West prepares to plunder post-war Ukraine with neoliberal shock therapy: privatization, deregulation, slashing worker protections

Western governments and corporations met in Switzerland to plan harsh neoliberal economic policies to impose on post-war Ukraine, calling to cut labor laws, “open markets,” drop tariffs, deregulate industries, and “sell state-owned enterprises to private investors.”

Jake Kallio and Benjamin Norton

Multipolarista | July 28, 2022

While the United States and Europe flood Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars of weapons, using it as an anti-Russian proxy and pouring fuel on the fire of a brutal war that is devastating the country, they are also making plans to essentially plunder its post-war economy.

Representatives of Western governments and corporations met in Switzerland this July to plan a series of harsh neoliberal policies to impose on post-war Ukraine, calling to cut labor laws, “open markets,” drop tariffs, deregulate industries, and “sell state-owned enterprises to private investors.”

Ukraine has been destabilized by violence since 2014, when a US-sponsored coup d’etat overthrew its democratically elected government, setting off a civil war. That conflict dragged on until February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded the country, escalating into a new, even deadlier phase of the war.

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Global warming: 400 million tonnes CO2 pumped to atmosphere a year from this source the world is blind to

Gas flared at and gas facilities is greater than EU’s total import from Russia and a key source of methane emission

Down To Earth | May 06, 2022

Something that has not changed over 160 years of oil production is the deliberate burning of gas associated with it, called gas flaring. It is turning out to be a major source of methane emission, a greenhouse gas (GHG) “over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a warming gas on a 20-year timeframe”.

The World Bank’s latest 2022 Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report underscored that the efforts to curb this global warming causing activity have “stalled” in the last one decade.

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Ukraine Update: Oil Hits 10-year High And Closes In On $120 A Barrel

Countercurrents | March 04, 2022

On incidents centering Ukraine, media reports said:

French President Emmanuel Macron thinks “the worst is yet to come” in Ukraine after talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

A senior French official said Macron’s warning came after the two leaders spoke for 90 minutes, which did not yield any diplomatic progress.

The official said Putin was determined to carry out the ongoing war in Ukraine until “the end.”

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Greanville Post | March 31, 2021

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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 »


[UPDATED] EU Imposes Further Sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro Visits UN Human Rights Council

Paul Dobson

Venezuelanalysis | February 22, 2021

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. (EU)
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. (EU)

According to an EU statement released Monday, the individuals are penalised for their alleged role in “acts and decisions undermining democracy and the rule of law” or “as a result of serious human rights violations.”Read More »


The Brexit Deal

Michael Roberts’ Blog | December 29, 2020

The UK finally leaves the European Union on 31 December, after 48 years of membership.  The initial decision to leave, made in the special referendum back in June 2016, has taken over four tortuous years to implement.  So what does the deal mean for British capital and labour?

For British manufacturers, the tariff-free regime of the EU’s internal market has been maintained.  But the British government will have to renegotiate new bilateral treaties with governments across the world, whereas previously they were included within EU deals.  People will no longer be able to work freely in both economies by right, all goods will require significant additional paperwork to cross borders and some will be checked extensively to verify they comply with local regulatory standards.  Frictionless trade is over; indeed, that’s even between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain with a new customs border across the Irish Sea.Read More »

UN, EU Urge Venezuela Sanctions Relief as Coronavirus Outbreak Intensifies

by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz

Venezuelanalysis.com | March 25, 2020

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the “waiving” of sanctions on Venezuela and other nations confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. (UN/Manuel Elias)
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the “waiving” of sanctions on Venezuela and other nations confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. (UN/Manuel Elias)

Mérida, March 25, 2020 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Several multilateral bodies have called for easing US economic sanctions on Venezuela and other global South nations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter addressed to the world’s twenty largest economies (G20), UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres advocated relief from international sanctions targeting Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and Zimbabwe, Foreign Policy reported.

“I am encouraging the waiving of sanctions imposed on countries to ensure access to food, essential health supplies, and COVID-19 medical support. This is the time for solidarity not exclusion,” he wrote.

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Covid-19 Shatters the Facade of European Union

The Greanville Post | March 20, 2020

The new coronavirus and its accompanying disease Covid-19 has stopped the globe in its tracks. Governments, markets and news cycles have become dominated by the pandemic. Europe is now the epicenter for the disease, with reportedly more fatal cases of infection than China where the virus first erupted in December.

Several European Union countries have declared themselves states of emergencies, including Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. The 27-member bloc has sealed off external borders. Some states, such as Poland, have begun closing borders with other EU members. Brussels, the administrative center of the EU, is alarmed because the much-vaunted single market and its core principles of free movement of goods and people is at risk of collapsing.

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EU declares climate emergency

by DTE Staff

Down To Earth | November 29, 2019

European Parliament announces climate emergency days ahead of UN climate change Conference of Parties. Photo: Getty Images

European Union (EU) has become the first multilateral bloc to declare climate emergency, as its legislatures voted in a favour of a resolution for the same. The symbolic move is expected to pressurise countries to act ahead of the United Nations summit on climate change that starts on December 2 in Spain.

After a debate on Monday, 429 legislatures voted in favour of the declaration that calls on EU to cut emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050. While 225 legislatures voted against the resolution, 19 others abstained from the voting. The dissenting lawmakers objected to the word “emergency” and pushed for the word “urgency”.Read More »