Over Easy

In tribute to Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner, the Over Easy community gathers to discuss news of the day of a morning.

The G20 meeting in St. Petersburg promises to provide opportunities for awkward confrontations along with the possibility of settling international issues of several varieties.

One of the main topics to emerge this year has been multinational companies’ use of legal, highly complex tax minimisation systems.

Oxfam warned this week that such behaviour was not only harmful to the countries in which companies were based, but paid little or no tax, but was also damaging to developing nations, with African countries losing 2% of national income to tax-dodging by businesses.

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However, crisis-ridden Syria is the most immediate global concern to many.

The two most important nations – the host country, Russia and the US – disagree deeply over how to respond, and comments on the situation in and around that country are likely to attract the most attention.

Passage by Senate Committee enabled the full Senate to vote on American intervention in Syria.

In China, a nine day traffic jam is continuing to clog the highway with no end in sight, a nightmare equal to naked waitressing.

A nine-day traffic jam in China is now more than 100 kilometres long and could last for weeks. Thousands of trucks en route to Beijing from Huai’an in the southeast have been backed up since Aug. 14, making the National Expressway 100 impassable.

The U.S continues to hold prisoners at Bagram Prison although it has been turned over to Afghanistan control.

Bagram prison has been the source of much controversy. Now in operation for more than 10 years, it is referred to by some as Afghanistan’s “Guantanamo” because of numerous allegations of serious prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers.

There are more than 3,000 prisoners held there, and an additional 600 have been detained since control of the prison was handed over to the Afghan government in March 2012. About 50 of those under U.S. custody are Pakistani foriegn nationals, according to Al Jazeera.

In a press release, JPP implored the U.S. to take action to end the detainees’ indefinite detention before the scheduled 2014 troop withdrawal.

Emergency conditions resulted from intense cold and severe snowstorms in Peru.

Oxfam said Peru authorities suspected the extreme weather had been triggered by climate change. “The people at these high altitudes say that year after year the climate impacts are becoming stronger,” said the charity’s country co-ordinator, Frank Boeren. “The climate is more extreme and unpredictable, and there is more snow and hail and more frequent frozen spells in January and February.” Some government aid had been delivered, he added.

Community observations are backed by government research. According to scientists in Lima and elsewhere, the rainy season is starting later in the mountains, with rainfall decreasing by about 12mm a year.

Although there have been waves of bitterly cold weather, overall temperatures have risen nearly 2C in the summer since 1965, while the range of temperatures over 24 hours has increased to nearly 27C, compared with 18C in 1980.

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