China: Xi’s third term – part one: growth, investment and consumption

Sunday, 16 October 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

China’s Congress of the Communist Party takes place this week.  This is an important event not only for China, but globally.  The Western media have concentrated on the fact that current party leader Xi Jinping will be confirmed for an unprecedented third term as party leader and thus also continue as President of China when the National Congress meets next March.

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Getting to Know the Cubans: Khrushchev Meets the Castro Brothers

Friday, 14 October 2022 — National Security Archive

Castro khruschevRaul Castro wanted detailed Soviet security assurances, expected U.S. intervention

Khrushchev insisted intervention unlikely, urged flexibility on Cuba’s part

Soviet leader promised to fully replace U.S. as trade partner

Washington, D.C., October 14, 2022 – Today the National Security Archive publishes for the first time in any language a translation of the first meeting between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro on July 18, 1960. The newly available transcript helps explain Khrushchev’s 1962 determination that defending Cuba from U.S. intervention would require a massive Soviet military base in Cuba, together with the deployment of nuclear weapons. The Cuban leader asks for details of how the USSR could protect Cuba, but Khrushchev insists on restraint and flexibility, saying that he does not want a “big war.”

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Statewatch News Issue 17/22: Change needed at Frontex; EU seeks deportation increase; Activity report 2021

Friday, 14 October 2022 — Statewatch News

14 October (Issue 17/22, also available as a PDF)

Welcome to the latest edition of Statewatch News, featuring:

  • Demands for change at Frontex
  • EU still adamant on increasing deportations
  • Our annual activity report for 2021

And reports on the externalisation of migration controls, police exploitation of software vulnerabilities, and a joint statement on the Egyptian government’s brutal treatment of Eritrean refugees.

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The wasteland of British politics

Sunday, 16 October 2022 — Indian Punchline


Mary Elizabeth Truss, currently UK’s prime minister

When an ugly power play marks the end of the career of a phenomenally successful politician, it presents a painful sight. From all accounts in the British press in the most recent weeks, it was clear that the night of the long knives was approaching for the most photogenic prime minister Great Britain and Northern Ireland ever produced — Liz Truss.

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