RT: Russia announces arms-spending hike

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu says increasing spend by 50% in 2023 will ensure combat-readiness

RT: Russian coal exports shift to China

Russia has this year become the second most important supplier of coal to China, the head of oil giant Rosneft Igor Sechin announced at the Russia-China Energy Business Forum on Tuesday.

FT: Starlink prices in Ukraine nearly double as mobile networks falter

The list price of Starlink communications devices have nearly doubled in Ukraine, as mobile networks have started failing under Russia’s assault on the country’s electricity grid and increased demand for the SpaceX-manufactured satellite communication device.

Reuters: Ukrainian grain exports via Poland rise by 50%, minister says

Around 450,000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain are being transported via Poland monthly, over 50% more than in the middle of the year, Poland’s infrastructure minister said on Wednesday, as Warsaw helps its neighbour to increase its food exports.

Reuters: Germany’s Uniper sees bailout cost rising to $53 billion

People’s Daily: Europe’s industry undergoing “historic transformation”: German minister

The industrial landscape in Germany and the European Union (EU) is undergoing a “historic transformation,” Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck said at an industry conference on Tuesday.

RT: Poland to charge Ukrainian refugees for housing

Ukrainians who have fled to Poland, because of the ongoing conflict with Russia, will have to start paying for their housing and food next year, the government in Warsaw has announced.

Inquirer: UK fresh food prices climb record 14.3% in November – BRC

The cost of fresh food sold in British shops increased in November at the fastest annual rate since records began in 2005, a new blow for households grappling with the cost-of-living crisis, a survey showed on Wednesday.

East Asia and Oceania

FT: Nato holds first dedicated talks on China threat to Taiwan

SCMP: Europe-US resolve on China proves short-lived ahead of key meetings in Beijing and Washington

European governments have been taking potshots at US economic and China policy, while its leaders have been scrambling to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the end to his near three-year absence from face-to-face diplomacy.

Reuters: ‘End of an era’: Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported.

Guardian: Tokyo same-sex marriage ruling ‘a step forward’, say campaigners

A court in has ruled that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional, but said the lack of legal protection for same-sex couples violated their human rights, a step welcomed by equality campaigners.

People’s Daily: India lifts ban on rice exports after 3 months

ANN: RBI announces launch of digital rupee on 1 December

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on Tuesday, announced the launch of the first pilot for retail digital Rupee on 1 December. The digital rupee would be in the form of a digital token that represents legal tender, the RBI said in a press release.

Inquirer: Australia monthly inflation slows in October, hints at possible peak

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed its monthly consumer price index (CPI) had risen 6.9 percent in the year to October, slowing from 7.3 percent in September.

Central Asia and the Middle East

Mint Press News: Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Appointment as Minister for National Security is Bad News For Palestinians, Humanity.

The racist thug Itamar Ben-Gvir has not yet set foot in his new office as Minister of National Security, but the effects of his rise to power have already been felt throughout Palestine. As I write these words, Palestinian human rights activist Issa Amro was arrested by the Israeli Army. He recently published a video showing an IDF soldier attacking and beating an Israeli activist in the city of Al-Khalil (also known as Hebron). The actions of the soldier and the sudden unwarranted arrest of Issa are signs of things to come.

People’s Daily: Iran arrests “spy agents” related to U.S. intelligence services: IRGC commander

Oil Price: Crucial Global Strategic Oil And Gas Hub Oman Eyes Big New Projects

Oman’s significance in the Middle East, and therefore the world, is much greater than its 5.4 billion barrels of estimated proved oil reserves (the 22nd largest in the world) implies. Its true importance to both the U.S. and China is its critical geographical position, which makes it perhaps the most important oil and gas hub in the world.

RT: US approves $1 billion arms sale to Qatar

US President Joe Biden’s administration has approved a long-delayed weapons deal with Qatar, agreeing to supply its Middle East ally with $1 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


Africa News: First shipment of Russian fertilizer leaves Netherlands for Africa - UN

TeleSUR: Somalia: FAO Ramps Up Cash Transfers to Tackle Drought

On Tuesday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that it has stepped up humanitarian response in Somalia through cash transfers to mitigate the impact of drought on the food security and livelihoods of affected rural communities.

North America

FT: Biden risks rift with unions as he navigates US rail strike threat

Common Dreams: ‘Love Wins Again’: Senate Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

The Respect for Marriage (RFM) Act does not confirm the right of same-sex couples to marry nationwide, as the U.S. Supreme Court did in Obergefell v. Hodges, but rather requires states to recognize their marriage licenses. It also does not block states from banning same-sex marriage if the high court’s 2015 ruling is overturned

TeleSUR: Unemployment in Mexico Falls to 3.3% In October 2022

South America

TeleSUR: El Salvador’s President Announces New National Debt Repurchase

A first operation was carried out in September, of which “46 million dollars were left pending repurchase.” According to the Government, 275 million dollars were saved for the public coffers on that occasion.

TeleSUR: Ecuadorians To Decide in Referendum on National Interest Issues

Today, the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, signed an executive decree to call a constitutional referendum focused on citizen security, institutionalism, and the environment.

The Ukraine Proxy Conflict

RT: 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died in conflict – EU

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has presented the total number of losses estimated to have been suffered by Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

“More than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far,” von der Leyen claimed on Wednesday, while adding that around 20,000 civilian lives have also been lost amid the fighting, which has continued since late February.

Reuters: Russia firing unarmed missiles to deplete Ukraine air defense, says U.S. military official

Russia is firing unarmed cruise missiles that were designed to carry nuclear warheads at targets in Ukraine to try to deplete Kyiv’s stocks of air defenses, a senior U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

TeleSUR: IAEA to Strengthen Presence in Nuclear Plants in Ukraine


Retrospectives, History, and Theory

Jacobin: Staughton Lynd Gave Voice to a Forgotten History of American Radicalism

Staughton Lynd, who died earlier this month, played a prominent role in the antiwar movement and documented the radicalism of the 20th-century working class. His work should be read by anyone interested in understanding the history of the Left.

Inside the Imperial Core

Multipolarista: Europe angry that US profits from Ukraine proxy war while destroying EU economy

EU leaders are furious that the US is making lots of money from the proxy war in Ukraine by selling weapons and exporting expensive natural gas. Meanwhile European industries are being destroyed as high energy prices and US subsidies push its companies to go overseas.

Monthly Review: Western media has not much evolved from the era of the yellow peril in its routine China-bashing

Climate Change

Monthly Review: On the development of China’s environmental policies towards an ecological civilization

The author argues that China has already developed a firm understanding of its environmental problems and their severity to the extent that it now frames them as a “matter of survival” and has brought these issues to the center of its revised national security strategy. China’s strategy is predicated on an alternative proposal for “ecological civilization”, which may potentially lead to the reversal of “ecological imperialism”. China is in the early stages of building an ecological civilization and requires a lot of work to reach a high level of ecological development.

Monthly Review: The environment may be the number one issue in the new agenda among progressive South American

Climate Home News: Who should pay for loss and damage? Spoiler: not China

“I think everybody should be brought into the system on the basis of where they are today,” the European Commission’s Frans Timmermans argued. “China is one of the biggest economies on the planet with a lot of financial strength. Why should they not be made co-responsible for funding loss and damage?”

There are two main counterarguments: history and population.