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Who leads energy global consumption? China, of course

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Demostenes Floros, Geopolitical and economic analyst

aboutenergy.com

The 1.4 billion people of China are the main energy consumers of our planet, with 23.6% of total energy consumption. The United States, with 330 million residents, account for 16.6% of global consumption but record a newsworthy 3.5% rise - the largest increase in consumption since 1984

According to the data provided by the BP Statistical Review 2019, global primary energy consumption reached 13,865 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2018, increasing by 2.9% in comparison with 2017. It is the highest increment that has been registered since 2010, of which more than 40% was drawn by natural gas.

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Follow the money behind Hong Kong protests

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by Sara Flounders | workers.org

The demonstrations in Hong Kong, now an open confrontation with the People’s Republic of China, have a global impact. What are the forces behind this movement? What provides the funds and who stands to benefit?

The increasingly violent demonstrations in Hong Kong are completely embraced and enthusiastically supported in the U.S. corporate media and all the imperialist political parties in the U.S. and Britain. This should be a danger sign to everyone fighting for change and for social progress. U.S. imperialism is never disinterested or neutral. 

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Left Parties Statement on Dismantling the State of Jammu & Kashmir

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Dismantling the State of Jammu & Kashmir

Assault on India’s Constitution, Democracy & Federalism

The Modi government has dealt a severe blow to our constitutional order by unilaterally scrapping Article 370 and other provisions of the Constitution and dividing the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The special provisions guaranteed by the Indian Constitution to the state of Jammu & Kashmir were the result of the princely state signing the instrument of accession to the Indian Union in the face of Pakistani invaders. By the current measures, the Modi government has completely negated the assurance made by the Indian government to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. This is an assault on federalism, a fundamental feature of the Indian Constitution.

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War or peace in the Persian Gulf?

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by Marco Pondrelli

The renewed tensions in the Persian Gulf exploded with the burning of two oil tankers (one Norwegian and one Japanese) and subsequently with the shooting down of a US drone by Iran. The US promptly accused Tehran of both the responsibility of the attack and of having shot down the drone in international airspace. This sequence of events fell at a particular time while the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was in Iran. It was the first time that a head of the Japanese government visited the Islamic Republic. The goal of this visit was to mediate with the United States after their exit from the nuclear deal, on which Trump had expressed harsh criticism already during the election campaign.

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OPEC+ and the geopolitical changes

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Demostenes Floros, Geopolitical and economic analyst

aboutenergy.com

During the last meeting it was agreed that production cuts should be prolonged. However, from a political point of view, the most important thing is the institution of the new Organization

On July 2nd 2019, OPEC+ decided to prolong its production cuts for a total amount of 1,200,000 b/d till March 31st 2019 (9 months). The cuts were agreed upon December 7th 2018 and they remained in force from January 1st 2019 to June 30th 2019.

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European elections a new beginning?

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by Marco Pondrelli

Approximately one week after the vote, we can try to venture the first considerations. A premise is needed: the European elections differ from the Politics elections, the turnout this year stops at 56% against 58.8% five years ago, numbers much lower than the Italian elections. This low turnout is one of the elements that in the past has produced surprising results that have not always been maintained over time (just think of the 40% reached by the PD five years ago).

I therefore start from the assumption that the results must be carefully considered, but despite this some considerations can be made.

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Trump and sanctions against Iran, what happens now?

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Demostenes Floros aboutenergy.com

On May 2nd 2019, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the end of the Iran oil export sanctions waivers. Iran immediately responded setting a 60-days before restarting to increase the uranium enrichment. Waiting for the next OPEC+ meeting on June 30th 2019, what are the most important geopolitical consequences of the Trump’s Administration decision?

Firstly, it is important to analyse the possible countermoves that the Russian Federation could implement, after having become the real balance needle in the oil market, because of the victory in the Syrian war. In order to do it, a step back must be taken. On November 30th 2016, the OPEC+ Group reduced its output by approximately 1,800,000 b/d with the aim of increasing barrel prices at that time under $50/b.

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Trump, China and globalization

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of Lorenzo Battisti (International Department of Italian Communist Party and Pci Paris)

Trump has long been accused of putting an end to the "magical" globalization. In reality, his policies are the result of the new world balances generated by the emergence of the Brics and in particular by the economic and political development of China.

Globalization and neoliberalism: the unipolar phase of imperialism

Much has been written in recent years on globalization, often in a smoky way. The characteristics to describe it have referred to different elements, all partial. Some have taken as reference the openness to trade. Others referred to the freedom of capital to move from one country to another. Still others the diffusion of information due to the new digital technologies that allows to be informed about distant facts in an instant and to create a "global village". All these elements, even though they are part of globalization, do not grasp the root of the phenomenon.

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China in the Driving Seat

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Demostenes Florosaboutenergy.com

Versione in italiano

The new geography of manufacturing. The speed at which China is changing its energy mix, from coal to gas. Europe's response. The interwoven fates of Rome and Beijing over the Belt and Road Initiative. Analysis of a busy month of meetings

In the next few weeks, the U.S. President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping could reach a definitive trade agreement. Italy could also find itself in a position to play some kind of bridging role betweeen Beijing and Washington. On March 22, 2019, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in Rome. 

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European Union and copyright

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by Francesco Galofaro, University of Turin

There is little to be done: the more the mass media try to portray a European Union that is useful and citizen-friendly, the more they are drowning in the objective contradictions of the Community institutions. A good example of this is the approval, on 26 March, of the European directive on copyright by the European Parliament.

As early as last year the danger of the "market gag" to freedom of expression had been postponed because of the obvious, disturbing doubts it raised (see here [1]). Today, the new directive is presented as follows: the EU institutions intervene in defense of small authors against the giants of the web: Google, Facebook, Twitter and so on. In fact, the law concerns publishers, to whom the directive provides tools to negotiate the payment of copyright.

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