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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

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USGC Welcomes Gaibler as Trade Policy Director

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 aprile 2010

Floyd D. Gaibler has joined the U.S. Grains Council as director of trade policy at the Washington, D.C., headquarters office. In his role, he will work with government officials, members of Congress and the White House to address policy issues related to the export of U.S. feed grains and their co-products.  Prior to joining the Council, Gaibler served as Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that position, he provided leadership and guidance to programs administered by the Farm Service Agency, the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Risk Management Agency and major international and food trade issues affecting the Foreign Agricultural Service.  Gaibler brings more than 25 years of experience working on agricultural, food and trade policy issues in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. federal government and the private sector. Born and raised on the family farm in Farnam, Neb., Gaibler has an M.S. and B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska.  According to Gaibler, a priority issue for his work is educating the Administration and Congress on the importance of ratifying existing trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia.  “Colombia is critical. Due to the lack of ratification of the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, the United States is unable to compete on a level playing field. This is because of continued import duties on feed grains and co-products and trade preferences provided to competitors as a result of Colombia’s trade agreement with South American countries,” he said. “As a result, there has been a sharp loss in U.S. export sales to Colombia, particularly in corn last year.”  Gaibler said other issues he is working on include identifying and eliminating barriers affecting the export of feed grains and co-products.  “International trade is becoming increasingly complex and important in a global economy,” he said. “U.S. agriculture must continue to maintain and nurture existing markets, while becoming more innovative and pro-active in identifying and developing new potential growth markets and opportunities.” (Written by Jodi Kiely, USGC Contributing Writer)

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Honors Senator Edward Kennedy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 agosto 2009

The Woodrow Wilson Center was privileged to have hosted Senator Ted Kennedy on several occasions and we join his family and the entire nation in mourning his passing.  As noted by Time magazine in 2006, Senator Ted Kennedy “amassed a titanic record of legislation affecting the lives of virtually every man, woman and child in the country.”  His contributions to civil rights, health care, and education policy are recognized across the nation, constituting only some of the areas in which he exercised unparalleled leadership.  At the Center we particularly have an appreciation for another, lesser-known aspect of his gigantic legacy:  his path-breaking contributions to the defense of human rights in Latin America.  Following the 1973 military coup in Chile, Kennedy led the Congress in speaking out against human rights violations and working for the release of junta’s political prisoners.  Between 1974 and 1976 he sponsored a series of amendments to the foreign aid bill that terminated military aid to General Augusto Pinochet and directed economic assistance to those most needy.  He worked closely with the families of murdered Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his young colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffit, following their assassination in 1976 on the streets of the nation’s capital.  The former head of Chile’s secret police, the DINA, was subsequently convicted of masterminding the Letelier murder and other human rights crimes. Throughout the Central American wars of the 1980s, Senator Kennedy continued to be a leading voice on human rights issues.  He took an active role in support of the families of four U.S. churchwomen murdered in El Salvador in 1980, pressing the U.S. and Salvadoran governments to bring the killers to justice.  Later in the decade, when six Jesuit priests and two Salvadoran women were murdered in cold blood on the campus of the Jesuit-run Central American University, Kennedy was among a handful of congressional leaders—among them former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Moakley—moving to tie U.S. military aid to a swift resolution of the case.  The restrictions on military aid contributed to the pressures leading to a negotiated settlement of the Salvadoran war in 1992. Senator Kennedy’s voice and moral compass will be sorely missed.

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