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FAR RIGHT ADVANCES IN SPANISH REGIONAL ELECTIONS

REPEAT OF GERMANY AND ITALY IN ANDALUSIA
Author: Conn Hallinan - Published 22-12-2018 21:01 GMT-0000
In what seems a replay of recent German and Italian elections, an openly authoritarian and racist party made major electoral gains in Spain’s most populous province, Andalusia, helping to dethrone the Socialist Party that had dominated the southern region for 36 years. Vox (Voice)—a party that stands for “Spain First,” restrictions on women’s rights, ending abortion, stopping immigration, and dismantling the country’s regional governments—won almost 11 percent of the vote.

NATO-TRUMP ROW OVER AFGHAN TROOPS WITHDRAWAL

PEACE PROCESS PARLEYS CONTINUING IN GULF CAPITALS
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 22-12-2018 19:58 GMT-0000
Keeping NATO-allies blindsided, US President Donald John Trump announced withdrawal 7,000 out of 14,000 troops from Afghanistan – one of the decisions disagreeing with which Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis put in his papers. However, the chief executive office at Kabul heaved a sigh of relief and appreciated the US initiative in successfully in persuading Taliban militants to hold face-to-face talks with the government, having taken place in Qatar capital Doha. A spokesperson Feraidoon Khozon said, “We are still optimistic and hopeful that Taliban will meet Afghanistan’s negotiating team. Our regional and US friends are trying to pave the ground and encourage Taliban to hold face to face talks with government’s team,” although Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated bluntly that the Taliban negotiators would not meet the government’s delegation while the latter seems prepared to extend negotiations with the US Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Amb Zalmay Khalilzad for a second round of the on-going peace process.

US-CHINA TRADE WAR PAVES WAY FOR INDIA’S EXPORT PUSH

GROWING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DELHI AND BEIJING
Author: Subrata Majumder - Published 20-12-2018 10:13 GMT-0000
While US-China trade war botched global trade, it opened a new gate for India’s export expansion to China. Hitherto, China never blinked in India’s radar for export destinations, despite the huge trade deficit with that country. Under MIES scheme in Exim policy – a specific market oriented export promotion measure – China never figured in the scheme.

GLOBAL WORKING CLASS FOUGHT BACK IN 2018

STRUGGLE FOR BETTER WAGES TO INTENSIFY IN 2019
Author: Sarah Attfield - Published 19-12-2018 12:52 GMT-0000
2018 has seen many working-class people around the world standing up for their rights and pushing back against injustice and inequality. Some of these fights have made the mainstream news in western countries, but many have not. As we reflect on the year that is ending, let’s not forget the struggles of working-class people and the successes of collective action and solidarity. Around the world, people have had enough of corporate greed and government inaction to combat inequality.

COMMUNIST PARTIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE ON THE REBOUND

ATHENS MEET CHARTS OUT ACTION PROGRAMME
Author: Chris Butters - Published 15-12-2018 17:26 GMT-0000
“Communist Parties around the world are gaining a second wind and are deeply involved in working-class struggles in their respective countries,” Rossana Cambron, the Communist Party USA delegate told representatives at the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties (IMCWP), held in Athens in November.
HEALTH WATCH

TRUMP’S DEFENCE SPENDING HIKE SETS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT

NEED FOR STRONG PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT AGAINST ARMS
Author: Dr Arun Mitra - Published 15-12-2018 17:21 GMT-0000
The decision of President Trump to increase US defence spending by $108 billion or 18 % compared to last year’s and his decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia have sent dangerous signals. The US defence budget has, in fact, grown by 23% since Trump took over. This is happening at a time when several regions in the world are under serious conflicts. The situation in the Middle East is extremely alarming, with thousands of people running helter skelter to save their lives from bullets, bombs and chemical weapons. Such people need support of all kinds. They need food to sustain life. Lack of food is an understandable consequence in war-ridden areas. This affects the health of children very seriously. In such conditions people are much more likely to be taken ill and need medical support more than normal times. They also require treatment for disabilities occurring as a result of injuries in long standing wars. And above all they need moral boost to come out of anxiety and stress disorders.

INDIA’S GAIN FROM TRADE WAR: HISTORY DOES NOT WAIT

SINO-INDIAN ECONOMIC TIES BECOME STRONGER
Author: Rapti Ray & Dr. Buddhadeb Ghosh - Published 08-12-2018 10:09 GMT-0000
History of economic thought is abounding with numerous examples of trade related conflicts among nations. But almost all such conflicts are short-lived. In the case of ongoing US-China trade war, everything may not move in a pre-determined linear fashion. At the outset of the trade war International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde had said in March, “No one emerges victorious from a trade war”.

US-CHINA TRADE TRUCE AT BUENOS AIRES GOOD FOR GLOBAL TRADE

SOME SPIN-OFF BENEFITS TO INDIA ALSO LIKELY
Author: Subrata Majumder - Published 06-12-2018 10:07 GMT-0000
A significant outcome of the summit at Buenos Aires in Argentina was the temporary trade truce between USA and China. The truce has given breathing space for a consensual adjustment of trade deficit, rather than retaliations.
INDIA

ARMY CHIEF SHOULD NOT DELVE INTO DIPLOMACY AND POLITICS

INDIA MUST NOT SINGLE PAKISTAN OUT AMONG ISLAMIC STATES
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 03-12-2018 10:43 GMT-0000
It is difficult to understand what the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, means when he says that Pakistan must become secular if it want to come closer to India. His comment was in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s observation that if Germany and France can stay together, why not India and Pakistan?
PAKISTAN

BUNGEE-JUMPING IMRAN KHAN CAUGHT IN CONFESSION

CHINA MAY BE PUSHING PAKISTAN INTO HARDER POSITIONS
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 30-11-2018 10:04 GMT-0000
Hidden in the caravan bungee-jumping into the United States from Mexico is HIV, respiratory diseases, chicken pox, hepatitis and tuberculosis with one-third of the “asylum-seekers” found infected with these ailments after tests done at Mexican border-city Tijauna. Being part of a large group helps camouflage such health issues, like a person who gets away with saying too much and the person listening unable to get the underlying underpinnings.