By Matthijs Tieleman, The Washington Post, below the headline,
“How 18th-century information wars can solve the problem of 21st-century ‘fake news’
Matthijs Tieleman is a P.h.D candidate in history at UCLA and the Society of the Cincinnati dissertation fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
February 24 at 6:00 AM
The crucial value of education in the humanities
Franklin image (not from article) from the CIA website which notes, “Look Back … Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of Covert Action
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Fake news, active measures, Twitter bots: Not since the 1980s have espionage and disinformation so captivated our collective mind. Many have looked back to the Cold War to understand the implications of these phenomena. After all, Russia, America’s Cold War nemesis, is considered the primary culprit in today’s most controversial disinformation campaigns.
Yet our media landscape, the breeding and feeding ground of..
Executive Calendar Prepared Under the Direction of Julie E. Adams, Secretary of the Senate By Jennifer A. Gorham, Executive Clerk One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, May 6, 2019, senate.gov
Glazer image from Wikipedia
UNITED STATES ADVISORY COMMISSION ON PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
[JB emphasis] Charles L. Glazer, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy [JB: see] for a term expiring July 1, 2020, vice Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., term expired.
[JB: Wikipedia on Glaser]
Charles Louis Glazer (born 1943) is a United States diplomat. He was sworn in as United States Ambassador to El Salvador on January 16, 2007. Mr. Glazer tendered his resignation, effective Tuesday, January 20, 2009, following an order by the incoming Obama administration requiring the departure of politically appointed ambassadors.Prior to his ambassadorial appointment, Charles L. Glazer was President and Chief Executive Officer of C. L. Glazer & Company, Inc., an institutional brok..
Polly Curtis and Nick Cull
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Two respected figures in media research and journalism join the Reuters Institute this term as Visiting Fellows. Polly Curtis, former editor of HuffPost UK, and Nick Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, will play an active role in furthering the institute’s research and leadership development activities. Visiting Fellowships are designed to create close links with people working in other media organisations, or academic or research institutions, whose work aligns with the Reuters Institute.
Polly Curtis spent most of her career at the Guardian where she became a senior editor running the daily news operation. She later became Director of Media at the British Red Cross and then Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost UK. Her research interests include the democratic news gap and how inequalities in accessing news could be exacerbat..
Connecting Iranians in support of Freedom and Democracy
Amanda Bennett of VOA, Setareh Derakhshesh of VOA Persian/VOA365 and Mehdi Parpanchi of RFE/RL Radio Farda discuss the evolution of the network (left to right)
Last week, the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) held a launch event on Capitol Hill for VOA365: a 24/7 Persian-language global network targeting Iranian audiences and the Persian-speaking diaspora around the world.
Thank you to all who joined us in person. In case you missed the event, you can:
Watch the discussionWatch the VOA365 promoRead about the network
John F. Lansing of USAGM, gives remarks ahead of a panel on media and politics in Iran with Gregg Sullivan of the U.S. Department of State, Michael Pregent of Hudson Institute, Behnam Ben Taleblu of Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Setareh Derakhshesh of VOA (left to right).
Firas Elias, Translated by Shaimaa Shedeed, newiraqcenter.com
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Iran represented one of the grand regional forces in the Middle East that has variable group of soft power elements. This is in addition to Iran’s advantages in itself which it has been seeking for investing optimally in order to promote its policy regionally and internationally. The Islamic ideology and the Shiite doctrine beside the ancient Persian civilization can be seen as success factors in the Iranian public diplomacy. [JB emphasis] In addition, Iran’s foreign policy discourse addressing the dictatorial regimes and the world arrogance powers and its support for the Palestinian issue and hostility towards Israel stood as pillars for the Iranian foreign policy in its soft invasion in the neighboring countries and the region. Meanwhile, such pillars represented pull factors for many political and military groups adopting the same concepts ad terms.
On the other side, ..