Tradition Meets Twitter as Saudis Pledge to New King

Middle East Institute | Jan 27, 2015

Thousands of Saudis have poured into the palace of King Salman who acceded the throne after the death of his half-brother Abdullah last week.  But thousands of others have pledged their allegiance to the new ruler online, taking advantage of social media networks.

U.N. Suspends Aid to Help Rebuild Gaza, Citing Lack of Funding

Los Angeles Times | Jan 27, 2015

A United Nations agency said Tuesday that conditions in the Gaza Strip are growing more desperate following its decision to suspend aid to repair homes damaged in last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Interested in Resuming CNN Broadcasts in Russia

Sputnik News | Jan 27, 2015

The Russian communications and media watchdog Roskomnadzor and representatives from CNN International have expressed an interest in resuming CNN broadcasting in Russia, the press release on the Roskomnadzor's website said Tuesday.

UK Aid Risks Promoting US Models of Democracy, MPs Say

The Guardian | Jan 27, 2015

The Department for International Development’s (DfID) extensive use of US organisations to strengthen parliaments in developing countries risks using British taxpayers’ money to promote “less accountable” American-style political systems at the expense of those based on the Westminster model, MPs have warned.

The Art of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Foreign Policy | Jan 27, 2015

Another major voice in Pakistan questioning the national narratives has been that of the Ajoka Theatre group. Ajoka (meaning “dawn of a new day” in Punjabi) gave three performances in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, presented by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics and the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University. These performances were part of the laboratory’s two-year Myriad Voices Festival that aims to expand awareness and understanding about Muslim societies through the performing arts.

PR Firms Ought To Say ‘No’ Once In a While

New York Observer | Jan 27, 2015

Corporate Europe Observatory, a Brussels based think-tank released an enlightening research report this week entitled “Spin doctors to the autocrats: how European PR firms whitewash repressive regimes.” It reveals how often the PR industry faces ethical challenges with big money being dangled in front of us to represent controversial interests. 


Obama’s Chewing Gum Habit: A Diplomatic Faux Pas in India?

Yahoo News | Jan 27, 2015

President Obama, in India for a state visit, was chided by local press after he was spotted chewing gum during Monday’s Republic Day parade, which celebrates the day that India’s 1950 constitution went into effect.

U.S. to Give $1 Billion to Fund Immunizations

Wall Street Journal | Jan 26, 2015

The U.S. government plans to donate $1 billion over the next four years to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, to fund immunizations for millions of children in developing countries.


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