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Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan’s acclaimed multi-media project “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” was released as both an audio recording and a collection of music videos – the first “visual album” in the jazz genre. Since launching the project in Toronto in late 2017, Dagan has toured it around the world, including an official showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW 2018, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and performing at the inaugural Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Week in Seoul, Korea.
Musically the project is a unique homage to the jazz giant and pop star, balancing refreshing covers (“Nature Boy”, “Unforgettable”) with obscure gems (“Lillette”, “El Bodeguero”) and 5 original songs inspired by Cole’s life, music and legacy. The recording and music videos feature exceptional rhythm section Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Nathan Hiltz on guitar, ..
Rachel Avraham, jerusalemonline.com
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Throughout the course of my journalistic career, I have had the privilege to get to know Mendi Safadi, a very intelligent and well-connected man, who has demonstrated that he passionately cares about assisting the underdogs who are being oppressed by totalitarian dictatorships. Whether one is speaking about Kurds, Hindus in Bangladesh or the Druze community in Syria, Mendi Safadi is at the forefront in the international community working in order to help them. And by helping the underdogs in the Islamic world, he has in turn given a positive face to Israel’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis].
Around the world, many view the State of Israel to be an oppressor, who persecutes the poor Palestinians. There are only two tools in Israel’s diplomatic arsenal in order to fight against this negative representation. One of the methods Israel can utilize is to be on the defensive and to explain why this is not true. Sadly, any effort..
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Ace June Rell S. Perez, sunstar.com.ph, April 21, 2019
Image from article, with caption: Asian journalists in a recent visit to China. Two delegates are from Sun Star Davao – former EIC now columnist Stella Estremera and social media editor Ace Perez (contributed photo)
IN A recent trip in China, the term “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) was very dominant in every discussion. It was introduced in 2013 but it is still relatively unfamiliar to some, especially to Filipinos.
And with the recent developments on China-Philippines relations, there is a need for people to understand this connectivity and infrastructure development global project to fully grasp where our foreign affairs is heading.
In a discussion with Asian journalists, Zhang Zhixin, counselor and director of Division of Information and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis], Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China explained that the “Belt and Road Initiative” is a $1 tr..
TONY TAI-TING LIU, DEC 30 2018, International relations
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This is an advance preview from New Perspectives on China’s Relations with the World: National, Transnational and International (forthcoming 2019).
Since Joshua Kurlantzick (2007, 6) coined the term ‘charm offensive’ in 2007, the term has stuck in the study of International Relations to refer to China’s use of soft power to improve its global status and image. While the idea of China charming the world with its economic and cultural prowess has not changed too much over the past decade, the ways Beijing has adopted to charm other states have diversified since. In conjunction with such developments, in recent years, the term ‘public diplomacy’ has come to replace charm offensive as China’s latest efforts to improve its status and image through soft means.
Noting China’s recent turn towards public diplomacy, this chapter seeks to address the topic in three sections. Part one examines the idea of public..