Can the G-20 Save the World?

Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby burnt fare on Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:43 pm

Those cartoons would make ideal conversation pieces as paper placemats for a bbq party or designs for a deck of cards. Or a Viewmaster reel of images.

Got to hand it to the cartoonists for making statements on current events, sometimes not so funny into lighter side of situations.
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby smitty on Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:13 pm

My say of looking at Harper's little incdent CielOnTap, is when you have to go, then you have to go & that is NUMJBER ONE at the time.

Like when I am going to go out for a ride, on a hot trotting m/c up in the mountain roads for 5 to 7 hrs. I make sure I will be cought partway on the ride & have to stop off at a fuel station of restaurant to take the pressure off. After all we are all humans.

Even Harper is human!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:25 pm

Another big meeting, this time on world security issues. How much money is the cost of security going to be? Again, another meeting that could use teleconferencing!

04/02/2009 NATO SUMMIT
Police Prepare Massive Security in Germany and France
German police say they've discarded the cages used to hold arrested protesters during the 2007 G-8 summit in Rostock. But even in light of relatively peaceful anti-G-20 demonstrations in London this week, they are no less on their guard as NATO begins its summit this weekend.

Fears that protests at the upcoming NATO Summit in Strasbourg in France and Baden-Baden and Kehl in Germany could easily degrade into violent clashes has led local authorities to declare a "zero-tolerance strategy" against those who disrupt peaceful protests.Although demonstrations surrounding the G-20 Summit in London have mostly been peaceful, they did get violent at times, and French and German police are bracing themselves for the NATO meetings on Friday and Saturday with massive security precautions.

In Strasbourg, for example, two-thirds of the city's picturesque historical center has been sealed off from tourists and visitors, with locals only allowed to go in or out with police escorts from Thursday to Sunday. The borderless travel provisions of Europe's Schengen agreement have also been temporarily lifted to facilitate document checks in the border area during the summit. Every shopkeeper and resident is required to wear an identity badge, schools and sports fields will be closed, and manhole covers have been sealed shut to prevent their use as projectiles, the French daily Le Monde reported. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,617096,00.html#ref=rss

Extra judges and lawyers at courts in Kehl and in neighboring Karlsruhe will be on standby to process arrests. Erwin Hetger, who is the regional police chief in the German state of Baden-Württemberg where the summit is also being held, said that arrested persons should go before a judge within three hours.


A good thing? Will the press be allowed to cover such court activity too?
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:12 am

Netherlands Antilles, Aruba off tax haven blacklist
Published: 3 April 2009 14:25 | Changed: 3 April 2009 16:36
By Radio Netherlands Worldwide
The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba no longer appear on the blacklist of international tax havens published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A new update of the blacklist was presented at Thursday's G20 summit in London.

The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are still on a longer 'greylist' of countries which, while co-operating with efforts to improve transparency, do not yet meet international standards.

A number of European countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland also feature on this list due to their bank confidentiality arrangements. The OECD has placed four countries on its blacklist: Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Philippines and Uruguay. Tax haven blacklist

A new term: graylist! Does each G20 country keep these lists in their libraries after the summit concludes or do the lists get photocopied for the banking sector to be aware of?

Another G20 item-Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi is filmed calling out to the US President, at which point the Queen makes a comment (near the end of the clip): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZfsRZi-tfQ

The story here:
Queen 'not offended' by Berlusconi at G20
2 hours, 6 minutes ago

LONDON (AFP) - Buckingham Palace denied Friday that Queen Elizabeth II was irritated by Italy's colourful Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in an incident at this week's G20 summit.

A video clip of the queen turning round and saying "What is it? Why does he have to shout?" after Berlusconi shouted "Mr. Obama" at an official photo session has become a YouTube hit. 'Not Offended'
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby smitty on Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:22 pm

It is really to hard for me to fathom what a Trillion is like for I cannot fathom what a billion is like or a million as I have only gathered some thousand in my bonds to find them constantly dropping in value. Obviously I am lost in this world of what they are calling "money" these days.

Mind you only being an ex-farmer to blue-coller worker is why I am befuddled with the above. YET I know all my working life to my retirement I was/am constantly being taxed to help pay the above, with the rest of us to others like myself. Also the reason I nearly blow my top when I can see city fathers to those much higher up simply wasting away said tax dollars of something stupid. I am sure that most of the others can see how their money WAS wasted & more will be wasted be it in a small town or city or Province/State to Country.

I guess we are lucky that the Cdn Govt laid out some stiff restrictions to our banks & we are to understand that is why our Canadian banks are not in debt like banks are in some other countries.

It is like treading on very thin ice wondering when it will give under us & yes in survey work I have often tread on thin ice to even go through it & know the struggle to come out & make it back to LAND or stable ground wet as one might be.
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:45 pm

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Cartoon spoofing the ipod commercial with the Queen's silhouette. Her ipod gift from the US actually had videos on it, not music.
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:07 pm

The US President has plans to get in communication with Turkey during his term in office; he may have scored some points at the NATO summit.

04/04/2009
AGREEMENT REACHED ON RASMUSSEN
Obama Saves NATO Governments from Summit Shame
By Matthias Gebauer in Strasbourg, France

A call made by Barack Obama helped end the impasse. The Turkish government has given up its opposition and Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen will now become the new head of NATO. By doing so, Obama saved Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy from deep embarrassment at the summit.

Delays in the agenda are part of the routine at NATO summits. When it comes to ending them, though, countries tend to be very punctual. By the last day, most are keen to return home and meetings are shortened and important issues sometimes delayed until the next summit.

On Saturday, though, the decision to be made was too important -- and the summit was forced to go into overtime. Instead of holding a joint press conference at 1 p.m. as originally planned, Secretary General Japp de Hoop Scheffer was only able to appear before journalists after a two-and-a-half hour delay. It was easy to guess what he was going to say, too, given that has successor, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was already standing next to him. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,617478,00.html
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby alohasand on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:42 pm

International relations got a display of "yes we can!" Busy week for the politicians. Time to pay attention to their economies and citizens.
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Re: Can the G-20 Save the World?

Postby smitty on Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:08 pm

Obama may be winning the hearts of many (definately not those that are without work & cannot pay for their home or others cost figures), but I do not think he is winning over in Europe. Thos have to admit he has put on a good show, though tack on his wife that has really scored well. Even the little old Queen of England had to see her for in her prime she was quite a winner to the general public.
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