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US Public Diplomacy Attempts to Confront Islamic State

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The Barack Obama administration is focusing its public diplomacy efforts on persuading “swing voters” in the Muslim world that the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) is a bigger threat to them than US policies, the State Department’s top communications official says.

Iran Cultural Center in Sudan Padlocked

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A Sudanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that the centers would close their doors by Sunday. Sudan’s foreign ministry told the centers to stop work and ordered their Iranian staff to leave the country. "The decision to close the Iranian cultural centre is final and there will be no retreat from that," foreign ministry spokesman Yousif al-Kourdafani said, quoted Sunday by the official SUNA news agency. Sudan said it acted in response to the centres’ spr

Tanzania Challenges Violence-Hit Kenya as Regional Tourism Hub

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Tanzania expects tourist numbers to double to 2 million by 2017, the state tourist board said, challenging regional rival Kenya where Islamist attacks have scared away visitors. Tanzania, famed for its pristine beaches and safari parks beneath snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, has always played second-fiddle to Kenya, which has a more developed tourism industry and better air links to the key markets in Europe and United States.

Take a Tour of Muslim Youth Culture Through ‘Rebel Music’

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“For Muslim youth, music [is a way] to proclaim your identity, to proclaim your politics, to explain who you are, to mobilize, to build community,” Hisham Aidi told chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown.  In his new book, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture,” Aidi explores the cross-cultural trends in political activism and movements throughout history, and how it’s all brought together with music.

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