Russia reluctantly agrees to two-month extension: global issues

The Black Sea Grain Initiative has been updated for now. Credit: Ihor Oinua/Unsplash by Alexander Kozul-Wright (Geneva) Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Inter press service GENEVA, March 22 (IPS) – Given the complex interplay of geopolitics and financial markets, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 sent shockwaves through the global economy. Of course, the effects … Read more

Farmer-citizen movement. Trump and Le Pen supported Dutch farmers, now they have caused an electoral shock.

CNN: – In the Netherlands, a farmers’ protest party has caused a shock after winning state elections this week, just four years after it was founded. Could their rise have wider implications? The farmer-citizen movement, or BoerburgerBeweging (BBB), arose out of mass demonstrations against the Dutch government’s environmental policies, protests that saw farmers use their … Read more

AUKUS transaction. The UK announces over $6 billion in major defense spending

CNN: – The United Kingdom will increase defense spending by $6 billion to “harden up” against growing threats from Russia and China, the country’s leader has announced ahead of expected talks with AUKUS partners the United States and Australia. In a statement on Sunday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to use the extra spending, … Read more

Israel complains. Lloyd Austin hits out at Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul as protesters block airport

Tel Aviv, Israel CNN: – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to weaken Israel’s judiciary as protesters paralyzed two of Tel Aviv’s main tourist arteries on Thursday, fueling a nationwide movement against the controversial proposals. A CNN team at Ben Gurion Airport saw people walking with suitcases to Terminal 3 … Read more

A Chinese city claims to have destroyed 1 billion pieces of personal data collected in the fight against Covid

Hong Kong CNN: – A Chinese city says it has destroyed one billion pieces of personal data collected during the pandemic, as local governments gradually dismantle their coronavirus surveillance and tracking systems, abandoning the country’s controversial zero-Covid policy. Wuxi, a manufacturing hub on China’s east coast and home to 7.5 million people, held a ceremony … Read more

Iran. The IAEA report says that near-bomb grade uranium has been found at the nuclear plant

Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN: – Particles of uranium enriched to bomb levels have been found at an Iranian nuclear facility, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog, as the United States warned that Tehran’s ability to build a nuclear bomb was accelerating. In a limited report seen by CNN, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency … Read more

The world’s largest oil corporation will lead the negotiations on climate change in 2023.

Credit: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Opinion: author: Gadir Lavadents, Pablo Fajardo Mendoza (Quito, Ecuador / La Paz, Bolivia) Monday, February 27, 2023 Inter press service QUITO, Ecuador / LA PAZ, Bolivia, Feb 27 (IPS) – Sultan Al Jaber, chief executive of the twelfth largest oil producer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company … Read more