Sanctions run counter to G20, international law, WTO, GATT

The sanctions that some G20 countries have taken against Russia run counter to the principles of G20, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, reminded partners at the organisation’s summit currently held in Brisbane, Australia.

More importantly, Putin said, sanctions run counter … Read the rest

World powers fail to heal Syria rift at G20 dinner

The G20 dinner in St. Petersburg
The G20 dinner in St. Petersburg

World powers on Thursday discussed the Syria crisis over dinner at the G20 summit but failed to bridge their deeply entrenched divisions over a US push for military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.… Read the rest

Protest at G20 in Russia about ‘gay discrimination’

Russian gays protest
Russian gays protest

Spaced out along St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, about a dozen human rights activists staged individual protests to attract the attention of leaders of the world’s biggest economies to human rights violations in Russia.

Activist Iosiph Skakovsky said … Read the rest

‘US attack on Syria would be gross violation of international law’

Putin says US claims of Syrian responsibility for chemical attack is 'utter nonsense'
Putin: US claims that Syria is responsible for chemical attack is utter nonsense

Russia dramatically escalated its denunciations of American threats to attack Syrian military targets on Saturday, with President Vladimir Putin saying it would have been “utter nonsense” for … Read the rest

Obama cancels meeting with Putin over Snowden

Putin, Obama
Putin, Obama

US President Barack Obama has canceled a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow which was scheduled for September. The move comes after Russia’s recent decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The US decision … Read the rest

What international community?

UN Security Council
UN Security Council

By Richard Haass. Whenever something bad happens – Iran moving closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, North Korea firing another missile, civilian deaths reaching another grim milestone in Syria’s civil war, satellites revealing an alarming rate of polar-ice … Read the rest

Britain spied on G20 delegates, including South Africans: report

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden

Documents leaked by US former spy Edward Snowden appeared to show Britain spied on G20 delegates during meetings in London back in 2009, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported Monday.

Among the officials targetted were delegates from NATO ally Turkey … Read the rest