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The European Conference of Presidents of Parliament meets in Dublin

The Conference of Presidents is the political body in Parliament responsible for the organisation of Parliament’s business and legislative planning; deciding the responsibilities and membership of committees and delegations; and maintaining relations with other EU institutions, the national parliaments and non-EU countries. The Conference of Presidents consists of the President of the European Parliament and the political group chairs.

Dublin, Sept.23.– More than 60 Speakers or Deputy Speakers from the 46 member states of the Council of Europe and many partner, observer and neighbouring countries, as well as the heads of several interparliamentary assemblies, and around 400 delegates are expected at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament, PACEwhich is held every two years and will meet at 28-29 September under the auspices of the Strasbourg-based Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The conference will focus on three themes, each introduced with keynote addresses by three national Speakers:

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Peace advances between Israel & Saudi Arabia will go a long way to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict

«Now, in countless meetings with world leaders, I made the case that Israel and the Arab states shared many common interests, and that I believed that these many common interests could facilitate a breakthrough for a broader peace in our region ... I believe that we are at the cusp of an even more dramatic breakthrough – an historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Such a peace will go a long way to ending the Arab Israeli conflict ...» (P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu at UNGA, Sept.22)


>>>Read the full text of Netanyahu's 2023 UN speech<<<


Facing Empty Seats and Massive Protests, Netanyahu Promises Imminent Saudi Peace

  • The speech by Israel's prime minister focused on the threat of Iran and a potential Saudi-Israel normalization agreement.

United Nations, Sept.22.– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho at the General AssemblyNetanyahu stood on Friday morning in front of an empty hall at the UN headquarters to deliver his annual General Assembly speech.

Most world leaders and foreign ministers had left the city by then, and the silence was interrupted only by the clapping of a small group of loyalists – government minister, advisers, aides, and supporters – who provided a soundtrack of applause for Israelis watching the speech at home.

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Abogando por una más estrecha participación democrática

El pasado 28 de Abril, Pedro Gómez Martín-Romo ofreció en la Universidad Francisco Marroquin, situada en Ciudad Guatemala, una conferencia con el título: "Competencia Institucional Normativa: El Fracaso del Movimiento Liberal Libertario."

Sobre el tema desarrollado en una conferencia dictada en la Univ. Francisco Marroquín, cabe señalar que la representación política sirve como piedra angular del sistema democrático moderno, ya que sirve como medio de comunicación y conexión entre el Estado y la sociedad, dos dominios que generalmente se desempeñan en dos esferas relativamente separadas.

Muchos estiman con cierto grado de razón que este tipo de democracia está experimentando una crisis que incluso podría poner en peligro su legitimidad y manifestarse en la insatisfacción y desconfianza de los ciudadanos hacia sus instituciones y representantes políticos. Por tanto, los defensores de la democracia participativa presionan para expandir la influencia de los ciudadanos en la vida pública mediante el desarrollo de nuevas herramientas de participación política, lo que requeriría cambiar el paradigma representacional actual. Pedro Gómez Martin-Romo

El video de la conferencia ofrecida por Gómez Martín-Romo en Guatemala –que pueden ver al pie de este reportaje–, le fue suministrado a por Sergio M. London, quien firma el siguiente mensaje, titulado "Democracia, Conflicto de Intereses y Masa Crítica", que reproducimos a continuación:

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A better renewable source of energy

Science has not advanced enough to justify the forced replacement of oil and gas with renewable energy sources that imply a higher cost (if both the raw materials and its production and obsolescence are considered), which also suffer from collateral effects on the environment, such as those caused by dams and permanent deposits where worn parts, dead batteries, etc. end up. In addition, Electricity is needed to charge batteries. EVs aren’t necessarily as “green” as they seem. Instead, other viable renewable energy options are being discovered that neither involve high costs nor are they a source of permanent waste. The most promising renewable energy source seems to be synthetic fuels. It's not only that advanced hybrids promise to deliver far less pollution per mile, and don’t consume nearly as much materials to make them as EVs. It's because of the fuel they'll eventually use: Synthetic fuel.

Synthetic fuels — The next revolution? 

Up until recently, a carbon-neutral combustion engine was the stuff of dreams. Now it may soon become reality. The secret lies in synthetic or carbon-neutral fuels, whose manufacturing process captures CO₂ — thereby making a significant contribution to limiting global warming.

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New Jersey Supreme Court rules Catholic Schools can Require Teachers to follow Catholic Teaching

The seven-person court unanimously ruled in favor of St. Theresa’s and New Jersey religious schools in its unanimous decision on August 14.

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld a Catholic school’s ability to enforce an employee code of conduct in line with Catholic moral teaching and to fire teachers for violating that code.

The ruling in Victoria Crisitello v. St. Theresa School further solidifies the ability of New Jersey religious schools of all types to enforce moral codes of conduct in line with their religious practice.

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NJ Supreme Court Decides Catholic Schools Can Be Catholic

by Daniel Benson

■  The court’s unanimous Aug. 14 decision
marks a victory for all faith-based
schools in the Garden State.

Religious Education


After almost a decade of litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court reached the sensible conclusion on Aug. 14 that Catholic schools may require their teachers to follow Catholic teaching. That is crucial to the ability of Catholic schools to carry out their mission of training the next generation in the faith. But this decision isn’t just about Catholic schools. It’s also a win for all religious groups in the state.

New Jersey is home to all kinds of religious schools — Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Adventist, and others. As you’d expect, these schools often ask their teachers to follow a code of conduct to uphold the schools’ religious beliefs and practices. After all, parents rely on these teachers to help “train [their] children in the right way” (Proverbs 22:6).

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