Media Freedom: South African Government Sees How its Done in China

Daily Maverick | Jul 29, 2015

It is China’s heightened interest in South African media, however, which has raised questions about the country’s intentions and objectives which could be viewed as the seeking of “soft power”, or how it can leverage its perception and influence on the continent.

Panda Diplomacy: Charting China's Reform

WPTZ | Jul 29, 2015

Known as "panda diplomacy," China has long been sending its pandas as gifts to other countries as a sign of friendship. [...] We chart the course of Jia Jia's life in parallel with the extraordinary changes in China over the past four decades.

Israel Losing the Current War

Globes | Jul 29, 2015

Israel needs a new information agency to improve its pathetically inadequate public diplomacy efforts, insists Dr. Norman Bailey. [...] Right now, however, it is badly losing a war fought with words, not bullets, but the effect of which can be just as devastating for Israel’s future.

Chinese State Media: Obama ‘Playing the Family Card’ in Africa

Foreign Policy | Jul 28, 2015

One state media take veered dangerously close to racism: on July 24, the day Obama arrived in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, the English language website of state-run outlet Global Times ran a cartoon titled “Homecoming,” portraying the president wearing what appeared to be tribal attire and carrying a spear near a herd of zebra on an open plain.

2022 Games Vote Tops Agenda as International Olympic Committee Meetings Begin in Malaysia

Fox News | Jul 28, 2015

The choice between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan is the centerpiece of the weeklong meetings in the Malaysian capital. The executive board and later the full IOC membership will also receive status updates on preparations for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

US Companies Pledge $140 Billion to Fight Climate Change

Christian Science Monitor | Jul 28, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama administration officials are meeting with major companies on Monday to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, the White House announced. The pledge asks the companies around the world to set goals to make substantial progress toward reducing their impact on climate change.

Obama to Close Four-Day Visit with a Speech at the African Union

Deutsche Welle | Jul 28, 2015

During the final day of his visit to Africa, US President Barack Obama is set to deliver a message to the continent with a speech at the African Union (AU). He is later scheduled to meet with civil society delegates.

Concern for Human Rights Is Not a Valid Reason to Reject the Iran Deal

Muftah | Jul 28, 2015

Opposition to the deal based on issues unrelated to the nuclear program is not new, nor is the “white savior complex” exhibited by many in the U.S. government when it comes to human rights in other parts of the world. 


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