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 Change.org 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.

The Deepening China-Hollywood Connection

China Digital Times | Oct 7, 2015

CCTV America talks to Peter Shiao, founder of Orb Media Group about the future of increased China-Hollywood cooperation. Co-production and joint funding can be mutually beneficial—Chinese investment can get an expensive project started and stimulate the foreign film industry, while at the same time allowing Chinese funders a learning opportunity and adding to Beijing’s soft power reserves.

From Entrepreneur to Citizen Ambassador

PR Newswire | Oct 7, 2015

Twenty young female American and Jordanian entrepreneurs have been selected to participate in a week-long cultural exchange and fellowship in Amman, Jordan through a not-for-profit partnership between Open Hands Initiative and the Women First Enterprise (WFE), a branch of the Angel Resource Institute (ARI). 

The Case for Embracing Subnational Identities in PD

CPD Blog | Oct 7, 2015

Without falling into the perils of academic debate, it is safe to say that identity is central to foreign affairs and engagement. Yet, public diplomacy (PD) initiatives often fail to embrace subnational identities. This creates disconnects and gaps between PD and the populations of target audiences. 


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