Resisting new police powers – what next for #KillTheBill campaigners?

15 July, 2021 — NetPol

Kill The Bill placardsPHOTO: Loredana Sangiuliano

In the end, every member of the governing party in the House of Commons voted for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in its entirety.

Perhaps surprisingly, this included the Conservative MPs who sit on the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which only a week before had been severely critical of the parts of the bill affecting the right to protest. It included the one Tory who had been part of an all-party inquiry on the Clapham Common vigil and Bristol protests, which had called for the scrapping of this section of the bill completely.

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Presidents: Georgia, Ukraine share commitment to NATO membership, “de-occupation” of lands from Russia

29 June 2021 — Anti-Bellum

Author: Rick Rozoff

Presidents: Georgia, Ukraine share commitment to NATO membership, “de-occupation” of lands from Russia.

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili paid a two-day visit to Ukraine earlier this week (her first) and met with her opposite number President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Roman Protasevich – Arrested In Belarus – Is A Western Government Financed Neo-Nazi

26 May 2021 — Moon of Alabama

There is more to say about the Ryanair incident in Belarus and the arrest of the ‘regime change’ operative Roman Protasevich.

We will start with the la[t[ter.

The sympathetic portraits of Protasevich in the New York Times and in the Guardian are only of interest for what they leave out.

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Pictures of a Ukrainian Dream

11 May, 2021 — The Saker

Pepe Escobar for The Saker Blog

Picture yourself about to meet a girl with kaleidoscope eyes… No. Sorry. Actually picture merry lines of code in the R programming language – wallowing in a happy valley of game theory models which would not preclude Goth or New Romantic Walkyrie dancin’ to the 12-inch version of Bauhaus’s Bela Lugosi is Dead.

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The MH17 Trial: The Dangers of Presuming the Fairness of a Geopolitically-Driven Enterprise

28 April 2021 — Mint Press News 

Inspection of the MH17 saga teaches us, in the first instance, never simply to presume that an enterprise that appears to have the status of an officially supported and endorsed international legal proceeding must on that account be above reproach.

by Oliver Boyd-Barrett

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The Ukraine Crisis Recedes – But A False Narrative Of It Leads To Bad Conclusions

22 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Some two month ago we discussed how the U.S. focus on narratives will let it collide with reality. It is certainly not only the U.S. government that creates narratives, comes to believe in them, and then fails when it is confronted with reality. Carried by think tanks and media the narrative mold has grown throughout the wider ‘western’ world.

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International Crisis Looms as NATO to Hold Emergency Meeting with Ukraine

12 April 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Rick Rozoff

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2019-10-05T104302Z_95741898_RC18EFB9F730_RTRMADP_3_LATVIA-NATO-scaled-e1592857932670.jpgThe government of Ukraine announced today that Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will visit NATO Headquarters tomorrow for an emergency session of the Ukraine-NATO Commission. Kuleba will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and possibly with the North Atlantic Council (consisting of the ambassadors of all thirty NATO member states) as well.

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Ukraine: Frozen conflict is hotting up

3 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter sails in the Bosphorus, Istanbul, on its way to the Black Sea, January 28, 2021

The terrible beauty of “frozen conflicts” is that it takes hardly any effort to turn up the heat and re-escalate them into hot violence, but pressing the “pause” button later would need consensus, which is not so easy. The frozen conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass has gone through this cycle repeatedly, and is lurching toward another.

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Exposing the Russophobic Farce that JIT made out of the MH17 Tragedy

12 February 2021 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

MH17

The fourth set of hearings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the case of the 2014 Malaysian flight MH17 shot down in the Ukrainian sky, which began in The Hague on February 1, did not bring any clarity to the real culprit in the crash that killed 298 people. It further demonstrated to the world the blatant bias and politicization of the process.

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Queen of Chicken Hawks: Victoria Nuland Had A Hand in Every US Intervention in the Past 30 Years

11 February, 2021 — Mint Press

As the Senate prepares to confirm Nuland for Under Secretary for Political Affairs, a reflection of her last 30 years in government shows how she was connected to nearly every foreign policy disaster undertaken by the United States.