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Merkel receives our Voices Against Poverty

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From peaceful protest to escalating tension

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Peaceful Protest and Police in Rostock. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.
Peaceful Protest and Police in Rostock. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.

What a difference a Head makes

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The world media focus in on G8 leaders / Oxfam Big Heads gambling with Africa’s future. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.

The world media focus in on G8 leaders / Oxfam Big Heads gambling with Africa's future. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.
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Today was Oxfam’s G8 Gambling stunt. It was our first so to make sure we got the best spot we got up at 5am and were setting up at the rally site by 7.30am. There’s no doubt we arrived a little too early, as we spent the next 3 hours sitting and waiting for it all to start. Still, there’s nothing like being prepared - that’s what I say anyway.

US U turn on climate, German Aid increase announced

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Things continued to move fast yesterday afternoon and today on both elements of the G8 agenda, Climate Change and Africa. President Bush made a speech yesterday which touched on both Africa and Climate Change. On Africa he reiterated the $30 billion 5 year continuation of the PEPFAR HIV/AIDS programme, and also proposed $525 million over five years for education. On Climate Change he made a spectacular U turn, calling for a global target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, something he has steadfastly refused to do for the past seven years. His turnaround on Climate Change was greated with muted suspicion however, as he also proposed that an alternative process of negotiations involving the biggest polluters, outside of the UN system, and he made no mention of the need to tie emmissions curbs to a specfic temperature goal- the central tenet of the German proposal for their G8.

Today I bought a stunt!

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Becks and Angela Merkel’s Big Head. Credit: Craig Owen/Oxfam International

Becks and Angela Merkel’s Big Head in front of Rostock Town Hall. Credit: Craig Owen/Oxfam International

Today has been amazing. I love running around trying to buy random stuff that we need for stunts. It rocks! Tomorrow (Oxfam stunts team) we'll be stationed outside the Rostock Bahnhof before the huge German G8 rally begins.

Soul Sisters Summit in Berlin

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At Oxfam Deutschland’s “Sister Soul” concert ahead of the G8 Summit, stars Angelique Kidjo, Laura Lopez Castro, Diane and China from Pink Martini, sign the “Your Voice Against Poverty” banner

At Oxfam Deutschland's "Sister Soul" concert ahead of the G8 Summit, stars Angelique Kidjo, Laura Lopez Castro, Diane and China from Pink Martini, sign the "Your Voice Against Poverty" banner. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam.

G8 Pyjama Party in Potsdam

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This weekend saw the final meeting of the G8 finance ministers before the full G8 Summit in Heiligendamm at the start of June. In previous years, this meeting of the G8 money men has been critical in doing the deals on issues such as the debt cancellation to be announced by their bosses at the main summit.

What is the G8 Summit?

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What’s the G8 Summit?

1. What is the G8 Summit?
Every year the eight richest and most powerful leaders of the world come together to discuss the most important issues facing our planet today. This year from 6-8 June, these leaders will meet in a little place called Heiligendamm in Germany.