2020-12-27: News Headlines

_____ (2020-12-27). Veteran Diplomat: U.S. Confronts China to Protect Supremacy, Not Security. strategic-culture.org Veteran US diplomat Chas Freeman says that despite talk of a New Cold War between the US and China, the US in reality is reacting aggressively to a rising Chinese power whose economic gains threaten US global supremacy. "We've become accustomed over the past 75 years to be the overlord in East Asia," Freeman says. | By Aaron MATÉ | Chas Freeman, who served in top State Department positions and as Richard Nixon's chief interpreter on his historic 1972 visit to China, discusses the state of US-China relations and flashpoints of conflict such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Xinjiang. | "Since around 1870, we have been the…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-12-27). Multicultural Cooperation between BRICS Member States: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Alena Peryshkina, Co-Chair of the BRICS Civil Forum, Director of the AIDS Infoshare Foundation, Co-Chair of the BRICS and G20 CSOs Working Group, discusses some aspects of multicultural dimensions, especially the need to institutionalize cultural ties and …

Askiah Adam (2020-12-27). Is Iran Contemplating Vengeance in Regards to the Murder of Its Two Prominent Leaders? globalresearch.ca Brigadier General Mohsen Fakhrizadeh of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Command (IRGC) and Iran's most important nuclear scientist was assassinated not too far from Tehran recently. Iran immediately accused Israel , an allegation confirmed by a senior Washington official soon after. …

Alena Peryshkina (2020-12-27). Multicultural Cooperation between BRICS Member States: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Alena Peryshkina, Co-Chair of the BRICS Civil Forum, Director of the AIDS Infoshare Foundation, Co-Chair of the BRICS and G20 CSOs Working Group, discusses some aspects of multicultural dimensions, especially the need to institutionalize cultural ties and …

Dan Glazebrook (2020-12-27). The Tragedy of Corbynism. counterpunch.org Corbyn's election as leader of Labour party in 2015 was seen by much of the British left as their best chance to reverse the neoliberal imperialist trajectory of the British state for at least a generation. With a solid track record of opposition to war, nuclear weapons and privatisation, he was able to capture the

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Russia warns of pulling out of Open Skies Treaty. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Russia may pull out of the Open Skies Treaty if other signatories refuse to pledge they won't share data with the US, the Russian media reported.

RT (2020-12-26). When in Russia… Get yourself a dose of Sputnik V, Foreign Ministry tells US envoy who asked Santa for VACCINE. rt.com US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has asked for a hockey stick, running shoes, and a Covid-19 vaccine in his letter to Santa — and Russia's Foreign Ministry was there to suggest Russian-made goods to satisfy all his wishes. | Earlier this week, Sullivan shared a photo on Facebook of his handwritten letter to Santa Claus. The ambassador insisted he had been "very nice" in 2020 and had followed all the coronavirus precautions. For his good behavior, he asked St Nick to bring him a new hockey stick and running shoes plus a coronavirus vaccine as presents. | It's unclear whether Santa saw the letter,…

yenisafak (2020-12-26). Russia's total number of COVID-19 cases crosses 3 million mark. yenisafak.com The total number of cases of coronavirus infections in Russia crossed the 3 million mark for the first time on Saturday after officials recorded 29,258 new cases in the preceding 24 hours and 567 deaths.This brought the total number of cases of coronavirus in Russia since the start of the pandemic to 3,021,964, according to official data.

Aaron Maté (2020-12-26). Veteran diplomat: US confronts China to protect supremacy, not security. thegrayzone.com Veteran US diplomat Chas Freeman says that despite talk of a New Cold War between the US and China, the US in reality is reacting aggressively to a rising Chinese power whose economic gains threaten US global supremacy. "We've become accustomed over the past 75 years to be the overlord in East Asia," Freeman says. Chas Freeman, who served in top State Department positions and as Richard Nixon's chief interpreter on his historic 1972 visit to China, discusses the state …

sputniknews (2020-12-26). Putin Says Russia Always Ready to Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Other Countries. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Providing humanitarian aid is one of the key areas covered by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and Russia will always provide the necessary assistance to other countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Staff (2020-12-25). John le Carré (1931-2020) on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, the Exploitation of Africa & More. democracynow.org The world-renowned British novelist John le Carré died on December 12 at the age of 89. Le Carré established himself as a master writer of spy novels in a career that spanned more than half a century. He worked in the British Secret Service from the late 1950s until the early '60s, at the height of the Cold War — which was the topic of his early novels. His later works focused on the inequities of globalization, unchecked multinational corporate power and the role national spy services play in protecting corporate interests. His best-known books include "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and "The Constant…

Ralph Nader (2020-12-25). Recidivist Criminal and Constitutional Outlaw Trump Rushes to Pardon Criminal Lawbreakers. commondreams.org Trump and future presidents cannot be allowed to brazenly dishonor justice and undermine the rule of law. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/roger_stone_0_1.jpg

teleSUR (2020-12-25). Russia Pledges to Invest $200 Billion to Reduce Poverty. telesurenglish.net The Russian government is planning to spend a total of 15.3 trillion rubles (nearly $207 billion) over the next five years to reduce poverty and improve citizens' incomes, the country's Accounts Chamber reported this Thursday. | The document indicates that the measures will be implemented through national and federal projects as well as state programs, and intend to help reduce the number of Russians with incomes below the subsistence level. | According to figures provided by economic analysts, poverty levels could be reduced by 2.32 percentage points, while real disposable incomes would increase by 1.04 perce…

MEE correspondent (2020-12-24). Iranian press review: UN watchdog chief's remarks spark anger in Tehran. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: UN watchdog chief's remarks spark anger in Tehran | Meanwhile, Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says his office had no role in arrest of executed Iranian journalist, and political factions compete over leading talks with Washington | Thu, 12/24/2020 – 10: 32 | Iranian politicians and media have condemned Rafael Grossi, head of the IAEA, for calling for a new a…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-24). As Trump Threatens War With Iran, 150 House Democrats Endorse Biden Vow to Rejoin Nuclear Deal. commondreams.org "Biden has a narrow window of opportunity at the start of his presidency to undo Trump's mess." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_biden.jpg

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-12-23). Ralph Nader: He's a Cookbook! counterpunch.org "We can all sit down and have a few beers together while we wait." — Duke Mantee (Humphrey Bogart), The Petrified Forest (1936) Call before, you dig? — Utility notification for unmarked Internet cables from hippy who finally got a job The other day, minding my own business, and getting lots of unwanted help doing

South Front (2020-12-23). Video: US Navy Deploys Nuclear Submarine to Persian Gulf Amid Heightened Tensions with Iran. globalresearch.ca The Ohio-class nuclear submarine USS Georgia along with the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal and USS Philippine Sea transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Persian Gulf, the US Navy announced on December 21. | The guided-missile submarine USS Georgia …

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