Pope's Comments Create Ripples Not Just in News But in Pews Too

Times of India | Oct 30, 2014

A couple of days ago, Pope Francis had stated that the theories of evolution and the big bang, which is today thought of as the origin of the world, "is not inconsistent with the notion of creation" and that it was possible to believe in both evolution and the Catholic church's teaching on creation. 

The Big Picture: How Film Can Fuel Development

The Guardian | Oct 30, 2014

Films are not only pieces of creative expression, they are also tools of communication and awareness raising, and a way of calling for social change.  The burgeoning African film industry is also a major economic driver.

President Xi Encourages International Cultural Exchanges

CCTV | Oct 30, 2014

President Xi Jinping stressed increasing China's "soft power" by promoting exchanges with other cultures, he said in a written instruction to the China International Culture Exchange Center on Wednesday.

Gazans 'Liberate Palestine' in New Computer Game

Haaretz | Oct 30, 2014

A new computer game developed in Gaza, “The Liberation of Palestine,” invites players to liberate Palestine by all means at their disposal, including force.

Overcoming 'Abnormal Normality' in the US-China Relationship

The Diplomat | Oct 30, 2014

Implemented properly, a “new type of great power relations” could help the U.S. and China reframe their relationship.

Toronto School District Cancels Plans for Confucius Institute

The New York Times | Oct 30, 2014

The Toronto District School Board’s vote to cancel plans for a Confucius Institute marks the latest setback for China’s language- and culture-based soft-power initiative.

Hard Rock and Soft Power in New York

South China Morning Post | Oct 30, 2014

Concert promoters, artists and curators said China was a culturally diverse country, its people citizens of the world, and their contemporary culture needed to be presented in a global context.

Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase

Pew Research Center | Oct 30, 2014

The Internet has become so integral to economic and national life that government, business, and individual users are targets for ever-more frequent and threatening attacks.


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