WORLD

Cuba and Russia reiterate mutual interest in cooperation

Milagros Pichardo Pérez

Granma | April 01, 2021

Co-presidents of the Commission, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas and Yuri Borisov, Vice President of the Russian Federation. Photo: José Manuel Correa

The need to globalize solidarity and international cooperation were emphasized yesterday, during the 18th meeting of the Cuba-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for economic-commercial and scientific-technical collaboration, which concludes today, and is headed by co-chairs Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, deputy prime minister of the Republic of Cuba, and Yuri Ivanovich Borisov, vice president of the Russian Federation’s government.Read More »

WORLD 

Russian Deputy PM Borisov in Venezuela: Strategic Alliance Strengthens

Orinoco Tribune | March 30, 2021

President Maduro met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Borisov and signed 12 cooperation agreements. Photo by Prensa Presidencial.

This Tuesday, March 30, the Vice President of the Russian Federation, Yuri Borisov, paid a high-level visit to Venezuela to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two nations. Russia’s high-ranking official highlighted cooperation and solidarity as vital.

In addition, new agreements were signed to accelerate the bilateral agenda for mutual benefit. “We have taken the opportunity to sign new alliances in energy, mining, and health sectors for the development of both economies,” said Borisov.Read More »

WORLD POLITICS

Syria & Iran: Israeli missiles repealed while EU-U.S. offer for direct talks on nuclear deal rejected

Journal of People report

jop march 2 nuclear deal

Syrian air defenses have shot down most of the missiles targeting the area outside Damascus, the Syrian capital, from the territory of the occupied Golan Heights, reported SANA, Syria’s state media.

Syria blamed Israel for the attack.

Citing a military source SANA said: The missiles were launched towards the Syrian capital at around 10.16 pm local time. Few of the projectiles are believed to have reached the ground.

The source said Syria’s missile defenses took down “most of the enemy missiles.”Read More »

WORLD DEBT

World debt rises to record $281 trillion in 2020

A Journal of People report

world debt

The coronavirus pandemic has added $24 trillion to the world debt over the last year, said the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

The IIF study said: Government spending has accounted for about half of the increase. Corporations added $5.4 trillion to the total, while banks and households accounted for $3.9 trillion and $2.6 trillion respectively.

With the world debt now totaling a record $281 trillion, the ratio of debt to world GDP has risen 35 percentage points to over 355 percent, the study said.Read More »

CHINA’S PROGRESS IN WORLD 

CHINA’S MEGA PROJECTS: Maybe Now You Will Understand Why the US Oligarchy Fears and Hates China

Annotated by Patrice Greanville

The Greanville Post | February 18, 2021

China is clearly a civilization on the march. Bathed in optimism about the future, as America itself once was; fueled by a genuine fraternal and egalitarian philosophy, it continues to set new records for human accomplishment in innumerable areas. But its new ascendancy to global power status, which it enjoyed once for many centuries, instead of harming humanity, benefits it. The images below illustrate why she is feared by those whose own squalid thinking prevents them from believing peaceful coexistence is not only possible but imperative in the 21st century.
—The Editor

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BIG TECH AUTOCRACY 

Facebook Snuffs Out Socialist Pages, Triggers Backlash

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party | January 26, 2021

Editor’s Note: Late last week Facebook suddenly took down Socialist Workers Party (SWP) pages in the UK, where they have long been very active, and similar pages owned by the US Social Equality Party (SEP), publisher of wsws.org. Both organizations are Trotskyist, seen by the mainstream liberals (and rightwingers) as “far left”. Although, as Marxian organizations, both formations often share analyses of major developments, they do not operate jointly in their political actions. As an independent leftist platform, our own publication sometimes reprints materials from wsws.org, when we judge such analyses to be sound, but we do not in general share Trotskyist viewpoints about a number of important subjects, including the nature of the Soviet Union, Stalin, posture toward some international political actors (such as Iran, Syria, China, Russia, Cuba, etc.) and a variety of related strategic and tactical questions.Read More »

CHINA AND USA

China Sanctions Trump Administration Officials Including Pompeo, Bolton and Bannon

Peoples Dispatch | January 21, 2021

China sanctions US officials
(From left to right) Former US president Donald Trump with Mike Pompeo and John Bolton at a White House meeting in April 2019. (Photo: White House)

The government of China has issued sanctions against former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and 27 others from the administration of former US president Donald Trump. The sanctions were announced by the Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday, January 20, as the Trump administration stepped down to make way for the new Joe Biden administration.

The sanctions named high-level officials and diplomats from the Trump administration, who China has charged of having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty” and being “mainly responsible for such US moves on China-related issues.”Read More »

EMPIRE VS. CHINA

China Tech Ban Mirrors 1980s Attempts To Destroy Japanese Competition

Alan Macleod

MintPress News | January 15, 2021

US China trade war Feature photo

With just days left in office, the Trump administration has blacklisted an additional nine Chinese companies, adding them to a long list of firms on the U.S. military blacklist and escalating the trade war on Beijing as the U.S. attempts to suppress China’s economic rise.

The Department of Defense claimed that those on its list are secretly owned or controlled by the Chinese military and that it was “determined to highlight and counter” threats that “appear to be civilian entities” but are not. Those companies are now likely partially blocked from the U.S. market and from doing business with American companies.Read More »

THE HIGHEST PEAK 

Mt Everest Grows by 86cm

Sonia Awale

Nepal Times | December 08, 2020

Past the South Summit of Everest and climbing the Cornice Traverse with the Hillary Step in the background. Photo: KARMA TENZING

The height of Mt Everest has grown by 86cm to now measure 8848.86m, the foreign ministers of Nepal and China revealed at a joint virtual live event on Tuesday.

The new measurement of Sagarmatha-Zhumulangma (Mt Everest) was declared by Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali in Kathmandu and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing by pressing a crystal ball simultanesouly. The two also exchanged congratulatory messages from Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Chinese President Xi Jinping to each other.Read More »