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  • Trump Admin Resists Promotion of Climate Change, Reproductive Rights G7 Summit

    11/06/2017 1:49:38 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/06/2017 | by Penny Starr 
    In a dramatic shift from the Obama era, United States negotiators representing the Trump administration at the G7 summit of health ministers in Milan, Italy have resisted references to climate change, sexual and reproductive rights — including abortion — and universal health care in an agreement set to finalized on Monday. draft communique shared with BuzzFeed News notes that the U.S. demands to strike out all references to “climate change” and “man-made” weather, and “other disasters.” The U.S. is also refusing a reference “to engage in international cooperation to implement the Paris climate agreement,” according to BuzzFeed News. The U.S....
  • Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

    06/12/2017 6:46:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 09, 2017 06:49 PM | Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter
    The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel’s hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany’s relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had actually thought that Canada’s young, charismatic prime minister, Justin Trudeau, could be counted among her reliable partners. Particularly when it came to climate policy. Just two weeks ago, at the G-7 summit in Sicily, he had thrown his support behind Germany. When Merkel took a confrontational approach to U.S. President Donald Trump, Trudeau was...
  • America and the (G) Seven Dwarfs

    06/02/2017 5:28:29 PM PDT · by Twotone
    American Spectator ^ | June 2, 2017 | Angelo Codevilla
    The latest meeting of what had been the world’s seven major economic powers left no doubt that the United States of America is far more than the foremost among them, and that longstanding differences between them continue to widen. The latest set of reasons for that widening stem from the different ways in which the peoples of Europe and America (and Japan as well) have been reacting to a generation of malfeasance by their transnational ruling class. From Warsaw westward to Tokyo, voters are pushing back against political-economic arrangements that, they believe, have been disenfranchising them, demanding the loosening of...

    05/29/2017 8:41:40 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 97 replies ^ | May 28, 2017 | Updated: 18:12 EDT, 28 May 2017 | Ian Drury
    Crammed on to a ship with a normal capacity of 600, almost 1,500 migrants arrive in Italy after being rescued from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean. Their nightmare ended as they landed in Naples yesterday after being forced to endure an extra two days on board because of the G7 summit in Sicily. The nearest port to where they were picked up was on the island, but the vessel was not allowed to dock there because of the tight security in place for the meeting of world leaders. ** Last week a leaked intelligence report said 6.6million are waiting to...
  • The Possible Reasons Big Corporations Are So Eager for Trump to Break His Promise on Paris

    05/29/2017 12:19:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    European countries and major corporations are pressuring President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris climate agreement despite his promises on the campaign trail to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era deal that never gained congressional approval.The Trump administration so far is sticking with being undecided—at least until Trump returns to the United States from his first foreign trip, where on Friday, he’s meeting with Group of Seven ally countries, which support the agreement.Back home, the pressure is growing from multinational corporations, even the energy sector, which have opposed stricter limitations on carbon.Exxon Mobil Corp., once run by Trump’s...
  • Merkel warns against "simple answers" after Trump meetings

    05/29/2017 10:18:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2017 11:57 AM EDT | David Rising and Geir Moulson
    Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking “simple answers” to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe’s relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results. The comments at an election rally Sunday in Bavaria, where Merkel stressed that “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” were widely seen as acknowledgement from Europe’s most powerful leader of the changing dynamic of trans-Atlantic ties. Her foreign minister, a political rival, upped the rhetoric Monday by declaring that with Trump’s policies, “the West has become...
  • Trump's actions have 'weakened' the West, says German minister [barf]

    05/29/2017 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | 29 May 2017 16:43 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit. They also followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning on Sunday that the US and Britain may no longer be reliable partners. Germany’s exasperation was laid bare after the G7 summit which wrapped up on Saturday with the US refusing to sign up to upholding...
  • President Trump passes his first test on the world stage

    05/28/2017 3:53:55 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    CNN - Opinion ^ | 27 May 2017 1:48pm | Nile Gardiner
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's first presidential foray onto the international stage should be judged as a success. His visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy were well managed by the White House and effectively advanced some key foreign policy goals for the new administration. These include rebuilding frayed partnerships in the Middle East and pressuring allies in Europe to invest more in their own defenses; no leader across the Atlantic should be left with any doubt about US expectations of what they need to do to strengthen NATO....[snip] Undoubtedly, his remarks at the NATO headquarters could and should...
  • Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

    05/28/2017 6:36:14 AM PDT · by skimbell · 82 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | May 28, 2017 | aP staff
    Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd...
  • Barack and Bad Optics

    05/28/2017 9:06:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/28/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Did former President Obama try to co-opt media coverage of President Donald Trump's international trip by making Italy his first stop in an all-expenses paid trip around the world? Isn't this the first time that a former president traveled a route nearly parallel with that of the new President? Obama departed for Italy on Friday, one day before the People's President embarked for Saudi Arabia. The Obama private jet was encircled by six Eurofighter Fourth Wing fighter jets en route to Italy for his five day stay at the $15,000 a night Borgo Finocchieto, thirteenth century restored village, owned by...
  • G7 Leaders Ask For Migrant Boats To Be Stopped During Their Visit Because Of Security Concerns

    05/28/2017 4:52:43 AM PDT · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    As the G7 nations met in Sicily to discuss, among other things, what can be done about the mass influx of migrants to Europe and any potential security threat they may pose, they ordered that all migrant boat arrivals be shuffled along to other Italian ports because the arrival of migrants may cause security issues! Apparently, they see the arrival of these migrants as a potential threat and therefore do not want them arriving whilst they could themselves be in danger, but ignore the fact that they have allowed hundreds of thousands to arrive unvetted by this route and will...
  • Trump fails to commit to Paris climate agreement as he concludes first overseas trip

    05/27/2017 3:59:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2017 | Karen DeYoung and Philip Rucker
    President Trump failed to commit to remaining within the Paris climate agreement during a two-day meeting with world leaders that ended here Saturday, but he tweeted that he was still considering it and would announce a final decision “next week.” In a final communique, the Group of Seven industrialized countries said that the United States “is not in a position to join the consensus.” The other six members reaffirmed their commitment to swiftly implement the 2015 accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Trump 'Leaning to Understand the European Position' on Paris Climate Accord

    05/27/2017 8:35:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 5/26/2017 | Bridget Johnson
    On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calling on the Trump administration to withdraw from the agreement. Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced companion legislation in the House. “We are being asked to place more regulatory burdens on American businesses and our economy,” said Paul. “Despite the high cost, the agreement will do little to solve environmental challenges. I support a path forward that protects both our jobs and our environment instead of sacrificing one for the other.” On Wednesday,...
  • Trump not swayed by G-7 leaders on Paris climate deal

    05/26/2017 1:20:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 5/26/17 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump resisted some intense lobbying by leaders of other industrialized nations Friday to back the Paris climate-change agreement at a G-7 summit in Sicily, Italy. After hours of discussions, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters that the U.S. position on the Paris accord remains an “open question.” “All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord,” he said of the leaders of Germany, Japan, Italy, Britain, France and Canada. Former President Barack Obama signed the Paris agreement to limit carbon emissions in 2015, but Mr. Trump is weighing a move to pull the U.S. out of the...
  • Trump Advisor Miller Blocked G-7 Migration Proposal: Author of ‘Muslim Ban’ is now working...

    05/25/2017 11:42:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 25, 2017 | Colum Lynch
    President Donald Trump’s controversial senior advisor and speechwriter, Stephen Miller, has led White House efforts to undercut an initiative by Italy to place the migration crisis at the center of this week’s Group of Seven major summit meeting starting Friday in Sicily. For Italy, the summit in Taormina, Sicily, was to provide a poignant opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of hundred of thousands of refugees who cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy’s shores each year, and to reach agreement on a plan to find them permanent homes....
  • Europe's Leaders: Shielding Themselves from Reality

    05/23/2017 9:14:03 AM PDT · by Oatka · 2 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 23, 2017 | Judith Bergman
    Shielding heads of state from seeing the consequences of the policies that they themselves have forced on the entire European continent represents a staggering new level of hypocrisy. Why do the citizens of Europe need to 'broaden their horizons,' while the people in power protect themselves from the reality they themselves imposed on everyone else? This attitude, far from democratic, borders on the atmosphere prevalent in Europe during the bygone days of Europe's absolute monarchs. While it is true that "everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle," the answer to that problem is not fatalistically to sit back and wait...
  • In unusual omission, no Trump-pope meeting planned during Italy G-7

    04/11/2017 3:39:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Religion News Services ^ | April 11, 2017 | Phillip Pullella
    In what would be a highly unusual omission, President Trump has not asked to meet Pope Francis during the president’s visit to Italy next month for the Group of Seven summit, sources said. Trump, who Francis suggested was “not Christian” if he wanted a wall on the Mexican border, is due in Sicily on May 26-27 for a meeting of the heads of the world’s richest nations. The two men have diametrically opposing positions on immigration, refugees, climate change and unbridled capitalism. Trump called the pope’s criticism of his plan to build the Mexico wall “disgraceful.”
  • Trump Refuses To Sign G7 Statement Endorsing Paris Climate Agreement

    04/11/2017 7:55:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 4/11/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The U.S. refused to sign onto a statement with other G7 countries to commit to the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, which President Donald Trump promised to withdraw from on the campaign trail. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the U.S. “is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue, which will be communicated at a future date,” Italy’s industry and energy minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement. Calenda said other G7 members “reaffirmed their commitment towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement to effectively limit the increase in global...
  • G7 Italy Talks – All Focused on Tillerson: Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh May…

    04/11/2017 9:08:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 3 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 10, 2017 | Sundance
    It would appear, based on constructs from alternate governmental releases, that thankfully the prior AP report is not a surprise to Secretary Rex Tillerson. A readout from a call between British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump provides additional context to absorb the larger, and overarching, ally objectives. As such it appears the international effort is focused on holding Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for the actions of Syria’s Bashir Assad. Toward that objective the international leadership is putting an absolute ton of responsibility on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to be the tip of the...
  • Syria crisis: Russia raises prospect of war if it is given G7 ultimatum as (trunc)

    04/09/2017 11:51:22 PM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 09 April 2017 11:55pm, London | Gordon Rayner, Political Editor Kate McCann, Senior Political Correspondent
    Full Title: Syria crisis: Russia raises prospect of war if it is given G7 ultimatum as it mocks Boris Johnson's no-show Russia and Iran has threatened military retaliation against the US, accusing Donald Trump of crossing “red lines” by ordering a cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base. The two military allies of Syria said the US bombardment had violated international law and, in a statement, added: “From now on we will respond with force.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, is understood to be working on a proposal from the G7 group of nations which will demand that Vladimir Putin...