• The Power of the Arts in Public Diplomacy

    The Power of the Arts in Public Diplomacy0

    amerikahaus.de; original article contains links

    Freitag, 10. Mai 2019, 18:00 Uhr
    During his musical performance, American classical pianist John Robilette will share insights about his time as a cultural ambassador during the Cold War.
    Free admission.
    The Power of the Arts in Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis]
    Lecture and Musical Performance / Free admission
    American classical pianist John Robilette created and directed the Artistic Ambassador Program for the American government in the 1980s. This cultural exchange program sent unrecognized American classical musicians on concert tours throughout 63 countries overseas to support U.S. American public diplomacy. During his musical performance, he will share insights about being a cultural ambassador during the Cold War.
    John Robilette has performed throughout the world on four continents and in 25 countries to critical acclaim. He has been honored in the White House and also gave a recital as part of the inaugural festivities for President..

  • Video: Joseph Nye on ‘Cooperative Rivalry’ Between the U.S. and China

    Video: Joseph Nye on ‘Cooperative Rivalry’ Between the U.S. and China0

    chinausfocus.com, April 08, 2019
    Nye image from entry
    In an interview with James Chau Editor-at-Large of China-US Focus, Harvard Professor Joseph Nye likens the current state of the U.S.-China relationship as a “cooperative rivalry.” He says that there are going to be elements of rivalry— take for example, issues like the South China Sea, but there are going to be areas of cooperation, areas like climate change. “We have to learn to realize that the relationship is going to be complex, but if we lose sight of the cooperative part of the relationship, we're all going to be the worse off for it,” he says.
    Nye also dismisses the assertion that China is an existential threat to the United States. “I think in the long run, the US and China do not present existential threats to each other. Neither of us is trying to destroy the other. And that means that the rivalry is something we can manage.”

  • Israel counters Eurovision boycott campaign with Google ads

    Israel counters Eurovision boycott campaign with Google ads0

    Stephen Farrell, Reuters, May 10, 2019; see also (1) (2)
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website extolling Israel. The international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement dismissed the tactic as “crude propaganda”.BDS has called on artists, music fans and broadcasters to avoid the 2019 contest, arguing that it amounts to “whitewashing” Israel’s policies towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Israel calls international boycotts discriminatory and anti-Semitic.Internet advertisements on Google featuring the words “boycott” and “Eurovision” encourage searchers to click on a link that, in fact, leads them to a pro-Israel website which – in a play on the BDS initials – extols Israel as “Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational”.The advertisement makes no obvious mention of the Israeli government. B..

  • Intelligence: AI, Foreign Policy, and National Governance Impact: Focus on China0

    Arthur Gwagwa, moderndiplomacy.eu, May 10, 2019

    uncaptioned image from article
    How China’s AI technology exports may lead to the emergence of new power structures outside the control of existing governance and accountability frameworks and impact the rules-based global order and geopolitical alliances.
    BACKGROUND CONTEXTThe notion of power and geopolitical influence in the digital eraUntil recently, analytical attention to the development of digital technologies, including AI, has tended to focus on corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon(GAFAs). These GAFAs, some of them deemed to be more powerful than some states, have changed the notion of power and geopolitical influence. These corporations are leveraging the power of AI, networks, data intelligence infrastructures, and regulatory frameworks to impact public space around the world. This is leading to the emergence of new power structures outside the control of existing liberal democratic and human rights accountab..

  • Liberation75 National Commemorative Planting Campaign Announced

    Liberation75 National Commemorative Planting Campaign Announced0

    News Provided by Canadian Tulip Festival, May 10, 2019, 11:30 ET; original article contains links

    OTTAWA, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – During this morning's opening of the 67th annual Canadian Tulip Festival, Henk van der Zwan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in partnership with the Festival, the National Capital Commission, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and the Royal Canadian Legion announced the kick-off of a National Commemorative Tulip Planting Campaign – “Liberation75” – in preparation for the 2020 celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War.
    image from article, with caption: The Limited Edition of “Liberation” 75 tulip
    For more than six decades the Canadian Tulip Festival has served as both a celebration and a remembrance of the Dutch Royal Gift of tulips to Canada. For the spring celebrations in 2020 the goal is to cover Canada in 1.1 million “Liberation75” Tulips in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who..

  • 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landing and the Battle of Normandy

    75th Anniversary of D-Day Landing and the Battle of Normandy0

    EVENT INFORMATIONThe American Battle Monuments Commission’s (ABMC) ceremony to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the June 6th, 1944 “D-Day” landings in Normandy will be held on June 6th, 2019 at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.If you are interested in attending the event, please visit the ABMC registration portal at www.abmc.gov/dday75registration.Veterans and travelers with questions about 75th Anniversary events may visit https://www.abmc.gov/dday75 for additional information or contact the ABMC at DDay75@abmc.gov. If you are the family member of an individual who is buried or memorialized in Normandy American Cemetery or traveling with a World War II veteran, please include this information in your email.You may also visit the Normandy Tourism Office D-DAY 75th Anniversary information page or their D-DAY and Battle of Normandy page. An unofficial event schedule is available through the D-DAY Association of Normandy.TRAVELER INFORMATION..


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