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Hamas: Winning university elections

 confirms support for resistance

May 19th, 3:42pm (PressTV)


Hamas says a recent landslide student election win 

by its candidates at a top West Bank university 

points to ever-growing support for the popular

resistance in occupied Palestinian territory.


Hamas's al-Wafaa’ Islamic bloc on Wednesday won 

28 of the 51 seats on the student council at Birzeit

 University, marking the first time Hamas-aligned

 candidates have gained control of the body.


The bloc aligned with president Mahmoud Abbas's 

Fatah movement won just 18 seats. Fatah used to 

dominate student councils in the West Bank.


In a statement released on Thursday, Hamas praised

the results as "a rejection of the normalization" and

"security coordination," in a reference to the
Ramallah-based Fatah-led Palestinian 

Authority's ties with Israel.


"This clear victory is another confirmation of a

popular rally around the option of resistance, 

which adheres to principles and national 

unity in the face of the projects of 

liquidation -- and compromising 

rights -- and coordination with 

the occupation," Hamas said.


The resistance group further said that despite 

Israeli persecution and ban on its activities, 

the resistance group managed to decisively 

win the elections.


Hamas said the elections process represents a 

source of pride for the student movement and 

the Palestinian people and a success against

Israel’s desperate attempts to disrupt 

Palestinian democratic life.


Fathi Hammad, a member of the resistance group's

 political bureau, said "the student movement has

 proven that (youth) is the fuel to the revolution."


Birzeit's vice president, Ghassan al-Khatib, said 

some saw the campus vote as "a test for 

measuring public opinion", with no 

general elections on the horizon.


President Abbas scrapped elections scheduled for 

last year citing Israel's refusal to allow voting in

 the occupied al-Quds.


But Palestinian analysts said Abbas balked out of 

fear that Hamas, which administers the besieged 

Gaza Strip, would also trounce Fatah across the 

occupied West Bank.


All Palestinian factions have urged the United Nations

 and the international community to implement the UN

 Security Council resolutions that call for an end to the

 Israeli occupation of Palestine and to pressure Tel

 Aviv to stop its settlement expansion policy.


They have stressed that the crimes committed by the 

Israeli regime against Palestinians are imprescriptible. 


There has been a sheer escalation of atrocities by the

 Israeli regime against Palestinian worshipers at the

 al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the holy occupied 

city of al-Quds recently. Outraged by the 

barbarity, Palestinians resistance 

groups have intensified their 

operations throughout the 

occupied territories. 


More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 

settlements built since the 1967 

occupation of the West Bank.


All the settlements are illegal, under 

international law. The UN's Security 

Council has condemned settlement

 activities in several resolutions.


Palestinians want the West Bank, as part 

of a future independent Palestinian state

--- with East al-Quds, as its capital.


Image: use of dollar v trade

What the World Needs

by Godfree Roberts

March 19th

(for the Saker Blog) 


After helping rescue the US from the GFC, PBOC
Governor Zhou Xiaochuan observed, “The world

needs an international reserve currency that is

disconnected from individual nations and able

to remain stable in the long run, removing the

inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-

based national currencies.”


Zhou proposed SDRs, Special Drawing Rights, 

a synthetic reserve currency dynamically

revalued against a basket of trading 

currencies & commodities. Broad, 

deep, stable, and impossible to 



Nobelists Fred Bergsten, Robert Mundell, and

Joseph Stieglitz, approved: “The creation of 

a global currency would restore a needed

coherence to the international monetary 

system, give the IMF a function that 

would help it to promote stability &

be a catalyst for international 



Here’s what’s happened since:


2012: Beijing began valuing the yuan 

against a currency/commodity basket


2014: The IMF issued the first SDR loan


2016: The World Bank issued 

the first SDR bond


2017: Standard Chartered Bank issued 

the first commercial SDR notes.


2019: All central banks began stating 

currency reserves in SDRs


March 14th, 2022:


“In 2 weeks, China and the Eurasian Economic Union
– Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and
Kyrgyzstan – will reveal an independent
international monetary and financial

It will be based on a new international 

currency, calculated from an index 

of national currencies of the 

participating countries and 

international commodity



This currency resembles Keynes’ invention of 

Special Drawing Rights. SDRs are a synthetic 

currency which derives its value from a 

global, publicly traded basket of 

currencies and commodities. 


Immense beyond imaging, and stable as the

Pyramids. Everyone gets a seat at the table

and a vote. It may - eventually - be 

administered by an arm of the UN.


SDRs pose a serious alternative to the US

dollar, both for the EAEU, the BRI’s 145 

member states, the Shanghai 

Cooperation Organization 

(SCO), ASEAN, and the 



Middle East countries, including Egypt, Iran,

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, are keenly interested.


Less well known, is that the EAEU, the BRI, the 

SCO, ASEAN, and the RCEP were discussing 

a merger, before the currency news hit.


It is reasonable to expect them to join this 

new, cooperatively managed, stable 

reserve currency regime, in which 

they can settle their trades in 

stable, neutral, predictable 



Image: smoke and blood as french police beat back peaceful union demo


Main force of Russophobia

in France, is beginning to 

deflate, Ambassador 


May 6th, 2:12pm



The main shaft of Russophobia in France 

is beginning to deflate, said the Russian 

Ambassador to Paris, Alexei Meshkov.


On Friday, the Russian Ambassador to France laid

wreaths at the monument to Russian members 

of the Resistance movement... at the Père 

Lachaise cemetery, in Paris. The event 

is timed to chime with the Victory
on May 9th.


“There are difficulties that are created for our citizens

in everyday life – someone closes accounts, someone

does not open one. Children and students experience

inconvenience in communicating with colleagues.
There were acts of vandalism against all our 

foreign institutions in France, but today, the 

main wave of Russophobia is beginning to 

deflate,” Meshkov told reporters. 


He also expressed hope that soon the situation 

should return to a normal, civilized course.


At the end of March, Russians and citizens of Belarus

living in France, began to face --- the blocking of 

transactions and even the closure of accounts. 


This includes, in particular, clients of the French banks

Société Générale (SG), CIC, and BNP Paribas. In this 

regard, an initiative group of victims created an 

open petition on the Change.org website 

calling for an end to discrimination 

based on nationality.


At the request of RIA Novosti, the bank Société
Générale reported that the financial institution 

strictly complies with the current rules and

implements the necessary measures, for 

the strict application of ''international''

sanctions against the Russian





French socialists decide 

block presence for 

legislative elections

by Luis Linares Petrov

May 5th, 9:44am (Prensa Latina) 


The National Council of the French Socialist 

Party will decide today whether to validate 

the agreement... reached with La France

 Insumise (LFI) for united participation 

of the left in June’s legislative 



The 300 members of the body must establish 

a position on a pact that generates many

 expectations, but also has detractors 

in the ranks of the organization.


Both parties agreed - on Wednesday - on the alliance,

 which includes the distribution of constituencies,

 which the LFI had already coordinated with the 

ecologists on Sunday and the communists 

on Tuesday, to shape the Popular 

Ecological and Social Union 

aimed at competing in the 

legislative elections of 

June 12th and 19th.


Those around the first secretary of the Socialist Party, 

Olivier Faure, recognized that this Thursday will be a

profound decision and admitted that there will be

disappointments regarding the availability of 

seats in some constituencies.





La France Insumise 

& French socialists

 reach agreement

by Luis Linares Petrov

May 4th, 7:46am (Prensa Latina) 


The leader of La France Insumise (LFI) Adrien

Quatennens, assured that the Socialist Party 

and LFI reached an agreement on principles 

for the legislative elections, as discussions 

continue --- to materialize the alliance.


According to the deputy, this is a global political

 agreement, a possible prelude to a pact similar 

to the one reached on Sunday with ecologists 

- and with the French Communist Party - on 

Wednesday, in order to constitute a large 

block of the left ahead of parliamentary 

elections - on June the 12th and 19th.


Quatennens made the announcement to the

 FranceInfo network -- which reported that 

the initiative should allow the Socialists 

to compete in 70 constituencies.


After the success of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first

 round of the presidential elections in April, LFI 

became the centre of the so-called New 

Popular Ecological and Social Union, 

with which progressive sectors 

seek control of the National 



The stated goal in previous agreements with

environmentalists and communists --- is to 

prevent re-elected President Emmanuel 

Macron from “maintaining his unjust 

and brutal policy” and defeating 

the extreme right.


The agreements also include as priorities the

immediate increase in the minimum wage 

to 1,400 euros, the return to 60 years, of 

the retirement age, autonomy for young 

people, the eradication of poverty, 

and the blocking of the increase

in prices of essential products.


It also proposes the re-owning of public services, 

the creation of jobs, the strengthening of health 

care, real free education, the renationalization 

of EDF (Électricité de France), highways and

airports, tax justice, and environmental 



Image: Dollar round-a-bout an illusion

West attempting to break 

‘spine of Russian economy,’ 

envoy says

May 20th, 00:55am (TASS) 


The West is attempting to break the spine of 

the Russian economy, Russia’s Permanent

 Representative to the UN, Vasily 

Nebenzya said, at a session of 

the UN Security Council... on 

conflicts and food security 

on Thursday.


The Russian envoy stressed that the Western

representatives did not mention their

"illegitimate unilateral economic 

sanctions, choking a whole 

range of countries."


"The truth is, gentlemen, that you got too carried 

away, with your unproductive efforts to break
spine of the Russian economy no matter
what, and 
to isolate our country,"
he stressed.


"I'm not talking right now about the inevitable

and destructive repercussions for your own 

economies. After all, we can do nothing 

about your maniacal aspiration - to 

voluntarily shoot yourself in the 

foot ...or even both feet. You 

will have to answer for the 

consequences.. of this 

policy.. on your home 

markets before your 

own taxpayers and 

voters" --- Russia's 

envoy pointed out.


He also noted: that the West is fanning the flames of 

a "proxy war" with Russia, in Ukraine, while holding

 developing countries as hostage.  "In the context of 

your own actively ignited ‘proxy war’ with Russia

in Ukraine, you - essentially - took the entire 

developing world hostage, indeed, pushing 

it to the edge of starvation," the diplomat 



He also added that Kiev is dodging cooperation on

 the secure exit of vessels from the Black Sea,

 despite Russia offering such opportunities. 


According to him, if this issue is not resolved, 

the maritime transportation of Ukrainian 

grain remains impossible, which will 

exacerbate the global food crisis.



Russian UN envoy says food 

crisis started well before
in Ukraine

May 19th, 7:12pm (TASS) 


Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily

Nebenzya on Thursday said the food crisis started

long before the Russian special operation 

in Ukraine.


"Let's remember that the threat of a global food crisis

didn’t emerge this year," he said at a UN Security

Council meeting on food security. "The 

possibility of a famine --- of biblical 

proportions and a perfect storm --- 

was announced by the Executive 

Director of the UN World Food

Program, who is attending 

this meeting, back 

in 2020."


"At the time, about 155 million people in 55 countries

 were exposed to critical threats in the field of food

 security," Nebenzya said.



 CELAC Is a Meeting Point 

for all Latin Americans: 

President Ortega
May 19th, (teleSUR)


Referring to the unwillingness of the U.S. to invite

 Nicaragua to the 2022 Summit of the Americas, 

the Sandinista leader pointed out that such
event "does not interest us."


On Wednesday, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega

 called for strengthening the Community of Latin

 American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as 

the most appropriate space... for the
of the peoples and their
governments of 
the region.


“Our starting point is CELAC. Now, we need to

strengthen it --- so that this community has 

more sovereignty and autonomy,” he said 

during the celebrations for the 127th 

anniversary of the birth of Augusto 

Cesar Sandino, the hero of the 

Nicaraguan struggle against 

U.S. imperialism.


"CELAC was born... with the strength and energy of 

the revolutionary processes that were multiplying

in Latin America and the Caribbean," Ortega 

recalled, stressing that its promoters had 

the courage not to include the US in 

that community.


This does not mean that CELAC does not develop

 relations with nations outside the region or other

 integration processes in the world. Its inter-

national relations, however, are based on 

reciprocal respect, Ortega explained &

 recalled... that CELAC has extensive 

exchanges with countries such as

 Russia, China, and India.


Referring to the unwillingness of the U.S. to invite

 Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the 2022 

Summit of the Americas, the Sandinista 

leader pointed out that "we have to 

make ourselves respected," 

adding that "the summit 

does not interest us."


However, the Nicaraguan president thanked the

concern & courage of several Latin American

governments that rejected the exclusionary 

attitude adopted by Washington.


“The spectacle that the Yankee rulers are giving 

with this so-called 'Summit of the Americas' 

is a shame,” Ortega pointed out, and 

suggestedthat CELAC invite the US

to a continental meeting in which 

the Latin Americans do not 

exclude anyone.




Russia demands review of 

sanctions in order to open 

Black Sea ports
May 19h, 3:40pm (PressTV)


The Kremlin says anti-Russia sanctions must be

 reviewed first -- if Moscow is to heed an appeal
by the
 United Nations to open Ukraine’s Black
Sea ports 
for grain exports.


Since the onset of Russia’s special military

 operation in Ukraine, on February 24th, 

waves of unprecedented [illegal]

sanctions from the US and its 

European allies, have been 

imposed on Moscow.


David Beasley, executive director of the UN’s World 

Food Programme, appealed on Wednesday to 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, to open 

Ukraine’s Black Sea ports...  for grain 

exports from the ex-Soviet country, 

which is one of the world’s 

biggest grain producers.


Ukraine, which is a major exporter of corn, barley,

 sunflower oil and rapeseed oil, used to export 

most of its goods through its main ports on 

the Black and Azov seas, but since the 

operation, it's been forced to export 

by train, or via its small Danube 

River ports.


The ongoing conflict has reduced its grain exports

 this month, by more than half, compared to a 

year ago.


The WFP, which purchases almost 50 percent of its

grain from Ukraine, feeds some 125 million people 

around the world.


On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei 

Rudenko responded to Beasley, saying, “You have to 

not only appeal to the Russian Federation, but also

 look deeply at the whole complex of reasons that

 caused the current food crisis.”


Referring to anti-Russia sanctions, Rudenko added

 that “in the first instance, these are the sanctions

 that have been imposed against Russia --- by the 

US and EU --- that interfere with normal free 

trade, encompassing food products
wheat, fertilizers
and others.”



New generation of pioneers:

 Lawmakers propose

 launching Russia-

wide children's 


May 19th, 12:51pm (TASS)


 A group of Russian lawmakers on Thursday 

submitted a bill to the State Duma.. on the

 establishment of a nationwide children's 

and youth movement.


The initiative to launch the Bolshaya Peremena 

(The Great Change) movement was put forward 

on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the 

Soviet Union’s Young Pioneers organization, 

established on May 19th, 1922, five years 

after the October Revolution of 1917.


The best of the pioneer organization’s practices will

 be used in the work of the new movement... said

the Federation Council Deputy Speaker, Galina

Karelova, one of the bill’s authors. "All of 

us have childhood pioneer memories full 

of romance and joy. The new movement 

will somehow use the practices [of
pioneer organization], first
foremost, the traditions
mentorship," Karelova 



She said the movement would be established
boost children's development and their 

participation in public life. Under the 

draft law, the new organization will 

unite schoolchildren over six 

years old, as well as

 college students.


Bolshaya Peremena will offer voluntary membership

 and equal rights for all participants. The movement 

will be non-commercial and self-managed and 

would focus on the comprehensive 

development and self-realization 

of children and teenagers.


President Vladimir Putin will be asked to head 

the supervisory council of the new movement.




Reckless Western sanctions 

may trigger global famine — 

Russian presidential aide

May 19th, 1:02pm (TASS)


Reckless political decisions... made by the United

States and the European Union, will be the main 

cause of this year’s global famine. Russia back

in 2021, took measures to avoid a food crisis, 

Russian presidential aide, Maxim Oreshkin 

said... in a lecture at the educational 

marathon conference New Horizons 

organized by the Russian Znanie 

(Knowledge) society,

 on Thursday.


"The reckless sanctions brought in by the
US and 
the EU was the last stage. They 

worsened fertilizer logistics, and food 

logistics, thus, dooming the world to 

famine. The root cause of the global 

famine due this year should be seen

in the reckless economic policies 

by the United States and the 

European Union, in their 

monetary and budget 

policies," Oreshkin



He warned that global famine would be a 

result of the soaring prices of wheat 

and fertilizers.


"Approximately before the middle of 2020 the 

prices of wheat on the global market, had 

remained rather stable. They suited both 

the consumers and producers. But when 

the dollar emission began to expand, 

starting from July 2020, a period of 

quick growth followed.'' 


''Approximately 60% of the price hikes were caused 

by the printing of fiat dollars in the US economy. 

The situation eventually went out of control. 

The huge money supply brought about gas 

shortages on the European market & gas 

price hikes, a decline in the production 

of fertilizers, a shortage of fertilizers. 

For this reason, future crop yields
fall," Oreshkin said.


Russia in 2021 took certain steps 

to avoid a domestic food crisis.


"We are self-sufficient in grain and most foods. It 

was crucial to rule out the risk of a shortage of

fertilizers on the domestic market. At the end 

of last year,... restrictions on the export of 

fertilizers were introduced. This farming 

season, the supply of fertilizers, is 

stable, it is even better, than last 

year. This enables us to build up 

reserves. We have introduced 

taxes on the export of wheat 

and sunflower seeds. All this 

...enables us to feel calm," 

Oreshkin said.




High turnout for early voting 

celebrated in Australia

by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado

May 19th, 9:14am (Prensa Latina) 


Electoral authorities on Thursday highlighted the 

unprecedented turnout of almost seven million 

people, in the early voting for the general 

election, slated on May 21st in 

that country.


From May 9th to date, 3,870,000 votes have already

 been cast in the 500 voting centres deployed

 nationwide, and 2,680,000 have been 

received by mail, the electoral 

commission disclosed 

on Thursday.


If that trend continues, it is expected that only the

 remaining half of the voters scheduled for the 

current election will participate in the
on Saturday, the electoral
body added.


Australians will elect all 151 members of the House 

of Representatives and 40 of the 76 Senate 

members, on Saturday.


Voting in Australia is compulsory, and anyone who

does not go to the polls, faces fines of up to 180

Australian dollars, which is equivalent to 126
dollars or 120 euros, if they are a
repeat offender.


The opposition Australian Labour Party -- led by

 Anthony Albanese, continues to lead in voting

 intentions, pointing to an eventual defeat for 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal-

National coalition... seeking to win 

a fourth consecutive term, 

according to polls.






India provides food supply 

to nations most in need

by Ileana Ferrer Fonte

May 19th, 8:21am (Prensa Latina) 


India's Minister of State for External Affairs V.
Muraleedharan reportedly assured that the 

country will continue to provide food to 

the nations most in need, due to the 

war between Russia and Ukraine.


India’s reiteration came after UN Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres, warned that the situation due
the war threatens to push tens of millions
people to the brink of food insecurity, 

followed by malnutrition, mass 

starvation and famine... the

Indo-Asian News Service 



India’s new export policy came at a time when 

the country is facing price hikes and domestic

 shortages, but Muraleedharan underlined his

 country’s commitment to stand by the 

nations in need.


A massive market fluctuation and food shortages, 

were triggered globally by the disruption of grain 

supplies, caused by the confrontation between 

Ukraine and Russia, which produce almost a 

third of the world’s wheat and barley, and 

half of its sunflower oil.


India’s recent wheat export restrictions were

introduced only to manage food security and

support the needs of neighbouring countries 

and other vulnerable developing nations, 

Muraleedharan said.


The minister said that India donated 50,000 tons 

of wheat to Afghanistan, sent 10,000 tons of 

rice and wheat to Myanmar and also aid 

to Sri Lanka.




Ukraine expects half of
last year's
 harvest in
2022, says minister

May 19th, 01:57am (TASS) 


Ukraine expects this year’s harvest in the country to

total half of that in 2021, Minister of Agrarian Policy

and Food, Nikolay Solsky, said at the Food Security

Ministerial organized by the United States 

on Wednesday.


"This year... we expect a harvest
of last year yields," he said.


The minister also warned that "the next soil campaign

 of winter crops is under serious threat" due to the

 situation around Ukraine. "Actually, the fate of 

three harvests will be at stake this summer,"

 he noted.


The global community will be facing an increase in the

 wheat price... to $700 per tonne, Solsky believes. The

 price of wheat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

 currently stands at around $430 per tonne. "Are we

 prepared to pay $500, 600 or $700 per tonne of

 wheat? This situation is critical for the 

countries in Asia and Africa, which 

imported grain mainly from 

Ukraine," the Ukrainian 

minister emphasized.


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said earlier 

on Wednesday --- that the global community would 

not be able to fully solve the issue of food crisis

 without Russian and Belarusian fertilizers, as 

well as, without Ukrainian grain. Russian 

products and fertilizers, should have full 

and unlimited access to global markets

--- he stressed.




Novak announces growing
in national
currencies between 

Russia and Turkey

ANKARA, May 18th, 9:56pm (TASS)


The volume of settlements between Russia and

Turkey, in national currencies, is constantly 

growing, and the central banks of the two 

countries... are also working on new 

mechanisms. for further increasing 

settlements in rubles, and the

Turkish lira, Russian Deputy 

PM, Alexander Novak,

told reporters.


"The challenge is to develop settlement systems 

that would allow to balance volatility risks in 

national currencies, such as the lira and the 

ruble, and to create the necessary volumes 

of liquidity. Because... there is currently a 

trade disparity. We export more and we 

have a positive trade balance... but 

Turkey's is negative. We agreed to
begin... with specific volumes.'' 


''By the way, settlements in both lira & rubles, 

are already underway, and the volume is 

constantly increasing," Novak said.


According to him, the central banks of the
countries are also working to create 

mechanisms, that could increase the
volume of settlements in their

national currencies.


At the same time, Russia & Turkey have agreed 

to increase the number of flights, both from 

Russia and from Turkey, Novak added. 


"Agreements were reached to increase the
of flights by both Turkish airlines
and our 
companies. This will provide
necessary number of flights

for the tourist flow," 

he added.


 Nasrallah: Resistance achieved 
'grand victory' in Lebanese 

parliamentary vote

May 18th, 6:31pm (PressTV)


The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah

resistance movement, says the resistance
a great victory in the elections.


The secretary-general of the Hezbollah resistance 

movement says the Sunday parliamentary vote 

was a battle against the movement, and the 

resistance achieved a “great victory” in 

the election.


In his remarks late on Wednesday, Sayyed Hassan

Nasrallah said the large turnout and the outcome 

of the election - conveyed a message of people's 

adherence and commitment to the resistance.


He said the huge support for Hezbollah and its allies 

in the election showed people's commitment to the

 path of resistance.


Nasrallah said after years of an aggressive campaign

targeting the resistance, spearheaded by the US, the

number of votes and parliament members had

increased for Hezbollah and its allies
in the 
Arab country.


The Hezbollah leader further said that, contrary to

 claims, there was no single bloc in the parliament 

that could claim the majority in elections, adding 

that none of the honest political parties made

that claim.


The advantage of not having a single party or group

 owning the majority in the parliament, he asserted,

 makes everyone equally responsible.


He said, further, that the nature of the crisis in

 Lebanon does not allow one single group to 

solve the crisis single-handedly, even if
have the majority, which calls
cooperation between all 

different groups.


He also debunked lies promoted by the opposition, 

including that the resistance bloc had sought to 

postpone the election, that elections were held 

under the presence of Hezbollah's weapons, 

and of Iran's influence. 


"We saw the US embassy and the electoral lists that

were made there. We saw the Saudi ambassador, 

and bags of money that were spent. Did anyone 

see any Iranian intruding in those elections," 

he remarked.


Nasrallah called for changing the current election law,

saying it is not like some people would win a seat in

the parliament with 500 votes while others who get

thousands of votes, do not reach the parliament. 


He hastened to add that there are several reforms 

that need to be made in the election process, 

such as allowing people above the age of 18 

to vote. The division of the districts, should 

also be changed & replaced with making 

Lebanon a single electoral district, 

he insisted. 




Russia bets on greater 

cooperation within the 

Asian group SCO

by Elsy Fors Garzon

Moscow, May 18th, 4:57pm 

(Prensa Latina) 


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today

 highlighted the importance of establishing 

greater cooperation among the member 

countries of the Shanghai Cooperation 

Organization (SCO).


In a meeting with the Secretary General of the Asian

 group, Zhang Ming, the Russian Foreign Minister 

referred to the need to constantly strengthen 

the role of the SCO in global and regional 

affairs, including in the context of the 

formation of a just multipolar 

world order.


“An in-depth exchange of views took place on 

key issues of the SCO’s activities in modern

 conditions. The importance depends on 

further promoting diverse interaction 

within the organization,” said the 

statement released by the 

Russian Foreign Ministry.


After the exchange, in which the Secretary General 

of the Collective Security Treaty Organization 

(CSTO), Stanislav Zas, also participated, the

 representatives offered a press conference 

and emphatically addressed the possible 

causes of the expansion of the NATO 

Alliance within the region.


Ming pointed out that the constant expansion of the

 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) does not 

strengthen world security, but rather leads to new

 conflicts and confrontations.


“NATO was formed in the spirit of Cold War thinking. 

This type of thinking does not bring us security, but

rather brings more confrontation and conflict,” 

said the SCO’s top representative.


Likewise, he stressed that self-determining countries

 that defend their sovereignty, do not want the global

 expansion of the tools of the Cold War.


During the SCO meeting, representatives raised

the idea of establishing a Greater Eurasian

Partnership with the countries of the 

Eurasian Economic Union, the 

Association of Southeast 

Asian Nations and other 

states and multilateral 



The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, is a regional 

international association that includes Russia, India, 

China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, 

Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.


Since 2004, it has served as an observer

in the United Nations General Assembly.




Malian Government Claims 

Western-Backed Coup 


May 18th, 1:43pm (FNA)


A group of Malian officers attempted a coup last 

week, with the help of a Western state, the 

government in Bamako announced. While 

the military government didn't name the 

alleged foreign culprit, the announce-

ment comes amid the ongoing 

deterioration of relations 

with Mali’s former 

colonial ruler, 



“A small group of anti-progressive Malian officers and

 non-commissioned officers attempted a coup on the

 night of May 11th-12th, 2022,” the Government

 Spokesman, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga,

 said on national TV.


“These soldiers were supported by a Western state.

 The attempt failed, thanks to the vigilance and

 professionalism of Mali’s defense and 

security forces,” he added.


The government denounced the “outrageous attack 

on state security, the purpose of which is to hinder 

— or even annihilate — the substantial efforts to

 secure our country & return to a constitutional

 order that guarantees peace and stability”
Mali, but offered few details of
alleged plot. 


One anonymous military source, told Al-Jazeera 

that about 10 people have been arrested so far. 

The government has confirmed that security
checkpoints around the capital, has
increased, in an effort to catch 

accomplices... that may still be 

at large.


Claims of the failed coup came on the same day 

Mali withdrew from the G5 Sahel Force, a multi-

national effort to counter militants in the 

region. The five-member group set up in 

2017, also included: Chad, Burkina
Mauritania and Nigeria.


Mali is currently ruled by interim President Assimi

 Goita, an army colonel who led the 2020 military 

coup against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita –

 as well as the May 2021 coup against his 

replacement, Bah N’Daw. 


After the 2021 coup, Goita’s government has been 

accused by Western powers of inviting Russian 

private military contractors to help Bamako

 fight militants in the North.


Meanwhile, Bamako’s relations with Paris continued 

to deteriorate. At Goita’s insistence, France pulled 

its troops out of Mali in February. The country 

banished the French state media, in March, 

accusing them of publishing false reports 

about human rights abuses. Earlier this 

month, Mali severed defense accords 

with Paris, citing “flagrant violations” 

of its sovereignty, by French troops. 




Putin Says It’s Impossible 

for Some EU Counties to

 Ditch Russian Oil Now

May 18th, 8:01am (al Manar)


Russian President Vladimir Putin says some 

European counties will not be able to end 

their reliance on Russian oil imports for 

the time being, as the European Union 

(EU) pushes to impose a ban on the 

country’s oil over the ''war''

in Ukraine.


“Obviously, some EU states, in whose energy 

balance the share of Russian hydrocarbons 

is especially high, won't be able to do this

 for a long time, to ditch our oil,” the 

president said on Tuesday.


Speaking at a televised meeting with domestic 

oil managers and government officials, Putin 

said that Western sanctions, and a possible 

embargo on Russian oil, had resulted in
increase in global oil prices.


“There are tectonic changes on the oil market, and

 making business as it had been done before, in 

line with the old model, looks unlikely,” Putin 

said, adding that it was important to set up 

a complete chain... from producer to 



The European Commission proposed a ban on crude

 imports from Russia in early May as part of a raft of

 new sanctions to punish Moscow over the military

 campaign in Ukraine.


The European Union (EU), however, has, so far,
 to reach an agreement on the proposal,
Hungary continues to stand firm against 

the proposal.


Hungary has argued the ban, which could last for

 years, would “completely destroy” its energy 

supply security.


The EU needs unanimous agreement from its 27 

members to push through each set of sanctions.


Foreign ministers from the 27 EU countries met in a

gathering on Monday, to discuss the ban, but they

failed in their effort to pressure Hungary to lift
veto, on an oil embargo on Russia.


“Unhappily, it has not been possible to reach an

 agreement today,” said EU foreign policy chief 

Josep Borrell.


He said that Hungary set out its argument... 

based on economic, not political, concerns.


“I am confident that we will find agreement 

in the coming days,” German Foreign 

Minister, Annalena Baerbock, said.


Dutch Foreign Minister, Wopke 

Hoekstra spoke of a deal soon.


Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Gabrielius 

Landsbergis, accused Hungary of 

holding the bloc “hostage.”


We have to agree, we cannot 

be held hostage,” he added.


Hungary imports 65 percent of its oil... and 

85 percent of its gas supplies from Russia, 

according to the Hungarian government 

spokesman, Kovacs It has long ruled

out supporting any import ban on

Russian oil and gas.


Hungary and Slovakia, both highly dependent 

on Russian oil, have been offered an extra 

year to meet the EU demands to enact

 the ban.


Some diplomats now hope to reach an agreement 

at the May 30th-31st summit, probably over six

months... with a longer transition period for 

Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.


The US/UK has already imposed an oil embargo 

on Russia. The EU has banned Russian coal.


The Russian president warned last that anti-

Moscow sanctions have backfired and that 

Western countries have been hit worse by 

the bans.


He said that the West “guided by short-sighted, 

inflated political ambitions & by Russophobia, 

have dealt a much harder blow, to their own

national interests.”


Source: Agencies (edited by 

Al-Manar English Website)




Eni opens accounts with 

Gazprombank; to pay for 

gas supplies from Russia

May 17th, 6:14pm (TASS) 


The Italian energy company Eni has begun 

the process for opening accounts with 

Gazprombank without changing the 

current contracts, the company 

said in a statement on Tuesday.


"As deadlines for the payment of gas supplies 

are scheduled for the next few days, Eni ("the 

Company") has begun the process of opening

two K current accounts at Gazprom Bank, on 

a precautionary basis (one in euros and the 

second in rubles)," according to 

the statement.


"This follows Gazprom Export’s unilateral request to 

amend the existing contracts between the parties 

in accordance with the new gas payment 

procedure established by the Russian 

Federation. While Eni has rejected 

those amendments, the Company 

is going to temporarily open the 

two accounts without prejudice 

to its contractual rights, which 

still envisage payment in 

euros," the firm said.


According to the statement, Gazprom Export and the

relevant Russian federal authorities have confirmed

that invoicing and payment will continue to take 

place in euros (recent invoices have actually 

been made in euros, the contractually 

agreed currency).


"A clearing point agent operating at the Moscow Stock

 Exchange will carry out the conversion into rubles

 within 48 hours without any involvement of the 

Central Bank of Russia," the company said.


"In the event of any delays or technical inability to

 complete the conversion on time, there will be no 

impact on supplies," the company added.


The company also indicated that, at the moment, there

 are not any European regulations aimed at preventing

 the above-mentioned operations. Eni is interested in

 fulfilling its obligations to both the supplier 

and customers.


Eni, in the absence of complete, exhaustive and

 contractually grounded responses by Gazprom

 Export, reserves the right to start "an inter-

national arbitration based on Swedish law 

(in accordance with the current contracts) 

to resolve the uncertainty regarding the 

changes introduced by the new pay-

ment procedure and the correct 

allocation of costs and risks."


Eni also strongly reaffirms its intention "to comply 

with any possible future regulatory provision that 

may sanction gas trading or its current 



On March 31st, Russian President Vladimir Putin

 signed a decree that lays out a new procedure 

for paying for gas supplies by buyers from 

unfriendly countries. From April 1st, such 

states must transfer funds in foreign 

currencies to Gazprombank, which 

will buy rubles on exchanges and 

transfer them to special ruble 

accounts of importers. 


Russia will continue to supply gas in the

volumes and the prices fixed, in earlier 



EU officials said that opening ruble accounts would

 violate sanctions. However, in accordance with 

the latest instructions, Brussels decided to 

abandon the ban on ruble accounts... and 

offer companies a roadmap to continue 

buying Russian gas.




Colombia Plans Against 

Venezuelan Security:

 President Maduro

May 17th, (teleSUR)


Previously, former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark 

Esper, assured that former President Donald 

Trump proposed to the opposition politician 

Juan Guaido --- to assassinate 

Nicolas Maduro.


On Monday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

denounced that Colombian President Ivan Duque,

finances criminal groups to attack military and 

police centres in his country.


"From Colombia, Ivan Duque has put together a plan

and has invested several million dollars, to hire

criminals --- to attack military and police 

centres and try to socially destabilize 

Venezuela," he said.


Maduro added that Duque's claims are similar to those

 that the drug cartels had at the time of drug trafficker

 Pablo Escobar Gaviria, who attacked police facilities 

and personnel to generate instability.


The Bolivarian leader also requested to investigate

 data, published in a book, by former U.S. Defense 

Secretary Mark Esper, who assured that former

 President Donald Trump proposed to the 

opposition politician Juan Guaido,
assassinate Maduro.


"I hope the National Assembly opens an investigation

 into serious revelations... which are related to the 

use of Colombian mercenaries to invade 

Venezuela and assassinate Nicolas 

Maduro and other ministers and 

leaders in our country," the 

Bolivarian president 



Maduro also recalled that the Venezuelan far-right has

 encouraged violence and illegal sanctions against 

his country, thus obstructing the well-being of 

the population.


"Since you re-elected me, we have worked with God's

favour and protection, because we wouldn't be here 

if there weren't God's blessing," he said.



Latin America supports 

special operation in 

Ukraine – ZDF

May 17th, 1pm



The Russian Federation’s traditional partners, Latin

American states, express their full solidarity and

support for the current actions of the Russian

Federation, during the special military 

operation deployed to denazify and 

demilitarize the criminal Kiev 

regime in Ukraine. This was 

stated on the German-

language television 

channel, ZDF.


In particular, the broadcast included statements by

Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, about his

unwavering support for Moscow. Venezuelans, 

he said, intend to continue to adhere firmly 

to Russia’s position.


In Russia’s friend, Cuba, people cannot hide their 

admiration for Russia's actions. Mass demos and 

solemn processions with symbols of the Russian 

special operation, are being held there.


According to Argentina's authorities, the countries 

of the collective West, are bogged down in their 

own hypocrisy and trickery, and have become 

hostages of the destructive policies - now

aggressively imposed by the US. 


Their spokesman claims that the escalation of 

the crisis is the result of the reckless actions 

of Ukrainian President Zelensky.


European countries, on the other hand, have shown

extreme impatience with Russia, often subjecting

supporters of the pro-Russian agenda... to 

administrative and even criminal liability.





Biden Approves

of US Troops
to Somalia

May 17th, 12:24pm (teleSUR)


Washington seeks to increase its military presence

 in this country, to deal with the terrorist threats

 posed to U.S. citizens in the region.


On Monday, US President Joe Biden approved a plan

 --- to redeploy U.S. troops to the eastern African 

country of Somalia, to counter the 'extremist' 

group, al-Shabab.


Drawn from forces already deployed in Africa, less 

than 500 troops will be repositioned to Somalia to

 constitute... "a small, persistent U.S. military 

presence" in the country, a senior official 

said during a briefing with reporters, 

speaking on the condition of 

anonymity, under ground 

rules... set by the 

White House.


The Biden administration's move reversed former

 President Donald Trump's order, made in the 

waning days of his administration, to pull 

out all of the approximately 750 

military personnel from



U.S. troops have been serving their duties in the war-

torn country on a rotational basis since Biden took

 office, a dynamic the administration now 

considers insufficient in addressing 

terrorist threats posed to U.S. 

persons in the region.


"Al-Shabab has taken advantage of Somali instability

 and fractious politics to become, as I indicated, al-

Qaeda's largest and wealthiest global affiliate," 

the official said.


"We have seen regrettably, clear evidence of al-

Shabab's intent and capability to target 

US persons in the region," he added.


The official said Trump's decision to withdraw U.S.

 troops in Somalia, had created "unnecessary and

 elevated risks" to U.S. troops entering or exiting

 their country, arguing that the redeployment, is

"a step that rationalizes what was essentially

 an irrational argument." 


[Rhondda Records adds; not sure the above
statement is sane or logical, wonder what
the Africans think?]

Here's one Tweet...

Marwa Osman



Biden's entourage is all 

#BlackLivesMatter until 

Biden invades #Somalia 


The US Empire never gets tired of invading, 

stealing and imposing puppet regimes in 

nations 1,000s of miles away from their 

border.. wait until it hits them home.


Biden’s measures on Cuba

 insufficient, says Mexican 


by Ana Luisa Brown

May 17th, 11:18am (Prensa Latina) 


The measures on Cuba ...announced by the 

government of Joe Biden, are insufficient, 

argued today, the local newspaper, La 

Jornada, echoing a statement by
Cuban Foreign Ministry.


In its main headline, the newspaper reported

 measures... such as the increase in U.S. 

flights to Cuba to relax restrictions on 

U.S. travelers to the island and lifting 

the limitations imposed by former 

President Donald Trump (2017-

2021), on remittances that 

Cuban immigrants... can 

send to their homeland


But he immediately clarified that this is a limited 

step, although in the right direction, which does 

not modify, in any way, the blockade imposed 

by Washington, for more than 60 years.


The Biden administration will also take measures 

to reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification 

Permit Program -- which has a backlog of 

more than 20,000 applications, and will 

increase consular services and 

visa processing.


However, he clarified, it does not eliminate the 

main economic measures taken by Trump, 

who annulled the rapprochement 

achieved.... during Barack 

Obama’s administration.


It does not reverse the arbitrary and fraudulent

inclusion of Cuba in the State Department’s 

list of countries that allegedly sponsor 

terrorism, one of the main causes of 

the difficulties Cuba faces in its 

commercial and financial 

transactions, in many 

parts of the world, 

he told the 'paper, 

citing the Cuban 

Foreign Ministry.


He added that in order to know the real scope of 

this announcement, it will be necessary to wait 

for the publication of the regulations that will 

determine its application and stressed 

Cuba’s willingness to initiate a 

respectful and equal 

negotiation with

the US.




EU foreign ministers
fail to agree 
on sixth
package of sanctions

 against Russia

May 17th, 8:11am



The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said

EU foreign ministers failed to agree on a sixth 

package of sanctions against Russia


However, it became known that Ukraine will receive

 another 500m euros for arms purchases... from the 

European Peace Facility.


The EU also intends to help Ukraine empty its grain

storage facilities, by taking it to Europe, by sea,

to make room for a new harvest.




Cuba celebrates Farmers’ Day 

and First Agrarian Reform Act

by Ileana Ferrer Fonte

May 17th, 7:21am

 (Prensa Latina) 


Cuba - on Tuesday - is celebrating Farmers' Day, 

63 years after the signing of the First Agrarian

 Reform Act, that vindicated the rights of 

agricultural workers in the country.


The signing of the document in 1959 by Fidel Castro 

at La Plata Rebel Army general command in the 

Sierra Maestra mountain range, in eastern 

Cuba, had a special symbolism because 

it took place on the date on which, 13 

years earlier, peasant leader Niceto 

Perez, was assassinated by the 

hands of large landowners.


The law allowed that large estates belonging to local

 and US landowners, were delivered to thousands of

 rural workers, who, thus, became owners of plots 

of land, and received other benefits... previously 

denied to them, such as access to healthcare, 

education and housing.


The Agrarian Reform Act was also an elementary

 necessity --- for the economic take-off of the 

country, which still had semi-feudal forms 

of production, that hindered its 



Those facts also motivated the founding of the

 National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP)

 in 1961.


Upon congratulating the Cuban farmer sector on the

anniversary, National People’s Power Assembly

(Parliament) President, Esteban Lazo, 

highlighted the importance of this 

sector, in the nation’s efforts to 

achieve food sovereignty, and 

security, in a context marked 

by the global crisis.


This year, the center-south Cuban province 

of Cienfuegos hosts the central activities 

for Farmers’ Day.




Lebanon Elections, Preliminary

 Results: Hezbollah, Amal 

Sweep Shiite Seats 

in Parliament

May 16th, 12 midday (al Manar)


Hezbollah and Amal Movement swept Shiite seats in

 the Lebanese Parliament in Sunday’s vote, despite

 heavy efforts by rivals, especially the Lebanese

 Forces, to set a blow to the Shiite duo’s 

popular base.


According to preliminary results obtained by the

 electoral machines of both the Shiite duo and 

their rivals, Hezbollah and Amal gained 27 

seats out of 27 Shiite seats, compared to 

26 seats in the last elections in 2018.


Head of Hezbollah’s Loyalty to Resistance MP

 Mohammad Raad earned the highest number 

of preferential votes in Lebanon with nearly 

50,000 Lebanese citizens gave him their 

votes in South III district.


Hezbollah’s candidate in Mount Lebanon I district

 (Keserwan, Jbeil) Raed Berro has reportedly 

gained the Shiite seat which was lost by 

Hezbollah in 2018.


If confirmed by the Lebanese Interior Ministry’s 

official results, Hezbollah and Amal are seen 

as firm and strong powers in the country, 

despite unprecedented campaigns by 

the Lebanese Forces Party, which 

raised ‘disarming Hezbollah’... as 

one of its main electoral topics.


Meanwhile, Hezbollah’s allies suffered several 

setbacks, with several seats were lost in 

favour of independent hopefuls and 

Saudi-backed Lebanese Forces 



The Free Patriotic Movement gained nearly 16 

seats in the Parliament compared to 29 seats 

(FPM with its Christian allies) in 2018.


Hezbollah’s allies Wiam Wahhab and Talal Arslan

 lost their seats in Mount Lebanon IV district.


In north Lebanon, Faisal Karami, also lost 

his seat, according to preliminary results.


For its part, the Saudi-backed Lebanese 

Forces Party has reportedly won nearly 

19 seats, compared to 15 seats

 in 2018.


Source: Al-Manar English Website






Last days of campaigning for

elections begin in Colombia

by Alina Ramos Martin

May 16th, 9:59am (Prensa Latina) 


The last week of electoral campaigning in view 

of the presidential elections next May 29th in 

Colombia, began with events of the seven 

candidates who seek to attract voters 

with their government proposals.


The favourite for victory in these elections, Gustavo

 Petro, of the Historical Pact, began his activities

 yesterday in the department of Cordoba, one of 

the territories most affected by the armed 

strike recently carried out by the criminal 

group Clan del Golfo.


As in all the cities and towns where he has presented

 his programmatic platform, he filled the square in

 Lorica, and warned the community of vote 

buying operations in favour of Federico 

Gutiérrez, candidate of the right-wing 

Team for Colombia, “candidate of 

(Iván) Duque”.


Petro invited the inhabitants of Lorica to denounce

and send to the campaign, the videos and photos 

of vote buying -- so that the legal team will be in 

charge of making complaints to the authorities.


“This 29M we are going to overthrow the regime of

 corruption. Let 29M be a day of freedom. If we 

want peace, transparency in the State, 

decency in politics, prosperity as an 

objective, we have to overthrow 

the regime of corruption”, 

he exhorted.


He assured that, for this reason, change is needed 

in Colombia, because it cannot continue like this,

 that is... to fall into the abyss.




Renault Group’s Russian assets 

transferred to state ownership 

– Ministry of Industry and Trade

May 16th, 8:34am



The Russian assets of Renault are being transferred 

to Russian state ownership, the Ministry of Industry 

and Trade said. The Moscow City Government will 

own 100% of Renault Russia.


A 67.69% stake in AvtoVAZ will be transferred 

to the Russian state represented by NAMI.


Service of Renault cars in Russia will 

now also be provided by AvtoVAZ.


The concern will continue to produce the 

entire line of Lada vehicles at its plants, 

the ministry added.





Thousands stage popular 

demonstrations across 

globe to mark 74th 

anniversary of 

Nakba Day

May 15th, 11:38am (PressTV)


Protesters demonstrated outside the Storting building, 

- which is the seat of the parliament of Norway - in the

capital Oslo on May 14th, 2022 as they marked the

74th anniversary of the Nakba or “Catastrophe”, 

and paid homage to slain Palestinian journalist,
Shireen Abu Akleh --- who was fatally shot by 

Israeli forces during a raid in the occupied 

West Bank earlier this week. 


Rallies and demonstrations have been held in cities

across the United States, Australia, and elsewhere

in the world to commemorate the 74th anniversary 

of the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, which marks the 

1948 forced expulsion of nearly 800,000 

Palestinians from their homes in 

historical Palestine, as Israel 

proclaimed its illegal 



Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied 

in many US cities --- including New York, Boston,

Washington, Montreal and Dearborn, Michigan, 

on Saturday --- to show solidarity with the

Palestinians and to call for an end to 

Israeli attacks on the besieged 

Gaza Strip the West Bank
al Aqsa.


About two thousand people turned out in the Bay

 Ridge area, of Brooklyn, in New York, chanting 

“Free, free Palestine” and “From the river to 

the sea, Palestine will be free.”


They waved Palestinian flags and held placards 

that read “End Israeli Apartheid” and 

“Freedom for Gaza.”


Many protesters wore black and white, and red and

 white, keffiyeh scarves, while drivers sounded car

 horns and motorcyclists revved their engines as

 the sun beat down.


Several Jewish people also attended the rally, carrying

 placards that read --- “Not in my name” and “Solidarity

 with Palestine” as the protesters took over a street

 in the area.


A few dozen police officers looked on, at the

peaceful protest, dubbed “Defend Palestine.”


“I'm here because I want a Palestinian life to equal an

 Israeli life, and today, it doesn't,” 35-year-old Emraan

 Khan, a corporate strategist from Manhattan said, 

as he waved a Palestinian flag.


“Palestinians have the right to live freely and children

 in Gaza should not be being killed,” Alison Zambrano, 

a 20-year-old student, said.


Mashhour Ahmad, a 73-year-old Palestinian who has 

lived in New York for 50 years, said, “I'm telling Mr. 

Biden and his cabinet - to stop supporting the 

killing. Support the victims, stop 

the oppression.”


“The violence committed by the Israeli army recently

is genocide," he added  ---  raising a poster above his

head that said “Free Palestine, End the occupation.”


Separately, throngs of people gathered in Copley

Square in Boston, while hundreds rallied on the

Washington Monument grounds in the capitol.


Similar pro-Palestine rallies were held in 

San Francisco and San Diego, as well.


Thousands in London marked the 74th anniversary 

of ‘Nakba’, paying homage to the slain Palestinian

journalist. People also gathered in front of Broad
casting House, HQ of the BBC.


Elsewhere, in the Canadian city Montreal, several

 thousand people called for “the liberation of

 Palestine” during a mass demonstration.


The protesters also denounced "war crimes"

 committed by Israeli troops in Gaza, and 

carried placards condemning the Tel 

Aviv regime --- for violating

 international law.


Earlier, a caravan of cars sounded their horns and

 drove with Palestinian flags outside the Israeli

 consulate in the western part of Montreal.


Thousands attend pro-Palestinian

 protests in Sydney and Melbourne.


Moreover, Thousands of people marched through 

the streets of the Austrlian cities of Sydney and

 Melbourne, in solidarity with the people living 

in the occupied Palestinian territories.


In Sydney, men, women and children waved flags and

 placards, as they chanted "Long live Palestine." 

They carried pictures of the veteran Palestinian 

journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, fatally shot by

 Israeli troops on Wednesday as she was 

covering an army raid on the Jenin 

refugee camp in the northern part 

of the occupied West Bank.


Meanwhile, in central Melbourne, protesters holding 

Palestinian flags commemorated the Nakba Day.


People took part in a pro-Palestine rally in the city 

of Auckland, and paid tribute to Abu Akleh.


Hamas statement on Nakba Day


The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has

called on all Palestinians to mount resistance 

and confront the Israeli occupiers... by all 

available means.


“Comprehensive resistance, is our choice and path to

fight the occupiers. The occupying regime has never

had any ownership or authority, over our lands and 

sacred sites,” the movement said in a statement.


“It is necessary to form a national front that is in line

with the aspirations of our nation. Freedom of the

prisoners, is our first priority,” the statement 

also read.


Dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by military forces, 

stormed al-Aqsa Mosque compound.. in the occupied
Old City of al-Quds & performed Talmudic rituals, as
Palestinians commemorated the 74th anniversary 

of the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day.




Brazil Lula’s candidacy

by anonimo

May 15th, 8:24am (Prensa Latina) 


Gifted with a pragmatic character and the energy of 

a 30 year old, as he always says.. former President, 

LuizInácio Lula da Silva, 76, presented on May 7th

 in Sao Paulo, his candidacy to Brazil’s presidency 

...for the upcoming October 2nd elections.


Although there are still three months for the electoral

campaign’s official kick-off - August 16th - Lula, and

the ultra-right wing President, Jair Bolsonaro, are

 already working - as fierce contenders - on the 

search for the country’s main position.


The founder of the Workers’ Party (PT) said that he

 wanted to return to power so that nobody dares

to challenge democracy again. And thus, he 

highlighted, fascism will return to the 

sewer of history, from where, it 

shouldn’t have ever come out, 

referring to the Bolsonaro 



“There is no force as strong as that of a people who

 knows how it can be happy again,” the former 

labour leader assured, at the Expo Centre, 

Norte hall, where he also presented the 

movement Let’s Go Together for Brazil, 

which gathers seven political parties, 

unions and social groups: with the 

common cause of defeating the 

head of state... at the 

polling stations.


Lula once again reiterated his aspiration “to lead

 Brazil back to the future, along the roads of

 sovereignty, development, social justice 

and inclusion, democracy and respect 

for the environment”.


Also in campaign mode, Bolsonaro, who is looking for 

a 2nd term, recently.. tried to launch his candidacy

 in Brasília, but his new political organization, the

 Liberal Party, backed off, and coordinated a 

moderate event, taking into account the

possible violations of electoral law.


As expected, the former Army captain proclaimed

 what is expected to be his campaign slogan: “We 

are involved in a struggle of good against evil”.


Among his weapons, besides blaming the Covid-19

 pandemic for the economic disaster, he adopts 

social benefit programs in an attempt to 

increase his possibilities of winning, 

but faces negative numbers and
lack of credibility.


It is for sure, according to analysts, that an extremely

 polarized campaign is foreseen, as a faithful picture 

of class struggle in the South American giant.


Political experts say that the fight between Lula and

 Bolsonaro could be the unfinished battle of the 2018

 elections, after former judge Sérgio Moro convicted

 the PT leader, without evidence, to pull him out of

 the race for the Planalto Palace (the Executive

 Power’s headquarters).


At that time, a court overturned the former president’s

 candidacy because he was sentenced for alleged

 acts of corruption; however, in March 2021, the

 Supreme Court annulled all his sentences and 

he recovered his political rights and the 

possibility of running.


Lula, with 40.6 percent of valid votes, appears 

with an evident advantage towards the next

 presidential race, according to a new poll.


The study by the National Transportation 

Confederation and the MDA Institute 

shows Bolsonaro in second place, 

with 32 percent.


According to the survey, the former president 

would win in a second round (October 30th), 

against the former paratrooper by 14 points

 (50.8 percent against 36.8).


Brazil, the riches country in Latin America, will 

have a fierce electoral fight, whose outcome 

will possibly have repercussions beyond
borders, several people say.







Three Dead and One Wounded

 in New Massacre in

May 14th, 9:40pm (teleSUR)


According to human rights NGOs, it is the 39th

 massacre, so far this year, in the midst of an

 atmosphere of pre-electoral violence, that 

continues unabated.


At least three young people were killed on Friday night,

in the municipality of Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia,

 and a 16 year-old minor was wounded. Local police

 sources... confirmed a new episode of armed 

violence in the South American country.


According to local media, the police version reports

 that the victims were hanging out... in the park of 

one of the city's neighbourhoods, when armed 

men attacked them at night. The deceased 

were 18, 19 and 25 years of age.


Also, a 16 year-old minor was wounded in the

shooting, who underwent surgery and is in 

a reserved prognosis.


Although the authorities are investigating whether 

the multiple homicide was the result of retaliation, 

the Institute for Development and Peace (Indepaz)

recalls that there was already an Early Warning 

(EW) for the area.


In particular, Indepaz refers that the Ombudsman's

 Office had issued a TA, number 19/2021, which

 included the municipalities of El Cerrito, 

Buga and Palmira and pointed out the 

deficiencies of the state response in 

terms of security --- especially in 

comprehensive prevention



The previous March, another massacre took place in 

a rural area of the same municipality. In this event,

 three people were killed in a house in the 

Chambimbal district. A year earlier, in 

January 2021, the massacre of five 

young people in a farm, caused 

a commotion in Buga and
rest of Valle.


The main hypotheses so far are, the settling of scores

 and disputes over territorial control, due to drug

 trafficking. However, Indepaz points out, that 

the economy of municipalities like Buga, in 

which both legal and illegal actors take 

part, helps to understand, in part, how 

the armed conflict and criminality 

have fed the functioning of

this economy.


In view of what would be the 39th massacre so far this

year, Indepaz recalls: that the so-called Autodefensas

Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC), local drug trafficking

structures and the Third Division of the Colombian

Army, among other armed groups, are active in 

the area.


The climate of violence, with massacres and selective

assassinations of former combatants and peace

signatories has not stopped in Colombia, two 

weeks before the first round of the 

presidential elections.




Sanctions on 

Russia to Give Rise to 

New Global Crises

May 14th, (teleSUR)

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, pointed out 

on Thursday, that Western measures against 

his country, are harming the economies of 

those imposing them and causing, to a 

large extent, a global crisis.

The vice president of the Russian Security Council,

Dmitri Medvedev, predicted a wide range of global 

problems as a result of the sanctions imposed on 

Russia, by the US and its Western allies.

“New regional military conflicts will arise in 

places where the situation has not been 

resolved peacefully for many years, or 

the significant interests of the main 

international actors are ignored,” 

Medvedev wrote on his 

Telegram channel.

The former prime minister and former Russian
president, considered as inevitable, the 
activation of terrorist groups that will 
take advantage of the fact, that the 
Western authorities are currently 
focused on the struggle 

with Russia.

“New epidemics will begin, caused by the refusal 

of honest international cooperation in the 

sanitary and epidemiological field, or 

by the use of biological weapons,” 

he warned.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin pointed out on

 Thursday, that Western measures against his 

country are harming the economies of the 

sanctioners and causing, to a large 

extent, a global crisis.

“Their perpetrator.... guided by short-sighted and

exaggerated political ambitions & Russophobia,

further harm their own national interests, their 

own economies and the well-being of their 

citizens,” he said, during an online 

government meeting to discuss 

economic issues.

In his opinion, the continuation of the policy of

an “obsession with sanctions” against Russia 

...will entail more serious consequences,

 difficult to reverse --- for the citizens of 

the European Union and the poorest 

states in the world.

As he warned, several countries are already in 

danger of suffering famine, and assured: that
the punitive measures against Russia are 

maintained, consequences difficult to 

reverse, for the European Union, 

may arise.

According to Putin, the blame for the global

 consequences of anti-Russian sanctions 

lies with Western countries, ready to 

sacrifice the rest of the world for 

their dominance.


India, in this changing 

geostrategic environs

May 14th, 2pm (PressTV)


If we look at the issue from the perspective of 

long-term economic cycles analysis, the era 

of US economic power is coming to end 

and a new era of economic power 

based in Asia - particularly in 

China and India  - is starting 

because of more efficient 

production models, that 

have been established 

there in recent years. 

These combine centralized strategic planning 

with market forces and the channeling of 

profits into production, as opposed to 

channeling them... into the personal 

wealth of a few wealthy oligarchs.

In contrast, the US has shifted from a production-

based economy to a financially-dominated 

economy, characterized by extreme 

wealth gaps and the channeling 

of profits into the hands of a 

few oligarchs, and into 

offshore tax havens,

instead of into the 

expansion of 


and jobs.


Angola’s central province is 

massively behind the MPLA

by Martin Hacthoun

May 14th, 9:19am (Prensa Latina) 

The governing People’s Movement for the Liberation 

of Angola (MPLA, in Portuguese) received today the 

support of tens of thousands of people in the 

central province of Huambo, in a campaign 

rally for the next general elections in

 the country.

Just as in other territories, live images on public

 television showed a massive mobilization in 

favour of the ruling party and its president, 

João Lourenço.

With only three months to go before the elections, the

 head of state and government also focused his

 speech on the results of the main programs 

aimed at meeting the needs of the people, 

diversifying the national economy, 

promoting employment and 

fostering both public and 

private investments.

Eleven political parties are qualified, so far, to run 

in the general elections in Angola, scheduled 

for August this year, according to the 

Constitutional Court.

Besides the MPLA, the other key organizations 

are long time rival National Union for the Total 

Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Angola’s

 National Liberation Front (FNLA), the 

Democratic Bloc and the Social 

Renewal Party.

The MPLA leader placed among the priority issues the

 improvement of education and health services, as

 well as housing conditions and electric power 

and drinking water supplies. The President 

shared statistics and examples of works 

done in several places.

Along with the construction of health centres and

educational facilities, the State ensured the entry 

of more professionals, the Stateman said, adding 

the Government’s willingness to continue along 

the same path in a coming mandate if the 

Movement achieves electoral victory 

in August this year.

From 2017 to date, about 260,000 Angolans, mostly

youths, have completed technical-professional

training -- and over 150,000 have left the 

informal sector of the economy -- which 

still offers an occupation for a majority 

fringe of the population, he noted.


Donbass recovery will give 

a strong impetus to 

economic growth 

in Russia – expert

May 13th, 1pm



Economic growth in Russia will come with 

the beginning of the reconstruction of the 

liberated territories of Donbass destroyed 

by the hostilities, said Alexander Losev, a 

member of the Presidium of the Council 

for Foreign and Defense Policy.


“World economic experience shows that when

a recovery from hostilities begins, there is 

economic growth - at a rate exceeding 

10% a year.  If there are resources for 

this – and we have the resources: we 

have a budget in surplus, money, and 

energy resources. And.. as we start

the project of reconstruction, and 

integration, it gives an enormous 

impulse for economic growth. 

The funds that will be used 

for that, will be repaid a 

hundredfold - and they 

won’t cause inflation”,

 – Losev said.


According to the expert, the process of the

recovery of cities and regions.. will allow
load enterprises in Russia, Donbass, 

& Luhansk, which will be integrated 

into the Russian economy.


At the same time, consumer demand within 

the country will be stimulated, especially 

for the purchase of domestic goods and 

materials, which will be a contribution 

to the country’s GDP.





Dollar rate falls below 64 rubles,

 euro rate drops below 66 rubles 

on Moscow Exchange

May 12th, 4:17pm (TASS)


The dollar-to-ruble rate fell below 64 rubles in the

 course of the currency trading of the Moscow

 Exchange, for the first time since 

February 2020.


The euro-to-ruble rate fell below 66 rubles, for the first 

time since June 2017, according to the trading data.


As of 05:02 pm Moscow time, the dollar rate lost 

4.97%, dropping to 63.86 rubles. As of 05:14pm

 Moscow time, the euro lost 6.66% and 

dropped to 65.94 rubles.


By 05:42 pm Moscow time, the dollar accelerated 

its decline to 63.48 rubles (-5.54%). The euro
fell to 65.85 rubles (-6.79%).


The MOEX index lost 3.35% and dropped to 

2,307.19 points. The dollar-denominated 

RTS index rose by 1.9% 

to 1,145.32 points.



Playing with fire

the Persian Gulf

May 12th, 3:56pm



Biden’s DOJ continues with relish to publish

 declassified documents on Saudi Arabian 

intelligence agencies and diplomats’ 

links to 9/11 terrorists.


The revelations have been coming with increasing

 regularity since last September, the 20th 

anniversary of the attacks, and have 

become yet another bludgeoning 

cudgel from Washington 

on Riyadh.


The documents released the other day have become

 some of the most scandalous. They revealed the

 names of two employees of the Saudi consulate 

in Los Angeles – Mana and Johar – who greeted

 would-be terrorists upon their arrival in the US 

and held meetings with them right in the 

diplomatic building.


The appearance of these documents is particularly

telling, as the Senate does take up consideration of

the NOPEC Act, which allows the DOJ to sue OPEC 

and impose sanctions on cartel member countries 

– for creating disadvantages for the US, in the 

oil market.


The law has been under discussion since the Clinton

 era. It may never be finally adopted. But it is the 

same whip that the US is threatening Saudi 

Arabia and the UAE – at a time when the 

Gulf monarchies are refusing to engage 

with Washington, are not responding
Biden’s calls and are drifting
China and Russia.


As for declassification of documents on the events

 of 20 years ago, it provides grounds for imposing

 sanctions – as the US can then not only strangle 

the Persian Gulf economically. They might, for 

example, recognize these monarchies as 

sponsors of terrorism by trying to bring 

about regime change there.


Biden’s short-sighted foreign policy has already turned

 into a de facto beginning of the end of the petrodollar

 system. The UAE predicts a rise in oil prices to $400 

a barrel in the event of a full freeze in relations with 

the United States. And this will threaten not only

 destabilisation of the entire Middle East – but 

also economic collapse... for an already 

sanctions-weary liberal world order.





German Compact predicts 

world famine --- due to 

sanctions against 


May 12th,  3:17pm



The population of the West has no choice but to

 tighten their belts and learn to starve – the

 boomerang of anti-Russian sanctions will 

be severe. So says the German Compact.


Millions of Europeans and citizens of a number of

 other countries, are totally dependent on Russian

 energy resources, fertilizers and nickel. This also

 includes crops. The world will face a global 

famine ---  if aggressive pressure on the 

Russian economy continues.


“A global disaster is coming because of anti-Russian

 sanctions. A new threat has emerged – a tsunami 

of famine”, – writes the publication.


The rouble-based gas payment scheme introduced by

 Vladimir Putin could become the same for all other

 goods exported by Moscow. Meanwhile, Russian

 wheat has already stopped going abroad... 

causing an unprecedented jump in grain 

prices in importing countries.


“A new world economic order is taking shape, with

 ever clearer contours. An era has begun in which 

it is impossible to regulate everything with just 

printed money. There are signs of an era in 

which people will have to learn to do 

without food again”, – the 

author writes.


Despite the West’s inept attempts to “save face” 

and amplify propaganda in a bid to reassure its 

own population, ordinary Europeans are

 already starting to panic.


“The German media are still proudly reporting that

sugar prices, in supermarkets in Moscow, and St

Petersburg have risen by 37% as a result of the

sanctions. Meanwhile, in Germany, large chain 

shops - such as Aldi and Lidl - are raising the 

prices of their products by up to 50 %”, 

– the publication cites.


There is growing unrest in the ranks 

of German farmers, for example.


“This shows that Germans are increasingly losing

control of reality, although it is, apparently, the 

first time in 77 years, that the situation is 

getting really serious”, – says the paper.


The University of Bonn, by the way, has calculated

 that the “tsunami of hunger” may well hit over a

 hundred million people - which, in turn - will 

provoke a migration crisis on a scale that 

humanity has never faced before.




Bloomberg: Ruble turned into

world’s best currency in 2022

May 12th, 1:54pm



The ruble has strengthened, thanks to measures taken

 by the Russian government following the imposition of

 sanctions. In particular, the authorities have imposed

 capital controls, required exporters to sell foreign

 currency proceeds and demanded that gas 

supplies be paid for in rubles.


Bloomberg notes that the ruble has gained 11 per cent

 against the dollar since the start of the year and is the

 biggest gainer among the 31 major currencies the

 agency tracks.


Two years ago, the ruble was among the laggards. In

 2020, analysts at Credit Suisse called its dynamics

 the biggest disappointment of the year, with the

 Russian currency then falling by almost 19%. 

Now, thanks to the Central Bank’s measures, 

the launch of gas sales for roubles and 

capital controls, the rouble has
into the lead.


By the way, the tough measures of the Central Bank

 are not a panacea for all economies. For example, 

Turkey and Argentina imposed capital controls, 

but it had the opposite effect – currency 

devaluation and rising inflation.




Employees in Riga are 

being fired - over the 

laying of flowers at 

a monument - to the 

Liberators of Donbas

May 12th, 1:35pm



A Commission of the Latvian Parliament has 

previously authorized the demolition of 

the monument to the Liberators.


Now the employees, who allowed citizens to lay 

flowers at the monument on May 9th-10th, will

 be punished.


“Even if the monument is not torn down, let them

 forget, there will be no flower laying next year”, 

– said the head of the state police.


On May 9th, flowers were carried to the monument 

all day long. On May the 10th in the morning... the

authorities decided to remove them... with a 

bulldozer. The residents did not appreciate

the move and quickly made up for it.




Lopez Obrador: what the US

is doing with Cuba is genocide

by Ana Luisa Brown

May 12th, 11:51am  (Prensa Latina) 


What the U.S. government is doing with Cuba 

is genocide, denounced today the president 

of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 

when he insisted that the Summit of
Americas, be inclusive.


Addressing the issue for the umpteenth time in his

morning press conference at the National Palace,

the president recalled the interventionist and

aggressive policy of the United States in

the Americas.


He cited how in 1847 they took from Mexico half of 

its territory, which today make up eight states of 

the Union --- and asked ''how many times'' they

disembarked their marines on the continent.


We assure that it is not correct to exclude any country

 from a Summit of the Americas, and that no one has

 the right to speak in the name of all of the 

Americas or to decide who participates.


''We are independent, free, sovereign countries, we do

not act under hegemonic mandates from foreign

governments  ---  we conduct ourselves... in 

accordance with our historical processes, 

which, in all cases, are embodied in the 

constitutions of the peoples,'' he said.


He mentioned the case of Mexico with Article 89,

which gives it the responsibility of applying a 

foreign policy based on the principles of 

non-intervention, among others.


''We want unity and brotherhood in America, no 

to the threat or use of force in international 

relations, yes, to the legal equality of 

states, to international cooperation 

for development, to the protection 

of human rights and the struggle 

for peace.''


Neither Cuba, Argentina, Colombia nor any other 

Latin American country, is going to invade the 

United States, nor does it make sense for the 

United States to do so, he affirmed.


He then invoked Jose Marti, Cuba’s National Hero,

 when referring to Our America, ''because we are

 human beings, we love each other very much, 

& we know the importance of Our America. 

That, is the Latin American feeling,'' 

he concluded.




US and European citizens are 

close to collapse: as a result 

of sanctions against Russia

May 12th, 11:23pm



The West is doomed to fail in the large-scale confrontation
with Russia, which will 
inevitably entail disastrous 

consequences for its ordinary inhabitants,

the Ukrainian lawyer ,Tatiana Montyan,
no doubt about this.


In the opinion of the well-known Ukrainian blogger, 

the United States has thrown all its forces into the

 fight against the Russian Federation: this includes

 irrevocable lend-lease to Ukraine, and multibillion-

dollar infusions to help bloody Ukrainian militants.


All White House initiatives, Montyan is convinced,

have a single goal – the total undermining of 

Russian strongholds.


“Nobody is going to pay for the Lend-Lease!  Right 

now the collective West is throwing absolutely all 

its resources into the furnace of this all-out war. 

Well, let them fight. We’ll see who has more 

resources. Spoiler alert: of course, we do. 

We haven’t even started yet. You guys 

do not know us very well”, – said

the lawyer.


Meanwhile, the West itself is already
in big 
trouble because of its own
anti-Russian policy.


The desire to hit Russia’s economy by depriving it of 

energy exports has already managed to drive both

the United States, and European countries, under 

a monastery of record inflation. The Inhabitants
Europe, prefer walking in unison
with Americans. 


The Germans had to urgently introduce 

concessionary tickets for people who

can no longer use their private cars.


“It’s that simple! Because petrol and diesel are so

 expensive that it's simply unprofitable for people 

to commute. And Americans were sending in a 

meme today:  ‘I have to get a second job, to 

earn petrol to drive to my first job’. Well, if 

the price of a gallon of gasoline has 

tripled in some states, what can 

you do?” – Montyan told.


In the past week alone, gasoline prices in Michigan

and Massachusetts jumped 30%, again... breaking

historic highs.


Even the financial giants of the USA were unable to

resist a sharp fall in the price of shares of leading

American companies. The famous Tesla, for 

example, plummeted by at least seven 

per cent, the day before.





Hungary Says: EU’s 

Oil Embargo Proposal 

Still Unacceptable

May 11th, 11:47am (FNA)


The European Union’s proposal on oil sanctions

 against Russia, would destroy the Hungarian

 economy, the country’s Foreign Minister 

Peter Szijjarto said.


Russian shipments via pipelines should be exempted

 from planned European Union oil sanctions against

 Moscow that, in their current form, would destroy

 Hungary's economy, Szijjarto said on Wednesday, 

Reuters reported.


Szijjarto said that, following talks with EU officials, an

agreement between Budapest and Brussels on the

 proposed ban still looked unlikely.


"Brussels has no proposal for a solution ... which could

 handle the atomic bomb-like impacts of this potential 

oil embargo against Russia, on Hungary's economy,"

 Szijjarto said, in a video posted on his 

Facebook page.


Most other EU countries support banning Russian oil

 under a new sixth package of sanctions designed
punish Moscow for waging war on Ukraine. 

Unanimity is required for such a decision, 

however, with Hungary the most 

vocal critic.


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and European

 Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, on

 Monday, discussed investment in upgrading 

Hungarian oil infrastructure, a spokesman

for the latter, said on Tuesday.


French President Emmanuel Macron 

also talked to Orban this week.


But Szijjarto said the only way to an agreement would

 be if the ban applied to maritime oil shipments only,

 and that it would be realistic to return to Hungary's

 original proposal to exempt pipeline shipments.


Russian oil shipments via the Druzhba pipeline

 account for about 65% of the oil Hungary needs.


Orban said earlier he was ready to negotiate as 

soon as he saw a new proposal that would
Hungarian interests.



Demand for justice in Panama 

in missing women cases

by Alina Ramos Martin

May 11th, 9:42am (Prensa Latina) 


Organizations that watch over women's

 human rights in Panama, insist that 

justice be done in cases of 



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According to figures provided by the Public 

Prosecutor´s Office at this moment in the

 entire country 17 women are without 

a known whereabouts.


In this regard, the designated Attorney General, 

Javier Caraballo pointed out that they are 

doing evrything possible to solve the 

cases, and pledged to hold meetings 

with representatives of women´s 



In the last days, several groups of people have

 denounced the missing in Panama of at least 

15 women during the last year. These 

organizations fear that the missing 

women may have been murdered, 

kidnapped or raped.


The day before, more than a hundred women 

gathered in the capital´s Belisario Porras 

Park, a few meters from the HQ of the 

Attorney General´s Office, to demand

 their rights.


“We shout for each disappeared, we want us alive,”

 read one of the many banners. “Not a single one 

less”, “Enough”, was read on others. Some of the

 demonstrators carried purple scarves and signs 

with slogans such as ‘we want justice, 

not statistics’.




US Approves $40 Billion
to Ukraine: Amidst

May 11th, 7:27am (al Manar)

US House of Representatives approved the bill 

to send $40 billion of aid to Ukraine on 

Tuesday, according to a live stream 

on the House website.

The bill received the necessary majority of votes 

and will now be sent to the Senate. If the law 

passes the Senate, it will be sent to US 

President Joe Biden for signature.

The bill implies the allocation of funds for 

military, economic, and humanitarian
 to Kiev.

Biden had previously requested this additional cash.

He urged senators to approve it quickly --- warning 

that if they don’t, the US will soon have to cease 

help to Kiev --- because all of the resources 

provided by Congress previously, had 

been depleted.

The US president, first, demanded $33 billion in aid,

 before Congress later upped the amount to about 

$40 billion, according to US media reports. 

Additional funding was recommended 

- in particular for the procurement 

of fighting vehicles and 

food supplies.

The House’s approval of the bill sparked outrage on

 social media in opposition to the decision. “We are

 sending 40 Billion to a far-off war while our babies 

go hungry. No serious country would act in such a

 manner,” wrote Jack Posobiec on Twitter.

Congressman Troy Nehl wrote: You can support

Ukraine, without adding another $40 BILLION 

to our National Debt in the middle of multiple 

crises at home.

Yesterday, the US infant formula shortage 

was causing producers to scramble and 

parents to panic.

According to CNN and USA Today, 40% of infant

formula was out of supply in more than 11,000

locations throughout the US during the week 

of April 24th, compared to an out-of-stock 

proportion of 2 - 8% during the first half 

of 2021.

Numbers from the Datasembly website show that

more than half of the available infant formula in

supermarkets was sold out during the week of 

April 24 in 6 states: Texas, Tennessee, North 

Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri.

In response to concerns about formula hoarding, 

some large shops, including Walgreens and CVS, 

have set limitations on how much formula 

parents may purchase at one time.

Source: Agencies (edited by 

Al-Manar English Website)




Lula concludes tour of 

southeastern Brazil
political alliances

by Ileana Ferrer Fonte

May 11th, 7:18am (Prensa Latina) 


Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 

on Wednesday, concludes his tour in Juiz de Fora

municipality, in southeastern Minas Gerais state,

to discuss political alliances for the 

October elections.


In that district, the founder of the Workers’ Party (PT)

will end his three-day tour, which included visits to

Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, and 

Coragem city, where he said on Tuesday that 

to govern the country it is necessary 

to think of the working people.


He repeated something he said on Saturday during 

the presentation of the “Vamos Juntos por Brasil”

 movement:-  “governing is only possible if you put 

your heart into it. It's not a matter of accounting, 

of looking at income and expenditure figures. In 

fact, we have a social debt with 215 million 

Brazilians who need to live with dignity,” 

he added.


The “Vamos Juntos por Brasil” coalition brings

 together seven parties, all united in a single 

cause, that's to defeat ultra-right President 

Jair Bolsonaro in the polls, along with
union and social movements.


Regarding the visit to Juiz do Fora, collaborators of 

the former governor were warned that Bolsonaro’s

 supporters would be staging a protest during 

Lula’s visit to the city, Metropoles news 

portal reported.


After the alert, the PT leader’s campaign decided to 

redouble its security and changed the place where

 Lula will participate in a political act.







More than 79,000 Panamanians 

have become literate with 

Cuban method

by Alina Ramos Martin

May 11th, 00:15 (Prensa Latina) 


The director of Literacy at the Ministry of Social
Development (Mides) of Panama, Carlos 

Contreras, said that through the Cuban

 method Yo si puedo (Yes I can), more 

than 97,000 people have learned to 

read and write.


Interviewed by the local radio station KW Continente,

 the official said that since the Muévete por Panamá 

program began in 2007 and, up to date, 97,193 

citizens, mostly women, have been taught 

to read and write.


Contreras explained the scope of the innovative

 methodology created by the Cuban educator 

Leonela Relis, which as a rule has a greater 

incidence in indigenous districts and areas 

of difficult access.


The program, according to Contreras, has never

 stopped, despite the necessary restrictions of 

the last two years and the biosecurity 

measures due to Covid-19.


In 2022, he indicated, we will resume with more

strength, this project, that contemplates 65 

theoretical-practical classes.. (two hours a 

day) distributed in seven and a half weeks, 

depending on the agenda of the illiterates 

and the volunteer teachers that he called 

“our angels.”


As a rule, the volunteer teachers are children,

nephews or grandchildren of the illiterates

themselves, and the lessons take place 

in their own homes, he noted.




Foreign Food Delivery Drivers 

Go on Strike in Dubai

May 10th, 10:56am (FNA)


Foreign food-delivery workers in the United Arab 

Emirates staged a mass walkout, calling for 

better pay and working conditions in a 

rare instance of industrial action in

 the country.


The strike on Tuesday followed similar action earlier

this month in which foreign workers forced another

company to suspend plans to cut pay, 

Reuters reported.


In the latest episode, drivers for Talabat, the Middle

 East unit of the German company Delivery Hero, 

on Monday evening began refusing to make 

deliveries in Dubai, the country’s financial 

centre and a regional tourism hub.


In the early hours of Tuesday outside a restaurant in 

Dubai, a group of Talabat drivers said they had been 

encouraged to take action to demand a better deal 

after seeing the success of a strike earlier this

 month by Deliveroo delivery workers.


That strike, which massively disrupted Deliveroo’s

services on May 1st, saw the British food delivery

company meet driver demands --- not to proceed 

with plans to cut pay.


Independent trade unions, public protests and

industrial action are banned in the oil-rich 

[Persian] Gulf country.


The Talabat drivers said they were calling for the

 equivalent of a $0.54 increase in payments to 

$2.59 per order to help with higher fuel costs, 

which have risen more than 30 percent this

 year in the UAE.


“If Deliveroo gives this price … why are we not 

getting [it]?,” a Pakistani Talabat driver said,

 requesting anonymity over fears of 

reprisals from the company and 

the authorities.


Deliveroo drivers in Dubai earn 

about $2.79 per delivery.


A Talabat spokesperson said its delivery drivers 

on average were earning 3,500 dirhams ($953)

a month. The number of hours worked for 

that, was not disclosed.


There had been no recent change in the pay rates 

and until last week 70 percent of drivers had 

been satisfied with Talabat’s earnings 

structure, the spokesperson said.


Talabat drivers, however, said that after paying for 

petrol they were earning 2,500 dirhams ($680) a

 month by working 12 to 14 hours a day, seven 

days a week.


The drivers warned the strike could continue until 

the company committed to the pay increase, but 

some were wary of falling foul of authorities if 

the action lasted too long.


UAE authorities have not made any public 

statements on the issue --- at the time 

of publication.


Many delivery drivers in the UAE, including those

working for Talabat, say they are employed by

agencies --- who illegally charge them for 

working permits and other fees.





Report: EU to Go into 

Debt for Ukraine

May 10th, 10:51am (FNA)


The European Union is planning to fund the operating

 expenses of the government in Kiev, for at least 

three months, POLITICO reported on Monday, 

citing diplomatic sources.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told the

 International Monetary Fund (IMF) he needed $7 

billion per month ($1 = €0.95), to pay salaries, 

pensions & other government expenditures. 


The US has pledged to provide a third of that sum 

for the next three months. The EU intends to 

make up the difference with special bonds, 

according to POLITICO.


The European Commission (EC) briefed ambassadors

of the member countries about the plan on Friday,

 according to the outlet. It involves issuing debt 

using guarantees from EU member countries. 


The scheme is structured along the lines of SURE, 

the program used to raise €100 billion in aid for 

EU citizens who lost their jobs due to the 

COVID-19 lockdowns. That debt, was 

then securitized as bonds ranging 

from 5-30 years.


“Whenever there’s a problem with money, [the

Commission] says SURE!” POLITICO quoted 

a diplomat as saying.


The plan could be unveiled as early as May 18th and at

least three countries – including Austria, Germany,

and Greece – have asked for alternative options,

according to the outlet. They are - reportedly - 

hoping non-EU countries like Japan, Norway, 

and the UK would “chip in” as well, leaving 

the EU with less of a debt burden. France 

has also proposed that heads of EU 

states discuss the problem in a 

summit meeting at the end 

of May.


Meanwhile, EU Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell, has

proposed another option - to fund rebuilding Ukraine: 

confiscating the Russian foreign exchange reserves

 currently frozen under EU sanctions. Borrell 

pointed to the example of Washington 

confiscating the funds of the Afghan 

central bank after the US withdrew 

from Afghanistan and the Taliban 

took over. It is “full of logic” to 

use Russian assets the same 

way, Borrell told FT in an

 interview published 

on Monday. 


In February, US President Joe Biden seized half of the

 $7 billion in the Afghanistan Bank’s assets held in US

 financial institutions, saying it would go towards

 compensating victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks, 

while the other half would go towards “the 

benefit of the Afghan people and for 

Afghanistan’s future”, though it 

was not specified as to how. 


The Taliban denounced it as theft, and even the former

 US-backed president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai,

 termed it “unjust and unfair and an atrocity 

against Afghan people".





Petro proposes to consolidate 

peace if he wins elections

 in Colombia

by Ileana Ferrer Fonte

May 9th, 7:27am (Prensa Latina) 


Peace in Colombia is one of the transversal axes 

of the Government program proposed by the

Historical Pact candidate, Gustavo Petro, 

on Monday, if he wins the May 29th 

presidential elections.


“From the first day of my Government, the protocols

 that the Government of (Juan Manuel) Santos 

signed with the guarantor States of peace, 

will be recognized,” Petro, favourite to win

 the upcoming elections, said this Sunday.


On his Twitter account, he assured that, if he becomes

 the President of this South American nation, he will

 initiate the comprehensive peace process with all 

actors of violence and propose a great pact of 

society for coexistence.


According to the programmatic platform of 

theHistorical Pact coalition, in a possible 

mandate of Petro & Francia Marquez, 

as vice-president, violence against 

peace signatories will cease and 

they will implement what has 

been agreed in its entirety, 

with support of the whole 

of society... and of

the international 



“Particularly, the agreement on integrated rural 

reform will be a main pillar of our proposal for 

the democratization of land”, states Petro’s 

program, called Change for Life.


Petro also considers necessary to reach a peace

agreement with the National Liberation Army, 

for which, he will establish the conditions to 

advance in effective talks and negotiations

within the frame-work of the generation of 

a broad national consensus, and also the 

support of the international community - 

taking into account the lessons learned 

from the Final Peace Agreement with 

the former Revolutionary Armed 

Forces of Colombia.




AMLO: Blockade on Cuba 

Makes US Government 

Look Bad 

 May 9th, (teleSUR)


Mexican President, Andres Manuel López Obrador,

(AMLO) has called on the US  ---  to end more than 

six decades of economic blockade against Cuba.


On this matter, AMLO said on Sunday during a meeting

 with his counterpart from Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in

 the Cuban capital Havana that the U.S. government

 "looks bad" implementing an embargo that affects 

the Cuban people's well-being: to make them 

confront their authorities.


In his speech, the Mexican President said that "if this

 perverse strategy were to succeed, something that

 does not seem likely, due to the dignity to which I 

have referred of the Cuban people, in any case, it

 would turn this great grievance into a pyrrhic, 

and vile triumph, into one of those stains 

that cannot be erased - even with all
the water in the oceans."


AMLO said that respecting Cuba's sovereignty, he will

 continue to insist on lifting the U.S. blockade and

 encourage the resumption of relations
between the two nations.


Referring to the Ninth Summit of the Americas, the

 President said that he would, again, ask U.S. 

President, Joe Biden, not to exclude any 

country from the event held next June 

in Los Angeles, United States. 


In this regard, he said: "Let the authorities of each

country freely decide whether to attend this 

meeting, but let no one exclude anyone." 

After he visited Cuba, AMLO, in a press conference,

described it ... as profitable. He expressed that 

Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, is a hard

-working, intelligent, and human president. 

He also announced plans: for Cuban 

doctors to reinforce the Mexican 

health system.


The Mexican president also said in his speech that the

 Cuban people would demonstrate to the world - that

 reason is more powerful than force and expressed 

his hope that the largest of the Antilles would be 

able to renew the Cuban Revolution of January 

1959, in what he called "the new revolution
in the Revolution."


At the end of the meeting, both Presidents 

Díaz-Canel and López Obrador, signed 

a joint declaration --- reaffirming the 

commitment of the two countries 

--- to strengthen their historical




Brazil's Lula wants new 

currency to be freed

 from Dollar

 May 8th, 11:57am 



Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 

has launched his presidential candidacy for this

October's election, calling for unity 

around democracy.


He has also vowed to fix the country's economy 

hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In this 

regard, Lula has proposed creating a Latin 

American currency - to combat the 

dependency on the dollar.




Report: EU Mulls Emergency 

Energy Sharing Plan in Face 

of Possible Full Stop of 

Russian Supplies

May 8th, 11:47am (FNA)


The European Commission is due to approve an

emergency energy sharing plan... on May 18th, 

to grapple with a possible abrupt interruption 

of Russian gas supplies to the bloc, the 

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.


According to the news outlet, Brussels warns that 

in the case of an emergency, the plan will affect

 almost all EU partners of Madrid because those 

that have alternative sources of energy 

supplies, such as Spain, will have to 

share their gas with the countries 

that will be hit by Russia’s 

possible decision to cut

gas deliveries.


The blueprint will reportedly stipulate that energy

 rationing should be applied in such a way that

 companies in unaffected EU countries could 

not have a competitive advantage over the 

firms based in the bloc’s member states 

that may face cuts in energy supplies.


El Pais pointed out that Brussels plans to use a 2017

regulation on the security of energy supplies... in 

order to introduce measures that will guarantee 

the delivery of enough gas to households and

essential social services, in all EU countries.


The EU’s blueprint envisages that each affected

 country can declare a national emergency and 

impose its own rationing rules. In addition, 

such nations are allowed to invoke the 

regulation’s solidarity-related clause, 

which would prompt unaffected 

countries to help provide them 

with gas supplies.


El Pais reported that the EU has already “embarked 

on a frantic race” --- to find alternative energy 

supplies. At the same time, Brussels admits

that, in the immediate future, “it will be 

practically impossible” to replace

Russian gas deliveries, the 

daily argues.


According to the news outlet, the European

Commission believes that, of the 155,000 

million cubic metres of gas that annually 

arrived from Russia, two thirds can be 

replaced. It means that about 50,000 

million cubic metres would be 

missing, a figure that is tanta

-mount to the 12-month gas 

consumption of Romania, 

Hungary, Austria, the 

Czech Republic, 







Earlier this week, the EU Commissioner for Energy,

Kadri Simson, urged Brussels to accelerate the

deployment of renewable energy sources, in a 

bid to resolve the issue of replacing imports 

of Russian gas.


“We cannot simply replace 155 bcm of Russian gas

with fossil gas from other suppliers. It [is] neither

sustainable nor affordable. So we need to speed

[up] the deployment of renewable energy,” 

she noted.


Since the beginning of Russia's special operation to

"demilitarise and de-Nazify" Ukraine in February, EU

officials have introduced a spate of sanctions 

against Moscow, as well as pledging to 

dramatically reduce the 27-nation 

bloc's dependence on Russian 

oil, gas and coal.


In early March, the EU announced plans to slash its

dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds during

2022. Europe gets about 40% of its natural gas 

from Russia.


Also in March, President Vladimir Putin instructed 

the government and Russian energy giant 

Gazprom to switch gas payments by 

countries that imposed sanctions 

on Moscow, to rubles.


The decision was followed by Gazprom’s press

service announcing, in late April, that the 

company had suspended gas supplies 

to Poland and Bulgaria, due