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Government and media smear tactics tar protesters

Given the abysmal state of things -- with no progress on climate change, financial markets still operating as unregulated casinos and oil continuing to surge freely into the gulf -- it's not surprising that many people feel the world is being poorly managed. Millions respond by drifting into apathy or hedonistic consumerism.

But there are others who are so passionate about the fate of the Earth that they feel compelled to do more than shop. They want to object, to let world leaders know they disapprove. These are the types of people who plan to protest at the G20 summit later this month in Toronto.

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The globalization of solidarity: A draft communiqué for the G8/G20

What kind of message do we want to see following the upcoming June meetings of the G8/G20 in Ontario? More of the same is dangerous for humanity. Activists are already readying themselves to raise consciousness about the issues at stake.

As usual the G8/G20 meetings will work out a communiqué in advance setting out points of agreement. Specialists reading between the lines will bring out the points of disagreement. There is another way of looking at the issues we all face together. Below is a draft communiqué offered in the spirit of bringing our a "frank exchange of views" prior to the Canadian G20 summit in Toronto and G8 in Muskoka.

The globalization of solidarity

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Europe looks ahead

British Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come out in favour of a global financial transactions tax. Speaking Saturday in Edinburgh (his home base) to a G20 Finance Ministers meeting on the subject of bank bailouts Brown said "it cannot be acceptable that the benefits of success in this sector are reaped by the few but the costs of its failure are borne by all of us."

 

Toronto ABC Letter Writing Night - Local Prisoners

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6832" W

Join the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross for our monthly night of conversation and letter writing.

This month we'll be writing to local prisoners including wrongfully convicted anarchist prisoner Nyki Kish, and recently sentenced American G20 prisoners Richard Morano, Kevin Chianella, and Joel Bitar. We will also be writing to Rebecca Rubin - who was extradited from Canada and recently sentenced to 5 years for Earth Liberation Front-related charges.

Accessibility: This child-friendly event is FREE and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs.

Next month, join us to write to Palestinian prisoners (date TBC).

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Play: 'You Should Have Stayed Home'

October 1, 2013
| Playwright Tommy Taylor was one of 900 people arrested and held in detention during the G20 summit in Toronto in July 2010. He’s turned the Facebook post he wrote about it into a play.
Length: 16:56 minutes (15.52 MB)
Krystalline Kraus

Toronto police officer who attacked Adam Nobody found guilty

| September 12, 2013
September 11, 2013 |
there’s been a fair bit of reporting and editorializing commending the G20 for “tackling tax avoidance” by adopting “automatic information exchange” as a global standard, but there's much more to do.
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Given a world stage, Harper argues for Depression economics and Cold War politics

Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr

"Wise" is not a word frequently used to describe Stephen Harper or his policies. Partisan, ideological, narrow, secretive, devious, or controlling come up more often.

The opposite of wise is foolish or ignorant. Both are brought to mind when assessing the performance of the Canadian prime minister at the G20 leaders summit in Russia last week. 

The G20 leaders head home, but the work is unfinished

Photo: G20 Russia

This is the third and final report from the G20 in Russia by Steve Price-Thomas. (Read part I and II here and here.) 

St Petersburg, Russia -- G20 leaders returning to their countries can point to some achievements at the 2013 G20 Summit, but also to a lot that was left undone.

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Syria takes centre stage at G20

All eyes are on the G20 in Russia this week in hopes of real progress on finding a political solution to the Syria crisis.

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