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Troubled Times Slash G-8 Aid Pledge

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Posted on Jun 26, 2010
AP / Saul Loeb

President Barack Obama, third from left, and other G-8 leaders line up for a photo Friday at the summit in Toronto.

With the scent of the global financial crisis swimming in their nostrils, G-8 leaders pledged a mere $5 billion in aid to reduce deaths among African mothers and infants, a decrease of 90 percent in the funding promised five years ago at the group’s meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland. —JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Rich countries have shied away from making bold aid pledges at the G8 summit, mindful of their own tight budgets and past broken promises.

They pledged $5bn in aid over five years to reduce deaths among mothers and their newborns in Africa, at the summit in Toronto on Friday.

The amount is nowhere near the ambitious promise from five years ago to double aid by up to $50 billion by 2010.

The donors delivered only two-thirds, an estimated $18bn, of the money they agreed on at a 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.

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By gerard, June 27, 2010 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

By the way, where’s the Saudi in that line-up of “richest” nations in black suits,all looking down at their Gucchi shoes?  We need a touch of white in there for bah relief. And maybe something on the heads, please, in the way of a crown or something?

Needs a bit of retouching to win the State Prize—State of Reprehension, that is.

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By gerard, June 27, 2010 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

By the way, where’s the Saudi in that line-up of “richest” nations in black suits,all looking down at their Gucchi shoes?  We need a touch of white in there for bah relief. And maybe something on the heads, please, in the way of a crown or something?

Needs a bit of retouching to win the State Prize—State of Reprehension, that is.

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By felicity, June 27, 2010 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

Let’s see, $5 billion over 5 years to some people of what-must-be a 5th world country, and then let’s see, $3 billion/year (from one member nation of the G8) to the people of what is a 1st world country (Israel) makes for head-scratching time.

As Gerard implies, it’s all about return on investment, and by definition starving African women and their offspring are not a profitable investment. In fact, their deaths from starvation are probably, in the end, a good investment?  (That’s what the G8 members are all about (and the protesters know that’s what they’re all about.)

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By eir, June 27, 2010 at 4:41 am Link to this comment

Let’s see:  Wall Street is partying hearty over the news of the new financial regulations bill that will keep their party going, and their servants at the G8 are making some painful cuts, well not for them, but for somebody else.

Hmmmmmm?  Wonder who’s next? 

“People get ready, there’s a train a coming…”

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By ofersince72, June 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

The group of eight, or G8, of course, took advantage
of the moment to condemn Iran and North Korea, ignoring
the tens of thousands who were condemning them.

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By rollzone, June 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

hello. move on reformers, spend a little tax on me.
  remember the first rule of “Fight Club”.

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By gerard, June 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

Even Al Jazeera can’t seem to do better than the corporate-dominated Western Press.  Lots of blah-blah-blah, and not a word about protesters’ reasons, intentions, complaints, ideas until the very last paragraph.  At which point they offer:
  “Demonstrations are expected in Toronto on a variety of causes including the environment and global poverty, with many activists opposing gatherings of the rich and powerful.“How utterly dull and empty of content!   
  Specifically, what activists, what do they oppose, what do they advocate doing to cure global poverty etc. etc.  Why can we, the people, never get the really new, significant and different truth out of major information services? Because it’s too important, that’s why.
  To prove just how threatening the whole truth is, I read in a Canada source this morning that 19,000 law enforcement officers have been hired to manage protesters who HOPE to reach as many as 20,000.  Just about as cheap to hire the protesters not to show up, and save the cost of barracades, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and plywood.
  Shows how vital it is that corporate-controlled governments feel they must prevent the protester’s messages from getting out.  Even so, the messages slip through the cracks every time that Kenyan housewife’s neighbor’s rooster crows.
  As the elderly Quaker lady in the back bench by the window used to say, rising to her full height of 5 feet and three inches:  “Praise the Lord!” then sat down and subsided into deep meditation.
  You never know what’s really happening for sure!

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By gerard, June 26, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

SONG OF THE BLACK SUIT BRIGADE:

“$5 billion in aid to reduce deaths among African mothers and infants, A DECREASE OF 90% in the funding promised FIVE YEARS AGO at the group’s meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.”

It would be funny if it were not so sick! No doubt based on the hope that it’s “the best way” to decrease world population. So mothers and infants in Africa have to suffer in order for the “rich countries” to luxuriate in yachts, wine, drugs, war and resource exploitation. Like there’s no other way.  Like decreasing the populations of “rich countries” who exploit more, waste more, demand more stuff wouldn’t be fairer—and help just as much?

  Like “we” “deserve” to exempt ourselves from the moral necessity to relieve suffering instead of creating and extending it?

What colossal selfishness and cruelty—and nobody says a bleedin’ word?

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By ejreed, June 26, 2010 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

Thousands have come to Toronto Protesting the G8 and G20 meetings. The Canadian city of Toronto has launched a massive security operation as it prepares to host the G20 summit of leaders of the world’s largest economies. Thousands of police are being deployed for the summit, with many residents questioning the cost.
http://www.newslook.com/videos/223326-fortress-toronto-set-for-g20

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