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THE DIPLOMACY OF U.S NEWS NARRATIVES Mar 5, 2019   SHARE TO MORE The War in Afghanistan is the longest continuous combat engagement in U.S. history. Since the U.S. invaded the country in 2001, people around the world learned about the war through the eyes of the news media. A new book by CPD Advisory Board Member  Katherine Brown ,  Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan , is the first to examine the impact of U.S. news media narratives on U.S.-Afghan relations. Rather than mere observers, Brown positions journalists as international actors who play an unofficial diplomatic role. Their reporting is consumed by officials around the world and influences their reactions to global events. "The U.S. news media largely amplifies American power," states publisher Oxford University Press. "Instead of stimulating greater understanding, the U.S. elite, mainstream press can often widen mistrust as they promote an American worldview and, with the except

Pakistan: Bigoted minister

Editorial Updated March 06, 2019 FAYYAZ Chohan, the improbably titled — now former — Punjab minister for information and culture, has once again demonstrated his boundless capacity for uncouthness and bigotry. A video of him has emerged on social media that shows him making vile, derogatory remarks against Hindus in his trademark combative style. The occasion was an event in Lahore on Feb 24, and his words were ostensibly in response to India’s aggressive anti-Pakistan rhetoric after the Pulwama attack about 10 days earlier. 'Never underestimate power of social media': Twitterati welcome Chohan's removal over anti-Hindu remarks The video unleashed a storm of condemnation on social media, with many calling for the minister to be sacked from his post. Very appropriately, senior PTI leaders — including among others Shireen Mazari, Naeem ul Haque and Asad Umar — sharply rebuked Mr Chohan for his diatribe, reminding him that Pakistani Hindus are part and parcel of the count

A renowned Balochi poet goes missing in Balochistan.

6'March 2019 *(Current Balochistan)* Current Balochistan has received some alarming news about Nazar Dost going missing overnight. The victim is the author of the books, "Koh Tawar Anth","Rooch gwarch", "Math Hoor Sara Enth" and 2 other books. Nazar Dost was harassed and abducted by the Pakistani forces in his hometown in Turbat. Our correspondents revealed that Nazar Dost had been serving the Muscat army since several years and was only visiting Balochistan for a 2 month vacation when he was abducted and taken away to an undisclosed location. Nazar Dost has dedicated a lot of thought and effort to the Balochi language through his impeccable writings in several books and articles through out his life. We want to highlight the fact that Nazar Dost is not the only Baloch writer who has gone missing like that. There have been several other writers of the Balochi language who have been abducted and later killed and dumped for daring to write about Ba

Chinese FDI in Europe: 2018 trends and impact of new screening policies

A report by Rhodium Group (RHG) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) by  Thilo Hanemann ,  Mikko Huotari  and  Agatha Kratz Download PDF   960.91 KB Executive summary Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the European Union (EU) continued to decline in 2018.  Chinese firms completed FDI transactions worth EUR 17.3 billion, which represents a decline of 40 percent from 2017 levels and over 50 percent from the 2016 peak of EUR 37 billion. This decline is very much in line with a further drop in China’s global outbound FDI, a trend that can be attributed to continued capital controls and tightening of liquidity in China as well as growing regulatory scrutiny in host economies. The “Big Three” EU economies received the lion’s share of investment.  The United Kingdom (UK) (EUR 4.2 billion), Germany (EUR 2.1 billion) and France (EUR 1.6 billion) continue to receive the most attention, but their share in total Chinese FDI declined from 71 percent in 2017 to 45 per