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Halifax protest, no health commitment, G20 recovery questions

Halifax protest, no health commitment, G20 recovery questions

1. A report from the G8 Halifax protest
Includes pointed criticism of the G8 and Harper’s narrowly focused approach to maternal health. “Where are the G8 leaders when women, many of them mothers, are raped, tortured, and/or killed at work, whether they’re working in Maquiladoras in Mexico or doing sex work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside?”

2. G8 development ministers are leaving Halifax without making any specific financial commitments for child and maternal health. The Harper government also hasn’t been very clear about what it plans or initiatives on that front. Non-funding of abortion is the only area where they have made their plans fully known.

3. Various questions and concerns have come up about the G20 pronouncement last week of recovery and growth:
G20 growth forecasts don’t add up

G20 wary of overconfidence; Greece cast long shadow

4. Excellent technical report by Andrew Jackson on prospects for the G20 in Toronto, found on the Progressive Economics website. He says that in a number of ways, panic has turned to complacency regarding global capitalism’s prospects.

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