2024-03-23: News Headlines

Michael Arria (2024-03-23). U.S. cuts UNRWA funding as famine looms for Gaza. mondoweiss.net Congress passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill that will continue a ban on funding UNRWA until at least 2025. President Biden has said he will sign the bill immediately.

WSWS (2024-03-23). Australia: NSW Labor, Canterbury-Bankstown Council ban discussion of Gaza genocide at Lakemba Ramadan night market. wsws.org Labor, working with Zionists and police agencies, is trying to prohibit discussion of the Gaza genocide in a working-class area of Sydney with a major Middle Eastern and Islamic population.

greenleft.org.au (2024-03-23). Under pressure, Labor reinstates some visas to Gazans fleeing genocide. greenleft.org.au

Ben Norton (2024-03-23). US TikTok Ban Aims To Weaken China & Protect Big Tech Monopolies. orinocotribune.com By Ben Norton — Mar 18, 2024 | The US government's plan to either ban TikTok or force owner ByteDance to sell it to a (US) company is part of Washington's economic war on China, and an attempt to protect Big Tech monopolies from competition. | The US government has for years threatened to ban TikTok, one of the It's now looking like this might actually happen. | This March, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation called the "

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People's Dispatch. (2024-03-23). French Public Sector Employees Protest Cuts In State Spending. popularresistance.org Public sector employees in France led massive protests on Tuesday March 19, demanding an increase in wages to compensate for cuts in their real wages indexed with the inflation. They also participated in a general strike on Tuesday called for by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT), Solidaires, Force Ouvrière (FO), the CFE-CGC, the Autonomous Federation, the SNES-FSU and the UNSA. Major rallies were held in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, and Toulouse.

| Reuters | (2024-03-23). US urged Ukraine to halt strikes on Russian energy infrastructure, FT reports. tribune.com.pk The United States has urged Ukraine to halt strikes on Russian energy infrastructure, warning that drone strikes risk provoking retaliation and driving up global oil prices, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. | The attacks helped boost oil prices that have risen nearly 4% so far since March 12, when Ukraine first started targeting Russia's energy infrastructure. A further rally in gasoline prices in the United States would weaken President Joe Biden ratings and undermine his re-election chances. | Russia and Ukraine have both used drones to strike critical infrastru…

| Shahbaz Rana | (2024-03-23). PM clips finance minister's decision-making wings. tribune.com.pk In a significant move, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reshuffled key positions within the cabinet, depriving Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb of chairmanships in two pivotal committees while carving out a major role for Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar in financial matters. | The premier has reconstituted four cabinet committees. Out of these, Finance Minister Aurangzeb has been appointed as the chairman of only one committee — a departure from past practices where finance ministers typically chaired three out of the four committees. | The cabinet division has notified the reconstitution of the new commit…

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Wang wraps up tour of New Zealand, Australia. ecns.cn Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a highly successful tour of New Zealand and Australia on Thursday with a private meeting in Sydney alongside former Labor prime minister Paul Keating after a tight schedule.

albawaba (2024-03-23). Trump claims nearly $500 Million amid real state fraud allegations. albawaba.com ALBAWABA – Amid accusations of real estate fraud, former US President Donald Trump has made a daring claim in an ongoing legal battle. In contrast to what his legal team has said, Trump declared on his Truth Social media platform that he had "almost $500 million in cash."In the middle of arguments over how he would be able to afford the $454 million fine that was assessed in the real estate fraud case, Trump maintained that brilliance, hard work, and good fortune are the reasons behind his current financial situation. He made it clear that he intended to use this considerable amount for his next presidential camp…

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Water conservation regulations announced. ecns.cn China has unveiled its first national-level regulations on water conservation, which experts say provide legal guarantees for water security and ecological protection.

palestinechronicle.com (2024-03-23). Amid Israeli Genocide – Gaza's Faith Unbroken (PHOTOS & VIDEO) Faith is a central component in the lives of Palestinians. Gaza, now undergoing an Israeli genocide, is in greater need of its faith than ever before.

inthesetimes.com (2024-03-23). Defunding UNRWA Was Never About HamasThe refugee agency is a reminder that Palestinian refugees exist and have inalienable political rights—a truth the Israeli government finds deeply inconvenient.

sfgate.com (2024-03-23). The UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution demanding a Ramadan cease-fire The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a NEW resolution demanding a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The resolution, put forward by the 10 elected council members, is backed by Russia and China, who vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution Friday. The council is expected to vote on the resolution Monday morning.

truthout.org (2024-03-23). US Has Redefined "Human Shields" to Enable Israel's Slaughter of Gaza Civilians President Biden and members of Congress have cynically reinterpreted "human shields" to flout international law.

palestinechronicle.com (2024-03-23). 'She Never Returned Home' – Palestinians Children Remember Their Mothers, Killed in Israeli Airstrikes In fact, for many children, there will be no mothers to celebrate anymore as well over 9,000 Palestinian women have been killed since the beginning of the war. Moreover, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement on X on Thursday that the Israeli war on Gaza has been killing an average of 37 mothers daily since October 7.

Israel-Gaza War Update: Latest Figures and Statistics

Posted by Richard Medhurst.

The Independent (2024-03-23). Kiira motors seeks shs 524 billion to finance five year business plan. independent.co.ug Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kiira Motors Corporation, a budding indigenous mobility enterprise in the country has presented a 524 billion Shillings proposed business investment budget to the Presidential Affairs Committee of Parliament. It was contained in the Ministerial Policy Statement, and Budget Estimates for the FY 2024/2025. "We are counting on guidance and support …

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Shanghai real estate company faces $1.2 mln fines for multiple violations. ecns.cn Shanghai Industrial Development Co. (SIDC) Ltd, primarily engaged in the real estate business, is facing penalties totaling 8.5 million yuan (about $1.2 million) due to allegations of failure to timely disclose anticipated losses, signing of significant contracts, and suspected of false records in annual reports for six consecutive years.

Prabhat Patnaik (2024-03-23). Once more on poverty figures of India. mronline.org Poverty in short had increased significantly between 2011-12 and 2017-18. After 2017-18 we have had a pandemic, and a lockdown induced by it, from which the economy is just recovering, though unemployment today is higher than before the pandemic.

Daniel Tanuro (2024-03-23). Marx, Communism and Degrowth. internationalviewpoint.org Marx in the Anthropocene. Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism. Cambridge University Press, 2022. | – | / |

The Jones (2024-03-23). Chaos as Street Artists displaced by Sale of Public Sidewalk to Vendors in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Chaos unfolds as Santa Cruz and Global artists Alex Skelton and Joff Jones are confronted by territorial vendors, police officers, and more new regulations which see large areas of Pacific Avenue made exclusive and privatized by a new permitting system where certain individuals are apparently granted exclusive use of our Public Sidewalk if they pay money to the City. | This is a developing story. . .

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Stock market mulls future as IPOs slow. ecns.cn China's stock market is agog with talk about the sluggish IPO scene, which appears to have been exacerbated by, among other factors, the recent strengthening of regulations to improve market quality.

The Independent (2024-03-23). Kenya, Tanzania launch project to boost financial inclusion. independent.co.ug NAIROBI | Xinhua | Kenya and Tanzania on Friday launched a project in partnership with the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) to boost financial inclusion in the two countries. Simon Chelugui, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Cooperatives and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development told journalists in Nairobi, the …

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Chinese investments bring Africa benefits. ecns.cn As Africa strives to industrialize, the ability to bring prosperity, create jobs and improve incomes for all will be greatly helped by Chinese investments in the continent, as well as helping deepen the relationship between the two partners.

albawaba (2024-03-23). To avert government shutdown, US Congress approves $1.2 trillion budget. albawaba.com ALBAWABA – By a resounding vote of 74 to 24, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.2 trillion budget bill, hoping to avert a partial government shutdown.The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and is scheduled to provide funding for a few government departments through the end of the fiscal year 2024. The Senate is still to vote on the bill.The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion budget bill with 74 votes in favor and 24 against, easily securing its passage despite some delay.The bill will now go to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature, thereby avoiding a government shutdown brought on by financial limi…

channelnewsasia (2024-03-23). US Senate passes government funding Bill, averting shutdown. channelnewsasia.com

tvbrics (2024-03-23). CIS sectoral co-operation bodies continue to interact with BRICS, SCO and EAEU. tvbrics.com Commonwealth states intend to jointly implement targeted programmes…

channelnewsasia (2024-03-23). Singapore is capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games, observers say. But does it need to? channelnewsasia.com CNA looks at the relevance — and the possible political repercussions — of staging the multi-sport event.

WSWS (2024-03-23). The Democrats' "all-out war" on third parties and independent candidates. wsws.org The Democratic Party is spending millions of dollars on lawyers, operatives and propaganda to ensure workers and youth will have no choice in the 2024 US presidential election except Biden and Trump.

Editor (2024-03-23). Inequalities and concentration of wealth in USA have wide implications. mronline.org A study by the Urban Institute (UI) in 2018, before the pandemic struck, found that nearly 40 per cent of non-elderly adults and their families struggled to afford at least one basic need for health care, housing, utilities or food in 2017.

Talha Burki (2024-03-23). World Report] Research in Focus: Gates MRI. thelancet.com As a non-profit biopharmaceutical development organisation, Gates MRI hopes to solve the neglected problems of global health. By Talha Burki.

Alina Ramos Martin (2024-03-23). President López Obrador highlights strength of Mexico's economy. plenglish.com In the state of Veracruz, the president referred to the decision made on Thursday by the Bank of Mexico, which reduced the target for the overnight interest rate by 25 basis points to a level of 11 percent, effective as of Friday, according to a press release from the financial institution. | "It was a bold move, because rates in the United States do not want to move and here they are already lowering them, even if only slightly, and this could have led to a depreciation of the peso in relation to the dollar," but nothing happened, said the president, who considered it was a good decision. | He added that the lo…

Orinoco Tribune 2 (2024-03-23). Proletarian Internationalism: The Disconnect of the Western Left. orinocotribune.com By Agonas — Mar 20, 2024 | The Disconnect of the Western Left | Proletarian Internationalism stands as a cornerstone principle in socialist theory, rooted in the understanding that capitalism systematically exploits and oppresses the global working class. Advocating for a unified struggle against capitalist exploitation and imperialism, internationalism recognizes the interconnectedness of the modern world, necessitating a global approach to addressing social, economic, and environmental issues. | Within the Western left, particularly in affluent countries, there has been a noticeable detachment from the pri…

EcoWaste Coalition (2024-03-23). EcoWaste Coalition: True Radiance Comes from Within, Not from Skin Lightening Products with Mercury. pressenza.com Watchdog Group Backs UN Campaign to End Mercury Use in Cosmetics: | 23 March 2024, Quezon City. The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition, which has been tracking mercury in skin-lightening cosmetics in the Philippines since 2011, reiterated its support for the global effort to put an end to the persistent production, trade, and consumption of racist beauty products with mercury content that claim to whiten the skin and deal with other skin woes. | "We are one with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in emphasizing the urgency for e…

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Better support for housing emphasized. ecns.cn China will optimize its policies pertaining to the property sector and scale up the supply of high-quality housing projects so as to ensure the stable and healthy development of the real estate market, the State Council, the country's Cabinet, said on Friday.

The Independent (2024-03-23). NSSF Report: Savers are spending benefits on education, land. independent.co.ug Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A recent National Social Security Fund- NSSF beneficiary survey report indicates that savers are spending their benefits on non-income-generating expenses, such as education, constructing residential homes, and acquiring land. According to the report, the expenditures come at the expense of ensuring a decent standard of living after retirement, which contradicts …

Paulo Cabral (2024-03-23). The current status and potential of China-Honduras relations. america.cgtn.com One year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Honduras and China, there are already positive developments in trade exchanges and investments between the two nations. | Honduran Minister of Economic Development Fredis Cerrato talked to CGTN's Paulo Cabral in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa about the current status of the relationship and its future prospects.

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Insights | China's new quality productive forces will also benefit neighboring countries: Indian scholar. ecns.cn China is actually leading in so many areas of economic growth and its development also benefits neighboring countries, said Salikyu Sangtam, a professor from the Department of Political Science at Tetso College in Nagaland, India, during an interview with China News Network in Wuyishan, Nanping City of East China's Fujian Province, on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2024-03-23). Nations push for safe development of nuclear energy. ecns.cn More than 30 heads of state, government leaders, senior representatives and chiefs of international organizations attended the first-ever Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels on Thursday to highlight the role of nuclear energy in addressing the global challenges to reduce the use of fossil fuels, enhance energy security and boost economic development.

| Our Correspondent | (2024-03-23). Pakistan to get $107m SFD loan for two hydro projects. tribune.com.pk The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has signed two loan agreements to the tune of $107 million with Pakistan for hydropower projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). | A visiting SFD delegation called on Economic Affairs Minister Ahad Khan Cheema in Islamabad. | Later, Economic Affairs Division Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz and SFD CEO Sultan Bin Abdul Rehman Al-Marshad signed the loan pacts worth $66 million for the 48 MW Shounter Hydropower Project and $41 million for the 22 MW Jagran IV Hydropower Project. | According to a news statement issued by the Economic Affairs Division, these endeavours are aimed at harn…

Paul Martial (2024-03-23). New attempt at a unity government in Libya. internationalviewpoint.org Attempts to resolve the crisis are coming up against the interference of foreign powers and the leaders of militias who are profiting greatly from the country's troubles. | – | / |

| Talib Faridi | (2024-03-23). Railway track missing in port terminal revamp. tribune.com.pk An upgraded bulk cargo terminal has been developed at the Karachi Port but it lacks a railway track, sources on Friday said. | The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) had entered into a concession agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Group (ADPG) of the UAE government to operate the Karachi Gateway Terminal Limited (KGTL). | Under the pact, the terminal underwent modernisation at a cost of $220 million, with an additional investment of $1.8 billion over the next 10 years. | The capacity of the terminal has been increased, and the depth of the berths expanded to accommodate post-panamax vessels carrying 8,500 containers. | The…

albawaba (2024-03-23). Friendly: Argentina vs El Salvador predicted lineups. albawaba.com World champions Argentina face El Salvador in a friendly at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Friday.La Albiceleste will be without their captain Lionel Messi who is suffering from a minor hamstring injury.Match date: Friday, 22 March | Kick-off time: 00: 00 (GMT)…

Federico Fuentes, Mikhail Lobanov (2024-03-23). Russian leftists are planning to disrupt Putin's fake presidential election this weekend. internationalviewpoint.org "That is why I call on left groups, parties and trade unions in different countries to realise this and lend a helping hand to Russian socialists who are now regrouping and preparing for the future struggle." | – | / |

channelnewsasia (2024-03-23). President Tharman approves government's spending plan, says Singapore avoids 'magical thinking'. channelnewsasia.com

greenleft.org.au (2024-03-23). NSW Labor introduces ban on LGBTIQ conversion practices. greenleft.org.au

greenleft.org.au (2024-03-23). Forum condemns Labor's racist refugee policies. greenleft.org.au

channelnewsasia (2024-03-23). Commentary: Amid all the climate gloom, let's not ignore the good news. channelnewsasia.com Powerful economic and technological factors are driving the shift to clean energy, says the IEA's Fatih Birol for the Financial Times.

WSWS (2024-03-23). One week after Flint teachers' sickout, school board refuses to pay contractual wages. wsws.org The Flint school board is stonewalling teachers' demands instead offering to renegotiate an existing settlement to force through further budget cuts. For its part, the union has refused to honor the teachers' strike vote and is participating in talks.

The Independent (2024-03-23). Italy vows to renew economic presence in Uganda. independent.co.ug Rome, Italy | THE INDEPENDENT | Italy is embarking on a new era in its trade and investment relations with Uganda, with officials promising new and bigger investments in different sectors, especially agriculture, health and other sectors. This comes as the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation (FederUnacoma), is in the final stages of organizing this year's …

teleSUR, odr, YSM (2024-03-23). Presidente de Bolivia convoca participación en censo del 23 de marzo. telesurtv.net El mandatario llamó a la población boliviana a contribuir y colaborar en gran medida con el proceso censal.

GRAIN (2024-03-23). Food inflation: The math doesn't add up without factoring in corporate power. cadtm.org

CADTM International (2024-03-23). Women, especially some of them, are the first victims of wars, the Far-Right and the international financial system. All on strike and long live intersectional feminist struggles! cadtm.org

presstv.ir (2024-03-23). EU's shift towards 'war economy' amid Russia tensions. presstv.ir European Council President Charles Michel has warned that the European Union needs to ramp up its military production and shift to a war economy in response to an alleged threat posed by Russia.

Maximillian Alvarez, The Real News Network. (2024-03-22). A New Coalition Demands Healthcare And Justice For East Palestine. popularresistance.org This Saturday, March 23, unionists and labor leaders, environmental justice groups, community organizers, community members from other "sacrifice zones," and supporters from around the country are coming to East Palestine to join residents as part of the newly formed Justice for East Palestine Residents and Workers coalition. The coalition has come together in recent months and mobilized around the core objective of pressuring President Biden to invoke the Stafford Act and issue a major disaster declaration for East Palestine.

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