Rialto Eyes Cuba for Sister City Relationship

San Bernardino County Sun | Jan 28, 2015

Rialto could be the first city in the United States to form a sister city relationship within Cuba after President Barack Obama announced a historic thawing of icy diplomatic relations that spans decades between the two countries.

Why be Silent about Britain's Generosity to the World?

Telegraph | Jan 28, 2015

With budgets so squeezed, neither party cares to tout its gilt-edged record on foreign aid. But they should be proud of what we give, and have the courage to say so.

Iran, Portugal Sign Cultural Agreement

Tehran Times | Jan 28, 2015

Iran and Portugal have signed a cultural agreement to boost and reinforce bilateral cultural relations.  Pointing to the 500-year-old relationship between Iran and Portugal, the Iranian culture minister said, “This relation is unique and needs to be reinforced, and this cultural agreement helps promote the ties.”

World Service Cuts Will Reduce UK's Global 'Soft Power', BBC Report Warns

The Guardian | Jan 28, 2015

The BBC has warned the government that its global news presence will end up marginalised by overseas rivals such as Russia Today and al-Jazeera unless multimillion-pound cuts are reversed.

Fidel Castro Sends Word That He’s Alive — and Cautiously Optimistic About Talks With the U.S.

Time | Jan 28, 2015

The former Cuban leader and lifelong revolutionary makes it clear that he won't stand in the way of diplomacy with Washington. 

Obama’s Climate Diplomacy

The Diplomat | Jan 28, 2015

Climate change has been at the forefront of the president’s recent diplomatic agenda. It should stay there. This week, U.S. President Barack Obama made his second visit to India. As during his trip to China last year, where he signed a landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change ranked near the top of the agenda.

Top American Diplomat Decries ‘Lies’ of Russian Media

Foreign Policy | Jan 28, 2015

America’s top diplomat for Europe denounced Russian state-media coverage of the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday and belittled the Kremlin’s propaganda efforts in the United States as fallacious and ineffective. “All you have to do is look at RT’s tiny, tiny audience in the United States to understand what happens when you broadcast untruths in a media space that is full of dynamic, truthful opinion,” said Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, referring to the Kremlin-backed global media company. 

In One Day of Diplomacy, Obama Showcased an American Double Standard

The Washington Post | Jan 28, 2015

And Obama didn't just lecture on the need for tolerance of religious minorities. He spoke of the importance of women's rights in a country where shocking abuses still endure. (...) These are unobjectionable remarks, and a point of view shared by likely everyone who crowded in to hear the American president speak. But don't expect Obama to share the same message with the United States' Saudi partners, whose cooperation on matters of counterterrorism in the Middle East and energy policy are vital for Washington's interests.

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