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.

USA: Al Jazeera Blackout?

When Al Jazeera announced its plans to release English-language channel in 2005, the announcement was met with both support and protest in the United States. And so, although the US government doesn't prevent access to the channel, many cable companies are reluctant to carry it.

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The Chinese view: If you can hold an Olympics, you rule

The Olympics games are really more about cementing power in the homeland than about impressing the world. In Beijing, the Olympic Games are primarily for domestic consumption, justifying the government's new global power to its own people.

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China warns of Olympics unrest

The Olympics are threatened by sabotage and unrest, a senior Chinese security official said in remarks reported on Friday, as authorities sacked officials after a riot in which a police headquarters was set ablaze. The trouble in Guizhou province in the southwest on Saturday erupted despite China's determination to quell any signs of unrest ahead of next month's Games in Beijing.

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‘Anti-China’ groups threaten Olympics

A top Chinese security official has warned that “anti-China” forces and other hostile groups are intensifying efforts to sabotage next month’s Beijing Olympics. It is also likely to further spur sweeping security measures in Beijing and other Olympic cities that some observers say could cast a chill over Games events.

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Efforts intensify in handling petition, complaints prior to Olympics

China's public security organs at all levels are being urged to put greater efforts into handling petitions to safeguard citizen's lawful rights and create a favorable environment for the upcoming Olympics.

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Olympics: High hopes for Asia at Beijing

While the three Asian heavyweights [China, Japan, and South Korea] should again take the bulk of the glory, smaller fry like Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong put athletes on the podium in 2004 and will be looking to improve in Beijing.

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China to use unmanned security drones at Olympics

China plans to use unmanned security drones to patrol the skies over the Olympic sailing venue of Qingdao, state media reported Friday. The drones were tested for the first time during a drill Wednesday in Jinan, the capital of eastern Shandong province.

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China to shut factories ahead of Olympics-sources

Authorities in Tangshan, an industrial city in Hebei province north of Beijing, have ordered 267 firms to shut down operations by July 8 to improve air quality ahead of the Olympics, government and industry sources said on Friday. The firms include 66 steel makers, as well as coke plants, cement firms and small power generators, a government official in Tangshan said.

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