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.

Caravan of Love Takes Peace Message to Indian Families Touched by Hate

Hate crimes, especially on religious grounds, have become increasingly prominent since Modi’s Hindu nationalist government was elected in 2014. [...] Mander has gathered a group of dedicated volunteers who helped to crowdfund the entire trip. They are an eclectic mix – lifelong activists, including a mother and son, along with photographers and seven young priests-in-training from a seminary in Delhi. [...] “We want to create a network of peace communities in every district,” said Suroor Mander, one of the organizers.

Tags: india, caravan of love, peace, Modi, grassroots activism, peace communities, volunteer diplomacy, grassroots, international advocacy

What Can Tech Firms Do to Fight Terror?

The companies say they are acting on this problem. Facebook says it has begun to use artificial intelligence to spot images, videos and text related to terrorism as well as clusters of fake accounts. Meanwhile, Twitter says it suspended 299,649 accounts in the first six months of this year - 75% of these before their first tweet. The companies are now sharing databases of suspicious material, and they have set up the Global Internet Forum to bring together the major players on the issue.

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, technology, terrorism, facebook, twitter, google, artificial intelligence, global internet forum

Ballet Ties Between Georgia and Japan Celebrated at Chabukiani Museum

For the next two weeks in Tbilisi, an exhibition will celebrate ties between Georgia and Japan in the field of ballet art through the legacy of famed 20th century dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani. Titled Japan and the Georgian Ballet, the display will mark the many decades of the cooperation with a focus on a 1974 series of master classes led by Chabukiani in Tokyo.

Tags: ballet diplomacy, georgia, japan, Cultural Diplomacy, dance diplomacy, cooperation, mutual understanding, chabukiani

Huge Increase in Foreign Students (Shanghai)

The number of foreign students in Shanghai has increased by 13,000 to 60,200 in the past five years due to enhanced efforts in international exchanges. The city has set up sister city ties with 84 cities in 57 countries and regions, with “rich communication and cooperation in education, arts, sport, science and technology,” Shanghai Education Commission said.

Tags: shanghai, Cultural Diplomacy, exchange diplomacy, international students, education diplomacy, educational exchange, unesco

No Protocol to Revoke Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize? What Baloney.

The Rohingya may be at the brink of facing genocide. Despite widespread international outcry, the pro-democracy Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has remained deafeningly silent while the military continues its onslaught of the Rohingya. Worse yet, her title of Nobel Laureate serves to legitimize her continued (in)actions, while Rakhine State goes up in flames.

Tags: asia pacific, soft power, nobel peace prize, nobel prize, refugee crisis, rohingya muslims, leader image, global image, global reputation, myanmar, aung san suu kyi

Japan Gives Clarity on Which International Grads Can Stay

International students graduating in Japan could find it easier to launch their careers here if they fit into one of the categories spelled out in upcoming guidelines, which include jobs with a focus on international expansion in dining and apparel. The greater clarity on what types of workers would qualify for residency is meant to help domestic businesses hire more foreign-born talent straight out of Japanese schools. These individuals could also help promote tourism in Japan and support the Cool Japan soft-power initiative.

Tags: soft power, tourism diplomacy, japan, immigration policy, economic development, Immigration diplomacy, international student, diversity, cultural diversity

Expo Sets New Benchmark, Empowers over 2000 Women

Over two thousand women received training in e-marketing, bead-making, cloth weaving, soap, air freshener, shoe making, hair-do, waste-to-wealth and make-up, among other skills at this year’s 10th African Arts and Craft Expo in Abuja. The 22-day expo, which ended last Sunday, also provided free medical tests for blood sugar and Body Mass Index for about 1,120 Nigerians, who could not afford such exercises. Also, 200 Nigerians were given free eye glasses while 620 got free dental test.

Tags: africa, africa business initiative, nigeria, small business, African women, abuja, training program, tourism diplomacy, empowering women

7th Delhi International Jazz Festival to Kick Off from Sept 23

The national capital is set to witness a convergence of top Jazz artistes from all over the world at 7th Delhi International Jazz Festival starting from September 23. Organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the three-day music festival will be held at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri here. The Jazz festival will bring together artists from India and countries like France, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, and South Africa.

Tags: music diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, jazz diplomacy, delhi, cultural festival, international festival, india, Indian Council for Cultural Relations

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