A curated selection of public diplomacy-relevant news from a global cross-section of English-language media outlets, including independent, corporate-owned, and state-sponsored sources. The stories featured don't necessarily represent CPD's views nor have they been verified by CPD.

Arab Countries Move to Tackle the Qatari Monopoly of Sports’ Broadcast

Doha-based beIN Sports, a succes­sor to the Al Jazeera Sports network, has been a mainstay in the homes of many football-loving Arabs. [...] However, the political dispute be­tween Qatar and Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in June opened the door for other Arab networks to chal­lenge beIN’s stranglehold on sports broadcasts.

Tags: international broadcasting, arab world, qatar, sports broadcast, football, beIN

Melbourne International Film Festival Celebrates Movie About DVD Piracy

When Australian director Sam Voutas saw pirated copies of his first Chinese feature film Red Light Revolution on the streets of Beijing, he used the experience as a source of inspiration for his newest venture.

Tags: international advocacy, anti-piracy, australia, china, melbourne, film festival

Ghana Launches First Satellite As Part of Era of African Space Exploration

African nations have entered the space race, with Ghana as the most recent example of this bold technological achievement. [...] Other nations of the world have utilized space technology as a means of scientific advancement and socioeconomic progress. Ghana and other nations of the African Union and are no exception, as they become players in the global space race, and seek leadership status in the frontiers beyond Earth.

Tags: nation branding, soft power, ghana, africa, space race, technology, leadership

Building Disaster Resilient Communities in Indonesia

The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has a history of disasters, including severe storms, floods, landslides and fires. [...] Since 2015, Australian volunteers have been working with BPBD East Kalimantan to strengthen their community-based disaster risk reduction program.

Tags: international aid, australia, indonesia, east kalimantan, disaster relief, disaster response

Cross-Border Environmental Cooperation

When Shadi Shiha arrived at the Israeli-Jordanian border and saw the armed Israeli soldiers and the Israeli flag, he almost turned around and went home. [...] That was almost a year ago. Shiha, who is also a serious break-dancer, spent two semesters at the Arava Institute at Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel and he says it changed his world view.

Tags: environmental diplomacy, conflict management, jordan, israel, palestine, cooperation

World Cup 2026: Morocco Confirms it Will Bid to Host Tournament

The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. [...] The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid.

Tags: sports diplomacy, world cup 2026, morocco, north africa, middle east, soccer, confederation of african football

ICCR presents screening of ‘When We Dead Awaken’

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in association with J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages organized the screening of world famous play ‘When We Dead Awaken’ written by Henrik Ibsen and directed by India’s most celebrated internationally acclaimed theatre director Ratan Thiyam here at Abhinav Theatre Jammu.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, cultural relations, film, jammu kashmir, india, when we dead awaken, building bridges

This U.S. Sports Envoy Is Bridging Communities With Skateboarding

Williams is a skateboarding envoy with the U.S. State Department and is spreading his love for the sport, recently completing a cultural diplomacy mission in Cambodia, where he highlighted skateboarding's benefits to young people.“It’s a bridge between people all over the world,” Williams said. “For me, I’ve always been focused on what it was that made skateboarding special.”

Tags: sports diplomacy, us department of state, neftalie williams, skateboarding, Cultural Diplomacy, bridging cultures

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