- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2008

U.S. continues National Emergency

The U.S. extends the National Emergency with respect to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the continuing threat of further attacks for another year. The emergency, declared on Sept. 14, 2001, included the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency.

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Barbra Streisand sings at Obama fundraiser

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama attends a Beverly Hills fundraiser, including a performance from singer-actress Barbra Streisand. The event is co-hosted by DreamWorks studio co-founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Miss Streisand, who initially endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, also sang at fundraisers for the last two Democratic presidential candidates, Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry.

Wednesday, Sept. 17: Bush meets Panamanian president

President Bush meets Panamanian President Martin Torrijos at the White House for talks on bilateral issues, including the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, expanding free trade and enhancing security cooperation.

Thursday, Sept. 18:George H.W. Bush presents Liberty Medal to Gorbachev

The 2008 Liberty Medal will be presented to Mikhail Gorbachev for his role in helping end the Cold War. Presented by former President George H.W. Bush, who led the U.S. at the time of the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The medal is awarded to those who have “demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty” and is accompanied by a $100,000 prize.

Saturday, Sept. 20: Bush meets Colombian president

President Bush meets Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at the White House for talks on bilateral issues, including the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. President Bush has previously declared strong support for Mr. Uribe’s campaign against Colombia’s armed groups, especially FARC.

INTERNATIONAL

Monday, Sept. 15: 9/11 suspects expected to go on trial at Guantanamo Bay

Suspected al Qaeda members, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, go on trial at the U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. They are accused of organizing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mohammed and four co-defendants, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi and Walid bin Attash, face 2,973 counts of murder, one for each person killed. If convicted, the defendants could face the death penalty.

Tuesday, Sept. 16:Petraeus hands over control of U.S. forces in Iraq

Gen. David H. Petraeus hands over control of U.S. forces in Iraq to his replacement, Gen. Raymond Odierno. Gen. Petraeus is credited with helping to improve security in the country after the troop “surge” last year. He leaves to take command of U.S. Central Command with responsibility in areas of the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia. He will succeed Adm. William Fallon, who resigned in March.

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Israel’s ruling party leadership election

The ruling Kadima Party holds an internal leadership election after the opposition Labor Party struck a deal to salvage its fragile coalition government by withdrawing its support for disbanding parliament. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said he will not stand for re-election because of recent investigations into reported financial wrongdoing, though he maintains his innocence. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is the favorite to replace him.

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Radovan Karadzic war-crimes hearing at The Hague

The third hearing at the U.N. tribunal for war crimes and genocide in The Hague for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was arrested in Serbia in July. He refused to enter a plea at an August hearing on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1990s Balkans conflict, including the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica - the worst atrocity in Europe since WWII. Not-guilty pleas were automatically entered for him.

REGIONAL

Wednesday, Sept. 17: Ronald Reagan Freedom Award presented to Natan Sharansky

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation honors former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award for promoting the cause of freedom. The award will be presented by former first lady Nancy Reagan, with special presentations by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Previous recipients include Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Yitzhak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel;former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; the Rev. Billy Graham; Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York; and former President George H.W. Bush.

Friday, Sept. 19: Ryder Cup

The U.S. team, captained by Paul Azinger, will face off against a European team defending the trophy it won two years ago in Ireland. Azinger’s old rival, Nick Faldo, leads the European team. A radical new selection process doubled the number of captain’s picks to four and reduced the qualifying period to a few months rather than 15, changes intended to get the hottest players on the team. The U.S. is without the services of Tiger Woods, who is sidelined by leg injuries.

Thursday, Sept. 18: Presidential forum in New Orleans

Presidential nominee forum with Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. The forum is hosted by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Google, YouTube and a New Orleans Consortium, made up of Women of the Storm with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University. The first official debate hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates is Sept. 26.

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