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.

American Policies and the Middle East

Middle East Online
Both in Iraq and elsewhere, A1 Qaeda has murdered huge numbers of Muslims-many, many more than it has killed Christians or Jews. Yet our public diplomacy, such as it is, has concentrated on explaining away or defending Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and "extraordinary rendition" rather than on seeking common ground with the world's Muslims, the vast majority of whom share our horror at Al Qaeda's amoral tactics and reject its deviant vision of Islam.

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Visa Policy and Transportation Security: Ensuring the Right Balance

The Heritage Foundation
Visa policy is a strategic public policy that America must get right. It is a critical tool for promoting American public diplomacy, economic growth, and international alliance-building.

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Steven Spielberg boycotts Chinese Olympics

Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg has pulled out as artistic adviser to the Beijing Olympics over the Chinese government's policy towards Sudan and the conflict in Darfur.

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Both Soft, Hard Powers Needed for NK Denuclearization: Nye

The Korea Times
Harvard Professor Joseph Nye, who pioneered the theory of "soft power,'' said that the resolution of the North Korea's nuclear weapons issue would require both soft and hard power.

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British Olympic Association to Review Gag Order for Athletes

VOA News
The British Olympic Association appears to be backing away from its plan to have British athletes sign a gag order prohibiting them from criticizing China's human-rights record during this year's summer Olympic Games in Beijing….Human-rights groups have accused the British Olympic Association of pandering to Chinese demands by treading softly and avoiding any criticism of Beijing.

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Olympic Committee Allows China to Showcase Ancient Martial Art

VOA News
China has pushed unsuccessfully to have the ancient martial art of wushu -- better known as kung fu outside of China -- included as a demonstration sport in the 2008 Olympics. Instead, the International Olympic Committee has granted permission for an international wushu competition alongside the Games, something Chinese state media are promoting as an Olympic showcasing of the sport.
 

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Obama, Muslims, the Potomac Primaries and a Changing America

The American Muslim
If he can win the nomination, and the Presidency, I wonder how this will play in the Muslim world….What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivial—it’s central to an effective war strategy.

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A Lot of Doom About Nothing

There is no doubt America’s “popularity,” as measured by various global opinion surveys, has fallen in recent years. What’s striking, however, is how little of this has mattered in terms of the domestic political choices of other countries or the consequences for the United States.

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