The 2015 World Cup Should Start a Revolution in U.S. Soccer

For The Win | Jul 6, 2015

Because of the U.S.’s performance in 1999, countries like Germany, France, Japan, and England began to invest in the women’s game and begin to compete – and at times surpass – the U.S. The game as a whole was made stronger by the U.S. in 1999.

If the ‘Product’ is Wrong, a Rebrand Won’t Help Israel

National, The | Jul 6, 2015

The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status. Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara”.

Modi's Social Media Diplomacy Can Help Ties

New Indian Express, The | Jul 6, 2015

“When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on his 60th birthday on his Sina Weibo account on Wednesday (July 1), he once again showed the high value he attaches to diplomacy through social media accounts,” the Global Times stated.

Rivlin Tells Arab Journalists: We Must be Israelis Not Jews or Arabs

Jerusalem Post, The | Jul 5, 2015

He urged Israel’s Arab population not to think of itself as a separate entity making a distinction between Arabs and Jews. “Let’s all be Israelis,” he said. [...] In a Jewish and democratic state, he said, there will be peace only when there is consensus on all sides on the issue of coexistence.

US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

Middle East Eye | Jul 5, 2015

A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks.

On His Native Turf, Pope Francis Touches on Cherished Issues

Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015

History's first Latin American pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Obama Marks U. S. National Day at Milan Expo

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia | Jul 5, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has marked the National Day of the United States at the Universal Exhibition in Milan with a video message. "Hello and congratulations to Milan Expo 2015," the president said on the special day organised on the occasion of July 4, U.S. Independence Day.

‘Sop Buntut’, Dialogue at Min’s Place

Jakarta Post, The | Jul 5, 2015

On an annual mission abroad in the Netherlands, for the first time a government delegation under the Communications and Information Ministry visited the home of a survivor and former exile of the 1960s violence.

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