Category: Russia

Ukraine: Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant attacks spark concern

For Putin the end justifies the means and he promises to do whatever it takes

Russia is accused of using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks on Ukraine.

Ukraine: Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant attacks spark concern

Putin’s attack on the grain deal was despicable. It also shows he’s desperate | Hamish de Bretton-Gordon | The Guardian

The people of Ukraine have no trouble resisting Putin. Why do Russians?

In Ukraine, as in Syria, Putin appears to have no concern about collateral damage or the rules of war and appears to favour directly targeting civilians as the quickest way to strategic victory. Unfortunately for him, the Ukrainian people have shown that they have the stomach for this fight – Nato must match their bravery and back them to the hilt. We cannot forget that our failure to act in Syria, when up to 1,500 civilians were killed with the nerve agent sarin, no doubt emboldened Putin to invade Ukraine.

Source: Putin’s attack on the grain deal was despicable. It also shows he’s desperate | Hamish de Bretton-Gordon | The Guardian

Russia announces Bn. Investment in Iran Oil & Gas, as Khamenei Supports Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia and Iran are both suffering from maximum pressure sanctions by the US, which is attempting to crash their economies and currencies and prevent their oil and gas exports. The two cannot be sanctioned more than they already are, so defying the US to team up makes good economic sense.

We may be seeing the limits of American economic power– trying to take on both Russia and Iran at the same time, plus threatening China, may be classical imperial overstretch.

Source: Russia announces Bn. Investment in Iran Oil & Gas, as Khamenei Supports Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Putin fast-track more Russian passports – Michael West

Putin fast-track more Russian passports – Michael West

The Russian passport move appears to be part of Putin’s political influence strategy, which has also involved the introduction of the Russian rouble in occupied territory in Ukraine and could eventually result in the annexation of more Ukrainian territory into the Russian Federation. Russia already annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea in 2014.

The Russian president set the stage for such moves even before Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, writing an essay last summer claiming that Russians and Ukrainians are one people and attempting to diminish the legitimacy of Ukraine as an independent nation. Reports have surfaced of Russian authorities confiscating Ukrainian passports from some citizens.

The passport announcement came hours after Russian shelling of Ukraine’s second-largest city on Monday killed at least six people and injured 31, prosecutors and local officials said. Russian troops launched three missile strikes on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in an attack one official described as “absolute terrorism.”

Putin fast-track more Russian passports – Michael West

Scores Feared Dead and Wounded as Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine Shopping Centeriles,

“People just burned alive,” said Ukraine’s interior minister, while the head of the Poltava region stated that “it is too early to talk about the final number of the killed.”

Scores Feared Dead and Wounded as Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine Shopping Center

Western Sanctions on Russia Aren’t Working as Intended

The US-led sanctions on Russia were meant to force an end to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine and weaken his hold on power. Instead, their main effect has been to exacerbate the West’s own economic problems and deepen its internal divisions.

Western Sanctions on Russia Aren’t Working as Intended

Europe eyes coal as Russia gas flows wane – Michael West

“But if we don’t do it then we run the risk that the storage facilities will not be full enough at the end of the year towards the winter season. And then we are blackmailable on a political level,” he said.

Source: Europe eyes coal as Russia gas flows wane – Michael West

Russia sanctions more Australians including ABC, Nine journalists

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You have to laugh Russia first hails Murdoch’s Fox News as the Republic’s propaganda heroes but then condemns it’s doppelgangers Sky News and Newscorp Aus as its enemies. It welcomes Tucker Carlson, Ingraham etal, but bans Lachlan Murdoch, Andrew Bolt along with, the ABC’s, Ita Buttrose and Patricia Karvelas.

Bet you Andrew Bolt is feasting on his new left-wing, anti-fascist almost ANTIFA status. He’s been declared a journalist something he’s always said he wasn’t but now seems he is. It’s a celebrity boost. Is he ringing the Murdoch’s assuring them Tucker and Fox No News are still his role models down under? We do live in a circus of fools don’t we? The Russians are watching the ABC, Newscorp, and a random mix of others and are sanctioning them simply because they are there without any sense of logic. Bolt isn;t critical of Fox News or the Murdochs but is named simply because he’s there sold as a Journalist which he’s not and hasn’t been since Christ played ruck for Jerusalem.

Russia’s foreign ministry has announced it is sanctioning an additional 121 Australian citizens, including journalists and defence officials.

Russia’s foreign ministry has announced it is sanctioning an additional 121 Australian citizens in response to what it calls a “Russophobic agenda”.

ABC’s chair Ita Buttrose is on the list along with journalists from her station and those working for The Age,The Sydney Morning Herald and Sky News.

Defence chief Angus Campbell is also on the blacklist, as is News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt.

Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists on Tuesday.

  • See the full list here

Source: Russia sanctions more Australians including ABC, Nine journalists

Russia sanctions 121 additional Australians, including journalists, experts and business people – ABC News

Among the sanctioned individuals are journalists from ABC News, Sydney Morning Herald and Sky News, as well as various defence officials.

Source: Russia sanctions 121 additional Australians, including journalists, experts and business people – ABC News

China’s Xi Jinping backs Russia on security issues

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China sees Russia and Putin as a proxy satellite rather than a power unto itself and Putin is obliging them because without China’s silent support he couldn’t continue.

China has refused to criticise Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or even to refer to it in such terms while accusing NATO of provoking Russia into attacking.

Source: China’s Xi Jinping backs Russia on security issues

Alexei Navalny poisoning: Documentary captures confession by agents

Alexei Navalny flew back from Germany to Moscow even though he knew he would be arrested immediately in January last year.

Russian agents reveal the their plot to kill Navalny

While Roher filmed, Navalny starts phoning the agents one by one to ask why they wanted to kill him. They hang up immediately so he decides to pass himself off as an investigating official asking why the operation failed.

 Another agent, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, falls for the ruse and spends more than 45 minutes discussing the murder plot.

“We did it just as planned,” he says. “The way we rehearsed it many times.”

Kudryavtsev reveals the poison had been smeared inside Navalny’s blue underpants. He thought the operation failed because the emergency landing allowed Russian medics to treat him quickly with an antidote.

After Navalny revealed the phone conversation on social media, Kudryavtsev disappeared and is presumed dead. While he feels for Kudryavtsev’s family, Roher has no sympathy for the agent.

Source: Alexei Navalny poisoning: Documentary captures confession by agents

Russia-Ukraine war: Polish president Andrzej Duda says calls with Vladimir Putin ‘like speaking to Hitler’

Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Duda, in an interview with Bild first released on its YouTube channel late on Wednesday (Thursday AEST), said such discussions only legitimised an illegal war in Ukraine.

“Did anyone speak like this with Adolf Hitler during World War II?” Duda said. “Did anyone say that Adolf Hitler must save face? That we should proceed in such a way that it is not humiliating for Adolf Hitler? I have not heard such voices.”

The conflict in Ukraine, described by Moscow as a “special military operation” to stamp out perceived threats to its security, has flattened cities, killed thousands of civilians and forced more than 7 million people to flee the country.

Ukraine and its Western allies say Russia is waging an unprovoked war to grab territory.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has slammed the leaders of France and Germany over their phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: Polish president Andrzej Duda says calls with Vladimir Putin ‘like speaking to Hitler’

Ukraine War: Europe declares Independence of Russian Petroleum, Looks to Mass Transit, EVs to Achieve “Freedom” Goal

Reliance on Russian Oil will steeply decrease and be over by the next decade.

In the first quarter of this year, Volkswagen and Mercedes — German carmakers said that sales of their EVs spiked, and increased by 65% and 37% respectively. Tesla sales were up 80%. In fact, the rush to EVs now is no longer hampered by consumer hesitancy, but by supply chain problems caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The German government now backs the goal that all new car sales should be EVs by 2035.

Source: Ukraine War: Europe declares Independence of Russian Petroleum, Looks to Mass Transit, EVs to Achieve “Freedom” Goal

Russia controls one-fifth of Ukraine territory as war grinds to 100 days

Russian forces now occupy about one-fifth of Ukrainian territory, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, as the battle clocked 100 days since the start of the invasion.

Source: Russia controls one-fifth of Ukraine territory as war grinds to 100 days

Ukraine begs for help as Russian forces pound eastern cities

Meanwhile, the media attention to the Russian/Ukraine war seems to be in retreat. If that’s the case is the world surrendering to Putin?

Russia says it is waging a “special military operation” to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there. Kyiv and Western countries say Russia’s claims are a false pretext for war. Thousands of people, including many civilians, have been killed and several million have fled their homes, either for safer parts of Ukraine or to other countries.

Source: Ukraine begs for help as Russian forces pound eastern cities

Russia-Ukraine war: Sweden, Finland set to join NATO as Vladimir Putin appears to back off threats

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting at the Kremlin on Monday.

Putin backs off for now but wait for the American Midterms!

Vladimir Putin has appeared to climb down from Russia’s objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, saying Moscow had no issues with them entering the US-led military alliance they now aim to join in reaction to his invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: Sweden, Finland set to join NATO as Vladimir Putin appears to back off threats

Russia-Ukraine war: Putin may declare war on May 9, US warns

Declaring war would allow the Kremlin to conscript more soldiers for the invasion of Ukraine.

May 9 is known as Russia’s Victory Day. As Putin’s long-term Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov doubled down on the claim that the invasion was a “special operation” aimed at “de-nazifying” Ukraine, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday there was “good reason to believe that the Russians will do everything they can to use” May 9 to justify the war.

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: Putin may declare war on May 9, US warns

Russia Kidnaps Over One Million Ukrainians, Sends Them To ‘Filtration Camps’ | Crooks and Liars

Russia Kidnaps Over One Million Ukrainians, Sends Them To 'Filtration Camps'

Russia seems particularly proud of their ethnic cleansing efforts in Ukraine so far, with one military expert on Kremlin TV yesterday speaking glowingly of a single “filtration camp” (the Nazis called them concentration camps) designed to house upwards of 100,000 “POWs.” Except most of those people, probably 99% of them are ordinary Ukrainians, not soldiers. Even official Russian news agency TASS is reporting on what are, in effect, war crimes. They aren’t ashamed of what they’re doing in the slightest.

Source: Russia Kidnaps Over One Million Ukrainians, Sends Them To ‘Filtration Camps’ | Crooks and Liars

The Guardian view on war in Ukraine: the stakes rise higher | Editorial | The Guardian

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Steadily, ominously, the stakes are rising in the confrontation that Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has provoked with the west. Russia’s state energy company Gazprom halted gas supplies to two EU member states – Poland and Bulgaria – on Wednesday and warned that more countries could be similarly targeted. Poland, with good reason, described this as a “direct attack”. Moscow is also talking darkly of delivering a “proportionate response” to the demonisation of Russia by western governments. On Tuesday, Mr Putin’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, accused Nato of “engaging in a war with Russia through a proxy”. The risk of nuclear escalation, he said, was becoming “considerable”.

Source: The Guardian view on war in Ukraine: the stakes rise higher | Editorial | The Guardian

Russia-Ukraine war: Donbas battle begins after Kyiv attempt fails, Kreminna ‘levelled’

Destroyed structures in Irpin, Ukraine. The Kyiv suburb was heavily damaged in fighting between invading Russian forces and Ukrainian troops weeks ago.

Russia will feel the impact of this historic uncivilized fascist carnage a century from now and yes Putin will go down with Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler, as humanity’s greatest shame. Maybe not in scale but in unsubtle threat and intent. Russians rich and poor left or right will come to know the truth of what’s being done in their names.

Ukraine has again been unable to secure Russia’s agreement on establishing humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians trapped in cities and towns, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says.

The Donbas is the country’s mostly Russian-speaking industrial heartland in the east, where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces for the past eight years and have declared two independent republics that have been recognised by Russia. In recent weeks, the Kremlin declared the capture of the Donbas its main goal of the war after its attempt to storm Kyiv failed. After withdrawing from the capital, Russia began regrouping and reinforcing its ground troops in the east for an all-out offensive. “No matter how many Russian troops are driven there, we will fight,” Zelensky vowed. “We will defend ourselves. We will do it every day.”

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: Donbas battle begins after Kyiv attempt fails, Kreminna ‘levelled’

The Left has to Recognize Russian Imperialism in Ukraine or it is Trapped in Americocentrism

 

Even Noam Chomsky, while more viscerally critical of the invasion—he called it “a major war crime, ranking alongside the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the Hitler-Stalin invasion of Poland in September 1939”—then proceeded to speak all about NATO, endorsing someone else’s claim that “there would have been no basis for the present crisis if there had been no expansion” of NATO. Once again, Putin appears here as almost helpless, apparently left no other choice but to invade Ukraine in trying to defend Russia.

Almost no one on the left has supported the war. But saying “Down with the Russian invasion” and then turning immediately to blaming America, and only America, for provoking it is almost the same. Not only does it show a lack of basic understanding about Russia, it is also a stunning betrayal of the most basic internationalist principles. If we want to support the right of self-determination to America’s neighbors, we can’t deny the same to Russia’s. If we’re not able to recognize multiple imperialisms, we are guilty of the same kind of Americocentrism for which we castigate others.

Source: The Left has to Recognize Russian Imperialism in Ukraine or it is Trapped in Americocentrism

Is Joe Biden Right that the Russians are committing Genocide in Ukraine?

The US State Department, after a long and careful investigation, concluded that the junta in Myanmar (Burma) has committed genocide against the Muslim Rohingya minority. What the Russians did in Bucha and Mariupol and many other cities convinced Mr. Biden that the Russian military has the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,” and that it is inflicting on them conditions intended to bring about their physical destruction through killing members of the group. It should be noted that Putin denies that there are any Ukrainians. Denial of peoplehood to a people is often a sign of genocidal intent. President Biden admitted that he is making an argument from the gut when he says this, and that jurists of international law will make the final determination. Given the language of the Rome Statute, however, I think we can as lay analysts conclude that there is a prima facie case that Biden’s charge is correct.

Source: Is Joe Biden Right that the Russians are committing Genocide in Ukraine?

Images of Bucha’s Dead Flood Russian TV, Stamped “Fake”

Lesson’s learned from Trump and Murdoch

Instead of trying to suppress apparent evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, Russian state television inundated viewers with video of the Bucha massacre it calls a hoax.

Source: Images of Bucha’s Dead Flood Russian TV, Stamped “Fake”

India’s refusal to condemn Russia not an issue for Australia: Barry O’Farrell

Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute.

When Diplomacy and Hypocrisy stand shoulder to shoulder it’s generally over more than one issue. Australia India and Russia aren’t signatories to the Glasgow Emissions Target agreement on Climate either. We and they are all pro-coal, fossil fuels and stand alone against the rest of the world including the Australian electorate. How is it this Australian Government can declare that the friend of my enemy is our friend and still pretend to support Ukraine? They just do it without qualification expecting we will vote for them? The Morrison Government’s legacy is tarnishing us in the eyes of the world. It’s no wonder why Biden couldn’t remember ScaMo’s name but Trump could.

Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, says the Modi government’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not an issue for Australia. Mr O’Farrell, the former premier of NSW, made the remarks at an event in New Delhi for the Australia India Institute, which is led by former Labor senator Lisa Singh. Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute. Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute. Australia has expressed concern about suggestions India could bypass Western sanctions via a bespoke banking system and India has been forced to defend its decision to buy up cheap Russian oil. Asked whether India’s “perceived neutrality” on Russia posed concerns for the newly revived Quad alliance – comprising Australia, the United States, India and Japan – O’Farrell said Australia opposed Putin’s war but respected India’s different stance. “In relation to what’s happening in Ukraine, Australia’s made our position very clear – Australia understands India’s position,”

Source: India’s refusal to condemn Russia not an issue for Australia: Barry O’Farrell

Free Press Advocates Demand End to Russian Censorship as Last Independent Paper Closes

Dmitry Muratov

But they get Fox News and Tucker Carlson. That’s American so it must be truly Independant.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that Russian news outlets be allowed to provide unbiased coverage.”

Source: Free Press Advocates Demand End to Russian Censorship as Last Independent Paper Closes

Russian State Television Blames ‘Ukrainian Nationalists’ For Levelling Of Mariupol | Crooks and Liars

Russian State Television Blames 'Ukrainian Nationalists' For Levelling Of Mariupol

Russian State Media

The coastal city of Mariupol has been completely destroyed, pretty much wiped from the face of the earth. Drone footage just released shows the city of 450,000 in ashes and rubble. But for Putin’s sycophants in the Russian media this was evidence of Ukrainians killing themselves.

Source: Russian State Television Blames ‘Ukrainian Nationalists’ For Levelling Of Mariupol | Crooks and Liars

Marina Ovsyannikova, Russian TV protester, decries Putin propaganda | Ukraine | The Guardian

The Russian TV editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest the Ukraine war said on Sunday she acted out of dissatisfaction at propaganda disseminated by Vladimir Putin’s government, and said she had turned down an offer of asylum in France despite fearing further retaliation. Republicans in Washington have expressed concern that Carlson has veered too close to defending Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Marina Ovsyannikova, who describes herself as “a patriot”, was fined 30,000 roubles ($280) by a court in Moscow last week for the “spontaneous” act of rebellion in which she appeared during the live newscast with a sign saying “No War”. On Sunday, she told ABC’s This Week she needed to speak out after watching her employer, Channel One, spread “lies” about the Ukraine war.

Source: Marina Ovsyannikova, Russian TV protester, decries Putin propaganda | Ukraine | The Guardian

Russia Is Lying About Evidence of Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine, Russian Biologists Say

The biggest gift a crime Trump was handed by Bannon was dismantling science, facts and the foundations of truth as we knew it and replacing it with nothing more than narrative. It left the brute force of the powerful in control of communication able to treat people like mushrooms. Keep them in the dark and feed them bullshit guaranteeing confusion grew. The of money, technology and the alt-right in control of the narratives have proven McCluhan’s prediction that the “medium is the message”

Russian scientists who have looked at the documents Russia calls proof of “bioweapons labs” in Ukraine say there is no evidence for such claims.

Source: Russia Is Lying About Evidence of Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine, Russian Biologists Say

How Will Russia’s War in Ukraine End?

 

El-Tayyab told The Intercept it is crucial that Congress not implement Russian sanctions by statute, because doing so would later require a vote to lift them. Very few lawmakers would be willing to cast such a vote, and the failure would deprive Zelenskyy and the Biden administration of the flexibility to lift sanctions amid negotiations. “If the Biden administration shows it’s willing to lift sanctions if peace talks are successful, and champions possibilities for compromise as they emerge, it can positively contribute to ending the conflict and suffering of millions of innocent Ukrainians,” El-Tayyab said.

Source: How Will Russia’s War in Ukraine End?

Top Putin Propagandist Says the Ukraine War Is Just the Beginning – Mother Jones

Speaking For Putin

A key champion in the Russian media of Vladimir Putin’s illegal attack on Ukraine served up a troubling threat on Monday: This war will go beyond Ukraine. State television host Vladimir Solovyov is well-known as a fanatical pro-Putin propagandist and a top cheerleader for the war with Ukraine. He claims the Russians are acting in self-defense and liberating a Ukraine that poses an existential threat to Russia. Last month he railed against sanctions imposed on Russia, perhaps because they affected his ownership of villas in the Lake Como region of Italy. This week, he said that the sanctions should be answered with nuclear strikes, exclaiming, “I still think that those who took our money should be told, you have 24 hours to unfreeze our funds, or else we’ll send you what you know we’ve got. Your choice. Tactical or strategic, take a pick. You took our money, you’re the thieves, our talk is short with you: a bullet to the head.”

Source: Top Putin Propagandist Says the Ukraine War Is Just the Beginning – Mother Jones

Mass Anti-War Protests Held Across Europe as Russia’s Assault Continues

Anti-war demonstrators march in a Berlin street.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to join anti-war demonstrations across Europe on Sunday as Russia continued its deadly assault on Ukraine, bombarding major cities and intensifying a humanitarian crisis that is having reverberating effects worldwide.

Source: Mass Anti-War Protests Held Across Europe as Russia’s Assault Continues

Vladimir Putin’s War Spreads Resignation and Despair Among Ordinary Russians

Pro-Putin pollsters maintain that most Russians support the “special military operation” against Ukraine. But artificial efforts to stir public enthusiasm can’t hide the disastrous effects the war is having on ordinary Russians.

Source: Vladimir Putin’s War Spreads Resignation and Despair Among Ordinary Russians

This is Where We came in: Will Russia’s Syrian Mercenaries in Ukraine form a new Al-Qaeda?

Should we be surprised that Putin is recruiting 16k Middle Eastern fighters? He won’t be sending them home either.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he would permit foreign fighters from the Middle East to aid the Russian war effort in Ukraine. At the same time, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that some 16,000 fighters in the Middle East had expressed interest in going to Ukraine to engage in combat alongside Russian forces against the Ukrainian Army.

Source: This is Where We came in: Will Russia’s Syrian Mercenaries in Ukraine form a new Al-Qaeda?

Moscow blames U.S. for “economic war” | Salon.com

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There are no micro parts to WAR war is war a macro event and on this scale the bombing of hospitals, the  invading of nations with tanks, planes, and bombs isn’t subtle it’s physical, and it’s WAR.  In this war economic retaliation is a consequence it’s not the cause. Russian propaganda might well have a domestic impact in Russia but it certainly hasn’t had one on the world at large. Putin is losing the propaganda war too. Besides Putin wants the Ukraine for the economic benefit of Russia too.

Russia is the global pariah and Putin stands alone naked without clothes no matter the cons he accuses other countries of. Their united response which, by and large, in this case is for the common good and not just for the benefit of Oligarchs and a steroid bent ex-KGB autocrat. Neither Dmitry Peskov nor Putin speak for the Russian people anymore who have been cut off from the global REALITY, NEWS AND INFORMATION.

Amid concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deadly invasion of Ukraine could lead to a wider war, the Kremlin on Wednesday accused the United States government of waging economic warfare. “The U.S., undoubtedly, declared an economic war against Russia and they are waging this war. Yes, de facto this is exactly what it is,” said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson.

Source: Moscow blames U.S. for “economic war” | Salon.com

Anti-War Voices in Russia Fight to Be Heard on Ukraine

A photograph taken from a TV screen during live broadcast of the court hearing at the penal colony N2 shows Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (C) during the court hearing at the penal colony N2, on the first day of his new trial, in the town of Pokrov on February 15, 2022. - A new trial against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny began on February 15, 2022 inside the prison colony where he serves a two-and-a-half year prison term for violating parole, in a case that could see his sentence extended by more than a decade. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Putin’s Democracy, Putin’s War, Kill Russians

Thousands of Russians have been arrested for protesting the war in Ukraine, but can the country’s jailed, exiled, or marginalized dissidents deter Putin?

Source: Anti-War Voices in Russia Fight to Be Heard on Ukraine

Western Sympathy for White Ukrainian Refugees, while ignoring, demonizing Palestinian Refugees from Israeli Aggression

Putin uses Israeli propaganda to justify his war against Ukraine. ” I’m defending Russia and it’s people from a hostile force,” The West says nothing when Israel does it but is united when Russia does. There is a sickening double standard at play here.

When Occupied Palestinians protest the attempt of government-backed Israeli squatters to invade their homes and steal their land, it is reported in the European and US press, if it is reported as all, as “clashes” between Palestinians and Israelis, as though both sides were equally to blame. Or reporters hint around that Palestinians have an innate tendency to terrorism. In the below clip the BBC characterizes the “clash” as over “a hilltop,” as though Palestinian-owned land were a joke. No one asks, what are Israelis even doing in the Palestinian West Bank, much less stealing more land from its owners?

Source: Western Sympathy for White Ukrainian Refugees, while ignoring, demonizing Palestinian Refugees from Israeli Aggression

Russian Police Demand To Read Text Messages Of Pedestrians In Moscow | Crooks and Liars

Russian Police Demand To Read Text Messages Of Pedestrians In Moscow

Police officers in Moscow are reportedly demanding to read the text messages from the phones of pedestrians as Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine continues. Kommersant journalist Ana Vasilyeva shared video of Russians queued up before law enforcement officers who were said to be scrolling through text messages on their mobile phones.

Source: Russian Police Demand To Read Text Messages Of Pedestrians In Moscow | Crooks and Liars

Want to understand Putin’s invasion? Look at Israel’s occupation

Palestinian protesters demonstrate and burn tires near the Israel-Gaza fence during the Great Return March, April 13, 2018. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Beyond political conjecture, however, there is something deeper at play here. The way Putin frames Russian state violence is very similar to the rhetoric and word play Israel has been using in its wars against the Palestinians and Arab states for decades.

Source: Want to understand Putin’s invasion? Look at Israel’s occupation

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Not Just a Crime. It’s Also Wildly Irrational.

Very little about the horrific war that Russia is waging against Ukraine seems based on solid calculations by Vladimir Putin. It’s hard to imagine the war benefiting Russia in the long run. Why, then, is Putin waging it?

Source: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Not Just a Crime. It’s Also Wildly Irrational.

Major News Outlets Suspend Operations In Russia Following Anti-Journalist Law | HuffPost Latest News

Once a KGB thug always one, but one isolated, and on steroids who needs treatment not compromise. Poisonings, assassinations, incarcerations will continue if nothing is done. 40 million people could find themselves in a Russian version of Nth Korea or East Germany along with the already 144M Russians already living that experience. Putin is unable to trust anyone so he’s got his finger on the nuclear red button. Who in Russia will do away with him, save the Russian people and the wider universe?

Major international news outlets including the BBC, CNN and Bloomberg will suspend operations in Russia in response to a new law criminalizing news reports that contradict the Kremlin’s version of the war in Ukraine. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that criminalizes spreading what the government deems to be fake news, The Associated Press reported. Under the new measure, a statement as simple as referring to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as a “war” rather than a “special military operation” could constitute criminal disinformation, according to The New York Times. Punishment could include fines or up to three years’ imprisonment, with 15 years possible if authorities decide a report had “severe consequences.” International news organizations that have announced they would be temporarily suspending operations in Russia include:

Source: Major News Outlets Suspend Operations In Russia Following Anti-Journalist Law | HuffPost Latest News

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Howard, Tony Blair and George Bush do have a lot to answer for and Putin has brought that into relief. Bullshit is bullshit and they were all a parties to it when they invaded Iraq “to save us”.

It might well be said that the US-led Iraq invasion in 2003 was a product of its own mental disease, the product of ideological and evangelical madness, accompanied by a conviction that states could be forcibly pacified into a state of democracy. Where there was no evidence of links between Baghdad and al-Qaeda operatives responsible for the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, it was simply made up.

Source: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Russian sanctions are biting harder than it could have imagined, and it’ll get worse

will the West be willing to double down, and really put some skin in the game by limiting their purchases of Russian oil and gas? That could well be the nail in Russia’s coffin – but also highly damaging to the European and global economy. Only time will tell.

Source: Russian sanctions are biting harder than it could have imagined, and it’ll get worse

Rich Russians splash out on luxury to stop savings melting away

Bulgari’s Diva Dream Mosaica: Rich Russians are splashing out on jewellery and watches to park their cash.

It’s the Trump’s to a tee. Oligarchs in Russia or Capitalists in  America all instinctively behave the same with no regard for the country or its people. Trump did it in Atlantic City grabbed what he could and ran. When Fascists and Capitalist states begin to crumble it’s everyone for themselves and nothing for the people. Patriotism is nonexistent and the excuses for their actions reveal themselves as fake and hollow rationals.

Ukraine was Putin and his henchmen’s opportunity grab to grab and consolidate the wealth of Ukraine for themselves just as the invasion of Iraq was a grab for the control of oil in the Middle East. In that, there is an equivalence of thought and behavior no matter the denials. We saw Trump go for the oil in Syria and double-cross the Kurds and US allies just as Murdoch has gone for black gold protected by Israel’s illegal occupation of Syrian territory in the Golan Heights.

With sanctions on Russia sending the ruble plunging and keeping stock markets shuttered, the country’s wealthy are turning to luxury jewellery and watches in a bid to preserve the value of their savings.

Source: Rich Russians splash out on luxury to stop savings melting away

Russia: a run of the mill nation with a nuclear ace up its sleeve

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How can Russia, a country scarcely any richer than Australia and far less legitimate, get away with what it’s doing?Look at this chart of GDP in Russia and Australia. They are essentially on par with us — perhaps more when oil revenues are high, less at other times. Russia is not a big force in the global economy. Like us, it has few global brands that matter. Like us, it exports some raw materials. The way it is unlike us is you don’t see us destabilising the global economy by launching cruise missiles at our neighbours.

Source: Russia: a run of the mill nation with a nuclear ace up its sleeve

The Putin Regime Is Straining Under Its Own Contradictions

Several tensions run deep in Russian society: Politics are decided by elections without democracy. A growing number of Russian billionaires have outlandish wealth but no political power. And Putin is a populist without the people.

Source: The Putin Regime Is Straining Under Its Own Contradictions

Russian TV Uses Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard to Sell Putin’s War

MURDOCH MEDIA AND SCOTT MORRISON DANCE TOGETHER

Fox News clips of Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard trashing Ukraine and the Biden administration were a mainstay of news coverage this week on Russian state television.

Source: Russian TV Uses Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard to Sell Putin’s War

There’s a Big Tent Opposing US Intervention in Ukraine. Tucker Carlson Is Stretching Its Limits. – Mother Jones

Carlson, it must be reminded is a supporter of dictatorships. He likes, scrapes and bows  to Hungary’s Orban’s authoritarian anti-democratic stand. He supports Putin as did Trump. His posture on American action is to abandon all its allies in the EU, UK, and NATO. Just as Trump abandoned the Kurds in Syria.

Anti-war advocates on the Left who oppose Carlson certainly don’t hold the same position Ther no equivalence between the protest in Washington and Jan 6th or between ANTIFA and White Nationalists.. Trump and Carlson are now arguing that those two events are the same. Yet he didn’t call in the National Guard at Capitol Hill.

The strangest of bedfellows currently oppose a confrontation with Russia.

Source: There’s a Big Tent Opposing US Intervention in Ukraine. Tucker Carlson Is Stretching Its Limits. – Mother Jones

How Trump appeased Putin and Endangered Peace in Ukraine

But let us be clear: No American president is going to go to war with Russia over the Ukraine. There is no compelling US national interest in a military involvement in that part of the world, and Russia is a nuclear-armed state. The steps President Biden has spoken about, including sending 8,000 US troops to countries in the vicinity of Ukraine that are allied with Washington, are (rather weak) symbolism. The threat of economic sanctions is in any case far more powerful. But Biden wouldn’t be playing such a weak hand if the US had had a unified position for the past five years and if Trump hadn’t appeared to be working for the other side.

Source: How Trump appeased Putin and Endangered Peace in Ukraine

Europe is dependent on Russian Gas during Ukraine Crisis because it didn’t Ramp up Renewables Faster

If the crisis can wait four years, big increases in wind and solar power will replace most NatGas. The IEA site reports that, “The agency says that between 2020 and 2026, renewables will grow by another 60 percent to over 4,800 gigawatts, which is roughly the size of the capacity of all fossil fuel and nuclear [electricity] power plants combined. Over the next five years, renewables will capture 95 percent of the growth in the electricity sector.”

Source: Europe is dependent on Russian Gas during Ukraine Crisis because it didn’t Ramp up Renewables Faster