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The leader of the Moldovan party 


"Chance" Lunga was released 


2.5 hours after the arrest


May 28th, 8:52pm


(RT.ru)


 


The leader of the Moldovan party "Chance" Alexey 


Lunga was released 2.5 hours after being detained


 at the Chisinau airport.


 


This was reported by the TV channel "First in 


Moldova" with reference to Lungu's words.


 


As the politician himself stated, no 


charges were brought against him.


 


Earlier.... the TV channel reported that Lungu was


detained at Chisinau airport without explanation, 


and his passport was taken away.


 






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FSB chief slams NATO for

 dragging Moldova into 

confrontation with 

Russia, Belarus

May 24th, 10:02am 

(TASS) 

 

NATO is seeking to drag Moldova into a military 

confrontation with Moscow and Minsk, 

Alexander Bortnikov, director of 

Russia’s Federal Security 

Service (FSB), said.

 

"Moldova is a perfect example of how instruments of

 external control work. The Moldovan authorities 

have, in fact, lost political independence.

Moreover, Chisinau is being pressured

to consider..... giving up its national 

identity and statehood in general," 

he pointed out at a meeting of the 

CIS Council of Heads of Security 

and Special Services.

 

"The [NATO] alliance is literally dragging Moldova 

into a military confrontation with Russia and 

Belarus," the FSB chief noted.

 

 


Image: Ilan Shor our only hope




Shor supports Moldova's joining 

the Eurasian Economic Union

March 16th, 8:36pm

(RT.ru)

 

Opposition Moldovan politician Ilan Shor 

spoke in favour of Moldova's accession

 to the EEU.

 

"At the upcoming referendum, I will call for 

voting against joining the EU and for

 joining the EAEU," RIA Novosti 

quoted him as saying.

 

Shor noted that when Moldova joins the EAEU, 

it receives preferences in the supply of 

agricultural products.

 

Earlier, Ilan Shor noted that, in his opinion, 

the movement in the EU is a movement 

against, while the movement in the 

EAEU is a movement for. 

 

He stressed that the only salvation

for Moldova --- is to join the EAEU.

 

Image: after meeting with Putin, the second round of pressure on Hutsuls in Moldova began




















Gutsul: Russian MIR bank cards 

will be issued in Gagauzia 

from May 1

April 12th, 4:48pm

(RT.ru)

 

The head of Gagauzia, Yevgenia Gutsul, in an interview

 with the De facto program on GRT TV channel, said

 that Russian MIR bank cards will be issued in the 

autonomous region from May 1.

 

"Starting from May 1, we plan to issue Russian MIR
bank 
cards to our pensioners. This is all feasible,"

RIA Novosti quoted her as saying.

 

Earlier, Hutsul stated that about 25,000 people 

will be able to use MIR maps in Gagauzia.

 

 

 

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Gagauz authorities are working on
 purchasing gas directly 


from Gazprom


April 10th, 4:32am


(RT.ru)


 


The Gagauz authorities are working to buy gas 


directly from Gazprom, said the head of the


 region, Yevgenia Gutsul.


 


"We are currently working on directly purchasing gas from 


Gazprom without the various offshore companies that the


 Chisinau authorities are currently buying gas from and 


from which we now get five to six times more 


expensive to the consumer," she told 


RIA Novosti.


 


Earlier, the head of the autonomous region reported on 


the discussion with the Russian leadership of direct 


gas supplies to Gagauzia... at reduced prices.


 


 


 


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 Gagauzia.. reveals action plan 

for Chisinau troops entering 

the region

April 10th, 4:04am 

(Lenta.ru)

 

The head of Gagauzia, Eugenia Gutsul, told what actions

 the region will take if Moldova reacts to the declaration 

of independence of the Gagauz autonomy by sending 

troops. Her words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

 

Gutsul expressed hope that Chisinau will not
resort to
 sending troops to the region.
Otherwise, Gagauzia 
will turn to
Russia... for help.

 

"I hope for the common sense of our authorities.
But if it 
comes to this, we will apply to all
countries --- of course --- 
including the
Russian Federation," she said.

 

The politician added that the Gagauz Autonomous
Region 
intends to remain part of Moldova, but
will take measures..
 if the country wants
to unite with Romania.

 

Earlier, Gutsul stated that Moldovans do not want
to join 
the EU. In her opinion, Moldova does not
need any 
military blocs --- including NATO.

 




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Gutsul: Gagauzia will take measures


 in case of Moldova's decision to


 unite with Romania


April 10th, 3:34am


(RT.ru)


 


Gagauzia will take measures if the authorities 


decide to unite with Romania, said the head 


of the region, Eugenia Gutsul.


 


"If the Republic of Moldova moves towards rapprochement 


with Romania, of course, we will take some measures, 


because we want to be, live ---- in an independent 


Republic of Moldova," she told RIA Novosti.


 


As noted in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Moscow 


sees attempts by the Moldovan authorities to 


forcibly "Romanize" Moldovan society.


 


Romanian Prime Minister, Marcel Ciolaku, said 


that he believes in unification with Moldova.




















Image: Large-scale anti-government rallies begin in Chisinau










 

Moldovan Socialist Party calls for 

developing strategic partnership 

with Russia

March 27th, 8:05am 

(TASS) 

 

The Socialist Party of Moldova supports the development 

of relations of strategic partnership with Russia, the

 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 

and some other Eastern countries.

 

"Along with continuing the process of European 

integration, Moldova should benefit from and 

participate in other global processes, such 

as the Belt and Road Initiative, develop 

relations with the CIS economic space 

and strategic partnership relations 

with such countries as Russia, the

 CIS, China and Turkey," a party 

representative said at 

a briefing.

 

"Moldovan citizens want good relations with both 

the West and the East. The authorities should 

promote a sovereign foreign policy,"
she 
pointed out.

 

Moldova's parliament and government are now 

controlled by the pro-European Party of Action 

& Solidarity, which has set a course towards 

severing ties with Russia and the CIS.











Image: sneaky dishonest Scholtz

Image: Germany is breaking international law by arming Israel's genocide










































































 

 

Bild: Ukrainian Armed Forces used Patriot

 to strike a Russian target without 

Berlin's knowledge

May 28th, 4:41pm

(Vesti.ru)

 

The Ukrainian army - used one of the Patriot air defense 

systems supplied by Germany to strike Russian targets. 

After that the Ukrainians were threatened with 

a stop on supplying such missiles.

 

According to Bild, at least once -- the Ukrainian Armed 

Forces used Patriot without coordinating their actions 

with the United States and Germany. The result of 

such an act was "angry calls from Washington 

and Berlin and a threat to stop the supply of 

missiles for air defense if such incidents 

occur again."

 

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he still 

opposes the revision of the rules for the use of German 

weapons by Ukraine. Kiev is forbidden to fire them 

onto the territory of Russia.

 

On May 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about 

the escalation of the conflict during a press conference 

following his visit to Uzbekistan. The Russian leader 

warned NATO countries about the consequences 

of such strikes from Ukraine.

 

 

 

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 Surge in naturalization applications 

--- from Israelis --- in Germany

May 27th, 12:36pm

(Al Mayadeen English)

 

Applications for German naturalization from Israelis 

with German ancestry have significantly increased, 

with 6,869 applications received in the first four 

months of 2024.

 

The number of Israelis with German ancestry applying

for naturalization has risen, according to a report

on Monday, citing Germany's Federal Office
of Administration.

 

From January to April this year, 6,869 applications were 

received, compared to 9,129 for the entire year of 2023 

and 5,670 in 2022.

 

Since August 2021, descendants of those persecuted 

by the Nazi regime for their political, racial, or

 religious beliefs are legally entitled to 

obtain a German passport.

 

Moreover, the Federal Office indicated that these

 applications are expected to see a significant 

increase this year due to the ongoing 

escalation in the region.... as 

observed in the first four 

months of this year.

 

Resistance bombs Tel Aviv,

 continues to confront IOF

 in Jabalia

 

The Palestinian Resistance continued targeting Israeli 

settlements on the 233rd day of the war, in response 

to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip --- and 

continues to carry out complex operations and 

ambushes in its confrontation with occupation

 forces penetrating all fronts, leaving Israeli 

soldiers dead, wounded and captured, and

 forcing the Israeli occupation forces 

to retreat.

 

The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic 

Resistance Movement, Hamas, announced that it 

bombed Tel Aviv with a large rocket barrage,

 in response to the massacres against

 Palestinian civilians.

 

Following the attack, Israeli media reported that 12 

rockets were fired from Rafah, towards the Gush 

Dan settlement in the Tel Aviv region -- injuring 

one person. They also noted a heavy barrage 

of missiles targeting central Israel..... 

from Rafah.

 

 

Source: Agencies

 

 

 

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Der Spiegel: German Vice Chancellor 

condemns Israel's operation in Gaza 

as violating international law

May 26th, 2024 

(source: Der Spiegel

translation by InoTV)

 

Israel.... continued its military operation in Rafah on

Saturday, despite the decision of the International 

Court of Justice. German Vice-Chancellor Robert 

Habeck criticized Israel's actions in the Gaza 

war as contrary to international law, the 

German magazine Der Spiegel notes.

 

"Of course, Israel must comply with international law. 

And the hunger, the suffering of the Palestinian 

population and attacks in the Gaza Strip — as 

we now see in court - are incompatible with 

international law," Habek said on Saturday 

during a public discussion at the Festival 

of Democracy, dedicated to the 75th 

anniversary of the Basic Law

 in Berlin. 

 

"This means that Israel has indeed crossed borders there, 

and it should not do so." At the same time, the politician 

noted that Hamas in the Gaza Strip can immediately 

end the war if it lays down its weapons.

 

On Monday, the chief prosecutor of the International 

Criminal Court, Karim Khan, filed an application for 

arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister 

Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister 

Yoav Gallant for crimes against humanity, 

but the court has not yet ruled on them. 

 

On Friday, the International Court of Justice
ordered Israel 
to immediately stop its
military operation in Rafah.

 

Habek and Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday repeated 

warnings from the German government against a large-

scale military offensive in the southern Israeli city 

of Rafah. 

 

"We declare --- that military actions must always be 

conducted in compliance with international law,"

Scholz said at a public discussion in his 

constituency in Potsdam. "That is why 

we have always been very clear - that 

we cannot imagine.... an offensive in 

Rafah without terrible, irresponsible

 human losses." 

 

Habeck noted that the German government has always 

said "that Israel should not carry out this offensive, at 

least not in the way it did before in the Gaza Strip: 

bomb refugee camps and so on."

 

 

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 Junge Welt columnist: the Ukrainian

 crisis is "too tough" for the West

(JUNGE WELT The original 

translation by InoTV)

May 24th, 2024 

 

The West underestimated the cost of continuing military 

operations and realized that it could not go any further. 

Hence the desperate attempts to appropriate Russian 

assets and draw NATO troops into the conflict, says 

junge Welt columnist Reinhard Lauterbach.

 

There are more and more signs -- that the war in Ukraine is 

gradually becoming "too tough" for its Western sponsors 

and the Kiev leadership. Let's start with the money: 

Annalena Burbok agreed to the demand of her 

cabinet colleague, Minister Reinhard 

Lauterbach, an expert on Eastern 

Europe: (defense. - InoTV) Boris 

Pistorius -- to increase military 

assistance to Ukraine from an

already budgeted 7.1 billion 

euros this year... to 10.9 

billion euros. This is a 

modest 53% increase

 in costs, and no one 

knows if it will be

 the last.

 

Let's focus on money for a moment: the EU has now given 

itself permission to use interest income from the frozen 

balance sheets of the Russian Central Bank..... "for 

Ukraine". Of course, this is a substitution of the

 label:  90 percent of the expected billions of 

euros do not go to Kiev, but are poured into 

the accounting article for which Brussels 

'Newspeak' coined the name "European 

Peace Fund": a fund for joint purchases 

of weapons while subsidizing the EU's 

arms capital. If you have to pay, 

it should at least bring 

economic benefits.

 

This decision... has long been controversial, because it 

violates the sacred guarantees of capitalist property. 

In particular, the German side argued for several 

months that such an intervention could create

 a dangerous precedent.

 

Because the money of the Central Bank of the Russian

Federation is protected by so-called state immunity, 

which the Federal Republic regularly refers to when

 Namibians, Greeks, Italians or Poles make claims 

for compensation for damage caused by German

 mass killings during the colonial War or World 

War II. According to this model, Berlin can

 really still fly.

 

This may be one of the reasons why the EU only puts

interest, but not capital, in its own pocket. How risky

this issue is in terms of capital is also clear from the

fact, that the US is always quick to demand that the

EU gain access to Russian assets. They have much

less Russian state money lying around, so they can 

claim it, and they should not risk anything 

themselves.

 

In this situation, in which everything suggests that we 

should stop for a moment and reflect on the dynamics

 into which we are plunging, Ukraine is pursuing the 

exact opposite goal: to drag its sponsors even 

deeper into the war. They ''must'' defend 

Ukraine's airspace with missiles from

 their territory --- even if this clearly 

makes them a party to the war, 

according to current legal 

opinion. 

 

Kiev doesn't care about these fears. In a human way, this 

is even understandable. Ukraine has allowed Boris

 Johnson to drag itself into something beyond its

 means. Why should others get out of this 

disaster better than they do? Losers 

are prone to nihilistic behaviour.


 

 

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Sarah Wagenknecht: who will stop Berbok
from transferring our healthcare
budget to Ukraine?

(Source: Sarah Wagenknecht 

translation by InoTV)

May 24th, 2024

 

Burbok in Kiev promised Zelensky to find additional funds 

to continue the fighting both this year - and next. Sarah

 Wagenknecht wonders: who will stop Burbok? After 

all, the amounts that are mentioned are already 

comparable to the annual expenses for health 

care and education in Germany. 

 

On her personal YouTube channel, Wagenknecht once
again points out that Russia has never abandoned 

negotiations ---- and they need to start
as soon as possible.

 

SARAH WAGENKNECHT, German politician: Yes, when our 

Foreign Minister travels the world, it usually doesn't end 

well. Now she has just visited Kiev again and promised 

Zelensky a lot of money for much more weapons. 

Because today our security is ensured not in 

the Hindu Kush, but in Ukraine.

 

ANNALENA BURBOK, German Foreign Minister: We must 

provide resources to Ukraine, which, yes, supports our 

own security. This requires a lot of money.

 

Yes, the amounts in question are quite significant. That is, 

in recent years, we have already paid 41 billion euros to 

finance this war and put even more weapons there. 

This year, 7 billion rubles have already been spent 

on this. The Minister of Defense is now saying, 

"Well, we probably need another $ 15 billion 

on top of that."

 

Just for comparison, $15 billion is roughly equivalent to

the entire health care budget and almost corresponds

to the federal government's spending on education 

and research. But the traffic light coalition 

certainly has the cash. Hasn't it? Or are 

there still holes in the budget? But 

there still seems to be money for 

weapons for this war — so they 

say. And it's true.

 

Yes, this is also a criminal war. But all the more so, we 

must do everything possible to put an end to it. And

 this will happen not through the supply of more 

and more weapons, but only negotiations. This 

is required by the Pope. This is exactly what 

China wants to try. Turkey has also offered 

itself, to many other countries. But we are 

told that Putin does not want to negotiate.

 

Right?

 

RND: After the Pope's interview, the Kremlin 

stressed its readiness for negotiations.

 

Euronews: Putin is open to negotiations — 

but without the "imposed ideas" of others.

 

ZDF: Putin shows willingness to negotiate.

 

Das Erste: "We have never refused to 

negotiate" — Putin in an interview.

 

Die Zeit: Putin signals readiness

 for Ukraine talks.

 

SARAH WAGENKNECHT: Yes, the headlines in the 

German press look different, but Ms. Burbok 

probably doesn't read any newspapers.

 

 

InoTV materials contain estimates exclusively from 

foreign media ---- and do not reflect RT's position.

 

 


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Welt: Ukrainian troops fail 

to contain Russians in 

Ocheretino area

May 1st, 2024 

(WELT (TV) The original

translation by InoTV)

 

At least three people were killed in a new Russian missile 

strike on Odessa, and three more were wounded, 

according to the local governor. However, 

Ukraine also launched an air strike 

against Russia. 

 

According to Russian media, after the drone attack, a fire 

broke out at an oil refinery, near Ryazan. As the governor

of the region said, there were no casualties. Meanwhile, 

according to Zelensky, new support for his troops 

should be delivered to the front, as soon as 

possible. He said this in his evening 

video message. 

 

And now let's turn to our Russian correspondent in

 Moscow, Christoph Wanner. Good morning, 

Christophe. Ocheretino in the Donbas 

region of eastern Ukraine is 

increasingly... becoming a 

hotbed of conflict. What 

information do you 

have about this?

 

CHRISTOPH WANNER, correspondent: Right. Ocheretino is 

probably the most heavily fought area in this conflict right 

now. A few days ago --- the Russians used the mistake of

 the Ukrainians when trying to rotate troops and broke

 through the front line there. We have been talking 

about this Ocheretino in the Donetsk region for 

some time, the Russians have made progress 

here and are now developing their attacks 

towards the west.... in the direction of 

Sokol, which is a small settlement, 

and also to the north, in the 

direction of Arkhangelsk. 

The situation there ---- is 

dramatic for Ukrainians. 

They..... are not able to 

stabilize the front line

in this area - at least

not yet.

 

The air date is May 1, 2024.

 

InoTV materials contain estimates 

exclusively from foreign media ---

and do not reflect RT's position

 

 

 

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 More than half of German residents 


oppose the supply of Taurus


 to Ukraine


April 30th, 4:47pm


(Izvestia,ru)


 


The majority of German residents did not approve the 


supply of long-range Taurus missiles to Kiev. This is 


evidenced by a survey conducted by the Forsa 


Institute for NTV.


 


So, among 2,000 respondents, 56% of respondents 


did not support the initiative to send weapons. 


Only 37% voted in favour, which however, is 


significantly more than in the previous


month. At that time, only 28% of 


respondents supported the 


supply of Taurus 


to Ukraine.


 


It is noted that most often the supply of these missiles to 


Kiev, in 63% of cases, is supported by supporters of the 


"greens". At the same time, the most ardent opponents 


of their transfer were supporters of the Alternative 


for Germany and the Sarah Wagenknecht Union.


 


Earlier, on April 27, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ruled 


out the transfer of Taurus cruise missiles to Kiev. The 


reason for this, he called the inability to control their 


use by the Ukrainian military. The German 


chancellor also added --- that if these 


weapons are supplied, Germany 


will be involved in an armed 


conflict, as he said earlier.


 


In turn, the head of the Munich Security Conference, 


Christoph Heusgen, called on Scholz to reconsider


 his refusal to supply cruise missiles.


 


Taurus missiles -- are long-range weapons. The first tests


 were held in 1999. The basic model is the Taurus KEPD 


(Kinetic Penetrating Weapon) 350 of the air-to-surface 


class. It can hit targets up to 500 km away, but the 


export version has a range of 300 km. They can 


be carried by F-16 fighters, which the West 


promises to supply to Kiev.


 


Western countries have stepped up military and financial 


support for Kiev -- against the backdrop of the Russian 


special operation to protect the Donbass, which was 


announced by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on 


February 24, 2022, after the situation in the region 


worsened due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. 


 


However, in recent years, the West has increasingly


 voiced statements about the need to reduce aid


 to Ukraine.


 


 









































































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Demonstration in support of 

Gaza gets underway in Paris

May 27th, 6:54pm

 

"Long live the struggle of the Palestinian people," chant 

dozens of demonstrators gathered in Paris, to support

the Palestinian people, the day after an Israeli strike 

killed dozens in Rafah.

 

Israel faced a wave of international condemnation over

 the Rafah strike, including from across the region - as

 well as from the EU, France and the United Nations.

 




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Elderly Frenchman.. given six months

in prison ---- for threatening Macron

May 1st, 4:13pm

(Izvestia.ru)

 

The Le Mans Criminal Court has sentenced a 76-year-old 

man to 6 months in prison for threatening to kill French 

President, Emmanuel Macron --- and his wife Brigitte.
This 
was reported on May the 1st, by Europe 1.

 

According to the TV channel, in mid-April, a resident of Le 

Mans sent a letter to the social service with calls to stab 

the president and first lady of France. The text..... was 

accompanied by an image of a decapitated Macron 

and his head impaled - on a bayonet. The sender 

wrote that the speech of the head of state at 

the upcoming opening ceremony of the 

Olympic Games in Paris.... puts
Macron's 
life in danger. 

 

The sender called the president's 

wife..... a transgender person.

 

After finding the letter, the man was immediately

 summoned to the Le Mans Criminal Court. He 

explained his actions as a desire to draw 

attention -- to the fact that he has no 

housing. According to the elderly 

Frenchman, he never intended 

to send a letter to its 

addressee in the 

Elysee Palace. 

 

The violator's lawyer confirmed that his client is really in

 a difficult situation and is forced to live in a garage.

 

However, the prosecutor ruled that there were

"no excuses" for the man's behaviour.

 

"This letter may make you smile.... or seem harmless, but it

  is about serious things, extremely cruel, showing hatred 

and the intent to let it reach the presidential couple,"
the 
prosecutor said.

 

The criminal record of the man.. became an aggravating 

circumstance in his case: according to the prosecutor, 

from 1988 to 2021 the Frenchman was convicted nine 

times --- including for fraud, bankruptcy, forgery of 

checks ...and forgery.

 

Earlier, on March 20, Macron was ridiculed online --- for 

black-and-white photos of him boxing and violently 

hitting a punching bag. Users called the pictures 

clowning, did not find them frightening ---- and 

accused Macron's photographer, Soazig de 

la Moissonniere, of using Photoshop to 

increase the president's muscles.

 

BBC News in January 2022 reported that Brigitte Macron 

is going to sue the distributors of rumours... that she is 

allegedly transgender. According to the TV channel, 

gossip on this topic on the Network comes from 

opponents of the French president... and the

representatives of far-right ethnic groups, 

plus opponents of vaccination - and the 

supporters of conspiracy theories.

 

 


























































































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Georgian Parliament Annuls Veto


 on Foreign Agents Law


May 28th, 9:10pm 


(teleSUR)


 


The Parliament of Georgia annulled on Tuesday the 


presidential veto on the law on foreign agents, 


rejected by the opposition and amid threats 


of reprisals by the EU and US.


 


A total of 84 deputies of the 104 present voted in favour 


of the regulation and against the veto imposed on May 


18th by the Georgian president, Salomé Zurabishvili.


 


The Georgian Parliament passed the law on 14 May, 


but President Salomé Zurabishvili vetoed the rule


 four days later.


 


However, it was taken for granted that the Georgian 


Parliament would reject the presidential veto, as 


76 of the 150 deputies in the chamber were 


needed and the ruling Georgian Dream 


party had 84 seats.


 


If, after the vote, the president refuses to sign the law 


within five days, the head of Parliament may do so, 


in accordance with current regulations.


 


When the regulation comes into force, non-governmental 


organisations and media with more than 20% of foreign 


funding will have to submit public financial statements 


once a year.


 


According to the authorities, 80 percent of the money 


that funds media and NGOs in Georgia is not very 


transparent and can be used for destabilization 


actions in view of the parliamentary elections


 of 26 October.


 


The president of the Georgian parliament pointed out 


that "for Georgian non-profit organizations (NPOs) to 


participate in decision-making at all levels and have 


influence over public life, they must provide a basic 


standard of transparency".


 


"People need to know who supports each actor. This 


is true for state institutions, this is true for political 


parties, this is true for public officials and this 


must also be true for non-profit organizations. 


Financial transparency for all these key 


players in the decision-making circle


 is a basic principle," he said.


 


 


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The Russian Foreign Ministry called 

Thailand's desire to join BRICS

 a far-sighted step

May 28th, 8:47pm

(RT.ru)

 

Thailand's aspiration to join BRICS is the right choice 

and a far-sighted step, Russian Foreign Ministry's 

Ambassador-at-large, Marat Berdyev, said.

 

"During my regular contacts with my Thai colleagues at 

the APEC platform, I will definitely congratulate them 

on this far-sighted step and the right choice,"
he 
wrote in Telegram.

 

The diplomat noted that these trends follow in line 

with the historical process of creating a 

multipolar, just, world order.

 

On May 28, the Thai Government approved a draft letter 

of intent for the kingdom to become a BRICS member.

 




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Gaza Strip: Egypt Warns About


''Safety Risks'' on Border


May 28th


(teleSUR)


 


On Tuesday, Egypt warned against the safety risks 


facing its army personnel deployed on the border 


with the Gaza Strip.


 


Egypt's Al-Qahera News TV channel, citing a high-ranking


 security source, reported on the killing of an Egyptian 


soldier near the Rafah crossing earlier in the day, the 


source said... investigation committees have been 


formed to find out the details of the incident to 


determine responsibilities and prevent its


 future recurrence.


 


The Egyptian army announced on Monday the killing 


of an Egyptian border guard in the Rafah border 


area with Gaza in a shooting incident.


 


The Israel Defense Forces also confirmed that a


 "shooting incident" occurred "on the Egyptian 


border," after Israeli media reported an 


exchange of fire between Israeli and 


Egyptian soldiers near the Rafah 


crossing on Monday.


 


Meanwhile, the Egyptian security source said initial 


investigations into the incident indicated that a 


shooting incident --- erupted between Israeli 


forces and Palestinian militants, leading 


to gunfire from several directions and 


prompting the Egyptian soldiers to 


take "protective measures."


 


The source affirmed that the international community 


must bear its responsibilities regarding the 


seriousness of the situation on the 


Egyptian border with Gaza - not 


only for security purposes but 


also - for the entry of 


humanitarian aid 


...into the war-


torn enclave.


 


 


 


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Colombia: Vice-President for 


Legal Proceedings against 


Fallacies


May 28th


teleSUR


 


On Tuesday, the Vice-President of Colombia, Francia 


Márquez, branded as slanderous the information


 spread today... with the aim of linking her to 


alleged acts of corruption - and assured 


that a legal team will act immediately


 in the face of the fallacies.


 


''I have nothing to hide and if there is one thing I have 


been known for in my life, it is for being transparent 


and firm in the fight against corruption," she wrote 


on her social networking site X.


 


She also said that she rejects the accusations made 


by Senator Jonathan Pulido of the Green Party, and
demanded immediate retraction of his malicious 


insinuations that seek to involve the official with 


the acts of embezzlement that occurred in the 


National Unit for Disaster Risk Management.


 


“The strategy of trying to undermine the credibility of our 


government is evident, but they will not undermine our 


efforts to continue working for a better country, with 


equality and peace for all,” said Márquez.


 


The ''controversy'' surrounding corruption in the 


aforementioned entity was uncovered several 


weeks ago.... when former deputy director 


Sneyder Pinilla -- accused his superior of 


giving money as bribes to the president 


of the Senate, Iván Name, and leader 


of the House of Representatives, 


Andrés Calle.


 


The scandal led to the resignation of Sandra Ortiz, 


former presidential advisor for the regions, who 


was also implicated in the allegations.


 


Following the allegations of the mismanagement of 


public resources, the Presidency announced the 


formation of a technical committee made up of


 various control bodies to investigate the 


alleged fraudulent acts.


 


Although those implicated in the embezzlement events


 deny the participation of the country's top leaders, 


this event is used by opposition sectors --- as a 


pretext to attack members of the Executive.


 


 


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Bolivia: Minister Rules 


Out Economic Crisis


May 28th, 6:36pm 


(teleSUR)


 


On Thursday, the Minister of Economy and Public Finance


Marcelo Montenegro, denied that Bolivia is currently 


suffering an economic crisis, despite the adverse
international context --- thanks to the policies


 implemented by the national government.


 


He indicated that this situation contrasts with the


 escalation of prices in neighboring countries and 


the world in general, which have an impact on


 imported goods, but the phenomenon is 


restrained thanks to the protective 


measures implemented by the


 executive branch.


 


"In Bolivia, despite this complicated external scenario, 


we are resilient, we adapt, we are not in crisis, as are 


economic and political analysts who try to create an 


atmosphere of anxiety or chaos", said the authority 


at a press conference.


 


He highlighted the policy of food and fuel subsidies, 


which allows us to mitigate and minimize the 


unusual price increases of some products 


on the international market.


 


''A whole scheme to protect Bolivians' pockets," 


Montenegro described, "there are subsidies 


on hydrocarbons and foodstuffs. The policy 


of protection for Bolivian families, through 


the actions of the government, is there to 


avoid hard blows from external sectors.''


 


Furthermore, he also recalled that on a global scale, 


interest rates are continuing to rise, and in Latin 


America they are high, in addition to which 


global inflation remains high, at a level 


of 5.3 percentage points.


 


"There are influences... on prices that come from abroad, 


there are incidences of what is happening in the world 


economy that affect the national economy, that is to 


say, that there are prices in the economy that are 


being affected by the dynamics of price 


increases at a global level,"


 he remarked.


 


He commented that petrol prices are rising in South 


American countries, such as Uruguay, where they


 remain at two dollars per litre, while in Bolivia 


they are still at 0.54 (3.74 bolivianos).


 


He also reported that due to geopolitical and other 


international problems, the Container Rate Index 


continues to rise.


 


He mentioned that, in December 2023, the approximate 


value of a 40-foot container was 1,500 dollars, while 


on 25 January 2024 this indicator rose to 3,964 


dollars; on 2 May this year it fell to 2,725 


dollars, and on 23 May last year it
rose 
to 4,72 dollars.


 


Referring to other products, Montenegro detailed that 


rice increased in price in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay 


and Chile, which was also observed in the Andean 


Amazonian country, although to a lesser extent.


 


"Bolivia has 10.6 bolivianos (1.51 dollars) 


per kilogram --- when in Argentina it is 


16.8 (2.40 dollars)", he indicated.


 


 


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Peru: Prosecutor's Office Accuses


President Boluarte ---- of Bribery


May 28th, 5:14pm  


(teleSUR)


 


On Monday, the Prosecutor's Office filed a constitutional 


complaint against Peruvian President Dina Boluarte --- 


"as the alleged perpetrator of the crime of improper 


passive bribery."


 


This action occurs as part of the case known as 


"RolexGate", in which the Prosecutor's Office 


detected that the far-right politician is the 


owner of several luxury watches worth 


thousands of dollars that were not 


declared to the tax authorities.


 


The constitutional complaint is a special procedure


 that prosecutors can apply to senior State officials. 


Among them is the Peruvian president, who 


nevertheless enjoys immunity.


 


The relevance of the Prosecutor's request 


must be evaluated by the Peruvian 


Congress' Subcommittee on 


Constitutional Accusations.


 


If this subcommittee considers that the petition is 


pertinent, a political process would be activated 


and it could end in the plenary session of 


parliament, where legislators must 


decide whether to recommend


 charging Boluarte for the 


RolexGate case.


 


On Tuesday, Boluarte went to testify in the office of 


prosecutor, Juan Carlos Villena, about the 


deactivation of an anti-corruption police 


team hours before authorities arrested 


her brother, Nicanor Boluarte, in a 


case of obstruction of justice.


 


Previously, Juan Carlos Portugal, the Peruvian 


president's lawyer, indicated that his client 


will remain silent before Villena, although 


he said that he hopes --- that the Public 


Ministry maintains the confidentiality 


of the case.


 


Similar to previous summonses, Boluarte arrived at the 


Prosecutor's Office building heavily guarded by a 


police caravan. She did not make any 


statements to the reporters who 


were waiting for her outside.


 


teleSUR English


@telesurenglish


#FromTheSouth News Bits | The Peruvian Prosecutor's


 Office has extended the investigation against 


President-designate Dina Boluarte for bribery 


in the case of Rolex luxury watches, illicit 


enrichment, and failure to record 


statements in documents.


 


 


 


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The first ladies of France and Germany 

laughed ...as they walked to the 

Holocaust memorial

May 27th, 8:57pm

(RT.ru)


The wives of French and German presidents Brigitte 

Macron and Elke Buedenbender laughed as they 

walked to a ceremony at the Holocaust 

Memorial in Berlin.

 

This is reported by the Daily Mail.

 

It is noted that they held hands and joked. Macron and 

Steinmeier then laid wreaths in memory of the 

6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany 

during World War II.

 

Macron and his wife are in Germany as part of the first 

visit of the French president to the country in 24 years.

 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria

 Zakharova said that Berlin has no right to treat

 victims of the Nazis differently.

 

She also noted that Germany's defense of Israel against 

genocide charges - was not surprising in Russia, given

 Berlin's refusal to admit guilt for the crimes of the 

Third Reich in the USSR.

 




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Peace to Prevail in Venezuela 


After Elections: President
Maduro


May 27th, 3:22pm


 (teleSUR)


 


On Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro stated that peace 


will prevail in Venezuela after the presidential
elections
 scheduled for July 28. 


 


"After July 28th, this world champion of dialogue standing 


before you will call for the largest dialogue ever held in 


Venezuela; a dialogue with all economic, cultural, 


social, and political sectors; a dialogue ----- to 


consolidate the path towards Venezuela's 


development," he said.


 


"The people's dream of having a prosperous nation, with


 justice, equality, and peace will become a reality with


 the Plan of the Seven Transformations, which was 


conceived to turn Venezuela into an economic 


powerhouse and drive the major changes


 required between 2025 and 2030," 


Maduro pointed out


 


During a TikTok Live session with Spanish political 


scientist Juan Carlos Monedero, the Bolivarian 


leader questioned Europe’s subordination to 


the United States and highlighted that 


Venezuela --- is overcoming the 


communication blockade - to 


show its truth to the world.


 


"The elites are afraid. That explains why they behave 


this way and cling to the U.S., when they should 


understand that Europe is a natural extension 


of Russia," Maduro pointed out ----- referring
to 
the development potential that peace
in 
that region could bring.


 


"Using their power, empires spread the idea that they are 


above everyone. To do this, they are capable of waging 


war with satellites and artificial intelligence. They 


define their objectives --- and launch missiles 


against the people --- trying to affect the 


new world that is emerging..... and 


seeking peace and sovereignty," 


he explained.


 


The Bolivarian leader also highlighted that one million 


Venezuelan children and youths have participated in 


the National System of Youth and Children's 


Orchestras and Choirs.


 


President Maduro's text reads, "The community unites 


with desire, hope, resilience, and the effort to defend
Venezuela from the core. How nice it is to see good
people filling the streets --- with colours and


 conviction. These are the people 


we fight for!"


 


"Venezuela has extremely high levels of musical talent. 


Even in the most remote towns or neighbourhoods, 


there is top-notch musical talent," he said, 


emphasizing the work done by the Simon 


Bolivar Orchestra System, which 


promotes arts, social values, 


and work discipline.


 


"The children have a lot of discipline - for rehearsing 


and playing. The orchestra is all of us and belongs


 to the country," he said with pride.


 


"With you young people, we have learned to do a lot 


with little," the Bolivarian leader said, noting that 


the Venezuelan state has provided 40,000 


credits for young people and 


their ventures.


 


These achievements have been made - despite the fact 


that the United States and its allies maintain over 930 


arbitrary sanctions against the Venezuelan people.


 


teleSUR English


@telesurenglish


 


#FromTheSouth News Bits | Venezuela: Dataviva 


surveyed the upcoming July 28th elections. 



President Nicolas Maduro leads with a 


percentage that almost triples that of 


the main opposition candidate.


 






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 Speaker: Georgian Parliament will 

override veto on law on foreign 

agents on May 28

May 27th, 3:08pm

(RT.ru)

 

The Georgian Parliament will override President Salome 

Zurabishvili's veto of the law on foreign agents - at a 

plenary session on May 28. This was stated by the 

Chairman of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili.

 

"I think that the process will end tomorrow and, of 

course, the parliament will definitely overcome

 this veto," TASS quoted him as saying.

 

Georgia voted in favour of the draft law on foreign agents 

in the third reading on May 14. Later, President Salome 

Zurabishvili ''vetoed'' it.

 

 

 

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China slams UK - for 'wanton 


stigmatization' of its citizens


Saturday, 25 May 2024 11:13am


 (PressTV)


 


Former Royal Marine, Matthew Trickett, 37, was found 


dead in Grenfell Park in Maidenhead, England.


 


China says the United Kingdom is making false charges 


against Chinese citizens after the death of an alleged 


British “spy” working for Beijing.


 


Former Royal Marine, Matthew Trickett, 37, who was


 charged by a uk court with illegally collaborating 


with the Hong Kong government’s foreign 


intelligence service, was found dead in 


Grenfell Park in Maidenhead, England, 


last Sunday.


 


Trickett, who was out on bail, was due


 to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.


 


Earlier this month, the UK police announced charges 


against three men holding British nationality —


namely Trickett, Chung Biu Yuen, and Chi 


Leung Wai (aka Peter Wai).


 


Trickett appeared at a hearing along with the other two 


men, who were accused of monitoring, surveillance, 


and harassment of pro-democracy activists in 


the UK.


 


The Chinese Embassy in the UK condemned the move, 


describing the charges against Chinese citizens as 


“groundless and slanderous.”


 


On Saturday, China slammed the UK for “wanton 


stigmatization and arbitrary arrests” following


 the unexplained death on May 19 of the 


former Royal Marine commando.


 


China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong strongly 


condemned Britain for what it described as false 


accusations against Chinese citizens and


 infringing on their legal rights.


 


Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic 


Development Algernon Yau urged Britain to let the


 public “know the truth” about Trickett’s death.


 


The UK says its police detectives are still investigating 


the “unexplained” death of Trickett in the park near


 where he lived.


 


Yuen and Wai, who are also on bail, are now scheduled to 


face court in February. Until then, they are banned from


 traveling abroad and required to sleep at their 


designated home addresses and report to 


local police, every week.


 






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West leaving Dodik no other option

 but to secede from BiH — expert

May 24th, 4:52pm (TASS) 

 

The EU and US’ aggressive approach to the Republic 

of Srpska - leaves it no other choice but to secede

 from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a Russian 

expert told TASS.

 

Commenting on President Milorad Dodik’s statement that 

the government of the Republic of Srpska plans to draft 

a document.... on peacefully separating from Bosnia-

Herzegovina within 30 days, Elena Guskova of the

 Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian 

Academy of Sciences noted that this 

was a "quite concrete" statement.

 

"All this negativity poured out onto the Republic of Srpska 

literally in the past six months. The High Representative

 [for Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt] was

 appointed but not approved by the UN Security 

Council, which means that he is illegitimate.

This led to a feud ---- between the high 

representative from Germany and 

Dodik," she said. 

 

"As a result, the high representative continues his activity, 

despite his not being approved by the Security Council. 

Moreover, they have begun to threaten Dodik with 

arrest and even murder. The United States has 

imposed sanctions on Dodik. Naturally, the 

republic has little chance to reverse 

the situation."

 

"However, announcing the path to independence is a 

proclamation that requires lengthy deliberation.
This 
will take a long time," she noted, adding
that 
amid sanctions against Dodik, several 

assassination attempts ------ and an 

attempted colour revolution in the 

republic ---- the West will not be 

''happy'' about the Republic of 

Srpska’s potential separation.

 

According to Dodik, the draft document on the peaceful

 secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina will envisage

 that the current economic model stay in place, being

 adjusted as needed over the next several years. He 

linked this initiative with the Sarajevo-initiated UN 

General Assembly resolution on the 1995 

genocide in Srebrenica, which he 

slammed as illegal. 

 

He also said that the world community is turning a blind 

eye to the massacre of around 3,500 ethnic Serbs near 

Srebrenica ----- during the armed conflict in the 

early 1990s.

 

 

 

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Trade turnover in CIS up 

two thirds in four years 

— Russian PM

May 24th, 1:26pm 

(TASS)

 

Trade turnover in the Common of Independent States (CIS)

 is rising fast as it gained two thirds over the past four 

years, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin 

aid at a meeting with CIS colleagues.

 

This year.... Russia chairs the CIS, he noted, adding that 

Moscow considers completion of the plan of action to 

implement the first stage of the Commonwealth’s 

economic development strategy through to the 

end of the decade as one priority task.

 

"Trade turnover in the CIS gained over two thirds over 

the past four years, with 6% due to implementation 

of decisions suggested by the plan of action, 

which added 7% to the growth of mutual 

trade in services," Mishustin said.

 

Moreover, the implementation of the plan ensured an 

increase in accumulated direct foreign investment 

by 2%, he added. "We will continue deepening 

cooperation in various sectors in the long 

term," the prime minister stressed.

 

 

 

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FSB chief says - ever more countries 

refuse to bow to orders from outside

May 24th, 10:16am (TASS) 

 

The number of countries reluctant to bow to "commands 

from outside" is growing..... and Russia is closely 

cooperating with them, including in the sphere 

of counter-terrorism, the director of the 

Federal Security Service (FSB), 

Alexander Bortnikov has said.

 

He explained his vision of the existing threats and trends 

at a meeting of the heads of security bodies and special 

services of the CIS countries, which has opened in 

Bishkek under his chairmanship.

 

"Our special services have to work in a volatile

 international situation. The list of states that 

are reluctant to harm the interests of their 

own people on commands from outside is 

growing. Russia closely cooperates with 

these countries," he noted.

 

"We use the long-established - and new - contacts in the

 Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, primarily

 in the field of countering international terrorism," 

the FSB chief said.

 

"We consider it as a positive trend that we have found 

common grounds in this matter with the new 

authorities of Afghanistan," he added.

 

Bortnikov urged the CIS partners to be more actively

 involved in the joint work to protect the southern 

borders of the Commonwealth, especially in the

 current conditions.

 

"I believe that such an approach will be a common 

priority of the security and special services of
the
 CIS countries," he said.




 

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Venezuelan President Finances

 210 Scientific Research Projects

May 24th (teleSUR)

 

On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

 announced the granting of financing for 210 

scientific research projects, that will have
direct impact on increasing production
in 
the South American nation.

 

“These projects are relevant and useful ------ to meet 

Venezuela's needs for transformation and change,” 

he said, adding that over US$7 million will be 

allocated to finance them.

 

The research projects are distributed ---- as follows: 70 in 

agro-food, 41 in pharmaceuticals, 29 in social sciences, 

15 in the dissemination of scientific and technological 

knowledge, 14 in the environment, 14 in hydrocarbons,

 10 in scientific seedbeds, 7 in telecommunications 

and informatics, 6 in industry, and one
in education.

 

"Today we are financing projects practically in all fields 

required for the country's development,” Maduro said, 

assuring that there are better conditions to set

ambitious goals for the future.

 

"With science, innovation, and technology, we will respond

 to the great questions and needs of the present," he said.

 

"The rapid and impressive scientific advances achieve

 great things for humanity. Only through knowledge

 can we transform the realities we face --- as a 

society and as humanity," the Venezuelan 

president emphasized.

 

During a women's science meeting, Maduro also indicated

 that the Great Mission Science, Technology and 

Innovation Dr. Humberto Fernandez Moran 

conducted a national registry of 

researchers, which includes 

12,949 men ------ and 

12,928 women.

 

 

 

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Saldo spoke about... the decline in 


interest in learning the Ukrainian 


language in schools


May 24th, 2:54am


(Lenta.ru)


 


In schools of the Kherson region, a gradual decline 


in interest in learning the Ukrainian language, is 


recorded. This was stated by the Governor of 


the region, Vladimir Saldo, RIA


 Novosti writes.


 


"There is a gradual decline in interest in learning 


the Ukrainian language among students and 


their parents. Ukrainian as a subject is 


studied by students of grades 1-4 of 


44 schools in the region from more 


than a hundred schools," he said.


 


According to Saldo, at the same time, the Ukrainian 


language is not studied in middle and high schools.


 


Earlier, Volodymyr Saldo said that the residents of Ukraine 


responded to the law on mobilization that came into force 


- with a total boycott. According to him, neither President 


Volodymyr Zelensky, nor US Secretary of State Anthony 


Blinken, nor "plush Ukrainian generals" expected such 


a reaction.


 


In turn, Kiev political analyst Andrey Ermolaev spoke 


about the appearance of spontaneous rebel groups


 in Ukraine due to the mobilization. According to 


him --- citizens are dissatisfied with the 


inappropriate attitude of the state 


towards the military.


 


 


 


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Tariff War Against China May 
Backfire for the US: Rattner


May 24th, 12:35am 


 (teleSUR)


 


On Thursday, The New York Times published an opinion 


piece stating that the United States' new protectionist


stance in international trade will only raise prices, 


limit consumer choices and risk growth.


 


The U.S. tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles and other


products -- are mainly aimed at pleasing voters rather 


than economic considerations, wrote Steven Rattner, 


who served as counselor to the U.S. treasury 


secretary in the Obama administration.


 


With Americans unsatisfied with the state of the economy, 


Rattner said, "eyes often turn to the growing number of


 inexpensive imports, particularly from China," in a 


search for scapegoats. Tariffs raise prices and 


lead to more unemployment rather than less, 


he said.


 


From the start of 2018 to the start of 2020, prices of tariff-


targeted goods rose by about 4 percent and the prices of 


non-targeted goods fell one percent, wrote Rattner, 


citing a Goldman Sachs analysis.


 


"Numerous studies have found that those higher prices 


were borne almost entirely by American companies 


and consumers -- not by Chinese exporters," he 


said, adding that a Tax Foundation analysis 


showed the Trump tariffs cost 166,000


 jobs in the United States.


 


Reviewing the history of trade protectionism in the U.S., 


Rattner found that the tariffs --- pitched as a means of


protecting workers and farmers during a downturn, 


often triggered a global wave of protectionism 


that exacerbated depressions and crippled 


global trade.


 


On the contrary, trade liberalization which sharply reduced 


tariffs, Rattner wrote, has "brought consumers in the


 United States and elsewhere less expensive and


 often superior goods ----- helping fuel strong 


economic growth and moderate inflation."


 


"Every student in an introductory economics course learns


 about David Ricardo's 200-year-old theory of comparative 


advantage: the idea that by specializing in the products


 that they can produce most efficiently and then trading


 with others, nations can be better off," Rattner said, 


adding that history shows that the U. government 


should be reducing trade barriers, not increasing


 them, and making the World Trade Organization


 work, not impeding it.


 






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Russians Call to Fight Fascism


 in Ukraine --- on Labour Day


May 1st, 2024 (teleSUR)


 


On Wednesday, the Russian Communist Party advocated 


the eradication of fascism in Ukraine during an event 


in Moscow on the occasion of the International 


Workers Day.


 


"Today we celebrate this holiday and set ourselves several


 concrete tasks, which are impossible to solve without 


consolidating all the state and patriotic forces that 


love the homeland," said Gennady Zyuganov, the


 76-year-old leader of the Communist Party.


 


During his speech, given to dozens of followers near the 


monument to Karl Marx in Moscow, he assured that the 


main task ---- consists of "defeating the fascism and
nazism
 that occupies Ukraine."


 


Evoking the experience of the Soviet Union during 


the Second World War, Zyuganov recalled... that 


the solidarity of citizens was what allowed


 "the defeat of the fascist hordes"
of 
that time.


 


"The unique experience of the USSR, will again be 


required by the country," Zyuganov said, in front 


of Communist party members waving red flags.


 


For three years, Russia has significantly reduced 


traditional celebrations on the occasion of the 


International Workers Day ---- for 


security reasons.


 


Previously, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions 


recommended replacing the once common mass 


marches, with smaller celebrations that 


vindicate the working class.


 


This year, no large marches were held in cities such 


as Moscow, Vladivostok, and Tyumen. Also, for
precautionary reasons.... several Russian 


regions... gave up holding the May 9 


parade, which commemorates


 the Soviet victory against 


Nazi Germany in 


World War II.


 


However, the military parade will be held in Moscow's Red


Square, which was closed by the authorities two weeks 


ago - to prepare for this traditional Russian event.


 


 


 


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Cubans Ratify Their Commitment 


to the Revolution on Labour Day


May 1st, 2024 (teleSUR)


 


From the early hours of Wednesday, Cubans marched 


towards the Anti-Imperialist Tribune in Havana, an 


emblematic place where they celebrate 


International Workers Day.


 


Cuba's President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, revolutionary leader 


Raul Castro, and thousands of people, were present at a 


site that symbolizes the struggle of the world's peoples.


 


"Once again, millions of Cubans are showing that we 


remain firm and united around the Revolution, 


defending its ideals of independence, 


sovereignty, and social justice,"


 said Ulises Guilarte ---- the 


secretary of the Workers 


Central Union of 


Cuba (CTC).


 


"We have the responsibility of consolidating the socialist 


state-owned enterprises and ensuring the growth of the


 supply of goods and services," he added, recalling 


that this day celebrates the heroism of the 


Cuban proletariat.


 


Regarding this year's celebrations, the workers have also 


organized the "International Meeting of Solidarity with 


Cuba," in which representatives of organizations 


from countries such as the United States, 


Canada, Ecuador, Colombia and 


Uruguay, will participate.


 


This event - aims to provide a space for workers to 


express their solidarity with the people's struggle 


against imperialism and in favour of world peace.


 


CTC Secretary took advantage of this opportunity 


to denounce the Zionist genocide in Gaza and


 ratified the solidarity of the Cuban labour 


movement with the Palestinian cause.


 


On Wednesday, International Workers' Day was also 


celebrated ---- in squares and avenues of the main 


Cuban cities. "Today - we ratify our fundamental
commitment --- to the progress of our society,"


 the Cuban Telecommunications Company


 said, through social networks.


 


 


 


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Georgian PM --- ''foreign partners'' 

and opposition, are responsible 

for riots

May 1st, 4:40pm

(RT.ru)

 

Georgia's foreign partners, together with opposition forces,

 are responsible for the riots on the streets of Tbilisi, while 

the protests are caused by a misinterpretation of the draft 

law on foreign agents. This statement was made by Prime

 Minister Irakli Kobakhidze at a press conference.

 

"They (foreign partners. - RT) together with the collective

 "National Movement" are responsible for the riots,"

 TASS quotes Kobakhidze.

 

The Prime Minister also expressed confidence, that 

the ruling Georgian Dream party will pass the law 

on foreign agents.... despite the discomfort of 

the protests.

 

 

 

________________________________________________



 

Federation Council Member

ridiculed the Pentagon's 

arguments ----- about 

the possibility of a

militarization of 

the Moon

April 30th, 7:47pm 

(Lenta.ru)

 

Member of the Russian Federation Council Alexey Pushkov

 in his Telegram channel ridiculed the words of assistant 

to the head of the Pentagon for space policy, John 

Plumb, who speculated about the possibility of 

militarization of the Moon.

 

"It's quite funny to read about the possibility or 

impossibility of militarizing the Moon... in 

conditions --- when the United States 

has not been able to return there

 for 55 years, if they were there

 at all," the senator said.

 

He also found the discussion of "protecting supply chains"

 all the way to the Moon ridiculous, recalling that neither

 the United States nor any other country.... has yet 

colonized the Earth's only natural satellite. 

 

Pushkov also recalled... that even the artificial intelligence

invented by the Americans ----- recognized the images of 

astronauts on the Moon as fake, noting that the United 

States...... is still far from its real development.

 

Earlier, a representative of the US Department of Defense 

said that he does not believe in the possibility of

 militarization of the Moon. According to him, 

protecting logistics chains all the way to 

the Moon "does not seem achievable."

 




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US Skyrocketing
Military 
Spending
Upsets World

April 29th, 10:51am

 (teleSUR)

 

A recently released report showed that defense spending 

by the United States ------ the world's largest military 

spender -- accounted for nearly 40 percent of the

world's total military expenditure in 2023.

 

In the latest move of aggressive U.S. military spending, 

President Joe Biden signed a US$95-billion foreign aid 

bill, which includes more military aid for Ukraine 

and Israel.

 

With its skyrocketing military spending and unabated

 appetite for global hegemony, the United States 

continues to fuel chaos around the world.

 

ROCKETING SPENDING

 

Military spending by the United States rose 2.3 percent to 

reach US$916 billion in 2023, representing 68 percent of 

total North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military 

spending, according to a Stockholm International

 Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report.

 

Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization 

dedicated to addressing the U.S. long-term fiscal

 challenges, noted that U.S. defense spending

 increased by US$55 billion - from 2022 to 

2023 in part due to additional military 

aid for Ukraine.

 

In the bill newly signed by Biden, more than US$60 billion

goes to Ukraine, while US$26 billion goes to Israel 

--- despite international criticism over the civilian 

casualties the Israeli army is causing in Gaza.

 

The United States has provided Ukraine with massive

military aid ---- especially since the outbreak of the 

Ukraine crisis, as part of its strategy to counter 

its strategic rival, Russia.

 

As Israel's largest military supplier, the United States is 

complacent about the humanitarian crisis and regional 

insecurity of the Middle East.

 

In 2023, most European NATO members increased their 

military expenditure partly due to the two conflicts, 

the SIPRI report showed. The total European 

military spending in 2023 has seen a 

16 percent year-on-year increase

 to US$588 billion.

 

Estimated military expenditure in the Middle East

 increased by 9.0 percent to US$200 billion in 

2023, the highest annual growth rate in the 

region seen in the past decade. Israel's 

military spending grew by 24 percent 

to reach US$27.5 billion in 2023.

 

PURSUIT OF HEGEMONY

 

The SIPRI report showed -- that the United States spends 

more on defense than the next nine countries combined. 

Meanwhile, total military spending by NATO members 

reached US$1.3 trillion last year, accounting for

 55 percent of global military spending.

 

The United States has decided to "shift its focus away 

from counterinsurgency operations and asymmetric

 warfare to developing new weapon systems that 

could be used in a potential conflict with 

adversaries with advanced military 

capabilities," according to 

the report.

 

Analysts believe that this shows - that the United States is 

trying to eliminate all potential enemies, which embodies 

a Cold War mentality and hegemonic thinking.

 

"Really what American foreign policy is about is promoting 

American power: ensuring that America remains the

 hegemonic dominant power of the international 

system and minimizing any source of threat to

 America's geopolitical dominance," U.S. 

political scholar Christopher Layne 

said in a discussion last year.

 

Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military expert and the

 editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, 

pointed out that the large number of U.S. 

military bases and aircraft carrier 

formations around the world.... 

serve its ambition to expand 

global military influence.

 

Huge U.S. military spending is not only an important 

indication of Washington's pursuit of an aggressive 

foreign policy but a cause of instability and chaos 

across the world, Korotchenko said.

 

Washington's attempt to maintain global hegemony by 

trying to divide the world is "a strategy that is very 

dangerous and misguided," said Jeffrey Sachs, 

economics professor at Columbia University.

 

WIN OR LOSE

 

The United States' enormous military expenditure and 

ongoing provision of foreign military aid clearly show

 its priorities. In the newly released first quarter 

financial results, U.S. military giant Raytheon 

saw sales of US$19.3 billion, up 12 percent 

from a year earlier, and a net income of 

US$1.7 billion, up 20 percent from a 

year earlier, both beatiing market

expectations.

 

Raytheon's order backlog is a record US$202 billion, 

with massive orders in the defense and commercial 

aerospace sectors, reflecting strong revenue 

potential in the future.

 

Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, reported first-quarter sales 

of US$17.2 billion , up 14 percent from a year earlier. 


The recent passage of the foreign aid bill may 

increase orders for F-35 fighter jets, which 

could mean additional revenue for 

Lockheed Martin, reported 

Bloomberg.

 

"It's past time to break the grip that the U.S. military-

industrial complex has on our politics, policy, and 

collective thinking. For the military-industrial 

complex, no amount is too much to spend 

--- on Pentagon contractors," Robert 

Weissman, president of Public 

Citizen, a nonprofit consumer 

advocacy organization head

-quartered in Washington.

D.C., said in a statement

 earlier this week.

 

"For those of us in the real world, a dollar spent on killing 

machines is a dollar that we can't spend on daycare, 

expanding Medicare, or other human priorities," 

said Weissman.

 

A growing number of Americans are discontented with 

the continued consumption of national resources by 

the military-industrial complex, while crucial areas 

of people's livelihood receive insufficient attention.

 

Earlier in April, people held a rally protesting America's 

defense policies in Renton, a city in the northwestern 

U.S. State of Washington, according to a report by 

Renton Reporter.

 

"I would like to see the money being spent on the military

 being spent on healthcare, education, saving the planet, 

transportation, light rail, bicycle infrastructure, and 

things like that. Good things for human beings," 

said Mona Lee, 85, who led the protest.

 

 

 

_________________________________________




 

Pedro Sanchez Will Not Resign 

From the Spanish Presidency

April 29th, 2024 (teleSUR)

 

On Monday, Pedro Sanchez decided to stay at the helm

of the Spanish government --- despite the campaign of 

harassment against him and his wife, Begoña Gomez.

 

Thousands Protested in Spain 

in Favour of the Current PM 

Pedro Sánchez

 

"I have decided to continue, with even more strength,
if 
possible, at the helm of the Presidency of the 

Government of Spain," he said, emphasizing 

his commitment to work "relentlessly, 

firmly" for the pending advancement 

and consolidation of rights 

and freedoms.

 

Sanchez laid out his reflections of these days, wondering 

whether it was worth continuing or not, and emphasized 

that his decision "is a turning point, I guarantee it."

 

The Spanish leader decided to reflect for a few days on the

 smear campaign that the right-wing opposition led by the 

Popular Party and Vox is carrying out against him.

 

A Madrid court - has opened proceedings against his wife 

for alleged crimes of influence trafficking and corruption. 

The Prosecutor's Office, however, requested this

judicial process to be dismissed.

 

On Wednesday, Sanchez announced that he was canceling 

his agenda for a few days.... to consider whether it was 

worth continuing at the helm of the Government and 

that he would announce the decision publicly 

this Monday.

 

He said that the deterioration of politics caused by false

 news can only be reversed ------- if the majority of the 

population mobilizes "in a determined commitment 

to dignity and common sense, putting a stop to the 

politics of shame that we have been suffering for 

too long."

 

He also thanked the expressions of solidarity that he 

received from citizens who took to the streets as 

well as from ministers and militants of the 

Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE).

 

"It is about deciding what kind of society we want to be…

 Spain needs a 'collective reflection' because the country

 has been allowing mud to colonize political life with

 impunity --- for too long, contaminating us with 

unimaginable toxic practices," 

Sanchez said.

 

"My wife and I know that this campaign of discredit will 

not stop. We have been suffering it for ten years," he 

said, thanking from the bottom of his heart for the 

expressions of solidarity and empathy received.

 

The complaint against his wife was filed by "Clean Hands,"

a far-right union of public officials - that usually initiates 

legal actions against anything it considers corruption.

 

In 2016, this organization accused the Infanta Cristina, 

sister of King Felipe VI, in the trial against her then-

husband, Iñaki Urdangarin - of two crimes against

 the Public Treasury, of which she was acquitted.

 

 

_____________________________________________________

 

 

Mexican Presidential Candidates 
Debated for the Second Time


April 29th, 2024 (teleSUR)

 

On Sunday night, Mexicans watched the second debate 

among presidential candidates Claudia Sheinbaum 

(Let's Keep Making History Coalition), Xochilt 

Galvez (Strength and Heart for Mexico), and 

Jorge Alvarez (Citizen Movement).

 

With an eye on the elections scheduled for June 2, they 

presented their proposals regarding topics such as 

economic growth, infrastructure, poverty, and 

sustainable development.

 

Growth and Employment

 

Echoing the Mexican far-right's discourse, Galvez argued 

that the country's main problem is crime and accused

 President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) of 

failing to combat it. She said that MORENA was a 

"narco-party" and labeled Sheinbaum as "the 

candidate of lies." 

 

In response to these accusations, leftist politician 

Sheinbaum emphasized that the National 

Reconstruction Movement (MORENA), 

did manage to change the economic 

model --------based on corruption, 

privatizations, tax increases, 

and hunger.

 

She will continue to promote transformations to achieve 

better wages and pensions, strategic projects for the

country, and a fairer distribution of wealth.

 

Alvarez called for addressing security issues without 

militarization, revolutionizing the field of energy, 

creating a water plan, and launching an 

educational revolution.

 

Poverty and Inequality

 

Sheinbaum asserted that President Lopez Obrador lifted 

5.1 million people out of poverty and managed to reduce 

the poverty rate below 40 percent, a figure not reached 

since 1982.

 

She also recalled - that the population supported the 

construction of the Mayan Train and other strategic

 projects that generate development and high 

employment rates.

 

Regarding agriculture, the leftist candidate promised to 

continue the policy of supporting small producers that

 the AMLO administration has maintained for six years.

 She also pledged to maintain policies that allow for 

the recovery of dynamism in the domestic market.

 

Galvez mentioned that the countryside has been 

neglected and advocated for its modernization 

and water treatment for reuse. She said that 

she will not allow corruption in state-owned 

enterprises such as Petroleos Mexicanos

 (PEMEX).

 

Alvarez.... proposed a dignified workweek, raising the 

minimum wage - to 10,000 pesos a month, promoting
entrepreneurship, financing projects at preferential 

rates, prioritizing clean energy, and ensuring 

student scholarships.

 

He also seemed to suggest that the workweek 

should be reduced since more time in jobs 

does not necessarily imply 

higher productivity.

 

A text reads, "Sheinbaum said, 'It is false that the PRIAN 

candidate is going to maintain all social programs 

because her party voted against these programs.

 We will maintain them and increase them above

 inflation every year. We will even establish 

them in the Constitution.' Xochitl Galvez 

had nothing left ---- except insults

 and misogyny."

 

Infrastructure for Development

 

Sheinbaum recalled that the President AMLO launched 

an extensive public works plan --- using federal 

resources without incurring new debt, as 

previous right-wing administrations 

often did.

 

Among these works were the Mayan Train, the Luis Felipe

 Angeles International Airport, and the Dos Bocas refinery.

 

Sheinbaum - pledged to continue public infrastructure 

policies to interconnect the country's main ports and 

productive centres through roads and a network of 

18,000 km of railways. She will also improve water 

infrastructure, taking the National Water Plan as 

a reference.

 

On his part, Alvarez proposed developing water networks 

and promoting the installation of solar panels in schools 

and health centres throughout the country.

 

In her turn, Galvez committed to building rural roads, 

providing more equipment to hospitals, and 

maintaining schools.

 

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

 

Sheinbaum recalled her significant advances in promoting 

renewable energy when she led the government of 

Mexico City. In line with her convictions, she 

pledged to fight climate change by 

replacing fossil fuels with 

clean energy.

 

Continuing the achievements of the AMLO administration, 

Sheinbaum will maintain support for protected natural 

areas and the prohibition of fracking and some 

mining projects.

 

While Galvez pledged to increase the use of renewable 

energy by 50 percent by 2030, Alvarez announced 

that he will continue to fight against climate 

change and promote clean energy.

 

On June 2, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect their 

next president, 9 governors, 128 senators, and 

500 federal legislators.

 

They will also choose representatives for 31 state 

congresses, 1,580 municipalities, 16 mayoralties, 

and 24 municipal boards. The final presidential 

debate will take place on May 19.


















This gentleman picks holes in the intellectual
''mistakes'' of the West and points to the
best solution for the world's people.




Britain's enemy is not Russia
but its own ruling class,
UN report confirms
by John Wight
November 19th, at 2:48pm


John Wight has written for a variety of newspapers
and websites, including the Independent,
Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counter-
punch, London Progressive Journal,
 and Foreign Policy Journal.


As the UK political establishment rips itself to pieces
over Brexit, a far greater crisis continues to afflict
millions of victims of Tory austerity.


A devastating UN report into poverty in the UK provides
incontrovertible evidence, that the enemy of the British
 people, is the very ruling class that has gone out of its
way these past few years to convince them it is Russia.


Professor Philip Alston, in his capacity as the United
 Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and
human rights, spent two weeks touring the United
Kingdom. He did so, investigating the impact of
8 years of one of the most extreme austerity
programs among advanced G20 economies
in response to the 2008 financial crash
and subsequent global recession.


What he found was evidence of a systematic, wilful,
concerted and brutal economic war, unleashed by
the country's right-wing Tory establishment, 
against the poorest and most vulnerable
section of British society – upending the
 lives of millions of people who were not
responsible for the aforementioned
financial crash and recession, but
who have been forced to pay
the price.


From the report's introduction:


"It…seems patently unjust and contrary to British values
 that so many people are living in poverty. This is
obvious to anyone who opens their eyes: to see
the immense growth in foodbanks, and the
queues waiting outside them, the people
sleeping rough in the streets, the
growth of homelessness, the
sense of deep despair - that
leads even the Government
to appoint a Minister for
Suicide Prevention - and
civil society to report in
depth, on unheard of

levels of loneliness
and isolation."


Though as a citizen of the UK, I respectfully beg to differ
 with the professor's claim, that such social & economic
carnage, seems "contrary to British values,"(on the
contrary - it is entirely in keeping with the values of
the country's Tory establishment, an establishment
for whom, the dehumanization of the poor and
working class, is central to its ideology), the
point he makes about it being "obvious
to
anyone who opens their eyes,"
is
well made.


For it is now the case that in every town and city centre in
 Britain, it is impossible to walk in any direction for more
 than a minute, before coming across homeless people
begging in the street. And the fact that some 13,000
of them, are former soldiers, casualties of the
country's various military adventures in
recent years, undertaken in service
to Washington, exposes the pious
platitudes peddled by politicians
& the government as reverence
for the troops & their 'sacrifice,'
 as insincere garbage.


As inequality increases, the wealthy and powerful
become more desperate to cling onto their gains
and distract us - with imagined threats and
political sideshows - such as Jingoism,
Russophobia and red-baiting...


Overall, 14 million people in the UK are now living in
poverty, a figure which translates into an entire fifth
 of the population. Four million of them are children,
while, according to Professor Alston, 1.5 million
 people are destitute – that is, unable to afford
the basic necessities of life.


And this is what the ruling class of the fifth largest
economy in the world, a country that parades itself
on the world stage, as a pillar of democracy and
 human rights, considers progress.


The values responsible for creating such a grim social
landscape, are compatible with the 18th, not the 21st
century. They are proof positive, that the network of
elite private schools – Eton, Harrow, Fettes College
 et al. – where those responsible for this human
carnage are inculcated with the sense of
entitlement and born to rule ethos that
defines them, are Britain's hotbeds
of extremism.


Professor Alston: "British compassion for those who are
 suffering, has been replaced by a punitive, mean-spirited,
 and often callous approach, apparently designed to
instill
discipline where it is least useful, to impose
a rigid order
on the lives of those least capable
of coping with today's
world, and elevating the
goal of enforcing blind
compliance, over a
genuine concern to
improve the well-
being of those at the
lowest levels
of British
society."


Here, set out above in bold relief, is the barbarism that walks
- hand in hand - with free market capitalism. It is the same
 barbarism that was responsible for pushing post-Soviet
Russia into a decade-long economic and social abyss, 
in the 1990s, and the values that have pushed 14
million people in the UK into the same economic
 and social abyss, in our time.


Austerity, it bears emphasizing, is not and never
has been,
a viable economic response to
recession, in a given
economy.


Instead, it is an ideological club, wielded on behalf of the rich
and big business, to ensure that the price paid for the said
economic recession, is borne exclusively by those least
 able to bear it - namely the poor and working people.
It
is class war by any other name, packaged and

presented, as legitimate government policy.


However in Britain's case in 2018, this is a war like no other, 
because, as Professor Philip Alston's report lays bare, one
 side in this war has been throwing all the punches
and
one side has been taking them.


As the saying goes, wars take place when the government
 tells you who the enemy is; revolutions take place when
 you work it out for yourself.


(Source - RT)



_______________________________________________


Keiser Report: Reality
of Creditor Jubilees

- fantastic - asks ''why don't we act like
Jesus preached - and forgive debt?''


When what we do now,  is what led to the slavery
of feudalism: by refunding the creditors, instead!

Image: free or slaves? uk workers could choose better

Image: watching bbc news go through the motions




Neocons have taken over Committee:
UK's FCO Committee Report
'Through the
Looking Glass'

by Neil Clark


''The decision not to intervene in Syria
has had very real consequences for
Syrians, their neighbours, the UK
and our allies. We believe the
Government needs to under-
stand the role the UK's
inaction has had, and
learn the lessons
from it,
for
the future.''


Between December 2015 and June 2016 there were a total of
 51 British air strikes in Syria. This year, there has been
 further bombing, including the targeting of military
bases near Damascus and Homs in April.


"We believe that the consequences of inaction can be every bit
as serious as intervening," the Foreign Affairs committee
report states.


How can we explain this extraordinary attempt to portray Britain's
 extensive and well-documented operations in Syria as 'not
intervening'? After all so much is on the public record,
 including, on the Ministry of Defence website,
details of RAF air strikes.


A look at the membership of the Foreign Affairs Committee is illuminating.
 Its chair, Tom Tugendhat, Tory MP for Tonbridge and Malling, is a hard-
core neocon and a former member of the Intelligence Corps. Peter
Oborne, the highly respected political commentator, wrote about
the 'neocon coup' that took place on the committee last year
and warned us of its consequences. But how many were
paying attention?


Other members of Tugendhat's committee include Ian Austin, the
Labour MP who likened Russia's holding of the World Cup to Nazi
Germany's hosting of the 1936 Olympic Games, and who told
Jeremy Corbyn to "sit down and shut up" when he was
criticizing the Iraq war.


Then we've Chris Bryant, a signatory to the statement of principles
of the uber neocon, Henry Jackson Society, and Priti Patel, who
stepped down from the Cabinet, in 2017, when it was revealed
she had undisclosed, unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers.


In fact, if we look at the composition of the committee and compare it
to the far more balanced one under the chairmanship of Crispin Blunt,
(which produced a critical report on the UK government's intervention
 in Libya in 2016) it's no surprise we've got the document we have.


Neocons know that after the disasters of Iraq and Libya, 'interventionist'
foreign policies have been utterly discredited. So, the only way out is to
portray Syria, however ludicrously, as an example of UK 'non-intervention',
in the hope that some people might fall for it and support 'rectifying' the
'inaction' at some point in the near future. Perhaps in response to a non-
independently verified chemical weapons attack in Idlib, later this month?


The Foreign Affairs Committee report, which makes George Orwell's 1984
 look quite understated, is perfectly timed for that.


(Source - taken from longer article
on RT, Beyond Orwellianism') :

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/438276-uk-syria-non-intervention/













 


Union Boss Says UK Labour 

Under Starmer... Suffering 
from ‘Lack of Authenticity’

March 29th   (FNA)




Labour under Keir Starmer is suffering from 

a “lack of authenticity” and direction, Len 

McCluskey claimed as he challenged the 

leader to “honor” the left-wing pledges 

he committed to, 12 months ago:
to 
offer a ''credible alternative''
to
 the Tories.

 

In a scathing assessment of the Labour leader’s 

1st year, the general secretary of Unite - one of 

Labour’s biggest financial backers - stressed 

Starmer’s personal ratings are “plummeting” 

and suggested voters were unsure who the 

party speaks for.

 

Writing in The Independent, the union chief added,

 “Focus groups show that, at best, his Labour Party 

is seen as dull, absent of convictions or presence, 

at worst opportunistic, only following the political 

wind after it's blown, rarely making the weather.”

 

Citing a complaint by the Conservative Willie Whitelaw 

that Labour under Harold Wilson at the 1970 election 

campaign was going around the country “stirring up 

apathy”, McCluskey went on, “Today it is true.”

 

“Turmoil engulfs constituencies at the sharp end of 

unwarranted and undemocratic interference from 

on high, just as we head to the biggest day of 

voting since the general election on May 6,”

 the key ally of the Corbyn project stated.

 

“Starmer would have to be living in a cave to be unaware 

of the concerns about the direction, or lack of it, of his 

Labour Party - and the consequent disaffection this 

has caused in voters,” he stated.

 

He later added, “The danger is that voters can smell it – 

an identity confusion, a lack of authenticity. They 

know that this is a party unsure about who it 

now is, and who it now speaks for.”

 

In recent weeks Starmer has sought to attribute polls 

showing a widening gap between Labour and the 

Conservatives to a “vaccine bounce” – reflecting 

the relative success of the UK’s vaccination 

programme. He also admitted that he, as 

leader, and the party, have “got to do 

better” to win over support.

 

The remarks from McCluskey underscore how the left 

has become increasingly at odds with Labour’s high 

command over the party’s direction almost a year

 on from Starmer’s landslide victory in the 2020

 leadership contest.

 

A key point of frustration has been the 10 pledges made 

during Starmer’s leadership campaign, which built on 

his predecessor’s policy platform. Critics have hit out 

at certain commitments being abandoned, including

 EU free movement, while the party’s prevarication 

over whether to support increases in corporation 

tax, also provoked a backlash, ahead of the 

chancellor’s Budget. 

 

Other dividing lines have concentrated on the so-called 

spy cops bill, and the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn

 from the parliamentary party, over his response to

 the equalities watchdog antisemitism inquiry –
decision, Starmer has stood by.

 

Raising the pledges during the leadership contest, McCluskey

 added in his article, “They [voters] may not much like [Boris] 

Johnson or his right-wing cabal, but really, they ask 

themselves, where’s the alternative?"

 

“Fortunately for Keir he has that alternative. The ten policies 

he stood on, policies popular with the public, spoke to hope, 

renewal, the reversal of inequality and a better country for

 our people, as we build back, out of Covid. Those policies

- building on the best of Labour’s values - would put the 

pressure on the Tories ---  if powerfully advocated,"

 he said.

 

“In the coming days, Keir should look again at his pledges. 

Understand, that they got him elected:  that they told
people
 who he was and what he stood for – and that
he is 
expected to honour them,” he continued.

 

Reflecting on Starmer’s first 12 months, Andrew Scattergood, 

the co-chair of the Momentum organisation, stated his initial 

hopes for Starmer’s leadership were dashed rapidly, telling 

The Independent, “Where we are now, with the polling, his 

first year has been completely substandard and very 

disappointing.”

 

He added, “I think people are – not just us on the left of the 

party – looking at him and thinking: ‘What do you stand 

for?’  I don’t know the answer to that.”

 

Disillusioned with Labour’s direction, the organisation has 

recently launched a ballot of members to decide what key

 policies Momentum will now support at Labour’s autumn 

conference. In total, 32 motions have been put forward,

including  ---  a £15 minimum wage, a universal basic 

income, a wealth tax & proportional representation. 

The organisation will throw its weight behind eight 

of the most popular among its membership.

 

James Schneider, once director of strategic communications

for Jeremy Corbyn, stated he had “no idea” what was meant 

by “Starmerism”, adding, “Starmerism was pitched as 80%

of Corbynism plus competence and winning. But that’s not 

what we’ve had.”

 

“In policy terms it’s not clear, there haven’t been clear dividing 

lines with the government. I don’t know what their politics are 

really, other than tone. There is a tone that they want to take, 

which is kind of grown-ups in charge, bossy managerialism, 

which I don’t think is particularly attractive, but it is what it 

is. Maybe it’ll work. At the moment it’s very, very poorly 

defined,” he noted.

 

Veteran left-winger Jon Lansman, who helped run Rebecca 

Long-Bailey’s leadership bid, said that internal polling from

the campaign, showed that nearly half of the people who 

supported Corbyn in 2015, and again in 2016, were 

supporting Starmer.

 

“I think most of those people are now very unhappy and 

that does not bode well,” he told The Independent.

 

Lansman announced that Starmer had a “very hard” job in the

circumstances of the pandemic, with interactions between 

advisers & the shadow cabinet being curtailed, but added,

“It has been a bad year, both for Keir --- but also for the 

Labour Party.”

 

But other wings of Labour also praised Starmer’s efforts 

during his first 12 months at the helm, claiming he had 

“exceeded expectations”, in the challenging circum-

stances of the pandemic. They suggested progress 

has also been made on rebuilding the party from a 

disastrous 2019 general election, which resulted 

in the Tories’ biggest majority since Margaret 

Thatcher’s 1987 victory.

 

Among those to offer a staunch defence, is Neil Kinnock, 

Labour leader (1983 to 1992), who told The Independent,

“In a politically unprecedented year, especially for an 

opposition, Keir has been consistent, coherent and 

firm in his challenge of the government and in
his 
leadership of Labour."

 

“He has shown innate qualities of maturity and common 

sense, that are a vital contrast with joker Johnson’s 

circus acts,” Kinnock said.

 

Kinnock added, “They are a strong base from which to 

generate and project his developing practical policies

for security --- in a time when so many people and 

communities are faced with present and future 

personal, economic and national insecurities. 

Britain wants decent government & decency

in government. Day by day, Keir is 

demonstrating that he’ll
provide 
both.”

 

Former deputy leader Tom Watson, who resigned as an 

MP before the 2019 election, said, “I think I should say..

most people do not understand how it is impossible 

to lead the Labour Party in current times", adding, 

“I think he’s done an excellent job. He has far 

exceeded expectations of where [Labour] 

would be, after a year."

 

“Voters are still getting to know him as a new leader, but 

I think what they’ve seen in the first year they like. They 

see decency, they see integrity, they see seriousness,

they see ability. They are now looking to him... in a 

different light. We all know that’s a long journey 

back from the election," he said.

 

“We took a near knock-out blow, at the [2019] election,” 

Watson added, stressing, “People rejected our leader; 

they rejected our manifesto and they rejected us all 

over the country. So, I think one year in he should 

be very satisfied that he - sort of - stemmed that

haemorrhage of support.”

 

Deploying a stock phrase used by Starmer and the 

shadow cabinet, when quizzed about Labour’s 

chances of electoral victory in 2024 – of it 

being a “mountain to climb” – the former 

deputy leader stressed, “It’s possible, 

because, at the last election, it was 

an unexpected election --- where

there was very little confidence 

in our leader at that election."

 

“A lot of voters voted for, what they saw,... as the least 

worst option: they weren’t particularly wedded to the 

Conservative programme, and therefore I think there 

could be more volatility in the next election, than 

people expect. One year in, so far so good,” 

the ex-deputy leader continued.

 

 

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Keir Starmer’s leadership


 is seriously on the ropes


March 28th 2021 (The Canary)


 


 


Keir Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party 


appears to be seriously faltering. Because


 there’s dissent in his own ranks. He’s 


already reported to be thinking of a 


shadow cabinet shake-up. And the 


disquiet at the grassroots level is 


becoming louder and louder.


 


Mutiny incoming?


 


First up, the Observer ran a piece on Starmer’s 


leadership on Sunday 28 March. It reported on 


several anonymous Labour MPs who were 


unhappy with the situation. One said:


 


People do underestimate the mountain of shit 


Keir inherited. It is a monumental task. But 


there is a complaint of a lack of grip.


 


It seems popular socialist policies and a huge 


membership equate to a “mountain of shit” 


for some Labour MPs. 


 


Another commented:


 


There is deep frustration in the shadow 


cabinet over a lack of direction.


 


Bring back Blair?


 


The Observer noted that:


 


Shadow cabinet ministers are understood to be 


among those who have concerns that Starmer


 is losing crucial momentum at the end of his 


first year in office, with several MPs calling 


for more experience to be injected into his


 team to spell out “what Keir is for”.


 


But the solution, it seems, is a joke. The Observer 


said that these MPs want Starmer “to bring in a 


“big figure” to provide greater direction to his 


leadership”. Given that Starmer’s brand of 


centrism hasn’t so far paid off in the polls, i


f this “big figure” has a New Labour-like 


character, it’ll probably make matters 


worse. So, what’s the leader of the 


Labour Party’s solution? Sack the


 UK’s first ever woman 


shadow chancellor.


 


Blame everyone else


As Joe wryly reported:


 


Starmer is set to sack the shadow chancellor of the 


exchequer Anneliese Dodds, the Times are reporting.


 


The Labour leader, who has been in the position for


 just short of a year, will shake up his front bench 


after local elections in May, in a bid to arrest the


party’s continued slump in the polls.


 


The Times report that Dodds is respected, but will be 


moved on after failing to effectively communicate the 


party’s “vision”, which is supposedly a thing 


that exists.


 


Oh dear. As The Canary previously wrote, Starmer has


 repeatedly attempted to rebrand Labour. It seems his 


next big move is laying the blame for the current 


shitshow at someone else’s door.


 


Grassroots disquiet


 


Meanwhile, at the grassroots level, things 


are looking just as bad for Starmer.


 


The Morning Star reported that:


 


Suspended members across the country are now


 forming ghost CLPs to form a “national linked-up 


shadow Labour Party.”


 


The plan is to resist what is considered to be a purge 


of the left, according to Labour In Exile Network (LIEN).


 


LIEN member Terry Deans said the shadow party “will 


be real Labour, the real grassroots party working on 


a truly democratic basis.”


 


Daily carnage


 


Also, things are heating up


in the Hartlepool by-election.:


 


SquawkBox reports that the Northern Independence Party 


announces their candidate for Hartlepool, at 8pm tonight.


 


The latest polling shows Labour only has a three point


 lead over the Tories there. And as if all this wasn’t bad 


enough, SKWAWKBOX reported that Labour is using 


old photos of Jeremy Corbyn rallies for campaign


 material. Except, of course, they’ve removed any


 reference to the former Labour leader.


 


Could things become any more dire? Give Starmer a few 


hours, and something equally bad will probably happen.


 


 


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Momentum presses for Labour 


to adopt radical agenda, as


 left-wingers condemn Keir 


Starmer’s policy direction


March 25th, 2021  


By Nigel Morris


Political Editor


(The politics news)


 


 


The left-wing group Momentum is launching a drive


 to push the Labour Party into adopting a “socialist 


policy platform” – including support for electoral 


reform – amid growing disillusionment among 


Jeremy Corbyn loyalists over its direction 


under Sir Keir Starmer. 


 


As Sir Keir approaches his first anniversary as Labour 


Party leader, it is preparing to force votes on a series


 of radical policy proposals at the party’s


 autumn conference.  


 


The Momentum agenda is likely to include backing for 


proportional representation, a ‘green new deal’, a £15


 an hour minimum wage, reforming drug policy, 


repealing trade union legislation and


 renationalisation. 


 


It is balloting members on which policy proposals 


Momentum should champion at the conference in 


Brighton, which will be the first time Sir Keir has 


addressed activists in person. 


 


They are being asked to choose eight from a shortlist 


which also includes a four-day working week, a wealth


 tax, abolishing the monarchy and reform of the media. 


 


John McDonnell, the former Shadow Chancellor, is 


leading calls for Labour to scrap the “rigged” and 


“archaic” first-past-the-post voting system which


 “turns minority support for the Tories into their 


long-term dominance in Parliament”. 


 


Momentum, which was formed in 2015 to support and 


defend Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, had around 


42,000 members in 2018. 


 


The number has fallen to between 20,000 and 30,000 


since his departure and an internal reorganisation,


 but remains the largest grouping within


 Labour ranks. 


 


Its plans for the post-Corbyn era include increased 


activism, such as joining campaigns against 


evictions, electing more left-wingers to


 party posts and forging stronger links


 with trade unions.  


 


It is also pressing for the reinstatement of “unjustly


 suspended members” and opposing the “anti-


democratic crackdown being waged by the 


party leadership on the rights of members 


and local Labour parties.” 


 


Andrew Scattergood, Momentum’s co-chairman, 


argued that Sir Keir has failed to set out a clear 


post-pandemic policy platform and had been 


outflanked by the Tories on such issues as 


raising corporation tax. 


 


He warned that some of Labour’s core vote will turn 


its back on the party unless the socialist left can 


reverse the current direction of travel. 


 


He said: “The left platform for Labour's conference 


will be decided by the grassroots of our movement. 


 


“We’re excited to see what transformative ideas 


members decide upon. From democratic reform 


to a wealth tax and a massive increase in the 


minimum wage, our movement has the a


nswers to this crisis.” 


 


After drawing level in the polls at the end of last year, 


Labour has fallen behind during the last two months


as Boris Johnson enjoys a “vaccine bounce”. 


 


It sets the scene for a challenging set of elections 


across the UK for Sir Keir on May 6th, the first 


chance the voters will have to deliver their 


verdict on the new-look Labour Party.


 


[Rhondda Records adds: Not to mention


the Hartlepool by-election, hanging on


a thread!]


 


 


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Unions slam government’s
‘shameful’ 
billion pound cut
to Britain’s railways


7/12/2020 (Morning Star)






Unions have branded the government “foolhardy” and 


“shameful” after ministers announced a £1 billion cut 


to Britain’s rail infrastructure which will consign the 


country to the “slow lane” amid the coronavirus 


and climate crises.The reduction was omitted


 from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announce-


ment last week.






Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said today that Network 


Rail’s funding for enhancements during 2019-24 will be


 £9.4bn following the government’s spending review.


 


 


This is down almost 10% on the £10.4bn which rail regulator 


the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) had previously calculated.








The reduction was omitted from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 


announcement last week when he told the Commons the 


government would deliver on “record investment plans


 in infrastructure.”


 


 


Industry experts have said the decision is likely to affect a 


number of forthcoming projects, which they say calls into 


question Britain’s ability to rebuild following the corona-


virus pandemic.


 


 


The government defended its decision, saying it continues 


to “invest significant sums in modernising our railway” but 


admitted it was “closely examining” spending to “strive for 


a better deal for taxpayers” given the scale of support 


for railways.


 


 


A Department for Transport spokesman added: “We must 


ensure that, where necessary, projects are reviewed to 


reflect the changing demand for rail services as a 


result of the pandemic.”


 


 


Rail unions have warned the decision threatens jobs when 


Britain should be investing and building its way out of the 


Covid and climate crisis — also hitting out at the govern-


ment also over its latest environmental targets, which 


were announced today.


 


 


Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association general secretary 


Manuel Cortes said: “On the day when the government 


has committed itself to increased binding targets to 
cut 
emissions, it is foolhardy to cut investment to
the green 
transport offered by our railways.


 


 


“The fact that this spending cut didn’t feature in the Chancellor’s 


speech, in which he lauded record investment in rail, but was


 instead snuck out, says it all. The Tories are duplicitous - 


and their commitment to levelling up and investing in 


our futures, is paper thin.


 


 


“Without doubt cutting investment in our railways is both short-


sighted and reckless, particularly when borrowing costs are at 


a historic low.


 


 


“You can’t trust Boris Johnson and this lot as far as you can


 throw them.”


 


 


Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said it was time for the 


government to “come clean” on what it plans to cut.


 


 


He added: “How is Britain to be rebuilt after Brexit, and after


 the pandemic, which has ravaged this country’s economy?


 And what has happened to this government’s promises?


 


 


“This revelation puts a question mark over not only some long-


planned, and much-needed, improvements to our transport 


infrastructure, but to the whole question of rebuilding this


 country after the pandemic.”


 


 


Environmental campaigners hit out at the government’s continued


 spending on road building while snatching back cash to improve 


rail infrastructure.


 


 


Greenpeace UK’s Sam Chetan-Welsh: “The Chancellor is happy 


to waste £27bn on road building schemes that will tear up our 


countryside --- adding to harmful air pollution and climate-


wrecking emissions that we desperately need to reduce.


 


 


“But when it comes to the little money that was available 


for upgrading our railways, he’s snatched it back at the 


first opportunity.


 


 


“This is completely indefensible, as is his attempt to bury this 


bad news, by leaving it out of last month’s spending review.


 


 


“Rishi Sunak either doesn’t get that we’re in a climate


 emergency or he simply doesn’t care.”


 


 


RMT representatives demanded the government reverse the 


cuts and instead invest and build its way out of the corona-


virus and climate crises.


 


 


The union said the spending cut could jeopardise planned 


works to electrify parts of the rail network, threatening 
both
 the creation of new skilled jobs and Britain’s
carbon 
reduction promises.


 


 


General secretary Mick Cash said: “These massive cuts to 


rail infrastructure budgets are a shameful indictment of the


 government’s understanding of the importance of our rail 


network and fly in the face of their stated objective of 


building and investing our way out of the 


Covid-19 crisis.


 


 


“At a time when our economy and transport links need a 


once in a generation investment in rail to create skilled


 jobs and shift passengers and freight off the roads 


and on to rail, this Tory austerity by stealth, will 


only serve to do the opposite.”


 



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Unison says Welsh Labour must
democratise leadership contest
by Peter Lazenby
Friday, July 27, 2018

 

Labour’s biggest trade union affiliate in Wales
 is demanding that the party democratise the
process of electing its Welsh leader.

 

At present, there are three blocks of voters
in leadership elections – party members,
affiliated trade union members and
elected members of legislative
bodies (the Westminster
Parliament, the Welsh
Assembly, and the
European Parliament).


Each block of votes carries the same weight.


The Labour Party in Wales has around 25,000
individual members and 76,400 affiliated
 union members.


It has 58 legislators - 29 Welsh Assembly members,
28 MPs and one MEP - whose combined voice
 counts for one-third in leadership elections.


Unison says the voice of MPs, AMs and MEPs in
a leadership election “is completely out of
proportion,” compared with party and
 trade union members.


The union wants a 50-50 split between party members
and union members, with legislators simply have
one
vote each.


Unison Cymru/Wales Labour Link chair, Dan Beard, said:

“We cannot support the disproportionate voting bloc
of elected members continuing in its present form.


“The Labour Party is the fastest-growing political party
 in western Europe, and it’s time we agreed a more
democratic method of electing our leaders.


“It’s vital unions retain a significant voice, when
electing the leader and deputy leader of
Welsh Labour.


“Unions helped establish the Labour Party at the
beginning of the last century and we have
supported it through some very
difficult times.


"Our members help to keep the Labour Party’s feet on
 the ground, and in touch with its natural supporters.


“Reforming the electoral college will mean that,
whoever becomes the new leader of Welsh
Labour, will have a firm mandate from the
members and trade unions --- to work
together, to deliver the policies
contained in the manifesto.”


(Source - Morning Star)



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Defence diversification
 Scrapping Trident nuclear weapons
‘could create thousands
of engineering jobs’


A pioneering new report argues that thousands more
engineering jobs could be created, by stopping the
 renewal of the Trident missiles system.


The report, Defence Diversification: International Learning
 for Trident Jobs, was published today by the Nuclear
Education Trust. It examines various government
and Civil Service initiatives in Britain, western
Europe and the United States.


It argues that an internationally led programme to diversify
the work of Trident’s workers, would cost far less than it
would to renew the cold-war-era nuclear weapons
 system — estimated to be between £180 billion
 and £205bn over the next several decades.


The authors claim that further jobs — particularly in the
skilled engineering sector — may be created by ditching
Trident, and point to the decline in British arms industry
employment, in which 263,000 jobs have vanished
 since 1980.


CND general secretary Kate Hudson said that the report
demonstrates, from real-world examples, how the
scrapping of unpopular projects such as Trident
doesn’t have to mean the loss of high-skill
employment.


“Far from it, in fact — if there is the political will to fully
 engage with defence diversification, far more high-
skilled jobs can be created in the engineering
sector,” she said.


Shadow minister for peace & disarmament Fabian Hamilton
 commented that while it is not Labour’s policy to get rid of
Trident, “a defence diversification strategy would go hand
in hand with Labour’s plan to invest in our economy.


“We do not lack the talent, we simply lack the funding.


“There is no denying that Trident is a major employer
in
some parts of the country, so proper funding must
be
made available so those in high-skilled work stay
in
high-skilled work.


“High-skilled jobs are good for our economy and, if we
decide to transition away from Trident, defence
diversification is the only way to ensure that
the vital skills used in the development of
Britain’s nuclear weapons, are not lost.”


The study argues that workers and local communities must
be lead decision makers in diversification decisions related
to nuclear weapons, and that serious government
intervention - at every level - must be taken in
their support.





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Vatican calls for more regulation
of markets, financial systems,
condemns ‘economic
cannibalism’

May 17th, at 10:52am


The Vatican called on Thursday for more regulation
 of markets and financial systems.


 A major document says economic crises showed
they were not able to govern themselves, and
needed a strong injection of morality and
ethics.


‘Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding
Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial
System,’ jointly prepared by the doctrinal office
and the department on human development,
appeared to take aim at the plans to further
de-regulate markets in some countries,
such as the US, Reuters said.


The document attacked the “economic cannibalism” of
some financial practices, saying profit for the sake of
profit and not for the greater good, was “illegitimate.”


The Vatican condemned an “amoral culture of waste”
that has created oligarchies in some countries, while
 leaving great masses of impoverished people
 “without any means of escape.”


The pronouncement is considered official teachings of
the Catholic Church and could affect the attitude of
 the church’s 1.2 billion members.


(Source - RT)




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 Marx's theory still
shines with truth: Xi
May 4th, at 10:53am


Xinhua - Two centuries on, despite huge and profound
changes in human society, the name of Karl Marx is
 still respected all over the world and his theory
still shines with the brilliant light of truth,
Chinese President Xi Jinping said
on Friday.


Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China
(CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central
Military Commission, made the remarks at a grand
 gathering in Beijing to celebrate the 200th
 anniversary of Marx's birth.


Xi said Marx is the "teacher of revolution for the proletariat
and working people all over the world, the main founder of
 Marxism, creator of Marxist parties, a pathfinder for
international communism and the greatest
thinker
of modern times."


"Today, we hold this grand gathering with great veneration
to mark the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, to
remember his great character and historic
deeds and to review his noble spirit and
brilliant thoughts," Xi said at the event.


''With noble ideals and no fear of difficulty or adversity,
throughout his life, Marx devoted himself to
perseveringly striving for the liberation of
humanity, scaling the peak of thought in
his pursuit of truth, and the unremitting
fight to overturn the old world and
establish a new one'', according
 to Xi.


''Marx is not only a great figure who bore the weight
of the world, but also an ordinary person with a
passion for life, who was sincere and true to
his friends'', Xi said.


''The most valuable and influential spiritual asset that
Marx left us is the scientific theory named after him
 -- Marxism. Like a spectacular sunrise, the theory
 illuminated the path of humanity's exploration of
 the law of history, and humanity's search for
 their own liberation'', Xi said.


"The thought and theory of Marx are of his times and
go beyond his times," Xi said. "They are the essence
of the spirit of that times and the essence of the
spirit of all humanity."


Xi said Marxism is a scientific theory that reveals the
rules of human society's development, in a creative
 manner.


Having developed the materialist conception of history
and surplus value theory, Marx showed how humanity
would leap from the realm of necessity, to the realm
of freedom, and also showed the road for people to
realize freedom and liberation, Xi said.


Marxism, the first ideology for the liberation of the
 people themselves, is a theory of the people.


"Marxism, for the first time, explored the path for humanity's
 freedom and liberation from the stance of the people, and
 pointed out the direction, with scientific theory, toward
an ideal society with no oppression or exploitation,
where every person would enjoy equality and
freedom," Xi said.


Stressing that practicality is a prominent characteristic of
Marxism that makes it different from other theories, Xi
 said Marxism is a theory of practices that directs
 the people to change the world.


It is an open theory that is constantly developing and
always stands at the frontier of the times, Xi said.

"That is why it is always able to keep young,
explore the new issues in the development
of the times and respond to the new
challenges for human society."


The general secretary said that over the 170 years
since publication of The Communist Manifesto,
Marxism had been spread around the world,
 unrivaled in the history of human ideology
 in terms of the breadth and depth of its
influence.


After the end of World War II, a large number of socialist
countries were established, Xi said, stressing that the
founding of the People's Republic of China, especially,
has greatly increased the socialist strength in the world.


"There might be setbacks in the development of socialism
in the world, but the overall trend for human society's
 development has never changed, and it will never
 change," Xi said.


"Marxism has not only profoundly changed the world,
but also China," Xi said.


The reverberations of the October Revolution in Russia
brought Marxism-Leninism to China, pointing out the
direction forward, offering a brand new choice for
 the Chinese people in their struggle to survive,
and setting the scene for the birth of the CPC.


Since the CPC's birth, it has combined the fundamental
principles of Marxism with the reality of the Chinese
 revolution and construction, transforming the
Chinese nation from "the sick man of East
Asia" to one who has stood up, by
uniting and leading the people
through long-term struggle.


"This tremendous transformation serves as cast iron proof
 that only through socialism, can we save China," Xi said.


Since reform and opening up, the CPC has combined the
fundamental principles of Marxism, with the reality of
China's reform and opening up, and the nation who
 stood up, has grown rich.


"This tremendous transformation serves as cast iron proof
that only through socialism with Chinese characteristics, 
can we develop China," Xi said.


In the new era, the CPC again combined the fundamental
principles of Marxism with the reality of China in this
new era, uniting and leading the people in "under-
taking the great struggle, building the great
project, advancing the great cause and
 realizing the great dream."


The Chinese nation has come to embrace a tremendous
transformation, as the one who has grown rich, now, is
becoming strong.


"This tremendous transformation serves as cast iron proof
 that only by adhering to and developing socialism with
Chinese characteristics, can we realize national
rejuvenation," Xi said.


"It is perfectly right for history and the people to choose
 Marxism, as well as for the CPC to write Marxism on its
 own flag, to adhere to the principle of combining the
 fundamental principles of Marxism, with China's
 reality, and continuously adapt Marxism to the
 Chinese context and the times."



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 China lifts 740 mln rural poor
out of poverty since 1978
September 3rd, at 12:57pm


Xinhua - China lifted 740 million people in rural areas
out of poverty from 1978 to 2017, roughly 19 million
each year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)
 said on Monday.


The poverty ratio in rural areas dropped 94.4 percentage
points during the same time period with an average
annual decrease of 2.4 percentage points,
 according to the NBS.


NBS data shows that China's poverty relief achievements
have contributed more than 70 percent to global poverty
 alleviation work, in the past 40 years.


The average annual income of rural residents in impoverished
areas rose an average of 10.4 percent each year from 2012
to 2017, up 2.5 percentage points from the average for
rural residents.


Over the past five years, over 68 million people were lifted out
of poverty in China. The country aims to further lift 10 million
 people out of poverty this year and eradicate poverty by 2020.


China recently released guidelines on winning the battle
against poverty in the next three years, in order to
prepare the nation for eradicating poverty
by 2020.


According to the guidelines, the impoverished people
should be guaranteed food & clothing, and children
from poor families should be guaranteed a 9-year
compulsory education. Basic medical needs and
living conditions of the impoverished, should
 also be guaranteed.


People whose annual income is lower than 2,300 yuan
(337.3 U.S. dollars), are defined as living below the
 poverty line, in China.



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Almost half of Russians
 see USSR collapse as
 shameful – poll
January 17th, at 12:11pm


The collapse of the Soviet Union is considered a reason
 to be ashamed, by 45 percent of Russians, according
to
a recent opinion poll. The only option that scored

higher, is Russia’s failure to eradicate poverty.


The poll, conducted in late 2018, by the Levada Center
is
its latest study of what Russians are proud and

 ashamed of, about their nation. The demise of
the USSR, saw a rebound in popularity from
a
low point of 28 percent in mid-2015, and
is
at a level comparable with the late
1990s
and early 2000s.


The only more popular answer is Russia’s failure to
eradicate poverty, which was named as a reason
 to be ashamed, by 61 percent of the people
 polled. This answer has topped
Levada’s
polls, for decades.


Russians are also ashamed of fellow countrymen
 treating each other disrespectfully (37 percent),
Russia’s failure to catch up economically with
the Western powers (24 percent), the out-
come of Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms
 (24 percent), and Joseph Stalin’s
 reign of terror (21 percent).


On the opposite side of Russians’ national identity
 are the qualities and events, people are proud of.


Defeating Nazi Germany in World War II remains the
 one thing Russians are overwhelmingly proud of
 (87 percent).


There is also the role that the country played in
space exploration – about half are proud to
belong to a space pioneering nation.


The third most popular option is accepting Crimea
(the breakaway former Ukrainian region) as part
of Russia again, which is seen as a point of
 national pride, by 45 percent.


Many people are also proud of Russian literature,
 science, and martial prowess, Soviet-era
industrialization and the best qualities
of the Russian character, like
resolve and patience.


A record 75 percent said Russia is definitely, or most
 likely, a great nation today, while 88 percent believe
that it should be one.

There was no apparent
correlation between wishing
greatness for
Russia and regretting the USSR’s
collapse,
the agency noted, suggesting that
Russians expect a great nation to - first
and foremost - provide
social
justice, and protection.


Sixty-two percent said the Russians are a great people.

Levada remarked that about 80 percent of the people
polled, identified themselves as Russians.


When asked what makes them feel connected to their
 people, most respondents named national history
(53 percent), Russia’s land (35 percent), their
place of birth (33 percent), and the nature
 that they call their own (25 percent).


The formal national symbols, including the flag,
the coat
of arms, and the national anthem,
was the least popular
option (5 percent).


Interestingly, religion is a relatively small factor
in Russian national identity (9 percent).


(Source - RT)



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Number of Russians who

 regret collapse of USSR
hits 10-year high
December 26th, 2017, at 7:20am

The number of Russians who regret the collapse of the
 Soviet Union has reached its highest level since 2009,
with almost an equal share saying the event could
have been avoided.

A public opinion poll conducted by the independent Levada
Center in late November this year found that 58 percent of
Russians now regret the collapse of the USSR. Twenty-five
 percent said they felt no regret about this, and 16 percent
 could not describe their feelings in one word.

When researchers asked those who regret the end of the USSR
 what the primary reasons were behind their sentiments, 54
percent said that they missed a single economic system,
36 percent said they had lost the feeling of belonging
 to a real superpower, 34 percent complained about
the drop in mutual trust among ordinary people,
and 26 percent said that the collapse had
destroyed
the ties between friends
and relatives.


The same research showed that 52 percent of Russians think
 that the collapse of the USSR could have been avoided, 29
percent said that the event was absolutely inevitable, and
19 percent did not have a fixed opinion on the matter.

The share of those who regret the demise of the Soviet Union
has risen continuously over the past decade, but in 2009 it
was even higher than today – at 60 percent. The all-time
 high – 75 percent – was recorded in 2000.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly addressed the issue of
the collapse of the USSR in his speeches. In an address to the
Russian parliament in 2005 he called the event the greatest
geopolitical disaster of the 20th century and a cause of
 major disruption for the Russian people. In September
2016, Putin said the Communist Party should have
 transformed the Soviet Union into a democratic
state,
rather than see it break into
separate nations.


At the same time, Putin has always emphasized that he and
other Russian officials have no plans to revive the USSR,
and has expressed anger that people cannot accept this.
He's also accused Western governments of deliberately
confusing modern Russia with the USSR and harming
the interests of ordinary people, on the pretense of
preventing an imaginary threat.

(Source - RT)


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Historian: Russia's October Revolution
 Was Inevitable, Relatively Bloodless
November 10th, at 4:33pm
by Ekaterina Blinova

The October Uprising of 1917 became the logical conclusion
of the February Revolution, Michael J. Carley, a professor of
history at the Universite de Montreal has told Sputnik.
According to the academic, the Russian Revolution
 was inevitable and occurred because evolutionary
 processes of change to benefit the lives of
ordinary people had failed.

"February 1917 marked the beginning of a revolutionary change
in power in Russia, that was accomplished in October," Michael
Jabara Carley, professor of history at the Université de Montréal
and the author of "Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early
Soviet-
Western Relations," told Sputnik, commenting on the
100th
anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

"The tsarist order was bankrupt and doomed. Almost everyone
 at the time said so. The immediate cause of the bankruptcy
was the Great War [The First World War]," the Canadian
 academic stressed, adding that "the result was calamity
marked by millions of casualties, large territories lost
and an economy thrown into chaos, by the
 unsustainable financial and economic
demands of fighting a world war."

Russian Provisional Government:
'Neither Revolutionary, Nor Democratic'

The so-called February Revolution, which is regarded as a
combination of a popular uprising with an elitist anti-
monarchist plot, led to the abdication of Russian
Emperor Nicholas II and the establishment of
 the Provisional Government.

Still, the Provisional Government "was neither revolutionary
 nor democratic," the academic pointed out: The crux of the
matter was that it was largely controlled by the "bourgeois"
 urban and rural elites and old tsarist establishment "that
was opposed to the revolution and attempted to block
its
further development."


October Uprising Was Relatively Bloodless

The professor explained why, contrary to popular belief, the
October Revolution of 1917 that took place on November 7
(October 25 in the Julian calendar) was relatively bloodless.

"Well, in the first instance because the Provisional Government
 was utterly discredited. It had no popular support. It was a head
 without a body. It could give orders or issue decrees, but had no
power to enforce them. In a revolutionary period, power comes
from the support of the insurgent masses and the Provisional
Government had none," Carley told Sputnik.

The professor suggested that 1917 could have been averted if
old elites as well as their forebears had not blocked "political
and economic evolutionary processes" in Russia.

'Provisional Government Became a Cork in the Bottle'

"The Provisional Government became a cork in the bottle
holding back the revolution," the historian said. "The
 revolutionary masses in Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]
and elsewhere put pressure on their socialist leaders
to blow the cork out of the bottle…. It was the
Bolsheviks who put themselves at the head of
the mass movement & articulated its demands,
essentially peace, bread and land."

He pointed out, however, that "the Bolsheviks themselves
 were not united on all the big issues and most importantly
on the seizure of power in October (the Julian calendar)."

"I would propose that the Provisional Government collapsed
 of its own rot. The insurgent masses led by the Bolsheviks
only had to kick it over," Carley remarked.

Was the October Revolution of 1917 Inevitable?

"It is a question impossible to answer except in this way:
popular revolutions come about because political and
economic elites over time are too selfish to share
 wealth and power with the masses," Carley
responded. "Like the tsarist autocracy, they
treat the masses as a resource to be
exploited and rung dry. When
evolutionary processes of
change fail, revolution is
often the result."

According to the academic, it is wrong to think that such
revolutions succeed "because of the evil genius and
cruelty of a small revolutionary elite"

"They succeed
because of mass support
and effective, responsive
leadership."


The question then arises as to whether it was possible
 to follow an evolutionary path, rather than go through
 a revolution.

"A revolution occurred because evolutionary processes
of change to benefit the lives of ordinary people had
failed," the professor responded. "Serfdom, inequality,
exploitation, violence, continued unabated until 1917."

October 1917: 'Driver of Transformations Across the
 Globe'. Revisiting the October Revolution of 1917.

Addressing the 14th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion
Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "the largely
 utopian social model and ideology" the Soviets tried to
implement initially following the 1917 revolution became
 "a powerful driver of transformations across the globe,
caused a major revaluation of development models,
and gave rise to rivalry and competition, the benefits
 of which were mostly reaped by the West."

The Canadian professor disagrees that the term "utopian"
could be used with regards to the "Communist model,"
for instance.

"Is free, public education for everyone, no matter what their class,
nationality or religion, utopian? Is the elimination of illiteracy, utopian?
 Are women's rights, or universal health care, utopian? Was the desire
to create a more equal society, socially, economically and politically,
utopian?" Carley asked, adding "in fact, that Soviet society was
eventually able to withstand and then to destroy almost single-
handedly, the so-called invincible Nazi 'colossus.'"

Still, he believes that the 1917 revolution certainly was "a powerful
driver of transformations" around the world since it "inspired
successful revolutionary movements in China, Vietnam,
Korea, and Cuba."

As Putin noted during his Valdai speech "many Western achievements
of the 20th century were an answer to the challenge posed by the
Soviet Union," such as "raising living standards, forming a strong
middle class, reforming the labour market and the social sphere,
 promoting education, guaranteeing human rights, including the
rights of minorities and women, overcoming racial segregation."

Red October: Allied Intervention and 'Beginning of Cold War'

The October Revolution became the trigger for the Civil War
(1917-1922) and prompted the Allied intervention of major
foreign powers in Russia.

The Canadian academic pointed out that the October Uprising
 "produced an immediate violent reaction by the United States,
France and Britain, whose elites attempted to overthrow the
Soviet government."

"The foreign intervention against Soviet Russia fed a civil war
and exacerbated the violence of the counter-revolution by
many times over," Carley said. "On its own, the former
tsarist elite could never have mounted such violent
resistance to the October Revolution."

The professor underscored that after their failure to overthrow
the Soviets, "the Western powers spent the next 70 years,
with the exception of a truce between 1941-1945, in
trying to harm or bring down the USSR and all
those
revolutions to which it had given birth."


According to the academic, the Cold War
started in October (November) 1917.

"Just ask the Chinese, Vietnamese, Cubans, or N. Koreans
 about the frightful price of resistance to US and Western
hegemony," Carley remarked. "Or for that matter, we
might ask, if we could, the soldiers, sailors and
workers of Soviet Russia, what price they had </