• Found on the Web: U.S. Declares War On Germany

    Found on the Web: U.S. Declares War On Germany0

    Erik Sass, Mental Floss, April 4, 2017; original article contains additional illustrations; see also article on Creel and WWI propaganda in

    Excerpt:
    [I]n the speech’s climactic passage, Wilson laid his request before Congress:
    With a profound sense of the solemn and even tragical character of the step I am taking and of the grave responsibilities which it involves, but in unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the Congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the Government and people of the United States; that it formally accept the status of belligerent which has thus been thrust upon it, and that it take immediate steps not only to put the country in a more thorough state of defense but also to exert all its power and employ all its resources to bring the Government of the German Empire to terms and end the war. …
    Wilson hastened to emphasize that America’s fight was with the..

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  • UK would face “formidable challenge” to replicate Erasmus programs

    UK would face “formidable challenge” to replicate Erasmus programs0

    Kerrie Kennedy, thepienews.com, Feb 18 2019

    Image from article: The Committee urged the UK and the EU to work together to avoid any disruption to Erasmus+ placements in the event of a no-deal scenario. Photo: Wikicommons/ Dave Kellam.
    The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has called on the UK government to clarify its plans for the country’s future access to Erasmus, warning that it would be a “formidable challenge” to try to replicate at a national level the benefits of the EU’s programs.
    In its report ‘Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes’, the Committee urged the UK and the EU to work together to avoid any disruption to Erasmus+ placements in the event of a no-deal scenario.
    “It is in the UK and the EU’s mutual interest to preserve current close levels of cooperation”
    It also stated that losing access to the program would “disproportionately affect” people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with medical needs or disabilities.
    “We strongly believe…that it is i..

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  • Trump’s Venezuela policy: Cubans to the Left, Cubans to the Right

    Trump’s Venezuela policy: Cubans to the Left, Cubans to the Right0

    John Feeley, univision.com; John Feeley was US Ambassador to Panama and is a Univision political analyst.
    Image from article: President Trump signing a new Cuba policy order in Miami, June 16, 2017. Left to right: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, Vice President Mike Pence.
    Cubans are playing a key role in the Venezuelan crisis, on both sides.
    Excerpt:
    President Trump is bringing the Venezuela road show to Miami on Monday in an attempt to keep the pressure on Nicolas Maduro. He will no doubt repeat his State of the Union dig at Democrats, when he raised the specter of socialism in that long-suffering country and linked it to his domestic political opposition.
    “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said in his speech to Congress. “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” he added.
    The truth is, Maduro ..

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  • ‘Covering the White House and the World’ coming to VOA Museum

    ‘Covering the White House and the World’ coming to VOA Museum0

    cincinnati.com
    Image from article: Steve Herman, VOA White House Bureau Chief.
    Steve Herman is a native Cincinnatian and attended elementary school here, but he’s traveled the world throughout his journalism career.
    Now the White House bureau chief for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., Herman will speak on “Covering the White House and the World” Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the National Voice of America Museum in West Chester.
    The free event is the first of the museum’s four-part series, “The Voice of Truth in America: Celebrating 75 Years of the VOA Bethany Station,” hosted in collaboration with the MidPointe Library System.
    Herman will speak about the Voice of America today, what it’s like to cover the White House as a VOA correspondent and the VOA’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis] regarding disinformation campaigns from China and Russia.
    Dayton-based law firm Sebaly, Shillito and Dyer, as well as VOA museum board member Jay Adrick, sponsor this event. RSVPs are re..

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  • Cultural Diplomacy conference to be held in Abu Dhabi on February 27

    Cultural Diplomacy conference to be held in Abu Dhabi on February 270

    Afkar Abdullah, khaleejtimes.com February 18

    Image from article, with caption: Dr Kamel Al Mu'aini, president of the International Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (IIDC)-Photo by M. Sajjad/ Khaleej Times
    The conference will focus on how the media affect the cultures of the people.
    The International Institute for Cultural Diplomacy announced on February 18 that it will launch its first cultural diplomacy conference on “The Impact of Media on Diplomacy, Security and State Reputation” in AbuDhabi on February 27.
    The conference will see the participation of 21 experts in various fields of politics, economy, culture and media, in addition to university professors, ambassadors, public and security experts from 10 Arab and foreign countries around the world to discuss media issues and its role in the current time.
    Dr Kamel Al Mu'aini, president of the International Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (IIDC), said that the conference is a platform for discussing the media issues and..

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  • China tells world to ignore Mike Pence ‘lectures’

    China tells world to ignore Mike Pence ‘lectures’0

    Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, February 16, 2019
    Yang Jiechi image from Wikipedia
    MUNICH — European leaders should disregard “lectures” from Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials about Chinese encroachment into Europe, a top diplomat from the communist nation said Saturday.
    Pence — amplifying warnings by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — told the Munich Security Conference that Huawei, a Chinese multinational telecom company, posed a threat to regional security.
    “Chinese law requires them to provide Beijing’s vast security apparatus with access to any data that touches their networks or equipment,” Pence said in his prepared text. “We must protect our critical telecom infrastructure, and the United States is calling on all our security partners to be vigilant and to reject any enterprise that would compromise the integrity of our communications technology or national security systems.”
    That prompted a rebuke, during a question-and-answer session, from Yang Jiechi, a top ..

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