Monthly Archives: April 2012

Nationalism in Norway: One Year after the Oslo Massacre

Last week, Anders Behring Breivik’s trial began on charges of voluntary homicide and committing acts of terror. He gave an account of what went through his head as he set off a bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, Norway, before slipping away and gunning down teenagers on Utoya Island. In total, 77 people lost their lives on July 22, 2011… Continue reading

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Formula for Controversy

Written by Blake Stilwell, Public Diplomacy graduate student, Syracuse University

This Sunday saw the run of the Bahrain Grand Prix. This is (usually) one of the biggest things to happen in the small Gulf nation. It’s become an integral part of Bahraini culture and national identity. It is so culturally linked to the country that the Bahrain International Circuit is featured on the Half-Dinar note, putting it on par with King Hamad, Bahraini Pearl Divers, and the country’s first oil well, all images on other denominations of currency. The cultural and economic importance of this event, combined with everything that’s been happening in Bahrain in recent weeks… Continue reading

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Training the Watchdog – A Free and Fair Press

When discussing the issues in Africa, most immediately think of development and stability in the region. A free and fair press usually does not make it across as a pressing problem.

I know that I never gave it much thought until I attended a presentation by Ken Harper, a photojournalism professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communication. He travels to Liberia and trains journalists in the capital, Monrovia. After decades of civil war, the country is on the road to recovery…. Continue reading

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WikiLeaks founder’s new TV show makes for Engaging, Shaky Journalism

Written by Jacob Kriss   It’s been a few months since we’ve heard anything from Julian Assange, the flamboyant founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, but apparently the global flag bearer of the open information movement just can’t stand to see … Continue reading

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Mali Tuareg rebels Declare State of Azawad

Written by Roxanne Bauer   Mali is breaking up… with itself.  The northern half of the country declared independence from the southern portion and would like to be recognized as Azawad from now on. On Friday, April 6, Mailan Tuareg … Continue reading

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BRICS: Silent on Pakistan

Written by Roxanne Bauer   The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) recently held a summit in New Delhi on 29 March in which they issued a variety of statements, including the possibility of establishing a development … Continue reading

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Borat: Cultural Learnings at Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait

Written by Tammy Mehdi Everyone knows the 2006 spoof- film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev. This film follows Borat, a Kazakh journalist, to the U.S. as … Continue reading

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Icons and Leaders

Aung San Suu Kyi is the iconic leader of the democratic movement in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi is the daughter of Aung San, founder of the Burmese Army and the man who negotiated Burmese independence from Britain. Now … Continue reading

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