"The Harper government misinformed Parliament
to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on dubious projects
in a Conservative riding, the auditor general
has concluded." Or maybe not
- the final report won't be released until Parliament is sitting again. Or, maybe not - John Baird
says the Conservative party would agree to a release of the final report
In preparation for the upcoming G8/G20 summit
in Toronto, security forces (who have already removed mailboxes, bus shelters and garbage bins
, as well as shutting down cell-phone
towers) are removing saplings from
the streets on the theory that they can be uprooted and used as weapons by protesters.
RCMP Constable Wendy Drummond explains that it is "like child-proofing your home
." [more inside]
Bono and Bob Geldof worked in The Globe and Mail newsroom
on Saturday to guest-edit a special edition of the paper on the future of Africa
for today... Monday, May 10, in advance of the G8/G20 summit in Huntsville, Ontario, from June 25-27, 2010.
The Heiligendamm G8 summit just ended. While some
stuck to alcohol-free beer, fresh
French President Nicolas Sarkozy clearly
had something a bit stronger before his press conference
Where's the money?
[YouTube] In a short interview with the BBC, Bob Geldof and Bono discuss ongoing efforts to get G8 members to fulfil commitments made at the Gleneagles summit, their own credibility or lack of, and whether or not the current focus on climate change is taking attention away from the situation in Africa. This Guardian article
has more details.
In this episode of the George & Tony Show
the President and the Prime Minister are in Russia eating brie, discussing geopolitics, leaving their mics open
, and whatnot.
The Utopian Nightmare
: "What is utopianism? It is promising more than you can deliver. It is seeing an easy and sudden answer to long-standing, complex problems. It is trying to solve everything at once through an administrative apparatus headed by “world leaders.” It places too much faith in altruistic cooperation and underestimates self-seeking behavior and conflict. It is expecting great things from schemes designed at the top, but doing nothing to solve the bigger problems at the bottom."
Also, be sure to check out the the 16 ideas, values and institutions that may not be with us 35 years from now written by a variety of interesting people and compiled as part of Foreign Policy's 35th anniversary (although not all are free or available without registration).
"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"
says Kenyan economist James Shikwati. His point is that economic aid from developed countries destroys the economies of African countries by eliminating entrepreneurship and the need for free trade.
These educational cartoons about the upcoming G8 conference
are easily some of the worst pieces of animation ever to be considered "educational." Could they be an attempt to create animated subversion from within? Or is it just par for the course when the government tries to sell the G8
to the youth of America? Oh, and if you like the cartoon, try testing your G8 IQ
Protester dies in G8 summit clash
A demonstrator has been killed amid clashes in the Italian city of Genoa where the leaders of the world's major industrialised countries are meeting for an annual summit.