- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 17, 2005

Science wins

Canadian Ambassador Frank McKenna cheered when federal judges in the United States overruled a lower court and lifted a ban on Canadian beef.

“Science has finally had its day in court, and justice for Canadian farmers has prevailed,” he said after last week’s unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appellate court struck down a case brought from the Montana-based Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, which tried to prevent the federal government from lifting the ban imposed in 2003 after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in Alberta.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who meets with President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley. Tomorrow, he addresses a joint session of Congress. He addresses a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday.

• Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who meets with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and addresses a meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American-Australian Association. Tomorrow, he meets with President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and leaders of the House and Senate. He is accompanied by Michael L’Estrange, secretary of state in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Peter Shergold, director of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

• Alikhan Baimenov, co-founder and chairman of the Ak Zhol Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, and Asim Mollazade, founder of the Democratic Reforms Party of Azerbaijan. They address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on political conditions in Central Asia.


• Maria Jesus San Segundo, Spanish minister of education and science. She meets with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican and chairman of the U.S.-Spain Council. On Wednesday, she visits the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and meets with Alex Azar, acting deputy secretary of Health and Human Services.

• Christian Schmidt and Reinhold Bocklet, leading members of Germany’s conservative coalition of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union. They will address invited guests of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation and the Hudson Institute.

• Natan Sharansky of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, who delivers the keynote address at a Freedom House forum on human rights in North Korea.


• Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who discusses security issues in the Gulf of Guinea with invited guests of the African Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who addresses the Council on Foreign Relations.

• Vice President Francisco Santos and Foreign Minister Carolina Barco of Colombia. They address a forum sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Oksana Chelysheva of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, who joins a panel discussion sponsored by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


• Mikhail Volynets of Ukraine’s Confederation of Free Trade Unions, who addresses Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


• Maj. Gen. Ashok K. Mehta of the Royal Nepal Army. He addresses invited guests of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Luis Carlos Ugalde, president of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute. He discusses plans for next year’s presidential election with invited guests of the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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