"[Russian government spokesman Dmitry] Peskov has said Putin cut his trips to the Kremlin because he didn't want to further complicate bad Moscow traffic."
--Sergei L. Loiko, "Russian he-man Vladimir Putin apparently trying to hide an injury: Along with canceled visits, there are rumors and reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem. His spokesman denies all," Los Angeles Times; image from
Chinese Public Opinion Warfare: A Wake-Up Call - Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation: "Chinese advances on the cultural and informational fronts have not gone unnoticed in
госсекретарь Хиллари Клинтон пообещала, что Вашингтон выработает госгарантии, которые защитят российскую интеллектуальную собственность от ареста на территории США" [As it became known to Kommerstant', during a recent meeting between the Head of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, State Department Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is working on guarantees, which will protect Russian intellectual property from seizure on the territory of the USA]. Lavrov/Clinton image from article
Why the U.S Public Diplomacy has failed in the Arab World? - ouw0002, Public Diplomacy and Global Communication C A group blog by students at London Metropolitan University: "Since the United States [sic] worlds [sic] and actions towards the Arabs are not matching there will be little chance for it to gain support on their street."
RFE/RL website blocked in Tajikistan. Everything blocked in Syria - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
(Re)Introducing Sister Cities in the "New Public Diplomacy Imperative" - Dianna, Intercom \ˈin-tər-ˌkäm\: A two-way communication system with a microphone and loudspeaker at each station for localized use. Insights into our study of international communications in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C." "I know from personal experience that technology has impacted my ability to stay in touch with the multitude of host families, co-facilitators, conference participants, and fellow youth ambassadors I have met . ... And in this sense, the power of diplomacy is shifted down to the individual level and away from the hands of the government through technology. ... ABOUT US We are all members of the SIS 640 International Communications course at the School of International Service. The course is taught by Professor Craig Hayden. This blog is authored by Ms. Dianna Alexander-Oates, Ms. Kristie Conserve, Ms. Brittany Lehr, Ms. M.J. Pham, and Ms. Vanessa Smith."
Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan - Jodi Rudoren and Mark Landler, New York Times: Israel is moving forward with development of Jewish settlements in a contentious area east of Jerusalem, defying the United States by advancing a project
that has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Image from article
Measured Approach to the Syrian Crisis - Editorial, New York Times: Mr. Assad’s bloody rule must end. Still, neither NATO, the Arab League nor the United Nations Security Council have called for military action. And President Obama’s caution is certainly the right approach. But it is necessary to look for ways to raise the pressure on Mr. Assad and encourage a stable postwar Syria.
Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities/Personnel: Funding, Sequestration, Affordability and Risks - Domani Spero, DiploPundit
Incoming Mexican President Peña Nieto looks to reshape dialogue with U.S. - washingtonpost.com: Nieto, a dynamic politician from an old autocratic political party, has said that he wants to change the conversation about Mexico in the United States, away from headless torsos and drug cartels to trade and manufacturing. Together with the United States, Peña Nieto and his top advisers say, Mexico wants to drill more oil, assemble more cars and build “better, faster, smarter bridges” to increase the $1 billion-a-day commerce across the 2,000-mile border, the busiest crossing in the world.
Is it Europe’s turn to laugh at the United States? - Neil Irwin, Washington Post: The United States is testing whether our centuries-old institutions are up to modern challenges. Europe bungled the process enough so that its standing as a credible, global leader is in doubt. The goal for the United States is to achieve a better result.
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