May 08, 2013
MONDAY 20 MAY - UK REPRESENTATIVE OF GIBRALTAR
May 06, 2013
Funeral of Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, FRS
The Funeral Service of Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, FRS on Wednesday 17 April 2013
The final journey into history for Britain’s first woman Prime Minister
A cool mist hung in the air. I felt a tangible sense of occasion, complemented by the hushed and curious crowd gathered three or four deep. With heart beating fast, threading my way through the packed throngs I collected my ticket and noted Boris Johnson walking past in his unmistakable and distinctive way.
In the fitting surroundings of Wren’s masterpiece mingled the iconic political even legendary names of a past era,supplemented by others who were also players in that brief and special moment in time. Three former Prime Ministers, current heavyweights, such as William Hague and Ed Miliband, those contemporary to Lady Thatcher, Michael Heseltine, the would be assassin, the controversial Geoffrey Howe, Nigel Lawson, Michael Portillo, Liberals like David Steel , David Owen once co- leader of a once relevant party. Even those with a colourful past-Conrad Black and Jeffrey Archer. And those who were also part of the era, David Frost, Max Hastings, Maurice Saatchi, Andrew Roberts and Andrew Lloyd Webber ,whose legacy could well outlive the politicians there assembled-except that of the Iron Lady. Outside the cathedral and inside, a combination of the familiar and the unassuming, equal on the day and united in purpose. Full military honours and a gun carriage drawn by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
May 01, 2013
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina 22.04.13
OBJECTIVES OF FOREIGN POLICY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Quoted in his speech:
"Bosnia and Herzegovina is first of all a smaller country, than Western Balkan country, Southeastern European Country and European country in accordance with the whole foreign policy is formed and conducted.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is not imune on the processes of globalization and present world economic and financial crisis is factor which highly influances our foreing policy.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been authorized to conduct Bosnia and Herzegovina foreign policy. Promotion, representation of interests and, on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina, acting within international relations have been based on the provisions of the Constitution of BiH, legislation, decisions and viewpoints of Presidency, Parliament, Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina foreign policy is first of all transparent and in line with the following priorities:
• Preservation and protection of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina within its internationally recognized borders;
• Outmost priority is promotion of cooperation with neighboring countries – Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro on the basis of common interest and principles of equality, mutual respect and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. This also represent the permanent priority of Bosnia and Herzegovina foreign policy;
• Full and consistent implementation of the General Peace Agreement (Dayton-Paris Peace Agreement);
• Bosnia and Herzegovina inclusion into European integration processes, short-term membership in the NATO and long-term membership in the EU;
• Participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in multilateral activities, in particular, as part of the system of the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), etc.
• Promotion of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a partner in international economic relations, and promotion of the activities aiming at the admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the World Trade Organization (WTO);
• Promotion of interests and development possibilities of economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming important and the most significant foregin policy objective.
As Sir Winston Churchill once said 'There are no eternal friends or eternal enemies, only eternal interests'. For foreign policy priorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina visible through persuing the peace, stability, democracy, freedom and economic prosperity we shall no miss friends and interest."
March 21, 2013
Britain and the Making of Argentina, 11.03.13
Mr Gordon Bridger
AUTHOR OF "BRITAIN AND THE MAKING OF ARGENTINA"
Gordon Bridger was born and brought up in Argentina , 3rd and 4th generation British. Trained as an economist at the London School of Economics, and Manchester University. Served as an economist in Federation of Rhodesia and Nysaland then with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America before joining the Ministry of Overseas Development as a Senior Economic Adviser and subsequently Economics Director of country programmes. Author of How I Failed to Save the World and Britain and the Making of Argentina.
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March 19, 2013
Israeli Diplomat and Bedouin, 25.02.13
COUNSELLOR FOR CIVIL SOCIETY AFFAIRS, EMBASSY OF ISRAEL
Author of: A Shepherd's Journey, the story of Israel's first Bedouin diplomat
Born into a poor, traditional Bedouin village in northern Israel, Ishmael Khaldi grew to become Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat. In this short book, he tells a remarkable story of transformation, from his modest village roots to his triumph as a diplomat and voice of reason in the Middle East. His road has not been an easy one. From his early days as a sheep herder, to his schoolboy "fights" with Arab kids [fellahin= farmers], his terrifying first forays into the mysterious New York subway system, and his later remarkable friendships with secular and religious Jews and Muslims on two continents, Ishmael’s life has been full of adventure and pathos, humour and love. This is a story that will inspire, educate, and charm, told with authenticity and passion, as only a Bedouin can tell it!
Look up the website: http://www.ishmaelkhaldi.com
Ishmael Khaldi was born and raised in the Bedouin village of Khawalid in the Western Galilee of Israel. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa, and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Tel Aviv University. Ishmael served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Defense Ministry, and the Israeli Police, before being chosen to join the Foreign Ministry in October 2004, becoming Israel's first Bedouin Diplomat. Ishmael initially served in the Arabic Media Department acting as the Spokesperson to the Arabic media during the Disengagement from Gaza. He was then transferred to the North American Division until being selected for Deputy Consul General in San Francisco, where he was stationed between the years of 2006 – 2009.
July 2009- May 2010: policy adviser, foreign minister, Jerusalem.
February 2012- present: Counselor for Civil Society Affairs, Embassy of Israel, London