Events as reported by reputable news services.
December 8: In France 125,000 ‘yellow vest’ protestors demonstrate with about 89,000 police officers (Mars) on duty. Tear gas (Neptune) and pepper spray (Mars) are used against the protesters. 1,385 people are arrested for carrying weapons (Mars). The protests have shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s authority.
December 7: It’s revealed that the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei faces fraud (Neptune) charges in the United States. Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Huawei’s founder, is accused of breaking American sanctions on Iran.
Wall Street (Neptune-house 5) ends a turbulent week (Mars) with a fall (Saturn) of 550 points. (Also...progressed Midheaven was conjunction birth chart Saturn in house 5 of America’s chart.
The US and UK accuse the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating (Neptune) a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack (Mars-Neptune) on November 24.
December 6: Peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war (Mars) in Yemen, described by the UN special envoy as an important milestone, start in Sweden. (Also...progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart.)
God of War (Mars) is named Game of the Year at The Game Awards annual awards ceremony (Neptune) in Los Angeles.
December 5: Japanese drugs giant (Neptune) Takeda's £46bn ($59bn) takeover of Irish pharmaceuticals firm Shire (Neptune) is approved by both sets of shareholders. Takeda will now be one of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical companies.
Two US Marine Corps aircraft (Neptune) collide (Mars) off the coast of south-western Japan in a training accident (Mars). Five US military personnel (Mars) are missing.
President Emmanuel Macron abandons (Saturn) a fuel-tax hike (Neptune) that his government said would only be suspended for six months. Scrapping the tax is welcomed by protestors. (Also...progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.)
December 4: Leading US senators, after receiving a CIA briefing, say they are more certain than ever Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing (Mars) of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
December 1: Protesters in central Paris clash with riot police (Mars) during a third weekend of ‘yellow vest’ rallies protesting high fuel prices (Neptune).
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, is arrested at Vancouver airport. She’s facing extradition to the United States amid reports she violated US sanctions against Iran (Neptune rules non-violent crime). On December 5 China demands her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation, and on December 6 news of her arrest sent world stock markets (Neptune) on a roller coaster ride.
November 29: Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, calls on NATO to send war ships (Mars) to patrol the Sea of Azov. It’s reported that the ports of Bardiansk and Mariupol are effectively under blockade (Pluto) with Russia refusing to let any Ukrainian vessels enter the Sea of Azov. (Also…progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart.)
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleads guilty to lying (Neptune) to Congress about Trump’s Russian business (Jupiter) contacts. (Also…progressed Mars was sesquisquare Jupiter in the Mars cycle.)
November 28: A chain reaction of exploding trucks (Mars) triggered by a blast (Mars) during the delivery of acetylene gas (Neptune) at a chemical plant (Neptune) in Zhangjiakou, China, kills 23 people and injures at least 22 others.
Queensland, Australia experiences catastrophic (Mars) weather conditions with 170 wildfires (Mars) burning out of control across the state.
November 26: Ukraine declares martial law (Mars) in part of the country.
November 25: Russia fires on (Mars) and seizes three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries. Two gunboats (Mars) and a tug and 23 crew members are captured by Russian forces. Russia has requested an emergency meeting (Mars) of the UN Security Council. (Also...progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart.)
Russia carries out air strikes against Syrian rebels it accuses of launching a chemical attack (Mars-Neptune) on the government-held city of Aleppo. Syria and its Russian allies say shells carrying toxic gas (Neptune) injured about 100 people late on Saturday (November 24).
The San Ysidro Port of Entry, the largest border crossing on the Mexico-United States border, is closed after US border patrol agents (Mars) fire tear gas (Neptune) at Central American migrants (Uranus) attempting to enter into the United States to seek asylum. (Also…Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.)
November 24: In Paris, France police (Mars) use tear gas (Neptune) and water cannon to disperse protestors (Uranus) demonstrating against rising fuel (Neptune) prices. (Also…progressed Mars was semisquare Uranus in the Mars cycle.)
November 23: An explosion (Mars) kills at least 35 people and wounds at least 55 at a market in Kalaya, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northern Pakistan.
November 22: Donald Trump says the CIA did not conclude that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that ‘maybe he did and maybe he didn’t’. Is Neptune writing Donald Trump’s script?
November 21: US oil prices (Neptune) sink to their lowest level since October 2017 as comments by Donald Trump made in support of Saudi Arabia added to concerns about an oversupply of oil relative to its demand. In early October, West Texas Intermediate crude traded above $74 a barrel. Today it’s at $53. Saudi Arabia’s role in maintaining low oil prices keeps Trump happy. He praised and thanked the kingdom. Turkey blasted (Mars) his comments as ‘comic’! It seems that Saudi Arabia’s oil (Neptune) allows it to get away with murder (Mars).
November 19/20: Nissan and Mitsubishi shares slump following the arrest of chairman, Carlos Ghosn. He’s accused of under reporting his income, using company assets for personal purposes and filing annual securities reports containing fake (Neptune) statements. (Neptune rules non-violent, white-collar crime.)
Romaine lettuce is linked to an E. coli (food poisoning) outbreak in the US and Canada.
November 19: Four people including a doctor (Mars), pharmaceutical assistance (Neptune) and a police officer (Mars) are shot (Mars) and killed at a Chicago hospital. The gunman shot and killed himself after being shot by the police.
November 18: Emmanuel Macron calls for closer ties between his country and Germany, saying Europe ‘has the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos (Neptune)’.
November 17: In France 280,000 people take to the streets, angry (Mars) at rising fuel prices (Jupiter-Neptune). Drivers are on the warpath because the price of diesel fuel has risen by around 23% over the past 12 months. They accused President Emmanuel Macron of abandoning ‘the little people’. Some demonstrators (Uranus) called for his resignation. (Also…progressed Uranus was sextile Neptune in the Uranus cycle.)
November 16: The Argentine Navy announces that ARA San Juan (S-42), an Argentine submarine (Neptune) that disappeared on November 15, 2017, with 44 crew onboard, has been found on the seabed in the South Atlantic Ocean.
At least 42 people die in a deadly fire (Mars) aboard a bus in Zimbabwe. 20 others are injured.
November 15: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor concludes that an intelligence officer ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The officer was tasked with persuading the dissident journalist to return to the Gulf kingdom on October 2 but after a struggle in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Khashoggi was given lethal injection (Neptune) and his body dismembered (Mars).
The public prosecutor has charged 11 people over the murder (Mars) and is seeking the death penalty (Mars) for five of them. Investigations into another 10 people suspected of involvement continue.
The US treasury department imposes economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who it said had 'targeted and brutally killed' Khashoggi, who lived and worked in the US, and had to ‘face consequences for their actions’.
Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal is in turmoil with 8 government officials quitting. It’s a complicated (Neptune) dilemma which keeps escalating in its complexity. You may think that Britain has gone a little bit mad.
November 14: Taliban kill 30 policemen (Mars) in an attack (Mars) on an outpost in Farah Province, Afghanistan.
The Cameroonian Armed Forces kill at least 30 Ambazonian separatists in two-days of intense clashes (Mars) in Cameroon’s English-speaking region.
Seven MONUSCO peacekeepers are killed in clashes (Mars) with militia (Mars) in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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