More or Less in Washington

Times of Malta | Dec 21, 2014

The Maltese embassy in Washington participated in the Kids Euro Festival, organised by the EU delegation to the US, with a show from More or Less Theatre.

Birt Talks Tough on Who Now Foots the World Service Bill

The Guardian | Dec 21, 2014

So much World Service discussion habitually worries about cuts to inherited structures, but here was a bracing counter-blast: never mind soft power; now let’s make all the hard choices that help us, not Whitehall.

Ethiopia's New Diplomacy: Regional Strategies and Significance

Geeska Africa | Dec 21, 2014

The Ethiopian Public diplomacy team has achieved its objectives. The Egyptian President Al-Sisi said, Ethiopia has every right to development and utilization of the Nile Waters.

World Service Fears Losing Information War as Russia Today Ramps up Pressure

The Guardian | Dec 21, 2014

The BBC World Service is being financially outgunned by Russian and Chinese state-owned news channels, its former director Peter Horrocks has warned, amid high-level concerns that Britain and the US are losing a global “information war” with the Kremlin.

Confucius Institutes – Quo Vadis?

The Diplomat | Dec 21, 2014

Since the first institute opened ten years ago, 475 Confucius Institutes and 851 smaller Confucius Classrooms have been established in 126 countries. These numbers raise concerns outside of China about the institute’s intentions, and have prompted some to consider the future of China’s most prominent and most controversial cultural diplomacy initiative.

Janet Jackson on Palestine, Syria Peace Mission

Al Arabiya | Dec 21, 2014

Pop-music icon Janet Jackson was in Palestine on Sunday during a visit to Occupied Jerusalem with her Qatari billionaire husband Wissam al-Mana.  Jackson, also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, posted pictures on her Twitter account of herself posing with “beautiful Palestinian students.”

The Mexican Kitchen's Islamic Connection

Saudi Aramco World | Dec 21, 2014

Although Mexico and India were on opposite sides of the globe, the brown, spicy, aromatic curries that he was offered in India sparked memories of Mexico’s national dish, mole (pronounced MO-lay). Is mole, he wondered, “an ingenious Mexican version of curry, or is curry a Hindu adaptation of a Mexican sauce?”

Does America Need a BBC?

In Homeland Security | Dec 21, 2014

Washington would do well to incorporate the business approaches of the BBC and other successful models that mix entertainment, education and news with a massive stock pile of programs for the foreign audience to consume. 


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