Ukraine News Links 8-9 June 2022

Thursday, 9 June 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 and some links may not work, depending on your location but I’ve kept them anyway, so at least the reader has some idea of the scale of censorship now operating in the ‘democratic’ West.

The War in Ukraine Marks the End of the American Century. “What’s Left is a Steaming Pile of Dollar Denominated Debt”

Pentagon relies on Russia and China for critical mineral

Alexey Grivach: With soaring energy prices, the specter of stagflation haunts the world

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When racism has lethal consequences

Thursday, 9 June 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

Later this month, a ground-breaking documentary film sharing the stories of nurses, midwives and healthcare workers and their experiences of racism before, during and after the pandemic, will premiere in London and Sheffield. Part of a research project from Nursing Narratives, Sheffield Hallam University and Migrant Media, EXPOSED lays bare the ‘systemic lack of support’ for many BME NHS workers, where racism put black and brown staff at increased risk of exposure to Covid-19, sometimes with lethal consequences. In our latest IRR News article, Anandi Ramamurthy shares the key findings from the research and puts forward a manifesto demanding an actively anti-racist health service.
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Land in South Africa Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It: The Twenty-Third Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 9 June 2022 — The Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

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

In March 2022, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a ‘hurricane of hunger’ due to the war in Ukraine. Forty-five developing countries, most of them on the African continent, he said, ‘import at least a third of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia, with 18 of those import[ing] at least 50 percent’. Russia and Ukraine export 33% of global barley stocks, 29% of wheat, 17% of corn, and nearly 80% of the world’s supply of sunflower oil. Farmers outside of Russia and Ukraine, trying to make up for the lack of exports, are now struggling with higher fuel prices also caused by the war. Fuel prices impact both the cost of chemical fertilisers and farmers’ ability to grow their own crops. Maximo Torero Cullen, chief economist at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, said that ‘one of every five calories people eat have crossed at least one international border, up more than 50 percent from 40 years ago’. This turbulence in the global food trade will certainly create a problem for nutrition and food intake, particularly amongst the poorest people on the planet.

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Priti Patel’s sweeping new threat to free expression

Monday, 6 June 2022 — Declassified UK

Journalists and staff of civil society groups in the UK could be sentenced to life imprisonment for offences committed under the government’s proposed new National Security Bill.

Priti Patel leaves St Paul’s Cathedral with other ministers after the Platinum Jubilee service on Friday. (Photo: Andrew Parsons / No 10)

Journalists who receive some funding from foreign governments are at risk of committing offences under a bill that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The risk also applies to individuals working for civil society organisations such as human rights groups.

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CGTN documentary: The Warmonger’s Legacy

27 May 2022 — Youtube

Six hundred and twenty thousand civilians died in the Vietnam War, yet they have never received justice… Iraq was invaded, accused of developing weapons of mass destruction, yet this has been shown to be a lie. And for 20 years Afghanistan was a battleground in the war on terror, yet ultimately the Taliban regained power. Lies, self-interest and profit have created a vast web of international conflict, devastating the lands and peoples caught in it. And the responsibility rests with one country alone. The documentary “The Warmonger’s Legacy” reveals the shocking truth.

Western Foreign Policy Created Ukraine Crisis, is Creating Crisis with China

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 — New Eastern Outlook

Author: Brian Berletic


Two recent events, both overshadowed by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, help illustrate how the same problematic aspects of Western foreign policy driving the Ukrainian conflict are hard at work in provoking conflict with yet another global power, China.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2022 — SCO

Declan Hayes

Though MI5 and CIA disinformation is a tiresome distraction to NATO’s killing fields of Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, it must be confronted to help the young volunteers of Crimea, Yemen and Syria save lives.

BBC World’s Disinformation Team latest piece of disinformation from NATO’s Ukrainian front is that a group of young Crimeans operate a “company, whose name translates as Southern Front, [which] makes and distributes pro-Vladimir Putin propaganda across YouTube, social media app Telegram, and through a website that targets areas newly under Russian control”.

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France has been killing civilians in the Donbass since yesterday

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 — Donbass Insider

Caesar gun

It is now official: French Caesar guns opened fire yesterday on civilian areas in the Donbass and Donetsk. The information came from the CtsKK, the government service of the Donetsk Republic, which is responsible for recording all Ukrainian fire on civilian areas. It was then relayed by the DPR authorities. Every day, the very brave officials of this service go to the scene of the bombing, risking their lives. They often arrive within minutes of the bombing, with the significant possibility of more fire falling in the area. This work is very meticulous, with officers systematically collecting the various pieces of shrapnel and debris from the shells or ammunition to determine the weapons used. The time of the shooting, the victims, their identities, the testimonies of the owners of the affected properties, everything is carefully collected and then entered into a database of testimonies. Driving around Donetsk and the Donbass, they are accompanied by the Military Police and are themselves officials of the Ministry of Defense. Since yesterday, they have established that French guns are killing civilians on the rear of the Donbass front.

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Creating cold war conditions in Asia isn’t easy

Thursday, 9 June 2022 — Indian Punchline 


Military equipment given by Japan to Ukraine being loaded in an aircraft at Yokota US Air Force Base, Japan (File photo)

Only three weeks remain for the summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Madrid, which is expected to unveil a new Strategic Concept aimed at redefining “the security challenges facing the Alliance and outline the political and military tasks that NATO will carry out to address them.”

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