Japan Seeks to Promote ‘Correct’ View of Wartime Past

Bloomberg | Jan 30, 2015

Japan is stepping up a campaign to promote a “correct understanding” of its wartime past, in a move that may anger China and South Korea ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August. 

This US Ambassador to Britain Practices 'Vinyl Diplomacy'

PRI | Jan 30, 2015

A poster of Johnny Cash shares space on his office walls with portraits of President Obama and Winston Churchill. Since being appointed ambassador in 2013, he's plopped a turntable and a swelling record collection front and center, removed the conference tables and name cards, and brought in indie bands like Belle & Sebastian, Damien Jurado and The National to mingle with guests such as Prime Minister David Cameron.

BBC in Fear of Falling Behind Russian, Chinese Media

Sputnik News | Jan 29, 2015

The BBC warned the UK government in its Future of News report that it might soon be unable to compete with state-supported foreign rivals, including Russia’s RT, China's CCTV and Qatar's Al-Jazeera, in terms of global news presence, if its huge budget cuts are not reversed.

From a Show of Military Might to a Display of Soft Power

Gulf News | Jan 29, 2015

As India celebrated its 66th Republic Day with much fanfare in the presence of US President Barack Obama, it has diligently, over the years, turned the parade that was initially envisaged as a platform to demonstrate military might into one that exhibits its soft power to the world.

The Truth About Startup Nation: Pretty but Precarious

Haaretz | Jan 29, 2015

Israel may be facing increasing isolation, yet all the world seems to want to buy or invest in an Israel tech company – Microsoft, Dropbox, the Russians, the Chinese.

UK Partners With Islamic Development Bank On Arab Women's Business Initiative

All Africa | Jan 29, 2015

The UK and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to help boost business opportunities and create jobs for thousands of women across the Middle East and North Africa.

Unicef, Seeking More Aid, Points to Children Touched by Armed Conflict

The New York Times | Jan 29, 2015

 With more than one in 10 of the world’s children living in areas affected by armed conflict, the United Nations children’s agency said Thursday that it is struggling to deal with “a new generation of emergencies.” Natural disasters, fast-spreading epidemics and conflicts “are stalking children in ways we have never seen before,” Afshan Khan, Unicef’s director of emergency programs, said in a statement accompanying an appeal for financial support.

Qatar, Turkey Celebrate Ties, Cultural Partnership

Gulf Times | Jan 29, 2015

Building on a legacy of connecting people through cultural exchanges, Qatar Museums officially launched Qatar Turkey 2015 during a VIP reception held at the Museum of Islamic Art on Tuesday evening.


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