- Established in 1999, G20 finance ministers, central bank
governors, and, at times, heads of state meet semi-annually to "discuss
key issues in the global economy," the initial 1999 meeting in Berlin,
hosted by German and Canadian finance ministers.
- G20.org calls its itself "the premier forum for
our international economic development that promotes open and constructive
discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues
related to global economic stability," saying it "support(s)
growth and development across the globe," or does it?
- The reality suggests otherwise about a political power
elite gathering to review past achievements, challenges, and prospects
for greater exploitation of world markets, resources, and people everywhere.
In other words, to support power and privilege over beneficial social change,
a consideration not addressed, discussed, or thought about, except with
regard to instituting policies leading to the disintegration and elimination
of social democracies, replacing them with the worst elements of developing
world harshness, tolerating no opposition.
- What economist Michael Hudson suggested in his recent
article titled, "Europe's Fiscal Dystopia: The 'New Austerity' Road
to Financial Serfdom," saying:
- "Europe is committing fiscal suicide - and will
have little trouble finding allies at this weekend's G-20 meetings,"
attendees "calling for cutbacks in public spending" when economic
recovery requires stimulus, job creation, and public investment, not global
wars, banker bailouts, or other counterproductive measures.
- Hudson called the meeting "a carefully orchestrated
financial war against the 'real' economy," initiated in America, Obama
having "stacked his White House Deficit Commission....with the same
brand of neoliberal ideologues who comprised the notorious 1982 Greenspan
Commission on Social Security 'reform,' " a topic this writer addressed
earlier in a "maestro of misery" article about a man who wrecked
the lives of millions for the rich, now cashing in big late in life, claiming
no responsibility for decades of harm, a legacy others won't let him forget.
- Now it's going global, why Hudson sees Europe "dying....succumb(ing)
to a financial coup d'etat rolling back the past three centuries of Enlightenment
social philosophy." In lock step, America is erasing its New Deal
and Great Society gains, planning mass impoverishment, human misery, and
fascist harshness, the hidden G20 agenda not reported in the mainstream,
sticking to its party line propaganda, the usual rubbish top officials
preach to conceal their real plans from hell.
- The G20 - An Explanation
- Comprising 85% of global GDP, 80% of world trade, and
two-thirds of its population, participating countries include America,
Canada, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Spain (a permanent guest), China,
Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico,
Turkey, Australia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia as well as EU Council
and Commission Presidents.
- Other attendees include:
- -- the IMF's managing director and chairman;
- -- the World Bank's president;
- -- the international Monetary and Financial Committee
- -- chairman of the IMF/World Bank Development Committee.
- Even though they rank higher economically than some members,
excluded are Switzerland, Norway, Taiwan, Iran and Venezuela. Included
only as part of the EU are Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Sweden,
Austria, Greece and Denmark.
- The G20 superseded the G33 that replaced the G22. The
year 1975 inaugurated the G6 comprised of America, France, Germany, Britain,
Italy and Japan. Adding Canada in 1976 made it the G7, then G8 by including
Russia in 1997, the EU also included, but it doesn't host or chair.
- On June 26 and 27, 2010, G20 officials met inside the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada. Thousands of protestors
filled city streets outside, Reuters reporting over 600 arrested, many
in a so-called "free speech zone," police spokeswoman Michelle
Murphy calling it "quite a messy protest" on Saturday, continuing
on Sunday, accusing "masked anarchists" of smashing store and
bank windows, then torching two or more police cars.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper said "Free speech
is a principle of our democracy, but thugs (provocateurs he dispatched)
that prompted violence earlier today represent in no way, shape or form
the Canadian way of life," he and his government have been systematically
destroying in league with Washington.
- Against peaceful activists were more than six KM of barriers
topped with concertina wire, thousands of newly installed surveillance
cameras, patrolling helicopters, the Canadian Armed Forces at undisclosed
locations, and over 7,000 police, plain clothes officers, mounted patrols,
snipers on rooftops, US Navy Seals (trained killers), about 1,000 private
security guards, and planted ("Black Bloc") provocateurs. More
on them below.
- Police, acting as hooligans, used tear gas, pepper spray,
rubber bullets, bean bag guns, batons, and other intimidations, a security
operation costing Canada a reported $1.2 billion, the Harper government's
communications director, Dimitri Soudas, calling protestors "a bunch
of thugs who pretend to have a difference of opinions and instead choose
violence in order to express" them, adding that police were "ensuring
these thugs don't rampage across the city and create even more damage."
- In fact, protestors were peaceful, but not police, independent
reports saying they exhibited extreme brutality, including against journalists
(men and women), beating and punching them, injuring others, and arresting
hundreds, some before the summit convened to intimidate others.
- Protest organizer, Niki Thorne, reported that 20 police
raided her house and arrested four people, saying:
- "Police forcibly detained and cuffed a number of
people, and refused to allow those in the house to call for legal advice.
Without showing warrants, asking consent, or giving notice, (they) did
an illegal cursory search of some of the people on the premises as well
as the house itself."
- According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, those arrested
were charged with conspiracy to commit mischief, police alleging they were
"planning to break off from peaceful protest and launch violent attacks,"
with no corroborating evidence.
- In fact, quite the opposite, according to reports, video,
and other evidence exposing undercover police violence, posing as "street
thugs," hooded and dressed in black (the so-called "Black Bloc"),
instigating disorder and brutishness, destroying public property, smashing
windows, burning police cars, blamed on protestors - an old story in Canada,
America, and other global venues to blame state crimes on peaceful activists,
the major media reporting it without question, independent journalists
kept away to suppress it, public perceptions manipulated by misinformation.
- This is how a police state operates, Ameri/Canadian fascism,
making false accusations and arrests, employing hooligan tactics against
peaceful protestors, and refusing non-mainstream reporters entry into Canada,
others arrested to prevent their coverage - violating Section 2(b) of the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a constitutional bill of rights,
- "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression,
including freedom of the press and other media communication (as well as)
freedom of peaceful assembly (and) freedom of association."
- The US Social Forum (USSF) - Another World is Possible
- Evolving from the World Social Forum's (WSF) alternative
vision, the USSF first met in Atlanta in mid-2007, this year in Detroit
for activists, organizers, minorities, labor, the poor, indigenous peoples
and others wanting social justice and a better world, mirror-opposite of
the G20 agenda - supporting privilege over the common good, plotting to
extinguished those old-fashioned notions, forcibly when necessary.
- On its web site (ussf2010.org), USSF headlines "Another
World is Possible, Another US Is Necessary," calling itself:
- "a movement building process. It is not a conference
but is a space to come up with the peoples' solutions to the economic and
ecological crisis. (It's) the next important step in our struggle to build
a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive,
internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history."
- "We must declare what we want our world to look
like and we must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides
spaces to learn from each other's experiences and struggles, share our
analysis of the problems our communities face, build relationships, and
align with our international brothers and sisters to strategize how to
reclaim our world."
- No wonder, the major media ignore it, instead supporting
power and privilege, corporate interests, imperial wars, democracy for
the few, sham elections, and street thuggery hooliganism. At the same time,
social justice concerns are suppressed, ones affecting most people everywhere,
their voices never heard, their issues unaddressed, their struggles disregarded
- But not in Detroit from June 22 - 26, ground zero for
the failed economy and counterproductive measures causing it, over 20,000
attending in solidarity for a better world, one that can't come a moment
too soon, that won't happen without mass grassroots support no longer tolerating
official policies preventing it - in Toronto, Washington, or other global
cities where governments deny their own people justice. What better time
for change than now, USSF's agenda an inspirational call for it.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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