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RUSSIA-UKRAINE war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion – BBC News

By The Visual Journalism Team – BBC News — 24 May 2022

Russian forces are continuing their slow advance in the east of the country after using heavy firepower to weaken Ukraine’s defences.

Here are the latest developments:

  • Bombardment of Donbas region by Russia forces is intensifying
  • Russian troops withdrawn from Kharkiv redeployed in Donetsk
  • Russia preparing offensive to take key city of Severodonetsk
  • Ongoing build-up of Russian navy around Snake Island                

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WORLD: War in Ukraine could cause recession in weaker economies- IMF boss warns

Speaking at Davos, Kristalina Georgieva said anxiety about food prices was ‘hitting the roof’ globally

Kristalina Georgieva at Davos
Georgieva predicted 2022 would be a ‘tough year’ and declined to rule out a global recession. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
 and  in Davos – Mon 23 May 2022 18.48 BST

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: German energy firm Uniper ready to meet Russian pay demand … in roubles

By Daniel Thomas – Business reporter, BBC News

Russia imports nearly half of its gas from Russia

One of Germany’s biggest energy firms has said it is preparing to buy Russian gas using a payment system that critics say will undermine EU sanctions.

Uniper says it will pay in euros which will be converted into roubles, meeting a Kremlin demand for all transactions to be made in the Russian currency.

Other European energy firms are reportedly preparing to do the same amid concerns about supply cuts.

Uniper said it had no choice but said it was still abiding by EU sanctions.

“We consider a payment conversion compliant with sanctions law and the Russian decree to be possible,” a spokesman told the BBC.

“For our company and for Germany as a whole, it is not possible to do without Russian gas in the short term; this would have dramatic consequences for our economy.”

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BARBADOS: ‘Transformation needed to promote ‘new world order’ – PM Mia Mottley

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Presidential Lecture Series

Barbados PM Mia Mottley

Barbados Today- Marlon Madden – March 24, 2022

A more transformative agenda and strong political will are needed to reinvent the way countries and multilateral institutions respond to the needs of the developing world and various crises.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the point on Tuesday as she expressed concern that there were still too few groupings and countries determining the fate of others when it came to various issues.

“The ultimate absurdity of what I am saying is amplified when we look at the arrangements that led to the P5 within the context of the (UN) Security Council. How do five countries have the right to veto that which others want to see happen?” said Mottley. The P5 comprises China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.          Continue reading

WORLD: “These Are Scary Times,” How Ukraine Will Fast Track the Great Reset | Stansberry Research – Video

“These Are Scary Times,” How Ukraine Will Fast Track the Great Reset | Stansberry Research

“We have a war between the East and the West with sanctions to punish Russia,” says Willem Middelkoop, CDF founder and best-selling author. “The U.S. invested a lot of money to have this [Ukrainian] revolution in 2014, and Europe has the pain of this crisis,” he tells our Daniela Cambone. Currently, “there is a lot at stake for the U.S.,” in this conflict says Middelkoop. “Once Saudi Arabia, Russia and China agree on a new oil trading system, then things get very interesting very rapidly,” he says.

Cambone discusses Biden’s most recent executive order on cryptocurrencies, where Middelkoop says that, “this executive order was the first confirmation that [the U.S.] will roll out the digital dollar in the next few years,” continuing on to say it will have huge repercussions. “Authorities will love it because they will have control over their people and can follow each and every payment,” he concludes.

Willem Middelkoop – BOOK:  The Big Reset – download 

WORLD: Ukraine is the hapless proxy victim of Russia-NATO geopolitical rivalry – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Nothing can justify the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property and infrastructure which Russia is inflicting on Ukraine. It is difficult to grasp the fact that this mighty army can be wreaking such havoc and forcing millions to flee to neighboring countries just because it can. And there is not much other nations can do to retaliate in support of Ukraine, apart from imposing economic sanctions against the aggressor, because Russia is already rattling its nuclear saber.

Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin does not care about world opinion and the toll which the sanctions are taking on his country’s economy. He is obviously driven by geopolitics, the primary determinant for relations among nations going back to at least the invasion and occupation of small states by powerful ones sometimes thousands of miles away during the days of “colonialism.”

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EUROPE: Checkmate: Putin has the West cornered – Opinion

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Opinion by Michael Bociurkiw | CNN

As 2022 nears, the West is trying to figure out Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move on a complex geopolitical chessboard — and preparing an “aggressive package” of sanctions, should he decide to make another land grab in Ukraine. 

Tensions are now at their highest since 2014, when Russia illegally annexed Crimea and dispatched “little green men” into Ukraine’s Donbas region. An all-out land invasion of Ukraine is now a real possibility.

But let’s face it. Putin could care less about the West’s threats, sitting as he does in the enviable position of being able to call the shots.        Continue reading

Video: Trade: Train from China to Germany travels through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland

This train from China to Germany is amazing… view video to the end

Distance traveled is 10,214 km. It started operation on the 13th of June 2018. It’s a goods transporting train plying from China to Europe (Germany) and vice versa carrying at least 200 container carriages per trip and there are plans to increase it to 300. Traveling time is about 14 days. If it’s by ship it takes about 2 months. See this spectacular video till the end.       Continue reading

Petroleum and crude oil – the future of oil production | DW Documentary Video

Published on Mar 17, 2019  —  [Online until: April 17, 2019]

The market for oil is volatile. The transition from petroleum to renewables is in full swing, and global demand for oil could fall faster than predicted. [Online until: April 17, 2019].

When the price of crude oil tumbled dramatically between 2014 and 2016, it heralded the demise of an economic and geopolitical world order in place since the end of World War II. In the last few decades, fracking technology has turned the US into the world’s largest oil producer. Against that backdrop, the move towards renewable energies and away from fossil resources is making dramatic steps forward. A study published back in September 2012 made headlines by predicting an imminent drop in oil prices.          Continue reading

Iran Will Be Trump’s Nemesis – M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline

Iran Will Be Trump’s Nemesis – M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline

The White House readout of USA President Donald Trump’s phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted that the latter “thanked” Trump for his “strong leadership uniting the world against the North Korean menace.”

Modi must be the only world leader who has given such fulsome praise to Trump for his performance vis-a-vis North Korea. And, Trump naturally felt elated.

In reality, though, it wasn’t particularly difficult for Modi to say such a strange thing, because India has no role to play in resolving the North Korea problem.        Continue reading

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