Thursday, July 07, 2005

Two people have been killed and many are injured after a series of explosions across London.

I don't know why but my feelings are so much stronger towards this tragic incident as compared to the WTC bombings. A commonwealth sense of belonging perhaps? Or the lingering presence of the British colonists? I don't even know if it's healthy. But it matters not. What matters now is that people were killed. The world is, as it has always been, in a precarious state. And we all try to fix it in our own ways, because we have different ideals and goals. As tempting as it is to point the finger at the so called "terrorists", who are we to judge them? They too want their ideals to be heard and achieved. It is clear however, that what the way in which they try to achieve them is wrong. Nothing justifies the endangering or taking away of an innocent life. The news article below is taken from BBC Online and shows how we all try to mend a broken world in our own different ways. Sometimes we even end up hurting others in the process.


Tony Blair is returning to London for police briefings
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to leave the G8 summit to travel to London for police briefings on the explosions that hit London's transport system.
He said it was the will of all the leaders at the G8 that the summit should continue in his absence.

"All the leaders share our determination to defeat this terrorism", said Mr Blair.

It was "particularly barbaric" that this should occur when people are meeting to tackle poverty, he said.

Mr Blair said he planned to return to the G8 summit in the evening.

He said it was "reasonably clear" the explosions were designed to coincide with the opening of the G8 and stressed it was important for the meeting to carry on with its business.

Earlier, the US and UK leaders called for a new consensus on how to tackle climate change as the opening session of talks got underway.

They said it was time to replace a focus on Kyoto-style curbs on greenhouse gas emissions with research into clean technology.

President Bush said fast-developing nations must take a role, and welcomed India and China's attendance at the G8.

Along with climate issues, G8 leaders are due to discuss global trade.

With more than 10,000 police deployed, the summit is at the centre of one of the biggest security operations in UK history.

Developing nations

"Now is the time to get beyond the Kyoto period and develop a strategy forward that is inclusive of the developing nations," said US President George W Bush.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair set out his objectives in chairing the summit as seeing if it was possible to "bring people back into consensus together" on global warming.

Security tightened at Stirling
Blair pledge on Africa aid

The leaders of China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa, the world's five emerging economies, will join the climate change talks on Thursday.

Mr Bush praised the UK leader's "wisdom" in inviting them, and said the US wanted greater use of clean fuels.

For many protesters and observers, the G8 summit is a defining moment in current world politics, amid increased calls for the world's richest countries to act now to help the world's poorest.

Demonstrations and Live8 concerts over the last four days sought to highlight the need for action on the issues of African aid, trade and climate change.

In other developments:

Police encircle an eco-camp housing 1,000 protesters in Stirling.
160 arrests as police and protesters clashed on Wednesday.
Financier George Soros says the US is in "total denial" over climate change.
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown hails US acceptance that "human activity" is causing global warming
Mr Blair says there is "no point going back over the Kyoto debate.
The leaders of the world's richest nations - the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and Canada - will spend the day in back-to-back meetings, including a working lunch and dinner.

G8 nations agreed to full debt cancellation for 18 countries, while African countries call for debt relief for all Africa
EU members have pledged to reach a collective aid target of 0.56% of GDP by 2010, and 0.7% by 2015
President Bush proposed doubling US aid to Africa over the next five years to $8.6bn (£4.8bn)
No deal yet made on lifting trade barriers
No progress made on climate change yet - the US has said it won't cut emissions but will look at clean technologies

After climate change talks on Thursday morning, they will discuss Middle East tensions, and hear from James Wolfensohn, the international envoy on Israel's pull out from Gaza.

African aid and trade will dominate the talks on Friday.

Some countries, notably Germany, have pressed for high oil prices and global economic imbalances to have a bigger place in the talks.

Frictions on climate change have emerged as high-level officials from the G8 nations have battled to hammer out an agreement ahead of the talks.

France is pushing for an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whereas Mr Blair has called for "sensible compromise" and backed the US focus on fuel-efficient technology.

Some critics think the UK is too willing to seek a compromise. International financier George Soros said "looking for common ground" would "merely...water down the seriousness of the situation".

Trade concessions

Germany and Italy are thought to be doubtful about the affordability of some of the proposals on aid and trade for Africa and other developing nations.

Name: Group of eight major industrialised states, inc Russia
Members: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US
Aims: Originally set up to discuss trade and economic issues. Now leaders discuss global issues of the day
2005 Summit agenda: Africa. Climate change

What do G8 protesters want?
Scene for ideological battle

Another key area of discussion will be the state of the world economy, particularly efforts to reduce global trade barriers.

Anti-poverty campaigners are hopeful the US may make some concessions in this area, curbing cotton and sugar subsidies which critics claim distort world prices and harm producers in developing countries.

However, President Bush has said that reform of US farm subsidies has to be tied to an overhaul of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.


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