Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A "Down Payment on a Down Payment"
Bush and Blair announced something like an agreement on debt relief for Africa. Of course, there are strings attached, and Bush has yet to actually pay the mney he pledged to Africa for AIDS assistance. But this at least could turn out to be better than nothing, I suppose.
Both leaders, who met yesterday in Washington, pledged their governments to addressing poverty in Africa. They said details of a plan to ease the debt burden of African governments will be worked out in time for the Group of Eight summit of industrialized nations that Blair will be the host for July 6-8 in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Maybe kissing up to Bush for the last 3 years will get Blair some manner of payback. But I woulnd't bet on it.

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