Category Archives: Russia

India’s Strange UN Abstention Vote on Condemning Russian Aggression

By Stephen Kangal
March 26, 2022

Stephen KangalIndia’s eye-brow raising abstention vote on the recent Special UN General Assembly’s Resolution on Russian aggression must not be hidden behind diplomatic fig leaves.

India must let us know that its abstention vote favourable to the Russian Federation is a quid pro quo for previous assistance even though it is numbered with the PRC and Pakistan- a puzzling, bizarre and strange alignment.
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Dangerous “Biological Research Facilities”

The White House’s game-playing denials of bio labs in Ukraine
March 11, 2022

We don’t know if biological weapons are in Ukraine. We do know there are dangerous “biological research facilities” there: which we know because Victoria Nuland, shocking Rubio, warned about. But the history of US programs gives the lie to WH denials about bioweapons in general.

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Mearsheimer and McGovern on Ukraine War

Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Salon | Ray McGovern, John Mearsheimer

March 06, 2022
Prof. John Mearsheimer and ex-C.I.A. Russia specialist Ray McGovern discuss the Ukraine conflict and U.S. policy towards Moscow, presented by the Committee for the Republic in Washington. Convened March 2nd 2022 by the Committee for the Republic Q&A host: Bruce Fein, constitutional lawyer
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Putin’s crime; Europe’s shame

By Dr Selwyn R. Cudjoe
March 07, 2022

Dr. Selwyn R. CudjoeSometimes a conflict shapes our views of the world in ways that we never knew were possible. We think we have a good understanding of how the world works, and then we come up against a situation for which we do not have an accurate answer. Although some important thinkers saw the Ukrainian disaster coming, neither the US nor the European Union (EU) took the Russians seriously. Today, Ukraine is paying for it.
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COUNTERPUNCH: PRECEDENTS OF PERMISSIBILITY

By Alfred de Zayas
March 04, 2022 – Dezayasalfred.Wordpress.Com

Alfred de ZayasRussia’s aggression against Ukraine entails a grave violation of the jus cogens rule stipulated in article 2, paragraph 4, of the UN Charter – the prohibition of the use of force without approval of the Security Council. Admittedly, Russia has invoked article 51 of the Charter, which recognizes the right of self-defence until the Security Council is seised of the matter. However, this provision only operates when there has been a prior military attack, which a state must repulse, because its very survival is at stake. This is not the case in the current conflict.
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The West Provoked Ukraine War

Russia’s intervention in Ukraine is not ‘inter-imperialist war’ – imperialism is a system
https://rokfin.com/post/78169/Russias-intervention-in-Ukraine-is-not-interimperialist-war–imperialism-is-a-system
An explanation of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not an example of “inter-imperialist war.” Russia is not an imperialist power; imperialism is a global economic system, and Russia is part of the semi-periphery, not the core. Moreover, the US-led NATO imperialist bloc started this crisis in Ukraine by sponsoring a coup in 2014, fueling a civil war in the eastern Donbas region, encircling Russia with Western military bases, arming and training Nazis and other far-right extremists, and flooding Ukraine with billions of dollars of weapons. (This talk was part of an event held on March 6 by the International Manifesto Group.)
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Imperial power

By Dr Selwyn R. Cudjoe
February 28, 2022

Dr. Selwyn R. CudjoeWhen Russian troops invaded Ukraine last week, it set in motion the possibility of another major transformation in the European political and economic order.

Russia launched its attack from Ukraine’s northern border with Belarus, across its eastern frontier with Russia, and in the south from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. Such a move suggests that more than the annexation of Ukraine is at stake.
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Putin—casualty of his own war

By Raffique Shah
February 28, 2022

Raffique ShahI told everybody who asked my opinion on the likelihood of war, of Vladimir Putin’s massive military force positioned close to Russia’s boundaries with Ukraine storming into the latter’s territory in a bid to re-draw the maps for that part of the world, that was unlikely.

Speaking more from my heart than my head, I suppose, I posited that “nobody wants a war”—not now, not ever. Wars are costly, bloody affairs that wipe out of existence entire generations of mostly young people.
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