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  • US to boycott G8 Summit in Sochi unless Russia reverses course on Ukraine

    03/04/2014 5:39:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    FOX News and AP ^ | March 4, 2014
    The United States took another punitive measure against Russia Tuesday, announcing it would not participate in a G8 Summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless Moscow reversed course on Ukraine, Reuters reported. The move followed an hour-long phone conversation between President Obama and West German Chancellor Angela Merkel that senior administration officials told Fox News focused on trying to construct a diplomatic off-ramp to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. The White House released a statement saying the two leaders “agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment international observers and...
  • Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president

    06/20/2013 7:05:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/20/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    In stark contrast to that of his presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s message on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favourite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic...
  • Barack Obama 'Savages' Catholic Education

    06/20/2013 7:50:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/20/2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    It's already been firmly established that if a person, group or ideology disagrees with Barack Obama, he becomes fixated on them and then, any opportunity he gets, he makes provocative comments that could be interpreted as a warning shot. The message? Barack Obama doesn't forget ideological unfaithfulness, and if he can, he'll shut you up by shutting you down. The president has imposed his bad attitude on, to name but a few: Conservatives, specifically of the tea party brand, right-leaning talk radio, Fox News, and the group the left views as the seat of pro-life advocacy, the Catholic Church. Catholicism...
  • President Obama Criticizes Catholic Education

    06/18/2013 10:22:44 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 56 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | June 18, 2013 | Tim Drake
    During a speech yesterday in Belfast, President Barack Obama criticized Catholic education, suggesting that it’s harmful to national unity. “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” said the President, during his Northern Ireland Visit for the G8 summit. The Scottish Catholic Observer pointed out that Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, recently praised Catholic education before a Scottish audience.
  • Caption Obama at G8 Summit

    06/18/2013 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 52 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as the sun comes out as he works alongside Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and students on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) arrives for a group photo with (L-R) European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel,...
  • Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit

    06/17/2013 2:18:45 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 125 replies
    June 17, 2013 Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 17th June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye --- Culture Minister Carl N Chuiln and Minister for Education, John O'Dowd MLA waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. ..It is understood that a contingency plan is in place for the unlikely event that an attempt would be made on the President’s life. The Secret Service also have diplomatic immunity...
  • G8 summit: US will 'stand by' Northern Ireland, says Obama

    06/17/2013 3:41:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/17/13
    US President Barack Obama has said the road to a lasting peace in Northern Ireland is "as urgent now as it has ever been". The president was addressing a gathering at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, ahead of the G8 summit in County Fermanagh. President Obama said there was "more to lose now" than before.
  • UK’s Cameron rallies world leaders to N.Ireland

    06/16/2013 11:57:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 2:25 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering Monday for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict. … Referring to Northern Ireland’s ability to leave behind a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives, he said leaders of the Group of Eight wealthy nations should be inspired by the setting—the lush lakelands of County Fermanagh—to deliver their own economic breakthrough. … Obama, seizing on that theme, was beginning his trip in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast, where he’s...
  • Fake villages will greet President Obama and other G8 world leaders in Fermanagh

    06/06/2013 12:49:33 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | 06/05/2013 | Irish Central Staff
    When the G8 world leaders fly into Northern Ireland for their major summit there on June 17, they will see a vista of progress that has been created to deceive them. According to Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE, local councils have hired workers to paint fake shop fronts stocked with attractive but illusory produce. They have also been contracted to cover derelict buildings with colorful billboards, the better to hide the real economic hardship being felt in towns and villages close to the five star golf resort where G8 leaders will meet this month.
  • Obama presses EU leaders on growth

    05/20/2012 10:25:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.05.12 @ 21:28 (May 20) | Valentina Pop
    A weekend summit of G8 leaders hosted by US President Barack Obama stressed the need for the eurozone to focus on keeping Greece inside the euro—although plans are reportedly being drafted to deal with its potential exit. "Our imperative is to promote growth and jobs.The global economic recovery shows signs of promise, but significant headwinds persist," leaders from the US, Japan, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Russia, as well as the heads of the EU commission and the European Council, said in their final statement on Saturday (19 May). The informal meeting at Obama's retreat in Maryland was...
  • Israel Not Invited to NATO's Chicago Summit

    05/12/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-11-12 | Slobodan Lekic
    Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked Israel's participation because of the raid in 2010 by Israeli troops on ships heading to Gaza in which eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. NATO has a system of partnerships with dozens of nations across the globe such as the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO...
  • Putin opts out of G-8 summit, cancels meeting with Obama

    05/10/2012 7:19:18 AM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies ^ | 5/10/12
    Just days after reclaiming the Russian presidency, Vladimir Putin has canceled his planned visit to the United States, where he'd been scheduled to attend a major economic summit and meet with President Obama. The White House confirmed in a statement late Wednesday that Putin told Obama on a phone call he'd be sending Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his place. Putin claimed he was too busy finalizing cabinet appointments to make the May 18-19 G-8 Summit at Camp David. Yet the Obama administration had moved the gathering to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland from the planned venue in...
  • 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...
  • White House Moves G8 Summit From Chicago To Camp David

    03/05/2012 1:56:03 PM PST · by Clock King · 14 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 3/05/2012 | 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.
  • Will cities cater to G8 ANARCHISTS as they have OWS BRATS?

    10/26/2011 11:28:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/26/2011 | Doug Book
    Former tenants of college dorms, parent’s basements and police drunk tanks currently known as OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protesters have alternately amused and disgusted television audiences across the nation. Deluded enough to believe “the world is watching” and actually supportive of their disgraceful antics, this crew of doped-up reprobates has proudly defecated on police cars and turned city parks into slums, all the while demanding free goods and services from politicians, city officials and local vendors. New York‘s Zuccotti Park–squatter central for the Big Apple’s OWS contingent–has become “…a breeding ground for bacterial infection loaded with potential health-code violations…” said...
  • It’s All Over: Kyoto Protocol Loses Four Big Nations

    05/30/2011 9:39:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | Anthony Watts
    Posted on May 29, 2011 by Anthony Watts Image: Sierra Club CompassSaturday, 28 May 2011 16:58 Agence France-Presse DEAUVILLE, France: Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.The future of the Kyoto Protocol has become central to efforts to negotiate reductions of carbon emissions under the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose annual meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December...
  • Obama vs. the Allies

    06/29/2010 2:28:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    A specter is haunting the world: the specter of Canada. To hear President Obama's supporters tell it, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a one-man economic wrecking crew. He led the charge at the G-8 summit to endorse the goal of advanced nations cutting their deficits in half by 2013. Obama only reluctantly went along, warning of the ill effects of what the intellectual architects of his stimulus package plaintively call "premature austerity." This dreaded austerity has treated our friendly neighbors to the north quite well. If deficit spending is the engine of growth, Canada should be a nation of...
  • G-8 Chefs Baffled By Laura Bush's 'Poisoning' Claims

    05/01/2010 11:44:26 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 28 replies · 1,558+ views
    In her new memoir, former first lady Laura Bush writes that she, her husband and the American delegation may have been poisoned at the 2007 G-8 summit hosted by Germany. German federal investigators as well as the kitchen staff at the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm refute her account. Steffen Duckhorn still remembers well the day Laura Bush thought she might die. He was feeling a bit worked up because he had heard that President George W. Bush, who was attending the G-8 summit in June 2007 in Heiligendamm, Germany, wasn't feeling well. Duckhorn had cooked for the president, and Bush was...
  • Laura Bush memoir claims president was poisoned at G8 summit

    04/28/2010 11:37:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 89 replies · 2,871+ views
    Guardian ^ | 04/28/2010 | Ed Pilkington
    The former first lady Laura Bush has opened a diplomatic can of worms by writing in her new book that she and her husband may have been poisoned during a state visit to a G8 summit in Germany in 2007. The passage of Spoken From the Heart in which she discusses the incident amounts to the first time that the idea has been floated that George Bush's illness at the summit may have been the result of poisoning. The then US president succumbed to a stomach complaint, as did his wife and several members of their entourage, during a three-day...
  • Anthrax alert after man posts his wife's ashes to U.S. embassy

    07/17/2009 2:00:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 912+ views
    dailymail. ^ | 16th July 2009 | Nick Pisa
    A powder sent to the American embassy in Rome during last week's G8 in Italy was the ashes of the sender's wife, it emerged today. Officials at the embassy went into overdrive when the envelope arrived last Wednesday, just hours before President Barack Obama arrived in the Italian capital for the summit. The post room of the building was sealed off and staff evacuated as police scientists in protective overalls arrived to take the powder away amid fears it could be an anthrax terror attack.
  • Libya's Gadhafi Lashes Out at US (Obama's charm not working)

    06/11/2009 12:14:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies · 898+ views
    VOA ^ | 6/11/09 | Sabina Castelfranco
    Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has lashed out at the United States by likening the 1986 U.S. Strikes on Libya to Osama bin Laden's terror attacks on the United States in 2001. He was speaking Thursday in Rome, where he is on a three-day official visit. In a speech to Italian lawmakers, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi urged the world to understand the reasons that motivate terrorists. He called for dialogue with terrorists, saying, "One must talk to the devil, if it brings about a solution." While condemning al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, he implied there was little difference between bin Laden's...
  • New Brunswick paper apologizes to PM for communion story

    08/01/2009 12:05:00 PM PDT · by Clive · 34 replies · 1,534+ views
    Canwest News Service and National Post ^ | 2009-07-28 | Linda Nguyen
    A New Brunswick newspaper that ran a front-page apology Tuesday for a story that claimed Prime Minister Stephen Harper had pocketed a communion wafer has also announced that its publisher and editor-in-chief are no longer with the paper. Saint John Telegraph-Journal publisher Jamie Irving and editor Shawna Richer were no longer at their posts, effective immediately, said Annie Smith, a spokeswoman for the New Brunswick News Inc., the company that owns the daily paper. "She is no longer editor, and (he) is no longer the publisher," she said. "I don't have any information other than that." Ms. Smith would not...
  • What's so bad about a little girl wearing a peace sign?

    07/14/2009 3:13:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 123 replies · 4,884+ views
    A liberal blog ^ | July 13, 2009 | Helena Andrews
    Can anyone answer the sweet lady's innocent little question?
  • Caption the G8 Summit

    07/10/2009 2:35:52 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 27 replies · 962+ views
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev during a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy July 10, 2009 Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi (L) speaks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy as he leaves the final meeting at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy July 10, 2009. After two days of talks focused on the economic crisis, trade and global warming, the final day of the G8 gathering in Italy looked at the problems facing the poorest nations. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev holds up a 'worldwide coin' as he discusses the concept of an international...
  • G-8 leaders reach climate deal, tackle economy... (fight against weather caused by mankind.)

    07/09/2009 6:40:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 18 replies · 414+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 10th, 2009
    Wealthy nations agree on temperature cap in fight against global warming.... leaders of the world's richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to slow dangerous climate change. They agreed for the first time that worldwide temperatures must not rise more than a few degrees. However, their goals are nonbinding, and it's far from clear they will be met. The wealthy nations failed to persuade the leaders of big developing countries to promise to cut their own fast-spreading pollution, unable to overcome arguments that the well-established industrial giants aren't doing enough in the...
  • China and India reject G8 calls for climate targets

    07/10/2009 9:13:02 AM PDT · by FromLori · 6 replies · 292+ views
    Live Leak ^ | 7/10/09
    China and India have rejected calls from G8 leaders for them to make deep cuts in their carbon emissions. The refusal of developing nations to sign up to a climate change deal overshadowed an agreement between rich nations to limit the rise in global average temperatures. G8 leaders meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, agreed for the first time to work to prevent global temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius. The summit also agreed that developed economies should aim to cut their carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The agreement will force G8 economies to make significant changes...
  • Red China: Calm returns to riot city as troops patrol the streets - Death penalty for rioters

    07/09/2009 9:15:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 455+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/10/2009 | Jane Macartney in Urumqi
    The bustle of business and the roar of traffic returned to Urumqi yesterday as columns of troops miles long filled the streets in a show of might designed to reassure Han Chinese after Sunday’s riots. Throughout the day, lorries filled with paramilitaries and soldiers paraded slowly down city centre streets. Armoured personnel carriers, water cannon vehicles and vans equipped to fire teargas followed. Some vehicles were emblazoned with slogans such as “Smash the separatists” and “Bring peace to the city”. The Times counted a column of police that took 40 minutes to pass by. One witness counted 60 sets of...
  • The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact

    07/09/2009 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 3,065+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2009
    Climate Change: Channeling King Canute, G-8 leaders agree to wreck the world's economy, and ours, by pledging to prevent temperatures from rising more than 4 degrees by 2050. What if the Earth has other plans?Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. We were...
  • Just Remember What Happened The Last Time Medvedev Had a Pleasant Meeting With a U.S. President

    07/06/2009 3:01:26 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies · 621+ views
    NRO ^ | July 06, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    It's always nice to see the leaders of the United States and Russia having a pleasant summit. But let's not fool ourselves into thinking the statements mean much. In July 2008, President Bush and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev had a meeting at the G8 summit: PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV: (As translated.) Well, indeed, we had this exchange today with George concerning various issues on the agenda of our relationship, including those of domestic importance, trade and investments, and internationally related matters, including those conflicts and crisis tendencies in the world. And true that on certain matters we do have differences originating from...
  • Ex-Topless Model To Host Leaders’ Partners At Berlusconi’s Summit

    07/04/2009 8:52:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 4,227+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 04, 2009
    Ex-Topless Model To Host Leaders’ Partners At Berlusconi’s Summit By NICK PISA 04th July 2009 Not topless now: Mara Carfagna, Italy's Equal Opportunities Minister [Pic in URL] Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has solved the problem of not having a First Lady by his side for this week’s G8 Summit – a former topless model turned minister will look after the spouses of world leaders. Dark-haired former calendar girl Mara Carfagna, – now Italy’s Equal Opportunities Minister – will guide the partners of the prime ministers and presidents at the conference. The idea might put a smile on the face of...
  • World religious leaders hold their own G8 summit (Ark of the Covenant to be Revealed)

    They came, they prayed, they appealed. Religious leaders from around the world held their own not-so-mini “G8 summit” in Italy on June 16-17. The “Fourth Summit of Religious Leaders on the occasion of the G8,” as the meeting was officially called, started with a visit to L’Aquila, the central Italian city severely damaged by an earthquake on April 6. That will be the venue in July of the actual summit of the G8 club of industrial nations. Nearly 130 religious leaders and diplomats then moved to Rome where they held two days of talks under the auspices of the Italian...
  • Town looking to run large-scale mock disaster in 2009 [Huntsville, Ontario]

    12/02/2008 12:16:13 AM PST · by Cindy · 258+ views
    HUNTSVILLE ^ | November 5, 2008 | Carlye Malchuk Dash
    ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Town of Huntsville will be applying to the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) to fund a large-scale mock disaster in 2009." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Hernen explained that typically a JEPP application involves a 50/50 spending commitment between the program and the municipality or organization making the application. However, in light of the upcoming 2010 G8 Summit being held at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Hernen said, “they’re willing to look at a different funding formula for us,” and that the town would be applying for a grant to cover 100 per cent of the cost."
  • "Creepy": Six Middle Eastern men take multiple photos of 2010 G8 Summit site

    12/01/2008 11:37:48 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 1,543+ views
    The Globe and Mail (August 25, 2008) via JIHAD ^ | September 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Roy MacGregor/The Globe and Mail
    HUNTSVILLE, ONT. — ARTICLE SNIPPET: "On Friday, Aug. 8, a vehicle pulled into the Pow Wow parking lot and discharged six men, all dressed in what the locals would call "city clothes" - including dark slacks and leather-soled dress shoes. Without bothering to check with the office, they went down to the beach and began taking photographs of each other, each time with Deerhurst - including the cupola that rides over the main building - in the background." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "These six English-speaking men appeared to be of Middle-Eastern origin. But what really set them apart was their complete unfamiliarity...
  • Our leaders are in carbon-cloud cuckoo land (Gasp...Is the tide starting to turn in the MSM?)

    07/10/2008 6:13:07 AM PDT · by milwguy · 20 replies · 124+ views
    telegraph uk ^ | 7/10/2008 | Christopher Booker
    For a perfect example of what is meant by "gesture politics" - an empty pledge given solely for effect, which the politician has no hope of honouring - one could not do better than this week's commitment by the G8 leaders on how they want us to fight climate change. The orthodox global-warming thesis, accepted by pretty well every politician in the Western world, but not by a growing number of scientists, is that, as CO2 levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, so too should global temperatures. Unless we can drastically reduce those CO2 levels, the world is thus...
  • Geldof demands G8 honour aid promise

    07/09/2008 7:44:15 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 15 replies · 204+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 8, 2008 at 6:05 AM EDT | Reuters News Agency
    London — Rock star Bob Geldof called on the Group of Eight rich nations on Tuesday to honour their commitment to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 agreed the aid increase at its 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, but a report last month by the Africa Progress Panel said that under current spending plans the G8 will fall 40 billion dollars short of its target. "They should be at a 50 per cent point in their commitment, but in fact the G8 are only at 14 per cent," former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof, who is lobbying the summit...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 7-9-08

    07/09/2008 5:54:43 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 63 replies · 878+ views
    On the last day of the G8 Summit in Japan, President Bush met with China’s President Hu Jintao (Transcript), India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (Transcript) and Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak. The President then delivered a statement as his final G8 Summit came to a close. (Transcript) You know, oftentimes in the political process people talk big, but they never follow up. And so one of the key ingredients of these recent meetings was all of us need to be reminded that when we say we're going to do something, we got to do it. And so accountability is...
  • (G8 Swells have) eight-course dinner before food crisis talks

    07/09/2008 12:37:30 PM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies · 89+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/9/08 | Winnett
    Gordon Brown and his fellow world leaders have sparked outrage after it was disclosed they enjoyed a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner at the G8 summit where the global food crisis tops the agenda. G8 leaders make a toast: The lavish dining will embarrass Mr Brown, who has made tackling the global food crisis a key priority The Prime Minister was served 24 different dishes during his first day at the summit – just hours after urging the world to reduce the "unnecessary demand" for food and calling on British families to cut back on their wasteful use...
  • G-8, CO2 And The Garden Of Eden

    07/08/2008 6:55:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 195+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2008
    Climate Change: A study on the impact of rising CO2 levels finds a future world of thriving agriculture and lush vegetation. Carbon dioxide, the gas some see as a threat, is indeed the key to life on Earth.Even as the G-8 Summit announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, researchers at the Johann Heinrich von Theunen Institute in Germany find the rise in carbon dioxide levels may in fact be a boon to plant life on Earth. The Theunen Institute, which has been monitoring the phenomenon since 1999, trained CO2 jets on plants, raising CO2 concentrations...
  • Iran warns against attack as G8 demands nuclear freeze

    07/08/2008 1:12:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 133+ views
    AFP ^ | July 08 , 2008 3 hours ago | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran warned on Tuesday it would "set fire" to Israel and US forces in response to any attack over its nuclear drive, as the world's leading industrial powers told Tehran to freeze uranium enrichment.Leaders of the Group of Eight nations at a summit in Japan urged Iran to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions "in particular to suspend all enrichment-related activities."They also urged Tehran to respond positively to a new package by six major powers aimed at bringing an end to the five-year-old nuclear standoff which has led to a string of sanctions against Iran.The United...
  • [Toyako Summit] Fuji Heavy Shows off Spacious Electric Vehicle

    07/08/2008 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 132+ views ^ | 08 July 2008 | Susumu Tajima, Senior Editorial Staff
    Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd exhibited "Plug-in Stella Concept," a new electric vehicle, at the G8 Hokkaido-Toyako Summit. Fuji Heavy Industries brought five of the vehicles to the site of the summit and showcased them to government officials and journalists from all over the world. The company plans to commercialize an electric car in 2009. The Plug-in Stella Concept is based on "Stella," the company's practical wagon-type kei car. The main characteristic of the vehicle is that it has a secondary battery in the lower part of the vehicle, securing as much interior space as the Stella. The secondary battery...
  • G8 agrees climate change deal to halve emissions

    07/08/2008 2:32:24 AM PDT · by steelyourfaith · 16 replies · 81+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 8, 2008 | Patrick Wintour & Larry Elliot
    In meetings at Hokkaido, Japan, the leaders of the G8 made a breakthrough on climate change when they agreed to adopt a goal of at least halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a draft communique.
  • World leaders enjoy 18-course banquet as they discuss how to solve global food crisis

    07/07/2008 10:11:38 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 26 replies · 124+ views ^ | 7/08/08 | James Chapman
    rising prices and a global shortage of provisions. But yesterday the Prime Minister and other world leaders sat down to an 18-course gastronomic extravaganza at a G8 summit in Japan, which is focusing on the food crisis. The dinner, and a six-course lunch, at the summit of leading industrialised nations on the island of Hokkaido, included delicacies such as caviar, milkfed lamb, sea urchin and tuna, with champagne and wines flown in from Europe and the U.S.
  • G8 summit in Japan 'watering down' Tony Blair's Gleneagles aid pledge to Africa

    07/07/2008 8:10:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 99+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/8/2008 | David Blair in Rusutsu
    Tony Blair's flagship promise of more aid for Africa, secured at the Gleneagles summit three years ago, is being pulled apart as "backsliding" leaders assemble for a G8 meeting in Japan. On the opening day of the gathering on Japan's island of Hokkaido, a draft communiqué prepared for leaders of the world's eight richest nations showed how the pledge which Mr Blair negotiated with such fanfare was being steadily watered down. The central promise made by G8 countries at Gleneagles, as rock concerts and demonstrations took place across the world, was to raise their aid budgets by £25 billion by...
  • G8 summit: Gordon Brown has eight-course dinner before food crisis talks

    Gordon Brown and his fellow world leaders have sparked outrage after it was disclosed they enjoyed a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner at the G8 summit where the global food crisis tops the agenda.
  • African leaders call on G8 to honor aid pledge

    07/07/2008 5:13:46 AM PDT · by Abathar · 5 replies · 70+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 07/07/08 | Yoko Nishikawa and Jeremy Pelofsky
    TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - African leaders urged the Group of Eight rich nations on Monday to keep promises to help their continent and pleaded with them to remember that soaring oil and food prices were making their poverty worse. The G8 has been accused by activists of reneging on the promise made at its 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, to double aid by 2010 to $50 billion, half of which would go to Africa. "Some African leaders just wanted to emphasize that while appreciating G8 leaders' commitment to help Africa in past G8 summits, they just wanted to point that...
  • G8’s Gradual Move toward Post-Kyoto Climate Change Policy

    01/25/2008 3:18:30 PM PST · by ricks_place · 5 replies · 62+ views
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | January 25, 2008 | Toni Johnson
    How have G8 members done under the protocol so far?The EU’s environment agency projects Britain and France will meet their Kyoto obligations but other G8 members are struggling: Canada. Emissions have gone up as much as 35 percent since 1990 because of continued increases in the exploitation of the country’s oil resources, calling into question whether Canada can make its 5 percent reduction target.Japan. The second-largest economy in the world is also in jeopardy of not making its assigned goal. Japan’s emissions have risen over 8 percent, which means the country will now have to reduce emissions more than 14...
  • Bali: now the rich must pay (Watermelon barf alert!)

    11/30/2007 10:11:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 107+ views
    The Guardian ^ | November 30, 2007 | Nicholas Stern
    A fair and global effort to tackle climate change needs wealthy states to take the lead in CO2 cuts The Bali summit on climate change, which starts next week, will seek to lay the foundations for a new global agreement on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause rising temperatures and climate change. Ambitious targets for emission reduction must be at the heart of that agreement, together with effective market mechanisms that encourage emission trading between countries, rich and poor. The problem of climate change involves a fundamental failure of markets: those who damage others by emitting greenhouse gases generally...
  • G-8 Summit and Unkept Promises to African States

    06/13/2007 11:50:44 AM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies · 174+ views
    Arab News ^ | 6/13/07 | Tahsin
    “Fulfill your promises before making new ones” — this is what African leaders have to say to the 33rd G-8 summit meeting now going on at the resort city of Heiligendamm, Germany. Days before the summit many African leaders and international organizations were drawing attention to the futility of the rich nations making new promises to eradicate poverty in Africa without fulfilling earlier declarations to this effect. They recalled promises made at the summit in the Scottish town of Glendale two years ago. The participants at the 2005 summit which they called the African summit agreed to write off the...
  • Caption these pictures (G8 Summit)

    06/12/2007 5:27:06 PM PDT · by G8 Diplomat · 29 replies · 521+ views
    6/12/2007 | G8 Diplomat
  • For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow

    06/09/2007 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 21 replies · 1,242+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06/09/2007 | Craig S. Smith
    TIRANA, Albania, — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight. Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time. “Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even...