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A song to inspire 
if not ''Revolution'' 
then... at least 

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Between Heaven and Hell?


A question for the majority who love
and aspire to build a better world 


Iraq’s top court reject's 
Sadr's ultimatum --- says
it doesn't have authority 
to dissolve parliament
August 14th, 4:31pm
Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) says it lacks
 sufficient authority to dissolve the country's
 parliament, urging all parties to refrain
 from getting the judiciary involved 
in political rivalries.
The SJC made the announcement on Sunday in 
response to the Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. 
On Wednesday, Sadr warned of unspecific
consequences --- if the judiciary did 
not heed his call to dissolve the 
parliament by the end of 
this week and pave the 
way for early elections.
“The Supreme Judicial Council does not have 
the authority to dissolve the parliament,” the
 top court said in a statement.
Stressing that its main job is to deal with legal 
matters, the court said it cannot “interfere 
in the work of the legislative or 
executive authorities.”
Iraq has been grappling with a political crisis 
in the absence of a functional government 
since October when it held its last 
legislative elections.
Sadr is the populist leader of the Saeroon faction. His
political bloc emerged as the biggest parliamentary 
faction in the election, but fell short of an absolute
majority needed to form a government, prompting 
the current political deadlock.
Sadr and his supporters have helped inflame tensions
over the past few weeks -- with a great number of his
supporters storming and occupying the parliament, 
thus preventing the formation of a government 
nearly 10 months after the last elections.
His supporters stormed the parliament late last 
month as the rival parliamentary faction known
 as the Coordination Framework attempted to 
form a government led by Muhammad Shia 
Sudani, a figure close to former premier 
Nouri al-Maliki.
The Coordination Framework said earlier that the
parliament would have to convene, to dissolve 
itself. On Friday, supporters of the faction also 
rallied in Baghdad, to protest the occupation 
of the legislature by al-Sadr’s supporters.
“SJC discussed the request of Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr 
dated 10/8/2022 for the dissolution of the parliament 
and after discussion, SJC found that it agrees with 
al-Sadr --- in diagnosing the negativity of the 
political reality witnessed by the country 
and the ongoing constitutional violations 
represented by the incomplete formation 
of constitutional authorities by electing 
a president of the republic and the 
prime minister and the formation 
of the government, within the 
constitutional periods, which 
is an unacceptable situation 
and must be addressed and 
not repeated,” the Supreme 
Judicial Council added, in
 its Sunday statement.
Regarding Sadr’s request for dissolution of the
parliament, the SJC reiterated that it lacks 
the authority to dissolve the legislature, 
“because the functions of the SJC are 
entirety related to the administration 
of the judiciary only, and do not 
include any authority --- that 
allows it to interfere - in the 
affairs of the legislative or 
executive authorities.”
In conclusion, the top court urged “all political 
and media parties not to involve the judiciary 
in rivalries and political competitions” --- 
stressing that --- “the judiciary stands 
at the same distance from everyone, 
because the basis on which it is 
based, is the application of the 
constitution and the law, and 
these are general rules that 
apply to everyone by the 
same standard and 
are not subject to 
Earlier this month, the outgoing Prime Minister 
Mustafa al-Kadhemi called for a “national 
dialogue” in a bid to bring all the sides 
together, to reconcile.
The United Nations, for its part, has called 
on the various political factions in Iraq to 
set aside their differences and look for 
“urgent solutions” to the protracted 
political crisis. 


Tribunal on Ukraine under UN 
auspices is impossible
 Russian Foreign Ministry
July 27th, 12:55pm (TASS)
The creation of an international tribunal against
Ukrainian neo-Nazis under the auspices of the
UN, is not possible, Ivan Nechayev, Deputy 
Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's 
Information and Press Department, 
told a briefing on Wednesday.
"Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander
 Bastrykin’s initiative -- to create an international
 tribunal against Ukrainian criminals, jointly with
 partners in the CIS, CSTO, BRICS and SCO -- is 
timely," Nechayev said. "Regretfully, part of 
the international community has already 
discredited itself so much, by openly 
sponsoring Ukrainian nationalism 
--------- and following Washington's 
instructions, that it has become 
practically impossible to create 
such a tribunal under the UN's 
auspices," the diplomat said.
"Only the countries that have retained political
sovereignty and the ability to assess world 
events objectively, can be engaged in the 
activity of the tribunal," Nechayev added.

use of dollar v trade

What the World Needs
... is Farmers!!!

"We Are Not Slaves": Farmers 
In Italy, Spain, & Poland 
Join Dutch Protests
by Tyler Durden
July 16th, 7pm
Farmers in Italy, Spain, and Poland, have joined Dutch
 farmers in protest of 'green' government regulations
 that will decimate the industry -- by forcing them to
 reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer compounds.
"We are not slaves, we are farmers," said Italian
 farmers, who drove tractors through the
of Milan and blocked
city traffic.
 According to the Morning Star, "Italian farmers face
 an imminent crisis due to a severe drought that has
 seen a third of agricultural produce placed at risk."
The country’s agricultural minister Steafano Patuanelli
 told parliament earlier this week --- that Italy faces a
 further 40 per cent loss of water resources in the
 coming decades.
Farmers say they have lost around €3 billion as a 
result of the emergency and are being hit hard 
by rising fuel prices, with costs rocketing --
a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
In Spain, farmers in Badajoz, Granada, and Albacete,
 paraded their tractors down the street in solidarity
 with the foreign farmers --- as well as national 
protests at home --- over a lack of food and 
gasoline, according to EuroWeekly News.
And in Poland, farmers came to Warsaw last 
weekend, to protest against inflation and 
other government actions.
The protests have led to... empty supermarket shelves
 in the Netherlands, as tractors and other agricultural
 machinery have blocked warehouses, preventing 
their shipment - a move which PM Mark Rutte
has mobilized state police 
against - in
an attempted crackdown.
Gareth Wyn Jones
My thoughts while bailing silage,
Farmers of World unite. 

Germany needs  Nord Stream-2 August 4th, 2:53pm https://en.news-front.info/  The misadventures of gas pumping units (GPU),  which ensure the pumping of gas through the  Nord Stream, continue...  The first turbine to be repaired, a key part of the GPU,  wa

“Populism”: German MP Schmidt 
assesses Scholz’s gas bravado
August 15th, 10:46am
Federal Chancellor Scholz’s bravura speeches about
 the allegedly available scheme for the “successful”
 implementation of the heating season, without the
 previous volumes of Russian gas are very far from 
reality, German MP Eugene Schmidt said. German 
officials have no miscalculation or a precise plan, 
he said. The politician's opinion is published by
Economy Today.
According to the people’s elected representative, the 
government presents the depressing picture of gas
 pumping from Russia --- as the refusal of Russian
 Gazprom to accept the Nord Stream-1 unit. 
Meanwhile, the local press prefers to keep quiet about
 sanctions restrictions affecting the situation, as well
 as about the ''mere'' Nord Stream 2.

In fact, the 
reckless and anti-Russian policy has brought 
Germany to a deadlock: By losing its previous supply of
cheap Russian 
gas, the country risks losing industry,
some of which is
 already paralysed, as well as
putting its 
own population on the brink of 
survival, in the coming winter.
The deputy emphasizes that, for a long time, Russian
 energy resources were the basis of the state’s 
material well-being and economic power; the
 population - had no problems paying their 
utility bills. In the industrial sector, the 
use of energy from Russia, allowed 
German business to take the lead 
in the global arena. 
The shutdown - and reduction - of production capacity
 promises the country an imminent global social and
 economic crisis coupled with mass unemployment 
and declining tax revenues. Scholz’s fantasies 
about the country’s “readiness” ...for any 
outcome with Russian gas, are thus 
very far from reality, Schmidt 
is convinced.
“They are delaying the threshold of the decision, when 
it will be necessary to sit down with the Russian side
 at the negotiating table and work out some kind of 
arrangement for this heating season. German 
politics has always been notorious for the 
fact that ruling politicians prefer to sit on
 the sidelines when grave problems are 
befalling society. The same thing is 
happening now. To the man in the 
street, big statements are being 
made: we have prepared a plan 
to overcome the energy crisis, 
we will reduce consumption 
by 15% and we will some-
how survive.”  
“In reality, this “somewhere and somehow” has not 
been calculated by anyone. This is just populism.. 
by politicians, which can lead to very unpleasant
consequences. Consumers could really face 
widespread blackouts of electricity and hot 
water, and everything else,” Schmidt said 
on “Solovyov LIVE”.
Waldemar Gerdt, a former German MP, recently said
 the German authorities, are counting on Moscow’s
help “under the table” in the 
event of a deadlock
with the coming 
cold weather. According to him,
government is secretly hoping to launch
Nord Stream-2 --- if the 
state has no
other choice.
As previously reported, the major energy troubles that
 hit Germany with a powerful sanctions boomerang 
-- as well as the “indecent” scale of support for 
Ukraine -- are increasingly irritating Germans.
According to experts, the German population is no longer
able to pay the rising tariffs for 
the blue fuel. Despite the
fact that a priori 
Germany not only has a good chance of 
receiving the necessary volumes of energy resources,
but also has the 
ability to act as a key energy hub 
for the whole of Europe - the current situation is
irritating for the population, which is
demanding - that the authorities..
their political vector ------- and finally
exclusively on the national interests
of the state.

Media: Germany must cut 
gas consumption by 20% 
to avoid winter rationing
August 14th, 2:43pm
Germany must cut its gas consumption by a fifth 
to avoid catastrophic shortages this winter, its 
chief grid regulator said, as businesses and 
households brace for Europe’s biggest 
energy crisis in a generation.
Klaus Müller, head of the federal network agency 
(BNA), will be responsible for rationing gas 
supplies, if Europe’s largest economy 
faces a winter energy crisis.
“If we fail to achieve our goal [of 20 percent gas
 savings], then there is a serious risk that we 
will not have enough gas,” he told the 
Financial Times.
Mueller said Germany would also need about 10 
gigawatts of additional supplies of gas from 
other sources to make up for the missing
 volumes from Russia – mostly liquefied 
natural gas from countries like the
This is about 9% of current
He noted that Germany would also have to rely 
on gas imports from other European countries.
Müller also warned that the long-term cost of 
ending Germany’s dependence on Russia, 
would be a “very high gas price” that
could have serious business 
“Part of production may move from Germany 
because gas has become too expensive,” 
he said. “And that’s hard to do.”

Scholz could be ruined 
by association 
with banker
August 12th, 10:50am
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday gave his big
 summer press conference in difficult circumstances.
Clearly nervous, he demanded that Gazprom finally take
 back the turbine, with which he has been so much and
 fruitlessly photographed, noted that he can “hardly”
 imagine a visa ban for Russians and announced 
that Putin’s visit to Germany may take place 
after the special operation. No, not on a 
tank, I should think.
The problem, however... is that if Putin does want to go 
to Berlin, it will probably no longer be Olaf Scholz who
 will meet him. There is a huge corruption scandal 
looming over the chancellor, which could easily 
ruin his reputation and bury his career.
At the press conference no one dared to ask Scholz a
 question on the subject. The chancellor is known
his tough temper, and journalists are openly 
frightened of him. However... the unasked 
question remained: is the present leader 
of the Federal Republic of Germany 
dependent on the Warburg 
banking family?
The topic was started by Fabio de Masi, an opposition
 politician from the Left Party. He pushed -- for a
 parliamentary enquiry -- and last year Scholz 
was forced to appear before a commission 
in Hamburg. He was asked what he had 
been discussing with the governor of 
the Warburg bank, when he was 
mayor of the city. 
The bank had been caught in a scam that had lasted
 several years and was owed about 40 million euros. 
After the talk between the mayor and the banker, 
the city suddenly withdrew all claims. The 
millions had gone... somewhere.
Scholz muttered that he couldn’t remember anything
 - and the investigation continued. The prosecutor’s 
office took over the case. Investigators are now 
studying the German chancellor’s email 
An additional piece of evidence, was 200,000
 euros in cash that was recently found during
search in the safe of one of Scholz’s 
associates. The comrade, was 
unable to explain where the 
cash came from. “Planted
 by the enemy!”
But 200,000 is, of course, a mere trifle. In fact, the
 whole story is much bigger than that. It is not for
 nothing, that the initiator of the investigation, 
Fabio de Masi, like Scholz, was born and 
raised in Hamburg. He has taken the 
risk of saying something that 
everyone there, already 
knows, but is afraid
 to say.
The thing about Hamburg is this. The Free and
Hanseatic City, the richest metropolis in 
Europe - had always been something of 
an independent city, and it stubbornly, 
refused to submit to Berlin. Until 1871 
Hamburg minted its own silver mark 
coin. The Iron Chancellor (Otto, not 
Olaf) tried, for years, to force the 
city to let the all-German 
customs office in. 
The city stubbornly clung to its liberties.
Hamburg was governed by a local oligarchy – the 
senate & mayors were elected from amongst 
the city’s wealthiest citizens. In 1856, the 
Warburgs, a banking family that matched 
the Rothschilds for riches ---  swelled the 
ranks of these respectable businessmen.
Legend has it that the Warburgs took a ceremonial
journey from Vienna to Hamburg on a ‘silver train’: 
all the wagons were filled with silver bullion
...from underneath.
The legendary family, went as far as to establish their 
banking house in Hamburg. The Warburgs’ banks and 
financial companies, made their mark in London and
Stockholm, New York & Berlin. Like the Rothschilds
the Warburgs practiced cousin marriages (so as not 
to disperse the family fortune), but they were also
 extremely successful at marriages on the side. 
Over a century and a half they became related to the
 Schiffs, the Loebs – in short, almost the entire global 
financial aristocracy.
The heads of the banking house were the uncrowned
kings of the Free City. Until the end of 1938... mind-
blowing parties were thrown in their lush gardens.
In the autumn of 1938, Max Warburg, head of the
House of Hamburg... stayed in the United States
(the family had many various businesses there) 
but, in 1945, the family returned to its palaces 
and parks. The parties resumed.
For Hamburg, the bankers were something like the Medicis.
Universities, schools, libraries, museums, 
art collections,
monuments, gardens and parks – 
the venerable family
generously contributed to 
the cultural life of the city,
sponsored hundreds 
of artists, philosophers and
artists. Their latest 
gift to the city ...is the
remarkable, new 
Philharmonic building.
Incidentally, Abi Warburg, who gave up a gigantic
 fortune --- surrendered all his business to his 
younger brother -- and became a renowned 
art historian. An eminent biochemist was
 Otto Heinrich Warburg. All in all, these 
are not just bankers, but real bright, 
interesting people, opinion leaders.
In the natural course of things, the Warburgs have
 always influenced... who would be the mayor of 
Hamburg. In the 1920s and 30s, for example, 
they did extensive joint business with the 
Petersen family. And.. so? Karl Wilhelm 
Petersen was mayor of Hamburg from 
1924 to 1929 and from 1932 to 1933. 
His younger brother, Rudolf, took 
over in 1945.
After World War II, Hamburg’s mayors generally
 continued their political careers – they were 
elected to the Bundestag, and became 
ministers. Olaf Scholz’s career was 
particularly successful. 
After serving out his term as mayor of Hamburg, 
he first became finance minister and, later, 
German chancellor. All those years, the 
Warburgs’ bank in Hamburg amassed 
their wealth by diverting it from the
federal treasury. Their scam..
simple and beautiful.
Under German law, foreign investors must pay tax to 
the state budget on the dividends they receive. The 
treasury then reimburses part of the tax. Somehow, 
the Warburgs mysteriously arranged for investors 
to get back this tax deduction not just once, but 
several times. The federal exchequer was 
punished, with 36 billion euros lost,
many years. 
Representatives of various banking houses...  were
 involved in the scheme. The Warburgs in particular 
were fined 176 million for such cases. Quite
 recently... the Constitutional Court of 
Germany dismissed an appeal by 
Max Warburg... leaving the
 in force. 
However, the irrepressible banker immediately filed 
a lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights, 
claiming that the German authorities, by
demanding payment of the fine, are 
violating his rights.
If we assume that the Warburg family is indeed
connected by some elusive but strong threads 
with Olaf Scholz, the whole absurd policy of 
the German Chancellor can be explained 
-- in a simple and clear way.
Against common sense -- Scholz promises to pump 
more and more billions into green energy? So the 
Warburgs’ bank is getting rich off ESG bonds.
In defiance of all the traditions of Germany’s post-war 
pacifist policy --- the Chancellor is supplying arms to
Ukraine and feeding the German military-industrial
complex? I don’t know about now, but in the old 
days, the Warburg banking house used to 
finance the German defence industry, 
with passion and fire.
Is the chancellor not trying to put the brakes on the
 frenzied rises in gas and oil prices? But the rises 
will undermine the captains of heavy industry - 
with whom the bankers have historically had 
a competitive, unfriendly relationship.
Watching the greatest country in Europe shoot itself in 
the foot - then higher - we keep asking ourselves: why
 is Germany doing everything according to American 
orders? They were told to kill themselves against 
the wall and they go and kill themselves. Where 
is the limit?
But the fact is, that in the world picture of the Warburg
 bankers, there is no independent Germany and never
 has been. A century ago, Max Warburg (grandfather 
of the present owner of the Hamburg bank) founded
 a club in Hamburg called “Abroad”. The club still 
exists today and unites a financial aristocracy 
which has set itself the goal: of creating a 
global world, without such nonsense as 
sovereign countries.
For centuries, members of the Warburg family have
worked all over the world. Sigmund, developed the
family business in London, Paul & Eric, in the US. 
Paul Warburg, incidentally --- was one of the 
founding fathers of the US Federal Reserve. 
Naturally, their descendants see Germany 
(and all of Europe) as another US state.
Reading about the businesses, marriages, mergers and
 acquisitions, parties, and intrigues, of the Warburg
 family is incredibly interesting. It’s just a movie. 
An extremely complimentary book about the Warburgs
has been written --- incidentally --- by the noble
Russophobe, Niall Ferguson. No kidding, great 
family, interesting traditions, vibrant lifestyle. 
And now look at Scholz – simple-minded, clumsy, 
incapable of anything. Not a politician, but a 
middle-manager --- who will never get
 a promotion.
The sheer scale of the personalities, proves that this 
is no ordinary corruption. These were not bankers
 chasing Scholz, with cash on their backs, trying 
to solve problems. The leader of the country – 
not the last country in the world, by the way 
– is on a short leash of the international 
bankers and is looking meekly into 
their eyes – what do you want?
And the whole world wonders: where have all the great 
politicians of Europe gone? Take General de Gaulle 
for example. He, too, was a friend of the French
 Rothschilds, and went to their parties at his 
own pleasure. But he defined the policy of 
the country by himself, without any tips 
from bankers. But they do not let such 
clever ones on political Olympus any 
more. Now there is a need for those
 who are simpler.
Of course, one can only pity the Germans. Even if the
 wave of people’s anger swept away Scholz, who will
 they put in his place? The impression is that every
one in the ruling elite there has been bought and 
sold by the various clans, families, banks and
 corporations... for generations to come. 
But maybe the captains of heavy industry, will be 
able to push through their protege, to the post of
chancellor? That might be Germany’s only hope.
by Victoria Nikiforova, RIA

The fallen fig leaf of the "greens" 
and the turning point in the 
mood of the Germans
August 11th, 9:17am
Waldemar Gerdt, a member of the Bundestag from 2017
to 2021 
from the Alternative for Germany party,  who is 
now being nominated as a candidate for the local
landtag, spoke 
of a turning point in German
and the collapse of the
Green agenda.
Answering a question by the host of the program 
"Full Contact" --- on radio "Vesti FM" --- and the 
platform "We look" --- ''what is the current 
attitude of the Germans, to the special 
operation of Russia,'' he noted that the 
opinion is - increasingly - voiced: 
"This is not our war."
According to him, after the general support, and 
slogans in the spirit of "let's die for Ukraine", a 
serious turning point... has now taken place.
"We probably enacted a lot of wrong decisions, 
but now, we will have a "war" - for survival -
(including pensioners). And we need to 
go back there," says Waldemar Gerdt.
He also notes the fact, that those who go to protest
actions are "declared enemies of the people", and 
now, in Germany, the media space --- is being 
intensively prepared for this.
"This means that serious mass protests are expected
in the Autumn. The police and the public, are being
prepared for this, but I think the process will not 
be held back: Chancellor Scholz will have to 
resign," the German politician believes.
Vladimir Solovyov asked who could 
replace him – the "greens"?
Gerdt replied that the Greens had removed their
leaf" --- because everything they are doing
now ---
 contradicts what they said before.
"They are environmentalists and pacifists, who are 
now most in favour of war and dirty gas, and they 
have lost --- all of their ideological cover," 
explains Gerdt.
The German politician is sure that the "greens" 
will receive their receipt" ...from the citizens
 of Germany.
German citizen arrests citizen 
who supports Russian special 
operation in Ukraine
August 6th, 10:44am
Presse Portal reported that the 
man was arrested in Hamburg.
A German citizen who allegedly supported Russia’s
 military operations in Ukraine on social networks 
was arrested in Hamburg, the city’s prosecutor’s 
office and police said in a joint statement.
It is noted that we are talking about a 31-year-old 
man who is, allegedly, associated with the 
“National Bolshevik” Telegram channel 
Das andere Deutschland, which 
expressed support for the 
special operation.
He is suspected of using the letter Z on at least four 
occasions, and of having done so on other social 
media as well. In some federal states of 
Germany, the symbol Z is prohibited.

Die Welt: Despite sanctions, 
Russia’s trade revenues 
with Germany continue
 to grow
August 5th, 3:36pm
German newspaper Die Welt reports on the growing 
income of the Russian Federation from trade with 
Germany, due to high gas prices.
Despite the ban on the purchase of coal, gold, steel 
and even schnapps, Russia is increasingly earning 
from trade with Germany, the newspaper reports. 
The reason is the rising price of natural gas.
The newspaper cited data from the German statistics 
office. According to them, Germany paid about 3.5 
billion euros for gas from Russia, in June. It is 
noteworthy, that the increase since May 
was 5%, and compared to June 
last year – up by 39%.

Germany needs 
Nord Stream-2
August 4th, 2:53pm
The misadventures of gas pumping units (GPU), 
which ensure the pumping of gas through the 
Nord Stream, continue...
The first turbine to be repaired, a key part of the GPU, 
was sent to Canada (to the manufacturing plant) in
 December. According to the plans agreed with the 
Siemens company responsible for its maintenance, 
it was supposed to deliver the unit back in May.
 After that, the rest of the turbines were to be
 sequentially sent for repairs.
As Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of 
Gazprom, noted in his speech, one of the turbines
 waiting for its turn was ready for shipment to 
Canada in April. And two more were planned 
to be taken away in June and July. All of
 these units require a major overhaul. 
Strictly on schedule.
And three more turbines in the period from May to 
June issued 11 emergency failures. They cannot 
be exploited. The specialists of the same 
Siemens are responsible for the 
maintenance. Of the identified
 faults, they eliminated only 
a quarter.
Here it is worth pausing and wondering what a citizen
 of our country associates with German industrial
 enterprises. Perhaps not least with quality, order
 and responsibility. But Siemens decided to break 
this pattern.
To begin with, it denied the existence of any claims
 from Gazprom. Like, it did not receive any reports 
of damage to the turbines. But the Russian side 
posted the correspondence, from which it 
became clear that the German company, 
to put it mildly, was being disingenuous. 
That is, there were problems, Siemens 
knew about them, but was in no hurry 
to fully solve them. This thesis is 
confirmed --- by the 
current situation.
The turbine, which was in Canadian captivity, was
 rescued. But it was only able to get as far as 
Germany. Where it got stuck, since Siemens 
failed to fully take into account all the 
bureaucratic obstacles that stood in 
the way of its cooperation with 
Gazprom. In other words... the 
Russian side needed a whole 
package of documents - that 
would substantiate changes 
in existing obligations and 
give guarantees: that the 
German company, would 
fulfill its functions ------ in 
servicing the Portovaya 
CS equipment.
 But Siemens employees apparently decided that
 paperwork was too difficult. And in general, 
shouldn’t Gazprom take the gentlemen’s 
word for it?
While bureaucratic issues were being resolved, the 
turbine disappeared. More precisely, no one could
clearly explain where it was at the moment. And 
here it was, found by Chancellor Olaf Scholz
himself. Found, carefully examined and 
he stated that he sees no obstacles to 
sending her to Russia. The German 
government also stated that GPAs 
are not subject to EU sanctions, 
so no additional documents 
are required.
Let’s be honest – they're required. Everything stated
by theleaders of Germany orally must be transferred
to paper, provided with the appropriate details and 
sent to Gazprom for review. Actually, the Russian 
side has previously stated this: among other 
things, it wants to obtain a document 
guaranteeing that the turbine is not 
subject to sanctions.
It may seem that this is a mockery on the Russian side,
but no, this is a common practice. For example, the
US has repeatedly published explanations of its 
sanctions at the request of worried companies.
So, Allseas, which built Nord Stream 2, 
successfully applied for such 
an explanation.
Now the German side is strenuously pretending that it
does not understand the elementary rules of conduct 
in such situations and claims that all the conditions 
for transporting the turbine have been met - and 
only the participation of Gazprom is missing.
At the same time, the sanctions regimes of Canada, 
the EU, the UK and the inconsistency of the current
situation with the current contractual obligations 
on the part of Siemens, make the delivery of the 
073 engine to the Portovaya compressor 
station --- impossible, Gazprom said.
In the meantime, the situation for European consumers
is alarming. Nord Stream is capable of pumping no
more than 33 million cubic metres per day. Some 
of the alternative routes are either not operated 
or are not fully operated, due to sanctions 
reasons. This is extremely worrying for 
the key consumer – the industry.
European (and, first of all, German) industry has been
actively speaking in the media since March of this
year, demanding not to touch Russian gas, other
-wise, entire industries may cease to exist. And 
formally, the voice of large enterprises was 
heard --- the European Commission did not 
touch on the gas issue when carrying out 
its sanctions exercises. This even 
saddened the most militant part 
of the Western public. 
However, European sanctions still hit supplies from
Russia. It’s just that, the EU leadership turned out
to be a gathering of real professionals who were 
able to think through all the little things when 
working out anti-Russian restrictions. 
Therefore, several months were 
enough for the EU gas market 
to be covered by a price
The most adequate position on this issue in Germany
was expressed by the former Chancellor, Grehard
Schroeder. He  absolutely fairly pointed out that 
the return of the traveling turbine, would
increase the Nord Stream load from its 
current 20%, to a modest 40%. And he 
also called the launch of Nord Stream
-2 ....the easiest way to solve the 
problem of blue fuel supplies.
It can be assumed that now we are really talking about
significant problems for German industry --- which the
talented leaders of the country are campaigning to 
save. Representatives of industry, by the way, 
stated --- that there was nowhere to save 
further. And..... it is impossible to repair 
all the necessary turbines for the Nord 
Stream, in the near future. Therefore
the issue of restoring the supplies 
that the German economy needs
 --- again --- rests on the timely
restitution of 
Nord Stream-2.
Alexander Frolov, Izvestia newspaper

Gerhard Schröder has spoken
 out in favour of the launch
 of Nord Stream 2
August 3rd, 1:01pm
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has 
come out with the initiative to launch the Nord 
Stream 2 gas pipeline --- due to worsening 
problems in the German economy.
In an interview with Stern, Schroeder said the most 
effective solution to Germany’s economic problems 
would be to launch the sanctioned new Russian 
gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2.
“There would be no supply problems for German
 industry and German households,” Schröder said.
He also said Russia was considering the option 
of resuming talks with Ukraine, stressing that 
it considered the possibility of Crimea being 
returned to Ukraine, by military means,
as absurd.
Recall that Gerhard Schroeder was seen in Moscow 
last week, where he said he had a meeting with 
Vladimir Putin.

Duda.... expressed ''shock''
Merkel's call to Putin 
on Nord Stream 2
August 2nd, 6:20am 
President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, said that he was
 shocked after the call of former German Chancellor 
Angela Merkel, to the President of Russia,
Putin, about the Nord
Stream 2 gas pipeline. 
He shared this in an interview with 
the Frankfurter Allgemeine 
Zeitung newspaper.
As Duda explained, we are talking about a call that 
was made after a joint statement by Germany and
 the United States -- in July 2021. In particular, it 
stated the need to ensure the continuation of 
raw material supplies... from Russia through 
Ukraine, after 2024 for the implementation
 of the project.
''I was shocked. This should be understood not 
only as an act of indifference, but also as an
 act of hostility towards Eastern Europe.''
The Polish leader also said that relations with Berlin
 are in the worst state since 1990. The main 
reproach to Germany, he called the gas 
projects called "Nord Stream". In his 
opinion, they are the key to Russia's 
dominance in the European market.
Germany offered to launch
a Russian gas pipeline

In July, head of the Bundestag 's Energy and 
Climate Committee. Klaus Ernst suggested 
using Nord Stream 2, in case of need and 
a lack of gas. In his opinion, the issue of 
gas supply, in this case, should be put 
out of the brackets of the Ukrainian 
conflict. In addition the lack of gas 
can be a "social explosive" in 
Germany, the politician 
A similar statement was made by a member of the
 Alternative for Germany (AfD) party --- a member
the parliamentary Committee on Energy and 
Climate Protection, Steffen Kotre. He called 
for the immediate commissioning of Nord 
Stream 2 - and the resumption of 
negotiations to resolve the 
conflict in Ukraine.
At the same time, the Minister for Economic Affairs and
 Climate Protection of Germany, Robert Habeck, said 
that approval of the operation of the gas pipeline...
mean the capitulation of Europe to Russia. 
According to him, the launch of Nord Stream 2 would
increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas, 
which is "exactly the opposite" of what 
European countries "have been 
working on for the last 
six months."
Nord Stream 2 was never launched
Nord Stream 2 is currently fully built and ready for
 operation, but it requires operator certification 
to start operating. It was suspended by the 
German authorities for an indefinite period 
after the entry of Russian troops into the 
territory of Ukraine.
European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen
 explained... the impossibility of launching the
 project, by saying that it has not received 
the necessary permits and thus cannot 
be operated.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry's head,
Sergey Lavrov, The European Union - for political 
reasons, is slowing down the launch of the Nord
Stream 2 pipeline, despite its readiness. 
He also noted that, over the past 5-6 
years, the EU has repeatedly 
accused Russia of using 
gas as a weapon.
In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed
 launching Nord Stream 2. He said that, a month 
and a half, to two months ago, he discussed 
the situation with the gas pipeline with the 
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz. 
Putin noted that Gazprom "has reserved capacities,
created these capacities, and something needs
be done about it," since they "cannot
Scholz replied that there are "more important issues" 
and that it is "out of place" to deal with them
the moment.

Germany blames ''the West'' 
for missed chance to build 
relations with Russia
August 1st, 3:30pm 
The West missed the opportunity to build mutually
 beneficial relations with Russia, and failed to 
create a reliable security architecture that 
took into account the interests of Russia 
and other former Soviet countries.
This was stated by the Minister of Transport, 
of the German state of Baden-Württemberg,
Winfried Hermann, from the Green Party, 
which caused a "terrible reaction" from 
German politicians, reports the 
Compact publication.
"Unusual words for a green politician: the party has
long abandoned pacifist ideals and, in fact, turned 
into an ardent ally of Kiev involved in the conflict
in Ukraine," the publication wrote.
It is reported that the head of the Free Democratic 
Party of Germany faction in the Landtag of Baden-
Württemberg, Hans-Ulrich Ruehlke, called on the 
Prime Minister of the land --- to intervene in 
the situation.
Earlier, Bloomberg wrote that Germany, which faces
the prospect of serious gas savings, has three 
months to save... for the crisis in the coming 
winter. It is Germany that is exposed to the 
most serious risks in Europe: the heating 
of almost half the homes in the country
is provided by gas.

German lawmaker supports
 putting Nord Stream 2
 into operation
July 29th,  2:47pm (TASS)
 Germany still needs Russian gas -- and the Nord Stream 
2 gas pipeline, which has been completed.. but not yet 
certified, can be used in the absence of other options 
-- Head of the Bundestag’s Committee on Climate 
Action and Energy, Klaus Ernst, told TASS 
on Friday.
"In the overall scheme of things, it doesn’t really
 matter what pipeline delivers gas to Germany,
 whatever the gas is, it’s still Russian. In this 
sense, the issue of Nord Stream 2, is more 
likely to be symbolic. If there are no other 
prospects, regardless of the reasons, & 
the supply of gas... can eventually be 
attained only by using Nord Stream 
2 ----then we should speak of 
commissioning it as soon 
as possible," the law-
maker stressed.
The German government reiterated in recent 
weeks that Nord Stream 2 cannot be used 
under the law, because the gas pipeline 
is not certified.

 Germany risks losing 
what remains of its 
reputation in the EU
 – expert Tadeo
July 29th, 11:43am
Germany may say goodbye to its own reputation by
 hopelessly losing its leadership position, in the EU 
expanse due to a severe energy crisis based on a 
haphazard sanctions policy, correspondent Maria
 Tadeo said, in a piece for Bloomberg.
She recalls Germany’s former economic and moral 
superiority and its unrivalled authority on the 
European stage, and discusses how it 
managed to be the “bad cop” - in 
dealing with the less developed
financially modest countries 
in southern Europe.
“The energy crisis resulting from the EU sanctions
 campaign against Russia - has changed things,”
 the author writes.
Today the German “primacy” may well be in the hands 
of South European countries, – the author notes: 
Germany’s position is rapidly weakening, and 
the state’s economy, is in an extremely 
precarious position, due to the total 
dependence on Russian 
energy resources.
“While the German authorities are recovering from 
the shock, the European south is being active and
assertive. This isn't in retaliation for the austerity
regime imposed by Berlin. There is a regrouping 
of forces -- that could eventually make the 
European Union healthier,” 
Tadeo concluded.
The grandiose sanctions battle unleashed by the West
 against Moscow has hurt its initiators far more than it 
has hurt Russia itself”, the journalist stressed.
According to the analyst community, Germany is
 stubbornly self-liquidating its own economy, 
once one of the most efficient economies 
in Europe and the world. The reason for 
this, is Germany’s close friendship
 a destructive Washington.
Meanwhile, the whole of Europe is sliding rapidly into
 the abyss, and the situation is only increasingly
 demonstrating a deteriorating trend – a sad 
fact - actively acknowledged by Western 
experts as well. They call the rejection
 of Russian blue gas “a shot in the leg”.
 Moscow.. is under unprecedented economic pressure
 from the collective West, which has already resulted
 in record global inflation and has also forced the EU,
 as some analysts put it, to be one step away from 
“burying its own economy”.

Germany will impose an 
electricity levy from 
October the 1st
July 28th, 11:13am
German authorities will start levying an electricity levy
 on consumers from October 1st, the DPA news agency 
reported, citing sources in the German Ministry of
 Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
According to its information, customers will have to
 pay the fee, for a year and a half, i.e. until the end 
of March 2024. Exactly how much the gas price
 for consumers will increase, is still unclear.
The introduction of the fee should allow gas suppliers 
to pass on to consumers the sharply increased
 purchase price of the blue fuel (up to 90%)
 in the face of reduced supplies from 
Russia. About half of all flats in 
Germany are heated with gas.

Die Welt newspaper blames 
US for economic pressure 
on Germany
July 25th, 1:58pm
German newspaper Die Welt has accused the US of
 economic pressure on Germany, which it says is 
going through an already unprecedented crisis.
According to Thomas Straubhaar of Die Welt, the
United States, is exerting significant economic
pressure on Germany - which is already facing 
a severe crisis. According to the author of the 
article, the current crisis is like a snowball
Germany: it is unique because of the 
combination of many factors which 
cause noticeable damage to 
the economy.
“What is new - and extremely dangerou -, however, is
 the simultaneity of crises and the fact that between 
individual negative events there are self-reinforcing
 chain reactions --- whose effects are uncertain, 
difficult to control and difficult to assess ---
 typical snowball effects,” Straubhaar 
The US is playing an active role in Germany’s current
 crisis, because, it is under such conditions that 
Washington - which previously financed the 
“German economic miracle” export policy 
- can now impose its new conditions
Berlin, the columnist wrote.
“There will no longer be an ‘and-and’ policy for
 Germany. The US, will give Europe a choice:
 either it chooses the US as a strategic ally 
and thus makes Beijing a sworn enemy, or
 it chooses the People’s Republic of China 
and gives up its transatlantic alliances 
and thus possibly the US military 
shield for Europe,” says 
Thomas Straubhaar.


A number of biological projects 
in Ukraine were implemented
 in Bundeswehr’s interests
July 7th, 2:52pm (TASS)
 A number of projects on trials of biological weapons
 in Ukraine, were carried out in the interest of
 Bundeswehr’s Medical Service, Russian 
Nuclear, Chemical and Biological 
Protection Troops commander 
Lieutenant General Igor 
Kirillov said Thursday.
"We have already pointed out: that Ukraine and other
 post-Soviet states have become proving grounds for
 trials of biological weapons - not only for the US,
 for their NATO allies as well - first and fore-
Germany. A number of projects were 
implemented... in the interest of the
German Armed Forces’ Medical 
Service," he said during a 
briefing on US military 
biological operations
 in Ukraine.
According to Kirillov, German specialists paid special 
attention to the Crimean-Congo fever pathogen.
A large-scale screening of the population’s 
susceptibility to this pathogen, was 
carried out... with a summation of 
the demographic, epidemiologic 
and clinical data.
"Such an approach makes it possible to discover new
 regional viral genotypes and pick strains that
 latent clinical forms,"
Kirillov explained.
According to Kirillov, natural hotbeds of this disease
 were studied... under the pretext of an improvement 
of Ukrainian epidemiological supervision systems; 
the operations involved the Kiev Institute of 
Veterinary Medicine and the Odessa 
Mechnikov Plague Institute.
Bundeswehr’s interest in the Crimean-Congo fever 
is explained by its high lethality: up to 30%. Its
 outbreaks require prolonged and expensive 
measures on treatment, prevention and
Kirillov quoted a memo for Bundeswehr specialists:
 "Pay special attention to the lethal cases of the 
Crimean-Congo [hemorrhagic] fever, because 
it will make it possible to extract the strains
 from the deceased, that have the highest 
lethality and virulence for humans.".

smoke and blood as french police beat back peaceful union demo

In France, they announced 
the failure of sanctions 
against Russia
August 13th, 8:58pm 
Kalman Schnur, a columnist for the French portal
 Agoravox, said that the anti-Russian sanctions
 imposed by the West --- are working 
against Europe.
In his opinion, European politicians made a suicidal
 decision. In the article, he cited the statement of
 French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who on
 March 1st, promised to wage a "total economic 
and financial war with Moscow" and bring it to
 ...the collapse of the Russian economy. At the 
same time, the journalist recalled, since then 
the ruble has significantly strengthened. If a 
week after the start of the Russian special 
operation in Ukraine... it was given 0.61 
euro cents, then on June 30th the ruble
 exchange rate rose, to 1.8 euro cents.
A significant role in this was played by the Kremlin's
 decision to demand payment for Russian gas in 
rubles, Shnur said. "Russia receives rubles in 
exchange for its hydrocarbons, whose prices 
are rising rapidly due to our own sanctions, 
which have made these hydrocarbons a 
deficit," he said.

The Russian Orthodox Church: 
about cases of "cancellation"
of Russian culture in France
by Anton Demidov
August 13th, 7:22pm
Bishop Savva of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke
about the cases of the "cancellation of Russians",
France, following his personal communication 
with witnesses
Bishop Savva (Tutunov) of Zelenograd, Deputy Director
 of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of Culture,
 shared information about cases of "cancellation"
 Russian culture in France, which he learned
from "personal communication with
witnesses." The corresponding
post --- he 
published in his
Telegram channel.
So, according to the bishop, in France, a schoolboy who
 is a fifth-generation descendant of Russian emigrants
 expressed a desire to learn the language of his
 ancestors as a second foreign language (in a 
French school, everyone learns two foreign 
languages). To this, the class teacher
that "all Russians are bad,"
the cleric 
pointed out.
He said that another descendant from the same
generation and his entire class, were forced to 
dress in yellow and blue, the colours of the 
flag of Ukraine. 
Savva also gave another example, when the camp of
 the Russian Student Christian Movement (RSHD)
 refused the Russian flag on the mast and the 
use of the tricolor as a symbol on uniform 
shirts. He explained.. that the Russian 
tricolor was present for all 100 years
 of the movement's existence, and 
never came down.
"By the way, I was in those camps from the age of
 seven to nine, and I remember with trepidation 
the daily morning ruler with the appeal of the 
camp commander: "Squad, remember the 
motto" — "For Russia, for Faith". How 
quickly everything was screwed up..
Such are the narratives," the 
bishop added.
Earlier, the dean of the Faculty of Musical Theatre 
of GITIS, Timofey Sopolev, suggested that the 
"cancellation" of Russian culture in the 
West, will be short-lived.

 Inflation in France Hikes
to Highest Since 1985
August 12th  1:01pm (FNA)
The annual inflation rate in France hit 6.1% 
in July, the highest since July 1985, the 
French statistics agency announced 
on Friday.
That figure.. was 5.8% in June, 
Anadolu news agency reports.

Russia Labels France
 ‘Unfriendly’ State
August 6th, 9:39am (FNA)
 Russia considers France an “unfriendly” country
 --- because of the steps Paris is taking against 
Moscow, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov 
told reporters on Friday, adding that the 
time is not right for contact between 
their leaders.
“First of all, France is an unfriendly nation, owing to all
the measures France is taking against this country,” 
Peskov emphasized, when asked why Russian 
President, Vladimir Putin, and his French 
counterpart, Emmanuel Macron,
 not been in touch lately,
 RT reported. 
“As for [the two leaders] not having any calls lately, 
they simply don't feel like the time is right just yet, 
and there is currently no need for talking. If the
 need does arise, they will be able to get in 
touch, whenever they want to,” he said.
Russia’s “unfriendly countries” list – introduced back 
in March in response to Western sanctions over its 
offensive in Ukraine – includes the EU states, US,
 UK, Canada, and a number of other nations. 

Moscow has slapped its own restrictive 
measures against all of them. 
Since the start of Russia’s military campaign in
 Ukraine, which began on February 24th,
 Macron has made dozens of 'phone 
calls to Putin.
 In early June, the French president estimated they 
had spoken for at least a hundred hours, this year. 
Throughout their talks, Macron reportedly tried 
to convince the Russian leader to pull his 
troops back from Ukraine.  
Macron’s willingness to keep in touch with the Kremlin
even as most Western countries are making efforts 
to isolate Moscow, as well as his calls to avoid
“humiliating” Russia over Ukraine, have 
drawn some criticism from 
France’s allies. 
However, the two leaders have 
not spoken since July the 2nd. 
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24th
--- citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk 
agreements, designed to give the regions 
of Donetsk and Lugansk special status 
within the Ukrainian state. 
The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were 
first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr 
Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal
--- was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create 
powerful armed forces.” 
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass
 republics as independent states and demanded that
 Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country 
that will never join any Western military bloc. 
Kiev insists the Russian offensive 
was completely unprovoked.

 Bloomberg calls strengthening 
of the ruble --- a headache 
for ''foreigners''
August 6th, 8:19am
Bloomberg writes, that the strengthening 
of the ruble against the euro, has 
become a “headache” for 
Western banks.
The publication reports that foreign companies 
that left Russia, are experiencing huge losses.
The chief executive of the Austrian Raiffeisen Bank,
Johann Strobl, told the publication how --- against 
the background of the strengthening of the ruble 
--- his bank’s profit is growing... but for those 
who decided to liquidate their business 
in Russia, the strong Russian 
currency has become 
a “headache”.
According to the publication, companies that 
decided to immediately leave Russia, after 
the start of a special military operation 
in Ukraine, suffered serious losses. 
The French credit bank, Societe Generale
SA confirmed that in the second quarter, 
its pre-tax losses, due to withdrawal 
--- amounted to 3.3 billion euros.

A volunteer from France told
how he witnessed 
fake dramatizations
 in Bucha
July 30th, 1:50pm
A French volunteer and writer, former military man
 Adrian Boke, who visited Ukraine, said that he
 witnessed the preparation of a provocation 
in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, RIA 
Novosti reports.
In April, Andrian Boke visited Ukraine twice on a
mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical
 equipment and medicines. He visited both
 the Polish-Ukrainian border... and Bucha, 
and saw how Russian prisoners of war 
were being tortured and killed as well 
as how the Ukrainian militants were
engaged in a staged massacre 
of civilians.
'''When I talk about murders and torture, I am talking
about the murder and torture of the Russian 
military. First of all, the officers were 
''I heard screams when the Azov people asked 
who the officer was here. As soon as the 
answer sounded --- this person was 
immediately shot in the head. The 
worst thing is, that I did not see 
any human attitude, there were
 no emotions, because in front 
of my eyes -- people were 
executed -- people were 
hurt, people were shot,
shot in limbs, in the 
head,'' said Boke.
According to his story, he witnessed the torture 
and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a 
hangar... in the northern part of Bucha. 
It was in early April, that is, when the 
Ukrainian military had regained 
control of the city, for several 
days, RIA Novosti specifies.
Boke said that he often talked with the fighters of 
the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the “Azov”, 
who impressed him with their inhuman 
treatment of Russians, Jews and 
people of other races.
''I had to pretend a lot, so as not to show my opinion
and emotions and - in the first place - not to show
any disagreement with their opinions. Disagree-
ment with their Nazi ideology, especially 
when they expressed their attitude 
towards Jews.. and people with a
dark skin, because these were 
very cruel statements.''
''And first of all, I am talking about hatred for Russians,
because they call you “Russian dogs”. And for all
these soldiers --- for the soldiers from the Azov 
Battalion, the main task, as they always told 
me, is to torture and kill “Russian dogs”. As 
a former military man, this surprised me. 
Because it was evident in everything 
that their main goal was to torture 
and kill “Russian dogs”, while 
they did not even talk about 
...the liberation of their 
population,'' recalls 
the volunteer.
In addition, he talks about how a provocation was 
being prepared in Bucha, to accuse the Russian
 military of massacres of civilians.
''When we entered Bucha, by car, I was in the
passenger seat and when we drove through 
the city... I saw the bodies of people on the 
sides of the streets and at the same time, 
in front of my eyes, the bodies of people 
were taken out of the trucks, which 
were laid out next to the bodies 
lying on the ground, to give the 
effect of mass deaths,'' 
Boke said.
He clarified that there were journalists 
nearby who immediately began filming 
as soon as a group of bodies formed.
''One of the volunteers, who was at this place 
the day before, I emphasize that it was not I 
who saw it, but one of the volunteers told 
me this. He told me that he had seen the 
day before, refrigerated trucks from 
other cities of Ukraine arriving in 
Bucha, from which, the bodies 
of people were unloaded and 
laid out in rows. From this, I 
realized....  that there were 
dramatizations & extras,'' 
the agency quotes the 
Volunteers and local residents were pressured – to 
avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with
 imprisonment and reprisals, the volunteer noted.
“We distributed medicines, including those containing
 narcotic substances, painkillers containing morphine.
 We were told in plain text: if you don’t share with us,
 you won’t get where you need to go. I clearly
 remember that we had to deliver these pain
 medications to the children’s hospital and 
we were told that if we did not share, we 
would not get there. Moreover, when we 
were not far from Bucha, we were 
accompanied by military guards - 
they were “Azov”. They escorted
 us to one of the hangars - and 
told us to prepare a separate 
box with drugs containing 
morphine, so that we 
could move on,'' 
Boke said.
In addition, volunteers were forbidden 
to take photos and videos.
“We were warned that, otherwise, we would face a 
ten-year sentence or more severe consequences. 
This ban also extended to the local population. 
This pressure was exerted by the military, 
primarily by the Azov people. Europe 
today does not understand... how 
much the population of Ukraine, 
is under strong pressure,''
the Frenchman.

Dollar round-a-bout an illusion

Putin exalts spirit
- of the 
 and India
 by Luis Linares Petrov
August 15th, 9:28am
 (Prensa Latina)
President Vladimir Putin extolled the spirit of the
strategic alliance between Russia and India, 
in a congratulatory message for the 75th
 anniversary of the declaration of 
independence of India.
“Throughout decades of independent development, 
your nation has achieved universally recognized 
successes in the economic, social, scientific,
 and technological fields, among others,” 
says Putin’s message addressed to his 
Indian counterpart, Draupadi Murmu, 
and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Putin also said that India deservedly enjoys
 considerable authority on the world stage 
and plays an important constructive role 
in addressing topical issues on the
 international agenda.
Vladimir Putin also stated that both nations 
cooperate successfully in a wide range of 
areas, interacting effectively in the UN
the BRICS, the Shanghai 
Organization and 
other multilateral
“I am confident that, thanks to our joint efforts, we 
will ensure the improvement -- of the entire range
 productive interstate relations for the benefit
our friendly peoples and in the interests
 strengthening regional and global 
security and stability,” Putin said.


RBC: EU Ramps Up 
Russian Oil Imports
August 14th, 3:27pm (FNA)
EU states increased imports of oil and oil products 
from Russia in June, compared with the previous
 month, Moscow's RBC reported, citing 
preliminary Eurostat data.
The increase came after EU governments approved
 an embargo on Russian crude, due to take effect 
by early 2023, RT reported.
Statistics showed EU states imported about 7.3 million
 tons of Russian petroleum, which is 0.4% more than 
in May. Imports of oil products from Russia in June
 increased by 9.7% compared to the previous 
month, to 2.65 million tons.
Total imports of Russian oil and petrochemicals by EU
 countries in June jumped by 2.7% from the May level, 
Eurostat data indicates.
However, the total supply of Russian fossil fuels to the
 rest of Europe has declined amid Western sanctions. 
In June 2022, oil exports from Russia to the EU were
7% lower than during the same month last year, 
while sales of oil products plunged by 24%.
As part of a sixth sanctions package introduced 
in June, the EU imposed a partial embargo on 
Russian oil, banning sea shipments to the 
region and prohibiting companies from 
insuring and reinsuring sea transport 
of Russian oil and refined products 
to countries outside the bloc.

Report: US Fumes over India’s 
Role --- in Transporting 
''Banned'' Russian Oil
August 14th, 3:26pm (FNA)
 Washington has approached New Delhi with queries 
about Russian oil products that were, allegedly,
hipped to the US from India, Reuters reported 
on Saturday, citing Reserve Bank of India
 Deputy Governor, Michael Patra.
According to Patra, the US Treasury informed the
 country’s authorities that an Indian vessel 
allegedly, picked up oil from a Russian 
tanker on the high seas and delivered
 it to a port in the state of Gujarat on 
the country’s West coast, where the
 oil was processed  -- and then
to New York.
“You know that there are sanctions against people who
are buying Russian oil, and this was reported to us by
the US Treasury… It turns out, an Indian ship met a
Russian tanker in mid-seas, picked up oil in the mid-
seas, came to a port in Gujarat, it was processed in
that port and converted into a distillate --- which 
actually goes into making single-use plastic.
The refined output... was put back on that 
ship and it set sail without a destination.
In the mid-seas it received the 
destination, so it reached its
course, went to New York,”
Patra said, at an event in 
Odisha, celebrating 75 
years --- of Indian 
The official did not reveal the name of the ship 
in question, nor provide any other details on 
the matter, but said “that’s the way war 
works, it works in strange ways.”
The US banned Russian oil and oil products from 
entering the country earlier this year, as part of
 sanctions aimed at Russia --- in connection
 the situation in Ukraine.
India has abstained from sanctioning Moscow, and,
 while prior to this year it rarely bought Russian oil, 
has stepped up purchases tenfold, since March,
 taking advantage of the discount Moscow has 
offered. According to Bloomberg, Russia 
overtook Saudi Arabia as the South 
Asian nation’s second-biggest
supplier in June, second
 only to Iraq.
The US Embassy in New Delhi did not comment 
on Patra’s statement, when asked by Reuters.

Lula wins 26th victory in
Brazil’s justice system
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
August 14th, 1:30am
 (Prensa Latina) 
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday 
enjoyed his 26th victory in the Brazilian justice 
system after another investigation improperly
 opened against him, was archived.
According to the website lula.com.br, the judicial
 victory was confirmed -- following a decision by 
the 10th Criminal Court of the Federal District 
on the so-called Ministrão Case.
With this ruling, the complaint that sought to 
criminalize Lula’s appointment as a Minister 
of the Civil House during the Government
former President Dilma Rousseff
2016) was set aside.
Such an action, registered the following day to the
 indictment of the so-called Quadrilhão of the PT
 (Workers’ Party), was never received by the
 justice system due to a lack of elements.
According to the website, the favorable results 
obtained by the former labour leader “in all 
trials against him are proof of the intense 
legal persecution of which he was a 
victim” and demonstrates
 his innocence.
The allegation was recently archived 
after a six-year-long investagion.

 150,000 Bangladeshi 
tea workers strike: 
against dollar
-a-day wages
August 13th, 5:51pm
Nearly 150,000 workers at over 200 Bangladeshi tea
 plantations went on strike Saturday, to demand a 
150 percent rise to their dollar-a-day wages, 
which researchers say, are among the 
lowest in the world.
Most tea workers in the overwhelmingly Muslim country
 are low-caste Hindus, the descendants of labourers
 brought to the plantations by colonial-era 
British planters.
The minimum wage for a tea plantation worker in the
 country is 120 taka a day  ---  about $1.25 at official
 rates, but only just over a dollar on the free market.
One worker said that was barely enough to 
buy food, let alone other necessities.
"Nowadays we can't even afford coarse rice for our
 family with this amount," said Anjana Bhuyian, 50.
"A wage of one day, can't buy a litre of edible oil. 
How can we then even think about our nutrition,
 medication, or children's education?"
told AFP.
Unions are demanding an increase to 300 taka a day, 
with inflation rising and the currency depreciating, 
...and said that workers in the country's 232 tea 
gardens began a full-scale strike on Saturday, 
after four days of two-hour stoppages. 
"Nearly 150,000 tea workers have joined the strike
 today," said Sitaram Bin, a committee member 
of the Bangladesh Tea Workers' Union.
"No tea worker will pluck tea leaves, or work in the leaf 
processing plants as long as the authority doesn't pay
 heed to our demands," he told AFP.
Plantation owners have offered an increase of 14 taka 
a day after an 18-taka rise last year and M. Shah Alom,
chairman of the Bangladesh Tea Association... said
the operators were "going through difficult times,
 with profits declining in recent times".
"The cost of production is increasing. Our expenses
 have increased as the price of gas, fertiliser and 
diesel have gone up," he told AFP.
Researchers say tea workers ― who live in some 
of the country's most remote areas ― have been 
systematically exploited by the industry 
for decades.
"Tea workers are like modern-day slaves," 
said Philip Gain, director of the Society 
for Environment and Human 
Development, a research 
group, who has written 
books on tea workers.
“The plantation owners have hijacked the minimum
wage authorities - and kept the wages as some of 
the lowest in the world.”
(Source: AFP)

Five giant Chinese firms 
delist from US stock- 
exchanges.. amid 
decaying market
August 13th, 4:12pm
Five US-listed Chinese state-owned giant companies,
collectively worth hundreds of billions of dollars, 
have announced they will delist from the US 
stock exchange, amid a decaying market 
and tensions between Washington and
Beijing over regulation and broader 
political issues.
In a flurry of separate statements on Friday, three of the
 world’s biggest energy firms, PetroChina, Sinopec and
 Shanghai Petrochemical, said they would apply for a
 voluntary delist of their US depository shares (ADS)
 from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Two other state-owned giants, the insurer China Life
 and the aluminum producer Chalco, also announced
 they would halt offering their shares in the US, 
naming the administrative burden and costs
 related to maintaining the shares, as the 
cause behind their decisions.
Share prices of the companies, whose combined
 market valuation is more than $300 billion, 
plummeted in trading in New York on 
Friday, most by around 1 percent.
The giants, whose audits are under scrutiny by the US
 securities regulator, will keep their listings in Hong
 Kong and mainland China, and, according to 
officials and experts, the delistings will 
have a limited impact on the 
companies’ operations.
According to China’s market regulator, the moves will
 not “jeopardize” fund-raising activities by the 
five companies.
“These companies have strictly complied with the rules
 and regulatory requirements of the US capital market
 since their listing in the US - and made the delisting
 choice for their own business considerations,” the
 China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) 
said in a statement.
The abrupt moves drew widespread attention, amid 
rising Sino-US tensions and constant Washington
crackdowns - against a wide range of Chinese
companies - including a push to potentially 
delist hundreds of Chinese firms, by 
changing the audit rules, and in 
what many call a “financial 
Apart from the so-called financial decoupling, the 
US has also taken a series of provocative actions
against China, in recent days, in many ways, 
China’s Global Times newspaper said, 
adding that the hostile measures, 
included signing a chip subsidy 
act that is intended to cripple 
China's chip industry.
A number of Chinese financial experts have already
warned about the decaying US market, as, in a
politically charged move, the US has taken 
gradual steps to intensify requirements
for Chinese listed firms... to disclose
The daily, citied Li Daxiao, chief economist at
 Shenzhen-based Yingda Securities, as saying 
on Friday that, as the US decides to reject
 ...instead of attract, more qualified 
international companies, to list in
 its markets - its market size will 
get smaller, a move that goes
against Washington’s 
to hold the top position.. 
among global capital 
“On a smaller scale, the SEC is setting increasingly
 more hurdles -- like audit rules or information 
disclosures, for Chinese companies. In the 
larger sense, the two countries' relations 
have become increasingly uncertain and 
it's very likely that listed companies will 
experience unfair treatment in the US, 
amid such political tensions,” he said. 
Furthermore, Xi Junyang, a professor at the Shanghai 
University of Finance and Economics, told Global 
Times --- that it is almost certain that Chinese 
companies listed in the US will withdraw,
 to avoid risks, as --- the US market 
environment is continuing 
to worsen. 
Separately, Gao Lingyun, an expert at the Chinese
 Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), in Beijing, 
also told the daily that international investors 
view the US as a country that no longer has 
a purely market-oriented financial market, 
noting that, not only Chinese firms but 
other foreign companies might have 
second thoughts when considering 
whether to list in the US.
In addition, she added, many investors in the US and
 across the world would lose a valid path to invest 
in high-potential Chinese companies, predicting
 that more Chinese companies may follow suit 
and delist from the US markets, particularly
they are large state-owned firms. 
“Rather than exposing themselves to constantly rising
 political risks in the US, it may be a better choice to
 delist from the US and rearrange their financing
 approaches, such as going public in Hong 
Kong, as many suggested,” Gao said.
The development on Friday came, as experts noted 
that - if the White House keeps on with its push for 
a “financial decoupling” between the 2 countries - 
it will lead to huge losses... for both markets. 

Sheikh Qassem: Hezbollah Can 
Create Events, Not Just
to Them
August 13th, 3:09pm
(al Manar)
Hezbollah Deputy Chief Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed, 
via Twitter, that the resistance is now creating events,
 not just reacting to them.
Sheikh Qassem indicated that resistance has become a
 culture and choice, adding that this is a major turning 
point- -- in stabilizing the region’s future.
His eminence had stated that the Resistance is just 
concerned with Lebanon rights, regardless of the
 circumstances of the Israeli government 
and elections.
Sheikh Qassem added that Hezbollah supports the
 Lebanese government in the battle to regain
 the right to extract its maritime
 gas resources.
Source: Al-Manar English Website

Report:------ US Is Worst-
Performing G7 Economy
August 13th, 2:09pm (FNA)
 The US was the worst-performing of the Group of
 Seven most advanced Western economies in the
 second quarter of 2022, the latest data from the 
UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed 
on Friday.
The ONS released the G7 comparison while also
 reporting that the British economy --- had 
contracted by 0.1% from April to June, 
Pana Times reported.
The US economy dropped by 0.2% during 
the same period, according to the data.
Canada’s economy reportedly had the strongest
 showing, growing by 1.1%. The Italian and 
French economies were also up, while 
Germany stagnated.
Meanwhile, another G7 nation, Japan, is expected 
to report its GDP numbers on Monday, with an 
economist poll from FactSet Economics, 
projecting growth of 0.8% quarterly, 
or 2.5% annualized.

Hungary to receive additional
 Russian gas - to address 
energy crisis
by Ana Ibis Falcón Lamoth
August 13th, 12:41pm 
 (Prensa Latina) 
Hungary will receive an additional 2.6 million cubic
 metres of Russian gas a day in August, sent from
 Gazprom, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 
Tamas Menczer informed on Saturday.
''In a first stage, until late August, 2.6 million cubic
 metres of additional gas will be supplied daily 
from the south through the Turk Stream 
pipeline, and the supply plan for 
September, is already being 
negotiated,'' the 
official said.
Following the Hungarian Government’s decision to
purchase approximately 700 million cubic metres 
of natural gas, in addition to the contracted 
amount, Russia’s participation will be 
vital to guarantee its acquisition.
According to Menczer, Gazprom began supplying the
additional volumes of gas, on Friday, as a result of
the recent negotiations by Hungarian Foreign 
Minister, Peter Szijjarto, and a series of 
trade consultations on the issue.
In late July, Szijjarto met in Moscow with his Russian
 counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and with Deputy Prime
 Ministers Alexandr Novak and Denis Manturov.
At that time, the head of Russian diplomacy assured
 that his country would immediately analyze 
Budapest’s request to supply it with 
additional volumes of gas, with a 
response that has now 
become concrete.
As a consequence of the energy crisis in Europe as a
 result of Western sanctions, imposed on Russia for 
the conflict in Ukraine, the Hungarian Government 
decreed a state of emergency in the energy 
sector on July the 13th.
Russia’s economy remains 
robust - despite Western
by Ana Ibis Falcón Lamoth
August 13th 10:53am
(Prensa Latina) 
The West's sanctions against Russia, are not working, as
the economy is resisting safely, the director of the North
American Department at the Foreign Ministry, Aleksandr
Darchiyev, said on Saturday.
“The current US administration has isolated itself from
 Moscow by introducing more and more sanctions,
 which are announced as ‘crippling’ or ‘hellish’, 
but which in general do not work. It doesn’t 
work -- for them to ‘shatter’ our economy, 
which is firmly resisting,” the diplomat 
said, in an interview with TASS 
news agency.
He did not rule out the possibility that if the US can use
 common sense --- and soberly assesses the changing
 geopolitical landscape and indicates not in words,
 but in deeds --- the desire to respect Russian 
national interests, then there will be a 
basis for a gradual normalization
 bilateral relations.
However, Darchiyev added that such chances are
 currently unthinkable as the West’s military aid 
to Ukraine is in the multi-billion-dollar range -- 
thinking that by filling Ukraine with weapons
----  they will slow down the tasks set by 
Russia for the military operation.
At the same time, he summarized that “the security
 risks for the international community - associated 
with the proliferation of weapons transferred to 
the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the black 
markets - are quite real.”

Al-Mayadeen highlights 
Fidel Castro’s dignity,
and human solidarity
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
August 13th, 10:42am
(Prensa Latina) 
Under the title "Fidel Castro: 96 Years of the Birth of the
 Symbol of Dignity, Liberation and Human Solidarity," 
the Pan-Arab TV channel Al-Mayadeen on Saturday
 highlighted the transcendence of the leader of 
the Cuban Revolution.
Authored by Orwa Mahmoud --- the Beirut-based
 channel, evoked in its Arabic-language web 
version, the libertarian ideas of Fidel Castro 
(1926-2016), in the struggle against 
colonialism and imperialism and
 in favour of the just causes of
 the peoples.
On the occasion of the birthday of the eternal
 Commander-in-Chief, Al-Mayadeen described 
the Cuban revolutionary leader, as an 
unparalleled strategist in history, 
who turned the small island into 
a model of international aid for 
people in need, worldwide.
“While the United States sent soldiers and weapons to
 every region of the world, to expand its hegemony, 
Fidel Castro sent doctors and teachers, to save
 dispossessed,” the TV channel noted.
In its tribute, Al-Mayadeen remarked on the Cuban
 leader’s friendship with Venezuelan Commander, 
Hugo Chavez, Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia 
Marquez and Argentinian soccer star Diego 
Armando Maradona, who all agreed in 
describing him -- as a comrade and 
czar -- of dignity and socialism.
“Thanks to Fidel and his true revolution in support of
 the poor and the needy, Cuba is free from the 
poverty that prevails in Latin America, as 
well as in the United States and many 
places in Europe,” Al-Mayadeen 
Fidel Castro was born on August 13th, 1926, in Biran,
in the eastern Cuban province of Holguin, and his 
work transcended, and was a landmark in,
the history of the 20th century and
the world.

China submits ratification
two ILO conventions 
on forced labour
by Juan M. Garcia
August 13th, 8:38am 
(Prensa Latina)
According to several media outlets, the Chinese
 Ambassador at the United Nations Office in 
Geneva, Chen Xu, delivered the afore-
mentioned instruments to the ILO 
Director General, Guy Ryder, 
on Friday.
It is about the ratification of the Forced Labour 
Convention, 1930 (No. 29) and the Abolition 
of Forced Labour Convention, 1957
 (No. 105).
In April, the National People’s Congress (Parliament)
 gave the green light to the process, and noted, that
 it demonstrated the Government’s firm position to
 protect the rights and interests in the labour 
sector, as well as its determination to
 illegalities in this field.

Iran’s Progress Not Tied
 to JCPOA:  President
August 13th, 7:01am
(al Manar)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi affirmed the country’s
 seriousness - in the talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear 
deal and lifting the sanctions - but emphasized that 
Tehran does not tie its progress to the JCPOA.
“We will not tie the country’s progress and the settlement 
of the problems -- to the JCPOA. The Iranian negotiating
 team will not leave the negotiating table, either,” 
Raisi said, in the southern city of Kerman,
 on Friday.
He noted that Iran’s progress and economy would never 
be kept back on account of other people’s “smiles and
 scowls.” The negotiating team, Raisi said, would
 continue its work based on “very strong” 
“We will seriously address Iran’s economic and cultural 
circumstances, regardless of the path the (JCPOA
 revival) negotiations take, and what will happen
 in the future,” he added, Press TV reported.
Despite the enemies’ wish, he said, Iran’s affairs would
 be pursued with the participation of the people and
 the elites and the country’s future will be bright. 
“We will not let the enemies fulfill their objective, 
which is to paralyze production and destroy 
the Iranian economy and culture.”
Negotiations have been held... between Iran and the 
P4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Germany, 
Russia and China - in the Austrian capital of Vienna
 since April last year, to restore the JCPOA, which 
was ditched by former US president Donald 
Trump, in May 2018.
In quitting the agreement, Trump unleashed what he
 called the “maximum pressure” campaign to bring 
Iran to its knees. Washington also reinstalled 
unilateral sanctions against Tehran, which 
had been lifted under the JCPOA. Tehran 
maintains that the policy --- has 
failed dismally.
Iran has cited Washington’s indecisiveness as the
 reason behind the protraction of the talks, as a 
number of key issues remain unresolved --- 
ranging from the removal of all post-
JCPOA sanctions to the provision 
of guarantees by the US side 
--- that it will not leave
deal again.

Source: Iranian media (edited by
 Al-Manar English Website)

Pedro Castillo Warns About 
Fabrication of Evidence 
Against Him
August 12th, 5:18pm (teleSUR)
On Thursday, Peru's President Pedro Castillo
 denounced that right-wing opponents seek 
to incriminate him in a new preliminary 
investigation for alleged corruption.
"Since they don't have evidence -- they have gone to
 great lengths to create it," he said, adding that the 
fabrication of charges against him will not prevent 
him from continuing to work. His lawyer, Benji 
Espinoza, confirmed that Castillo will go to 
the Prosecutor's Office to give statements 
in six investigations and questioned the 
opening of new cases against him.
"The President collaborates but does not submit," 
Espinoza said, and criticized the Nation's 
Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, for 
opening a new investigation, in 
which Castillo is accused of 
the alleged crime - of 
attacking "public
The Peruvian president reiterated that the oligarchy, 
mainstream media, some lawmakers, and the 
Prosecutor's Office, are plotting to foster
 a "soft coup" against him.
These actions will have legal implications -- as 
“all of the investigations are being carried out
unconstitutionally. They cannot violate the 
Constitution without consequences. 
Sooner, rather than later, all these
investigations will have to be 
shelved --- until 2026."
Castillo's team of lawyers is working on actions to
 counteract the opposition's lawfare, among 
which, are two nullity actions --- whose 
processing... will make it possible to 
assess whether "the investigations 
into Pedro Castillo respect due 
process, or not."
On August 25th, the Peruvian president will render 
a new statement in the investigations into the 
departure of Mariano Gonzalez, as Interior 
Minister. He will also answer questions.. 
related to the PETROPERU case, which
refers to ''alleged irregularities'' in the 
tender for the acquisition of biodiesel 
barrels from the company Heaven 
Petroleum Operators.


Retention of Venezuelan 
Plane is Imperial Looting: 
 August 12th (teleSUR)
Human rights defenders demand the immediate
 release of the crew --- and the return of the 
plane to the Boliviarian government.
On Wednesday, the American Coordinator for the 
Rights of Peoples and Victims of Prison (CADPH) 
expressed its repudiation and concern about 
the retention in Argentina, of the plane of 
the Venezuelan company EMTRASUR 
and its crew.
"That decision lacks any legal basis...  because the 
plane was not being requested by any commercial
 aviation regulatory agency, the cargo it was 
carrying... complied with international 
regulations on the matter," CADPH 
recalled, mentioning that the crew 
members were not wanted by any
 international security agency.
Human rights defenders demanded the immediate
 release of the crew and the return of the plane 
to the Venezuelan State. They also criticized
 the Argentinian authorities --- for allowing a 
judge to detain the plane and its crew on 
the basis of questionable criteria.
"This series of events worsened --- when, resorting to
all kinds of legal arbitrariness, the U.S. Department 
of Justice, the vehicle of its imperialist ambitions,
ordered the seizure of the EMTRASUR plane," the
CADPH pointed out, adding that "this incident is 
one more chapter in a succession of robberies 
that the U.S. empire has perpetrated against 
Bolivarian Venezuela."
Human rights defenders accused the U.S. of developing 
"a true fourth-dimensional war" against Venezuela. In 
this regard, for example, CADPH recalled the robbery 
of the oil company CITGO --- the freezing of 
Venezuelan gold in the Bank of England -- 
& the illegal retention of the Bolivarian
diplomat, Alex Saab, in U.S. prisons.
“There is no clause in international regulations..  that
 obliges a sovereign country like Argentina to submit
 to the legislation of another more powerful country. 
That would be equivalent to transgressing the 
United Nations Charter,” the NGO added.
The CADPH brings together institutions from Argentina, 
Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia,
Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Its mission 
is fighting against various forms of State 
violence and favouring the integration 
of the American peoples.
Bolivia Exhibits the Lowest 
Inflation Rate in the Region
August 12th, 8:25am (teleSUR)
One year after President Luis Arce took office, Bolivia
recovered democracy, economy, sovereignty and 
dignity for the people, said the political analyst 
Eduardo Paz.
The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, highlighted, on
social media, Bolivia's economic strength, despite
the “unprecedented” international crisis, that 
mainly affects food prices.
In May this year, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) 
published a report in which it concluded that Bolivia 
is the best positioned country in Latin America to 
resist the global effects derived from thousands 
of sanctions applied by the US and its allies 
against Moscow after the beginning of its 
military operation in Ukraine and the 
Covid-19 pandemic.
Last June, the Minister of Economy and Public
Finances, Marcelo Montenegro, assured that
the nation cut urban open unemployment to
 5,3% in the first quarter of the current year 
and showed a growth of 6,1% of the gross 
domestic product (GDP).
According to the headline, in the country the urban
 open unemployment rate was reduced from 8,1%, 
in March 2021 to 5,3 units out of 100 in the same 
month of 2022, thanks to the measures 
implemented by the Government of 
President Arce.
He commented that in Bolivia moderate poverty was
 reduced from 39,0% in 2020 to 36,2% in 2021, while
 extreme poverty fell from 13,7 units out of 100 to 
11,1% in the 12 months analyzed.
From another point of view, Planning Minister Sergio 
Cusicanqui reported on July 1st that Bolivia reports
 a trade surplus of more than US$1 billion this year, 
thanks to its export strategies and support for 
domestic production.

African Observers Laud Kenya 
for Holding Free, Fair Elections
August 12th, 1:36pm (teleSUR)
Electoral authorities indicate that 64.4 percent 
of the 22.1 million registered votes were cast.
Kenya's general elections, held Tuesday to choose 
the fifth president, county governors, senators 
and members of the National Assembly, were
 largely peaceful, free and fair, pan-African 
blocs said Thursday.
The joint election observation mission to Kenya from
 the African Union (AU) and Common Market for East 
and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the election
 observation missions from the East African 
Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental 
Authority on Development (IGAD) said
 that they were satisfied by the 
voting exercise amid a lack 
of major glitches or
 security lapses.
Ernest Bai Koroma, the head of the AU-COMESA
Election Observer Mission and former president 
of Sierra Leone, said Kenya's electoral body, 
had demonstrated an improved capacity to 
conduct a seamless national 
voting exercise.
"There was (a) notable improvement in the overall 
voting exercise across the country. Polling 
stations opened on time, voters were 
identified easily by digital kits and 
no major security incident was 
reported," Koroma said at a
 briefing in Nairobi, the 
Kenyan capital.
Statistics from Kenya's Independent Electoral and 
Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indicate that 64.4 
percent of 22.1 million registered votes, 
translating into 14.2 million votes, had 
been cast.
 Counting of votes is underway, with electoral agency
 officials calling for calm to ensure the results for the
 elections were credible --- in order to avoid 
costly litigation.
Jakaya Kikwete, the head of the EAC Observation
 Mission and former Tanzanian president, noted 
that the voting exercise adhered to local laws 
and international best practices, earning the
 confidence of voters and foreign 
monitoring groups.

He lauded Kenya's electoral body for investing in
 modern technology, and skilled manpower, to 
ensure that the election of new leaders was 
inclusive, smooth, transparent and verifiable.
"We are satisfied by the manner in which polls were
 conducted. We hope the subsequent process of
 transmitting and tallying votes will be above 
board and a reflection of the will of the 
people," said Kikwete, noting that 
- despite being highly competitive 
- Kenya's 7th general elections 
under a multiparty system of 
governance were devoid of 
polarization, that could 
jeopardize national 
its security and 
Kikwete acknowledged that voter turnout was lower 
compared to the 2013 and 2017 general elections - 
adding that there was a need to expand outreach 
to the youth - and ensure they took part in the 
civic exercise.
Mulatu Teshome, former Ethiopian president and the
 head of the IGAD Election Observation Mission, said
 that adequate preparations ensured that the voting
 exercise met the globally recognized threshold. 
According to Teshome, the outcomes of a free, fair 
and inclusive electoral process in Kenya would 
be critical to sustaining regional stability, 
growth and cohesion.


Polish media sound the alarm 
over catastrophic economic
August 12th, 2:48pm
Polish media forecast a worsening economic crisis 
in the light of the dire consequences of anti-
Russian sanctions.
The Money.pl portal reports that “coal is 
running out, so cement may run out”.
“In autumn, there could be a significant reduction in
cement production, which could have a significant
impact --- on housing or road investments. All 
because of coal shortages,” the text reads.
Radio Tok FM, like their online portal, also 
drew attention to the dairy industry:
“The dairy industry is sounding the alarm, and calling on
 the government to respond urgently. If the restrictions, 
which are already provided for by a decree of the
 Council of Ministers --- were implemented, the 
plant could work for only two or three days,
 in a limited capacity. This may cause a 
shortage of milk on the market”.
Businessinsider analyses the supply disruptions and
rising fertilizer prices. According to TVN, this will 
lead to occasional shortages of fertilizers and, 
consequently, to very high crop prices. 
Polish pharmacies may also be missing almost 40 items
 of medicines. For example --- among the medicines 
which are difficult to find are antibiotics (also for
 children), hormonal preparations, and drugs 
used for weight loss and diabetes. These 
include drugs such as Ceclor, Zinnat, 
Ceroxim, Duracef or Hiconcil.
“We do have problems with gas, coal, cement, sugar, 
milk and medicines. But there is talk of so-called
 successes – the new Kaczyn tennis court and 
another smash-up. Kaczynski’s new tennis 
court - and another demolished Soviet 
monument in Malbork”, say Polish 
residents online.

Fidel Castro’s work
and legacy --- high-
lighted in Bolivia
 by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
August 12th, 7:44am
(Prensa Latina) 
Sacha Llorenti, secretary general of the Bolivarian
 Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's 
Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), on Friday described 
Fidel Castro as "the greatest statesman of 
the 20th century."
“Undoubtedly, Fidel Castro has been the greatest
 statesman of the 20th century,” Llorenti said in
 statements to Prensa Latina on the occasion 
of the 96th anniversary of the birth of the 
historic leader of the Cuban Revolution,
 on August 13th.
Llorenti affirmed that the contributions by the
 of the Rebel Army, go beyond the
borders of his
 country - and are global.
“His influence... is currently in force,'' he added, ''His
 thinking, is a very visible mark in the progressive
 governments, and in the revolutions from the 
end of the 20th century - and at present.” 
B.A. in law, and former minister in the Government 
of Evo Morales, Llorenti worked as the permanent
representative of the Plurinational State of 
Bolivia, to the United Nations, in New 
York City.
He was elected as a secretary general of ALBA-TCP
 during the 18th Summit of the Heads of State and
 Government, held virtually, in December 2020.
The Bolivian politician called our attention to the
 relatively small size of the Caribbean nation, an
 island permanently besieged by the economic,
 commercial and financial blockade --- of the 
most militarily powerful empire in history 
for more than six decades.
For his part, Juan Ramón Quintana, a sociologist and
former Presidential Minister in Bolivia between 2006
and 2018, told Prensa Latina that without the Cuban
Revolution, Latin America would not be -- today -- a
rebellious continent in the face of US imperialism.


 Colombia’s new left-wing govt. 
reestablishes ties with 
Western Sahara
August 11th, 6:23pm
Colombia's new left-wing government has
 relations with the self-
declared Sahrawi Arab
Republic in Western Sahara, 
which is under attack by
Morocco.... an
of Washington.
Media reports said the new administration of Colombian
 President Gustavo Petro --- seeks to maintain ties with
 the Polisario Front, which rules the Western Sahara
 region and is composed largely of the indigenous 
nomadic inhabitants of Western Sahara, 
the Sahrawis.
Petro, a former fighter of the now demobilized M-19
 rebel group, was recently sworn in as Colombia’s 
first leftist president. The 62-year-old took his 
oath of office on Sunday, vowing to unite
 the polarized nation.
Columbia is part of the elite Latin American club, 
that has gone to the left and away from Western
dominance, particularly by the US. Colombia 
had been Washington’s top Latin American 
ally for decades.
On December 10th, 2020, Morocco and Israel agreed to
 normalize relations, in a deal brokered with the help of
 the administration of the former US President Donald
 Trump. Morocco became the fourth Arab state to
 strike a normalization deal with the regime. 
The others were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain 
& Sudan. Trump sealed the agreement in a phone 
call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. As part
the agreement, the US president agreed to 
recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the 
Western Sahara region, which has been 
at the centre of a dispute with 
neighboring Algeria.
The Algerian Foreign Ministry later rejected Trump’s
 stance, saying the US decision “has no legal effect
 because it contradicts UN resolutions, especially 
UN Security Council resolutions on 
Western Sahara.”
The Algeria-backed and pro-independence Polisario
 Front, has also rejected “in the strongest terms”
 Trump’s stance on the disputed desert region, 
stating, that Trump had attempted to give to
 Morocco “that which does not belong to it.”
The agreement with Israel, drew condemnation 
from the Palestinians, who termed it a "stab 
in the back" and a betrayal of their cause.
US rapidly losing influence in Latin America
Across Latin America, voters have punished those
 in power for failing to lift them out of their misery. 
And the winner has been Latin America’s left, a 
diverse movement of leaders, that could now 
take a leading role in the hemisphere.
It happened in Peru, where voters last year elected
 schoolteacher Pedro Castillo. It happened in Chile, 
the ''free-market'' model of the region, where 36-
year-old former student activist, Gabriel Boric, 
brought the left back to power.
And now it has happened in Colombia, a country 
where the left has long been associated with 
rebel movements, over decades of bloody 
internal conflict. Petro, a former mayor 
of Bogota, has now promised to 
reopen diplomatic relations 
with Venezuela, allowing 
trade between the two 
countries & consular 
services to resume.
All eyes are now on Brazil, the largest country in Latin
 America, where former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da
 Silva leads polls to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro 
in October. A Lula victory would mean all of the 
largest countries in the region, including 
Mexico and Argentina, are led by
US leftist presidents.

Venezuela set to become 
‘producing, exporting
 power’, Maduro says
August 11th, 6:23pm
Venezuela will become a “food producing and exporting
 power” in the near future, President Nicolas Maduro
 has told his nation, saying the country will wean
 itself from dependence on oil.
In his latest speech on air of state television on
 Wednesday, Maduro said, “Venezuela has an 
offer for international foreign investment to 
come in - and produce food. Venezuela is 
going to become a food producing and 
exporting power, you will see it.”
The Venezuelan leader says he aims to achieve this
 through a scheme he has “offered to at least
dozen” countries and investors.
“We have a plan, a strategy, we have a scientific
 method, with the nine vertices of the Great 
AgroVenezuela Mission, and Venezuela 
has been offered foreign investments 
to come in and transform us into a 
food producing and exporting 
Maduro stated that the Caribbean nation “will no longer 
depend on oil, or on anything or anyone, in this world,”
 explaining that, after having “an economic system 
sick of oil rentism” for more than a century, 
Venezuela has been -- “finding the path
diversification” of its economy.
The South American country’s oil-dependent economy,
along with US sanctions, has deprived the country 
of productivity --- with large industries being 
negatively affected.
According to the head of the state, Venezuela used to
 import 90 percent of everything it consumed, while
 now it produces “more than 80 percent of the 
food” that goes to homes.
Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Lands,
Wilmar Soteldo, said Venezuela has already 
received representatives from “different 
friendly countries” to work with 
Venezuelan producers.
“What is coming, is investment from abroad to produce
 with our producers, increase production capacity, 
leave an important quota to complete everything 
we need to reach that 100 percent and export,”
 Soteldo said.
The country has made bilateral agreements with
 “sister” nations, Soteldo said, while hosting 
different foreign investors, throughout 
last week.
The Caribbean nation has managed to withstand
the economic pressures of unprecedented 
sanctions throughout the years, while 
gradually... finding ways to get 
around them.
The US has imposed several rounds of crippling
sanctions against Venezuela, in the wake of 
Maduro’s re-election in 2018 for a second
 term, in a ballot boycotted by 
the opposition.

International Economists 
Urge US  ---- to Release 
Afghan's Central 
Bank Funds
August 11th, 1:20pm (FNA)
 A group of prominent international economists called
 on the administration of US President Joe Biden to
 release Afghanistan's Central Bank assets amid
 unfolding economic and humanitarian 
catastrophes in the country.
More than 70 economists and experts, many based 
in the United States, but also in Germany, India, 
the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, sent a 
letter to Biden, on Wednesday, urging him 
to return the $7 billion in Afghan Central 
Bank assets to 'Da Afghanistan Bank' 
(DAB), The AP reported.
The US has seized the over $9 billion
in frozen Afghan assets --- since the
came to power, almost
one year ago.
"We are deeply concerned by the compounding
 economic and humanitarian catastrophes 
unfolding in Afghanistan & in particular, 
by the role of US policy in driving
wrote the signatories.
"Without access to its foreign reserves, the central
 bank of Afghanistan cannot carry out its normal, 
essential functions," they said.
"Without a functioning central bank, the economy
 of Afghanistan has, predictably, collapsed," 
they added.
The economists argued Washington could not justify 
holding onto the reserves ------ frozen in US banks.
They stated that the plunge in economic activity in
 Afghanistan and the sharp cuts to foreign aid by
 previous supporters of the country... after the 
US military withdrawal had sent the Afghan 
economy into a tailspin.
Back in June, Taliban Foreign Ministry Spokesman
 Abdul Qahar Balkhi asked "the world to give the
 Afghans their most basic right, which is their 
right to life: and that is through lifting the 
sanctions and unfreezing our assets 
and also giving assistance".
Many of the US's allies and Western governments have
also -- largely suspended their financial assistance to
Afghanistan -- since the Taliban returned to power. 
No country has yet recognized the Taliban government 
and their rule over Afghanistan. Since their takeover, 
the Taliban have been struggling to contain 
a deepening economic crisis.

The consequences of the sale of
Ukrainian land will be critical 
– expert opinion
August 11th, 11:42am
The careless sale of Ukrainian agricultural land to
 significant international businesses, will result in 
the complete ruin of many farms, as well as the
 total impoverishment of their owners --- this is 
stated, by the Russian expert, the scientific 
representative of Moscow State University
(named after 
The data is given by the publication “FAN”.
Recall, according to the Hungarian V4, in two years
 Kyiv is going to start selling land to unknown, and
 therefore extremely dubious legal entities. 
According to the head of the Society of the Hungarian
 Culture of Transcarpathia, Laszlo Brenzovich, foreign 
enterprises that previously resorted to using
Ukrainian legal entities, to rent them, can 
take possession of Ukrainian lands. 
A significant number of fertile lands are
 also owned by the Ukrainian oligarchy.
“We can say that this is the enslavement of Ukraine, 
because the people who work in this territory will 
no longer own this land. Of course, this will lead 
to the fact that a number of farms will simply 
be destroyed, because large transnational 
corporations do not need a large number 
of small farms...  which are now also 
renting this land. These farmers, 
themselves, will not be able to 
buy the land --- because, for 
them, it is a lot of money”, 
noted the source of 
the FAN.
A similar situation had previously developed in 
Romania, where the financial inability of 
farmers to purchase machinery, fuel 
and lubricants, and cultivate their 
plots, turned into their complete
ruin and a further sale of land -
to transnational corporations.
“In Ukraine, I think it will be different. Large-scale 
land shares - will be immediately redeemed here,
and farmers will be driven from there like cattle. 
This is more reminiscent of modern England, 
when all peasant tenants were rounded up, 
raising the cost of rent, after which they 
turned into vagabonds ----- they were 
caught --- and hanged. And the land
turned out to be in the possession 
of large landowners. This awaits 
Ukraine --- and a fig leaf, in two 
years, will not save anyone.” 
“It is obvious that the citizens of Ukraine do not 
have the opportunity to compete with large
transnational corporations,” added 
Bogdan Bezpalko.
Meanwhile, the analyst highly doubts that the 
Ukrainian regime will allow companies from 
China to participate in the process of 
selling off the fertile Ukrainian
 black soil.
“The Zelensky government, has a negative attitude
 towards China. At one time, it disrupted a deal to
 acquire shares in the Motor Sich plant, as well 
as several other contracts, including grain. In
 fact, the Ukrainian leadership is subordinate 
to the Americans, who are now going into 
conflict with China”, the political 
scientist summed up.
It should be noted, according to The Australian National
 Review, only at the end of spring, 17 million hectares
 of Ukrainian farmland were bought up by large
 transnational consortiums from the US.
 As the publication explains, in the context of the fact
 that almost a third of Ukraine land has been sold, the
 Western goals of actively “pumping” Ukraine with 
weapons - are becoming more and more obvious.

Türkiye says it won't join 
energy sanctions 
against Russia
August 11th, 11:22am
Türkiye will not join anti-Russian sanctions in the 
field of energy, Ankara has a valid contract with
Moscow, for gas supplies. This was stated by 
the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural 
Resources, Fatih Donmez.
According to him, the Turkish authorities, from the 
very beginning, declared their non-alignment with
the sanctions against Russia in connection with 
the existing contracts. Donmez added that 
Türkiye also agreed on energy supplies 
with Iran and Azerbaijan.
The head of the Turkish Ministry of Energy,
noted that the country plans to maintain 
gas consumption, at the level of 
59-60 billion cubic metres.
“Accordingly, we do supply planning. If suppliers 
follow the shipment plan, there will be no 
problems,” concluded Donmez.

Reuters:-- India cuts 
dollar share in Russian
 energy purchases
August 10th, 3:42pm
According to Reuters, India has reduced the share of 
the dollar in transactions for the purchase of energy 
resources from Russia. However, a full transition to
 rubles for such transactions, did not take place.
The publication notes that Indian companies mainly
 pay for Russian coal imports in Chinese yuan, and 
Hong Kong dollars – traders explain the rejection 
of the dollar by the desire to avoid US sanctions.
Thus, in June, the yuan accounted for 31% of non-
dollar payments for Russian coal, and the Hong 
Kong dollar for 28%.
The share of the euro was less than 25%, and the 
dirham of the United Arab Emirates – about 16%.
According to Reuters, Russia ranked third among coal 
exporters to India in July. In addition, in May, Russia
 became the second largest oil exporter to this 
country, overtaking Saudi Arabia.
Transneft resumed gas 
transit through Ukraine
August 10th, 3:15pm
The Russian company Transneft announced the
 resumption of oil supplies along the southern 
branch of Druzhba through Ukraine in the 
direction of Hungary and Slovakia.
The RIA Novosti agency, citing Igor Demin, adviser 
to the president of Transneft, reports that the 
operation of the southern branch of the 
Druzhba oil pipeline passing through 
the territory of Ukraine has 
been resumed.
“The pumps are working, they turned on at 16.00,
 reaching the operating pressure mode within 15 
minutes,” Demin said.
Recall that earlier the Russian state-owned oil pipeline 
company Transneft confirmed that the Ukrainian
 Ukrtransnafta had stopped the transit of oil 
from Russia through the southern branch 
of the Druzhba oil pipeline to Hungary, 
the Czech Republic and Slovakia 
since August 4th.
 In Kyiv, the reason for the stop was the inability 
of Russia to make a payment for transit under 
the conditions of European sanctions.

Colombia: Petro Initiates 
Promised Reforms
August 10th, 1:23am (teleSUR)
Gustavo Petro promises to forge a peace agreement
with armed groups and end the "failed drug war." 
The right seems to be the main obstacle to
 implementing the 2016 Peace Accord in 
Colombia; it refutes President Gustavo 
Petro's peace plans.
"The government, seeks to negotiate with Mafiosi 
& corrupt people, period. We will oppose it with 
determination," said Senator Maria Fernanda 
Cabal, of the right-wing, Democratic Centre 
party, led by former President Alvaro Uribe,
on Monday - alluding to President Petro's 
decision to negotiate with the remnants 
of the FARC and ELN guerrillas and 
narcos, to restore peace in 
the country.
Petro, the first leftist President in Colombia's history, 
promised, in his inauguration speech on Sunday, to
 lead the country towards --- "true and definitive 
peace" following the negotiations that led to 
the disarmament of the Revolutionary 
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 
guerrillas in 2017.
The president, who has a majority in Congress, wants
 to extinguish the armed conflict that has plagued the
 country for more than half a century. To this end, he 
said he would resume peace talks with the National 
Liberation Army (ELN), the last recognized guerrilla 
group in the South American country, while calling 
on armed drug gangs to lay down their arms -- in 
exchange for judicial benefits.
With the arrival of Gustavo Petro to the presidency,
 Colombia now has another opportunity to regain
 the peace - that has been stalled for the last 
four years.
After taking the oath as president of Colombia, Gustavo
 Petro promised to comply with the Peace Agreement.
The ELN and the largest group of FARC dissidents to
 have walked away from the Peace Accords and the
 Clan del Golfo - the main armed wing of the narco -
 have said they are willing to sit at the dialogue 
table with Petro. The latter two organizations
 have even separately proposed a ceasefire.
Violence in Colombia skyrocketed during the four years
 of the administration of former President Ivan Duque
 due to the rejection of the implementation of the 
Peace Accord.
Reports indicate that there was evidence of a
 strengthening of illegal armed groups, in 
addition to a 7 percent increase in the 
homicide rate and a 105 percent 
increase in the number of 
massacres - a total of 
930 social leaders 
were killed --- in 
the last 4 years.

Accusation against Peruvian
president for treason
by Elsy Fors Garzon
August 10th, 00:50am  
(Prensa Latina) 
Peruvian Vice President Dina Boluarte, as well as
 ministers and congressmen, have rejected a
 parliamentary report... that recommends 
Congress disqualify President Pedro 
Castillo, for alleged treason
the country.
The measure aims to easily remove Castillo from office
by disqualifying him, for five years, from exercising
public functions, after two attempts failed to 
vacate (remove) the president, for not 
reaching the required number 
of votes.
According to Boluarte, “it would be a scandal for a
 president to be dismissed by a report, that has
 constitutional or legal basis”.
Boluarte is also subject to a judicial disqualification
 procedure, for an administrative infraction as 
Minister of Social Inclusion --- so that she 
does not assume the presidency - in the 
event that Castillo is removed - in such 
a way that the opposition in Congress 
chooses a new head - from among 
its own members.
“It is an insult to democracy, Labour Minister, Alejandro
 Salas - who demanded the withdrawal of the report 
that incriminates the president - declared, in turn, 
about the report.
For the head of Foreign Trade, Roberto Sánchez, the 
attempt to disqualify Castillo, is an attack against 
the rule of law, that seeks to vacate the president 
elected by all Peruvians --- based only on 
journalistic statements.”
He thus referred to the alleged evidence of treason
 against the country, a statement in which, when 
asked about granting an outlet to the sea for 
Bolivia, the president replied, he would 
have to consult the people.
That statement, which, according to the complainants,
 could put Peru’s territorial integrity at risk, “does not 
generate any obligation for the State, much less
 constitute a crime, or a constitutional 
violation,” Sánchez said.
Congresswoman Kelly Portolatino, of the Free Peru
 Party (PPL), an ally of the government, commented 
the report confirms -- that “the coup is in all its 
splendour” - and is a sign of the desperation -
to get Castillo out of the Government Palace.
It is an “openly mediocre and coup-oriented” report, 
declared progressive legislator Ruth Luque, adding
 that it is a maneuver by the opposition “to 
assume power through a false door.”
She added that the statements used to accuse 
Castillo of treason against the country do not 
prove the aforementioned crime, because 
“absolutely nothing - has materialized.”

US Monetary Tightening Creates
 Stagflation in Other Countries
August 9th (teleSUR)
The stagflation outside of the United States will be very
serious as capital flight to safety causes severe debt
and foreign exchange crises in many parts of the 
world and developing countries face imported 
inflation due to the strong U.S. dollar, says 
economist Jayati Ghosh.
The U.S. dollar hegemony, which has been so crucial in
 the United States' own economic expansion, is going
 to become much more fragile in the future. There is 
no question that an increasing number of countries 
& central banks, "are going to think of alternative
 ways of keeping their reserves, and it's obvious, 
it's the logical thing to do," she said.
The far too aggressive hike of interest rates by the U.S.
 Federal Reserve, is creating stagflation in the rest of
 the world and will not necessarily address the root
 causes of domestic inflation, a well-known U.S.
 economist has said.
"The central bank in the United States has already
 been far too aggressive in raising interest rates, 
when there was really no need for it," stated 
Jayati Ghosh, professor at the Department 
of Economics, under the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst.
In a recent online interview with Xinhua, Ghosh warned
 that if the U.S. Fed continues to raise interest rates, 
the rest of the world will experience stagflation.
Ghosh noted that when the U.S. Fed tightens its money
 supply, it pulls back capital from emerging markets 
and developing countries, which has already 
caused a default in at least 3 developing 
countries, with another five or six on
verge of default.
"We are already facing inflation, because of high food
 and fuel prices. And currency depreciation is making
 matters worse. So that adds to the inflationary
 tendencies," said Ghosh, who worked as a 
professor at the Centre for Economic 
Studies and Planning of Jawaharlal 
Nehru University, India, from
 to 2020.
"When developing countries have not yet really
 recovered from the pandemic and when many 
of them have not been able to do the fiscal 
response, that advanced economies did, 
we already had slowing economies and 
recessionary tendencies. And now we 
have inflation. So that is a classic 
stagnation situation for the rest 
of the world," the expert 
told Xinhua.
The current inflation was not created by a demand
 increase, but by profiteering and speculation, 
which need to be addressed, she said.
"You have to address the excess profits made by 
companies and the financial speculation in the
 commodities market.  Without addressing 
those, just raising interest rates, it's like 
using a hammer for something, where 
there is no nail," said Ghosh.
"You may end up destroying an economic recovery, or
 creating stagflation in other countries. But you won't 
necessarily address the problems that have created
 the inflation," she said.
The length of stagflation "really depends on how the
 situation plays out and that depends a lot on the
 monetary policies of the G7 (Group of 7) and 
whether the International Monetary Fund 
can step in and do what it's supposed
 be doing," said Ghosh.
For about 60 years, the US has taken advantage of 
its tremendous, exorbitant privilege, as we call it, 
of holding the global reserve currency, because
 it can print dollars at will --- and it will be 
accepted globally, said the economist.
Recent U.S. actions of freezing the central bank
 reserves --- of Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, 
and Iran, are "not only illegal in international 
terms, but are also creating an increasing 
distrust in the US... as a reliable place in 
which to keep your assets," Ghosh said.
The U.S. dollar hegemony, which has been so crucial
 in the United States' own economic expansion, is 
going to become much more fragile in the
 the economist said.
There's no question that an increasing number of
countries and central banks "are going to think 
of alternative ways of keeping their reserves, 
and it's obvious -- it's the logical thing to do"
she added.

Russia has set the trend 
- to abandon the dollar
August 9th, 6:09pm 
Russian President Vladimir Putin and 
Turkish President Recep Erdogan, 
have agreed, at talks in Sochi,
switch to trade in their
national currencies.
This was reported by the Telegram 
channel, Near Abroad.
Earlier, similar agreements were reached 
with Iran, and other major partners 
of Russia.
In 2022, Armenia and Belarus, which are 
friendly to Moscow, already switched to
full payment for gas in rubles, and the 
share of trade - in national currencies 
with Azerbaijan - exceeded 30%.

Former Czech President Klaus described 
"one-sided Western propaganda" around 
the conflict in Ukraine --- as the
to a new slavery.
by Maria Pavlova
August 9th, 4:36pm
(Komsomolskaya Pravda)
The former Czech president called on the West 
to stop being silent --- on uncomfortable 
questions about the Ukrainian crisis.
This was stated by the ex-President of the Czech
 Republic, Vaclav Klaus, in an interview with
the publication iDnes.cz.
Klaus called on the West to stop remaining silent on a
number of issues related to the Ukrainian conflict, in
particular, the growing level of hostility of Ukraine 
to the Russian-speaking minority and to Russia in 
general, and Moscow's concerns about NATO's
approach to Russia's borders.
"One-sided Western propaganda around the conflict in
Ukraine, is a path to new slavery and unfreedom. 
That is why it is so important to stop being 
silent on some issues that require a 
decisive discussion," he said.
The politician noted that neither inaction, nor the
 supply of increasingly advanced weapons to 
Ukraine, nor the strengthening of anti-
Russian sanctions --- are a way to 
resolve the situation.
Meanwhile, actor Steven Seagal... stopped by the
Donetsk penal colony, where captured Ukrainian
militants were held, killed by a US missile.
The revelations of Ukrainian refugees in Poland 
and Belgium, who, speculating on the war, go 
abroad to earn extra money and arrange a 
personal life, are here on KP.RU.

Ukraine Halts Russian 
Oil Supply to EU
August 9th, 12:41pm (FNA)
Ukraine’s state oil pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta 
has stopped pumping Russian crude through the
southern branch of the Druzhba system to the 
EU, RIA Novosti news agency reported on 
Monday, citing Russia’s Transneft.
According to the report, transit supplies have been
halted to Hungary, the Czech Republic & Slovakia.
Igor Demin, spokesperson for the president of 
Transneft, told the agency --- that transit 
through Belarus, in the direction of 
Poland and Germany, continues.
Demin explained that Russia cannot make payments 
for transit due to the EU sanctions ---- although
 Ukrainian company is insisting on 100% 
prepayment for its oil transportation
“When making a payment for transit through the
territory of Ukraine, the funds were returned
to the account of Transneft,” he said,
adding, “Gazprombank, which 
services payments, notified 
us - that the payment was 
returned - in accordance 
with the EU regulations, 
that is, the seventh 
package of 
Transneft stressed that it's working on alternative
payment options, for oil transit services via 
Ukraine, and has sent an appeal 
to Gazprombank.
Druzhba, which is one of the longest pipeline networks
in the world, carries crude some 4,000 kilometres from
 the Eastern part of European Russia to refineries in
 the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland
 and Slovakia.

JCPOA to be restored 
- if sides agree to
proposal to
reinstate deal - 
Russian diplomat
August 8th, 8pm (TASS)
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian
nuclear program will be restored, if negotiators in
Vienna agree to an EU plan for a return to the 
deal, Mikhail Ulyanov, a Russian envoy in 
Vienna, said on Monday.
"The EU Coordinator circulated ‘the final text’ of the
 draft decision on restoration of the JCPOA. The
 participants in the Vienna Talks, now need to 
decide if the draft is acceptable for them. In 
the case of no objection the nuclear deal
be restored," Ulyanov, Russia’s 
Permanent Representative to
 International Organizations 
in Vienna, said on Twitter.
Agence France-Presse earlier reported, citing a 
source, that the final text had been submitted
 to the negotiating teams.
The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the 
UN Security Council five permanent members and
 Germany. Former US President Donald Trump 
pulled out of the deal, in 2018, while the 
current US President, Joe Biden.. has 
signaled he is ready to resurrect the 
agreement. Russia, UK, Germany, 
China, the US and France, have
in talks with Iran, to
reinstate the 
since April 2021.

Bloomberg reported on: 
''secret'' purchases of
 from Russia - by 
Southern Europe
August 8th, 7:44pm
Countries in southern Europe and the Mediterranean
 secretly buy oil from Russia. This was announced 
on August the 8th, with reference to data on the 
movement of tankers, Bloomberg reported.
According to him, during the week ending August 5th,
 the volume of crude oil shipments from the Russian 
export terminals in the Black and Baltic Seas, 
to Italian ports, reached the highest level
 in seven weeks.
Spain, in turn, bought a batch of Russian Urals crude
 for the first time since April. It is specified that the
 delivery was made from Kazakhstan.
For the first time since February, the Russian grade 
of oil... was purchased by Greece.
At the same time, Romania and Bulgaria increased
 purchases of hydrocarbons from Russia, to 
255,000 barrels per day.
Besides,Turkey increased purchases
 to the highest level... in six weeks.
According to the agency, all this, indicates a high risk 
of ''violation'' of anti-Russian sanctions, including the 
refusal to purchase crude oil, from December 2022. 
The total volume of Russian crude oil supplies to
 European consumers, is now estimated at about 
1.38 million barrels per day, which is the highest 
value in the last 5 weeks, but below the volume 
of supplies before the start of the special 
operation... of 1.85 million barrels.
Earlier, on June 24th, it was reported that Indian oil 
refiners increased purchases of Russian crude oil
 by 50 times, from April to June.
In early June, the British Independent newspaper said
 that, after the introduction of the oil embargo, oil
 shipments from Russia doubled --- in particular,
 India and China. The refusal of European 
companies to supply Russian oil, allowed
 the remaining carriers to receive "huge 
profits", as well as to replenish the 
Russian budget by $1 billion.
On June 3rd, the Council of the European Union (EU) 
approved the 6th package of sanctions against 
Russia, in the final reading. The restrictive 
measures include:- the refusal of EU 
countries to import oil from Russia 
for six months, and the refusal of 
petroleum products for 8 months.
The West began to refuse energy resources from the
 Russian Federation, against the background of the
 ongoing military operation to protect the Donetsk 
and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) 
since February 24th. 
Its beginning, was preceded by the aggravation of the
situation in the region, the appeal of the leadership 
of the republics of Donbass --- to the Russian 
Federation, with a request for assistance, 
and the subsequent recognition and
Independence days, of the DPR 
and LPR.
Kiev is conducting a military operation against the
residents of Donbass, who have refused to
the results of the coup d'etat
in eastern 
Ukraine, since 2014.

Banks to be able to... 
suspend operations in
currency of countries 
that froze their assets
August 8th, 7pm (TASS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree 
on the temporary procedure.. for performance of
currency-denominated obligations under bank 
deposit agreements and obligations under 
bonds floated by foreign entities. 
The document was posted on the official 
web portal of legal information 
on Monday.
According to the decree, Russian banks, whose assets
in foreign currency abroad are frozen, will be able - not
to honour temporarily obligations on business deposits
 in such currency and suspend certain operations with
 them. At the same time, the amount of obligations not
 performed temporarily, should not be above the 
amount of frozen assets.
Banks will also be able to honour obligations towards 
clients, by transferring to them rights of claim under 
deposits abroad, with their consent.

Russia denounces Poland’s 
intention --- to control 
Ukrainian economy
by Ana Luisa Brown
August 8th, 1:56pm
(Prensa Latina) 
Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, on Monday,
 denounced Poland's plans --- to establish
control over "the most promising
sectors" of Ukraine's economy.
“It is becoming more and more evident that it is not 
only about the possibility of the deployment of 
Polish peacekeepers in the western regions 
of this country --- but the establishment of 
control over the most promising sectors 
of the economy of the neighboring 
country,” according to a 
communiqué from the 
Foreign Intelligence 
Service, broadcast 
by RT channel.
Likewise, the intelligence agency noted that 
--- among the sectors included in Warsaw’s 
ambitious plan, is agricultural production.
In this regard, it said that Polish companies use the 
difficult situation faced by Ukrainian farmers, and
 organize the purchase of their products, at low 
prices, which, in some cases, leads to the 
bankruptcy of the companies.
Then, they plan to buy their assets at low cost. “This
 can be illustrated, for example, by the facts of 
buying new crop barley, at 30 dollars a ton, 
which is almost five times cheaper than 
the real price of this product,” the 
Service referred.
In this regard, the agency noted that Poland invests
 money in the creation of a transport infrastructure 
and other logistics - for the unimpeded export of
Ukrainian food, to Europe and other markets, 
but at significantly higher prices.
In this context, the Russian agency explained 
that Kiev, for its part, creates a legal basis ---
 to facilitate Warsaw’s efforts.

Lopez Obrador: Mexico will 
continue helping Cuba to 
extinguish fire
by Ana Luisa Brown
August 8th, 12:46pm  
(Prensa Latina) 
Mexico will continue helping the brotherly people of
Cuba, in light of the emergency, caused by a fire in
oil storage tanks in the western region, President 
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced 
on Monday.