Airport strikes across Germany

Staff responsible for checking passengers and cargo have started an 18-hour warning strike at Germany’s biggest airports. An estimated 220,000 passengers are affected. German airport association ADV warned that the strike action More »

Syria refugees flee as camps buried in Lebanon snow storm

Evacuations are underway in the Syrian refugee camps across Lebanon after they were hit by snow storms and floods as part of Hurricane Norma. UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Lisa More »

Indian workers hold biggest strike in history

150 million Indian workers took strike action in what is reported to be the biggest work stoppage in history. Ten trade union centres and several independent federations joined together for an historic More »

Nicolás Maduro sworn in as President of Venezuela

On January 10, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in as President of Venezuela with the presence of delegations from over 94 countries. Former bus driver and student activist Nicolás Maduro began his second More »

UK Integrity Initiative heavily involved in Skripal affair

by Robert Stevens The Institute for Statecraft (IoS) and its Integrity Initiative (II) constitute a secret propaganda network tied to the UK security services. They bring together high-ranking military and intelligence personnel, More »

 

Venezuela | Nicolás Maduro sworn in as President of Venezuela

On January 10, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in as President of Venezuela with the presence of delegations from over 94 countries.

Former bus driver and student activist Nicolás Maduro began his second term as the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on January 10 after winning presidential elections in May 2018 with 67.84% of the votes cast. Maduro, during his swearing-in stated, “I swear on behalf of the people of Venezuela, on our ancestors and the great Chief Guicaipuro, on our afro-descendent people, on the Liberator Simón Bolívar, on the legacy of the Commander Hugo Chávez, on the children of Venezuela and the future”. His term in office will end in 2025.

USA | Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report

by Nick Turse

The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside Syria, near both the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, that Russia has called a terrorist hotbed (while floating the idea of jointly administering it with the United States); the location of a camp where hundreds of U.S. Marines joined Special Operations forces last year; an outpost that U.S. officials claimed was the key not only to defeating ISIS, but also, according to General Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, to countering “the malign activities that Iran and their various proxies and surrogates would like to pursue.” You know, that al-Tanf.

China | The Domestic Consequences of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’

by Qian Benli

Currently, the prospects of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’ (hereinafter referred to as OBOR) are dim. An article published in the Financial Times in July this year pointed out that 234 out of 1,674 Chinese-invested infrastructure projects announced in 66 Belt and Road countries since 2013 have encountered difficulties. The most recent and striking problem occurred in Malaysia——newly elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad canceled the US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link projectright after his official visit to Beijing.

China | China, U.S. Officials Meeting to Discuss Ending Trade War

With the 90-day countdown clock on the U.S.-China trade war “truce” winding down, negotiators for both countries sat down today for renewed talks aimed at ending the dispute between Washington and Beijing.

Although the talks so far have involved mid-level government officials from both sides, China sent Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, to attend the first day’s meeting. This development strongly suggests Beijing is putting a high degree of importance on the talks.

UK | UK Integrity Initiative heavily involved in Skripal affair

by Robert Stevens

The Institute for Statecraft (IoS) and its Integrity Initiative (II) constitute a secret propaganda network tied to the UK security services. They bring together high-ranking military and intelligence personnel, journalists and academics to manufacture and disseminate propaganda serving the geo-political aims of British imperialism and its allies.

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