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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 DETAILS: Russia sells weapons to #Syria, we have strong economic ties. Syria is our strategic partner - Putin
  • 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," Erdoğan was quoted by daily Hürriyet 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." Erdoğan 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...
  • Obama cancels meeting with Putin amid Snowden tensions

    08/07/2013 6:20:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 190 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2013
    n a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there. Instead of visiting Putin in...
  • Newest Snowden leak: NSA intercepted Russian president’s communications at 2009 G20 summit

    06/17/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    On Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported that he showed them documents identifying the IP addresses of Chinese computers that had been hacked by NSA. Yesterday the Guardian revealed that he’d showed them NSA documents alleging that the agency accessed Medvedev’s communications at the G20 summit four years ago. Coincidentally, this year’s G8 summit opens today in Northern Ireland. The new scoop is obviously timed to maximize America’s embarrassment.Are we done pretending that this guy is interested only, or even primarily, in exposing violations of Americans’ civil liberties? He’s not opposed to the U.S. government spying on its citizens....
  • GCHQ Intercepted Foreign Politicians' Communications At G20 Summits

    06/17/2013 5:22:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ewen MacAskill,Nick Davies,Nick Hopkins,Julian Borger,James Ball
    Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
  • Leaked Docs: US Grabbed Medvedev's Phone Calls at G20 in 2009

    06/16/2013 7:31:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 16, 2013 | Staff
    According to new details leaked to The Guardian (UK) by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, American and British intelligence directed snooping efforts against internet and phone data from foreign officials at the G20 in 2009. According to the documents, which were created by the NSA and handed over to the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s phone calls were bugged, and emails and calls from other delegates’ phones were monitored as well. Fake internet cafes were created to grab keystrokes from attendees. Forty-five analysts were given round-the-clock updates on who was calling whom at the summit. The...
  • US spied on Russian President Medvedev at 2009 G20 summit – NSA leaks

    06/16/2013 2:37:35 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    RT ^ | 6/16 | RT
    As Britain readies to host the G8 summit, the documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that back in 2009 US spies intercepted top-secret communication of then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to London. The shocking news has been broken by The Guardian which has seen the documents. It also revealed that a UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, monitored foreign politicians and intercepted their emails during the 2009 G20 summit held in the British capital. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by UK intelligence agencies to read their email traffic....
  • Tax havens are killing our democracies

    04/04/2013 12:04:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Le Monde via PressEurop ^ | 4 April 2013 | Natalie Nougayrède
    The global financial convulsion of 2007-2008 was followed by the resounding announcement of new priorities: international finance was to be better regulated and there was to be no mercy in the fight against tax havens. In short, we were to put an end to the black holes in a system that was wide open to abuse—at least if the very virtuous conclusions of the G20 held in London were to be believed. … Revelations of individual cases, no matter how fascinating they are, should not be allowed to distract attention from the underlying problem: tax havens are a threat to...
  • Female G20 protestors sue Toronto police for $1.4 MIL - they were 'profiled for having hairy legs'

    08/02/2012 7:39:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Female G20 protestors sue Toronto police for $1.4MILLION after they were 'profiled for having hairy legs' A group of women is suing the Toronto police, saying they were profiled and arrested for having hairy legs during the G20 summit in 2010. The women are part of a $1.4 million lawsuit filed by seven friends, men and women, who were locked up during the protests against the gathering of world leaders. The lawyer for the friends, who had traveled to Toronto from their hometown to take part in the demonstrations, said police use of 'hairy legs' as a cause for detention...
  • Photoplay Diplomacy

    07/06/2012 8:26:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-6-12 | George H. Wittman
    They say a photo is worth a thousand words. Perhaps presidents Obama and Putin never heard of that expression. It is rare to the point of being unknown when the last time was that two world leaders showed such obvious mutual dislike of each other. ~snip~ It's hard to imagine a discussion over why Russia should allow heavy sanctions to be placed on the Assad regime in Syria or similar Russian cooperation over Iranian nuclear weapon development becoming so vitriolic as to create the intensity of distaste and disregard that showed in the faces of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin...
  • Time to Fight Statism by Shutting Down the G-20

    06/21/2012 6:04:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 21, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    For the most part, international summits like the recently concluded G-20 meeting in Mexico are pointless – but expensive – publicity stunts for incumbent politicians. They pose for photo-ops, have boring meeting, and draft up empty communiques, always at some posh location so that everybody – from bureaucrat flunkies to servile reporters – can have a good time.But these soirees are more than just money-wasting junkets. They also encourage bad policy. With everything that’s happening around the world, the evidence is stronger than ever about the adverse economic consequences of bloated public sectors and punitive tax regimes.But when politicians get...
  • NYT's Frank Bruni After Obama's G20 Press Conference: 'He Doesn't Seem In Command'

    06/20/2012 9:34:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 41 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 6/19 | sheppard
    Shortly after the press conference ended, Morgan played a clip from the event and said to Bruni, “He looks a little bit on edge, the President, at the moment. A little less self-assured and calm.” “Well, right there, I mean, he looked really de-energized,” responded Bruni. “I was watching him, you know, as he stepped to the podium. One of the whole advantages of being President, of being the incumbent, is you get those settings – the flags behind you, the podium. You get the international audience.” “And he strode out there,” Bruni continued, “and the cadence of his speech...
  • Caption G20 Summit

    06/20/2012 10:21:30 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 36 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) waits alongside Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China's President Hu Jintao as leaders of the G20 nations gather for a group photo at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012.
  • Obama Chomps on Gum During G20 Photo Shoot (Video)

    06/19/2012 7:45:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/19/12 | Jim Hoft
    Obama gets his chew on… Barack Obama chomped on his gum during the photo shoot with G20 leaders in Mexico.
  • Live Thread: President Obama State of the Sham Wow Press Conference at G-20 (7:30 p.m. EDT)

    06/19/2012 4:22:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 94 replies
    Live coverage at ^ | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | Kristinn
    President Barack Hussein Obama II is scheduled to hold a press conference somewhere around 7:30 p.m. EDT this evening.He is wrapping up the G-20 summit in Mexico.Reporters on Twitter are suggesting their colleagues will be asking about Egypt and Attorney General Eric Holder's looming contempt of Congress vote.They'll probably ask about Europe, Russia, Syria and Obama's amnesty. We'll see soon.
  • EC President Blames US For Financial Crisis in Europe

    06/19/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 19, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The G-20 summit off to a great start if you like fireworks, endless bickering, and finger-pointing. Otherwise these summits are totally useless. When asked by a Canadian journalist "Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?" EC President José Barroso replied "Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy." The Guardian has further details in Barroso blames eurozone crisis on US banks. The opening day of the G20 summit was threatening to deteriorate into a fractious row between eurozone countries and other non-European members of...
  • 'The Two Men Barely Looked at Each Other' (Video)

    06/19/2012 6:22:52 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 87 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | JUN 19, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    CBS reports that when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met with the press after their long private discussion, "The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them. And the body language really represented how far apart the two leaders remain on the issue of Syria."
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Open mic reveals Obama and Sarkozy trash talking Netanyahu

    11/07/2011 7:42:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Nov.7, 2011 | The Right Scoop
    Ynet News reports audio caught from an open mic conversation between Sarkozy and Obama at the G20: Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he ‘can’t stand’ Israeli premier. Obama: You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day! Here’s more: The conversation apparently began with President Obama criticizing Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would be voting in favor of the Palestinian membership bid in UNESCO despite Washington’s strong objection to the move. The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy...
  • Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar'

    11/07/2011 5:43:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ynet news ^ | 11/7/11 | ynet
    Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day! French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not "stand" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier "is a liar." According to a Monday report in the French website "Arret sur Images," after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters...
  • Obama attacks Congress from France

    11/04/2011 1:58:16 PM PDT · by martosko · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/04/2011 | Neil Munro
    Republicans’ economic proposals are inflexible, insincere, selfish and motivated by the pursuit of partisan advantage rather than by a concern for Americans, according to President Barack Obama’s statements to an international press conference at the G-20 meeting Friday morning. “As soon as I get some signal from Congress that they’re willing to take their responsibilities seriously, I think we can do more [for the economy], but that is going to require them to break out of the rigid ideological positions they’ve been taking,” he told the assembled media in Cannes, France.
  • Sideshow and Sabotage (Oliver North)

    11/03/2011 5:31:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 4, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Our head of state is now in Cannes, France, at the G-20 summit, gallivanting with elites from the planet's most powerful economies. For the first time since his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama isn't the center of attention. The stars of this week's party on the French Riviera are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy — architects of a "bailout plan" to save the European Union's artificial euro currency and keep the PIIGs (Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Greece) from going bankrupt. It's all a sideshow, designed to convince us that governments can continue to...
  • Fed slashes growth, employment projections

    11/03/2011 11:41:55 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 3 replies
    hindu . com ^ | 11.3.11
    In an announcement that is likely to deepen concerns over the U.S. economic woes the Federal Reserve has slashed growth and employment projections for 2011 and 2012. Data projections released by the Fed suggested that it had revised a measure of the average, or “central tendency,” for the U.S. economy's 2011 gross domestic product growth rate from the 2.7-2.9 per cent range to the 1.6-1.7 per cent range. Similarly, the central bank cut its 2012 projection for growth from the 3.3-3.7 per cent range to the 2.5-2.9 per cent range. Unemployment which in June the Fed projected would hover between...
  • Obama pokes fun at Sarkozy at G-20 sidelines

    11/03/2011 8:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Zee News ^ | November 3, 2011
    Cannes: In a bid to break the tension ahead of the G20 summit, US President Barack Obama in a lighter vein told a notoriously looks-sensitive Nicolas Sarkozy that France's "First Baby" was lucky to inherit her former supermodel mother Carla Bruni's looks. Obama, who has two daughters, congratulated Sarkozy on the birth of Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy at a joint press conference they held prior to the G-20 summit where world leaders will brainstorm how to solve the worsening Eurozone crisis. "I want to mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and I want to...
  • Sarkozy, Obama push for financial crisis solution

    11/03/2011 3:56:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 20 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/11 | Elena Becatoros and Geir Moulson
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he and the U.S. president agree that businesses should contribute to resolving the global financial crisis. Sarkozy said after meeting with Barack Obama in Cannes that the pair "found a common analysis to make the financial world contribute" to finding a solution. He did not elaborate, but said he welcomed Obama's "understanding on subjects such as a tax on financial activities." Sarkozy and some others in Europe have been pushing for a small tax on all financial transactions that could be used to help poor nations and reduce debts. The Obama administration and several leading...
  • EU: Nicolas Sarkozy tells Greece: If you don't stick to the rules, leave the eurozone

    11/02/2011 10:23:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/3/2011 | Louise Armitstead
    Mr Sarkozy said that European leaders were powerless to stop Greece holding a referendum but he said the bail-out agreement was conditional “according to certain rules”. He said it was “up to them whether they accept the rules or not”. MS Merkel added that they would "not not abandon the principles of democracy. We cannot put at stake the great work of the unification of the euro." "The referendum is a question of whether Greece wants to be in eurozone with the euro currency - that is the issue," she said. The German Chancellor and French President, who summoned Mr...