The Guardian • Issue #2083

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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  • Issue #2083
Global briefs

RUSSIA: Russia’s top election authority has declared Nikolay Kharitonov eligible to run for president in March elections. He will be representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF). The CPRF was founded in 1990 and is the successor of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It’s the main opposition party in Russia. Following the news, the CPRF leader Gannady Zyuganov announced that the party had finalised the 15-point campaign manifesto. The CPRF slogan for the election campaign will be ‘We’ve toyed with capitalism, and that’s enough!’ Mr Kharitonov is a member of parliament and has opposed some of Putin’s domestic policies, but not Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, which the CPRF has endorsed.

UKRAINE: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed a security agreement with Ukraine’s President Zelensky during his recent visit to Kiev. Mr Sunak pledged an increase in military funding in the next financial year to US$3.2 bn, an increase of $2.55 ml on the previous two years (mostly in the form of loans, which will keep Ukraine in debt for decades). The funding will cover long-range missiles, air defence, artillery ammunition, and maritime security. Britain is the second-largest donor of military aid to Ukraine after the US, giving a total of $3.36 bn in 2022 and 2023. Sunak declared that the UK recognises that Ukrainian security is “our security.” “Today we are going further – increasing our military aid, delivering thousands of cutting-edge drones, and signing a historic new security agreement to provide Ukraine with the armaments it needs for the long term,” Mr Sunak said. Unfortunately for Mr Sunak his own political career seems to be a bit shaky and may be short – his approval rate is 21 per cent. It’s doubtful that British taxpayers will be overjoyed with the way Mr Sunak throws away their money.

CYPRUS: Cyprus Peace Council members joined many other activists outside the British base in Akrotiri to demand the end to Cyprus’ involvement in the genocide of the Palestinian people. The protesters demanded an immediate end to the presence of the British bases on Cyprus as they posed a danger to the security of the country and the peoples in the region. They denounced the illegal presence of 3000 US troops within the British military base in Akrotiri, and issued a statement saying “Cyprus is neither a US-NATO nor a British aggressive launching pad. We, the Cypriot people, do not want our country to be involved in any way in the bloody massacre taking place in the Gaza Strip … Leave Cyprus out of your imperialist plans! British bases out of Cyprus! Freedom for Palestine!”

CUBA: Cuba is one of many countries that supports South Africa’s case against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the crime of genocide in Gaza. The hearings take place at a time when Israeli military forces have killed over 24,000 Palestinians and injured 60,000 people since October 2023. Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has condemned the continued escalation of violence by Israel in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories, in “flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and International Law, including numerous United Nations resolutions,” adding that “Despite repeated calls for peace … a clear case of genocide has been unfolding for 75 years, which currently takes on extreme proportions and requires joint actions by the peoples and governments of the world to immediately halt the indiscriminate extermination of boys and girls, women and the civilian population in general.”

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