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The war in Ukraine: The questions that must be asked

The war in Ukraine: The questions that must be asked

Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board The deep-rooted and essential causes of a war are revealed not in how a war begins but in how it develops and to what it leads. The American Civil War was not caused by the firing on Fort Sumter. The assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand did not cause World War I. That the Civil War was ultimately about the destruction of slavery (and the resulting unfettered growth of modern capitalism in the United States) would become clear in historical retrospect. That the assassination of Ferdinand in Sarajevo was little more than a…
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Chomsky: Let’s Focus on Preventing Nuclear War, Rather Than Debating “Just War”

Chomsky: Let’s Focus on Preventing Nuclear War, Rather Than Debating “Just War”

A Ukrainian military tank is seen on a road in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 24, 2022.FADEL SENNA / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES BYC.J. Polychroniou, Truthout PUBLISHED March 24, 2022 Originally From: https://truthout.org/articles/chomsky-lets-focus-on-preventing-nuclear-war-rather-than-debating-just-war/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=b83aa008-f6fe-475b-a204-1c3157a6e6b2 NATO leaders announced Wednesday that the alliance plans to reinforce its eastern front by deploying many more troops in countries like Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — including thousands of U.S. troops — and sending “equipment to help Ukraine defend itself against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.” And while the NATO alliance itself is not directly providing weapons to Ukraine, many of its member countries are pouring weapons into Ukraine, including…
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unexpectedly transformed Europe.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unexpectedly transformed Europe.

A European Union flag at an anti-war rally in Prague.Eva Korinkova/Reuters Accustomed to peace Europe’s assertive response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a possibility that was hard to imagine a month ago: the European Union as a superpower that can alter the global order, promoting liberal democratic values worldwide. Before the war, the E.U. focused largely on economic growth. It resisted calls, particularly from the U.S., to increase its military spending and become more self-sufficient at defending Europe. Vladimir Putin’s invasion drove European countries to be more aggressive. They imposed tough sanctions, helping to cripple Russia’s economy, and…
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Ukraine, Russian Negotiators Say They’re Inching Closer to Peace Deal

Ukraine, Russian Negotiators Say They’re Inching Closer to Peace Deal

A girl with an anti-war message takes part in a protest in support for Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country, in Zagreb's main city square on March 5, 2022.DENIS LOVROVIC / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES BY Chris Walker, Truthout PUBLISHED March 16, 2022 Negotiators said they’ve made progress on a potential peace deal to end the war in Ukraine. The deal would require a number of concessions from both Ukraine and Russia — chief among them, Ukraine would have to agree to drop any intention of joining the NATO military alliance, and would also have to agree to not host any foreign…
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You Are Also a Victim of War like Us: The Tenth Newsletter (2022)

You Are Also a Victim of War like Us: The Tenth Newsletter (2022)

Daniela Edburg (Mexico), Atomic Picnic, 2007. MARCH 10, 2022 Originally Published on: https://thetricontinental.org/newsletterissue/nuclear-weapons/ Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. On 27 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov and the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. ‘The top officials of the leading NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organisation] countries have made aggressive statements against our country’, Putin said. Therefore, he told his top officials ‘to transfer the deterrence forces of the Russian army to a special mode of combat duty’. The last phrase, reasonably cloaked in…
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The Military’s Return to Brazilian Politics

The Military’s Return to Brazilian Politics

MARCH 14, 2022 Dossier No. 50 Originally From: https://thetricontinental.org/dossier-50-brazil-armed-forces/ Throughout history, the Brazilian Armed Forces have looked inwards towards their own territory and peoples. They are centred around the construction of an ‘internal enemy’ to justify its tactics, strategies, and accumulation of forces. The art for this dossier highlights emblematic ‘internal enemies’ constructed throughout history. These portraits, placed alongside other historical artifacts, rekindle a collective memory. They are, in fact, portraits of ourselves – the people, the poor, and the dispossessed – in the act of resistance. Introduction Brazil is in danger of becoming a country whose political economy is…
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