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.
President of the Philippines Calls President Obama ‘Son of a Whore’
President Barack Obama cancelled his meeting with the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. President Duterte had warned President Obama to stop talking about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. According to the Guardian, the two presidents were scheduled to meet on Tuesday at the regional summit in Laos, but it was quickly cancelled after President Duterte called the president of the U.S. the ‘son of a whore’.
Merkel Refugee Policy Comes Under Fire
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under pressure to change her policy toward refugees. Her governing CDU party lost in a regional election to the AfD party, an anti-immigrant party. According to BBC, 1.1 million refugees and migrants have entered Germany since 2015.
Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Dies of Stroke
President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s first and only president died Friday. He had ruled Uzbekistan for 25 years. He was initially hospitalized on Saturday for a stroke. According to CNN, President Karimov made Parade magazine’s list of “World’s Worst Dictators” in 2007.
Explosion in the Philippines Leaves 12 Dead
A street market explosion killed 12 people in Davao City, Philippines on Friday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was visiting his hometown Davao City at the time, but was not hurt in the blast. According to Time, officials still do not know the cause of the blast.
President Obama Visits Laos
On Monday, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos. Laos is hosting the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations opening its doors to several world leaders. According to Chicago Tribune, the region has received much attention from the Obama administration.
Diplomacy Fast Facts:
Which language do most world leaders tweet in?
Spanish is the language most used by world leaders to tweet in.
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.
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