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Putin: Using Al-Qaeda in Syria like sending Gitmo inmates to fight (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 8, 2012

In an RT global exclusive premiere, President Putin gives his first post-inauguration interview, speaking in depth with RT’s Kevin Owen ahead of the APEC summit in Vladivostok.

Touching upon a range of issues, he discusses topics from the Pussy Riot trial to the Julian Assange case, from the upcoming US elections to the situation in Syria.

RT: What I want to talk about first of all is the ongoing at the moment APEC summit. You’ll be going there very shortly – in Vladivostok because it’s the first time that Russia has held it, a prestigious event. But it always begs the question – what’s actually achieved at these events, events like that, like the G8, G20?

Now, though APEC is primarily an economic vessel, there’s a lot of politics involved as well. And of course a lot of the key players including you, including America, a lot of key players disagree on some very key issues. I’m thinking about Syria, I’m thinking about missile defense, I’m thinking about Iran. Is there a danger that the politics may stifle, get in the way of the big economic deals that the very same key players are hoping to sign at this summit or at least talk about signing? Read the rest of this entry »

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From G8 to NATO: ‘Russia and China may be on the same side’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

With Putin opting not to attend the ongoing G8 summit at Camp David and Obama passing on an upcoming APEC summit in Vladivostok, much has been made of the bilateral snub. But Russian expert Martin McCauley told RT critics have missed the plot.

As President Obama greeted leaders of seven other major world economies for a working dinner at the start of the G8 summit Friday night, President Putin was not among them. The Russian president said domestic affairs and cabinet appointments had led him to send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his place.

With  the summit concluding on Saturday, Obama will immediately return to his hometown of Chicago for a NATO summit this Sunday.

Obama likewise announced he would miss the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this September, since it closely tails the Democratic National Convention; a peak time in his reelection bid.

However, with both leaders set to meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit set to be held in Mexico next month, Martin McCauley, Russia expert from the University of London, told RT critics were too quick to dismiss the leaders’ domestic concerns.

He also said one key player was conspicuously absent at both the G8 and NATO summit, making the G20 a much more fitting format for both Moscow and Washington to hammer out their mutual concerns:  China.

RT: Do you think Putin’s refusal to attend would have been a shock to the US? Read the rest of this entry »

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A new plan to save the planet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 17, 2012

In three days, world leaders could agree to a plan that could stop climate change! The plan would transfer the $1 trillion our governments give to polluters every year and invest it in renewable energy. Key leaders including President Obama support ending these crazy payments, and he is hosting the G8 summit this weekend. Let’s build a massive public campaign for Obama to lead this plan that could literally save our planet! Sign the urgent petition:

Sign the petition

This weekend, the eight most powerful leaders in the world will meet at the G8 summit and could agree to a plan that could literally stop climate change!

It’s crazy, but right now, our governments give nearly $1 trillion a year of our taxpayer money to Big Oil and Coal to destroy our planet. Key leaders, including President Obama who is hosting the G8, have already agreed to stop these polluter payments. Now, if we demand they act on their word and divert this huge sum into renewable energy, experts say we could actually save our planet!

It’s a simple no-brainer that our leaders have already agreed to. Let’s hold their feet to the fire, and push President Obama to lead the world’s largest economies to turn these polluting subsidies green. Sign the urgent petition below and forward this to everyone — a massive campaign now can force them from talk to action:

The only reason we shovel cash into the coffers of Big Oil is their lobbyists have a stranglehold on our governments. But if we demand that our leaders green our tax-money, we’ll increase total global green investment by 400% making solar and wind energy cheaper than oil and coal — in the process saving the planet by putting Big Oil out of business!

We’re rapidly reaching a point of no return on climate change and a treaty to prevent catastrophe is years off. Fortunately, momentum behind this new planet saving plan is building. New Zealand, Mexico and Switzerland are calling for an agreement now, and policy makers from 20 countries including the US, Brazil, and China have just voiced their support. All G8 leaders have publicly committed to ending these dirty subsidies, and right now President Obama is pushing for US legislation to stop them.  Read the rest of this entry »

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North Korea Rocket 2012: World Leaders Condemn Failed Launch

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 13, 2012

The much-vaunted launch of the North Korea’s latest rocket has ended in failure, causing considerable international embarrassment for Pyongyang.

Two minutes after lift-off, the Unha-3 rocket reportedly exploded in flight and plunged into the Yellow Sea between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula.

Despite the failure, the launch drew international condemnation amid accusations from Washington, Tokyo and Seoul that the rocket, supposedly built to put a weather satellite in orbit, was in fact a ballistic missile test.

The rocket was fired at 11.39pm on Thursday (7.39am local time) from a launch pad in the west coast town of Tongchang-ri, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday.

In an rare moment of honesty, North Korean state TV, acknowledged the satellite’s failure to enter orbit. “Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure,” added the Korean central news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Security fears? Chicago G8 Summit canceled, relocated to Camp David

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 6, 2012

AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan

AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan

Amid concerns over thousands of protestors descending on Chicago, Illinois for the G-8 Summit this spring, the event have been moved to the presidential compound at Camp David, Maryland, around an hour outside of Washington.

Leaders from the United States, Russia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and European Union were expected to arrive in Chicago this May for the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies. Protesters also had plans for the Windy City, however, and demonstration groups including Occupy Wall Street offshoots had begun orchestrating events to coincide with the meeting. Now barely two months before the event is slated to occur, the G-8 Summit is being moved outside of Chicago to Camp David, a suburban city outside of the US capital that serves as a historic retreat locale for America’s commander-in-chief.

“In May, the United States looks forward to hosting the G-8 and NATO Summits. To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the president is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David on May 18-19 for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues,” reads a statement released Monday by the White House.

After the G-8 Summit, the NATO meeting is expected to continue as planned in Chicago on May 20 through 21.

In the past, these high-profile meetings of the minds have attracted massive demonstrations, with the 2010 G-20 Summit in Toronto resulting in the largest mass arrest in the history of the entire country of Canada. In recent weeks, the Apartment Building Owners and Managers’ Association of Chicago began a series of presentations in which it explained how building managers could effectively handle riots, protests, tear gas and bomb threats.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Medvedev’s Improbable Mission: Mediating Peace with Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 28, 2011

By Simon Shuster / Moscow 

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and the extended members of the G8 world leaders pose for a “family photo” on the third day of the G8 summit on July 10, 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy.

On Thursday, as NATO war planes prepared fresh strikes against the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, his prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, put in an urgent call to Moscow. After months of civil war, he said, Gaddafi was ready to negotiate a ceasefire and he needed Russia to mediate the talks. That same day in the French resort town of Deauville, the French and U.S. presidents, who have been leading the bombing raids against Gaddafi, reportedly came to their Russian counterpart with a similar plea: Help us convince Gaddafi to leave so that a ceasefire can move forward. All the attention had to be flattering, and perhaps a little confusing, for Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. How is it that he has suddenly been pushed into the driver’s seat in resolving the Libyan crisis? And more importantly, can he handle the job?The answer, at best, is maybe. But of all the major powers in the world, Russia is the only one that has carved out a neutral position on Libya, while also taking care to stay involved. In March, it abstained from voting on the United Nations Security Council resolution that allowed the bombing of Libya; and over the past two weeks, Russia has played host to delegations from both the pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces. Neither of those talks in Moscow made much headway, but they did allow Russia to open up a dialogue with both sides — a feat that no one in the West can claim. (See photos of the battle for Libya.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama Europe Trip: President Visiting Ireland, England, France And Poland, Will Attend G8

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2011

All the best President Obama! Hoping to hear wonderful achievemen­t news.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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“Chinese and US interests increasingly not coinciding”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2011

The Chinese President Hu Jintao is in the US for a four-day state visit. The leaders of the world’s two biggest rival economies held a private welcome dinner on Tuesday night at the White House.

Among the business at hand are economics, trade and human rights policies.

The recent events over the last year suggest that China is not interested in strategic partnership with the US but wants to establish some priorities of its own, particularly in the region around its borders, believes Simon Tisdall, an Assistant Editor and foreign affairs columnist at Britain’s Guardian newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

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