Crashing Saudi Oil Economy Explains Urgent Yemeni Peace Offer

By Finian Cunningham | Strategic Culture Foundation | March 26, 2021

After six years of blowing up Yemen and blockading its southern neighbor, the Saudi rulers are now saying they are committed to finding peace. The move is less about genuine peace than economic survival for the oil kingdom.

Crashing Saudi Oil Economy Explains Urgent Yemeni Peace Offer

Hypocrites: US imports record volumes of Russian oil despite growing political tensions

US imports record volumes of Russian oil despite growing political tensions

The increase in Russian energy purchases by the US comes amid long-standing tensions between Moscow and Washington. The White House has been persistently blasting the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, warning European allies against becoming too dependent on Russian energy supplies. The Biden administration continues to threaten European partners of the project with sanctions.

China resents US presence in Afghanistan

The “hidden agenda” of the war on terror in Afghanistan has been an open secret. The first inkling of its geopolitical character came when it transpired that even after installing a pro-US regime in Kabul in 2002-2003, Pentagon was in no mood to vacate its Central Asian bases. Finally, the bloody Islamist uprising in Andijan in Fergana Valley in May 2005 prompted Russia and China to orchestrate an SCO consensus seeking the expulsion of the US from those bases.

China resents US presence in Afghanistan

‘Gangster-like logic’: North Korea rejects Biden’s missile launch criticism, points to Washington’s own saber-rattling

RT | March 26, 2021

Responding to American criticism of its recent missile launch, North Korea has accused Washington of denying its right to self-defense, even as the US holds war games at the country’s doorstep and tests advanced weaponry.

‘Gangster-like logic’: North Korea rejects Biden’s missile launch criticism, points to Washington’s own saber-rattling

US forces ‘Xinjiang forced labor’ narrative on enterprises, industry agencies

US forces ‘Xinjiang forced labor’ narrative on enterprises, industry agencies

The US Agency for International Development has also been found to be supporting and participating in BCI activities.

Influenced by the council team, the BCI head office set up a special team on April 1, 2020 to investigate “forced labor” in Xinjiang, which included 11 member retailers, consulting companies and civil organizations, such as Shelly Heald Han from the FLA, Komala Ramachandra from Human Rights Watch, and Allison Gill from International Labor Rights Forum.

“Currently, BCI’s activities in Xinjiang have been suspended, which means it has lost nearly 90 percent of its business in China – it is cutting off its own limbs,” an insider who requested anonymity told the Global Times.

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China branch of cotton trade body finds no forced labour in Xinjiang

Nicaragua rebuffs attacks at human rights hearing

Nicaragua was one of the first countries in Latin America to give constitutional rights to its Indigenous peoples and its laws to protect their territories are justly famous (especially the Autonomy Law of 1986 and the Demarcation Law of 2003). Some 40,000 Indigenous families live in areas that are legally owned and administered by over 300 Indigenous communities, covering almost a third of the country. Governmental recognition of land rights was the first step in tackling incursions by non-Indigenous settlers from western Nicaragua and the violent conflicts they sometimes produce. But because colonization of Indigenous territories has been taking place for decades, taking the next steps – delineation of the territories, dealing with illegal titles (primarily given under previous governments) and potentially removing settlers – is a complex process that involves delicate negotiation and agreement at the local level.

Nicaragua rebuffs attacks at human rights hearing