The State Department, through the U.S. Mission to India, is offering a $35,000 grant to develop a workshop for "sharing ideas on the role of editorial cartooning in India and the United States in creating public dialogue" with "print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, citizen journalists, and journalism students." The grant offer, titled "Cartooning for Cause," gives a brief history of editorial cartooning in India:
Throughout the history of journalism, cartoonists have used humor and satire as a means to create meaningful public discourse. India, like the United States, has a rich history of cartooning. The late eminent author, journalist and cartoonist R.K. Laxman’s cartoon character “The Common Man” was published every day in major newspapers beginning in 1951. Over half a century, “The Common Man” represented the hopes, aspirations, frustrations and the foibles of the average Indian through the daily comic strip “You Said It.” Even with the advent of the Internet, animation and digital technology, cartoons are still used very effectively by intellectuals in both countries and around the world today. It is important that the next generation keeps this tradition of cartooning alive and makes it relevant to the 21st century.
Examples of topics for editorial cartooning include: "climate change, energy security, gender-based violence, intellectual property rights and freedom of speech and expression."
The State Department is soliciting proposals for either a single workshop in Chennai, India, or one that includes additional workshops in other cities. The grant documents note that "[t]he awardee is encouraged to seek and find additional funding for this project, subject to approval by the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi."
In the coming weeks, President Obama may announce his support for—or at least his non-objection to—a U.N. Security Council resolution defining the terms of a Palestinian state. This would represent an unprecedented break with Israel and mark the culmination of the Obama administration’s six years of confrontation with and animosity toward the Jewish state.
State Department deputy secretary Heather Higginbottom testified on Capitol Hill today that the State Department is routinely cyber-attacked. “We are attacked every day, thousands of times a day,” Higginbottom said in response to questioning from Georgia senator David Perdue.
The inspector general of the State Department confirmed today in Senate testimony that the State Department network at some point was hacked. He made the comments in response to a question from Georgia senator David Perdue.
Perdue asked, “Do you have evidence that the State Department’s network has been attacked, and does that affect you guys?”
The U.S. State Department is looking to design and facilitate a media ethics course for journalists in India, and has even proposed appropriating the name of Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" as a title for the course. The U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry has often spoken to the Muslim world during his tenure, particularly during the past year as negotiations with Iran have intensified and conflict with the Islamic State has escalated. But what Kerry has not said during the past twelve months is also significant. A review of the secretary's official remarks and statements noting special dates on Islamic, Perisan, and Arab calendars shows a sharp contrast to his relative silence on Christian and Jewish occasions.
Here's video, via Fox News, of the power outage at the State Department today:
The power went out in the middle of the State Department briefing.
Fox reported that there are widespread outages across Washington, D.C., including at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the White House, the Capitol, and of course the State Department. Some Metro stations have also lost power.
The State Department has cancelled daily press briefings in Washington, D.C. three days in a row as John Kerry continues to try to strike a nuclear deal with Iran. Matt Lee of the Associated Press notes the schedule changes:
Almost two years ago, Tim Miller, the then executive director of the America Rising PAC, authored a letter to look into possible favoritism from Hillary Clinton's State Department epartment to longtime Clinton associate Terry McAuliffe. The letter, addressed to the State Department, was acknowledged as having been received, but none of the information requested has ever been handed over.
In an interview this evening on Fox News, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki would not promise that Americans would get to see the details of a nuclear deal with Iran before it's "signed, sealed, delivered."
Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton.