July 5, 2005

Liveblogging G8

Charmaine Yoest is live blogging the G8 summit in Scotland.

Two things are abundantly clear in traveling with Richard Branson and the ONE campaign activists: first, they know they have to address the corruption question; and two, their responses to the question are pro forma because they view the issue of corruption (despite protestations to the contrary) as being somewhat peripheral.


...this level of rioting when the summit doesn't even begin until Wednesday doesn't bode well for this city. Pictures on the local news of children sobbing in the streets are heart-breaking.

Riding into the city on the bus this afternoon, we passed a Starbucks with enormous glass windows in the downtown area, and Greg Beals, a globe-trotting journalist on assignment here with NY Newsday, predicted it would be smashed by week's end . . .

Related: It doesn't always pay to be nice.

Posted by Kate at July 5, 2005 12:58 AM

That first paragraph tickled my funnybone. I suppose Paul Martin will have to recuse himself from any discussion about corruption, won't he?

Posted by: Polly at July 5, 2005 8:58 AM

The Washington Post says this about African views on the G8:

"Another useful step, many Africans said, would be to end Western countries' trade subsidies for their own farmers, which make it impossible for African industries to do much more than survive. Debt relief, some asserted, is actually hush money to get free trade advocates off the backs of European countries, the United States and Japan, which offer huge subsidies to their corn, cattle and cotton farmers and thus undercut African farmers' ability to enter the market."

Sounds eerily familiar...

Posted by: Leslie at July 5, 2005 11:52 PM