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Lessons from Wuhan

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cina tramonto bandiereby Francesco Maringiò

While mainstream media hysteria has speculated on the Chinese government's management of the emergency, Beijing has prepared a two-pronged strategy to attack the spread of the virus. What the West can learn from this emergency.

If we rewound the tape of the information that the mainstream media system gave us during the crucial weeks of the spread of the virus in Wuhan, articles published by the New York Times, Reuters and other big media news (and promptly echoed by the Italian media) would bring back us memories which, if at first they denounced the Beijing’s authorities, responsible for delays and shortcomings that made viral the epidemic, at a later stage blamed the containment and quarantine measures to be restrictive of individual liberties of people. 

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An analysis of the current situation and possible evolution of the crisis in the Middle East

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mappaInterview with Daniele Perra

by Enrico Sanna

translated by John Catalinotto  -  Fausto Giudice Фаусто Джудиче فاوستو جيوديشي

http://www.tlaxcala-int.org

The worsening of the situation in the Middle East following Iranian General Soleimanì’s death and Trump and Netanyahu’s presentation of the "Deal of Century" in Washington, demands we again speak of the events in the region. Far from wanting to leave the arena, the U.S. regime wants to remain a protagonist. The arena is complicated by the presence of several important actors, including Ankara, which, in my opinion, seems to be increasingly the tie-breaker, especially in Syria. Today, therefore, Mysterion offers you an interesting analysis of the framework and the possible development of the Middle Eastern chessboard, which Daniele Perra has kindly provided us. Perra is an expert in geopolitics and international relations who writes for important online publications including "Eurasia." I thank Daniele for his collaboration. Happy reading.

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The new energy risk game in the Gulf

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iran nowardi Demostenes Floros

da https://www.aboutenergy.com

The death of Iranian general Suleimani has highlighted the role of China in the geopolitical balances connected with the Gulf: Iran is a fundamental brick in the New Silk Road, for at least three reasons

After the killings of Qassem Suleimani, head of the Islamic Guards, and Abu Mahdi Almuhadis, Kata’ib Hezbollah’s chief, which occurred at dawn on January 3rd 2020 in Baghdad, Iran reacted bombing the American bases in Iraq of al Asad, an area populated by a Sunny majority, and in Erbil (the Iraqi Kurdistan), avoiding retaliations that could jeopardize the export of oil through the Persian Gulf, from which approximately 18,000,000 b/d transit, a little bit less than 20% of global oil consumptions.

According to U.S. President, Donald Trump, the Iranian reaction did not cause any U.S. soldier loss: “Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!”, he tweeted on January 7th 2020. In reality, almost all Western analysts highlighted the substantially demonstrative nature of Iran’s response.

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The war on China passes through Tehran

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armi yemenby Marco Pondrelli

These are dramatic hours for the Middle East and the world. After the US attack and the Iranian response, tension seems to have dropped but the problems are not resolved. I had already intervened (https://www.marx21.it/index.php/internazionale/medio-oriente-e-nord-africa/29883-guerra-o-pace-nel-golfo-persico) about the relations between Iran and the United States and the attack against the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani (whose death was greeted with enthusiasm also by Isis) is a new episode.

We try to understand what is happening in the so-called Middle East. After 11 September the United States has unleashed two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) from which they come out defeated and without even having the strength to retreat.

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Oil is drawing new alliances

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oil 10Demostenes Floros
da aboutenergy.com

The birth of OPEC+ has established Russia as a key geopolitical and energy player alongside Saudi Arabia, while Washington's influence over the Organization has waned. In the background, the alliance between Moscow and Beijing is strengthening

On December 6th 2019, the 24-country OPEC+ group surprisingly increased its cuts by 500,000 b/d, bringing them from 1,200,000 b/d to 1,700,000 b/d till March 31st 2020, with the aim of further reducing the current market surplus supply.

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Interview with Francesco Galofaro

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china flag wall ss 1920MarxVentuno Editions just published the Italian translation of the book Socialism with Chinese characteristics: why it works, edited by professor Zhang Boying. In this occasion, we had an interview with Francesco Galofaro, Ph.D., research fellow in Semiotics at the Turin University.

Dr. Galofaro, what is your reaction to the publication of Zhang Boying’s book?

It is an uncommon book in the Italian publishing scenery. Marxist theoretical research is not published in Italy, with a few exceptions. Classical authors and historical introductions are easier to be found in the bookstores. As for Chinese scholars, they are generally untranslated, with the exception of Xi Jinping.

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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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