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Monday, June 8, 2015

G7 Summit: members urged to focus on internal affairs in member nations

The United States has issues, one being excessive force used on unarmed black men by local police, as in Metro Atlanta, Ga. killing of Nicholas Taft Thomas earlier this year.
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the High Representative of the European Union are meeting as the G7 in Germany today, but they are talking about others instead of themselves.

Two main countries being discussed are Russia and Nigeria, and two major issues include reducing poverty and creating a more just world. However, G7 member nations are having problems within their own democracies but are not adequately addressing these issues at the Summit.

Injustice in the United States
Large and small municipalities within the United States are having protests and uprisings focused on excessive force used by police and increasing incarceration rates of African American males. In recent months, hundreds of unarmed black men have been shot and killed by police or their designates. 

Over the weekend, a Metro Dallas, Texas police officer manhandled a 14- year-old girl to the ground in a video that has shocked viewers around the world.  (
Severe poverty
Millions of people around the globe live on less than $1.25 a day. Unemployment in developed countries, such as Spain, has risen to 50% of people under the age of 25. Just south of the United States, countries like Haiti are embroiled in sexual exploitation of children as reported by UNICEF, an international organization.

This story is still developing.
(Photo provided by Huey Thomas)

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