The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Corruption and recent developments

A Journal of People report

Recent developments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have attracted attention of KSA-watchers. The developments, significant not only at regional level, but also at international level, have raised important questions, and indicate significant impact in the areas of economy, geopolitics and people’s struggle in the coming days. Already, a few observers have said: the kingdom will never be like the past one.

A Bloomberg report headlined “Saudi Arabia Struck Gold with Corruption Crackdown” (January 25, 2018) said:Read More »

CIA Head Admits Having Inspired US Sanctions Against Venezuela

teleSUR | January 23, 2018

The second and third round of sanctions were directly inspired by CIA reports that Donald Trump ordered before making decisions.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo admitted Tuesday that his office was behind some of the U.S. sanctions adopted against Venezuela’s government.

In a conversation following a conference at the American Enterprise Institute, the moderator asked Pompeo to enumerate some examples of the CIA reports that have drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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New Cuban vaccine to be released next year

Granma | January 24, 2018

Photo: Radioreloj

A new and effective Pneumococcal with conjugates against the seven most common serotypes, will be available next year, project leaders announced, January 24.
Developed by the Finlay Institute, the vaccine will be registered under the trademark: Quimi-Vio and be available nationwide, explained Dagmar García, the center’s director of Research, speaking to Prensa Latina.Read More »

Syria: Turks declare capture of key mountain as invasion of Afrin canton continues

Morning Star | January 29, 2018

TURKEY’S armed forces announced the capture of a strategically important mountain in the north-eastern corridor of Syria’s Afrin canton today.

The claim was echoed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and, if true, represents an important advance by the invasion force in the second week of its offensive.Read More »

The co-optation of the African National Congress: South Africa’s original ‘State Capture’

by Sampie Terreblanche

Pambazuka News | January 25, 2018

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No, Forced Labor Is Not Good for Your Health

by  Shawn Fremstad

talkpoverty.org | January 19, 2018

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trump administration announced last week that it will allow states to deny Medicaid to people who are not meeting work or other daily activity requirements imposed by state officials. As my colleagues have shown, more than 6 million people are at risk of losing health insurance under the new policy. This makes it all the more infuriating that the Trump administration is making the Orwellian claim that its change will make people healthier.Read More »

India: Citizens’ Enquiry finds rising rates of kidney failure, deaths in villages surrounding IREL’s monazite processing facility in Chhattrapur Block, Ganjam District

Press Release

Frontier | January 21, 2018

Reports of unusually high rates of chronic kidney disease and death due to kidney failure in a cluster of villages in Chhattrapur Block of Ganjam District have recently been covered by The Wire and a few Oriya-language newspapers.

Alarmed and disturbed at these reports, a group of concerned citizens constituted a fact-finding team and visited the area on 19-20 January 2018. Team members are all senior human rights workers who have written and researched extensively on public health and people’s health issues.Read More »

The struggle for actually building socialist society

An Interview with Fred Engst

MR Online | January 24, 2018

Red Guards and students

The following interview with Fred Engst was conducted by Onurcan Ülker (bios beneath interview) on April 7, 2017 in Beijing. It was originally published by Research Unit for Political Economy (RUPE) on January 19, 2018 under the same title. The present version has been edited and reformatted. As the RUPE editors noted in their original introduction, the Engst interview “provides very significant insights into the building of socialism in China on the basis of both direct experience and deep reflection.” Indeed, like other correctives we have published, Engst also strongly contradicts critiques of Mao that have become dominant. We were particularly impressed with the section, “The real ‘Chinese miracle’ was socialism,” in which Engst argues persuasively against the claim that economic growth was feeble in comparison to Post-Mao Era. With straightforward statistical comparison and a clear critique of the use of “retro-computed GDP” by contemporary scholars, Engst shows that “The economic base built in Mao’s era laid the foundation for a sovereign capitalist development.” —Eds.

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Lula, Brazil elections and the left

TeleSUR speaks to Sabrina Fernandes, a professor and researcher at the University of Brasilia.

teleSUR | January 24, 2018

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva. | Photo: Reuters

In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Brazilian professor and researcher Sabrina Fernandes discusses former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva’s Jan. 24 corruption trial and forthcoming elections in the South American country.

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