Further readings on the Russia / Ukraine conflict – 1.3.22

Here are some more readings which we’re presenting in a bid to encourage a nuanced discussion about the situation in the Ukraine. A situation which has the potential to spin completely out of control with devastating consequences for millions if the hotheads calling for a militarily enforced NATO no fly zone over the Ukraine get their way. Now more than ever, those taking simplistic positions while beating the drums of war with little or no awareness of what the consequences could be, need to be called to account.

Dave – the editor

The lethal stupidity of a No Fly Zone – Tim Black | Spiked | March 1, 2022

This is a deadly serious moment. Russia, a military superpower with its nuclear arsenal reportedly at the ready, is waging war in Ukraine. Tensions are high. Clarity is lacking. And the Ukrainian people, as courageous and brave as their resistance has been, remain desperate.
The question of what other European states should do, indeed of what we should ask our governments to do, is undoubtedly difficult. But one thing is certain. Further, explicit military intervention on the part of Western powers could trigger a conflagration that engulfs the continent. This would be the darkest of all our hours.

US/NATO is in the Grip of a Daemonic Death-Wish & the Entire World is Threatened – Edward Curtin | OffGuardian | March 1, 2022

Not wanting to sound hyperbolic, but I am starting to conclude that the nuclear madmen running the U.S./NATO New Cold War they started decades ago are itching to start a nuclear war with Russia.

Their hypocrisy and nihilistic thirst for death and destruction are so extreme that it boggles my mind. They accuse Russia of starting a New Cold War when they did so decades ago and have been pushing the envelope ever since. Now they act shocked that Russia, after many years of patience, has struck back in Ukraine.

7 FAKE NEWS stories coming out of Ukraine – Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | February 27, 2022

We’re only three days into Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, and yet the propaganda cogs are whirring fast as lightning, churning out “news”, opinion and content grist for the media mill.
In just the last 48 hours dozens of stories, images, narratives and videos have circulated as being taken from the fighting in Ukraine, a huge percentage of which are fake.

Now, some of it could be attributed to misunderstandings, mistaken identity, misattribution…but many and most are likely deliberate deceptions designed to provoke a response. Let’s dive right in.

A Ukrainian Sociologist Explains Why Everything You Know About Ukraine Is Probably Wrong – An interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko | Jacobin | February 10, 2022

If you’ve relied on establishment media to follow the events in Ukraine these past eight years, then chances are what you know is wrong. Despite — or, more likely, because — the tumult in Ukraine has reared its head prominently in both US foreign policy and its domestic politics these past few years, the country’s history and its ongoing internal conflicts have been some of the most propagandized for Western audiences.

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