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BANGOR, Maine - Maine trade experts have been anticipating the outcome of the so-called Brexit referendum for weeks. On Friday, the world woke up to the news that UK citizens had opted to leave the European Union.
 
"I think this took everyone by surprise. All of the companies that I've been talking to in the UK were pretty confident that there was not going to be an exit," says Janine Cary, president of the Maine International Trade Center.

The Moving Wall
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The midcoast town of Thomaston is expecting an influx of visitors this Memorial Day weekend…who will come to experience “The Moving Wall.” It’s a 252 foot, half- size replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, and it’s on tour where Knox Museum serves as host.

Its called the Moving Wall — and for many visitors — its exactly that.

“It’s sad, he was looking for a lot of the guys that were in the service with him,” says Carol Michalski who is there with her husband, veteran Bob Michalski.

“If you see the name your remember him,” says Bob.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to a recent presentation of the World Affairs Council of Maine. The speaker is Ribal al-Assad, founder and director of the Organization for Freedom and Democracy in Syria. His talk is titled “Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created an Apocalypse.”

Introducing the speaker is Amy Holland, executive director of the World Affairs Council.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. representatives are proposing new legislation that they say will help create jobs by updating regulations that cause American airports to lose business to Canada.

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin say the measure would allow Cuban-bound flights to make technical stops at American airports for refueling and restocking.

Passengers would not be able to clear immigration or legally depart from the U.S.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and the University of Maine School of Law for a talk by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda of Zimbabwe on “Overcoming Food Insecurity: Ideas and Inspiration from Zimbabwe to Maine.”

For more on Sibanda and the talk, click here.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine, speaking on how the U.S. came to adopt a strategy of assassination, and why it failed.

For more about Cockburn and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, click here.

Having just returned from a trip to Europe, U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he’s concerned about the rhetoric emerging from the GOP presidential campaign that he says seeks to marginalize Muslims.

Briefing reporters on Friday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, King said that while the U.S. is not immune to a terrorist attack like the one in Brussels earlier this week, he believes that European countries are more susceptible.

All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Mr. Kingsley Moghalu, professor of practice in international business and public policy and senior fellow in the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

For more on Moghalu or the 2016 Camden Conference, click here.


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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker, Ms. Jennifer Cooke, is director of the CSIS Africa Program, which she joined in 2000. The program provides balanced and forward-looking analysis of political and economic dynamics within African states to better inform U.S. policy choices.

For more on Cooke or the 2016 Camden Conference, click here.


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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Ms. Kah Walla. She’s one of a new generation of African leaders: an entrepreneur, and a grassroots activist in Cameroon. In 2011 she was a candidate for president of Cameroon, challenging a political structure that has seen only two presidents in the last 50 years.

For more on Walla or the 2016 Camden Conference, click here.

All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Mr. Sangu Delle. Born in Ghana, where his childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Delle graduated from Harvard in African Studies and Economics.

For more on Delle or the 2016 Camden Conference, click here.

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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today we hear from the keynote speaker of the conference, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, West Africa correspondent for National Public Radio News, based in Dakar, Senegal.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport for a recent meeting of the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Bacevich, author and Boston University professor emeritus of history and international relations, speaking on “America’s War for the Greater Middle East.”

For more on Bacevich and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

With North Korea announcing it conducted a nuclear test of a hydrogen bomb, China, India, Russia and other nations are condemning the move. The U.S. says it has yet to verify the claim, but it also reiterated its stance that North Korea can't be allowed to become a nuclear state.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine.

In "A Policy for the Arctic Region," King reflects on various current issues, from expanded Arctic shipping to climate change politics and the U.S. Senate.

For more on King and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

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