Ukraine News Links 30-31 January 2022

Monday, 31 January 2022 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular.

Saving The World From Nuclear War

Virtual Ukrainian invasion virtually imminent

Checkmate in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Exaggerated Threat Of Russian Invasion Hits Its Economy As Western Diplomats Leave

America Is Reaping What It Sowed in Ukraine

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Pegasus spyware row is really about who controls cyber weapons

Monday, 31 January 2022 — Jonathan Cook

Washington’s ban on NSO Group is not about safeguarding human rights. It’s about curbing Israel’s dominance of ‘espionage diplomacy’

Middle East Eye – 31 January 2022

The Israeli spy software firm NSO Group has rarely been out of the headlines over the past year.

Its spyware tool Pegasus worms its way into phones, accessing data and turning on the microphone and camera to act as round-the-clock surveillance equipment. Authoritarian states have reportedly bought the cyber weapon from NSO and put it to nefarious political uses, targeting journalists, human rights workers, civil rights lawyers and opposition parties.

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US reminds India it’s showtime

Sunday, 30 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

Pegasus, ‘ultimate spyware’ from Israel, is back in news cycle

Pegasus, CAATSA, Nagaland — prime facie, they’ve nothing in common. At least, reading the Indian press, one gets that impression. But it is always important to connect the dots to understand where the trail is leading to.

The Biden-Harris Administration is sensing that Modi Govt, a perceived ally, is not to be seen as its war machine revs up in anticipation of a horrific war. Typically, if a country is not with the US, then, it must be against it. But India falls in a category by itself.

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Press Stunned as Ukraine President Zelensky Points Finger at West

Friday, 29 January 2022 — Friday Everyday

Under the surface is a very different tale of the Ukrainian tensions

In a stunning and unexpected outburst this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country’s current problems came from the west rather than the east.

The fears of a looming war were built on news stories that Russia had troops on the border it shares with the country—but this was not unusual, and there had been a similar assembly of soldiers a year ago, he said.

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British Government Laundered Fake U.S. ‘Intelligence’ On Ukraine

Saturday, 29 January 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Washington Post via MSN – January 23 2022

U.K. accuses Russia of scheming to install a pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine
by Paul Sonne, John Hudson, Shane Harris

The British government on Saturday accused Russia of organizing a plot to install a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine, as the Kremlin masses troops and materiel near the Ukrainian border in what Western officials fear is an impending military assault on the neighboring nation.

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Ukraine News Links 29-30 January 2022

Sunday, 30 January 2022 • 23:00 — The New Dark Age

Desperation Sets In.

Who Are We Arming and Supporting in Ukraine?

Ukraine and Russian escalation dominance: A Fiction

British Government Laundered Fake U.S. ‘Intelligence’ On Ukraine

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Ukraine News Links 28-29 January 2022

Saturday 29 January 2022 • 20:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular.

Will Putin Accept Half A Loaf?

True Colors: Red, White, Black & Blue

Bipartisanship: US House Races Massive Ukraine Weapons Transfer to the Floor!

Russia’s ‘Asymmetrical’ War over Ukraine

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Russia calls on U.S. to withdraw nuclear weapons from Europe, cease joint nuclear drills with non-nuclear allies

Saturday, 29 January 2022 — Global Research

This is a serious issue, perhaps the most serious of issues in Europe, but coming as it does immediately on the heels of Russia’s prior list of demands being resolutely rejected by the U.S. and NATO yesterday, the prospects of Washington and Brussels positively responding to this one either don’t appear good.
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Secret govt unit used ‘unethical’ fear tactics to push Covid rules compliance – media

Saturday, 29 January 2022 — RT

The UK government’s behavioral insights team will reportedly be investigated over claims of using ‘fear, shame and scapegoating’ to influence public
Secret govt unit used ‘unethical’ fear tactics to push Covid rules compliance – mediaNHS signage promoting ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ on a bus shelter in Chinatown, central London. January 8, 2021. © AFP / Tolga Akmen

A parliamentary committee is reportedly set to investigate “scare ads” created by the UK government’s shadowy ‘behavioural insights’ team to “nudge” the public into obeying Covid-19 restrictions. The move comes amid concerns about the “grossly unethical” use of the unit to “inflate fear levels.”

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Le Monde’s circus invite: ‘France is a leftist country which votes right’

Friday, 28 January 2022 — The Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

In less than three months France will have a presidential vote, and I haven’t written much about it because I’ve been too occupied with what I humbly hope will be the authoritative book on the Yellow Vest movement. The working title is France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values.

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Statewatch News – 28 January 2022 – Issue 01/22: The great Europol data scandal; Scrutinising Frontex; EU-UK police cooperation

Friday, 28 February 2022 — Statewatch

(Issue 01/22, also available as a PDF)

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Welcome to our first issue of the year, with features on:

  • The great Europol data scandal
  • Scrutinising Frontex
  • Ongoing UK participation in EU policing and security structures 

Plus, all our other news, links and documentation – and don’t forget to check out our extensive roundup of news from across Europe from the last month.

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Russia’s ‘asymmetrical’ war over Ukraine

Friday, 28 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

Can Europe survive without Russian gas?

The formal US response to Russia’s demands for security guarantee was delivered to the foreign ministry in Moscow on Wednesday. Moscow’s worst fears came true: Washington simply ducked without addressing the main Russian concerns — NATO’s expansion, rollback of NATO deployments to pre-1997 level, etc. —and instead offered to discuss confidence-building measures.

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‘It’s not the notes, it’s how they’re played’

Friday, 28 January 2022 — New Frame

Pianist Sibu Mashiloane’s new album enacts the collective dance of South African jazz. It is his sixth album in six years, and a work of many trusted hands.

9 January 2022: A portrait of pianist Sibu Mashiloane. His new album, Music From My People, is his sixth in six years. (Photograph by Hugh Mdlalose)

Setting goals is one thing; meeting them sometimes another. But pianist Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane vowed in 2017 he would release an album a year until 2023 – and number six, Music From My People, has just landed. Conceived on a much grander scale than its predecessors, it involves 17 other musicians and brings together his music praxis and the theoretical insights his academic research into the identity of South African jazz is mining.

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Ukraine News Links 27-28 January 2022

Friday, 28 January 2022 • 21:30 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular.

[Ironic headline of the day is the BBC’s, ‘Ukraine crisis: Don’t create panic, Ukraine tells West‘]

Panic and chaos is clearly stetting in as the West fears peace above all else

What You Should Really Know About Ukraine

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Ukraine and U.S. War Propaganda

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Ukraine and U.S. War PropagandaAnti-Putin Propaganda

Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist

The 2014 U.S. sponsored coup against the elected government of Ukraine must be the starting point for any discussion of the current crisis. That crisis has been manufactured by Joe Biden, who was the Obama administration point person in using Ukraine as a means of destabilizing Russia.

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Biden Spits on Putin’s Request for Security

Friday, 28 January 2022 — Global Research

By Mike Whitney

“The main issue is our clear position on the unacceptability of further NATO expansion to the East and the deployment of highly-destructive weapons that could threaten the territory of the Russian Federation.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Washington delivered a slap in the face to Moscow on Wednesday when U.S. ambassador John Sullivan provided a written response to Russia’s proposals for security guarantees. The missive was given to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko who did not reveal the contents but passed them on to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for analysis. Lavrov, in turn, issued a statement on Thursday morning confirming our worst suspicions that the Biden administration has shrugged off Russia’s reasonable demands choosing instead to intensify the provocations that are likely to trigger a war between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. This is an excerpt from an article at Tass News Agency: Continue reading