France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

by Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” (gilet jaunes) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance More »

Prosecutor General and Rule of Law in Ukraine

Since the end of November, martial law has been in force in Ukraine. At this time, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko visited Odessa, which is disloyal to the Kiev regime. More »

US, NATO Give Russia 60 Days to Comply With Nuclear Treaty

by Jason Ditz After years of claiming Russia is violating the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Tuesday that the US is giving Russia 60 More »

Police Detain Six Ukrainians, One Georgian on Arms Possession Charges

Six Ukrainians and one Georgian citizen were apprehended in Tbilisi on charges of illegal arms possession, the Interior Ministry reported on December 2. The Interior Ministry said it seized two handguns, one More »

Ukrainian president proposes martial law after new tensions with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early Monday proposed parliament impose martial law in the country, while saying “Ukraine does not plan to fight anyone” over tensions with Russia in the Sea of Azov. More »

 

Ukraine | Ukraine’s Pinochet Scenario

by Nicolai N. Petro

At first glance, Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian warships that attempted to enter the Sea of Azov seems to follow a familiar pattern of aggression aimed at solidifying control over the annexed Crimean peninsula. Upon closer inspection, however, there is much more going on here than a dispute over transit rights.

Saakashvili calls for mass protests in Georgia

Presidential elections finished in Georgia yesterday. It was the second round, when Gergians voted for two candidates Salome Zurabishvili and Grigol Vashadze. Vashadze is an opposition politician connected to ex-president Saakashvili wanted in Georgia.

According to official data Salome Zurabishvili garnered 1,147,627 votes, accounting for 59.52% of total number of voters, while her challenger – UNM-led coalition’s Grigol Vashadze received 780,633 votes, which accounts for 40.48%. It is not enough for saakashvili, who was expelled off Ukraine and dreams of return to political life.

Brazil | Brazil: How US intervention paved the way for Bolsonaro’s rise

On Tuesday 20 November 2018 over 300 people gathered in the British Parliament for the launch of the Brazil Solidarity Initiative. Britain’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry opened the meeting by describing the election of Jair Bolsonaro as a “terrible tragedy” and extended her solidarity to the socialist movement in Brazil. Other politicians from the Labour Party and trade union movement addressed the meeting including Baroness Jean Corston, Richard Burgon MP, Chris Williamson MP, Dan Carden MP and Christine Blower alongside a representative of the London branch of Brazil’s Workers Party.  

Mexico | AMLO Yesterday and Today (On Mexico’s Oil Resources)

by ALAN BENJAMIN

On February 5, 2014, Andrés Manuel López Obrador filed legal charges against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the grounds the president’s “energy reform” law and other counter-reforms — all implemented to conform to the terms of the NAFTA agreement — were the actions of a “traitor to his country.” In a speech to the press conference held immediately after filing the charges against Peña Nieto with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), AMLO, as he is widely known, stated the following:

UK | Skripal poison case: new contradictions

by John Helmer

A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) film, broadcast on Thursday evening, has presented the first direct evidence of Wiltshire Police Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the investigating officer who  inspected the home of Sergei and Yulia Skripal about eleven hours after they were exposed, allegedly to the nerve agent Novichok sprayed on their home’s outside door-handle.

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