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A Shift to the BRIC

Synopsis: The Avenger has his plaid panties in a bunch about a serious global shift that started during the big G-20 in Pittsburgh last week: a move to more representative economic and political power on the world stage. Listen as the plaid one explains the background of the G-20 evolution, and the impacts of the most recent G-20 party….specifically for the BRIC countries….as they redistribute voting power in global institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Gee golly, its G-20 genius!

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G-20: New Clout, New Responsibilities
G-20 Agrees to Boost Emerging Nations Clout at IMF, World Bank
BRICs stand by demand for bigger share of IMF votes

Keywords: BRIC, G-20, G-7, G-8, IMF, World Bank

At 60, NATO turning into NOT-O

Synopsis: NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary last week in Strasbourg, France.  The military/defense group had clarity of purpose back in 1949: stop Soviet aggression/expansion. However, since the fall of the USSR in 1991, the group has lost a bit of focus of mission and today’s NATO is nowhere near the cohesive tight military unit it once was.  The Plaid Avenger highlights a variety of issues that the organization is currently NOT doing so well at, from its relationship with Russia to the current war in Afghanistan.

At 60, NATO Faces Challenges Both Old and New

Kremlin ‘pushing Nato divisions’

NATO Struggles With Conflicting Views on Russia

Lukewarm Afghan commitment raises credibility issues for NATO

Keywords: NATO,  Cold War, USSR, Soviet, Russia, US, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Obama, Sarkozy, Merkel


Gargantuan Global Gathering: G-20

The G-20 met this week, in what the Plaid Avenger predicts will be looked back upon as a hugely historic event. This meeting is the first time a truly representative group of the biggest movers and shakers has gotten together to truly try and solve some global problems. Unlike the UN, this tight 20-entity group has the capacity to actually get stuff done without the bloated bureaucracy bogging it down. It represents big changes in the global outlook of how to solve global problems…perhaps for the first time in history. The G-20 is now the premier institutions for problem solving on the global scale. How exciting!

The G-20: saying farewell to the ‘blue-eyed blond men’?

G-20 Meeting May Give Impetus to WTO Accord

Sarkozy: G20 Results “Beyond His Expectations”

Take heed from the G20’s emerging focus

Keywords: G-20, G-7, G-8, global economy, global issues, UN

An EU of Asian Persuasion: ASEAN

Synopsis: Watch out! ASEAN stands for the Association of South East Asian Nations, a rapidly up-and-coming trade block in Asia which may very well become the foundation stone of the largest free trade zone on the planet. The ten-nation group, while still very young, is set to fashion itself as the EU of Asia…with perhaps even more potential for growth and integration. With associate members like China, India and Australia already aligning itself with the group, this is one to keep your eye on if you want to understand the rapid evolution of Asia as the center for 21st century growth.

ASEAN to strengthen ties with China and rest of Asia

ASEAN Leaders Call for Freer Trade

In midst of financial crisis, leaders join together

At ASEAN, reaching out to regular people

Keywords: ASEAN, Southeast Asia, China, India, free trade, EU

Ukrainian Gas Problems Causing Constipation For the EU!

In the news:
Russia, EU sign deal to help end gas crisis
France, Germany urge deal in Russia, Ukraine gas row
Accord signed in Russia gas row

Synopsis: Russia has turned off natural gas supplies to Ulraine on Jan 1 since the two countries could not decide on a market price for this year. The Plaid Avenger gives you some background on what this gas issue is really all about, the ramifications to the EU, and even some possible future winners in this chilly siuation.

Other Plaid Avenger related stories:
Ukraine in NATO? Nope, no, nyet, never, nein, non!
Russia Holds All Aces: Game Over Georgia
Russia Holds All Aces: Game Over in Georgia (part 2)
Russia Holds All Aces: Game Over in Georgia (part 3)

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