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Breakthrough needed on Syria at G20 summit: Military intervention risks making things worse

This is the second report by Steve Price-Thomas from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read the first report here

St. Petersburg, Russia -- It was all smiles as presidents Putin and Obama met on the steps of the Constantine Palace, venue of the G20 Summit. But smiles aren't enough: leaders attending the G20 summit must seize this opportunity to make real progress on helping find a political solution to the Syria crisis.

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September 4, 2013 |
As Prime Minister Harper heads to Russia, we have to ask: will tomorrow's G20 Summit make any progress reforming the way multinational corporations are taxed?

G20 in Russia: Poverty and inequality must not be forgotten

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When G20 leaders meet in St Petersburg on September 5-6, they need to be sure not to forget that half the world's poorest people live in G20 countries, and that income gaps are dangerously on the rise across most of them.

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 financial architecture are important and needed.

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Tiptoeing around corporate tax fraud at the G20 finance ministers meeting

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Finding a way to end legal tax evasion was the theme announced for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers Meeting in Moscow over the weekend, in preparation for the G20 Moscow Summit this coming September.

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Deconstructing police kettling and the body politic

Image: Scott Sørli

When more than 200 bystanders, pedestrians and cyclists were first surrounded by a cordon of police officers on a stretch of downtown Toronto June 27, 2010, during the G20 summit, they didn't realize they would become a part of political strategy that has its roots dating back two and a half millennia.

Police kettling can be traced back to the military tactic of encirclement, according to Scott Sørli, who researched the idea and has collected hundreds photographs of police kettling from around the world.

Sørli -- who teaches architecture in Toronto and completed a Masters of Design Research at the University of Michigan in 2012 -- says kettling is the child of the military strategy of encirclement.

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Smash the State Report: June 28, 2013

July 3, 2013
| Updates on SwampLine9 pipeline blockade +related country wide solidarity. Anti-fracking actions in Elsipogtog + near the Maine border. Border security news + Haudenosaunee Sovereignty and more!
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