Brisbane – Walking around Brisbane today after the G20 Leaders’ Summit, there is little physical evidence that the meeting ever took place. The security barriers have gone, the banners taken down, and everyone is back at work after enjoying an extra public holiday. But what about the decisions taken by the G20 leaders last weekend? Will their impacts be just as transitory?
Brisbane -- G20 Leaders who met in Brisbane, Australia on the 15 and 16 of November need to focus on the real issues that matter for the world. This means they need to tackle rising inequality head-on or risk leaving millions of people trapped in poverty. They also need to ensure they are all doing their fair share to tackle the Ebola crisis.
The G20 brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies, represents 90 per cent of global GDP, 80 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world's population. It's a powerful group, and its efforts to boost growth and fix the global tax system are important and needed.
When the G20 meetings in Brisbane, Australia broke up last weekend, the usual "time to manage the news" approach of the host government ran into some serious difficulties.
Supremely unpopular at home, instead of massaging international public opinion in the hopes of improving his domestic image, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott seemed intent on gaining ground in the world's unloved leader sweepstakes.
From Gaza to the protests in Ferguson demanding justice for Mike Brown, tear gas is often used by police to discourage peaceful protests and disperse crowds. This tactic disregards the rights of folks to gather for the purposes of peaceful assembly and voice dissent. Rather than running away, here are some resources on dealing with getting gassed.
This manual on tear gas from Freedom Fighter highlights the most important points: getting tear gassed is painful but not unmanageable, do not apply water to the eyes if you have been gassed and of course, come prepared.
This infographic from Occupy Wall Street also outlines the basics.