Reprinted from RT
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.
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.
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."
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.