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.

Voice of Russia Celebrates 85th Anniversary in Broadcasting

Ria Novosti | Oct 29, 2014

On this day 85 years ago, on October 29, 1929, Radio Moscow, now known to the world as Radio VR, began its first international broadcast, transmitting in German. It would soon begin broadcasting in French and English as well. 

War Reporter-Turned Movie Maker Turns Camera on Egyptian Slums

Al Arabiya | Oct 29, 2014

After working as a war cameraman for 18 years, getting injured twice along the way, Egyptian journalist Ibrahim al Batout decided to get away from the real-life violence and make movies.  But his latest venture "El Ott" or "The Cat", which premiered this week at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, does not shy away from blood.

Religiously Framing Turkey's Humanitarian and Cultural Diplomacy

Daily Sabah | Oct 29, 2014

Several newly flourishing institutions have attracted both media and public attention for culturally interacting with other nations and providing humanitarian aid. Without a doubt their efforts bolster Turkey's influence in its surrounding region.

Israel Goes Anime to Promote Tourism from Japan

Jerusalem Post | Oct 29, 2014

The embassy of Israel in Tokyo has launched an animated, online series in its latest effort to boost tourism from Japan.  The seven-part show will broadcast on the embassy's official YouTube page.

Invite Foreign Interns to Settle in Japan, Think Tank Says

The Japan Times | Oct 29, 2014

A Tokyo think tank says the nation should replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee program with a system that invites overseas interns to settle in Japan, which would help solve an immediate labor shortage and an approaching demographic crisis.

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