The pre-G8 perspective: time for reflections.

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This is a time for reflection – the actions are over and they were in many ways a great success. Now we have to look back upon what happened, and why not start from the beginning, from before the G8?


Moving against the G8“, an article featured in the June edition of the Red Pepper magazine and written around a month before the G8 Summit, offers a bit of background to the 2007 G8 mobilisation and the conditions on which it could perhaps be judged a success — all of which were fulfilled or exceeded last week. Another good way of getting a bit more background information for the reflective time to come is the Wikipedia entry for “Strategy of Tension”, because the media distortions do not stop when the summit ends – they are only just about to begin. See also an illuminating interview with Daniele Ganser and download -and read- his book to be prepared for the aftermath of the G8:

Daniele Ganser, professor of contemporary history at Bale University (France) and chairman of the ASPO – Switzerland, published a landmark book about “NATO’s Secret Armies.” According to him, during the last 50 years the United States have organized bombings in Western Europe that they have falsely attributed to the left and the extreme left with the purpose of discrediting them in the eyes of their voters. This strategy is still present today, inspiring fear for the Islam and justifying wars on oil.


3 thoughts on “The pre-G8 perspective: time for reflections.

    Gavin said:
    Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 14:55 (663)
    37below said:
    Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 16:04 (711)

    G8. “The language of international negotiations often needs decoding. When the politicians pronounced a ’successful deal’ on climate change at the G8 summit yesterday, they were naturally putting a positive gloss on an agreement which is still a long way from an ironclad commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. Yet to brand it rather scornfully as a ‘compromise’, as others have done, is to underplay the significant progress that has been made. Of course the deal is a compromise. That is in the nature of such talks. What matters is that America has clearly come in from the cold. It was Tony Blair who first put climate change on the G8 agenda two years ago. What he wanted most from this summit was an American commitment to participate in the UN process for developing the new international framework which must replace the Kyoto Protocol before it expires in 2012. This is what he and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, have achieved. While America remained the only G8 nation outside the Kyoto Protocol, it was unlikely that India and China could ever be persuaded to participate in any meaningful way. So the White House’s shift is highly significant, although it is timid when compared with the bold targets already set unilaterally by US states such as New York and California, and also when put alongside the calls for action by many US businesses”.

    For smaller countries like NZ who are a signatory to the Kyoto protocol, this is highly significant to see a convergence of thinking and action by the G8…. A good start

    colono responded:
    Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 17:43 (779)

    Further reading:

    an informative essay

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