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« on: May 24, 2007, 11:44:24 AM »
And then, there's not so good news.

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The United States appears to be cooling off to some key concerns at the G8 heads of state summit next month.

The United States is evidently not interested in an international consensus on environmental policy against global warming. Nor does it appear keen on new regulations to control financial speculation.

The U.S. government withdrew participation of treasury secretary Henry Paulson at the preparatory summit of finance ministers in Potsdam near Berlin May 18-19.

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Steps to curb climate change are the other major area of differences between the German and the U.S. governments. U.S. representatives have objected to numerous passages of a draft agreement prepared by the German government.

U.S. representatives want to avoid the proposed objective of reduction of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by 50 percent. They also object to making commitments to cutting energy consumption.


I didn't know where to post this... it's an 'international' thing. Rest of the World came closest to it.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007, 12:01:25 PM »
Well, we don't have an "imperialist world" category... $€£ (don't seem to have a Yen symbol)...

My articles on the Stasi-era repressive methods used against German protesters is in "Europe" because it deals more with the repression by the German state, though it does also touch upon the security mania around the summit.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007, 04:08:06 AM »
I found this thread, as we have a couple of comments on the G8 elsewhere.

Here is the site for the Alternative Summit

Don't have any news from my friends who are there, but I'm sure they don't have internet or even phone access. (Sweetie is a Luddite like me - no cellphone. Cellphones are called "Handys" in German - a madeup pseudo-English word). Friend K who is an emergency doctor - in REAL conflicts, so he'll laugh at the overblown coverage - is on hand, but friend A who is not only pregnant but in the process of moving house as she and her sweetie have found a bigger place for the three of them...

I haven't seen any photo ops yet of the great world leaders in silly outfits - don't know what a typical Rostock outfit would be. (No, NOT Lederhosen and Dirndl, those are from Bavaria, at the other end of Germany, and neighbouring Tyrol in Austria).

Do you think they will eradicate world hunger and AIDS?
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007, 06:51:09 AM »
Steve is sure to make us look even more like Bush's cup bearer than ever, although he will as usual have some competition on that turf from Tony -- for the last time, thank God.

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2007, 09:47:43 AM »
The babble thread on the G8, including several good links and an eyewitness report by Merowe, is well worth a read.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007, 01:49:56 AM »
Der Spiegel has short interviews with a cross-section of G8 protesters:

Why different people are protesting G8

Holy-Damn-It, a play on Heiligedamm, posters and paintings against the G8 Summit.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007, 09:29:14 AM »
The Alternative Summit's call (this text is also available in French, German and Spanish): http://www.g8-alternative-summit.org/

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G8 2007 – There are alternatives!
Support the international G8-alternative-summit
Rostock, June 5-7, 2007

In 2007 the summit of the eight richest and most powerful states in the world will take place in Heiligendamm near the City of Rostock on the Baltic coast of Germany. The politics of the G8 have triggered criticism and worldwide protest for a long time. During the 2007 summit in Germany this will be visible in its various forms. One important event will be the Alternative Summit to be held in Rostock from June 5 - 7. Anyone who is searching for alternatives to globalisation in its current form is invited.

Even though the heads of state and governments of the G8 represent only 13% of the world's population, they will nevertheless deal with questions concerning the world economy, development, environment, war and peace, as well as other issues which concern all of humankind. As usual however, priority will be given to satisfying national interests which are often narrow-minded and short-term.

This will not change in 2007. Revealingly, the German government has declared “investment
security” to be the leitmotiv of the summit. The current form of globalisation has produced and continues to produce many losers and very few winners.

One of those losers is social justice. Poverty and social polarisation are increasing worldwide. While the number of people fighting starvation has risen from 840 million to 854 million over the last ten years, the tiny minority of millionaires and the super-rich were able to double their wealth from 16 trillion to 33 trillion dollars. Another group that benefits from this type of globalisation are the so-called ‘global players’ such as institutional investors and multinational corporations. Simultaneously, poverty and social insecurity are on the rise even in most developed countries.

Another loser is the environment. The current economic model and the corresponding way of life is leading to a catastrophic climate change, destroying bio-diversity, and plundering the planet’s natural resources. The very basis for human life on this planet is being destroyed. And the politics of the G8, focussed on unlimited growth and unregulated market dynamics, severely intensify global environmental problems.

Peace and international security are on the losing side as well. More and more causes for conflict are accumulating incessantly. Nationalism, racism, fundamentalism, violence, terror, and war are once again being promoted. Instead of long-term conflict prevention strategies we are witnessing an increasing militarisation of international politics. G8 states are either at war, or in some indirect way involved in armed conflicts. Among the losers of globalisation, women are especially affected. Millions of people are forced into migration or sheer plight by miserable living-conditions. Alongside, the first world is increasing its fortification against migrants.

We cannot allow all this to continue! Globalisation in the interest of the majority of the people works differently. We want a democratic globalisation from below, globalisation of justice and social security. We want fair relations and fair trade between developed and developing countries. We want an economy based on solidarity. The economy must serve the people, not the other way round! We demand a responsible and sustainable treatment of our environment. We stand for peaceful and political solutions of conflicts.

There are alternatives to the politics of the G8. We want to present and discuss them in public. Also, we want to exchange ideas, and collectively work on answers to the many remaining questions.

The Alternative Summit will be held from June 5 (5pm) through June 7 (1pm). Additionally, there will be various connected events that will focus on specific topics. Interested organisations, networks, and individuals may register for holding workshops during the Alternative Summit. Contact: workshops@g8-alternative-summit.org, Phone: +49 (0)30 28041811
 
Initiators: Aktionsbündnis AIDS, Aktionsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (ABL), Attac Deutschland, BDKJ, BUND, Bund demokratischer WissenschaftlerInnen, Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED), Eine Welt Landesnetzwerk MV, Erlassjahr.de, FIAN, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Freier Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften (fzs), Gerechtigkeit jetzt!, Greenpeace Deutschland, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, IG Metall, Inkota, Interventionistische Linke, IPPNW, Landesflüchtlingsrat MV, Leipziger Missionswerk, Medico international, Misereor, Netzwerk Friedenskooperation, Netzwerk Grundeinkommen, Ökumenische Initiative eine Welt, Oxfam Deutschland, Pro Asyl, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Stiftung Nord-Süd Brücken, Terre des Femmes, Urgewald, Verband Entwicklungspolitik deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen (VENRO), WEED. International: Action Aid, FOE Europe, Focus on the Global South, Via Campesina
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Campagna per la riforma della Banca mondiale (CRBM) – Italy
CERAI - Spain
Confederazione COBAS - Italy
Councilor Peter Lavina - Philippines
édelyget Egyesület (Protect the Future) - Hungary.
International Gender and Trade Network
Ana Maria R. Nemenzo (FDC) - Philippines
Transform! - Italy
Transnational Institute, Netherlands
Union syndicale Solidaires - France

AStA Uni Rostock
Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag e.V.
Brot für die Welt
CONTRASTE - Monatszeitung für Selbstorganisation
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Duchrow
Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk EPN Hessen e.V.
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Koordination gentechnikfreie Regionen
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Ulla Lötzer (MdB DIE LINKE)
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007, 12:32:50 PM »
Looks like Harper has a new friend: CBC showed Harper and Sarkozy out for a stroll.

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007, 12:57:35 PM »
Harpo and Sarko? That's about as scary as our pairing of Margaret Wente and David Frum.

Who can be the best doormat to the Merkins? (Prolly still Harpo, because as Sarko is in France, he'll have to deal even with a lot of right-wingers nostalgic for la grandeur and all that who aren't quite as much into brown-nosing).

They chummily went out to a restaurant, rather than meet at L'Élysée...
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2007, 07:58:35 PM »
But Harper can't ever be the best poodle until Tony finally leaves.
Economics is a human creation, borders are human creations and nature doesn’t give a damn about these things. - David Suzuki

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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2007, 11:14:03 AM »
I think of Harper as more ferret than puppy.
If my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a tractor. -- Gilles Duceppe

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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2007, 08:04:13 AM »
Several people (including some I know personally) from a peaceful Drop the Debt NGO based in Belgium, CADTM, have been arrested in Rostock. Belgian and French citizens (nobody from Africa or other Global South countries, thank God). I have to go out right away, but I'll have more details later.

I haven't heard from my friend, but don't expect to and normally he is with his trade union, and I suspect the police will hesitate to wade in and arrest them (there are some "big guys" in the union - though not him).

It seems to be a big fucking mess, even according to the MSM. They have arrested a lot of people who have asbolutely nothing to do with any violence.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2007, 11:09:53 AM »
Here is the message from CADTM (a Belgian-based Drop the Debt NGO) about the arrests of peaceful protesters from their network.

Please send a message to the German ambassador (in Ottawa, except for Suzette, Belva and some others...)

(Cripes, there goes my German-language scholarship... Oh well, there is always Austria)...


Unjust arrests taking place to intimidate anti-G8 protesters
Several members of the CADTM network are arbitrarily detained in Rostock
 
As of yesterday, Wednesday 6 June 2007, 9 young men and women from Belgium (Geert from CADTM in Antwerp, Laurent A. from CADTM Brussels, John Vander Borre from ACC Liège, Emilienne Tempels from Indymedia Liège)  as well as the following CADTM network members from France (Jeanne Semin from CADTM Lyon, Sylvain Dropsy from CADTM Grenoble, Jérôme Ollier from CADTM Liège, Martin Dommenge from CADTM Brussels, « Zoul » from Survie and from CADTM France) were detained by the police. 5 remain in German policy custody.
 
They were arrested while they exercised their right to peaceful, not violent protest against the policies of the G8 with respect to developing country debt, war, migration and climate change. They were near the small town of Jennewitz, some 10km from the sealed area with a fence of over 2.5m created by the German authorities to protect the G8 meeting. They were not responsible for damaging any public or private property and threw no stones. The police will definitely not have found any weapons on them. They were just there to express their disapproval and to exercise their rights as citizens.
 
They have been detained in cells in an old Siemens factory which has been transformed into a detention centre during the G8 meeting. A number of them have been heard by a German magistrate. 5 of them are still in custody: Jérôme Ollier from CADTM Liège, Martin Dommenge and Laurent Atsou from CADTM Brussels, John Vander Borre from ACC Liège, Emilienne Tempels, member of Indymedia Liège.
Jeanne Semin was freed in the afternoon of 6 June. Sylvain Dropsy has been freed around at 11.30pm. Geert and Zoul were freed this Thursday at 7am. Among the five still in detention, it seems as though the authorities have said they will be freed on Friday or Saturday. They have also said to them that they will probably be tried (to be confirmed). Sylvain Dropsy, with whom we are in touch by telephone since his freeing from custody, has told us that he "had the feeling of leaving some sort of Guatanamo, a space where there are no rights".
 
As I finished writing this message, I received a telephone call from Emilienne Tempels's mother. Emilienne is also detained, as of yesterday, at one of the industrial sites in Rostck (Industriestrasse).  
 
They are all detained in Siemens building, Industriestrasse in Rostock (tel. 00 49 381-25276410 ou 00 49 381-25276411).
 
 
CADTM has been in touch with lawyers in Paris, Brussels and Liège. CADTM calls for the immediate freeing of people unjustly detained and an immediate stop to the repression of citizens who are peacefully exercising their right to protest.
 
If you would like to contact Sylvain Dropsy (CADTM member from CADTM Grenoble who is currently a trainee with CADTM Belgium), who is still in Rostock, contact: 00 49 163 40 649 45
He is preparing a statement.
 
In addition, CADTM is taking part in the debates which are currently underway in Rostock. Among them are: Victor Nzuzi, Congolese farmer and head of NAD-CADTM Kinshasa. You can contact him on 00 49 151 517 34 002
 
Eric Toussaint, president of CADTM Belgium. Tel :  00 32 486 74 47 52
or 00 32 4 226 62 85  international@cadtm.org
 
German lawyer : Karen Ullmann 00 49 40 99 99 39 06 (office in Hamburg)
Legal team in Rostock 00 49 38 20 47 68 111
William Bourdon lawyer in Paris : 00 33 1 42 60 32 60

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                                                                                                                      Liège, 7 June 2007
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
 
We have just learned of the arrest of several Belgian and French citizens who are part of the delegation representing CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt http://www.cadtm.org ) in Rostock (Heiligendamm).
 
From information received from our other colleagues on the spot, we know that these people were arrested 10 km from the fence protecting the G8 meeting, in the orange zone, and that they were involved in no violent action, nor causing any kind of damage. The police found no weapons on their persons.  
 
It appears that the German police are at present making completely arbitrary arrests with a view to preventing the G8 counter-summit, a fact that is totally inacceptable.
 
We respectfully request that you approach the German authorities without delay to obtain the release of the following people: 3 Belgian citizens – Laurent Atsou from CADTM Brussels, John Vander Borre from ACC Liège, Emilienne Tempels from Indymedia Liège – , and 2 French citizens – Jérôme Ollier from CADTM Liège and Martin Dommenge Abeau from CADTM Brussels. They are detained in Siemens building, Industriestrasse in Rostock (tel. 00 49 381-25276410 ou 00 49 381-25276411).
 
We also ask you to keep us informed of the steps taken and the results obtained.
 
We thank you in advance for your prompt action, and remain,
 
Yours truly,
 
Denise Comanne and Eric Toussaint
Managing Director and President of  CADTM Belgium
international@cadtm.org                      denise.comanne@cadtm.org
 
345, Avenue de l'Observatoire 4000 LIEGE Belgium http://www.cadtm.org
 
 
Eric Toussaint
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345, Avenue de l'Observatoire
4000 LIEGE
Belgique
http://www.cadtm.org
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2007, 01:12:14 PM »
Yet more on (mainstream) demonstrators vs police. Do check out the photo gallery of the demonstrators outfoxing the police.  :twisted:

And please write to the German embassy to protest the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. (see above post).

Police Use Water Cannon on Anti-G-8 Protesters

Though one protester does need his gender-consciousness raised!
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One protester dressed as a clown told Reuters that the demonstrators were there "to make sure their security is tight so that the eight dangerous men (sic) inside are not going to escape."
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2007, 01:40:04 PM »
He also needs an attitude adjustment - that was a most un-clown-like statement, not meeting the level of sardonic wit and trenchant political analysis that jesters do try to entertain.   :P  Though a valiant attempt.  :wink:

 

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