Ukraine News Links 15-16 February 2023

Thursday, 16 February 2023 — The New Dark Age

Reality and Reflux: Tug of War—Georgia, Ukraine and Russia

March 18: National March – Peace In Ukraine; Stop NATO

I Talk To Ania…

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Frontex and personal data; Social media deportations; Statement against undercover police abuse

Thursday, 16 February 2023 — Statewatch

Issue 03/23, 16 February (also available as a PDF)

  • Frontex and interoperable databases: a vast data trove

  • Social media profiles to facilitate deportations

  • Spain: 88 organisations condemn undercover police abuse

And three new analyses: child migration to Spain; the European Union and its crises; EU support for authoritarian regimes.

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Shawcross, Knowsley and Policing Britishness

Thursday, 16 February 2023 — Institute of Race Relations

Just two days after William Shawcross, reviewer of the government’s Prevent Programme, criticised its ‘expansive approach’ towards the ‘extreme right’, it was supporters of the far Right, some armed with hammers, that orchestrated a riot, hurling lit fireworks at the Suites Hotel, Knowsley, Merseyside, which housed asylum seekers (Far-right leaflets claimed ‘5-star Hotels for Migrants Whilst Brits Freeze’.) Displaying the patrician’s knack for ignoring the blatantly obvious, Shawcross had loftily surmised that ‘mildly controversial or provocative forms of mainstream right-leaning commentary’ have ‘no meaningful connection to terrorism or radicalisation’. No doubt, those politicians who, in the past months, have indulged in stigmatising rhetoric and inhumane policy will find consolation in Shawcross’s conclusion.
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Rescue Collective Life by Reading a Red Book: The Seventh Newsletter (2023)

Thursday, 16 February 2023 — The Tricontinental

01 1848 by Kael Abello 1 1024x342Kael Abello (Venezuela), 1848, 2023.

Dear friends,

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

In December 1998, Fidel Castro addressed the 7th Congress of the Young Communist League in Havana, Cuba, a year after the catastrophic ‘market failure’ in Asia, when global finance exited the region and left behind economic deserts stretching from Korea to Malaysia. ‘The world is rapidly being globalised’, Castro told the Cuban youth, and this globalisation was ‘an unsustainable and intolerable world economic order’ founded on the cannibalisation of nature and the brutalisation of social life. Capitalist ideologues championed greed as foundational for society, but this, Castro cautioned, was merely an ideological claim rather than a statement drawn from reality. Similar ideological claims – such as those about the rational operation of markets – encouraged Castro to insist on the urgent need to wage a ‘battle of ideas’ to make the case for the richness of the human experience against the reductions of market fundamentalism.

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