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Changing the world, one letter at a time

America's continuing use of "muppet diplomacy" shows that it plays an effective role in resolving conflict and fighting discrimination against women. BY HARISH MEHTA

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The furry creatures such as Big Bird and friends are conducting diplomacy aimed at finding solutions to vexed global issues, such as educating girls in Egypt and Afghanistan, advocating mutual respect in areas of conflict, reducing the social stigma of AIDS in South Africa, and combating malaria in Tanzania.

AMERICA has been quietly conducting its "muppet diplomacy" around the world by using the hit television series, Sesame Street. The innovative initiative is aimed not just at entertaining children abroad; it is helping resolve conflicts globally, and promoting a slew of programmes in education

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