CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Goldman Room, Busch Hall
In his state of the Union speech in 2016, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced launching a White Paper on the Future of Europe, the Commission's contribution to the Summit of Rome of March 25, 2017. It presents five scenarios, planned as open and not exclusive: Carry-on, Nothing but the single market, Those who want more do more, Doing less more effectively, Doing much more together. The leaders of the four most relevant European countries: France, Germany, Italy and Spain, met in Versailles on March 6 and decided to deepen integration, including exclusively those members who have the political will to do so.... Read more about The European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe: Leaders Must Decide
A few years ago, the European Union began an investigation into whether Google violated its antitrust laws. Later on it brought charges against the company as well as open a new investigation into Google’s Android operating system. At issue was whether the company uses its position as the dominant search engine company to muscle out competition from specialized search services, specifically comparison shopping sites, by prioritizing its own Google Shopping search results. This issue was often percive in the US as a direct atact to its companies.
Recently the United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which acording with the company threatens the security of our customers. They opposed this order, considering that it had implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for a public discussion that will help the US public opinion and scholars to undertand EU Law system and Comission competences. We want the customers and people to understand what is at stake in the relation between global companies.
Among others the European Union and EU Member States agenda in competition and tax law, particularly in relation with NASDAQ big companies. Also, Tax evasion since it has become a hot topic in Europe again as years of recession or anemic growth drain public coffers. Several multinationals operating in Europe, including Google Inc. and Apple Inc., declare the bulk of their European revenue in Ireland, taking advantage of legal loopholes there to shift profits to even lower-tax jurisdictions. Although there is a willingness of the EU leaders to change the laws, small steps have been taken, which shows how difficult it is to effectively fight tax evasion at a time when countries are also competing for foreign investment.
The European Commission concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. The Commission can order recovery of illegal state aid for a ten-year period preceding the Commission's first request for information in 2013. Ireland must now recover the unpaid taxes in Ireland from Apple for the years 2003 to 2014 of up to €13 billion, plus interest. In fact, the tax treatment in Ireland enabled Apple to avoid taxation on almost all profits generated by sales of Apple products in the entire EU Single Market. This is due to Apple's decision to record all sales in Ireland rather than in the countries where the products were sold. This structure is however outside the remit of EU state aid control. If other countries were to require Apple to pay more tax on profits of the two companies over the same period under their national taxation rules, this would reduce the amount to be recovered by Ireland.... Read more about Europe vs. Google/Google vs. Apple
RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA
This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on signal aspects of the history, culture, and art of al-Andalus in order to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discussion that reflects on the current state of the field and helps trace new directions for future study. Speakers will present novel perspectives on significant historical figures such as Abd al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II, Alfonso X, Ibn Hazm, and Al-Ghazali, as they engage with topics ranging from the political concept of restoration in the Caliphate of al-Andalus, the role of the intellectual in defining the exercise of power in the field of cultural production, to the operations of objects as agents in the context of the discourse of the gift from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.
CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Rm, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
The Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lecture Series in Islamic history, social studies and culture was established at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 1964 with funds generously donated by Mr. John Goelet, himself a student of Professor Gibb. It stands as a memorial to Sir Gibb’s longstanding commitment to the expansion and deepening of teaching and research on the Middle East at Harvard and beyond. Professor Gibb was Harvard's Jewett Professor of Arabic. His distinguished publication record included Islamic Society and the West plus Mohammedanism, both considered classics in the study of the Middle East.... Read more about GIBB LECTURE SERIES: Scholars & Rulers In Al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor For The Muslims? Heraclius In Al-Andalus
The Castañé Collection, recently bequeathed to the Houghton Library, gathers together unique documents, photographs, and books that tell the story of the pivotal political and military events of the twentieth century. This lecture focuses on a selection of the unpublished treasures included in several albums containing photographs taken by soldiers in the long stretches of time when they were not involved in combat, which comprise more than 10,000 prints that provide a personal perspective on war, while sharing some common themes: landscapes, the civilian population, prisoners of war, soldier everyday life, military equipment, destruction, graves.... Read more about War and Photography in the Castañé Collection
RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA
Students began to debate competitively in the 1890s, with ad hoc debates between Harvard and Yale. A more formal association of Ivy League debaters began in 1908, when Harvard, Princeton, and Yale agreed to hold three annual debates, known together as Triangulars. Debaters at each college fiercely competed before their faculty members for the coveted slots. These were high-caliber debates: overflowing audiences watched each debate, and judges and presiding officers included university presidents, mayors, U.S. Court of Appeals judges, and even the former U.S. president Grover Cleveland. The debates were avidly watched by the public, even reported on by widely circulating newspapers like The New York Times. One Times journalist remarked in 1896, "It is generally as important to win this debate [Harvard vs. Yale] as to win the football debate in the fall."
The aim of the panel is to present the two most important cities in Spain by tackling, from the perspective of the city, the most paramount issues on the current agenda of cities, including: measures to combat Social disconnection from politics and institutions; how cities are contributing and can contribute to current migration and refugee policy (in the context of President Trump's executive order); the housing problem; social inclusion policies, etc.... Read more about The role of the Cities in a Changing World: How Barcelona and Madrid put citizens first
2017 marks the centennial of the October Revolution. We face this event in a unique historical moment. Globalization has shown the failure of its totalizing project. The discourse of a harmonious multicultural world sustained in the idea of the “end of history” is now contested by the disruptive re-emergence of politics. The cosmopolitan foundations of the European Union tremble; we see a sudden resurgence of fundamentalist ideologies inside and outside Western capitalism; information technology companies contest state power in unprecedented ways. These exigencies will be our starting points in assessing the rhetoric of emancipation established by the October Revolution.... Read more about Red Century Graduate Conference: What do we make of Revolution?