Events


Globally


WSWS: What took them so long? New York Times, Guardian finally call for Assange’s freedom

Ten years after Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange was forced to seek refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and three years after he was arrested and subjected to solitary confinement, the editors and publishers of the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel have issued an open letter calling on US President Joe Biden to end Assange’s prosecution.


Europe


RT: Russian oil keeps flowing amid EU price cap uncertainty – Bloomberg

The country’s seaborne crude exports are reportedly rising with sanctions just a week away

Oil Price: No Deal On Russian Oil Price Cap As Deadline Looms

The European Union has failed to agree on the price cap for Russian oil proposed by the G7 as Poland refused to accept the suggested price level, which is about the same level at which Russia is currently selling its oil. 

Poland, along with Estonia and Lithuania, wants the price cap to be set at $30 per barrel, Reuters reported, noting production costs for Russian oil have been estimated at around $20 per barrel.

Poland suggesting $30 per barrel is genuinely hilarious. “I want Russia to pay ME to take their oil, also I want a Happy Meal toy, and…"

FT: Qatar to supply Germany with LNG as EU seeks secure energy options

Oh, thank god, Germany is saved! I assume it’s starting this December, right? Maybe January?

Under the two sales and purchase agreements signed on Tuesday by state-owned QatarEnergy and US group ConocoPhillips, about 2mn tonnes of LNG will be sent to Germany annually for at least 15 years, with deliveries expected to start from 2026.

…oh.

Reuters: Gazprom says European gas prices could pass $3,000 per thousand cubic metres

Oh no.

Merco Press: The ‘golden era’ of UK/China relations is over, as is the ‘naive idea’ that more trade could lead to political reform

In a major foreign policy speech delivered at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the golden era of relations with China is over, and wishful thinking must be replaced with robust pragmatism.

Guardian: Sizewell C nuclear plant confirmed with £700m public stake

WSWS: Abellio London bus drivers strike for £20 an hour pay: “I’m working a 60-hour week to keep my head above water”

Nearly 1,000 London bus drivers at Abellio garages in south and west London have launched strike action to win an above-inflation pay deal. They are demanding a minimum hourly rate of £20 for all drivers and improvements to break times and schedules and are opposing cuts to overtime rates.

TeleSUR: Over 5,000 Police Officers Demonstrate in Belgium’s Brussels

On Monday, over 5,000 police officers and union representatives took to the streets of Brussels to call for more security resources.

WSWS: Spain: PSOE-Podemos prepares new repressive laws against strikes, protests

The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government is preparing to review the penal code to criminalise protests and strikes, as the worst economic and social crisis in generations propels the working class in Spain and across the world into struggle, intensified by the NATO’s war against Russia in the Ukraine.


East Asia and Oceania


RT: Russia and China bypassing SWIFT – deputy PM

Moscow and Beijing are developing a system of settlements which could allow cross-border transactions without using the Western financial messaging system, SWIFT, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak revealed on Tuesday.

Reuters: The yuan’s the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

Chinese entrepreneur Wang Min is delighted about Russia’s embrace of the yuan. His LED lights company can price contracts to Russian customers in yuan rather than dollars or euros, and they can pay him in yuan. It’s “win-win”, he says.

SCMP: China in push to boost Covid-19 vaccination among elderly

Authorities aim to get more people aged 60 and over vaccinated in plan unveiled after protests broke out across the country

TeleSUR: China Calls for Deepening Energy Cooperation With Russia

On Tuesday, Vice Premier Han Zheng attended the opening ceremony of the fourth China-Russia Energy Business Forum and put forward a three-point proposal on deepening China-Russia energy cooperation.

TeleSUR: Fuel Shortage: Japan May Extend Life of Nuclear Plants

Japanese government on Monday proposed action plans to keep some nuclear reactors operating beyond the current 60-year limit amid the country’s policy shift on nuclear energy as a solution to energy supply shortages.

WSWS: Sri Lankan Telecom workers protest against privatisation

Thousands of workers at Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), both Sinhala and Tamil, joined island-wide lunch-time protests on November 25 and 28 against privatisation. Demonstrations were held outside SLT offices in several cities, including Colombo, Galle and Matara in the south, Anuradapura in the north central region, and Tricomalee and Kalmunai in the east.

WSWS: Universities Australia volunteers to channel students into war drive


Central Asia and the Middle East


RT: Russia pushing for ‘gas union’ in Central Asia

Russia is discussing the creation of a “gas union” with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, allowing the three countries to coordinate their supplies and make gas flows more efficient, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Responsible Statecraft: Turkey is about to invade Syria, and the US won’t do much to stop it

TeleSUR: US Sanctions Undermine Humanitarian Aid Supply to Afghanistan

TeleSUR: Iranian President Meets Iraqi PM on Security Issues

On Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that Iran and Iraq have agreed to work together to improve bilateral ties and safeguard regional security.

MEMO: OPCW Conference: Iran ‘neither forgives nor forgets’ US, Germany chemical weapons supplies to Saddam

TeleSUR: Thousands of Yemeni Renal Disease Patients at Risk of Death


Africa


Guardian: Researchers discover two new minerals on meteorite grounded in Somalia

A team of researchers in Canada say they have discovered two new minerals – and potentially a third – after analysing a slice of a 15-tonne meteorite that landed in east Africa.

Africa News: Central Africa says border nation bombed its troops and Russian allies


North America


Jacobin: Over a Thousand Doctors at a Bronx Hospital Are Unionizing

Medical residents and fellows at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx are trying to form a union, citing the need to fight overwork and understaffing that’s endangering patients. Jacobin spoke with unionizing doctors about their organizing drive.

TeleSUR: US: Weekly Flu Hospitalizations Hit Record High Since 2010

A total of 11 200 patients hospitalized with flu during the last week in the U.S. exceeds the hospitalization rate for the same period since 2010.

People’s Daily: New COVID-19 subvariants account for over half new cases in U.S.

TeleSUR: US Aims To Restart Talks With Russia on Nuclear Treaty ASAP


South America


TeleSUR: Increase in Cholera Cases in Haiti, 223 Deaths

The health authority said that since October 2, 1 003 confirmed cases of cholera have been reported, as well as 11 889 suspected cases.

TeleSUR: Over 68% of Cuban Voters Took Part in Municipal Elections

On Monday, National Electoral Council (CEN) President Alina Balseiro announced that 5,728,220 Cubans, or 68 percent of the citizens authorized to vote, took part in the Sunday municipal elections

TeleSUR: Agriculture Counts Losses Due to Truckers’ Strike in Chile

The truckers' strike in Chile could cost the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) losses of nearly 500 million dollars.

TeleSUR: Mapuche Prisoners in Chile: Hunger Strike for Better Conditions

Naked Capitalism: Brazil and Argentina Just Agreed to Use Local Currencies for Bilateral Energy Trade, In Yet Another Snub for US Dollar

When two of the largest countries on the American continent, Brazil and Argentina, agree to establish a bilateral payment system in local currencies, it is worth taking note.


The Ukraine Proxy Conflict


RT: Ukraine gets more Soviet-era weapons from NATO member

Slovakia has sent dozens of BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine in exchange for a promised delivery of armor from Germany, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad has announced. Bratislava has a record of sending outdated military hardware to Kiev while receiving NATO-compatible replacements.

RT: NATO revisiting idea of supplying Kiev with fighter jets – former US admiral

I don’t really take this seriously and even if they did hand them over, it would be very entertaining watching them be instantly shot out of the sky. In fact, send Ukraine F-35s. Please.


Analysis

Retrospectives, History, and Theory


Jacobin: J. Edgar Hoover Tried to Destroy the Left — and Liberals Enabled Him


The Left and the Right


Monthly Review: It’s time to hold news media accountable for transphobia


Outside the Imperial Core


Naked Capitalism: Gates Foundation-Sponsored Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Gets Make-Up, Not Make-Over

Despite its dismal record, the Gates Foundation-sponsored Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) announced a new five-year strategy in September after rebranding itself by dropping ‘Green Revolution’ from its name.

Instead of learning from experience and changing its approach accordingly, AGRA’s new strategy promises more of the same. Ignoring evidence, criticisms and civil society pleas and demands, the Gates Foundation has committed another $200 million to its new five-year plan, bringing its total contribution to around $900 million.

Mint Press News: Xi vs Trudeau: How China is Rewriting History with the Colonial West

Xi’s attitude towards Trudeau at the G20 summit may be read as another episode of China’s so-called ‘Wolf Diplomacy’. However, the dramatic event – the words, the body language and the subtle nuances – indicate that China does not only see itself as deserving of global importance and respect, but also as a superpower.

Anti War: Failed Coup: Is the U.S. Ready to Abandon Guaidó and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community?

It is now becoming clear that the recognition of Guaidó and the isolation of Venezuela have been a failure and that both are coming to an end. Recognition of Guaidó is disintegrating and Venezuela is being reintegrated into the international community. There are even signs that the U.S. may be preparing to abandon Guaidó and the interim government.

The change in script is coming from many directions. An important contributor is the recent re-emergence of Latin America asserting itself against U.S. hegemony in the region.