- The Guardian
- Issue #2075
MALAYSIA: Thousands of people gathered near Malaysia’s National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur carrying Palestinian flags and chanting ‘Free Palestine.’ Strict security measures were in place, with Malaysian security forces accompanying the demonstrators in the streets. Several politicians, including former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, also attended the protest. Similar demonstrations in support of Palestine were held in Indonesia. Those demonstrations were only a small part of the millions-strong actions across the world.
LEBANON: The Lebanese Council of Ministers confirmed that a missile had struck the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). At least 16 people were reported killed. UNIFIL is deployed in the south of Lebanon and consists of 10,000 peacekeepers from 49 different countries. Spain is currently in command of the peacekeepers.
NEW ZEALAND: The National Party of New Zealand led by Christopher Luxon has won the general election. The National Party received 38.95 per cent of the vote, the Labour Party was second with 26.9 per cent, the Green Party got 10.77 per cent of the votes.
USA: General Laura Richardson, the commander of the US Southern Command decried the fact that “In Latin America we have over 31 million followers with Sputnik, Russia Today Espanol and teleSUR.” She spoke at an event organised by the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD). The stated mission of that organisation was “to provide education to enhance Israel’s image in North America, and the public’s understanding of issues affecting Israeli-Arab relations.” FDD was identified as part of Israel’s lobby in the USA. The US Commander’s remarks were part of a conversation focused on the US response to China’s growing involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Southern Command is one of the six Pentagon geographic commands that operate contingency plans in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Venezuelan Foreign Minister described the remarks as ‘simply unacceptable,’ and an attempt ‘to inhibit the free flow of information.’
RUSSIA: Russia exported a total of 18.18 million tons of grain in the months of July-September, boosting its supplies to the global markets by 61 per cent compared to last year’s figures. Egypt was the top buyer of the wheat, followed by Turkiye and Iran. The other Russian grain importers included Saudi Arabia and Libya. The western sanctions to hamper Russia’s ability to export grain and fertilizers haven’t worked so far. Now Iran stands ready to help Russia export its grain supply by creating a new transport route providing its territory as a corridor for the export of Russian grain to third countries.
USA: In 1972 US Admiral Elmo Zumwalt designated 13th October as the official founding day of the US Navy. “Happy 248th Birthday to the US Navy! From the early days of the American Revolution to today, the Navy stands strong, defending our freedom and protecting our sees. Thank you to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation!,” US Congressman Cary Mills said in his congratulatory message to the Navy. The picture that accompanied the message was a tad embarrassing however. It was a picture of Russian battleship Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great). Oops!