Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"I take possession of the old world -- I inhale it -- I appropriate it!"
--Henry James (1875); cited in The Times Literary Supplement (January 20, 2012), p. 7; James image from
United States Department Of State Bureau Of Diplomatic Security: Vigilant in an Uncertain World. This item has been described as "propaganda."
Countering Violent Extremism - Press Release: US State Department - posted at scoop.co.nz: "Remarks Daniel Benjamin Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism [,] Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) Washington, DC January 25, 2012 [:] ... The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) was launched over one year ago, and is tightly focused on undermining terrorist propaganda and dissuading potential recruits. The center is housed at the State Department, but is a true whole-of-government interagency endeavor, with a mandate from President Obama in the form of an executive order.
As part of this effort, a group of tech savvy specialists – fluent in Urdu and Arabic – that we call the digital outreach team are contesting online space, media websites, and forums where extremists have long spread propaganda and recruited followers. With timely posts, this team is working to expose the contradictions and abuses employed by violent extremists. This is not broad public diplomacy. We are reaching out to a specific, narrowly defined overseas audience: People who are or may be sympathetic to the views of violent extremists and are thus vulnerable to its propaganda; people who could be persuaded or enticed into crossing the boundary between sympathy and action." Benjamin image from
An Opportunity to Engage: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rise of Islamist Parties - Lina Khatib, PD News – CPD Blog, US Center on Public Diplomacy: "For the first time in the Arab world’s history, there is a real opportunity for the U.S. to match its words and actions towards the region, and to have foreign policy become the basis upon which to formulate a truly engaging public diplomacy."
Discussing the BBG’s (dys)function) - Matt Armstrong, MountainRunner: "Information is power.
Former VOA director takes his Pentagon Papers play to China (updated again) - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
NCIV National Meeting is February 15-18 - uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org: "This February, over 500 citizen diplomats from across the world will come together in Washington DC for NCIV's largest annual event: The NCIV National Meeting. This year's theme--One Story at a Time: The Impact of Citizen Diplomacy. Using stories that highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of citizen diplomats over the years, the annual conference will showcase the power of citizen diplomacy. This will be a 'unique and memorable' conference, according to the NCIV
Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in Turkey - Ibrahim Kalin, sam.gov.tr: "Abstract [:]Turkey’s soft power capacity comes from its history, culture and geography. Rather than seeing them as obstacles or burdens, the Turks are now turning them into strategic assets in both domestic and foreign policy. The new Turkish public diplomacy is building on Turkey’s expanding soft power in the Balkans, the Middle East and the Caucasus. As Turkey engages new regions and emerging actors as well as continues relations with its old allies, it develops new capacities for the various elements of soft power and strategic communication in regional and global contexts. The new Turkey that is emerging is also creating a new Turkish narrative with multiple dimensions and faces. The task of the new Turkish public diplomacy is to tell the story of the new Turkey to a wide ranging audience across the globe. As Turkey overcomes its old fears and builds a new identity for itself, the process of change transforming the country will have a deep impact on Turkish domestic and foreign policy."
U. S. – China Medical Exchange & Humanitarian Outreach (Part 1) - brucemoranconsulting: "STATE DEPARTMENT: An avenue of public diplomacy that has not been explored with China is the creation of bi–lateral dialogue in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is highly honored and revered by the ‘average Chinese citizen.’ TCM is at the very heart and soul of the Chinese community."
deepening the foreign military relations - joseph.relocation-winner.com:: "Xinhua Beijing January 16 (Reporter Lixuan Liang, Wang Jingguo) ... Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office Ministry of Defence
Live Interview with Public Diplomacy General in Foreign Minister [video] - diretube.com
Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare: Part 2 - Public Diplomacy, Networks and Influence: "The PWE [Political Warfare Executive?] document makes the point that there are different modes of acting towards friends and enemies[:][']The attitude to the enemy and to his subject peoples is belligerent; the attitude to friendly and still independent peoples is persuasive. One is disruptive behind the lines of the enemy; the other is conciliatory in the councils of our friends. One requires the mentality and techniques of subversion; the other, in open relationship, means frankness and information. The one seeks to destroy the confidence of the enemy; the other seeks to win the confidence of friends.['] The PWE paper also makes the point that action towards friends and enemies make use many of the same communication techniques. Contemporary Western public diplomacy in some parts of the world it has elements of both these approaches."
Wondering about Propaganda, Rhetoric, and Public Diplomacy - John Brown, Notes and Essays: "Tone: Aristotelian rhetoric is based on logic and poetics. Modern propaganda, at its worst, is based on irrationality and violence to language. Audience: Aristotelian rhetoric is an appeal to those who think and who can control their feelings. Modern propaganda aims to manipulate the crowd by over-heating atavistic emotions. Purpose: Propaganda exists for one purpose and one purpose only: for the benefit of the propagandist and/or her organization (nothing wrong with that, by the way; but it's how you do it). Aristotelian rhetoric 'reaches out' beyond the propagandist for the benefit of the polis. ... Walter Isaacson, who's decided to leave his position as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, characterized the Declaration of Independence as 'in effect, a work of propaganda
-- or, to put it more politely, an exercise in public diplomacy intended to enlist other countries to the cause.' I am not quite sure whether our Declaration reflects classical rhetoric or modern propaganda. It's maybe a reflection of both, in part because of the historical period when it was written (George III took quite a beating in the Declaration, as did native Americans)." Image from
Campaigns Officer, British Embassy Beijing - chinadevelopmentbrief.cn: "Campaigns Officer The British Embassy is in process of looking for a qualified candidate for the position of Campaigns Officer. Main purpose of job: The Communications Team is responsible for coordinating all public-facing aspects of the network of UK Embassies and Consulates in China. The Campaigns Support Officer will have an important role in promoting the UK’s ‘soft power’ messages across China. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and delivering public diplomacy projects that support the UK’s messages. The jobholder will be tasked with executing campaigns and running events that engage and influence our target audiences."
War propaganda has finally moved onto Twitter; WAR Tweets – Global Perspectives on America - American Opinion - turkishcentralnews.com: if social media
Russia Today’s Creative Destruction - Avadoro Worden: When you’re taking on an establishment larger than yourself, generally the best strategy is attrition through asymmetry. The fact that RT(Russia Today) is Russian, obviously, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Which leads to the question, what is RT’s relationship with the Putin regime. RT is essentially a state supported News service that is frequently accused of pro-Putin propaganda and connections with Russian intelligence. It was established in 2005 to provide a response to the western anti-Putin media, and in 2010 established an American division, with in the US itself. There is no particular ideology that RT follows, apart from being softly anti-western or anti-American. But even its anti-western orientation is complicated. RT frequently provides air-time for intellectuals who are often verging on conspiratorial from anarcho-libertarian to avowed third-world Marxists, and far from the general consensus of news media.
China’s Soft-Power Offensive in Taiwan - Yuriko Koike, project-syndicate.org: Will Taiwan become more like the mainland, or vice versa?
Hello from Ottawa: The Canadian War Museum and Its Special Exhibit ”Weapons of Mass Dissemination – The Propaganda of War” - Susanne Pacher, itaxi.info: The new Canadian War Museum has special exhibition: “Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War." The term “propaganda” itself is defined as the “organized dissemination of information to influence thouths, beliefs, feelings and actions." The exhibition was originally developed by the Wolfsonian-Florida International University and highlights visual propaganda tools used in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Holland. Propaganda posters date back to the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Spanish Civil War. Numerous colourful posters from different countries illustrate the powerful impact of war-time propaganda and its powerful impact on the masses.
Emotional headlines, bright colours and strong symbolism evoke powerful feelings fear, anger, pride and patriotism. Here are a few examples of how nations engaged in war use propaganda posters: - to exhort men, and even women and members of different ethnic groups to join the army ["There is still a space for you in the Waffen SS"]- to promote the purchase of war bonds ["I buy bonds and I build bombs"]- to increase production and output of military equipment- to reduce the civilian consumption of tobacco products so soldiers can enjoy smoking- to plant seeds and vegetables to create oil for the hungering masses- to portray the enemy in the most negative way, using unflattering and threatening images- to warn the population of “careless talk” implying that foreign spies could pick up important information and use it against the nation- to instruct soldiers and the population in the use of protective equipment such as gas masks. In addition to the posters from the Wolfsonian …#34; Florida International University, the Canadian War Museum has added a Canadian component to add to this exhibition. The development of propaganda in Canada is featured in the form of posters from the Museum’s collections, footage from the National Film Board, as well as special hands-on programming. Screenings of NFB propaganda films, creative workshops and a popular speaker series round out the programming on the topic of mass media and propaganda. Image from Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War Malloy Wing Galleries
British WW1 propaganda posters - empirecall.blogspot.com: In 2006, King's College, London, purchased a collection of colour propaganda posters from the Moravian Church of North America.
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Meet Mexican tattoo diva "La Mujer Vampira," Maria Jose Cristerna - Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing: Mexican tattoo star Maria Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during the Venezuela Tattoo Expo in Caracas, January 27, 2012. She is a 35-year-old attorney. 98 percent of her body is covered in tattoos. She also has prosthetic fangs, and platinum implants in her forehead.
Monday, January 30, 2012
"[T]he states of America are a country where there are thirty-two religions, but there is only one course at dinner — and it’s bad."
--Statement attributed to gourmet French diplomat Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince de Bénévent, who was in the U.S. in the 1790s; image from
[Disney's] Food Will Win The War [World War II] -- kathykavan.com
The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012: Cultural Diplomacy in Practice (Berlin, International Conference, March 22nd - 25th, 2012). See also.
Has France become a charity case? A downtrodden French suburb accepts aid from Qatar - Clea Caulcutt, GlobalPost: In December, the Qatari embassy in Paris announced it was launching a fund to help entrepreneurs in impoverished areas in the French suburbs, known as the 'banlieues.' ... Five to six million Muslims live in France, many whom can trace their heritage to former North African colonies.
Rhode Island School of Design Partners with the U.S. Department of State's Office of ART in Embassies: Collaboration On Art for Moroccan Embassy Kicks Off with Wintersession Course Led by Renowned Artist and RISD Alumnus Jim Drain - marketwatch.com: "Visiting artist Jim Drain (RISD BFA 98/Sculpture) is leading Art in Embassies: Morocco, a Wintersession 2012 studio course at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as the first phase of a multiyear partnership between RISD and the U.S. Department of State's Office of ART in Embassies (AIE), made possible through the generous support of RISD alumna and Board Vice Chair Lisa Pevaroff (RISD BFA 83/Textile Design).
from, with caption: Jim Drain is not a fashion designer. He is an artist.
Will Twitter's new country-specific censorship include a ban on VOA tweets to US tweeps? - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting: "Marketing Land, 26 Jan 2012, Danny Sullivan: 'Until now, Twitter’s not had the ability to censor certain tweets or accounts, to prevent them from being seen — if legally required — by users in particular countries. That’s now changed, though Twitter stresses that it hasn’t yet used this new ability and that should it have to, anything withheld will be disclosed. Twitter has shared the news on its blog, saying: 'As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression.' ... Twitter is preparing for potential demands in the way that Google already does, by alerting its users to when content has been withheld and providing information about why, through the Chilling Effects site.' [Elliott comment:]
Twitter's new censorship plan stirs global furor: Its says it now has the power to block tweets in a specific country if the government legally requires it to do so. Dissidents and activists fear the new policy will stifle free speech - Jessica Guynn, latimes.com: "Twitter has promoted itself as a beacon of free speech, and that image was burnished when revolutionaries used the social media service to organize protests during last year's Arab Spring uprising. But in what many view as an about-face, Twitter now says it has the power to block tweets in a specific country if the government legally requires it to do so, triggering outrage around the world, especially in Arab countries. Dissidents and activists there fear the new policy will stifle free speech and thousands of users are threatening to boycott Twitter."
Press TV and the Regulation of International Broadcasting - Public Diplomacy, Networks and Influence: "A quick comment on the decision of OFCOM the UK communications regulator to revoke the license of the Iranian international broadcaster Press TV A lot of contemporary international broadcasting depends on platforms (VHF radio, cable TV, national satellite TV) that are under the control of the country they are broadcasting to. This creates a double problem. The international broadcaster is subject to a regulatory regime that is primarily designed to enforce national broadcasting priorities. This creates the risk that the international broadcaster will fall foul of their license terms.
Azerbaijan-NATO ties deserve 'positive assessment - F.H., News.Az, Azerbaijan's permanent representative to NATO, Khazar Ibrahim: "As for the main spheres of practical cooperation, it is possible to
All available resources to be utilized for capacity building of press officers: Firdous - Associated Press of Pakistan: "Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said that all available resources would be utilized for capacity building of press officers posted abroad for effectively projecting true image of the country. ... The minister was addressing the concluding session of a three-day Consultative Conference on Press Officers organized by External Publicity Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting here. ... The conference underscored the importance of training and capacity building of personnel of the ministry for which it will arrange foreign language and capacity building courses on public diplomacy and public relations."
The pernicious logic of consumer ‘choice,’ pt. 1. - charlesfairchild.wordpress.com: "Academics, corporations, the marketing industry all using their ability to get you to do what they want you to do through ‘attraction rather than coercion.’ When does the infrastructure proving ‘attraction’ slip over the line into ‘coercion’ or is that not a question we should be asking? All of this also suggests that this idea of ‘consumer choice’ as the be all end all of human civilisation serves some better than others. If these are the terms under which our ‘participation’ is constructed, we can’t opt out, whether we like it or not.
GetHired Nabs $1.75 Million To Launch Its Video-Centric Recruiting Platform and Job Board - techcrunch.com: "[The start-up] GetHired ... is today launching a video-based, social recruiting platform and job board that is looking to empower job seekers — allowing them to set themselves apart from the competition — by creating video and audio profiles to accompany their resumesGetHired is today announcing that it has raised $1.75 million in seed funding from a host of angel investors, including CEO of the Global Environment Fund, Jeffrey Leonard, former CEO of Discovery Communications and the former Under Secretary of State For Public Diplomacy And Affairs, Judith McHale, CEO of LegalZoom.com, John Suh, and Mack Capital CEO, Ralph Mack."
Irsay-Manning feud sure to steal Super Bowl spotlight - sportingnews.com: "[Indiana QB Peyton ] Manning talked to the Indianapolis Star and described an unhealthy atmosphere around the organization . ... Few suspected he would reveal as much as he did in the Star. ... Manning's a politician now, after a decade and a half of public diplomacy about everything personal and professional"
U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage in Iraq - Eric Schmitt and Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times: A month after the last American troops left Iraq, the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel. Some senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program, saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty. The program was described by the department’s diplomatic security branch in a little-noticed section of its most recent annual report and outlined in broad terms in a two-page online prospectus for companies that might bid on a contract to manage the program. It foreshadows a possible expansion of unmanned drone operations into the diplomatic arm of the American government; until now they have been mainly the province of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.
English Is Global, So Why Learn Arabic? - New York Times: In a recent essay in The Times, Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard University, wrote about preparing American students for the future. In the essay, he said that international experience was essential, arguing that English’s emergence as the global language makes the investment in other languages less essential.
The Mixtape of the Revolution - Sujatna Fernandes, New York Times: During the recent wave of revolutions across the Arab world and the protests against illegitimate presidents in African countries like Guinea and Djibouti, rap music has played a critical role in articulating citizen discontent over poverty, rising food prices, blackouts, unemployment, police repression and political corruption. Why has rap — an American music that in its early global spread was associated with thuggery and violence — come to be so highly influential in these regions? After all, rappers are not the only musicians involved in politics. Rappers, according to the Senegalese rapper Keyti, “are closer to the streets and can bring into their music the general feeling of frustration among people.” Another reason is the oratorical style rap employs: rappers report in a direct manner that cuts through political subterfuge. As the Arab revolutions and African protests are ousting and discrediting establishment politicians, the young populations of these regions are looking to rappers as voices of clarity and leadership. Rappers are hoping to inaugurate a different kind of politics.
Coalition of the Departing: France may be the first in a stampede for the exits in Afghanistan - Review and Outlook, Wall Street Journal: The President faces an uphill battle in April's presidential election, and the French public is overwhelmingly opposed to the Afghan deployment. It would be unfair to lay too much blame on Mr. Sarkozy, who is only trying to get ahead of the coming stampede for the exits.
Britain is Better Off Without Iranian Press TV, Regardless of What the Channel's Supporters Tell Us - Tom J Wilson, Huffington Post: Press TV is in breach of broadcasting regulations on account of its editorial content being dictated from outside the United Kingdom, indeed from Tehran no less.
Anti-Zionism conference held in Gaza - presstv.ir: The Palestinian Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS) organized the meeting on Sunday. Mahmoud Herthany, a CPDS member, told Press TV that the situation in Palestine must be made clear to the world in order to put an end to Israel's propaganda that is “controlling many of the media outlets of the world today.” See also.
Palestinians censure UK students' tour - presstv.ir: Palestinian student groups have issued an open letter condemning Britain's Labor party student officers for taking part in a recent propaganda tour of the occupied Palestinian territories. The all-expenses paid tour organized by the British Union of Jewish Students (UJS) involved a visit to the illegal settlements being developed all across the lands occupied by the armed to teeth army of the Zionist entity.
Cell phones are now illegal in North Korea, propaganda over 3G resumes in 100 days - phonearena.com: The North Korean government has imposed a total ban on mobile phones. During the 100 days of mourning for the loss of the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, those who get caught using a mobile phone will be treated as war criminals.
You, Me and The DMZ: Imagining North Korea - hyperallergic.com: North Korea is so wacky they have their own calendar system, and it marks its centennial anniversary in 2012, the birthdate of the late Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Dovetailing neatly with the recent passing of Übermeister Kim Jong-il, A Postcard From Afar: North Korea From A Distance, curated by Mark Feary, showcases the bull’s eye vision of Apex Arts unsolicited proposal program’s winning entry. North Korea calls itself the Junche Republic (100). The 100 marks its centennial anniversary (2012), chosen because it is the 100th birthday of the late Kim Il-sung, the current leader Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Feary’s curatorship asks eight artists to image what is going on behind its secretive borders.
UK and US Wartime Food Propaganda - Image: from one of 18 entries:
The Nazis’ 1943 film version of Titanic - thehistorypressuk.wordpress.com: We all know what sort of propaganda films the Allies produced during the war – films like Casablanca, Went the day well?, In which we Serve etc, but have you ever wondered what sort of feature films the Germans were watching at the same time? As I gradually researched more and more films produced during the Nazi era it soon became apparent that a number of myths had emerged over the years about the nature of Nazi film propaganda. One, that the Nazis were masters at producing film propaganda.
Propaganda poster calling to serve in the SS Division Nederland - archivesofkhazad-dum.blogspot.com [JB note: some may find this Céline-like Russian/English blog from which this image is culled from surfing the internet totally objectionable]
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
"Background in diplomacy (public or otherwise) ... would not be helpful."
--United States [Civilian] International Broadcasting (USIB) guru Kim Andrew Elliott, on the qualifications needed for a new Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which "encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting"; image from
ICD [Institute for Cultural Diplomacy] Updates and Call for Applications: International Conferences, February – March 2012
Opportunity for musicians from Egypt, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, and USACultures in Harmony is happy to promote an exciting opportunity for musicians from 40 countries. The countries from that list where CiH has done projects are Egypt, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, and USA.
The Public Diplomacy of Drones - Matt Armstrong, MountainRunner: "Public diplomacy and strategic communication must be on the take-offs of drones, not just the landings, crash landings
Are Europe's Muslims America's problem? "Soft power" programmes in the US that reach out to European Muslims have drawn ire from EU governments - Hishaam Aidi, aljazeera.com: "For several years now, the State Department has been quietly trying to introduce its ideas around race, multiculturalism and affirmative action into European policy and activist circles, aiming to alter the discourse on Islam in Europe - and in some cases, actively trying to help 'integrate' European Muslims. The WikiLeaks cables that probably stirred the most anger in European capitals were those where US diplomats castigated allies - France, Britain, Holland - for mistreating their Muslim minorities, and not doing enough to battle domestic extremism. ... US diplomats expected resistance to these public diplomacy initiatives from the French establishment. 'While direct development assistance from USG is not likely to be available for France,' notes one [leaked] cable, requesting the availability of funds 'to address the consequences of discrimination and minority exclusion in France' - stressing that, given France's official discourse and self-image, 'such an effort will continue to require considerable discretion, sensitivity and tact on our part'. ... Perhaps the greatest irony of the State Department's efforts to showcase the model integration of US Muslims, and to deploy the images and ideas of the civil rights movement in Europe, is that these efforts have been occurring against a backdrop of unfavourable media images of Quran burnings, anti-mosque rallies and accusatory Congressional hearings." Via JR on twitter.
Samsonite Man: A Look At Hip Hop's Diplomatic Affairs - Alex Dweezy Dwyer, hiphopdx.com: "By leveraging America’s abundance of soft-power (i.e. culture and the arts) the Government attempts to explore ways to find common ground with other countries through its citizenry. These Cultural Ambassadors spend ten days to six weeks abroad representing the U.S. as filmmakers, dancers, choreographers and musicians. Prior to 2000, Hip-Hop’s quarter century of history and bursting-at-the-seams popularity hadn’t legitimized itself enough for Uncle Sam’s use. ... Tactically, the focus of both ambassador programs mirrors an obvious effort to open a dialogue, even if it’s just a cultural one, with countries where ideologies collide. The bulk of the U.S. Government’s diplomacy energy is unleashed where it’s needed. That means in countries and areas that are unfriendly towards the United States. Cultural, or public, diplomacy’s main purpose is long term, despite everyone wanting results yesterday. Jazz remains a music in the State Department lineup. Today, diplomacy efforts are often tasked with preemptively culturing potential terrorist threats to death. There’s a general haze of discouragement from many in the media about the effectiveness any Cultural Ambassador efforts have on relations with nations participating directly or indirectly to our foes in the 'War on Terror.' ... Secretary of State, Hil[l]ary Clinton famously exclaimed that Hip-Hop could 'absolutely' be a diplomatic 'chess piece.' ... Hip Hop is still America’s mirror. Maybe that has something to do with why the country’s not particularly flattered by what it sees. Things are fouled up, realness will be kept. The U.S. Government, using a small sampling of a certain segment of Hip Hop artists in an effort to do good in the world, should be embraced by the Hip Hop community. ... Above all else, it [hip hop] should receive the same respect and treatment as other cultural diplomacy initiatives, especially if we are going to measure their success against each other. It’s earned that much."
In Defense of Hip-Hop Diplomacy - ivmedia, aproudpeople.com: "At a discussion after a Washington, D.C., screening of a new documentary on global hip-hop, The Furious Force of Rhymes, the audience was elated that the film showed Brooklyn, N.Y.-based emcee Toni Blackman performing in Kenya. But someone lamented that the U.S. State Department had sponsored her trip. An article at the webzine AlterNet similarly blasted the State Department for including hip-hop in its cultural-diplomacy efforts: 'Clearly, rank
Simone Jacobson: How to Lower Your Standards - theangleshow.com: "American gypsy who recently earned her Master of Arts in Arts Management at American University, she [Jacobson] is also the managing editor for Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture and the curator-in-residence at Busboys and Poets. Her Master’s thesis, 'America’s Cultural Illiteracy: Is Hip-Hop the Best Tutor?' addressed U.S. and global hip-hop
Hiplomacy cont. - Paul Rockower, Levantine: A while back, a young conservative wrote in the National Review questioning whether hip hop should be used for cultural diplomacy.
I found his criticism to be shortsighted and culturally relativistic. Later, Alternet had another piece calling the use of hip hop as cultural diplomacy to be hypocrisy. Fast forward a few months, and there are a few articles pushing back and pointing out the positive side of hiplomacy, the use of hip hop as cultural diplomacy. -The Root offers an eloquent defense of hip hop diplomacy with some context of cultural diplomacy, with a look at the Jazz Ambassadors and concludes that Hip Hop is a logical progression for cultural diplomacy.-HipHopDX has the first of a four-part series on Hip Hop Diplomacy." Image from; MORE ON CULTURAL DIPLOMACY BELOW
Friendship, Diplomacy Celebrated For Centennial Cherry Blossom Festival - "The Ambassador of Japan hosted a kick-off celebration for the upcoming Centennial Cherry Blossom Festival. The 2012 year marks the 100th year when Cherry Blossom trees were given as a gift from Japan to President Taft and his wife, First Lady Helen Taft. ... Ambassador Fujisaki and his wife greeted a mix of Washingtonians, diplomats and Japanese dignitaries including Ambassador Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. The Centennial celebration has been in the planning for two years, according to
Muralismo - Paul Rockower, Levantine: "On a winter-turned-spring day, I ducked out of my house-turned-office and over to the Mexican Embassy-turned-Mexican Cultural Institute. ... I was welcomed into the ornate edifice with a stunning mural that wound up the floors. I wandered in and out of the floors, through mahogany libraries that smelled of old world dust and a giant azulejo concert hall whose blue and white burned radiant in the afternoon light. The rooms oozed old Mexican colonial charm, and I was charmed. ... [T]he one panel that really caught my eye featured North and South America embracing, with leaders like Washington, Bolivar, San Martin, Marti, Lincoln and Juarez all looking on.
Looking for Part-Time Work? The Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors just opened up - Matt Armstrong, MountainRunner: "The Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Walter Isaacson, is resigning his position at the BBG. Walter’s decision has surprised many. He was a well-respected leader of the BBG, a prolific author (most recently of the Steve Jobs biography, but also biographies of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin) and tremendously busy person (he continues to be president and CEO of the Aspen Institute). The Chairmanship of the BBG is, like the other board members, a part-time job.
Breaking news: Walter Isaacson stepping down as Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman - BBGWatcher, usgbroadcasts.com: "BBG Watch, the independent BBG employee website, is reporting that the Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Walter Isaacson is stepping down from his BBG position. According to Isaacson’s email to his senior staff, he informed the White House about his decision and said that he is involved in a new writing project. Isaacson is the author of a highly popular biography of Steve Jobs. While under Isaacson’s leadership, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has been criticized for proposing to end Voice of America radio and television broadcasts to China. The BBG executive staff was said to be responsible for this proposal which was subsequently blocked by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. ... BBG Watch has heard unconfirmed rumors that the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo
Former Voice of America editor argues against privatization of U.S. international broadcasts - Vello Ederma, usgbroadcasts.com: "US international broadcasting should not be totally government or totally private.
Will the new BBG chairman be a hack or a flack? - Kim Andrew Elliott Reporting on International Broadcasting: "I would not call the USIB [US International Broadcasting] upper management 'thin.' There's is an abundance of upper management, given that each entity has an upper management.
Death of VOA reporter in Pakistan shows "fatal attraction ... of American-sponsored journalism," he [Momin Iftikhar of The Nation (Lahore)] writes - Kim Andrew Elliott Reporting on International Broadcasting. See also.
International broadcasters call for end to Iranian satellite jamming. But Iran claims its TV is jammed by UK - Kim Andrew Elliott Reporting on International Broadcasting
In Florida primary, Newt Gingrich touts his support for Radio Martí. And Sean Hannity wants to be his VOA director - Kim Andrew Elliott Reporting on International Broadcasting
Musician Chucho Valdés, who still lives in Cuba, credits past shortwave listening to VOA Jazz Hours - Kim Andrew Elliott Reporting on International Broadcasting.
Vol. VIII No. 2, January 13-January 26, 2012 - The Layalina Review on Public Diplomacy and Arab Media
Social Media Cell to be strengthened: Firdous - thefrontierpost.com: "[Pakistan'] Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said that all available resources would be utilized for capacity building of press officers posted abroad for effectively projecting true image of the country. She said the Social Media Cell functioning at the Press Information Department
A ‘wander-ful’ service for travellers - Tan Sri Mohd and Radzi Abd Rahman, Malaysia Star: "Although many Malaysians abroad do not see the need to contact the embassy unless they are in trouble, the Foreign Ministry’s consular service is always ready to help. ... As a significant contributor to public diplomacy, the consular office assumes an important role in current-day diplomacy but when Malaysians work in tandem with them, the end-product benefits not only themselves but also their country – and not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R. Tolkien)."
Justice Katju, Salman Rushdie and the Jaipur Lit Fest - Madhurjya Kotoky, publicdiplomacyblog.com: "'Jaipur Lit Fest' (JLF) as it is popularly
Cfa materials – the development of international education content-type - zuoshar.com: "University of Foreign Economic and commercial area located in the sunny capital of Beijing, adjacent to the Bird's Nest, Water Cube, the campus planning exquisite, elegant case, is the teaching part of the state key university directly under the world, land of the '211 Project' key construction of the first universities, the country teaching part of the country and build a business part of the university, is the cause of China's socialist economic construction and scientific research, personnel training, an important base. ... Hong care consists of a six colleges, and a graduate department, sports department, the ideological and political theory teaching and research department . ... [including] the international political (public diplomacy direction)."
9 percent year-on-ye jo - friendcrew.com: "Media spotlight was likewise actors aboard a potential free commerce approval among the two Asian economic powerhouses because Lee plus Hu agreed apt work towards launching negotiations about to The up-to-the-minute newspaper plus messages these embassies post show is the little blog has chanced the media of option for emigrant diplomatic agencies apt conduct public diplomacy the embassies of Thailand and France attempt language courses."
The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis - "Wilson Center ECNU Scholar Zhao Jike will present a work-in-progress presentation entitled The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis which examines the role of the USIA in implementing U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In an unprecedented communications effort, the USIA reached out to an overseas audience in the hundreds of millions with news, background, features and commentaries, documenting the American position on the secret Soviet buildup in Cuba. Because of its effective performance, the USIA won praises from both the White House and the Congress and its funding increased markedly in the next few years. Zhao Jike is a Ph.D. candidate at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China. Though his Ph.D. will be in history, his undergraduate background in journalism has informed his thinking about the Cold War as a cultural phenomenon. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. program, Zhao earned his M.A. degree with a thesis on US intelligence estimates and decision-making surrounding Israel’s nuclear program. Joing Zhao on the panel is Yafeng Xia, Wilson Center fellow and associate professor at Long Island University." Via LBJ
Public Relations of the Cold War - "Veranstalter: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University Datum, Ort: 1.12.2011-03.12.2011, Cambridge [.] ... As an overarching theme of the period between 1945 and 1989, the Cold War still attracts scholars who study the ideological conflict from various angles. One aspect that has increasingly received attention in recent years is the way the Cold War functioned as a background for international activities in the field of culture and communication. Looking at cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy and international propaganda campaigns thus provides new insights into developments that emerged in the context of the Cold War but often still influence today's world. What has received less attention, however, was how Cold War policies were 'sold' to national constituencies. The conference 'Public Relations of the Cold War', held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
UN Dispatch at NATO - Una Moore: "I’m in Brussels with eight other security bloggers for two days of briefings at NATO Headquarters followed
Le bonheur de vivre - Mr. Brown Goes Around: "I am living with a roommate here in Honolulu for the semester, until I return to Asia in late May. ... At six, my friend Bob, the former United States' cultural attaché to India, picked me up and we walked around Diamond Head, the landmark volcano crater that thrusts itself into the Pacific, pausing to watch the sunrise over the vast expanse of the limitless ocean. When our walk recommenced, so did our conversation, dancing over the influence of various classical schools of Islamic law on what was happening in the world today to the travesty of justice and monument to incompetence the Khmer Rouge trials have devolved into. Normally our friend Demeris accompanies us on these morning walks. She was in charge of public diplomacy for the United States Embassy in Phnom Pehn previously (she did not join us today as she is helping coordinate the Fulbright program in Indonesia on a short-term assignment)--I am sure she could have added much to that last conversation."
Panda Diplomacy - Mary Pan [My home: Guangxi University commune], yearofchina.globalconversation.org: "You can't have a conversation about China without talking about pandas! I
asked a senior Chinese military official two years ago whether or not China funds any cultural diplomacy efforts besides lending out panda bears to zoos. His answer was unfortunately no. I had asked a senior American diplomat (and Brown grad) whether or not America funds any cultural diplomacy efforts. His answer was that American culture proliferates itself. I leave you to draw your own conclusions. But I think the two countries have much in common on that aspect of foreign policy." Image from article
Meridian International Center and The Embassy of the People's Republic of China Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the 2nd Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration - gov.ulitzer.com: On Thursday, January 19th, Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China co-hosted the 2nd annual Chinese Lunar New Year reception, celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Dragon at Meridian House. Chinese lanterns and other traditional New Year decorations transformed the historic French-style home. Over 400 guests attended, including high-ranking diplomats from the Chinese Embassy, officials from the U.S. Department of State, D.C. cultural leaders, local and international media, scholars, and corporate representatives. In honor of this occasion, Meridian's Art for Cultural Diplomacy program organized a special art exhibition: A Zhuxianzhen Tradition: New Year Woodblock Prints from Kaifeng. The exhibit included 20 traditional nianhua prints from Henan Province, illustrating auspicious symbols from Chinese folklore – the seventh in a series of exhibits created over the last decade by Meridian with Chinese partners."
Nickelodeon celebrates culture with rare films - Tyler Simpson, The Gamecock: "Though the Nickelodeon Theatre is far from China, Columbia's non-profit cinema will ring in the Chinese New Year by showcasing classic and contemporary Chinese films during its annual Chinese Film Festival for two weeks. The Nickelodeon has partnered with the University of South Carolina's Confucius Institute (CI) and the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) for its third annual Chinese Film Festival, which will make four classic Chinese movies available to Columbia audiences. ... USC
Experience Dutch Culture with Three Month Distinctively Dutch Festival - dreamweavermarketingassociates.blogspot.com: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a nonprofit arts and economic development organization at the center of Downtown Pittsburgh’s revival, will host an array of U.S. and world premieres as part of an interdisciplinary arts festival: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival.
Korea: The Pivot in Latin America - Sarah K. Yun, blog.keia.org: "Until the 1990s, Korea had little economic, political, or cultural ties with Latin America. Since then, relations between Korea and Latin America have improved significantly. On the other hand, the relations have not been developed in a comprehensive multi-dimensional manner. ... In an environment where Korea
‘Authenticity comes from the roots’ - Anupama Ramakrishnan, deccanherald.com: "Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan K Varmae extends his playing field into fiction, after a string of acclaimed non-fictional works. ... He minces no words when he talks about cultural diplomacy.
KOCIS to set up Korean cultural centers in developing countries - Lee Kyung-min, koreaittimes.com: "Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) plans to establish Korean cultural centers in developing countries this year, including those in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, a top official of the KOCIS said. 'To create new foreign demands for the Korean culture, we will set up Korean cultural centers in developing countries, which have great demands for 'hallyu (Korean wave),' said Seo Kang-soo, director of KOCIS. ... Noting that many countries in the world are striving to strengthen their soft power through culture, Director Seo
South Korea to assist Nigeria in the area of manpower development, through the award of scholarships to Nigerian students who may wish to study in Korea - Xinhua, posted at coastweek.com: "Suh Jeong Sun, director of the South Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the country planned to commence a cultural exchange program with Nigeria. The director, who spoke in an interview with reporters during the celebration of Lunar New Year, said the program would begin this year. ... South Korea has cultural centers in 16 countries in the world, while Nigeria is the first African country to benefit from the exchange program. Via CB on twitter
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam [exhibition] British Museum, London -– review - Tim Adams, guardian.co.uk: The hajj – the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca – is very much a growth industry. In 1932, 20,000 pilgrims made the symbolic journey, the fifth pillar of Islamic obligation. This year the faithful will number more than three million (officials from the London Olympics have consulted with the Saudi authorities to see how they manage the annual miracle of traffic flow). One of the striking aspects of this eye-opening exhibition at the British Museum – the first British show devoted to what remains a mysterious journey among non-believers – is the way that the yearly mass migration invokes profound abstract geometries. ... Though an intimate part of the lives of many modern Britons, the pilgrimage remains in many senses a guarded world, which makes the treasures and curiosities collected here – many borrowed from Riyadh and beyond – a unique kind of insight.
The Pleasures and Power of Art – EPOS 2012 - Ayelet Dekel, midnighteast.com: "There’s much to for the cultural epicure to savor at the EPOS International Art Film Festival, the tempting feast includes features and documentaries on art, theatre, dance, literature, music and film. ... The strength of Dave Brubeck – In His Own Sweet Way is aptly expressed by the film’s title: the film reveals and revels in the music and the man, a pleasure and inspiration. The film is a tribute of one artist to another; Clint Eastwood initiated this project after hearing Brubeck’s Cannery Row Suite in 2006. Directed by Bruce Ricker, this film makes the excellent choice of
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BOLDtalks™/ 2012 Brings to Dubai a Line-up of Global Speakers Not to Missed, posted by Samer Marzouq - jazarah.net: "BOLDtalks™/, the flagship UAE event from the creators of intellectual entertainment, today unveiled the line-up of speakers for its 2012 edition. Taking place at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center on 25th February 2012, this year’s BOLDtalks promises to inspire, inform, even challenge the way we think about some of today’s most debated issues. ... BOLDtalks™/ 2012 will also welcome Professor Cynthia P. Schneider, distinguished teacher, publisher and organiser of initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on Muslim relations. Among her many projects is the Muslims on Screen and Television Initiative (MOST), which Schneider co-directs, providing valuable resources and accurate information on Islam for the U.S. entertainment community."
For Prof. Robertson Work, global impact slated for 2012 - wagner.nyu.edu: "The coming year will see Robertson Work, adjunct associate professor of public administration at NYU Wagner, provide a variety of services in diverse settings around the world. In February, Work will make a keynote presentation on
Obama Buttresses Case for U.S. Resilience With Book From Unlikely Source - mark Landler, New York Times: When Senator Barack Obama was photographed clutching a copy of “The Post-American World” as he left his campaign plane during the Democratic primaries in May 2008, some critics viewed it as a telling sign that he embraced a view of the United States as a waning world power. Now, as he runs for re-election, President Obama has latched on to a new foreign policy book, which offers a more appealing narrative for a leader facing fresh charges — this time from Mitt Romney and the other Republican candidates — that he is leading the United States into its twilight of global influence.
State Dept Ducks Oversight on Iraq Reconstruction Projects - Peter Van Buren, We Meant Well: The Washington Post has an important article online and in print criticizing the World’s Most Expensive Embassy (c) for choosing to not provide a complete list of all the projects undertaken as part of the reconstruction of Iraq. “After eight years, we still don’t have a full account of what it was we provided the Iraqis,” Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the US special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, said in the article. “There was no unity of command, no unity of effort.”
Unfinished Business in Iraq - Editorial, nytimes.com: When the last American troops came home from Iraq in December, thousands of Iraqis who had worked with the Americans were left behind. Many have already been targeted by militants, and some had taken refuge on American military bases. But once the bases were closed — or handed over to the Iraqi government — those Iraqis were forced into hiding. Unless Washington lives up to its moral obligation, many more will suffer or be killed. The Special Immigrant Visa program was enacted by Congress in 2007 for Iraqis who helped the military, other parts of the American government and military contractors. It authorized 5,000 special visas annually — but only 3,317 were granted through 2011. Iraqis who aided American non-governmental organizations and media outlets can apply under the refugee program and are also having a hard time. But the special visa program has the worst delays. Today, Iraq is more stable than it was at the height of the violence, but with American troops gone, sectarianism and bloodshed are on the rise. The State Department is concerned enough about safety trends that this month it again formally warned Americans against all but essential travel to Iraq. There should be as much concern for the Iraqis who risked their lives to work with Americans — and are still living there and still at risk.
Book review: 'Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir' by Wael Ghonim : The Egyptian author takes readers inside the uprising that he helped start and that swept Hosni Mubarak from power. He credits social media for their ability to connect activists - Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times: Wael Ghonim is an unlikely rebel. Born in Egypt in 1980, he began working his first Web job while studying at Cairo University, then moved to the U.S. (where he married an American) and eventually became Google's top marketing representative for the Middle East, based in Dubai. His opposition to Hosni Mubarak's regime was far down on his personal list of interests.
Court Keeps Hitler’s Work From German Newsstands - Melissa Eddy, New York Times: battle to prevent circulation of Hitler’s seminal work in Germany when a Bavarian court ruled that a British publisher could not release annotated excerpts of“Mein Kampf.” The publisher, Peter McGee, had planned to provide German newsstands with 100,000 annotated copies of important passages from the book on Thursday as part of a wider project to print historical publications from the Nazi era. But the state court, in Munich, ruled that publication even of citations from the book violated the copyright, held by the State of Bavaria until 2015.
ONE MORE QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"more mercenary than the meanest whore.”
Henry Miller on America; vulgar image from
--Германия тридцатых годов прошлого века. Это фото наглядно демонстрирует, как можно сохранять человеческое достоинство, даже находясь в толпе. (Germany in the 1930s. This photo graphically shows how, even in a crowd, one can maintain human dignity). From JG on facebook.