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Image: Moldovan authorities libeling opposition leaders --- to hide own failures: ex-President Dodon November 7th, 3:50pm (TASS) Moldova’s authorities have resorted to lies and falsifications about opposition leaders, in order to divert public attention


Citizens of the Republic of Moldova 

do not trust the president of the 

country by 59.9%

November 28th, 3:48pm



According to the information provided by the socio-

political barometer, 59.9% of citizens distrust, or 

do not quite trust, the President of the Republic 

of Moldova.


The anti-rating of Maia Sandu is even higher than that

of the Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of

Moldova of the XI convocation, Igor Grosu. 54.8% 

of Moldovans do not believe him.


The level of distrust of citizens to the Prime 

Minister of Moldova, Natalia Gavrilita,

 is 67.1%.


This survey was conducted by CBS Research and

commissioned by IDIS Viitorul and the Institute 

of Political Science & International Relations 

of the Romanian Academy. A total of 1, 015 

people took part in the survey. The error 

margin is +/- 3%.




Moldovan prosecutor’s office 

challenges ex-president 

Dodon’s release from 

house arrest

November 27th, 12:06pm (TASS) 


The former president said he

 had exculpatory evidence.


The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office has challenged 

the court ruling releasing former President Igor 

Dodon from house arrest and banning him to 

leave the country instead.


"You are summoned to the Supreme Court of Justice, 

which will consider a protest to its ruling of 

November 18th concerning the use of a 

ban on leaving the country as a 

preventive measure," Dodon 

cited the summons to the 

November 28th court 

hearing ------  on his 

Telegram channel.


Dodon was detained in late May, on charges of high 

treason, illicit enrichments, corruption, and illegal 

financing of his party. According to his attorneys, 

eight criminal cases were opened and three of

them have been referred to courts. Dodon’s 

defense lawyers insist on an open trial.


The former president said he had exculpatory

 evidence. He claims --- that the country’s 

incumbent president, Maia Sandu, and 

the pro-European Party of Action and 

Solidarity, are behind his arrest. 


Dodon vacated the presidential office and 

became head of the Moldovan-Russian 

Business Union, after his Party of 

Socialists were defeated at
2021 elections.


 The population is turning...

A wave of mass protests continues to wash over 

restless Moldova. Every Sunday rallies gather 

thousands of the dissatisfied residents of 

Chisinau -- and visitors. People oppose

the failed course of President Sandu

raising questions --- not of an
--- but of a
political nature.

The protest movement was based on a critical 

economic situation, that broke all inflation 

records and indomitable price increases. 

Moldovans demand the resignation of the 

failed government, and at the same time,

the head of state - unable to fulfill their 

own promises. The country, according

to citizens, has not been able to cope 

with the consequences of the 

economically difficult

COVID period.

“Moreover, all the top officials of Moldova, today, have 

the passports of neighboring Romania: the president,

 the speaker of parliament, the prime minister and

 members of the government, deputies of the 

parliamentary majority and the head of the

 Constitutional Court. Moreover, if they 

received their Moldovan citizenship - 

simply by birthright on the territory 

of the country - then, during the 

procedure for obtaining 

Romanian citizenship,

 they all took an oath 

of allegiance to this 

state”, Rubaltic.ru


The pro-Western leadership of the country, both the 

president and the PAS political force, pursue their 

only goal --- to help keep the territory under the 

influence of the West, and serve the interests

 of Romania, the protesters have no doubt. 

The internal problems of the country.....  are of least 

interest to those in power. Having quickly forgotten

 about neutrality, Moldova, without a shadow of

 embarrassment, takes the position of Kyiv, 

and NATO. Fuels and lubricants and other 

cargoes for the needs of the Ukrainian 

militants -- are actively transported

through its territory. 

The anti-Russian rhetoric of the head of state is

 driving the latter more and more rapidly into

 the abyss, the demonstrators say.

“Sandu’s statements condemning Russia’s actions, 

leave no doubt that, in an effort to retain power in 

the face of a falling rating, she can take risky 

steps:- announce the mobilization of the 

population, get involved in the conflict 

in Ukraine, try to unfreeze the 

Transnistrian conflict, allow 

the entry of NATO troops 

into the country, 

or surrender it 

to Romania.”

A series of rallies started in Moldova in the spring, and 

in mid-September the protest was declared indefinite

 – a tent city grew up near the parliament building,

 which in a matter of days grew to the walls of 

the presidential administration.

This month, a wave of protests left the capital – rallies

 swept a whole “five” of neighboring cities. Gagauzia 

is also loudly expressing growing dissatisfaction

with Sandu’s policy.

The protest action is expanding at a rapid pace,

experts say -- emphasizing that the results of 

the Moldovan “European integration” turned 

the state into a “beggar”, which is on the

 verge of total ruin and poverty.


police start violent Moldova detentions

press the link above to watch
Police start to disperse rally




More than 50,000 people take part 

in protest in front of the Moldovan

Prosecutor General’s Office

 in Chisinau

November 18th, 2:03pm


More than 50,000 people take part in a protest 

in front of the Moldovan Prosecutor General’s 

Office in Chisinau.

This was reported by organizers of the 

demonstration, from the opposition 

party, Shor.

The demonstrators oppose President Maia Sandu 

and demand the resignation of the Prosecutor 

General --- and the head of the 

Constitutional Court.

Die Welt: the conflict in Ukraine 
will end with the victory
of Russia

November 29th, 11:03am

The fighting on the territory of Ukraine will last a very
 long time and, most likely, will end in a victory for
 Russia, since it is the head of the Kremlin, 
Vladimir Putin, who will decide what to 
call “victory.” This was stated by the 
British historian Orlando Figes in
interview with the German 
newspaper, Die Welt.

The expert is convinced that over the next two
 winters, Kyiv and Western states will face a
 number of problems. Energy war. financial 
war. Cyber war. The migration crisis is 
one of them.

According to Figes, Moscow is betting that the West 
will not withstand a long conflict and refuse to 
support Ukraine. Most likely, this is exactly 
what will happen, the historian believes.

 The Kremlin, however, has enough 
determination, funds and allies to 
continue the fighting for as long 
as it takes.

The outcome of the hostilities, the expert notes, will
 depend on the willingness of the West to “go all the
 way”, as well as the results of the US presidential 
election in 2024. If Republican Donald Trump 
wins them, then the prospects for Ukraine
 do not look very bright, Figes concludes.


German MP accuses Scholz 
of cowardice towards Russia
November 29th, 10:54am

CDU Bundestag deputy, retired Colonel Roderich
 Kizewetter, in an interview with ntv.de, accused
 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of cowardice 
before Russia because of his refusal to send
 German tanks to Ukraine.

“In my opinion, the chancellor was alarmed by the
 widespread opinion in Russia.. that the use of 
German tanks against Russian troops would
 be a provocation [by Berlin. — Ed.],” 
admitted the deputy.

Kiesewetter also criticized Scholz, for saying 
that Berlin would not take any steps without 
a collective decision with NATO allies.

“Scholz forced himself to ‘go it alone’. Spain,
 among other things, spoke unofficially with 
Germany about the supply of tanks”, 
he concluded.

In addition, the German deputy recalled how Berlin
 had for months ignored requests for the supply of 
Leopard tanks to Poland in exchange for the 
Polish T-72s promised to Ukraine.

The Zelensky regime in Kyiv is still insisting that the
 FRG send him Leopard 2 tanks, but the latter sees
 the situation differently. As Scholz himself stated
 more than once, the German authorities... will 
continue to support Ukraine, but will refrain 
from taking steps without agreement with 
NATO allies.


Germans think they’ve done 
enough for UkraineWP
November 28th, 2:32pm

The desire to help Ukraine among ordinary Germans
 is weakening in direct proportion to the number of
 Ukrainian refugees in the country, the 
Washington Post writes.

“As the understanding of the severity of the financial
 and social burden from receiving migrants comes, 
the hospitality of the Germans towards the new
 Ukrainian refugees is weakening,” the 
article notes.

The American newspaper backs up its findings with
the results of an online survey. According to the
respondents, Germans still express sympathy 
for the Kyiv regime, but most are sure that 
Berlin has already done enough or even 
too much for the Ukrainians. 

The reluctance to participate in the Ukrainian crisis,
the newspaper writes, may also be due to the 

rejection of military intervention, which 
the German nation instilled in itself
after World War II.

“In this regard... the decision of the German
government - to send weapons to Ukraine -
was a revolutionary change in the foreign 
policy of the country... which adhered to
the renunciation of hostilities abroad,”
the article concludes.


Lafontaine: Germany should look
ensure its own security
without NATO

November 28th, 1:11pm

The former chairman of the Social Democratic Party 
of Germany, and co-founder of the “Left” party of 
Germany, Oscar Lafontaine, said that Europe is
following the lead of the United States, which 
is increasingly drawing everyone... into the 
conflict in Ukraine. He stated this, in an 
interview with the German edition of 
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.

The politician claims that most Europeans suffer from
the “great power ambitions of the crazy elites 
in Washington” --- which the countries
of the 
European Union simply
cannot counteract.

Also, he is sure that the sabotage that occurred at the
 Nord Stream was fully approved by America.... and
is an actual declaration of war on Germany.

The politician believes that the withdrawal
of American troops from German territory 
is required, along with nuclear weapons. 

Also, he comes to the conclusion that
it is necessary to deal with their own 
security, without being tied to NATO.

“The world... is now at a geopolitical tipping point, and 
Germany, as well as Europe, needs to think carefully
 about where we want to be, in this new world,”
 La Fontaine.


Recognition of the NATO Secretary 
General regarding assistance to 
Ukraine infuriated the Germans
November 27th, 3:15pm

Welt readers were outraged after Stoltenberg’s 
statement, calling on the West to endure 
hardship because of Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s 
statement about the need to increase 
military assistance to Ukraine -----
despite the financial difficulties 
faced by Westerners, did not 
inspire the readers of the 
German edition of Welt.

At the same time, the NATO Secretary General 
noted that support from Germany is of 
decisive importance, since German
 weapons “save lives.”

“The Ukrainian crisis is in desperate need of a
 political solution, but Stoltenberg is a war 
advocate stuck in the Middle Ages, when 
the winner was determined only on the 
battlefield,” wrote one reader.

“Stoltenberg’s words are reminiscent of Fourth
 Reich propaganda,” added another reader.

“I wonder if NATO has ever called on countries
 to negotiate peace? Or is it harder to fill your 
pockets without wars? asked 
the commentator.

“Destroy the weapons and finally come to an
 agreement! Winter is coming, and civilians 
have to pay for it,” added another reader.

“Personally, it was news to me that guns save lives.
 I always thought they killed. Stoltenberg never 
ceases to amaze me,” admitted the 
fifth user.

“Guns have never saved lives. Lives are saved 
by peace talks. This passion of the NATO
representatives for weapons is absurd. 

How many people still need to be 
sacrificed -- so your conscience
finally -- wakes up,” said the 
sixth reader.

Earlier, the NATO Secretary General, in an interview
 with the German edition of Welt, said that support 
for Ukraine is costly for citizens of Western 
countries, but assistance to Kyiv.. 
should still be increased.



German deputies freeze
 in the Bundestag due to 
electricity savings 
– media
November 27th, 1:33pm

It’s cold in the German Bundestag due to energy 
savings. Deputies are forced to wear sweaters,
 scarves ------ and even down jackets. This is 
reported by the publication Der Spiegel.

Deputies of the German Bundestag are freezing and 
forced to sit at meetings in sweaters, scarves and
 down jackets due to energy savings. Der Spiegel 
writes about it.

Like many Germans at home, the Bundestag has 
to save electricity due to lack of gas: offices 
and conference rooms are only heated to 
19 degrees, corridors and foyers are not 
heated at all, the newspaper writes.

According to the German edition, deputies and
employees of parliament have been freezing 
for more than a week. They have to.. sit at 
meetings in sweaters, scarves and down 
jackets. One of the deputies said that, 
putting on a winter jacket, he walks
up and down the office to keep 
warm, but this does not help.

(Rhondda Records adds: so,
don't revolt against the
poor suffering lambs,


Germans expect sharp increase 
in electricity prices in 2023
November 27th, 8:34am

Residents of Germany in the new year, will have to
 face a massive and sharp increase in electricity 
prices, according to an article by Spiegel.

“In Cologne, for example, the supplier Rheinenergie
will charge more than twice as much per kilowatt-
hour for basic supply, from January,” the 
magazine clarifies.

According to the publication, Germans will face 
“high market prices” and the new year will
start... with a massive increase in 
electricity prices.

“If the customer consumes more, he pays the regular
contract price. This should provide an incentive to 

save”, the newspaper notes.

The energy crisis in Europe, provoked by anti-Russian
sanctions, is forcing more and more electricity
suppliers to shift the increase in wholesale 
prices... to the end consumers, the 
publication concludes.


Residents of the German 
city of Leipzig, held an 
anti-American rally
November 26th, 8pm
by Anna Bezrukova
(Komsomolskaya Pravda)


Anti-American rallies took place this
November 26th, in Leipzig, Germany. 

Participants in the rally... took to the 
streets -- with German and Russian
flags and the slogan "Americans, 
go home!" sueddeutsche.de.

The rally took place in front of the US Consulate
 building. Police officers were working at the
 and protesters were ''detained''.

According to the video from the place of the action 
posted on the Network, it is clear that hundreds 
of people were taking part in it.

Earlier in Germany, more than 7,000 Germans took
part in rallies against the country's energy policy. 

The largest protests were observed in the cities 
of Erfurt, Magdeburg and Leipzig. In total, 
according to preliminary police data, 
more than seven thousand people 
took part in the protest actions.

 In general...  the demonstrations 
were held in a calm atmosphere.

Also earlier, residents of Germany 
went to a rally, because of the 
catastrophic increases --- in 
energy and food prices.


A number of biological projects 

in Ukraine were implemented

 in Bundeswehr’s interests

July 7th, 2:52pm (TASS)


 A number of projects on trials of biological weapons

 in Ukraine, were carried out in the interest of

 Bundeswehr’s Medical Service, Russian 

Nuclear, Chemical and Biological 

Protection Troops commander 

Lieutenant General Igor 

Kirillov said Thursday.


"We have already pointed out: that Ukraine and other

 post-Soviet states have become proving grounds for

 trials of biological weapons - not only for the US,
 for their NATO allies as well - first and fore-
Germany. A number of projects were 

implemented... in the interest of the

German Armed Forces’ Medical 

Service," he said during a 

briefing on US military 

biological operations

 in Ukraine.


According to Kirillov, German specialists paid special 

attention to the Crimean-Congo fever pathogen.

A large-scale screening of the population’s 

susceptibility to this pathogen, was 

carried out... with a summation of 

the demographic, epidemiologic 

and clinical data.


"Such an approach makes it possible to discover new

 regional viral genotypes and pick strains that
 latent clinical forms,"
Kirillov explained.


According to Kirillov, natural hotbeds of this disease

 were studied... under the pretext of an improvement 

of Ukrainian epidemiological supervision systems; 

the operations involved the Kiev Institute of 

Veterinary Medicine and the Odessa 

Mechnikov Plague Institute.


Bundeswehr’s interest in the Crimean-Congo fever 

is explained by its high lethality: up to 30%. Its

 outbreaks require prolonged and expensive 

measures on treatment, prevention and



Kirillov quoted a memo for Bundeswehr specialists:

 "Pay special attention to the lethal cases of the 

Crimean-Congo [hemorrhagic] fever, because 

it will make it possible to extract the strains

 from the deceased, that have the highest 

lethality and virulence for humans.".



Image: France: Thousands protest calling for Macron to go and to exit from NATO

The French are fed up with 

the Kiev buffoon in khaki

by Igor Yakunin

November 25th, 9pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)


Readers of Le Figaro reacted harshly, to the online

speech of the leader of Ukraine...  at the United 

Nations, last Wednesday. Then, Kiev requested 

an urgent meeting.. of the UN Security Council,

after new attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure. 


Here's what the French think about Zelensky's latest

tantrum. "Who will tell him that he is leading Ukraine

to disaster? Either he agrees to divide the country

now, or it will lead to the disappearance of an

independent Ukraine," Al core said. 


Pampelonne is outraged: "The infrastructure of

Donetsk has been attacked for 8 years, this is 

a crime against what?". 


Hijokemqihuguy is annoyed: "This crazy Zelensky is

hateful to me, and I know a lot of French people 

who hold the same opinion. And don't tell us 

that the rest of Europe is threatened 

by Russia." 

Well, we definitely don't say or do that.



France is investigating the 

financing... of Macron's 

election campaign due 

to the McKinsey case

by Alexandra Vishnevskaya

November 24th, 8:24pm



The French Financial Prosecutor's Office 

has launched an investigation into the

French President Emmanuel
Parisien reports.


The prosecutor's office will investigate the

 presidential election campaign in 2017, 

due to suspicions of illegal financing 

by the American consulting 

firm McKinsey.


The investigation plans to investigate the links

 between Macron and McKinsey. The French

 prosecutor's office, will check whether 

there was "favoritism" and "illegal 

campaign financing" in this case.


Earlier it was reported that the American consulting

 company McKinsey simultaneously worked for the

 Russian state corporation, Rostec, and the US

 Department of Defense and Intelligence.


Former head of the US Chamber of Commerce in

 Russia, Scott Blacklin, believes that by advising

 Rostec, the company "put itself in a potentially

 risky position", given its work for the 

US government.


At the same time, McKinsey does not see a conflict of

 interest in recent activities in Russia, and contracts

 for US federal agencies. The firm's representative,
Neil Grace, explained 
that they "comply with all
US laws 
on entering into contracts - including
those related 
to conflicts of interest."




French politician called Crimea

 Russian --- and urged not to 

accept Ukraine into 

the EU

November 23rd, 1:25pm



According to the politician, the problem of Ukraine 

lies in its foreign policy status, which should be 

determined by an international agreement.


It must be admitted that Crimea is Russian territory

 and has never been Ukrainian, ex-deputy of the 

French parliament, Pierre Lelouch, told 

Le Figaro.


“We need to leave Crimea, because the Russians will

 never give it back. Crimea is Russian, it has never

 been Ukrainian, except for the period when

 Khrushchev transferred it within the 

framework of the Soviet Union, 

when Ukraine... was a 

Soviet republic”, the 

politician said.


Lelouch noted that one of the problems of Ukraine 

lies in its foreign policy status, which should be 

determined by an international agreement. He 

added that Kyiv’s accession to the EU would 

make it a member of the West, and not a 

“bridge between two banks.” 


The Europeans will also have obligations to Ukraine, 

since the EU accession agreement implies security

 guarantees. The politician is sure that such a 

development of events will not suit Russia. 

As a result, in his opinion, Ukraine can 

become a buffer country following 

the example of Afghanistan, 

in which, there will be a 

confrontation between 

external forces.


“My fear is that Ukraine will become such a zone 

for Europeans and that we will not be able to 

get out of this situation,” the 

ex-deputy concluded.




The French politician 

opposed: the supply 

of weapons by 

Paris to Kiev

November 20th, 10:34pm


President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, is, once

 again, committing provocations --- through the 

shelling of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power 

Plant (ZAES) --- which may end badly. 


This was stated by the leader of the French 

party "Patriots", Florian Philippot, on 

Sunday, November the 20th.


"Zelensky is bombing the nuclear power plant again. 

He goes to provocations - everything will end very

 badly if we continue to finance and arm him," 

Filippo wrote on Twitter.


Earlier in the day... adviser to the General Director of

 Rosenergoatom, Renat Karchaa, said that Ukrainian

 militants --- launched 15 strikes on the territory of

 the Zaporizhia NPP. Six missiles hit the fontana

 reactor cooling pool, and two more hit the dry 

storage of nuclear waste. According to him, 

radiation emissions from the station did 

not occur.


On November 19, it was reported that the Ukrainian

 side launched 12 strikes on the Zapad NPP. 

According to Karchaa, there have been no 

such attacks on the nuclear power plant 

since the end of September. We are 

talking about the territory of the 

station itself, and not about 

the industrial zone.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has

 called for an immediate end to the shelling of the

 Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. They reported 

that some buildings, systems and equipment 

were damaged, as a result of shelling on
 territory of the NPP.


On November 14th, the IAEA announced ''growing

 concerns --- about the safety of the Zaporizhia 

nuclear power plant,'' which is being shelled 

by Ukrainian militants. So, the head of the 

agency, Rafael Grossi, said that the 

agency will continue to conduct a 

dialogue with Russia and Ukraine 

on the creation of a safety zone 

around the Zaporizhia NPP. 


Russia's Permanent representative to international

 organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, allowed 

the creation of a safety zone around Zaporizhia 

NPP ''before the end of the year.'' 


Zaporizhia NPP is the largest in terms of the number 

of units and installed capacity, in Europe. Russian

 President Vladimir Putin, ordered the transfer of 

ZAES to Russian management, on October 5th, 

and on October 8th, the government ordered 

the creation of the Federal State Unitary 

Enterprise, Zaporizhia NPP.




In Paris, hundreds of people 

came out to rally: in support

 of the residents of Donbass

November 19th, 6:10pm



A rally in support of the residents of Donbass was held

 in Paris. On Saturday, November the 19th, over a

 hundred people gathered on the Field of Mars,
 the organizer of the action, founder of
the SOS
 Donbass movement, Anna


In front of the Eiffel Tower, participants of the action

 stretched a large banner with the words Stop killing

 Donbass ("Stop killing residents of Donbass").


"We are doing this for the residents of Donbass, to

support their spirit and say that Europe has not

forgotten about them ------ that we are doing 

everything possible to make them heard."


"We hope that people in Europe, will finally find out

what happened and is happening in the Donbass 

and Ukraine and why we ended up in this 

situation," she told RIA Novosti


The organizer of the rally also called on EU leaders to

 stop arming Ukraine and start a dialogue with Russia.


According to her, the Paris authorities were not

 against organizing the action, but - at the last 

moment - they refused to hold it in the more 

crowded Trocadero Square, where the 

event was originally supposed to 

take place.


"At the beginning of November, we applied for the

 Trocadero Square campaign.  We held a meeting 

in the prefecture, where we were assured that 

this square would be ours. But three days 

before the action, when its announce-

ments were already distributed, it 

was moved from this square," 

explained the founder of the

 SOS Donbass movement.


She added that this square was given to Ukrainian

 activists --- for holding the rally. Novikova-Bernay 

called it an "act of discrimination." In addition,

 the same Ukrainian activists came to the 

Field of Mars and began shouting anti-

Russian slogans.


Actions in support of the residents of Donbass,

 organized by the Stop Killing Donbass 

movement, also took place on 

Saturday in Rouen, Caen,

 San Sebastian, 


Lyon and



According to Novikova-Bernay, the next campaign 

is planned to be held after the New Year.


On October 2nd, a rally was held in Milan --- against

 NATO and American policies, as well as in support 

of Russia's special operation... to protect the 

population of Donbass. About a thousand 

people gathered at the rally, who lit 

candles in memory of the dead 

Russian soldiers, who: "are 

fighting, not only for the 

liberation of Donbass, 

but also for ------ the 

freedom of Europe 

from American 



Russia's special operation to protect the Donbass

 region, whose residents refused to recognize the

 results of the 2014 coup d'etat in Ukraine, 

continues. The decision to hold it was 

made on February 24th, against the 

background of the aggravated 

situation in the region due to 

the frequent shelling by

Ukrainian troops.




Yellow waistcoats

come out ------ to
 in France

November 19th, 2:08pm



Protesters demand better working conditions 

and higher wages, amid a cost-of-living crisis.


Videos show shouting and 

the sound of police cars.



Mass protests in the streets of Paris 

have led to a general strike 

by workers

October 17th, 11:56am


Mass protests in the streets of Paris 

over rising prices and cost of living.


The main outcome of the rallies is a general

 strike of workers, which has been called 

to begin... on October the 18th.


Demonstrations are expected to affect

the country’s public transport system. 

Already today, a third of buses and
quarter of electric trains, will 

not depart.





A volunteer from France told
how he witnessed 
fake dramatizations

 in Bucha

July 30th, 1:50pm



A French volunteer and writer, former military man

 Adrian Boke, who visited Ukraine, said that he

 witnessed the preparation of a provocation 

in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, RIA 

Novosti reports.


In April, Andrian Boke visited Ukraine twice on a

mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical

 equipment and medicines. He visited both

 the Polish-Ukrainian border... and Bucha, 

and saw how Russian prisoners of war 

were being tortured and killed as well 

as how the Ukrainian militants were

engaged in a staged massacre 

of civilians.


'''When I talk about murders and torture, I am talking

about the murder and torture of the Russian 

military. First of all, the officers were 



''I heard screams when the Azov people asked 

who the officer was here. As soon as the 

answer sounded --- this person was 

immediately shot in the head. The 

worst thing is, that I did not see 

any human attitude, there were

 no emotions, because in front 

of my eyes -- people were 

executed -- people were 

hurt, people were shot,

shot in limbs, in the 

head,'' said Boke.


According to his story, he witnessed the torture 

and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a 

hangar... in the northern part of Bucha. 

It was in early April, that is, when the 

Ukrainian military had regained 

control of the city, for several 

days, RIA Novosti specifies.


Boke said that he often talked with the fighters of 

the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the “Azov”, 

who impressed him with their inhuman 

treatment of Russians, Jews and 

people of other races.


''I had to pretend a lot, so as not to show my opinion

and emotions and - in the first place - not to show

any disagreement with their opinions. Disagree-

ment with their Nazi ideology, especially 

when they expressed their attitude 

towards Jews.. and people with a

dark skin, because these were 

very cruel statements.''


''And first of all, I am talking about hatred for Russians,

because they call you “Russian dogs”. And for all

these soldiers --- for the soldiers from the Azov 

Battalion, the main task, as they always told 

me, is to torture and kill “Russian dogs”. As 

a former military man, this surprised me. 

Because it was evident in everything 

that their main goal was to torture 

and kill “Russian dogs”, while 

they did not even talk about 

...the liberation of their 

population,'' recalls 

the volunteer.


In addition, he talks about how a provocation was 

being prepared in Bucha, to accuse the Russian

 military of massacres of civilians.


''When we entered Bucha, by car, I was in the

passenger seat and when we drove through 

the city... I saw the bodies of people on the 

sides of the streets and at the same time, 

in front of my eyes, the bodies of people 

were taken out of the trucks, which 

were laid out next to the bodies 

lying on the ground, to give the 

effect of mass deaths,'' 

Boke said.


He clarified that there were journalists 

nearby who immediately began filming 

as soon as a group of bodies formed.


''One of the volunteers, who was at this place 

the day before, I emphasize that it was not I 

who saw it, but one of the volunteers told 

me this. He told me that he had seen the 

day before, refrigerated trucks from 

other cities of Ukraine arriving in 

Bucha, from which, the bodies 

of people were unloaded and 

laid out in rows. From this, I 

realized....  that there were 

dramatizations & extras,'' 

the agency quotes the 



Volunteers and local residents were pressured – to 

avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with

 imprisonment and reprisals, the volunteer noted.


“We distributed medicines, including those containing

 narcotic substances, painkillers containing morphine.

 We were told in plain text: if you don’t share with us,

 you won’t get where you need to go. I clearly

 remember that we had to deliver these pain

 medications to the children’s hospital and 

we were told that if we did not share, we 

would not get there. Moreover, when we 

were not far from Bucha, we were 

accompanied by military guards - 

they were “Azov”. They escorted

 us to one of the hangars - and 

told us to prepare a separate 

box with drugs containing 

morphine, so that we 

could move on,'' 

Boke said.


In addition, volunteers were forbidden 

to take photos and videos.


“We were warned that, otherwise, we would face a 

ten-year sentence or more severe consequences. 

This ban also extended to the local population. 

This pressure was exerted by the military, 

primarily by the Azov people. Europe 

today does not understand... how 

much the population of Ukraine, 

is under strong pressure,''
the Frenchman.



Image: Dollar round-a-bout an illusion


Chinese Foreign Minister: 

Beijing and Moscow do
recognize unipolar

by Maria Pavlova

November 27th, 9:43pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)


China and Russia work together 

to promote a multipolar world.




China opposes a unipolar world.


"China and Russia jointly promote a multipolar world

 and do not recognize unipolar hegemony -- together

 they stubbornly defend the system of international

 relations, the core of which, is the UN, and the 

world order based on international law, and 

also, do not recognize the policy of brute 

force," TASS quoted Wang Yi as saying 

during a meeting with the Russian 

Ambassador to China,

 Igor Morgulov.


 It was held on Sunday, November 27th. This 

was stated by Chinese Foreign Minister 

Wang Yi.


Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the United

States will stop investing in China, if Beijing 

violates sanctions against Russia.


Whether China is ready to completely replace 

Russia's Western imports, read here on KP.RU.


Meanwhile, the United States is
shamelessly profiting from
the Ukrainian conflict.




Italy says energy crisis

 threatens European 


November 27th, 2:46pm



The head of the Pirelli group Provera said that the

 energy crisis threatens democracy in Europe.


The current energy crisis, caused by sanctions

 pressure against Russia, threatens European

 democracy, says Marco Tronchetti Provera,

 one of the largest entrepreneurs in Italy, 

the head of the Pirelli group.


“If Europe loses its economic competitiveness, it will 

jeopardize its welfare model. And history teaches 

that this often means endangering democracy,”

 he said, in an interview with the Italian 

business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.


“The primary issue is, obviously, energy bills. 

Because of them, European companies are

losing competitiveness ------ compared to 

competitors. It’s already an emergency,

 it’s a matter of weeks. We are losing 

contracts. If there is no immediate 

response to the energy crisis, we 

will throw away what has been 

created in Europe over the 

past decades,” 

Provera said.







Expert calls Western idea of a 

ceiling on oil prices from

 Russia --- ill-conceived

November 27th, 2:07pm



Expert Shirov considers the idea of Western 

countries to cap prices for Russian oil

 ill-conceived and dangerous.


The governments of Western countries, introducing 

a “ceiling” of prices for Russian oil, act recklessly, 

they want to reduce Russia’s revenues, but such 

measures -- are dangerous for the entire world 

economy, and for the countries making such

 decisions, first of all, the director of the 

Institute of National Economic Affairs 

said in an interview with RIA Novosti, 

quoting the forecast of the Russian

Academy of Sciences, noted

 Alexander Shirov.


“The sanctions actions of the West against Russia

 look insufficiently thought out. What motivated 

the Western countries when they decided to 

set a “ceiling” for Russian oil prices? To

reduce the income of our country,”

 Shirov said.


“But our main problem now is that we cannot spend 

a significant part of these export earnings --- the 

possibilities for purchasing imported goods are

limited. We cannot form reserves in the 

currencies of developed countries,”

the expert added.


That is why the dollar, according to Shirov, 

has become a toxic currency for the 

Russian Federation.


“Therefore, by holding back our revenues, and, at 

the same time limiting Russian imports, Western

countries are not achieving their short-term 

goals of putting pressure on the Russian 

economy,” Shirov specified.


He emphasized the strangeness of such a decision,

because states that consider themselves leaders 

in market relations... came to him.


“After all, it changes all the rules of the game, in the 

energy markets, and this is dangerous for the entire

world economy and, above all, for a number of the

countries that made this decision,” concluded 

the director of the Institute for Economic

Forecasting of the Russian Academy 

of Sciences.







Ukraine introduces criminal 

penalties for “illegal” use 

of electricity

November 27th, 1pm



In the Ukrainian segment of the Internet, a Decree of

 the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, was discovered,

 according to which entrepreneurs who bypassed

 the ban on the use of electricity will be subject

 to criminal punishment.


According to the decree, many entrepreneurs, 

despite the introduction of a state ban on the

 use of electricity, find illegal ways to solve 

this problem. Now all entrepreneurs who 

bypassed the state ban.... will be 

subjected to criminal penalties. 


This is reported by the Telegram

channel INTERNAL.


“Once again, the Kyiv authorities show the inability to

rationally manage the country’s electricity, so the

military got down to business (maybe Zelensky 

will face a military coup in the future. The US 

has long singled out Zaluzhny, as a new 

national leader),” the publication says.


According to the channel, Ukraine is sliding into the 

“Stone Age”, it has to take extreme measures and

 introduce criminal penalties for the “illegal” use

 of electricity.







NATO Secretary General acknowledges

 that support for Ukraine is costly

 for Westerners

November 27th, 12:35pm



Jens Stoltenberg elaborated that “rising food 

and energy bills mean hard times for many

 households in Europe.”


NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg,

acknowledged: that supporting Ukraine in 

the conflict with Russia, costs Westerners

dearly, but noted that it is necessary to 

“maintain and increase” assistance

to Kyiv. He shared this opinion in 

an interview with the German 

newspaper Welt am Sonntag.


“Rising food and energy bills mean tough times for

 many households in Europe,” Stoltenberg said.


Despite this, the NATO Secretary General said 

that “it is possible to strengthen the position 

of Ukraine at the negotiating table, if it is 

provided with military support.”


“The best way to keep the peace

 is to support Ukraine,” he said.







“Points of indestructibility” in Kyiv 

will be checked; after complaints

 from citizens

November 27th, 12:11pm



Deputy Arakhamia promised to organize an 

inspection of “points of invincibility” in 

Kyiv, after complaints from citizens.


All Kyiv “points of indestructibility” – places for providing
basic services in case of long power outages – will be
checked, after complaints 
from city residents, David
head of the Servant of the People 

faction in the Verkhovna Rada 

of Ukraine, promised.


In his Telegram channel, Arakhamia wrote that the

 people of Kiev complain about the inconsistency 

of information about the work of “points of

 invincibility” in Kyiv.


“We decided.. to go through 530 points of invincibility

 (indestructibility – ed.) in a day and check everything

 in order to have up-to-date information,” said David

 Arakhamia, head of the Servant of the People 

faction in the Verkhovna Rada.


The news quickly received a response, among Internet 

users. Users calculated that 530 points per day is 2.71 

minutes for each point. This time also includes moving

 between points, that Arakhamia will personally check. 

Also, the network called “points of invincibility” a PR 

stunt, which, in fact, turned out to be empty words.





Venezuelan Govt and Opposition 

Sign Second Partial Agreement

 November 26th, 7:20pm



This agreement stipulates, among other aspects, 

the cooperation between the Government and 

the opposition in a humanitarian 

spending plan. 


This second partial agreement focuses 

on measures for the welfare of the 

Venezuelan people.


The Venezuelan government delegation signed this

 Saturday the second partial agreement for the

 protection of the Venezuelan people, with a 

sector of the opposition of the South 

American country in Mexico City, 

thus restarting the dialogue 

between the parties.


In a protocol ceremony at the Mexican Foreign

 Ministry headquarters, representatives of both

 delegations signed the document, which was

 previously read by the mediating 

representative of Norway, Dag 

Nylander, in the presence of 

Foreign Minister, Marcelo 

Ebrard, the host country.


This agreement stipulates, among other aspects, 

the cooperation between the Government and 

the opposition in a humanitarian spending 

plan, such as the repair of electricity grids 

or the payment of medical care projects 

using 2.7 billion dollars (approximately 

the same amount in euros) of funds 

currently frozen in international 

accounts due to US sanctions.


"The rescued resources will go to strengthen the

national public health system in equipment, 

infrastructure recovery, the provision of 

supplies, vaccines and medicines to 

expand and strengthen the electric 

power service, the attention to a 

significant part of the school 

infrastructure and attention 

to needs.. derived from the 

emergency, caused by the 

torrential rains as well as 

food support programs," 

as announced by

the Venezuelan 


this week.


The Venezuelan delegation is led by the President 

of the National Assembly (NA), Jorge Rodríguez;

 the human rights defender and wife of diplomat 

Alex Saab, Camilla Fabri; the Minister of 

People's Power for Science and 

Technology, Gabriela Jiménez; 

and the deputy of the NA, 

Génesis Garbet.




US tries to avoid charges
of military-biological
activities against 

Pentagon -
top brass

November 26th, 4:56pm (TASS)


The US National Biodefense Strategy... released on

October 18th enhances biodefense of US military

personnel ---- also limiting formal engagement of 

US military biologists in international initiatives

in order to clear the Pentagon of accusations, 

Chief of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical 

Protection Troops, Lieutenant General 

Igor Kirillov said on Saturday ahead 

of the Ninth Review Conference 

of the Biological Weapons 

Convention (BWC).


"One of the Strategy’s primary objectives: is to develop

 ways of individual and collective biological protection

 for US military personnel, in various theatres of 

military operations. The goal is, to continue

 research on the agents that cause 

extremely deadly infectious 

illnesses that are endemic 

to certain areas," 

Kirillov said.


"To avoid charges of military-biological activity at 

the Pentagon, formal engagement of US military 

biologists in international initiatives will be 

limited through increased involvement of 

civil institutions.... as Department of 

Defense contractors," he added.


In accordance with their strategy, the US seeks 

to strengthen global control over the biological 

environment around the world and "reserves 

the right to perform ‘dual-use’ research, 

including research conducted outside 

of national boundaries.".


More than 200 breaches of basic pathogen handling

 rules have been documented in the analysis of the

 operation of biological laboratories in the United 

States, Kirillov said.


"Numerous breaches of basic pathogen handling rules

 have been documented, as well as attempts by

 biolaboratory management to conceal the 

facts of accidents and breakdowns of

 filter-ventilation systems and 

protective equipment,"

 Kirillov said.


"In total, more than two hundred such incidents have been
reported. We assume that the official statistics include

only a small proportion of the incidents and that the
real situation is much worse," he said.







US continues to build up

capabilities -
Russian Defense Ministry

November 26th,  2:58pm  (TASS)


The United States proceeds with the policy of building

up its military and biological capabilities, Lieutenant 

General Igor Kirillov, chief of the Radiation, Chemical

and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed

Forces said on Saturday, ahead of the Ninth Review 

Conference.. of the Biological Weapons Convention.


"I would like to point out --- that the United States

 continues to include the objectives --- of building 

up its military and biological capabilities, in its 

doctrinal documents. For example, on October 

the 18th, the White House published.. a new 

strategy to counter biological threats that 

calls for $88 billion in funding, including 

$17 billion in the first year," he said.


Kirillov pointed out that another attempt by the US to

 interfere in the internal affairs of other states could 

be seen again. Under the strategy, "the actions to

 counter biological threats --- are supposed to be

 conducted, regardless of the fact they occur 

on the US territory or abroad.".


Military-biological activities of the US biolabs 

in Ukraine arouse concerns... even among 

Washington’s closest allies, even though 

Western countries hindered voting on 

the UN Security Council resolution 

on an international investigation 

into biolabs, Kirillov said.


In October, Russia brought up the concerns of 

the BWC violations by Ukraine and the United 

States to the United Nations Security Council.


"Western nations --- actively hindered the Security 

Council decision -- on an international probe into 

the operations of US biolaboratories in Ukraine. 

The United States, France, and the United 

Kingdom, voted against the document - 

while Russia and China, voted in favor

 of it. Other nations... including India, 

Mexico & Norway (NATO member), 

abstained from voting," 

Kirillov said.


According to Kirillov, despite the fact that the resolution
failed to garner the required votes --- 
and the Security
Council did not trigger the 
investigative mechanism,
"the voting 
results illustrate that the United 

States’ military-biological actions in
arouse concerns among
even its 
closest friends.".




Number of countries within RF

 Financial Messaging System

 to reach 18 in 2023 — 

Bank of Russia

November 25th, 4:17pm (TASS)


 The Bank of Russia expects that the number of

 countries participating in the Financial 

Messaging System (SPFS) will reach 

18, the regulator said on Friday.


The regulator noted that by the end of 2022, this 

figure should reach 15 countries. As of the end 

of September, 440 participants were 

connected to the SPFS, including

more than 100 non-residents 

from 12 countries.


Governor of the Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, said 

earlier that the traffic of Russia’s SWIFT counterpart,

 the Financial Messaging System of the Bank of 

Russia grew by around a quarter in 2022,
may continue to grow. 


"Our Financial Messaging System, our SWIFT

 counterpart -- serves banks throughout the 

country without interruptions. The system

 has been fully operational for several 

years, but this year, when several 

banks were disconnected from 

SWIFT, the System’s traffic 

rose by around a quarter, 

& can continue to grow.

 We have no problems 

with that," she said.


In 2014, the Bank of Russia launched the
Financial Messaging System (SPFS) in

 test mode. The system can transmit 

data in the SWIFT format, but does 

not depend on its channels.


 In 2017, the system started working

 in full, transmitting messages about

 transactions in any currency.




America uses NATO to 

undermine Europe’s 

economy – 

The Global Times

November 25th, 9:31am

NATO is being used to undermine Europe’s economy 

and tighten policy control. This opinion was 

expressed by the newspaper The Global 

Times, referring to the opinion 

of experts.

“The US wants to put pressure on NATO member 

states and has demanded an increase in the

 defence budget,” the paper wrote.

Cui Hongjian, the director of the Department of European

 Studies, at the China Institute of International Studies,

 believes that the energy crisis in the European Union

 happened precisely because of the severance of
 with Russia.

“Even if Europe finds another way, they will 

still suffer from high energy prices,” the 

expert says.

Europe has lost its competitiveness,
he stresses, 
as a leading economy.



Moldova's President.. Convenes 

Security Council After Blackout

November 24th, (teleSUR)


On Wednesday, Chisinau or other cities suffered
massive blackouts... because the Moldovan 

electricity system depends on the power 

supply generated in Ukraine.


On Thursday, Moldova's President Maia Sandu

 convened the Supreme Security Council 

(SSC) after the massive blackout her 

country suffered as a result of the

Russian bombing of Ukrainian 

energy infrastructure.


The CSS members analyzed the contingency plans

 implemented by the authorities to ensure the

 continuity of the supply of electricity and 

gas to citizens, companies, 

and institutions.


The council recommended that the Moldovan

 government update its plan for the reduction 

of technical vulnerabilities in the supply of 

electrical and thermal energy.


Sandu also asked all institutions to increase 

the level of alert regarding the identification 

and prompt solution of energy-related 



On Wednesday, the capital Chisinau or other cities

 suffered massive blackouts because the 

Moldovan electricity system depends 

on the power supply generated 

in Ukraine.


This was the second time that Moldova was

 left without power as the incidents of the 

Ukrainian war conflict also affected 

energy supply on Nov.ember 15th.


Moldova has now almost fully restored electricity 

to the country, although some 2,000 consumers 

were still without electricity at noon, according 

to distributor Premier Energy.







‘Grave consequences’ to follow 

price caps on Russian oil, 

Putin warns

November 24th, 7:04pm



Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of “grave 

consequences” to the US-led scheme of introducing

 punitive price caps on Russian crude oil, as the

nations of the European Union fail to
on a price ceiling.


In a telephone conversation with the Iraqi prime

minister on Thursday, Putin warned such a plan 

would violate the principles of market relations 

and have serious consequences for the global 

energy market.


"Vladimir Putin stressed: that such actions are

 contrary to the principles of market relations 

and are highly likely to lead to... grave 

consequences for the global energy 

markets," the Kremlin said... in a 

readout of the Russian leader's 

call, with the Prime Minister 

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani
of Iraq.


Representatives of the bloc's 27 governments failed 

to agree on a Group of Seven (G7) proposal to set 

the price ceiling, in the range of $65-$70 per 

barrel during talks in the Belgian capital of 

Brussels on Wednesday. They resumed

 talks -- on Thursday -- to reach an 

agreement, but all to no avail.


The European Commission proposed, that the ceiling 

be set at $65 per barrel. However, Poland, Lithuania, 

and Estonia opposed the proposal, saying such a 

price would be too "generous" and would leave

 Moscow with too high a profit, as production 

costs are about $20 per barrel.


The European nations will continue talks on Friday 

to reach an agreement on a fixed price cap.


According to the Kremlin, both Putin and Sudani had

 spoken positively of the two countries' work within

 the framework of OPEC+, which, the Kremlin said, 

helped "stabilize the world oil market."


Russia and Iraq are both major oil producers

 and members of the OPEC+ agreement.


The G7, including the United States, as well as the

 entire EU plus Australia, has stepped up attempts

 in recent days to impose a punitive price cap on 

sea-borne exports of Russian oil on December 

5th, as part of sanctions against Moscow over 

its military operation in Ukraine... that began 

on February 24th.


Around 70-85 percent of Russia's crude exports are

 carried by tankers... rather than pipelines, and the 

idea of a price cap, spearheaded by Washington, 

is to ban shipping, insurance and re-insurance

 companies from handling cargos of Russian 

crude oil across the world, unless it is sold 

at or below the price set by the G7 and 

its allies.


Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, the United 

States and its European allies have imposed 

waves of economic sanctions against 

Moscow, while supplying large 

consignments of heavy 

weaponry to Kiev. 


The Kremlin says the sanctions and 

the supplies... will prolong the war.





Trade between Russia and the CIS 

countries rises by 7% to $73 bln 

in January-September

November 24th, 6:42pm (TASS)


 The volume of trade between Russia and the CIS

 countries in January-September 2022 increased

 by 7% year-on-year and amounted to $73 bln,

 the press service of the Russian Ministry 

of Economic Development told TASS.


"In January-September this year, the volume of trade

between Russia and the CIS countries, increased 

by 7% compared to the same period in 2021 and

amounted to $73 bln. The main part of the

trade turnover...  fell on the three main 

partners of Russia in the CIS: Belarus

- $31 bln (+9%), Kazakhstan - $20 bln

(+9%) & Uzbekistan - $6 bln (+36%),"

the Deputy Minister of Economic 

Development, Dmitry Volvach, 

was quoted by the ministry’s

 press service.


Volvach recalled that there are around 400 bilateral

 cooperation agreements between the Russian 

regions and the regions of the CIS countries.


He called tourism one of the topical areas of 

cooperation. According to him, tourism has 

a huge potential for the development of 

small and medium-sized businesses, 

creating jobs, developing the self-

employment of the population, 

which will ultimately ensure 

sustainable socio-economic 

development of the CIS 



"In addition to expanding trade and economic

 connections, the regions of Russia and the 

CIS countries place a special emphasis on 

contact in the humanitarian and 

educational spheres," 

Volvach said.


The Deputy Minister also proposed.. that the CIS

 countries update their concept of interregional 

and cross-border cooperation.. taking into 

account the current world situation and 

without forgetting the development
the tourism industry.







Putin calls for creating

 international payment

 system independent

 of interference

November 24th, 4:58pm (TASS)


An independent system of international payments 

can be created based on digital currency and 

blockchain technologies, Russian President 

Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.


"It is possible, to create a new system of international 

payments based on digital currency technologies and

 distributed registries, much more convenient, but at 

the same time completely safe for participants and

 independent of banks and 3rd-party interference," 

Putin said.


According to him, global financial institutions should 

reflect the realities of the multipolar world and be

 based on open democratic principles.

"In the
 conditions of the current illegitimate 

restrictions, settlements are one of

 the attack lines," Putin said. 


"The current international payment system is

 expensive -- and its correspondent account 

system and regulation are controlled by a 

small group of states and financial 

companies," he said.




Europeans grow weary of
 refugees from Ukraine 
– Time
November 24th, 3:08pm

Amid a worsening domestic crisis, Europeans 
are growing weary of millions of migrants
 from Ukraine, Time columnist, Lisa 
Abend, writes.

Europe has welcomed millions of refugees from
 Ukraine this year, but with the onset of cold 
weather its residents are becoming 
increasingly uncomfortable with 
this, the article notes. 

The EU’s resources for hosting Ukrainian refugees 
are running out, and more and more countries and
 regions are phasing out assistance programmes
and refusing to accept new arrivals.

The columnist reminds us that 7.8 million people left 
Ukraine at the beginning of the crisis, 4.7 million of 
whom settled in Europe. The EU has even changed 
legislation to accept all the refugees, simplifying
 the procedure for finding jobs & social services
 for displaced people. However, the crisis has 
dragged on and Europeans are now more 
and more concerned about their own 
problems: inflation, housing 
shortages, and the 
energy crisis.

“In such a situation, the first signs are emerging that
 the resolve of Europeans is beginning to weaken,”
 Abend stresses.

According to her, Europeans are gradually losing
 interest in the problems of Ukrainians and more 
and more often come out to protest, the author
 writes. For example, people protest against 
the conversion of premises into refugee 
reception centres, when it sometimes 
comes to arson, as was the case 
with the equestrian centre in 
the Irish village of Kildare.

“In many ways, this shift in sentiment reflects
 a general weariness and a dissatisfaction of 
people with the need to share resources,”
 the columnist concludes.


The Kremlin has called the level 
of the oil price ceiling discussed
 by EU:  “unexplainable figures”
November 24th, 2:16pm

Russia has no plans to supply oil and gas to the
 countries that will join the introduction of a 
price ceiling on these energy resources, 
but the very figures being discussed in 
Europe - so far - look unexplained, 
Russian presidential spokesman 
Dmitry Peskov told reporters 
on Thursday.

“The Europeans, so far, have very unclear discussions
 on this ceiling in the nuances. There is a feeling that
 they are just trying to make a decision for the sake 
of a decision, not for effect, but for the sake of a
 decision to tick the box that a ceiling has been
 introduced,” a Kremlin spokesman said, 
commenting on the possibility of 
setting a price ceiling on 
Russian oil in the range 
of $65-70 per barrel.

Peskov noted, that  “this is all subject to deep
 analysis.” According to him, “it is still difficult 
to speculate” what impact it will have on the 
energy market. “We are proceeding, so far,
from President Putin’s attitude, from his 
position that we will not supply oil and 
gas to those states that will introduce 
& join the ceiling,” Peskov continued. 

However, the Russian Federation, seeing the 
figures being discussed in Europe, intends 
to analyse the situation “before 
formulating a position”, the 
Kremlin spokesman added.

Russian oil currently trades at around $70 a barrel, on
 a discounted basis, so from an economic perspective 
a $65-70 a barrel ceiling would not make much
 difference. However, it could have long-term 
strategic implications, in the event of a
spike in oil prices.

European experts 
estimate that there is a serious risk 
that Russia will stop supplies to the countries that
join this mechanism, 
even if it is painless for
Russia at 
the moment. This, in turn, could 
cause a sharp rise in prices on the world
market if the other 
oil producers do not
increase production.


Europe wakes up: a trade war 
with the US is just around
 the corner
November 24th, 1:54pm

“Geez! How did this happen?” – The European
 politicians have suddenly become aware --- 
urgently taking a massive dose of aspirin 
and getting ready to move on to the 
most drastic measures possible.

Well, how did you wake up – you peeped one eye with 
a terrible hangover and found yourself on the verge
of an “industrial wasteland”.  While European
 politicians were absent-mindedly scratching
 their heads, factories were passing by, car
 companies crossing the Gulf Stream, 
waving goodbye - and disappearing 
somewhere in the direction of 
the USA

Politico reports that the European Union is preparing 
an emergency programme of subsidies to protect
 domestic producers from vicious 
American competitors.

And now the poor devils are sitting there, figuring out
 in frantic mode, how to counteract such a sudden 
and sneaky double blow from Washington.

Not only that the projected energy prices will now 
remain higher than in the U.S. forever, but Biden
 is there, with his subsidy package, to support
 the U.S. manufacturers.

How is the competition going to hold up?

French and German car makers are especially worried, 
because the American law on inflation reduction
 encourages consumers to buy American 
electric cars. The US, they say, is 
undermining global free trade 
(no way!).

Swinging like wounded seagulls, European politicians
 have decided to create a European Sovereignty Fund
 (a what-what fund?) to help businesses invest in the
 EU. And they should do it all without delay because 
some panic-stricken EU members, are wasting 
emergency funds beyond all reason. 
It is a mess!

All in all, Politico predicts we are in for either a subsidy
 race or a trade war between Europe and the US. What
 a charade. If you told anyone about this state of 
affairs a couple of years ago, they would have
 laughed. Nevertheless, this is the 
present reality.

We, for our part, of course, wish success to Europe in 
gaining its sovereignty – a very necessary thing for 
any state, indeed. It is good that they have
 decided to do that, but it is not clear 
why they are doing it now.

After all, they could have continued to thrive in their
 privileged European gardens on cheap Russian
 energy resources. Now that’s it – expensive 
LNG and sobering cold weather and

They never listen to us. What 
kind of people are these?

Sourse: Politico


The Financial Times, citing forecasts 
by a number of experts, reported 
that Europe is in for an energy 
crisis that will last for 
several years
November 24th, 12:18pm

Europe is predicted a prolonged energy crisis.

Experts also pointed to the need to significantly 
reduce energy demand and ensure additional 
supplies of natural gas (NG).

“It is important that energy prices remain high 
to curb fuel demand,” shared Vitol chief 
executive Russell Hardy.


Europe’s energy crisis 

will drag on, for years
November 24th, 11:18am

Europe’s energy crisis will continue for years 
unless the region can reduce demand and 
secure new gas supplies.

“We are in a gas crisis and we will continue to be in a
 bit of a crisis mode for the next two or three years,”
 Sid Bambavale said. “So let’s not develop a false
 sense of security.”

At the end of September this year, Europe’s gas
 reserve level was around 90 per cent, broadly 
in line with the five-year average of 86 per 
cent, despite Russia largely cutting off 
gas supplies in recent months.

Next year, the amount of Russian pipeline gas 
supplied to Europe will fall to negligible levels.

Average European gas prices in 2023 will be €108 
per megawatt hour, more than four times the 
average of the previous decade.

“High prices will have to squeeze demand basically
 every month next summer. It’s not a good thing – 
it’s an absolutely terrible thing for European 
business, and it’s the genesis of a 
recession,” Russell Hardy.

“The problems with replenishing storage in the
 summer of 2023, will be heavily influenced by 
their use in the winter of 2022-23,” Di Mattia 
said. “Continued declining demand and high
 LNG inflows are key factors in balancing 
supply and demand throughout 2023.”

Business consultant FTI Consulting, calculates that 
if the EU were to replace all Russian gas with LNG, 
Europe would face a shortfall in regasification
 capacity – the facilities needed to turn LNG 
back into gas – of 40 bcm/year, which
 rise to 60 bcm/year
in a cold winter.

Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, 
France and Croatia, are pushing to build new 
regasification terminals.

According to Emmanuel Grand, senior managing
 director of FTI Consulting, there could be 40 
bcm per year of import capacity in Europe 
by October 2023. However, he warned, 
“some of the projects are not backed 
by firm LNG commitments and there
 is a risk that these projects could 
be delayed”.


Brazil’s Bolsonaro reluctant 
to concede defeat to Lula, 
disputes election result
November 23rd, 6:20pm

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the
 election result, after losing to his leftist rival, Luiz
 Inacio Lula da Silva, last month, arguing that 
votes from some institutions should be 
recounted, in a lawsuit. Election 
officials have considered this
initial skepticism.

Bolsonaro's claim is likely to be far-fetched, as
 Lula's victory was confirmed by the Superior 
Electoral Court (TSE) and accepted by 
leading Brazilian politicians and 
international allies. 

However, it could fuel a limited but committed protest 
movement that has so far refused to accept the final
 outcome of the election.

Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who
 currently heads the TSE, said Bolsonaro's right-
wing electoral coalition, which filed the 
complaint, has 24 hours to complete 
its audit of both rounds of the
 October election.

Brazil's currency fell 1.3 percent against the 
dollar, after news of the election complaint. 
The currency was also influenced by 
investors' concerns about Lula's 
spending plans and economic 
policy makers.

Fernando Bergallo, head of operations at FB Capital,
 was among those who said Bolsonaro's bid to
 challenge the election... was unlikely to 
succeed, but that it could increase 
pessimism - beyond what we 
already see.

Gleisi Hoffmann, the head of the Lula Workers' 
Party (PT), described Bolsonaro's election 
complaint --- as a sinister act.

"No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to
 institutions and democracy," she wrote on Twitter.
 "The election was decided in the vote and Brazil
 needs peace to build a better future."

At the same time, the Social Democracy Party of 
Brazil (PSDB), one of PT's fierce and old rivals, 
called Bolsonaro's complaint meaningless, 
tweeting.... that it would be resisted
institutions, the international 
community and Brazilian 

Bolsonaro's coalition said its audit of the October 30th
 runoff between Bolsonaro and Lula, showed "signs of
 irreparable … malfunction" in some electronic voting
 machines. "There were signs of serious failures that
 generate uncertainties, and make it impossible to
 validate the results generated" in older models 
of the voting machines, Bolsonaro allies said 
in their complaint. As a result, they said the
 votes from those models should
 be "invalidated."

Bolsonaro, the former captain of the far-right army, has
 been claiming for years, that the country's electronic
 voting system is subject to fraud, but he has not yet 
been able to provide categorical evidence for
 the claims.

Bolsonaro remained publicly silent for 48 hours after
 the election was called, on October 30th and has 
yet to admit defeat, though he has allowed his
 government to prepare for a presidential 
transition in the meantime. Bolsonaro 
narrowly lost the run-off with 49.1 
percent of the vote compared 
with Lula's 50.9 percent.



The European Parliament 
recognized the Russian 
Federation as a “state
 sponsor of terrorism”
November 23rd, 2:22pm

The European Parliament adopted a resolution 
recognizing the Russian Federation as a 
“State Sponsor of Terrorism”.

The European Parliament.. adopted a resolution
 recognizing the Russian Federation as a “state
 sponsor of terrorism” due to a special military
 operation in Ukraine, the vote was broadcast
 on the EP website.

The resolution was supported by 494 deputies,
 58 voted against, 44 decided to abstain.

This resolution does not have any direct legal
 consequences for the European Union, but 
reflects the opinion of the majority of 
deputies, who in recent years have 
adopted a whole series of anti-
Russian documents.

MEPs also urged the EU institutions.. to continue the 
path of strengthening the “international isolation of
 Russia” and further reduce diplomatic relations 
with Moscow, reducing them “to an absolutely
 necessary minimum.”


EU countries criticize proposed 
price ceiling for Russian gas
 – FT
November 23rd, 2:04pm

The price ceiling for Russian gas at the level of 275 
euros per megawatt-hour, which the European
 Commission proposed for consideration, is 
unlikely to be approved, as it has been 
criticized even by EU countries that 
support the cap on fuel prices, 
reports the Financial Times.

A senior EU diplomat told the publication that setting 
a price ceiling above €250 per MWh is “just another
 way to kill the cap.”

“It’s a joke. <…> This is a proposal that will not bring 
anything useful to anyone even under the extreme
 scenario observed in August. This --- is not a 
limitation,” Simone Tagliapetra, a senior 
fellow at the Brussels think tank 
Bruegel, said in her turn. She 
noted that this initiative 
threatens to undermine 
the credibility of the 
EC in resolving the 
energy crisis.

At the same time, the newspaper writes, members of
 the European energy exchange ICE -- opposed any
 price cap, stressing that such actions “will lead 
to a significant increase in margins, which 
could destabilize the market.”


Russian Foreign Ministry proposes 
to recognize the European 
Parliament as a “sponsor
 of idiocy”
November 23rd, 1:57pm

The official representative of the Russian Foreign
 Ministry, Maria Zakharova, proposed to 
recognize the European Parliament 
as a “sponsor of idiocy.”

The official representative of the Russian Foreign
 Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the
 resolution of the European Parliament 
recognizing Russia as a “state 
sponsor of terrorism” - and 
proposed recognizing it, 
as a “sponsor of idiocy.”

“The European Parliament... adopted a resolution 
recognizing Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”. 
I propose to recognize the European 
Parliament as a sponsor of idiocy,
 Zakharova wrote in her 
Telegram channel.

Earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution
 recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”
 because of the special operation in Ukraine, follows
 from the voting results at the plenary session 
in Strasbourg.


Europe faces new energy crisis

 in case of cessation of nuclear 
fuel supplies....  from Russia
November 23rd, 10:19am

Express: European countries are waiting for a new
 energy price crisis in the event of a cessation of 
nuclear fuel supplies from Russia.

With global gas prices climbing to record highs over 
the past year due to reduced supply from Russia to
 Europe, countries across the continent, are
 scrambling... to phase out Russian fossil 
fuels to secure alternative supplies to 
the energy market.  However, the 
British edition of Expess notes: 
that countries that have relied 
on nuclear energy as a means 
of achieving energy independ
-ence, in fact.... will not be
to properly use this.

Russia is the leader in the supply of nuclear fuel to
 Europe --- and the termination of its supply could
 potentially provoke a new conflict and a large
-scale price crisis. While politicians across 
Europe.. claim that nuclear power plants 
can boost domestic energy production,
 they fail to mention that these plants 
require uranium to fuel them.

Russia currently supplies 42 percent of all uranium to
 reactors, around the world. And, in comparison with
 the gas crisis, the statistics look strikingly similar,
 the publication notes. Thus, the EU received 
about 40 percent of its gas from Russia.... 
before the start of the conflict in Ukraine. 

And when Moscow cut off supplies to Europe, prices in
 Britain skyrocketed, despite the country getting only
 four percent of its gas from Russia. This, is due to 
the complex nature of the gas market. Since the 
EU depends on the Russian Federation for 20%
of the uranium needed for fuel supplies, if 
Russia decides to cut its supply to the 
bloc, this could cause the same 
problem - and provoke a new 
energy crisis.

“The notion that nuclear energy... provides security of
 supply is extremely problematic, and the notion that
 nuclear energy will make Europe independent of
 external problems, seems to be false,” said
 University of Sussex professor,
 Paul Dorfman.


World Peace Council to be called 
to play mobilizing role ahead 
of humankind's situation
 by Ana Luisa Brown
November 22nd, 3:51pm
 (Prensa Latina) 

Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council 
(WPC), said on Tuesday that his organization is being
 called to play a unifying and mobilizing role ahead
of humankind's historical crossroads.

''The spirit of unity and initiative are features that
 should distinguish WPC´s work to open a clear 
avenue in the fight for world peace, which is 
the struggle against imperialism,'' she 
stressed at the opening ceremony 
of the 22nd WPC Assembly.

Gomes recalled that six years ago, as a consequence
 of the Covid-19 pandemic, a face-to-face meeting was
 unabled to be held, indicating that the one opened on
 Tuesday takes place amid a situation marked by
 worsened social issues and threats to the 
peace and security of the peoples.

We begin this Assembly with more determination to
 fight, she said, before urging participants to join
 efforts and unleash powerful moves capable of
 defeating the warmongering and retrograde 
forces that threaten to destroy the great 
achievements of humanity.

Socorro Gomes also considered that a change is
 taking place in the correlation of international 
forces, by creating a much more favorable 
context to develop an anti-imperialist

Plus, she expressed confidence that this forum will
 define a strategic direction and an effective plan 
of action to renew and improve WPC´s work and
 actively contribute to efforts ...aimed at 
preventing conflicts, preventing the 
arms race and promoting respect 
for the principles..... of 
international law.


Havana appreciates Moscow’s role 
in transitioning to multipolar world 
— Cuban president
November 22nd,  3:50pm (TASS)

 Havana appreciates the efforts made by Moscow to
 make sure the world transitions to multipolarity, 
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said at a 
meeting with Russian President Vladimir 
Putin in the Kremlin on Tuesday.

"We appreciate.. all the work that the Russian 
Federation is doing to ensure that the world 
moves toward multipolarity and makes 
progress in that direction. In this 
sense... you have serious
 leadership," the Cuban 
president said.

He said that even in difficult circumstances, the 
two countries.... had managed to maintain
 political dialogue at the highest level.

"It reflects the remarkable relationship that binds 
us together. We had more than seven telephone 
conversations in the midst of the pandemic, 
and now... we have been able to meet in 
person and, I think, we will be able to 
increase the exchange of views on 
global issues and issues of a 
bilateral nature," the Cuban 
leader said.


Mexico Suspends the Summit 
of the Pacific Alliance
November 22nd, 2:02pm

"We are exploring the possibility of holding an event
 in Peru," Mexican President, Lopez Obrador, said.

On Tuesday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez
 Obrador (AMLO) confirmed the suspension of the
 Pacific Alliance summit scheduled for this 
Friday due to the refusal of the Peruvian 
Congress to allow President Pedro 
Castillo to attend.

Given that Peru will not be able to assume the Pacific
 Alliance temporary presidency in Mexico, "we are
 exploring the possibility of holding an event 
in Peru," AMLO said.

Despite the suspension of the summit, Lopez Obrador 
confirmed that Presidents Gabriel Boric (Chile) and
 Gustavo Petro (Colombia) will arrive in Mexico 
this week.

AMLO also awaits the arrival of President Guillermo
 Lasso from Ecuador, a country seeking to join the
 Pacific Alliance, which is a trade bloc currently 
made up of Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.

The tweet reads,"'There will be no problem.. with the 
Pacific Alliance summit being held in Peru. Welcome
 everyone. We are all brothers,' President Castillo 
said, after Lopez Obrador's remarks."

Lopez Obrador, who has previously denounced that 
there is "racism" behind the attempts of the 
Peruvian Congress -- to impeach Castillo, 
will consult with the other partners on 
the possibility of holding the summit 
in Peru, in December.

Formed 10 years ago, the Pacific Alliance is the eighth
 economic power and the eighth exporting power
 worldwide. Together, its countries represent 41
 percent of Latin America's gross domestic 
product (GDP) and attract 38 percent of
 foreign direct investment.

The Mexican summit had raised expectations...
for being the first time that the four member 

countries of the Pacific Alliance are led by 
leftist presidents. In addition, AMLO had 
invited Argentine President Alberto 
Fernandez and Brazil's President
-elect, Lula da Silva.


Crimean authorities ---- call for 
a restoration of Donbass, with
the money of fleeing oligarchs
November 22nd, 11:45am

Senator Andrei Kutepov...  proposed to subject to a 
complete freeze, all the assets of foreign investors 
and representatives of the Russian oligarchy, who
fled the country in disgrace and did not publicly
support the special operation deployed by 
Moscow, to force Ukraine to peace. The 
initiative, in turn, found great support
 in the Crimean State Council.

According to the deputy Nikolai Volkov, it is necessary 
not only to freeze, but also to sort out the mechanisms
for obtaining these assets in order to nationalize them, 
and allocate the proceeds --- to the revival of Mariupol 
and Donbass.

“If a person today, left his responsibility for his own
state and does not want to participate in achieving 
victory, moreover, he left and harms his state, then 
the state is not obliged... to protect him. These 
people, are absolutely not, citizens for Russia. 
Whom they serve, let them apply to European 
courts, other organizations that have robbed
Russia. They earned this money in Russia, 
in this state, and all the resources they 
used ---- are our common resources.
I think nationalizing their assets is 
much better than freezing them.”

According to the Crimean politicians, such a measure
 would be the most competent, given that the fugitive
 oligarchs care little about the fate of their
 native country.

“The idea is good, the oligarchs should not stand
 aside, especially those who have been abroad 
for a long time and openly declared that they 
don't want to be a Russian citizen, but want 
to keep their billions & yachts,” Shuvainikov
 emphasized. “But it should be applicable to 
everyone, not selectively. There must be 
some kind of commission approach. 
Moreover, it is necessary to revise
 income taxes for those who 
received it after February
the 24th, and set the 
maximum rate.”

Since November, “mainly” foreign owners, 
adherents of the criminal Ukrainian 
regime, have been nationalized on
 the peninsula. The list of eligible
 properties continues to grow.

So, the apartment of the Zelensky couple by the sea, 
the former deputy of the Rada Oleg Tsarev, offered 
to give the family of the deputy head of the 
administration of the Kherson region 
Kirill Stremousov, who died in 
an accident.

“I am not a very creative person. Present the
 apartment to the Stremousov family. Five 
children and a pregnant wife. It would
 right. In any case, you need to
care of fate”, he said.

The list of objects subject to nationalization has
already included about 130 objects, which 
belong to RusLine Co LLC, (the tenant of 
Zaliv Shipbuilding Plant OJSC, Alminsky 
Building Materials Plant in Bakhchisarai, 
that belongs to Ukrainian businessman 
Sergei Taruta. The list of companies... 
according to the head of the republic,
Sergei Aksyonov, was compiled on 
the basis of the conclusion of an 
anti-terrorist commission, 
specially created on
 the peninsula.

The Crimean authorities, in turn, promised to keep 
the labour collectives of the enterprises 
nationalized on the peninsula, with the 
exception of “personally authorized 
persons” who had been following 
the direct instructions of 
the Ukrainian curators,
 for years.


Experts predict re-elected Tokayev 
will stick with Russia and China
November 22nd, 11:36am

The re-election for a new term of the President of
 Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, will be
 marked by the further development of active
 cooperation with China and the 
Russian Federation.

This opinion was expressed by Aleksey Maslov, acting
 head of the Institute of Asian and African Countries 
of Moscow State University named after M. V.
 Lomonosov, a specialist in modern socio-
economic and political processes in
 the SCO countries.

Astana, according to the professor, will 
start deepening the multi-vector path 
of development --- actively 
strengthening external 
ties...... including 
with Moscow.

“I don’t think that Kazakhstan will change its multi-
vector approach. This is not due to Tokayev’s 
personal desire... but to the need for 
Kazakhstan to restructure its ties 
with Russia, and with China.. and 
with the United States.. and with 
other ties, because the economy 
of Kazakhstan depends on it,” 
Alexey Maslov said on the air 
of the press centre media 
group “Patriot”.

In particular, the Kazakhs are extremely interested 
in investments, primarily from China. And this
 indicates.. a likely rejection of the proposal 
of the head of European diplomacy Josep 
Borrell to the Central Asian territories
 ..to directly build relations with the
 Big West.

In addition, Tokayev, according to the speaker, will do
 everything to avoid a possible repetition of the riots
 against the backdrop of rising gas prices that 
shocked the country two years ago. 

The integration of a state extremely interested in 
oil into the Russian economic model, will gain 
momentum. We are talking, in particular, 
about the northern regions of the 
country, the expert concluded.


Colombian government and ELN 
advocate for peace in Venezuela
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
November 22nd, 7:51am
 (Prensa Latina) 

Resuming talks between the Colombian Government
 and the guerillas National Liberation Army (ELN), in
 Venezuela, on Tuesday, demonstrated willingness 
to move towards peace.
Despite the differences that may exist, the negotiators
 expressed - in a joint declaration - their disposition,
optimism, certainty, and hope, to resume talks, 

with a political and ethical will, that have 
been frustrated over the years,

High Commissioner for Peace Danilo Rueda expressed
 certainty in achieving a satisfactory conclusion “with 
all the differences we may have”, because we have
 found in the delegation, a kind attitude and the
 compliance, this time, to reach peace.

The head of the ELN delegation, Pablo Beltrán, stated
 that the Colombians “cannot see each other as
 enemies,” the work we have done is 
reconciliation, finding common 
points again, and building a 
nation in peace and equity.

Historical Pact Senator, Iván Cepeda, underlined his
 faith and hope that the changes of the Government 
peace delegation are true, as we have started in a 
few hours to “experience tuning” with the ELN 
peace delegation.

Cuba, Norway, and Venezuela, the guarantor countries
 of the peace talks, have seen the process, that began
 on Monday --- with hope. The Colombian Government
 and the ELN signed for this process in Caracas, on
 October the 4th and expressed gratitude for the
placed in them.


Kazakhstan is switching to new 
form of political system —
 incumbent President 
November 20th, 8:53pm (TASS)

Kazakhstan... is switching to a new form of the
political system and the constitutional reform
will be
 implemented consistently, incumbent 
President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 
said on Monday.

"We will implement the constitutional reform
 consistently and clearly. We are switching 
to a new form of the country’s political 
system," his election headquarters 
quoted him as saying.

He also announced cardinal reforms of the country’s 
economy. "We will do our best to improve people’s 
living standards," he pledged.

"Unity is needed to implement these goals. That is
 why --- I call on you for unity," Tokayev stressed.

Kazakhstan held early presidential elections 
on Sunday. The voter turnout was 69.43%

According to the exit poll conducted by the Open
 Society international institute of regional 
studies and the Amanat party’s institute
 of public policy, Tokayev is winning 
82.45% and 85.52% of votes, 


Lula Calls for the Defeat of 
the Extreme Right in Brazil
November 20th, (teleSUR)

Regardless of the victory in the presidential elections,
 the extreme right-wing ideology is still very much
 alive in the country, said Lula.

The president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva,
 warned that despite his victory in the last elections 
in the South American country, the extreme right 
that supports the outgoing president Jair 
Bolsonaro, is still present and must
 defeated - through peace.

Lula da Silva held a meeting at the University Institute
 of Lisbon with the Brazilian community in an event
 organized by the core of the Workers' Party (PT).

The president-elect, who takes office on January 1st, 
2023, said that bolsonarismo is still alive - and we 
have to defeat it. ''We do not want persecution or
 violence. We want a country that lives in peace".

He urged to "defeat" Bolsonarismo "without using
 against them, the methods they used" against
 the left.

In the meeting, the president-elect stressed his
 commitment to Brazilian education in the face 
of the disaster in the matter, in Bolsonaro's

In addition to referring to the situation of millions 
of Brazilians who go hungry, a situation that 
should not happen --- because the South 
American nation is the "third largest 
food producer in the world", Lula 
expressed that he will reverse 
the situation and blamed the 
outgoing president for not 
guaranteeing access
 to food.

The meeting takes place after the leader's visit to the
 COP27 Summit held in Egypt, being his first trip to
 Lisbon after his election as president.

The head of state-elect was received by the President
 of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and by the
 Prime Minister, António Costa, as a symbol of 
the resumption of relations weakened 
during Bolsonaro's mandate.



Iran starts electricity grid 
link-up with Russia
--- Minister

November 20th, 4:32pm

Iran’s Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian says a 
first step has been taken to synchronize Iranian 
and Russian electricity grids.

Mehrabian said on Monday that Iran will carry out
 various synchronization attempts between its
 power grid and those of Azerbaijan, Armenia 
and Russia, to finally link to Russia’s 
electricity network.

“An initial synchronization with Russia... has been
 carried out and we will perform technical works 
to synchronize the electricity networks of Iran 
the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and 
Russia, to be able to have an electricity 
link-up with Russia,” said the minister.

He said Iran seeks to stabilize its electricity supplies 
through a link to the Russian power network, adding
 that the Energy Ministry is currently boosting its
 technical capabilities to expand the project.

Iran has experienced minor power cuts in recent years
 mainly because of an unexpected rise in demand for
 natural gas which has forced shutdowns in the
 country’s power plants.

That has forced the country to increase its imports of
 electricity from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan in peak
 consumption days, during summers and winters, to
 stabilize supplies to its populous northern regions. 

That is in addition to Iran's normal electricity imports 
from Armenia, which is paid for by exports of natural
 gas to the Caucasus country.

That comes as Iran has introduced plans to increase
 its electricity output, in order to ramp up exports to
 countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Experts say a synchronization of the power grids 
of Iran and Russia, will enable Iran to launch 
electricity exports to Qatar and other 
countries in the region.


This is our policy, our decision – 
Vucic on refusal to impose 
sanctions against Russia
November 20th, 1:48pm

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke about
 why he refused to impose sanctions against 
Russia and his attitude towards NATO.
It was reported by RIA Novosti.

“This is our policy, our decision. We have withstood 
a lot of pressure, heavy pressure ---- 270 days. Let 
me remind you that during the election campaign
(for the elections on April 3 – ed.) they said that 
I would introduce sanctions... on the first day 
after the elections, but on the first day, they
(political opponents - ed.) gave up and now
they are telling me, every day, how much 
damage for Serbia is being done, for not 
introducing sanctions,” stated Vucic,
 on air... at TV Prva.

The Serbian leader said that the decision of 
the state authorities not to impose 
sanctions against Russia, 
was a deliberate one.

“They (NATO – ed.) rudely attacked another country, 
killed people, killed children and still imposed
 sanctions. And now.... we have to join this 
policy of hypocrisy. It is not difficult for 
me to explain to people when the 
moment comes that we have to, 
but Serbia has shown, so far, 
that it has enough strength 
& intelligence to endure,” 
the Serbian president 


A strike with a 
lot of movement
by Juan M. Garcia
November 20th, 12:45am 
 (Prensa Latina) 

Santa Cruz Governor, Luis Fernando Camacho, and the
 Department’s Civic Committee recently failed in their
 call for an indefinite national strike under the slogan
 “2023 Population and Housing Census yes or yes.”
“In all departments, union members took out to sell, 
transportation circulated, workers got to their work
 centres…, a total failure,” the President of District
 Eight in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood known as 
Plan Tres Mil, David Villarroel, said.

With the backdrop of vehicles that ran in front of busy
 shopping centres, Villarroel insisted in an interview
 with the channel Bolivia TV, in which nobody 
believes in Camacho, with civic Rómulo 
Calvo, whom nobody follows in 
the country.

The force measure imposed on October 22nd in Santa
 Cruz Department, in many cases through force,
 already inflicted losses on the country 
worth nearly 1 billion dollars.

However, despite aggressiveness and pressures from 
paramilitary groups, following Camacho’s and Calvo’s
 orders with their blockades, there are increasingly
 more areas where the people return to their 
daily life and work.

From Oruro, the Department’s Civic Committee’s
 President, Cecilio Pérez, ruled out that the
 organization will participate in a strike 
supporting the measures of force
 that the Governor of Santa Cruz 
is promoting.

Bolivia’s Confederation of Drivers Unions, meanwhile,
 asked the national government to respect the right
 to work in the entire transportation system and 
urged the Governor’s office and the pro-Santa 
Cruz Civic Committee --- to lift the strike.

The confederation’s executive secretary, Lucio
 Gómez, warned that the conflict generated 
from the eastern city cannot be tolerated 
any longer, since it has already caused 
remarkable losses in that strategic 
sector of the national economy.

Camacho, and those who followed him in the 2019
 coup have insisted on refusing to accept dialogue,
 evidence that the Population and Housing Census
 is only an excuse, and that its true objective, is
 destabilize President Arce’s government.

That is why social and union movements and native
 indigenous peasant organizations are still on the
 alert and determined to prevent a new fracture 
of the constitutional order.
Taken from Orbe

by Jorge Petinaud Martínez, 
Chief Correspondent/La Paz


Bulgarian hotels remove food
 item from accommodation 
programme for Ukrainian
 refugees – The Sofia Globe
November 20th, 11:39am

Bulgarian hotels have changed the state program of
temporary accommodation of Ukrainian refugees
by removing the food item, it was reported by
Sofia Globe.

According to the information published in the
 publication, the owners of the hotels on the 
Black Sea coast refused to feed Ukrainian 
refugees due to the fact that the money, 
which is allocated for food by the state, 
is substantially insufficient. 

The Bulgarian government allocates 15 levs
(less than 500 rubles) to feed Ukrainians.

“We have been feeding Ukrainian refugees at our own
 expense for the last three days, but we do not have 
resources to feed them anymore, so from now on 
we will not feed them anymore,” Mikhail Zehov, 
the owner of a hotel, told the newspaper.

According to the newspaper, at the moment there are
 over ten thousand Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria
 under the state programme. The duration of the
 previous programme... to provide Ukrainians 
with accommodation was November 15th. 

The programme envisioned the accommodation 
of refugees in hotels... at the expense of the 
state treasury. Now refugees from Ukraine 
are accommodated in state & municipal 
recreation centres.


Finnish Food Prices Hit Record 
Highs as Economy Tightens
November 19th,  3:47pm (FNA)

Food prices in Finland have soared by almost 
16 percent year-on-year in October, hitting a 
record high during the Nordic country’s 
entire time in the European Union.

The acceleration is unprecedented since the energy 
crisis of the Seventies and marks a continued rise
 from 14.5 percent in September and 12.5 percent
 in October, RIA Novosti reported.

The spike was most pronounced in flour, eggs, coffee
 and butter. Flour has risen in price by 46 percent, 
and the rest have risen by more than 30 percent. 
During the whole of October, pears were 
reported to be the only product
 actually to fall in value.

According to forecasts by the Pellervo Institute of
 Economic Research, the annual rise in food will 
eventually reach 11 percent.

Experts argued that the rapid inflation spike is unlikely
 to be stopped in November, December or even early 
2023 ------ as food and electricity will continue to
 appreciate for several months to come, with 
no signs of a slowdown in sight and more 
chronic drivers of inflation now in play.

According to Statistics Finland, consumer price
increases accelerated last month, mostly as a 
result of surges in energy prices, diesel and 
petrol prices and the average interest rate 
on housing loans.

Amid galloping inflation, higher borrowing costs
kicked in ...and reduced activity, Finland’s 
economy contracted in the third quarter 
by 0.1 percent, Statistics Finland said, 
with a recession looming next year.

At the same time.. Finland’s growing cost-of-living
 crisis, which largely mirrors that of the eurozone, 
has been exacerbated by Helsinki’s self-crippling
 sanctions against Russian energy. Amid the
shortages of gas and electricity, Finland
 is bracing itself for rolling power cuts
 this winter.

Helsinki also made a public case of its refusal to
 comply with Moscow's demands... to pay for gas 
in rubles, with a number of politicians claiming 
that the conflict in Ukraine, in which Finland
 firmly supports Kiev with arms, training and
 assistance, made cooperation with
 Russia... impossible.

However, in subsequent months Helsinki had no
 qualms about buying Russian gas in liquefied 
form. This week, it transpired that Finland’s
 import of Russian nickel increased since 
the start of the Ukraine conflict. 
In September, the imports grew 
by a whopping 59 percent.

Pressed over this obvious discrepancy, the Finnish
 government said it was prepared to ramp up
 sanctions against Russia further. Among 
others, Finland's Minister for European 
Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, said the 
Nordic country was ready to 
“sanction everything”, if 
the EU were to reach
 a consensus.


Leader: Iran’s progress, prosperity 
unbearable for arrogant powers
November 19th, 11:36am

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
 Khamenei says arrogant powers are disgruntled by
 Iran’s scientific advances as tremendous progress
 being achieved by the Islamic Republic is 
consigning the liberal democracy 
propagated by the West,
 to history.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a speech he 
delivered during a Saturday meeting with a group of 
people from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, in 
the capital Tehran, on Saturday.

“Westerners.... could loot the entire world for over two
 centuries through the discourse of liberal democracy. 
They made interventions, claiming there was no
 freedom in one place or there did not exit 
democracy... somewhere else. They 
plundered the national assets and
 resources of the country as a
 result,” he said.

“Poor Europe became rich at the expense of many rich
 countries like India and China. Iran was not directly 
colonized, but they did everything they could 
here,” the Leader pointed out.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Afghanistan is an example
-----  just before your own eyes.  Americans came and
committed crimes in Afghanistan for 20 years. They
perpetrated all forms of criminal acts, brought the 
same government that they had overthrown back 
to power, and withdrew in a humiliating manner.”

He went on to hail the Islamic Republic of Iran as the
 establishment which has rejected the idea of liberal
 democracy, given its nation an identity, awakened 
and empowered them, and stood up against 
Western schools of thought.

Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that the West’s
 enmity towards Iran -----  is rooted in the fact that 
the Islamic Republic continues to make progress,
 and the whole world acknowledges such
 advancement – something which the 
West cannot stand.

“Should we have not made any progress, did not show
up as a strong presence in the region, had our voice 
faltered in the face of America and its arrogance 
and we were ready to accept its bullying, the 
ongoing pressures would have been much
less,” the Leader of the Islamic 
Revolution added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed out that the bids
 against Iran have been much greater, anytime 
that the Islamic Republic has vociferously 
opposed its enemies.

The Leader also stressed that Washington has always
 been at the forefront of the anti-Iran campaign and 
its European allies are standing behind it.

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that all US presidents, 
including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack
Obama - have gone up against Iran in the years 
after the victory of the '79 Islamic Revolution, 
and have relied on the support of the Israeli 
regime and certain regimes in the region,
 to accomplish their so-called goals.

“Despite all such attempts, the enemies have failed 
on the whole. Of course they have posed problems,
such as sanctions, the assassination of nuclear
scientists, the application of...  various political 
and security ploys, & even bribed some people 
inside the country to speak out against the 
Islamic establishment. But they could not 
stop the Iranian nation from progressing 
ahead,” the Leader stressed.

Pointing to the enemy's extensive media facilities 
such as satellite networks, virtual space and
 mercenary TV channels for shattering 
people’s hopes, the Leader said. 

“Despite all these attempts, fortunately, hope 
and the movement towards progress in the
country --- is alive.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that, “The enemy is
trying to make not only the people and the youth, 
but also the officials, lose hope, & unfortunately
the enemy has an internal extension, by which,
they are also trying to instill hopelessness 
and despair, by using newspapers 
and cyberspace.”

Touching upon some instances of progress and
forward movements in Iran.... in recent weeks, 
the Leader recounted the Iranian scientists’ 
new method to treat leukemia, localization 
of oil and gas extraction equipment, the
opening of a railway line in a part of 
Sistan and Baluchistan Province... 
which is an important part of the 
North-South railway, & opening 
several factories, setting up 
the first offshore refinery... 
operating 6 power plants,
unveiling one of the 
largest telescopes 
in the world --- plus
the launching of a 
rocket, and the
unveiling of a 
new rocket.

Ayatollah Khamenei said such achievements 
were obtained at a time that the enemy was 
trying to prevent this forward-heading 
movement --- with riots.


“Gazprom” supplies 41.6m 

cubic metres of gas 
through Ukraine
November 19th, 9:41am

“Gazprom” is supplying gas through Ukraine in the
volume confirmed by the Ukrainian side --- 41.6
million cubic metres as of November the 19th.
The Fuel is transported through the 
Sudzha station.

The official representative of the Russian
 company, Sergey Kupriyanov. 

“Gazprom is supplying Russian gas for transit through
 the territory of Ukraine in the volume confirmed by 
the Ukrainian side - through the “Suja” GIS – 41.6
 million cubic metre,s as of November the 19th″. 

Kupriyanov added that the application for the 
Sohranivka gas metering system was rejected.

Earlier, Gazprom said that sabotage of the “Nord
 Stream” and “Nord Stream-2” pipelines
 had aggravated the situation in 
the energy market.


Almost 50% of Ukraine’s
 power system disabled 
— PM
November 18th, 5:50pm (TASS)

Almost half of Ukrainian energy infrastructure 
has been rendered inoperative, Ukrainian 
Prime Minister Denis Shmygal stated at 
a joint briefing with Executive Vice-
President of the European 
Commission, Valdis 
Dombrovskis, in 
Kiev on Friday.

"Almost half of our energy system has been disabled,"
 Ukrinform agency..... quoted him as saying. The head
 of the government noted that under these conditions
 "Ukraine needs additional support from its European
 partners, both in the sphere of energy & deliveries
 of additional equipment, as well as with the funds
 purchase additional volumes of gas & provide 

greater support for the energy sector."

On November the 1st, Ukrainian President, Vladimir 
Zelensky said that approximately 40% of Ukraine’s
 energy infrastructure ----- was seriously damaged.
Dombrovskis arrived in Kiev, on November 18th, 
the agenda of his visit is shaped around the 
issue of the EU’s support for Ukraine.


International association
return looted items

by Luis Linares Petrov
November 18th, 2:51pm
(Prensa Latina) 

The Mexico office of the Association for the
 Reparation of Colonialism (ARC), aka
"Colonialism Reparation," called for 
the definitive restitution of the 
treasures --- looted by ex-
colonizers from Mexico 
and other countries.
The office pointed out on its website that as a 
first step in the direction of repairing the 
damage caused by colonialism, 
the former colonists must stop 
hindering the return of the
tangible elements... that 
are evidence of human 
evolution... to their 
countries of origin.

The institution recalled that at the 6th Summit of 
the European Union-African Union, the heads of 
State and Governments of the Member States
 committed to restituting cultural property 
and promoting access to and protection 
of the cultural heritage of the
 former colonies.

The ARC pointed out that, on the sidelines of the
 meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De 
Croo handed over to his counterpart from the
 Democratic Republic of the Congo some 
84,000 objects of Congolese origin 
currently present in the Royal 
Museum of Central Africa
 in Tervuren.

On February 21st, 2022, on the occasion of 
the return of two “Benin Bronzes”, Nigerian 
President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to 
nations, institutions, and entities, both 
private and public, to return the 
Nigerian artifacts in their 

The ARC added that the Belgian House of
 Representatives... approved on July 3rd, 
2022 -- a law recognizing the alienable 
nature of assets linked to the colonial
 past of the Belgian State and 
establishing a legal frame-
work, for their restitution 
and return... thus paving 
the way to the definitive 
restitution....  of all of
treasures looted 
during colonial 

Colonialism Reparation called for the repatriation 
of the remains and the definitive restitution of 
the treasures stolen by colonizers from the 
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, 
Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy,
and others, to the looted countries, as a 
first step in the direction of repairing 
the damages of colonialism.


Novak says Russia and China 
will jointly build energy 
November 18th, 2:42pm

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak
 said Moscow and Beijing plan to develop 
cooperation in the creation and use of 
energy equipment.

“Undoubtedly.... there are new areas that we will
 develop in the future. Cooperation in hydrogen 
energy, the introduction of modern digital 
technologies, it is joint production, and 
the development of equipment... to be 
used for energy, both Russian energy 
and Chinese energy,” – his words... 
after the meeting of the Russian-
Chinese intergovernmental 

Novak also said that trade turnover between 
Russia and China - in the energy sector -
increased by 64%, in monetary terms.


Global fertilizer and food market 
cannot recover: without Russia
November 18th, 2:05pm (TASS)

 The global fertilizer and food market cannot recover
 without Russia as its major participant, First Deputy
 Prime Minister Andrey Belousov told reporters 
on Friday.

"As regards the grain deal ---- it should be merely 
understood that there are two tracks of Russia’s 
participation in solving the food crisis. The first
 track occurred, and it was historically the first 
one, during the visit of [UN Secretary-General 
Antonio] Guterres to Moscow and talks with 
[Russian President Vladimir] Putin," the 
official said. 

"Food markets and mineral fertilizer markets - they are
 closely intertwined - merely cannot recover without
 Russia, because Russia is a major participant in 
both of them," the First Deputy Prime 
Minister noted.

"The second track is the Istanbul agreements, where 
exports, the creation of a security corridor and
 exports of Ukrainian grain, were the case 
in point," Belousov added.



Russia and China move
 to national currencies
November 18th, 12:45pm

Settlements for energy supplies between Russia 
and China are transferred into their national
currencies, payments for Russian gas are 
already made in rubles and yuan, on a 
parity basis, Deputy Prime Minister 
of Russia Alexander Novak said 
in an interview for the TV 
channel “Russia-24”.

''We are switching to settlements in national
 currencies – both rubles and yuan – for 
supplied energy resources, mutual 
settlements that take place.. 
including for the supplies of 
equipment from the PRC.'' 

''As an example, gas supplies between Gazprom 
and China are currently made on a parity basis
in rubles and yuan,'' he said after the meeting 
of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental 

The deputy prime minister also added that supplies 
of oil and oil products are also rapidly transitioning 
to payment in the national currencies of Russia
 and China.



UNGA president highlights need
 to develop common position 
on UNSC reform
November 17th, 8:28pm (TASS) 

The United Nations General Assembly has much to do
 to develop a common position on the UN Security
 Council’s reform, President of the 77th UN 
General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, told
reporters on Thursday.

"It is very important that we should have a 
consultative process with the P5, but let 
me dissolve the misperception that it is 
only the position of the P5 that makes 
the negotiations difficult," he said in 
response to a TASS question. 

"I think there is a huge task ahead of the General
 Assembly now, this year, and we'll see how long
 [it takes] to iron out an acceptable workable
 compromise among the 193 members. We 
have never reached that point," 
Korosi added.

According to him... it will be very important to make
sure that the P5 can also work as a representative
among the 193 member states. "But it will be the
second stage, when a united consolidating 
position of the General Assembly will be 
taken to the Security Council for their 
approval," he noted.

Korosi highlighted the need to avoid an escalation 
of the conflict in Ukraine "and among other
 manifestations of the very complex and 
interlinked crisis that we have in the 
world." The UNGA president said 
that developments in Ukraine 
"renewed our attention...   to 
UN Security Council reform.".


Brazilian Supreme Court 
Blocks Bank Accounts 
of Coup Promoters
November 17th, 4:40pm

On Thursday, Brazilian Supreme Court Judge
Alexandre de Moraes ordered to block the 
accounts of far-right activists who 
disavow President-elect Lula da 
Silva and call for a coup.

Framed in an investigation of anti-democratic acts, 
the blocking of bank accounts affects at least 43
 agricultural entrepreneurs supporting far-right
 President Jair Bolsonaro, who was defeated 
in the second round of the presidential 
elections held on October 30th.

These businessmen own many of the trucks that
 blocked highways in protest at the victory of the
 Workers' Party in the elections. In the last week,
 the far-right activists have placed their vehicles
 in front of barracks with the undisguised 
objective of demanding a military coup.

Until now, the generals have ignored the requests of 
these Bolsonaro supporters who ask to "save Brazil
 from communism" by preventing Lula from 
assuming office on January 1st, 2023.

Judge De Moraes specified --- that the far-right rallies 
demanding a coup d'état, represent an abuse of the
right of assembly, since they seek to promote non-
compliance with the electoral decision, the 
rupture of the rule of law, and the 
installation of an ''exception''

This happens, for example, on the outskirts of the
 Army Barracks in Brasilia, where Bolsonaro's
 supporters have been camping since 
October 31st, with the logistical 
support provided by the far-
right businessmen.

"This scenario requires an absolutely proportional
 reaction from the State, in the sense of 
preserving fundamental rights and 
guarantees," De Moraes 
pointed out.


EU promises.... to compensate 

the damage to third countries
of sanctions against Russia

November 17th, 2:45pm



The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, 

said the European Union would compensate 

all damage to third countries... as a result 

of the anti-Russian sanctions.


“The consequences of the sanctions must be carefully

 measured. They should not affect logistical factors.

 Yesterday, we had a very productive discussion 

about specific problems, that we would like to 

solve very carefully, but they are not directed 

at the economy of third countries. If there is 

any consistent collateral damage, we will 

restore them,” he said... at a briefing in 

Astana on Thursday, answering the 

question...  whether the EU can 

guarantee that the sanctions 

will not affect the economy 

of Kazakhstan (quoted by 

RIA Novosti).


It is noteworthy that Moscow has repeatedly 

stated that the policy of anti-Russian 

sanctions undermines the global 

economy, while noting... that 

Russia will withstand any 

sanctions pressure.





“Simple arithmetic”: expert 

Martsinkevich predicts gas

 collapse of the EU

November 17th, 12:54pm



Europe is facing a record jump in the cost of energy

 resources, as well as the inevitable difficulties in

 preserving industry and meeting the needs of 

the social sector. This was stated by the 

head of the Expert Council of the FPSR

 “Aurora” Boris Martsinkevich.


European underground gas storages are filled 

with only half of the volume required for the

 “successful” passage of the winter season.


“Will there be enough gas for the winter? If we take

 last year as a basis for calculations, then the total

 volume of gas consumption in the European Union

 amounted to about 420 billion cubic metres. The

 heating season traditionally accounts for half of

 this volume. That is ---- they should have some-

thing on the order of 200 billion cubic metres. 

The volume of all gas storages of the 

European Union is 107 billion cubic

 metres. To date, approximately 

104 have been filled. Simple 

arithmetic suggests that 

this volume, will not be 

enough. Even..  taking 

into account, the fact, 

that consumption..  is 

expected to decrease

by 10-15% this year, 

there is a shortage

 in any case.”


In addition, Martsinkevich recalled the main purpose

 of underground storage facilities, which is aimed at

 balancing demand.


“Even with the best option, during the Winter, Europe

 will lack about 70 billion cubic metres. Accordingly, 

it will be necessary to buy them somewhere. In 

such circumstances, price increases are 

inevitable. Much... will still depend on 

what kind of winter it will be, how 

many industrial enterprises, the 

Europeans will be able to close 

for the sake of the economy. 

There was no outflow of the 

population there --- so they 

will save... mainly... at the 

expense...  of industrial 

enterprises”, the 

expert said.


According to experts’ forecasts, this winter will be the

 “worst” in history for the EU: analysts do not exclude

 Europe’s plunge --- into the deepest recession, the

 cause of which, will be a sky-high gas price tag. 

Even with the successful passage of the winter 

season, the European Union is in for big trouble

 ---- due to the inoperability of most of the gas 

arteries from Russia. LNG will not be able 

to become a full-fledged alternative to 

the pipeline resource.


As Martsinkevich stated earlier, by scooping up gas

 from all over the world ---- to spite Moscow, the EU

 contrived to lure LNG from Asian territories solely 

due to the ultra-high cost. A resource purchased 

at a price peak, due to the dominance of private 

companies in the trading arena, pursuing only 

their own selfish interests, will make the cost 

of blue fuel for the consumer even higher, 

which already today creates tension

 within European society.




Bloomberg reports sharp 

economic downturn in 

Eastern Europe against

 the backdrop of euro

zone inflation

November 16th, 3:24pm



The economies of the countries in the east of the EU

 slowed in the third quarter, as consumers were hit

 by a sharp increase in energy prices and rising 

interest rates. It is reported by Bloomberg.


The gross domestic product (GDP) in Poland fell to

 3.5% between July and September, compared to 

5.5% in the previous quarter. In Romania and 

Hungary, production fell to 4% from 5.1% 

and 6.5% respectively, the 

agency writes.


As the eurozone heads into recession, Eastern Europe

 in particular has been hit by double-digit inflation,

 forcing central banks to orchestrate a series of

 rapid rate hikes since last year, the 

report notes.


Bloomberg cites European Commission forecasts that

 these three countries, along with the Czech Republic,

 are heavily dependent on trade relations with 19

 eurozone countries, where the economy is also

 rapidly shrinking and will continue to shrink 

in the first quarter of next year.








Russia allocates a loan to Belarus 

to help with import substitution

November 16th, 2:33pm



Belarus and Russia have signed a multi-billion dollar

 loan agreement to facilitate the work of Minsk on

 import substitution of goods, the press service 

of the Belarusian Council of Ministers reported.


The press service of the Belarusian Council of 

Ministers reports that Belarus & Russia have 

signed an intergovernmental agreement on 

providing the republic with 105 billion 

Russian rubles for import-

substituting projects.


“An intergovernmental agreement was signed on the

 allocation of a loan to Belarus in the amount of 105

 billion Russian rubles... for import-substituting 

projects. The corresponding document was 

signed today by the heads of the ministries 

of finance of Belarus and Russia” ....the 

message says in the official Telegram 

channel of the government of

 the republic.







Borrell names total amount 

of EU military assistance 

to Ukraine

November 16th, 1:44pm



The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said

 that the total amount of EU military assistance to

 Ukraine, amounted to about 8 billion euros.

On Monday, November 14th, the foreign ministers of

 the EU member states at a meeting in Brussels

 discussed the issue of extending military 

support to Ukraine, said the head of 

European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.


“I asked my military staff to most accurately estimate

 the total amount of military support for Ukraine from

 the EU… I can say that at least 8 billion euros of 

arms were transferred both from the EU and 

from the member states on a bilateral 

basis,” he said after the meeting.


Thus, he responded to criticism in the media about the

 “too small volumes” of military assistance to Ukraine

 from the EU in comparison with the United States.







Russia at the G20 summit spoke

 in favor of continuing the grain 

deal, but with one condition

November 16th, 1:55pm



RT writes about it.


“The Russian delegation is in favor of continuing the 

grain deal, but on the condition that the grain goes

 exactly to the countries in need of it, and not to

 Western states, as is happening now,” 

Siluanov said.


Therefore, according to the minister, the Russian

 Federation spoke in favor of continuing this deal

 under the control of grain dispatch points, so 

that grain would go to countries that 

really need it.


Including, according to the politician, other issues

 related to Russia were discussed at the G20 

summit in Indonesia: energy, grain, health

care and digitalization.


Recall that Russia will decide on the possibility 

of extending the grain deal until November 19th.




“Price intrigues” of the EU can turn 
tankers with oil from the Russian 
Federation into “ghosts”

November 16th, 1:28pm



About a dozen European oil tankers with Russian

 hydrocarbons on board are on their way to Asia,

 where they will reach after the introduction of 

the sensational “price ceiling” for Russian 

raw materials, which was announced
December the 5th.


At the same time, there has been a very real threat of 

loss of insurance by the courts, which means that 

transportation may be involuntarily blocked if the

 value of the cargo exceeds the established levels.


“For example, the Greek ship Kythira Warrior follows

 from Ust-Luga to Singapore and should arrive there 

on December 18th. The Maltese tanker, Syra, in
will deliver the cargo to the Indian Siku
December 6, and the HAI II under the 

Liberian flag... on December 22 to the 

Chinese port of Qingdao”, leads EA 

Daily navigation data.


According to experts, now, we are talking about the

active transportation... of at least 13 million barrels 

of oil, the total cost of which exceeds $800 million.


“Judging by open databases, the Russian Sovcomflot

may be the owner of several vessels, but at least 

8 tankers are owned by European shipowners, 

mostly with Greek registration and, obviously

ship and cargo insurance in EU countries.”


Thus, tankers still on the way.... run the risk of turning

 into “ghosts” – the activation of the “valuable ceiling”

 on Russian “black gold” ...will mean a virtual ban for 

businesses on the provision of any services for its

 transportation, in case of violations. And this, 

in turn, will entail the declaration of invalid

 insurance and the immediate stop of 

the route.


According to Igor Yushkov, a leading expert of the

 FNEB --- realizing the catastrophic consequences 

of the introduction of new measures, the States 

may try to delay the process as much as 

possible.... in order to stabilize

 the market.


“We may see a delay in the introduction of the price

 ceiling in the EU. The United States has already

 talked about postponing the deadlines for 

tankers loaded before December 5th to 

January 19th. After all, two types of 

sanctions should have been earned 

at once (including an embargo on 

oil supplies to the EU by sea, 

except for Bulgaria). This... 

added to the nervousness. 

Accordingly, prices have 

risen. And importers... 

including the US and

EU countries, are 

under attack.”


Yushkov also did not rule out that the delay in the

 introduction of restrictions could begin under the

 guise of some kind of “creation of a new 

coalition.” In any case, the situation 

runs the risk of hurting the US and 

EU economies.


“Nonsense” called Washington’s intention to put

pressure on the Russian insurance industry and

 former CIA adviser James Rickards. According 

to the financial expert, the fact that the vast 

majority of tankers are insured by British 

companies, amuses Europe and 

Washington, with hopes that 

the situation will.... force 

Moscow to get its oil 

“for a penny.”


In the US Treasury, by the way, the idea of price

restrictions was called “one of the most 

powerful mechanisms” of pressure
the Kremlin. 


It will not be difficult for Moscow to find an 

alternative to Western insurers --- as soon 

as possible. Russian oil companies will 

easily turn to other markets --- in 

particular..  we are talking about 

the Emirates, Delhi, and Beijing, 

or even resorting to concluding 

domestic contracts.


 In addition, the state is quite capable of doing without 

the European clientele, since there are at least a 

dime a dozen potential buyers of its raw 

materials. So the West will not have to 

wait long for new failures, the

 financier emphasized.





The eight billionth person 

on the planet was born

 in Armenia

November 15th, 12:33pm 



The eight-billionth person on the planet 

Earth, was born in Martuni, Armenia.


The eight billionth person on the planet Earth, was 

born in the city of Martuni, Gegharkunik province 

of Armenia. The governor of the region, Karen

 Sargsyan, announced this... on his Facebook 

page (banned in Russia and owned by Meta

 Corporation, recognized as extremist 

in the Russian Federation).


He said that, according to UNICEF data, the baby was

born in Martuni maternity hospital, in Gegharkunik

region. "The newborn, Arpi, considered the eight-

billionth person on the planet...  the daughter of 

Karen Zakaryan and Ani Kocharyan, residents 

of Tsovinar village of Gegharkunik region, 

was born weighing 2 kilograms 900 

grams, 49 centimetres tall, 

absolutely healthy," 

Sargsyan said.


The head of the region congratulated the family 

on the new addition and wished Arpi a bright 

future and a "carefree and happy childhood".


Earlier, the UN reported that the world's population

has reached eight billion people. The organization

noted that the main increase to this level was

provided by Asia, and India was named as

the largest "contributor".




Indian Express:- India wants 

to double trade with Russia

November 13th, 5:07pm



Despite U.S. sanctions against Russia, India has

 decided, not only to continue, but to double its 

trade with Moscow for the foreseeable future,

 the article says.


Until February 2022, India imported less than 1% 

of its total crude oil from Russia. Now oil imports

from Russia, are about 22% of India’s needs.






US Democrats Maintain 

Senate Majority

November 13th, 11:45am

(al Manar)


Democrats will hold onto control of the US Senate

 after Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won re-

election in Nevada, Edison Research 

projected on Saturday, handing a 

major victory to President 

Joe Biden.


Still, Republicans remained close to winning control 

of the U.S. House of Representatives, as officials

 continued counting ballots cast in Tuesday’s 

US midterm elections.


Cortez Masto narrowly defeated Republican

 challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state 

attorney general who was endorsed 

by former President Donald Trump.


With Masto’s victory on the heels of Democrat

 Senator Mark Kelly winning re-election in 

Arizona late on Friday, Democrats will 

control at least 50 Senate seats, 

with Vice President Kamala 

Harris able to break ties in

 the 100-member chamber.


“America showed that we believe in our democracy, 

that the roots of democracy are deep and strong,”

 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a

 Democrat, told a news conference.


The Senate is currently split 50-50 between

 Democrats and Republicans. The newly 

elected Senate will be sworn in on 

January the 3rd.


Continued control of the Senate means Democrats 

will still be able to approve Biden’s nominees such 

as federal judges. Should a vacancy open in the 

next two years, that would mean any 

appointees to the Supreme Court.


If Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock were to 

win the December 6th Georgia runoff election 

against Republican challenger, Herschel 

Walker, that would expand a Democrat 

majority to 51-49. That would give 

Democrats an additional edge in 

passing the few bills that are 

able to advance with a 

simple majority of 

votes, instead of 

the 60 needed 

for most US



It would also dilute the influence of Democrat

 Senators Joe Manchin, in West Virginia and 

Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, “swing” votes 

who have blocked or delayed some of 

Biden’s major initiatives, including 

expansions of some 

social programs.


It could take several days or more before the 

outcome of enough House races are known 

to determine which party will hold the 

majority in the 435-seat chamber. 


Republicans continued to have an edge, but 

returns were still flowing in for several 

races, including many in liberal-

leaning California.



Source: Reuters






Indian exports expected

 to grow at 12 percent rate

by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado

November 13th, 10:40am

(Prensa Latina) 


India's exports will have an annual growth rate 

of 10 to 12 percent --- despite external head-

winds, Minister of Commerce and Industry 

Piyush Goyal, said on Sunday.


He warned that factors such as high inflation 

in Western countries and slowing growth 

momentum could have some impact
India’s exports, the Mint 

website reported.


Goyal’s comments, when speaking at the Hindustan 

Times leadership summit, come after the slow-

down in the country’s sales growth sparked 

fears of job losses in sectors demanding 

intensive labor such as textiles 

and manufacturing.


India’s merchandise exports grew at the slowest pace

 in 19 months, while imports were moderate despite

 sharp currency depreciation in September.


Goyal, who also serves as minister of Textiles and

 minister.. of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public

 Distribution, said that there are a number of 

external headwinds, such as the war that 

skyrocketed commodity prices and 

caused the decline of demand in

 Western countries, but India’s 

merchandise trade, will grow 

at 10 to 12 percent annually.


The engineering, readymade garments, cotton yarn, 

plastics & linoleum sectors saw their sales decline

 in September compared to the same month last

 year.. due to slowing demand in India’s major 

markets, such as the United States and the 

European Union, amid high inflation and 

recessionary prospects, he said.




Lavrov made a speech 

at the East Asia Summit

November 13th, 8:44am



Cambodia is hosting the East Asia Summit. Russian 

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke at the forum, 

where he talked with colleagues from Indonesia, 

Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.


The EAC was also attended by US President Joe 

Biden, who not only arrived 30 minutes late, but 

confused Cambodia and Colombia.


“The EAC summit in Cambodia (not to be confused

 with Colombia) started without Biden. Waited 30

 minutes. We didn’t wait”, wrote the official

 representative of the Russian Foreign 

Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in her 

Telegram channel.


Immediately from Cambodia, Sergey Lavrov will go to

 the G20 summit. There, as previously reported by a

 number of Western media, the EU and the UK want

 to try to isolate the Russian delegation. China,
not participate in such provocations.


The main items covered:


The US and NATO... are trying to master 

the Asia-Pacific region by militarizing it;


The AUKUS bloc, is trying to lure

New Zealand, Canada and Japan;


NATO claims to play a leading role

 in the Asia-Pacific region;


A joint statement on the results of the East Asia

 Summit was not adopted, as the US insisted 

on an unacceptable assessment of the 

situation in Ukraine.


From Cambodia, Lavrov will travel to Bali, 

where he will represent Russia at the 

G20 summit.




National Union


November 12th, 5:59pm


Shaima Dallali was elected to the post of President 

of the UK National Union of Students, in March 

2022.  Now, it has been announced that she 

has been sacked, before she could even

 take office.  


Dallali Tweeted: On the first day of Islamophobia

Awareness Month, I find out I have been 

dismissed through Twitter. 


The sacking of Dallali, is the culmination of a massive

 campaign of smears, intimidation and bullying by the

 Zionist movement. The National Union of Students

 has been under sustained pressure from the 

Zionist movement and its assets, since 

March this year --- when she 

was elected.   


Students at 23 universities wrote a joint statement

 denouncing the smear campaign and the 

harassment of Shaima, after she was 

wrongly accused of antisemitism. 

But the NUS buckled early on. 


The Zionist Union of Jewish Students stated: “We call 

on Shaima and her team to ensure that NUS becomes

 a space Jewish students once more feel welcomed

 into, rather than sidelined and excluded.”  


Accepting the dishonest statements of the UJS, the

 national Union of Students apologized saying it was

 “so sorry” to “particularly Jewish students”, who

 have been “hurt” and that they sought to ensure

 “Jewish students feel welcome in our spaces.” 


But Zionist students will never feel welcome 

or included in anti-racist spaces, since 

Zionism is an intrinsically 

racist ideology.   


This compromise with racism, set in train
inevitable process of removing the 

democratically elected President 

of the NUS. 


An “independent investigation” was 

announced, to be led by Rebecca 

Tuck, QC.  


The NUS board stated, it “worked closely with 

the Union of Jewish Students --- to make the

appointment --- and to agree the Terms of 

Reference”.  In other words the Zionists 

were able to vet both the terms of the 

investigation --- and the person 

appointed to conduct it. 


The terms themselves were prejudicially written to

express the fabricated “antisemitism” witch-hunt. 

The appointed QC, was inevitably predisposed to 

finding against Dallali, because she is a Zionist.  


Her public statements reveal that she has a clear 

and partisan opinion on the issue of anti-

Semitism in universities. 


Before making her Twitter account private following

 her appointment, Tuck shared a Times article on 

May 23rd 2021, titled “I’m an English Student – 

It’s not my job as a Jew to answer for Israel 

over Gaza”.  


Tuck wrote that she was “shocked and saddened 

bythe university experience by the children I’ve

watched grow up in my community, as proud 

Jews, now hiding their identities.” In June 

2021, Tuck co-authored an article titled 

“Antisemitism in the workplace” which 

defended the International Holocaust 

Remembrance Alliance’s --- (IHRA) 

Zionist friendly definition - which 

equates “targeting of Israel” as 

a nation, with “antisemitism”. 


The next step for Dallali, is to fight back 

against these decisions, with a legal 

and political challenge. 




Poll: Majority of Russians 

Approve of Putin

November 12th, 3:15pm (FNA)


A latest poll showed on Friday that 75.8 percent of

 Russians approved of Vladimir Putin's work as 

the Russian president.


The survey conducted by the government-owned

 research centre VTSIOM found that 79.5 percent 

of the respondents trusted Putin, Xinhua news 

agency reported.


According to the results, 62.3 percent of the polled

 trusted Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin,

 while 40.4 percent positively assessed the 

work of the country's ruling United

 Russia party.


From October 31st to November 6th, 1,600 Russian

 adults were interviewed daily via telephone and

 the results were based on the average value 

of the seven days. 




Mortgage Repossessions Up 90% 

as British Families Warned
‘Ticking Time Bomb’

November 12th, 12:15pm (FNA)

Families have been warned of a “ticking time bomb”

 as new government figures show a staggering rise

 in home repossessions, as a result of the 

deepening cost of living crisis.

Repossessions, court claims and warrants have all 

“increased significantly” for both homeowners and 

tenants in the latest quarter, according to the 

Ministry of Justice (MoJ), The

 Independent reported.

Mortgages repossessions soared 91 percent

 compared with the same period last year, 

while the number of orders to seize 

property is up 103 percent.

Landlord repossession claims have shot up 106

 percent since 2021, while court orders soared

nearly two-fold – though the number of

 evictions rose by only 10 percent.

The figures – for the three months up to September –

 do not yet account for the massive increase in 

interest rates following Liz Truss’s 

disastrous mini-Budget.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been urged to create 

a special fund to help save more homeowners from 

losing their homes as part of next week’s

 autumn statement.

The Liberal Democrats have called for a £3bln

 mortgage protection fund – offering grants of 

up to £300 a month for all those who have 

seen a 10 percent spike in their 

mortgage repayments.

“These worrying figures risk being just the tip of the

 iceberg, with the Conservatives’ disastrous mini-

Budget setting off a mortgage ticking time bomb

for families across the country,” said the Lib 

Dems’ Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney.

The senior MP said a protection fund could be funded 

by reversing tax breaks for large banks “making 

huge profits from soaring interest rates”.

The government figures showed that there were 744

 mortgage repossessions, by county court bailiffs, 

from July to September, compared to 390 in the 

same quarter in 2021. Mortgage repossessions 

orders rose to 2,491 during the period – up 

from 1,229 last year.

Homelessness charity Crisis warned that tenancy

 evictions could continue to rise once the court 

backlog is cleared and the cost of living 

crisis deepens.

The charity called on Sunak to commit to increasing

 housing benefits in next week’s budget as a matter 

of priority, as well as honouring the Tory pledge to 

end no-fault evictions.

“With the number of claims by landlords looking to 

repossess their homes more than doubling, it’s 

clear that we need to act quicky,” said chief 

executive Matt Downie – saying it was a 

time of “huge uncertainty” for renters.

He added, “We must urgently put a safety net in place

 to help people who might find their tenancies ended
at a moment’s notice.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday that the

 economic turmoil sparked by the Truss mini-Budget

 had also hit prospective first-time buyers.

“The instability caused by that kamikaze [mini] budget

 that basically trashed to the economy, means that

 many people who thought they had a mortgage 

can’t afford it anymore,” he told BBC Radio 

Humberside, adding, “That dream has

 been shattered.”

Savills has predicted that UK house prices could fall

 by about 10 percent next year before starting to

 recover in 2024, causing negative equity

 issues for struggling homeowners.

First-time buyers and buy-to-let investors will bear 

the brunt of increased affordability issues next 

year, adding to pressures on rental prices, 

according to the property agents.

A government spokesperson said, “These statistics

 show that overall landlord possession claims

 remain below pre-pandemic levels.”

“Ensuring a fair deal for renters remains a priority for

 this government. We will deliver our commitment 

to abolish section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions in this

 parliament – protecting 1.3 million families 

with children and helping tenants to find 

and stay in the right property for them,”

 the spokesperson added.


The London Metal Exchange 

will maintain the status quo

 for Russian metal

November 12th, 10:19am



The London Metal Exchange “LME” refused to 

impose a ban on the supply of Russian metal.

 Market participants came to the conclusion 

that supply restrictions would be too 

difficult to implement.


About this, writes RIA Novosti.


“The LME is not proposing to ban the issuance of 

guarantees for new Russian metal. In addition, 

the feedback (of market participants – ed.) 

clearly showed that supply restrictions 

would be too difficult to implement… 

Thus, the LME will maintain the 

status quo with respect to 

Russian metal”, – the 

message says.


According to RIA Novosti, earlier LME reported that 

it had requested the opinion of market participants

 regarding the ban on the supply of metals 

from Russia.


“Market participants could choose whether to leave

 the situation as it is, impose restrictions on the

 volume of deliveries, or suspend the supply 

of Russian metals to the warehouses of 

the exchange,” the London Metal 

Exchange said.







The economic crisis in Europe 

threatens the financing

 of Ukraine

November 12th, 10:03am



Ukraine may lose assistance in 2023 from the EU 

in the amount of €18 billion. The reason, was
 position of individual countries of the 

association, which are going through 

a difficult period in the economy.


TASS writes about this, citing Newsweek.


“The EU’s plans to allocate €18 billion in aid to

 Ukraine in 2023 could run into difficulties and

 lead Europeans to a situation... where they 

have little choice,” University of Michigan 

professor, Associate Dean for Research, 

John Chorchiari, told Newsweek.


Due to problems in the economy, European countries

 are faced with mass protests against the backdrop 

of America’s assistance to Ukraine.


“Germany and other key players would not want to let 

other EU countries off the hook so easily, which have

 so easily switched to bilateral channels. However... 

if conditions continue to worsen in Ukraine, they

 may have little choice,” Chorchiari said.







The price of medical services

 will increase by 20% in Latvia

November 12th, 9am



Paid medical services in Riga will rise in price by 20%, 

said Maris Revalds, head of the VeselÄ«bas centre 4 

group, Sputnik reports.


Previously, electricity cost €2,000 per month, now the

 figure has grown to €7,000,000. This is reflected in

 the increase in prices for services in hospitals.


Also, prices for everything are rising in the country: 

medicines, transport, equipment, communications.

 The rise in prices for medical care is close to

the level of inflation in the country – 21.8%.




 UN calls for expediting removal 

of barriers for export of food 

from Russia

November 11th, 8:56pm (TASS)


The United Nations has called for expediting the 

removal of obstacles for exports of Russian

 food and fertilizers.


"The UN calls on all actors to expedite the removal 

of any remaining impediments to the export and

transportation of fertilizers to countries most

in need" --- according to a press statement 

released... by the UN Secretary General’s 

office on Friday after a meeting between 

Secretary-General of the UN Conference 

on Trade and Development, Rebeca 

Grynspan...   the Under-Secretary-

General for Humanitarian Affairs 

& Emergency Relief Coordinator 

Martin Griffiths, and a Russian 

delegation... led by Deputy 

Foreign Minister, Sergey 



"The discussions updated on progress made in

 facilitating the unimpeded export of food and

 fertilizers, including ammonia, originating 

from the Russian Federation to global 

markets," it said.





UN Backs Palestinians'
Sovereignty ---
Natural Resources

November 11th,



The United Nations resolution demands that Israel 

stop exploiting natural resources in the occupied

 Palestinian territories.


On Thursday, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad

 Al-Maliki, welcomed the United Nations vote.. in favor 

of a resolution on the sovereignty of the Palestinian

 people over their natural resources.


The Second Committee of the United Nations General

Assembly (UNGA) voted in favor of the permanent

 sovereignty of the Palestinian people, over the 

natural resources in Palestinian territories, 

including East Jerusalem.


A total of 151 member states voted in favour of the

 resolution, seven voted against, namely Canada, 

Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru,

 Paula and the United States, and ten 

member states abstained.


"Voting in favour of the resolution affirms the right of

 the Palestinians and their sovereignty over their

 natural resources, including land, water, and 

energy resources," Al-Maliki said, adding 

that the resolution demands that Israel 

stop exploiting natural resources in 

the occupied Palestinian territories.


"There is a need to stop all activities harmful to the

 environment carried out by Israeli settlers, as well 

as the burial of waste of all kinds, in the occupied

 Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

 Israel must stop the destruction of vital infra-

structure and the confiscation of wells and 

agricultural lands," Al-Maliki noted


He called on the international community "to compel

 Israel to implement the international resolutions and 

ensure the freedom of the Palestinian people to

 benefit from their natural resources."


"The Palestinian people --- have the right to demand

 compensation and reparation for the exploitation, 

damage, loss, or endangerment of their natural

 resources --- in any way," he said.


The Palestinians aspire to establish an independent

 Palestinian state on the territories occupied by 

Israel in 1967, including the West Bank, the 

Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.







Brazilians Criticize Military 

Commanders' Joint

November 11th,



"It is not the role of military commanders to 

comment on the political process, much 

less, on the performance of republican

 institutions," Gleisi Hoffmann 

pointed out.


On Friday, democratic intellectuals and politicians

 harshly criticized a public join statement, where

by the commanders of the Navy, Army, and Air 

Force questioned the outcome of the Brazilian

 presidential election.


Their joint statement qualifies as "democratic acts"

 the protests that far-right groups have been 

carrying out... to ignore the victory of 

Lula da Silva.


"Can the actions... of those standing in front of a

 barracks... calling for a military intervention be 

called a 'democratic act'?" said Senator Omar 

Aziz, a member of the Social Democratic
 who pointed out that the military
are acting 
as "conspirators."


"It horrifies me that intelligent, educated people, sign 

a statement saying that those are 'democratic acts.'

 They are riots and crimes. And those who accept

 them --- are colluding in them," he stressed.


"The statement from the commanders of the Armed

 Forces seems bland. It is not. It was written at the

 request of Bolsonaro, to endorse the legitimacy 

of the demonstrations that take place at the 

gates of the barracks," historian Christian 

Lynch said, explaining that the joint state

ment was also written to support fake 

news about "the possibility" of 

electoral fraud.


The tweet reads, "The military commanders draw 

a fine, conservative line... in which they defend 

legalism without criticizing the Bolsonaristas 

calling for a coup at the door of their 

barracks. Their statement includes 

messages to the Judiciary - and 

indirect criticism of Moraes."


The Workers' Party president, Gleisi Hoffmann, also

 rejected a joint statement --- that goes far beyond 

the constitutional powers of those who signed it.


"It is not the role of military commanders...   to 

comment on the political process --- much less 

on the performance of republican institutions. 

The right to demonstrate, does not apply to 

anti-democratic acts --- which should be 

addressed with a name: coup d'état,

she said.


Hoffman also pointed out that far-right rallies 

are "neither peaceful nor orderly" ...as the 

joint statement erroneously implies.






Venezuela Takes Part in the 

Paris Forum for Peace

November 11th,



On Friday, Venezuelan National Assembly President,

 Jorge Rodriguez, arrived in France, to participate 

in the 5th Paris Forum for Peace that takes 

place at the Palacio de la Bolsa.


“We are convinced that the path for Venezuela, is

 dialogue, the suspension of all illegal sanctions 

and respect for the Constitution,” said 

Rodriguez, who is also a militant of 

the United Socialist Party of 

Venezuela (PSUV).


He attended the Forum as a result of an invitation 

that arose during a meeting between Venezuela's

President Nicolas Maduro & the French President

 Emmanuel Macron, which took place amid the 

United Nations Climate Change Conference 

(COP 27) in Egypt.


During his stay in France, Rodriguez is expected to

establish high-level meetings to make possible 

the continuity of the dialogues... between the 

Venezuelan government and the opposition.


These talks began in August 2021 in Mexico but were

 suspended after Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab was

 extradited to the United States. On May the 17th,
the delegations expressed the need
to reactivate the 
negotiating process.


The 2022 Paris Peace Forum... is dedicated to Latin

 American countries. Present at the Friday morning

 session were Colombian President Gustavo Petro,

 Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and World 

Food Program Director David Beasley.


Later, the panel "Universalism Against War" was

attended by.... President Macron, Argentina's 

President Alberto Fernandez..... and Guinea 

Bissau's President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo.





Peru: Supporters of President 

Castillo March Against

November 11th,



The citizens also called for the drafting of a new

 constitution and the resignation of Attorney

 General Patricia Benavides.


On Thursday, thousands of Peruvians took to the

 streets of Lima to protest against the Congress 

--- which has been sabotaging and plotting 

against the administration of President 

Pedro Castillo.


Carrying national flags and posters with phrases in

 support of the leftist president -- citizens from all 

over the country converged on the capital city, 

to demand governability -- in the midst of a 

political situation marked by tensions 

between the Executive and

 Legislative branches.


"We've come a long way, to support our president

 because they don't let him work. The lawmakers

 don't know how to respect him," said Maritza 

Aguilar, a woman who was at the "Seizure

of Lima" march.


"Idle rats, go home," "We demand that Congress be

 closed," "This force supports Castillo," and 

"Always stand up, never on your knees," 

were some of the phrases that citizens 

chanted as they advanced with their

address to Congress.


The march started at the San Martin square 

and headed towards Congress, which was

 surrounded by steel bars and a large 

police deployment.


The citizens also called for the drafting of a new

 constitution and the resignation of Attorney 

General, Patricia Benavides ---- who is 

''investigating'' Castillo in a case
alleged corruption.


The social organizations supporting the Peruvian

 President denounced --- that the far-right 

opposition is attempting a "soft coup"

 through a plot involving journalists 

and judges, who seek to remove

 Castillo from office.





Orban says: EU increasingly 

dragged into conflict: over 

arms supplies to Ukraine

November 11th, 3:53pm



Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, said 

that Europe is increasingly being drawn into 

the conflict in Ukraine.


The Hungarian prime minister said that first the EU 

decided to supply weapons, “first only non-lethal,”

 and then lethal ones. Now, EU members are 

training the Ukrainian military on 

their territories.


“A decision will be taken in the coming days... to take 

on the economic burden of supporting the Ukrainian 

economy,” the minister said at the Organisation of 

Turkic States (OTS) summit in Samarkand.


He also said that Hungary’s task is to ensure that 

a ceasefire agreement is concluded as soon as 

possible in Ukraine and that peace talks begin 

as soon as possible. According to Orban, only 

peace can end the food and energy crisis.


“Hungary... is interested in cooperation between

 the West and the East. Those who refuse such 

cooperation... will always lose,” the 

minister concluded.







More than half of Czech companies 

will be affected by massive layoffs

November 11th, 3:21pm



Almost six dozen Czech industrial companies, intend to

 start mass layoffs. This is according to a report by the

 Association of Exporters, according to which, the

 country’s industry is preparing to completely 

lose its competitiveness due to exorbitant 

energy tariffs, as well as the clearly 

inadequate state support.


“Only 14% of companies intend to hire new

 employees.. and 29% are still undecided.”


Several companies, including glass manufacturers, 

smelters, porcelain factories, bakeries and food

 producers, have already had to downsize, due 

to the high energy costs. The speaker called 

the state’s support of the enterprises with 

more than a quarter of a thousand 

employees, suffering from lack of 

means, “marginal”, pointing out 

that only Prague has allowed 

such a deplorable situation

 in the entire EU.


“Most EU countries help big companies very

 substantially. This --- leads to a serious 

imbalance, and the Czech Republic 

is losing its competitiveness at a 

time when demand is cooling 

down,” the EA Daily quoted

 him as saying.


In addition, half of the Czech companies are already

 preparing for the halving of their sales. Experts say

 the main reason for the weakening of the country’s

 economy is the failed anti-Russian sanctions. The

 authorities fear that already in 2023 the national 

GDP may fall into deficit. At the same time --- 

Prague does not stop recklessly insisting

on tougher economic restrictions 

against Moscow.




Italy starts evicting Ukrainian refugees

 from hotels where they were provided

 with temporary accommodation

November 11th,  2:06pm



Italy is tightening its policy - 

towards Ukrainian refugees.


They are evicting them from the hotels, saying that 

it was a temporary shelter for six months and the 

deadline has passed. Those who do not want 

to leave, are evicted by the police.


Ukrainian refugees are evicted from comfortable

hotels and sent to poor regions and villages. 

The new government, does not know what 

to do with them. It is possible, that next 

year’s aid programme for Ukrainians 

will be significantly cut.


Those refugees who live with friends and relatives 

and have been receiving social benefits (300 EUR 

per person) complain about delays in payments.