Closed Countries: No News Hurts Less than Free Speech

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/02/new-internet-law-turkey-sparks-outrage-201422312144687859.html I saw this article on Turkey’s new law on internet censorship. I was wondering if the benefits of a media black out, censorship of the internet, or jailing journalists out weigh the potentially negative benefits to a country or government’s PD. This is somewhat in line with Andrea’s post about twitter in Venezuela last […]

Are Beauty Pageants a form of Public Diplomacy?

Thursday evening, while doing my usual patrol for news, I came across a BuzzFeed article,”First Black Miss Israel: I’m Not Ashamed To Say There Is Racism In Israel.” Needless to say that as a young, black, female, and a student of international affairs I was intrigued. The BuzzzFeed article is a different take on Israel;a […]

Paying for PD: Not all Communication Budgets are Created Equal

I was glancing at this article on Al Jazeera and this article http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/02/cypriot-leaders-resume-unification-talks-201421142920267198.html plus a job posting I recently saw got me thinking: Is it possible with social media and an effective PD strategy to get a small country’s cause or a less popular issue out there. Do new technologies level the playing field? I was […]

inefficient intermediary

I am using this article from aljazeera to comment on the current setbacks that the Kerry led peace negotiations have faced. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/02/israel-gives-permits-550-settlement-homes-201425141239118497.html Starting in July direct talks resumed between Israelis and Palestinians. The article notes that over 2,000 homes in East Jerusalem were pushed through the planning process since the negotiations started in July. The […]

Scarlett Johansson resigns as Oxfam’s global ambassador

    On Thursday, January 30, Scarlett Johansson resigned as global ambassador for international development organization Oxfam. The resignation came after a controversial ad of Johansson surfaced on the internet.  The advertisement featured Johansson  endorsing the Israeli product, SodaStream. The ad fomented controversy on the internet do to the Israeli company’s  manufacturing plant’s location in […]