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How Europe is funding Putin’s war

How Europe is funding Putin’s war

European countries are reluctant to stop buying oil and gas from Russia for fear of economic consequences at home. BY CORNELIUS HIRSCH, GIOVANNA COI AND JAMES RANDERSON February 24, 2022  Who's paying for Russian President Vladimir Putin's jet fighters and tanks? The same EU countries that say they want him to stop his assault on Ukraine, a country that is supposedly their ally. It's a crazy paradox that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki raised at an EU leaders' summit on sanctions against Moscow that ran into Friday morning. The bloc was unable to agree measures against the SWIFT international payments system because so many…
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Covid-19 didn’t cause the care crisis—privatisation did

Covid-19 didn’t cause the care crisis—privatisation did

Originally From: https://socialeurope.eu/covid-19-didnt-cause-the-care-crisis-privatisation-did ROSA PAVANELLI 8th March 2022 The scandal of Europe’s biggest eldercare operator highlights how a public good has been turned into a private asset class. Her priority is the patient—that might not be true of the company she works for (Alexander Raths / shutterstock.com) Imagine discovering your elderly loved ones in a care home were receiving half-portions of meals, just so a corporation could cut costs and pump up profits. This is just one of many disturbing revelations by the French journalist Victor Castanet from his three-year investigation into Europe’s largest care operator, Orpea. Yet not only patients are paying…
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‘The accumulated loss’

‘The accumulated loss’

By David Leonhardt Good morning. We look at Benjamin Franklin’s lessons about vaccine persuasion. Nearly 60 million American adults — or about one of out every four — remain unvaccinated against Covid-19. They have made an irrational choice that exposes them to severe illness. But they have also made a choice with a long historical tradition. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Biden declared, “We will never give up on vaccinating more Americans.” And Biden is right that a continued vaccination campaign can do a lot of good, given that a large majority of Covid deaths and…
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How Russia’s war in Ukraine hinders space research and exploration

How Russia’s war in Ukraine hinders space research and exploration

A Mars rover, an X-ray telescope and several low-Earth satellites are all on hold By Liz Kruesi Space exploration may seem like a faraway endeavor from Earth’s surface, but events on the ground ripple into space. The Russian war on Ukraine is no exception. From a rocket launch system to a rover set to explore Mars, a wide range of space missions is facing postponements or cancelations due to escalating tensions on the ground in the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion into Ukraine on February 24. The European Union, United States and others have imposed sanctions on Russia; Russia, as a…
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Ten Theses on the War in Ukraine and the Challenge for India

Ten Theses on the War in Ukraine and the Challenge for India

Sadly, India has no moral standing to make constructive proposals for the resolution of a problem that it is not even willing to take a clear position on. Siddharth Varadarajan The United States, China, Israel and Russia (including its Soviet avatar) have resorted to aggression on numerous occasions before but the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered the most serious standoff between the big powers that the world has seen since the Cuban missile crisis. “History is relevant always,” says A.G. Noorani, “but history certainly does not justify this wrong.” Sadly, this history of past sins and misdemeanours weighs like…
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Russian Imperialism is the Aggressor

Russian Imperialism is the Aggressor

No to Russian Imperialist Aggression, No to US/NATO interference, for a Democratic, Socialist Ukraine, for the Right of Self Determination for all Oppressed Nationalities DetailsPublished on Monday, 28 February 2022 15:21Written by Radical Socialist Kunal Chattopadhyay and Achin Vanaik Russian Imperialism is the Aggressor: We unequivocally condemn the Russian aggression on Ukraine. Beyond all discussions about how rightwing the Ukrainian regime is, what relationships it has with neo-Nazis or with the NATO, there are certain basic truths. Ukraine had been an oppressed nation under Tsarist Russia, which denied the distinctiveness of Ukrainian language and culture. Even after the February Revolution…
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