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Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
• Members of the National Assembly of Ecuador: Fernando Aguirre and Fausto Cobo of the Patriotic Society Party; Fernando Gonzalez, an independent; Cesar Montufar of theNational Coalition; Magali Orellana of the Pachacutik Party; Andres Paez of the Democratic Left; and Leonardo Viteri of the Social Christian Party. They discuss current political conditions in Ecuador in a briefing at the Inter-American Dialogue.
• Scholars from Pakistan’s Beaconhouse National University: Shahid Javed Burki, chairman of the university’s Institute of Public Policy Executive Council, and council members Ziad Alahdad, Jehangir Karamat and Parvez Hasan. They discuss Pakistan’s economic troubles in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
• Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
• Ollanta Humala, founder of the Peruvian Nationalist Party and a likely presidential candidate in 2011. He discusses the current political situation in Peru in a briefing at the Inter-American Dialogue.
• David Bakradze, speaker of the Georgian parliament; Irena Degutiene, speaker of the Lithuanian parliament; Michal Tomasz Kaminski, a Polish member of the European Parliament; Vytautas Landsbergis, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament; Avigdor Lieberman, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Israel; and Zbigniew Romaszewski, deputy marshal of the Polish Senate. They attend the Parliamentary Forum of the Community of Democracies to mark the International Day of Democracy. The forum will begin at 9 a.m. in Room HVC 201 A/B of the Capitol Visitor Center.
• A delegation from France with: Jackie Celestin-Andre, director of diversity at L’Oreal cosmetics; Rokhaya Diallo, president of the Indivisibles, which describes itself as a “militant group” that uses “humor and irony” to defend nonwhites in France; Alain Dolium, a candidate from the Democratic Movement in this year’s regional elections; and Khalid Hamdani, director of the Institute for Ethics and Diversity. They testify about minority issues in France in a hearing before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 11 a.m. in Room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building.
• Martin Redrado, former president of the Central Bank of Argentina. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on political and economic conditions in Argentina, as the country prepares for presidential elections next year.
• A delegation from Egypt with: Margaret Azir, vice president of the Democratic Front Party; Sayed El Badawi, leader of the Wafd Party; Samir Eleish, leader of the My Vote Is My Demand Organization; Usama El-Ghazali Harb, leader of the Democratic Front Party; George Ishaaq, leader of the Movement for Change; Ibrahim Issa, chief editor of Al Dastour newspaper; Sarah Mohammad Kamal and Mostafa El-Naggar of the Youth of the Egyptian Change Movement; Ayman Nour, a former presidential candidate; Mohammad Anwar Sadat, leader of the Development and Reform Party; and movie director Khaled Yousif. They attend the annual conference of the Alliance of Egyptian Americans.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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