BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
For those who are not
informed –and I am one of them-, G-8 refers to the group of most developed
countries, including Russia. The anticipated meeting which begins in 6
days has awakened great expectations due to the profound political and economic
crisis threatening the world.
Let's read the news services.
The German news agency DPA announces that
the German minister of Transportation and Urbanism, Wolfgang Tiefensee,
declared “that the European Union countries have agreed on a common strategy.”
“The European ministers of Urbanism meeting
in the eastern city of Leipzig
in an informal council under the motto of 'Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion’,
will employ a common strategy for the protection of the environment and the
halting of climatic change.”
“For example,” Tiefensee warned, “in the
south of Europe the summer temperatures are
expected to increase up to six degrees, while on the coasts we can expect
strong winter storms.
“The drought threatening Spain and the lack of water in Poland are two
more examples of the challenges facing the European Union, the German added at
the end of the council.”
Meanwhile, AFP reports that “the German
minister of the environment, Sigmar Gabriel, judged it to be ‘very difficult’
that in the next G-8 summit any success could be achieved in the matter of
climatic warming due to United
“Germany will be the host country to
the summit which will be held on June 6 to 8 in Heiligendamm with the eight most highly
industrialized countries on the planet.
“Even though there are many in the United States who would like to see another kind
of policy on climatic warming, ‘unfortunately, Washington prevents’ such a position to
materialize, according to the German Social-Democratic minister.
“The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel,
will put forth a ‘strong signal’ about the need to act urgently on this matter;
the United States
administration multiplies its opposition signals.”
English agency, reports: “The United
States has refused the German proposal to see
that the Group of Eight agrees to tougher restrictions for carbon emissions
that are producing global warming, according to the draft of the communiqué
which will be presented at the meeting.
“The United States still has serious and
fundamental concerns about this declaratory draft, to which Reuters had access.
“Treatment of climatic change goes
completely counter to our position and crosses many ‘red lines’ in terms of
which we simply cannot be in agreement, explained the American negotiators.
“This document is called FINAL, but we
were never in agreement with any of the climatic language present in the text”,
“Germany would like an agreement to
contain the increase of temperatures, in order to cut back global emissions by
50 percent lower than 1990 levels for the year 2050 and to increase energy
efficiency by 20 percent for 2020.
rejects all those objectives.”
While Blair declares that he would
persuade his friend George, the only thing certain is that he added another
submarine to the three that are now being built in Great Britain; with this, the
expenses for sophisticated armament increases another 2.5 billion dollars. Perhaps someone with one of those new
computer programs developed by Bill Gates could calculate the resources being
used for war expenses at the cost of education, healthcare and culture for
George must say what he really thinks at
the G-8 meeting, including the subject of the dangers threatening peace and food
for human beings. Someone should ask him and he should not try to escape with
the advice of his friend Blair.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 29, 2007.