Informit article: No more false friends

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Abstract:

Global political events like the G20 meetings are studies in information-distribution architectures: on the inside, the continuation of centuries-old traditional backroom diplomacy, where the earth is carved up according to the latest shifts of financial ownership secured by asymmetric stalemates of military-technological potential. ‘Toujours y penser, jamais en parler’ – information on the content or outcomes of the meetings mostly remains inaccessible although it later becomes translated into quasiphilanthropic- sounding final declarations pregnant with meaning and intention, if often devoid of content and indecipherable for anyone who does not understand the implicit strategic keys of the debate: no poverty reduction without market expansion; no global-warming commitments without multi-billion-dollar emissions-trading schemes and transnational taxation regimes.

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