InterCultural Communications

The use of the Internet as a promotional tools in such communications.

Why this is important ?>

Should another human being be forced in to the condition which exist in war? Should then, as a result of one side lossing in this conflict, the victor occupys and then impose their will, either liberal democratic or authoritarian institutions upon this subsequent weaken society, along with its resulting failed economies as a result of lossing the war?

There are very clear known observations both recent and historic that both the application of democratic and authoritarin institutions by the victor have very mixed results. Why?

What are the key factors within human development and behavior which creates this condition of uncetainties?

IRAQ: Discoveries.

Can the present efforts to bring liberal democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan be accoblished? " Very uncertain. " is the leading answer now - a - days. Yet with the development of Baghdad Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC a clear indication is that in order for change to occur there must be a cultural base in which to inspire new ideas from. That trust in these new ideas must have human resonance within the social and cultural behavior of the community under-going transformation by being directly 'linked ' to a local cultural base.

For Example in the Third Open Letter to the Iraqi Peoples.

Appx. [ Intercultrual Communcations Thesis  being developed as a result.]
Third Open Letter:
Child Centered Focus:
The displaced population of Iraqis, still in the millions, and where they have fled has created a major change of Arab attitudes to both radicals and how Islam is now being exploited.  The primary means, which is the prime trigger,  is that displaced Iraqis are in the face of Arabs in most of the major Arab centers within the geographic arena of the Middle East.  Iraqi wives are talking with other Arab wives, the same is also true for the children, and husbands.
The resulting experience the Arab communities, which have open their doors to the displaced Iraqis, has cause loss of confidence in those factions which caused these Iraqis to flee.  Moreover, a resentment is growing towards groups who will exploit ethnic tension as a cover to both steal and murder, not to mention car bombings and attacking religious institutions.  This resentment is the growing commonality between displaced Iraqis and the Arab communities which they reside.
The emerging perception is based on a child centered focus and clearly revolves around the future health and well being of their children.  The stability of both their family and safety is always top topic of discussion at coffee houses, Mosques, and in various bazzars in which Arab women are establishing vital networks to bring home he necessities, though very limited, to keep the family fed.  Islamic Clerics in major Arab centers are likewise see additional needs to add increased ministry to their organizations, and whoses emerging visions has forced many to close and support the concerns of displaced Iraqis. The terror in Baghdad, and those who are fueling it are now being increasingly condemed.  Of course there are other topics, but the commonality of this concern alone reflects a new political reality in which displaced Iraqi and Arab community member are comming to terms with, along with with its child centered concerns as its hidden ethos, while the Islamic clerics are trying to keep in touch.

Along with this oberservation, is how taking the high road for visability created immediate responses indicated the real emerging power of the Internet.


One Iraqi complained in an email. " Wheres the trust?" Meaning how can Iraqis can trust American when there are no direct links to local cultural institutions from which to begin to rebuild the Iraqi society. Nor in the view of more recent historic evidence by political aware sector of false promisses given to the internal oppossing Iraqi leadership before the American military conquest. " Wheres the trust."

From all the subsequent email, and other local, Ithaca, New York, communications the present sentiment, as of October, 2007 goes along theses lines.

Presenly though one thing that is now very clear is that to build trust both social, cultural, and spiritual institutions must be firmly established within the common cultural traits first. Then in the social and cultural transmission are then more easy to accept new idea, as it is likewise immediately understood that and institutions necessary for liberal democracy can never be manufactured with ease if at all possible in the first place.

What this has indicated, as this is the case, that in the absence of qualified social, cultural, and spiritual institutions, millions fled Iraq to other Arab states. Some of whom having a bathist authoritarian government. Yet additional evidence achieved through The Foundation " For " Arab - Reconciliation - Ithaca, New Yorknetwork, members in the immediate region who are now have Iraqi refugees have all noted the same factors for their presence.

This was, in part, imparted in various communications as a reaction to this being popular place within the Internet. Even the search engine, UAE, and Arab search engine had it placed within its nets.

" Palestinian parents will never condone their children throwing stones at human beings, especially at ' armed ' Israelis.  Nor will Israeli parents, cognizant of the Holocaust, ever condone their children denigrating a peoples, especially ' unarmed ' Palestinians. "  Roger M. Christian, Ithaca Journal, March, 2003, Ithaca, New York

Since Spring of 2003, this comment has been shared through-out the Middle East.

First the Palestinians, the second the Israelis, and finally, the Iraqi refugees.

"They did not want their children be subject to both physical and emotional harm by hate." Not they did want the senior members of their family be further age based vulnerability" According to the evidence, this group is better educated when compared to the normal regional model, and are the real middle class center of the Sunni Triangle of Urban Baghdad. They are the very people who made Iraqi work as it once did before the Americans. Right now their numbers is somewhere around 4,800,000.


Here where established institutions which did melt in the wake of America, and knew it was better to be in Kabul, the capital, than to leave. The development is marginal, and thiswas primarily due to economy which created wider and deeper dependence on the previous Soviet inspired institutions, and the even deeper emotional resentment felt by the educated on those relgious radicals who took over after Soviet influence was crushed.

In the meantime, American political discourse enter their lives right in the middle of the Afgani efforts to creat a life for themselves. Though this is less difficult within Kubul itself, its even harder everywhere else, but here comes American intervention.

President Bush paused to comment in his second-term Inaugural Address, "…it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." However, and what is now know is American ignorance of the central cultural values within this region.

Then came the rush of academians in their rush to publish. And soon the concerns of those who have to make a life for themselves in this region were lost in resulting American suffle of American political discourse in the approaching Presidential elections, academia throwing in their voice, and yet their is no voices being heard within either on a level playing field.

What has now occur is restoration efforts led by nonetheless, the Military institutions of the United States. Thus Baghdad, getting some marginal assurance of being safer, as it is, the very emotional element to commit to reconstruction is now one everyones mind within the region.

Then the interviews of some 840 Arab Students / Scholars within Western, New York and Ontario, Canada started to be comnfirmed in the present flow of communications. 1973 - 1982 - 1984 - 1992, 2001 - Cornell University.

The single perceptual mind set of the peoples of the Middle East comes from their fustration in attempting to discuss the anxieties on what Americans are trying to sell them in our form of Democratic institutions as the path for restoration and civilization success, when clearly implied saparation of Church and State are clearly and likewise defined. Both the previous interviews and the present attitude can be understood in their completely agreed view towards to American Civil Libertise Union. horror, and militant anger.

The American interjection, as it is now being looked at by the troops and the Iraqi, and Afgani Peoples have created an awareness by the peoples themselve that America is pushing fundamental shifts in the political, economic and social orders.

Largely without their consent too.

Feeling this American troops, as there are safety issues to reestablished crediable leaderships within the respested communities be invested in, are now starting the listen, and discovering at the sametime relative ignorance of existing institutions within this region, and it internal resources at leadership development.

It is here, American troops starting to listen, and thus learn about existing institutions where the actual Intercutural Communications is now being implemented. American generals have gone more" Generic in promotion democratic institutions within the region instead of selling the American role model. That redevelopment coordination must be in the hands of the populace based upon their own value systems.

This now runs contrary to what is being reflected in the emerging political discourse of the American Presidential electioneering, and the body politic of Amerian Aademia. This runs contrary to the beliefs, ideas and values systems of the people in Middle East in how to creat the conditions which would restore the present refugees back to their homes.

Both the prevailing attitude, and the internal emotional, and at time growing resentment centers on these four components.


At anytime in the present political discourse involved in the emerging Presidential and Congressional elections in 2008, and their public debates, when expressing an opionion on the future of the peoples within this region, they must be likewise be allowed for their own voice to be heard. On level playing field, and its clearly implied connection to ethics of consent and then democratic institution is represent is now before the Arabs, and their reflection of who is the United States.


The clear implications of advance technologies, and the Internet are the key components in which Middel East of Nations undertands as central needs to become self-dependent. Thus when one looks at Baghdad, the safest instillization are the micro-wave towers, as both those who build and destroy are similarily dependent upon their existance. Both needs equal access to Internet communications, as the technology hs become a conscious force in the immediate cognition of the peoples and leadership themselves.


The central core of Arab culture and society is a based upon the resulting institutions created as a result the social and cultural dependency upon the ethics of " FREE TRADE." Though things are still being clouded by the economic expectations and internal discourse of the wealth of " OIL " nonetheles, the existing economic institutions are the main concentration in the very fundementals of working and healthy Arab societies, or societies within this region. Every Arab fully realized this.

The primary factor why the central reason for the 840 Arab Students / Scholars presence at various academic institutions is integrate advance communcations in the efforts to promote central Arab values of trade and barter, integrating high technologies into Arab societies in order for the Arab nation to be self-dependent. The most important is developing positive experience and valued knowledge in how to communication with Americans as a whole.

The major complaint, however, comes from the preception that Americans have, and still have, towards the Arabs and Terrorism being linked. This was meant by complete resentment. And this revolves around the actual mode of operation within Arab society iself.

Why? Then comes the point.

Arab society clear revolves around the centality of developing the Community of the Arab Family. That each family is considered independent in how it carrys own the function of life for the benefit of its members. Outside intervention is considered criminal, and that the single effort which concerns its future well being is conducted through its various bridal selection processes.

To get a clear idea of the significance of this one first has to look or discover the news of an upcoming wedding to discover who is going to be the future leaders or wealthy business concerns.

It as form this perspective that a clear Arab view of themselves were likewise discovered. That there are those who are going to become equal to the society expection of earning a living within its economy of Free Trade, while there are those who do not have the ability to apply themselves-either as mature adults or who has the intellect to understand its workings. Thus their path is either through the Rifle, or The Koran, and as such are considered the peoples of the Alms.

Once the rule of the Riffle is installed, additional economic loss is likewise felt through out the Networks of the Community of the Arab Family.


Once the rule of The Koran is installed, business competiveness with other civilizations creates loss of economic self-dependency, while at the sametime Arab society incurs further technological disabilities. Though the Networks of the Community of the Arab Family fairs better under this rule instead the rule of Riffle, nonetheless, bridal selection is being intervined by Islamc clerics. As well as increased Alm before, present, and after a wedding.


The various form and networkings which goes on within each Arab family is the relevant discourse of concerns of everyone concern. However, from their view. " How come America does not understand this? Why are the only American who comming to terms with this are American troops, and not those who are engineering the American process of political discourse behind the upcoming Presidential and Congressional elections, when America prides itself in being a role model standard for democracy.

As this goes on, the impact of the technologies of the Internet are now allowing others within this region to have more contact among themselves, and new resources of informaion are revealing an emerging ethos, and central core of ideas.

It is here where one must stop and to bring in the Academic frame, or responsiabilties therein eachs pedgogy, Intercultural Communcations and the future singlularty and importance of International Students / Scholars presents within their campuses.

The International Students / Scholars on American Campuses. The academic pedgogy of recent modern times:

From this view point, as illustrated on Arab - Israeli Reconciliation site.


The Discovery Process:
Creating a focus to promote reconciliation is never easy anywhere.  It is even more difficult when you are trying to it online - via the INTERNET, but building an effective web site that allows free and open discussion options, is something never really tried. This is the effort whereby the INTERNET becomes a tool of " personal " discovery. Then the INTERNET, if used properly,  can make a huge difference in increasing social and political responsiveness of each member's behavior in public the sharing of ones  owns views..

Everyone needs to find more information, and how this information triggers personal self-discovery,  how it affects your  emotional needs, and drives involved in the issues surrounding ethnocentric commonalities is what this site is about.  The desired organization, the ethnological commonalities involved, and the sociocultural needed responses is the focus we need to provide for each other.  The work must be look on with obsolute patience, as well as critical allocations of time and efforts.  We should all look forward to working with each other.

Internet Linkages. For Example, and from the same site.

Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Established Network in the Cites of :
Ann Arbor ~ AlbanyAthens ~ Atlanta ~ Baltimore ~ Berlin ~ Buffalo ~ ChicagoColumbus ~ Copenhagen ~ Cortland ~ Dallas  ~ Dublin ~ Elmira ~ Gdansk ~ Ithaca ~ Kiev - LondonLas VegasLos Angeles ~ Luxembourg ~  Madrid ~ Miami and Miami Beach ~ Montreal ~  Moscow ~ New York City ~ OsloOwego ~ Paris ~ Prague ~ Rochester ~ Rome ~  Sayre  ~ Syracuse ~ Tel Aviv Tokyo ~ Toronto ~ Washington DC .

There clear implications between links, link exchanges, webpage - website rankings, and greater public access within the Internet as the single most important media of today.

More importantly, this is how one is able to get a message out which will be read and understood. This is very basic to this Internet Paper - Thesis

Restoration efforts and the clear use of the Internet has created the new a fundamental change in the worldview by those within Middle East area of conflict. That in the technological applications of the media of the Internet restoration cannot achieve sel;f - dependency, economic or political wiithout any change be grounded in the culture of a society, or more importantly within the growing networks of the Community of The Arab Family. Members of each of the various existing family networks as the legitimate institutions from which change should undergo a process of careful examination first and foremost. This is in-keeping in making any future investments required for their long-run sustainability.

Internet and its function within Intercultural Communications has been applied by the following processes.

First the Orientation websites.

Intercultural Communications and The Internet:

What the Internet is - " Cultural Democracy in Action."

The future of the Internet, and those who want to obtain success within this world rest solely on InterCultural Communications applications of all its inernal dynamics..

The Primary Focus:


In the arena of the Internet it is the online users and consumers of the information age, the central market core, which holds the keys of success in which developers of websites and those merchants of global wide production of goods and services are most sought after.  Once a website is placed within a searcfh engine index, that site and what it represents immediate has global status, and thus have additional responsiablities for the content contained.  The key focus of which is the pratical use of the key workings components, the keywords and how content supports them, in developing sites that primarily gains the attention of this market.
" Thus you have to be seen first and foremost and in less than 10 seconds in what you are selling which has to generate both interest and more important desire in order for this market to follow through and be convinced of what you are selling."
Every site iis the first and based on the prime behavior of the market forces of online users, who are in the meantime are becoming more educated in what their searches mean, and thus lasting impression opportunity ever organization has.   In this, and subsequent to every other analysis of the connection between online users and website product reactions " sexy " is the prime visual solidification of the users interests. But only temporary in order to get the market to react further and beyond the initial seconds of exposure on the computer screnes to invest time to sold on what is finally being represented on each site.
The Internet is very much like one very large " fortran program ."  The present search engines, and the computer programers who envisioned and subsequent designed their inner workings had one single vision...
 " that rankings are linked to the singularity which promotes cultrual democracy, the amount of how other sites are linked together, and the level of content each site has."
It how both content and links are viewed and are encouraged by the great investments these designers took in developing their various analogs contained in their crwalers / spiders, in which google is the most sophisticated, and thus ultra top secret.
It how one goes about in attracting attention and, now, tjhe additional focus which has to look is where each server is located, what are its access to the each search engine, and the company which houses them, and their ongoing relations and standings which is the foundation of each sites potential success.  Moreover, single directed sites, those who have one server and one system of producing and supporting in their development are increasingly becoming disadvantaged.
It is within this understanding that the high ground in producing the International and National Cultural Fiesta Movement and its support and created networks indicate future directions in site planning.  Thus once applied to other interests, outside of the emergining networking knowledge and conjunction to this effort will assist in the further incoporation of all relevant search engine crawlers / spiders, the envisioned cultural democractic visions of their developers, and the program of the Internet workling being successful triggered, the inner corem the primary software employed, along with  its basic III, C plus, and unix propertises of each existaing computer on a massive global scale. Thus these sites are then computer program product as they will become parallel in their inception to each concern of the global market of OnLine Users; this is who each crawler / spider is specifically designed to protect.
Success is being seen first and foremost !


Thart each designed site must gain the attention of the OnLine users beyond the first initial reaction of ten seconds.

SUNY @ Binghamton Theaters:

Everything which deals with the global market being sought after, the individual interest is solely depended on keywords, and how their susequent page content supports them, and the crucial linkages to other sites, which attracts additional rewards in earned placement rankings by each  search engine crawler / spider.

The central understanding is that the popularity of each webpage is dependent upon the interest of the user, and the ability of the webmaster to creat coalitions, the internet version of cultural democracy, to achieve page rankings. Here, and as result the Internet induction of each webpage is within this technology a voting booth.

The with this in minds is this.

InterCultural Communications and Promotions:

Education - Brief: Mr. Roger M. Christian, Ithaca Night LIfe ( NightLife ), NY Publications, D.B.A. 607 - 451 - 8663 / 607 - 279 - 9945.

InterCultural Communications and Promotions:
There is already a clear fact in viewing this paper.  That the inclusion of the picture on your left made all the difference in both the presentation and how you recieved it.
This is at the heart ( Chinese ethnic painting of birds ) of InterCultural Communications Promotions, and it can be applied to other areas.  There are no set limitations. 
An email is sent in conjunction with this paper, and both in combination will make it, likewise, easier to comprehend the full demension of this communication application. [ down loading applications in communications ]
This is nothing when compared to the crucial use of critical path methods, along with additional modifications of creative problem solving methods to make an Info - Sourcing Paper brief and to the point!


Promotions: [ The Matrix ]
When you have room in a server, which Cornell University central computer has more than enough to outstrip Lycos, AltaVista, the use of google for advertising becomes more problematic, and may not be cost effective.
Presently, the use of satalite sites, once specifically used can be a more cost effective solution and be able to control the market aim in additional later modifications.  Just as important, it is the development of both a central directory, along with links to other sub-directories for a power source in which to enhance page rankings.
Once the above is applied along with [ The Matrix ( multiple x, y, z, axis link indexing ] system now being developed, the advantage of attracting the students / scholars, especially from the advantagous International pool becomes more clear.  Clear in this case, is the actual how to target successfully who you want to apply.  What this means, is that multiple insourcing and outsourcing of academic pedagogy through computer generated  online information has a better chance of attracting this pool when compare to the present implaced systems.  [ This is where the email, along with downloading it on your computer, via notepad, or on a lap top which make this point very clear, and further suggest additional outsourcing methods for communications. ]
Thus Myspace use in conjunction with sites which are house in the Cornell server plus the new skills being developed in Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC InterCultural Communications Internet Network [ The Matrix ] adds to the ability in which to target students / scholars.


InterCultural Communication - Conflict Preventioning WebSite - through the conflcit preventioning program, the International and National Cultural Fiesta Movement and the associated Policy Statement which brings it to focus through the frames WebSite presentation

Existing cultural dynamics within the Internet are especially effective as on - going social and cultural mechanisms of common knowledge the youth generation. They, as the each year the use of computers are tickling down to younger members of International society and their usage and products are embedded youth behavior itslef.

A point of integration within the pedagogy of academia: An Introduction.

InterCultural Communications

Know OnLine Thesis and Essays on InterCultural Communications:
InterCultural Communcations Press Releases 2007


This website attempt to offer a critical perspective on current theory and research in intercultural communication. In particular, I will focus on the growing fields of scholarship in cultural studies, critical theory, and multiculturalism, addressing this scholarship from a communication-as-discourse oriented perspective. What I mean by a "communication-as-discourse" perspective is that we will treat "communication" as an organic social phenomenon rather than as a static phenomenon of individual interaction. While I am well aware of a tradition of scholarship in intercultural communication which emphasizes the interpersonal interaction, this seminar offers itself as a critique of that tradition. We all should emphasize self - questions and practices of "diversity" (especially involving race, class, gender, and sexuality) as they manifest in local and global contexts in the United States. The principle objective is to develop a politically informed and self-reflexive praxis in the service of reframing the study of intercultural communication.

This an open format of  course I be searching for addtional comments, presentation, response, and discussion from the Internet and respective groups. My comments will introduce and situate the readings, interpreting key issues in the conversation and outlining theories of culture that develop therein. Each student / scholar who participates in developing either a National cultural fiesta, or International cultural fiesta should have the aspiration to take on - going recorded responses during the events palnned./  Analyzing the set of records and making additional modifications in future planning will put off arguments which t intervenes  with both vision and creativity, and enlight the field of academic conversation as a result. Additionally, students / scholars should self impose more responsiabilties in all future subsequent event planning.

The previous sites indicates the nature of the planning itself, and I  will make a theoretical and alert you to be prepared to do critical intervention in the field of intercultural communication. We should  expect  some light - heartedness to address some of the key theoretical issues that arise during each semester, as well as to involve critical readings of a text, event, or issue in the student's own area of research interest in others who are likewise involved with own events palnning. These experience should eventuallyl be presented in a mini-conference which will be scheduled near the end of each academic cycle.

The Education Policy:
Stage One:
Interrelationships on to integrate ideas through a Policy Statement focus and the use of frames webpage format to enhance that focus.
InterCultural Communication - Conflict Preventioning WebSite - through the conflcit preventioning program, the International and National Cultural Fiesta Movement and the associated Policy Statement which brings it to focus through the frames WebSite presentation.

Note: The link above is being placed on the footers of those sites which are included, as well as the additional sites which are linked to through the Policy Statement.


Campuses who have major activity:

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This is at the hearrt of InterCultural Communications, and it can be applied to other areas.  There are no set limitations.
See link above for further information.
Educational Brief
Appx. [ Intercultrual Communcations Thesis  being developed as a result.]

This is at this point where various searched by Students / Scholars start to be attracted to new ideas.

Then to be campus slective.

At several College and University campuses, several International Students / Scholars have banded themselves into recognized student groups.  First this was a means to keep in touch with ones home, as the human connection between fellow citizens help'ed in the sociocultural transition

Welcome to The International Students / Scholars Cornell University WebSite. Wanted are your press releases on all cultural events and weekly social events & photos. Send via.. email below.


Join Today!
Information and designs are the new magic of the Internet.  Here is where International Students / Scholars can find the critical information needed to make their participation in America's academic culture more pleasure'able.  Join your Board / Forum Today .MSN Groups sign ups.

Google Groups
Subscribe to International Students / Scholars Network
Visit this group
Blogs / Bloggers:


The critical areas are as follows:
  1. To know exactly what is the scope and limitations of your student, cultural exchange, or visiting professor visas.
  2. How joint social and economic cooperation with other International Students / Scholars helps to develop a community, and fostering those helpful human strings of human relationships which creates feelings of home.
  3. Examine the options for further study/research in the United States, and additional channels for resume building.
  4. Looking at the option of International trades, and economic arenas of opportunities beyond graduation with a connection to the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
  5. How to secure additional funds and grants, as well as to extend the limitations of present visas to include work [ green cards ] and business development.
  6. Security is an essential need for International Students / Scholars, as there exist several myths within both the United States and Internationally about the present ethos [ IE. Post 9/11 ], and its associative anxieties in which Americans naturally have.


InterCultural Communications :   The Ithaca Academic / Academia Directory -  The careful selection of Universities and Colleges in a single directory which is part of a six plan of development of the Night Lfie ( NightLife ), RMC InterCultural Communications Internet Network. Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), NY Academia , Academic, Ithaca College, Cornell University & TC3:  []  New York State  []


Cornell University Clubs: Students / Scholars : Academia Ithaca, New York on Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), NY : Academia - Ithaca Social Calendar : Cultural Fiesta Blog

Then a focus on the improvement of tbe social and cultural environment of America demands additional assets in assist International Students / Scholars. This is a tyupical resource page.

International Students / Scholars Intercultural Communications Resources and Promotions

The State of New York

The African Seat of Nations
African Seat of Nations " Important Article "
African Peoples' Encounters With Others
The Asian World
Middle-Eastern Seat of Nations
The State of California
The British Commonwealth of Canada
Eurosphere Host of Nations
South American Fiesta Nations
The State of Florida
Miami, Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida " News Report "
The Stafe of Georgia
The State of Illinois
The State of Maryland
The State of Massachusetts
The State of Michigan:
The State of Nevada
The State of New York
The State of Ohio
The State of Pennsylvania
The State of Texas
Washington, DC ( District of Columbia )
Our Services
Who is Mr. Roger M. Christian
Soures of Funding / Scholarships
The Greater World Wide Web of Links
Link Exchange Program
Press Releases:


Albany, New York [ Albany  Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ] ;Binghamton, New York [ Binghamton Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ] ; Buffalo, New York [ Buffalo Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ]  Cortland, New York [ Cortland Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ] Elmira, New York [ Elmira Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ] Ithaca. New York  [ Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ]; New York City, New York  [ New York City   Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ]; Owego, New York [ Owego  Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ]; Rochester New York [ Rochester Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ] Syracuse, New York [ Syracuse  Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC WebSite ];  This is an International Intercultural  Communications Networking




Here on this part of the web page I will be placing more additional logos and text links from those groups whose function is to assist Interantional Students / Scholars.  Down below, I will likewise adding those OnLine social and cultural programs I am spinning off and creating from my  from my Night LIfe ( NightLife ), RMC Online Internet Network base. 
I am also looking for news press releases.  So if you have an item of Dance, Theatre, Social, Cultural, Crafts, Food,  Performance, Scientific Discovery, or items which deals with the scope of this International Students / Scholars OnLine program, including the Academia ~ International Students / Scholars ~ News ~ interests please email me -  see the following.........




OnLine Resources to be listed here.
Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Sports Network .
AOL Hometown Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), NY.
AOL Hometown New York City Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC .
de la revue de avant de garde  : This is the news magazine " of the Avant Garde " Ithaca, New York.  Moreover, this magazine symbolizes the authentic character of the American Revolution of 1776.    fr:/  Ceci est la revue de nouvelles « du Avant Garde » Ithaca, New York. De plus, cette revue symbolise le caractère authentique de la Guerre d'indépendance américaine de 1776.





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Instructional Notes:
The top portion of this web page is for general use for International Students / Scholars groups [ those with no formal organizations ]. organizations, and various International Students / Scholars Affairs service professionals through America's and Canadian Academia.
Whats on the lower section, are the various linkages for more personal use of each International Student / Scholars.  Scattered through out , later on, will be more milder topics and good clean jokes and addtional party related - suggested - links.

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Google Groups Beta
Subscribe to International Students / Scholars Network
Visit this group


Access International Education Project - A resource guide for underrepresented groups in international education.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad - A list of study abroad scholarships and financial aid opportunities for students of color.

The Association of International Educators - NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange. It serves its members, their institutions and organizations, and others engaged in international education and exchange and global workforce development.

The Institute of International Education - A global higher education agency which administers the Fulbright Program and provides training and, leadership development programs for public and private sector professionals around the world. It also initiates projects that help students and scholars worldwide, including testing and advising, scholarships, information on opportunities for international study, and emergency financial assistance.

Open Doors Online - This resourceful guide provides data and statistics on international students, scholars, U.S. study abroad programs, as well as a student visa policy forum and a community college resource. The annual “Open Doors” report is also a useful tool on topics related to international education.

IIE Passport - A resource for searching study abroad programs, with advice on how to maximize time abroad, and other informative articles and features to help students before leaving for another country.

The International Education Finance Corporation - This organization provides international student loans (Stafford and private) for U.S., Canadian and other international students.

International Education Site for Study Abroad Advice - Study abroad and university advice for students worldwide who are considering an international education.

The Council on International Educational Exchange - CIEE provides programs and services for individuals, employers, communities and educational institutions to help choose an international experience.

The International Education Financial Aid - A search site for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for international students wishing to study abroad. The Web site has a college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

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To the International Students / Scholars who are contributing to America's academia cultural, the above photo is one individual leader of an assortment of Human Honors for Culture and Science personalities representitive in the ongoing development of The American Civilization; and its growing and complex diversities.  What you see and what you are interacting with, and under the protective " IVY " of academic freedoms,  on and off campus, the lifestyles you are witnessing, came about as a result of their leadership, and what it represents to your experiences while you are here.  Good advive [ Two ] from Mr. Roger M. Christian



On this web page [ which I spell at times WebPage ] you will note that it is sectionalized to fit the region in which your academic institution resides.  None the less, as you see at the side navigation, these are other regions which are likewise represented.
The aim of constructing this web site [ which I spell at times WebSite ] as such is to not only give you a peek of whats going on at another location, but more importanly, get you to network correspondingly.
The clubs, social, dances, and proposed or on going working groups, either online, or at a local cafe' are selected to enhance personal interaction with those who have similars taste, habits, and attitudes.  This is very specific, in as much as this is to aid you in a quicker transition in developing  local sociocultrual, or sociospiritual connections so that the personal isolation traditional felt by International Students / Scholars are likewise eased.
Please be careful, and when in doubt about a local club, event or someone who approached you off campus, do not hesitate in contacting your campus International Students / Scholars Affairs Office, or Police.  This is a distinct duty in which you will find your own legs faster in walking through the cultural and social behavioral climate of America.  Good advice [ One ] from Mr. Roger M. Christian

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Tequila Don Julio and The Mexican Museum Present Nuevo Arte

Tequila Don Julio and The Mexican Museum Present Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio

A national traveling art exhibition featuring Mexican and Mexican-American Artists

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New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--January 24, 2007--To showcase the best in the arts inspired by Mexico, Tequila Don Julio announces its partnership with The Mexican Museum to present Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio, an exhibition featuring new works by some of today’s most innovative Mexican and Mexican-American artists.

Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio highlights contemporary and original artwork by talented artists selected by Tere Romo, curator of exhibitions at The Mexican Museum, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization with one of the most extensive collections of Mexican and Latin-American artwork in the country. To augment the museum’s permanent collection with artists whom are not currently represented, Tequila Don Julio is gifting Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio to The Mexican Museum.

This collection captures the cutting-edge vitality and original content of contemporary Mexican and Chicano artistic expressions

Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio will travel to the following art venues in 2007:

-- New York City: White Box, January 12th – February 3rd
-- Houston: New World Museum, March 15th – April 9th
-- Chicago: Aldo Castillo Gallery, April 26th – May 26th
-- Los Angeles: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, June 13th – August 19th

This national traveling exhibition will help raise the national profile of the museum, which is currently “dark” while it awaits the construction of its new building in the Yerba Buena arts district near downtown San Francisco.

“This collection captures the cutting-edge vitality and original content of contemporary Mexican and Chicano artistic expressions,” Romo says. “The museum is excited to collaborate with Tequila Don Julio to offer art enthusiasts around the country a taste of The Mexican Museum while we await our new building.”

Artists selected for the collection were those whose works portray the highest quality of art symbolizing the creative production of contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American artists through a variety of media–from teacups to hubcap drums and blown glass to painted canvas. Highlights of artists in the collection include Dr. Lakra’s culturally-inspired piece Dentadura Expuesta, a pin-up model reincarnated with ornate tattoos; Franco Mondini-Ruiz’s La Mojado a delicate, porcelain teacup accented with cookies that look good enough to eat; and Julio Morales’s conceptual installation, Lowrider Mambo, which pays homage to the trans-cultural legacy of bandleader Pérez Prado.

“From forging new paths of artistic expression to capturing authentic traditions in a new light, creativity and innovation are surging out of Mexico,” says Joel Henry, vice president Tequila Don Julio, Diageo Reserve Group. “Tequila Don Julio, the most popular luxury tequila in Mexico, is pleased to support both rising and well-known Mexican and Mexican-American artists with Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio.”  

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America has a set of traditional folkways.  We as a peoples ( please note the plural of this term )have constructed over the decades and centuries a set of covenants known as traditions or folkways if you will.  They are not necessarily all the time adhered to, but all Americans none the less, understands them as American. 
Thus the listed cultural information now being provided after this explanatory comment - advise. 
the one single factor, as you likewise should be informed, is that the American revolution is the actual demonstration and political consequences thereof and pretaining to, the liberation of the middle class.  The set of folkways which emerged out of this histroical aspect, to this very day is under continual change, is the American ethos you are now a part of.  We as a peoples, as you should be likewise be cautioned,  have not made it exactly right for all of our citizen's; the central factor in the assured quarantee of this revolution is the social, cultrual and economic circumstance of assuring the critical aspect inclusion.   Good advice [ Three ] from Mr. Roger M. Christian


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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is a new national organization devoted solely to the financial scholarship needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American students. The scholarship fund's historic formation is credited to founding corporations, community-based organizations and civic leaders such as McDonald's Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, Asian McDonald's Owner/Operators Association, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Organization of Chinese Americans, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, the University of Hawai'i, Native Hawaiian Community-Based Education Learning Centers, United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and former U.S. Congressman Robert Underwood.

2006 ~ Winner Paul Park


Paul Park

Our first profile, Paul is a broadcast journalism major at Syracuse University who is spending his sophomore year abroad in France.

In a short couple of years a few things have changed in terms of education: student loan interest rates have increased, and school tuition and board rates are at their highest. Unless you’re in the top one percent of the wealthiest Americans, I find it hard to believe students and their families feel comfortable paying tens and thousands of dollars on education alone. Moreover, families with multiple children in college have a more difficult time financing it. Various organizations realize this considerable burden, and they reach out to students to help provide a quality education. The Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund, or APIASF, is one exceptional organization that reaches out to the Asian and Pacific Islander community, and furthermore embodies the ideals of quality and affordable education.

When I met staff members of the APIASF in Washington, D.C., every word that came out of their mouths was only words of support and encouragement. I truly have never met a group of individuals who were so excited and optimistic about our futures. That shows that APIASF really cares, and only wants the best for all of us. Also, I was comforted by the fact that everyone I met from APIASF was so relaxed, sincere and comforting — I never expected that from such a group of professionals.

It was really exciting for me to be a recipient of a national scholarship. Two thousand dollars goes a long way. For some, it covers a term’s tuition, and for others the scholarship covers books, supplies and other fees. For me, the scholarship helped me avoid taking out loans, and deepening my family’s financial burdens. In addition, this scholarship not only covered textbooks and supplies, but it also gave me hope to continue on the path of becoming a prominent Asian American news broadcaster.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to APIASF and its supporters. The fact that numerous companies and individuals support APIASF shows their confidence in the Asian and Pacific Islander community as well as my generation to continue on to succeed and make a difference. I will always be thankful to APIASF and its supporting corporations and individuals for believing in me. I am confident that APIASF will continue to fulfill dreams and aspirations for many years to come.

After receiving the scholarship in 2005, I went on to attend Syracuse University in New York to double major in broadcast journalism and political science, and minor in French. After completing my freshman year, I decided to study abroad in France. Currently, I am enrolled at the Syracuse Center and Université de Marc Bloch in Strasbourg.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” APIASF has already made that step to become the change for our world by providing for and supporting the Asian and Pacific Islander youth. The next step is to experience and see this great achievement in our community.

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NYU New Home of Intensive Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture


New York University has houses an internationally recognized intensive summer program in Yiddish language beginning in 2005. The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’s Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, established in 1968, also includes an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European/American Jewry.

The program has drawn students from all over the world, including Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Israel, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, China, Korea, Japan, and western Europe, as well as the United States and Canada.

“All of us at NYU are delighted by this programmatic collaboration between two good neighbors, which will greatly benefit students interested in the Yiddish language and the study of Jewish culture,” said Matthew Santirocco, dean of NYU’s College of Arts and Science.

“Our collaboration with YIVO will be important for the advanced study of a historic language and culture and for the training of graduate students who represent the next generation of scholars, researchers, and teachers,” added Catharine Stimpson, dean of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The program is situated in YIVO’s Max Weinreich Center of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and will be run out of NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

“We are very pleased to be entering into cooperation with the world-class faculty of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and look forward to many years of success together,” said Paul Glasser, associate dean of the Max Weinreich Center.

“The Weinreich program will complement the offerings of NYU’s Rauch visiting professorship in Yiddish literature and culture, inaugurated in 2003, to make the university a leading center for undergraduate and graduate studies related to Yiddish,” said David Engel, director of graduate studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. “Since the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies already offers the largest and most comprehensive array of courses in Jewish studies outside of Israel, the initiation of a full program in Yiddish language and literature builds naturally upon one of NYU’s great strengths. Both YIVO and NYU will now be able to take full advantage of the two institutions’ physical proximity, sharing their considerable tangible and intellectual resources.”

The program’s centerpiece is an intensive language course designed to develop proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, as well as cultural literacy, in a concentrated period of time.

This summer’s program will take place from Monday, June 27 to Friday, August 5, 2005. The YIVO Institute has been located just off Union Square, about a mile from the NYU campus, since 1999. The program was previously held at Columbia University, where founder Max Weinreich’s son, Uriel, taught linguistics from 1951 to 1967. Uriel Weinreich was noted for his contributions to Yiddish Studies, sociolinguistics, and dialectology, and for the increased acceptance of semantics as a branch of linguistics.

Since its inception, the program has graduated more than 1,300 students, including many of the leading scholars in Yiddish Studies/Jewish Studies in the world. These include Steven Zipperstein, chair and Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and Jewish History at Stanford University; Dovid Katz, professor of Yiddish literature and founder of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan Borough president; and Tim Whewell, correspondent for BBC Radio World Programmes.

New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, and collectively has more students studying abroad and more international students than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland as the Yiddish Scientific Institute and headquartered in New York since 1940, YIVO is devoted to the history, society, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry, and the influence of that culture as it has developed in the Americas. As the only pre-Holocaust scholarly institution to transfer its mission to the United States, YIVO is the preeminent center for the study of East European Jewry and Yiddish language, literature, and folklore.


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Index.  Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Representations ~ .Seminars on InterCultural Communications ~   .  Articles and Essays on InterCultural Communications ~ Music and Musical Expression on International Diversities ~ .  Historic Folkways ~ .Dance and Formal Folkways of Choreography ~  Fashions, Fashions as Social Icons and National Folkways ~  Childreaing Techniques ~  International Industrial Features ~  Articles on Inductrial Green Development ~ Inter - City Cultural Communications and the Internet Seminars ~  Inter - City Cultural Communications Articles and Easys ~  The Folkways of Diet and Internation Foods and Tasting ~  America's Role in Intercultural Communications ~  The Natural Enviornment ~  Environment " Important News Features Report"  ~   UC Santa CruzNational Cultural Resources ~  Email Cultural Grids ( Those with Spam Protection ) ~  Speakers Bureau ~ Links Page ~ Links Exchange Porgram ~

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InterCultural Communications - Conflict Preventioning WebSite - through the conflcit preventioning program, the International and National Cultural Fiesta Movement and the associated Policy Statement which brings it to focus through the frames WebSite presentation.

The International Students / Scholars are getting additional insight into the American societs and culture. Something they would have not have able to do until recently with this approach from their own host country.


It is here, and here alone, where the vital structure of cultural knowledge becomes an important elements ot improve conditions, but this is not the case in reverse in which American have a view of Arab society.

None exist in which America is able to understand, or unless they, we, are able to read Arabic. Then, and then only the previous statements starts to resonate within an intellegent response and in a form of query. What is there, lets say in Baghdad, which is a social, or cultural resouces. Right now, on the Internet, none. However, on the previous resource webpage several. And then the truth of things starts to emerge.

One: The internet is the cultural communications media of today. The growing systems of links, and forums which supports the publications of opinions creates to catalyst for change, as they are representive of existing culture. The importance of existing culture is paramount in any restoration of a society or peoples.

Intercultural Communications is a media in interactive and proactive within the very usage of the Internet. Then social and cultural programs are the living heart of Intercultural Communications by its implied proactive promotions of events. And thus we come to the growing International and National Cultural Fiesta Movemment.

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Application Deadline (Postmark): December 30, 2006 (Applications reviewed in order received) Join us for the sixth annual International Dance Festival to be held in the dance capitol of the world – New York City. IDF-NYC was created to promote greater dialogue between local, national and international artists, increase audience-media-presenter exposure, and offer increased performance opportunities by lowering the astronomical cost of self-presentation. IDF-NYC will feature ground floor, emerging and established artists who represent a true cross-section of dance. From eclectic showcases, to full-length evenings, and special programs for young dancers and choreographers, IDF-NYC is the place for dance in NYC. The 2007 Festival is currently scheduled to return to The Dicapo Opera Theater on Manhattan’s East Side.

PARTICIPATION: All disciplines are encouraged to apply. IDF-NYC has a juried application process in order to insure that the festival is a true representation of the diversity of dance. The work submitted may not be performed in the New York City metropolitan area from May 15 – September 30, 2007, except during IDF-NYC if accepted.

APPLICATIONS: All applications must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 30, 2007, and be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee in the form of a certified check, cashiers check, or money order in US Dollars. No personal checks will be accepted. Be sure to write the name of your show on the memo line and make it payable For Dance Inc. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application, support materials, and application fee.

ACCEPTANCE: Initial notification of acceptance to the festival will be mailed and emailed within 30 days of receipt of your application. Final notification will be made no later than December 15, 2006. If accepted you will receive a complete Participant’s Packet. This packet must be completed and returned to us by January 15, 2007, and accompanied by a non-refundable participation fee, in the form of a certified check, cashiers check, or money order. International applicants must make payments by bank money order in U.S. funds, collectible in an U.S. bank. No personal checks will be accepted. Be sure to write the name of your show on the memo line and make checks or money orders payable to For Dance, Inc

American dance customs since about 1870s [ traditionals ]
What is a Dance Card?  ~  What is a Catillion? ~  What is a Debutant Ball?  ~  What is a Gala / Ball ?  ~  What is a Social Dance?  ~  What is a Dance Party?  ~  What is Being a Gentlemen?  ~  What is a Lady?  ~  Special Dance Applications .

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Anatolian Folk Dance Group


            Anatolian Folk Dance Group was founded by Mr. Arif SONMEZ in 1992. Till today group had performed Anatolian Folk Dances and Musics with original dances, costumes and musics in Turkey and lots of foreign countries. Our aim is meet cultures together without look their religions, languages and lineages. The most importand think is peace and friendship between folks in all over the world.

            Anatolian Folk Dance Group is IOV International Festivals Comm. Member of Turkey. We are inviting folk dance and musics group from all over the world where we orginizing folk dance festivals in Turkey. And also we are sending folk dance groups from Turkey who needs Turkish folk dance and music groups. We have about 20 children and adoult groups in Turkey. Generally our performances are with live music but if festivals prefer cd we have also cd. But we prefer live music. Our groups has about 35-40 participants.

We can have performances how long you prefer. 

We don’t have generally visa problem because of we have participated more than 50 foreign festivals in past.

In 2007 we will invite 45 folk dance group from Asia, Amerika, Africa where we will organize festivals in Turkey.

Who wants to partcipate in this festivals in Turkey must inform us till 05 Aprýl. 2007.

If you want to invite one of the our groups in your 2007 festivals, I can send you information of my group ( Anatolian Folk Dance Group ).

I inform you the international organizations we joined in the last 3 years.


Casa da Gaia PORTUGAL; Llangollen ENGLAND; Porto     PORTUGAL; Namur  BELGIUM; Santonigros  SPAIN;                Bolsward  HOLLAND; Les Preses  SPAIN ; Karditsa GREECE ; Dounanez   FRANCE ; Halkidiki GREECE; Saintes FRANCE ;        Chalkis GREECE; Gyöng HUNGARY; Rahovche BULGARIA Hagen GERMANY; Castelforte  ITALY; 


To participate your festival and show Anatolian Folklore will make us happy.


             Our all aim is peace in all over the WORLD.


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to mail us, we will be happy to answer.





            Arif SONMEZ

IOV-Intern. Festivals Comm. Member of Turkey

Director of Anatolian Folk Dance Group



Address  : 1829  sokak  No.22  D.9  35601-Karþýyaka,  Ýzmir  / TURKEY




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New Prague Dance Festival 2007

Let me invite you once again to be a part of our NEW PRAGUE DANCE FESTIVAL COMPETITION & WORKSHOP (from 1.7. to 7.7. 2007) in Prague and to spend wonderful moments together with other dancers and friends in the Golden capital – Prague.

If you would like to fill up the registration form, you can do it online: (in the bottom of the page) or we can send you the registration form together with the NEW POSTERS, a CD and INFORMATION about the whole Festival, Competition and Workshop.

The price is 489 euro/person and we offer discounts for bigger groups (the leader of each group is free of charge and also every 21st participant of the group doesn´t have to pay!). In the price there is included all the best what Prague can offer: sightseeing, trips, cruise on the Vltava river on boat, visit to the Prague´s Castle, masterclass – workshop every day, shopping, possible visit to the galleries or other places of your interest and many other interesting things…

And of course the possibility to rehears and perform in front of the audience and the jury!

Prague is a culture center and each person can enjoy this amazing atmosphere together with the family members, friends or simply with the other dancers and their accompanying people.

The last evening we will award the prizes in many categories and all participants will enjoy it all together in a special place, where all of us will have a festive dinner and will make a promise to continue in this beautiful tradition.
Each culture consists of various aspects, which mutually seek and meet each other, and multiply on the theatre scene without borders! We sincerely hope, our dance festival – contest is this case. It is an original and unique cultural event in the area of amateur – non-professional dance in the heart of Europe!

Well, do not hesitate to come this summer to Prague and take a part in the 11th edition.

For further details, do not hesitate to write us or see our web sites:

Yours sincerely,

David Pospisil

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Old Danish national costumes are something the museums are always pleased to exhibit. The garments are beautifully made and richly colored. But 'national dress' is in fact somewhat of a misnomer because there was no single type of costume worn all over Denmark. One of the main features of peasant costumes of the 18th and 19th century was actually their individual character. 
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A talented group of drummers and dancers directed by Saboula –Djembe Master from West Africa. Present two African ballets:

"Riding the drum" and "The magical drum".

The ballets are a spectacle of rhythm along with traditional dancing and ceremonies originating in West Africa. The colorful hand-made outfits are prepared by members of the group.   Omanut-La'am association highly recommends these performances.

Bangoura Group has preformed at "Suzann Dellal" theatre, "Jerrard Behar" theater in Jerusalem and throughout theatres all around Israel. Bangoura Group has participated in national dance festivals, such as "Macholohet" festival, Suzann Dallal, and the eminent Carmiel dance festival.

Bangoura also represent the Fatala group from Gambia !!  Along with their performances Bangura offers a number of services including:

    Drum workshops

Lead by Master Sabula Bangoura

    West African dance workshops

Lead by a professional Bangoura dancer from the band.

Includes live percussion.

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Contact:  Rachel Bangoura  Tel: 00-972-4-6373966 Mobaile:  00-972-54-5715489 Email:   URL:

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World Dance & Dance Sport Council. Agreement WDDSC/ICBD



1) World Dance & Dance Sport Council, an unincorporated association of 240 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, London, England, SW19 1EQ jointly and severally with the World Dance & Dance Sport Council, a company limited by guarantee registered in England number 3149083 of 240 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, London, England, SW19 1EQ, with their services and members of all categories represented by President Robin Short.

2) International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) represented by its President
Detlef Hegemann.


1) IOC Outright Recognition
The IOC has granted outright recognition on the 4th September 1997 to IDSF.
2) IDSF Membership of International Sport Federations
3) WDDSC is the sole Association that represents professional dancers, professional
dance teachers, accredited adjudicators with WDDSC licence and the commerical Dance School business. IDSF is the sole Association that represents 67 national dancesport associations with 37 recognised by their NOC, amateur dancesport athletes, amateur trainers and judges and the international sports organisations
listed in II.2.
4) International Dance Sport Federation will recognise all competitors, adjudicators and coaches registered by the World Dance & Dance Sport Council as professional competitors, professional coaches and professional adjudicators.  There shall be no requirement at this time for these to be registered directly to the  International Dance Sport Federation or to an International Dance Sport Federation member body. The IDSF may issue licences to WDDSC adjudicators for IDSF-granted events. 

1) Legal position of the WDDSC within the IDSF  a) Associate Membership  The WDDSC will be granted "Associate Membership" in accordance with  article 3, Clause II, of the Statutes of the IDSF. On acquisition of "Associate Membership", the parties mutually agree to recognise each other's statutes. b) Subscription obligation
Associate Members pay the same subscription like ordinary members of the IDSF, currently CHF750,00, and ajoining fee of CHF150,00.
2) Reference to the legal position of the WDDSC within the IDSF
In its Article of Association, the WDDSC shall drfine the legal position as set forth in the section III,1,a above.
3) Guarantee of independence
a) Legal and financial The Associate Membership of the WDDSC shall not affect the independence  of the WDDSC in legal, financial and organisational terms.
b) Observance of GAISF and IOC rights and obligations
All rights and obligations, which may arise from the IDSF's membership of  the IOC/GAISF/ARISF/IWGA are reserved to IDSF. By way of clarification,
the parties hereby establish that the IDSF has sole responsibility for the  representation in the IOC, GAISF, ARIFS and IWGA.
4) Recognition of the IDSF/WDDSC
The WDDSC recognises the IDSF as the worldwide sole governing body for dancesport activities in relation to the IOC and the International Sports organisations mentioned above. The IDSF recognises the WDDSC as the world - wide sole governing body for professional dance school and professional dance - sport activities.
5) Guarantee for professional dancers of the WDDSC to be included in possible Olympic Games If Dancesport is ever included in the programme of the Olympic Games, the IDSF will give opportunity of participation in the Olympic Games, including  any qualifying events, to all athletes.
6) Olympic symbol
The World Dance and Dance Sport Council and its national members shall not use the Olympic symbol, or refer to IDSF's recognition, without the express  consent of the IDSF.
7) Previous agreements
Until such time as the parties jointly and mutually agree to conclude otherwise  and this "outline Agreement" is replaced with a full contract addressing all outstanding issues, all previous agreements between International Dance Sport Federation (formerly titled ICAD) and World Dance and Dance Sport Council (formerly titled ICBD) are still adhered to by International Dance Sport Federation and World Dance and Dance Sport Council and are valid. The General Agreement will be negotiated at an early date.

8) Effective date
This agreement shall become binding on 1st December 1997, once approval to it  has been given by the Presidia of WDDSC and IDSF.t


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Then, and only then can resistance occur in stark contrast those who follow the directives to coordinate on and engage in insurgency and terrorism. Once the objective is clearer then the willingness to resist clearly increases

What is now coming about is "common knowledge." The notion of common knowledge is the Internet's nature. Thus, the micro - wave tower in Baghdad lets say assume their real potentials.

Cultural products such as art, ceremonies, media, rituals and symbols all serve as concrete examples of sources of common knowledge. These mechanisms serve to generate common knowledge available for all to observe. As Clifford Geertz has indicated, culture is embodied in public symbols and members of a society communicate values through the use of those symbols (see Ortner 1984: 374-5 and Geertz 1964). As Petro notes, "Rituals, ceremonies, education, and the like provide ‘templates’ or ‘blueprints’ for the organization of social…processes" (2004: 110).

Given that a key part of establishing new political, economic and social movements are creating common knowledge around those new supporting concepts, and preprogramed cultural behavoirisms are critical for generating the necessary shift. The anthropologist, Victor Turner, has analyzed how individuals turn to their root paradigms for support during times of crisis (1974: 64). Turner contends that symbols and rituals are part of the social process that serves to overcome social contradictions and can also "instigate social action" (1967: 36). As such, cultural products must be recognized and incorporated into the reconstruction process.

The perceptual enveloped, and how the population which is directly being affected have in recorded human history gave rise and importance, therefore, the centrality of common knowledge. Common knowledge and individual perceptions by the society which is being directly impacted, both common knowlege and society's full cultural column defines all subsequent form of human interactions. This is how the judgement process is arrived in either consider construction, or reconstruction into a coordination actions to take; the developing a new situation. All of wwhich emerges either the traditional, new, or renewed status quo.However, when in the course of such interections, it is the statistical number as it approaches 27,000 [ as abserved ) of the affected society which there will come about individuals who will foresee the need for alternatives and more creative course of actions aand social coordinations. Thus to some extent has been understood by the assigned, or self-appointed leadership of society, and civillization. It is into this world of acknowledged realistic world, individuals will attempt to find cooperative solutions by coordinating with others either for or against alternative and more creative course in which socity should undertake. It is how common knowledge is defined which allows in the newly emerged dualism to commensurate a focal social process of eeither ratification or resistance and are able as a result of the significant numbers which supports the course of actions being considered.

Strength, which very often is furthered back by guns, and in more recent history atomic weapons common knwoledge and cultural practice can not qurantee either contruction ( such as in Iran ) or reconstruction ( such as in Irag and Afganistan ) will not not guarantee successful outcomes. Saddam Hussine was more than able to establish how Iragi Arab society was to function, establish common knowlege and cultural practive with the self acknowledgement of the affected Iragi citiznetry the realities of possible threats of tyerror on one whole family; the behavioral impact of which created anxiety ridden bad conjectures focal in responding to American and International troops on their soil. Transference of anxiety had occured in which the Presidency of George Bush in effect was directly mar by the Iraqi experience under the removed dictator Saddam Hussine. Commonalities in the interaction and how social and cultural actions is to be coordinated have both a direct impact upon all forms of human behavior. In the instance of the American and International involvements in Irag the programed preconditions state of personal Iraqi experiences common knowledge among citizens is what to follow and how then to act.

Unfortunately, and based upon oberservations the experience under Saddam Hussine common knowldege still has imprinted the common anxiety " wha if they failed to follow Saddam's directives, torture, firing squads, and hangingss their families would have to endure. Elements of the fleeing Revolutionary Guarde and those who released form criminal detentions fully understood the affect this had hold on the populations and thus implemented ethnic and sectarian as well as transference upon George Bush to fuel their visions of reconstruction of the Iraqi society which the American and International intrusions removeded; the population experience trauma then triggered a completely unexpected reaction - there was a mass flight out of Iraq. This in effect cancelled any future success for reconstructionalists, and for the those involved in the contruction of Iraqi society were likewise mnistified as well, but were directly relieved not having to confront an established civil war.

Presently and quite by the applied interanl pressures within the normal discourse of American society, the various movements who interjected to debate American continued interest in Iraq caused the American military to creatively find a means to establish parameters of what is common knowledge among the populations affected by their presences. Here InterCultural Communications were then employed, and the further discovery, and most remarkable fact that this triggeed lowering of causalities as a direct result. It is into the new socio - cultural and later on socio - economic environmental resultant which the key issue becomes discovering the best means, then for developing common knowledge around ideas, beliefs and conjectures aligning with liberal democratic political, social and economic orders which are not of American origins.

InterCultrual Communications and the new intuision created by first the American military, then later by the State Department the new methodologies were slowly replacing the vacume left by the ouster of Saddma Hussine. Both the reconstructionalist and contructionalist of Iraaqi society InterCultrual Communications became the new common knowledge as a direct result of daily communications with the American military though the presence of which still be affected by the conditional behaviorism impacted by the regime of Saddam Hussine.

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Intuitively, many of the same mechanisms which generated common knowledge in the pre-conflict period will also be effective in the post-conflict setting. The reasoning here is straightforward. Existing indigenous mechanisms are embedded in the culture of the conflict-torn society and will be perceived as legitimate. As such, they will be more effective than those imposed exogenously. As we will see, indigenous mechanisms serve as a constraint on the efforts of occupying forces. When they exist, identifying, maintaining and incorporating indigenously established cultural products as a means of developing common knowledge can greatly assist the reconstruction process.

The cultural mechanisms that transfer common knowledge will differ from place to place depending on many issues, including the pre-conflict level of development and the specific culture of the conflict-torn society. By focusing on the nature of common knowledge in Germany and Japan – considered by many to be cases of successful reconstruction – we accomplish two things. First, these case studies illuminate the theoretical claims put forth above. Second, the analysis contributes to our understanding of the success of reconstruction efforts in Germany and Japan relative to other reconstruction efforts. While many studies focus on the role of military force in these reconstruction efforts, this study contributes to understanding the cultural aspects of the reconstructions.

3. Common Knowledge in the Reconstruction of Germany and Japan

One finds historical support for the importance of cultural products and common knowledge in previous successful reconstruction efforts. Specifically, the role of cinema and media in post-conflict Germany and Japan illustrates the importance of common knowledge in the reconstruction process. There are three key indicators that establish German and Japanese cinema and media as effective common knowledge generation mechanisms in both pre and post-conflict periods.

Cinema and media were well-established mediums of information and entertainment dissemination. These cultural products had a long history in each country and were embedded in the indigenous culture prior to the arrival of occupiers.

The second indicator is attendance and circulation figures. Although reliable statistics are sporadic, those available show attendance and circulation generally increasing over time, implying an increase in consumer demand as well as the reach of information.

The amount of resources invested by those in positions of political power to influence and control these industries. These individuals, seeking to shape and influence the underlying worldview of the countries continually sought to control these industries to influence the nature of common knowledge generated.

In addition to contributing to our understanding of the historical occurrences in Japan and Germany, this analysis also provides insight into the role of common knowledge for current and future reconstruction efforts. Admittedly, the histories of both the cinema and media in Germany and Japan are complex and this paper does not cover all the related intricacies. The following discussion is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive. The aim is to establish cinema and media as deeply embedded cultural products in Germany and Japan and to understand the role they played in social change in the post-World War II period.

3.1 Cinema in Germany

German cinema can be traced to the early twentieth century, beginning with showings in the back rooms of pubs and shops, as well as at traveling fairs and circuses. The popularity of film quickly spread and the showings shifted from such informal accommodations to dedicated theaters. By 1910, there were an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 theaters in Germany with 350 concentrated in Berlin. The rapid expansion of the film industry meant that even in its early years, cinema served as a source of common knowledge among the populace. The largest cinemas seated up to 1,000 customers. As of World War I, one-third of the population attended the cinema each week. By 1914, the cinema had become a reliable source of news, international fashion and consumer trends (Fehrenbach 1995: 14, 16).

The effectiveness of cinema as a means of generating common knowledge is evident in the responses of intellectuals and state officials. We would only expect these individuals to exert effort criticizing the cinema if it was indeed reaching a large number of people. As it turns out, the extensive popularity of the cinema met great resistance from both cultural elites and government officials. In a 1912 memo, the Prussian minister of culture compared popular cinema to "trashy pulp fiction and pornography" and postulated that cinema was having a negative impact on the young, "eroding…their ability to contemplate great works of art" (quoted in Stark 1982: 132). His comments exemplify the typical response of state officials to the success of cinema. Whatever the motivations of these critics, one thing is clear - the cinema had reached a level of development where it could shape and influence cultural norms and was viewed as a threat to the status quo.

To further understand the impact of cinema, one can also consider the reforms promoted by critics. These efforts called for state intervention to regulate those aspects of the cinema industry perceived as "negative." After much lobbying for nationalized standards, the German courts determined that film control should remain a largely local issue. Within these guidelines, influenced by the intellectual elite and state officials, the individual states created film control offices in their state capitals. The rules varied from state to state. Some required adults to accompany younger viewers to movies; others censored content (Fehrenbach 1995: 19-21; Hake 2002: 22).

These efforts did have some effect as filmmakers, attempting to make their films more "respectable," shifted their target audience from the working-class to the mainstream. As the German film historian, Heide Fehrenbach, notes, the filmmaking culture was "transformed, liberated from its restricted, class based exhibition space to forge a ‘universalized, homogenized mass culture’" (1995: 22). In fact, beginning in 1913, more and more newspapers began dedicating space to film reviews and criticism, further illustrating mainstream acceptance of cinema (see Wollenberg 1972: 10 and Hake 1993).

In sum, there were two major occurrences related to German cinema in the pre-World War I period. The first was the development and expansion of the industry. The second was state intervention in the industry, prompted by state officials and critics who realized the ability of cinema to affect common knowledge in a manner they did not desire. Both of these trends would continue for the next several decades.

World War I led to a decisive change in state intervention in the cinema industry. There was less concern with the moral aspect of films. Instead, state officials wanted to use the cinema to increase nationalism. In a 1917 memo to the War Ministry, General Ludendorff, an officer in Germany’s high command, implicitly confirmed cinema as a powerful generator of common knowledge when he wrote: "Our victory absolutely depends on using films to exert the greatest possible persuasion wherever people can still be won over to the German cause" (quoted in Stark 1982: 161-2).

As a result of this realization by state officials of the potential for cinema to create a common and widespread support for the war, the Photo and Film Office was created in 1917. This office was responsible for developing and producing newsreels on the war effort, which were distributed both at home and abroad. The Photo and Film Office also established nine hundred "soldier cinemas." The aim of the soldier cinemas was to promote viewings by the members of the army on the western and eastern fronts (Fehrenbach 1995: 19-21; Stark 1982: 161-2). A large part of this propaganda movement relied on stories and images – some true, others fictitious – to evoke emotion from the viewer in support of the German cause (Hake 2002: 23).

One difficulty for German state officials was the small percentage of domestic films that made up the total German film market. In 1914, films produced domestically represented only 15% of the total German film market. In contrast, French productions represented 30% of the market, American films claimed 25% and Italian films held 20% of the total market (Fehrenbach 1995: 24). This presented a problem because the government could not directly control the content of foreign films. Initially, at the outset of World War I, officials banned foreign movies covering certain topics such as espionage or treason. By 1915, the regulations had become much stricter and all foreign films were banned.

It is important to realize the extent to which the state controlled all aspects of the film industry and attempted to maintain the popularity of the medium. Government leaders insisted that propaganda films be well written and technically adept. Further, every half hour of "enlightenment" was followed by a half hour of "harmless entertainment" to avoid overkill of the propaganda message (Fehrenbach 1995: 26). Plans for a privately owned but government "influenced" film company ceased with the end of the war in 1918.

With the conclusion of the war, Germany’s film industry expanded rapidly. The number of film production companies increased from 11 in 1911 to 131 in 1918, and the number of cinemas increased from approximately 2,300 in 1918 to 5,078 in 1929. Internationally, Germany ranked third in 1927 with 241 films as compared to 742 in the U.S., 407 in Japan, 141 in Russia and 74 in France (Fehrenbach 1995: 27; Hake 2002: 47; Wollenberg 1972: 11-17, 24, 37). The removal of the stringent film laws enacted prior to World War I was partly responsible for this expansion. The new republican constitution allowed for freedom of speech and the removal of censorship laws. The result was a drastic increase in the production of domestic films.

As in the prewar period, critics feared that cinema was causing the morals and culture of the German populace to erode. In May 1920, under the building pressure of critics, a censorship law (Reichlichtspielgesetz) was passed requiring that two film boards review all films prior to public distribution. As part of this law, the film industry was again opened to foreign films, although these films also had to be reviewed.

In the 1920s, Hollywood films constituted one-third of all feature films shown in Germany. American films and culture became popular among a large portion of the German population and were viewed positively by many critics as well. There is a relevant connection to be drawn here between the German experience with American culture and film in this period and the Allied occupation some twenty plus years later that aimed to permanently impose many of these views. American values and culture was not alien to many Germans and, to some extent, the German culture in the pre-Nazi period had absorbed many of these values communicated to them through American films.

Despite lobbying on the part of critics and officials to increase censorship, the German cinema industry continued to develop. By 1933, German films dominated the domestic market, and a national cinema industry and identity was well established (Fehrenbach 1995: 41). The period of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) was a critical time in the development of the cinema. Many of the stringent laws and regulations imposed during World War I were lifted. Of course relaxing these laws did not mean that the opposition to the film industry – both domestic and foreign – was eased. The opposition to a deregulated market in film would continue until Hitler’s rise to power.

Upon Hitler’s rise to chancellor in 1933, he named Joseph Goebbels the head of the newly formed Ministry for Public Enlightenment. The amount of effort and resources dedicated to controlling film, radio and press by this Ministry is staggering. In July 1933, Goebbels established the Reich Film Chamber responsible for reviewing all film treatments, production personnel and final film productions before release. A formal censorship law, passed in 1934, mandated that each film receive a grade determined by their political, artistic and educational value. In 1935, screen licenses for all films made prior to 1933 were revoked. Despite these regulations, the German film industry produced 1,000 films between 1933 and 1945. As Hake points out: "These numbers suggest…that films were considered an important part of everyday life, propagating National Socialist ideas…along the lines defined by the regime" (2002: 59).Although the film industry was not officially nationalized until 1942, the Nazis had great influence over the entire industry. Perhaps the greatest instrument of control was the Nazi operated Filmkreditbank, which provided credit to German film producers. By 1935, Filmkreditbank had financed approximately 70% of all German films (Fehrenbach 1995: 43; Hake 2002: 63). By 1942, the Nazi regime controlled over 8,400 cinemas across Europe, and their films reached over 1 billion total viewers (Fehrenbach 1995: 43; Welch 1983: 12-14; Wollenberg 1972: 36-8). This translates into 13.8 viewings per person for the year. Other notable aspects of the Nazi propaganda program were the Filmvolkstag (People’s Film Day) and the Youth Film Hours. On those days deemed "People’s Film Day," viewers could attend cinemas at discounted rates. Youth Film Hours targeted children and reached 11 million youth viewers in the 1942-3 year. The Nazi controlled German film industry was successful. In 1933, 245 million tickets (3.7 per German citizen) were sold, in 1936 the number rose to 362 million (5.4 per German citizen) and in 1938 a total of 440 million tickets (6.5 per German citizen) were sold (Hake 2001: 72; 2002: 64-5).

It is important to note that, despite Nazi censorship laws, American films were still shown in Germany through 1940 and film magazines at this time provided articles on such Hollywood stars as Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. Berlin cinemas ran week-long special programs focusing on these same actors. The presence of American films in the 1920s and 1930s provided Germans with a view of the world beyond Germany, and this exposure to American cinema planted the seeds of western culture.

In the immediate post-WWII period, the four powers that occupied Germany realized the central role that mass media – print, radio and film – played in German society. The military seized these industries as well as the complementary industries that supported them. Production in these industries was suspended. Initially, the U.S. Information Control Division (ICD) released films aimed at reeducation, with topics including Nazi death camps (Todesmühlen (Death Mills), 1945), other Nazi atrocities and war tribunals. Many of these films and documentaries were mandatory and Germans were required to have their ration cards stamped at the theater (Fehrenbach 1995: 55-6, Hake 2002: 87-8).

The U.S. plan for the cinema industry required complete restructuring because it was ultimately to be based on open markets and competition without state control. In July of 1945, the occupying forces allowed twenty theaters to open. Soon thereafter, a policy of opening 250 cinemas per month in the U.S. zone began. The films shown were imports from Hollywood that conveyed messages of the American life and democratic institutions (Hake 2002: 88).

,p>In November of 1945, the production of domestic German films resumed. Domestic producers were required to get licensing from the ICD. In order to receive a license, films were required to communicate a message consistent with the end goals of reconstruction. The licensing process was slow, as the ICD reviewed the background of those involved in the filmmaking process – producers, directors, actors, etc. Due to competition for film-related resources from the Soviet zone, a new program for encouraging native film production and making the film industry self-sustaining was undertaken in July of 1946. These programs were critical in allowing indigenous agents to be involved in the film making process to utilize their knowledge of German culture. Film attendance increased throughout the occupation. In 1946, total attendance was 300 million, or 4.4 films per citizen, and in 1947 it was 459.6 million or 6.8 films per citizen.

With the creation of Bizonia (the merger of the U.S. and Great Britain zones) in January of 1947 and the extension of the Marshall Plan to all the Western zones of Germany in 1948, the three occupying nations had to reach an agreement on the policy for the film industry. After a series of negotiations, the three occupying powers agreed to a model very much in line with the original goals of the U.S.

Around the same time, negotiations began with those in the film industry. A film producers’ association was created and the preliminary aspects of a voluntary censorship code were developed by the film industry in 1949 under the umbrella trade organization the Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e.V. (SPIO). In mid-July of 1949, occupation laws were lifted and the self-sustaining German film industry began (Fehrenbach 1995: 58-63).

Throughout the rest of the occupation, German film would play a key role in developing common knowledge among the populace. This knowledge was important in achieving both the immediate goals of reconstruction and the longer-term goals of establishing an independent culture and national identity. As Hake writes: "In the Western zone, the cinema after 1945 emerged as the driving force behind the ongoing self-transformation of postwar culture and society" (Hake 2002: 104).

In 1948, 443 million Germans (6.6 films per citizen) attended the movies and in 1949 attendance increased to 467.2 (6.9 films per citizen). The postwar films served to create common knowledge around the new political and social order as well as giving those reconstructed orders widespread legitimacy. These films also helped define the break from Germany’s past. Films dealt with a wide range of topics from anti-Semitism – Affäre Blum (The Blum Affair, 1948), Morituri (1948) and Der Ruf (The Appointment, 1949) – to pacifism – Die Brücke (The Bridge, 1959) – to military life – Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben (Dogs, Do you Want to Live Forever, 1959) – to the role of women in society – Die Sünderin (The Sinner, 1951), Mädchen hinter Gittern (Girl Behind Bars, 1949), Liebe kann wie Giftsein (Love Can Be Like Poison, 1958) and Anders als du und ich (Different From You and Me, 1957).

The U.S occupation forces, by identifying and maintaining an indigenous cultural product eased the process of generating common knowledge and hence coordination. The cinema had a well-established history and was well embedded in the lives of German citizens both before and after World War II. In the Western zone, 3,000 theaters were operating by 1950 (up from 1,000 in 1945), with an attendance of 487.4 million (7.1 films per citizen). In 1951, attendance increased to 554.8 million (8.1 films per citizen) and in 1952 it reached 614.5 million (8.88 films per citizen). An attendance record was reached in 1956 with total attendance at 817.5 million (11.6 films per citizen).

3.2 Media in Germany

The history of media in Germany can be traced back to the seventeenth century. Censorship, political control and the fragmentation of German states prevented the printed media from developing on a larger scale until the mid-1850s. The boom in mass media in the late nineteenth century has been attributed to German unification, increased literacy, and advances in technology resulting in lower costs (Humphreys 1990: 13-4).

In 1874, Bismarck’s government enacted the Reichspressegestez (Imperial Press Law). The Reichspressegestez created a national press law and removed some censorship laws and state licensing requirements. However, media policy under Bismarck was hardly liberal. For example, an "Anti-Socialist Law," which banned the publication of socialist ideas, was enacted in 1878. This law, which was lifted in 1890, illustrates that, while censorship laws were eased under Bismarck, they were far from absent. The important point is that under Bismarck, media in Germany started to develop into a commercial industry. Increased circulation led to increased advertising, and it provided a solid foundation of funding for the publishers (Humphreys 1990: 14-5; Sanford 1976: 10).

During the Weimar Republic, from 1918 to 1933, the media continued to develop newspapers that supported different political and religious viewpoints. In 1920, approximately 600 papers supported the Catholic Center Party. The socialist and communist press, supporting the Social Democrats, produced approximately 200 papers (Humphreys 1990: 16). In order to gain market share and meet consumer demand, news coverage by these papers expanded. For instance, the Social Democrats found that they could broaden their customer base by including sports, photos, entertainment and business sections in their publications.

Radio also became an established means of communication under the Weimar Republic. Radio had been used within the government during World War I and commenced broadcasting on a national scale in the 1920s. As such, the advent of broadcasting in Germany was mainly government driven, but the Weimar Constitution did not address broadcasting. As a result it was governed by a complex set of state regulations and contracts between the central and regional governments. Throughout the Weimar period, radio was viewed more suitably as a tool of public administration rather than a commercial industry (Humphreys 1990: 125-6). Despite state control of radio, it was a well-established means of common knowledge generation.

In addition to the diversity of media coverage, another characteristic of the Weimar period was the consolidation and concentration of the media industry. Alfred Hugenberg, a staunch conservative industrialist, created the first German multimedia empire. Hugenberg’s influence and operations were vast and included an advertising firm, Ala, which controlled a large share of the commercial advertising market, various news agencies, a syndicate, Wipro, which supplied news and information to other press agencies and a cinema news company, Wochenschau-Produktion Deauligfilm. Hugenberg’s media outlets had a large political and cultural influence, and he willingly used his control over various media outlets for political ends. From 1920 onwards, he was a leading figure in the extreme right-wing nationalist German National People’s Party. In the early 1930s, Hugenberg and the German National People’s Party supported Hitler. They were a major reason for his control of a parliamentary majority, resulting in his eventual election as chancellor in January of 1933.

The Nazi regime effectively used the press as a mechanism for the dispersion of propaganda. This becomes clear when considering the change in circulation of Nazi publications over time. In 1927, there were three Nazi daily newspapers with a total daily subscription of 17,800 (.3 per 1,000 citizens). By 1929, the number of dailies had increased to ten with an increased circulation of 72,590 (1.1 per 1,000 citizens). In 1930, there were nineteen dailies with a circulation of 253,925 (3.9 per 1,000 citizens), and there were 59 dailies with a circulation of 782,121 (11.9 per 1,000 citizens) by 1932. After the Nazi regime assumed power in 1933, one observes a significant increase in both the number of daily publications and circulation. In 1934, there were approximately 97 daily Nazi newspapers with a circulation of 3.4 million (50.8 per 1,000 citizens). By 1939, these numbers had doubled to a daily circulation over six million (97 per 1,000 citizens) (Hale 1964: 59).

As with the German cinema, the German media was an effective mechanism for developing and disseminating common knowledge. The resources used by the Nazi’s to control the industry illustrate this. Soon after assuming power in 1933, the Nazis enacted the "Emergency Decree for the Protection of State and Nation" which laid the foundation for state control of the media. This decree defined specific requirements for journalists, and it placed controls on the work of editors and journalists. "The Reich Press Law" of October 4, 1933, identified journalism as a "public vocation" and further specified the requirements for this career. With these new regulations, editors and journalists became tools of the state (Hale 1964: 83; Humphreys 1990: 21-2; Shirer 1960: 245).

The previously discussed Ministry for Public Enlightenment, under the direction of Joseph Goebbels, impacted German media as well as German cinema. In addition to cinema, the Ministry controlled the radio, press, theater, literature and advertising. Initially, the Nazi regime did not seize control of all media outlets. Instead of direct control, a form of indirect control via the Ministry was established in the form of "partnerships" between these independent papers and the Nazi papers. Each morning the editors of the daily newspapers in Berlin would meet at the Ministry. Here, Goebbels or his aides would tell the editors what news was to be reported and which news events were not to be reported. He also specified appropriate editorial topics. In addition to this physical meeting, written directives were issued. For newspapers published outside Berlin, this directive was sent via telegram (Shirer 1960: 245).

The Nazis also closely controlled radio. In fact, radio was at the center of Goebbels’ program of shaping public opinion. The radio was used to disseminate the various pronouncements and achievements of the regime. As with print media, specific guidelines were established. The guidelines defined who could participate in broadcasting (Humphreys 1990: 124-128; Sanford 1976: 67-70; Shirer 1960: 247-8). To understand the reach of radio in Germany, consider that between May of 1932 and May of 1939, the number of listeners more than tripled from 4.17 million to 12.5 million (Uricchio 1992: 192, fn 6).

With the onset of World War II, the Nazi state strengthened its control of the media to an even greater extent. Private newspapers, which were deemed a potential threat, were closed. By 1943, approximately 1,000 publishers had been shut down by the Nazi regime. Others, although not closed, were either purchased or confiscated via force and incorporated into the state-run media network. By 1945, approximately 82.5% of the total circulation capacity in Germany was under Nazi control (Humphreys 1990: 23).

As with the cinema, the Allied forces realized the importance of media – both print and broadcast - in the lives of Germans. On November 24, 1944, the Allied forces drafted a detailed plan for taking over control of the press and broadcasting industries following Germany’s surrender. Under Law No. 191, issued on May 12, 1945, all public communication was banned. Every broadcast, publication or performance had to be approved and licensed by the occupation forces. While the licensing process was organized, the occupying forces issued their own newspapers in their respective zones – the Neue Zeitung (the U.S. zone), Die Welt (British zone), the Nouvelles de France (French zone) and the Tägliche Rundschau (Soviet zone). The U.S. also created a decentralized broadcasting structure with several broadcasting stations in their zone, including Radio Breman, Radio Frankfurt (which later became Hessischer Rundfunk), Radio Stuttgart (which later became South German Broadcasting Service, (Süddeutscher Rundfunk ) and Radio Munich (Radio München). The British developed a single corporation – the North West German Broadcasting Service (Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk) for their zone as did the French – the South West German Broadcasting Service (Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk), which was later renamed South West Broadcasters (Südwestfunk).

The end goals of the Allied occupation regarding the print media and broadcasting media were fundamentally different. Initially, the broadcasting system was to be based on the British model of public service broadcasting under which broadcasting organizations were neither privately nor publicly held, but rather were "public service" bodies or corporations under public law. After discussion and compromises between the Allied forces, a regional, decentralized system was developed. By contrast, at the outset of the occupation, the ultimate goal of print media policy was the return of the press to complete private ownership via an Allied run and controlled licensing process (Humphreys 1990: 26-7, 128-9).

The license process involved careful screening by the Allied forces of the end goals of those to be involved in the media endeavor. Only those deemed to be committed to democratic ideals were granted licenses and there was continued oversight of the licensed activities. Between July 1945 and September 1949, a total of 169 papers were licensed in Germany, 58 of which were in the U.S. zone (Humphreys 1990: 36). The newspaper in the U.S. zone employed German journalists and German speaking émigrés who understood German culture and how to communicate the U.S. message to the German populace.

In her comprehensive historical analysis of the Neue Zeitung, Gienow-Hect (1999) advances a thesis countering the common argument of cultural imperialism on the part of the U.S. She argues that the employment of indigenous actors (i.e., German journalists) in the U.S. zone created a paper that played a key role in the successful reconstruction. This is due to the fact that German journalists served as the most effective transmitters of the desired message given their understanding of the German culture. A similar approach was taken in broadcasting. By the end of 1947, all stations except the North West German Broadcasting Service in Britain’s zone were under the supervision and operation of "reliable and Anti-Fascist" German journalists (Humphreys 1990: 131).

With the defeat of the Nazi regime, the goals of the occupying forces included reeducation and democratization. The media was a key generator of common knowledge around a new set of beliefs, ideas and conjectures. It also required that these mechanisms eventually be turned over completely to indigenous actors if the end goal of a self-sustaining order was to be achieved. As the process of reconstruction took place and new political and social institutions began to evolve, the strict licensing regulations were slowly removed in a series of laws through 1949.

On September 21, 1949, Law No.5 Concerning the Press, Broadcasting, and Other Organs of Reporting and Entertainment were enacted. This law enabled every German citizen who was not identified as a threat to produce any publication or article without the approval of the occupying forces. The first post-WWII German paper published by Germans was the Frankfurter Rundschau, a bi-weekly of four pages with an initial circulation of a half million. As Julian Bach, a media correspondent who experienced the occupation in person wrote: "it is something more than just a bi-weekly dispenser of news…it is a symbol…it represents their first taste of news, printed openly by Germans in Germany and untainted by Nazi propaganda…"(1946: 221-3). The number of papers in the U.S. zone quickly increased from 187 in September 1949, when licensing was still in effect, to 527 by the end of 1949 with a total circulation of approximately 4.6 million (67.57 per 1,000 citizens) (Humphreys 1990: 41). The process of turning over complete control of the means of common knowledge dissemination to indigenous and private individuals had begun.

3.3 Cinema in Japan

The advent of film in Japan can be traced back to 1896 with the development of the Edison Kinetoscope. A little over a year later, projectors were introduced, which allowed films to be shown on a screen. Newsreels were first produced in 1900 and in 1903, the first theater devoted entirely to film was constructed in Tokyo. In 1912, the first major film company, Nikkatsu, was established. This marked the beginning of mass production by the Japanese film industry. Film was aimed at entertaining the masses and drew on traditional drama and literature for material, especially from kabuki (traditional theater) and kodan (historical tales). Even in its earliest stages of development, the Japanese cinema reached several classes within the general populace. Showings in Tokyo offered seating sections for the "upper-class," "middle class" and general admission. Students and military personnel were charged half price for tickets. By 1926, film attendance in Japan totaled 153.7 million people (2.5 films per citizen) (Anderson and Richie 1982: 22; High 1984; Kasza 1993: 54; Sato 1982: 7).

Government censorship impacted the cinema industry from its beginnings. In the early period of Japanese cinema, any image that reflected badly on the royal family was banned. In 1908, a French film entitled The Reign of Louis XVI (Le Règn de Louis XVI) was banned because of a scene in which citizens attacked the royal palace. The Film Control Regulations (Eiga torishimari kisoku) were adopted in 1917 and enforced by the local governments of the Home Ministry until 1925. These regulations were enforced largely through business licensing at the local level.

Over time, film laws shifted from decentralized control to more centralized control. In 1925, the first national censorship law – Censorship Regulation of Moving Pictures – was enacted. This law required domestic films, along with "explanatory scripts," to be submitted for government approval. Films believed to "desecrate" the imperial family, or "harm the dignity" of the nation could be censored. An important part of this law was that it deemed films to be "entertainment" rather than "speech" or "publication". This allowed the Home Ministry to circumvent the constitution, which allowed for free speech. Although the Home Ministry controlled the regulation of the film industry, it consulted often with the military and Ministry of Education for input on which films were acceptable.

Even with the new law, the production of films was still high – 15,348 films were inspected in 1926; 16,101 were inspected in 1927; 18,893 were inspected in 1929 and 18,436 were inspected in 1932 (Kasza 1993: 54, 59). The national film policy was paternalistic in nature, and it sought to shape the moral, political and social views of the populace. Reviewing films against a strict set of guidelines allowed the government to filter the content of the films viewed by the Japanese people. The fact that the government exerted resources reviewing each and every film against a strict set of guidelines supports the claim that the cinema was an established means of developing common knowledge among the Japanese populace.

In 1935, the Japanese government imposed import restrictions on foreign films. Foreign films, including American films, were still shown but were reviewed for content and censored prior to being shown in theaters. In 1941, after Pearl Harbor, all American films were banned from entering Japan and those already in the country were confiscated. While American films were quickly removed from the Japanese mainstream, the populace had exposure to American culture and film in the pre-1941 period. The exposure of the Japanese populace to American culture was significant given that western culture and institutions were not alien to the Japanese populace.

The 1925 national Film Law was superseded in 1939 with a more comprehensive film law. Under this law, all producers, distributors and theater operators had to be licensed by the government. In addition, the law encouraged and required showings of films "useful to the national education" (Hirano 1992: 13-6). As of 1940, the total number of theaters in Japan was 2,363 and film attendance in Japan totaled 440 million people, the equivalent of 6.1 films per citizen (Freiburg, 1987; Kasza 1988: 232).

In 1942, the government established the Film Corporation to monopolize the government distribution and showing of films. From this time through the American occupation in 1945, the military aspects of Japanese film became the main focus of censorship. Any scene that was deemed to suggest anti-war sentiments was removed. For instance, the families of soldiers leaving for war had to be presented as proud with no hint of sadness; scenes portraying the enemies in a positive light were also removed. Western music and scenes with birthday parties were removed because they were considered to be "Anglo-American." As in Germany, the Home Ministry set aside one day a month where admission was free to certain members of the general populace. In 1940, the Office of Public Information was created. This signaled a policy shift away from the prevention of negative themes to the promotion of definite themes for movies. Specifically, the Office of Public Information created a list of approved "national-policy themes" that filmmakers were to follow (Anderson and Richie 1982: 129-134; Hirano 1992: 24-5).

Prior to Japan’s surrender, the United States spent a great deal of time studying and developing plans for the Japanese cinema. This further confirms the cinema’s importance in the generation of common knowledge. For example, The Department of War invested great resources in studying Japanese films in order to understand the culture. One of the resulting reports, "Japanese Films: A Psychological Warfare," produced by the Research and Analysis Branch of the Office of Strategic Management, analyzed the various aspects of twentieth century Japanese films – specifically, the underlying themes and cinematic techniques. The report concluded that Japanese films were effective as a means of disseminating "nationally controlled propaganda" (Hirano 1992: 25-6). In short, the analysis by the U.S., which took place prior to the war’s conclusion, indicated the critical role that cinema would play in the postwar situation in both eliminating "militaristic ideology" and disseminating democratic ideas (Hirano 1992: 127, Dower 1999: 75).At the conclusion of World War II, film – and more generally mass media – became a major part of the reconstruction efforts of the U.S. occupying forces. The occupying forces quickly took control of the industry and assigned responsibility to the Information Dissemination Section (IDS) - which would later become the Civil Information and Education Section (CIE) - and the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD). The goal was to expedite the process of establishing a society with free speech and religious worship as well as to disseminate democratic ideals and principles.

For the first week after the occupation, the theaters were closed. Soon thereafter a government directive was issued calling for the opening of theaters showing approved films. The occupying forces called a two-day meeting of the top Japanese film executives, producers, directors and wartime film bureaucrats from September 20-22, 1945 at the IDS. Here, key members of the Japanese film industry were told that the occupying forces wanted their assistance in reconstructing Japan in a positive manner. They reviewed a list of desirable subjects and topics that were consistent with the aims of the reconstruction. The occupying forces realized that working with indigenous agents who had a deep understanding of both the Japanese film industry and culture was central to achieving success.

The occupying government lifted the strict Film Law on October 16, 1945 and issued directives calling for freedom of speech and press. The occupying forces also implemented its own system of censorship through the CIE. In addition to CIE censorship, the procedures included a review of all films by military censors. These directives declared that the Film Corporation would cease operations in December so that a self-sustaining, competitive film industry could develop. Each film company had a distinct liaison section established to interact with the censors to ensure that films met the occupation guidelines.

Although these directives placed clear limits on what Japanese filmmakers could produce, films covering a wide range of topics were released. Topics covered included wartime militarism – Machi no ninkimono (Popular Man in Town, 1946) and Inochi aur kagiri (As Long as I Live, 1946), women’s liberation – Hatachi no seishun (Twenty-Year-Old Youth, 1946) and sexual expression – Aruyo no seppun (Certain Night’s Kiss, 1946) and Yoru no onna-tachi (Women of the Night, 1948) (Hirano 1992: 148-175). The occupying forces clearly respected the opinions of the Japanese filmmakers at this time. While they enforced the directives regarding the cinema, the occupying forces gave filmmakers the opportunity to re-write and submit multiple versions of scripts and discuss issues with censors. This process, while not free from censorship, allowed ample room for the opinion and influence of indigenous agents from the film industry. This enabled the development of a self-sustaining industry which would continue with the end of the occupation in 1952.

The double censorship – CIE and military – ended in June of 1949 with the establishment of the Film Ethics Regulation Control Committee. The Committee was established as an entity to deal with censorship that was independent of both American and Japanese political bodies. At the same time, pre-production approval was ended. While strict censorship was removed, final CIE approval on all finished films was still required through the end of the official occupation on April 28, 1952.

As this subsection suggests, Japanese cinema clearly played an important role in the reconstruction of Japan. Despite the film laws established throughout the occupation, approximately 1,000 films were made in Japan between September 1945 and April 1952 (Hirano 1992: 11; Dower 1999: 426). To put this number in its proper context, it must be remembered that in addition to the occupation film laws, there was also physical destruction from the war itself. This destruction clearly affected the operation of the film industry. Nonetheless, the occupying forces maintained an indigenous cultural product for common knowledge development to assist in the coordination of the populace around the aims of the reconstruction. Moreover, they included the indigenous agents – producers, directors and executives – making the cinema even more effective in achieving their goals of a self-sustaining national identity and social order.

3.4 Media in Japan

The earliest newspapers in Japan appeared in the 1860s. These papers served mainly to convey information regarding commerce. By the late 1860s, the Chūgai Shinbun had an unprecedented daily circulation of 1,500 (De Lange: 1998: 28). By the turn of the century, Japan’s press was developing rapidly. Papers began publishing information about foreign countries, including Britain, the United States and Russia as well as stories and news translated from foreign newspapers. Even in its earliest development, the press was recognized by the government as a means of disseminating common knowledge. A letter from the Meji government in 1871 to the publishers of newspapers stated, "Newspaper publishers should make it their purpose to develop the knowledge of the people" (De Lange 199: 34). During rebellions in 1876 and 1877, the government instituted emergency police controls over all reporting.

By the early 1900s, the popularity of newspapers in Japan had increased dramatically. Between 1894 and 1904 the daily circulation of the Hōchi Shinbun had doubled to 40,000. The daily circulation of the Tokyo Asahi Shinbun had increased from 20,000 to 75,000 and the Osaka Mainichi Shinbun had reached a daily circulation of 90,000. The top selling national paper, the Yorozu Chōhō, had a daily circulation of over 140,000 (3 per 1,000 citizens) (De Lange: 1998: 93).

The media was a critical means for the development and transmission of information in Japan’s wars with China and Russia. In 1894, the public had rallied behind the government’s war effort against China, and the media supplied their demand for information. Approximately 130 reporters from more than sixty newspapers accompanied Japanese troops and reported their experiences (De Lange 1998: 109). Ten years later, the press served as the main avenue for public discourse on the Russo-Japanese War. In the prewar period, different papers took various stances ranging from a clearly pro-war stance (Osaka Asahi Shinbun, Tokyo Asahi Shinbun and the Jihi Shinpō) to pacifism (Mainichi Shinbun and Yorozu Chōhō). As public opinion shifted in support of the war, most papers followed suit and rallied behind the war effort.

In both wars, the government enacted censorship laws to monitor the press. The close monitoring of the press would remain in effect until the U.S. occupation. The Japanese government’s goal was to utilize the media in coordinating the populace around the war efforts. As considered above, the resources invested by the government serve to confirm the influence of Japanese media as an effective mechanism of common knowledge generation.

Despite the limits on expression, the press continued to remain popular among the Japanese populace. By the mid 1920s, major daily newspapers with nation-wide distribution had combined circulation of between 1 and 1.5 million, or between 16.7 and 25.1 per 1,000 people (Hanazono 1934: 93; Hane 2001: 240, Kasza 1993: 28). In the late 1930s, the Japanese government centralized the press by passing a law that allowed it to control financial and material resources, prices and labor. This empowered the government to centralize the media and control the flow of information both in and out of the country (De Lange 1998: 148-9).

In the pre-World War II period and throughout World War II, the press was used as a propaganda tool by the Japanese government. In 1937, the "National Spiritual Mobilization Movement" (Kokumin Seishin Sōdōin Undō) was launched, focusing on state ideology and worship of the emperor. Writers and editors were invited to the Cabinet Information Division for "cordial meetings" (kondankai) where they were encouraged to play an active role in the movement. Even with these controls, the total number of periodicals increased from 813 dailies and 3,980 total papers in 1918 to 1,330 dailies and 11,118 total papers in 1932 (Kasza 1993: 32).

In addition to the press, radio was also a well-established means of disseminating common knowledge in the prewar and wartime period. Between 1926, when the national radio monopoly Nihon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) was created, and 1932, the number of NHK branch stations increased from three to nineteen and the number of radios increased from 361,066 to over 1.4 million. The entire broadcast structure in Japan was controlled extensively by NHK. Pre-broadcast censorship was imposed in 1924 and remained in place until the Allied occupation. Political criticism was forbidden – governments could broadcast policy but no opposing views were allowed. An intricate set of telephones and telegraph machinery was put in place connecting each individual regional Ministry to the Communications Ministry so that controls on radio could be implemented quickly and efficiently (Kasza 1993: 88-91).

Perhaps the best example of broadcasting as a means of common knowledge dissemination is the first radio message directly from Emperor Hirohito to the Japanese populace on August 15, 1945, to announce that Japan had lost the war. Millions of Japanese citizens gathered around radios to hear the address and the message was simultaneously broadcast to those Japanese overseas by short-wave radio. Radio announcers quickly summarized the address in everyday language so that all could comprehend. Newspapers rushed to print special editions incorporating the text of the emperor’s message and commentary (Dower 1999: 34-6).

Similar to the case of Japanese cinema, the U.S. realized the power of media and radio as a means of common knowledge in Japan, and they invested resources during the war to understand both the magnitude and operation of these mechanisms. In 1944, a subcommittee of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee analyzed strategies for dealing with Japanese mass media after the war. The resulting paper from that investigation, "Control of the Media of Public Information and Expression in Japan" suggested that all media activities should initially be suspended and brought under the control of the military. These recommendations were never realized. At the Potsdam conference, the form of occupation agreed upon was to undertake and administer policies through the office of the Japanese government. The mass media, in this context, was to support the execution of occupation policies.

Soon after the occupation began, McArthur issued a Press Code consisting of ten Articles outlining a free press. Among the directives was to publish truthful news and refrain from publishing news that would disturb the public order or cause distrust. It also stipulated that the promotion of the aims of the reconstruction would require "minimum control and censorship" of the press, radio and film (De Lange 1998: 167-9; Dower 1999: 75, 406-7). The implementation and enforcement of these directives fell under the control of the CIE and CCD. Censorship by the occupying forces occurred from September 1945 through September 1949 and continued in reduced form until Japan achieved its sovereignty. The indigenous populace was able to engage in media activities but all articles were to be reviewed by the occupying forces prior to publication to ensure that they met the requirements set forth in the Press Code. By the third year of occupation, while censoring still occurred, the major papers had developed a sense of what they could and could not publish to the point where official censorship was minimal (Brines 1948: 246-249). The CIE also controlled the distribution network of papers which served as an extra check on the information which was distributed.

Over this four-year period, the censorship examiners reviewed approximately 26,000 issues of newspapers, 3,800 news-agency publications, 23,000 radio transcripts, 5,700 printed bulletins, 4,000 magazine issues, and 1,800 books and pamphlets (Dower 1999: 407). Occupation control of the media also involved the purging of members of the press – a total of 350 were banned from the media (De Lange 1998: 168). The aim of these purges was to ensure that spoilers were prevented from utilizing mechanisms for the distribution of common knowledge for aims contradictory to those of the reconstruction.

The press grew rapidly even with the censorship framework in place. By 1948, there were 126 papers throughout the country. The top paper in Tokyo had a daily circulation of 1.5 million - 18.7 per 1,000 citizens. Total circulation of all newspaper was 18 million – the equivalent of 224.7 per 1,000 citizens or one copy per 4.5 people. This number increased steadily and by December 1949, total daily newspaper circulation in Japan was approximately 27.9 million copies a day – one copy per 2.9 people. Magazines covering a wide range of topics supplemented daily newspapers. By the end of 1949, the total circulation of non-daily periodicals was approximately 55 million or one paper per 1.5 people (Brines 1948: 249; Lewe van Aduard 1954: 39-40).

On April 28, 1952, the Peace Treaty went into effect and the Allied occupation formally ended. With the departure of the occupying forces, all the regulations previously enforced by the Allies via the Press Code ended. The centrally controlled distribution of newspapers also came to an end. Clearly, censorship of the media played a role in the reconstruction of Japan. However, the occupiers maintained the indigenous nature of the media industry. As such, it served as an effective mechanism for generating common knowledge during the reconstruction period.

4. Conclusion: Lessons for the Present and Future

The analysis put forth here provides some implications for current and future reconstruction efforts. The most obvious implication is that occupying forces should make it a goal to identify pre-conflict mechanisms for developing and transmitting common knowledge. Further, they should attempt to maintain the indigenous nature of these cultural products because they can serve as a reference point to generate change. As discussed at the outset of this paper, cultural products play an important role as a source of knowledge, norms and beliefs. As Petro notes, the acceptance of new institutions can be facilitated by "…placing new institutions within the context of traditional cultural values, with the help of appropriate symbols" (2004: 202).

Given this, it is important to note that the activities undertaken by occupiers are ultimately constrained by the existing culture and cultural products in post-conflict countries. For instance, Germany and Japan had reached a relatively high level of development prior to the U.S. occupation. This development meant that these countries had some industrialized cultural products – such as cinema and media – with a widespread reach. Lesser-developed countries may not have industrialized cultural products like those present in Germany and Japan. These countries will still have a distinct culture and cultural products – ceremonies, rituals, art, etc. – but they generally will not be conducive to the types of institutions that occupiers wish to establish.

Stated differently, successful reconstruction efforts require certain institutional prerequisites which serve as a foundation for formally reconstructed institutions (see Coyne 2005, 2006). In Germany and Japan, it was a coincidence that the preexisting formal and informal institutions aligned, to a large extent, with the goals of the occupiers. This is not the case in more recent efforts in Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq where there is a disjoint between existing institutions and what occupiers hope to accomplish.

Further, it is not clear that political agents have the know-how to shape culture as they see fit. As Fukuyama indicates, cultural forces change "the most slowly of all." This has important implications because it places liberal democracy "safely beyond the reach of institutional solutions and hence public policy" (1995: 7-9). Indeed, while public policy cannot effectively create culture, it can destroy or distort culture and have the perverse effect of increasing social tensions. This lack of knowledge is good reason to err on the side of restraint when considering foreign occupation as a means of generating change.

Yet another implication deals with the issue of censorship. As the case studies of German and Japan media and cinema indicated, censorship took place in both the prewar and occupation periods. With advances in technological capabilities (i.e., Internet, satellite television and radio, etc.) available at decreasing costs, it is now possible to receive news and information from around the world. This will make it increasingly difficult for occupiers to censor news and information in conflict-torn countries. For instance, some Afghan citizens have purchased homemade satellite dishes, constructed from flattened paint cans, and are able to receive hundreds of channels from around the world. Where the populace is able to receive external information in addition to that provided by the occupying forces, attempts to control content by the occupying forces will serve to discredit their efforts.

Finally, given the unique circumstances in Germany and Japan, as well as the limited knowledge of policymakers regarding effective cultural change, alternatives to military occupation must be considered. For instance, an argument can be made that the U.S. should adopt a position of principled non-intervention coupled with a commitment to free trade in goods, services and cultural products (see Boettke and Coyne 2006). A commitment to cross-cultural trade would allow the West to pursue some notion of cosmopolitanism whereby individuals are "citizens of the world" (see Appiah 2006).

The essence of the cosmopolitan ideal is that individuals need to develop habits of coexistence with others at the personal, local, national and international levels. The philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (2006) emphasizes that cosmopolitanism entails an ongoing conversation with both neighbors and strangers. As such, it advances the possibility of achieving mutual understanding between individuals who hold different worldviews and adhere to different moral systems. At the same time, cosmopolitanism recognizes the real possibility that consensus on a single worldview may not be reached. Such a possibility does not necessarily lead to conflict. Instead, it can result in a cooperative decision to "agree to disagree."

A commitment to free trade can be seen as a means of merging cultures and finding a common middle ground. In other words, trade is a means of engaging in an ongoing conversation and pursuing the cosmopolitan ideal. Through cultural trade, individuals in different countries will tend to share, or at a minimum, become aware of, common cultural products (see Cowen 2002: 17-18).