Friday, June 25, 2010

 

G20 in Toronto—a preview of APEC 2011 in Honolulu?


by Larry Geller

This article echos descriptions of Canadian militarization of Toronto for the G8 and G20 summit meetings now beginning: Toronto on lockdown for G20 summit: the wall, snipers, and sound cannons. There is more for the Googling. This article has some pictures of the peaceful protests that the Canadians were so in fear of. Today’s Democracy Now was broadcast from Toronto. See: Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings Most Expensive in Canadian History.

So what will Honolulu look like when APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation)  meets here in 2011?

The cost of the Toronto meetings is an astonishing $2 billion Canadian (approximately). What will Toronto get in return?

Hawaii hopes for recognition as a place to conduct international business in exchange for hosting APEC. Why any country would want to conduct business in Hawaii just because a conference was held here isn’t clear.

Pittsburgh hosted the G20 last year and hoped for economic gains but has realized very little.

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