On September 11, the capture of Matthew John Heath was reported, a US spy linked to a private security contractor (MVM Inc.) who carried out a 10-year mission in Iraq as a communications operator for a secret CIA base.
Matthew John Heath was conducting espionage activities at the strategic Cardón and Amuay refineries (located in Falcón state) with a view to carrying out a sabotage operation that would paralyze their gasoline and other fuel production operations.Read More »
In a parallel and informal zoom video-chat accompanied by some delegations in the framework of the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, the outgoing Venezuelan deputy Juan Guaidó gave a speech supposedly representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The [speech] was not included in the institutional panel and took place just minutes after the official [speech] of President Nicolás Maduro before this Assembly. Guaidó, again, made serious and worrying statements that were later reinforced on his social networks.Read More »
Elections for Venezuela’s National Assembly are fast approaching. But the United States does not want them to go ahead at all. Sanctions on Venezuela are nothing new. But yesterday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the unusual step of sanctioning leaders of local opposition parties in an attempt to pressure them to pull out of the contest in December.
Remarkably, considering the well-documentedflaws with the sameproblems in the U.S., Pompeo’s statement dubiously claimed that Venezuelan voting machines are unreliable, that millions of voters remain unregistered, and that the country’s supreme electoral council is politicized and hand-picked by the executive branch.Read More »
Venezuela’s oil sector has been hard hit by US sanctions (AP)
Mérida, September 26, 2020 (venezuelanalysis.com) – A number of multinational companies are loading their final oil cargoes from Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA.
The moves come ahead of an expected ramp up of sanctions ahead of the US presidential election in November. Washington has reportedly given long time PDVSA customers including ENI (Italy), Repsol (Spain), Reliance (India) and Tipco Asphalt (Thailand) deadlines between October and November to wind down dealings with the Venezuelan company.Read More »
Workers across Greece staged protests on September 24.
On Thursday, September 24, massive and militant demonstrations were organized across Greece by the workers from different sectors on a variety of demands.
In the education sector, teachers and students’ unions, along with parents’ organizations, held demonstrations. The Public Hospital Doctors’ Federation (OENGE) observed a national strike and held demonstrations in all major cities of Greece. Their main demands were immediate measures to support doctors and healthcare workers in public hospitals against the pandemic. Maritime workers went on strike in Greece’s biggest port, Piraeus, protesting the attempt of the government to undermine collective contracts.Read More »
In today’s Talking Science and Tech, Prabir Purkayastha talks about the wildfires in California and how it can no longer be denied that climate change is the underlying cause. He also talks about the Paris climate accord and where different countries stand in achieving its targets.Read More »
An MH-60R Sea Hawk sits on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as the destroyer USS Mustin steams alongside in the South China Sea, July 9, 2020. Military encirclement of China is a major aspect of the ‘containment’ strategy being pursued against China by the U.S. | Erica Bechard / U.S.Navy via AP
Since Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing, the trajectory of U.S.-China relations had been towards greater levels of cooperation and economic integration, even if these masked deep underlying contradictions and the ever-present possibility of confrontation. However, over the course of the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy with respect to China.
In 2011, the Obama administration announced its “pivot to Asia,” in which it aimed to shift its focus away from bombing the Middle East and towards “advancing American interests” in the Pacific. Everyone understood that this meant making China containment the unambiguous central plank of U.S. foreign policy.
The pandemic has reached a grim milestone: one million people have now died of COVID-19, according to Worldometers.
On January 13, we published “Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus” by Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen’s University Belfast. Since then, we have published more than 3,500 articles on the now not-so-novel coronavirus, officially named Sars-CoV-2. Despite this huge output from the world’s leading experts, we have merely skimmed the surface of all there is to know about this perplexing pathogen. So much remains a mystery.
At this important juncture, we asked several experts from different fields what their burning question about the coronavirus is. Here is what they said:Read More »
Trudeau Parades as Workers’ Defender, but Canada’s Unemployed Face ‘Disaster Capitalism’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds up a Black Lives Matter T-Shirt as he returns to the Offices of the Prime Minister after taking part in an anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, June 5, 2020. Trudeau continues to play the part of a progressive center-left leader, but the unemployment system his government oversees in need of major reforms to help jobless workers. | Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via AP
TORONTO—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prorogued, or suspended, the country’s parliament until Sept. 23 in an effort to position his Liberal Party as defender of the 7 million Canadians who lost their jobs this spring, the 8.4 million who needed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the $2,000-a-month aide for those made jobless by COVID-19, as well as the 4.5 million who will still need CERB after it expired Aug. 29.Read More »