APDS Blogger: Shannon Haugh “America has put our money where our mouth is, our boots on the ground and our hands in the air like we just do care."-Stephen Colbert, American Political Satirist and TV host. On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan ravished the Philippine archipelago. With 195 MPH winds and gusts of up to 230 MPH, the typhoon killed an estimated 4,000 people and displaced another 670,000. Across the southern part of the Philippines and especially in Tacloban, the city most affected by the typhoon, the scene is apocalyptic. Power lines are tangled and have drowned in the…... Full Text
APDS Blogger: Gabriel Bernadett-Shapiro In October, I had the opportunity to take part in a unique project; creating a music video for a social action campaign. The project emerged from several conversations with fellow Annenberg graduate student Rotana Tarabzouni, a woman born and raised in Dhahran (an eastern city in Saudi Arabia). As a Saudi woman, Rotana grew up under a system that imposes restrictions on her individual agency. One of these restrictions is the ability to travel independently within her country, an absurd injunction when examined in a global context; Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world…... Full Text
APDS Blogger: Alex Laverty Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef, & U.S. Embassy, Cairo: Reconceptualizing Diplomatic Norms in the Digital Age On April 3, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted a link to a video of popular political satirist Jon Stewart. For most Twitter users, this would be nothing out of the ordinary. @USEmbassyCairo usually posts links to opportunities for Egyptians for exchange programs with the United States and the activities of the Mission's staff in English.
APDS Blogger: Jennifer Yael Green Nearly twenty years after the end of Apartheid, South Africa is still a country of controversy and conflicting narratives. The stories out of South Africa lately have not been good: just a few weeks ago, a Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, was killed after being dragged behind a police van for over 100 meters. The incident was caught on video, and is eerily reminiscent of police brutality during the Apartheid years, of beatings and interrogations and cover-ups. I have heard the name Steve Biko uttered more than a few times. And in February, Olympic darling…... Full Text
APDS Blogger: Danni Li In an earlier post, I detailed the USC Annenberg MPD delegation’s meeting with PD officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Beijing. The outcome of that meeting raised interesting questions about MFA’s role in PD and about the domestic dimension of China’s PD, which we tried to learn more about through our meetings. In this piece, I will provide my own interpretation of what we learned here. From all the facts that my American professor of Chinese Foreign Policy tried to ‘brainwash’ me with, one stood out, namely, that the MFA has never been…... Full Text