G20 energy ministers’ meeting in Beijing this week failed to come up with a deadline and concrete plans for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. The meeting followed last month’s commitment by G7 leaders to phase out fossil fuel handouts by 2025. The pos… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
This and that for your Sunday reading.- Alexander Panetta reports on the G20’s agreement on the need to crack down on tax evasion – as well as the steps Canada needs to take to get our own house in order:The final communique warned of actions against c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Joseph Stiglitz notes that the recent stock market turmoil may be most important for its effect in highlighting far more important economic weaknesses. And Richard McCormack discusses the link between stock buybacks, inequality and economic stagnation – meaning that a plan to eliminate loopholes for stock options may . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
I posted the video below while ago. I hope come October 2015 it will be final curtain for Stephen Harper. It is about hosting the G8 and G20 meeting in Toronto and spending $1.1 billion on it. He loves every opportunity for photo-op to promote himself.
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– The Star’s editorial board writes that five years after police committed serious human rights violations at Toronto’s G20 summit, nobody seems to have learned any lessons from the abuses. And David Lavallee tells his story of being interrogated for a “precursor to terrorist behaviour” based solely on his . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links
Justice James Stribopoulos sees the G20 human rights abuses as highlighting the problems with handing over poorly-defined powers to law enforcement: In an essay published in a new book on policing during the summit, Justice James Stribopoulos blames the abuses that took place on an absence of specific legislation to “confine, structure and check police . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On inevitable abuses
Posted earlier as an opinion piece for CBC. See original post here (this post slightly modified from original)
By Louis-Philippe Rochon
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Much was at stake earlier this week when finance ministers from G20 countries met in Istanbul to discuss Greece and the state of the world economy in . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: G20 meeting of world finance ministers too little too late
Hosting a G20 summit is supposed to be prestigious. You get the leaders of the world’s largest economies to come to your country, to gather in your town, to discuss the great problems of the day. As host you even get to set the agenda for the summit. You get to steer all . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Humiliation of Tony Abbott
His supposedly blunt message to Vladimir Putin reveals how Steve Harper really knows how to work a room when there’s an election in the offing.
Walking up to Putin at the G20 summit, Harper’s aides claim he said this: “Well I guess I’ll share your hand but I only have one thing to say . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper Chasing Votes Down Under
A group of Australians gathered on Bondi Beach to bury their heads in the sand in protest of their prime minister’s fossil fuel fetish.
More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government’s reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Dear Tony, You Can Kiss Our…
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Let us remember that while the US cops are often out of control that it can happen here in sweet old Canada, and has happened many times.
The G20 is a reminder that many would like to sweep under the rug and leave it there.
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Toronto G20, 4 years later: 18 disturbing facts all Canadians should know
It’s not like it comes as a big surprise that the Harper Government is nasty. But the extent of their vileness continues expand.
First, the Harper Government seems to have decided to shut down basic literacy programs across Canada. The claims of the Harperites on this matter are the usual “we don’t believe these . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Nasty, Just Plain Nasty
The G20 scandal just got broader. Besides Canadian police massively violating protester’s rights, the NSA appears to have been assisted by CSEC to illegally spy on Canadians in Ontario for the G20.
Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #cdnpoli Spying On You
Assorted content to end your week.
– Tom Bergin reports on a predictable corporate attack on the very idea of government sovereignty – as tax evaders are insisting that their own demand for “certainty” in the availability of tax havens should trump the ability of tax authorities to assess where revenue should be taxed: The . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Mad scientist selling his utopian project to the master of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
“Austeria”. An informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.
. . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: Austeria
Informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Duncan Cameron discusses how the G20 is dancing around the problem of corporate tax evasion. The Economist issues a call to action against offshoring. And David Atkins points out what’s more likely needed to deal with a global problem which can be exacerbated by just a few . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Justin Ling writes that the Cons’ aversion to accountability isn’t limited to their own government, as they’re one of the few holdouts against transparency in resource-sector reporting of payments to governments abroad.
– Meanwhile, Stuart Trew discusses an international citizens’ initiative to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership from . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”
Yeah they did: “Tories made a ‘major mistake’ in their approach to the euro crisis, Paul Martin says.” “The major mistake that the government has made is the way that it’s characterized this,” Mr. Martin said.
“The role of the G20 is to strengthen the financial institutions and the other global institutions that exist. . . . → Read More: Impolitical: You go, Paul Martin
Perspective is everything. When a Canadian citizen looks up at their government, they see a democratic institution being stolen from them through deceptive practices. When an international corporation looks down at a government, they see a tool for the implementation of policy. To understand the multi-facted implementation of policy and issues of debate you must . . . → Read More: Canadian Trends: There is no Canada, only Zuul
The IMF released this table at the end of the G20 yesterday showing pledges received over the past few months by countries around the world to increase IMF resources:
That’s quite a list. 37 countries including 15 of the G20 have now contributed to the IMF fund seeking to build resources at a time of . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The world ponies up to the IMF
Emerging from their resort world leaders have come up with one idea that just might work. Banking Oversight. No seriously, this is what they are spending money coming up with. Click the link, see for yourself. Of course their brand of banking oversight is new. It’s nothing like the banking oversight already in place which . . . → Read More: Canadian Trends: One big idea: Banking Oversight? Please.
The G20 leaders continue to excel at making a credible case for austerity. Hunkered down in a Mexican luxury resort the reality of the world most people live in is no where to be found near them. Between lavish meals economic talk erupts, lots of talk which these leaders insist will one day translate in . . . → Read More: Canadian Trends: Expensive resorts and lavish dinners, austerity is in the air