most obnoxious attitude can be communicated through an outstanding work of art.”
Napoleon and Propaganda by Davis Sharp Class 6A - meshtime.com: The definition of propaganda “the spreading of ideas, information or rumors for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, cause , or a person ” is from Webster’s dictionary. Propaganda has been used throughout the ages in all sorts of ways to influence people. Many artists used propaganda in the 1800’s to promote leaders, generals, kings, and emperors. An example of propaganda is seen in Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques – Louis David, painted in 1800.
Propaganda Ministers: A Painting of Rupert Murdoch Next to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels - theactivists.wordpress.com
Social Media Propaganda - Natalie, mlognyc.wordpress.com: This artist’s work combines two of my favorite things, design and social media.
"Just 4% of Americans aged 18 to 24 even have a passport, according to the State Department."
--Jill Dougherty, CNN
"Only 1% of the federal budget went towards international affairs in 2010. Of that, only 0.018% was dedicated to the State Department Exchanges Budget."
--Rebecca Bell, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Salaries for college football coaches back on rise - Erik Brady, Jodi Upton and Steve Berkowitz, USA Today: An analysis by USA TODAY found that in 2006 the average pay for major-college coaches was $950,000.
Cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service still owes retired postmaster - Jim McElhatton, The Washington Times: In a year when the U.S. Postal Service lost more than $5 billion, former Postmaster General John E. Potter still received more than a quarter-million dollars thanks to a hefty deferred-compensation package, a “lifetime achievement award” and a severance deal, records show. What’s more, the cash-strapped Postal Service still owes more than $800,000 to Mr. Potter - the result of years of incentive awards that were deferred to avoid running afoul of federal compensation caps.
HARD TIMES: LET'S HAVE A DRINK
U.S. drinking up, but tastes, norms vary from state to state - Will Morton, USA Today: Consumption of alcohol hit a 25-year high in 2010, when 67% of Americans reported drinking alcoholic beverages, according to a Gallup poll.
AND DON'T FORGET UKRAINE
U.S. Politician Mistaken for Ukrainian Bum - Moscow Times: A politician's fall from grace can be hard, but perhaps no one has fallen harder than former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Cary Dolego, who was recently found homeless and disheveled in a train station in Ukraine, Komsomolskaya Pravda Ukraine reported Tuesday. Volunteer workers in the town of Chernovtsy, near the Romanian border, made the shocking discovery when they approached a group of homeless people in the station, and an "exceptionally unkempt" man responded in fluent English and presented an American passport.
TOMDISPATCH EDITOR TOM ENGELHARDT ON "HOW THE MOVIES SAVED MY LIFE"
"As a boy, I was undoubtedly typical in imagining the defeat of Hitler as essentially an American triumph in Europe -- until, that is, I walked into the Fine Arts and saw Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying.
There is also the child Veronica saves from being run over just as she’s about to commit suicide, who also turns out to be named Boris. Yes, call it an absurd war melodrama, but it was also passionately filled to the brim with mud, fire, overcrowded living quarters, rooms full of wounded soldiers, slackers, and high-livers in a panorama of wartime Russia.
Grim, shocking, and above all youthful, it was the Russian film that not only took Europe by storm and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1958, but took me by storm as well. The Russians -- the Reds, the Commies -- were then our mortal enemies. So imagine my surprise on discovering, up close and personal, that they had fought a monumental, terrible war against the Nazis, and that they couldn’t have been more human -- or winning.
A year or two later, I would watch
Then, on the theme of teenagers at war, there was The Bridge, a fierce 1959 antiwar film directed by Bernhard Wicki that genuinely shocked me, perhaps as much because I found myself identifying with those German boy soldiers as by the brutality of the fighting into which they were plunged. In the last days of World War II, a group of small-town, high-spirited high school classmates, no older than I was then, are ushered hurriedly into the army, given the briefest training, and (while Nazi officials flee) rushed to a bridge of absolutely no significance to stop advancing American tanks.
They are patriotic and absurdly eager to defend their town and country. All but one of them die for nothing, as does an American trying to convince them to stop fighting. (“We don’t fight kids!” he yells before one of them shoots him.) The film ends on these words, which then chilled me to the bone: “This happened on April 27, 1945. It was so unimportant that it was not mentioned in any war communiqué.”
To see that war through German eyes, even briefly, was to enter forbidden territory. Nonetheless, those boys were, to me, as unnervingly human as the French pilot in Serge Bourguignon’s 1962 film
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