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1. Wide of the exterior of Parliament House
2. Close of Thai new Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej getting out of car
3. Wide of Samak walking towards the media
4. Close of Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat Party candidate for Prime Minister
5. Mid of Samak talking, taking seat in Parliament
6. Pan of interior of the Parliament
7. Close of Samak talking
8. Various of MPs voting
9.Wide of an MP standing to announce her vote
10. Mid of MP in sunglasses, standing to cast his vote
11. Wide of the Parliament meeting session
12. Mid of Samak talking with another MP
13. Pan of Parliamentary staff counting votes
14. Wide of speaker of the Parliament pushing button, completing vote session
15. Wide of MPs standing up, zoom into Samak being congratulated by other MPs
16. Samak pushing through the media scrum, UPSOUND:
(Reporter’s question (English): “How do you feel?”
Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new Prime Minister: (English) “Normal.”
17. Wide of Samak’s supporter carrying banners reading ‘Congratulations to Samak Sundaravej for being selected as new Prime Minister’
18. Tilt from hands carrying roses to a woman’s face
19. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Atchara (only name given), Vox Pop:
“I like him. He has a good ideology. He has long been a good man. I know he will be able to govern. I know he can take up the Prime Minister’s jobs.”
20. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Sutha Sawangsri, Vox Pop:
“He is direct and articulate. He is good. Everything about him is good.”
21. Wide of supporters standing in front of the Parliament House
STORYLINE:
The Thai Parliament in Bangkok chose right-wing politician Samak Sundaravej as the country’s new prime minister on Monday.
72-year-old Samak easily beat the Democrat party candidate Abhisit Vejjejava, 310 votes to 163.
When asked by a journalist how he felt, Samak merely responded, “normal”.
Choosing an elected leader was seen as a key step to restoring democracy in Thailand following the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra.
But by picking a Thaksin supporter to the post, experts fear it may further divide a country that has struggled to regain its footing since the coup.
In December, Samak’s People’s Power Party (PPP), a new group backed by Thaksin, won the largest number of seats in elections.
The PPP formed a six-party coalition which gave it two-thirds of the 480 seats in the lower house and a lock on the prime minister’s post.
Bangkok-born and of Chinese descent, Samak began his political career in 1968 when he joined the Democrat Party.
Early on, Samak established his trademarks, a right wing ideology, a common touch which endeared him to the masses and penchant for speaking his mind no matter how controversial his comments.
One woman at a supporters rally on Monday said, “I like him. He has a good ideology. He has long been a good man. I know he will be able to govern. I know he can take up the Prime Minister’s jobs.”
Another admired his style, saying; “He is direct and articulate. He is good. Everything about him is good”.
Samak has held eight cabinet posts and served more than 20 years as a member of Parliament, but his detractors raised tough questions about his character ahead of the vote.
Democrat Pichet Phanwichartkul asked Samak what he is going do when he becomes Prime Minister, with his ongoing legal battles.
Samak has appealed a two-year sentence for defamation and is the subject of an ongoing corruption investigation stemming from the purchase of Austrian fire-trucks and a waste management contract when he was Bangkok governor from 2001 to 2004.
The installation of an elected government may bring some much-needed stability to Thailand’s turbulent political scene.

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SHOTLIST

1. Various of delegates standing for photo opportunity
2. Various of delegates at summit
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian President:
“Asia-Africa will be non-exclusive, conscious of nations living in peace and harmony, bounded in partnership, and conscious of its historic and cultural roots. It will be one society where our people will live in comfort and dignity, free from fear of violence, oppression and injustice, and will all be free from the clutches of poverty, and at liberty to rise to our full potentials. That will be the ultimate freedom.”
4. Various of delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English): Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General:
“For the sake of your peoples this is the time to be creative and to be bold. I appeal to each of you to come to New York in September for the the summit, and I ask you to instruct your representatives in New York to work energetically in the coming months to agree on language and decisions that will allow you, their leaders, to approve the historic reform and renewal of the United Nations.”

6. Wide shot of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on stage
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister:
“Poverty is the enemy of all, poverty breeds insecurity and instability, poverty breeds pandemics and disease, poverty breeds conflict and eventually terrorism. So today we can invigorate the Bandung spirit only if this summit ceases this golden opportunity to come up with a concrete set of recommendations to eliminate poverty through a new Asian/African partnership.”
8. Wide shot of Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf on stage
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani President:
“This summit, with its declaration of plan of action has provided yet again a blue print for translating our joint aspirations into measures that will benefit out peoples. Let me assure you that Pakistan will continue its efforts to strengthen the political, social, cultural and economic bonds between all our countries at the bilateral, regional and global level. I thank you all ladies and gentlemen.”
10. Various of delegates posing for photo opportunity

STORYLINE

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened the two day African/Asian summit summit by calling on all the attending nations to cooperate more closely, so people could “live in comfort and dignity, free from fear of violence and all be free from the clutches of poverty.”

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan used his speech on Friday to urge Asian and African leaders to back his push to reform the UN.

Annan said to more than 40 heads of state the developing world could benefit from plans to increase development aid and boost the world body’s role in protecting human rights.

Annan has proposed enlarging the Security Council to include more voices from the developing world.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called on his counterparts to concentrate on tackling poverty, calling it the ‘enemy of all’.

“Poverty breeds insecurity and instability, poverty breeds pandemics and disease, poverty breeds conflict and eventually terrorism,” Shinawatra said.

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan would do it could to strengthen bonds between his country and all others at the summit as well as the rest of the world.

The two-day summit in Jakarta draws together presidents, prime ministers and kings.

In all, 80 nations were represented at the 50th anniversary of the first Asia-Africa conference that gave birth to the “Nonaligned Movement”, which tried to steer a neutral course during the Cold War.

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Participan la ex ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Ana Palacio, y el director del Programa de Oriente Medio y Norte de África del European Council for Foreign Relations, Daniel Levy, analizando el papel de la Unión Europea en los conflictos de Irán y Palestina.

La conferencia, organizada por Casa Árabe y el Consejo Europeo de Relaciones Exteriores (ECFR), está moderada por la directora de esglobal, Cristina Manzano, y es presentada por Karim Hauser, responsable de Gobernanza de Casa Árabe; y Francisco de Borja Lasheras, director adjunto de ECFR Madrid.

Daniel Levy explica por qué a la UE y a los EE.UU. les quedan pocas cartas para jugar como intermediarios en un proceso de paz donde la solución de dos estados parece más lejana que nunca. La pregunta es saber si, dada la poca disposición mostrada hasta ahora por el gobierno israelí, la UE puede jugar realmente algún rol facilitador y dinamizador. Ana Palacio examina los últimos avances en las negociaciones con Irán, las posibles tensiones que pueden surgir entre el P5+1 tras los sucesos en Ucrania y las perspectivas para una relación de la UE con Irán más allá del dossier nuclear, tomando en cuenta el panorama regional y la rivalidad con Arabia Saudí.

Más info: http://www.casaarabe.es/noticias-arabes/show/europa-y-los-conflictos-en-oriente-medio

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About the Speaker:

Former British Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, was a Member of Parliament for Norwich South in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2010. In 1998 he was appointed as a Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, afterwards serving as Chair of Britain’s Labour Party and Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He was British Home Secretary between 2004 and 2006, having previously spent time at the Home Office as a Junior Minister with responsibility for policing.

He is visiting Professor of politics at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the European Council for Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Schengen White List Project, which is run by the European Stability Initiative. He has recently joined the Transatlantic Council on Migration.

About the Speech:

In his address to the Institute, Charles Clarke will discuss the findings of his recent report on the EU and migration. He will delineate recommendations in this field of policy-making in the EU, which is both “politically and technically very difficult”. He will discuss how Europe can better manage migration, the securing of the Schengen border, and migration and EU foreign policy.

This event is part of the Justice Group’s ongoing research programme on Justice and Home Affairs Policy

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André Wilkens at TEDxHamburg (www.tedxhamburg.de) with his talk entitled ‘Is analogue the new organic?’

André Wilkens is a Weltverbesserer (social entrepreneur) and author from Berlin, who works on European and international affairs, equality, climate change as well as for a more human digital world.

His recent book ‘Analog ist das neue Bio (Analogue is the new Organic)’ explores our wonderful and crazy digital lives, it considers the risks and side effects of digital, analogue alternatives, and what needs to be done so that our digital society remains human.

During his career, André has worked as Chief Strategist for Stiftung Mercator in Berlin, Director of the Open Society Institute in Brussels, Head of Strategic Communication for UNHCR in Geneva, Director for Public Policy Communication in Brussels and Turin.

André is an initiator and founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations, and the founding Director of the Roma Initiative. He is also a board member of Tactical Tech Cooperative.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Theresa May has officially taken office as Britain’s new prime minister, the nation’s second female leader after Margaret Thatcher. She vows to build a country that “works for everyone” and eyes “bold new positive role” for Britain after Brexit. Facing huge post-Brexit challenges, how would Mrs. May lead Britain walk forward? John Ross of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China; Mark Garnett of the Department of Politics Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University; and Josef Janning of the European Council for Foreign Relations discuss what lies ahead.

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Ignacio Torreblanca. Director de la oficina de Madrid del European Council for Foreign Relations nos aporta su pragmatica visión sobre las presidencias de la Unión Europea.

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The appearance of the J-31 raised concern about a potential arms race in Asia, as some of China’s neighbors pursuing the development of their own fifth generation aircraft I.e. India with their HAL AMCA and HAL FGFA, Japan with Mitsubishi ATD-X and South Korea with KAI KF-X or consider purchasing the F-35 and PAK FA.

U.S. military and industry officials believe that once the J-31 enters service, it will automatically be a match for existing fourth-generation fighters like the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F/A-18 Super Hornet. They suggest that the capability of the J-31 against the newest fighters, such as the American F-22 and F-35, would depend on factors such as numbers of platforms, quality of pilots, and capabilities of radars and other sensors.

USAF Lieutenant General Charles Davis has said that while the Chinese fifth generation fighter may have used stolen information from the F-35 program, it was unlikely to measure up to the American aircraft.

Stephen Biddle of the Council for Foreign Relations has speculated that the aircraft design was intended for domestic use, but found to be under performing and hence relegated to the export market.

Vladimir Barkovsky of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (formerly known as the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau) has stated that, despite some design flaws, the J-31 “looks like a good machine.” Although it contains features already in use on the U.S. fifth generation fighter designs, it is “not a copy but a well done indigenous design.”

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