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Russia Gets Booted Out of the G8… And Other News

G8 Turns to G7

The G7, formerly known as the G8, is meeting in the Netherlands on Monday to discuss how they can further shun Russia for annexing the formerly Ukrainian region of Crimea.

President Obama and rest of the leaders all agreed that Vladimir Putin should be excluded from the G8, effectively ending Russia’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum. Obviously this means that the planned summer G8 summit in Sochi will no longer take place in Russia. Instead, the G7 will be headed to Brussels in June to try and ward off Russia’s attempt to reunite the old Soviet gang under Kremlin rule. In retaliation for being kicked out of the G8 Club, Russia announced travel bans on 13 Canadian politicians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There go Harper’s vacation plans to wintry Russia… now it’s back to the never ending Canadian winter. New York Times

Ebola Virus GuineaThe plot to the 1995 film Outbreak has hit the West African country of Guinea. An outbreak of the Ebola virus has so far left 59 people dead (out of 80 infected) in Guinea and is suspected to have spread to neighbouring Liberia. Health workers in Guinea are trying to contain the spread of the disease, which causes severe internal bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting, and severe hemorrhagic fever. “In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating,” UNICEF said. There’s only one way to stop it: rewatch the movie Outbreak and copy whatever they did to stop the virus from spreading. I’m going to need a VCR and some bananas to lure monkeys. CBC News

Mudslide FloodsA mudslide (and not the good kind) has left 8 people dead in Washington State and 108 unaccounted for. After a month of heavy rains, a wall of mud and debris came sliding down, wiping out neighborhoods and a highway about 55 miles north of Seattle. Authorities in Oso, a remote community of about 180, and Darrington, a town of about 1,350, have been working tirelessly to find survivors. “Total devastation. I mean, it’s just unbelievable. It reminds me of what a tornado looks like when it’s touched the ground,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said. Maybe if they ask nicely they can trade their rain for some of California’s drought. CNN

Hawaii HookersHawaii cops want their hookers! Police officers in Honolulu are asking state lawmakers not to repeal a statute that allows them to have sex with prostitutes during the course of legitimate investigations. Police say they “need” to be able to have sex with hookers during investigations so that they can be caught in the act. Opponents say cops can do their investigations with their pants on and human trafficking experts say allowing cops full access to prostitutes can further traumatize sex workers, some of whom have reported being forced into sex with police officers to avoid arrest. Raw Story

sad-dogSpring is in the air in Detroit and so is the scent of rotting dog carcasses. Melting snow has revealed masses of dead dogs—at least 28 so far, according to the Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) and they say that is just the “tip of the iceberg.” “Because of the heavy snowfall in the month of January, a lot of these deceased bodies were discarded there because it was easier to cover them up. Also, it was an unusually cold month where a lot of dogs froze outside or were left to starve to death,” a DAWG board member said. Detroit BodyA number of dead dogs, mostly pit bulls and Mastiff mixes, were found at River Rouge Park, an apparently popular dumping ground for dogs killed in fights. But because it’s Detroit, the piles of melting snow have also revealed human bodiesCBS Local

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G8 Summit: It’s Putin Against the World!

G8 Summit - Putin and others

Leaders from eight of the most powerful nations in the world gathered in Northern Ireland for a G8 summit to discuss the growing conflict in Syria (among other issues…)

The global leaders headed into a two day G8 Summit meeting today that will largely be dominated by the situation in Syria. The summit is followed by the recent decision by the United States to arm Syrian rebels, citing evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was not a fan of this decision. As the only G8 leader in support of the Syrian regime, Putin is a bit of a G8 Summit outcast and will probably be unable to find any common ground with the other members: the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

Referencing a widely circulated video of an opposition fighter appearing to eat the heart of a dead solider, Putin sharply criticized the US’s decision to arm the rebels.

“I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras,”

Are these the people you want to support?” Putin said at a news conference in London. “Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Putin will get some one-on-one time today at the G8 Summit to discuss the situation. Obama will try to convince Putin to put pressure on Bashar al-Assad to relinquish his power.

“We still continue to discuss with the Russians whether there is a way to bring together elements of the regime and the opposition to achieve a political settlement,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser. “There are no illusions that that’s going to be easy.”

No, it will not be easy. Especially since the Syrian army has made significant gains lately, largely thanks to Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters. The recent wins have gone to Bashar al-Assad’s head, making it seem less likely he will ever back down. Add in the possibility that the US decision to arm the weapons could clear the way for Russians to supply missiles to Assad’s regime and the fact that the other G8 countries are not in full agreement on sending weapons – and it looks like Obama will be pretty busy. 

Of course, if he wants to free up some time to talk about other issues at the G8 Summit, he could always follow Sarah Palin’s approach to the Syrian conflict and just let Allah sort it out. Problem solved!

Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference, the former Alaska governor and reality TV show star suggested that the US should stay out of Syria and just leave it up to Allah.

“I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing … I say let Allah sort it out.

So simple, yet so… brilliant?

Sarah Palin Syria

Via: The Globe & Mail

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