Europe

Exxon to Congress: Lift Cyprus Arms Embargo, There’s Gas Nearby

February 7, 2020

TRNN’s Steve Horn and The Intercept’s Lee Fang say a bill to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus and promote offshore gas in the region received lobbying support from ExxonMobil, and the pro-Israel and pro-Greece lobbies.

ExxonMobil Got Congress to Trade Arms for Offshore Gas

February 6, 2020

An obscure provision in the bipartisan spending bill passed in December 2019 lifts arms restrictions to Cyprus and boosts an offshore pipeline in the Mediterranean Sea. Exxon used lobbyists in both the EU and US, and other modes of influence, to promote the legislation.

Brexit Sparks Renewed Calls for Scottish Independence

February 3, 2020

Britain’s departure from the European Union has sparked calls for another referendum on Scottish independence.

Laura Flanders Show: Touretteshero Does Beckett

February 3, 2020

In this episode, Laura interviews British comedian and activist Jess Thom about her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play “Not I”. Thom’s work reveals how neurodiversity makes theater, society—everything!— richer.

France’s Anti-Neoliberal Protesters Get Their Second Wind

January 31, 2020

The strikers protesting President Macron’s pension reform are expanding their target to the whole neoliberal system. They’re gathering their forces for a new wave of opposition, says Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert.

Brexit Won’t Deliver What Conservatives Promised

January 28, 2020

The Johnson government said leaving the EU would allow the UK to regain its sovereignty so it can apply higher labor and environmental standards, but that was an empty promise, says University of London economist John Weeks.

‘Our House Is Still on Fire,’ Warns Greta Thunberg at Davos

January 21, 2020

Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Climate Activists Sound Alarm on Mediterranean Natural Gas Pipelines

January 21, 2020

Activists say the environmental risks of natural gas drilling are being ignored in the rush to challenge Russia’s control of the European energy market.

Turkey Cuts Deal with Russia, Intensifying the War for Gas in Libya

January 17, 2020

Turkey sent Syrian fighters to Libya to back the government and keep its control of offshore natural gas reserves. Egypt, Russia, ExxonMobil, Israel, and Greece are expanding Libya’s civil war in a fight over control of the natural gas that Europe needs.

France’s Strike: Another Symptom of Neoliberalism’s Legitimation Crisis

January 16, 2020

France’s public sector strike against pension reform is in its seventh week, the most serious such strike in French history. It fits very well in the context of the global revolt against neoliberalism, says Prof. Gabriel Rockhill.