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  • Iraq and Al Qaeda - The Algerian Connection

    08/03/2005 5:37:54 PM PDT · by Big Jake · 16 replies · 1,830+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/03/2005 12:00:00 AM | Thomas Joscelyn
    The Algerian Connection Why did Saddam financially support an al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria? by Thomas Joscelyn 08/03/2005 12:00:00 AM LATE LAST MONTH an Algerian-born terrorist named Ahmed Ressam received a commuted sentence of 22 years (prosecutors had recommended 35 years) in prison for his role in planning to blow up the Los Angeles airport. His sentence infuriated many since his involvement in the plot against LAX was immediately transparent. After all, he was captured in December 1999 after driving off a ferry from British Columbia in a vehicle laden with bomb-making explosives. Ressam received a commuted sentence after providing...
  • Nw Australian newspaper repeats Russian propaganda

    11/05/2014 8:34:24 AM PST · by se99tp · 11 replies
    ccd Report ^ | 11/5/2014 | B.G.
    The début of the new printed newspaper in the era of the digital domination, which shrank or eliminated conventional centuries old media must come as a big surprise. Last Saturday the first issue of “Australian National Review” enriched the offer of the political magazines available in the Australian newsstands. The owner of the new title is the Australian “entrepreneur”, “financial advisor” and “educator” Mr. Jamie McIntyre, who now decided also took role of publisher. In his attempt to portray himself as pro-Russian Mr. McIntyre is ignoring views of significant percentage of Russian population. He seems to be satisfied with the...
  • Homicides per 100,000 in G8 Countries

    10/27/2014 6:03:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    You can see from the above that Russia has about twice as many homicides per hundred thousand as the United States, even though Russia has very restrictive laws on possession and carrying of firearms. The above chart was created from UNODC data. If you look at the chart below created by ABC, the United States seems to be an outlier.  No data is given for Russia, and the Y axis mentions that it is only for gun related homicides.   The large header leaves out the word "Gun".  These are serious clues that the chart is designed to mislead. Only...
  • Beyond the Crimea Crisis: Comprehensive Next Steps in U.S.–Russian Relations

    03/25/2014 11:16:45 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 25, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey and Nicolas Loris
    AbstractOn February 28, Russian troops, aided by pro-Russian local militia, occupied important sites across the Crimean Peninsula under the pretext of “protecting Russian people.” Now Crimea is under Moscow’s de facto control and the Russian parliament has voted to annex the region into the Russian Federation. The failure of the Obama Administration’s Russian “reset,” the unilateral disarming of Europe, and the U.S. reduction of forces and disengagement from Europe have led Russia to calculate that the West will not respond in any significant way. The Administration can demonstrate America’s commitment to its NATO allies and support for the Ukrainian...
  • G7 Boots Russia from G8 -- What a relief

    03/25/2014 2:42:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    New Republic ^ | March 24, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Today, the G8 minus 1 met in the Hague and, rather than kick out Russia outright, simply reformed as the G7, thereby punishing (in their minds) Russia for annexing part of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. ("Countries of the G7 end their membership in the G8," read the headline of the Soviet-era wire agency ITAR-TASS.)Really, though, it was the organization--and Russia--returning to a more natural state: The G8 just went back to being the organization it was until 1998, when Bill Clinton invited Russia in, hammering what he hoped would be the final nail in the Cold War coffin. Since then, Russia underwent...
  • 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...
  • Russia Suspended from G8

    03/25/2014 12:48:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    SABreaking ^ | 3-25-2014 | Natalie Simon
    The Group of 7 Nations (G7), formerly Group of 8 (G8) has suspended Russia from the alliance of leading industrialised nations, said the Whitehouse on Monday. This in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, formerly part of Ukraine. Leaders of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom on Monday met at the Hague in the Netherlands where the group expressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. “We remind Russia of its international obligations, and its responsibilities including those for the world economy. Russia has a clear choice to make,” said the group in a statement on...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • G-7 Agrees to Exclude Russia, Increase Sanctions

    03/24/2014 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | Carol E. Lee
    THE HAGUE—Leaders of the world's largest economies agreed Monday to effectively remove Russia from the Group of Eight nations in response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine. The leaders, meeting in emergency session, also agreed that they would begin to exert punitive sanctions on Russia's energy, banking, finance and arms industries unless Moscow dialed back plans to seize the region of Crimea from Ukraine. "This group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia's actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them," the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, Japan and Italy said in a joint statement. "We...
  • Ron Fournier: Excluding Russia From G8 ‘Like Suspending a Vegan From a Steakhouse’

    03/24/2014 6:53:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    A “Special Report” panel today discussed how G7 leaders met today in The Hague and announced that they would be excluding Russia from the G8 and boycotting a planned summit in Sochi. Jason Riley, of the Wall Street Journal, said Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuilding the Russian empire while President Barack Obama and our allies in Europe are sitting around discussing international law and “kicking Putin out of clubs he doesn’t care about in the first place.” Riley said Putin knows that the administration doesn’t have the stomach for confrontation and will continue to take advantage of that.
  • U..S., Allies Throw Russia Out of G-8 (McFaul: Putin prepping for war w/ Nato)

    03/24/2014 5:38:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Lesley Clark
    President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest industrialized countries expelled Russia from the group until it “changes course” in Ukraine and formally canceled plans to attend an economic summit in Russia in June. The move was aimed at Russian President Vladmir Putin’s plan to host the G-8 group of economic powers at Sochi, Russia, which would have been its second starring role on the world stage after this winter’s Olympics. Instead, the G-7 leaders will meet in Brussels without Putin. At the same time, the group said it would not send its foreign ministers to a planned G-8...
  • US, Allies Kick Russia Out of G-8

    03/24/2014 5:19:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Match 24, 2014 | Staff
    The world's leading industrial powers threatened further sanctions to deter the Kremlin from invading other parts of Ukraine and boycotted what was to be a Group of Eight summit hosted by President Vladimir Putin. Meeting for the first time since last week's annexation of Crimea by Russia, Group of Seven leaders said they won't attend the planned G-8 meeting which was to have to been held in Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics, and will instead hold their own summit in June in Brussels. "We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant...
  • Angela Merkel declares G8 defunct; Europe scrambles to replace Russian gas

    03/20/2014 7:18:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2013 | Bruce McQuain
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the G8 to be dead, thanks to Russia’s take over of the Crimea: German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the Group of Eight leading nations defunct given the current crisis in Ukraine, in a clear message to Russia that the world’s seven other major industrialized countries consider its actions in Ukraine unacceptable. “As long as there is no political environment for such an important political format as the G-8, the G-8 doesn’t exist anymore, not the summit nor the format,” said Ms. Merkel, in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. “Russia is widely isolated in all international...
  • Russia Suspended From G8, France Says (That will show em!)

    03/18/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 18 2014 14:57
    The leaders of the Group of Eight have suspended Russia's participation in the body over Moscow's activities in Ukraine, the French foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with Europe-1 radio, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia," The Associated Press reported. The other seven members had already pulled out of preparations for a G8 summit set to be held in June in the Russian city of Sochi. Fabius and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier postponed a trip to Moscow to meet with...
  • Why President Obama's mealymouthed response to Ukraine only invites Putin's aggression.

    03/11/2014 12:45:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Vladimir Putin running rampant in Ukraine showcases how the Obama administration's abdication of global leadership is making the world a more dangerous place. Instead of providing clarity to our nation and our allies, the Obama administration offers tortured semantics. "Kinetic action" glamorizes the failed policy of leading from behind in Libya. A "spontaneous protest" explains the coordinated al Qaeda attack on American officials in Benghazi. The interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program -- described by one of our closest allies as a "historic mistake" -- is in this universe referred to as a display of "international unity." And on Friday,...
  • Ted Cruz’s Ukraine plan: Have the market handle it [trade not aid]

    03/06/2014 12:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | March 5, 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) preferred plan for Ukraine: let the market fix it. The Texas Republican wouldn’t commit to voting for aid for the country fending off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army — or say whether there would need to be a financial offset to get his support — but argued that neither this nor conservative calls for military exercises are the right approach. Instead, Cruz argued for immediately passing a new free trade treaty with Ukraine and “looking at existing treaties between the United States and Russia, and considering abrogating those treaties.” “More important than aid is expanding economic...
  • McCain: Here’s How to Punish Putin

    03/01/2014 10:03:52 PM PST · by kingattax · 55 replies
    Yahoo/Daily Beast ^ | 3-1-14 | Josh Rogin
    President Obama promised Friday there would be “costs” if Russia moved troops into Ukraine, but he didn’t specify what those costs might be. Sen. John McCain has several suggestions for Obama, including the sanctioning of high-level Russian officials; restarting missile defense plans in Eastern Europe; and bringing Georgia, a former Soviet republic, into NATO. McCain said he plans to push from the Congressional side, he told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview Saturday evening. McCain wants the administration to expand its threat to pull out of the G8 Summit in Sochi scheduled for June. That limited move is unlikely...
  • Another member of the G-8 cardinals: “Church has never been against….homosexuality”

    12/13/2013 6:26:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 61 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 12/11/2013 | tantamergo
    Tancred has really done some good work today, digging up some very relevant info for all Catholics to consider and pray about. The latest involves the Indian Supreme Court vacating a lower court judgment making homosexual acts legal in India. The court’s decision means homosexual acts remain illegal, as they have been throughout the world for hundreds of years, until recently. This decision should be seen by Catholics as something of a small victory. But, a member of the group of 8 “super” cardinals advising Pope Francis, a Cardinal Gracias, was not pleased. According to Asianews and the German site...
  • Progressive Vikings Tax, Rob and Pillage

    06/29/2013 5:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 29, 2013 | John Ransom
    While many waited for Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to take the weight of the world markets on his Ivy League shoulders by declaring QE-4EVR-LOL!, the real economists at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco came up with a more detailed explanation for the poor, dragging, sluggish U.S. economy. What they found will astonish you. And yes, this is a true story. “[D]espite all the attention federal spending cuts and sequestration have received,” wrote Brian Lucking and Daniel Wilson in the FRBSF Economic Letter, “our calculations suggest they are not the main contributors to this projected drag [on U.S....
  • Obama's Animal Barn

    06/21/2013 5:02:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 21, 2013 | John Ransom
    While many waited for Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to take the weight of the world markets on his Ivy League shoulders by declaring QE-4EVR-LOL!, the real economists at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco came up with a more detailed explanation for the poor, dragging, sluggish U.S. economy. What they found will astonish you. And yes, this is a true story. “[D]espite all the attention federal spending cuts and sequestration have received,” wrote Brian Lucking and Daniel Wilson in the FRBSF Economic Letter, “our calculations suggest they are not the main contributors to this projected drag [on U.S....
  • Obama's Fishy Explanation for Calling Britain's Finance Minister the Wrong Name

    06/19/2013 7:07:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer
    The president, it seems, committed a minor gaffe during this week's G-8 meetings in Northern Ireland. According to the Financial Times, the stumble came during a discussion of tax avoidance issues, when Barack Obama thrice interrupted the British chancellor of the exchequer in order to say he agreed with "Jeffrey." The chancellor's name is George Osborne. Obama later apologized, saying, "I'm sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favorite R&B singer." The U.S. leader was referring to Jeffrey Osborne, the soulful crooner responsible for "On the Wings of Love." But is Osborne really the favorite that Obama claims?...
  • The Obamas Charm the World: “Because Hope is Contagious.”

    06/18/2013 7:19:08 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 23 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-18-2013 | MOTUS
    “You’re their proof of what is possible — because hope is contagious.” Boy, tell me about it. Do you know what else is contagious? Bubonic plague, cholera, leprosy, small pox…as a rule, it’s best to stay away from contagious things. It’s unclear at this point if Bitchy Resting Face is classified as a contagious disease. Anyway, Big Guy and TOTUS gave one of their signature, rousing reads in Belfast before moving on to the G8 meeting where he continued his charm offensive, which may be losing its edge a bit: “I said you could keep the damn ring.” Meanwhile,...
  • Pope to G8: Money, politics and economics must serve, not rule

    06/16/2013 5:04:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 16, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Money, politics and economics must serve, not rule. They must serve people and promote an ethics of truth. This was the thread running through Pope Francis Letter to the British Prime Minister on the eve of the G8 Summit.The Holy Father's Letter was in response to one sent by David Cameron ahead of the Northern Ireland summit which gathers togther the leaders of the 8 most powerful nations in the world to the banks of Lough Erne. Listen: In his letter, Pope Francis praises the priorities on the agenda of the British G8 Presidency: the free international...
  • Obama to host Cameron on Monday: White House

    05/08/2013 5:15:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 09 May 2013 7:28 AM | AFP/jc
    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on Monday to discuss Syria and the G8 summit next month in Northern Ireland, officials said. "The prime minister's visit underscores the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom that has been crucial in advancing our shared security and prosperity," a White House statement said. The statement said that in addition to Syria and the G8, the talks would include discussion on trade and economic cooperation and counterterrorism measures. The Cameron visit will take place as Washington seeks to build momentum...
  • MOOchelle Treats the G-8 Wives to a Talk About HERSELF!

    05/21/2012 8:20:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 20 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-21-2012 | MOTUS
    Four words: it’s all about me They came from all over the world, Norway, Turkey, Croatia France and Albania, to accompany Lady M on a tour of a youth center on the South Side side of Chicago (where Lady M herself grew up, in case you’re from Croatia or somewhere). MO wanted to show the NATO spouses that - just like in their countries - America has poor, underprivileged children too. The only difference is that here, since the Wons took over, we take care of our underprivileged youths. matchy, matchy; matchy, matchy
  • ‘Nonviolence’ Explodes in Chicago

    05/21/2012 4:53:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 21, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - - ‘Nonviolence’ Explodes in ChicagoPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 21, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The NATO summit in Chicago has produced an impressive list of arrests for demonstrations officially billed by the Left and the compliant mainstream media as “nonviolent.” Some of the alleged pacifists conspired to maim and kill Americans.The wave of violence unleashed by the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street movement and other elements of the activist Left in recent weeks is part of what left-wingers are calling the “99% Spring.” The actions, which are being cheered...
  • At Camp David, world leaders agree on more spending to boost Europe’s economy

    05/20/2012 9:22:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 81 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 5/19/2012 | David Nakamura and Howard Schneider
    CAMP DAVID, Md. — Leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations opened the door Saturday to more government spending in Europe as way to revive the continent’s struggling economy, shifting away from the idea that the surest way to recovery was through strict fiscal austerity. Meeting at the Group of Eight summit at Camp David, President Obama and his fellow leaders said they were committed foremost to creating jobs and growth, a shift, at least in emphasis, from previous gatherings dominated by German efforts to reduce high government debt through drastic fiscal reform. In a joint statement, the leaders of eight...
  • The Articulate Obama: “Hopefully we’ll get some stuff done”

    05/20/2012 8:09:45 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-20-2012 | MOTUS
    Four words: Champagne socialists, caviar dreams Who is that little man at the “head” of the round table? King Arthur? Gatsby? Dmitry? Maybe it’s Angie – who followed his advice and fought not just for a “seat at the table” butt “the head seat” – as BO instructed the Barnard graduates to do. No, silly, that’s Big Guy! The leader of the free world! You can tell that he’s the one holding court because he has his elbows on the table, with his hands clasped together in that imperialist stately way of his. This is the dinner party on Friday...
  • Obama Hosts G-8 Slumber Party At Camp David

    05/18/2012 5:14:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/18/12 | Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News
    Leaders of eight of the world's largest economies are meeting at Camp David this evening for the G-8 Summit, marking the biggest gathering of heads of state at the president's country retreat in history. The rustic estate in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, however, presents something of a logistical challenge for the White House as it seeks to accommodate all of the leaders and their staffs. Before your mind wanders to those summer camp memories of bunk bed-filled cabins, the Obama administration assures there are "adequate facilities" for each delegation. But who sleeps where? And how were the arrangements decided? "The allocation...
  • Obama shifts location of G-8 summit from hometown of Chicago to his Camp David retreat

    03/06/2012 3:11:37 AM PST · by mdmathis6 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post via AP ^ | March 5, 2012 | Associated Press writers Ben Feller in Washington and Carla Johnson, Tammy Webber and Caryn Rousseau
    WASHINGTON — The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland. ....snip..... The White House said the G-8 summit would take place May 18-19. The White House announced plans last summer to hold both summits back-to-back in Chicago, giving the president a high-profile opportunity to tout his foreign policy and diplomatic credentials on his home turf in an election year. The idea of moving the G-8 to Camp David was raised to the president...
  • White House moves G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David

    03/05/2012 3:42:59 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 3-5-12 | Fran Spielman, Abdon M. Pallasch, Frank Main, Lynn Sweet
    In a surprise turnaround, the White House announced Monday afternoon that Chicago won’t be hosting the controversial G-8 summit after all. It will be held at Camp David instead of Chicago. The NATO summit will proceed here May 20-21. City Hall insisted that it was President Barack Obama’s decision — that Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not ask the White House to take the more controversial of the two summits off Chicago’s hands. One leading demonstrator pledged the protests “will go forward” here despite the switch. The White House issued a terse statement dropping the bombshell shortly before 3 p.m. “In...
  • G8 Sumit Moved to Camp David

    03/05/2012 1:11:08 PM PST · by GonzoGOP · 8 replies ^ | March 5, 2012 | CBS News
    CHICAGO (CBS) – This spring’s G-8 summit has been moved from Chicago to Camp David, though the NATO summit scheduled for the same weekend is staying in Chicago.
  • Conservative blogger seeking inexpensive place to stay Chicago May 2012 NATO and G8 summits

    10/26/2011 11:14:09 AM PDT · by el marco · 10 replies
    I have never been to Illinois before, but NATO and G8 summits, to take place between May 15-22 are calling my name. My blog is totally self-funded, and I don't have a real job, and not collecting any government anything needless to say, so I need to do all my work on a limited budget. All I really need is internet access and a place to work quietly, and since I'm not a grungy liberal, to shower and sleep (a couch would do in a pinch.) A place with easy access to where these events will take place is strongly...
  • G8 leaders praise Arab Spring activists

    05/27/2011 6:57:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | May 27, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Leaders at the Group of Eight summit in France expressed their support for democracy activists in the Middle East and North Africa on Friday but stopped short of pledging money to support them. The G8 leaders raised the possibility that multilateral development banks could provide more than $20 billion to support reforms in Egypt and Tunisia, where popular uprisings dislodged authoritarian rulers. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the amount of aid could reach $40 billion. In addition to the possible $20 billion, he cites about $10 billion in bilateral commitments not mentioned in the G8 summit's communique and...
  • G-8: Nations, banks to give $40B for Arab Spring

    05/27/2011 3:23:24 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 18 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jamey Keaten
    DEAUVILLE, France – Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide $40 billion in funding for Arab nations trying to establish true democracies, officials said at a Group of Eight summit Friday. Officials didn't fully detail the sources of the money, or how it would be used, but the thrust was clearly to underpin democracy in Egypt and Tunisia — where huge public uprisings ousted autocratic regimes this year — and put pressure on repressive rulers in Syria and Libya. The overall message from President Barack Obama and the other G-8 leaders meeting in this Normandy resort appeared to...
  • G8 Leaders Vow $20 Billion in Aid to Egypt and Tunisia

    05/27/2011 8:09:26 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 11 replies
    While Republicans and Democrats in Washington dueled over job creation in America, President Obama was overseas in the French resort-town of Deauville working to spur job creation in the Middle East--among a laundry list of other international matters. With the so-called "Arab Spring" heating up into what some are now calling the "Arab Summer," leaders of the Group of Eight, more commonly known as the G8, have committed to help grow free economies and jobs in the region. Yet with several countries in the Middle East still engaged in serious conflict and uncertain political futures, the prospect for noticeable employment...
  • France Fails To Get G8 Accord On Libya No-Fly Zone

    03/15/2011 9:42:23 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 15 Mar 2011 | John Irish and Tim Hepher
    PARIS (Reuters) – France failed on Tuesday to persuade its G8 partners to support its push for a no-fly zone over Libya, a setback to any chances of swift action to halt Muammar Gaddafi's advance against rebel forces. In a blow too to France's efforts to use the crisis in Libya to reassert its leadership in international diplomacy, the Group of Eight powers made no mention of a no-fly zone over the North African nation in a communique wrapping up their talks. The Libyan crisis dominated the first meeting of France's G8 presidency, but Germany and Russia blocked flight restrictions...
  • White House confirms Sarkozy visit January 10

    12/24/2010 7:28:34 PM PST · by matt1234 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/24/2010 | unknown
    HONOLULU — French President Nicolas Sarkozy will visit Washington next month and hold talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama on January 10, the White House said Friday. "I can confirm" the French leader's visit, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told AFP, without providing further details. The Elysee presidential palace announced Thursday that Sarkozy would visit the US capital to discuss the agendas of next year's G8 and G20 summits with Obama. France currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20 forum of the world's 20 largest economies, and in 2011 will chair the G8, comprised of six major Western...
  • I find summit security papers abandoned in picnic area

    06/27/2002 5:07:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 25 replies · 256+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 06/28/2002 | James Doran
    THE safety of Tony Blair, George Bush and other world leaders at the G8 summit in Canada could have been jeopardised when a secret security document detailing their every movewas left in a busy picnic area close to the summit headquarters. To the horror of the Canadian Mounties and American Secret Service, the 134-page spiral-bound document, marked “confidential”, was left lying open on a large boulder in front of the main security barrier at the entrance to the luxury resort in the Rockies where the G8 leaders were holding their two-day meeting. It was found by The Times as British...
  • Lutheran Bishop Joins Faith Leaders to Challenge G-8 and G-20

    06/30/2010 7:33:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 30 June AD 2010 | John Brooks
    Lutheran Bishop Joins Faith Leaders to Challenge G-8 and G-20 10-180-JD WASHINGTON (ELCA) -- The convening and working together of interfaith leaders serves as a "powerful symbol" in contributing to a better future for the world, according to the Rev. Jon V. Anderson, bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Southwestern Minnesota Synod, Redwood Falls. Anderson attended the World Religions Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 21-23. "I wanted to bring our distinctive Lutheran voice to this gathering of Christians and people of many faiths," Anderson said. More than 90 faith leaders and youth delegates from over 20 countries met at...
  • But Mr. President you don't have a Budget now! And your deficits are the worst

    06/30/2010 7:45:11 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 2 replies
    Creating Orwellian Wordview ^ | 6/30/10 | Alaphiah
    The question at the G8 and G20 summit put to President Barry Hussein Soetoro was, “Are there steps that your administration can take now to build confidence that the U.S. will in fact meet its deficit reduction targets( goals) for the medium and long term,” the President careened along on a 4min 18 second long rambling fantastical response (because it wasn’t an answer) that had no basis in fiscal reality. (see 4:19min video) Yeah right, Mr. President why don’t we start by first having your Democrat controlled Congress do the fiscally responsible thing and pass a budget resolution as required...
  • Paul Krugman Now Laughingstock On Two Continents

    06/25/2010 6:47:52 AM PDT · by jpl · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | Thursday June 24, 2010 | Tim Cavanaugh
    It's always the right time to ignore Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist, Nobel Laureate and four-time Latin Grammy nominee whose drink-yourself-sober advice on handling the debt crisis is so sharply at odds with reality. Of late, Krugman has had his Irish up at Europeans who are resisting the Obama Administration's plan to continue spending hundreds of billions on financial stimulus. (Not that he agrees with the administration, which Krugman has been arguing for the last 18 months should be spending trillions, not mere billions, on stimulus.) And in the case of Bundesbank president Axel Weber -- whom Krugman...
  • Obama: Odd Man Out in Economic Summit!

    06/28/2010 10:39:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 48 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-27-10 | Mike's America
    Our allies are moving to cut spending and debt at the same time Obama urges them to party on! President Barack Obama, right, stands beside French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other G8 Leaders during a family photo with African Outreach Leaders during the G8 Summit at the Deerhurst Resort in Hunstville, Ontario, Canada, Friday, June 25, 2010.With U.S. Gross Domestic Product being revised significantly downward and our high unemployment rate well above that of our nearest neighbor Canada, you would think Obama might listen to how our friends and allies are responding to the global economic crisis. But it seems...
  • G-20: Obama Gives Press the Slip

    06/27/2010 8:02:39 AM PDT · by kagoots · 105 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 26, 2010 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Holed up with seven other global leaders in the woods of Muskoka, Canada, President Barack Obama gave the White House press corps the slip last night. The president is attending the G-8 and G-20 summits with his global counterparts this weekend. The G-8 began yesterday in Muskoka in Huntsville, Ont., and ends today. The G-20 is in Toronto, about 150 miles away, and starts this afternoon. Last night, the White House sent the press corps — which by agreement stays close to the president in order to report on any incident — back to Toronto, leaving the president 150 miles...
  • Cameron urges G8 to follow Britain's 'unavoidable' cuts as he faces off against Obama at summit

    06/27/2010 3:16:01 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 28 replies
    dailymail ^ | Today
    The Prime Minister last night defiantly rejected U.S. criticism of the decision of Britain to tackle deficits with massive cuts and tax rises. David Cameron heightened tensions with President Barack Obama over spending cuts by calling for all major economies to take 'unavoidable' belt-tightening steps as quickly as possible. As the pair prepared to meet for the first time on the world stage, the Prime Minister went out of his way to point out that Britain had demonstrated with this week's emergency Budget that 'we will start to live within our means' He said all G20 countries had to 'start...
  • G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM

    06/27/2010 10:10:27 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday. “Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto...
  • Lee to press for Cheonan support at G-20 Summit

    06/26/2010 11:09:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/26/2010 | Jung Ha-won
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan are expected to ratchet up diplomatic efforts to garner international support for a UN reprimand of North Korea during this weekend’s G-20 Summit in Toronto. Seoul has asked the UN Security Council to officially condemn Pyongyang for the fatal March 26 attack on South Korean warship Cheonan, an accusation Pyongyang has furiously denied. After two Koreas held dueling briefings to push their own versions of the story to member countries at the UN Security Council, negotiations came to a temporary halt this week as the ambassadors of the member countries...
  • Vandals mar summit protests in Toronto (vs. pristine Tea Party record)

    06/26/2010 8:40:35 PM PDT · by DTogo · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | June 26, 2010 | Rob Gillies
    TORONTO – Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful demonstrators protesting a global economic summit in Toronto on Saturday, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers. Police arrested more than 100 people. Police with shields and clubs pushed back the rogue protesters who tried to head south toward the security fence surrounding the perimeter of the Group of 20 summit site. Some demonstrators hurled bottles at police. "We have never seen that level of wanton criminality and vandalism and destruction on our streets," Toronto police chief Bill Blair said.
  • Caption this photo: Obama/Mededev raising hands, Merkel, Harper, Barroso not (G-8 group photo)

    06/26/2010 8:31:27 PM PDT · by ph12321 · 27 replies
  • Obama ditches press at G8 summit

    06/26/2010 3:57:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 6-26-10 | Eric Zimmermann
    President Obama spent some time away from the traveling press corps last night, the Wall Street Journal reports. Obama is always accompanied by a "pool" reporter when he travels, who notes the president's movements and reports back to the rest of the White House reporters. But last night, with the President in Muskoka, Ontario for the G-8 summit, the White House sent the pooler away. From WSJ: Last night, the White House sent the press corps — which by agreement stays close to the president in order to report on any incident — back to Toronto, leaving the president 150...