As U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign and economic affairs spiral out of control, it's not hard to see why, with the volcano of diplomatic faux pas he's accumulated in just a year and a half in office. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu pointed to the state of "confusion" within the Trump administration, stating: "No one knows who is doing what… In general there is chaos in management." Trump has ramped up his diplomatic rampage in recent months, alienating his closest economic and political allies with rhetorical and economic warmongering that has sent the global economy into flux. Politico magazine on Monday published a report citing diplomatic sources with knowledge of happenings inside the White House, detailing the U.S. president's "diplomatic learning curve" – ranging from understanding time zones to pronouncing country's names. Trump's "impulsive" personality and love for talking on the phone means he tries calling world leaders … [Read more...] about From time zones to country names, Trump’s global illiteracy fuels ‘chaos’
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New Delhi (Sputnik) – The Indian government is seeking help from software companies and social media executives to predict and reply/neutralize a media blitzkrieg by India's adversaries and to give a positive slant for India on social media and internet news/discussions. The software should be able to power the "New Media Command Room" which should monitor Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Internet forums and even email in order to analyze sentiments, disseminate information on behalf of the government and inject news and social media posts with a "positive slant for India," the tender document further reads. © AP Photo / Mahesh Kumar AIndia Reiterates it will Not Allow Data Mining for Political PurposesThe Indian government aims to scrutinize conversations in languages like English, Chinese, German, French, and Arabic in addition to Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, … [Read more...] about Indian Gov’t Seeks Software to Scrutinize Citizens’ Online Activities
US & Canada 17 January 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39732845 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel One year ago, the US elected a man who prefers plain speaking to the language of diplomacy. Find out what President Donald Trump has said about your country, which foreign leaders he has met or called since taking … [Read more...] about What has Trump said about your country?
Last month, the Pakistani government bestowed its third-highest civilian award on the writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif. This, to put it mildly, was unexpected. It's as if Donald Trump had decided to garland Ta-Nehisi Coates with the National Humanities Medal. However, for many writers and journalists in neighboring India, ostensibly the world’s largest democracy, the news could only be bittersweet. QuicktakeIndia’s AspirationsSweet, because few contemporary writers deserve to be celebrated as much as Hanif. The British-Pakistani novelist Nadeem Aslam once said that while "Pakistan produces people of extraordinary bravery, no nation should ever require its citizens to be that brave." Hanif has long embodied this unreasonable valor in a society dominated by venal politicians, murky spies and religious fanatics.He has intrepidly exposed the atrocities and pretensions of Pakistan’s elites. Writing about … [Read more...] about What Bravery Means in South Asia
Gavin Mortimer 14 April 2018 10:00 AM 14 April 2018 10:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Since Emmanuel Macron became president last year, he has unashamedly courted the world’s presidents, prime ministers, sheiks and chancellors. Much like Trump, his message has been clear: France is not only back, but it is great again. Trump and Macron will have the chance to discuss their strategies later this month when the American president hosts his 40-year-old French counterpart on the first official state visit by a foreign leader since his election. They first bonded in July when Trump was invited to Paris to revel in the pomp and ceremony of Bastille Day, against the grand historical backdrop of the Palace of Versailles, with all of its symbolism of French victory. But while Trump’s approach has involved talk of fire and fury, Macron has adopted a gentler, more refined tactic. It seems to be working: according to the Soft Power 30 … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron is Making France Great Again