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Battle for Babi Yar

by Oui Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 01:00:30 PM EST

An earlier diary -- To Intervene or Not to Intervene -- Role Military Force | by Oui Sat Feb 19th, 2022 |

The horror scenario unfolding, televised.

Propaganda on the grave of 100,000 victims of German Einsatzgruppen in September 1941.

Holocaust: The Killing Fields of Ukraine

Boris Johnson's promises to the Ukrainian people

Johnson was taking questions from journalists at the British Embassy in Warsaw ....

    "Britain guarantees our security under the Budapest Memorandum so you're coming to Poland, you are not coming to Kyiv, prime minister .. because you are afraid."

'You're in Poland not Kyiv - because you're afraid': Ukrainian reporter begs PM for no-fly-zone | ITV |

Ms Daria Kaleniuk, the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre  (AntAC), a civil society organisation, added: "Ukrainian people are desperately asking for the rights to protect our sky, we are asking for a no-fly zone - what's the alternative for the no-fly zone?"

Mr Johnson said: "I'm acutely conscious that there is not enough that we can do, as the UK government, to help in the way that you want and I've got to be honest about that.

"When you talk about the no-fly zone, as I said to (Ukrainian President) Volodymyr Zelensky a couple of times, unfortunately the implication of that is the UK would be engaged in shooting down Russian planes, it would be engaged in direct combat with Russia.

"That's not something that we can do or that we've envisaged. The consequences of that would be truly very, very difficult to control."

Liz Truss ... the UK leads Europe against Russia

Liz Truss set for Moscow showdown as Britain leads alliance against Russian war threat | Express - Jan. 23, 2022 |

Stoltenberg on Poland MIG-29 delivery

No fighter plane transfers to Ukraine through allied airspace | Stars and Stripes - March 1, 2022 |

On Monday, the European Union's high representative, Josep Borrell, said numerous countries were prepared to provide Ukraine with fighter jets. And Ukraine's parliament said Monday that Poland was among the countries ready to provide Soviet-era MiG-29 fighters.

Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke ambiguously Tuesday about how or whether those planes would arrive.

But one day after a top European Union official said some countries were ready to provide fighters to Ukraine, NATO appears to have put on the brakes.

Reporter (TVN 24): Good morning, TVN 24 (Reporter). I would like to ask about the support of NATO to Ukraine. And I would like to ask about the combat jets, fighter that Ukraine has asked for. Has Ukraine already been provided with them or if not is it going to be provided with them? And will NATO make it possible for Ukraine to use NATO airfields or airbases like for example, this one we are at here today?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: Well NATO stands in solidarity with Ukraine. NATO Allies have imposed severe costs on Russia for its totally unjustified and reckless invasion of Ukraine and we will hold both Russia and Belarus accountable for what they are doing by enabling the Russian invasion of Ukraine. NATO Allies have imposed costs on Russia by implementing severe sanctions. We actually addressed those sanctions in the phone call with President Biden and President Duda, and other NATO leaders  and the EU. NATO Allies provide different types of military support: material, anti-tank weapons, air defense systems and other types of military equipment for Ukraine, humanitarian aid and also financial support. But NATO is not to be part of the conflict. NATO is not going to send the troops into Ukraine or move planes into Ukrainian airspace. Then, I think it is for President Duda to answer the question about Potential Polish planes being made available For the Ukrainian Air Force.

Speaking with one voice willing to negotiate, speaking with one voice willing to enter the war through Poland and deception, letting Borrell do our defense planning in a moment of crisis? Where is Ursula Von Der Leyen when she's needed?

Sending F-35s to protect #WeAreNATO ...

Patriots needed at home ...

Patriot Pac-3 missiles should protect our Rotterdam port ! Bart Groothuis VVD |

The port of Rotterdam could become an important target for Russia if a large-scale conflict with the West breaks out. That is why, among other things, Patriot missiles must be placed near the port. That is what VVD MEP Bart Groothuis says. 'The supply of NATO military equipment to Europe must be guaranteed, I think that is insufficiently the case.'

Where Dutch PM Mark Rutte find these candidates for parliament? Read a chapter on the Liberation of Europe in 1945 and knows it all! A mockery to give peace a chance.

Dutch entrepreneurs, Rotterdam port worried about Russian invasion of Ukraine | NL Times |

MDCSA - Make Dutch Colonies Strong Again

Dutch Solidarity with Ukraine ...

Biden SOTU speech the US will not fight Putin leads pariah state

The Azov Battalion: Extremists defending Mariupol | Mar 18, 2022 | plus video

Meta ruling praise for Azov battalion as a unit of Ukrainian National Guard

[Apparently once made public, Meta reversed course ... what a complete idiocy]

Key words: 1948 Czechoslovakia - 1956 Budapest - 1960 Rise and Fall Berlin Wall - 1968 Prague - 2022 ostracized/exclusion

Complete failure to give peace a chance starting in Europe ... a division created by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld after 9/11 attacks on America. [Update-1]

The false promise of continental concert: Russia, the West and the necessary balance of power

    Hans Morgenthau felt compelled to refer to Winston Churchill in the opening to his assessment of what the United States should do at the point—in 1951—when it stood on the brink of an enduring conflict with the Soviet Union. ‘There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away,’ the British statesman was quoted as saying, after which Morgenthau went in search of the intellectual strength and political will that a successful balance of power policy necessitates.


Following your link :
Updated: 03/01/2022 02:57 PM EST

A proposed deal to allow Ukrainian pilots to fly fighter jets donated by European Union countries has fallen apart.

Over the course of a confusing 48 hours, the EU announced it had brokered an arrangement for member states to allow Ukrainian pilots to start flying their used Russian fighter planes, only to have those countries deny there was any such deal even as Kyiv trumpeted the impending arrival of the jets.

The dissolution of the deal comes as European countries lined up Monday to announce new weapons packages for Ukraine, from anti-armor and anti-air rockets to artillery and medical supplies.

But the announcement Sunday by EU security chief Josep Borrell that fighter jets were also on their way appeared to be a game-changer for European military assistance. Borrell was forced to walk his pronouncement back somewhat by Monday, acknowledging that any transfers wouldn't come from the EU itself, but would instead be donated "bilaterally" by individual EU countries.

Soon after, a Ukrainian government official told POLITICO their country had sent pilots to Poland to pick up the jets and the Ukrainian parliament announced that the planes from Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland would soon be on their way. But by Tuesday, Bulgaria and Slovakia said there was no deal to send fighters, and the Polish president, appearing at a Polish air base alongside NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, said no planes would be flying any time soon.

Someone's put the frighteners on the leadership of Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 01:40:07 PM EST

PMQs live: Boris Johnson quizzed by Keir Starmer over lack of sanctions on Roman Abramovich | The Guardian |

A show of unity? A cheap shot to score political points ... Europe is at war, people are dying ... it's not a digital game we are watching. Utter despair ... failure of all.

UK relaxes visa rules for Ukrainian refugees as Johnson warns millions could flee | Reuters |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 01:41:26 PM EST
Not being in the EU gives the UK a competitive advantage.

So, their list of Russian banks sanctioned is shorter, ensuring lucrative transactions. Likewise, the list of oligarchs sanctioned.

Boris owes his political life to Putin. The war came just in time to save his sorry arse.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:19:32 PM EST
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'selling UK properties' as Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss claims he has been offered the chance to buy the club
"I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich. I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2billion. But Chelsea has no money. As of today, we don't know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first.
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 11:57:09 PM EST
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I would nevertheless put a nuclear war clause into any contract from now on ... 😖

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 05:17:55 AM EST
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The Twitter generation ... we communicate in 140 words or less and plan just one day ahead ... morons 😡

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 01:47:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:04:06 PM EST
Offset rise in cost of living, don't feel the crunch.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:05:19 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:06:09 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:14:54 PM EST
Not all men are created equal ...

Foreign students stuck at Ukraine border complain of racism | France24 |

Charles Michel in Poland explained these reports are Russian disinformation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:49:33 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 06:58:26 PM EST
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Charles Michel: "We have different opinions on the enlargement of the European Union".

Besides, there aren't enough chairs for everyone!

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:51:01 PM EST

Doubts over whether all EU nations support Ukraine joining the bloc | EuroNews |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:53:53 PM EST

Crucial NATO ally, endured the Cuban missile crisis ... today key ally in conflict East-West. France strongly opposed, maximum pressure from America to welcome Turkey in European Union. Not meddling by the way ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:55:30 PM EST
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Convergence with (what's left of) European core values under the capable stewardship of Mr Erdogan : let's call it divergence. (press freedoms, separation of powers, repression of minorities, I could go on all day)

And it was his call, and his objective.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 04:29:41 PM EST
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Covered Erdoğan in many, many diaries @BooMan for many years ... bloggers thought I was too harsh on the ruler ... I covered many of the protests and troublesome reaction by police or National Guard. Gas canisters to suppress crowds and armored vehicles -- Made in USA and Israel

Erdogan: A New Hitler Stands Up | by Oui - Nov 28, 2015 |

○ Moscow decree putting economic sanctions in place and mobilizing armed forces in Black Sea region

Quite irritating, former US Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker [later of Ukraine fame - 😖] arguing in support of Turkey in a panel discussion/debate on France24. Had to see with what other purpose this useful idiot was putting forth this view from the US. Apparently, Volker has found a new purpose in life outside of NATO as leader of a John McCain "think-tank".  

A transport of 800 guns intercepted in Trieste (Italy) originating from Turkey, headed for Belgium -

○ Carico di armi da guerra sequestrato a Trieste | La Stampa |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 04:48:41 PM EST
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OK, so you admit that you were joking talking about Turkey joining the EU.

I was strongly in favour 20 years ago, by the way. Blocked by racism and Christianism. But [thought experiment] it would have been problematic giving Turkey candidate status, once Erdogan was in control.

It has been argued that Erdogan took the authoritarian trajectory once Europe rejected Turkey... I think that the perspective of the EU would have caused Turkish electors to ditch Erdogan fairly quickly.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 05:34:48 PM EST
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Erdoğan is a useful idiot for Mark Rutte to secure a general election victory ... he switches electorate votes with Geert Wilders and greatest idiot Thierry Baudet. So now and then sweet Mark throws the hard working, low wages Turkish population under the election bus.

Rutte gets firm with Turkey days before election | Irish Times - Mar 12, 2017 | ... perpetuating his political career as PM above a decade or so ...

The large population especially in Germany from Turkish descent are discriminated and victim of racism and racial profiling. Recall the string of murders that didn't meet the threshold for a full blown forensics and police investigation.

The vast majority of Turks vote for the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) ... very satisfying for Erdogan, so he commands his Turks living in Western Europe. Grey Wolves in both The Netherlands and Germany. Thank goodness France rejected Turkey for EU membership ... it could have been a path for stability in Near Asia, acceptance of Kurdish people, Israel/Palestine issue and perhaps human rights insofar the EU bothers with economic trade and partners.

Too long new EU members got a free pass on governance and corruption. Sometimes a country needs to exit to duck regulations (environment), labor laws, and financial corruption.

Related reading ...

Dutch Qualify for 6th Eyes Intelligence Group

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 07:40:08 PM EST
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Not everything, is about Mark Rutte; and Turkey is much bigger than domestic Dutch politics (or French one for that matter).

Oui: Grey Wolves in both The Netherlands and Germany. Thank goodness France rejected Turkey for EU membership ... it could have been a path for stability in Near Asia

The Grey Wolves (can we call them fascist goons yet?) are also present in France where there tried to terrorize the Armenian community in the Lyon area.

And no, an authoritarian regime is not allowed to join the EU; Turkey has gone backward and it's Erdogan's, not the EU's fault.

And what about that authoritarian-strongmen-as-"path for stability" shtick? That's a reasoning straight out of the Reagan's Central America years.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 07:57:07 PM EST
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#Kurzarbeitergeld - thanking Chancellor Scholz.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 03:54:34 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 09:39:52 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 11:58:06 PM EST
I listened carefully to Blinken's statement last night ... that is not what he officially told the world ... be careful not to spread information or you will be silenced ... or worse.

Taking the moral high ground, Blinken's carefully chosen words to justify further escalation scared the hell out of me ... just a few steps to showdown at O.K. Corrall ... Tombstone territory.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 05:26:45 AM EST
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The target was a big TV tower that happens to be next door to the Babi Yar memorial (300 m said the Israeli fellow you quoted above). Ukrainian propaganda, which has been running circles around the Russian one for the past week, has turned this into: Attack on Babi Yar.

Not that Jewish people in Kyiv are reassured:

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 08:57:58 PM EST
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RT HD, RT Esp HD and RT France HD are switched off on Astra Sat 19.2°E.
It's a shame!  Danke Lügenursel aka Flintenuschi!
h/t Wolle @MofA

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Sunday that Kremlin-backed RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and Sputnik, would be banned in the EU.

Authoritarianism ... not a democracy ... wow, a first not even during the Cold War and the Red Danger ... crazy stuff. Definitely a show of weakness.

Czechia Mulls Penalizing Support of Ukraine Invasion | Balkan Insight - March 1, 2022 |

Publicly backing the Russian invasion of Ukraine might be subject to custodial sentences of up to three years, Czechia's Supreme State Attorney Igor Striz said in a statement on Saturday.

By the following day, Czech police were already investigating dozens of cases, local news site TN Nova reported. Czech police spokesman Ondrej Moravcik said: "We will carefully evaluate such actions and thoroughly analyse whether they represent such crimes."

The Public Prosecutor's Office appealed for Czech citizens to stay within the confines of the country's constitutional and legal restrictions. Although freedom of expression is stipulated in the Czech constitution, meaning everyone has the right to express their views, it also has its limits just as in any democratic state.

This means that "under certain conditions", anyone publicly supporting or praising the leaders of the Russian Federation regarding the country's attack on Ukraine could face criminal charges, including at demonstrations or even online, Striz said.

Jail Time for Czechs Agreeing With Russian Intervention - similar laws in Slovakia & Latvia

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:13:44 AM EST

Amid war, an independent Russian radio station goes silent | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:14:43 AM EST
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Spanish Class and Sputnik Do Not Match

This is logical, likely the beginning of much worse though ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 10:10:28 AM EST
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - The Kirov Ballet

A last viewing before all of Russia is erased?

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 12:00:36 PM EST
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Telesur President Condemns Censorship of Sputnik and RT

Patricia Villegas, journalist and president of the multi-state television station Telesur, condemned the censorship of Sputnik and RT in the European Union. She expressed her solidarity with all the workers of these media and at the same time recommended taking action to guarantee the right to information for all citizens.

Patricia Villegas has worked for Telesur for 16 years, eleven of them as president of this multi-state television station. Since its inception in 2005, it set out to voice the peoples and struggles that the big media corporations silenced. Since then, this media has had to overcome several censorship attempts, threats, sieges and aggressions against its journalists.

"What Telesur has experienced in our region has been like the first step of what the European Union has now done against the Russian media. Telesur has had to overcome not only the censorship of its signal in key and decisive moments in Latin America, such as the coup d'état in Honduras, in Bolivia, the attempted coup in Ecuador against President Rafael Correa, but also the fact that many other countries and their cable systems, which are owned by those who produce the content, have deliberately never allowed our signal to enter the platforms of their respective countries", explains Villegas.

Especially in Latin America, one has to point out that this presence has been very, very significant in crucial moments of the recent history of the region, and to see how this voice is turned off before the European public, not only fills us with indignation and sadness, but also generates a reaction of having to continue fighting because we are seeing the actions of the dictatorship to turn off the symphony of voices so necessary in any situation, but much more in war", she warns.

Over a decade ago one could find a documentary about the Russian countryside, way of life in rural areas, or an interview worthwhile to watch. Since that time RT deteriorated to a mouthpiece of the Kremlin. Declaring Russia a pariah state in 2007, has only made things worse. Failure to communicate and exchange views will inevitably lead to conflict and war.

Interesting .. Upset Victory In Chile | Dec 20th, 2021 |

Coverage of U.S. meddling in Latin America ...

U.S. Interference and Troubles In the Americas | Feb 24th, 2019 |

Refugees: Honduras Drugs Cartel and US Business Interests | Mar 10th, 2021 |

Honduras: First woman president? | Nov 28th, 2021 |

    Married to the former President Man Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup in 2009, she has stood on a platform of "democratic socialism", which includes plans to decriminalise abortion, create an anti-corruption commission, bring down soaring utility bills and dismantle drug-trafficking networks. More worrying for Washington, she also plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with mainland China at the cost of relations with Taiwan.

Related ...

Honduras on Slippery Slope | Posted by ask - Sep 22, 2009 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:19:30 AM EST
Promising ... even EU leadership has practical fluidity ...

Michel silent over unofficial document mulling border changes in Western Balkans | EurActiv - April 16, 2021 |

On Thursday (15 April), a Ljubljana-based outlet, necenzurirano.si published what it said was a `non-paper' allegedly authored by Prime Minister Janez Janša, or someone from his inner circle, proposing possible border changes to address lingering malaise in the former Yugoslavia, titled Western Balkans - a Way Forward.

Janša has denied writing the document and his office, contacted by EURACTIV, said it "does not further comment" on the issue.

Bosnian media were the first to report that Janša had handed over a document with guidelines on the "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia" to European Council President Charles Michel in February or March this year.

Is it time to redraw borders in the Balkans? | TRT World |

Related ...

Prime Minister Janez Janša presents the achievements of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Brussels | Slovenia - Dec. 16, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 01:15:57 PM EST
8 Years siege of Luhansk and Donetsk ... not committing to N4 talks and Minsk Agreemsnts ... talking peace should have killed off war hawks and politicians on both sides who decided to go to the edge of the ravine ... I'm seething mad ... always people in war take the brunt and women and children suffering the most ... widows and orphans. I visited the Verdun war memorials in France ... villages with missing men ... landscape of burial grounds as far as the eye  can see ... lies not on the route du soleil.

Churchill - a 'founding father' of the European Union - would vote to Remain

European failure will forever erase the innocence and effort building peace through the EEC. It's foundation not shaken, but cracked. Building colonial empires is not what we do. The Atlanticists have succeeded to divide Europe. Farage and Johnson be forever damned. US Presidents and Congress did the rest. NATO turned out to be a pawn of evil force.

The EU's role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding: four key challenges

After 9/11 and strengthening the tools for warfare by NATO participating in decades long wars of colonization around the globe ... the science of building peace was lost. Trump presidency the EU managed to survive, Biden's hawkish policy after the Afghanistan defeat, wrecked the unity of an already cracked EU.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 03:13:15 PM EST
Ukraine's Zelenskyy invites Putin to meet in war-torn Donbas | DW News - April 16, 2021 |

Zelensky visits front line in eastern Ukraine | UkrInform - Dec. 6, 2021 |

Zelensky warns Putin: No bunker can protect you from God | JPost |

Russian forces continued to bombard civilian sites as Ukraine pleads for no-fly zone.

Related reading ...

Ukraine: crisis between Russia and the west in the region has been brewing for 30 years | The Conversation - Dec. 9, 2021 |

Latest news WaPo: "Ukraine is winning the information war"

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 03:14:39 PM EST
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wow... a week into a war that was never going to happen, and it's still all Washington's / EU's / anyone but Putin's fault.

Keep it up. We are relying on you and your RT feed.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 04:35:42 PM EST
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You are not well in reading ... for a decade I have not watched or listened to Russia Today as it has become a mouthpiece of the Kremlin and does not meet journalism standards.

I do not do censorship in a democracy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 08:45:35 PM EST
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Respectfully, it would help if you were clearer in your writing. Quoting stuff by the kilometer doesn't make your point any clearer.

And a large part of it has been mostly denouncing NATO aggression and US (and EU, and Rutte, and...) in the face of the biggest military build-up and now the invasion of an independent country by its neighbor for the first time since the 1940's.

Forgive me for not spending enough time for deciphering your lengthy tirades: if you want to be understood, please do some editing and get to the point. If you don't, that's fine, it's a free place; I'll just skip over your writings, nothing personal.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 09:06:48 PM EST
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... civilian casualties are still only in triple digits ... WTF

This war was needless ... many saw the risk of escalation coming for over a decade. We have the science to make war ... in the previous Cold War we had the science to make and keep the peace. After the fall of Communism in both Russia and China, the western Atlanticists sought to install a Unipolar Power grab by military means.

Russia is a provincial military power with little economic means to sustain its population. It has a build the necessary nuclear deterrence to survive their system of governing. The West used to have a policy of coexistence ... see Willy Brandt, I admired him and he was a hero to Americans. Angela Merkel deserves respect, she was spat upon by Trump & Co. ... shameful.

The biggest powers involved in the Ukraine crisis carry just as much responsibility and failed in coming together and even negotiate with Russia. The military might of England, France, US and NATO has never before come together in human history. The dumba$$es failed the Ukrainian people. SHAME and murderous the cyclus of escalation.

Oké the EU has used the repressive tool of censorship ... the ultimate sign of weakness. Unbelievable funding of Western propaganda has spread over us. Usually in Hilversum we are treated with a small fish to explain the Kremlin and Putin and are the likes of Anne Applebaum or Radek Sikorski invited for their announced "neutral" expertise. Yesterday in the studio the NATO deputy SG to inform us what is right and what is wrong. Treated as a royal highness and the presentator gave him an uninterrupted stage. America historicus Maarten van Rossem was told to shut up.

This evening the studio got James Clapper in an interview to spread his truths. WTF

In my lifetime, I was witness to multiple millions of deaths directly linked with military aggression of the United States of America. We [America] do not respect borders or sovereignty of states, we shred the UN Charter, we don't do ICC except for our adversaries ... we basically do not do good, nor are we held accountable. There are notable repeat offenders and whether Democrat or Republican, the job is there.

We should be better than "them". We are not "exceptional" as it reminds me of the übermensch class. We do make mistakes ... a debate or discussion or negotiation should never end. War in Europe is not an option, never!

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 08:39:17 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:10:18 PM EST
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Thanks for a somewhat-clearer statement of your views.
I disagree that Putin could have been appeased.

I agree about Merkel, and I revere Willy Brandt. I find it interesting that Putin waited until Merkel was out of power before launching his anschluss; if anyone could have made a difference, it is she. Macron made a good-faith attempt, but he was clearly getting the run-around, it is crystal clear that Putin wasn't interested in negotiating anything; his non-negotiable demands were clearly complete bullshit, designed to be unacceptable.

You can tell me all day that Russia is historically justified in having an irrational fear of invasion; it remains true that any such fear is irrational. Nobody in Europe (nor, I daresay, in the US) is interested in putting troops on Russian soil. Do you really believe the contrary?

Still. Until a week ago, your position was respectable enough. But once Russian troops entered Ukraine, it became clear that this whole charade had been, from the beginning, about taking back control of Ukraine, because what was fundamentally unacceptable for Putin (and non-negotiable for the European actors) was that Ukraine should be a liberal democracy, rather than a Russian vassal state. He has made it clear that he believes that redefining borders would be historically legitimate and desirable.

It follows, in my view, that 100% of the responsibility for this entirely optional war is on Putin.

It seems that you believe the contrary. Can you outline the concessions that the other parties (Biden, the EU, individual countries, NATO ?) should have made, starting in December (no, not going back decades, please, we're talking about the current crisis) in order to avert war?

I don't really believe that you defend the idea of war to change borders. But perhaps you do?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 08:11:24 AM EST
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I honestly don't see how the fear being irrational or not has anything to do with, well, anything.
My reference here is of course the Iraq war, where the neocon cabal were on a mission to remake the Middle East and the world, intending a short stop in Baghdad before they moved in on Tehran. Their stated reason was a violation of the disarmament treaty they forced on them after the last war. Now, as we all know, the WMDs were entirely fake and even if Iraq had had them that would hardly have justified a war of aggression. After all they would have been entirely defensive in nature. Yet despite the obvious futility there was an enormous effort to prove a negative. Weapon inspectors looked under every rock, half the world was contorting itself to assuage the Americans' stated concerns.
Now, what do we have in this case? Well, the WMDs, or the quest for NATO membership is real, and the peace treaty has not been implemented. Would the Russians have found another excuse, because the Kremlin is driven by an irredentionist drive to recreate the Russian empire? Obviously it's impossible to say with 100% certainty, but we didn't try at all.

So to answer the stated question: A public committment that Ukraine would not be accepted into NATO. Hardly a big ask since the only purpose of the organization is to fight a war with Russia and no one is willing to do that over Ukraine as we see now. Then a recommittment to the treaty of Minsk. Also not that big of a concession since we already accepted it after 2014.
Would that have prevented the war? I certainly don't know, but the attempt wasn't made.

by generic on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:02:53 PM EST
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I see two possibilities.

1) An assurance that Ukraine will never be accepted into NATO, [presumably decided by some sort of NATO meeting with the power to make such a decision (?) ] would obviously have been perceived as a betrayal by the Ukrainian government, and rightly so. It would have been perceived, rightly, by Putin as a licence to do as he saw fit with Ukraine, which would this be implicitly recognised as his back yard.
He would then have proceeded to do as he saw fit with Ukraine; perhaps promising to stop doing so if the front line states were excluded from NATO.

2) Putin would have said "But you haven't stripped the front line states of their NATO membership, which I also demanded", and would have proceeded to invade Ukraine.

Neither of these two principal demands of his were acceptable. The fact that he has invaded Ukraine is in fact proof that it would not have been a good idea to accede to them.

As for your analogy(?) with Iraq, I'm afraid I don't understand it at all. What demands, what threats has the USA made against Russia recently? If I'm not sadly mistaken, it is Russia which was the demander, and is now the invader.
So, let's try it that way: "Putin and his cabal were on a mission to remake Eastern Europe, intending a short stop in Kyiv before they moved on to ..."

Actually, Saddam acceded to the coalition's demands and they invaded anyway.
Hum, this interpretation of your analogy doesn't do your case much good.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 03:48:07 PM EST
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Russia is the US in that analogy.

As to 1) Of course it is a betrayal of the Ukrainian government. As is sitting on your ass while they get slaughtered. Which we are going to do, because the alternative is fighting a war with a nuclear power.

by generic on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 04:07:48 PM EST
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There's a fundamental difference between the US and Russian approaches to empire.

The US is essentially pragmatic. It takes what it wants when it wants it, hiding behind a constant foghorn of imperial propaganda - amplified during crises - to justify its petro-militarism.

It's primarily narcissistic - superior, indifferent to suffering, dishonest, but still fundamentally realistic.

Putin's view is mystical, not pragmatic. He's driven by macho fascist mysticism, which is more psychopathic than narcissistic.

He has no problem with either personal or national martyrdom, and sees both as a test of risk and fire. If Russia - and Putin - are as great as he believes, they will prevail. If they are weak, they deserve to die anyway. Suicide by cop is not a problem for him.

Both of these are insane in their different ways, but I have no doubt that the latter is more dangerous.

The real threat to Putin is any form of democratic liberalism. He sees that as enfeebling, and he can't afford to tolerate it on his border - not when there's significant cultural and personal traffic across that border.

So this is not really about military capability or even about resources. It's about machismo and a threat to Putin's view of himself as the alpha in that part of the world.

It's clear from Dugin's template that Ukraine was always going to be invaded no matter what NATO did or didn't do.

It's possible that if Putin is terminally ill he might not have gotten around to it. But it's not at all credible that he would never have considered it. Or - given his record of other atrocities - made concrete plans for it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 04:06:45 PM EST
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Honestly I wouldn't put too much weight on Dugin's influence. If your mind is completely colonized by fascist philosophers you'd probably get your country stuck in an ill advised war before you've been in office for a quarter of a century.
However there is some indication that Putin himself fell for the dumb-guy mythology that his regime invented. Basically the victory in WW2 is still the founding myth of the Russian state, but all ideology has been stripped, since Putin is just as opposed to Communism as his opponents in Ukraine. So Nazism in this moron's version of history is reduced to being anti-Russian. In that sense you could see all governments after Maidan as NAZI governments. Which doesn't bode well for the prospect of peace negotiations to say the least.
by generic on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 06:37:53 PM EST
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A related view.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 04:52:21 PM EST
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Churchill rightly found his Waterloo in London politics.

Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plans to invade the Soviet Union

So concerned was the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that in the spring of that year he ordered his Chiefs of Staff to prepare a plan, 'Operation Unthinkable' to attack the Soviet Empire. The top secret plan was so sensitive that only Churchill's immediate circle of military advisors were privy to the blueprint. The detailed proposal, which may seem fanciful today, sought to claw back East Germany and Poland, which had fallen under Soviet domination. Churchill felt particularly guilty over the fate of the Poles, who had fought valiantly for the Allies during the war but whose future was now dictated by Stalin.

If Churchill wanted to act, he knew that time was running out. The United States were about to move vast numbers of their troops and ordnance out to the Far East for the assault on mainland Japan, leaving Western Europe at the mercy of Stalin. Furthermore, demobilisation would start after VE Day and would rapidly reduce the size of the British Army and their capacity for offensive action.

In the 1990s in America the strategy got a face lift and became part of American think tanks to confront Russia. See amongst others, architect Paul Wolfowitz and neocons.

The Blob emerged from World War II, worry incessantly about the "collapse of the American security order"

Build a Better Blob | CATO Institute - May 29, 2020 |

"The Blob is not the problem," they conclude. "It is the solution."

They are wrong. For the most part, the Blob clings to a narrow set of views about the United States' global role and paints a far too rosy picture of the last few decades of American foreign policy. Its outlook, albeit widespread, should not be confused with expertise--but the idea of the Blob has become so slippery as to enable such p conflation. For those who truly want to reshape Washington's overweening and p militarized foreign policy, the best approach is not to engage in name‐ calling but to p work to replace the existing foreign policy consensus and its disciples with something better.

The Blob is by no means monolithic, and even policies with broad support at the time of their inception, such as the Iraq war and NATO expansion in eastern Europe, met with some criticism from inside Washington foreign policy circles.

To argue that the United States has a thriving "marketplace of foreign policy ideas," however, is a stretch. For many years, the expert consensus in Washington has been a brand of hawkish internationalism that holds that the United States, acting as the world's police officer, must seek to solve every global problem and that bad outcomes are the result of insufficient U.S. involvement or "leadership."

Debate occurs, but only within certain bounds: it is perfectly acceptable to argue that NATO expansion was a mistake but anathema to suggest that NATO itself may no longer serve American interests, given that Washington bears an unequal defense burden and could be forced into conflicts on behalf of the alliance's newer members.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 09:25:46 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:09:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 08:32:58 AM EST
Just in case, one never knows how one disease jumps over to mental instability ...

EU preparedness and responses to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats | Published July 2021 |


This study on 'EU preparedness and responses to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats' was requested by the European Parliament's (EP) Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) in the context of, but not limited to, the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic.

Building on reports and expert input, this study first provides an update of the current level of each of the C, B, R and N threat elements, including the type of actor from which such threats might stem. It furthermore takes stock of the existing preparedness and response mechanisms and matches these against the updated threat landscape to determine the current state of play of the EU's response tools and its remaining gaps where improvement may be needed. The study puts forward a number of recommendations on specific issues.

The core of the recommendations builds on using a `Team Europe' approach to create and maintain a strong task force based response capacity, with additional authority and competence given by EU Member States to the EU. This would enable the EU to better support and manage an EU-wide crisis response in the CBRN field in a timely and effective manner.

On paper all is worked out as it was with a global virus pandemic ... very low expectation the EU is ready for any event. How is zero-emission policy and limiting rising sea levels? Put forward your priorities and don't get distracted. One golden rule for my kids: do not think in problems, think in solutions. Every change creates opportunities. One exception ... war is all destructive.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 11:05:55 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 07:27:29 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 07:28:03 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 07:28:40 AM EST
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Surprise, surprise.
It's a tactic Putin has been using for years in his various wars. When a city is under siege, they agree to humanitarian corridors then start shelling once the refugees start evacuating. Ha ha ha, gotcha.

Works every time; obviously the besieged don't believe a word the Russians say, but what choice have they got?

Second day running in Mariupol.

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by eurogreen on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:07:06 PM EST
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Ukraine takes opposition media off air - 112 Ukraine |WikiPedia |

112 Ukraine (Ukrainian: 112 Україна) is a private Ukrainian TV channel which provides 24-hour news coverage. 112 Ukraine is available on satellites AMOS 2/3, via the DVB-T2 network, and was also available in packages of all major Ukrainian cable operators until it was banned from broadcasting in Ukraine in February 2021.

In a joint statement with NewsOne and ZiK, 112 Ukraine commented on its ban, calling it "a political reprisal against objectionable media." Russian Senator for United Russia Aleksey Pushkov claimed that "By shutting down opposition television channels, Zelensky acknowledged his inability to withstand political competition."

In a written statement, a spokesperson for the European Union's Foreign Affairs High Representative Josep Borrell stated "while Ukraine's efforts to protect its territorial integrity and national security, as well as to defend itself from information manipulation are legitimate", it added that "any measures taken should be proportional to the aim".

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said on 3 February that "the United States supports Ukraine's efforts yesterday to counter Russia's malign influence, in line with Ukrainian law, in defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Following the ban on their channels, journalists from 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK established another TV channel, entitled "The First Independent TV Channel" (Ukrainian: "Першого незалежного"), which was shut down an hour after it launched.

On 5 March 2021, YouTube blocked 112 Ukraine's live broadcasts, although it did not take any action against "The First Independent TV Channel".

America's Big Tech controls free speech, a tool of the Pentagon.

Related reading ...

Social Media, Political Change, and Human Rights- 2012 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 09:33:51 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 01:43:50 PM EST
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(can be seen on BBC4 : iPlayer)

Last tango in Moscow

Two Sundays ago I wrote in the Observer about the last remaining Russian independent TV station, Dozhd ("TV Rain"), and the irrepressible spirit of Natalya Sindeyeva, the woman who pioneered and ran it. Keeping the station alive had cost Sindeyeva her home and her marriage and her health and her security. A dozen years ago when she launched Dozhd she had been a vivid Russian celebrity, a "dancing queen" of Moscow's elite party circuit, now her mugshot is posted on street corners as a "foreign agent". The defiant struggles of Dozhd to stay on air and to continue to report the truth in Russia despite years of intimidation and sanction from the Kremlin were the subject of an inspiring documentary, "F@ck This Job (Tango with Putin)", made by London-based Vera Krichevskaya, which was released in the UK last week and broadcast on the BBC.

A few days after "F@ck this Job" came out, on Friday, the decade-long defiance of Dozhd was silenced, at least for a while, by a brutal new law, passed unanimously in the Russian parliament, which bans news organisations from reporting anything except state approved press releases

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by eurogreen on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:37:29 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 01:51:17 PM EST
The SBU liquidated a member of the negotiating group of Ukraine Denis Kireev.

Kireev was suspected of treason and was killed during his arrest. This is reported by MP Dubinsky and many Ukrainian media. There has been no official confirmation yet.

Seeking #zelensky for comment ... leveling up Ukraine style.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 01:52:09 PM EST
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Zelensky Zooms with US Senate, House members ahead of debate on $10B aid package
The full Senate and the 80-member House Ukrainian Caucus[?!] were invited to speak with Zelensky on the video call, the first time lawmakers are able to speak with the embattled leader since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his invasion 10 days ago, according to The Hill.
Meanwhile, Oleksandra Ustinova, a member of Ukraine's parliament, told members of the House that causalities in Ukraine would climb without a "no-fly zone" to prevent Moscow from entering Ukraine's air space.
Yannis-trending "business casual"
Sen. Marco Rubio shared an image from the conversation on Twitter Saturday morning, showing Zelensky sitting near a Ukrainian flag and wearing his now-signature Army green t-shirt.
Rubio, Grassley Introduce Bill to Sanction All Russian State-Owned Enterprises
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Halting Enrichment of Russian Oligarchs and Industry Allies of Moscow's Schemes to Leverage its Abject Villainy Abroad (HEROIAM SLAVA) Act, which would impose sweeping sanctions on all Russian state-owned enterprises. The HEROIAM SLAVA Act, named after the iconic Ukrainian rallying cry and symbol of national resistance, would deny companies controlled or owned by Moscow, such as Rosneft, Gazprom, Rosatom, Aeroflot, and RT, access to critical American capital as they fund Vladimir Putin's war efforts.

"Putin is actively fueling the Russian war machine through funds generated by Moscow's state-owned corporations," Rubio said. "No Russian state-owned enterprise should have access to American capital while a bloodthirsty dictator is waging an invasion against Ukraine."

"Ukrainian rallying cry and symbol", iconography
Ukranian World Congress ГЕРОЯМ СЛАВА / roman sp. HEROYAM/HEROIAM SLAVA; *-Eng. trans. Glory to Heroes
Irish Times | Ukraine right revives wartime symbols amid 'revolution', 2014
"Historians say the guerrillas sometimes fought alongside Adolf Hitler's forces in the hope of securing support for a sovereign Ukraine"
DW | New 'Glory to Ukraine' army chant invokes nationalist past, 2018
"The phrase dates back to World War I, when military units from the short-lived Ukrainian People's Republic were fighting alongside German and Austro-Hungarian soldiers against Russia."
euromaidan press | A short history of the Ukrainian greeting "Slava Ukrayini!"
"UPA poster from the 1940s. OUN/UPA's formal greeting is written on two of the horizontal lines 'Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!' The soldier is standing on the banners of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. "
wikiwtf | Slava Ukraini! Heroiam slava!
"During World War II, Ukrainian nationalists often used it in addition to a roman salute[?!]. 'Glory to the heroes!' was also used by the Kuban Cossacks during the same period."
Latin, ave atque vale
translations don't write themselves, yo

UWC political action committees (PAC), US representatives
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
since 1940

US Congressional Ukraine Caucus
US House members; wikiwtf
US Senate members; Bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus, 15 Apr 2021

by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 05:47:41 PM EST
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4 hours later in the WWII holocaust resistance lobby
same NYPost URL- NEW! title, content EMBELLISHMENTS
Zelensky pleads for US military aid, says if Biden acted sooner `there would not have been war'
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky chided the Biden administration for not slapping sanctions on Russia's Vladimir Putin sooner in an emotional, approximately hour-long Zoom call with 280 US senators and House members Saturday morning. "If you had started sanctions months ago, there would not have been war," he said, Fox News [!] reported.

Zelensky thanked the US for the assistance it has already sent, and pleaded for additional American military aid for his besieged country, a Senate source said.
Dozens of lawmakers unmuted themselves to thank Zelensky for his bravery as the call came to an end - with some pledging "Slava Ukraini" -- Glory to Ukraine,  a source told CNN [!].
"He said we either need a no-fly zone or we need to be given planes, that was the basic message," Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) told The Post. "If NATO is not going to provide a no fly zone, then provide planes. And that is something where NATO can help."

"I will do all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer," Majority Leader Chuck Schumer [!] promised in a statement issued after the call was complete.

by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 07:17:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:27:31 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:28:16 PM EST
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Report: Zelensky aide says not yet clear what Bennett-Putin meeting achieved | TOI - March 6, 2022 |

Ynet cites the Ukrainian president's spokesman as saying it is not yet clear what, if anything, Naftali Bennett's meeting with Vladimir Putin has achieved in efforts to negotiate an end to the fighting.

According to the website, Sergey Nikiforov says that in Bennett's phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky -- after the former's meeting with Putin in Moscow this evening -- the Ukrainian leader did not hear anything particularly new.

"We cannot assess the results of Prime Minister Bennett's mediation until we get a clear indication from Bennett or Putin on an agreement to a meeting [with Zelensky]," he says.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:29:40 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:30:25 PM EST
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Meeting Blinken on Polish border, Ukrainian FM asks for fighter jets, air defenses | TOI - March 6, 2022 |

KORCZOWA, Poland -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the Poland-Ukraine border Saturday in a show of solidarity on day 10 of Russia's invasion of its pro-Western neighbor.

The two spoke for 45 minutes under high security at a border crossing full of refugees fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine, discussing more arms for Kyiv's military and how to keep up global pressure on Moscow.

"I hope the people of Ukraine will be able to see this as a clear manifestation that we have friends who literally stand by us," Kuleba said after they met at the Korczowa-Krakovets border crossing under high security.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:41:09 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:41:50 PM EST
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Brave Russians protest against the war
More than 4,300 people have been arrested after demonstrators took to the streets in 21 Russian cities to condemn Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, while protesters in Kazakhstan have followed suit, turning out in large numbers to chant "No to war" and "Putin is a dickhead".

The independent monitoring group OVD-Info - which has already logged more than 7,500 anti-war protest arrests - said it had documented the detentions of at least 4,366 people in 53 cities including Vladivostok and Irkutsk. Opposition activists also posted videos showing protests in other cities.

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by eurogreen on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:23:03 PM EST

In 1939, a German ocean liner, the MS St. Louis with Jewish refugees was turned back from the America's.

Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:17:42 PM EST
Zemmour, Putin's best asset in France. He dreams himself as the French Putin.

Z is not the main problem African nationals stuck in Ukraine are facing. I mentioned this Le Monde piece about students in Soumy. Also, this, from two academics at Central European University:

Of race and war: What the crisis in Ukraine tells us about ourselves

Our solution is not to care less about Ukraine -- rather we should be more attentive to security threats and war in other parts of the world. Indeed, one of the most powerful rebukes of Russian imperialism during last week's U.N. Security Council session came from Dr. Martin Kimani, Kenya's permanent representative to the U.N., who compared the plight of Ukrainians with the struggles of other post-colonial nations.

And only if we similarly broaden our consideration to include the peace and security of all nations can we count on broad support and cooperation in times of crisis.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:34:35 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:19:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:20:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 04:28:35 PM EST
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Not his best output... As noted by several commentators, the identification he makes between the guy in the video and another guy is probably wrong.
by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 04:51:28 PM EST
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Hence the title of this comment.
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 05:09:32 PM EST
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe `looking forward to new life', says husband, after her and Anoosheh Ashoori's release | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 03:57:45 PM EST

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