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  • GOP chairman blasts White House for stiff-arming Senate, predicts Paris climate deal will ‘fail’

    09/01/2016 12:07:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee denounced on Thursday the anticipated move by President Obama to enter into the Paris climate accord, accusing him of working around Congress on a deal doomed to failure. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, made his comments based on the widely expected announcement that Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will jointly ratify this week the Paris Agreement, negotiated in December by 195 nations as part of the U.N. Conference of Parties (COP21). “This latest announcement is the president attempting to once again give the international community the appearance that...
  • Cats invade G20 summit stage in feline security breach

    11/17/2015 12:15:01 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    The G20 summit had some unexpected feline guests on its main stage on Sunday (November 15) just moments before the leaders of the world's major economies were due to attend an event.
  • The UK: The Small Island with Big Influence

    08/02/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Hands Across The Pond ^ | 30th July 2015 | Wesley Hutchins
    Two years ago during the G-20 Summit, a spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin reportedly said that Britain was a “small island no one listens to.” British Prime Minister David Cameron accepted the official line from the Russians that such remarks were not made, but nevertheless responded with a robust defense of the United Kingdom. “Britain may be a small island”, he said, “but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart, or greater resilience.” He focused on this small island doing its bit in being resolute throughout World War II in the...
  • Obama meets with gay activists in Russia

    09/06/2013 5:29:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 120 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/6/13 | AP
    Before leaving for home after the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama sat down with Russian civil society activists on Friday evening to assure them that he would keep pressing Moscow to respect human rights, some of the activists said. But Obama also explained to them why this wasn't always possible. The meeting was held several hours after two dozen of gay activists rallied in St. Petersburg to protest Russia's new law banning gay propaganda, which prompted some activists to call for the boycott of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Igor Kochetkov, the head of LGBT Network, who...
  • Obama arrives alone for Putin G20 Syria dinner

    09/05/2013 11:58:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/5/13 | afp
    World leaders arrived Thursday for a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin where they would discuss the crisis in Syria, with US President Barack Obama showing up alone and well after the main group. The main group of leaders led by Putin arrived together at the historic Peterhof palace outside Saint Petersburg, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande seen talking animatedly at the back of the pack. But Obama was nowhere to be seen and only arrived at the palace a good half an hour after the rest.
  • Obama's G20 Task Complicated by Russian WMD Report

    09/05/2013 12:14:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 5, 2013 | Alexis Simendinger
    President Obama, arriving Thursday in Russia, anticipated a lively two-day G20 summit, during which he’ll reprise his lobbying for international airstrikes against Syria with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of the Assad regime, as well as other world leaders. Russia said it compiled a report asserting that Syrian rebels were behind a chemical weapons attack in March near Aleppo, according to the McClatchy news service. The 100-page report, which Russia said it delivered to the United Nations in July, runs counter to U.S. claims that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been behind chemical attacks in Syria, including a mass...
  • 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...
  • G20 Planners 'Tweak Seating Order' to Keep Obama, Putin Apart

    09/05/2013 11:34:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    voanews.com ^ | 9/4/13 | Tom Balmforth
    "Izvestia" reported on September 4 that the organizers of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg have rewritten the seating plan with the Latin instead of Cyrillic alphabet to ensure that Putin and Obama are not placed near each other. The presidents of Russia (Rossiya in Russian) and the United States (SShA) would have been almost side-by-side, separated only by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, if the seating plan had been written in the host country’s language. In English, however, Russia and the United States’ place names would be separated by South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, and the...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Everyone Hates Obama

    11/12/2010 4:01:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | November 12, 2010 | Emily Zanotti
    I get that you might have a difficult time believing that Sarah Palin was right on the whole "quantitative easing is a really bad deal" thing, Barack, but would you believe, say, the entire G-20 summit when it turns out they aren't so excited about your plan to print tons of money and keep the value of the dollar so as to gain the upper hand in international trade. Leaders of 20 major economies on Friday refused to endorse a U.S. push to get China to let its currency rise, keeping alive a dispute that has raised the specter of...
  • China's Hu Rebuffs Weakened Obama at Summit (Where is the Magic?)

    11/11/2010 3:23:36 PM PST · by mojito · 28 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/11/2010 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and DAMIAN PALETTA
    SEOUL—President Barack Obama limped toward the close of the Group of 20 summit, weakened by an anemic economic recovery and an election drubbing that has left world leaders questioning U.S. authority. In private meetings with Mr. Obama Thursday, Chinese President Hu Jintao resisted his pressure on currency revaluation. Mr. Obama also failed to secure a free-trade agreement with South Korea by his imposed Thursday deadline, a blow to a U.S. president who has pledged to double U.S. exports over the next five years. [....] That China was emboldened to lecture the U.S. on its currency, a notable reversal of recent...
  • N. Korea Set up Special Unit to Disrupt G-20 Summit

    11/03/2010 8:30:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/04/10 | Kim Hyung-won
    /being my excerpts N. Korea Set up Special Unit to Disrupt G-20 Summit Kim Hyung-won N. Korea is drawing up 'emergency plans' to raise tension in Korean Peninsula during G-20 Summit period which is due to start on Nov. 11, and they include special force operation, according to Nov. 3 report of Radio Free Asia. Quoting sources in China, it said that Kim Jong-eun went to N. Korea's Reconnaissance Bureau and instructed Kim Yong-chol, the Bureau's head, to set up special force unit to carry out military provocation or terrorist attacks. The goal of N. Korea is said to convince...
  • Reports: US, South Korea Cancel Naval Drill

    10/24/2010 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | October 24th, 2010
    South Korean media reported Sunday that Seoul and Washington have called off plans to hold a major joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea this month. Yonhap news agency quoted government sources as saying the exercise involving a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has been postponed to avoid tensions on the Korean peninsula during the upcoming G20 summit in Seoul. There was no official confirmation of the reports. The Chinese government has fiercely opposed the deployment of the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington in the regional waters.
  • What to expect this weekend in 'Fortress Toronto'

    06/25/2010 3:43:14 AM PDT · by Clive · 18 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2010-06-25 | Raveena Aulakh
    Call it Fortress Toronto. The fenced area around the Metro Convention Centre is under a lockdown, and there are more police officers than ordinary citizens on the streets. Wait, there’s more: protesters are flooding the downtown core and the well-heeled are fleeing. This is downtown Toronto — this last weekend of June. “It could be lots of fun, it could be downright miserable,” said Sgt. Tim Burrows, media relations officer for the Integrated Security Unit, in charge of security for the G8 and G20 summits. “What the protesters decide to bring is what we will respond to.” We’ll see protesters...
  • Ottawa Bank Firebombing Was Just Beginning, Police Fear

    06/19/2010 2:05:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 547+ views
    CANADA.com (THE OTTAWA CITIZEN) ^ | June 19, 2010 | by Gary Dimmock, CanWest News Service
    SNIPPET: "OTTAWA — The May 18 firebombing of an Ottawa bank was feared to be just the start of a "domestic terrorism" campaign launched by three anarchists bent on acts of destruction at the G20 summit in Toronto, with one of the accused firebombers stockpiling boxes of ammunition and gunpowder, the Ottawa Citizen has learned." SNIPPET: "Ottawa Police Chief Vern White had publicly branded those who attacked the bank branch as terrorists days after the firebombing, which was filmed and posted online in a "catch-me-if-you-can" video by a group called FFFC-Ottawa. The acronym stands for Fight for Freedom Coalition, according...
  • Gross Domestic Happiness? Why the French want to redefine economic growth.

    09/29/2009 8:52:29 AM PDT · by sbpublicaffairs · 4 replies · 459+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 29, 2009 | Brian Domitrovic
    Gross Domestic Happiness? Why the French want to redefine economic growth. French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently said he wanted the nations of the world to stop using GDP, or gross domestic product, as the main measure of their economic performance. He wants them instead to work up another metric that takes into account not only economic production but such things as environmental quality and even time not spent in traffic—a sort of gross national satisfaction index. France has excellent reason to suppress GDP statistics. Since 1982, among developed nations, France has been a clear laggard in GDP growth. Mr. Domitrovic...
  • Pittsburgh protests provide clear definition of an "angry mob"

    09/25/2009 8:09:45 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 17 replies · 887+ views
    PDOP ^ | 09/25/09 | J Brown
    More than 1,000 police officers were hired from precincts throughout the U.S. and sworn in prior to this weeks G-20 summit held in Pittsburgh. As expected, the presence of such a large contingency of officers was needed as an estimated 2,000 left-wing radicals descended on the city in protest of capitalism. Protesters clad in masks and in some cases armed erupted into violence breaking windows in restaurants, a bank and a local BMW dealership. Police were forced to respond to the violence by using tear-gas, firing bean bags and setting off high frequency sounds systems designed to disperse the mob...
  • G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets

    09/24/2009 8:20:46 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 66 replies · 3,881+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | September 25, 2009 | Daniel Lovering and Michael Rubinkam
    PITTSBURGH — Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks. The afternoon march turned chaotic at just about the time that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived for a meeting with leaders of the world's major economies. The clashes began after hundreds of protesters, many advocating against capitalism, tried to march from an outlying neighborhood toward the convention center where the summit is being held. The protesters banged on drums and chanted "Ain't no...