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.

President Bush’s trip boosts AIDS prevention efforts in Africa

American Chronicle
President Bush traveled to Africa at a time when several conflicts are taking place, however his message of delivering genuine American support through initiatives such as those launched by PEPFAR and USAID has given some strong credence to American public diplomacy on trying to find solutions to this violence-plagued continent.


Bush arrives in Tanzania bearing gift to fight poverty

President Bush gave Tanzania's president, who played basketball as a youth, a pair of Shaquille O'Neal's shoes Sunday, along with millions of dollars to help combat disease and poverty in the east African country.


Candidates on Message

Washington Post
The ease with which foreigners can now slip repeated donations to candidates guarantees them a growing bit part in the globe's most important election -- even though U.S. law prohibits foreign nationals from making such contributions.


24 cities to turn off lights for global warming

USA Today
Two dozen cities around the world plan to turn their lights off for one hour later this year in a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about global warming


McCain’s main man here

Lancaster Online
The military knows better than anyone that "public diplomacy is one of the best preventions," he said. The former diplomat is vehement that the American government should compensate for its abolishment in 1999 of the U.S. Information Agency, which he credits with helping "win the hearts and minds" of Eastern Europe during the Cold War.


Bush’s African tour highlights US strategic interests

China Daily
US officials have said Bush's trip is aimed at showing the caring side of the US policy toward Africa. "The trip will be an opportunity to demonstrate America's commitment to the people of these countries and to Africa as a whole," White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters Thursday.


Rogge: IOC “sporting, not political association”

China View
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge Friday shrugged off the controversy caused by Steven Spielberg's decision to withdraw as artistic consultant to the Beijing Olympics, stressing that IOC is "a sporting, not a political association."


U.S. ‘citizen diplomats’ honored for volunteering abroad

This week [Donna Tabor] was honored along with five other Americans for her accomplishments as a citizen diplomat: an ordinary American taking America's best qualities abroad through activities that improve lives and promote understanding.



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