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The war of Argentina on foreign multinationals

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A cable from September 2007, reveals some US serious concerns about the fact that Exxon-Mobil and other multinationals were indirectly forced to abandon Argentina under Nestor Kirchner administration.
The letter is particularly revealing because it also …

Almost half of Indians out of drinking water by 2030, 600 million facing shortages

Hundreds of millions of Indians are in need of clean water and demand may twice exceed the available supply by 2030, a government think tank has warned. 200,000 people already die annually due to drought and water contamination.
The second-largest population in the world is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, with the situation deteriorating year by year, according to a study by the government-run National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) think tank.
The study found 21 of the busiest cities in India, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, are expected to reach zero groundwater levels by 2020, affecting 100 million people, according to the study.
Currently, 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress and about [200,000] people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water,” the study warned.
The unfolding crisis is only going to get worse, NITI Aayog predicted. In just over 10 years, hundreds of millions of Indians would b…

How Saudi Arabia tried to blame Doctors Without Borders after bombing its cholera treatment center in Yemen

Saudi Arabia tried to blame Doctors Without Borders after the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed the medical group’s cholera treatment center in Yemen. MSF says this is ridiculous and false.
by Ben Norton
The Saudi embassy in the United States pointed the finger at Doctors Without Borders after the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed the medical humanitarian group’s newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen.
The Saudi government circulated a misleading fax from a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employee, to try to absolve itself of responsibility for the airstrike. I contacted MSF for clarification, and the organization said the fax is being misrepresented, and strongly condemned the “unacceptable attack on a medical facility.
On June 11, the US-backed Saudi coalition waging war on Yemen bombed a cholera treatment center in the northwestern town of Abs. This medical facility, which had just been built, was operated by MSF, and was clearly marked on the roof with the logos of MSF and t…

WHO lists video game addiction as mental health disorder

If you’ve ever worried about friends or family shutting themselves off in front of a computer, frantically pushing buttons for hours, you had every right. Video game addiction has now been classified as a mental health disorder.
‘Gaming disorder’ is now listed in the recently updated International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which now covers about 55,000 injuries and diseases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said victims of the disorder devote so much of their time to virtual worlds that it “takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” playing for increasingly long periods of time despite the obvious negative consequences on their real life.
The WHO said that including gaming disorder in its official list will help doctors and families identify the symptoms better and faster.
Linking routine gaming to actual mental pathology will allow health workers “to take action to prevent suffering and save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in…

Germany ‘likely to miss’ goal of cutting emissions by 40% by 2020

Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the environment minister said Monday. Official estimates project that Europe’s biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, AP reported.
The next target, a decade later, calls for a 55 percent drop in emissions from 1990. “It’s painful for me to have to tell you that we will miss the targets we’ve set for ourselves for 2020,” Svenja Schulze told delegates from more than 30 governments in Berlin. They gathered to prepare for an annual global climate summit in December.
Setting her sights on 2030, Schulze said all sectors of the German economy would have to contribute cuts, but singled out transportation in particular. Emissions there remain at 1990 levels.

Turkish soldiers deployed in Syria’s Manbij

Turkish troops have begun carrying out duties in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, according to NTV. The broadcaster earlier cited local sources as saying Turkish soldiers had entered the outskirts of Manbij. The move is part of a deal agreed with the United States. Earlier this month, Ankara and Washington endorsed a roadmap for the withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Manbij and the deployment of Turkish and US forces in the region to secure the area.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria’s Manbij area. Turkey’s armed forces announced earlier that they had started patrols with US soldiers along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij. Ankara says that Kurdish YPG militia fighters are based there. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group. Erdogan made the comments in a campaign rally in the northern provin…

Chinese tariffs target American nuts & hundreds of other products

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In an attempt to kick Washington in its natural resources, Beijing has revealed a list of US goods set to be affected by the first round of retaliatory tariffs that will come into effect on July 6.
China will set a 25-percent tariff on 545 American products worth $50 billion in agriculture products, cars, and seafood, according to Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency. The decision on the remaining 114 items, including chemicals, medical equipment, and energy industry products, will be “announced later.”
Last week, the White House announced import levies targeting $50 billion of goods from China, aiming to curb unfair trade practices by Beijing. The measure, which comes into effect on July 6, targets 1,102 separate product categories, with the first package of tariffs to be applied to $34 billion of Chinese goods.
China, the world’s largest commodities consumer, started levying additional taxes on American fruit, nuts, pork, and wine in retaliation to US President Donald Trump’s…