Ukraine News Links 23-24 February 2022

Thursday, 24 February 2022 • 23:00 — 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.

How the US instigated the Ukraine crisis

What Putin Says Are The Causes & Aims Of Russia’s Military Action

Western Media Fall In Lockstep For Neo-Nazi Publicity Stunt In Ukraine

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Disarming Ukraine – Day 1

Thursday, 24 February 2022 — Moon of Alabama

On February 15 Professor John J. Mearsheimer gave a talk (video) about the Ukraine crisis. He starts out (at 3min) by explaining who has caused it:

The United States, mainly, and its allies are responsible for this crisis.

I recommend to watch it in full.

Like me and many other analysts Mearsheimer did not expect that a Russian move into the Ukraine would happen. Why the Russian government finally decided to take that step is not clear to me. I believe that Zelensky’s lose talk about acquiring nuclear weapons for the Ukraine was one of the decisive factors. Who told Zelensky to come up with that?

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Twelve Thoughts On Ukraine

Thursday, 24 February 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Listen to a reading of this article:

Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the goal of which he claims is not to occupy the country but to “demilitarize” and “de-Nazify” it. We’ve no reason to put blind faith in any of those claims. Only time will tell.

As of this writing dozens have reportedly been killed so far. All war is horrific. We can only hope that this one winds up being the least horrific a war can be.

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DIANA JOHNSTONE: US Foreign Policy Is a Cruel Sport

Thursday, 23 February, 2022 — Consortium News

Bear baiting was long ago banned as inhumane. Yet today, a version is being practiced every day against whole nations on a gigantic international scale. 

NATO officials visit Ukraine, April 7, 2021. (NATO)

By Diana Johnstone
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

In the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, British royal circles enjoyed watching fierce dogs torment a captive bear for the fun of it.  The bear had done no harm to anyone, but the dogs were trained to provoke the imprisoned beast and goad it into fighting back.  Blood flowing from the excited animals delighted the spectators.

This cruel practice has long since been banned as inhumane.

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Those Who Violated the Geneva Conventions at Guantánamo Are Free, While the Man who Helped Expose Their Crimes Languishes in Prison: The Eighth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 24 February 2022 — The Tricontinental

Ahmed Rabbani Pakistan Hero Image 2016 e1645623587246Ahmed Rabbani (Pakistan), Untitled (Grape Arbor), 2016. Rabbani endured 545 days of torture at the hands of the CIA before he was transferred to Guantánamo in 2004. He has been in the prison without charge since then.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Twenty years ago, on 11 January 2002, the United States government brought its first ‘detainees’ abducted during the so-called War on Terror to its military prison in Guantánamo Bay. US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, ‘We do plan to, for the most part, treat them in a manner that is reasonably consistent with the Geneva Conventions’. For the most part. Evidence began to emerge almost immediately – including from the International Committee of the Red Cross – that the Geneva Conventions were being violated and that many of the prisoners were being tortured. By December 2002, the US media began to report that ‘many held at Guantánamo [were] not likely terrorists’.

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Covid Vaccines: The Next Vioxx?

Thursday, 24 February 2022 — Swiss Policy Research

[Note: for those who are unaware of the Vioxx disaster, please see –]

Covid vaccines: “a freaking miracle” or the next Vioxx? (Statnews)

Shocking new data on covid vaccine and booster safety out of Israel and Germany – will covid vaccines overtake Vioxx and thalidomide as the largest ever drug scandal?
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Eyewitness Reports Indicate Ukrainian Army Fired First Shots in War with Russia

Thursday, 24 February 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Don Hank and Jeremy Kuzmarov

Russian intelligence agency video of what it says is a Ukrainian tank after being hit on Russian territory Monday. The location would indicate that Ukraine invaded Russia first and not vice versa. [Source:]

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Ukraine Shrinks Again

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 — Consortium News

Tony Kevin says Putin was desperate for something other than this lose-lose outcome for both East and West. 

Barbara Tuchman’s March of Folly Wins Again

By Tony Kevin
Pearls and Irritations 

The dramatic declarations on Monday of independence by Donbass city-states Donetsk  and Lugansk, and Russia’s accompanying military guarantee to protect them against further heavy artillery attack by Kiev forces, illustrate yet again Barbara Tuchman’s classic March of Folly thesis – how often intelligent governments can act foolishly and against  their  best interest:  in this case, illustrated by Washington and Kiev.

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