Illegal Drugs on Table at G8 Meeting

Involvement of Africa-based al-Qaida Islamic militants in the international narcotics trade is one of the main reasons Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited leaders of seven African countries, plus Colombia, Jamaica and Haiti, to a special session of this month’s G8 summit of industrial countries.

The seven African invitees are Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

After Harper announced the 10 invitees Sunday, an official cited narcotics channels from the Caribbean and South America to Europe via West Africa, a hub for financing and protection of traffickers by groups in the organization called al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

A relationship between al-Qaida; nomads in sub-Saharan Africa; and the South American FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been singled out by U.S. authorities as a target in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking efforts.

The Canadian official said a special session on the destabilizing impact of drug trafficking and terrorist bases in the African region will be scheduled at the G8 gathering of eight industrialized nations plus the European Union that Harper is hosting at a resort near Huntsville, Ont., June 25 to 26.

Some of the African representatives and Haiti are also expected to participate in some of the G8 discussions on development aid and Harper’s maternal and child health-care initiative. The G8 is far behind on a pledge to double aid to Africa made at the 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.

“The G8 has a long tradition of developing credible solutions to global challenges in partnership with Africa and others in the international community,” Harper’s announcement said. “At this year’s summit, we will be engaging African leaders as well as key hemispheric partners in order to broaden representation and maximize results on international development and peace and security issues.”

An official said there would be two meetings on June 25, one between G8 leaders and the African countries to focus on “mutual accountability” and another where the leaders from the Americas are added “to address shared security concerns.”

Five of the countries are co-founders of NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which have been long-standing G8 interlocutors. They are Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

– Article from Edmonton Journal.

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7 Comments

  1. urnrg on

    Yes, that sounds about right but that’s called political pathos, or in modern terms, political pathology.

    That is more the reason to congregate, formalize, synchronize, legitimize.

  2. Anonymous on

    They are calling it, and linking it to terrorism so they can up the war on drugs. They have run out of good reasons to keep fighting an ever losing battle. This way, they can legally make other countries follow their style. Drugs will flow as they always have if not more. Its just this way, they can focus more of your taxes for this effort and tell you its so you are safe from terror.They really should have a clause that says if they do not reach their objectives at lowering trafficking, they should try something else.
    right now, they are making sure the opium crops are grown safely and harvested. the claim is so that the local farmers, and people that enjoy this economy are not against them. as far as i can tell, that is conspiracy to manufacture, standing there with guns guarding a crop destined for our world market.
    i wouldnt be surprised if someone up there is very happy they now have protection to grow what they want and that someone has a lot of political pull. they say that they are not ensuring it gets manufactured into heroin, but really, if they were to go and bust it at that level, the farmers and people and economy would suffer and soon the buyers would not be giving them any money. Therfore if they want to stop terrorists getting the money, they have to see it is grown, see it is manufactured and see that the buyers are not the ones they are fighting against.
    basically to be effective they have to control the whole chain and ensure it even gets exported into other countries.
    now you know why it is that production went up.

  3. urnrg on

    So, let us put together a congress for all those with a vested interest in the full legalization of cannabis to discuss the strategy and policy for the next year, and to meet every year after that.

    *Medicinal
    *Industrial
    *Cultural
    *Legal

  4. Anonymous on

    How is it that the record breaking amounts of heroin being smuggled out of Afghanistan, peaked 18 months after the Bush Administration invasion and abruptly subsided when Obama took over the White House?

  5. Anonymous on

    If you give me a million to one odds

  6. Anonymous on

    Clearly a case of Dope vs Dope.

  7. Tony Aroma on

    I have this uncanny ability to predict the future, at least when it comes to drug policy decisions. My crystal ball tells me that the outcome of their discussions on the international narcotics trade will be to continue existing policy. If they just work harder at doing the same things they have been doing, they will surely wipe out the international narcotics trade within 10 years. After which we will all live happily ever after in a drug-free world.

    Anybody willing to bet against my prediction?