Diplomats are learning, as magazine editors discovered years ago, that posting cute animal photos on the internet is a great way to promote a controversial foreign policy decision.
(From the National Journal / by Ben Geman) — The State Department is testing the proposition by highlighting one effect of President Obama’s year-old decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. A post on State’s DipNote blog features a photo of the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle atop a description of joint environmental work between the once-estranged nations: “One of the first fruits of this new relationship is a plan to increase cooperation in marine protection.” “With only ninety miles of sea dividing the United States and Cuba, collaboration on marine matters is especially important,” writes Judith Garber, a top State environmental official. Her post describes the plan hatched this fall to collaborate on research, education and resource management in “marine protected areas.”
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