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Old 06-03-2005, 06:17 AM   #1
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Bush opposes UK Africa debt plan

"Mr Bush said a key part of the plan did not fit with the US budget process.

Mr Bush's stance sets up a possible clash with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, due in Washington next week.

The UK is pushing hard for major debt relief and a doubling of aid to Africa, and Chancellor Gordon Brown laid out a set of ambitious plans on Thursday.

This was a time for 100% debt relief not "timidity", Mr Brown said.

The UK has said that 2005 is a vital year for Africa, and argues that without significantly more money the United Nations' Millennium Goal of halving world poverty by 2015 will be impossible to meet. "

Great to see the American goverment doing there bit again!!!!!

Whats a few million lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


what are your thoughts?

MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY


Looks like it will be a long way off.
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This pisses me off. Quite frankly, it doesn't surprise me at all.
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Ugh, that's bad
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Old 06-03-2005, 06:27 AM   #4
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my sentiments exactly

and theres more:

As well as 100% debt relief, Mr Brown wants to set up an International Finance Facility (IFF) to help pay for immunisation programmes in Africa

He also said that aid should be doubled to $80bn a year by 2010.

But the US remains concerned that the UK is proposing that the debt plans should be financed in part by selling gold reserves held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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i'm shocked.

shocked!
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Old 06-03-2005, 07:19 AM   #6
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Call me cynical but I think Gordon Brown may be bluffing. He knows that there is no way all the G8 countries will agree to his plans and therefore they won't go ahead. This means he'll still look good though. Is anyone going to Edinburgh? I am but then again I am only coming from Glasgow and I can stay with my parents.
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everyone remember than when western countries refuse to give money that it is our money not the leaders money.
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Everyone remember that when the tsunami hit, The UK gave three times as much Government Aid as USA did then USA went oh dear we look like right idiots here lets give more than ukl but put restrictions on the aid
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Oh, so we can spend countless amounts of money on some stupid war, but we can't spare any more for people dying in Africa?

Ack. I can't believe I supported this guy. What was I thinking?

Eh, oh well. Not as if I can vote anyway.
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Call me cynical but I think Gordon Brown may be bluffing. He knows that there is no way all the G8 countries will agree to his plans and therefore they won't go ahead. This means he'll still look good though.
I wish I didn't agree with you.
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Call me cynical but did anyone really think Bush was going to put any real effort into Africa?
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Oh, so we can spend countless amounts of money on some stupid war, but we can't spare any more for people dying in Africa?

Ack. I can't believe I supported this guy. What was I thinking?

Eh, oh well. Not as if I can vote anyway.
Well said well said, I was gonna say that when i got home from work.

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But the US remains concerned that the UK is proposing that the debt plans should be financed in part by selling gold reserves held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The IMF has enough resources that it CAN cancel 100% of heavily indebted poor country debts WITHOUT affecting it's credit rating or abilility to lend.



This is a very insidious form of rascism going on here. This wouldn't even be an issue if it was happening here or in Europe.
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As an American, this really pisses me off.
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I can't believe I live in the United States.
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