MdP OPINION 202: G20 – It really Makes Sense

G20 – Negotiations instead of Wars
The riots and crimes in Hamburg caused a discussion in Germany if the G20 meetings make sense and are worth their price. I think this is a ridiculous discussion. Of course, they make sense. If you have a look at the infographic you will see what an immense political and economic power the G20 states have in our globalized economy. It’s a fantastic discussion and decision making platform and it replaces war threats by communication. In the past armed conflicts were caused by much lesser important topics than the ones being discussed and solved on the G20 meetings. Let’s be proud on mankind to have formed a cooperation like this.


Being G20 Host – The Difference between a Successful State or a State in Decay
And of course, it’s much better to have the G20 meetings not solely at the UN HQ in NYC as some political parties want. If you don’t want to have international negotiations in your own country then you give up the political weight of your nation and surrender to terrorists, criminal rioters or political incompetence.

And of course, you must show the political strength to organize a meeting like the G20 not on a remote island but in the metropolitan areas, like Hamburg. If a country has the not the courage, the resolution and willingness to do so it’s destiny is the one of a weak and decaying state. A global economic power, like Germany, shouldn’t even consider this being an option.  Politicians representing this position are betraying the political and economic interests of their country.

Consequently prosecuting Enemies of the Public Order
But it also has to be remarked, that the law enforcement agencies have to be taken seriously and being budgeted and equipped with all they need to prevent riots and civil war-like battles (like in Hamburg this weekend). The Antifa and the Schwarzer Block must be evaluated as organizations threatening the public order and consequently being prosecuted like this. German and Hamburg politics will have to prove if they really learned the lesson of this weekend.

Comment by: Michael Kraess, Founder and Publisher Maschinenraum der Politik

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Data by: G20 Studies Centre


Global Shipping Traffic: Fantastic Animated and Interactive Data Visualization

This is a fantastic detailed animated and interactive data visualization of the world’s Global Shipping Traffic.

ShipMap Global Shipping Traffic Routes

Click here to get to the animated, full-size version

You can see movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012, overlaid on a bathymetric map. You can also see a few statistics such as a counter for emitted CO2 (in thousand tons) and maximum freight carried by represented vessels (varying units).

The merchant fleet is divided into five categories, each of which has a filter and a CO2 and freight counter for the hour shown on the clock. The ship types and units are as follows:

  • Container (e.g. manufactured goods): number of container slots equivalent to 20 feet (i.e. a 40-foot container takes two slots)
  • Dry bulk (e.g. coal, aggregates): combined weight of cargo, fuel, water, provisions, passengers and crew a vessel can carry, measured in thousand tons
  • Tanker (e.g. oil, chemicals): same as dry bulk
  • Gas bulk (e.g. liquefied natural gas): capacity for gases, measured in cubic meters
  • Vehicles (e.g. cars): same as dry bulk

Created by: London-based data visualization studio Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute