Saudi Arabia Unashamedly Championed In UK Security Review

The Guardian | Nov 25, 2015

In its trumpeting of Britain’s global “soft power” influence, the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) unveiled on Monday contains a glaring contradiction. [...] Twenty pages on, the document says the UK will continue to work with close allies, including “vital partners, such as Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East”. 

Lahij Cooper Art May Be Included in UNESCO's Heritage List

Azernews | Nov 25, 2015

Ismayilli region’s small town of Lahij may be included in the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List, for its unique copper art.[...] The nomination will be considered at the tenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to take place in Namibia from November 30 to December 4, 2015.

Give Middle East Refugees a Fighting Chance

CPD Blog | Nov 25, 2015

Boots on the ground are necessary for defeating them where they now freely organize and operate. The question becomes: Whose boots?

North Korea Is Fighting for Kimchi Recognition

Munchies | Nov 25, 2015

According to recent documents released by UNESCO, North Korea has submitted kimchi to be nominated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, meaning that it would be officially recognized as important to world heritage and merit cultural protection from UNESCO. The submission for Intangible Cultural Heritage status, titled “Tradition of kimchi-making in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” is looking like a shoe-in for UNESCO status. 

A ‘Pilot’ Program For Israel PR

The Jewish Week | Nov 25, 2015

As part of “El Al Ambassadors – Blue and White Advocates,” a little-reported-on program in voluntary diplomacy, he is one of about 150 El Al pilots and flight attendants who speak to groups in cities around the world (wherever El Al flies) about their personal experiences and what Israel means to them.

A Google Executive Shares How to Defeat ISIS on the Digital Front

The Daily Signal | Nov 25, 2015

Cohen suggested that despite the terrorist group’s comprehensive social media presence, it’s realistic for the destroy it digitally. Specifically, he argued that the objective should be to marginalize the terrorists and push them to the periphery of the Internet.

Refugees Sew Lips Together in Border Protest

Al-Jazeera | Nov 24, 2015

Refugees stranded at the Greece-Macedonia border have stripped down and sewn their lips together to protest against the restrictions placed on their movement. A group of Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis, stranded by a policy employed by Balkan states to filter the flow of people passing through the region, blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to Western Europe on Monday.

Take the Power Back

Al-Jazeera | Nov 24, 2015

Ordinary people are joining forces to create a global grassroots movement, geared towards taking on some of the biggest organizations and encouraging them to divest: take their money out of the fossil fuels, and [...] invest it in climate solutions. In the past three years, more than 400 institutions worth $2.6 trillion have pledged to divest, including the Rockefeller Foundation, an institution that made its fortunes from oil.


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