China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

teleSUR | February 10, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivers a statement during his official visit to Caracas, Venezuela.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivers a statement during his official visit to Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: @CancilleriaVE

In Beijing, the foreign ministry indicated that China is against any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela and against the application of unilateral sanctions.

The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector.

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By What Right Does Canada and Its Gendarmerie Invade Wet’suwet’en Territory?

People need to see what the government of Canada is doing!

by Kim Petersen

Dissident Voice | February 08, 2020

Over 20 #Wetsuweten and supporter vehicles have amassed at 27km mark, effectively blockading the exit route to RCMP paddy-wagons leaving the territory. They’re holding a ceremony and ensuring the safety of those arrested.
Reports state Hereditary Cheifs at 27 KM are now being surrounded by RCMP.

In the nineteenth century, Gilbert Sproat, a colonial official, wrote an account of his time among the Nuu Chah Nulth people on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He noted that the original inhabitants have “known every inch of the west coast for thousands of years.”1

Despite this acknowledgment of long-term habitation, the mindset of settler-colonialists toward the Original Peoples was condescending. This comes across clearly in a conversation between Sproat and a Tseshaht chief:Read More »

Western China Bashing vs. Western Biowarfare?

by Peter Koenig

Dissident Voice | February 08, 2020

On 29 January WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that there was no reason to declare the outbreak of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China a pandemic risk. On 30 January, he declared the virus an international emergency, but made clear that there was no reason for countries to issue travel-advisories against travelling to China. Let me speculate.  The ‘international emergency’ was declared at the request of Washington, and the comment against the travel-advisory was an addition by Dr. Tedros himself, as he realized that there was indeed no reason for panic, that China is doing wonders in stemming the virus from spreading and in detecting the virus early on.

In fact, Dr. Tedros has himself, as well as other high-ranking WHO officials, on various occasions praised China for her effort to contain the virus, the speed with which Wuhan (population of 11 million, capital of the center-eastern Province of Hubei) and China as a whole has reacted to the outbreak. The latest achievement – in 8 days China has built in Wuhan a 25,000 m2 special hospital for treatment of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV and possible mutations, with 1,000 beds, and for about 1,400 medical personnel, for a budget of the equivalent of US$ 43 million – equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology. No other country in the world would have been capable of such an achievement.Read More »

China: Slow Return To Work As Coronavirus Toll Hits Daily Record

teleSUR | February 09, 2020

Sunday’s death toll of 97 was the highest in a single day since the outbreak was first reported.

Workers restarted their activities in offices and factories in China on Monday, as the government eased some of the work and travel restrictions imposed after the coronavirus outbrake that has already killed more than 900 people, mostly in the Asian continent.

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Argentina Will Not Pay IMF Debt Until Recession Has Ended

teleSUR | February 09, 2020

Argentina Will Not Pay IMF Debt Until Recession Has Ended

“If there is a recession no-one will pay even half a cent and the way you exit recession is through a lot of state investment.”

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said on Saturday that the government will not pay “even half a cent” of its debt back to the International Monetary Fund before the country has exited recession.

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Left-wing “Sinn Féin” wins historic victory in Ireland

by Donald Donato

People’s World | February 10, 2020

Left-wing “Sinn Féin” wins historic victory in Ireland
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media during a walkabout in central Dublin, whilst on the General Election campaign trail on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Ireland goes to the polls for a general election on Feb. 8. | Brian Lawless/PA via AP

Sinn Féin, the left-wing republican party founded in 1905 and famed for its affiliation with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), has seen its popularity steamroll across the island in this weekend’s national elections. Once considered a pariah in Irish and British politics, Sinn Féin appears to be poised to take a role in the formation of a new government.

On this cold, rainy Monday morning, as the poll workers returned to their stations to resume counting the ballots, a seismic shift in Ireland’s politics was palpable. While it is still unclear what will become of yesterday’s surge by Sinn Féin in the parliamentary elections, or how the next Irish government will look, the left-wing nationalist party’s underpinning political program clearly spoke for  increasingly angered and frustrated workers in Ireland.

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Kirk Douglas: The slave who rebelled

by Michael Berkowitz

People’s World | February 06, 2020

Kirk Douglas: The slave who rebelled
Kirk Douglas and Yul Brynner during the shooting of ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’ near the Jerusalem Hills / National Photo Collection of Israel (Public domain)

Kirk Douglas was Spartacus, the doomed slave who rebelled against the repressive Roman Empire. He was Colonel Dax, the soldier-lawyer who defends three sacrificial French troops who refuse a WWI suicide mission in Paths of Glory. He was painter and social activist Vincent Van Gogh who took up the cause of the poor and downtrodden in Lust for Life.

Kirk Douglas died on February 5 at the age of 103.

As an actor, as well as activist, Douglas never wavered. In the face of the McCarthy Blacklist, he defied Red-baiters, hiring leftist Dalton Trumbo to write the script for the award-winning Spartacus. In Lonely Are the Brave, in Douglas’s favorite role, he takes the side of the immigrants against police persecution.

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