When the G8 and G20 meetings come to Huntsville and Toronto this June, there will be a lot of corporate media that will be undoubtedly praising the ministers initiatives, offering a narrow range of debate, and maligning the protesters while not really listening to why they are there. However, there will also be independent media providing an alternative voice.
Rather than try to replicate all of the great work being done elsewhere on a multitude of topics, this blog makes its contribution by focusing on three things:
1. In the 3 months leading up to the meetings, reporting on and critiquing the day-to-day developments around the G8 and G20, the pre-meeting ministerials, the comments of governments about what they hope to accomplish, etc…
2. Analysis of two particular topics which will central at the G8 and G20 meetings – financial issues and environmental issues. This includes regulation, dealing with financial crisis, efforts (or non-efforts) to deal with global warming. Given that the meetings are in Canada, a special emphasis will be placed on the Alberta Tar/Oil Sands and other Canadian environmental topics.
3. During the G8/G20, I will bring on-the-ground print, audio, and video reports on the protests and the meetings.
My name is Darren Puscas and I have have a background in politics, labour studies, corporate research, community organizing, and economics.
When not writing this blog, I’m an academic researcher, social activist, I’m involved in documentary audio and video production, I watch a bit of baseball, and, despite being having their hay day 15-20 years ago, I still can’t seem stop listening to Dwight Yoakam, Sonic Youth, Uncle Tupelo, and Public Enemy.
I grew up in Regina, SK and I currently live in Toronto, not far from the summit fence.
[A quick shout out to Eric Squair. His workshop, Blogging for People Who Should, got me started on this site. His suggestions have also been very helpful as I've developed the site]