Friday, December 13, 2019

Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign

The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) will define its presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

International Communications Congress: Now the Peoples Speak!

Under the slogan "Now the Peoples speak!" the First International Communication Congress was held in Caracas from Dec. 2 to 4, where more than a thousand delegates from 45 countries participated. 

Colombia: Social Unrest Against Duque Begins 3er Week in a Row

Among other things, Colombians are protesting against reforms seeking to set minimum wages according to each geographical region's productivity.

Trump pushing Argentina towards China

On December 2, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that the United States would impose Steel and Aluminium tariffs on Argentina and Brazil in response to what he described as the Countries “massive devaluation of their currencies, which is not good for our farmers.” By doing so, Trump is pushing Brazil and Argentina towards China. That […]

Lebanon appeals to Germany, Britain, Spain for help with imports

Lebanon appealed to more friendly states on Saturday to help it import essential goods as it wrestles with an acute economic crisis and hard currency shortages, the office of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said, Reuters reports. Hariri wrote to the leaders of Germany, Britain and Spain on Saturday to request help in securing credit for imports, having made the same appeal on Friday to Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, Turkey, the United States, China, and Egypt. The letters were part of efforts to “deal with the liquidity shortage and to secure basic import needs for citizens … to secure continued food security and raw materials for production”, his office said. Lebanon’s economic crisis, the worst since its 1975-90 civil war, […]

US restarts peace talks with Afghan Taliban in Qatar

The Taliban on Saturday resumed formal peace talks with the US in the Qatari capital, Doha, the group confirmed in a statement, Anadolu reports. Suhail Shaheen, the insurgents’ Qatar office spokesman, said on social media that Mualla Baradar Akhund, the group’s deputy head, led the Taliban delegation. “Talks with the US negotiating team began from where they left off,” he said. Shaheen added that a draft agreement was discussed and talks would continue on Sunday. Anas Haqqani, a recently freed Haqqani Network leader affiliate of the Taliban, also took part in the talks, he added. The thorny issue of a cease-fire is set to dominate renewed talks between the US and Taliban for a proposed peace deal in Afghanistan, analysts […]

Data: 65,000 troops cost PA $1bn a year

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has 65,000 troops costing over NIS 3.5 billion ($1 billion) in 2018, Shehab News Agency reported. According to Shehab News Agency, the data revealed that the general revenues of the PA contributed to 74 per cent of the PA budget. These revenues are mainly collected from taxes paid by Palestinians. The net expenses of the PA in 2018 totalled NIS 5 billion ($1.44 billion), including only 19.7 per cent for the Ministry of Interior and Security. The data showed that the interior and security budget was NIS 3.5 billion ($1 billion) in 2018, including NIS 2.9 million for salaries, NIS 19 million for travel and official missions, NIS 165 million for operation expenses, NIS 21 million […]

25,000 Syrians displaced in regime, Russia raids last week

Some 25,000 civilians were displaced in northwestern Syria last week after the attacks of regime and Russia on the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to a Syrian NGO on Saturday, Anadolu reports. Mohammad Halaj, director of Syria’s Response Coordination Group, told Anadolu Agency that thousands of civilians were displaced in the first week of December due to attacks by Bashar al-Assad regime forces, Iran-backed terror groups and Russia. Halaj underscored that the humanitarian crisis in Idlib was getting worse, and added: “Around 425,000 civilians are living in Maarat al-Nouman, Saraqib and Ariha districts and rural areas. If the attacks target these places with the same violence, the number of displaced will rise more.” He added that the regime forces and Russia […]

Brazil: Attack on Guajajara Indigenous People Leaves 1 Dead

Former Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) candidate Sonia Gujajara denounced the attack.

France: Workers Paralyze Transport to Reject Pension Reform

French workers denounce that the real purpose of the reform is to diminish their rights.