UK Gov’t to make some “Covid Laws” permanent

Monday, 28 February 2022 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Legislation aims to make “digital courtroom” a permanent fixture of UK justice.

Some of the UK’s “temporary” measures intended to help “deal with the pandemic” are going to be added to future legislation and made permament laws by the spring of this year.

Of course, the truth is that many of the “temporary” Covid measures were already permanent.

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Ukraine makes strange bedfellows

Monday, 28 February 2022 — Indian Punchline

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed Ukraine developments on phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, February 27, 2022

The world community is aghast over the acute tensions between the United States and its NATO allies on one side and Russia on the other, which is poised critically on the brink of a military confrontation, the like of which the world didn’t see in the entire Cold War era.

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Ukraine News Links 27-28 February 2022

Monday, 28 February 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.

Bulgarian defense minister fired over Ukraine comments

Ukraine makes strange bedfellows

Politics of the Ukraine – Past and future possibilities

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Watch: Russian UN ambassador responds to US ‘war propaganda’ in interview w/Grayzone

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 — The Grayzone

Aaron Mate and Max Blumenthal speak with Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitri Polyanskiy on escalated tensions on the Russian-Ukraine border, US accusations of an imminent Russian invasion, and the context missing from a US media that refuses to interview Russian officials.

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Disarming Ukraine – Day 5 | Money War On Russia – Day 1

Monday, 28 February 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Historian Anne Morelli has summarized Arthur Ponsonby’s classic book Falsehood in War-Time as this:

  1. We do not want war.
  2. The opposite party alone is guilty of war.
  3. The enemy is inherently evil and resembles the devil.
  4. We defend a noble cause, not our own interests.
  5. The enemy commits atrocities on purpose; our mishaps are involuntary.
  6. The enemy uses forbidden weapons.
  7. We suffer small losses, those of the enemy are enormous.
  8. Recognized artists and intellectuals back our cause.
  9. Our cause is sacred.
  10. All who doubt our propaganda are traitors.

h/t Bernd Neuner

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Watch: Live at 10am EST Monday: Washington’s “rules based” disorder w/UN expert Alfred de Zayas

Sunday, 27 February 2022 — Youtube/Grayzone

Max Blumenthal speaks live with Alfred de Zayas, former United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and professor at Geneva University school of diplomacy. De Zayas addresses international law in the context of Russia’s recognition of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent republics, and its military incursion in Ukraine. He also offers his unvarnished views on NATO, the EU, and the role of the human rights industry in bolstering US power. De Zayas’ most recent book is Building a Just World Order.
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Russia: from sanctions to slump?

Monday, 28 February 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

The economic war between the US-led NATO group and Russia is hotting up alongside the real war in Ukraine itself.  In response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the US and Europe have upped the ante in imposing economic sanctions. The first of these was the suspension of any dealings with several leading Russian banks, including the two largest, Sberbank and VTB.  However, it was significant that the sanctions excluded Gazprombank, the major Russian lender to energy export companies.  Clearly, the West does not want to disrupt oil and gas exports through sanctions, when Germany alone relies on 40% of its energy from Russian imports.

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The U.S. is preparing war with China and Russia at the same time

Monday, 28 February 2022 — MROnline

| Russian Tanks | MR Online

This was originally written for a Chinese audience and adapted and published in Guancha. —Eds.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics on 21 February means that tensions in Eastern Ukraine are likely to continue to rise, which is exactly what U.S. foreign policy wants to promote. Three days ago, Foreign Policy published an article on its website titled “Washington Must Prepare for War with Both Russia and China.” According to the article:
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