“By sowing chaos [abroad], they’ve got chaos at home. Everything they’ve been embedding into the world’s consciousness—they’re reaping it now.”—Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, on current events in the United States.
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.”—African proverb
“Thanks to [China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, the World Health Organization and the United Nations] who have all donated supplies recently. Genuine humanitarian aid is arriving to our country to attend to the health of our people. Thank God Venezuela has some true friends in the world. We aren’t alone!”—Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela
“US gross national debt has exceeded $26 trillion.”—US Treasury Department
•The “richest,” most powerful country in the world is in debt to the tune of $26 million million!
“The Democratic Party [in the United States] exists to co-opt and kill authentic change movements.”—Headline on RT
“Lives don’t seem to matter in Yemen . . . Arab lives in Syria haven’t mattered to more than a handful of people . . . When black people hung like strange fruit from Libyan trees following the UK/US/French invasion of the country and the sodomising with a bayonet of its leader, liberals like Hillary Clinton and David Cameron laughed—literally, in Clinton’s case.”—George Galloway
“If we are not careful it will become a cultural revolution disconnected from the political and economic revolution and [serve] the interests of the rich and powerful.”—George Galloway
“Venezuela will have its elections. We do not care about the European Union.”—Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela
“Something that has taught Cubans to recognize divisive and subversive maneuvers, a key component of hostile US policy toward Cuba, is the shameless way they use, and discard, individuals, whenever it serves their purpose—be it a specific person or a council of several, who take the lead on the ground in their unrelenting attacks.”—Granma International
“I thought this situation would force the world to act in a different way and be more human. But I have realised I was wrong. The rich are getting more rich and the poor more poor. I certainly admire the effort of the [Cuban] government to try to guarantee food for all the people but it is difficult when they don’t have enough resources.”—Javier Domínguez, contributor to Socialist Voice, on the situation in Cuba and the continuing inequality in the world
“It’s common for smaller countries such as Ireland who come onto the UN Security Council to work with countries of similar values to try to get resolutions passed which are sustainable over a period of time.”—The Journal, on Ireland’s election to the UN Security Council.
•“Similar values”—only time will tell what that means.
“Trump talks tough on Venezuela, but admires thugs and dictators like Nicolás Maduro. As President, I will stand with the Venezuelan people and for democracy.”—The hopeless US presidential candidate Joe Biden, attacking Donald Trump for even considering the possibility of meeting the Venezuelan president
“We strongly support your commitment to combating foreign diktat and any attempts at blatant interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state, opposing any attempts at a forced regime change.”—Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, to Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan foreign minister