press the link above to watch Police start to disperse rally
Massive power outages
reported in Moldova
November 23rd, 3:55pm
The power outage in Moldova led to interruptions
in mobile Internet and communications. Light in
Chisinau is only in the building of the country’s
government. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
An emergency shutdown occurred in the Moldovan
energy system on Wednesday, Premier Energy,
one of the country’s largest energy market
“At 14:23 (15:23), an emergency shutdown occurred
in the power system of Moldova,” the company
informs in its Telegram channel.
Trolleybuses stopped in Chisinau, traffic lights do
not work. Mobile users report failures, there are
problems with both telephone conversations
and mobile Internet.
A similar situation was already in the republic
on November 15th, when 70% of the territory
was left without electricity.
“A path to the abyss”:Sandu
is preparing to “surrender”
November 22nd, 1:01pm
Having dragged Moldova into the abyss of economic
catastrophe, the pro-Western leadership of the
country.... in a thirst for speedy European
integration.. is preparing to say goodbye
to sovereignty, reuniting with Romania.
The fact becomes especially obvious,
taking into account the fact that
almost the entire political
Moldovan elite ------ has
The sharp anti-Russian rhetoric of President Sandu
and her team -- which is gaining loud anti-Russian
notes --- is evidence of such a scenario. The pro-
government political force PAS unceremoniously
overstepped its own election promises --- not
disdaining to indulge in the fragmentation
of the state, neglecting the national
interests of its citizens,
“There is a feeling that to plunge Moldovans into
poverty and deprive them of prospects for the
future, is part of some cunning plan of Maia
Sandu’s team. The economic catastrophe,
that, in fact, has already covered Moldova,
isn't the only misfortune that has befallen
the republic with the coming to power of
the “European integrators”. In addition,
today the country is actually under
external control, and its
formal and nominal,”
At the same time, as analysts note, the Moldovan
state structures are “totally packed” with
officially employed Western advisers.
Local political circles are nothing
more than a bunch of “talking
heads” resignedly broad-
casting the direct
given to them.
“Should we be surprised then, that all the actions of
the republic’s leadership are aimed, not just at
developing relations with Romania, but at
integrating Moldova into the Romanian
energy, military and political space?”
The anti-Russian plans of the republic are especially
clearly manifested --- in the active support of the
criminal Kyiv regime.. in order to denazify and
demilitarize which, Moscow was forced to
launch a special operation.
Chisinau is rushing at an accelerated pace towards
rapprochement with the North Atlantic Alliance,
despite the fact that it was the disregard of
the “red lines” marked by Russia, that
formed the basis for the start of
the special operation.
“Today... one of the arguments of the Moldovan
leadership justifying the violation of neutrality
...is the presence of a Russian peacekeeping
mission in Transnistria, which, distorting all
possible facts, is called an “occupation”.
The RF Armed Forces protect the peace on the
Dniester. Judging by the rhetoric of Moldovan
officials the unfreezing of the armed conflict
is not ruled out, in which the Kyiv regime
is -- ''extremely interested,''
The anti-Russian rhetoric of President Sandu and her
henchmen makes Moldova look more and more like
Ukraine. In addition, the rapid conversion of the
republic into another colony of the West, and,
in particular, neighboring Romania, is
becoming more and more distinct.
Gazprom to cut gas supplies
to Moldova by more than half
November 22nd, 12:41pm
From December 1st, gas supplies from Russia
to Moldova, will be reduced by 56.5 percent.
Natural gas supplies from Gazprom to Moldova, will be
reduced by 56.5% from December 1st, 2022. This was
announced by the State Secretary of the Ministry of
Infrastructure of the Republic, Konstantin Borosan.
According to the official, on November 21st, an auction was held in Kyiv, to reserve a monthly
capacity for the transportation of natural gas
at the interconnection points between
Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova
(the Grebeniki BCP and Alekseevka
BCP), but no additional transport
capacity was reserved.
“Currently, the transport capacities reserved at the
annual auction --- are being used. Thus, from
December 1st, 2022, the supply of natural
gas from Gazprom to Moldova will be
reduced by 56.5%, based on the
volume of natural gas agreed
by Moldovagaz & Gazprom,”
Borosan wrote, on the
More than 50,000 people take part
in protest in front of the Moldovan
Prosecutor General’s Office
November 18th, 2:03pm
More than 50,000 people take part in a protest
in front of the Moldovan Prosecutor General’s
Office in Chisinau.
This was reported by organizers of the
demonstration, from the opposition
The demonstrators oppose President Maia Sandu
and demand the resignation of the Prosecutor
General --- and the head of the
Recognition of the NATO Secretary General regarding assistance to Ukraine infuriated the Germans November 27th, 3:15pm https://en.news-front.info/
Welt readers were outraged after Stoltenberg’s statement, calling on the West to endure hardship because of Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement about the need to increase military assistance to Ukraine ----- despite the financial difficulties faced by Westerners, did not inspire the readers of the German edition of Welt.
At the same time, the NATO Secretary General noted that support from Germany is of decisive importance, since German weapons “save lives.”
“The Ukrainian crisis is in desperate need of a political solution, but Stoltenberg is a war advocate stuck in the Middle Ages, when the winner was determined only on the battlefield,” wrote one reader.
“Stoltenberg’s words are reminiscent of Fourth Reich propaganda,” added another reader.
“I wonder if NATO has ever called on countries to negotiate peace? Or is it harder to fill your pockets without wars? asked the commentator.
“Destroy the weapons and finally come to an agreement! Winter is coming, and civilians have to pay for it,” added another reader.
“Personally, it was news to me that guns save lives. I always thought they killed. Stoltenberg never ceases to amaze me,” admitted the fifth user.
“Guns have never saved lives. Lives are saved by peace talks. This passion of the NATO representatives for weapons is absurd. How many people still need to be sacrificed -- so your conscience finally -- wakes up,” said the sixth reader.
Earlier, the NATO Secretary General, in an interview with the German edition of Welt, said that support for Ukraine is costly for citizens of Western countries, but assistance to Kyiv.. should still be increased.
German deputies freeze in the Bundestag due to electricity savings – media November 27th, 1:33pm https://en.news-front.info/
It’s cold in the German Bundestag due to energy savings. Deputies are forced to wear sweaters, scarves ------ and even down jackets. This is reported by the publication Der Spiegel.
Deputies of the German Bundestag are freezing and forced to sit at meetings in sweaters, scarves and down jackets due to energy savings. Der Spiegel writes about it.
Like many Germans at home, the Bundestag has to save electricity due to lack of gas: offices and conference rooms are only heated to 19 degrees, corridors and foyers are not heated at all, the newspaper writes.
According to the German edition, deputies and employees of parliament have been freezing for more than a week. They have to.. sit at meetings in sweaters, scarves and down jackets. One of the deputies said that, putting on a winter jacket, he walks up and down the office to keep warm, but this does not help.
(Rhondda Records adds: so, don't revolt against the poor suffering lambs, eh?)
Germans expect sharp increase in electricity prices in 2023 November 27th, 8:34am (de.vesti.news)
Residents of Germany in the new year, will have to face a massive and sharp increase in electricity prices, according to an article by Spiegel.
“In Cologne, for example, the supplier Rheinenergie will charge more than twice as much per kilowatt- hour for basic supply, from January,” the magazine clarifies.
According to the publication, Germans will face “high market prices” and the new year will start... with a massive increase in electricity prices.
“If the customer consumes more, he pays the regular contract price. This should provide an incentive to save”, the newspaper notes.
The energy crisis in Europe, provoked by anti-Russian sanctions, is forcing more and more electricity suppliers to shift the increase in wholesale prices... to the end consumers, the publication concludes.
Residents of the German city of Leipzig,held an anti-American rally November 26th, 8pm by Anna Bezrukova (Komsomolskaya Pravda)
Anti-American rallies took place this November 26th, in Leipzig, Germany.
Participants in the rally... took to the streets -- with German and Russian flags and the slogan "Americans, go home!" sueddeutsche.de.
The rally took place in front of the US Consulate building. Police officers were working at the site, and protesters were ''detained''.
According to the video from the place of the action posted on the Network, it is clear that hundreds of people were taking part in it.
Earlier in Germany, more than 7,000 Germans took part in rallies against the country's energy policy.
The largest protests were observed in the cities of Erfurt, Magdeburg and Leipzig. In total, according to preliminary police data, more than seven thousand people took part in the protest actions.
In general... the demonstrations were held in a calm atmosphere.
Also earlier, residents of Germany went to a rally, because of the catastrophic increases --- in energy and food prices.
Boris Johnson:Germany, even before the start of the military conflict, offered Ukraine to surrender November 23rd, 12:07pm https://en.news-front.info/
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that even before the start of hostilities, the German authorities offered Kyiv to surrender and not continue the conflict.
Berlin, before the start of the Russian special operation to protect the Donbass, counted on the imminent defeat of Kyiv in the event of the outbreak of hostilities. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told CNN.
“The position of the Germans at a certain point was that if this happens, which would be a disaster, it would be better if everything ended sooner and Ukraine surrendered,” the politician said.
Johnson added that the German government believed that in the event of a quick defeat of Ukraine, the world economy would suffer less damage.
The ex-premier added that France, in turn, before the outbreak of hostilities, believed that the conflict would not develop into an open military confrontation.
According to him, the Italian government, which at that time was headed by Mario Draghi, refused to support the position of other states in connection with dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.
Delegates from more than 10 countries participate in Berlin’sRussian Language Week November 22nd, 6:37pm (TASS)
One of the hallmark events - Russian Language Week - opened in Berlin’s Russian House on Tuesday despite complex geopolitical conditions and the limited interaction with Russia, a TASS correspondent reports.
This year, the event is being attended, not only by specialists from Russia and Germany, but also by visitors from other European countries, including Albania, the UK, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, France and Finland.
Russian Ambassador to Germany, Sergey Nechayev, addressed the participants of the 13th forum which will run until November 25th. "As President [Putin] says, this is much more than simply a language or a means of communication. It unites all peoples of Russia. It is the foundation of our national identity and our great heritage," he said.
That said, the envoy reiterated that 2023 has been declared the Year of Russian Language as the language of interethnic communication in the CIS.
"It is indeed such a great force that unites everyone in the post-Soviet space. And not only there," he stressed, adding that "in Europe and worldwide there are also many of those who know and respect the Russian language."
According to him, in Germany, Russian is rather popular and not only in its eastern part. "And there is also the desire to learn it," the diplomat concluded.
In his turn, deputy head of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, Pavel Shevtsov, addressing the forum... via a video link, noted that, despite all the difficulties, interest in the Russian language, is not diminishing.
"We are confident that, after some time, our relations with European states, first of all in the humanitarian sphere will be restored. The first to be restored will be, precisely, language programs, the interest in languages, the issues of education," he noted, specifying that the Russian language is of utmost significance. In his opinion, such events as the Russian Language Week are meant to "maintain the interest and intent of the professional community for active work, during turbulent times."
The international component
Head of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad & International Humanitarian Cooperation's mission in Germany and the director of Berlin's Russian House, Pavel Izvolsky, noted.... the international component of the event.. emphasizing how it now unites representatives from twelve countries.
Additionally, according to him, about 400 people will join them, online, during the week. Izvolsky noted that the Russian Language Week includes other events, such as a roundtable on Dostoevsky and a screening of a motion picture about Peter the Great and his German travels.
Berlin Russian Language Week is organized by the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, International Humanitarian Cooperation, Berlin’s Russian House, plus the International Institute for Occupational Safety, and the Institute of Russian Language, at RUDN University.
In Germany, they are ready to turn onthe money machine: due to a possible shortage of electricity
November 21st, 1:06pm
The German government does not rule out a shortage
of cash in the event of power outages. It is reported
by Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten ------ with
reference to Reuters and insider statements.
In preparation for the scenario of a cash shortage
amid threats of an energy crisis, the German
authorities have developed a special action
plan. In particular -------- it provides for the
creation by the German Federal Bank of additional billions of cash reserves...
which are designed to provide the
country’s economy... with the
necessary amount of cash.
In addition, the action plan includes granting the
government, the right to impose restrictions on
daily cash withdrawals from ATMs and bank
tellers. At the same time, a dialogue is
already underway between banks
and authorities, on the efficient
distribution of funds, including
the priority delivery of fuel..
for vehicles carrying cash.
U.S. deliberately provoked
conflict in Ukraine –
November 13th, 1:11pm
The US deliberately provoked the conflict in Ukraine
in order to achieve its long-standing goal of
“making America great again.”
This opinion was expressed by the deputy of the
German Bundestag from the faction of the left,
Sarah Wagenknecht. The politician criticized
the anti-Russian sanctions, stressing that
they only benefit Washington.
“Sanctions have made energy very expensive in
Europe. This was not decided by Putin, it was
decided by the West. Economic restrictions..
are equally directed at Europe. The truth is,
that European-Russian energy cooperation
------ has been a thorn in the eye of the
American leadership, since the
1970s,” the politician said.
Germany's October Inflation
Hits Highest Since - 1990
October 28th, 3:46pm
Energy sector prices rose --- 43 percent year
over the year, while food prices rose 20 %.
On Friday, Germany's Federal Statistical Office
(DESTATIS) confirmed... that the year-on-year
inflation rate spiked in October to 10.4%, its
highest level since the reunification of the
two Germanies in 1990.
This level exceeds the 10 percent recorded in
September, while in August it had stood at
7.9 percent. For the eighth consecutive
month, the annual rate of inflation
rises above 7 percent.
These data are still provisional and are based on
estimates made by several federal states.
The final data will be published on
November the 11th.
The harmonized index, which is calculated according
to European Union criteria, places the interannual
rate at 11.6 percent, which represents an
increase of 1.1 percent with respect to
the previous month.
Energy sector prices rose 43 percent year over year,
while food prices rose 20 percent. The increase in
rents, however, was moderate and reached
Meanwhile, in a new attempt to curb inflation in the
eurozone on Thursday, the Governing Council of
the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to
raise its interest rates by three quarters of
a point to 2 percent, a figure not seen
since January 2009.
Asked about this decision, ECB President Christine
Lagarde declined to comment on whether the
December hike will also be 75 basis points
A number of biological projects
in Ukraine were implemented
in Bundeswehr’s interests
July 7th, 2:52pm (TASS)
A number of projects on trials of biological weapons
in Ukraine, were carried out in the interest of
Bundeswehr’s Medical Service, Russian
Nuclear, Chemical and Biological
Protection Troops commander
Lieutenant General Igor
Kirillov said Thursday.
"We have already pointed out: that Ukraine and other
post-Soviet states have become proving grounds for
trials of biological weapons - not only for the US, but for their NATO allies as well - first and fore- most, Germany. A number of projects were
implemented... in the interest of the
German Armed Forces’ Medical
Service," he said during a
briefing on US military
According to Kirillov, German specialists paid special
attention to the Crimean-Congo fever pathogen.
A large-scale screening of the population’s
susceptibility to this pathogen, was
carried out... with a summation of
the demographic, epidemiologic
and clinical data.
"Such an approach makes it possible to discover new
regional viral genotypes and pick strains that cause latent clinical forms," Kirillov explained.
According to Kirillov, natural hotbeds of this disease
were studied... under the pretext of an improvement
of Ukrainian epidemiological supervision systems;
the operations involved the Kiev Institute of
Veterinary Medicine and the Odessa
Mechnikov Plague Institute.
Bundeswehr’s interest in the Crimean-Congo fever
is explained by its high lethality: up to 30%. Its
outbreaks require prolonged and expensive
measures on treatment, prevention and
Kirillov quoted a memo for Bundeswehr specialists:
"Pay special attention to the lethal cases of the
Crimean-Congo [hemorrhagic] fever, because
it will make it possible to extract the strains
from the deceased, that have the highest
lethality and virulence for humans.".
The French are fed up with
the Kiev buffoon in khaki
by Igor Yakunin
November 25th, 9pm
Readers of Le Figaro reacted harshly, to the online
speech of the leader of Ukraine... at the United
Nations, last Wednesday. Then, Kiev requested
an urgent meeting.. of the UN Security Council,
after new attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.
Here's what the French think about Zelensky's latest
tantrum. "Who will tell him that he is leading Ukraine
to disaster? Either he agrees to divide the country
now, or it will lead to the disappearance of an
independent Ukraine," Al core said.
Pampelonne is outraged: "The infrastructure of
Donetsk has been attacked for 8 years, this is
a crime against what?".
Hijokemqihuguy is annoyed: "This crazy Zelensky is
hateful to me, and I know a lot of French people
who hold the same opinion. And don't tell us
that the rest of Europe is threatened
Well, we definitely don't say or do that.
France is investigating the
financing... of Macron's
election campaign due
to the McKinsey case
by Alexandra Vishnevskaya
November 24th, 8:24pm
The French Financial Prosecutor's Office
has launched an investigation into the
French President Emmanuel Macron, Parisien reports.
The prosecutor's office will investigate the
presidential election campaign in 2017,
due to suspicions of illegal financing
by the American consulting
The investigation plans to investigate the links
between Macron and McKinsey. The French
prosecutor's office, will check whether
there was "favoritism" and "illegal
campaign financing" in this case.
Earlier it was reported that the American consulting
company McKinsey simultaneously worked for the
Russian state corporation, Rostec, and the US
Department of Defense and Intelligence.
Former head of the US Chamber of Commerce in
Russia, Scott Blacklin, believes that by advising
Rostec, the company "put itself in a potentially
risky position", given its work for the
At the same time, McKinsey does not see a conflict of
interest in recent activities in Russia, and contracts
for US federal agencies. The firm's representative, Neil Grace, explained that they "comply with all US laws on entering into contracts - including those related to conflicts of interest."
French politician called Crimea
Russian --- and urged not to
accept Ukraine into
November 23rd, 1:25pm
According to the politician, the problem of Ukraine
lies in its foreign policy status, which should be
determined by an international agreement.
It must be admitted that Crimea is Russian territory
and has never been Ukrainian, ex-deputy of the
French parliament, Pierre Lelouch, told
“We need to leave Crimea, because the Russians will
never give it back. Crimea is Russian, it has never
been Ukrainian, except for the period when
Khrushchev transferred it within the
framework of the Soviet Union,
when Ukraine... was a
Soviet republic”, the
Lelouch noted that one of the problems of Ukraine
lies in its foreign policy status, which should be
determined by an international agreement. He
added that Kyiv’s accession to the EU would
make it a member of the West, and not a
“bridge between two banks.”
The Europeans will also have obligations to Ukraine,
since the EU accession agreement implies security
guarantees. The politician is sure that such a
development of events will not suit Russia.
As a result, in his opinion, Ukraine can
become a buffer country following
the example of Afghanistan,
in which, there will be a
“My fear is that Ukraine will become such a zone
for Europeans and that we will not be able to
get out of this situation,” the
The French politician
of weapons by
Paris to Kiev
November 20th, 10:34pm
President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, is, once
again, committing provocations --- through the
shelling of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power
Plant (ZAES) --- which may end badly.
This was stated by the leader of the French
party "Patriots", Florian Philippot, on
Sunday, November the 20th.
"Zelensky is bombing the nuclear power plant again.
He goes to provocations - everything will end very
badly if we continue to finance and arm him,"
Filippo wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in the day... adviser to the General Director of
Rosenergoatom, Renat Karchaa, said that Ukrainian
militants --- launched 15 strikes on the territory of
the Zaporizhia NPP. Six missiles hit the fontana
reactor cooling pool, and two more hit the dry
storage of nuclear waste. According to him,
radiation emissions from the station did
On November 19, it was reported that the Ukrainian
side launched 12 strikes on the Zapad NPP.
According to Karchaa, there have been no
such attacks on the nuclear power plant
since the end of September. We are
talking about the territory of the
station itself, and not about
the industrial zone.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has
called for an immediate end to the shelling of the
Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. They reported
that some buildings, systems and equipment
were damaged, as a result of shelling on the territory of the NPP.
On November 14th, the IAEA announced ''growing
concerns --- about the safety of the Zaporizhia
nuclear power plant,'' which is being shelled
by Ukrainian militants. So, the head of the
agency, Rafael Grossi, said that the
agency will continue to conduct a
dialogue with Russia and Ukraine
on the creation of a safety zone
around the Zaporizhia NPP.
Russia's Permanent representative to international
organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, allowed
the creation of a safety zone around Zaporizhia
NPP ''before the end of the year.''
Zaporizhia NPP is the largest in terms of the number
of units and installed capacity, in Europe. Russian
President Vladimir Putin, ordered the transfer of
ZAES to Russian management, on October 5th,
and on October 8th, the government ordered
the creation of the Federal State Unitary
Enterprise, Zaporizhia NPP.
In Paris, hundreds of people
came out to rally: in support
of the residents of Donbass
November 19th, 6:10pm
A rally in support of the residents of Donbass was held
in Paris. On Saturday, November the 19th, over a
hundred people gathered on the Field of Mars, said the organizer of the action, founder of the SOS Donbass movement, Anna Novikova-Bernay.
In front of the Eiffel Tower, participants of the action
stretched a large banner with the words Stop killing
Donbass ("Stop killing residents of Donbass").
"We are doing this for the residents of Donbass, to
support their spirit and say that Europe has not
forgotten about them ------ that we are doing
everything possible to make them heard."
"We hope that people in Europe, will finally find out
what happened and is happening in the Donbass
and Ukraine and why we ended up in this
situation," she told RIA Novosti
The organizer of the rally also called on EU leaders to
stop arming Ukraine and start a dialogue with Russia.
According to her, the Paris authorities were not
against organizing the action, but - at the last
moment - they refused to hold it in the more
crowded Trocadero Square, where the
event was originally supposed to
"At the beginning of November, we applied for the
Trocadero Square campaign. We held a meeting
in the prefecture, where we were assured that
this square would be ours. But three days
before the action, when its announce-
ments were already distributed, it
was moved from this square,"
explained the founder of the
SOS Donbass movement.
She added that this square was given to Ukrainian
activists --- for holding the rally. Novikova-Bernay
called it an "act of discrimination." In addition,
the same Ukrainian activists came to the
Field of Mars and began shouting anti-
Actions in support of the residents of Donbass,
organized by the Stop Killing Donbass
movement, also took place on
Saturday in Rouen, Caen,
According to Novikova-Bernay, the next campaign
is planned to be held after the New Year.
On October 2nd, a rally was held in Milan --- against
NATO and American policies, as well as in support
of Russia's special operation... to protect the
population of Donbass. About a thousand
people gathered at the rally, who lit
candles in memory of the dead
Russian soldiers, who: "are
fighting, not only for the
liberation of Donbass,
but also for ------ the
freedom of Europe
Russia's special operation to protect the Donbass
region, whose residents refused to recognize the
results of the 2014 coup d'etat in Ukraine,
continues. The decision to hold it was
made on February 24th, against the
background of the aggravated
situation in the region due to
the frequent shelling by
come out ------ to protest inFrance
November 19th, 2:08pm
Protesters demand better working conditions
and higher wages, amid a cost-of-living crisis.
Videos show shouting and
the sound of police cars.
Mass protests in the streets of Paris
have led to a general strike
October 17th, 11:56am https://en.news-front.info/
Mass protests in the streets of Paris
over rising prices and cost of living.
The main outcome of the rallies is a general
strike of workers, which has been called
to begin... on October the 18th.
Demonstrations are expected to affect
the country’s public transport system.
Already today, a third of buses and a quarter of electric trains, will
A volunteer from France told how he witnessed staged fake dramatizations
July 30th, 1:50pm
A French volunteer and writer, former military man
Adrian Boke, who visited Ukraine, said that he
witnessed the preparation of a provocation
in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, RIA
In April, Andrian Boke visited Ukraine twice on a
mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical
equipment and medicines. He visited both
the Polish-Ukrainian border... and Bucha,
and saw how Russian prisoners of war
were being tortured and killed as well
as how the Ukrainian militants were
engaged in a staged massacre
'''When I talk about murders and torture, I am talking
about the murder and torture of the Russian
military. First of all, the officers were
''I heard screams when the Azov people asked
who the officer was here. As soon as the
answer sounded --- this person was
immediately shot in the head. The
worst thing is, that I did not see
any human attitude, there were
no emotions, because in front
of my eyes -- people were
executed -- people were
hurt, people were shot,
shot in limbs, in the
head,'' said Boke.
According to his story, he witnessed the torture
and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a
hangar... in the northern part of Bucha.
It was in early April, that is, when the
Ukrainian military had regained
control of the city, for several
days, RIA Novosti specifies.
Boke said that he often talked with the fighters of
the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the “Azov”,
who impressed him with their inhuman
treatment of Russians, Jews and
people of other races.
''I had to pretend a lot, so as not to show my opinion
and emotions and - in the first place - not to show
any disagreement with their opinions. Disagree-
ment with their Nazi ideology, especially
when they expressed their attitude
towards Jews.. and people with a
dark skin, because these were
very cruel statements.''
''And first of all, I am talking about hatred for Russians,
because they call you “Russian dogs”. And for all
these soldiers --- for the soldiers from the Azov
Battalion, the main task, as they always told
me, is to torture and kill “Russian dogs”.As
a former military man, this surprised me.
Because it was evident in everything
that their main goal was to torture
and kill “Russian dogs”, while
they did not even talk about
...the liberation of their
In addition, he talks about how a provocation was
being prepared in Bucha, to accuse the Russian
military of massacres of civilians.
''When we entered Bucha, by car, I was in the
passenger seat and when we drove through
the city... I saw the bodies of people on the
sides of the streets and at the same time,
in front of my eyes, the bodies of people
were taken out of the trucks, which
were laid out next to the bodies
lying on the ground, to give the
effect of mass deaths,''
He clarified that there were journalists
nearby who immediately began filming
as soon as a group of bodies formed.
''One of the volunteers, who was at this place
the day before, I emphasize that it was not I
who saw it, but one of the volunteers told
me this. He told me that he had seen the
day before, refrigerated trucks from
other cities of Ukraine arriving in
Bucha, from which, the bodies
of people were unloaded and
laid out in rows. From this, I
realized.... that there were
dramatizations & extras,''
the agency quotes the
Volunteers and local residents were pressured – to
avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with
imprisonment and reprisals, the volunteer noted.
“We distributed medicines, including those containing
We were told in plain text: if you don’t share with us,
you won’t get where you need to go. I clearly
remember that we had to deliver these pain
medications to the children’s hospital and
we were told that if we did not share, we
would not get there. Moreover, when we
were not far from Bucha, we were
accompanied by military guards -
they were “Azov”. They escorted
us to one of the hangars - and
told us to prepare a separate
box with drugs containing
morphine, so that we
could move on,''
In addition, volunteers were forbidden
to take photos and videos.
“We were warned that, otherwise, we would face a
ten-year sentence or more severe consequences.
This ban also extended to the local population.
This pressure was exerted by the military,
primarily by the Azov people. Europe
today does not understand... how
much the population of Ukraine,
is under strong pressure,'' said the Frenchman.
Chinese Foreign Minister:
Beijing and Moscow do not recognize unipolar hegemony
by Maria Pavlova
November 27th, 9:43pm
China and Russia work together
to promote a multipolar world.
China opposes a unipolar world.
"China and Russia jointly promote a multipolar world
and do not recognize unipolar hegemony -- together
they stubbornly defend the system of international
relations, the core of which, is the UN, and the
world order based on international law, and
also, do not recognize the policy of brute
force,"TASS quoted Wang Yi as saying
during a meeting with the Russian
Ambassador to China,
It was held on Sunday, November 27th. This
was stated by Chinese Foreign Minister
Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the United
States will stop investing in China, if Beijing
violates sanctions against Russia.
Whether China is ready to completely replace
Russia's Western imports, read here on KP.RU.
Meanwhile, the United States is shamelessly profiting from the Ukrainian conflict.
Italy says energy crisis
November 27th, 2:46pm
The head of the Pirelli group Provera said that the
energy crisis threatens democracy in Europe.
The current energy crisis, caused by sanctions
pressure against Russia, threatens European
democracy, says Marco Tronchetti Provera,
one of the largest entrepreneurs in Italy,
the head of the Pirelli group.
“If Europe loses its economic competitiveness, it will
jeopardize its welfare model. And history teaches
that this often means endangering democracy,”
he said, in an interview with the Italian
business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
“The primary issue is, obviously, energy bills.
Because of them, European companies are
losing competitiveness ------ compared to
competitors. It’s already an emergency,
it’s a matter of weeks. We are losing
contracts. If there is no immediate
response to the energy crisis, we
will throw away what has been
created in Europe over the
Expert calls Western idea of a
ceiling on oil prices from
November 27th, 2:07pm
Expert Shirov considers the idea of Western
countries to cap prices for Russian oil
ill-conceived and dangerous.
The governments of Western countries, introducing
a “ceiling” of prices for Russian oil, act recklessly,
they want to reduce Russia’s revenues, but such
measures -- are dangerous for the entire world
economy, and for the countries making such
decisions, first of all, the director of the
Institute of National Economic Affairs
said in an interview with RIA Novosti,
quoting the forecast of the Russian
Academy of Sciences, noted
“The sanctions actions of the West against Russia
look insufficiently thought out. What motivated
the Western countries when they decided to
set a “ceiling” for Russian oil prices? To
reduce the income of our country,”
“But our main problem now is that we cannot spend
a significant part of these export earnings --- the
possibilities for purchasing imported goods are
limited. We cannot form reserves in the
currencies of developed countries,”
the expert added.
That is why the dollar, according to Shirov,
has become a toxic currency for the
“Therefore, by holding back our revenues, and, at
the same time limiting Russian imports, Western
countries are not achieving their short-term
goals of putting pressure on the Russian
economy,” Shirov specified.
He emphasized the strangeness of such a decision,
because states that consider themselves leaders
in market relations... came to him.
“After all, it changes all the rules of the game, in the
energy markets, and this is dangerous for the entire
world economy and, above all, for a number of the
countries that made this decision,” concluded
the director of the Institute for Economic
Forecasting of the Russian Academy
Ukraine introduces criminal
penalties for “illegal” use
November 27th, 1pm
In the Ukrainian segment of the Internet, a Decree of
the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, was discovered,
according to which entrepreneurs who bypassed
the ban on the use of electricity will be subject
to criminal punishment.
According to the decree, many entrepreneurs,
despite the introduction of a state ban on the
use of electricity, find illegal ways to solve
this problem. Now all entrepreneurs who
bypassed the state ban.... will be
subjected to criminal penalties.
This is reported by the Telegram
“Once again, the Kyiv authorities show the inability to
rationally manage the country’s electricity, so the
military got down to business (maybe Zelensky
will face a military coup in the future. The US
has long singled out Zaluzhny, as a new
national leader),” the publication says.
According to the channel, Ukraine is sliding into the
“Stone Age”, it has to take extreme measures and
introduce criminal penalties for the “illegal” use
NATO Secretary General acknowledges
that support for Ukraine is costly
November 27th, 12:35pm
Jens Stoltenberg elaborated that “rising food
and energy bills mean hard times for many
households in Europe.”
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg,
acknowledged: that supporting Ukraine in
the conflict with Russia, costs Westerners
dearly, but noted that it is necessary to
“maintain and increase” assistance
to Kyiv. He shared this opinion in
an interview with the German
newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
“Rising food and energy bills mean tough times for
many households in Europe,” Stoltenberg said.
Despite this, the NATO Secretary General said
that “it is possible to strengthen the position
of Ukraine at the negotiating table, if it is
provided with military support.”
“The best way to keep the peace
is to support Ukraine,” he said.
“Points of indestructibility” in Kyiv
will be checked; after complaints
November 27th, 12:11pm
Deputy Arakhamia promised to organize an
inspection of “points of invincibility” in
Kyiv, after complaints from citizens.
All Kyiv “points of indestructibility” – places for providing basic services in case of long power outages – will be checked, after complaints from city residents, David Arakhamia, head of the Servant of the People
faction in the Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine, promised.
In his Telegram channel, Arakhamia wrote that the
people of Kiev complain about the inconsistency
of information about the work of “points of
invincibility” in Kyiv.
“We decided.. to go through 530 points of invincibility
(indestructibility – ed.) in a day and check everything
in order to have up-to-date information,” said David
Arakhamia, head of the Servant of the People
faction in the Verkhovna Rada.
The news quickly received a response, among Internet
users. Users calculated that 530 points per day is 2.71
minutes for each point. This time also includes moving
between points, that Arakhamia will personally check.
Also, the network called “points of invincibility” a PR
stunt, which, in fact, turned out to be empty words.
Venezuelan Govt and Opposition
Sign Second Partial Agreement
November 26th, 7:20pm
This agreement stipulates, among other aspects,
the cooperation between the Government and
the opposition in a humanitarian
This second partial agreement focuses
on measures for the welfare of the
The Venezuelan government delegation signed this
Saturday the second partial agreement for the
protection of the Venezuelan people, with a
sector of the opposition of the South
American country in Mexico City,
thus restarting the dialogue
between the parties.
In a protocol ceremony at the Mexican Foreign
Ministry headquarters, representatives of both
delegations signed the document, which was
previously read by the mediating
representative of Norway, Dag
Nylander, in the presence of
Foreign Minister, Marcelo
Ebrard, the host country.
This agreement stipulates, among other aspects,
the cooperation between the Government and
the opposition in a humanitarian spending
plan, such as the repair of electricity grids
or the payment of medical care projects
using 2.7 billion dollars (approximately
the same amount in euros) of funds
currently frozen in international
accounts due to US sanctions.
"The rescued resources will go to strengthen the
national public health system in equipment,
infrastructure recovery, the provision of
supplies, vaccines and medicines to
expand and strengthen the electric
power service, the attention to a
significant part of the school
infrastructure and attention
to needs.. derived from the
emergency, caused by the
torrential rains as well as
food support programs,"
as announced by
The Venezuelan delegation is led by the President
of the National Assembly (NA), Jorge Rodríguez;
the human rights defender and wife of diplomat
Alex Saab, Camilla Fabri; the Minister of
People's Power for Science and
Technology, Gabriela Jiménez;
and the deputy of the NA,
US tries to avoid charges of military-biological activities against
Pentagon - top brass
November 26th, 4:56pm (TASS)
The US National Biodefense Strategy... released on
October 18th enhances biodefense of US military
personnel ---- also limiting formal engagement of
US military biologists in international initiatives
in order to clear the Pentagon of accusations,
Chief of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
Protection Troops, Lieutenant General
Igor Kirillov said on Saturday ahead
of the Ninth Review Conference
of the Biological Weapons
"One of the Strategy’s primary objectives: is to develop
ways of individual and collective biological protection
for US military personnel, in various theatres of
military operations. The goal is, to continue
research on the agents that cause
extremely deadly infectious
illnesses that are endemic
to certain areas,"
"To avoid charges of military-biological activity at
the Pentagon, formal engagement of US military
biologists in international initiatives will be
limited through increased involvement of
civil institutions.... as Department of
Defense contractors," he added.
In accordance with their strategy, the US seeks
to strengthen global control over the biological
environment around the world and "reserves
the right to perform ‘dual-use’ research,
including research conducted outside
of national boundaries.".
More than 200 breaches of basic pathogen handling
rules have been documented in the analysis of the
operation of biological laboratories in the United
States, Kirillov said.
"Numerous breaches of basic pathogen handling rules
have been documented, as well as attempts by
biolaboratory management to conceal the
facts of accidents and breakdowns of
filter-ventilation systems and
"In total, more than two hundred such incidents have been reported. We assume that the official statistics include only a small proportion of the incidents and that the real situation is much worse," he said.
US continues to build up military-biological
capabilities- Russian Defense Ministry
November 26th, 2:58pm (TASS)
The United States proceeds with the policy of building
up its military and biological capabilities, Lieutenant
General Igor Kirillov, chief of the Radiation, Chemical
and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed
Forces said on Saturday, ahead of the Ninth Review
Conference.. of the Biological Weapons Convention.
"I would like to point out --- that the United States
continues to include the objectives --- of building
up its military and biological capabilities, in its
doctrinal documents. For example, on October
the 18th, the White House published.. a new
strategy to counter biological threats that
calls for $88 billion in funding, including
$17 billion in the first year," he said.
Kirillov pointed out that another attempt by the US to
interfere in the internal affairs of other states could
be seen again. Under the strategy, "the actions to
counter biological threats --- are supposed to be
conducted, regardless of the fact they occur
on the US territory or abroad.".
Military-biological activities of the US biolabs
in Ukraine arouse concerns... even among
Washington’s closest allies, even though
Western countries hindered voting on
the UN Security Council resolution
on an international investigation
into biolabs, Kirillov said.
In October, Russia brought up the concerns of
the BWC violations by Ukraine and the United
States to the United Nations Security Council.
"Western nations --- actively hindered the Security
Council decision -- on an international probe into
the operations of US biolaboratories in Ukraine.
The United States, France, and the United
Kingdom, voted against the document -
while Russia and China, voted in favor
of it. Other nations... including India,
Mexico & Norway (NATO member),
abstained from voting,"
According to Kirillov, despite the fact that the resolution failed to garner the required votes --- and the Security Council did not trigger the investigative mechanism, "the voting results illustrate that the United
States’ military-biological actions in Ukraine, arouse concerns among even its closest friends.".
Number of countries within RF
Financial Messaging System
to reach 18 in 2023 —
Bank of Russia
November 25th, 4:17pm (TASS)
The Bank of Russia expects that the number of
countries participating in the Financial
Messaging System (SPFS) will reach
18, the regulator said on Friday.
The regulator noted that by the end of 2022, this
figure should reach 15 countries. As of the end
of September, 440 participants were
connected to the SPFS, including
more than 100 non-residents
from 12 countries.
Governor of the Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, said
earlier that the traffic of Russia’s SWIFT counterpart,
the Financial Messaging System of the Bank of
Russia grew by around a quarter in 2022, and may continue to grow.
"Our Financial Messaging System, our SWIFT
counterpart -- serves banks throughout the
country without interruptions. The system
has been fully operational for several
years, but this year, when several
banks were disconnected from
SWIFT, the System’s traffic
rose by around a quarter,
& can continue to grow.
We have no problems
with that," she said.
In 2014, the Bank of Russia launched the Financial Messaging System (SPFS) in
test mode. The system can transmit
data in the SWIFT format, but does
not depend on its channels.
In 2017, the system started working
in full, transmitting messages about
transactions in any currency.
America uses NATO to
The Global Times
November 25th, 9:31am
NATO is being used to undermine Europe’s economy
and tighten policy control. This opinion was
expressed by the newspaper The Global
Times, referring to the opinion
“The US wants to put pressure on NATO member
states and has demanded an increase in the
defence budget,” the paper wrote.
Cui Hongjian, the director of the Department of European
Studies, at the China Institute of International Studies,
believes that the energy crisis in the European Union
happened precisely because of the severance of ties with Russia.
“Even if Europe finds another way, they will
still suffer from high energy prices,” the
Europe has lost its competitiveness, he stresses, as a leading economy.
Moldova's President.. Convenes
Security Council After Blackout
November 24th, (teleSUR)
On Wednesday, Chisinau or other cities suffered massive blackouts... because the Moldovan
electricity system depends on the power
supply generated in Ukraine.
On Thursday, Moldova's President Maia Sandu
convened the Supreme Security Council
(SSC) after the massive blackout her
country suffered as a result of the
Russian bombing of Ukrainian
The CSS members analyzed the contingency plans
implemented by the authorities to ensure the
continuity of the supply of electricity and
gas to citizens, companies,
The council recommended that the Moldovan
government update its plan for the reduction
of technical vulnerabilities in the supply of
electrical and thermal energy.
Sandu also asked all institutions to increase
the level of alert regarding the identification
and prompt solution of energy-related
On Wednesday, the capital Chisinau or other cities
suffered massive blackouts because the
Moldovan electricity system depends
on the power supply generated
This was the second time that Moldova was
left without power as the incidents of the
Ukrainian war conflict also affected
energy supply on Nov.ember 15th.
Moldova has now almost fully restored electricity
to the country, although some 2,000 consumers
were still without electricity at noon, according
to distributor Premier Energy.
‘Grave consequences’ to follow
price caps on Russian oil,
November 24th, 7:04pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of “grave
consequences” to the US-led scheme of introducing
punitive price caps on Russian crude oil, as the
nations of the European Union fail to agree on a price ceiling.
In a telephone conversation with the Iraqi prime
minister on Thursday, Putin warned such a plan
would violate the principles of market relations
and have serious consequences for the global
"Vladimir Putin stressed: that such actions are
contrary to the principles of market relations
and are highly likely to lead to... grave
consequences for the global energy
markets," the Kremlin said... in a
readout of the Russian leader's
call, with the Prime Minister
Mohammed Shia al-Sudani of Iraq.
Representatives of the bloc's 27 governments failed
to agree on a Group of Seven (G7) proposal to set
the price ceiling, in the range of $65-$70 per
barrel during talks in the Belgian capital of
Brussels on Wednesday. They resumed
talks -- on Thursday -- to reach an
agreement, but all to no avail.
The European Commission proposed, that the ceiling
be set at $65 per barrel. However, Poland, Lithuania,
and Estonia opposed the proposal, saying such a
price would be too "generous" and would leave
Moscow with too high a profit, as production
costs are about $20 per barrel.
The European nations will continue talks on Friday
to reach an agreement on a fixed price cap.
According to the Kremlin, both Putin and Sudani had
spoken positively of the two countries' work within
the framework of OPEC+, which, the Kremlin said,
helped "stabilize the world oil market."
Russia and Iraq are both major oil producers
and members of the OPEC+ agreement.
The G7, including the United States, as well as the
entire EU plus Australia, has stepped up attempts
in recent days to impose a punitive price cap on
sea-borne exports of Russian oil on December
5th, as part of sanctions against Moscow over
its military operation in Ukraine... that began
on February 24th.
Around 70-85 percent of Russia's crude exports are
carried by tankers... rather than pipelines, and the
idea of a price cap, spearheaded by Washington,
is to ban shipping, insurance and re-insurance
companies from handling cargos of Russian
crude oil across the world, unless it is sold
at or below the price set by the G7 and
Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, the United
States and its European allies have imposed
waves of economic sanctions against
Moscow, while supplying large
consignments of heavy
weaponry to Kiev.
The Kremlin says the sanctions and
the supplies... will prolong the war.
Trade between Russia and the CIS
countries rises by 7% to $73 bln
November 24th, 6:42pm (TASS)
The volume of trade between Russia and the CIS
countries in January-September 2022 increased
by 7% year-on-year and amounted to $73 bln,
the press service of the Russian Ministry
of Economic Development told TASS.
"In January-September this year, the volume of trade
between Russia and the CIS countries, increased
by 7% compared to the same period in 2021 and
amounted to $73 bln. The main part of the
trade turnover... fell on the three main
partners of Russia in the CIS: Belarus
- $31 bln (+9%), Kazakhstan - $20 bln
(+9%) & Uzbekistan - $6 bln (+36%),"
the Deputy Minister of Economic
Development, Dmitry Volvach,
was quoted by the ministry’s
Volvach recalled that there are around 400 bilateral
cooperation agreements between the Russian
regions and the regions of the CIS countries.
He called tourism one of the topical areas of
cooperation. According to him, tourism has
a huge potential for the development of
small and medium-sized businesses,
creating jobs, developing the self-
employment of the population,
which will ultimately ensure
development of the CIS
"In addition to expanding trade and economic
connections, the regions of Russia and the
CIS countries place a special emphasis on
contact in the humanitarian and
The Deputy Minister also proposed.. that the CIS
countries update their concept of interregional
and cross-border cooperation.. taking into
account the current world situation and
without forgetting the development of the tourism industry.
Putin calls for creating
November 24th, 4:58pm (TASS)
An independent system of international payments
can be created based on digital currency and
blockchain technologies, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
"It is possible, to create a new system of international
payments based on digital currency technologies and
distributed registries, much more convenient, but at
the same time completely safe for participants and
independent of banks and 3rd-party interference,"
According to him, global financial institutions should
reflect the realities of the multipolar world and be
based on open democratic principles.
"In the conditions of the current illegitimate
restrictions, settlements are one of
the attack lines," Putin said.
"The current international payment system is
expensive -- and its correspondent account
system and regulation are controlled by a
small group of states and financial
companies," he said.
Europeans grow weary of refugees from Ukraine – Time November 24th, 3:08pm https://en.news-front.info/
Amid a worsening domestic crisis, Europeans are growing weary of millions of migrants from Ukraine, Time columnist, Lisa Abend, writes.
Europe has welcomed millions of refugees from Ukraine this year, but with the onset of cold weather its residents are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with this, the article notes.
The EU’s resources for hosting Ukrainian refugees are running out, and more and more countries and regions are phasing out assistance programmes and refusing to accept new arrivals.
The columnist reminds us that 7.8 million people left Ukraine at the beginning of the crisis, 4.7 million of whom settled in Europe. The EU has even changed legislation to accept all the refugees, simplifying the procedure for finding jobs & social services for displaced people. However, the crisis has dragged on and Europeans are now more and more concerned about their own problems: inflation, housing shortages, and the energy crisis.
“In such a situation, the first signs are emerging that the resolve of Europeans is beginning to weaken,” Abend stresses.
According to her, Europeans are gradually losing interest in the problems of Ukrainians and more and more often come out to protest, the author writes. For example, people protest against the conversion of premises into refugee reception centres, when it sometimes comes to arson, as was the case with the equestrian centre in the Irish village of Kildare.
“In many ways, this shift in sentiment reflects a general weariness and a dissatisfaction of people with the need to share resources,” the columnist concludes.
The Kremlin has called the level of the oil price ceiling discussed by EU: “unexplainable figures” November 24th, 2:16pm https://en.news-front.info/
Russia has no plans to supply oil and gas to the countries that will join the introduction of a price ceiling on these energy resources, but the very figures being discussed in Europe - so far - look unexplained, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
“The Europeans, so far, have very unclear discussions on this ceiling in the nuances. There is a feeling that they are just trying to make a decision for the sake of a decision, not for effect, but for the sake of a decision to tick the box that a ceiling has been introduced,” a Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on the possibility of setting a price ceiling on Russian oil in the range of $65-70 per barrel.
Peskov noted, that “this is all subject to deep analysis.” According to him, “it is still difficult to speculate” what impact it will have on the energy market. “We are proceeding, so far, from President Putin’s attitude, from his position that we will not supply oil and gas to those states that will introduce & join the ceiling,” Peskov continued.
However, the Russian Federation, seeing the figures being discussed in Europe, intends to analyse the situation “before formulating a position”, the Kremlin spokesman added.
Russian oil currently trades at around $70 a barrel, on a discounted basis, so from an economic perspective a $65-70 a barrel ceiling would not make much difference. However, it could have long-term strategic implications, in the event of a new spike in oil prices.
European experts estimate that there is a serious risk that Russia will stop supplies to the countries that join this mechanism, even if it is painless for Russia at the moment. This, in turn, could cause a sharp rise in prices on the world market if the other oil producers do not sharply increase production.
Europe wakes up:a trade war with the US is just around the corner November 24th, 1:54pm https://en.news-front.info/
“Geez! How did this happen?” – The European politicians have suddenly become aware --- urgently taking a massive dose of aspirin and getting ready to move on to the most drastic measures possible.
Well, how did you wake up – you peeped one eye with a terrible hangover and found yourself on the verge of an “industrial wasteland”. While European politicians were absent-mindedly scratching their heads, factories were passing by, car companies crossing the Gulf Stream, waving goodbye - and disappearing somewhere in the direction of the USA
Politico reports that the European Union is preparing an emergency programme of subsidies to protect domestic producers from vicious American competitors.
And now the poor devils are sitting there, figuring out in frantic mode, how to counteract such a sudden and sneaky double blow from Washington.
Not only that the projected energy prices will now remain higher than in the U.S. forever, but Biden is there, with his subsidy package, to support the U.S. manufacturers.
How is the competition going to hold up?
French and German car makers are especially worried, because the American law on inflation reduction encourages consumers to buy American electric cars. The US, they say, is undermining global free trade (no way!).
Swinging like wounded seagulls, European politicians have decided to create a European Sovereignty Fund (a what-what fund?) to help businesses invest in the EU. And they should do it all without delay because some panic-stricken EU members, are wasting emergency funds beyond all reason. It is a mess!
All in all, Politico predicts we are in for either a subsidy race or a trade war between Europe and the US. What a charade. If you told anyone about this state of affairs a couple of years ago, they would have laughed. Nevertheless, this is the present reality.
We, for our part, of course, wish success to Europe in gaining its sovereignty – a very necessary thing for any state, indeed. It is good that they have decided to do that, but it is not clear why they are doing it now.
After all, they could have continued to thrive in their privileged European gardens on cheap Russian energy resources. Now that’s it – expensive LNG and sobering cold weather and deindustrialisation.
They never listen to us. What kind of people are these?
The Financial Times, citing forecasts by a number of experts, reported that Europe is in for an energy crisis that will last for several years November 24th, 12:18pm https://en.news-front.info/
Europe is predicted a prolonged energy crisis.
Experts also pointed to the need to significantly reduce energy demand and ensure additional supplies of natural gas (NG).
“It is important that energy prices remain high to curb fuel demand,” shared Vitol chief executive Russell Hardy.
Europe’s energy crisis will drag on, for years November 24th, 11:18am https://en.news-front.info/
Europe’s energy crisis will continue for years unless the region can reduce demand and secure new gas supplies.
“We are in a gas crisis and we will continue to be in a bit of a crisis mode for the next two or three years,” Sid Bambavale said. “So let’s not develop a false sense of security.”
At the end of September this year, Europe’s gas reserve level was around 90 per cent, broadly in line with the five-year average of 86 per cent, despite Russia largely cutting off gas supplies in recent months.
Next year, the amount of Russian pipeline gas supplied to Europe will fall to negligible levels.
Average European gas prices in 2023 will be €108 per megawatt hour, more than four times the average of the previous decade.
“High prices will have to squeeze demand basically every month next summer. It’s not a good thing – it’s an absolutely terrible thing for European business, and it’s the genesis of a recession,” Russell Hardy.
“The problems with replenishing storage in the summer of 2023, will be heavily influenced by their use in the winter of 2022-23,” Di Mattia said. “Continued declining demand and high LNG inflows are key factors in balancing supply and demand throughout 2023.”
Business consultant FTI Consulting, calculates that if the EU were to replace all Russian gas with LNG, Europe would face a shortfall in regasification capacity – the facilities needed to turn LNG back into gas – of 40 bcm/year, which could rise to 60 bcm/year in a cold winter.
Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Croatia, are pushing to build new regasification terminals.
According to Emmanuel Grand, senior managing director of FTI Consulting, there could be 40 bcm per year of import capacity in Europe by October 2023. However, he warned, “some of the projects are not backed by firm LNG commitments and there is a risk that these projects could be delayed”.
Brazil’s Bolsonaroreluctant to concede defeat to Lula, disputes election result November 23rd, 6:20pm (PressTV)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the election result, after losing to his leftist rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, last month, arguing that votes from some institutions should be recounted, in a lawsuit. Election officials have considered this with initial skepticism.
Bolsonaro's claim is likely to be far-fetched, as Lula's victory was confirmed by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and accepted by leading Brazilian politicians and international allies.
However, it could fuel a limited but committed protest movement that has so far refused to accept the final outcome of the election.
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who currently heads the TSE, said Bolsonaro's right- wing electoral coalition, which filed the complaint, has 24 hours to complete its audit of both rounds of the October election.
Brazil's currency fell 1.3 percent against the dollar, after news of the election complaint. The currency was also influenced by investors' concerns about Lula's spending plans and economic policy makers.
Fernando Bergallo, head of operations at FB Capital, was among those who said Bolsonaro's bid to challenge the election... was unlikely to succeed, but that it could increase pessimism - beyond what we already see.
Gleisi Hoffmann, the head of the Lula Workers' Party (PT), described Bolsonaro's election complaint --- as a sinister act.
"No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to institutions and democracy," she wrote on Twitter. "The election was decided in the vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future."
At the same time, the Social Democracy Party of Brazil (PSDB), one of PT's fierce and old rivals, called Bolsonaro's complaint meaningless, tweeting.... that it would be resisted "by institutions, the international community and Brazilian society."
Bolsonaro's coalition said its audit of the October 30th runoff between Bolsonaro and Lula, showed "signs of irreparable … malfunction" in some electronic voting machines. "There were signs of serious failures that generate uncertainties, and make it impossible to validate the results generated" in older models of the voting machines, Bolsonaro allies said in their complaint. As a result, they said the votes from those models should be "invalidated."
Bolsonaro, the former captain of the far-right army, has been claiming for years, that the country's electronic voting system is subject to fraud, but he has not yet been able to provide categorical evidence for the claims.
Bolsonaro remained publicly silent for 48 hours after the election was called, on October 30th and has yet to admit defeat, though he has allowed his government to prepare for a presidential transition in the meantime. Bolsonaro narrowly lost the run-off with 49.1 percent of the vote compared with Lula's 50.9 percent.
The European Parliament recognized the Russian Federation as a “state sponsor of terrorism” November 23rd, 2:22pm https://en.news-front.info/
The European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Russian Federation as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism”.
The European Parliament.. adopted a resolution recognizing the Russian Federation as a “state sponsor of terrorism” due to a special military operation in Ukraine, the vote was broadcast on the EP website.
The resolution was supported by 494 deputies, 58 voted against, 44 decided to abstain.
This resolution does not have any direct legal consequences for the European Union, but reflects the opinion of the majority of deputies, who in recent years have adopted a whole series of anti- Russian documents.
MEPs also urged the EU institutions.. to continue the path of strengthening the “international isolation of Russia” and further reduce diplomatic relations with Moscow, reducing them “to an absolutely necessary minimum.”
EU countries criticize proposed price ceiling for Russian gas – FT November 23rd, 2:04pm https://en.news-front.info/
The price ceiling for Russian gas at the level of 275 euros per megawatt-hour, which the European Commission proposed for consideration, is unlikely to be approved, as it has been criticized even by EU countries that support the cap on fuel prices, reports the Financial Times.
A senior EU diplomat told the publication that setting a price ceiling above €250 per MWh is “just another way to kill the cap.”
“It’s a joke. <…> This is a proposal that will not bring anything useful to anyone even under the extreme scenario observed in August. This --- is not a limitation,” Simone Tagliapetra, a senior fellow at the Brussels think tank Bruegel, said in her turn. She noted that this initiative threatens to undermine the credibility of the EC in resolving the energy crisis.
At the same time, the newspaper writes, members of the European energy exchange ICE -- opposed any price cap, stressing that such actions “will lead to a significant increase in margins, which could destabilize the market.”
Russian Foreign Ministry proposes to recognize the European Parliament as a“sponsor of idiocy” November 23rd, 1:57pm https://en.news-front.info/
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, proposed to recognize the European Parliament as a “sponsor of idiocy.”
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the resolution of the European Parliament recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” - and proposed recognizing it, as a “sponsor of idiocy.”
“The European Parliament... adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”. I propose to recognize the European Parliament as a sponsor of idiocy,” Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.
Earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” because of the special operation in Ukraine, follows from the voting results at the plenary session in Strasbourg.
Europe faces new energy crisis in case of cessation of nuclear fuel supplies.... fromRussia November 23rd, 10:19am https://en.news-front.info/
Express: European countries are waiting for a new energy price crisis in the event of a cessation of nuclear fuel supplies from Russia.
With global gas prices climbing to record highs over the past year due to reduced supply from Russia to Europe, countries across the continent, are scrambling... to phase out Russian fossil fuels to secure alternative supplies to the energy market. However, the British edition of Expess notes: that countries that have relied on nuclear energy as a means of achieving energy independ -ence, in fact.... will not be able to properly use this.
Russia is the leader in the supply of nuclear fuel to Europe --- and the termination of its supply could potentially provoke a new conflict and a large -scale price crisis. While politicians across Europe.. claim that nuclear power plants can boost domestic energy production, they fail to mention that these plants require uranium to fuel them.
Russia currently supplies 42 percent of all uranium to reactors, around the world. And, in comparison with the gas crisis, the statistics look strikingly similar, the publication notes. Thus, the EU received about 40 percent of its gas from Russia.... before the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
And when Moscow cut off supplies to Europe, prices in Britain skyrocketed, despite the country getting only four percent of its gas from Russia. This, is due to the complex nature of the gas market. Since the EU depends on the Russian Federation for 20% of the uranium needed for fuel supplies, if Russia decides to cut its supply to the bloc, this could cause the same problem - and provoke a new energy crisis.
“The notion that nuclear energy... provides security of supply is extremely problematic, and the notion that nuclear energy will make Europe independent of external problems, seems to be false,” said University of Sussex professor, Paul Dorfman.
World Peace Council to be called to play mobilizing role ahead of humankind's situation by Ana Luisa Brown November 22nd, 3:51pm (Prensa Latina)
Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council (WPC), said on Tuesday that his organization is being called to play a unifying and mobilizing role ahead of humankind's historical crossroads.
''The spirit of unity and initiative are features that should distinguish WPC´s work to open a clear avenue in the fight for world peace, which is the struggle against imperialism,'' she stressed at the opening ceremony of the 22nd WPC Assembly.
Gomes recalled that six years ago, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, a face-to-face meeting was unabled to be held, indicating that the one opened on Tuesday takes place amid a situation marked by worsened social issues and threats to the peace and security of the peoples.
We begin this Assembly with more determination to fight, she said, before urging participants to join efforts and unleash powerful moves capable of defeating the warmongering and retrograde forces that threaten to destroy the great achievements of humanity.
Socorro Gomes also considered that a change is taking place in the correlation of international forces, by creating a much more favorable context to develop an anti-imperialist struggle.
Plus, she expressed confidence that this forum will define a strategic direction and an effective plan of action to renew and improve WPC´s work and actively contribute to efforts ...aimed at preventing conflicts, preventing the arms race and promoting respect for the principles..... of international law.
Havana appreciates Moscow’s role in transitioning to multipolar world — Cuban president November 22nd, 3:50pm (TASS)
Havana appreciates the efforts made by Moscow to make sure the world transitions to multipolarity, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Tuesday.
"We appreciate.. all the work that the Russian Federation is doing to ensure that the world moves toward multipolarity and makes progress in that direction. In this sense... you have serious leadership," the Cuban president said.
He said that even in difficult circumstances, the two countries.... had managed to maintain political dialogue at the highest level.
"It reflects the remarkable relationship that binds us together. We had more than seven telephone conversations in the midst of the pandemic, and now... we have been able to meet in person and, I think, we will be able to increase the exchange of views on global issues and issues of a bilateral nature," the Cuban leader said.
MexicoSuspends the Summit of the Pacific Alliance November 22nd, 2:02pm (teleSUR)
"We are exploring the possibility of holding an event in Peru," Mexican President, Lopez Obrador, said.
On Tuesday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) confirmed the suspension of the Pacific Alliance summit scheduled for this Friday due to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to allow President Pedro Castillo to attend.
Given that Peru will not be able to assume the Pacific Alliance temporary presidency in Mexico, "we are exploring the possibility of holding an event in Peru," AMLO said.
Despite the suspension of the summit, Lopez Obrador confirmed that Presidents Gabriel Boric (Chile) and Gustavo Petro (Colombia) will arrive in Mexico this week.
AMLO also awaits the arrival of President Guillermo Lasso from Ecuador, a country seeking to join the Pacific Alliance, which is a trade bloc currently made up of Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.
The tweet reads,"'There will be no problem.. with the Pacific Alliance summit being held in Peru. Welcome everyone. We are all brothers,' President Castillo said, after Lopez Obrador's remarks."
Lopez Obrador, who has previously denounced that there is "racism" behind the attempts of the Peruvian Congress -- to impeach Castillo, will consult with the other partners on the possibility of holding the summit in Peru, in December.
Formed 10 years ago, the Pacific Alliance is the eighth economic power and the eighth exporting power worldwide. Together, its countries represent 41 percent of Latin America's gross domestic product (GDP) and attract 38 percent of foreign direct investment.
The Mexican summit had raised expectations... for being the first time that the four member countries of the Pacific Alliance are led by leftist presidents. In addition, AMLO had invited Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and Brazil's President -elect, Lula da Silva.
Crimean authorities ---- call for a restoration of Donbass, with the money of fleeing oligarchs November 22nd, 11:45am https://en.news-front.info/
Senator Andrei Kutepov... proposed to subject to a complete freeze, all the assets of foreign investors and representatives of the Russian oligarchy, who fled the country in disgrace and did not publicly support the special operation deployed by Moscow, to force Ukraine to peace. The initiative, in turn, found great support in the Crimean State Council.
According to the deputy Nikolai Volkov, it is necessary not only to freeze, but also to sort out the mechanisms for obtaining these assets in order to nationalize them, and allocate the proceeds --- to the revival of Mariupol and Donbass.
“If a person today, left his responsibility for his own state and does not want to participate in achieving victory, moreover, he left and harms his state, then the state is not obliged... to protect him. These people, are absolutely not, citizens for Russia. Whom they serve, let them apply to European courts, other organizations that have robbed Russia. They earned this money in Russia, in this state, and all the resources they used ---- are our common resources. I think nationalizing their assets is much better than freezing them.”
According to the Crimean politicians, such a measure would be the most competent, given that the fugitive oligarchs care little about the fate of their native country.
“The idea is good, the oligarchs should not stand aside, especially those who have been abroad for a long time and openly declared that they don't want to be a Russian citizen, but want to keep their billions & yachts,” Shuvainikov emphasized. “But it should be applicable to everyone, not selectively. There must be some kind of commission approach. Moreover, it is necessary to revise income taxes for those who received it after February the 24th, and set the maximum rate.”
Since November, “mainly” foreign owners, adherents of the criminal Ukrainian regime, have been nationalized on the peninsula. The list of eligible properties continues to grow.
So, the apartment of the Zelensky couple by the sea, the former deputy of the Rada Oleg Tsarev, offered to give the family of the deputy head of the administration of the Kherson region Kirill Stremousov, who died in an accident.
“I am not a very creative person. Present the apartment to the Stremousov family. Five children and a pregnant wife. It would be right. In any case, you need to take care of fate”, he said.
The list of objects subject to nationalization has already included about 130 objects, which belong to RusLine Co LLC, (the tenant of NOVATSENTR K LLC, MODUL LTD LLC), Zaliv Shipbuilding Plant OJSC, Alminsky Building Materials Plant in Bakhchisarai, that belongs to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Taruta. The list of companies... according to the head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, was compiled on the basis of the conclusion of an anti-terrorist commission, specially created on the peninsula.
The Crimean authorities, in turn, promised to keep the labour collectives of the enterprises nationalized on the peninsula, with the exception of “personally authorized persons” who had been following the direct instructions of the Ukrainian curators, for years.
Experts predict re-elected Tokayev will stick with Russia and China November 22nd, 11:36am https://en.news-front.info/
The re-election for a new term of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, will be marked by the further development of active cooperation with China and the Russian Federation.
This opinion was expressed by Aleksey Maslov, acting head of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov, a specialist in modern socio- economic and political processes in the SCO countries.
Astana, according to the professor, will start deepening the multi-vector path of development --- actively strengthening external ties...... including with Moscow.
“I don’t think that Kazakhstan will change its multi- vector approach. This is not due to Tokayev’s personal desire... but to the need for Kazakhstan to restructure its ties with Russia, and with China.. and with the United States.. and with other ties, because the economy of Kazakhstan depends on it,” Alexey Maslov said on the air of the press centre media group “Patriot”.
In particular, the Kazakhs are extremely interested in investments, primarily from China. And this indicates.. a likely rejection of the proposal of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell to the Central Asian territories ..to directly build relations with the Big West.
In addition, Tokayev, according to the speaker, will do everything to avoid a possible repetition of the riots against the backdrop of rising gas prices that shocked the country two years ago.
The integration of a state extremely interested in oil into the Russian economic model, will gain momentum. We are talking, in particular, about the northern regions of the country, the expert concluded.
Colombian government and ELN advocate for peace in Venezuela by Ileana Ferrer Fonte November 22nd, 7:51am (Prensa Latina)
Resuming talks between the Colombian Government and the guerillas National Liberation Army (ELN), in Venezuela, on Tuesday, demonstrated willingness to move towards peace. Despite the differences that may exist, the negotiators expressed - in a joint declaration - their disposition, optimism, certainty, and hope, to resume talks, with a political and ethical will, that have been frustrated over the years,
High Commissioner for Peace Danilo Rueda expressed certainty in achieving a satisfactory conclusion “with all the differences we may have”, because we have found in the delegation, a kind attitude and the compliance, this time, to reach peace.
The head of the ELN delegation, Pablo Beltrán, stated that the Colombians “cannot see each other as enemies,” the work we have done is reconciliation, finding common points again, and building a nation in peace and equity.
Historical Pact Senator, Iván Cepeda, underlined his faith and hope that the changes of the Government peace delegation are true, as we have started in a few hours to “experience tuning” with the ELN peace delegation.
Cuba, Norway, and Venezuela, the guarantor countries of the peace talks, have seen the process, that began on Monday --- with hope. The Colombian Government and the ELN signed for this process in Caracas, on October the 4th and expressed gratitude for the trust placed in them.
Kazakhstan is switching to new form of political system — incumbent President Tokayev November 20th, 8:53pm (TASS)
Kazakhstan... is switching to a new form of the political system and the constitutional reform will be implemented consistently, incumbent President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said on Monday.
"We will implement the constitutional reform consistently and clearly. We are switching to a new form of the country’s political system," his election headquarters quoted him as saying.
He also announced cardinal reforms of the country’s economy. "We will do our best to improve people’s living standards," he pledged.
"Unity is needed to implement these goals. That is why --- I call on you for unity," Tokayev stressed.
Kazakhstan held early presidential elections on Sunday. The voter turnout was 69.43%
According to the exit poll conducted by the Open Society international institute of regional studies and the Amanat party’s institute of public policy, Tokayev is winning 82.45% and 85.52% of votes, respectively.
Lula Calls for the Defeat of the Extreme Right in Brazil November 20th, (teleSUR)
Regardless of the victory in the presidential elections, the extreme right-wing ideology is still very much alive in the country, said Lula.
The president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, warned that despite his victory in the last elections in the South American country, the extreme right that supports the outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro, is still present and must be defeated - through peace.
Lula da Silva held a meeting at the University Institute of Lisbon with the Brazilian community in an event organized by the core of the Workers' Party (PT).
The president-elect, who takes office on January 1st, 2023, said that bolsonarismo is still alive - and we have to defeat it. ''We do not want persecution or violence. We want a country that lives in peace".
He urged to "defeat" Bolsonarismo "without using against them, the methods they used" against the left.
In the meeting, the president-elect stressed his commitment to Brazilian education in the face of the disaster in the matter, in Bolsonaro's administration.
In addition to referring to the situation of millions of Brazilians who go hungry, a situation that should not happen --- because the South American nation is the "third largest food producer in the world", Lula expressed that he will reverse the situation and blamed the outgoing president for not guaranteeing access to food.
The meeting takes place after the leader's visit to the COP27 Summit held in Egypt, being his first trip to Lisbon after his election as president.
The head of state-elect was received by the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and by the Prime Minister, António Costa, as a symbol of the resumption of relations weakened during Bolsonaro's mandate.
Iran starts electricity grid link-upwith Russia --- Minister November 20th, 4:32pm (PressTV)
Iran’s Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian says a first step has been taken to synchronize Iranian and Russian electricity grids.
Mehrabian said on Monday that Iran will carry out various synchronization attempts between its power grid and those of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, to finally link to Russia’s electricity network.
“An initial synchronization with Russia... has been carried out and we will perform technical works to synchronize the electricity networks of Iran the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia, to be able to have an electricity link-up with Russia,” said the minister.
He said Iran seeks to stabilize its electricity supplies through a link to the Russian power network, adding that the Energy Ministry is currently boosting its technical capabilities to expand the project.
Iran has experienced minor power cuts in recent years mainly because of an unexpected rise in demand for natural gas which has forced shutdowns in the country’s power plants.
That has forced the country to increase its imports of electricity from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan in peak consumption days, during summers and winters, to stabilize supplies to its populous northern regions.
That is in addition to Iran's normal electricity imports from Armenia, which is paid for by exports of natural gas to the Caucasus country.
That comes as Iran has introduced plans to increase its electricity output, in order to ramp up exports to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Experts say a synchronization of the power grids of Iran and Russia, will enable Iran to launch electricity exports to Qatar and other countries in the region.
This is our policy, our decision – Vucic on refusal to impose sanctions against Russia November 20th, 1:48pm https://en.news-front.info/
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke about why he refused to impose sanctions against Russia and his attitude towards NATO. It was reported by RIA Novosti.
“This is our policy, our decision. We have withstood a lot of pressure, heavy pressure ---- 270 days. Let me remind you that during the election campaign (for the elections on April 3 – ed.) they said that I would introduce sanctions... on the first day after the elections, but on the first day, they (political opponents - ed.) gave up and now they are telling me, every day, how much damage for Serbia is being done, for not introducing sanctions,” stated Vucic, on air... at TV Prva.
The Serbian leader said that the decision of the state authorities not to impose sanctions against Russia, was a deliberate one.
“They (NATO – ed.) rudely attacked another country, killed people, killed children and still imposed sanctions. And now.... we have to join this policy of hypocrisy. It is not difficult for me to explain to people when the moment comes that we have to, but Serbia has shown, so far, that it has enough strength & intelligence to endure,” the Serbian president stressed.
A strikewith a lot of movement by Juan M. Garcia November 20th, 12:45am (Prensa Latina)
Santa Cruz Governor, Luis Fernando Camacho, and the Department’s Civic Committee recently failed in their call for an indefinite national strike under the slogan “2023 Population and Housing Census yes or yes.” “In all departments, union members took out to sell, transportation circulated, workers got to their work centres…, a total failure,” the President of District Eight in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood known as Plan Tres Mil, David Villarroel, said.
With the backdrop of vehicles that ran in front of busy shopping centres, Villarroel insisted in an interview with the channel Bolivia TV, in which nobody believes in Camacho, with civic Rómulo Calvo, whom nobody follows in the country.
The force measure imposed on October 22nd in Santa Cruz Department, in many cases through force, already inflicted losses on the country worth nearly 1 billion dollars.
However, despite aggressiveness and pressures from paramilitary groups, following Camacho’s and Calvo’s orders with their blockades, there are increasingly more areas where the people return to their daily life and work.
From Oruro, the Department’s Civic Committee’s President, Cecilio Pérez, ruled out that the organization will participate in a strike supporting the measures of force that the Governor of Santa Cruz is promoting.
Bolivia’s Confederation of Drivers Unions, meanwhile, asked the national government to respect the right to work in the entire transportation system and urged the Governor’s office and the pro-Santa Cruz Civic Committee --- to lift the strike.
The confederation’s executive secretary, Lucio Gómez, warned that the conflict generated from the eastern city cannot be tolerated any longer, since it has already caused remarkable losses in that strategic sector of the national economy.
Camacho, and those who followed him in the 2019 coup have insisted on refusing to accept dialogue, evidence that the Population and Housing Census is only an excuse, and that its true objective, is to destabilize President Arce’s government.
That is why social and union movements and native indigenous peasant organizations are still on the alert and determined to prevent a new fracture of the constitutional order. Taken from Orbe
by Jorge Petinaud Martínez, Chief Correspondent/La Paz
Bulgarian hotels remove food item from accommodation programme for Ukrainian refugees – The Sofia Globe November 20th, 11:39am https://en.news-front.info/
Bulgarian hotels have changed the state program of temporary accommodation of Ukrainian refugees by removing the food item, it was reported by The Sofia Globe.
According to the information published in the publication, the owners of the hotels on the Black Sea coast refused to feed Ukrainian refugees due to the fact that the money, which is allocated for food by the state, is substantially insufficient.
The Bulgarian government allocates 15 levs (less than 500 rubles) to feed Ukrainians.
“We have been feeding Ukrainian refugees at our own expense for the last three days, but we do not have resources to feed them anymore, so from now on we will not feed them anymore,” Mikhail Zehov, the owner of a hotel, told the newspaper.
According to the newspaper, at the moment there are over ten thousand Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria under the state programme. The duration of the previous programme... to provide Ukrainians with accommodation was November 15th.
The programme envisioned the accommodation of refugees in hotels... at the expense of the state treasury. Now refugees from Ukraine are accommodated in state & municipal recreation centres.
Finnish Food Prices Hit Record Highs as Economy Tightens November 19th, 3:47pm (FNA)
Food prices in Finland have soared by almost 16 percent year-on-year in October, hitting a record high during the Nordic country’s entire time in the European Union.
The acceleration is unprecedented since the energy crisis of the Seventies and marks a continued rise from 14.5 percent in September and 12.5 percent in October, RIA Novosti reported.
The spike was most pronounced in flour, eggs, coffee and butter. Flour has risen in price by 46 percent, and the rest have risen by more than 30 percent. During the whole of October, pears were reported to be the only product actually to fall in value.
According to forecasts by the Pellervo Institute of Economic Research, the annual rise in food will eventually reach 11 percent.
Experts argued that the rapid inflation spike is unlikely to be stopped in November, December or even early 2023 ------ as food and electricity will continue to appreciate for several months to come, with no signs of a slowdown in sight and more chronic drivers of inflation now in play.
According to Statistics Finland, consumer price increases accelerated last month, mostly as a result of surges in energy prices, diesel and petrol prices and the average interest rate on housing loans.
Amid galloping inflation, higher borrowing costs kicked in ...and reduced activity, Finland’s economy contracted in the third quarter by 0.1 percent, Statistics Finland said, with a recession looming next year.
At the same time.. Finland’s growing cost-of-living crisis, which largely mirrors that of the eurozone, has been exacerbated by Helsinki’s self-crippling sanctions against Russian energy. Amid the shortages of gas and electricity, Finland is bracing itself for rolling power cuts this winter.
Helsinki also made a public case of its refusal to comply with Moscow's demands... to pay for gas in rubles, with a number of politicians claiming that the conflict in Ukraine, in which Finland firmly supports Kiev with arms, training and assistance, made cooperation with Russia... impossible.
However, in subsequent months Helsinki had no qualms about buying Russian gas in liquefied form. This week, it transpired that Finland’s import of Russian nickel increased since the start of the Ukraine conflict. In September, the imports grew by a whopping 59 percent.
Pressed over this obvious discrepancy, the Finnish government said it was prepared to ramp up sanctions against Russia further. Among others, Finland's Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, said the Nordic country was ready to “sanction everything”, if the EU were to reach a consensus.
Leader: Iran’s progress, prosperity unbearable for arrogant powers November 19th, 11:36am (PressTV)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says arrogant powers are disgruntled by Iran’s scientific advances as tremendous progress being achieved by the Islamic Republic is consigning the liberal democracy propagated by the West, to history.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a speech he delivered during a Saturday meeting with a group of people from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, in the capital Tehran, on Saturday.
“Westerners.... could loot the entire world for over two centuries through the discourse of liberal democracy. They made interventions, claiming there was no freedom in one place or there did not exit democracy... somewhere else. They plundered the national assets and resources of the country as a result,” he said.
“Poor Europe became rich at the expense of many rich countries like India and China. Iran was not directly colonized, but they did everything they could here,” the Leader pointed out.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Afghanistan is an example ----- just before your own eyes. Americans came and committed crimes in Afghanistan for 20 years. They perpetrated all forms of criminal acts, brought the same government that they had overthrown back to power, and withdrew in a humiliating manner.”
He went on to hail the Islamic Republic of Iran as the establishment which has rejected the idea of liberal democracy, given its nation an identity, awakened and empowered them, and stood up against Western schools of thought.
Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that the West’s enmity towards Iran ----- is rooted in the fact that the Islamic Republic continues to make progress, and the whole world acknowledges such advancement – something which the West cannot stand.
“Should we have not made any progress, did not show up as a strong presence in the region, had our voice faltered in the face of America and its arrogance and we were ready to accept its bullying, the ongoing pressures would have been much less,” the Leader of the Islamic Revolution added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed out that the bids against Iran have been much greater, anytime that the Islamic Republic has vociferously opposed its enemies.
The Leader also stressed that Washington has always been at the forefront of the anti-Iran campaign and its European allies are standing behind it.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that all US presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama - have gone up against Iran in the years after the victory of the '79 Islamic Revolution, and have relied on the support of the Israeli regime and certain regimes in the region, to accomplish their so-called goals.
“Despite all such attempts, the enemies have failed on the whole. Of course they have posed problems, such as sanctions, the assassination of nuclear scientists, the application of... various political and security ploys, & even bribed some people inside the country to speak out against the Islamic establishment. But they could not stop the Iranian nation from progressing ahead,” the Leader stressed.
Pointing to the enemy's extensive media facilities such as satellite networks, virtual space and mercenary TV channels for shattering people’s hopes, the Leader said.
“Despite all these attempts, fortunately, hope and the movement towards progress in the country --- is alive.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that, “The enemy is trying to make not only the people and the youth, but also the officials, lose hope, & unfortunately the enemy has an internal extension, by which, they are also trying to instill hopelessness and despair, by using newspapers and cyberspace.”
Touching upon some instances of progress and forward movements in Iran.... in recent weeks, the Leader recounted the Iranian scientists’ new method to treat leukemia, localization of oil and gas extraction equipment, the opening of a railway line in a part of Sistan and Baluchistan Province... which is an important part of the North-South railway, & opening several factories, setting up the first offshore refinery... operating 6 power plants, unveiling one of the largest telescopes in the world --- plus the launching of a satellite-carrying rocket, and the unveiling of a new rocket.
Ayatollah Khamenei said such achievements were obtained at a time that the enemy was trying to prevent this forward-heading movement --- with riots.
“Gazprom” supplies 41.6m cubic metres of gas through Ukraine November 19th, 9:41am https://en.news-front.info/
“Gazprom” is supplying gas through Ukraine in the volume confirmed by the Ukrainian side --- 41.6 million cubic metres as of November the 19th. The Fuel is transported through the Sudzha station.
The official representative of the Russian company, Sergey Kupriyanov.
“Gazprom is supplying Russian gas for transit through the territory of Ukraine in the volume confirmed by the Ukrainian side - through the “Suja” GIS – 41.6 million cubic metre,s as of November the 19th″.
Kupriyanov added that the application for the Sohranivka gas metering system was rejected.
Earlier, Gazprom said that sabotage of the “Nord Stream” and “Nord Stream-2” pipelines had aggravated the situation in the energy market.
Almost 50% of Ukraine’s power system disabled — PM November 18th, 5:50pm (TASS)
Almost half of Ukrainian energy infrastructure has been rendered inoperative, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal stated at a joint briefing with Executive Vice- President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, in Kiev on Friday.
"Almost half of our energy system has been disabled," Ukrinform agency..... quoted him as saying. The head of the government noted that under these conditions "Ukraine needs additional support from its European partners, both in the sphere of energy & deliveries of additional equipment, as well as with the funds to purchase additional volumes of gas & provide greater support for the energy sector."
On November the 1st, Ukrainian President, Vladimir Zelensky said that approximately 40% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure ----- was seriously damaged. Dombrovskis arrived in Kiev, on November 18th, the agenda of his visit is shaped around the issue of the EU’s support for Ukraine.
International association demands:colonialists return looted items by Luis Linares Petrov November 18th, 2:51pm (Prensa Latina)
The Mexico office of the Association for the Reparation of Colonialism (ARC), aka "Colonialism Reparation," called for the definitive restitution of the treasures --- looted by ex- colonizers from Mexico and other countries. The office pointed out on its website that as a first step in the direction of repairing the damage caused by colonialism, the former colonists must stop hindering the return of the tangible elements... that are evidence of human evolution... to their countries of origin.
The institution recalled that at the 6th Summit of the European Union-African Union, the heads of State and Governments of the Member States committed to restituting cultural property and promoting access to and protection of the cultural heritage of the former colonies.
The ARC pointed out that, on the sidelines of the meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo handed over to his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of the Congo some 84,000 objects of Congolese origin currently present in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren.
On February 21st, 2022, on the occasion of the return of two “Benin Bronzes”, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to nations, institutions, and entities, both private and public, to return the Nigerian artifacts in their possession.
The ARC added that the Belgian House of Representatives... approved on July 3rd, 2022 -- a law recognizing the alienable nature of assets linked to the colonial past of the Belgian State and establishing a legal frame- work, for their restitution and return... thus paving the way to the definitive restitution.... of all of the treasures looted during colonial times.
Colonialism Reparation called for the repatriation of the remains and the definitive restitution of the treasures stolen by colonizers from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and others, to the looted countries, as a first step in the direction of repairing the damages of colonialism.
Novak says Russia and China will jointly build energy equipment November 18th, 2:42pm https://en.news-front.info/
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow and Beijing plan to develop cooperation in the creation and use of energy equipment.
“Undoubtedly.... there are new areas that we will develop in the future. Cooperation in hydrogen energy, the introduction of modern digital technologies, it is joint production, and the development of equipment... to be used for energy, both Russian energy and Chinese energy,” – his words... after the meeting of the Russian- Chinese intergovernmental commission.
Novak also said that trade turnover between Russia and China - in the energy sector - increased by 64%, in monetary terms.
Global fertilizer and food market cannot recover:without Russia November 18th, 2:05pm (TASS)
The global fertilizer and food market cannot recover without Russia as its major participant, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov told reporters on Friday.
"As regards the grain deal ---- it should be merely understood that there are two tracks of Russia’s participation in solving the food crisis. The first track occurred, and it was historically the first one, during the visit of [UN Secretary-General Antonio] Guterres to Moscow and talks with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin," the official said.
"Food markets and mineral fertilizer markets - they are closely intertwined - merely cannot recover without Russia, because Russia is a major participant in both of them," the First Deputy Prime Minister noted.
"The second track is the Istanbul agreements, where exports, the creation of a security corridor and exports of Ukrainian grain, were the case in point," Belousov added.
Russia and China move to national currencies November 18th, 12:45pm https://en.news-front.info/
Settlements for energy supplies between Russia and China are transferred into their national currencies, payments for Russian gas are already made in rubles and yuan, on a parity basis, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak said in an interview for the TV channel “Russia-24”.
''We are switching to settlements in national currencies – both rubles and yuan – for supplied energy resources, mutual settlements that take place.. including for the supplies of equipment from the PRC.''
''As an example, gas supplies between Gazprom and China are currently made on a parity basis in rubles and yuan,'' he said after the meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission.
The deputy prime minister also added that supplies of oil and oil products are also rapidly transitioning to payment in the national currencies of Russia and China.
UNGA president highlights need to develop common position on UNSC reform November 17th, 8:28pm (TASS)
The United Nations General Assembly has much to do to develop a common position on the UN Security Council’s reform, President of the 77th UN General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, told reporters on Thursday.
"It is very important that we should have a consultative process with the P5, but let me dissolve the misperception that it is only the position of the P5 that makes the negotiations difficult," he said in response to a TASS question.
"I think there is a huge task ahead of the General Assembly now, this year, and we'll see how long [it takes] to iron out an acceptable workable compromise among the 193 members. We have never reached that point," Korosi added.
According to him... it will be very important to make sure that the P5 can also work as a representative among the 193 member states. "But it will be the second stage, when a united consolidating position of the General Assembly will be taken to the Security Council for their approval," he noted.
Korosi highlighted the need to avoid an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine "and among other manifestations of the very complex and interlinked crisis that we have in the world." The UNGA president said that developments in Ukraine "renewed our attention... to UN Security Council reform.".
Brazilian Supreme Court Blocks Bank Accounts of Coup Promoters November 17th, 4:40pm (teleSUR)
On Thursday, Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered to block the accounts of far-right activists who disavow President-elect Lula da Silva and call for a coup.
Framed in an investigation of anti-democratic acts, the blocking of bank accounts affects at least 43 agricultural entrepreneurs supporting far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who was defeated in the second round of the presidential elections held on October 30th.
These businessmen own many of the trucks that blocked highways in protest at the victory of the Workers' Party in the elections. In the last week, the far-right activists have placed their vehicles in front of barracks with the undisguised objective of demanding a military coup.
Until now, the generals have ignored the requests of these Bolsonaro supporters who ask to "save Brazil from communism" by preventing Lula from assuming office on January 1st, 2023.
Judge De Moraes specified --- that the far-right rallies demanding a coup d'état, represent an abuse of the right of assembly, since they seek to promote non- compliance with the electoral decision, the rupture of the rule of law, and the installation of an ''exception'' regime.
This happens, for example, on the outskirts of the Army Barracks in Brasilia, where Bolsonaro's supporters have been camping since October 31st, with the logistical support provided by the far- right businessmen.
"This scenario requires an absolutely proportional reaction from the State, in the sense of preserving fundamental rights and guarantees," De Moraes pointed out.
EU promises....to compensate the damage to third countries of sanctions against Russia
November 17th, 2:45pm
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell,
said the European Union would compensate
all damage to third countries... as a result
of the anti-Russian sanctions.
“The consequences of the sanctions must be carefully
measured. They should not affect logistical factors.
Yesterday, we had a very productive discussion
about specific problems, that we would like to
solve very carefully, but they are not directed
at the economy of third countries. If there is
any consistent collateral damage, we will
restore them,” he said... at a briefing in
Astana on Thursday, answering the
question... whether the EU can
guarantee that the sanctions
will not affect the economy
of Kazakhstan (quoted by
It is noteworthy that Moscow has repeatedly
stated that the policy of anti-Russian
sanctions undermines the global
economy, while noting... that
Russia will withstand any
“Simple arithmetic”: expert
Martsinkevich predicts gas
collapse of the EU
November 17th, 12:54pm
Europe is facing a record jump in the cost of energy
resources, as well as the inevitable difficulties in
preserving industry and meeting the needs of
the social sector. This was stated by the
head of the Expert Council of the FPSR
“Aurora” Boris Martsinkevich.
European underground gas storages are filled
with only half of the volume required for the
“successful” passage of the winter season.
“Will there be enough gas for the winter? If we take
last year as a basis for calculations, then the total
volume of gas consumption in the European Union
amounted to about 420 billion cubic metres. The
heating season traditionally accounts for half of
this volume. That is ---- they should have some-
thing on the order of 200 billion cubic metres.
The volume of all gas storages of the
European Union is 107 billion cubic
metres. To date, approximately
104 have been filled. Simple
arithmetic suggests that
this volume, will not be
enough. Even.. taking
into account, the fact,
that consumption.. is
expected to decrease
by 10-15% this year,
there is a shortage
in any case.”
In addition, Martsinkevich recalled the main purpose
of underground storage facilities, which is aimed at
“Even with the best option, during the Winter, Europe
will lack about 70 billion cubic metres. Accordingly,
it will be necessary to buy them somewhere. In
such circumstances, price increases are
inevitable. Much... will still depend on
what kind of winter it will be, how
many industrial enterprises, the
Europeans will be able to close
for the sake of the economy.
There was no outflow of the
population there --- so they
will save... mainly... at the
expense... of industrial
According to experts’ forecasts, this winter will be the
“worst” in history for the EU: analysts do not exclude
Europe’s plunge --- into the deepest recession, the
cause of which, will be a sky-high gas price tag.
Even with the successful passage of the winter
season, the European Union is in for big trouble
---- due to the inoperability of most of the gas
arteries from Russia. LNG will not be able
to become a full-fledged alternative to
the pipeline resource.
As Martsinkevich stated earlier, by scooping up gas
from all over the world ---- to spite Moscow, the EU
contrived to lure LNG from Asian territories solely
due to the ultra-high cost. A resource purchased
at a price peak, due to the dominance of private
companies in the trading arena, pursuing only
their own selfish interests, will make the cost
of blue fuel for the consumer even higher,
which already today creates tension
within European society.
Bloomberg reports sharp
economic downturn in
Eastern Europe against
the backdrop of euro
November 16th, 3:24pm
The economies of the countries in the east of the EU
slowed in the third quarter, as consumers were hit
by a sharp increase in energy prices and rising
interest rates. It is reported by Bloomberg.
The gross domestic product (GDP) in Poland fell to
3.5% between July and September, compared to
5.5% in the previous quarter. In Romania and
Hungary, production fell to 4% from 5.1%
and 6.5% respectively, the
As the eurozone heads into recession, Eastern Europe
in particular has been hit by double-digit inflation,
forcing central banks to orchestrate a series of
rapid rate hikes since last year, the
Bloomberg cites European Commission forecasts that
these three countries, along with the Czech Republic,
are heavily dependent on trade relations with 19
eurozone countries, where the economy is also
rapidly shrinking and will continue to shrink
in the first quarter of next year.
Russia allocates a loan to Belarus
to help with import substitution
November 16th, 2:33pm
Belarus and Russia have signed a multi-billion dollar
loan agreement to facilitate the work of Minsk on
import substitution of goods, the press service
of the Belarusian Council of Ministers reported.
The press service of the Belarusian Council of
Ministers reports that Belarus & Russia have
signed an intergovernmental agreement on
providing the republic with 105 billion
Russian rubles for import-
“An intergovernmental agreement was signed on the
allocation of a loan to Belarus in the amount of 105
billion Russian rubles... for import-substituting
projects. The corresponding document was
signed today by the heads of the ministries
of finance of Belarus and Russia” ....the
message says in the official Telegram
channel of the government of
Borrell names total amount
of EU military assistance
November 16th, 1:44pm
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said
that the total amount of EU military assistance to
Ukraine, amounted to about 8 billion euros.
On Monday, November 14th, the foreign ministers of
the EU member states at a meeting in Brussels
discussed the issue of extending military
support to Ukraine, said the head of
European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
“I asked my military staff to most accurately estimate
the total amount of military support for Ukraine from
the EU… I can say that at least 8 billion euros of
arms were transferred both from the EU and
from the member states on a bilateral
basis,” he said after the meeting.
Thus, he responded to criticism in the media about the
“too small volumes” of military assistance to Ukraine
from the EU in comparison with the United States.
Russia at the G20 summit spoke
in favor of continuing the grain
deal,but with one condition
November 16th, 1:55pm
RT writes about it.
“The Russian delegation is in favor of continuing the
grain deal, but on the condition that the grain goes
exactly to the countries in need of it, and not to
Western states, as is happening now,”
Therefore, according to the minister, the Russian
Federation spoke in favor of continuing this deal
under the control of grain dispatch points, so
that grain would go to countries that
really need it.
Including, according to the politician, other issues
related to Russia were discussed at the G20
summit in Indonesia: energy, grain, health
care and digitalization.
Recall that Russia will decide on the possibility
of extending the grain deal until November 19th.
“Price intrigues” of the EUcan turn tankers with oil from the Russian Federation into “ghosts”
November 16th, 1:28pm
About a dozen European oil tankers with Russian
hydrocarbons on board are on their way to Asia,
where they will reach after the introduction of
the sensational “price ceiling” for Russian
raw materials, which was announced on December the 5th.
At the same time, there has been a very real threat of
loss of insurance by the courts, which means that
transportation may be involuntarily blocked if the
value of the cargo exceeds the established levels.
“For example, the Greek ship Kythira Warrior follows
from Ust-Luga to Singapore and should arrive there
on December 18th. The Maltese tanker, Syra, in turn, will deliver the cargo to the Indian Siku on December 6, and the HAI II under the
Liberian flag... on December 22 to the
Chinese port of Qingdao”, leads EA
Daily navigation data.
According to experts, now, we are talking about the
active transportation... of at least 13 million barrels
of oil, the total cost of which exceeds $800 million.
“Judging by open databases, the Russian Sovcomflot
may be the owner of several vessels, but at least
8 tankers are owned by European shipowners,
mostly with Greek registration and, obviously
ship and cargo insurance in EU countries.”
Thus, tankers still on the way.... run the risk of turning
into “ghosts” – the activation of the “valuable ceiling”
on Russian “black gold” ...will mean a virtual ban for
businesses on the provision of any services for its
transportation, in case of violations. And this,
in turn, will entail the declaration of invalid
insurance and the immediate stop of
According to Igor Yushkov, a leading expert of the
FNEB --- realizing the catastrophic consequences
of the introduction of new measures, the States
may try to delay the process as much as
possible.... in order to stabilize
“We may see a delay in the introduction of the price
ceiling in the EU. The United States has already
talked about postponing the deadlines for
tankers loaded before December 5th to
January 19th. After all, two types of
sanctions should have been earned
at once (including an embargo on
oil supplies to the EU by sea,
except for Bulgaria). This...
added to the nervousness.
Accordingly, prices have
risen. And importers...
including the US and
EU countries, are
Yushkov also did not rule out that the delay in the
introduction of restrictions could begin under the
guise of some kind of “creation of a new
coalition.” In any case, the situation
runs the risk of hurting the US and
“Nonsense” called Washington’s intention to put
pressure on the Russian insurance industry and
former CIA adviser James Rickards. According
to the financial expert, the fact that the vast
majority of tankers are insured by British
companies, amuses Europe and
Washington, with hopes that
the situation will.... force
Moscow to get its oil
“for a penny.”
In the US Treasury, by the way, the idea of price
restrictions was called “one of the most
powerful mechanisms” of pressure on the Kremlin.
It will not be difficult for Moscow to find an
alternative to Western insurers --- as soon
as possible. Russian oil companies will
easily turn to other markets --- in
particular.. we are talking about
the Emirates, Delhi, and Beijing,
or even resorting to concluding
In addition, the state is quite capable of doing without
the European clientele, since there are at least a
dime a dozen potential buyers of its raw
materials. So the West will not have to
wait long for new failures, the
The eight billionth person
on the planet was born
November 15th, 12:33pm
The eight-billionth person on the planet
Earth, was born in Martuni, Armenia.
The eight billionth person on the planet Earth, was
born in the city of Martuni, Gegharkunik province
of Armenia. The governor of the region, Karen
Sargsyan, announced this... on his Facebook
page (banned in Russia and owned by Meta
Corporation, recognized as extremist
in the Russian Federation).
He said that, according to UNICEF data, the baby was
born in Martuni maternity hospital, in Gegharkunik
region. "The newborn, Arpi, considered the eight-
billionth person on the planet... the daughter of
Karen Zakaryan and Ani Kocharyan, residents
of Tsovinar village of Gegharkunik region,
was born weighing 2 kilograms 900
grams, 49 centimetres tall,
The head of the region congratulated the family
on the new addition and wished Arpi a bright
future and a "carefree and happy childhood".
Earlier, the UN reported that the world's population
has reached eight billion people. The organization
noted that the main increase to this level was
provided by Asia, and India was named as
the largest "contributor".
Indian Express:-India wants
to double trade with Russia
November 13th, 5:07pm
Despite U.S. sanctions against Russia, India has
decided, not only to continue, but to double its
trade with Moscow for the foreseeable future,
the article says.
Until February 2022, India imported less than 1%
of its total crude oil from Russia. Now oil imports
from Russia, are about 22% of India’s needs.
US Democrats Maintain
November 13th, 11:45am
Democrats will hold onto control of the US Senate
after Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won re-
election in Nevada, Edison Research
projected on Saturday, handing a
major victory to President
Still, Republicans remained close to winning control
of the U.S. House of Representatives, as officials
continued counting ballots cast in Tuesday’s
US midterm elections.
Cortez Masto narrowly defeated Republican
challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state
attorney general who was endorsed
by former President Donald Trump.
With Masto’s victory on the heels of Democrat
Senator Mark Kelly winning re-election in
Arizona late on Friday, Democrats will
control at least 50 Senate seats,
with Vice President Kamala
Harris able to break ties in
the 100-member chamber.
“America showed that we believe in our democracy,
that the roots of democracy are deep and strong,”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a
Democrat, told a news conference.
The Senate is currently split 50-50 between
Democrats and Republicans. The newly
elected Senate will be sworn in on
January the 3rd.
Continued control of the Senate means Democrats
will still be able to approve Biden’s nominees such
as federal judges. Should a vacancy open in the
next two years, that would mean any
appointees to the Supreme Court.
If Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock were to
win the December 6th Georgia runoff election
against Republican challenger, Herschel
Walker, that would expand a Democrat
majority to 51-49. That would give
Democrats an additional edge in
passing the few bills that are
able to advance with a
simple majority of
votes, instead of
the 60 needed
for most US
It would also dilute the influence of Democrat
Senators Joe Manchin, in West Virginia and
Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, “swing” votes
who have blocked or delayed some of
Biden’s major initiatives, including
expansions of some
It could take several days or more before the
outcome of enough House races are known
to determine which party will hold the
majority in the 435-seat chamber.
Republicans continued to have an edge, but
returns were still flowing in for several
races, including many in liberal-
Indian exports expected
to grow at 12 percent rate
by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado
November 13th, 10:40am
India's exports will have an annual growth rate
of 10 to 12 percent --- despite external head-
winds, Minister of Commerce and Industry
Piyush Goyal, said on Sunday.
He warned that factors such as high inflation
in Western countries and slowing growth
momentum could have some impact on India’s exports, the Mint
Goyal’s comments, when speaking at the Hindustan
Times leadership summit, come after the slow-
down in the country’s sales growth sparked
fears of job losses in sectors demanding
intensive labor such as textiles
India’s merchandise exports grew at the slowest pace
in 19 months, while imports were moderate despite
sharp currency depreciation in September.
Goyal, who also serves as minister of Textiles and
minister.. of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public
Distribution, said that there are a number of
external headwinds, such as the war that
skyrocketed commodity prices and
caused the decline of demand in
Western countries, but India’s
merchandise trade, will grow
at 10 to 12 percent annually.
The engineering, readymade garments, cotton yarn,
plastics & linoleum sectors saw their sales decline
in September compared to the same month last
year.. due to slowing demand in India’s major
markets, such as the United States and the
European Union, amid high inflation and
recessionary prospects, he said.
Lavrov made a speech
at the East Asia Summit
November 13th, 8:44am
Cambodia is hosting the East Asia Summit. Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke at the forum,
where he talked with colleagues from Indonesia,
Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
The EAC was also attended by US President Joe
Biden, who not only arrived 30 minutes late, but
confused Cambodia and Colombia.
“The EAC summit in Cambodia (not to be confused
with Colombia) started without Biden. Waited 30
minutes. We didn’t wait”, wrote the official
representative of the Russian Foreign
Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in her
Immediately from Cambodia, Sergey Lavrov will go to
the G20 summit. There, as previously reported by a
number of Western media, the EU and the UK want
to try to isolate the Russian delegation. China, will not participate in such provocations.
The main items covered:
The US and NATO... are trying to master
the Asia-Pacific region by militarizing it;
The AUKUS bloc, is trying to lure
New Zealand, Canada and Japan;
NATO claims to play a leading role
in the Asia-Pacific region;
A joint statement on the results of the East Asia
Summit was not adopted, as the US insisted
on an unacceptable assessment of the
situation in Ukraine.
From Cambodia, Lavrov will travel to Bali,
where he will represent Russia at the
National Union of Students: Zionist
November 12th, 5:59pm
Shaima Dallali was elected to the post of President
of the UK National Union of Students, in March
2022. Now, it has been announced that she
has been sacked, before she could even
Dallali Tweeted: On the first day of Islamophobia
Awareness Month, I find out I have been
dismissed through Twitter.
The sacking of Dallali, is the culmination of a massive
campaign of smears, intimidation and bullying by the
Zionist movement. The National Union of Students
has been under sustained pressure from the
Zionist movement and its assets, since
March this year --- when she
Students at 23 universities wrote a joint statement
denouncing the smear campaign and the
harassment of Shaima, after she was
wrongly accused of antisemitism.
But the NUS buckled early on.
The Zionist Union of Jewish Students stated: “We call
on Shaima and her team to ensure that NUS becomes
a space Jewish students once more feel welcomed
into, rather than sidelined and excluded.”
Accepting the dishonest statements of the UJS, the
national Union of Students apologized saying it was
“so sorry” to “particularly Jewish students”, who
have been “hurt” and that they sought to ensure
“Jewish students feel welcome in our spaces.”
But Zionist students will never feel welcome
or included in anti-racist spaces, since
Zionism is an intrinsically
This compromise with racism, set in train the inevitable process of removing the
democratically elected President
of the NUS.
An “independent investigation” was
announced, to be led by Rebecca
The NUS board stated, it “worked closely with
the Union of Jewish Students --- to make the
appointment --- and to agree theâ€¯Terms of
Reference”. In other words the Zionists
were able to vet both the terms of the
investigation --- and the person
appointed to conduct it.
The terms themselves were prejudicially written to
express the fabricated “antisemitism” witch-hunt.
The appointed QC, was inevitably predisposed to
finding against Dallali, because she is a Zionist.
Her public statements reveal that she has a clear
and partisan opinion on the issue of anti-
Semitism in universities.
Before making her Twitter account private following
her appointment, Tuck shared a Times article on
May 23rd 2021, titled “I’m an English Student –
It’s not my job as a Jew to answer for Israel
Tuck wrote that she was “shocked and saddened
bythe university experience by the children I’ve
watched grow up in my community, as proud
Jews, now hiding their identities.” In June
2021, Tuck co-authored an article titled
“Antisemitism in the workplace” which
defended the International Holocaust
Remembrance Alliance’s --- (IHRA)
Zionist friendly definition - which
equates “targeting of Israel” as
a nation, with “antisemitism”.
The next step for Dallali, is to fight back
against these decisions, with a legal
and political challenge.
Poll: Majority of Russians
Approve of Putin
November 12th, 3:15pm (FNA)
A latest poll showed on Friday that 75.8 percent of
Russians approved of Vladimir Putin's work as
the Russian president.
The survey conducted by the government-owned
research centre VTSIOM found that 79.5 percent
of the respondents trusted Putin, Xinhua news
According to the results, 62.3 percent of the polled
trusted Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin,
while 40.4 percent positively assessed the
work of the country's ruling United
From October 31st to November 6th, 1,600 Russian
adults were interviewed daily via telephone and
the results were based on the average value
of the seven days.
Mortgage Repossessions Up 90%
as British FamiliesWarned of‘Ticking Time Bomb’
November 12th, 12:15pm (FNA)
Families have been warned of a “ticking time bomb”
as new government figures show a staggering rise
in home repossessions, as a result of the
deepening cost of living crisis.
Repossessions, court claims and warrants have all
“increased significantly” for both homeowners and
tenants in the latest quarter, according to the
Ministry of Justice (MoJ), The
Mortgages repossessions soared 91 percent
compared with the same period last year,
while the number of orders to seize
property is up 103 percent.
Landlord repossession claims have shot up 106
percent since 2021, while court orders soared
nearly two-fold – though the number of
evictions rose by only 10 percent.
The figures – for the three months up to September –
do not yet account for the massive increase in
interest rates following Liz Truss’s
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been urged to create
a special fund to help save more homeowners from
losing their homes as part of next week’s
The Liberal Democrats have called for a £3bln
mortgage protection fund – offering grants of
up to £300 a month for all those who have
seen a 10 percent spike in their
“These worrying figures risk being just the tip of the
iceberg, with the Conservatives’ disastrous mini-
Budget setting off a mortgage ticking time bomb
for families across the country,” said the Lib
Dems’ Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney.
The senior MP said a protection fund could be funded
by reversing tax breaks for large banks “making
huge profits from soaring interest rates”.
The government figures showed that there were 744
mortgage repossessions, by county court bailiffs,
from July to September, compared to 390 in the
same quarter in 2021. Mortgage repossessions
orders rose to 2,491 during the period – up
from 1,229 last year.
Homelessness charity Crisis warned that tenancy
evictions could continue to rise once the court
backlog is cleared and the cost of living
The charity called on Sunak to commit to increasing
housing benefits in next week’s budget as a matter
of priority, as well as honouring the Tory pledge to
end no-fault evictions.
“With the number of claims by landlords looking to
repossess their homes more than doubling, it’s
clear that we need to act quicky,” said chief
executive Matt Downie – saying it was a
time of “huge uncertainty” for renters.
He added, “We must urgently put a safety net in place
to help people who might find their tenancies ended at a moment’s notice.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday that the
economic turmoil sparked by the Truss mini-Budget
had also hit prospective first-time buyers.
“The instability caused by that kamikaze [mini] budget
that basically trashed to the economy, means that
many people who thought they had a mortgage
can’t afford it anymore,” he told BBC Radio
Humberside, adding, “That dream has
Savills has predicted that UK house prices could fall
by about 10 percent next year before starting to
recover in 2024, causing negative equity
issues for struggling homeowners.
First-time buyers and buy-to-let investors will bear
the brunt of increased affordability issues next
year, adding to pressures on rental prices,
according to the property agents.
A government spokesperson said, “These statistics
show that overall landlord possession claims
remain below pre-pandemic levels.”
“Ensuring a fair deal for renters remains a priority for
this government. We will deliver our commitment
to abolish section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions in this
parliament – protecting 1.3 million families
with children and helping tenants to find
and stay in the right property for them,”
the spokesperson added.
The London Metal Exchange
will maintain the status quo
for Russian metal
November 12th, 10:19am
The London Metal Exchange “LME” refused to
impose a ban on the supply of Russian metal.
Market participants came to the conclusion
that supply restrictions would be too
difficult to implement.
About this, writes RIA Novosti.
“The LME is not proposing to ban the issuance of
guarantees for new Russian metal. In addition,
the feedback (of market participants – ed.)
clearly showed that supply restrictions
would be too difficult to implement…
Thus, the LME will maintain the
status quo with respect to
Russian metal”, – the
According to RIA Novosti, earlier LME reported that
it had requested the opinion of market participants
regarding the ban on the supply of metals
“Market participants could choose whether to leave
the situation as it is, impose restrictions on the
volume of deliveries, or suspend the supply
of Russian metals to the warehouses of
the exchange,” the London Metal
The economic crisis in Europe
threatens the financing
November 12th, 10:03am
Ukraine may lose assistance in 2023 from the EU
in the amount of €18 billion. The reason, was the position of individual countries of the
association, which are going through
a difficult period in the economy.
TASS writes about this, citing Newsweek.
“The EU’s plans to allocate €18 billion in aid to
Ukraine in 2023 could run into difficulties and
lead Europeans to a situation... where they
have little choice,” University of Michigan
professor, Associate Dean for Research,
John Chorchiari, told Newsweek.
Due to problems in the economy, European countries
are faced with mass protests against the backdrop
of America’s assistance to Ukraine.
“Germany and other key players would not want to let
other EU countries off the hook so easily, which have
so easily switched to bilateral channels. However...
if conditions continue to worsen in Ukraine, they
may have little choice,” Chorchiari said.
The price of medical services
will increase by 20% in Latvia
November 12th, 9am
Paid medical services in Riga will rise in price by 20%,
said Maris Revalds, head of the VeselÄ«bas centre 4
group, Sputnik reports.
Previously, electricity cost €2,000 per month, now the
figure has grown to €7,000,000. This is reflected in
the increase in prices for services in hospitals.
Also, prices for everything are rising in the country:
medicines, transport, equipment, communications.
The rise in prices for medical care is close to
the level of inflation in the country – 21.8%.
UN calls for expediting removal
of barriers for export of food
November 11th, 8:56pm (TASS)
The United Nations has called for expediting the
removal of obstacles for exports of Russian
food and fertilizers.
"The UN calls on all actors to expedite the removal
of any remaining impediments to the export and
transportation of fertilizers to countries most
in need" --- according to a press statement
released... by the UN Secretary General’s
office on Friday after a meeting between
Secretary-General of the UN Conference
on Trade and Development, Rebeca
Grynspan... the Under-Secretary-
General for Humanitarian Affairs
& Emergency Relief Coordinator
Martin Griffiths, and a Russian
delegation... led by Deputy
Foreign Minister, Sergey
"The discussions updated on progress made in
facilitating the unimpeded export of food and
fertilizers, including ammonia, originating
from the Russian Federation to global
markets," it said.
UN Backs Palestinians' Sovereignty --- Over Natural Resources
The United Nations resolution demands that Israel
stop exploiting natural resources in the occupied
On Thursday, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad
Al-Maliki, welcomed the United Nations vote.. in favor
of a resolution on the sovereignty of the Palestinian
people over their natural resources.
The Second Committee of the United Nations General
Assembly (UNGA) voted in favor of the permanent
sovereignty of the Palestinian people, over the
natural resources in Palestinian territories,
including East Jerusalem.
A total of 151 member states voted in favour of the
resolution, seven voted against, namely Canada,
Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru,
Paula and the United States, and ten
member states abstained.
"Voting in favour of the resolution affirms the right of
the Palestinians and their sovereignty over their
natural resources, including land, water, and
energy resources," Al-Maliki said, adding
that the resolution demands that Israel
stop exploiting natural resources in
the occupied Palestinian territories.
"There is a need to stop all activities harmful to the
environment carried out by Israeli settlers, as well
as the burial of waste of all kinds, in the occupied
Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.
Israel must stop the destruction of vital infra-
structure and the confiscation of wells and
agricultural lands," Al-Maliki noted
He called on the international community "to compel
Israel to implement the international resolutions and
ensure the freedom of the Palestinian people to
benefit from their natural resources."
"The Palestinian people --- have the right to demand
compensation and reparation for the exploitation,
damage, loss, or endangerment of their natural
resources --- in any way," he said.
The Palestinians aspire to establish an independent
Palestinian state on the territories occupied by
Israel in 1967, including the West Bank, the
Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
Brazilians Criticize Military
Commanders' Joint Statement
"It is not the role of military commanders to
comment on the political process, much
less, on the performance of republican
institutions," Gleisi Hoffmann
On Friday, democratic intellectuals and politicians
harshly criticized a public join statement, where
by the commanders of the Navy, Army, and Air
Force questioned the outcome of the Brazilian
Their joint statement qualifies as "democratic acts"
the protests that far-right groups have been
carrying out... to ignore the victory of
Lula da Silva.
"Can the actions... of those standing in front of a
barracks... calling for a military intervention be
called a 'democratic act'?" said Senator Omar
Aziz, a member of the Social Democratic Party who pointed out that the military are acting as "conspirators."
"It horrifies me that intelligent, educated people, sign
a statement saying that those are 'democratic acts.'
They are riots and crimes. And those who accept
them --- are colluding in them," he stressed.
"The statement from the commanders of the Armed
Forces seems bland. It is not. It was written at the
request of Bolsonaro, to endorse the legitimacy
of the demonstrations that take place at the
gates of the barracks," historian Christian
Lynch said, explaining that the joint state
ment was also written to support fake
news about "the possibility" of
The tweet reads, "The military commanders draw
a fine, conservative line... in which they defend
legalism without criticizing the Bolsonaristas
calling for a coup at the door of their
barracks. Their statement includes
messages to the Judiciary - and
indirect criticism of Moraes."
The Workers' Party president, Gleisi Hoffmann, also
rejected a joint statement --- that goes far beyond
the constitutional powers of those who signed it.
"It is not the role of military commanders... to
comment on the political process --- much less
on the performance of republican institutions.
The right to demonstrate, does not apply to
anti-democratic acts --- which should be
addressed with a name: coup d'état,"
Hoffman also pointed out that far-right rallies
are "neither peaceful nor orderly" ...as the
joint statement erroneously implies.
Venezuela Takes Part in the
Paris Forum for Peace
On Friday, Venezuelan National Assembly President,
Jorge Rodriguez, arrived in France, to participate