Ukraine News Links 19-21 January 2022

Friday, 21 January 2022 • 15:00 — 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.

Moscow Doesn’t Want Mediation With Kiev, Just Its Implementation Of The Minsk Accords
https://orientalreview.org/2022/01/21/moscow-doesnt-want-mediation-with-kiev-just-its-implementation-of-the-minsk-accords/

Biden dismisses ‘stupid question’ on Ukraine
https://www.rt.com/news/546752-biden-stupid-question-ukraine/

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US nearly wiped out tens of thousands of civilians with dam strike in Syria – NYT

Friday, 21 January 2022 — RT

The military then dismissed reports of the bombing as “crazy” and preemptively blamed ISIS

US nearly wiped out tens of thousands of civilians with dam strike in Syria – NYTFILE PHOTO. The Tabqa Dam in Syria. ©Claude Salhani / Sygma via Getty Images

In 2017, the US bombed a piece of strategic infrastructure in Syria, the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, despite it being on a no-strike list, the New York Times reported.

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Israel is Tightening Its Grip on Syria’s Golan Heights by Creating “Facts on the Ground”

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — MintPress News

The Forgotten Occupation

Israel is Tightening Its Grip on Syria’s Golan Heights by Creating “Facts on the Ground”

In the occupied Golan Heights, the population of Settlers and Syrians is approximately equal, but experts fear that a new Israeli project will turn Syrians into a demographic minority on their own land.

by
Jessica Buxbaum

Black Agenda Report January 19, 2022 – One Year of the Biden Administration

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

On the Biden Plantation
The idea that Joe Biden would provide harm reduction was created to help the unpopular candidate secure an electoral victory. The reality is a litany of lies and certain defeat for democrats at the polls. There is no harm reduction in a system dedicated to neo-liberalism and austerity.

SPEECH: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., All Labor Has Dignity, March 18, 1968
Martin Luther King was assassinated when he supported Black workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Weeks earlier he spoke of the need for systemic change that would treat all workers with dignity and fairness.

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Human Rights as Privileges

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

This week, a beleaguered Boris Johnson administration reacted to calls for his resignation by announcing it will defund Britain’s public broadcaster and further militarise the Franco-British border. With many speculating it is a matter of when, not if, Johnson falls, it is important to recognise that such populist policies, launched to placate the right-wing media and others, are consistent with a pattern of entrenched impunity by this government: in the policing of borders, the police, the judiciaryequalities, and human rights. To help understand the sheer proliferation of government measures and proposals put forward over the past year, this week IRR News published a five-part resource, Impunity Entrenched, compiled by IRR vice chair Frances Webber. These measures, informed by an ideology of punishment and exclusion, will destroy the right to asylum, fill prisons, further divide society and exacerbate racial tensions and hatred, while entrenching the powerful by blocking routes to political, legal and public accountability. What they all share is a retreat from values of fairness, equality and basic human decency, in favour of strong-arm policing of minorities and dissent at home, abroad and on the borders, within a punitive, crude, nationalistic political culture.

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ASPI – The Gov’t-Funded Conspiracist Think Tank Now Controlling Your Social Media Feed

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — MintPress News

ASPI Twitter Feature photo Think Tank-Social Media Axis

That ASPI is now partially in charge of Twitter’s moderation, influencing what hundreds of millions of people see daily, is a grave threat to the free flow of information, as well as to the chances for a peaceful 21st century.

‘CIA Sidekick’ NED Gives £2.6M to UK Media Groups

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Consortium News

A U.S. government-funded agency that claims to promote democracy but which helps undermine governments independent of Washington has moved decisively into Britain’s media space since 2016.

  • National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has funded groups such as Bellingcat, Index on Censorship, Article 19, Finance Uncovered, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Former C.I.A. officer tells Declassified the NED is a “vehicle” for U.S. government “propaganda”

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis
Declassified UK

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We Are Human, but in the Dark We Wish for Light: The Third Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — The Tricontinental

Carelle Homsy (Egypt), Liberté Egypte, 2009.

Dear friends,

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

For over a decade, Alaa Abd el-Fattah has been in and out of Egypt’s prisons, never free of the harassment of the military state apparatus. In 2011, during the high point of the revolution, Alaa emerged as an important voice of his generation and since then has been a steady moral compass despite his country’s attempts to suffocate his voice. On 25 January 2014, to commemorate the third anniversary of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s government, Alaa and the poet Ahmed Douma wrote a moving epistle from their dungeon in Tora Prison, Cairo. This prison, which houses Alaa and other political prisoners, is not far from the beautiful Nile and – depending on Cairo’s traffic – not too far from the Garden City office of Mada Masr, where the epistle was published. In cities such as Cairo, the prisons where political prisoners are tortured are often located in quite ordinary neighbourhoods.

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“The World’s Most Evil Company” May Lose a Few Court Fights—But Will Keep On Poisoning and Killing Millions of People with Its Carcinogenic Pesticide ‘Roundup’

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

[Source: chappette.com]

Monsanto (now part of Bayer AB) had to pay $78 million in 2018 and $10 billion more in 2020 to settle 100,000 cancer lawsuits. But that won’t stop a company whose 2021 revenues will top $49.991 billion…which is why Roundup is still being profitably sprayed in 160 countries around the world. 

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Blinken delays US response to Russia

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns of imminent Russian assault on Ukraine, scrambling to get allies to rally. (File photo)

A special press briefing in unseemly hurry by the US state department to warn an imminent Russian assault on Ukraine; a surprise call by state secretary Blinken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be followed by an unscheduled meeting in Geneva Friday; a whirlwind tour of Kiev and Berlin through Thursday — US diplomacy has gone into overdrive as the timeline for giving a formal response to Russia’s demands of security guarantee draws closer.

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Arise, Pandemic Profiteers

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 — Global Research

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark

History’s annals are filled with war profiteers and hustlers for the opportunistic return.  They come in the form of hoarders, arms manufacturers and wily business folk making a steal on slaughter and mayhem.  But the other conflict – that of battling a pandemic – has also shown that profits exist for those willing to exploit the crisis.

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We Will Build the Future: A Plan to Save the Planet

Monday, 10 January 2022 — The Tricontinental

Under the leadership of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research partnered with 26 research institutes from around the world to draft A Plan to Save the Planet. This living, evolving document puts forward a vision for the present and the immediate future centred on twelve key themes: democracy and the world order, the environment, finance, health, housing, food, education, work, care, women, culture, and the digital world. Dossier no. 48 includes and elaborates on the Plan and lays out our orientation, principles, and horizon.

DEATH by Vaccine “legally considered suicide” French Court Rules

17 January 2022 —

“The court recognizes the classification of the insurer who, in view of the announced side effects, including death, legally regards participation in the phase three experiment, whose proven harmlessness is not given, as voluntarily taking a fatal risk that is not covered by the contract and legally recognized as suicide.”

Life Insurance Company Denies Claim of Vax Victim Since Jab is Experimental

Big Brother Watch issues legal claim against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 — Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch Team

Big Brother Watch issues legal claim against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme

  •  Civil liberties NGO issues claim in judicial review of Welsh Covid pass scheme
  •  Reasons for Covid pass scheme seen by Big Brother Watch “don’t stand up to scrutiny” – but the Welsh government so far refuses to agree to publish them in full
  •  Big Brother Watch vows to apply to the Court to publish court papers setting out the Welsh Government’s “remarkably weak” justification for Covid passes
  •  Campaigners call to end the “draconian, discriminatory and pointless” Covid pass scheme

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Biden Lies (Again) as He Covertly Continues the U.S. Forever War Against the Afghan People

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - DECEMBER 21: Afghans holding banners take part in a protest and march towards former US embassy building demanding the release of Afghanistan's frozen assets and resuming international funds amid worsening economic conditions and rising poverty in the country in Kabul, Afghanistan on December 21, 2021. Following Taliban's takeover, international funds to Afghanistan were halted, and the country's assets abroad were frozen. (Photo by Bilal Guler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Afghans protest the former U.S. embassy building demanding the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets and resumption of international funding amid worsening economic conditions in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 21, 2021. [Source: theintercept.com]

Over the past few months, U.S. lawmakers, the Afghan government, and the international community have called on Washington to stop strangling the Afghan economy as its people continue to suffer from a U.S.-created humanitarian crisis. On December 22nd, the Biden administration effectively rejected those calls, opting instead for half-measures that will do little to counter the effects of stringent economic sanctions imposed on the Taliban or to improve the material well-being of the Afghan people.
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Chris Hedges: America’s New Class War

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 — MintPress News

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (Scheerpost) — There is one last hope for the United States. It does not lie in the ballot box. It lies in the union organizing and strikes by workers at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber, Lyft, John Deere, Kellogg, the Special Metals plant in Huntington, West Virginia, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the Northwest Carpenters Union, Kroger, teachers in Chicago, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, fast-food workers, hundreds of nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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The Last Days of the Covidian Cult

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 — CJ Hopkins

This isn’t going to be pretty, folks. The downfall of a death cult rarely is. There is going to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, incoherent fanatical jabbering, mass deleting of embarrassing tweets. There’s going to be a veritable tsunami of desperate rationalizing, strenuous denying, shameless blame-shifting, and other forms of ass-covering, as suddenly former Covidian Cult members make a last-minute break for the jungle before the fully-vaxxed-and-boosted “Safe and Effective Kool-Aid” servers get to them.

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