Besieged Iraqi Town Receives International Humanitarian Airdrop

Deutsche Welle | Aug 31, 2014

Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain on Saturday dropped humanitarian supplies to the Iraqi town of Amerli, which has been under siege by "Islamic State" jihadist militants for almost two months, the US Pentagon says.  In a statement, Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the airdrop, made at the request of the Iraqi government, had been supported by US airstrikes on the besieging militants.

Netanyahu Ally Says Government Failed to Properly Explain Gaza Operation to Public

Jerusalem Post | Aug 31, 2014

Israel's internal public diplomacy failed during Operation Protective Edge, deputy minister for liaison with the Knesset Ophir Akunis (Likud) charged Sunday in an interview with Israel Radio.  There has been much written about whether Israel's external public diplomacy to the foreign press succeeded during the operation. But Akunis was the first politician to allege a failure in how information about the military campaign was relayed to the Israeli public.

ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

New York Times | Aug 31, 2014

The extremists who have seized large parts ofSyria and Iraq have riveted the world’s attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality. But Western intelligence services are also worried about their extraordinary command of seemingly less lethal weapons: state-of-the-art videos, ground images shot from drones and multilingual Twitter messages.

Pro-Wrestling, Country Clubs and Theme Parks: What North Korea Wants World to See

CNN | Aug 31, 2014

"We're here to do something bigger and better," pro-wrestler Jon "Strongman" Anderson roars backstage.  He could also be alluding to the purpose of the trip, an attempt at "sports diplomacy" by Antonio Inoki, a Japanese former pro-wrestler turned politician.

Australia to Offer Aid to Kurdish Forces in Fight Against Islamic State

Wall Street Journal | Aug 31, 2014

Australia has agreed to a U.S. request to help fly arms and munitions to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State insurgents in northern Iraq, joining a coalition being assembled by Washington to mount what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called "humanitarian missions."  

Children From Mixed Marriages Look for Answers in Complex Israeli Reality

Haaretz | Aug 31, 2014

At the start of the last school year, 10-year-old Nour Aghbariya stood in front of her class in Umm al-Fahm and declared, “I’m half-Jewish, half-Arab, and I’m not ashamed of it.” Nour is the daughter of Hagar, a Jewish woman who grew up on Kibbutz Yagur in northern Israel, and Ala, a Muslim man from Umm al-Fahm. “She wanted to take preventive action.” 

Video Shows Mock ‘ISIS Bucket Challenge’

Al Arabiya News | Aug 31, 2014

This may be the best Ice Bucket Challenge to combine the viral video craze with what’s in the news right now.  Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been mocked by one social media user who has imitated what an ISIS member would look like if he were to accept the challenge.

Dubai Customs Partners With Global Trade Development Week To Reduce International Trade Barriers

China Money Network | Aug 31, 2014

Under the patronage of HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Ministry of Economy, Global Trade Development Week 2014 will be an unprecedented gathering of business and government leaders from over 80 countries.  Global Trade Development Week is the world’s largest trade facilitation, development, investment & customs program of events.

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