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  • Autofill mistake exposes Obama's passport data

    03/30/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/30/15 | Corey Bennett
    An Australian government official made the mistake that is every office workers’ nightmare: an autofill mistake causing an email to go to the wrong person. Except in this person’s case, the mistaken email exposed the personal details of 31 world leaders, including President Barack Obama. “The cause of the breach was human error,” said an email sent to the Australian privacy commissioner and obtained by The Guardian under freedom of information laws... excerptedThe exposed data included not only names and dates of birth, but passport numbers and visa details as well. On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz...
  • Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

    03/30/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 30, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime...
  • Euro Falls To Near 1-Year Low Vs Dollar On Greece Worries

    04/23/2010 12:23:53 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 4/23/2010 | Andrew Monahan
    1:43 a.m. Concerns that the Group of 20 industrialized and developed nations may not come up with an effective plan to address Greece's debt problems prodded short-term investors to sell the euro in Asia Friday, sending the currency to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a year. In morning trade in Japan, the euro dropped to $1.3201, its lowest level since April 30, 2009. Dealers said mounting anxiety that Greece could default on its debt may drag the common currency below $1.3000 next week. The focus throughout Asian trading was on the possible outcome of discussions among top...
  • Moody's Say's cheaper Oil WILL NOT boost global growth...

    02/12/2015 10:25:53 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    Moody's Say's Cheaper Oil WILL NOT Boost Global Growth... What have I been saying all along... Someone should tell the morons at CNBC... Lower oil prices will fail to give a "significant boost" to global growth in the next two years, Moody's has said. The ratings agency said any boost from cheaper oil would be offset by the eurozone's economic woes as well as slowdowns in China, Japan and Russia. As a result, Moody's said it would not be revising its growth forecasts for the G20 countries. "For the G20 economies, we expect GDP growth of just under 3% each...
  • Currency warriors get a boost at G-20 meeting

    02/11/2015 8:01:41 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 02/11/2015 | Ian
    ISTANBUL--The world's top finance leaders on Tuesday in effect backed currency depreciation as a tool for promoting growth by signaling strong support for aggressive easy-money policies aimed at boosting the fragile global economy. The support by finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 largest economies for mass monetary easing--policies that have weakened exchange rates from Europe to Japan--is at odds with the traditional view that currency depreciation could have damaging effects on other economies. It also reflects worry that economies in much of the world could get stuck in a low-growth rut without decisive cash injections from...
  • John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

    11/25/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    observer.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Kevin B. Sanders
    US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to...
  • Whilst the West Focuses on the Middle East, Putin Plots His Way to World War Three

    11/18/2014 8:44:28 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Under the punned headline “No wonder Vladimir Putin was Russian to leave the G20 summit,” the Daily Mail told of how he had eaten lunch alone, and of how commentators had joked that Mr Putin had been ‘relegated to Siberia’ in the ‘family photo’ of world leaders. It concluded that Mr Putin had fled the summit after a “stern” discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which Cameron told Putin that he was “at a crossroads”. Sounding wearily schoolmaster-ish, Cameron later commented “There's a real choice here, there's a different and better way for Russia to behave that could...
  • Obama’s global-warming propaganda Down Under

    11/19/2014 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob Carter and Tom Harris
    The focus of the 2014 Group of 20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was on stimulating economic growth across the industrialized world. Thanks, though, to President Obama’s grandstanding and attempted sabotage of the agenda as laid out by the host country, climate change also came to prominence. For several months prior to the G-20, and despite strong Australian resistance, radical environmental groups had been lobbying for inclusion of global-warming issues on the meeting’s agenda. Mr. Obama was happy to oblige them. His endorsement of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change just before the G-20 was a signal that he...
  • G20 host’s fury over Barack Obama jab on climate and coal

    11/18/2014 1:47:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th November 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE Queensland government, as host of last weekend’s G20 ­summit, is incensed over what it sees as an ill-informed, insulting speech from Barack Obama about climate change, the Great Barrier Reef and coal. Federal Coalition members are also angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil. Tony Abbott told the G20 session that the “four-fifths”...
  • The Greatest Revelation of G20 Summit

    11/18/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by se99tp · 2 replies
    CCD Report ^ | November 18th, 2014
    (…) While Putin was sitting alone at the table, the other tyrant (not elected in democratic elections) was warmly received, accepted if not worshipped. Current First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (It is worthy to note that Prime Minister Abbot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not even dare to utter his full communist title in their public statements) enjoyed their company. Comrade Xi, as he should be known, not one time declared that the Western democratic values can not be reconciled with Marxism-Leninism. Comrade Xi preaches “Chinese Dream” that is another disinformation term to conceal the totalitarian...
  • WARNING Bank Deposits Will Soon No Longer Be Considered Money But Paper Investments

    11/16/2014 7:23:09 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 88 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    This weekend the G20 nations will convene in Brisbane, Australia to conclude a week of Asian festivities that began in Beijing for the developed countries and major economies. And on Sunday, the biggest deal of the week will be made as the G20 will formally announce new banking rules that are expected to send shock waves to anyone holding a checking, savings, or money market account in a financial institution. On Nov. 16, the G20 will implement a new policy that makes bank deposits on par with paper investments, subjecting account holders to declines that one might experience from holding...
  • Tony Abbott snubs Barack Obama’s climate fund demand (Australia)

    11/16/2014 7:06:14 PM PST · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (AUS) ^ | 11/17/2014 | Simon Benson, Daniel Meers
    TONY Abbott has foiled Barack Obama’s attempt to hijack the G20 with climate change, refusing to put a cent into the US President’s push for a $10 billion global green climate fund. And as chair of the G20, he succeeded in ensuring global economic growth and job creation was at the top of the final declaration yesterday, delivering a blow to Mr Obama’s attempts to elevate climate change to a first order issue .... ... Mr Abbott refused to allow the final communiqué to include a binding requirement that all G20 nations commit to the Green Climate Fund announced by...
  • Putin leaves Brisbane 'to catch up on sleep'

    11/16/2014 1:24:02 PM PST · by familyop · 13 replies
    Indo Asian News Service by way of Yahoo News ^ | 16NOV14 | Indo Asian News Service
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday left Brisbane citing a need to "catch up on sleep", after the Kremlin played down reports that he was leaving due to the cold reception given to him by other world leaders over Ukraine....The Russian leader said he explained...Despite Abbott's shirtfront threat setting the scene for the two leader's encounter in Australia, President Putin departed praising him...conservative world leaders, including Britain's David Cameron, Canada's Stephen Harper and Germany's Angela Merkel delivered stern words to the Russian leader over Ukraine.
  • G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion

    11/16/2014 5:13:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CTV ^ | November 15, 2014
    G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion The Associated Press Published Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00PM EST Last Updated Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:45AM EST BRISBANE, Australia -- Leaders of the G20 nations finalized a plan Sunday to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade. The communique issued at the conclusion of their summit in Brisbane, Australia says the leaders plan to jumpstart growth, in part, by creating a global infrastructure hub. The plan will purportedly help match potential investors with projects, and also...
  • Harper vs Putin

    The G20 thread got me thinking of this from earlier i the year... Prime Minister of Canada spoke in favour of building a monument in Canada to remember the victims of communism. "100 million died because of it"...read here
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Stephen Harper at G20 tells Vladimir Putin to 'get out of Ukraine'

    11/15/2014 6:17:07 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | November 15, 2014
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to "get out of Ukraine" in a dustup at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper's spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders' retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine." According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn't provide...
  • Harper tells Putin to ‘get out of Ukraine’ at G20 in Australia

    11/15/2014 4:50:34 AM PST · by xp38 · 21 replies
    680 News ^ | November 15 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to “get out of Ukraine” in a dust-up at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders’ retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.” According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn’t provide...
  • Abandon democracy, supporter tells Putin

    11/14/2014 9:18:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 15, 2014
    A man accused of travelling to Ukraine to recruit support for pro-Russian rebels has led a G20 rally calling for the end of democracy in Russia. About 30 Australian Cossacks, surrounded by almost as many police, marched through Brisbane's South Bank on Saturday, declaring their support for their "steel ruler", Russian President Vladimir Putin. The group's leader, Simeon Boikov, reportedly travelled to the Ukraine this year in support of pro-Russian rebels and bragged on his Facebook page about entering the war zone. Mr Boikov denied the media reports and said he was seeking defamation action. "They've blamed everybody on the...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • U.S. to give $3 billion to international climate fund

    11/15/2014 6:35:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-14-14 | Coral Davenport and Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama soon will announce that the United States will contribute $3 billion to a new international fund intended to help the world's poorest countries address the effects of climate change, according to a senior administration official. Obama is expected to make the announcement at a summit meeting of the Group of 20 industrial powers this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, on the heels of his landmark announcement this week that the United States and China will jointly commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. The two announcements, both unveiled at prominent global meetings with...
  • Obama to Announce $3 Billion U.S. Contribution to Climate Change Fund

    11/14/2014 7:43:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon announce that the United States will contribute $3 billion to a new international fund intended to help the world’s poorest countries address the effects of climate change, according to a senior administration official. Mr. Obama is expected to make the announcement at a summit meeting of the Group of 20 industrial powers this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, on the heels of his landmark announcement this week that the United States and China will jointly commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
  • Islamic State—APEC A Fizzer - G20 Promises No Better

    11/13/2014 5:01:37 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | David Singer
    Hopefully the Beijing babble will give way to serious business in Brisbane The 2014 APEC Conference in Beijing this past week has been and gone and the G20 Conference in Brisbane is taking place in Brisbane this weekend. If the APEC Conference is any guide the world leaders assembled in Australia will have little to say about the meteoric rise of Islamic State (IS) over the past six months and the threat to world peace and security Islamic State poses. Expectations were high that Islamic State would be discussed at the APEC Conference.
  • G20 Edging Towards 'Bail-In' Global Banking Reform Deal

    08/23/2014 4:38:23 AM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/21/14
    Government leaders are expected to agree in November that the world's top banks must issue special bonds to increase the amount of capital which can be tapped in a crisis instead of calling on taxpayers to come to the rescue, industry and G20 officials said. The bonds, known as "gone concern loss absorption capacity" or GLAC, are seen by regulators as essential to stopping the world's 29 biggest lenders from being "too big to fail". The plans are being drafted by the Financial Stability Board, the regulatory task force of the Group of 20 economies which declined to comment ahead...
  • Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub

    03/25/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.03.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    The G7 club of wealthy nations has canceled a summit with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, but emerging economies have protested against its exclusion from a G20 meeting. […] For its part, US ally Australia had indicated Russia might also be excluded from a G20 summit in Brisbane in November. But Brazil, China, India, and South Africa rejected the idea. They said, together with Russia, also at The Hague, where almost 60 countries had sent VIPs to a Nuclear Security Summit, that “the escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions … does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful...
  • G-20 eyes database to fight tax evasion

    02/08/2014 1:36:29 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Nikkei ^ | feb 8 2014 | Nikkei
    TOKYO -- The world's leading economies will try to outfox tax dodgers by pooling information on offshore bank accounts. Later this month in Australia, finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 are expected to agree on such an arrangement, which officials aim to have in place by the end of next year. The proposal would create a common set of rules for sharing information on bank accounts held by nonresidents in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Financial institutions would input such data regularly into an online network accessible to tax authorities, which would gain...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/8/2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond
    ... President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders against opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. ...
  • A No Vote on Syria may Cripple Obama's Domestic Agenda too

    09/07/2013 4:58:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    resident Obama, speaking at the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday, reminded me of an investment banker trying to sell a deal he doesn't believe in. And the customer knows it. Halting. Hesitant. Uncertain. Uncomfortable. That's what Obama's statement and body language had to say. On the verge of a potentially huge defeat on the Syrian question in Congress, President Obama is in a box. He's looking for a way out, but he can't find one. He's losing supporters in the legislature at home, and he didn't gain any at the G-20 summit abroad. When Obama speaks to the...
  • Kass: As Obama stumbles on Syria, his allies doggedly spin

    09/08/2013 9:44:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/8/2013 | John Kass
    ...[W]atching President Barack Obama stumble through his news conference from the G-20 summit last week and trying to talk us into war with Syria, I couldn't help thinking about dogs. It was a stupid thought, yes, but I didn't put it there. One of the president's men put it there. A guy named David Axelrod, who brought it up on Twitter. Axelrod, the Democratic mouthpiece of Chicago mayors, is the guy who aligned himself with an inexperienced Illinois legislative back-bencher and ended up installing him in the White House. And after the president announced he would seek congressional approval for...
  • John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution [US Punts?]

    09/08/2013 10:23:21 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | September 08, 2013
    John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution Secretary of state says 'the president and all of us are listening carefully to all our friends' after ally France hints at UN route 8 September 2013 The United States said on Sunday it did not rule out returning to the United Nations security council to secure a Syria resolution once UN inspectors complete a report on a chemical weapons attack, but also indicated that Arab countries were seeking a tough response. Speaking at a news conference in Paris after meeting key Arab foreign ministers, secretary of...
  • Ten G20 nations back United States over Syria

    09/06/2013 2:55:13 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    breakingnews.ie ^ | 06/09/2013 - 16:32:05
    Ten members of the G20 have joined the United States in accusing the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical weapons attack on civilians last month and called for a strong international response.A joint statement by the 10 countries and the United States stopped short of explicitly calling for military action against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad, as Barack Obama is advocating.But the tough language aligned half of the G20 members with the US president, who worked the sidelines of the summit in St Petersburg to build international support for a limited US military response. The 10 countries...
  • Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan

    09/06/2013 8:31:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-7-13 | Matt Spetalnick and Alexei Anishchuk
    U.S. President Barack Obama resisted pressure on Friday to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a "strong" response to a chemical weapons attack. Obama refused to blink after Russian President Vladimir Putin led a campaign to talk him out of military intervention at a two-day summit of the Group of Twenty developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg. He persuaded nine other G20 nations plus Spain to join the United States in signing a statement calling for a strong international response, although it fell short of supporting military strikes, underscoring...
  • NBC: The Big Chill: A dominant Obama meets a cool Putin at G20 (BARF!)

    09/05/2013 12:15:09 PM PDT · by maggief · 333 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 5, 2013 | Tracy Connor
    President Barack Obama was intent on getting the upper hand as he greeted Russia's Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit on Thursday, according to body language experts who watched the frosty exchange. From a jacket-buttoning pause to a hard-pumping handshake, Obama displayed tell-tale signs of dominance after he alit from a limo in front of St. Petersburg's Konstantin Palace, where Putin waited to meet him, communication experts said. There was no outright hostility, but the chill between the two world leaders — at loggerheads over NSA leaker Edward Snowden and a strike against Syria — was evident in clenched-jaw smiles...
  • Putin greets Obama with Syria threat

    09/05/2013 7:24:27 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 109 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 09/05/2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    President Obama arrived in Russia today to find the already failing relations with his host in even worse condition. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to provide his Syrian allies with a missile shield in the event of U.S. airstrikes further complicates Obama’s flagging effort to win international support for an attack on Damascus. As the Guardian reports, Putin’s warning that an attack without UN backing would provoke military aid from Russia may drive away the handful of international partners for Obama’s proposed attack.
  • BREAKING: Russia will help Syria in case of foreign military assault - Putin

    09/06/2013 6:51:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 371 replies
    RT ^ | September 6, 2013
    Headlines only: BREAKING: Russia will help #Syria in case of foreign military assault - Putin http://on.rt.com/0yh5ju DETAILS: Russia sells weapons to #Syria, we have strong economic ties. Syria is our strategic partner - Putin http://on.rt.com/0yh5ju
  • Reuters: Obama, Putin no closer on Syria after one-on-one talk - Kremlin

    09/06/2013 6:27:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2013
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for 20 minutes on the sidelines of a G20 summit on Friday but remained at odds over the conflict in Syria, Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said. "They sat down before today's working session, in armchairs, and had a 20-minute chat, one on one," the adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told Reuters. He said Syria was the main topic and said: "No, their (positions) have not come closer."
  • Reuters: China's Xi tells Obama Syria crisis can't be resolved with military strike

    09/06/2013 5:23:18 AM PDT · by maggief · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2013 | Sui-Lee Wee
    (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on Friday that the crisis in Syria should not be resolved through a military strike and urged him to consider a political solution, state news agency Xinhua said. Xi's are the highest-level comments from China since an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria. They follow remarks by a foreign ministry spokesman, who urged a role for the U.N. Security Council in resolving the crisis after the United States said it had given up trying to work with the council on Syria. "A political solution is the only...
  • The Obama administration called the Muslim Brotherhood "moderates"? How did that work out in Egypt?

    09/05/2013 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    9/5/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    At the National Review, December 14, 2011, there is a past article entitled "John Kerry reporting for duty ... to the Muslim Brotherhood." In that article, it says that the Obama administration described the organization as a "largely secular" and moderate organization. Just two years later, Kerry said that the overthrow of these same "moderates" constituted a return of Democracy to Egypt. Now we hear Kerry and Co. saying that the Syrian rebels are "moderates," too. Riiiiight. The ones that are cannibals? The ones that even Turkish newspapers have past documention on as being caught with 2kg of Sarin gas...
  • Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

    09/05/2013 2:02:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 5, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia as he prepares to host this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Below is the full text of the Pope's letter to President Putin. To His ExcellencyMr Vladimir PutinPresident of the Russian Federation "In the course of this year, you have the honour and the responsibility of presiding over the Group of the twenty largest economies in the world. I am aware that the Russian Federation has participated in this group from the moment of its inception and has always had a positive role to...
  • Obama Greets Putin With 'Historic Death Stare' At G-20 Summit

    09/05/2013 9:03:23 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 196 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-5-2013 | Debra Heine
    September 5, 2013 Obama Greets Putin With 'Historic Death Stare' At G-20 Summit Debra Heine The intense moment was posted on Twitter by CNBC's Eamon Javers and described by Brett Logiurato of Business Insider as the president giving Putin "a significantly intense death stare upon their meeting at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia." .....
  • Reports: G-20 seating chart altered

    09/05/2013 6:56:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Reports: G-20 seating chart altered By: Tal Kopan September 5, 2013 07:51 AM EDT Those eager for a potentially awkward photo op of President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting next to each other at the G-20 summit might be disappointed: The seating chart is putting more distance between the two leaders than previously expected. Seating at the summit is alphabetical, but the planners for the event have reportedly changed which alphabet they are using to make the chart, Voice of America and The Guardian reported. In the Cyrillic alphabet, which is used in Russian, Russia and the...
  • EU urges diplomatic efforts on Syria, 'no military solution'

    09/05/2013 6:53:36 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 5, 2013 | Luke Baker
    (Reuters) - Europe's top officials warned against a military response in Syria on Thursday, aligning themselves more closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin than President Barack Obama in how best to respond to the chemical attack in the Syrian civil war. While describing the August 21 attack near Damascus, in which an estimated 1,400 people died, as "abhorrent" and a crime against humanity, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said a military strike would not help resolve the crisis. "There is no military solution to the Syrian conflict," Van Rompuy told reporters ahead of a summit of the Group of...
  • Obama: World's credibility at stake over Syria (not mine)

    09/05/2013 3:35:34 AM PDT · by fivecatsandadog · 28 replies
    Global Post ^ | 9/4/13 | Agence France-Presse
    "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line," Obama said in Stockholm, referring to international rules banning the use of chemical weapons, even in case of war. "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line and America and Congress's credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important."
  • Obama to seek support for Syria strike at G20 summit in Russia

    09/03/2013 9:24:57 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CTV News ^ | 9-3-12 | CTV
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to support a U.S.-led military strike against Syria as he attends a global summit in Russia and makes a stop in Sweden. His three-day overseas trip comes as his administration seeks authorization from Congress. Top lawmakers signalled support Tuesday after meeting with Obama, while France said it will wait for Congress' decision before any military action of its own. Obama's presence at the Group of 20 gathering in Russia is bound to bring questions about Syria, recently leaked U.S. surveillance programs and especially his tense relationship with...
  • Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

    09/03/2013 4:02:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Facing roadblocks at home and abroad, President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured U.S. Congress. The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the president's three-day oversees trip, which includes a global summit in Russia and a stop in Sweden. So will Obama's tense relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the world leader who is hosting the Group of 20 gathering and has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria's Bashar Assad....
  • Turkish PM says limited action against Syria won't be enough, calls for Kosovo-like intervention

    08/31/2013 8:24:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/30/2013 | Anadolu Agency
    "A limited military action will not satisfy us. It [the intervention] should be like in Kosovo," ErdoÄźan was quoted by daily HĂĽrriyet as saying during the Victory Day reception at the presidential palace on Aug. 30. A few minutes earlier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had given signs during a press briefing in Washington that the United States would act following last week's chemical attack in Syria, but said its response would be "tailored." ErdoÄźan told reporters that the intervention could take place next week. "Looking at what Kerry has said, there could be an intervention prior to the...
  • Obama Must Wear the Rainbow Flag Pin to the G20 Summit, Hollywood Must Speak Out

    08/08/2013 8:09:16 PM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Frontiers LA ^ | Aug 7, 2013 | Karen Ocamb
    So what else could President Obama and Sec. of State Kerry do to convey their message of disapproval and lack of patience? And remember—the prestige of the United States is on the line here, too. Were those just pretty rhetorical words Sec. of State Hillary Clinton uttered in taking a stand for LGBT rights around the word, or will the State Department back them up with some action? And if so, what kind of action—given the delicate nature of diplomacy in this unstable world and the political partisan divide in Congress? The Russian-approved “gay propaganda” law started in St. Petersburg,...
  • Diplomatic Rift With Putin Grows as Obama Cancels

    08/07/2013 7:30:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 7, 2013 | CAROL E. LEE and ALAN CULLISON
    President Barack Obama's decision to pull out of a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month punctuates a steady decline in relations and represents an unusually sharp rebuke for an administration pledged to engaging adversaries. Mr. Obama had planned to meet in early September with Mr. Putin before going to a Group of 20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. The White House said Wednesday he will still attend the G-20. The decision comes after Russia decided to grant asylum, over White House objections, to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information.
  • Russia Responds To Obama Snub

    08/07/2013 8:08:27 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 111 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-7-13 | Tyler Durden
    Original title: "Russia Responds To Obama Snub: "We Are Disappointed... But The Snowden Situation Wasn't Created By Us" (had to be truncated) Earlier we reported that in an act of embarassing political ineptitude not to mention detente reminiscent of the Cold War's worst days, the US president did his best Freudian transferrance attempt today by blaming Putin for his ever escalating headaches caused by one 30 year old NSA whistleblower, and cancelling bilateral talks with the Russian president. And can anyone blame him: with the US increasingly slighted by both superascedent eastern powers, Russia and China, the US finds itself...
  • White House statement on Obama’s decision not to meet with Putin

    08/07/2013 9:18:24 AM PDT · by upchuck · 58 replies
    marketwatch ^ | Aug 7, 2013
    The following statement was issued by the White House on President Barack Obama’s decision not to hold a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September. We value the achievements made with Russia in the President’s first term, including the New START Treaty, and cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea. However, given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and...