UK’s £600 Million Syrian Aid ‘Largest Ever’ Response to Humanitarian Crisis

RT | Aug 27, 2014

In the UK’s biggest ever response to a humanitarian crisis, the government has committed over £600 million to help those affected by the conflict in Syria – the second highest total after the US. Aid is being allocated to help a million refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. 

Increasing the Impact of Australia’s Economic Diplomacy

On Line Opinion | Aug 27, 2014

If there is one thing that most Australians, from across the political spectrum, can agree upon it is that foreign policy has emerged as one of the key strengths of the Coalition Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his team. The energetic and creative leadership of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb was demonstrated most recently with the launch of the Coalition's Economic Diplomacy policy at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.

Zara Withdraws T-Shirts After Accusations Online of Anti-Semitism

New York Times | Aug 27, 2014

The Zara T-shirt called the “Sheriff” went on sale online at 2 a.m., London time, on Wednesday.  Within a few hours, it had sparked a social media outcry, with many Twitter posts accusing the clothing company of anti-Semitism — or at least a large measure of insensitivity. The shirt, meant for children, bore a striking resemblance to the top of a Nazi concentration camp uniform.

MUSIAD and Muslim Economic Forum India to Cooperate in Promoting India-Turkey Economic Relations

Two Circles | Aug 27, 2014

A delegation of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD) from Turkey held a meeting with the Muslim Economic Forum India (MEFI) on 22nd August at India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) New Delhi and extended cooperation in promoting India-Turkey economic relations.

Iran, Tajikistan Ink MoU on Scientific, Cultural Cooperation

Fars News Agency | Aug 27, 2014

"The contents of the MoU include broadening of scientific and cultural relations, preparing the grounds for cooperation between the two countries' scientific and cultural bodies and holding joint scientific, literary and research conferences," the Iranian cultural attaché told reporters in Dushanbe on Wednesday.

Expecting the Unexpected: How Canada is Helping to Prevent the Next Disease Outbreak

CNW | Aug 27, 2014

Infectious diseases know no borders, whether it's Ebola spreading fromGuinea to Liberia, measles in the Fraser Valley brought to Canada from the Philippines, or MERS claiming victims across the Middle East. These health crises are grim reminders that new and old infectious diseases often strike where and when we least expect them, in ways that confound us.

Isis Are Armed With Smartphones, But So Are We. Let's Fight Them Online.

The Spectator | Aug 27, 2014

Why? Because it’s becoming pretty obvious that Isis’s most effective weapon is the smartphone. The group has been using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to great effect, to create a digital broth that has both panicked and fascinated us. Their graphic videos make front page news and their deranged tweets sway international diplomacy. Social media strategists round the world must be watching in awe.

You Can't Be Successful Globally Without This...

Huffington Post | Aug 27, 2014

Contextual intelligence is critical for corporate and public diplomats alike. It is as essential to the effective practice of public diplomacy as it is to the global business environment. And as someone who has taught in various law enforcement and military academies, I would even argue it has direct application to our broader counter-terrorism and infrastructure protection efforts.

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