- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2005

‘Czeched’ out

Czech Ambassador Martin Palous left Washington this fall after four years, during which his country moved closer to both the United States and Western Europe.

“During my tenure as ambassador, I have witnessed tremendous development in a few corners of the world,” he wrote in his last column in the Czech Embassy newsletter, “Czech the News.”

“In my own region, the Czech Republic and other central European states have become full-fledged members of the European Union, thus finishing off their effort of more than a decade to anchor themselves firmly into the most significant political and economic union on the planet.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United Nations. He lectures at Georgetown University on “Human Rights and the Vision of the Social Doctrine of the Church: The Perspective of the Compendium.”

• Nuraddin Abdulmannan of the Sudan Human Rights Organization, who participates in a panel discussion on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan hosted by the Greater Washington Jewish Task Force on Darfur.

• Nora Lustig, director of the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Center for Studies on Globalization and Development in Mexico. She addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on next year’s Mexican presidential election.


• The Dalai Lama of Tibet, who attends the annual Light of Truth award ceremony by the International Campaign for Tibet.

• A delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, consisting of Justice Minister Slobodan Kovac; Vaso Marinkovic, deputy chief prosecutor and head of the war-crimes office; and Michael Johnson, registrar of the War Crimes Chamber. They address the Center for Strategic and International Studies and hold a 2 p.m. briefing with congressional members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.


• Jose Maria Aznar, former prime minister of Spain and current president of the Madrid-based Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies. He addresses the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on challenges facing NATO.


• Angela Freimuth, a member of the legislature of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Robert Klemmensen, a political science professor at the University of Southern Denmark. They address a forum on terrorism sponsored by the Independent Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

• Mahnaz Afkhami, president of Women’s Learning Partnership and a former minister for women’s affairs in Iran; Zainah Anwar, executive director of Sisters in Islam and former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia; Asma Khader, general coordinator of the Sisterhood is Global Institute and former minister of culture in Jordan; and Rabea Naciri, president of the Democratic Association of Women of Morocco. They discuss about women in Islamic societies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Shirley Seng of the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand and Amihan Abueva, a Philippines lawyer and Southeast Asia coordinator for Asia Against Child Trafficking. They join a panel discussion at the Asia Society.

• Mariano Tommasi, director of the department of economics at the University of San Andreas in Argentina. He joins a panel hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank.


• Mohamed Charfi, former education minister of Tunisia, who discusses Islam and liberty at the Hudson Institute.

cAhmed Mohamed Kathrada of the African National Congress, who was parliamentary counselor to South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr. Kathrada addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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

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