French Actress Gayet Speaks Out Over Syria

Al Arabiya | Oct 1, 2014

French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made headlines worldwide, opened the Beirut International Film Festival on Wednesday and criticised “fundamentalism” in neighbouring Syria.

More Than Airstrikes: the Social Media War Against ISIS

MSNBC | Oct 1, 2014

As ISIS and its supporters have turned to social media to spread extremist messages across the Middle Eastern region and world, the U.S. State Department has become an active player in the social media war against ISIS.

AFRICOM Supports Operation United Assistance

United States Africa Command | Oct 1, 2014

Supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and African partner nations, service members from U.S. Africa Command help facilitate the building of an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance, a humanitarian relief operation in Ebola-stricken West African nations.

China Soft Power Set Back as US Universities Shut Second Confucius Institute in a Week

The Telegraph | Oct 1, 2014

China’s effort to project soft-power has suffered another serious setback after a second US university in a week announced it would close its on-campus Confucius Institute because of an apparent disagreement over Chinese government controls.

Russia Pulls Out of U.S. Funded Student Exchange Program

ABC News | Oct 1, 2014

Amid political tensions with the West, Russia is pulling out of a popular high school exchange program funded by the U.S. government, according to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

Lebanese Prime Minister Talks Peace, Security, Diplomacy

Al-Monitor | Oct 1, 2014

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced that he asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for “Iran’s help in holding presidential elections because a vacant presidency weakens the country.” He clarified that Rouhani stressed his country’s keenness on maintaining Lebanese national unity. 

Porous Nation: Modi Should Leverage Madison Square Speech to Harness NRI Power for India’s Transformation

The Times of India | Oct 1, 2014

The interesting thing about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden — lapped up by his NRI audience — was that it rendered the boundaries of nationalism porous, so that the resources and talent of NRIs, the vast majority of whom left India for economic reasons, can be leveraged for India’s economic transformation.

USAID is Leaving Ecuador

Global Post | Oct 1, 2014

Under pressure from Ecuador’s left-wing government, the United States Agency for International Development is shutting down its operations in the South American nation after 53 years.


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