Al Jazeera America Chief Is Ousted After Turmoil

The New York Times | May 6, 2015

It was the latest move in what had already been a tumultuous week for the network. Since last week, three top officials have announced their departures from the company and another former employee has sued the network, claiming wrongful termination. 

EU Embassies In Washington Open Their Doors And Art Collections To The Public

Newsweek | May 6, 2015

On May 9, the European Union embassies in Washington open to the public as part of a programme known as "Shortcut to Europe". If you happen to be in Washington this Saturday, I would urge you to take a look at the programme, as it offers what are technically known in the art world as "hidden gems". 

Kazakhstan’s Pavilion Opens Successfully at EXPO Milano 2015

The Astana Times | May 6, 2015

One more important task of the pavilion is to present Kazakhstan as the host of EXPO 2017. Considering the difficulties that Milan faced while preparing EXPO 2015, Kazakhstan will take this experience into account in arranging for its exhibit in Astana and hold it at the highest level, said First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the national EXPO commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev.

U.S. Permits Ferry Service to Cuba

The Wall Street Journal | May 6, 2015

The move is part of President Barack Obama’s strategy to normalize relations with Cuba by engaging in direct talks with the government of President Raúl Castro. Reviving a mode of travel between the two countries that was common in the 1950s would ease the people-to-people contact that is a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s policy of engagement.

China Pushes to Expand Power Through Culture

ABC | May 6, 2015

Current President Xi Jinping has sought to make a mark for himself as an image re-maker; seeking to scrub clean his party’s reputation through a major ongoing anti-corruption drive. He’s also championed the power of art and film to increase China’s international influence, to make it a cultural as well as a political and military power. The official line is to 'send culture out into the world'.

The Office of Art in Embassies Announces American Artist Lecture by Glenn Ligon

U.S. Department of State | May 6, 2015

On May 11, the Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) American Artist Lecture Series will feature noted artist Glenn Ligon in conversation with London-based designer and curator Duro Olowu at the Tate Modern in London. AIE’s lecture series, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy London and the Tate Modern, has featured artists Brice Marden, Maya Lin, Richard Tuttle, Spencer Finch, and Julie Mehretu.

How India’s Narendra Modi Became a Social Media #Superstar

The Wall Street Journal | May 6, 2015

When India’s premier wanted to signal a thaw in relations with rival Pakistan recently, he didn’t call a press conference or make a televised speech. He tweeted. (...) Since Mr. Modi took office last year as leader of the world’s largest democracy, policy pronouncements have come in 140-character snippets. He has used Twitter and other social-media services to engage in diplomacy and build his image in a way few other global leaders have.

Conference on China-Africa Communications Set For Beijing

Geeska Afrika Online | May 6, 2015

A major round table conference on China Africa Communications is set to be held in June where scholars and practitioners will presents arguments in academic and conference papers. Organised by the Africa Communication Research Centre (ACRC) and the Communications University of China, the conference will consist of a mix of plenary and parallel sessions running from 12-13th June 2015 at the Communication University of China (CUC), Beijing, China. 

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