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Thousands Protest As G7 Convenes In Germany

About 4,000 protesters gathered in Munich as the Group of Seven (G7) leading economic powers prepared to hold their annual gathering in Germany’s Bavarian Alps. Organisers said they hoped to mobilise up to 20,000 protesters in the Bavarian city and were disappointed by the initial low turnout at Munich’s Theresienwiese park, German news agency dpa reported. Uwe Hiksch, one of the protest organisers, said potential participants might consider it inappropriate to challenge the world’s wealthiest democracies during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We have the impression that many people are unsettled by the war in Ukraine,” Hiksch told dpa. About 18,000 police officers are deployed around the summit site and the protests.

The G7 Reality Check

There were cautious hopes for the G7 meetings held in early June this year, where the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – the world’s seven economically wealthiest countries – came together to discuss key global issues. A remnant of the neo-colonial nature of such forums, they represent a place where decisions with global impact are made. The G7 produced two notable outputs that concern global health governance: the first being the Carbis Bay Health Declaration which commits to taking efforts to prevent a pandemic similar to COVID-19 occurring again in the future; and the second being a commitment to provide more than a billion vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year.

Biden Advances Anti-China Agenda At G7 Summit

This weekend’s G7 summit in the UK will be dominated by US President Joe Biden’s efforts to consolidate an anti-China axis. In a piece for the Washington Post published last Saturday, Biden stated that his mission is to ensure that the US and its allies “not China or anyone else write the 21st century rules around trade and technology.” His comments echo his speech to Congress this April when he said, to a standing ovation, “We’re in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century.” On Tuesday, the US Senate passed a $250 billion “China competitiveness bill” in preparation for escalating trade and military conflict. Securing the support of the European powers is key to this strategy. In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, former NATO chief and US Navy admiral James Stavridis explained, “Only Europe has the population, geography, values and—above all—economic heft to meet the needs of the U.S. in achieving a credible counterweight in this emerging cold-war pas de deux…

G7 Or Failed Colonial Powers Telling The World What To Do

The Foreign Ministers of G7 countries met in London this week and issued a communique painting Russia as a “malicious actor” and China as a “bully”. It had little substance apart from ticking all the “right” boxes in its anti-China and anti-Russia campaign: Uyghurs, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Crimea, Ukraine, etc. It ended with arrogating to itself the mantle of being the “rules-based international order”, distinct from what the real, lawful international order is, the United Nations and its Security Council. This is why India’s willingness to be a part of “invitees”, to wait in the antechamber with Australia, South Korea and South Africa, while the imperial powers of the G7 decide on the weighty matters of the world, is mystifying. Self-respect would have demanded that if you do not get a seat at the table, do not go, and not wait outside the meeting room.

The End Of The ‘Rules Based International Order’

The 'western' countries, i.e. the United States and its 'allies',  love to speak of a 'rules based international order' which they say everyone should follow. That 'rules based order' is a way more vague concept than the actual rule of law: The G7 is united by its shared values and commitment to a rules based international order. That order is being challenged by authoritarianism, serious violations of human rights, exclusion and discrimination, humanitarian and security crises, and the defiance of international law and standards. As members of the G7, we are convinced that our societies and the world have reaped remarkable benefits from a global order based on rules and underscore that this system must have at its heart the notions of inclusion, democracy and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, diversity, and the rule of law.

Protests Against G7 Summit Finish With Citizen Manifesto

Thousands of pacifists, defenders of nature and critics of capitalism and its consequences began these Monday mobilizations rejecting the group meeting made up by Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. With a symbolic act and a citizen manifesto, protests against the G7 summit end here rejecting the group held responsible for wars, climate change and inequalities. The G7 EZ platforms and Alternatives to G7, which have coordinated actions of more than a hundred organizations...

Iran FM Zarif Arrives As Surprise Guest In G7 Venue Biarritz For Nuclear Deal Talks

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spent about five hours in Biarritz, France, at the sidelines of the G7 summit. He talked with French president Emmanuel Macron, who appeared to want to act as negotiator between Iran and the US. The unscheduled visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came after Zarif met President Emmanuel Marcon earlier this week to discuss the fate of the embattled nuclear agreement. Zarif did not meet with US President Donald Trump or anyone from the US delegation, an Iranian spokesman said.

Despite Massive Police Lockdown, Protesters Vow To Offer ‘Radical Solutions’ To Counter G7 Failures

As leaders of the world's biggest economies head to France for the annual G7 summit this weekend, social justice campaigners expressed concern over the ramped up police presence and said the gathering's focus on inequality will likely offer up nothing more than lip service from the nations fueling the crisis. The site of the summit is the southwestern French city of Biarritz, which, as Reuters reported this week, "will be transformed into more of a fortress than a surfers' paradise."

The Acorn: An Organic Radical Bulletin

The welcome awaiting Macron, Trump and the other G7 world leaders in Biarritz later this month promises to be not so much warm as hot. The Basques already have a proud tradition of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggle. But from August 24 to 26 the opposition to the summit will be bolstered by the mass participation of the Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Vests, who have been protesting every week non-stop since November 2018. Not only is the G7 being hosted by their primary hate-figure in President Macron, but it will also receive – in the words of the Bayonne group of Gilets Jaunes – ‘world leaders who defend an ultra-liberal economy which offers us nothing’.
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