Defeat the Putin Invasion of Ukraine

Union members support ILWU's fine stand on Ukraine
They dispute those who would leave Ukraine defenseless
https://Stand-firm-ilwu-for-ukraine.webador.com

 

10:30 a.m. Eastern tomorrow, Sunday 10/23
Indian Leftist Kavita Krishnan to speak on Ukraine via zoom
It's now up on You Tube

 

Russia Stole Half a Billion Dollars of Ukrainian Grain
https://kyivindependent.com/news-feed/ap-russia-stole-at-least-530-million-worth-of-ukrainian-grain 


Walkie, Russian Rapper Who Opposed War in Ukraine, Dies of Suicide at 27 After Being Drafted
https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/cm/walkie-russian-rapper-opposed-war-200832801.html 


Ukrainian Conductor in Kherson Killed for Refusing to Perform for Russian Occupiers
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukrainian-killed-by-russians-for-refusing-to-perform-at-propaganda-concert/ar-AA131AOD?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=ed150ab1e967438b8178ab68e4383f05 

 

Sunday 10/2 at noon Eastern. Hear Russian exile Ilya Budraitsksis on zoom
Program sponsored by Ukrainian Solidarity Socialist Campaign
For details or to register go to https://rpm.world 

 

Hear Ilya Budraitsksis' interview on Democracy Now (from July)
https://www.democracynow.org/2022/7/28/ilya_budraitskis_russian_dissidents_fleeing_abroad 

 

Russian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muratov in Connecticut
article by Stanley Heller
https://ukraineposts.webador.com/muratov-at-scsu 

 

Alexei Navalny (Russian political prisoner)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/30/alexei-navalny-parliamentary-republic-russia-ukraine/ 


A Critical Look at a CODEPINK flyer
https://ukraineposts.webador.com/critical-look-at-a-codepink-flyer 

 

Mobilization. Novaya Gazetta (Muratov's news site) Claims 1 Million Soldiers Could be Added
https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2022/09/24/mobilisation-putin-sends-off-1-million-men-to-die 

 

Russian missile destroys family house of killed EuroMaidan activist
https://kyivindependent.com/national/russian-missile-destroys-family-house-of-killed-euro-maidan-activist 

 

 

Molly Crabapple Just Back from Ukraine

Molly Crabapple Just Back from Ukraine and Ukrainian Journalist Anna Grechishkina
Crabapple is a wonderful artist who has done amazing art about Syria
On Democracy Now
https://youtu.be/qGdVCa-2Qa8 

 

Paul Krugman a big time economist who doesn't usually write about Ukraine
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/12/opinion/ukraine-deflates-maga-macho-myths.html 

Ukraine delivers another blow to Russia as it breaches front line on Oskil River
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukraine-delivers-another-blow-to-russia-as-it-breaches-front-line-on-oskil-river/ar-AA11W1H5?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=9f91a1a8380b48e584f0dae0aeb57f7b 

Russian Fascists Online Threaten Even More Destruction
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-state-media-threatens-scorched-earth-response-to-bitter-losses-in-ukraine?via=twitter_page 

Ukrainian Coal Miners Strike
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/ukraine-coal-miners-strike-corruption/ 

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On Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon Eastern

Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign Meetings

What is happening inside Ukraine?

The stunning success of Ukraine’s military counter-offensive in Ukraine’s north east has taken many by surprise and has received widespread comment. Much of the news focuses on Ukraine’s president, Zelensky. Yet like every other country in the world, the class struggle continues in Ukraine. What was the situation of the class struggle before Russia’s imperialist invasion and how has that invasion affected the struggle? What was the situation in the newly liberated areas of Ukraine and how has it changed? What effect has the recent counteroffensive had on the mood within Ukraine? What are the political perspectives for Ukraine? What are the perspectives for the left in Ukraine?

Hear Vladyslav Starodubtsev discuss these and other questions. Vladyslav is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe, a social activist and a member of the Rada (collective leadership body) of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organization Sotsialnyi Rukh

https://www.facebook.com/events/620037269696094 

 

MedGlobal "Ukraine: War and Health"

Watch the webinar on Facebook at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thurs. September 8
Hear from Khrystyna Maryniak, Dr. Judah Slavkovsky and Dr. Tania Baban


Click here to get to the MedGlobal FB page where you can watch the webinar
https://www.facebook.com/medglobalorg/ 

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Danger in the U.S. An array of left groups who ally with any supposed Left authoritarian or dictator is planning a series of "anti-war" actions October 15-30. They see Ukraine as a "proxy war" "provoked" by the U.S. Though they've only been able to get tiny numbers out in the streets up until this point that could change. The best way to counter that is for us to go out with flags of all the oppressed, from Ukraine to Palestine to Syria to Yemen.


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A virtual army of impish cartoon pooches is waging war on Russia
https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/08/31/a-virtual-army-of-impish-cartoon-pooches-is-waging-war-on-russia 

Survivor of Russian strike on Kramatorsk train station: 'Dead people were everywhere'
https://kyivindependent.com/national/survivor-of-russian-strike-on-kramatorsk-train-station-dead-people-were-everywhere 

Awful take by Noam Chomsky on a Grayzone Program
https://twitter.com/UsefulIdiotpod/status/1564982864739016706 
Perhaps he hasn't heard what happened in Mariupol
The program is literally called "Useful Idiots" and they speak the truth in that at least
Many of the replies to the tweet are good

Connecting Hiroshima and Zaporizhzhia

August 6.   

A simple online activity to connect tomorrow's Hiroshima memorial to the most pressing nuclear danger today, the Russian occupation of Ukrainian nuclear power plants

Go to Facebook and enter something like this text:

DANGER

Remember Hiroshima August 6

*** Putin, Get Soldiers and Weapons Out of Ukraine Nuclear Plants
*** Russia, US, Pledge Not to Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine
*** Russia Out of Ukraine

PEPeace.org

and the picture of the Zaporizhzhia power plant attached

Post it on FB and share it with a couple of friends

The U.N.'s Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has told the AP that is "totally out of control" and “Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated”.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/ukraine-nuclear-plant-is-out-of-control-un-nuclear-chief-says/3806652/


The spoils of war: How Russia is leveraging Europe’s largest nuclear power plant
Putting weapons of war right in the plant!
https://english.elpais.com/international/2022-07-29/the-spoils-of-war-how-russia-is-leveraging-europes-largest-nuclear-power-plant.html
"The Russians countered by storing “14 pieces of heavy weaponry, ammunition, and explosives,” inside the turbine room of one of the reactors."

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Big interest in part 1 of the talk online about how outright fascists are creeping into some Left Spaces. Part 2 is this Sunday at noon Eastern
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307530784861174
For some reason I don't see the link to part 2 there.
I'll have the link to Part 2 at rpm.world by Saturday afternoon
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Yale Economic Report Says Russia is in Trouble
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4167193

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And let me make a pitch for interest in the site Countervortex, run by Bill Weinberg, especially the audio of
Countervortex. https://countervortex.org/tag/podcasts/ Most of the last dozen audio pieces (also on Soundcloud) are about Ukraine and the foolishness of Left icons on the subject

 

Blasting the DSA Statement

 

July 28

1) Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign (USSC) Criticizes DSA's [No Weapons to Ukraine] statement

 
2) This Sunday USSC holds forum about Fascist Penetration of the Left 
 
 
3) Very good show on Democracy Now! this morning!  The main person interviewed was a Ukrainian woman Oksana Dutchak who talked about a feminist manifesto from Ukraine written as an alternative to another feminist statement.  It's here:
‘The right to resist’: A feminist manifesto from Ukraine
 
 
4) This was the original statement that the Ukrainians criticized.  Note no Ukrainian woman signed it.
Feminist Resistance Against War
"We demand a bold redirection of the situation to break the militaristic spiral initiated by Russia and supported by NATO."
 
 
5) Here's another critique of the "Feminist Resistance Against War", this one from March.
Comments on the “Feminist Manifesto Against War” - Catherine Samary
 
 
6) Links to Far-Right Tucker Carlson's Views on Ukraine (Hold your nose!)

 

Today, Sunday July 10, 2022 at noon Eastern
Simon Pirani
will puncture Lies and Misunderstandings about 2014 in Ukraine
Click on this link for the link to register for today's Zoom presentation
https://pepeace.org/#:~:text=SUNDAY%2C%20JULY%2010%20AT%20NOON 

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Ask Congress to Finish the Job, to Go On Record Calling for the IMF and World
Bank to Drop Ukraine's Debt

H.R. 7081 Ukraine Comprehensive Debt Payment Relief Act of 2022
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr7081/text
received by the Senate on May 12
sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
This is the membership of the committee
https://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/membership 

This link will let you know how to contact any Senator
https://pepeace.org/contact-them 

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Why Should Anyone Care What Jeffrey Sachs Says about Ukraine
by Stanley Heller
https://pep-administrator-blog.webador.com/criticisms#:~:text=Why%20Should%20Anyone%20Care 

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Ukraine Security Service Says Russian Forces Bomed Their Own Proxies
(because they were trying to withdraw from the front)
https://kyivindependent.com/#:~:text=The%20Security%20Service%20of%20Ukraine 

 

Ukrainian Band Performs in Subway

July 5, 2022

 

Ukrainian band performs in the Kyiv metro
https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=713131153335407

 

There's a very well-funded group called the Quincy Institute that many liberals follow and is constantly warning about helping Ukraine
I criticize their president Basevich in the top article here:
https://ukraineposts.webador.com/responses-to-the-enablers

 

"The Struggle" video this week features the appearance in New Haven of Brazilian union leaders
who did a solidarity visit to Ukraine
See https://TheStruggleVideo.org

 

We're all heard the dumb Left dismiss the Maidan in 2014 as a fascist coup
This Sunday July 10 at noon Eastern
Simon Pirani will be speaking about 2014 in Ukraine. Register here for the Zoom event:
https://pepeace.org/#:~:text=Simon%20Pirani%20on%20Ukraine


I've followed Pirani's work for years at his blog People and Nature
https://peopleandnature.wordpress.com/

 

Dave Zirin writes about political prisoner Brittney Griner (with suggestions for action)
https://www.thenation.com/article/society/brittney-griner-russia-trial

 

Know others who would benefit from these Ukraine Posts?  Email  stanley.heller@pepeace.org

Remember they're archived here:
https://UkrainePosts.webador.com

 

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Russia missile slams into shopping center filled with people
At least 10 killed
https://kyivindependent.com/national/russian-missile-strike-on-kremenchuk-shopping-mall-kills-at-least-two-people-injures-20-others

 

Heller interview with Brazilian unionist on a union solidarity trip to Ukraine
https://youtu.be/b0jGFost_tc

 

Heller critiques conservative NYT opinion writer who says U.S. is only "prolonging" the war
I call it "Damn Straight we Want the War 'Prolonged'"
https://pep-administrator-blog.webador.com/refuting-conservatives

Peace caravan bringing supplies to Ukraine
https://www.stopthewarnow.eu/


Use google and its translator


Anatol Lieven works at the the foundation set up by Soros and one of the Koch brothers (not kidding)
liberals at Democracy Now! and the Nation love the folks at this billionaire's peace foundation
What do you think of this article?
https://www.thenation.com/article/world/peace-settlement-ukraine/

 

Freedom of Russia Legion
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-freedom-of-russia-legion-a-growing-source-of-concern-for-putin/ss-AAYLOUv

 

 

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Back from a Recent Trip to Ukraine with a Religious Delegation

June 19, 2022

 

First part of interview with U.S. professor (Barbara Wien) who went on a religious delegation to see results of Russian invasion
https://thestrugglevideo.org/

 

full interview with her here including a lot about the Russian anti-invasion movement
https://youtu.be/j6CvKcU9IZU

 


article "Chris Hedges is Getting it Very Wrong on Ukraine" - by Stanley Heller
https://pep-administrator-blog.webador.com/criticisms#:~:text=CRITICISMS-,Chris%20Hedges,-is%20Getting%20it

 

"The Alt-Imperialists"
https://pep-administrator-blog.webador.com/#:~:text=(continued%20here)-,The%20Alt%2DImperialists,-Since%20the%20end

 

and remember the in-person event Thurs. June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the New Haven library opposite the Green with Brazilian unionists just back from a trip to Ukraine


How Ukraine’s Greatest Novelist Is Fighting for His Country
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/24/magazine/ukraine-andrey-kurkov.html

 

Wed. June 22 - Brazilian Unionists Talk about Ukraine

#9

 

June 14, 2022


On Wed. June 22 in the New Haven library at 6:30 Brazilian unionists who took part in trip to Ukraine to meet union members there.

My refutation of Washington Post columnist vanden Heuvel's claim that the Ukrainians are in a "proxy war"
https://tinyurl.com/bdhy4z2u

 

On "The Struggle Video News at this point
about a minute of photos of the fund raiser at Carnegie Hall for Ukraine

https://youtu.be/LpWxMbUf454?t=734

 

This coming week an interview with Barbara Wein about her trip to Ukraine as part of an emergency religious delegation, emotional highlight for her was Babyn Yar.  She also talks about the Russian anti-war movement.


An interesting article I found by accident about a writer named
Anatoly Kuznetsov, once very celebrated in the Soviet Union who was an eyewitness to the immense Nazi massacres at a ravine in Kyiv called Babyn Yar where perhaps 50,000 Jews and 50,000 non-Jewish Ukrainians and Russians were shot dead and dumped
https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/history-and-i/defection-anatoly-kuznetsov

 


June 3 international support statement
WITH THE RESISTENCE OF THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE FOR ITS VICTORY AGAINST THE AGGRESSION
https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2022/06/03/with-the-resistence-of-the-ukrainian-people-for-its-victory-against-the-aggression/

 

Michael Karadjis to Speak on June 5

#8

Sunday morning June 5 at 9 AM (yes, AM) Michael Karadjis will speak from Australia on "Syria, Ukraine, Geo-Politics and Working People". Go to https://rpm.world for more details and to register

Karadjis website has an excellent (long) home page article refuting some of the "anti-imperialist" nonsense about Ukraine. https://mkaradjis.com/

 

Watch "Navalny" on Netflix. Alexsei Navalny made it in Germany while recoving from being poisoned by the Russia state. You know that Navalny went back to Russia where he's been in prison ever since. Despite its grim subject parts are quite funny and views of snow in Germany quite beautiful. Astonishingly it shows how Navalny and the group Bellingcat tracked down his would-be assassins and how Navalny called them up one by one until he fooled the scientist on the team to admitting to the crime on the phone. Very high production values. BTW Navalny condemned the invasion of Ukraine during a court appearance.


New links on PEP's archive on Ukraine.
https://pepeace.org/ukraine-and-russia

 

And you may enjoy some of the memes on this news Meme-only satire site
https://barelysatire.webador.com/putin-s-invasions

 

At Carnegie Hall for Ukraine

 

#7

 


A score of famous musicians and singers came together last night for a benefit for Ukraine. The gilded hall has 2800 seats. They looked totally full (at least from my perch on the top balcony). I had never been to Carnegie Hall before. The sound was incredible.

The program began with a Ukrainian Chorus singing the Ukrainian National Anthem

A number of dignitaries spoke including President Zelinsky's wife Olena Zelenska via video.

The musical program was extraordinary and went on for some two hours.

To me a song by wonderful jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant was one of the top highlights of the evening.

Evgeny Kissin was the last individual performance (Chopin's #2 Scherzo) was born in Russia. He said this to the New York Times. “Unfortunately, I am too old and not qualified to take a gun and go to fight in the Ukraine, so I’m doing everything I can: sending money and taking part in concerts for the Ukraine,” he said. “As a Jew who was born and grew up in Russia, I, having belonged to the greatest victims of the Russian xenophobia, I have always felt solidarity with all its other victims, including the Ukrainians.”

It's not like being in the hall, but I found this video of Evgeny Kissin playing the scherzo: https://youtu.be/CZiixxyN7tE

The evening ended with all the performers singing "Somewhere a Place for Us' from West Side Story

The use of the hall and all the performances were gratis. The money raised (I'm taking a wild guess, $250,000) went to Direct Aid. I believe this is their website. https://www.directaidukraine.org/

 

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And Ukrainian partisans put up Ukrainian flag in occupied Kherson
https://twitter.com/i/status/1527683489922965505

3) Dangerous Labor Law Proposed “While we are miners and metallurgists, teachers and doctors, trade union activists, are defending the freedom of Ukraine at the front, fattened rear rats in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are stabbing us in the back. On May 12, 246 deputies voted in favour of the infamous Halyna Tretyakova Bill # 5371, which deprives most Ukrainian workers of all labour rights."


https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2022/05/23/as-ukrainian-workers-resist-invasion-a-new-labour-law-threatens-to-abolish-their-rights/

 

Public Demonstrations Again

#6

Think Ukrainian-Americans and all oppressed (Syrians, Palestinians, etc.) should join again in public demonstrations. Besides being a good thing in itself I'm seeing signs of resentment against all the money Biden is sending to Ukraine while there so much misery in the U.S. (from lack of baby food, climate collapse to fentanyl). And some of the campist Left is trying to exploit that. We have to explain to people that ALL the problems including Ukraine must be dealt with immediately

 

On Ukraine an invaluable site is https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/

A couple of days ago there was a very good piece about how we need to avoid hating the enemy as a nation
https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2022/05/17/victory-and-hatred-of-the-enemy/


On the weekend of May 7th the folks who are supposedly against Russia's invasion BUT don't want any weapons sent to Ukraine held rallies in the U.S. and around the world. The results were pitiful. (BTW I call them "campists" who see the US-UK-Europe-Israel in one camp an everyone else in the Innocent-as-Lambs Camp) The proof is in their very own photos of their rallies.


https://www.codepink.org/may72022pics


https://www.flickr.com/photos/126982541@N02/albums/72177720298772450/with/52062183295/


Timothy Snyder - Russia is fascist
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/19/opinion/russia-fascism-ukraine-putin.html

Before you look at the 8th meme on this apge a note of explanation about one word, "Grayzone". It's a website headed by Max Blumenthal who for a few years consistently supported human rights, but since his trip to Moscow in 2015 has become a rank apologist for all the dictators not in the U.S. camp (Putin, Assad, Maduro, Noreiga, etc.). A lot of the Campist Left reads him religiously.

 

"Help Syrians, weaken Putin" 

#5

 

Stanley Heller's opinion piece in the CT Post today

 

"Help Syrians, weaken Putin" 
https://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/Opinion-Help-Syrians-weaken-Putin-17165165.php

 

Forensic analysis

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2022/04/04/russias-bucha-facts-versus-the-evidence/


For more information see PEPeace.org 203-444-3578 office@pepeace.org

 

"How Can Feminist Solidarity Help Ukraine?"

 

#4 

 

May 10

Something interesting today Tuesday, 5/10 at noon Eastern on Zoom
"How Can Feminist Solidarity Help Ukraine?"
See https://rpm.world for details


See Broadway actors sing song from "Le Mez" in honor of Ukraine
https://youtu.be/Zd6v9FyEkXo


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Next Event:

"Freedom for Syrian Detainees -

Protest the Kidnapping of the Alabbasi Family

and American Doctor Majd KamAlmaz"

 

Hear Naila Alabbasi - a physician and sister of Rania Alabbassi.

Maryam KamAlmaz- daughter of Syrian-American psychiatrist

(taken at a Syrian checkpoint in 2017)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

1 p.m.

On Zoom
https://tinyurl.com/PEPeventMay14

Sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace, Middle East Crisis Committee, People Demand Change

 

Ukrainian Memes Forces

 

#3   

On Twitter be sure to follow: Ukrainian Memes Forces
https://twitter.com/uamemesforces

 

Another Russian warship burning
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2022/05/06/another-russian-warship-is-burning-in-the-black-sea

 

(some material below repeated)

 

and just announced Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert for Ukraine
https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2022/05/23/Concert-for-Ukraine-0800PM $90 tickets and up, Impressive program!!

 

Links to Our Forum

#2

 

1) Timothy Snyder on Ukraine 2) Video of the April 28 talks 3) Next PEP Event 4) Carnegie Hall Benefit

 

Very good remarks today by historian Timothy Snyder on Democracy Now! explaining how Russia's war against Ukraine is a colonial war, determined to smash the very idea that Ukrainians are a people and hence why it was necessary for Ukraine to fight long enough until the Russian government is exhausted with the war (like France in Algeria)

See it here
https://youtu.be/7d21K_csDds


These two links are to the two parts of our April 28 forum on Ukraine and Syria. They're unlisted at the moment. You get the first look.

Part 1
https://youtu.be/MCN6_Oja2rY

Part 2
https://youtu.be/pDZoPHsQLAc

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Next Event:

"Freedom for Syrian Detainees -

Protest the Kidnapping of the Alabbasi Family

and American Doctor Majd KamAlmaz"

 

Hear Naila Alabbasi - a physician and sister of Rania Alabbassi.

Haitham Al Maleh - attorney and former prisoner of Assad

Maryam KamAlmaz- daughter of Syrian-American psychiatrist

(taken at a Syrian checkpoint in 2017)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

1 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Corner of Lyme Street & Ferry Road in Old Lyme

(Use “5 Ferry Road” for GPS)

and on Zoom
https://tinyurl.com/PEPeventMay14

Sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace

 

For more information see PEPeace.org 203-444-3578 office@pepeace.org

 

The Genocide Handbook

#1    T

 

Thanks for attending the forum on Ukraine and Syria yesterday (or the illustrated history of Ukraine several weeks ago). We'll have the whole event yesterday online for those who missed it.\

 

Some things of note

Saturday, April 30, 2022-Yunist Benefit Concert-Stamford Palace Theater 61 Atlantic St Stamford CT
Local Event: "Yunist" Benefit for Ukraine Concert

 

Alex Kuzma talked about Timothy Snyder's article about the anti-Ukrainian "genocide handbook" published by a Russian government media on April 3. It's here: https://www.stopfake.org/en/timothy-snyder-russia-s-genocide-handbook/ Since I like to confirm so I read over the article in English. It's here: https://medium.com/@kravchenko_mm/what-should-russia-do-with-ukraine-translation-of-a-propaganda-article-by-a-russian-journalist-a3e92e3cb64 It is absolutely chilling. At one point it says Ukronazism (by which he means this supposed Ukrainian Nazism) is a bigger threat than Hitler was to Russia!

 

I've made a meme comparing the defense of the steel factory in Mariupol to that of Stalingrad in 1943. That's sure to raise some hackles because some of the military in Mariupol are in the Azov Regiment and are neo-Nazi. On the other hand the Soviet Army was a tool of Stalin who had committed mass murder of Poles in 1939 and genocide in Ukraine in the early '30's. Still, both these defenses in '43 and today can be admired. Attached is the meme. What do you think?

 

Next Event: "Prisoners of Assad: Save the Alabassi Family, Save Majd Kamalmaz"
Sat. May 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern online and in person at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT

 

If you get too many emails and would rather not get these occasional notes on Syria and or Ukraine just let me know.