Painting Our Own Canvas

Straits Times | Nov 29, 2015

At last, Singapore has got its own magnificent National Gallery. Located in the restored City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, it is a showcase of South-east Asian art. Insight looks at why Singapore is putting local art in the spotlight, and what this signals about cultural identity.

'Purple Rain' — As Retold In A Language Without A Word For Purple

NPR | Nov 29, 2015

In 1984, Prince was on top of the world, with a No. 1 album and later a No. 1 movie, both named Purple Rain. Little did Prince know then how widely his projects' influence would spread, or the ways in which they might translate — literally. Three decades after the film first premiered, it got a remake filmed in Niger, featuring members of a nomadic group of people known as the Tuareg.

Denmark Holds First Danish Footprints Event In Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News | Nov 29, 2015

The Danish Embassy in Hanoi and many Danish firms operating in Vietnam on Saturday joined hands to organize Danish Footprints 2015 in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, which was a social event to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark diplomatic relations.

Israel's Foreign Ministry Takes On Social Media Incitement

Arutz Sheva | Nov 29, 2015

New bureau will tackle online incitement by locating content harmful to Israel while also engaging in advocacy and dialogue. [...] The new team will include between eight to ten people, all fluent in Arabic and who a have a background in the Arab world. It will operate under the auspices of the Public Diplomacy Department. 

Garba Shehu Explains Why President Buhari Travels Abroad Frequently

Daily Post | Nov 29, 2015

In public diplomacy, experts say that it is better conducted through face-to-face interaction than through third parties. This is even moreso at the level of heads of state. To do by it by proxy is to miss the effect of fostering strong interpersonal relations between leaders, by which nations benefit.

A Pitch Is Framed by Diplomacy in Cuba

New York Times | Nov 29, 2015

A State Department official said in an email that the American Embassy in Havana was aware of the efforts by private institutions like the Caribbean Baseball Initiative to increase ties between the two countries, and described baseball as “an excellent avenue for sports diplomacy and creating good will between our peoples.”

Through a Lens: Nigerian Orphans Capture their Country

Al-Jazeera | Nov 28, 2015

A group of orphans and street children have been trained in photography and asked to capture the world around them […] It became known as the Murmushi Photo Project. As well as giving them a practical means by which they might one day make a living, it provides them with a visual voice through which they can document their worlds.

You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation in the World

NPR | Nov 28, 2015

And the winner for most charitable nation in the world is ... Myanmar. Coming in second: the United States. […] The ranking confounds the common perception "that generosity and wealth are connected to one another," says Adam Pickering, the international policy manager of the London-based Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)...Only five of the G20 countries appear in the top 20, he points out. 


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