Thursday, November 24, 2011
“The people want the fall of the coming president.”
--As said by some Egyptian activists; January 27th, 2011 image from
Making Real the Obama Iran Victories That Never Were - Vali Nasr, Bloomberg: "It wasn’t so long ago that the Obama administration was proudly proclaiming success in dealing with Iran, succeeding where the Bush administration had failed. For a time, a presumably weakened and isolated Iran was less of a worry. Today, America’s Iran policy looks to be in disarray. The administration’s claims of victory ring hollow. Far from subdued, Iran is more defiant and belligerent.
Santorum discusses Middle East relations - Amanda Moenk, Monticello Express: "Making his third stop in Jones County on Nov. 15 at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa, GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum talked with residents about his plan to deal with the nuclear threat from Iran and how he would handle the situation should he be elected president.
Feasibility Study Rubber-Stamps US Broadcasting Merger - Helle Dale, Heritage.org: "Consider a new feasibility study completed on November 10 regarding a merger of three major entities of U.S. international broadcasting: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (FRE/RL), Radio Free Asia (FRA), and the Middle East Broadcasting Network (MEBN). These are three critical components of U.S. public diplomacy—in the case of RFE/RL, going back to the beginning of the Cold War, in which U.S. broadcasting was a highly successful player. The complex merger study was produced with almost dizzying speed by the management company Deloitte Consulting, LLP. ... [T]he Deloitte study would be a feat, were it not that the study appears to be a rubber stamp (a $275,000 rubber stamp at that) of already existing decisions contained in the new Strategic Plan for U.S. International Broadcasting. The Broadcasting Board of Governors’ controversial new strategic plan aims to drive the broadcasters toward greater integration, digital media venues, and potentially further separation from U.S. foreign policy priorities by privatization (also known as 'de-federalization'). Nowhere in the document, by the way, are the words 'public diplomacy' mentioned. ... [T]here are many questions that should be asked before the BBG
RFE/RL redesigns its "English" website - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
Making a Difference Overseas - John Maroon, maroonpr.blogspot.com: "In 2007 Cal Ripken was named a Public Diplomacy Envoy to the U.S. State Department. Essentially that makes him a goodwill ambassador representing our nation and in
Religion’s Uneasy Place: Religious Engagement vs. Religious Freedom in American Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy - Brie Loskota, crcc.usc.edu: "[R]eligious freedom is just one part and one strength of the United States. The vibrant pluralism of American society is also an asset. Indeed it is the output and outcome of religious freedom (free exercise and the lack of establishment of state sponsored religion). It would make sense for the U.S. to trumpet religious engagement as another hallmark strength by working with religious leaders and religious institutions in public diplomacy and engagement. This would seem like a tremendous opportunity for the exercise of 'soft power,' appealing to shared values as way to attract foreign publics and even
State Dept., CIA vets wow audience for charity - Chris Daley, mtdemocrat.com: "John and Patricia Garon were the guest speakers at the American Association of University Women’s fundraising event on Nov. 10. ... Beginning in the mid-1960s, the Garons
Russian Stereotypes: A Flawed Analysis Resulting in Inadequate Policy Choices - Isabelle Francois and Brett Swaney, New Atlanticist: "It is time to 'retire' stereotypes as a poor explanation for the lack of progress in NATO-Russia relations, and start paying attention to explanations rooted in Russian self-perception and the pride of Russian citizens. Certainly, understanding the Russian mentality is fundamental to devising smart policies. The complexity of Russian self-perception may actually assist policy-makers in explaining and making best use
Examining Israel’s Gay Rights Record - Lee Walzer, gayfriendlybiz.com: To the Editor [of the New York Times]: “'Israel and ‘Pinkwashing,’ by Sarah Schulman (Op-Ed, Nov. 23), is the perfect example of critics of Israel refusing to accept any good news related to that country. The Israeli government is undoubtedly highlighting Israel’s largely progressive stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and thriving gay culture. That’s what’s called public diplomacy, and it’s what all countries, including the United States, do. To label this as somehow sinister must mean that the United States is engaged in 'jazzwashing' or 'techwashing' when it uses music or touts its high-tech innovators to audiences and opinion makers overseas.
See also. Image from, with caption: Gay Pride Paraders in Tel Aviv
In India We Trust - Jessica Castillo, India Inside Out: "If India’s public diplomacy mission includes a mandate to communicate with its own citizens as well as foreign publics, then it must be able to cultivate trust amongst Indians."
Opposition accuses Conroy of misleading parliament over Australia Network - The Australian: "The Opposition has accused Communications Minister Stephen Conroy of misleading parliament over the scuttled $223 million Australia Network tender, already the subject of investigations by both the Australian Federal Police and Auditor-General. Senator Conroy has denied the charge. Senator Conroy yesterday referenced a report in The Australian of October 17 that the amended tender panel for the public diplomacy
Cous-cous and cultural diplomacy - "In 'Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy,' Andrea Wenzel takes us to meet an openly gay couple who decided to start an Algerian-American restaurant in Elkader [an Iowa town of 1,500 surrounded by corn and soybean farms Iowa] after 9/11. This story charts the restauranteurs' adventures with cultural adaptation, American identity and small town politics."
Princeton: China will be Chad Goerner’s classroom - centraljersey.com: "Township Mayor Chad Goerner, 36, is going to be learning a few things about China in the next couple of weeks. Congressman Rush Holt and Assemblyman Dan Benson nominated
The Rise and Rise of Xmas Card Diplomacy - James Pamment, retorikipolitiken.blogspot.com: "Over at the USC Center o[n] Public Diplomacy blog they've mentioned quite a few different forms of public diplomacy over the years. A search back over the last few months brings up gastro diplomacy, backpack diplomacy, water diplomacy, food diplomacy, and cricket diplomacy
Hollywood – Weapon of Mass Attraction or Weapon of Mass Destruction for the US - newssearch.eduspeaks.com: "The full name of the book is 'American Idol after Iraq' which is published by Blackwell – Wiley in 2009. ... [T]he authors explain and mainly discuss the public diplomacy and Hollywood role in shaping it, mainly in the new era after 9/11 terrorist attacks. The foreword is by Joe Nye, Harvard Professor which is mostly well-known with his notion of 'soft power'. Once again, Nye asserts the importance of the soft power - Weapon of Mass Attraction - and recalls that not missiles and bomb but the American soft power was the key in collapse of Berlin Wall and consequently Soviet Union, the Evil Empire as Reagan called it. ... The authors assert that as Harry Warner, one of the founders of Hollywood believed 'the movies should educate as well as entertain people'.
Lowongan Kerja Water and Sanitation Experts - Indll - indotcom.net: "The water and sanitation experts will be required to plan, manage monitor, assess, and report on the implementation of water and sanitation grant program. The reporting activities will include the preparation of communication and public information documents and coordination of public diplomacy events such as talk shows and public meetings."
Iran and US: The Excuse and the Main Concern - Abolqasem Qasemzadeh,payvand.com: Political analysts usually enumerate three main problems between Iran and the United States: the nuclear energy program, terrorism, and human rights.
How to judge a candidate on foreign policy - Lionel Beehner, USA Today: Foreign policy is usually invoked as a way to one-up their opponents: Virtually every candidate promises to get tough on China, panders to Israel, or pledges to make America strong, whatever that means. But no candidate has fully fleshed out what the role of the United States in the international system should be. Important is a candidate's willingness to eschew his or her party's talking points and demonstrate an intellectual curiosity about the world. On this, the Republican challengers fail in spades.
Be thankful — sensible solutions do exist for U.S. problems - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post: The post-industrial, information economy is dominated by the United States. The industries of the future, from biotechnology to nanotechnology, are dominated by the United States.
The decadence of the West - Matt Miller, Washington Post: The Chinese long believed that, however suspect we American capitalists might be, we certainly knew how to run a productive economy. Now, while they still admire much about our innovative energy and dynamism, they’ve become convinced since the 2008 meltdown that we plainly don’t know how to run a sound financial or banking system. And now it appears we can’t manage a budget, either. China’s leaders, for all their flaws, are out to reclaim a great civilization’s place as a cultural and economic pacesetter.
US protests anti-gay bill in Russia - AFP: The United States denounced Wednesday a Russian bill imposing fines for the promotion of gay "propaganda"
Are We Getting Nicer? - Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times: War is declining, and humanity is becoming less violent, less racist and less sexist — and this moral progress has accelerated in recent decades. To put it bluntly, we humans seem to be getting nicer. That’s the central theme of an astonishingly good book just published by Steven Pinker, a psychology professor at Harvard. It’s called “The Better Angels of Our Nature.”
Iraq War Creates Iraq Whores - Peter Van Buren, wemeantwell.com: And who says the invasion of Iraq did not accomplish anything? A report released by the London-based non-governmental group Social Change for Education in the Middle East (SCEME) hopes to change that. Entitled Karamatuna, or Our Dignity, the study highlights the plight of girls as young as 10 who have been trafficked from post-war Iraq into countries including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for sexual exploitation.
Don't be fooled by MFN and Maldives - thehindubusinessline.com: Pakistan's propaganda offensive against India on terrorism has, however, left New Delhi confused and defensive. Pakistan is now getting away with the propaganda that
Turkey ratchets up Cyprus tension with EU snipe - Mike Doyle, Famagusta Gazette: Cyprus has called on Turkey to halt their campaign of government propaganda aiming to blame the Greek Cypriots for the stalemate in the UN sponsored peace talks.
Advertisers fleeing 'All-American Muslim' 'propaganda': Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, others drop support for program - Bob Unruh, WroldNetDaily: All-American Muslim," a new program on The Learning Channel that is being touted as a "powerful series" that carries viewers "inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims," is being dropped by advertisers. Critics say the program is nothing more than video jihad propaganda, and the Florida Family Association says it is contacting companies whose advertising appears on the show to ask them to quit. So far, 18 of 20 companies contacted
Shepard Fairey's OWS Poster: The Rise And Fall of Hope - huffingtonpost.com: Shepard Fairey, known for his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse" propaganda and his iconic Obama "HOPE" poster created during the 2008 presidential campaign, is finding out that creating pointed political rhetoric is more complicated than it used to be. Fairey initially designed a poster that re-imagined his famous "HOPE" image as an homage to the Wall Street occupier. The artist replaced the image of President Obama with a presumed member of the group "Anonymous," sporting a Guy Fawkes mask. The piece bore the message, "Mister President, We HOPE You're On Our Side."
George Washington thanked God for America - Brian W. Walsh, USA Today: It used to be common knowledge that America's first national Thanksgiving Day was established by President George Washington in 1789. While a few modern critics might be rankled by, as Washington's proclamation
ONE MORE QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land."