The Diplomacy Cable
With the invention of the telegraph cables in the 19th century, international consulates and embassies began sending shorter encrypted telegrams, using Morse Code. While the messages are now sent electronically, the moniker “cable” stuck and the term is still in use today for shorter, encrypted diplomatic messages.
Renate Conference to Combat Human Trafficking
The Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking (Renate) is hosting a conference to combat the horrors of human trafficking reports Vatican Radio. Philanthropist John Studzinski said, “the Renate conference was helping to build links between the different organizations united against the injustice.”
Hungary’s Parliament Rejects Anti-Refugee Bill
“Hungary’s parliament has rejected an attempt by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to block the settlement of refugees” according to BBC. The goal of the bill was to reject an EU-set quota to relocate 1,294 refugees in Hungary.
Women’s Self-Defense Classes in Poland
Poland’s defense ministry announced that they will launch free self-defense classes for women this month in 30 cities. According to Radio Poland, “the aim of the program is to increase awareness of the Polish military’s close combat training while teaching self-defense tactics to women.”
Russia’s LinkedIn Ban
According to Time, “Russia is planning to block access to the social networking site LinkedIn ‘within days’ for failing to move its personal data storage to Russia.” LinkedIn is trying to change the Russian court’s decision which will deny access to LinkedIn for the millions of members in Russia.
Israeli Prayer Call Bill
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed a bill limiting the volume of prayer calls from mosques. Though the bill would apply to all houses of worship, it is seen as targeting mosques specifically according to Aljazeera. Government watchdogs have called this a threat to religious freedom.
Diplomacy Fast Facts:
What is “Dollar Diplomacy”?
The use of diplomacy to promote the United States commercial interest and economic power abroad by guaranteeing loans made to strategically important foreign countries.
Patricia Mace is a second semester graduate student at Seton Hall University. She is currently pursuing her dual master’s degrees in Diplomacy and International Relations and Strategic Communications. She received her undergraduate degrees from University of Delaware.
Erin Dobbs is a second year graduate student at Seton Hall University. She is pursuing her master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations with specializations in foreign policy analysis and global negotiation and conflict management. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and history from Villanova University.
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