Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Life on the streets of Addia Ababa


TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed MY SUMMIT 2010 youth delegates to the G-20 Summit in Toronto and spoke to them about key economic issues that leaders will address. Yesterday, he met with G-8 youth delegates in Huntsville who presented the Prime Minister and other leaders with a final communiqué they had drafted.

“It is exciting to see bright young people engaging on international issues and contributing to the future of their countries and the world,” said Prime Minister Harper. “MY SUMMIT 2010 is about giving youth a voice on G-8 and G-20 issues and providing them with a valuable learning experience.”

MY SUMMIT 2010 is the official international youth summit being held concurrently with the G-8 and the G-20 summits. Canada is co-hosting MY SUMMIT 2010 with Global Vision, a not-for-profit organization with expertise in youth leadership training.

The G-8 portion of MY SUMMIT 2010 took place in Muskoka , Ontario , from June 23 to 25. During the G-20 portion of MY SUMMIT 2010, which is taking place from June 26 to 27 in Toronto , youth delegates will observe parts of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit , and will discuss international economic issues.

There are 13 Canadian youth delegates participating in MY SUMMIT 2010. Prime Minister Harper also invited his G-8/G-20 counterparts to send youth delegations comprised of seven university students to the youth summit.

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Hon. Sebtuu Mohammed Nasser Tanzania member of the east africa legislative Assembly and the speaker of the East Africa Legislative Assemblt Hon A. abdi

The media team at the ECA

Ayoub mzee with Dr E.kaale of muhimbili university of health and Allied sciences


Ayoub mzee at te science with Africa conference at the UN in Addis ababa
The theme of the second Science with Africa Conference is “Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Participants will address strategies for enhancing the transformation of research and development (R&D) outputs and technology into economic and social value.
G-8 Summit Documents
Prime Minister Stephen Harper concluded the Muskoka 2010 G-8 Summit with the Chair’s Press Conference on June 26, 2010. Read the final documents below to find out the outcome of the Summit.
G8 Muskoka Declaration Recovery and New Beginnings
G-8 Leaders’ Statement on Countering Terrorism
Report on the G-8 Global Partnership

Monday, 28 June 2010

Festival UK 2010@ Lee Valley Leisure Complex Centre Edmonton N9 OA
Thus, "Festival" in the Eritrean context has a deep historical meaning.
During the long and bitter struggle years, Eritreans from all over the world gathered every summer in the city of Bologna, Italy for a weeklong celebration which included seminars, folklore events, exhibitions and sports activities. Today, this tradition continues even after Liberation both inside and outside Eritrea.
Eritrean festivals should be well organized both in content and style, it was imperative to have well defined goals and a committee which could shoulder the responsibility to motivate and engage all Eritreans in the region. The Eritrean People Campaign Committee EPCC will host a three-day Festival from 2-4 July, 2010 at the beautiful Lee Valley Leisure Centre in Edmonton.
A Guest of Honor (high level delegate from the government of Eritrea) and H.E. Tesfamicael Gerahtu, Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to the United Kingdom and Ireland, will preside over the official opening of the Festival. The annual Eritrean Festival offers a wonderful and unique opportunity to introduce Eritrean cultures and traditions, and meet and share with Eritreans from all over the United Kingdom. It provides participants with a fun and creative environment for networking and discovery.
The audience will get a glimpse into Eritrean culture through colorful cultural performances, music and dance, arts and crafts, exhibitions, educational seminars, discussion forums, as well as fun activities for the children & youth. The UK Eritrean Festival 2010 takes place at a time of great historical and cultural significance to Eritreans. It will depict the socio-economic and traditional values of the people of Eritrea, and promises to be an unforgettable must-see event for all.
The Festival will remain open to the public from Friday 2 July 2010 until Sunday 4 July 2010.
For more Information contact us;-Festival Media Centre
Festival Program Coordinator


The nigeria diplomatic team in Addis ababa

The speaker of the Eat Africa Parliament Hon A Abdi at the ECA - science for africa Event in Addis ababa

The secon Africa with Science conerence in Addis Ababa
The conference addressed innovative policy tools and measures to build the necessary human capital, STI infrastructure, financial instruments, strategies targeting under represented groups and international collaboration. The event focused on the following themes: Science, technology and innovation policies Energy, water, transport and infrastructure Agriculture, health and life science Climate change in Africa Intellectual property rights ant technology transfer Information and communication technologies Innovation and entrepreneurial capacities STI capacity building.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following remarks at the Opening Plenary session of the G-20 Summit in Toronto :

“Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Canada and to the magnificent city of Toronto, which is our country’s largest city, and I would like to say, home of the most solid financial sector in the world. We are very pleased and proud to be holding the G-20 Summit.

“In welcoming you, I’d like to make a few observations about what we must achieve here. At Pittsburgh last year, the G-20 officially declared itself the world’s premier forum for international economic cooperation. Now with such a claim and with the global recovery that remains fragile, it is incumbent upon us to act with the same unity of purpose, the same sense of urgency and the same commitment to the enlightened exercise of our national sovereignty, as we did in the depths of the crisis in order to begin to develop a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth that we promised the world in Pittsburgh.

“The coordinated actions taken to date by the G-20 are producing positive results that are benefiting the entire world. However, the recovery remains fragile. To be frank, private sector demand is not yet where it should be in some of the G-20 countries.

“Since we last met, new risks have unearthed in the global economy. To cite a couple to which the IMF drew attention recently, fiscal deficits, debt level, debt levels in advanced countries, as well as the premature end to stimulus. I would add to these the need to follow through on regulatory reforms in the financial sector, and of course, the silence on protectionism. The recent skittishness of markets is telling us that they are awaiting our actions, actions that must be decisive, but also coordinated and balanced. Here is the tightrope that we must walk to sustain recovery. It is imperative we follow through on existing stimulus plans, those to which we committed ourselves last year, but at the same time, advanced countries must send a clear message that as our stimulus plans expire, we will focus on getting our fiscal houses in order.

“Financial consolidation plans must be credible. They must lay out easily understood objectives, and member countries must be accountable for achieving these objectives.

“Specifically, we should agree the deficits will be halved by 2013. We should also agree that government debt to GDP ratios should be stabilized by 2016 at the least, or put on a downward path.

“Since some of us will meet these objectives earlier, we should agree to consider them as minimum fiscal targets.

“Yet this fiscal consolidation will only succeed if we take concerted action across the G-20 to support global demand to tackle structural rigidities and unacceptably high rates of unemployment and reduced global poverty.

“The whole world is watching us, because the fate of millions of people depends on our actions.

“So what does success look like? According to my rough estimate, global output could be boosted by a cumulative 6.5 per cent over the next five years if we act in a coordinated manner and avoid pitfalls. This could raise global output rates by $4 trillion, the creation of 52 million new jobs and 90 million people lifted out of poverty.

“But if we fail to take decisive, coordinated and balanced actions, a bleak scenario might emerge where millions of people could lose their jobs. This is the responsibility we have, not only toward our constituents, but also toward all the citizens of the world. We must go on to lay the foundation for strong, sustainable and harmonious growth.

“Ladies and gentlemen, now as before, we must work and act together. Once again, welcome, and I hope all of our discussions will be productive.


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Life in Addis
Young lads in addis
A beggar
Taking a Taxi
Arriving at Addis ababa
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Director of Communications, along with senior governmental officials, will hold a press briefing for national and international media on Sunday, June 27, 2010, on the G-20 summit.Only media accredited for the International Media Centre will have access to the briefing room.The briefing will be broadcast via the host broadcaster in the International Media Centre and the Alternative Media Centre.Media representatives accredited to the G-20 and not able to attend should call the teleconference system at 613-960-7526 or 1-877-413-4814 (passcode 3536688).The press briefing is for attribution and cameras are allowed. The briefing will be webcast live from the G-20 website <> .Event: Press briefing (open to media only)Briefers: Dimitri Soudas, Director of Communications, Prime Minister’s Office; Len Edwards, G-8 and G-20 Sherpa; Tiff Macklem, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Finance CanadaDate: Sunday, June 27, 2010 Time: 7:30 a.m. ET Location: International Briefing Theatre, International Media Centre, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, Ontario.For more information, please contact:G-20 Toronto Summit media inquiries: 1-877-661-2353 (Canada and the United States); 416-607-2370 (all other locations)PMO Press Office: 613-957-5555Dimitri Soudas Communications DirectorDirecteur des Communications PMO/CPM

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Second Science with Africa Conference to promote “Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), and other partners are bringing together industrial leaders, research and policy makers from 22 to 25 June 2010 to discuss innovative ways of improving the efficiency of technology development, transfer and commercialization in Africa. Discussions is taking place in Addis Ababa, within the framework of the second Science with Africa Conference.
The theme of the second Science with Africa Conference is “Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Participants will address strategies for enhancing the transformation of research and development (R&D) outputs and technology into economic and social value

Hi thought I'd flag up this in case of interest to you guys? ''Young, Drifting and Black' conference is happening this Thursday 24th June - discussing hard

hitting issues about young black men (details below). The Mayor is speaking at 2pm - list of speakers / workshops below. Let me know if you want to pop along?

Event starts at 9.30am and the organisers are happy for media to attend. Event info is below,
Mayor's Press Office 7983 4599
This timely one-day conference is aimed at professionals across sectors working with black youth. The disproportionate number of black males involved in gangs and serious youth violence is an issue that is worrying and perplexing in equal measure. Collective insight into the roots of this trend reveal a complex inter-relationship between a number of different factors. Knowledge about solutions that work is growing and this conference is a platform for practitioners achieving results on both sides of the Atlantic.

Young, Drifting & Black will examine the different ways in which defiant behaviour in the classroom and community can be prevented and will provide powerful insights to enable a shift from reaction to prevention.

Participants will discover how to shape resistance into a resource and explore how behaviour is affected by gender differences and cultural pressures.


o Look at examples of best practice and what really works in reducing oppositional defiant behaviour
o Explore the unique role schools play in the prevention agenda
o Insights into effective engagement with boys, turning resistance into a resource
o Examine the drivers of oppositional defiant behaviour and its connections with anti-social behaviour 'on the streets'
o Identify the levers of change that enable a shift from reactive to preventative interventions, with special reference to an interdisciplinary approach involving schools
o Explore how city wide prevention can be practically achieved by looking at examples of where this has worked
o Highlight the unique contributions made by the voluntary sector in disrupting the formation and consolidation of gang culture

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
9.00am Registration
Welcome from the Chair
Opening address
Ray Lewis
Director, Eastside Young Leaders' Academy
How to help boys learn self-control
Dr Abigail Norfleet James
Developmental and Educational Psychologist,
University of Virginia, USA
The special learning needs of black boys
Prof Gus John
Honorary Fellow, Institute of Education,
University of London
Lessons for a preventative approach from Baltimore, USA
Prof Philip Leaf
Senior Associate Director,
Urban Health Institute,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Questions and discussion
2pm Address by Mayor Boris Johnson
Best practice seminars

Video link to Police Commissioner in Baltimore
(followed by plenary and discussion)
Chaired by Fitzroy Andrew
Chief Diversity Adviser,
London Borough of Havering
and Trustee, Eastside Young Leaders' Academy
5.00pm Conference ends
Press release:

The growing disaffection of black boys and their increased involvement in gangs and use of knives and guns, which in recent times all too often results in murder and has become an increasingly serious problem for the country as a whole and something the new Government must take action to help resolve.

In order to produce a new focus how to best stem this tide a one day conference that will examine how to achieve effective prevention rather than simply reacting to current trends is being organised by a new organisation Capital Men on 24th June 2010 at The London Muslim Centre 89-92 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ.

Alarming statistics from the London Serious Youth Violence Board shows that between 2007 and 2009, 85 per cent of homicide victims aged 10 to 19 was from the black and minority ethnic communities. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London will provide the keynote speech and restate his ongoing commitment to address violent youth crime in London.

Despite its seriousness, few seem willing or able to address the matter head-on or to say why disproportionate numbers of Black boys are involved. Also, real solutions remain elusive. Policy makers, practitioners and academics fail to agree on what can be practically done to deal with the disproportionate involvement of black male youth. Huge investment in recent years, especially in urban areas, have largely failed to halt the breakdown of social cohesion, eliminate unequal opportunity or break the persistent cycle of social dysfunction and exclusion. On the back of new research - “Living On A Knife Edge” - that will be launched on the day, the conference will offer new perspectives on the root causes of the problem and what can practically be done to prevent it.

Leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic will provide insight the most current approaches to tackling the problem. These include from the US Dr Abigail Norfleet James, Prof Philip Lea and from the UK Prof Gus John and Ray Lewis. Special focus will be given to the crucial role of schools in forging a preventative approach, the components of smart interventions will be examined as well as how schools can begin working more closely with the community and voluntary sectors to implement robust, grassroots solutions.

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing said: "We welcome any initiatives to help address this long term problem. I hope this conference will help to stimulate the kind of long-term, comprehensive approaches that we need to tackle this issue'.


Capital Men is a specialist mentoring and mediation service for black boys at risk of exclusion. If you would like further help, support, advice or training please
contact us at:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8519 0118

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Friday, 18 June 2010


Thursday, 17 June 2010

The UK -NIGERIA Telecommunications conference at the Strand Palace Hotel London

The ceo Ben tv sky 184 Dr Alistair Soyode was amaong the Guest Speakers

The sokoto State rep

Embrace the Century of Asia

Asia House Corporate Programme

Invites you to

The Financial Times Series


Richard McGregor
former China Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Date: Tuesday 6th July 2010
Time: 9.00am for 09.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus / Regents Park / Great Portland Street

Free (Asia House Corporate Members)
£37.50 (Asia House Patrons and Government)
£75.00 (Non-Members)

You are cordially invited to attend a breakfast meeting where Richard McGregor will discuss his new book “The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers” and share his views on the Communist Party’s approach to Asia.

Richard McGregor is a former China bureau chief for the Financial Times. Since 1990, he has spent almost 20 years in north Asia, initially in Taiwan, and then Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, where he established offices for The Australian newspaper. He joined the Financial Times in Shanghai in 2000 and in 2005 he became their China bureau chief. He has also contributed to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review. The key to understanding China is knowing who is really in charge. The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers tackles this conundrum head on. Meticulously crafted, well-informed, and entertaining, this account of China's ruling class chronicles the country's 30-year rise to major economic power despite high levels of poverty. Richard McGregor draws on his wealth of experience to uncover the true story of the Chinese Communist Party. The result is the most revealing glimpse yet of how this extraordinary organisation works. From business to the military, McGregor tracks down those on the inside, and reveals how they run the world's most populous country.

The event will adopt the usual Asia House format and all comments will be unattributable.

Interested participants should register early for the meeting by email to as spaces are limited.

I look forward to seeing you at Asia House.

Roddy Gow
Chief Executive

Friday, 11 June 2010

world cup celebrations at trafalgar square

Monday, June 14, 2010Monday-Friday, June 14 – 18
WHAT: The 37th Annual International Conference on Global Health is the world’s largest global health conference not devoted to a single health issue. This year’s theme is “Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals and Metrics,” with a focus on the Millennium Development Goals and other health-related goals. Speakers include: Haitian Health Minister Alex Larsen; Michele Moloney-Kitts of the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator; Sheila Tlou, the former minister of health of Botswana; Lord Nigel Crisp, former head of the British National Health Service; Peter Piot of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College in London; and Eric Goosby, Global AIDS Coordinator
WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC.
For media accreditation, go to, or contact David J. Olson at
WHEN: 9:30 a.m.WHAT: The Center for American Progress (CAP) Discussion on "America Over a Barrel: Reducing Our Oil Dependence," and on national security, economic, public health, and environmental consequences of our dependence on oil. Speakers: Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at CAP; James Barrett, Chief Economist at the Clean Energy Development Center; Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CNA; Jerome Ringo, Senior Executive for Global Strategies at Green Port; and Daniel Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at CAP.WHERE: CAP, 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC.CONTACT: 202-741-6246; web site: http://www.americanprogress.orgNOTE: RSVP requiredWHEN: 10:00 a.m.WHAT: The Henry L. Stimson Center Book Discussion on "Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map." Speakers: Author Cleo Paskal; and David Michel, Director of Environmental Security at The Stimson Center.WHERE: Stimson Center, 1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC.CONTACT: 202-223-5956; web site: NOTE: RSVP to 202-478-2667 or regionalvoices@stimson.orgWHEN: 12:15 p.m.WHAT: The New America Foundation (NAF) Discussion on "Realigning America's Relations in the Middle East." Speakers: Stephen Kinzer, author of "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future"; and Flynt Leverett, Director of the NAF's Iran Project.WHERE: The New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Kate Brown, 202-596-3365,;; web site: WHEN: 1:45 p.m.WHAT: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) Discussion on "Preventing the Next Bubble." Speakers: Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill.; Jay Brinkmann of the Mortgage Bankers Association; John Makin of AEI and Caxton Associates; Mark Zandi of Moody's; and Alex Pollock of AEI.WHERE: AEI, 1150 17th Street NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Hampton Foushee, 202-862-5806,; web site:
WHEN: 4:00 p.m.WHAT: The State Department Diplomacy Briefing Series Conference:- 4 p.m.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers keynote remarks on the issues and challenges in U.S. relations with Sub-Saharan Africa (Pre-set for video cameras is at 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance; Final access time for writers and still photographers is at 3:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Media should RSVP to by June 11.) Other speakers: Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale; Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez; Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer; and U.S. Agency for International Development Counselor James Michel.WHERE: The State Department, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Raphael Cook, 202-647-0874, ; web site: NOTE: Valid government-issued media credentials or media photo ID and official photo ID are required. Pre-set for video cameras is at 11:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time for writers and still photographers is at 12:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.WHAT: Forbes Media President and CEO Steve Forbes Remarks on "Leadership and the Economic Crisis: What Happens Now?" at an event hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Carey Business School Leaders and Legends lecture series.WHERE: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Kenney Auditorium, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Felisa Neuringer Klubes, 202-663-5626,; web site: http://www.sais-jhu.eduNOTE: Media should RSVP to Pat Ercolano at 410-516-6955 or

************************************************************Tuesday, June 15, 2010WHEN: 8:00 a.m.WHAT: The National Defense University Foundation Discussion on "Global Zero." Speaker: Barry Blechman of The Stimson Center.WHERE: The Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Elma Rhue, 202-685-3726,; web site: NOTE: RSVP required. WHEN: 9:00 a.m.WHAT: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Presentation and Briefing on the Independent Task Force report on "U.S. Policy toward the Korean Peninsula":- 9:00 a.m.: Presentation of the report- 10:30 a.m.: Briefing on the reportSpeakers: Former U.S. Special Envoy for Negotiations with North Korea Charles Pritchard, President of the Korea Economic Institute of America and Task Force Co-Chairman; former United Nations Command Commander-in-Chief for the South Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea John Tilelli Jr., Chairman and CEO of Cypress International, Inc. and Task Force Co-Chairman; Scott Snyder, adjunct senior fellow for Korea at CFR, and Task Force project Director; Anya Schmemann, Task Force Program Director; and John Bussey, Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.WHERE: CFR, 1777 F Street NW, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Lucy Dunderdale, 202-509-8525,; web site: http://www.cfr.orgNOTE: This event is open to media only. RSVP required to by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 14. Specify if you will attend both the presentation and briefing. WHEN: 9:00 a.m.WHAT: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) Discussion on "Health Care Reform: An Initial Checkup":- 9 a.m.: Panel discussion on "Costs and Consequences for Government Budgets, Labor Markets and the U.S. Economy" with Donald Marron of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Hudson Institute Center for Employment Policy; Scott Pattison of the National Association of State Budget Officers; and Thomas Miller of AEI- 10:30 a.m.: Panel discussion on "Will Health Reform Work for Employers?" with Robert Graboyes of the National Federation of Independent Business; Neil Trautwein of the National Retail Federation; Cori Uccello of the American Academy of Actuaries; Tracy Watts of Mercer Human Resource Consulting; and Joseph Antos of AEI- 12:15 p.m.: Keynote address on "Will Health Reform Work for States?" by Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., wdelivers a keynote address on "Will Health Reform Work for States?"WHERE: AEI, 1150 17th Street NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Veronique Rodman, 202-862-4871,; web site: NOTE: Register online: WHEN: 9:00 a.m.WHAT: The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Presentation on the "2010 OECD African Economic Outlook" report. Speakers: Mthuli Ncube, chief economist at the African Development Bank; Jean-Philippe Stijns, economist at the African and Middle East Desk of OECD; Jill Schuker, head of OECD Washington Center; and Martin Kimani, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council's Ansari Africa Center.WHERE: The Atlantic Council, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Susan Fridy, 202-785-6323; web site: http://www.oecd.orgNOTE: RSVP to with your full name and affiliation.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m.WHAT: Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on “The Situation in Afghanistan.” Witnesses: Defense Under Secretary for Policy Michele Flournoy; and Army Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of the United States Central Command.WHERE: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingCONTACT: 202-224-3871; web site: WHEN: 9:30 a.m.WHAT: House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on "Drilling Down On America's Energy Future: Safety, Security And Clean Energy." Witnesses: Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil; John Watson, Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation; James Mulva, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips; Lamar McKay, President and Chairman of BP America Inc.; and Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company.WHERE: Room 2123 Rayburn House Office BuildingCONTACT: 202-225-2927; web site:
WHEN: 12:00 p.m.WHAT: The Heritage Foundation Discussion on "Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam." Speakers: Brian Sussman, San Francisco meteorologist and author; and Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President of External Relations at the Heritage Foundation.WHERE: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Lehrman Auditorium, Washington, DC.CONTACT: 202-675-1752,; web site: WHEN: 12:00 p.m.WHAT: SETA-DC Book launch: "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future." Speaker: Stephen Kinzer, author and veteran New York Times correspondent.WHERE: SETA-DC Conference Room, SETA Foundation, 1025 Connecticut Avenue Suite #1106, NW Washington, DC.CONTACT: 202-223-9885x303; web site: www.setadc.orgNOTE: Please RSVP to
WHEN: 12:30 p.m.WHAT: National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon withPaul Steiger, the Editor-in-Chief of ProPublica and Chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will deliver address on "Collaborating and Competing in Journalism's New Era."WHERE: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Ballroom, Ballroom, Washington, DC.CONTACT: Melinda Cooke, 202-662-7516NOTE: RSVP to 202-662-7501 or; web site: WHEN: 2:30 p.m.WHAT: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on “The New START (Strategic Arms Control and National Security) Treaty: Negotiators." Witnesses: Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller, head of the U.S. delegation to negotiate the New START Treaty; and Edward Warner III, representative for Defense Secretary Gates to the Post-START Negotiations.WHERE: Room 419 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingCONTACT: 202-224-4651; web site:
WHEN: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.WHAT: Brookings Institution Discussion on "Turkey and Iran: Assessing the New Regional Diplomacy." Speakers: Stephen Kinzer, journalist and author of "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future;" Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy; Omer Taspinar, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the U.S and Europe; introduction and moderator: Fiona Hill, Director, Center on U.S. and Europe.WHERE: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.CONTACT: 202-797-6105,; web site: www.brookings.eduNOTE: Register to:

Life is too short - Why not try and live by the second... A guy is walking down the street and sees Little Johnny smoking a cigarette. He says, "Kid, you're too young to smoke." Johnny looks up but doesn't say anything. The man asks, "Son, how old are you?" Little Johnny says, "Six." Stunned, the man says, "Six!? When did you start smoking?" Johnny replies, "Right after the first time I had sex." "Right after the first time you had sex? When was that?" Little Johnny answers, "I don't remember.. I was drunk."

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Ayoub mzee with simon Hugh MP- The new deputy chair -Liberal Democrats

Global Fund Issues New Report

Friday, 11 June 2010
Geneva – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced its mid-year results which show that 2.8 million people with HIV have received life-saving Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment, a 22 percent increase on results reported in June 2009, reports. Global Fund-supported tuberculosis programs have so far provided 7 million people with effective TB drugs treatment. This is a 30 percent increase from mid-2009. Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among people infected with HIV; the World Health Organization estimating that one in four TB deaths worldwide is HIV-related. The Global Fund also reported progress in the fight against malaria, with a cumulative total of 122 million insecticide-treated bed nets delivered through its funded programs to families at risk of contracting the disease. This is a rise of 39 percent from 88 million nets distributed one year ago. As a result, 5.7 million lives have been saved. These are people who would have been dead, had it not been for interventions supported by the Global Fund. According to this calculation, every day, another 4,000 deaths are averted. With more than US$ 10 billion disbursed to more than 500 grants so far, the Global Fund currently provides around one-fifth of international resources to fight AIDS, as well as 63 percent of international funding to fight tuberculosis and 60 percent of international funding to fight malaria. “In less than a decade, the Global Fund has gone from an idea to a highly efficient tool to turn donor resources into lives saved,” said Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “We have made dramatic progress. No other area of development has seen such a rapid correlation between investment and desired results and impact as has been produced by the efforts of recent years to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. Every dollar contributed to the Global Fund goes to fund programs in countries. If donors provide sufficient resources, by 2015 we could virtually eliminate transmission of HIV from mother to child, dramatically reduce deaths from AIDS and prevent missions of new HIV infections, and achieve significant declines in TB prevalence and mortality.” Additional results showed that a total of 2.3 billion condoms have been distributed; 930,000 HIV-positive pregnant women have received a complete course of ARV prophylaxis to reduce mother-to-child transmission; 120 million HIV counseling and testing sessions have been conducted and 4.9 million basic care and support services have been provided to AIDS orphans and vulnerable children since the Global Fund started financing grants in 2003. The results reported today combine data from individual programs supported by the Global Fund in 144 countries. Measuring performance is at the core of the Global Fund’s financing system which only disburses money based on progress in reaching agreed targets. The quality of the data is assured through the work of the Global Fund’s verifying agency in each country and independent data and systems reviews. In October 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair a meeting of the Global Fund’s donors where they will pledge resources for the period 2011 to 2013. The Global Fund assesses that it will need between US$17 billion and US$20 billion to respond to demand from developing countries for resources to fight the three diseases during the coming three years. In May 2010 the Global Fund launched its tenth call for proposals from countries. Applicants may submit proposals until 20 August 2010. The Global Fund Board is expected to approve successful applications for this round in December 2010 at its 22nd Meeting -- initially for a two-year period, with an option to renew funding for a second three-year phase if the programs achieve targets. ************ The Global Fund is a unique global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to interanational health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the dominant financier of programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 19.3 billion in 144 countries.

Monday, 7 June 2010




Sunday, 6 June 2010


Italian Embassy, Tuesday, 8 June ,1-2pm
14 Three Kings Yard, London W1K 4EH

On 8 June, a charge of attempted rape brought by Ms Joy N against chief of police inspector Vittorio Addesso of Milan CIE (Centre for Identification and Expulsion) Detention Centre in Italy, will be heard in court.

In August 2009, Mr Addesso tried to rape Ms Joy N, a young Nigerian woman, while she slept in the detention centre he runs. Her cellmate and three other women intervened and stopped the rape.

The director of the detention centre Massimo Chiodini, from the Red Cross (which runs many detention centres throughout Italy), witnessed the attempted rape but later in court denied seeing anything.

A few days later there was an uprising in the detention centre against Prime Minister Berlusconi’s “Pachetto di Sicurezza” which brought in increasingly repressive immigration laws. Ms Joy N and the women detainees who had stopped the rape were targeted, beaten while naked by guards, and along with other detainees, put in prison for six months for rioting. One of the men imprisoned for this uprising committed suicide.

Ms Joy N is a victim of trafficking. She worked as a hairdresser in Nigeria and came to Italy to get a job but was captured and forced to work in the sex industry. The Nigerian Embassy has colluded with the Italian authorities and authorised her deportation. If Ms Joy N is deported she will face certain death by her traffickers, who have already killed three of her family members.

Ms Joy N said “I’m glad for all the international support we are getting about what is happening to us in this deportation camp. I’ve been suffering in here for one year. It is a very bad place, when I’m sick they take me to hospital for treatment but they don’t tell me what’s wrong or what they are injecting me with. The authorities are trying to destroy my life, they know that most of my family were killed by the people who trafficked me here, yet they want to deport me. But I refuse to give up. They should release me now.”

We are familiar with the sexism, racism and brutality of detention centres. Some of us went on hunger strike for up to six weeks to protest against indefinite detention and conditions in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre. As asylum seekers, including women who have been in detention, immigrants and non-immigrants, and people of colour living in the UK we support Ms Joy N and her demands:

· A residence permit and the protection Ms Joy N is entitled to as a victim of trafficking.
· If found guilty, Vittorio Addesso to face a sentence which takes into consideration his abuse of power and the seriousness of the offence.
· The immediate sacking of Massimo Chiodini, the Red Cross director of the detention centre, for failing in his duties to protect vulnerable people in his care and lying in court.
· An immediate investigation into widespread reports of rape and violence in detention centres, and an end to illegal deportations.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Peter Erlinder's Family and their Legal Team Seek Release of Peter Erlinder from Rwanda jail.Group travels to D.C. for meetings with State Department, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the United NationsPress Conference – 9:30 a.m.National Press Club, The West Room529 14th St, NW
Participants:Masako Usui, wife of Peter ErlinderDavid Scott Erlinder, brother of Peter Erlinder Sarah Erlinder, Arizona Attorney and daughter of Peter ErlinderDavid Thomas, Chicago Attorney Gena Berglund, Associate Director, International Humanitarian Law Institute of MinnesotaDavid Gespass, President, National Lawyers GuildHeidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Thursday, June 3, 2010 (Washington, DC) –
Peter Erlinder's Family and their legal team calls on the U.S. State Department and the United Nations to prevail upon Rwanda to release Peter Erlinder immediately. They are concerned about his health and the conditions of his detention.
Professor Erlinder, 62, is a faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law in the United States and president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Defense Lawyers Association. He was arrested by the government of Rwanda under the leadership of president Paul Kagame on May 27 in Rwanda in the course of his representation of Rwanda’s opposition leader, Victoire Ingabire.
Erlinder arrived in Kigali on May 23 to take up the legal representation of Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu expatriate who had spent the past 16 years in the Netherlands, but who immediately upon her return to Rwanda in January was regarded as the leading opposition figure, though her United Democratic Forces hadn't been able to register as an official party. The Kagame regime arrested her on April 21, and charged her with "association with a terrorist group; propagating genocide ideology; negationism and ethnic divisionism." As 2010 is an election year in Rwanda (now scheduled for August 9), the arrest of Ingabire may help Kagame once again avoid any meaningful electoral contest.
Prior to entering Rwanda, Erlinder called on the Rwandan government, the State Department, the U.S. Embassy, and UN agencies in Rwanda to guarantee his safety and that of his client.
Now Peter Erlinder's family calls upon the U.S. State Deparment, Secretary of State and the United Nations to secure the release of Peter Erlinder and his safe journey back to the United States.
Peter Erlinder discovered thousands of original U.N. and U.S. document at the United Nations office in New York that raised legitimate questions about Rwanda's official story about the 1994 genocide. See bin/library. From reading and sorting the mountain of documents he learned that the so-called “1994 genocide” happened during the last three months of a four-year civil war in Rwanda. During the war, “Hutu” Government repeatedly requested ceasefire because they lacked the military capacity to put down the civilian massacre but “Tutsi rebels led by Kagame” refused it. Peter Erlinder wrote, “There is no doubt that extreme violence swept Rwanda.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 1990 to 1993, Robert Flaten who testified on the UN-ICTR responding to Erlinder’s request, clearly stated “He had said throughout this period … that there were atrocities committed on both sides and that the invading army [led by Kagame] also massacred many people and that's a truth that needs to be told.” (MPR news Q, May 28, 2010) "Professor Erlinder has been acting in the best tradition of the legal profession and has been a vigorous advocate in his representation of his clients. There can be no justice for anyone if the state can silence lawyers for representing defendants it dislikes. A government that seeks to prevent lawyers from being vigorous advocates for their clients cannot be trusted. The entire National Lawyers Guild is honored by Erlinder's membership, his leadership as past president and his courageous advocacy." said David Gespass, president of the National Lawyers Guild."The offense Peter is charged with is not based on facts, but on the suppression of free speech in his representation of clients, which undermines the rule of law. His family knows he stands with people who are oppressed by those in power and he encourages people to stand up for justice." Masako Usui, wife of Peter Erlinder.
"The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) is outraged at the arrest of Peter Erlinder in Rwanda. This arrest violates the rights and privileges of lawyers in discharging their professional responsibilities, constitutes a willful obstruction of the judicial process and is in gross violation of the rights of defense of an accused person." Jeanne Mirer, President, International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Peter is a committed advocate who even last week assisted me in representing a Somalian client facing extradition from the Netherlands to the United States. I know him as dedicated lawyer who argues forcefully but ethically for the protection of his clients interests. His arrest comes as a shock and is an important reminder of the vulnerability of lawyers positions in some countries. Bart Stapert, Amsterdam Lawyer
For more information about Peter's position and political views, please see Peter Erlinder Jailed by One of the Major Genocidaires of Our Era the Monthly Review article by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, html
CONTACT:Masako Usui, wife of Peter Erlinder, 651-271- 4535Gena Berglund. International Humanitarian Law Institute of Minnesota, 651-208-7964Remain abreast of latest updates via Free Professor Erlinder Now on Facebook.

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