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FPA’s Must Reads (June 21-28)

FPA’s Must Reads (June 21-28)

The Inside Story of Russia’s Fight to Keep the U.N. Corrupt
By Colum Lynch
Foreign Policy
For the past decade, Russia has attempted to stall the push to root out corruption in U.N. spending. Whether out of commercial or political interests, Russia has pushed out reformers, blocked budgetary reform and butted …

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)


While Julian Assange is the person with the rock star persona, Bradley Manning is the true center of this documentary.
It was Manning who leaked information to WikiLeaks and who now faces trial for doing so.
Army Pfc. Manning is portrayed in the film as a confused and somewhat naïve …

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When reporters keep silent instead of scoops

When reporters keep silent instead of scoops

During the Bosnia conflict, reporters in Sarajevo kept quiet about at least two great stories. We did so with an unwritten rule of realizing that sometimes silence is more important than scoops.
The first was most of U.S. knew ABOUT the existence of a tunnel from Sarajevo to beyond the lines …

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A Candid Discussion with Eric Deggans, Author of “Race-Baiter”

A Candid Discussion with Eric Deggans, Author of “Race-Baiter”

Did America enter a post-racial era with the election of a black president? The answer still appears to be a resounding “no.” Race relations in the American media continue to be a contentious topic with many Americans still not ready to see each other as simply Americans. Economic policies have …

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Year in Review: Twitter and Foreign Policy

Year in Review: Twitter and Foreign Policy

When I think back to 2012, I will inevitably think back to Twitter as the lens through which I saw elections, natural disasters, and major political events unfold. When it comes to foreign policy and cross-border issues, Twitter is playing more of a role than ever.  Highlights from the past …

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In defense of people who often find themselves “sitting around talking about Libya.”

In defense of people who often find themselves “sitting around talking about Libya.”


 
During Monday night’s town hall style debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the domestic issues once again seem poised to take the spotlight until one Mr. Kerry Ladka took to the microphone.  Asking President Obama about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, …

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U.N. Adopts Position on Protection of Journalists

U.N. Adopts Position on Protection of Journalists

 
Among an avalanche of 33 resolutions adopted last month by the U.N. was one calling for the protection of journalists around the globe. The Council’s 21st session was suspended, but not before they made a clear defense of the press.
The council condemned attacks and …

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YouTube’s Free Channels Taking TV by Storm

YouTube’s Free Channels Taking TV by Storm

 
When traditional television was looking the other way, YouTube launched a truckload of what they call “original channels.” The channels cover everything from food and travel to autos and topics for moms.
According to an article in the Guardian on Oct. 8:
The …

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Watch This Year’s UN General Assembly Streamed Live

Watch This Year’s UN General Assembly Streamed Live

Streamworks is a company that works with news media organizations and specializes in capturing video of news events  to bring online live video to users faster and more accurately in near to real-time.
Streamworks has just announced it is the streaming partner for the United Nations.  As a result, …

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The Twitterati: When All Else Fails, Bring Out the 140 Characters

The Twitterati: When All Else Fails, Bring Out the 140 Characters

The Arab Spring awoke people to the power of social media in a political context.  Of course, you would have to be living under a rock to think it was the first time Twitter was ever used to coordinate mass protests — it was hugely prominent in Iran during the …

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The Foreign Policy Timeline on Facebook

The Foreign Policy Timeline on Facebook


The first comprehensive history of U.S. foreign policy on Facebook.
The Foreign Policy Association is proud to announce the launch of the Foreign Policy Timeline on Facebook.
Utilizing one of the latest tools offered by the popular social media site, the Foreign Policy Timeline begins at the founding of the FPA  …

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1776 and Other Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July

1776 and Other Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July

1776: The Musical (1969; movie 1972)
“Waiting for the chirp, chirp, chirp.  Of an eaglet being born.  Waiting for the chirp, chirp, chirp.  On this humid Monday Morning in this Congressional incubator.”
The Guardian, probably rightfully, declared that 1776 was “[f]ar too long and mostly terrible, but hilarious.”
Now, the real question–why would anyone ever decide to …

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Jordanian Journalist and Crew Missing, Possibly Kidnapped

Jordanian Journalist and Crew Missing, Possibly Kidnapped

Media reports on the disappearance of Jordanian Al Arabiya TV journalist Baker Atyani and his two local crew members in the Philippines have published conflicting information in the last two days.
According to the most recent reports, the crew was possibly kidnapped while working in the southern Philippines.
The

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Tribute Project to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

Tribute Project to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

One year after their untimely deaths while working in Libya, a special tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros called “Liberty and Justice (for All)” features the work of 68 photographers. The tribute includes work of some of the world’s best photojournalists, and explores the concepts of liberty and justice.
More …

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Italy’s Little Blogging Problem

Italy’s Little Blogging Problem

The Italian blogosphere is on fire with postings about the “ammazza blog” amendment. According to Gigaom, the remnant of Silvio Berlusconi’s days would force online publications (including blogs), to swiftly address complaints–or pay up:
The proposed legislation would force online publications, whether large …

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