- The Guardian
- Issue #2082
MALI: Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have endorsed plans to create a federation, following a two-day meeting in Bamako, Mali’s capital. The decision was announced in a joint statement, with plans to develop the new Alliance of Sahel States. (AES). The countries agreed to help each other in the event of external aggression or internal threats to their sovereignty. Earlier the three former French colonies had severed military ties with France.
BRITAIN: One in four British households are estimated to be in fuel poverty, and thousands of people die each year due to cold and damp homes, organisers of fuel poverty protests claim. Four-day actions took place in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and Southampton, to demand solutions to the problem. The Glasgow organiser of Fuel Poverty Action (FPA) said that 531 people died in the winter across Scotland last year, while Scottish Power made billions in profits
“Frankly, it’s outrageous and it needs to stop. The government can and should ban pre-pay payment meters, they drive people already in debt into further crises. This does not get solved without nationalisation,” he pointed out.
“Everything else is just band-aids, and without that kind of action people will continue to die”.
PALESTINE, West Bank: Extreme Israeli settler’ violence in the West Bank is an open secret. While all eyes are on what’s happening in Gaza, the settlers run amok on the West Bank. From the start of this year to 1 October, 750 Palestinian buildings, houses and businesses were demolished to make room for more Israeli settlements and outposts. “The number of those killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the year has risen to 464, including 256 people killed since 7 October,’ the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Biden administration is planning to issue visa bans on an undisclosed number of Israeli settlers committing violence in the West Bank. France has called for EU sanctions on Israeli settlers. Meanwhile, the violence and murder continue.
WORLD: The coming year will see people in about 40 countries going to the polls. It is estimated that almost a quarter of the world’s population will be taking part in elections. The results of many of those elections will have a huge impact on how the world will develop. China will be the first country to have elections in January, in Taiwan. The outcome there will have a profound effect on the region. The Chinese Defence Ministry has warned the United States against increased arms sales to Taiwan as it will make the situation there more dangerous, especially before the elections.
The US election campaign has already created domestic and international tensions. India will be deciding who will be in charge in April/May. Russia will go to polls in March, and Britain will have parliamentary elections as well. The European Union will be electing its parliament in June/July. It’s very likely that the coming year will be quite dramatic.