BBG Media Highlights - July 25, 2013
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'Syria Stories' Uses On-Demand Illustrations to Tell Personal Wartime Stories - PBS Media Shift, July 25, 2013
Comprehension of Syria's human suffering is desperately needed to keep the human cost in perspective. Journalists at the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) (part of the U.S. government's Broadcasting Board of Governors) felt that a different approach was needed to give an Arab-speaking audience a deeper, personal connection to individual Syrians trying to survive. Syria Stories is a new online documentary project from MBN that aims to tell the stories of the ongoing Syrian civil war on a very personal, human scale.


Zimbabwe elections: Q&A - BBC, July 25, 2013
Earlier this year the police announced a ban on short-wave radios capable of receiving foreign broadcasts, saying they were being used to communicate "hate speech" ahead of the elections. In addition, broadcasts by overseas-based radio stations transmitting into Zimbabwe, such as the Voice of America's Studio 7 and UK-based SW Radio Africa, have been jammed.

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Peace prospects: Dr Malik seeks greater cooperation - Business Recorder, July 25, 2013
Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has vowed to drag Balochistan out of severe challenges with the co-operation of all political parties in the province. Malik told Voice of America in an exclusive interview that although his ruling National Party did not represent all the Baloch groups, he was calling on Baloch insurgents to join him in a mission to bring peace to the province.  


Chad Griffin Talks LGBT Rights with Voice of America - Human Rights Campaign, July 24, 2013
HRC President Chad Griffin was at the Voice of America (VOA) today to discuss the state of LGBT rights and marriage equality here in the United States and around the world with VOA's Julian Zyla. 


China news round-up: China prepares for Bo Xilai trial, Venezuela hopes for US$5b loan - South China Morning Post, July 25, 2013
Radio Free Asia: Beijing singer Wu Hongfei has been detained over a weibo post. 


South Sudan president fires government, including vice president - UPI, July 24, 2013
South Sudan's president has issued a decree dismissing his entire government, including the country's vice president, a government spokesman said. Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the move by President Salva Kiir Mayardit was constitutional, Voice of America reported Wednesday. 


Belarus F.M.: Minsk wants to cooperate on EU Eastern Partnership - UPI, July 25, 2013
"We expressed our interest in cooperating in all the spheres of the Eastern Partnership," [Vladimir] Makei told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty after participating in a meeting including EU commissioners and Eastern European foreign ministers.


Pakistan has no formula of power sharing in Afghanistan: Sartaj - The Nation, July 25, 2013
Prime Minsiter's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan is trying its best to help in negotiations for a peaceful settlement of Afghan issue. In an interview Voice of America (Pushto Service), Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has no formula of power sharing in Afghanistan. 


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Peres: Not afraid of a referendum - Y Net News, July 24, 2013
President Shimon Peres said that he does not rule out the possibility of a referendum being held regarding a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Peres added that he was not worried about a referendum, because he believed that most people were in favor of peace - not only on the Israeli side, but on the Palestinian as well. Peres' comments were aired in an interview on the American Alhurra network, which broadcasts in Arabic. (Roi Kais) 


Also cited by Alwasat, Asharq, El FagrEl Gornal, ada El Balad, and other publications

Of Interest

Pakistan's New Hero Burka Avenger - AP, July 24, 2013
Wonder Woman and Supergirl now have a Pakistani counterpart in the pantheon of female superheroes - one who shows a lot less skin. Meet Burka Avenger: a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls' school where she works. Sadly, it's a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.


Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem - Harvard Business Review, July 23, 2013
When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: "we need more ideas." They'll start talking about the need to "think outside the box" or "blue sky" thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or systems. However, in most organizations, innovation isn't hampered by a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of noticing the good ideas already there. It's not an idea problem; it's a recognition problem.

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 203 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.  BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).