Ukraine News Links 17-18 February 2022

Friday, 18 February 2022 • 22:00 — 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.

War In Ukraine Begins

Russia Begins Preparing for Refugees From Donbass

Before Making Conclusions…

Truths and lies about pledges made to Russia

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Moscow’s coercive diplomacy is working

Friday, 18 February 2022 — Indian Punchline

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gesturing at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin , Moscow, February 15, 2022

The upshot of the Russian response, transmitted to Washington on Thursday, regarding security guarantees may look as if the stalemate is heading toward a war. Moscow has rejected the US’ call for ‘de-escalation’ by pointing out that the Russian troops are deployed on Russian territories; it also rejects the threat of sanctions, which it says is a contrived attempt to “exert pressure and devalue Russia’s proposals on security guarantees.”

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Black Agenda Report 18 February 2022

Friday, 18 February 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Terrell Starr and Black Support of Imperialism
Black Agenda Report’s analysis of the US instigated crisis in Ukraine makes clear that imperialism is the source of turmoil in that country. The US role in heightening tensions must be exposed and the servants of US empire must be exposed as well.

DOCUMENT: Articles of Pacification with the Maroons of Trelawny Town, Concluded March the First, 1738
The history of the Maroons of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country is a story of the difficulties of Black sovereignty and autonomy in an imperial world.

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As Trudeau Cracks Down, the Left Drives Protesters Into the Arms of the Right Once Again

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — MintPress News

Canada Protests Fearure photo
Opinion & Analysis

Divide and rule, the cultivation of tribalism, is an insurance policy against successful dissent and the threat of revolution.

OTTAWA – If you were Canada’s prime minister, what would you be prepared to do to enforce Covid restrictions on large swaths of your population? No one need ask that question any longer. Now we know the answer.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2022

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Reading matter for reds and greens: Five new books and five recent reviews

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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War or Images of War?

Friday, 18 February 2022 — Edward Curtin

By EJ Curtin

Experienced foreign policy analysts such as Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, and Pepe Escobar, while agreeing that the Biden administration is clearly guilty of provoking Russia over Ukraine, are divided over whether it will lead to war.  All agree that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine and that it is clearly justified in demanding safe borders by insisting U.S./NATO withdraw troops and missiles from the countries surrounding it, stop NATO’s “open door” policy, stop putting nuclear weapons in Europe, etc.

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War Inc. Throws an Invasion Party and No One Shows Up

Thursday, 17 February, 2022 — The Saker

By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted

Moscow has not deviated for a moment from its Sun Tzu approach – while detailing all demands and all red lines many times over.

The Dem combo remote-controlling the senile President of the United States by earpiece/teleprompter was never accused of being the brightest bulbs in the room – any room.

That explains why one of their own, Nancy Pelosi, on ABC News, gave the whole Russian “invasion” game away two – or three – days, depending on their math, before the “canceled” non-event.

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Interrogating the Amnesty International Apartheid Report

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — Global Justice in the 21st Century

By Richard Falk

[Prefatory Note: The following interview conducted by Daniel Falcone appeared in COUNTERPUNCH in February 11, 2022. Small modifications have been made. While the Report significantly strengthened the civil society consensus to the effect that Israel is guilty of the continuing crime of apartheid, it has not [had an] overt impact in governmental policy circles in the West nor even within UN settings–a classic example of the primacy of geopolitics when [it] collides with normative imperatives.]
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EU’s “Alternative” to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — The New Atlas

(Brian BerleticNEO) – The European Union unveiled what it is touting as an “alternative” to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Called the “Global Gateway,” the EU claims it will deliver better alternatives consisting of “high standards, good governance, and transparency,” in a rollout almost indistinguishable from the vague and poorly received US “Build Back Better World” (B3W) proposal.

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COMMENT: Does it matter who replaces Cressida Dick as head of a racist police force?

Thursday, February 17, 2022 — NetPol

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick with London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick with London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Inevitably, speculation has begun on who will take over from the outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner, following the recent announcement of Cressida Dick’s early departure from the most senior policing position in the country.

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Iran Unbound. What it means.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — Indian Punchline

Iran’s negotiator Ali Bagheri says nuclear deal ‘closer than ever’

The negotiations in Vienna over the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, are almost certainly close to an agreement. The surest sign is that crude oil futures were sharply lower in mid-morning Asian trade Feb. 17 despite bearish developments due to the rising tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border. Even an interim deal could potentially increase oil exports by 700,000 b/d, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, easing the persistent tightness in oil markets.

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