You Might Think The Geneva Conventions Protect Civilians, Or That The Red Cross Does. Think Again.

Washington Post | Oct 9, 2015

[W]e found that the ICRC tends to issue such statements only after a massacre has already taken place. For instance, when we studied the Bosnian civil war, we examined the timing of the use of force and the public diplomacy in the form of “naming and shaming” the disputants. The ICRC voiced its concerns 13 times, 11 times quite mildly. The ICRC reacts to international humanitarian law abuses. But its public condemnations do not reduce the carnage in the weeks that follow.

Remarks With UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

U.S. Department of State | Oct 9, 2015

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the State Department today in honor of Our Cities, Our Climate – an initiative between the State Department and Bloomberg Philanthropies.[...]At the center of the State Department’s public diplomacy is the mission to connect the United States with the world to foster creative and powerful networks of citizens around the world to build common understanding.

#Youth4Peace: Global Youth are Tackling the Root Causes of Extremism

Share America | Oct 8, 2015

Global youth are tackling the root causes of extremism. Over 70 youth leaders from around the globe met recently in New York, developed an action agenda, and shared it with President Obama at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism.

Voices of Okinawa: Standing Against a US Military Base

Al Jazeera | Oct 8, 2015

Okinawa, Japan - The governor of this island, Takeshi Onaga, has annoyed both Washington and Tokyo by taking the case of his people against a US military base directly to the UN Human Rights Council.

Is This Manga Cartoon of a Six-Year-Old Syrian Girl Racist?

BBC | Oct 8, 2015

The image and caption were posted by a right-wing Japanese artist last month. Now, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition in Japanese urging Facebook to take it down. The petition, posted by an account calling itself the "Don't Allow Racism Group", [...] demands that "Facebook must recognize an illustration insulting Syrian refugees as racism."

Can't Afford School? Girls Learn To Negotiate The Harvard Way: #15Girls

NPR | Oct 8, 2015

Kathleen McGinn, a professor of negotiation at Harvard Business School, wondered: Could Zambian schoolgirls stay in school if they received training in negotiation — a version of the same training given to Harvard MBAs, undergrads and executives? […] With the help of the Zambian Ministry of Education and the New Haven-based Innovations for Poverty Action, a research nonprofit, they're hoping to find out.

President Obama Wants You to Use Kickstarter to Help Syrian Refugees

GOOD Magazine | Oct 8, 2015

Kickstarter, in what The New York Times calls its “first social service campaign” has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency for a week long campaign to raise funds to support Syrian refugees as they build new lives for themselves in Europe.

China Turns Firepower to Soft Power to Try to Win Tiny Taiwan-held Island

Daily Mail | Oct 8, 2015

Kinmen (Taiwan) is eyeing closer commercial ties with China. China is seeking unification with Taiwan under its "one country, two systems" formula by which Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. And Kinmen, or "Golden Gate", is a test for China's ambitions to recover Taiwan through soft power.


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