China-Led New Bank Challenges Japanese, US’ Influence

The Brics Post | Oct 26, 2014

From China’s point of view, such a bank makes perfect sense.For the developing countries in Asia, it will be a new source of funding. For China, it will be a channel to strengthen soft power and enhance economic benefits. 

Korea’s Branding Woes

The Diplomat | Oct 26, 2014

The Republic of Korea is a country rich in history, culture and creativity. It’s time to get the word out.  If image is everything, South Korea needs a tune up. At least as far as the West is concerned.

South Sudan Accused of Threatening Aid Groups

New Vision | Oct 25, 2014

A letter to over 100 international aid agencies from South Sudan's NGO Forum detailed the "increasing trend of harassment and interference targeting NGOs" that is "marked by increased hostility and threats from officials".

Syrian Official Honored for Work Protecting Antiquities

The New York Times | Oct 25, 2014

The award, the Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize, was established by Francesco Rutelli, of Italy’s Associazione Priorità Cultura and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, to reward “the courage and determination of those fighting to preserve culture as universal heritage,” according to the organizers, who decided to give the inaugural award to a person or organization involved in the Syrian conflict.

Rwanda Suspends BBC Broadcasts Over Genocide Film

New Vision | Oct 25, 2014

Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide.

UN Peace Conference Renews Commitment Against Extremism of All Kinds

Cihan | Oct 25, 2014

At a United Nations conference organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) on Friday in Geneva, a wide range of participants agreed that global challenges against peace should not lead to apathy, while reiterating their commitment against all kinds of extremism. 

How Russia Is Using Propaganda

The Daily Signal | Oct 25, 2014

Russia also has ramped up its advances on the information warfare front, aiming a barrage of propaganda at foreigners, particularly at Russian speakers living in its “near abroad.”

Embassy in Brazil Prepares for Road to Rio 2016

Jamaica Information Service | Oct 25, 2014

Jamaican Ambassador to Brazil, Her Excellency Alison Stone Roofe, says her embassy staff has already started preparations to capitalize on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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