Azerbaijanis Living in Brooklyn Contribute to Cultural Life of Borough

Azer News | Jan 30, 2015

Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Minister has met Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President to discuss opportunities for cooperation between the country and the borough.

Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

NPR | Jan 30, 2015

According to law enforcement officials, ISIS and other terrorist organizations are increasingly adept at using social media to recruit from abroad.  Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter face complex criticism.

Radio Australia to Cease Asia Shortwave Service this Weekend

Australian Broadcasting Corp. | Jan 30, 2015

On Sunday, Radio Australia's shortwave signal to Asia will be turned off, another result the ABC says of recent government funding cuts.  Shortwave broadcasting into the Pacific will continue, but signal strenth outside Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji may be degraded.

Britain to Welcome Iranian Art and Culture

Mehr News | Jan 30, 2015

Building on long-standing links and contemporary collaboration, the British Council’s UK-Iran Season of Culture will strengthen opportunities for greater cultural engagement, improve mutual understanding, and increase trust.

China’s Alternative Diplomacy

The Diplomat | Jan 30, 2015

China watchers have been combing through the details of the new initiatives and proposals Xi has recently introduced, such as “One Belt, One Road” (1B1R) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Even though these new initiatives are still under construction, the fact is that this has been the biggest foreign policy shift in Beijing since 1989. The bigger question here is, what is the grand strategy behind Xi’s plans?

UN Reviewing its Operations in Gaza After Offices Attacked

Haaretz | Jan 30, 2015

Following a violent protest and rising political tension, the danger of internal violent conflict becomes ever more possible, which only adds to the local populaces' reasons to fear.

Japan Seeks to Promote ‘Correct’ View of Wartime Past

Bloomberg | Jan 30, 2015

Japan is stepping up a campaign to promote a “correct understanding” of its wartime past, in a move that may anger China and South Korea ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August. 

This US Ambassador to Britain Practices 'Vinyl Diplomacy'

PRI | Jan 30, 2015

A poster of Johnny Cash shares space on his office walls with portraits of President Obama and Winston Churchill. Since being appointed ambassador in 2013, he's plopped a turntable and a swelling record collection front and center, removed the conference tables and name cards, and brought in indie bands like Belle & Sebastian, Damien Jurado and The National to mingle with guests such as Prime Minister David Cameron.

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