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Europe


Naked Capitalism: Europe’s Wind Energy Industry Has Hit A Rough Patch

According to the CEO of Siemens Energy, the issue is supply chains. “Never forget, renewables like wind roughly, roughly, need 10 times the material [compared to] … what conventional technologies need,” said Christian Bruch in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe. “So if you have problems on the supply chain, it hits … wind extremely hard, and this is what we see.”

EU Reporter: Snow to blanket Kyiv as power still in short supply

Euro News: Ukraine war: Europe must brace for 100,000s of Ukrainian refugees this winter, says Jan Egeland

Reuters: Ukraine sees less than 3 mln tonnes of grain leaving in November - minister

In October, some 4.2 million tonnes of grain left Ukrainian ports, Kubrakov said on his Facebook page.

Merco Press: Russia determined to unblock fertilizer exports frozen in European ports

“All the time we are talking about the need to help the poorest countries and on issues completely unrelated to food security these supplies, even donations, are blocked, It is totally unacceptable”

Euro News: Brexit has intensified UK doctor shortages, finds study

WSWS: Germany’s coalition government adopts a budget for war and austerity

The 2023 budget passed in the German parliament on Friday is a declaration of war on working people. At its centre is a massive increase in military spending and extreme cuts in the areas of health, education, and social welfare.

WSWS: Germany: More than one-third of all students at acute risk of poverty

The already dramatic social plight of German students is growing worse. According to the latest figures from the German Federal Statistics Bureau, more than a third of all students were at risk of poverty in 2021. For students living alone or in a shared apartment, the percentage of students facing poverty reached a shockingly high 76.1 percent. Policymakers are leaving students in the cold.

Euro News: French prison population reaches a record 120% capacity

French prisons have reached record levels of inmates this year, with 72,809 people behind bars, despite there only being 60,700 places available.

TeleSUR: Swedes May Face Even Worse Energy Situation Next Winter

The energy situation will be even worse next winter in Sweden, an expert from the Swedish Energy Agency warned on Saturday.

This appears to be an ever-growing realization. Once Europe arrives on the other side of this winter, how exactly are they gonna save themselves from the next one, without Russian gas? And the next?


East Asia and Oceania


Inquirer: China set to launch Shenzhou-15 spacecraft to its space station on Tuesday

TeleSUR: China Records Record Number of COVID-19 Infections

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) recorded 39,791 new cases of Covid-19 in the country on Saturday, setting a record fourth consecutive day of infection figures.

WSWS: The protests in China and the lifting of Zero-COVID

The weekend’s protests were prompted by a tragic fire that took place last Thursday at a high-rise apartment building in Urumqi, in Xinjiang province, which killed 10 people and injured nine.

The Western media and various commentators on Chinese social media assert that barricades set up due to lockdowns prevented firefighters from reaching the building in time. But these claims are contradicted by the fact that the obstructing bollards—vertical posts that serve as traffic barriers—were erected years before the pandemic. Claims that residents were not allowed to evacuate are also contradicted by videos showing residents fleeing the building. Moreover, the district where the fire took place was not under a strict lockdown at the time.

The tragic fire in Urumqi was clearly the result of inadequate fire safety within the building and poor urban planning which prevented the movement of firefighters, problems which exist in every major city internationally.

The weekend’s protesters were largely motivated by anger over the negligence of municipal authorities and sympathy for those who died in the Urumqi fire. It may well be the case that a section of the protesters—especially those with access to the Western media—actually believe that the Zero-COVID policy played a role in the disaster.

Reminds me how the Iranian protests were spawned due to allegations that the Iranian police beat a woman to death when in fact she died suddenly without anybody touching her - as far as I can tell. Of course, it’s not as if it invalidates the protests - it just sometimes feels like the alphabet boys and media are constantly on watch for events to manipulate.

Anyway, this is all I’m posting about the protests unless they significantly escalate. I’ve seen a good number of articles in the MSM today and none of them were worth the digital ink it cost to make them.

ANN: Japan seeks over US$287 billion for next 5-year defence plan

Though Japan is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the figure would put Tokyo on par with the NATO guidelines for its members.

ANN: India, UAE in talks for rupee-dirham denominated bilateral trade

Canadian Dimension: Trudeau sending more Canadian soldiers to the Pacific

ANN: Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

The 26-page document outlined a C$2.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) spending that will include boosting Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the region.

WSWS: Malaysian election presages deeper political crisis

Malaysia’s general election held on November 19 and the subsequent swearing-in of Anwar Ibrahim as the new prime minister last Thursday mark a further fracturing of the country’s political establishment and presage new political upheavals.

WSWS: South Korean government threatens striking truck drivers with back-to-work order

Today is the fifth day of a strike by thousands of South Korean truck drivers which is having a significant impact on big business. The drivers are demanding improved safety conditions and delivery fares in the face of threats from the government and the ruling class.

WSWS: Australian Labor governments and unions inflicting real pay cuts on public sector workers

WSWS: Australian workers voting in state election express hostility to Labor, political establishment


Central Asia and the Middle East


RT: Erdogan hints at mending ties with Syria

Ankara could find a path to repairing its damaged relations with Syria in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Sunday. The comment was made a week after Türkiye began conducting airstrikes on Kurdish-linked sites in northern Syria and Iraq.

“Just as Türkiye-Egypt relations started to normalize, in the next period it can also happen with Syria,” Erdogan said at a meeting in the city of Konya that was shown by news channel TRT. “There is no room for hard feelings in politics.” 

TeleSUR: Israel Seizes Two-Thirds of Palestinian Groundwater

“Israel steals 600 million cubic meters of Palestine’s 800 million cubic meters and diverts it into its cities and settlements,” Palestinean PM Ishtaye said.


Africa


TeleSUR: Egypt Opens Commodities Exchange With Sale of Russian Wheat

Cairo will auction grains and other agricultural products along with minerals and petrochemicals on this new trading platform. Russian wheat will be the first item to be traded at the inauguration of Egypt’s Commodity Exchange, local media report.

TeleSUR: Somalia: Al-Shabab Militants Attack Villa Rosa Hotel

People’s Daily: DRC to hold presidential election in December 2023


North America


WSWS: Service workers at five US convention centers plan strikes in coming weeks

WSWS: Anthony Fauci gives aid and comfort to COVID “lab leak” conspiracy theory

In an interview aired Sunday on Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he had an “open mind” about the fascist conspiracy theory that Chinese and American scientists, including himself, created COVID-19.

“Maybe I did make it. I don’t know, maybe I forgot. To be fair, I was doing a lot of stuff around that time, like preparing to put microchips in the masks and making sure to delay the vaccine so Trump couldn’t use it to get re-elected."

TeleSUR: Thousands of Mexicans March To Show Their Support for the Government

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, heads this Sunday the march towards the Zócalo, in the center of the Mexican capital, accompanied by thousands of Mexicans who support him and defend his national project.

Jacobin: In Mexico, Workers Are Struggling for Independent Unionism

For a century, the official labor movement in Mexico has been a racket of company unions and protection contracts for bosses. Now that there’s a genuine push to grow independent unionism, President Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador must get behind it.


South America


TeleSUR: Municipal Assembly Elections in Cuba Proceed Normally

As of 07H00 local time (13H00 GMT), the polling stations opened for Cubans to elect the representatives of the local assemblies of the People’s Power, the main governing body at the local level.

TeleSUR: Venezuelan Govt and Opposition Sign Second Partial Agreement

TeleSUR: Hitmen Enter an Ecuadorian Hospital and Take Hostages


The Ukraine Proxy Conflict


RT: Dmitry Trenin: A confession from Putin suggests that the Ukraine conflict could last for years

Admissions of mistakes are rare among incumbent leaders, but they are important as indicators of lessons they have learned. This experience has apparently made Putin decide not that the decision to launch the special military operation last February was wrong, but that eight years before, Moscow should not have put any faith in Kiev, Berlin, and Paris, and instead should have relied on its own military might to liberate the Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine.

In other words, agreeing to a Minsk-style ceasefire now would be another mistake which would allow Kiev and its backers to better prepare to resume fighting at the time of their choosing.

Al Jazeera: US eyes long-range rockets for Ukraine as arms supplies dwindle

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet the demand for more weapons.

US and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated arms as the war drags on.

Naked Capitalism: “Instructions from Kiev”: Ukraine Propaganda Messaging


Analysis

Retrospectives, History, and Theory


Naked Capitalism: Michael Hudson Answers Questions on Europe’s Self-Immolation, Fed’s Malpractice, Changing World Order


The Left and the Right


Jacobin: China Mieville on Why Capitalism Deserves Our Burning Hatred

If you feel a burning hatred toward our unjust social order, writes China Mieville, don’t run from it. Such hate for a system that immiserates vast swaths of humanity is just and necessary.


Inside the Imperial Core


Naked Capitalism: EU Gets Tough on China as US Steals European Industry

European leaders have finally woken up to the fact that Washington is benefitting at their expense with the US/NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. Despite their economies being harmed by Washington, the EU continues to take a much tougher stance against Beijing.

NATO leaders are set to meet Nov. 29-30 in Bucharest and will discuss ways to “reduce dependency” on China. At the same time, EU leaders are debating how to deal with their US “ally” coaxing European industry to American shores.

Vox EU: Between deglobalisation and slowbalisation: Where Europe stands


Outside the Imperial Core


Grayzone: US sanctions and economic conditions drive Nicaraguan migration, while Washington blames repression

Blaming migration on “repressive dictatorships” allows Washington to pretend that its policies are helping Nicaraguans, when in fact they are impoverishing them.