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.

Gov’t goes on public diplomacy offensive

Turkey plans to establish a Public Diplomacy Agency (PDA) to undertake public relations operations parallel to Turkish foreign policy.

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TPDF Officers Participate in Military to Military Peace Keeping Operations Lessons Learned Workshop

Two military officers of the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (TPDF) are in Ghana for a U.S. Department of Defense sponsored workshop.

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Dancing to the Indian tunes

For long Indian cinema has held such fascination for the Afghans that many of those you meet actually insist on speaking in their limited Hindi that they have picked up from watching Hindi films rather than allow the opportunity of polishing up on one’s rusty Pashtu. And correspondingly Indian cinema has had its fare share of the tough-talking-with-a-heart-of-gold Pathans with even entire films actually based in the country.

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U.S., Allies See Progress in Selling Al-Qaeda As an Enemy to the Muslim World

The top White House terrorism expert thinks some gains are being made in the worldwide public relations battle against al-Qaeda, as the administration and its overseas allies press efforts to show that Osama bin Laden's network is killing Muslim civilians rather than defending its interests.

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Global Cyber Attack Against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The cyber warfare started at 8 AM Prague time, Saturday, April 26, and is ongoing. Known as "Denial of Service," or DOS, it slows web traffic to a standstill by bombarding the system with bogus requests it has to consider and then deny. The brunt of the attack is aimed at RFE/RL's Belarus Service and is intensifying. RFE/RL President Jeff Gedmin compared the situation to the Cold War days when RFE/RL radio broadcasting to Communist countries was jammed.

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Olympic Torch Protesters Attacked in South Korea

Thousands of young Chinese who assembled to defend their country’s troubled Olympic torch relay pushed through police lines here on Sunday, some of them hurling rocks, bottled water and plastic and steel pipes at protesters who were demanding better treatment for North Korean refugees in China.

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How ‘Dallas’ Won the Cold War

The impact of "Dallas" on people's worldviews reminds us that the "vulgar" popular culture that left-wing highbrows and right-wing cultural conservatives love to hate is every bit as important as chin-stroking politics in fomenting real social change.

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Russia’s Pre-Olympic Nightmare

The international community is justly concerned about China's crackdown in Tibet in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. But perhaps some attention could be spared for the suffering of Russians ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place in the Russian town of Sochi.

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