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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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The Roots of Ukraine’s War: How the Crisis Developed

The Roots of Ukraine’s War: How the Crisis Developed

Here’s a guide to the causes behind a conflict that has just become a major military clash, and what’s at stake for Russia, the U.S. and NATO. A Ukrainian soldier on Wednesday in the eastern part of the country. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have been simmering since 2014.Credit...Tyler Hicks/The New York Times By Dan Bilefsky, Richard Pérez-Peña and Eric Nagourney Feb. 24, 2022 It felt in recent weeks like a scene from the Cold War, a perilous episode from a bygone era. An unpredictable Russian leader was amassing troops and tanks on a neighbor’s border. There was fear of a bloody East-West conflagration.…
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Beyond dystopia

Beyond dystopia

ROBERT MISIK 14th February 2022 To change the pessimistic Zeitgeist, left-wing politics and radical art must renew their alliance, Robert Misik writes. Onward march—da Volpedo’s c1901 depiction of Il Quarto Stato, emerging as workers confidently on strike, hangs in the Museo del Novecento in Milan Left-wing and progressive parties continue to win elections. Only rarely, it’s true, with strategic majorities, as for the socialists recently in Portugal. But there have been surprising successes, such as that of the SPD in Germany, and clear victories, such as that of Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the United States. Elsewhere, as across Scandinavia, they remain in office. Yet today left-wing parties…
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Climate accountability now

Climate accountability now

MARY ROBINSON 15th February 2022 Major emitters must deliver on critical ‘climate justice’ issues, such as financing for vulnerable countries. Short supply—poor countries rendered victims of climate change by rich-country emissions need much more financial support (Piyaset/shutterstock.com) It has been 30 years since world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro and agreed a set of measures to start the global mobilisation against human-caused climate change and to meet the imperative of a more sustainable development model. Their Rio Declaration affirmed that ‘human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony…
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Barack Obama’s father identified as CIA asset in U.S. drive to “recolonize” Africa during early days of the Cold War

Barack Obama’s father identified as CIA asset in U.S. drive to “recolonize” Africa during early days of the Cold War

Posted Feb 10, 2022 by Gerald Horne Originally published: CovertAction Magazine(February 7, 2022 Over the last decade, the U.S. has been quietly expanding its covert intelligence empire in Africa as part of a growing geopolitical rivalry with China. A new book published by Susan Williams, entitled White Malice: The CIA and the Covert Recolonization of Africa, reminds us that the likely consequences will be disastrous. Williams’s book updates an earlier study edited by Philip Agee, Ellen Ray, William Schaap and Louis Wolf, entitled Dirty Work 2: The CIA in Africa. She focuses mostly on the ties between Ghana and the Congo roughly between 1957 and the…
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