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The Diplomacy Cable 10/24/2016

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.


May Holds Brexit Talks with Devolved Nations

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May met with the leaders of the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit. According to BBC, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made it clear she was not “bluffing” about holding a second independence referendum. May proposed the Brexit Secretary chair a forum of the devolved government leaders before she triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which is planned for March 2017.

Russian Warships in the English Channel

On Friday, a fleet of Russian warships sailed through the English Channel after European leaders called on Moscow to stop attacks on Aleppo, Syria. European Union leaders held a two-day summit in Brussels and threatened Russia with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

No Hot Dogs for Malaysia

Religious authorities are saying that the term “hot dog” is not Islamic. According to Time, in 2009, the term “root beer” was also considered inappropriate because of Islam’s prohibition on alcohol. Despite the term being used in reference to the food item in Malaysia, many Muslims still consider dogs to be unclean.

Alcohol Ban in Iraq

On Saturday, the Iraqi parliament has passed legislation banning all production, import, and sale of alcohol. According to Reuters, this measure alienates minorities, particularly the Christian community. Some critics have said the bill is little more than a distraction from more important concerns facing Iraq.

South Africa Withdraws from ICC

South Africa has notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the BBC, “Last year, a South African court criticized the government for refusing to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.” The ICC has arrest warrants that would cause a “regime change”.

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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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