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.

How a Rock Concert Inspires Social Change

Each autumn, tens of thousands of young people get ready to take part in We Day, a series of rock concerts and speaking events designed to inspire social change. Targeted at youth, We Day takes students out of their school environment with a goal to mobilize the audience as “change-makers.” In the We Day philosophy, we all want to create change in the world – we just need a kickstart and to be taken out of our everyday lives, to be energized by 20,000 other people in a large stadium full of inspiring people and celebrities.

Tags: music diplomacy, rock music diplomacy, rock music, global youth, We Day, citizen empowerment, community empowerment, toronto, canada

Donald Trump Waives Jones Act to Allow Foreign Ships to Supply Puerto Rico

The White House on Thursday waived an act that was preventing foreign ships from delivering supplies to Puerto Rico, more than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory [...] The Jones Act requires goods sent between US ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by the US. But lawmakers said it slowed the delivery of much-needed aid to Puerto Rico, where millions of Americans do not have electricity, adequate access to clean drinking water or a reliable fuel supply. 

Tags: international aid, puerto rico, hurricane, natural disaster, Donald Trump, united states, natural disaster relief

UAE Launches Four New Strategies to Achieve 2071 Goals

The UAE government has launched four new strategies to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071 project to make the country the best in the world. [...] The soft power framework aims to see integrated diplomatic action that takes into account cultural components such as individual identity, heritage, social stability, political climate, culture openness and tolerance.

Tags: soft power, uae, arab gulf, nation branding, cultural identity, heritage, Cultural Diplomacy, tolerance

Houston's Chinatowns Prosper with Growing U.S.-China Exchange

Growing U.S.-China cultural exchanges have given rise to prosperous development of two Chinatown business communities in Houston, the fourth largest city of the United States. [...] Today, thanks to many years of support and nurturing by the local Chinese community, the new Chinatown is home to an array of large and small shops, businesses, supermarkets and national banks. The district is now the shopping and business center for local Asians populations.

Tags: chinatown, houston, texas, china, city branding, asian culture, asian community

Aid Groups Call for Access to Myanmar Conflict Zone

International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent 480,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care. [...] "INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State," aid groups said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Tags: foreign aid, civil society, myanmar, rohingya, aid groups, humanitarian action, humanitarian aid

North Korea Skaters Seek Olympic Bid, and Diplomats Cheer

The next effort to defuse the nuclear brinksmanship over North Korea’s missile and bomb testing may come, not from diplomats, but from a pair of North Korean figure skaters who perform to music by the Beatles. An obscure competition on Thursday and Friday here in Bavaria has gained geopolitical urgency as the pairs team of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik seek to become the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Tags: north korea, skate diplomacy, beatles, figure skating, athlete diplomats, pyeongchang, south korea, winter olympics

Pitbull Praised for Puerto Rico Jet Loan

Rapper Pitbull has been praised after sending his private plane to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients to the US mainland. [...] The Miami-born star - real name Armando Perez - told the New York Daily News he was "just doing [his] part."

Tags: celebrity diplomacy, pitbull, puerto rico, hurricane, disaster relief, action aid, Hurricane Irma, hurricane maria

How the West Kowloon Arts Hub Can Help Hong Kong Win Back its Edge

We have fallen behind Shenzhen in innovation and technology, but we can close the gap by excelling in arts and culture, given our rich cultural heritage and talent, and creative youth. [...] To enhance our position as an arts hub and foster international exchange, the Hong Kong Palace Museum at West Kowloon can be a strong platform. It will exhibit many of China’s most precious historic artifacts, and tourists and connoisseurs will not have to travel to Beijing to view these treasures.

Tags: op-ed, city branding, hong kong, city diplomacy, china, west kowloon, cultural artifacts, tourism

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