Rivlin Tells Arab Journalists: We Must be Israelis Not Jews or Arabs

Jerusalem Post, The | Jul 5, 2015

He urged Israel’s Arab population not to think of itself as a separate entity making a distinction between Arabs and Jews. “Let’s all be Israelis,” he said. [...] In a Jewish and democratic state, he said, there will be peace only when there is consensus on all sides on the issue of coexistence.

US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

Middle East Eye | Jul 5, 2015

A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks.

On His Native Turf, Pope Francis Touches on Cherished Issues

Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015

History's first Latin American pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Obama Marks U. S. National Day at Milan Expo

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia | Jul 5, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has marked the National Day of the United States at the Universal Exhibition in Milan with a video message. "Hello and congratulations to Milan Expo 2015," the president said on the special day organised on the occasion of July 4, U.S. Independence Day.

‘Sop Buntut’, Dialogue at Min’s Place

Jakarta Post, The | Jul 5, 2015

On an annual mission abroad in the Netherlands, for the first time a government delegation under the Communications and Information Ministry visited the home of a survivor and former exile of the 1960s violence.

Dining with Darius

Cairo Review of Global Affairs | Jul 5, 2015

For more than two thousand years, from circa 550 BC to 1700 AD, Persian high cuisine was as important to the politics of Eurasian states as French gastronomy would become to international diplomacy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Japan Pledges $6 BN to Mekong Nations as China Prepares New Bank

Financial Express, The | Jul 4, 2015

Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters.

Under Obama U.S. More Popular Abroad

Lobe Log | Jul 4, 2015

The Republican/neocon narrative that the United States has steadily lost its standing in the eyes of the world since Obama succeeded George W. Bush has been rather strongly undermined by the findings of a major new survey of 40 countries by the Pew Research Center and its Global Attitudes Project.

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