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Entries by John Brown from 06/2010

America as a Shopping Mall? U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Obama

| Posted 06.09.2010 | World

During the first year of the Obama administration, expectations that cultural diplomacy would become a governmental priority were not met, despite the fact that the President made "cultural" references in his speeches overseas.

Afghanistan As Pandora: We're There Because of Unobtanium!

| Posted 06.14.2010 | World

So it seems we've found rare minerals in Afghanistan. Doesn't it take a five-year old to realize that "unobtanium" is unobtainable in Afghanistan under current, if any, conditions?

Public Diplomacy, Sports, and the Waning Influence of American Popular Culture

| Posted 06.27.2010 | World

The prevalence of soccer as the universal sport suggests that "identifiably" American idols in the field of entertainment are not necessarily what the world prefers in our new millennium.

Trust Us: We Are the Organization!

| Posted 06.28.2010 | World

An organization, at its worst, uses/abuses the "small people" primarily for the benefit and profit/control/survival of the organization.