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A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 marzo 2017

European UnionRoma Venerdì 24 Marzo 2017, ore 14:30 Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Aula Magna Via G. Chiabrera, 199. Convention: “A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy” Following a Manifesto of more than 300 European intellectuals and academics, the Convention aims to frankly and openly discuss the perspectives to concretely and urgently relaunch the European integration process, trying also to share a common strategy with institutional actors, in view of binding commitments that should be taken during the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties, on March 25.
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EU security policy debate one year after Brussels terrorist attacks, 15.00 today

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 marzo 2017

terroristiMEPs will debate progress on the European security agenda since the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels with EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Sir Julian King, and Maltese Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg for the Council Presidency, on Wednesday at 15.00. Enhancing information sharing, combatting terrorism financing, preventing radicalisation and strengthening controls at the EU’s external borders are key priorities.In the past year, the EU has approved, inter alia, a directive on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR – which should help to trace terrorists), updated rules on counter-terrorism measures and new requirements to check everyone crossing EU external borders as well as new rules on Europol to allow the agency to respond faster to terrorist threats. Further initiatives in the pipeline include reviewing the Schengen Information System and the European Criminal Records Information System and establishing a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to pre-screen travelers entering the EU visa free.In September 2016, Sir Julian King was appointed as Commissioner for Security Union, a newly created portfolio.

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The election result was not decided in the Kremlin

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 dicembre 2016

putin-trumpWHY is it unsettling to see Republicans and Democrats squabbling afresh about Russian meddling in last month’s presidential election? After all, the allegation being debated has been known for months: namely, that in 2015 and again in 2016 at least two groups of hackers with known links to Russian intelligence broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, as that party’s national headquarters is known, and into the private e-mail system of such figures as John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, then released a slew of embarrassing e-mails to WikiLeaks. Before the election a joint public statement by the director of national intelligence and secretary of homeland security said that intelligence agencies were “confident” that the Russian government directed the hacking.All that has changed is that—thanks to reporting by the Washington Post and New York Times—we now know that the CIA briefed senior members of Congress before and after the election that, in the consensus view of intelligence analysts, the Russians’ motive was not just to undermine confidence in American democracy, but to seek Mrs Clinton’s defeat. Outside Washington, Americans (who mostly dislike President Vladimir Putin according to polls) seem to have shrugged off the news. President-elect Trump was cheered by spectators when he turned up in Baltimore to watch the Army-Navy football game, an annual pageant of patriotism.
And that is what is, or should be, so unsettling. Russian interference in elections across the Western world is a nasty virus (see article). Normally, America is protected by powerful, bipartisan immune responses against such a menace. It also boasts some of the world’s most sophisticated intelligence and cyber-defences, and when spooks tell the Republicans and Democrats who lead Congress and sit on the House and Senate intelligence committees of hostile acts by a foreign power, love of country generates a unified immune response. It is not kicking in this time.
The problem is not that all Republicans dismiss the claim that Russia tried to meddle in the election. Committee chairmen have promised urgent hearings. “We cannot allow foreign governments to interfere in our democracy,” said Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Senator John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters: “Everybody that I know, unclassified, has said that the Russians interfered in this election. They hacked into my campaign in 2008; is it a surprise to anyone?” The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes of California, said that he believes Russia is guilty, but then turned his fire on the Obama administration, blaming the president’s desire for a reset of relations with Moscow.Yet Republicans are not conceding a more incendiary idea: that, in what seems to be the CIA’s view, the authoritarian, anti-American government of Russia tried to help Mr Trump. Mr Nunes, a prominent Trump supporter, calls that “innuendo” based on “lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.” Others are taking the view that it is all very complicated and murky. “All this ‘news’ of Russian hacking: it has been going on for years,” Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a member of Republican leadership, tweeted. “Serious, but hardly news.” According to unnamed officials quoted in the Post, some Republican members agreed that Russia was a hostile actor, but then argued that logically this meant the government in Moscow would be more likely to want Mr Trump defeated.
AdvertisementDemocratic leaders, who are in the minority in both chambers of Congress, have responded by trying to embarrass Republicans into taking a bipartisan approach. The incoming Senate minority leader, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, called it “stunning and not surprising” that the CIA should charge Russia with trying to elect Mr Trump. “That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core,” Mr Schumer said in a statement. Others have thanked Mr Obama for ordering an investigation into what is known about Russian meddling, and expressed hopes that as much as possible of the probe would be made public before the next president’s inauguration on January 20th.The reasons for this partisan stand-off are not mysterious. Mr Trump has declared that the allegations of Russian hacking are simply unproven, and launched an attack on the credibility of the intelligence agencies that he will soon command without obvious precedent. Interviewed recently by Time magazine, Mr Trump said of the hacking: “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” Asked about his desire for a reset of relations with Mr Putin—precisely the strategy held against Mr Obama by Republicans—Mr Trump is unapologetic. “Why not get along with Russia?” he asked Time. The Russians are “effective” and “can help us fight ISIS.” Still more remarkably, a statement from the Trump transition office mocked American intelligence agencies. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” it read. John Bolton, auditioning for a job in the next administration, questioned whether the hacking was carried out by America’s government to smear Mr Trump.
Many elements of Mr Trump’s policies make thoughtful Republicans queasy to the point of misery, from his fondness for Mr Putin to his willingness to pick up the telephone and bully company bosses, as if he were a Gaullist French president. But many of those Mr Trump brought into the party are Trump voters more than they are Republicans, and they frighten and cow members of the party that he now heads.
Some grass-roots conservatives also see much to like in a Russian-style approach to fighting Islamic terrorism, if that means an unsqueamish willingness to back secular autocrats in the Middle East, and attack targets in Syria with indifference to who is underneath. Mr Trump is clearly tempted to do a deal with Mr Putin in which America applauds as Russian warplanes carry out a campaign promise to “bomb the shit out of ISIS”. The bet in Trump Tower is that the other side of any such deal, perhaps involving the lifting of sanctions on Russia, or a promise not to back any further enlargement of NATO, will be greeted by the American public with a yawn.There is of course no evidence of collusion between Mr Trump and Russia. Mr Putin’s fierce dislike of Mrs Clinton, who as secretary of state questioned the validity of the 2011 elections in Russia, is more than enough motive to want her defeated. It seems unlikely that last-minute leaks of Democratic e-mails changed the result. Most straightforwardly, a close election is over and Democratic leaders are not questioning the result. Does the squabble matter then? Yes. When the next president of America takes his oath of office in January, officers of Russian intelligence will think they pulled off a historic win. That this fact has divided rather than uniting the two parties that run the world’s great democracy should unsettle anyone. (font: The Economist) (photo: putin-trump)

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Strengthening European collective security/Renforcer la sécurité collective européenne

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

securityThis synthesis by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin presents the main analysis and recommendations formulated on the occasion of the second round table of our 2016 European Steering Committee, organized as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Jacques Delors Institute on 6-7 October 2016 in Paris. This round table focused on the issues of collective European security, was introduced by Élisabeth Guigou, Chair of the French National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Étienne Davignon, President of Friends of Europe and Belgian minister of state, and was chaired by Nicole Gnesotto, titular professor of the European Union Chair at the CNAM and vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Cette synthèse de Thomas Pellerin-Carlin présente les principales analyses et recommandations formulées à l’occasion de la deuxiéme table ronde de notre Comité européen d’orientation 2016, organisé dans le cadre de la célébration de l’Institut Jacques Delors les 6-7 octobre 2016 à Paris. Cette table ronde s’est concentrée sur les enjeux de sécurité collective européenne, a été introduite par Élisabeth Guigou, Présidente de la commission des affaires étrangères à l’Assemblée nationale française et Étienne Davignon, Président de Friends of Europe et Ministre d’État belge, et animée par Nicole Gnesotto, professeur titulaire de la Chaire sur l’Union européenne au CNAM et vice-présidente de l’Institut Jacques Delors.(photo: security)

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A united front for security, a united front for human rights

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 novembre 2016

viennaVienna. High-level EU representatives gather on 14 November in Vienna at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to find ways of furthering a more effective security union that integrates a fundamental rights approach from the outset.
“Ensuring the safety of everyone in the EU is of critical importance. Security measures can only work if they are respectful of human rights and work with and not against all the communities that go to make up European society,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “We very much welcome this opportunity to discuss ways of increasing our capacity to combat terrorism and radicalisation, while remaining true to the rule of law and the values of openness and respect on which the EU is based.”
“I am convinced that the only effective way to tackle terrorism is firmly rooted in the respect of fundamental and human rights. You need to have the widest and fullest possible support across the community for your efforts if they are going to work,” said EU Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King. “The best way of securing that support is to show that your efforts are firmly rooted in the respect of people’s rights. That’s what we’re trying to defend.”
The discussions are taking place during the annual meeting of the network of EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies, which is currently chaired by the Fundamental Rights Agency.
Agency heads are meeting Commissioner King, European Commission Director Generals and representatives from the European Parliament, EU Council and current and future EU Presidencies to discuss the implementation of EU security and migration policies. Participants will also give practical examples of agency cooperation and how their collaboration can further support EU institutions and Member States.

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Parliament endorses Sir Julian King as Commissioner for Security Union

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2016

european parliamentThe European Parliament endorsed the candidature of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union. He was nominated by the UK government after Lord Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.
Parliament backed the appointment of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union by 394 votes to 161, with 83 abstentions, in a secret ballot.The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee held a hearing with the candidate commissioner on Monday evening. You can watch the full recording of the hearing here. Parliament must be consulted before a replacement commissioner can take office (TFEU article 246). Now that MEPs have given their green light, member states can proceed with the final appointment.
As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermanns, complementing the work of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

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Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will quiz UK candidate Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2016

european parliamentStrasbourg. Based on the committee’s recommendation, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) will then decide whether to close the hearing procedure after which the full House can take a vote on Thursday. The hearing is to last three hours, starting at 19.00. It will be open to the press and web-streamed. The Commissioner-designate may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and a five-minute closing statement by the candidate if he so wishes.On Tuesday, Civil Liberties Committee Coordinators will meet (in camera) to assess the outcome of the hearing, after which the evaluation will be put to the Conference of Presidents (CoP – EP President and political group leaders). If the CoP deems the hearing procedure closed, the full House will vote on the candidature by secret ballot on Thursday at noon.As laid down in the Rules of Procedure (Annex XVI), Sir Julian King replied to a written questionnaire prior to the hearing. MEPs are particularly interested in his priorities in the areas of security, coordination with migration, home affairs and citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, and the implementation of current legislative instruments, in particular as regards information sharing among law enforcement authorities.

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Parliament to assess UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 settembre 2016

Strasbourg Monday 5 from 19.00 to 22.00. Parliament will evaluate Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King for the portfolio of the Security Union during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Civil Liberties Committee will first hold a public hearing with the candidate on Monday 12 September in the evening. The full House will take a vote on Thursday. Julian King’s candidacy was put forward by the UK Government following the resignation of Lord Jonathan Hill, who held the Financial Services portfolio. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced last month that he intended to allocate the newly created Security Union portfolio to the new UK commissioner. The Civil Liberties Committee will hear the Commissioner-designate on Monday in Strasbourg, from 19.00 to 22.00. The Committee will convey its evaluation to the Conference of Presidents and the full House will vote on Thursday.As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda of Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, complementing the work of Commissioner Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.
As laid down in the Rules of Procedure (Annex XVI), the Civil Liberties Committee sent a set of written questions to the candidate. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs are particularly interested in his priorities in the area of Security, the coordination with Commissioner Avramopoulos, and the implementation of current legislative instruments, in particular as regards information sharing between law enforcement authorities. The Commissioner-designate is expected to answer the questions in writing by 8 September.
The hearing before the Civil Liberties Committee will last three hours. Julian King may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and the candidate will have the opportunity to make a five-minute closing statement. Civil Liberties coordinators will meet (in camera) on Tuesday 13 September to assess the outcome of the hearing. The Committee Chair will inform the President as well as the Conference of Committee Chairs. The assessment will then be examined by the Conference of Presidents. The full House will vote on Thursday.

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Nomination period closed for Al-Sumait Food Security Prize, shortlist chosen from 49 applicants

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 agosto 2016

foodKuwait City. The Nomination & Search Committee of the Kuwait-sponsored Al-Sumait Food Security Prize has prepared a shortlist of potential winners from the total 49 nominations for the award that closed for entries on June 30, 2016. The applications and supporting documents of the shortlisted candidates for both the Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security and the earlier Al-Sumait Prize for Health Development have been sent to two separate evaluation panels each composed of three eminent international experts in the respective fields. The reports submitted by the members of the evaluation panels will be studied further by two Selection Panels, which will convene in Kuwait City September 19 -22. The Selection Panels will recommend the winners of the prize to the Board of Trustees of the Prize, which is planned to convene during October 2016. The laureates of both cycles of the Prize will be announced by the Board of Trustees.The annual Al-Sumait Food Security and Health Prizes, each worth one million dollars, are awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security and health across Africa. The prizes are open to individuals and institutions worldwide who have made significant research or development advances that can promote health and food security in Africa.
“The shortlists for both prizes represent an unprecedented level of effort and commitment to promoting health and food security in Africa that cuts to the very heart of efforts to help Africa deliver on its full potential,” said Dr. Mustafa Marafi, Acting Head of the Office of Prizes at KFAS. Announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit, the aim of Al-Sumait Health Prize is to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations. The prize celebrates the life of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa.The Al-Sumait Health Development Prize and the Al-Sumait Food Security Prize will be awarded during The Grand Reception at the Fourth Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea on November 22, 2016. (photo: food)

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David Scowsill closing speech

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2016

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourIn closing the WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, President & CEO, David Scowsill, called on the Travel & Tourism sector to show the leadership required to keep people travelling despite concerns over security and the movement of refugees.“The boundaries which we are trying to break become the borders that others are trying to build,” he said. “Let’s go further than we have ever gone before in championing and resolving the big issues of our age. Let’s claim the leadership position.”Travel & Tourism accounts for almost 10% of world GDP and one in eleven of all jobs on the planet, making it a powerful contributor to the global economy.“I see a sector that is growing at a higher rate than world GDP. One that is creating jobs. And one that is committed to the stewardship of the world’s natural resources. In an uncertain world driven by conflict, fear, climate change and resource scarcity, it is our sector to which governments can look for economic certainty”, he said.“Which other industry can be invited into the world’s great powerhouses and provide sought after advice in the fields of sustainability, innovation, job creation, and economic generation?” he asked.”
“It is now the role of world leaders to step up to harness the opportunities of Travel & Tourism and for the leaders of our sector to embrace that opportunity.” “The key issue we have addressed is the implication for freedom to travel of the twin threats of terrorism and the movement displaced peoples. Global problems require a global response. That is why we welcome the challenge laid down by the US Government for the public and the private sectors to work together, to improve radically inter-agency cooperation and the sharing of information across the world.” The WTTC Global Summit had seen contributions from over 60 people over the course of two days as Travel & Tourism leaders discussed the pressing issues affecting the sector today – notably safety & security, sustainability, and the influence of recent geopolitical shifts and technological developments.The 2016 WTTC Global Summit was hosted by Dallas CVB, with invaluable support from Brand USA, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Mexico Tourism Board, Sabre, Texas One, TravelTexas.com, United Airlines and the US Travel Association.Next year, the WTTC Global Summit will take place from 26-27 April 2017 in Bangkok, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand and endorsed by the Royal Thai Government.

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How to Protect Your Child’s Safety Online

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 aprile 2016

cybercrimeNowadays kids start using Internet at a very young age, but many are not yet equipped to understand the dangers of revealing too much information online. They are very quick and eager to use Internet-enabled devices, but lack the obvious know-how about online privacy and security, and are often eager to overshare. For example, Symantec, an online security company conducted a study in Singapore, which suggested that more than 1 million people in the country were victims to online crime last year. 20 percent of them said that it was their children who had downloaded a virus or malicious software to the parent¹s or family computer.Another danger is targeted attacks on children by cyberthieves, who pry on young netizens because their identities can be easily manipulated. Criminals, for example, can combine a child¹s Social Security number with a fake date of birth and address to open bank accounts, get credit cards or loans.As children grow, they learn the safe procedures of using the Internet and sharing information on social media. However, the time before this learning curve is the most dangerous ­ and it¹s when parents and educators could step in and offer guidance.
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Fight against terrorism: EU and all Member States must use all available means to deliver, Parliament says

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 marzo 2016

european parliamentThe European Parliament is determined to continue its work on a range of counter-terrorism measures to ensure the safety of EU citizens. Council and Parliament have already worked out agreements on issues such as EUROPOL, cyber security and data transfers for law enforcement purposes. There is a strong political will in the European Parliament to adopt as soon as possible the package agreed with the Council last December, which comprises the EU passenger name record (PNR) system and the Data Protection Regulation and Directive. Parliament therefore urged the Council to accelerate its adoption of the data protection reform to enable the Parliament to adopt the entire package already end of April.Parliament urges member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational.Attending today’s extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs meeting to convey Parliament’s support and sympathy with the Belgian people, Vice-President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) said:”Europe will not bow to terrorism. Our unity and determination to uphold our values and rights are only made stronger.European citizens rightly expect concrete action from their governments and the EU to counter terrorism. This must cover every aspect of the threat, from prevention to protection and prosecution, as repeatedly stressed by Parliament. There is no single solution to stop the terrorist threat.There is a strong political will in the European Parliament to adopt as soon as possible the package agreed with the Council last December, which comprises the EU passenger name record (PNR) system and the Data Protection Regulation and Directive. We are just as impatient as the Council to see the laws put onto the statute book. We have repeatedly stressed that the bulk collection of passenger data which the PNR foresees needs to go hand-in-hand with proper data protection standards.Parliament therefore urges the Council to accelerate the timetable for the adoption of the Data Protection reform to enable the Parliament to adopt the package already end of April.It should also be recalled that Parliament shortened the time member states have to implement the new rules from 3 years to 2 years, and that nothing prevents member states from starting to implement the new rules immediately so as to ensure the shortest possible delay before the system is operational. Several have already received funding for it from the Commission.Parliament is also working intensively on a number of security-related files to step up the fight against terrorism, including additional budgets and powers to EUROPOL, Cyber Security, enhancing checks at the external borders, reviewing legislation on firearms, exchanging criminal records and criminalising the preparation of terrorist acts.Parliament urges member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational. Are all Member States using the Schengen Information System systematically? Is the exchange of information between national police forces, the so-called “Prüm” Convention, fully implemented? A clear demonstration of political will and regular monitoring of progress is needed here”, Guillaume concluded.

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The EU needs a security strategy based on common interests

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 febbraio 2016

mogheriniEU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, during a discussion on the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Daesh, also known as Islamic State or ISIS. The formulation of such a strategy is urgent, as the dramatic events of last year, including the terrorist attacks in France and the migration crisis, have demonstrated. The community’s responses to these challenges have shown an alarming lack of coherence and strategic depth. In theory, the EU has had a security strategy of its own – alongside that of NATO – for the past 13 years. After the 9/11 attacks on the United States and the ensuing “war on terror,” the European Council accepted a European Security Strategy (ESS) in late 2003. Never a grand example of strategic thought, the ESS was subjected to what was deemed to be a thorough review five years later. It has now become obsolete.
The process of creating the ESS’s successor is being coordinated by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The European Union Institute for Security Studies is also at work on it. The process has entered the stage of consultations and negotiations with EU member states.After the 9/11 attacks on the United States and the ensuing “war on terror,” the European Council accepted a European Security Strategy (ESS) in late 2003. Never a grand example of strategic thinking, the ESS was subjected to what was deemed to be a thorough review five years later. It has now become obsolete. At this point, indications are that the EGS will neither be a detailed defense strategy, nor a foreign policy strategy, nor even a joint security and defense strategy policy. It will rather be a deepened and more specific version of the ESS. Operational and sector strategies, such as military defense strategy, could then follow as logical next steps.If Ms. Mogherini’s project proves successful, it could, in theory at least, be a step toward transforming the vulnerable EU into a more secure community of states. However, for that to happen, the EGS must not dodge one issue that is of critical importance to EU members: how they define their strategic interests.A lasting international security system can only be built on the basis of common interests; in difficult moments, mere joint values are insufficient. That is one of the key lessons to learn from the crises, internal and international, that have haunted the EU in recent years.The strategic security environment today is undergoing drastic changes. Before our eyes, the stabilizing systems created during the Cold War, such as the UN, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), are losing their effectiveness. Relative stability is giving way to destabilization in many areas around the world. On top of this, the financial crisis has undermined the economic foundations of security. New challenges and threats – global terrorism, cyberattacks, nuclear security asymmetries, hybrid warfare, migrations – are gaining significance. In a nutshell, uncertainty is increasing; the risks are growing.
In such conditions, a natural, defensive reaction occurs in nation states: hiding inside a shell of one’s own fears. The effect is “short-termism” and burying one’s head in the sand. Decreasing trust between members of a community undermines international organizations. These spiraling processes can lead to the “nationalization” of security policies in individual countries.
In this environment, there is a growing risk that an ineffective, or even counter-effective, international order will emerge. The result could be an anarchic, non-polar world with numerous, ever more unstable players, focused on their own problems and goals. This would be a medieval-style universe of chaos, full of conflicts between weakened powers, political fragmentation and ad hoc initiatives aimed at short-term gains: a world inherently unstable, operating in conditions of permanently high risk. (photo: mogherini)

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GranitePhone: A completely secured Smartphone

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 gennaio 2016

SmartphoneAs a result of an efficient collaboration (development completed in less than four months) between Archos Group (Archos and Logic Instrument) and Mirabilis (Sikur), the GranitePhone is entirely designed around Sikur’s security solution. The secured Smartphone is marketed by the Mirabilis Group in North and South America. Logic Instrument is a partner for EMEA.
Intended for users (consumer, professional and enterprise) wishing to protect the integrity and confidentiality of their communications, GranitePhone offers the highest level of security for voice, messages, data and instant messaging of all Smartphones available today.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee estimated annual losses resulting from cyber-attacks close to 400 billion Euros. Smartphones are increasingly being used as gateways for hackers accessing user credentials or reading sensitive stored data, even if the devices are not connected to the network.
Thanks to Granite OS, the operating system developed by Sikur, the 5-inch Smartphone offers complete protection. Users can’t leave the Granite OS and they are tied to the preinstalled apps. There is no way to download applications from an App Store or install apps from an SD card. This ensures that no malware can infiltrate the system. In addition, the disabled GPS Tracking improves user privacy.
“We conducted a bug bounty program for the last eighteen months and we are the only company worldwide that has not been hacked yet!” Kenny Holroyd, Director of Sikur, said proudly.Loic Poirier, CEO of Logic Instrument, stated: “We expect to have delivered a significant volume by the end of March and Logic Instrument will distribute GranitePhone in Europe. We are proud to participate in the development, the production and the distribution of this high-value solution which both demonstrates our technological expertise and broadens our offer to our customers”.Lightweight (142g), ultrathin, powerful and elegant, it will appeal to those for whom secure communication is paramount, without sacrificing technology and design. The Smartphone features a 4G LTE module, a 16 and an 8 megapixels camera, a full-HD display, an 8-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. (Photo: Smartphone)

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Kuwait Invites Nominations For Al-Sumait Prize For Food Security In Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 gennaio 2016

Kuwait today invited nominations for Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security in Africa, the second of its annual prizes to be awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security, health and education in Africa. Open to individuals or institutions, the closing date for entries for the one million dollar Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security is May 31, 2016. Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security will be awarded for a research project or initiative the Al-Sumait Board Of Trustees deem to have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas:
• Developing new varieties of seeds, crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically
• Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products that form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa
• Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weather conditions.
Formally launched at a meeting of its Board of Trustees on December 7, 2015, in Kuwait, the Al-Sumait prize was first announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit.
The avowed aim of Al-Sumait Prize, which celebrates the life of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa, is to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations.
The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and world-renowned philanthropists. Chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, it includes amongst its membership Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank, and Dr. Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, International Atomic Energy Agency Application forms for the 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security Prize must be received no later than May 31, 2016. The application forms are available on http://oe.kfas.org.kw/alsumait. Applications for the first 2016 Al-Sumait Prize – for Health initiatives in Africa – will close on 29th February 2016
Al-Sumait Prize For African Development is an annual award managed by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure development in the African continent. The prize has been named after Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who spent his lifetime dedicated towards helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education. The objective of the prize is the appreciation, recognition of the best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives, which have made significant impact and lasting influence in advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.

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The European neighbourhood and the EU’s security of supply with natural gas

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 gennaio 2016

ucrainaAs domestic gas production in the EU is falling, the EU’s gas import dependence will probably rise in the future. Security of supply is thus ever more important. However, the gas transit from Russia to the EU via the Eastern route is still insecure due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russia’s Gazprom together with Western European companies now plans to double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline with “Nord Stream 2”. This raises geopolitical questions on the Ukrainian transit route, but also legal questions on the regulatory status of Nord Stream 2, especially since Central and Eastern European Member States urge the Commission to stop the project by political or legal means. Given that Nord Stream 1 operates without any Intergovernmental Agreement and the German government backs the Nord Stream 2 project, the question remains whether the Commission would have explicit legal means to prevent the building of Nord Stream 2. To find a compromise between the diverging interests among EU Member States, Philipp Offenberg proposes, in this Policy paper, a bilateral agreement between the EU and Russia to find a coherent regulatory framework for all Russian export pipelines to the EU – the Ukrainian route, the Yamal pipeline via Belarus, Nord Stream 1 and potentially Nord Stream 2. In this agreement Russia should commit itself to a minimum transit volume through Ukraine.
Alors que sa production interne de gaz diminue, l’Union européenne risque à l’avenir de devenir de plus en plus dépendante de ses importations de gaz. La sécurité d’approvisionnement est donc d’autant plus importante. Toutefois, le transit du gaz de la Russie vers l’UE via la route orientale reste peu sûr en raison du conflit entre la Russie et l’Ukraine. L’entreprise russe Gazprom, en partenariat avec des entreprises d’Europe occidentale, envisage de doubler la capacité du gazoduc Nord Stream 1 en construisant Nord Stream 2.
Ce projet soulève des questions géopolitiques sur la route de transit ukrainienne, mais aussi des questions juridiques sur le statut réglementaire de Nord Stream 2, notamment depuis que les pays d’Europe centrale et orientale appellent la Commission européenne à stopper le projet par des moyens politiques ou juridiques. Étant donné que Nord Stream 1 fonctionne sans aucun accord intergouvernemental et que le gouvernement allemand soutient le projet Nord Stream 2, la question est de savoir si la Commission dispose de moyens juridiques explicites pour empêcher la construction de Nord Stream 2.Afin de trouver un compromis entre les intérêts divergents des États membres de l’Union européenne, Philipp Offenberg, chercheur associé de notre bureau en Allemagne, le Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, propose, dans ce Policy paper, un accord bilatéral entre l’UE et la Russie afin de trouver un cadre réglementaire cohérent pour tous les gazoducs reliant la Russie à l’UE : la route ukrainienne, le gazoduc Yamal via le Bélarus, Nord Stream 1 et potentiellement Nord Stream 2. Dans cet accord, la Russie devrait s’engager sur un volume de transit minimum via l’Ukraine.(foto: gas)

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemns stabbing of Jewish man in Milan

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 novembre 2015

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Laudercondemned the stabbing of a Jewish man outside of a kosher restaurant in Milan, Italy on Thursday, in what was believed to be a targeted attack.A Chabad man named as 40-year-old Israeli citizen Nathan Graff was stabbed at least nine times during the attack. It is not yet clear who the assailant is, but eyewitnesses have reported seeing a person appearing to be Arab fleeing the scene. “Violent attacks against innocent civilians are to be abhorred, regardless of their motive. If this indeed was a deliberate and malicious targeting of a man because he is identifiably Jewish, it is imperative that Italian authorities treat this incident with utmost severity,” Lauder said. “It is the duty of the Italian government to protect its citizens and to crack down on any forms of hatred or incitement. My heart is with the victim and his family. I pray that this was an isolated attack and that the Jews of Italy will continue to live in peace and security.”

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The case of multinational Poligrow

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 novembre 2015

colombiaPalm oil is used for everything, from food and household products to make-up and biofuel. In the last 10 years palm oil production has doubled worldwide. Colombia benefited by becoming one of the largest exporters. But at a cost. New research by SOMO and INDEPAZ titled ‘Reconquering and dispossession in the Altillanura: The case of Poligrow’ concludes that in a country where land disputes were a key driver of the civil war, and where territorial issues are highly contested, land-intensive sectors like palm oil risk creating renewed conflict and caution is warranted. The report shows how the company Poligrow has failed to operate with caution and has therefore contributed to human rights violations and instability in an already fragile context such as the Meta region in Colombia.
Colombia has witnessed land conflicts and civil war for more than half a century. A war that is rooted in unequal distribution of land, and rife with disputes over land control. Despite favourable reports of enhanced security and political stability, the country still finds itself in a fragile peace, where conflicts continue or are easily reignited; in many regions peace has yet to come.In recent years, Colombia has been actively attracting private sector investments in order to increase the economic development of the supposedly post-conflict country. The free trade agreement between Colombia and the European Union plays a crucial role in facilitating this foreign investment. One of these foreign investors is the Spanish-Italian company Poligrow, which settled in Colombia in 2008. Critics question the benefits of this agreement for Colombia, and stress the complexity of foreign investments in conflict-affected areas: ‘Foreign investments can only contribute to restoring peace if the investors take an explicit stand. They must stand up against inequality and promote employment, inclusiveness and sustainable growth. That is not what Poligrow is doing. Their activities in no way show that they have understood the regional context, the companies’ role in the fragile region and the history of land control’, says Anne-Marie Mineur, member of the European Parliament.Although Poligrow claims to have contributed to local development, the research paper sheds light on the many negative impacts of their operations. Though Poligrow might claim not to be involved in the conflict, in a context where different armed groups fight for control over land and drug trade, and where most of the land is disputed, it is impossible not to become – directly or indirectly – entangled in the civil war.
SOMO and INDEPAZ found many high-risk situations during the field work in the Meta region. These relate mainly to failures in community participation; lack of transparency of its complex corporate structure and tax payments; irregular situations in land acquisition, labour relations and environmental sustainability.The case of Poligrow thus shows how these booming large-scale economic initiatives, such as extensive oil palm plantations, can lead to an increase in land dispossessions and at the same time consolidate an inequitable, discriminatory and undemocratic economic model. These investments rather increase the instability than enhance stability, as they collide head-on with the root causes of the conflict: the unequal distribution of land.

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Catastrofe in Sud Sudan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2015

sud sudanLe agenzie ONU – Organizzazione per l’Alimentazione e l’Agricoltura (FAO), l’ UNICEF e il Programma Alimentare Mondiale (WFP) – hanno fatto appello alle parti in conflitto perché garantiscano accesso immediato e senza restrizioni nello Stato di Unity. Il nuovo studio Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) ha rilevato che almeno 30.000 persone vivono attualmente in gravi condizioni, esposte alla fame e al rischio di morte. Dall’inizio del conflitto in Sud Sudan, quasi due anni fa, è la prima volta che uno studio IPC registra il livello cinque (“catastrofe”) – il più alto nella scala da uno a cinque – per tutte le fasce della popolazione.“E’ il periodo in cui si inizia il raccolto, dovremmo quindi assistere a un miglioramento significativo della sicurezza alimentare nel paese. Purtroppo, in luoghi come le zone meridionali dello Stato di Unità, ciò non sta avvenendo e le persone sono sull’orlo di una catastrofe che potrebbe essere scongiurata”, ha detto la Direttrice del WFP nel paese, Joyce Luma. “La popolazione del Sud Sudan ha bisogno di pace, di cibo nutriente e di assistenza umanitaria, insieme al sostegno alle proprie attività di sostentamento per sopravvivere e ricostruire la propria vita”, ha aggiunto Luma.Se non verrà garantito accesso umanitario senza restrizioni, hanno dichiarato le agenzie, l’insicurezza alimentare potrebbe aggravarsi fino alla carestia in zone dello Stato di Unity dove nei mesi scorsi l’assistenza umanitaria è stata compromessa da violenze terribili e dall’impossibilità di accesso. Alcune famiglie sfollate dicono di sopravvivere con solo un pasto al giorno a base di pesce e ninfee.“Dallo scoppio delle violenze quasi due anni fa, i bambini hanno sofferto il conflitto, la malattia, la paura e la fame”, ha detto Jonathan Veitch, Rappresentante dell’UNICEF in Sud Sudan. “Le loro famiglie sono state incredibili nel cercare di provvedere al loro sostentamento, ma hanno ora esaurito tutte le strategie di sopravvivenza. Le agenzie possono fornire sostegno, ma solo se verrà loro garantito accesso senza restrizioni. Altrimenti, molti bambini rischiano di morire”.Lo studio IPC indica che 3,9 milioni di persone in Sud Sudan soffrono la fame acuta. Nonostante il numero di nuclei familiari in stato di insicurezza alimentare sia diminuito durante la stagione del raccolto – come previsto – esso è superiore di circa l’80% rispetto allo stesso periodo dell’anno precedente. Ciò è dovuto al fatto che anche la popolazione delle regioni non direttamente coinvolte nel conflitto ne subisce gli effetti di lungo periodo, assieme a quelli causati da precipitazioni irregolari, da strumenti di sostentamento in esaurimento, da alti prezzi alimentari, dal costo del carburante e dall’inflazione, in una condizione economica in generale degrado.Inoltre, l’IPC registra come la situazione nutrizionale complessiva rimanga critica, con la Malnutrizione Acuta Globale (Global Acute Malnutrition, GAM) tra i bambini al di sotto dei cinque anni superiore alla soglia di emergenza negli stati colpiti dal conflitto di Jonglei, Upper Nile e Unity nel mese di settembre, e a livelli elevati nel Bahr el Ghazal settentrionale e nel Warrap durante tutto l’anno. Il livello elevato è dovuto a consumo alimentare inappropriato, ad inadeguate pratiche di alimentazione per madri e bambini, al cattivo stato di salute e all’offerta limitata di servizi sanitari e nutrizionali.Le tre agenzie – che lavorano nell’ambito della sicurezza alimentare e della nutrizione – hanno avvertito che la drammatica situazione economica nel paese sta contribuendo alla crescita record dei prezzi alimentari, che condiziona negativamente il potere d’acquisto delle famiglie acuendo i livelli di insicurezza alimentare. Anche le aree prima non interessate ora mostrano i segni di un grave deterioramento, con ampie parti della popolazione negli Stati del Greater Bahr el Ghazal in stato di crisi alimentare.
“Le attività di sostentamento sono state gravemente colpite da tassi di inflazione elevati, dall’interruzione dei mercati, dai fenomeni di sfollamento legati al conflitto e dalla perdita di bestiame e produzione agricola”, ha spiegato Serge Tissot, Responsabile FAO in Sud Sudan.
“Inoltre, al termine della stagione agricola, alla fine dell’anno, ci si attende una produzione cerealicola al di sotto della media in Uganda, Sudan ed Etiopia, che condizionerà gravemente le importazioni di cibo in Sud Sudan. Se verranno create nuove modalità di sostegno ai produttori agricoli, agli allevatori di pesce e bestiame, la resilienza di queste comunità ne uscirà rafforzata”, ha aggiunto Tissot.UNICEF, WFP e FAO, insieme ad altri partner dell’ONU e delle organizzazioni non governative, stanno raggiungendo milioni di persone con cibo, assistenza nutrizionale e kit d’emergenza per le attività di sostentamento. Le missioni di risposta rapida convogliano l’assistenza in molte aree remote, che sarebbero altrimenti tagliate fuori dai soccorsi umanitari. Il sostegno rapido alla produzione alimentare contribuisce alla sicurezza alimentare di lungo termine per le persone più gravemente colpite. Le agenzie hanno fatto appello alla comunità internazionale perché fornisca le risorse necessarie a sostenere ed estendere gli sforzi di assistenza salvavita.

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Gianandrea Daverio è il nuovo Business Unit Manager per la Security di Dimension Data Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 ottobre 2015

daverioDimension Data annuncia la nomina di Gianandrea Daverio quale nuovo BU Manager Security della filiale Italiana. Grazie alla ventennale esperienza maturata nel mondo dell’Information Technology e del Networking, con particolare focalizzazione in ambito Security, Daverio è responsabile della Business Unit Security di Dimension Data Italia per quanto concerne lo sviluppo del business e dell’offerta e la gestione e il consolidamento delle relazioni interne ed esterne con partner e vendor, in linea con gli obiettivi strategici di crescita della società.
Gianandrea Daverio inizia la propria carriera nel 1995 ricoprendo negli anni vari incarichi (Account Manager, Product Manager, Security Solution Architect, Security Sales Engineer) per differenti aziende tra cui Atel Internetworking S.r.l., GFI OiS S.p.A., Tech Data Italia S.r.l. e Xenesys S.r.l.. Dal 2014, Daverio collabora con Lutech S.p.A. in qualità di Security Presale Engineer con l’obiettivo di supportare e sviluppare la proposizione dell’offerta nei confronti dei clienti e di coordinare i rapporti con i vendor, fino al suo attuale incarico.
Fondata nel 1983, Dimension Data è un fornitore di servizi e soluzioni ICT e, grazie alle proprie competenze tecnologiche, alla capacità di operare su scala globale ed al proprio orientamento all’innovazione, aiuta ad accelerare le ambizioni di business dei propri clienti. Dimension Data è un’azienda del Gruppo NTT. (foto: daverio)

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