In the run-up to the G8 Summit, to be held in July in Gleneagles, it is as important as ever to raise the question: how can the world’s problems be alleviated?

The G8 (Group of Eight) is comprised of the leaders of eight of the richest nations in the world: USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and, from 1998, Russia.

The sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz has produced a plethora of TV and radio documentaries, newspaper features and statements from leading politicians.

’Lula traitor’, ’Lula your place is in Davos’. These were just some of the chants on the 3,000 strong protest which greeted Brazilian president Lula at the fifth World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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