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The Diplomacy Cable 12/5/2016

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.


South Korean President’s Resignation?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been named a suspect in a corruption scandal and has faced weeks of protest. Tuesday she announced that she will let the National Assembly decide if she should remain in office. The Emergency People’s Movement (EPM) told CNN, “Park can’t even decide on her own to resign from the Presidency, she is letting the National Assembly decide.”

Prime Minister Abe’s Plan to Visit Pearl Harbor

On December 27th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama will visit Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the attack. This is the first time a Japanese head of state will visit the site. Earlier this year, President Obama visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the first sitting U.S. president to do so, reports NPR.

Plane Crash in Colombia

According to BBC, “a plane carrying 77 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.” The flight from Brazil to Bolivia was carrying members of the Chapecoense team. Only six people have survived the crash.

Platypus Venom and Diabetes  

Australian researchers say that platypus venom may provide a treatment for type 2 diabetes. According to BBC, scientists at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University have found the poison contains a hormone that could treat diabetes. More research on how this hormone works is still needed.

Italy’s Prime Minister Quits

After the Italian people voted “no” on a referendum to amend the country’s constitution, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation. The Guardian reports this is a great victory for anti-establishment and right-wing parties, putting Italy into a major political crisis.

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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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