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.

'Walking Blood Bank' Could Save Lives in Remote Areas

A blood bank in the Pacific Northwest has developed a kit for transfusions in remote places that it says "takes the banking out of blood banking." [..] Linda Barnes, chief operating officer at Bloodworks Northwest in Seattle, says the military was the model for what is, essentially, a walking blood bank. Barnes has done a lot of international consulting about strengthening blood systems in places such as Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ukraine and the Caribbean islands.

Tags: international consulting, walking blood bank, women, blood transfusions, bloodworks northwest, seattle, washington, u.s., united states

Egypt: On the Pitch With Egypt's Blind Soccer Team

Blind football represents hope and belonging for Egypt's one million visually impaired. [...] Globally, blind football's star is rising rapidly. Since the 1980s, when the first five-a-side national championships took place in Brazil and Spain, the sport has spread to dozens of countries. In 1997, Europe and North America held the first continental championships, followed by the first blind football world championship a year later. In 2004, it became a summer Paralympic sport.

Tags: sports diplomacy, football, blind soccer, paralympics, who, cairo, egypt

Ethiopia: A View Into Ethiopia's 'Ascendance'

Many analysts and scholars have said that Addis Ababa is emerging as a major actor in the Sub-Regional, Continental, and even global scenes by mentioning material growth indicators such as economic growth, military advancement or demographic evolution. [...] Ethiopia's impeccable peacekeeping exploits can serve as an influence whilst enhancing the country's standing in the diplomatic table as a soft power.

Tags: regional diplomacy, international influence, rising power, soft power, peacekeeping, infrastructure, trade, africa, ethiopia

Mastercard: Turning Refugee Camps Into Smart Cities

On a dirt path that passes for a street in a Kenyan refugee camp, a merchant sells grains he bought from a local farmer outside the settlement. To call it an “economy” would be euphemistic, but it’s a living, and it’s enough to support his wife and two children — a family he’s built since arriving at the camp over a decade ago. [...] Mastercard and Western Union have spent the past year studying the needs of these international camps-turned-cities.

Tags: international development, smart cities, refugee camps, economic power, sustainability, mastercard, western union, kenya

GMA Partners with Music Festivals...for International Exchanges

After partnering with Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) in Japan last year, BAMID collaborates with Big Mountain Music Festival in Thailand this year, under New Southbound Policy, to exchange performances and campaign resources. These efforts aim to establish Taiwan as a regional pop music performing and trading center. [...] Big Mountain Music Festival, a new GMA partner, is the largest outdoor music festival in Southeast Asia, attracting 100,000 visitors a year. The event highlights local country and folk music in Thailand.

Tags: music diplomacy, international exchange, festival, japan, taiwan, thailand, southeast asia

Broadcasters Promote News Freedom via "Bypass Censorship" Website

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) [US] joins the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [UK], Deutsche Welle (DW) [Germany], and France Médias Monde (FMM) [France] to co-sponsor the Bypass Censorship website. International news websites, along with social media and messaging channels used for accessing, sharing and engaging in the free flow of news and information online are routinely blocked by governments in many countries.

Tags: Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), censorship, international broadcasting, press freedom, journalism, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, Bypass Censorship

Czech Diplomacy Awards People for Promoting Country's Good Name

Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova and the late conductor Jiri Belohlavek will be among the 15 personalities who will receive the Gratias Agit award for promoting the country's good name from Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek on Friday. Belohlavek, chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic who died on May 31 at the age of 71 years, will be awarded in memoriam.

Tags: nation branding, global image, Nation Image, gratias agit, czech republic, diaspora diplomacy

Mexican Police Officials Learn U.S. Police Tactics in Simulation Exercises

With the help of Global Ties U.S. and the San Antonio Council for International Visitors, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is funding the Police Professionalization Exchange Program for Mexico — a program that will train 3,800 police officials from Mexico in U.S. law enforcement policies and police tactics. [...] Police officials from Mexico are undergoing training to learn the best U.S. law enforcement practices to take back home.

Tags: international exchange, professional exchange, counternarcotics, mexico, u.s. department of state, u.s., Global Ties U.S.

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