What to expect in Russia’s winter offensive in Ukraine

M. K. Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline | November 29, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with mothers of military personnel participating in the special military operation in Ukraine, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region, November 25, 2022

Wading through the 18,000-word transcript of an hours-long meeting that President Vladimir Putin took with the “soldiers’ mothers” last Friday in Moscow, one gets the impression that the fighting in Ukraine may continue well into 2023 — and even beyond.

In a most revealing remark, Putin acknowledged that Moscow blundered in 2014 by leaving Donbass an unfinished business — unlike Crimea — by allowing itself to be lured into the ceasefire brokered by Germany and France and the Minsk agreements.

Moscow took some time to realise that Germany and France connived with then leadership in Kiev to scuttle the implementation of Minsk accord. Then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko admitted in a series of interviews with western news outlets in recent months, including on Germany’s Deutsche Welle television and Radio Free Europe’s Ukrainian unit, that the 2015 ceasefire was a distraction intended to buy time for Kiev to rebuild its military.

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LABOUR SERIES: USA

U.S.Railworkers Strike Nears

Biden calls on congress to intervene and block strike

A Journal of People Report

Currently, the tentative agreement mediated by the Biden administration in September has been rejected by four of the twelve unions that collectively represent the bulk of American freight train workers. Tens of thousands of rail workers will walk off the job if a deal is not reached by next week.

The railworkers had been in talk with employers regarding working conditions and compensation. The Presidential Emergency Board suggested the largest pay increases for rail workers in more than 40 years, but it didn’t resolve the unions’ complaints about the conditions of the workplace–especially access to paid time off and paid sick time.

The strikes can start as soon as 5 December. On December 5, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) is anticipated to go on strike. On December 9, three significant unions, including SMART-TD, may also do the same.

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America — NOT Russia — is Europe’s enemy.

Eric Zuesse

The Greanville Post | November 25, 2022

Though this fact is censored-out by all ‘news’-media in the U.S. and allied countries, it will be documented in this article, which is being submitted to all news-media and is free to publish and republish by any and all of them. We shall start here with the background:

Russia is the largest European country, and has long self-identified as being such, but the U.S. and UK have also long tried to fool Europeans to think that the UK and U.S. are ‘pro-Europe’, so as to take over Europe (add them to the U.S./UK empire) and so to prevent Europe from including its most powerful and largest country, Russia (which inclusion would protect the sovereignty of all European countries and prevent their take-over by UK/U.S.). Thus: the main force for “regime-change in Russia” (i.e., for U.S. take-over of Russia) has always been, and is, the UK/U.S. empire.

The “Five Eyes” alliance of the intelligence agencies of all five “Anglosphere” (or Rhodesist) countries — UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — is an outgrowth of the goal that Cecil Rhodes had set in 1877 for the future Rhodes Trust, for UK to retake the U.S. and then to proceed to take over the entire world but ESPECIALLY all of Europe, including both Germany and Russia. That was the goal, and it remains the goal, of the Rhodesists.

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American Democracy: Buying and Selling Elections

Frank Scott

The Greanville Post | November 25, 2022

THIS was the most important election in American history, as was the previous one, the one before that, and all previous exercises of marketing that pose as democratic rule in our great example of how to fool most of the people most of the time. Of course, this election, as all others, cost more money than the previous marketing fiasco, when more than 14 billion dollars were spent on the 2020 purchase of the white house and Congress which rose to more than 16 billion for this cycle of shopping center lesser evilism that cost even more just to purchase Congress. Clearly, democracy survived its most serious assault in the history of marketing, at least according to our mind managers and consciousness controllers who make pimps and sex workers seem like poets of love. The only thing that is consistent in our one corrupt system with two corrupt parties is the rising profit margin as all manner of advertising, insurance, polling and other marketplace hustlers feast on the profits available in marketing capitalist democracy while claiming to stand for truth, beauty and other forms of mass hallucinations.

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‘Oil war’: How US and Saudi crashed crude prices to hurt Russia, Iran, Venezuela in 2014

In a 2014 “oil war,” the US pressured Saudi Arabia to overproduce crude and intentionally crash prices on the global market, in order to hurt the export-reliant economies of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.

Ben Norton

Multipolarista | November 18, 2022

The United States and Saudi Arabia waged a very important yet little-known “oil war” in 2014, which had huge geopolitical and economic consequences for the world.

Washington pressured Riyadh to significantly overproduce crude and intentionally crash prices on the global market, in order to hurt the export-reliant economies of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Government and Opposition Resume Mexico Talks, Sign Partial Agreement

Orinoco Tribune | November 27, 2022

Venezuelan government delegation (right) and far-right opposition delegation (left), accompanied by Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, and Dag Nylander, representative of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry (center). Photo: Twitter/@nicmaduroguerra.

On Saturday, November 26, the delegations of the Venezuelan government and the far-right opposition platform Unitary Group resumed the Mexico Talks and signed the second agreement on social matters for the protection of the Venezuelan people.

In a formal ceremony at the headquarters of the Foreign Affairs Secretariat of Mexico, the representatives of the two delegations signed the document, which was read out by the mediation representative from Norway, Dag Nylander.

“Today we celebrate a historic milestone for the benefit of all Venezuelans, not only for the resumption of dialogue between the government and the Unitary Platform, but also for the signing of a partial agreement on social issues,” said the Norwegian representative.

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The UN Violates Venezuela’s Right to Vote on Matters of World Interest

Gustavo A Maranges

RESUMEN | November 06, 2022

This week the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed the resolution presented by Cuba to demand the end of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of the United States of America over the island. The rejection was overwhelming, but there was a missing vote among those in favor. Venezuela, which traditionally supports Cuba’s position and is also a victim of the same type of unilateral sanctions, was absent.

In this context, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro once again called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to restore his country’s right to vote in the UNGA taking into account that Venezuela owes almost US$40 million, this right was withdrawn in January 2022 for the 5th time in the last 7 years.

The South American country has always been willing to pay, but the U.S. blockade has impeded Venezuela to fulfill its economic obligations. At first, the economic sanctions provoked a crisis that prevented Venezuela from paying its dues. Nevertheless, the current reason is even more Machiavellian.

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Who is winning, who is losing, the Ukraine war?

Eric Zuesse

Speculation is rife that U.S/NATO are winning the military war in Ukraine (by arming and commanding Ukraine’s armed forces — it’s a proxy-war on the U.S. side), and also is rife that Russia is winning the military war in Ukraine (using its own forces), but “the fog of war” and propagandistic agendas dominate the military war on both sides (both the U.S.-and-allied side that gets its ‘information’ from Ukraine’s Government) and the Russian side that gets its ‘information’ from Russia’s Government).

It’s a two-front war: the military front, and the economic front. And that “fog of war” pertains ONLY to the military aspect of the war. It does NOT pertain to the economic front.

The ‘fog of war’ is almost 100% uncertainty on the military front, and nobody yet really knows which side is is actually winning this war militarily.

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The US faces increasing resistance from Europe over escalating the Ukraine conflict

A Morning Star Editorial | November 06, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan shake hands during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, November 4, 2022

THE People’s Assembly demonstration this weekend was a welcome return to the mass politics of the streets and a valuable first challenge to the austerity programme that the Tories are carefully constructing.

We must guard the flame of revolt — the convergence of anti-war sentiment and outright rejection of austerity — that drove the extraordinary 2017 election result and the mass movement associated with it.

We are in a different situation today. The crisis, revealed by the 2008 financial crash, has no long-term resolution and the war in Ukraine is reaching a stalemate.

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