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Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate
30th October 2019 London,UK
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE The Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial is one of the many striking buildings in the Brazilian capital designed by the prolific modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. Built in a spiral-shaped design around a central courtyard it was apparently inspired by a Yanomami house. In truth, the building is looking a little the worse for wear. The permanent collection was closed when I visited while on holiday in August, but it was still a worthwhile visit, thanks to a display in that central courtyard, installed to commemorate the UN designation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Entitled “the Forest of Indigenous Languages”, from the sand-covered courtyard sprouted many wooden poles, each representing a different indigenous language. The poles were of varying heights, since to a standard-height base had been added an addition..
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..
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What can diplomacy do to counter cyberattacks, misinformation, data theft and other societal ailments of the digital age?
Cyberdiplomacy, Managing Security and Governance Online, a new book by British Senior Visiting Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (“Clingendael”) Shaun Riordan, argues that traditional diplomatic approaches can be integrated with new technologies to address these challenges.”Cyberspace, he argues, is too important to leave to technicians,” writes publisher Polity. “Using the vital tools offered by cyberdiplomacy, we can reduce the escalation and proliferation of cyberconflicts by proactively promoting negotiation and collaboration online.”Read more about Cyberdiplomacy here.
Telangana Today, 4th May 2019
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Dr Ausaf Sayeed emphasised that there will be no barrier between India's ambassador and its people in abroad.
Jeddah: The doors of the Indian embassy will always remain open to the NRI [JB – Non-Resident Indian] community which can approach the office with their concerns and constructive suggestions, Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ausaf Sayeed said.
He emphasised that there will be no barrier between India’s ambassador and its people in abroad.
Speaking at a rousing reception on Friday evening in Riyadh, he said “involving every people for whom we work is style of my work starting from beginning of service as Passport officer from Hyderabad to Ambassador in Riyadh.”
The new Ambassador recalled that he was dubbed as a ‘people’s diplomat’ and would uphold similar approach as Ambassador also.
Dr Ausaf Sayeed said that he can be easily accessible to the community as public diplomacy [JB emphasis] would be one of his top..