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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 08:38am Jul 20, 2001 EST (#7274
Leaders from the Group of Eight gather in the medieval Italian
city of Genoa on July 20-22 amid an atmosphere of concern about the
state of the global economy and trepidation about prospective
anti-globalisation protests. The eight - Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US - have seen major economic
and political change since they last met in Okinawa, with new
administrations in the host country, the US and Japan. As the
leaders seek ways of boosting world economic growth and rising to
the challenge of globalisation, the FT reports on the summit and its
Who are the G8 and why are they important? The Group of Eight
acts as a forum for discussion and consensus for the heads of state
of major industrial democracies. The grouping comprises Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, alongside the G8's
latest addition, Russia.
What are the major issues that will be covered at the G8 summit?
The G8 summit in Genoa will review risks and challenges to the world
economy in light of the economic slowdown in US, vulnerability in
Argentina and Turkey and stagnation in Japan.
G8 security concerns With heads of state on the invite list and
thousands of protesters expected to gatecrash, security concerns
have given the city of Genoa the semblance of a city under siege.
A year on from Okinawa When the Group of Eight leaders last met
in the Japanese city of Okinawa last year, the US economy was in a
stable condition and the main item on the agenda was the 'Drop the
Kyoto split overshadows G8 summit Deep divisions between the US
and European Union over the Kyoto climate change protocol are "so
great" that this weekend's meeting of G8 leaders of industrialised
nations is expected to produce nothing more than an agreement to
disagree, a European official said on Wednesday. July 18, 2001 see
- 07:37pm Jul 20, 2001 EST (#7275
Blair - limousine provided locally
Bwsh - Cadilac from White House
Putin - black cabriolet Zill 111 (second series) Zil last
used by Nikita Khrushchev is a symbol of the days when Soviet
strength was at it's height - up against USA re space, Khrushchev
shoe banging at the UN, Cuban bay of pigs.
The Times via diplomat, suggests that Putn is deliberately
stressing the continuity of Russian History by emphasising one of
the more enlightened periods of Soviet Rule.
- 07:52pm Jul 20, 2001 EST (#7276
Putin another Andropov? (18May2001)
When asked to compare President Vladimir Putin to a famous world
leader, 18.4 percent of Russians polled said he was most like late
Soviet leader Yury Andropov, the ROMIR agency said.
Out of 11 figures — from Russian emperor Peter the Great to
ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton — the most commonly cited was
Andropov. Like Putin, Andropov headed the country's secret police
before landing the top job in the nation — in his case, serving as
general-secretary of the Soviet Communist Party from 1982-84.
Some 37.5 percent said Putin did not resemble anyone, 6.8 percent
compared him to predecessor Boris Yeltsin, and 4.9 percent likened
him to Peter the Great. Only 2.4 percent said he was like Clinton.
ROMIR conducted the poll in April among 2,000 adults around the
country. ~ see
Iraq + Russia-defence
- 08:02pm Jul 20, 2001 EST (#7277
"Whether we know it or not, history's isness can be seen and
heard and felt in every scrap of our behaviour, our beliefs, our
prejudices, our popular culture. For there is history in every
note of music, in every word we utter, in every tool we use or
- 08:57am Jul 21, 2001 EST (#7278
Gatsby of Moscow As for Jordan, ''He is positioning himself as a
reincarnated Armand Hammer,'' a reference to the late California oil
magnate who did business with the Soviet Union. ''Someone who gets
most-favored-businessman status in exchange for services to the
The ''service'' in question took place early this year. At the
time, Gusinsky was under house arrest in Spain, fighting extradition
to Moscow, in deep financial trouble and feverishly negotiating with
Ted Turner for a last-minute bailout that would keep NTV from
falling into the hands of its but this was still not enough to
dethrone NTV's founder. Jordan, who had been following the situation
closely, saw ''an incredible opportunity.'' He approached Gazprom
and proposed breaking the impasse by brokering a deal with nother
minority NTV investor, the Los Angeles-based Capital Research and
Matthew Brzezinski is the author of ''Casino
Moscow,'' published this month by The Free Press.
- 09:51am Jul 21, 2001 EST (#7279
G8 Gu Thread
- 10:15am Jul 21, 2001 EST (#7280
Halting global warming is cheapest option
Acting soon will cost less than letting the temperature rise -
and delay will be catastrophic, UN expert says
Wind and solar power, hydrogen, fuel cells and other clean
technologies, adopted as they became viable, could produce 100% of
the world's energy needs.
Already the Norwegians were pumping liquid carbon dioxide deep
under the ocean bed, back into old oil and gas wells. It was a
cost-effective system paid for by a carbon tax.
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