RT: World shifting from West to East – BRICS forum president to RT
The role of BRICS on the global stage is increasing every day and many countries are attracted to the economic bloc by the new solutions and stability it offers, believes the president of the BRICS International Forum, Purnima Anand, who spoke exclusively to RT this week.
Common Dreams: On Black Friday, Amazon Workers in 40+ Countries Strike and Protest ‘Despicable’ Treatment
Al Jazeera: Will more Ukrainians flee to the European Union as winter bites?
Bram Frouws, director of the Geneva-based Mixed Migration Centre, told Al Jazeera that as more Ukrainians head towards the EU this winter, the bloc faces new challenges.
“What remains to be seen is how European populations and their governments are going to respond to this. They’ve all been very welcoming and supportive so far, but at the same time, this support could reduce with Europe also facing an energy crisis. But I still think people will be empathetic towards Ukrainian refugees, despite high energy bills,” he said.
FT: Turkish delay over Nato bids threatens Baltics’ security, warns Lithuania
RT: Putin offers tax incentives for use of domestic technology
Russian businesses that buy and embrace domestic IT solutions will be able to claim tax benefits starting from next year, President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday at the AI Journey Conference.
RT: Russia mulls swapping frozen assets – finance minister
Moscow is considering exchanging foreign assets frozen in Russia for Russian assets seized by Western countries, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday.
Guardian: Cost of living crisis hitting England’s most deprived areas hardest, ONS says
Those in England’s most deprived districts more frequently reported spending less on food and essentials in the fortnight up to 20 November, 58% saying so compared with a third of those living in the least deprived areas.
TeleSUR: UK Top Court Rules Against Scottish Independence Vote Bid
WSWS: Menzies ground staff strike at Heathrow Airport
Ground handling staff at London Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, held a 72-hour strike last week. From 4 a.m. on November 18, 350 members of the Unite union employed by Menzies Aviation walked out against what Unite referred to as “derisory pay offers.”
WSWS: UK postal workers renew strikes against Royal Mail for decent pay and against restructuring
TeleSUR: High Inflation Widens Social and Economic Gap in Germany
In October, annual inflation in Germany was mainly driven by rising energy and food prices, which were up by 43 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Reuters: German consumer sentiment stabilizes with help of energy measures
German consumer sentiment is set to barely change in December as government energy measures help stabilize morale at a level that is just above a record low set two months earlier and still signals declining consumption, a GfK institute survey showed on Friday.
East Asia and Oceania
WSWS: Anger erupts among workers at Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, China
Protests involving thousands of workers erupted Tuesday night at the massive Foxconn factory at Zhengzhou that produces around half of the world’s Apple iPhones.
SCMP: China cotton production set to grow in 2022 as Xinjiang offsets drought-hit Yangtze River region
Total cotton production in China is expected to reach 6.138 million tonnes in 2022, which would represent a 5.8 per cent year on year increase. Some 5.634 million tonnes is expected to be produced in Xinjiang, although demand has weakened, while the US’ Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act has hurt the market
Fortune: Tesla is recalling 81,000 cars in China for seat belt and software problems
SCMP: China is ready to make a key component for the world’s largest fusion reactor
SCMP: China’s reserve requirement ratio cut ‘better late than never’, set to release US$70 billion to boost economy
FT: Mongolia puts its faith in China railway to boost Covid-battered economy
Mongolia opened a new rail line to China on Friday that the landlocked country’s prime minister said would help it weather the zero-Covid controls that have disrupted cross-border trade with its powerful neighbour.
Jacobin: Casual University Workers in Australia Are Escalating the Campaign Against Wage Theft
WSWS: Australians Against COVID to hold protest vigil over “let it rip” policies
WSWS: Australia: Union prepares sell-out deal with New South Wales government as nurses strike
On Wednesday, thousands of public sector nurses took part in a statewide strike in New South Wales (NSW), with rallies or walkouts in 29 locations. The workers are demanding minimum shift-by-shift nurse to patient ratios and increased staffing to deal with the chronic underfunding and overcrowding in the hospitals. They are also opposing the state government’s demands for a massive real wage cut.
WSWS: Australia: More than 800 rail freight drivers locked out by Pacific National
Workers were informed late Wednesday “Pacific National will not accept the performance of any work” by drivers who proceeded with limited industrial action called by the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) as part of negotiations over a new enterprise agreement.
The latest protected industrial action consisted of drivers refusing to operate trains that were not fitted with the necessary safety equipment to meet “minimum safety standards,” according to the union. RTBU Locomotive Division secretary Farren Campbell said the company had told workers, “if you’re not going to drive everything, you’re not driving any at all.”
Central Asia and the Middle East
MEMO: Turkiye, Russia discuss escalation in northern Syria
The Defence Ministers of Turkiye and Russia have discussed a number of bilateral and regional security and defence issues, in light of the recent escalation in northern Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Iraqi News: Turkish threats leave Syria Kurds in fear for city
TeleSUR: 505,486 Libyans Are at Risk of Explosive War Remnants
TeleSUR: Nigeria Begins Drilling in First Oil Fields in Northeast Region
Al Jazeera: Ghana plans to buy oil with gold instead of dollars
Iraqi News: Struggling Ghana plans tax rise, debt swap to secure IMF aid
Ghana’s finance minister, Kenneth Ofori-Atta, presented the 2023 budget to parliament on Thursday, hiking tax and planning a debt swap as the country’s negotiates an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. Ofori-Atta is facing calls for his dismissal as the West African state battles an economic crisis, with inflation at more than 40 percent and the cedi currency falling sharply.
WSWS: Biden administration announces extension of pause in student loan payments
The move was in response to court rulings backing suits by Republican-led state governments and right-wing, corporate-funded lobby groups opposing President Biden’s executive order discharging a relatively small portion, less than a quarter, of the $1.75 trillion in student debt owed by 43 million federal student loan borrowers.
RT: The US could see its supply chain derailed
One of the United States’ largest rail unions rejected a deal with freight companies and, after a cooling-off period that expires on December 9, the country could see a rail strike that could collapse its supply chain ahead of the holiday season. The cost to the US economy could be about $2 billion per day and passenger rails, like Amtrak, could see major disruptions.
RT: Canadians paying for Ukraine’s gas – Kiev
Ukraine has received nearly $350 million from Canada to fill up its underground storage facilities with gas for the winter, Ukrainian media reported on Wednesday, citing Prime Minister Denis Shmigal. … The funding comes as citizens in Canada and the EU are facing unprecedented energy inflation and a cost-of-living crisis, with thousands of families struggling to pay their energy bills.
TeleSUR: Xi Jinping Holds Talks With Cuban President
The Ukraine Proxy Conflict
RT: Stoltenberg notes ‘horrific start to winter’ for Ukraine
“Waves of deliberate missile attacks on cities and civilian infrastructure are depriving Ukrainians of heat, light, and food. This is a horrific start to the winter for Ukraine” he said at a press conference on Friday.
Multipolarista: German military preparing for potential war with Russia, leaked internal report reveals
Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel obtained a leaked confidential strategy paper that reveals the country’s military is preparing for a potential war with Russia.
The German military, the Bundeswehr, released the secret 68-page document internally in September.
The Bundeswehr chief, Inspector General Eberhard Zorn, warned that Germany could be attacked, and he proposed plans for a future armed conflict with Russia.
Retrospectives, History, and Theory
Counterpunch: The Political Economy of Dead Meat
The Left and the Right
Counterpunch: The World According to CPAC
The global far right repeats its central themes over and over again, usually with the built-in assumption that the rightness of what they’re saying is self-explanatory. The conference showcased this messaging strategy by firing off a barrage of simplistic statements that trigger fear or anger, while discouraging critical thought.
Inside the Imperial Core
Naked Capitalism: The Good News and Bad News About the World’s Most Troubled Systemic Lender, Credit Suisse
Outside the Imperial Core
WSWS: The political crisis in Brazil and the fight for the revolutionary party
Counterpunch: Renewable Energy isn’t Replacing Fossil Fuel Energy—It’s Adding to It
Despite all the renewable energy investments and installations, actual global greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing. That’s largely due to economic growth: While renewable energy supplies have expanded in recent years, world energy usage has ballooned even more—with the difference being supplied by fossil fuels. The more the world economy grows, the harder it is for additions of renewable energy to turn the tide by actually replacing energy from fossil fuels, rather than just adding to it.
The Jevons paradox!
Counterpunch: The Future of Grizzly Bear Recovery in the Northern Rockies