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Moldovan authorities libeling opposition leaders --- to hide  own failures: ex-President  Dodon November 7th, 3:50pm (TASS)  Moldova’s authorities have resorted to lies and falsifications about opposition leaders, in  order to divert public attention

Moldovan prosecutor’s office 
challenges ex-president 
Dodon’s release from 
house arrest
November 27th, 12:06pm (TASS) 
 
The former president said he
 had exculpatory evidence.
 
The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office has challenged 
the court ruling releasing former President Igor 
Dodon from house arrest and banning him to 
leave the country instead.
 
"You are summoned to the Supreme Court of Justice, 
which will consider a protest to its ruling of 
November 18th concerning the use of a 
ban on leaving the country as a 
preventive measure," Dodon 
cited the summons to the 
November 28th court 
hearing ------  on his 
Telegram channel.
 
Dodon was detained in late May, on charges of high 
treason, illicit enrichments, corruption, and illegal 
financing of his party. According to his attorneys, 
eight criminal cases were opened and three of
them have been referred to courts. Dodon’s 
defense lawyers insist on an open trial.
 
The former president said he had exculpatory
 evidence. He claims --- that the country’s 
incumbent president, Maia Sandu, and 
the pro-European Party of Action and 
Solidarity, are behind his arrest. 
 
Dodon vacated the presidential office and 
became head of the Moldovan-Russian 
Business Union, after his Party of 
Socialists were defeated at
the 
2021 elections.
 
 
____________________________________


Kiev may flood some 
Moldovan settlements
November 25th, 10:53am
https://en.news-front.info/


Ukrainian authorities may flood a number of Moldovan
 settlements, due to a large release of water from
 Ukrainian hydroelectric power plants.


On Thursday, November 24th, the hydrometeorological
 service of Moldova set the code orange danger due to
 the expected floods on the Dniester River caused by
 the increased water discharge at the Ukrainian
 hydroelectric power plants, TASS reported.


“Due to an increase.. in the average daily discharge of
 water from the Dniester reservoir, a rise in the water 
level, an exit of water to the floodplain and
 waterlogging of agricultural land is 
expected on November 24-27,”
 the agency said.


Code orange, the penultimate code, is introduced
when there is a danger of significant flooding 
of water reservoirs.


___________________________




A wave of mass protests continues to wash over 
restless Moldova. Every Sunday rallies gather 
thousands of the dissatisfied residents of 
Chisinau -- and visitors. People oppose
the failed course of President Sandu
raising questions --- not of an
economic 
--- but of a
political nature.


The protest movement was based on a critical 
economic situation, that broke all inflation 
records and indomitable price increases. 


Moldovans demand the resignation of the 
failed government, and at the same time,
the head of state - unable to fulfill their 
own promises. The country, according
to citizens, has not been able to cope 
with the consequences of the 
economically difficult
COVID period.


“Moreover, all the top officials of Moldova, today, have 
the passports of neighboring Romania: the president,
 the speaker of parliament, the prime minister and
 members of the government, deputies of the 
parliamentary majority and the head of the
 Constitutional Court. Moreover, if they 
received their Moldovan citizenship - 
simply by birthright on the territory 
of the country - then, during the 
procedure for obtaining 
Romanian citizenship,
 they all took an oath 
of allegiance to this 
state”, Rubaltic.ru
 notes.


The pro-Western leadership of the country, both the 
president and the PAS political force, pursue their 
only goal --- to help keep the territory under the 
influence of the West, and serve the interests
 of Romania, the protesters have no doubt. 


The internal problems of the country.....  are of least 
interest to those in power. Having quickly forgotten
 about neutrality, Moldova, without a shadow of
 embarrassment, takes the position of Kyiv, 
and NATO. Fuels and lubricants and other 
cargoes for the needs of the Ukrainian 
militants -- are actively transported
through its territory. 


The anti-Russian rhetoric of the head of state is
 driving the latter more and more rapidly into
 the abyss, the demonstrators say.


“Sandu’s statements condemning Russia’s actions, 
leave no doubt that, in an effort to retain power in 
the face of a falling rating, she can take risky 
steps:- announce the mobilization of the 
population, get involved in the conflict 
in Ukraine, try to unfreeze the 
Transnistrian conflict, allow 
the entry of NATO troops 
into the country, 
or surrender it 
to Romania.”


A series of rallies started in Moldova in the spring, and 
in mid-September the protest was declared indefinite
 – a tent city grew up near the parliament building,
 which in a matter of days grew to the walls of 
the presidential administration.


This month, a wave of protests left the capital – rallies
 swept a whole “five” of neighboring cities. Gagauzia 
is also loudly expressing growing dissatisfaction
with Sandu’s policy.


The protest action is expanding at a rapid pace,
experts say -- emphasizing that the results of 
the Moldovan “European integration” turned 
the state into a “beggar”, which is on the
 verge of total ruin and poverty.
                           

police start violent Moldova detentions

press the link above to watch
Police start to disperse rally


++++++++++++++++++++++
 
 
Massive power outages
 reported in Moldova
November 23rd, 3:55pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
operators, said.
 
“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” 
Moldovan independence
 to Romania
November 22nd, 1:01pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
Romanian citizenship.
 
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, 
experts say.
 
“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 
“independence”...  is 
formal and nominal,” 
Rubaltic.ru quotes.
 
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
instructions.... 
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,''
observers emphasize.
 
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
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
social network.
 
 
____________________________



More than 50,000 people take part 
in protest in front of the Moldovan
Prosecutor General’s Office
 in Chisinau

November 18th, 2:03pm
https://en.news-front.info/


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 
party, Shor.


The demonstrators oppose President Maia Sandu 
and demand the resignation of the Prosecutor 
General --- and the head of the 
Constitutional Court.



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)

TO SHARE

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’s Russian 
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 on
 the money machine:
due to a possible 
shortage
of electricity
November 21st, 1:06pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 – 
Bundestag deputy
November 13th, 1:11pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
(teleSUR)
 
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 
1.8 percent.
 
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 
or less.

 
___________________________________
 
 
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 
biological operations
 in Ukraine.
 
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
 decontamination.
 
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.".
 
 

France: Thousands protest  calling for Macron to go and to exit from NATO

 
The French are fed up with 
the Kiev buffoon in khaki
by Igor Yakunin
November 25th, 9pm
(Komsomolskaya Pravda)
 
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 
by Russia." 

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
(Gazeta.ru)
 
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 
firm McKinsey.
 
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 
US government.
 
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 
the EU
November 23rd, 1:25pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
Le Figaro.
 
“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 
politician said.
 
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 
confrontation between 
external forces.
 
“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 
ex-deputy concluded.
 
 
________________________________



The French politician 
opposed: the supply 
of weapons by 
Paris to Kiev
November 20th, 10:34pm
(Izvestia.ru)


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 
not occur.
 
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
(Izvestia.ru)
 
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 
take place.
 
"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-
Russian slogans.
 
Actions in support of the residents of Donbass,
 organized by the Stop Killing Donbass 
movement, also took place on 
Saturday in Rouen, Caen,
 San Sebastian, 
Perpignan, 
Lyon and
 Milan.
 
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 
from American 
slavery."
 
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
Ukrainian troops.
 
 
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Yellow waistcoats
come out ------ to
protest
 in France
November 19th, 2:08pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
by workers
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
quarter of electric trains, will 
not depart.
 
 
__________________________________

 
A volunteer from France told
how he witnessed 
staged
fake dramatizations
 in Bucha
July 30th, 1:50pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
Novosti reports.
 
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 
of civilians.
 
'''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 
executed.'' 
 
''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 
population,'' recalls 
the volunteer.
 
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,'' 
Boke said.
 
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 
interlocutor.
 
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
 narcotic substances, painkillers containing morphine.
 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,'' 
Boke said.
 
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.
 
 

Dollar round-a-bout an illusion

 
Chinese Foreign Minister: 
Beijing and Moscow do
not 
recognize unipolar
hegemony
by Maria Pavlova
November 27th, 9:43pm
(Komsomolskaya Pravda)
 
China and Russia work together 
to promote a multipolar world.
 
TO SHARE
 
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,
 Igor Morgulov.
 
 It was held on Sunday, November 27th. This 
was stated by Chinese Foreign Minister 
Wang Yi.
 
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
 threatens European 
democracy
November 27th, 2:46pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
past decades,” 
Provera said.
 
 
____________________________________________
 
 
 
Expert calls Western idea of a 
ceiling on oil prices from
 Russia --- ill-conceived
November 27th, 2:07pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
 Alexander Shirov.
 
“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,”
 Shirov said.
 
“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 
Russian Federation.
 
“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 
of Sciences.
 
 
________________________________________
 
 
 
Ukraine introduces criminal 
penalties for “illegal” use 
of electricity
November 27th, 1pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
channel INTERNAL.
 
“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
 of electricity.
 
 
____________________________________________
 
 
 
NATO Secretary General acknowledges
 that support for Ukraine is costly
 for Westerners
November 27th, 12:35pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
 from citizens
November 27th, 12:11pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
(teleSUR)
 
This agreement stipulates, among other aspects, 
the cooperation between the Government and 
the opposition in a humanitarian 
spending plan. 
 
This second partial agreement focuses 
on measures for the welfare of the 
Venezuelan people.
 
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 
Government, 
this week.
 
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, 
Génesis Garbet.
 
 
_________________________________




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 
Convention (BWC).
 
"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," 
Kirillov said.
 
"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 
protective equipment,"
 Kirillov said.
 
"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," 
Kirillov said.
 
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.
 
 
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America uses NATO to 
undermine Europe’s 
economy – 
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 
of experts.

“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 
expert says.

Europe has lost its competitiveness,
he stresses, 
as a leading economy.


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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 
energy infrastructure.
 
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, 
and institutions.
 
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 
incidents.
 
On Wednesday, the capital Chisinau or other cities
 suffered massive blackouts because the 
Moldovan electricity system depends 
on the power supply generated 
in Ukraine.
 
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, 
Putin warns
November 24th, 7:04pm
(PressTV)
 
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 
energy market.
 
"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 
its allies.
 
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.
 

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Trade between Russia and the CIS 
countries rises by 7% to $73 bln 
in January-September
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
 press service.
 
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 
sustainable socio-economic 
development of the CIS 
countries.
 
"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 
educational spheres," 
Volvach said.
 
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
 international payment
 system independent
 of interference
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," 
Putin said.
 
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.
 
 
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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.



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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.



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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?


Sourse: Politico



____________________________________



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 Bolsonaro reluctant 
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....  from Russia
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.


_______________________________



Mexico Suspends 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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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.

 

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Iran starts electricity grid 
link-up with 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.


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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.



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A strike with 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

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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.


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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.



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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.



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“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.



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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.


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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.


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.".


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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.



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EU promises.... to compensate 

the damage to third countries
of sanctions against Russia

November 17th, 2:45pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
RIA Novosti).
 
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 
sanctions pressure.
 
 
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“Simple arithmetic”: expert 
Martsinkevich predicts gas
 collapse of the EU
November 17th, 12:54pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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
 balancing demand.
 
“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 
enterprises”, the 
expert said.
 
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.
 
 
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Bloomberg reports sharp 
economic downturn in 
Eastern Europe against
 the backdrop of euro
zone inflation
November 16th, 3:24pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
agency writes.
 
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 
report notes.
 
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
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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-
substituting projects.
 
“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
 the republic.
 
 
_________________________________
 
 
 
Borrell names total amount 
of EU military assistance 
to Ukraine
November 16th, 1:44pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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.
 
 
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Russia at the G20 summit spoke
 in favor of continuing the grain 
deal, but with one condition
November 16th, 1:55pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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,” 
Siluanov said.
 
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.
 
 
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“Price intrigues” of the EU can turn 
tankers with oil from the Russian 
Federation into “ghosts”

November 16th, 1:28pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
the route.
 
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
 the market.
 
“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 
under attack.”
 
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 
EU economies.
 
“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 
domestic contracts.
 
 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
 financier emphasized.
 
 
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The eight billionth person 
on the planet was born
 in Armenia
November 15th, 12:33pm 
(Lenta.ru)
 
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, 
absolutely healthy," 
Sargsyan said.
 
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".
 
 
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Indian Express:- India wants 
to double trade with Russia
November 13th, 5:07pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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.
 
 
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US Democrats Maintain 
Senate Majority
November 13th, 11:45am
(al Manar)
 
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 
Joe Biden.
 
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
legislation.
 
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 
social programs.
 
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-
leaning California.
 
 
Source: Reuters
 
 
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Indian exports expected
 to grow at 12 percent rate
by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado
November 13th, 10:40am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
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 
website reported.
 
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 
and manufacturing.
 
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.
 
 
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Lavrov made a speech 
at the East Asia Summit
November 13th, 8:44am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
Telegram channel.
 
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 
G20 summit.
 
 
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National Union
of 
Students:
Zionist 
Capture
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
 take office.  
 
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 
was elected.   
 
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 
racist ideology.   
 
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 
Tuck, QC.  
 
The NUS board stated, it “worked closely with 
the Union of Jewish Students --- to make the
appointment --- and to agree the 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 
over Gaza”.  
 
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. 
 
 
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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 
agency reported.
 
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
 Russia party.
 
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. 
 
 
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Mortgage Repossessions Up 90% 
as British Families Warned
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
 Independent reported.


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 
disastrous mini-Budget.


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
 autumn statement.


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 
mortgage repayments.


“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 
crisis deepens.


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
 been shattered.”


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.



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The London Metal Exchange 
will maintain the status quo
 for Russian metal
November 12th, 10:19am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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 
message says.
 
According to RIA Novosti, earlier LME reported that 
it had requested the opinion of market participants
 regarding the ban on the supply of metals 
from Russia.
 
“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 
Exchange said.
 
 
__________________________________
 
 
 
The economic crisis in Europe 
threatens the financing
 of Ukraine
November 12th, 10:03am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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.
 
 
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The price of medical services
 will increase by 20% in Latvia
November 12th, 9am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
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%.
 
 
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 UN calls for expediting removal 
of barriers for export of food 
from Russia
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 
Vershinin.
 
"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.
 
 
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UN Backs Palestinians'
Sovereignty ---
 Over
Natural Resources
November 11th,
teleSUR
 
The United Nations resolution demands that Israel 
stop exploiting natural resources in the occupied
 Palestinian territories.
 
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.
 
 
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Brazilians Criticize Military 
Commanders' Joint
Statement
November 11th,
teleSUR
 
"It is not the role of military commanders to 
comment on the political process, much 
less, on the performance of republican
 institutions," Gleisi Hoffmann 
pointed out.
 
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
 presidential election.
 
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 
electoral fraud.
 
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,
she said.
 
Hoffman also pointed out that far-right rallies 
are "neither peaceful nor orderly" ...as the 
joint statement erroneously implies.
 
 
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Venezuela Takes Part in the 
Paris Forum for Peace
November 11th,
teleSUR
 
On Friday, Venezuelan National Assembly President,
 Jorge Rodriguez, arrived in France, to participate 
in the 5th Paris Forum for Peace that takes 
place at the Palacio de la Bolsa.