Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

G20 in Australia: Buffoons v the Global South

By       Message Pepe Escobar       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   3 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H2 11/18/14

Author 73066
Become a Fan
  (181 fans)
- Advertisement -

Reprinted from RT

From BRICS leaders in Brazil
BRICS leaders in Brazil
(Image by Wikipedia (
  Permission   Details   DMCA

Here's the G20 in Australia in a one-liner: a tiny bunch of Anglo-Saxon political buffoons attempts to drown out the Global South.

- Advertisement -

Countries representing over 85 percent of the world economy get together to (in theory) discuss some really heavy economic/financial issues, and virtually the only thing pitiful Western corporate media blabbers about is Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting an "isolated figure."

Well, Washington and its string of puppets did try to turn the G20 into a farce. Fortunately the adults in the room had some business to do.

The five BRICS member-nations -- despite their current problems, the G5 that really matters in the world -- did meet before the summit, including the "isolated figure." Economically, this G5 more than matches the old, decrepit G7.

- Advertisement -

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff forcefully encouraged the G5 to turbo-charge their mutual cooperation -- as well as South-South cooperation. That includes, of course, the BRICS Development Bank. The BRICS, stressing their "serious concern," once again called Washington's bluff -- perpetually refusing to endorse much-delayed structural reform at the IMF.

The IMF quota and governance reform package was in fact approved by the IMF's Board of Governors way back in 2010. One of its key resolutions was to increase the voting power of emerging markets, the BRICS at the forefront. For Republicans in Washington, this is worse than communism.

Chinese President Xi Jinping added that BRICS cooperation should not only boost the global economy, but also ensure global peace. Make trade, not tomahawks. The more than 120 nations of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) -- beggars in the G20 banquet -- were paying very close attention.

So much "aggression"

Now compare the BRICS at work with EU heads of state meeting exclusively with US President Barack Obama to define their "strategy" -- not to improve the global economy, but to further demonize Russia.

And this after British Prime Minister David Cameron told Putin in a "robust" meeting he's at a crossroads and about to be hit with more sanctions; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper complained he had to shake Putin's hand; and Australian Prime Minister Tony "Shirtfront" Abbott got everyone to pose with koalas -- talk about animal abuse -- after apparently backing down on "shirtfronting" the Russian leader.

And it was not only "Russian aggression." Obama, Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also met separately to increase "military cooperation" and "strengthen maritime security" in the Asia-Pacific. Against (what else?) "Chinese aggression."

- Advertisement -

Imperial arrogance and buffoonery apart, Putin did meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for over three hours. They discussed Ukraine, essentially. No leaks. So Putin met and talked with all the adults that matter: the BRICS and Merkel. There was nothing else to do, business-wise.

In the Russian President's own words: "It will take nine hours to fly to Vladivostok and another eight hours to get to Moscow. I need four hours sleep before I get back to work on Monday. We have completed our business."

Oh goodness. That was the cue for Western corporate media go absolutely bonkers spinning that the "isolated figure" fled the G20 in shame.

When in doubt, print money

Despite the Anglo-Saxon political gang's every effort to debase the summit, some -- minimalistic - work was done. Even Putin himself hailed the "constructive atmosphere." More like constructive wishful-thinking atmosphere.

Next Page  1  |  2


- Advertisement -

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts

You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

Why Qatar wants to invade Syria

All aboard the New Silk Road(s)

It was Putin's missile?

Where is Prince Bandar?