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The CIA archives offer ample evidence of 60-plus years of presidential administrations backing right-wing coups in the region
Written by Liam KnoxEdited by JPat Brown
February 12, 2019A brief history of U.S.-led regime change in Latin AmericaThe CIA archives offer ample evidence of 60-plus years of presidential administrations backing right-wing coups in the regionWritten by Liam KnoxEdited by JPat BrownLast month, the U.S. recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the “interim president” of Venezuela. Since then, Canada, the European Union, and a slew of other countries have followed America’s lead. The move is another sign of the return to Cold War-era U.S. policy in Latin America under President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Today, using records from the Central Intelligence Agency archives, we’ll take a brief look back at the last half-century of U.S. involvement in the region.DOC..READ MORE
Ahead of a high-stakes criminal trial, Madrid wants to fight the narrative of secessionist leaders on the international stage.
Diego Torres, politico.eu, updated 2/12/19, 1:03 PM CET
Image from article, with caption:Catalans build human towers and display the Independence flag during the Castells competition in October last year | David Ramos via Getty Images
MADRID — Talk to a Spanish official about Catalonia these days and it won’t be long before they mention democracy rankings.It's become so commonplace that the Economist — whose Democracy Index ranks Spain among the world’s 20 “full democracies” and ahead of the U.S., France and Italy — has acquired a totemic aura ahead of the trial of Catalan independence leaders set to begin Tuesday.Twelve former Catalan government officials, lawmakers and civic leaders will respond before Spain’s Supreme Court to charges related to the October 2017 referendum on secession and subsequent declaration of independence by the regional parliament..
Yuri Materiy, the ambassador of the Russian Federation [to Great Britain], sundaytimes.lk
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On the 10th of February each year, the Russian diplomatic service celebrates its professional holiday — Russian Diplomats’ Day — which was established by a Presidential Decree in 2002. …
The FIFA World Cup was a highlight last year – a real triumph of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Millions of foreign guests visited Russia. …
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Katarzyna Rybka-Iwańska Head, Political and Economic Section, Embassy of Poland in Israel There are diplomatic activities that require openmindedness more than anything else. Yesterday, together with fellow diplomats from several EU countries, I took part in a special tour to the Naqab (Negev) during which we had a chance to visit a Bedouin unrecognized village and a recognized township where we discussed various ideas concerning Bedouin l women empowerment and engagement into local businesses, activism and politics. The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, funded by the European Union, organized the tour.READ MORE
For centuries, the skills of British diplomats have been the envy of the world, with discussions about their strategies and tactics taking place behind closed doors. But now the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will for the first time publish its training course online so that any member of the public can learn the artREAD MORE
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Опубликован авторский видео-курс общественного дипломата Натальи Бурлиновой, президента “Креативной дипломатии”, на сайте Российского совета по международным делам. Также напоминаем, что “Креативная дипломатия” проводит очные курсы по теме публичной дипломатии. [JB emphasis]
Российский совет по международным делам в сотрудничестве с Натальей Бурлиновой представил «Курс общественного дипломата» — научно-образовательную программу повышения квалификации по вопросам «мягкой силы» и «публичной дипломатии» России.
Курс сформирован на основе авторской учебной программы по дисциплине «Деятельность российских НПО и фондов в социально-гуманитарной сфере», составленной Натальей Бурлиновой в соответствии с требованиями к обязательному минимуму и уровню подготовки магистра Федерального государственного образовательного стандарта высшего образования МГИМО МИД России. Курс было прочитан студентам маги..