Monday, November 21, 2011
"And Herman Cain, while campaigning in Miami, was drinking coffee, and he asked the crowd, 'How do you say delicious in Cuban?' When he heard that, Rick Perry laughed and said, 'Everybody knows Cubans speak Mexican.'"
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China's fury building over Obama's new Asia policy - latimes.com: "Chinese scholars and commentators lashed out with barely repressed anger at President Obama's trip to Asia, complaining that his efforts to shore up U.S. influence in Asia were by implication aimed at containing China. 'The United States has alienated 1 billion Chinese.
Why are we selling American liberty to China? - Janine Turner, Washington Examiner: "America would never sell her soul to China. Our liberty could never be bought. Right? Wrong. America is mired with debt and steeped in political correctness. Both weaknesses are resulting in a dangerously naive embrace of the 'new China.' Chinese propaganda is as follows: China is emerging as a fledgling democracy and we need
Public Schedule, Washington, DC, November 21, 2011 – U.S. Department of State: "ASSISTANT SECRETARY ANN STOCK 1:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Stock meets with Ambassador-designate to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso, at the Department of State. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE). " Note from the State Department homepage:
Unveiling of the President Ronald Reagan Statue in Warsaw - U.S. Embassy Warsaw (Albums): Comment on facebook by media commentator Ted Lipien: "U.S. Embassy in Warsaw is now doing very good public diplomacy work. Congratulations!"
Top BBG official predicts ‘old white men’ will lose jobs under merger plan - "BBG Watch has learned from reliable sources that a top Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) official has written an email to a BBG member in which he brags about getting rid of 'old white men'
Where India overlaps with China - indianexpress.com: “'Building Bridges', the theme of the recently concluded 17th SAARC summit in the Maldives . ... In the coming months, the regional organisation, with eight members and nine observers, is set to seriously undertake a comprehensive review of all matters relating to its engagement with observers. As China seeks to upgrade its engagement with South Asia, what will be worth watching is if it can play a role in bridging differences in the region. This will depend on how China’s public diplomacy tackles three critical challenges. The primary challenge will be to see the kind of normative choices it is likely to make in the region. As a rising power, the ideas, norms and values it will come to represent will be key to China’s self-image. ... The second key challenge will be for China to show a willingness to negotiate on a range of regional public goods. ... Perhaps the most critical of these challenges will be whether Chinese and Indian conceptions of peace are likely to coincide or not."
Foreign Policy : Opportunities And Challenges - Kesava, centreright.in: "In the age when governments ... ha[ve] acknowledged the role of Public-Diplomacy the quality of communication between the foreign policy establishment and Indian public has been poor to say the least. The missing public debate on foreign policy remains a continued issue with MEA [Ministry of External Affairs]. As India moves forward, it would be logical to involve the citizens in deciding what role India should play in world economy, but even with growing literacy rates."
Media Challenge to Australia Network tender process - Christian Kerr, theaustralian.com: "The Coalition continued to press for a parliamentary inquiry into the process that led to the abandonment, after two false starts, of the $223 million tender to operate the nation's most important public diplomacy service.
Saudi Arabia - His Highness the Undersecretary for Information and Technology Affairs commends the activities of the Saudi-German Forum - isria.com: "His Highness Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Khaled, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Information and Technology Affairs, who is also the General Supervisor of the Saudi Youth delegation participating in the activities of Saudi-German Forum, commended the activities of the Forum which is currently held in Germany. His Highness emphasized that such visits and events come as an embodiment of the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for the dialogue between followers of religions and cultures. His Highness added that these activities and events show also the active role being played by public diplomacy, which is parallel to the political role played between nations in general, and the growing bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany in particular."
Kosovo - Panelists at “Germia Hill” agree that the Balkans is in the heart of Europe - isria.com: "On the second day of the international conference 'Germia Hill' held in Prishtina, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Petrit Selimi presented the goals and achievements of this conference. He said today's session underlined the role of Russia and Turkey in the Balkans regarding trends, problems and new challenges in dealing with European integration. Selimi emphasized that the conference was organized to open up a pan European debate in Kosovo, so that leaders from across Europe, intellectuals and opinion formers who are in the conference and NGO network and are present at European debates, come to Kosovo. ... He said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo has approved a strategy for recognition and lobbying and undertook this initiative for the purpose of conducting public diplomacy, which has not occurred in the last three years. 'Our goal is to bring people
Foreign Affairs Select Committee hears from University of Oxford on UK-Turkey Relations and Turkey's Regional Role - dehavilland.co.uk [subscription]: From Google entry: "Viewed from the Turkish end, the coalition Government seem to have got things right and done pretty well at getting the public diplomacy right."
Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production [:] A Conference at ICI Berlin, Dec 16-17, aidaforoutan.blogspot.com: "Iran is undergoing a period of socio-political transformation joined to a cultural space that despite binding censorship regulations, circumnavigates restrictive bans and, in the world of film, generates award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces.
Road Show 2011 - Heather, Adventures Around the World: A foreign service officer's tales of life abroad - The Embassy's Road Show program in western Nepal may be remembered as the all-time professional highlight of my time in Nepal. We donated over 10,000 English language books and materials to schools and libraries in three towns. Over 20,000 students came to the book exhibition and several thousand participated in the various programs. During the opening ceremony, I gave a speech in Nepali (my first time).
Rebirth of Public Diplomacy after 9/11 - Jessica Andrews, International Exchanges: Students at American University blog about international communications: "We’ve spent a lot of time recently, especially after attending the conference at GW, discussing public diplomacy. We read in Hanson’s chapter about 'War and Peace in the Information Age' about how public diplomacy first became important during the Cold War. It was a war of ideas, battling the basic tenets of communism. Public diplomacy became an extremely important part of U.S. foreign policy for the first time. After the Cold War though, public diplomacy was somewhat abandoned. Cultural centers closed and the U.S. government seemed to think that since we were the 'super-power' of the world that either everyone liked us, or it just didn’t matter. 9/11 quickly proved that was disillusioned thinking. ... [T]he Office of Strategic Influence in the Pentagon ... had plans to plant news items in the media in foreign countries and even considered planting false news to put the US in a better light. ... The New York Times reported at the time that it was hard to get information about this fairly secretive office. The Times did report on what critics of the office said though. One of the main criticisms was that if news was planted for Reuters or a similar news agency, then news could make it’s [sic]
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Rhodes scholarship goes to 4 students - Ellie Wilkinson, The Daily Princetonian: "Four Princetonians were selected from a pool of 830 candidates to win this year’s Rhodes Scholarship [among them Astrid Stuth ’12] . ... After her freshman year at the University, Stuth co-founded and directed a 10-day conference that brought together Iraqi and U.S. students.
The Dutch Origins of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb - Yochanan Visser, britanniaradio.blogspot.com: "The writer is director of Missing Peace Information an Israeli public diplomacy organization operating in The Netherlands and Belgium."
Public Diplomacy Swag - Candance Ren, Ren's Micro Diplomacy: "One thing Syracuse has over USC's Public Diplomacy program - PD swag!"
U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan - Qaiser Farooq Gondal, Washington Times: The drone technology is very useful in eliminating terrorists but it also kills innocent civilians and these civilian deaths are causing an increase in the hate for America broiling in the minds of ordinary Pakistani citizens.
America's Lost Decade of Tourism: If we provide more travel visas, foreign visitors will come, spend billions of dollars and create hundreds of thousands of jobs - Roger Dow, Wall Street Journal: Over the past decade, the U.S. economy has missed an unprecedented global travel boom because of visa delays and other bureaucratic policies that discourage visitors to our shores. Our research shows that between 2000 and 2010 America's share as a destination of the long-haul travel market slipped to 12% from 17%. That adds up to a lost decade for American travel with 467,000 lost jobs, $606 billion in lost spending by visitors, and $37 billion in lost tax revenue. Congress holds the key to implementing critical reforms. Members of the House and Senate have introduced legislation to clear away some of the highest hurdles created by our visa system. The proposed reforms include setting a 12-day maximum processing standard, hiring more consular officers to serve in high-demand countries, using video-conferencing technology for visa interviews, and expediting the visa process for travelers willing to pay a premium.
Poland Unveils Statue of Ronald Reagan in Warsaw – Associated Press, Fox News. Former Polish president and anti-communist leader Lech Walesa unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan on an elegant Warsaw street on Monday, honoring the late U.S. president for inspiring Poland's toppling of communism.
How China Can Defeat America - Yan Xuetong, New York Times: According to the ancient Chinese philosopher Xunzi, there were three types of leadership: How, then, can China win people’s hearts across the world? According to ancient Chinese philosophers, it must start at home. Humane authority begins by creating a desirable model at home that inspires people abroad. To shape a friendly international environment for its rise, Beijing needs to develop more high-quality diplomatic and military relationships than Washington.
Indian Soft Power in Africa - theafricanfile.com: It is the country of India that has the highest potential for soft power deployment in emerging markets, specifically in Africa.
'Creating a propaganda pretext for war' - www.presstv.ir: Iran has condemned the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for publishing the names of Iranian scientists in its recent report on Iran's nuclear energy program. Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, has rejected the report as unjustified and politically motivated. Soltanieh argues that the careless release of the names of these scientists has made them prime targets for assassination attempts by the US and Israel. Jeff Steinberg, writer and political analyst: We were looking at a fixed replay of the same creating of a propaganda pretext for war. We are in a period where war propaganda has replaced the truth and the
More Anti-Iran Propaganda By Joby Warrick & Co - moonofalabama.org: The currently "most emailed story" at the Washington Post site is Iran may have sent Libya shells for chemical weapons. The whole piece is just constructed anti-Iran propaganda.
Turkey's Erdoğan calls for self-questioning, unity in Muslim world - Today's Zaman: At a meeting of religious leaders from Muslim countries and communities in Africa hosted by Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the Muslim world to show solidarity against Islamophobia and ongoing
The pros of propaganda: A historical look at cinema’s dealings with social uprising - mcgilldaily.com: Cinema is often believed to be mere entertainment – a simple distraction from the hard realities of everyday life. In its early history, however, film was often not developed for entertainment purposes, but rather as a revolutionary tool. Many would identify German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and her collaboration with the Nazi Party as a prime example of propaganda filmmaking, but her style is rooted in earlier work from the Soviet Union. Following the new state’s formation in 1922, leaders saw a potential in film to gestate a revolutionary consciousness among its geographically-detached population. Lenin is said to have declared it the best means by which
Inspired Art Propaganda for the Occupy Movement - supportows.org: Among the images:
From facebook; see Philip Kennicott, "UC Davis pepper-spraying raises questions about role of police," Washington Post
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi to release an album of love songs - Los Angeles Times