Facebook to Launch Satellite to Expand Internet Access in Africa

Reuters | Oct 6, 2015

Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France's Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Rapper's Lyrical Fight for Mexican Women's Rights

Al Jazeera | Oct 6, 2015

Mare Advertencia Lirika, 28, an indigenous Zapotec, has made a name for herself on the Latin American hip-hop scene. Her rap stands out in part because of her indigenous roots, the poverty she's endured, as well as her politicized upbringing [...] This is the backdrop that sparked Mare's rap career 12 years ago, inspiring her to intertwine indigenous identity and progressive politics into her lyrics.

Moscow’s American Center Just Another Victim of ‘Soft-Power War’

RBTH | Oct 6, 2015

The American Center at Moscow’s Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature has become the latest in a long line of American cultural institutions to be shut down as the political confrontation between Russia and the West widens.

Exchange Students Form Friendships

theWhig.com | Oct 5, 2015

Lucy Morrow and Manon Clavel may live an ocean apart, but the two 14-year-olds have formed a bond that transcends international borders. The two -- one Canadian and the other French -- met while taking part in a student exchange program and have developed a friendship that will last long after the program is over. 

Everyone Wants a Piece of Modi

The Express Tribune Blog | Oct 5, 2015

But, whereas this fits in with the larger patterns of Pakistan’s history, the emergence of a dynamic Indian honcho with the world in his fists is something Sharif could not have anticipated. If only Sharif knew how to take selfies and understood the intricacies of Snapchat.

Re-imagining Public Service Recruitment in a Future Without Selection Criteria

Canberra Times | Oct 5, 2015

After the 2016 election, the new government has realised that soft diplomacy aligned with a more independent foreign policy is far more effective in the long-term than military force. As a consequence, the government establishes a new Department of Regional Cooperation. 

Left At Altar By Corcoran, University of Maryland Has New Partner In The Arts

Washington Post | Oct 5, 2015

After being jilted by the Corcoran Gallery last year, the University of Maryland has found a new partner in the arts — the Phillips Collection. [...] The institutions plan to create academic courses — from art and art history to arts management, cultural diplomacy and conservation — for its undergraduate and graduate students and to offer extended-studies courses and seminars for the community. 

Lukashenko Suggests Using Belarus' Experience of Interethnic and Religious Relations Worldwide

Belarus News | Oct 5, 2015

According to Alexander Lukashenko, public diplomacy opens big prospects in cooperation development. “No doubt, further strengthening of contacts between denominations, ethnic associations and foreign missions accredited in Belarus will be useful. You can become a link between Belarus and other states. It will only benefit the peoples,” the President is confident.


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