NATO summit opens as protests grow

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NATO begins its 2-day summit in Chicago today, with representatives from 50 countries in all, including the leaders of the alliance’s 28 members.

Afghanistan is top of the agenda, but not far behind is the European Missile Shield project that has Russia so worried. Once again the NATO Secretary General has called on Moscow to abandon its reservations.

“The fact is that it’s not directed against Russia. Technically it’s not designed to attack Russia. We have offered them concrete cooperation and told them that the best way they could get an insurance, a real insurance would be to engage in an active cooperation and see with their own eyes that the system is not directed against them,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The summit will also have to deal with an army of demonstrators who are gathering to protest at, among other things, the Afghan war. Groups have planned to march on President Obama’s campaign headquarters, and to the home of the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel.