Catherine Perez-Shakdam: The “Israeli Spy” Who “Infiltrated” MintPress

Thursday, 15 December 2022 — MintPress News

Catherine Perez Shakdam

A storm of controversy erupted earlier this year in Iran, after local media outlets announced that a “Mossad spy” and “Israeli infiltrator” had gained the trust of the country’s senior leadership, penetrated into the highest halls of power, and had even been employed as a writer for  Ayatollah Khamenei himself.

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Watch: Lowkey and Matt Kennard on The British-American Project

Thursday, 15 December 2022 — MintPress News

Lowkey is joined by investigative journalists Matt Kennard (Declassified UK) and Asa Winstanley (Electronic Intifada), along with activist Huda Ammori (Palestine Action), for a special episode of The Watchdog.

They explore the US Embassy-funded British-American Project and its grip on British politics. They also discuss Asa Winstanley’s new book, Weaponising Antisemitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Corbyn, and the recent victories of Palestine Action with Huda Ammori.

You can see Lowkey on tour in January by clicking here for tickets:

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The Road to De-Dollarisation Will Run through Saudi Arabia: The Fiftieth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 15 December 2022 — The Tricontinental

Balqis Al Rashed Saudi Arabia Cities of Salt 2017Balqis Al Rashed (Saudi Arabia), Cities of Salt, 2017.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 9 December, China’s President Xi Jinping met with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to discuss deepening ties between the Gulf countries and China. At the top of the agenda was increased trade between China and the GCC, with the former pledging to ‘import crude oil in a consistent manner and in large quantities from the GCC’ as well to increase imports of natural gas. In 1993, China became a net importer of oil, surpassing the United States as the largest importer of crude oil by 2017. Half of that oil comes from the Arabian Peninsula, and more than a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports go to China. Despite being a major importer of oil, China has reduced its carbon emissions.

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