Ukraine News Links 16-17 March 2022

Thursday, 17 March 2022 — The New Dark Age

Okay, I’d already started processing this list, so I might as well publish it before I take off

War and a “Hurricane of Hunger”: Transforming Food Systems

Evidently It Struck The Nerve…

Homicidal Drives: US Dreams of Killing Putin

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We Are in a Period of Great Tectonic Shifts: The Eleventh Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 17 March 2022 — The Tricontinental

Chiharu Shiota Japan Navigating the Unknown 2020Chiharu Shiota (Japan), Navigating the Unknown, 2020.

Dear friends,

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

The war in Ukraine has focused attention on the shifts taking place in the world order. Russia’s military intervention has been met with sanctions from the West as well as with the transport of arms and mercenaries to Ukraine. These sanctions will have a major impact on the Russian economy as well as the Central Asian states, but they will also negatively impact the European population who will see energy and food prices rise further. Until now, the West has decided not to intervene with direct military force or to try and establish a ‘no-fly zone’. It is recognised, sanely, that such an intervention could escalate into a full-scale war between the United States and Russia, the consequences of which are unthinkable given the nuclear weapons capacities of both countries. Short of any other kind of response, the West – as with the Russian intervention in Syria in 2015 – has had to accept Moscow’s actions.

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A ‘corpse’ takes a smoke break

Thursday, 17 March 2022 — The New Dark Age

But I just couldn’t resist putting up this image of a ‘corpse’ taking time out from death to have a nice, relaxing smoke! Laughable if it were not for the real corpses piling up courtesy the Empire! I’d like to put up the short video but WordPress won’t allow it. Oh, and this is somewhere in Ukraine.

Smoke break


I need to step back

Thursday, 17 March 2022 — The New Dark Age

I need to amend this; It’s virtually impossible for me to ‘switch off’, I’ve already broken my own ‘rule’ twice! But I will endeavour to chill out, I have to.

I’m going to have to take a step back from editing/publishing for awhile but I hope not my writing, as my health is suffering under the stress of dealing with the endless nightmares being inflicted on us by the Anglo-American Empire, but especially of course the events in the Ukraine, a place extremely close to me, perhaps too close to me really, as my maternal family originate from that corner of the former Soviet Union, in fact before the Soviet Union even existed!

And for more than two years we have suffered under the engineered crisis of Covid-19, the pretext for the establishment of some kind ‘digital’ Fascism, that is to say, the corporate, surveillance state, which has now entered its second stage; total censorship of any and all divergent views and analysis; any views that challenge the existing presentation of events.


International Law Is A Meaningless Concept When It Only Applies To US Enemies

Thursday, 17 March 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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Australian whistleblower David McBride just made the following statement on Twitter:

“I’ve been asked if I think the invasion of Ukraine is illegal.

My answer is: If we don’t hold our own leaders to account, we can’t hold other leaders to account.

If the law is not applied consistently, it is not the law.

It is simply an excuse we use to target our enemies.

We will pay a heavy price for our hubris of 2003 in the future.

We didn’t just fail to punish Bush and Blair: we rewarded them. We re-elected them. We knighted them.

If you want to see Putin in his true light imagine him landing a jet and then saying ‘Mission Accomplished’.”

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