• CONFERENCE ON DIPLOMACY | Think tanks and thought leaders push for smart power road map at foreign policy conference, June 25

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? Probably as many people as it will take to find innovative value in smart power. That means a whole lot of them: businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and faith-based, academic and community leaders, all of whom will convene around the development issues and try to screw the fixtures of diplomacy and development inside the empty socket of American global interests. On June 25 and 26 at Washington Hilton, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is organizing a Washington,D.C. conference that emphasizes what it calls “the latest innovations in global development and diplomacy.” There will be talking heads: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, current and past combatant commanders, and top business leaders will examine the changing landscape of development assistance and discuss how a smart power approach to foreign policy is critical to national and economic security. And there will be exhibitors: Nonprofit companies and NGOs will put on display their success stories and public-private partnerships. Expect presentations on clean smoke-free cook stoves, backpacks that allow the transfer of clean water, nutritional supplements for children, and Peace Corps projects. Big Bird will show up: Sesame Street Workshop-driven global projects as Sisimpur (Bangladesh), Alam Simsim (Egypt), Baghch-e-Simsim (Afghanistan), Takalani Sesame (South Africa), Jalan Sesama (Indonesia), and Plaza Sesamo (Columbia). More information about the conference and a schedule of events can be found at: http://www.usglc.org/2013Conference. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network that recent released a road map for anyone interested in pursuing a smart-power agenda. That guide is called “Report on Reports.” This mega-handbook of handbooks details a broad consensus around six key drivers of bipartisan actions taken since 9/11 to elevate development and diplomacy. It lays out how …

  • Criminalizing Condoms: How Policing Practices Put Sex Workers and HIV Services at Risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe

    Press release | Policing practices put sex workers and HIV services at risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, USA and Zimbabwe, says Open Society Foundations

    The report, “Criminalizing Condoms,” surveyed sex workers in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe and found that police practices made it more likely that sex workers would have unprotected sex with their clients. Condom possession is used by some prosecutors as evidence of criminal activity

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    German Embassy invites Randy Gener to rep USA in D.C.’s first-ever German and American Media Dialogue

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Nathan Award-winning editor and critic Randy Gener will represent the U.S. media in the first-ever German and American Media Dialogue, organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. The Media Dialogue is part of a a series of D.C. events, taking place on the weekend of November 6 and 7, and is organized in cooperation with the Studio Theater and the Goethe-Institut.  Devoted to contemporary theater, the event begins with the press premiere of The Golden Dragon by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig at the Studio Theater on Sunday, November 6. Schimmelpfennig will be in attendance. The Media Dialogue itself, which takes place at the Goethe-Institut of Washington, D.C., on Monday November 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., consists of a public discussion among German and American theater critics. The discussion will address current trends in contemporary theater in Germany and in the U.S.  It will also launch a sustained dialogue among theater critics between the two countries. It will be taped and made available electronically over the Internet. It is planned to provide simultaneous translation for the event. The German critics who are confirmed to participate are Peter Kümmel, theater critic for the newspaper Die Zeit, and Peter Michalzik, journalist and theater critic for the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. The Golden Dragon takes place in the cramped kitchen of an Asian restaurant, where four cooks pull the tooth of a young Chinese co-worker. “His tooth,” adds the play’s description in the Studio Theater website, “ends up in the Thai soup of a flight attendant—who overhears the fight of a young couple who live above the restaurant, whose fighting disturbs the shopkeeper of the dry goods store next door to the restaurant, who is more connected to the young Chinese man than anyone suspects. A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one …