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White House misspells Theresa May's name three times in schedule for visit with Donald Trump

 

The White House misspelled Theresa May's name three times in

an official schedule of her visit to the US, even as the Prime

Minister talked up the "special relationship" in a speech at the

Republican Retreat.

Staff in Donald Trump's administration missed out the 'h' in her

name in a document setting out the plan for talks on Friday,

including a "bilateral meeting" in the Oval Office and a "working

luncheon" following a joint press conference.

The mistake was later corrected, it was reported. Teresa May is

the name of a former glamour model and porn actress who

starred in films including Whitehouse: The Sex Video

and Leather Lust.

'Teresa' is also the Spanish variant of Ms May's name.

At a presidential debate in California in 2015 Mr Trump told Jeb

Bush, whose wife was born in Mexico, that "this is a country

where we speak English, not Spanish".

In fact, the US is the world's second-largest Spanish-speaking

country after Mexico — even ahead of Spain, with 41 million

native Spanish speakers, plus another 11.6 million who are

bilingual.

Much of the US is territory gained from Mexico in the mid-19th

century.

Ms May used her speech to warn Mr Trump and his party to

“beware” of Vladimir Putin.

Invoking the spirit of the Cold War, she called on the US and the

UK to engage with the Kremlin “from a position of strength” and

warned about the possible “eclipse of the West” if they failed.

But the PM also said the days in which the West seek to "remake

the world in our own image are over", citing the wars

in Iraq and Afghanistan and leaving others to remember David

Cameron's ill-fated foray into Libya.

She also pledged support to Mr Trump in the fight against Isis

and “Iran’s aggressive efforts to build an arc of influence from

Tehran through to the Mediterranean”. But she backed the

nuclear deal the new President has threatened to tear up.

The Prime Minister was speaking on foreign policy to US

congressmen and women who had gathered at the Republican

Retreat – with the party now controlling both Houses of the US

legislature, their support will be critical to Ms May’s drive for a

new “special relationship”.

You're Invited: Discover a Greener Future in Dubai 24 January 2017
         
You're Invited: Discover a Greener Future in Dubai 24 January 2017

Dear RCEM members,

ESCP Europe Business School and its Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM) are committed to speeding up the global movement towards a low-carbon economy. Hence we will be supporting the launch of the first Electrical Vehicle Road Tour (EVRT) in the Middle East, organised by Ben Pullen, Founder and CEO of Global EVRT and MSc in Energy Management Alumnus. We are very proud to support this project and Ben's vision to accelerate both the adoption of electric vehicles and the transition to a lower carbon economy.

The Emirates EVRT 2017 takes place from 29th January to 1st February and will see 10 electric cars drive around the whole of the UAE with fun and educational events along the way. As a sign of appreciation and gratitude for all your constant support, we are happy to announce that we are offering for free one place to two of our corporate partners, allowing each person to experience half the tour.

What’s included in the tour:

7 Emirates, 10 Electric vehicles, 700+ KM

  • The tour will unveil charging stations in Ras Al Khaima,, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai
  • The tour will showcase the best of electric vehicle technology and the region’s clean-tech innovations
  • The trip includes an electric vehicle conference, the event will be held at The Sustainable City, where the electric vehicle industry will be discussed in more detail
  • …and a lot more

More information about this fascinating initiative is available here.

There are many ways to take part of this exciting event by attending the finale even and electric vehicle conference, or an evening dinner event that gives you the chance to ride in a tesla electric vehicle, see the opening of brand new charging stations and hear from expert speakers on electric cars and sustainability. You can find more information about the EVRT here: www.emiratesevrt.com

In attendance will be the Dean of the London Campus, Prof. Simon Mercado, and Prof. Kostas Andriosopoulos, Academic Director of our full-time and part-time Energy Management programmes.

To celebrate the School’s achievements and the start of the EVRT event, we will be hosting drinks at the Sofitel The Palm in Dubai from 18:00 to 22:00 (GST) on 28th January 2017. This is the perfect opportunity to meet, strengthen partnerships and celebrate all our community has to offer.

To register, please click here.

Address: Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, East Crescent Rd, Palm Jumeirah.

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About ESCP Europe Business School

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ESCP Europe welcomes 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 different nations every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialised programmes (Bachelor, Master, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education). Visit us online at escpeurope.eu

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About the Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM)

The RCEM's Mission is to build a strong proactive partnership between energy corporations, government agencies, and the academic community, in preparation for a new energy era. This is achieved through the promotion of rigorous and objective empirical research on issues related to energy management, finance, and policy, in order to support decision-making by both government and industry. The results of RCEM's research become available to the public through publications, workshops and conferences, educational programmes and other public outreach activities. Research at RCEM is enhanced through direct cooperation with government agencies, and academic and industry associates from across the globe.

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A Lecture by Professor of Constitutional Law of Athens University Nicos Alevizatos in London (10 February 2017)

Chaired by Professor Alexandra Xanthaki Brunel University London.

Since the beginning of the previous century, traditional enemies of democracy and human rights in Europe, whether at the one extreme of the political spectrum or at the other, have been advocating a system of rules, based exclusively on power and refusing the law any self-existence. That is not the case with the new opponents of constitutional democracy, whose criticism is covert and selective: While they claim that representative democracy distorts the people’s will, they deny the universality of human rights. Migrants and refugees are their preferred target. In the last resort, they praise, if not the same, similar values with their 20th century counterparts.

Professor Nicos Alivizatos is a leading constitutional lawyer in Greece and holds a Chair of Constitutional Law in Athens Law Faculty. He has been teaching Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the University of Athens since 1980. As a practicing lawyer, he pleads before the Greek Council of State and the European Court of Human Rights.

In his academic capacity, he has been a visiting scholar at Stanford (1988-89), Princeton (1997) and Oxford Universities (2005). He is currently member of the Venice Commission.

His books include Les institutions politiques de la Grèce à travers les crises (Paris, 1979) and The Constitution and its Enemies, 1800-2010 (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2011).

Followed by Q&A, refreshments and networking. 

TIME, DATE AND VENUE

2.00pm Friday 10th February 2017  at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Council Room, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

Please join us for this timely discussion everyone is very welcome! The event is FREE register your place at: www.brunel.ac.uk/events OR www.ials.sas.ac.uk/events Any queries, please contact: corporate.relations@brunel.ac.uk www.brineurope.com @BRinEurope www.brunel.ac.uk The New Enemies of Democracy and Human Rights in Europe Organised by the Britain in Europe think tank in association with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

For Israel, more unknowns than knowns with Trump

Jan. 16, 2017

Israeli political parties usually hold their weekly meetings in the Knesset. On Jan. 2, HaBayit HaYehudi held its weekly meeting in Maale Adumim, an Israeli settlement town located east of Jerusalem on territory that Israel captured during the 1967 Six-Day War and has since occupied. The decision to move this particular meeting to Maale Adumim at the start of the new year constituted a bold political statement.

Education Minister and HaBayit HaYehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett and his partner in the party’s leadership, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, have been doing everything they can to make it crystal clear that the age of restraint is over and the age of annexation is about to begin. In keeping with this outlook, Bennett announced that he plans to submit a proposal to the government to annex Maale Adumim. Bennett’s ultimate objective is to declare the annexation of all of Israel’s major settlement blocs in the occupied territories and apply Israeli law in them while the current Israeli government is in office. Bennett announced, “By the end of January, we will propose legislation to impose Israeli law on Maale Adumim. I expect all members of the government to lend a hand to this important initiative.”

We are already halfway through January, and no such proposal has been brought before the government. One senior member of HaBayit HaYehudi told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity, “We still don’t know when we will submit the proposed legislation. It really depends on our talks with the [Donald] Trump administration. In any event, there is nothing to talk about until Trump is in the White House. Then we’ll see.”

No one can remember the last time that Jews waited for anyone — apart from the Messiah, for whom they have longingly waited since the dawn of history — with the kind of eager anticipation they have of Trump taking office. One Likud member jokingly told Al-Monitor that the people of Israel expect Trump to forgo Air Force One and come riding in on a white donkey, as Jewish tradition has the Messiah arriving. The Israeli right’s expectations in regard to the new president are sky high. They are waiting for him to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, remove the restraints on everything involving construction in the territories, stop talking about peace and a two-state solution and quietly recognize Israeli annexation of the settlement blocs.

This is why quite a few jaws dropped in Jerusalem when Trump’s designated secretary of defense, James Mattis, said on Jan. 12, during his Senate confirmation hearing, “The capital of Israel is Tel Aviv.” His statement struck the Israeli right like lightning on a sunny day. It forced them to contend with President-elect Trump not having called his nominee to order. The Israeli government was especially concerned when Trump remarked that he would be bringing people with different opinions into his Cabinet and that he does not expect them to change their opinions because of him.

The question now is what will happen on Jan. 20? Will Bennett’s annexation plan really take form and be fulfilled? Will a new US administration reverse course and change the long-established policies of preceding administrations? Right now, no one knows. Bennett has postponed his annexation plan until after the transition of power in Washington. After last month’s traumatic vote by the UN Security Council affirming the illegality of the settlements, even Bennett is not willing to take another chance and challenge Barack Obama during his final days as US president.

Opposing Bennett this time is Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of Yisrael Beitenu. Annexation, Liberman believes, will not help the settlement enterprise. It will only hinder it. All the talk about annexation will result in disaster for the settlement enterprise and should, therefore, be stopped. As someone who is trying to develop his own channel of communication with the new Washington, Liberman knows what he is talking about. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also rejected talk of annexation, at least at this stage, even though there is widespread, almost wall-to-wall support for it among the members of his own Likud in the Knesset. Both he and Liberman are trying to show a sense of national responsibility. They have no plans to upset Trump’s staff before they even settle into their new positions.

At the same time, disconcerting bits of information keep arriving. For example, a classified report says that the new secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, believes that there should be no significant change to US policy toward the Middle East or the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and that he has no intention of initiating such a change. As a foil to Tillerson, who is thought to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israelis are pinning their hopes on the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who wants the US Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Friedman has a home in Jerusalem and plans to work out of it if the embassy is not moved. According to information reaching Israel, this would cause quite a bit of trouble for US security forces, which would have to protect the embassy in Tel Aviv as well as Friedman in Jerusalem.

One group really trying to understand what to expect from the new US administration regarding policy in the region is the top brass of Israel’s defense establishment. They are trying to collect information on Trump’s plans, but at this stage at least, there are more unknowns than knowns. The cautious assessment of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is that the most significant change in policy will take place along Israel’s northern border, where the United States will align its policy with that of Putin in all matters pertaining to the war in Syria.

Such a policy would be quite disconcerting to the IDF and the various branches of Israel’s defense establishment. They are already groaning under the burden of the Russian presence and increased Russian activity in the region. Meanwhile Israel does not look positively on any strengthening of the Shiite axis from Tehran to Damascus and from there to Beirut. Liberman is sure to bring this up during his first visit to the Pentagon under Trump and Mattis.

When it comes to Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians, to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and to the possibility of annexation, Israel’s defense establishment prefers to wait until Trump formulates his positions. “There is no way of knowing which way he will go,” one senior defense official told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity. “It is our estimation that Trump himself has not yet formulated his own attitudes and positions regarding what is happening here. It is obvious that he has a natural tendency to be pro-Israel, and the advisers surrounding him are supportive of us. On the other hand, reality has its own influence and power. What this really means is that anything is possible.”



Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/01/israel-trump-bennett-annexation-right-wing-settlements.html#ixzz4W6w4LRIE

BBC :Turkey PM boosts Cyprus peace deal hopes in Geneva ­

 Turkey's prime minister is to join international diplomats at Cyprus peace talks in Geneva, amid signs of progress towards reuniting the divided island. UN sources said they had not expected Binali Yildirim to come, and it showed how importantly these talks were being viewed, the BBC's James Landale says.

The Geneva talks also involve UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Greek and Turkish counterparts. The Greek­ and Turkish­Cypriot communities have been split since 1974. In that year Turkish troops invaded, following a coup by Greek Cypriots backed by the generals ruling Greece at the time.

Mr Yildirim's presence does not however indicate that a deal is imminent, our correspondent cautions. For a deal to take effect it would have to win the support of both Cypriot communities in separate referendums. The UN, overseeing the negotiations, says it is the best chance to reunify the island after four decades of division. The goal is for the two sides to share power in a two­state federation. The Greek­ and Turkish­-Cypriot leaders ­ Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci ­ on Wednesday exchanged maps proposing territorial boundaries. It was the first time they had done so, according to the UN, and was hailed as an important advance towards a deal. New UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is attending the talks in Geneva, his first foreign trip in the role.

What are the sticking points?

Property: What should happen to the properties that Greek Cypriots had to abandon in 1974? Should they get the right to take their old homes back, or be compensated ­ and if so by how much?

Security: How can the security of the Turkish Cypriots be guaranteed if Turkey's estimated 30,000 troops leave? Greek Cypriots see them as an occupying force, so should some stay or should Turkey retain the right to intervene? Who would act as a guarantor of the deal? The EU, of which Cyprus is already a member, or the UK, which has two military bases on the island?

Power and the role of the EU: There is talk of a rotating presidency, but how would that work? And could a Turkish Cypriot president really represent the country from time ­to ­time at EU summits?

Territory: How much more territory should Greek Cypriots gain to reflect the fact that they make up the majority of the island's population? UN peacekeeping forces estimate that 165,000 Greek Cypriots fled or were expelled from the north, and 45,000 Turkish Cypriots from the south, although the parties to the conflict say the figures are higher.

Hope for a fresh settlement in Cyprus Cyprus country profile Cyprus deal 'difficult but possible' Turkey still has 30,000 troops stationed in the island's north. Britain, Turkey and Greece are guarantors of Cyprus's independence, which means they can step in if necessary to restore cons

Theresa May vows to correct 'burning injustices'

UK Politics Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to introduce wide ­ranging social reforms to correct what she calls the "burning injustices" in modern society.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said the UK voted for Brexit to change the way the country works and said she wanted a "shared society". She said the government has a duty to intervene, including in markets that are not giving consumers the best deal.

Her comments come ahead of a Monday speech on social reform. On becoming prime minister last summer, Mrs May pledged to lead a "one nation" government working for all and not the "privileged few". 'Injustice and unfairness' In the newspaper, Mrs May writes that a "shared society" means "a society that doesn't just value our individual rights but focuses rather more on the responsibilities we have to one another... with a commitment to fairness at its heart".

 "It goes to the heart of my belief that there is more to life than individualism and self­ interest," she said. "The social and cultural unions represented by families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations are the things that define us and make us strong. "And it is the job of government to encourage and nurture these relationships and institutions where it can, and to correct the injustice and unfairness that divides us wherever it is found... "From tackling the increasing lack of affordability in housing, fixing broken markets to help with the cost of living, and building a great meritocracy where every child has the opportunity of a good school place, we will act across every layer of society to restore the fairness that is the bedrock of the social solidarity that makes our nation strong."

Her predecessor David Cameron's "Big Society" agenda relied on voluntary organisations rather than state intervention. On Monday, Mrs May will use her speech to argue that previous administrations had focused too narrowly on the very poorest through the welfare system. She is expected to say that people just above the welfare threshold feel that the system is "stacked against them". Mrs May will say her vision of a "shared society" is aimed at tackling "both the obvious and everyday injustices" in an effort to "overcome division".