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Jun 26, 2010
L to R:  Simekinala Kaluzi, GCAP Malawi, Eshetu Bekele, GCAP Ethiopia, Kumi Naidoo, GCAP co-chair; International Executive Director, Greenpeace, Sonia  Kwami, GCAP Africa Project, Ghana, Dennis Howlett, Make Poverty History. Photo: Jennifer Henderson.

Continental aside: No room for Africa at the G20 Table

Jennifer Henderson
Poverty activists from Africa describe how the promises of the G20 are failing their continent, including the much vaunted Maternal Health Plan of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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Whither China

Upon hearing Richard Fadden describe some Canadian politicians as being influenced by foreign governments, leaning towards China, I want to discuss on a larger scale how Canada should be conducting our relationship with China. Under former PM Chretien, Canada seemed to be moving towards closer relations with China, namely along the lines of nuclear trade. Since PM Harper has come to power, it seems that the more hard-line reform elements within the party whom have long wanted Canada to be tougher on China because of human rights abuses, our relationship with China has deteriorated. China is and will be for the foreseeable future, a super power. The more China industrializes and its middle class grows, the bigger the threat it becomes to US economic hegemony.

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CAS says children should not be involved in G20

This is a great article about how the CAS will be present and "on call" during the G8/G20 protests in Toronto.

I'm so annoyed at this comment by their spokesperson:

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While Fleming did note that he respects the right to protest, he feels children should not be involved at the G20.

"You never know what these things will turn out to be. As a parent I'd have concerns. I'd have good intentions but not everyone has the same thoughts. I would think twice before taking my kids. The protests have been known to become violent and that would be a concern for anyone there."

And I loved John Clarke's response:

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In cahoots
Jun 24, 2010

Retrospective on the GASCD

Part of a retrospective series on past world summits: hear audio excerpts from the GASCD with Bruce Cockburn, Jello Biafra, The Rheostatics, Propaghandi, Olu Dara, Maude Barlow, and Michael Franti.
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Jun 24, 2010
Police lunch at the G20 security fence in Toronto. Photo: Kristen Hanson.

Challenging Toronto's corporate security walls

Harsha Walia and Stefan Christoff
Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin was awarded the contract for the construction and conceptualization of the militarization of downtown Toronto. The company's history is global in reach.

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