Friday, June 08, 2007

Steve and Sandra Go to the G8 : Something or other about 2050

Some previous G8 something or others :
At the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005, world leaders promised Africa debt relief, drugs for AIDS and double the annual aid within five years.
Just one year later, total aid from G8 countries actually dropped. Canada's aid fell by 9%; the US by 20%.

Another previous G8 promise : to write off the debts of the 18 poorest African countries.
This year's debt in interest alone? A billion and half dollars. Or, more than those countries saved from the debt relief they got in the first place.

If you don't count Bush's nostalgia for the good old days of the arms race in Europe, you can at least say that this year the G8's aren't making any promises they can't keep.

On The Map with Avi Lewis
Dana : Harper on the International Stage


West End Bob said...

Yes, results they can all be proud of . . . .

Thanks for keeping score, Alison!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Avi Lewis link - the site wasn't working before but it is now.
Geldoff and Bono drummed the shit out of the G8s today for doing just what AL predicted - promising to renew the promises they made last time.

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