2008年7月8日火曜日

G8成金のたわむれ

成金がたわむれている。
暇を持て余したG8主要国は余った金で遊びほうける。
・G8イベントで観光、流通等の収益を持ちまわし。
・関係者の観光旅行
・井戸端会議
・高級料理による食事
・高級自動車による移動

業務で来ているのに、業務打合せを拒否、同乗移動は嫌等好き放題だ。
欲望と噂話による井戸端会議の内容は、食糧危機、資源高騰だそうだ。
めざしを食べたり、電気自転車で移動ならまだ現実味があるが、提灯記事に
よる報道をみれば成金のおたわむれにしか見れない。


【洞爺湖サミット】厳戒態勢の中「開幕」


---【洞爺湖サミット】G8豪華夕食会は「偽善的」、英各紙厳しく報道---
2008.7.8 11:05
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/europe/080708/erp0807081103003-n1.htm

 「豪華ディナーを食べながら食糧危機を語るとは」。8日付英各紙は、世界が食糧問題で苦しむ中、主要国首脳会議(北海道洞爺湖サミット)に出席した首脳や夫人たちが歓迎夕食会でぜいたくな料理を楽しむのは「偽善的」などと手厳しく報じた。
 各紙とも7日のサミット関係で最も大きく紙面を割いたのはこの歓迎夕食会。「キャビアやウニを食べながら、指導者は食糧危機を考える」。インディペンデント紙はこんな見出しを掲げ、「アフリカの飢餓問題など、食糧危機の協議は、腹の減る仕事なのだ」と皮肉を込めて伝えた。タイムズ紙も、サミットは「過剰な費用とぜいたくな消費で、ひどいスタートを切った」(最大野党の保守党有力議員)といった批判的コメントを並べた。(共同)


---アフリカ食料支援強化 サミット拡大会合 貧困撲滅も一致---
2008年7月8日 朝刊
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/politics/news/CK2008070802000145.html

 主要国首脳会議(北海道洞爺湖サミット)は七日午後開幕し、三日間の議論が始まった。初日は主要国(G8)とアフリカ七カ国の首脳らによる拡大会合を行い、アフリカの食料生産能力の向上や貧困撲滅へ向け、支援を強化することで一致した。混乱が続くジンバブエ問題に関しては、主要国側から強い懸念が表明された。この拡大会合で出された意見は、八日に主要国だけで行われる会合に反映される。 
 会合ではアフリカ各国首脳が食料価格高騰による窮状を訴え、農業技術、種子、肥料などでの支援を要請。主要国側は国際機関を通じた短期的な食料支援に加え、農地整備や農具などで自給率向上につながる支援を継続することを表明した。
 今年は、貧困撲滅や乳幼児死亡率低下などを掲げて二〇〇〇年の国連ミレニアムサミットで採択された「ミレニアム開発目標(MDGs)」の中間年だが「このままでは達成が困難」との認識を共有。主要国側が教育、医療分野などで新たな支援策を打ち出し、目標実現に向け協力することでも一致した。
 野党候補が撤退したまま大統領選決選投票で五選を決めたジンバブエのムガベ大統領に対し、主要国側から「正統性を認められない」との批判が噴出。「ジンバブエに対する制裁を強化すべきだ」との意見も出た。これに対し、アフリカ側では「圧力をかけると国内の大きな対立を引き起こしかねない」と慎重な意見もあった。
 八日の会合では、今回のサミット最大のテーマである地球温暖化や、世界経済、核不拡散などの政治問題が議題になる。



---Over caviar and sea urchin, G8 leaders mull food crisis---
By Andrew Grice, Political Editor in Hokkaido
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/over-caviar-and-sea-urchin-g8-leaders-mull-food-crisis-862051.html

World leaders are not renowned for their modest wine selections or reticence at the G8 summit's cheese board. True to form, discussing the global food crisis - spiralling grocery prices in the developed world and starvation in Africa - was clearly hungry work that left their stomachs rumbling.

Shortly after calling for us all to waste less food, and for an end to three-for-two deals in British supermarkets, Gordon Brown joined his fellow G8 premiers and their wives for an eight-course Marie Antoinette-style "Blessings of the Earth and the Sea Social Dinner", courtesy of the Japanese government.

The global food shortage was not evident. As the champagne flowed, the couples enjoyed 18 "higher-quality ingredients", beginning with amuse-bouche of corn stuffed with caviar, smoked salmon and sea urchin pain-surprise-style, hot onion tart and winter lily bulbs.

With translations helpfully provided by the hosts, the starter menu (second course) read like a meal in itself. A folding fan-modelled tray decorated with bamboo grasses carried eight delicacies: kelp-flavoured cold Kyoto beef shabu-shabu, with asparagus dressed with sesame cream; diced fatty flesh of tuna fish, with avocado and jellied soy sauce and the Japanese herb shiso; boiled clam, tomato and shiso in jellied clear soup of clam; water shield and pink conger dressed with a vinegary soy sauce; boiled prawn with jellied tosazu-vinegar; grilled eel rolled around burdock strip; sweet potato; and fried and seasoned goby with soy sauce and sugar.

That was followed by a hairy crab kegani bisque-style soup and salt-grilled bighand thornyhead with a vinegary water pepper sauce. The main course brought the "meat sweats" - poele of milk-fed lamb flavoured with aromatic herbs and mustard, as well as roasted lamb with black truffle and pine seed oil sauce. For the cheese course, the Japanese offered a special selection with lavender honey and caramelised nuts. It was followed by a "G8 fantasy dessert" and coffee served with candied fruits and vegetables.

This was washed down with Le Reve grand cru/La Seule Gloire champagne; a sake wine, Isojiman Junmai Daiginjo Nakadori; Corton-Charlemagne 2005 (France); Ridge California Monte Bello 1997 and Tokaji Esszencia 1999 (Hungary).

The G8 leaders had earlier made do with a "working lunch" of white asparagus and truffle soup; kegani crab; supreme of chicken; and cheese and coffee with petit fours. The lubrication of choice, for those drinking, was Chateau Grillet 2005.

The TV cameras were sadly not allowed to loiter long enough to discover whether Mr Brown practised what he preaches by not wasting any of his food. The Prime Minister has been shocked by the finding that an average British household could save about £420 a year by not throwing away edible food.

It is a fair bet that much more than that was wasted last night at the opulent Windsor Hotel in Toya, 30 miles from the general public and with 20,000 special police officers for security. Sixty chefs were flown in for the occasion, foremost among them the Michelin-starred Katsuhiro Nakamura.

The total cost of staging the event on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido is estimated at £285m, enough to buy 100 million mosquito nets, and dwarfing the £85m Britain spent on the Gleneagles summit three years ago.

"If it costs this much for them to meet, they had better make some serious decisions to increase aid to poor countries," said Max Lawson, senior policy officer at Oxfam. "If they are just going to sit around and eat, while millions of people face starvation, that is not good enough. They must act– not eat."

While the dinner went on, officials from the G8 nations haggled late into the night over the summit declaration on aid to the poorest nations. Pressure groups fear the G8 is trying to water down the commitment it made at Gleneagles to double aid to poor countries to $50bn by 2010. They want the figure included in this week's statement, rather than a restatement that Africa will receive $25bn by then, and single out France and Italy for criticism. "It's 50-50," one aid campaigner said.

Andrew Mitchell, the Conservatives' international development spokesman, said: "Surely it is not unreasonable for each leader to give a guarantee that they will stand by their solemn pledges of three years ago at Gleneagles to help the world's poor. All of us are watching, waiting and listening."

Bush's prayer for end to tyranny

"I wish for a world free from tyranny: the tyranny of hunger, disease and free from tyrannical governments," was George Bush's wish, handwritten on a piece of parchment and tied to a bamboo tree as part of the Japanese Tanabata festival.

The annual ceremony, which this year coincided with Japan's hosting of the G8 summit, is based on the myth of two star-crossed lovers condemned to meet only once a year in the Milky Way on 7 July. Every summer Japanese people write prayers on thin strips of paper and hang them in bamboo branches in the hope their wishes will be granted.

"I wish for a world in which the universal desire for liberty is realised. I wish for the advance of new technologies that will improve the human condition and protect our environment. I wish God's blessings on all," Mr Bush concluded.

Gordon Brown, mindful of the third anniversary of the London bombings, sought an end to terrorism as well as to poverty.

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