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Summit G8 – about Golf and Syria

In the Irish Lough Erne chic resort start today the works of the 39th edition of the G8 Summit (Group of the main industrialized countries in the world). On the discussion agenda are the financial situation in the eurozone, the fears that the U.S. economy is recovering more slowly than is desirable, elimination of trade barriers between the United States and the European Union and the crisis in Syria, especially after the U.S. announced they would support the weapons rebel forces.

The situation in Syria will be examined also to the bilateral talks between President Barack Obama and Russian , Vladimir Putin. About the situation in Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken at a meeting (last weekend) with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. The main conclusion from the discussion at the high level reunion: “We can overcome these differences (ie actions in the conflict) if we recognize that we share common objectives: to end the conflict, to stop dismantling Syria to let Syrian people to decide who leads, fight against extremists and defeat them” said British Prime Minister at the end. Instead, the Kremlin leader again warned that the decision by Western countries to arms Assad regime opponents is dangerous and unconstructive. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave assurances that “Moscow does not violate international rules, delivering weapons to the regime in Damascus, but he would act differently if its Western partners in the G8 will provide arms the rebels in Syria” according to AFP. The oldest leader at G8 is Putin, 60, and the youngest is Cameron, 46.

lough-erne-g8-390x285Leaders which are attending at the meeting will also discuss about the global economy and will exchange views on the foreign affairs and security issues. Discussions will also focus on promoting more transparency in terms of revenues from extractive industries and forestry as well as in the system of governance of land and government information. Food security, transition in North Africa and climate change will also be high on the G8 agenda. The preamble to the meeting, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to begin discussions on a free trade agreement between the EU and the U.S..

At the start of his speech at the Waterfront Hall, President Obama joked that he hoped to get some golf practice in while attending the G8 summit at the Lough Erne hotel resort which was designed by Nick Faldo. He said he has been talking to Ulster golf star Rory McIlroy about improving his golf skills.

David Cameron was asked about the Guardian G20 spying revelations earlier. He did not have much to say about it. “We never comment on security or intelligence issues and I am not about to start now. I don’t make comments on security or intelligence issues, that would be breaking something that no government has previously done”. Notice that with just one day before the start of the G8 Summit, former employee of the U.S. Lough Erne resortNational Security Agency Edward Snowden revealed by the journalists from The Telegraph that Britain spied all delegates attending the 2009 G20 meeting in London. (The Turkish government has demanded an immediate explanation from the UK government of a British eavesdropping operation targeted at the Turkish delegation to a G20 meeting, saying such that – if confirmed – behaviour towards a Nato ally would be “unacceptable” and “scandalous”.)

Usually, the meeting was preceded by several anti-globalization protests. G8 summits have always drawn large demonstrations, but Fermanagh’s geography will make it hard for protesters. Over two thousand people marched through the streets of Belfast, with banners in their hands and chanting slogans against the G8 Summit. Authorities have mobilized hundreds of policemen in Irish capital city, where the group “Stop G8” announced that it will hold peaceful protests before and during the two days of conducting the meeting. However, around the area of the hotel where the world leaders are accommodated were deployed impressive order forces.

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“Black” Month of United Kingdom – chronic symptoms of current times

The violent events held the United Kingdom continues to take front page news around the world. Faced with real urban guerrilla groups, the authorities are striving to keep things under control. Thousands of extra police officers flooded into London Wednesday in a bid to end Britain’s worst rioting in a generation. An eerie calm prevailed in the capital, but unrest spread across England on a fourth night of violence driven by diverse and brazen crowds of young people, said AP. Back from vacation in Italy, Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to increase police and declared that “will not allow a culture of fear to take over the streets”. “We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets” Cameron said in a somber televised statement. “Nothing is off the table.” Before attempting a summary the causes and possible developments of events, take a quick look on the development of chronological events.

The violence had its genesis in the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four children who was gunned down in Tottenham on Thursday under disputed circumstances. Britain’s riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood turned violent. That clash has morphed Sunday into a general lawlessness in London and several other cities (Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham) that police have struggled to halt. Already traditional, social networks were, of course, part of the coordination of actions. Summary of the five days of violence: heritage buildings on fire, destroyed dozens of cars, shops and people robbed on the street, four dead and over 768 people have been arrested in London and 167 charged — including an 11-year-old boy — and the capital’s prison cells were overflowing. Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said it had teams of lawyers working 24 hours a day to help police decide whether to charge suspects, allowing them to quickly clear police station cells. A total of 111 officers and 14 members of the public have been hurt so far in the rioting, including a man in his 60s who was attacked as he attempted to put out a fire started by members of a mob.

croydon-london riots It is difficult to find suitable terms for the phenomenon as accurate as radiography. Those who break windows, steal everything they can from shops, threw stones at police and burn cars are generally young people between 7 and 27, and from families of immigrants. Matei Visniec considers it is inappropriate to speak about revolt. He opts for the term “social fire”, with periodic outbursts because it has reached a critical point of social problems. The word “revolt” is not quite right because the groups do not present any coherent claims, although they have much to complain about the society in which they live. It might be called “riots”. Anglo-Saxon press talks about “racial riots”. In fact, we have here a typical racial motivation: the police shot a black guy in suspicious circumstances. The Voice, Britain’s leading black newspaper, has claimed that both Duggan and his best friend, 23-year-old rapper Kelvin Easton, known as Smegz, “had links to the Star Gang”, one of several criminal groups in north London whose turf wars have caused at least three deaths over the past few years. In reply, close family members blaming the media for “twisting the truth” and telling “all these lies” about Duggan. “He was a good man. He was a family man, was a good Dad who idolised his kids” one relative told The Guardian. The press has given back to the allegations. History of racial persecution is really generating chills. That’s why most of us react defensively in the face of such accusations. And most likely not to be accused of racism authorities reacted inefficient, leading to the spread of violence.

In such cases could be possible as the discrimination to be itself generating racial discrimination? What motivations behind the invasion of violence?

Here are some possible explanations: Social – Young people with an uncertain status. Many violent young come from families of immigrants but are born in the Kingdom. Which does not, however, gave them equal opportunities. Mostly their misfortune comes even from their parents’ inability to integrate into British society. But also comes from the failure of multiculturalism promoted as an emblem of democracy. They belong to anyone. And they can not love a country that in their view just to ensure their survival. Lack of sense of belonging to society itself brings serious problems of social integration. It’s good to remember that the need for social belonging is manifest in many cases by integrating the various gangs in urban areas. Also they have the lack of prospects, unemployment and the cuts jobs. It is true that Tottenham is among London’s poorest boroughs, with 10,000 people claiming jobseeker’s allowance and 54 applicants chasing every registered job vacancy. Is interesting to observe that the extremist English Defense League said: “Maybe individual police officers are too fearful of being later blamed if they injure someone but the reality is the human rights of these violent criminal looters have been placed way above the right of decent people to walk the streets, to sleep soundly in their beds and to expect the police will protect their businesses and livelihoods”.

Temporal and local context – We are in the summer period when much of the urban population still afford to vacation. We have such a moment “sensitive” of those who consider themselves prisoners of their condition of “marginal” or “disadvantaged.” After the riots in France, the Paris authorities thought more programs for young people in summer. Also important to notice: the disorder has caused heartache for Londoners whose businesses and homes were torched or ransacked, and a crisis for police and politicians already staggering from a sputtering economy and a scandal over illegal phone hacking by a tabloid newspaper that has dragged in senior politicians and police.

Psychological – Professor John Pitts, Director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime (University of Bedfordshire, UK) and expert in criminology, said robberies helps those who feel powerless to feel suddenly strong. Also, many young people participating in these actions because they are simply on holiday and the nights are longer. It’s fun for them. He points out that there is a team spirit. The more they are, the more they feel they have control. “You can not start a rebellion on their own. At one point, a large group facing the police feel they have control” said John Pitts. Psychologists say that a person loses the moral identity in a large group, and empathy and guilt, which makes us not as a criminal act, disappear. “When you belong to a relatively anonymous group, you do what you want,” says James Thompson, a psychologist. It also speaks of a psychological mechanism by which young people take an immediate moral code: “rich people have so many things that I do not have. It is fair to take them”. Experts point out that there is evidence to suggest that gang leaders tend to have psychopathic tendencies. Young revolutionary mentality can be compared with the ultras of football teams are often the protagonists of street violence.

Favorable global context: Arab Spring triggered youth energies of Maghreb, the economic crisis of Europe has driven the streets on the Greek and Spanish. Recently, Israel has been unprecedented social challenge that most products have become too expensive. “It is no coincidence that the worst violence London has seen in many decades takes place against the backdrop of a global economy poised for freefall. The causes of recession set out by J K Galbraith in his book, The Great Crash 1929, were as follows: bad income distribution, a business sector engaged in “corporate larceny”, a weak banking structure and an import/export imbalance. All those factors are again in play” said the journalists from The Telegraph. If we add to the list seriousness of the situation in Syria and Yemen, can see that social tensions globally are very high such that the shutter button can be anything from a measure of a government austerity plan to a clip from Anonymous posted on social networks.

Is difficult to predict how things will evolve. Main key: this events are not just about United Kingdom. Because although we communicate globally, we do business globally, eat and dress the same brand products, not yet know how to think globally. It’s a contagious energy that sweeps over crowds, causing them to act in ways they would never act alone. The world’s economic state and the widening financial gap seem to be the fuel to the fire. Events and people are linked, they influence each other, are interconnected globally much more than we are accustomed to routinely admit.

Are such manifestations a viable solution? Of course, not! But there is a warning that the things are not on the right track. Human society is becoming, despite technological advances, a primitive “global village“. Human society has a plurality of diseases manifested by symptomatic crises: social, political, economic, spiritual and of value items. And, as in any chronic illness, painkillers – populist type no longer effect. More, recently, painkillers are not longer available. Sometimes surgery is necessary. Unfortunately, the society is not a patient can be operated under anesthesia. Who has the courage to take in his hand the scalpel and not fear of being accused of “mal praxis”?

Published Oriental Review, August 10, 2011

Attack against Libya – Political Realism or just a filthy and disgusting way of doing politics ?

Faced with a serious drop in the eyes of French, President Nicholas Sarkozy felt the need to pretend to be the leader of anti-Gadhafi coalition. Of course, it will not restore the population’s sympathy.

But, I don′t understand how is possible as high  world leaders to not realize that are sad pathetic and ridiculous

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, welcomes United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan for a crisis summit on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Saturday, March, 19, 2011. World leaders met Saturday in a summit in Paris that could be the final step before immediate international military action against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya.

with a coalition leader who became president on Gadhafi‘s money. Also who was charged of leading nuclear business with the same dictator, on the issue of Bulgarian nurses. More, I don′t even bother to explain why juridic an interference with glitter of democracy is still illegal.

But I would like to mention some questions to which Mr Sarkozy has not responded, even if he was quick to recognize, wrongly again, a gang  by rebels as political interlocutor. Who are these rebels ? How are they ? What percentage of the population of Libya are they ? How many international observers in Libya last month ? What future strategy supporting these rebels ? It seems to me that the rebels aren′t some geniuses worthy of the  Peace Nobel Prize or some top leaders of human rights…

Let us be clear: Gadhafi is a dictator. But is a dictator who was  tolerated as long as it was useful. Functional hypocrisy… Some call it Political Realism. I think it’s just filthy and disgusting way of doing politics. We see that in the forefront of anti-Gadhafi coalition are  leaders (US, UK, France, Italy) who have just spoked «Gadhafi must go» at the beginning of the uprising Libyan. For they, Gadhafi’s staying in power means Goodbye to Libyan oil. For they is an urgent need the tyrant Gadhafi to emerge from the world political picture. What price ? The price paid by the public ? Or oil prices ? We’ll see. 😀 As we have already seen what happiness  was and is in Iraq after Saddam‘s removal from the scene !!