Is it time to admit that Canada is at war in Ukraine?
While more details on the scope of Western involvement will likely emerge, there is enough information in the public record to conclude that, despite falling below the threshold of direct confrontation with Russia, Canada’s contribution of arms means that we are indeed at war in Ukraine. This reality is compounded by the other retaliatory measures Ottawa has wielded to destroy the Russian economy.
Ireland launches Basic Income for the Arts
The launch of a basic income for artists has been hailed as “the most significant positive moment for Irish arts since the foundation of the Arts Council over 70 years ago.” Up to 2,000 artists will receive €325 per week for three years under the pilot, a sign of a “seismic shift” in attitudes towards the arts among politicians and the public over the past two years, advocates say.
Europe: the return to the periphery of the world
During the two world wars of the 20th century, Europe was the self-proclaimed center of the world. Now, however, Europe is but a small corner of the world, which the war in Ukraine will render even smaller. Indeed, as Boaventura de Sousa Santos writes, the world is far bigger than what we get to see through European lenses.
Is the US stalling urgent diplomatic efforts in Ukraine?
Next to starting a war, the most reprehensible act would be keeping one going when more people will die with little hope the outcome will improve. Yet, there are several lines of evidence that suggest that the US is inhibiting a diplomatic solution in Ukraine. Years prior to the war, when diplomatic avenues were open to prevent war, the United States already seemed to be setting up roadblocks.
Russia at a turning point?
At the end of the Cold War there was much debate between proponents of two models of the world’s future development. For Russians this debate reflected their own long-lasting dispute between Westernizing liberal historical determinists on the one hand and conservative believers in distinct paths of civilizational development on the other. The latter have won the day, and there may be no turning back.
Why Canada’s double standards on Russia-Ukraine matter
If Canadian foreign policy had anything resembling a consistent concern for human rights and the demands of oppressed populations, Canada’s leaders would not remain silent as the Biden administration starves the Afghan population as punishment for the US defeat there. If such a policy existed, our leaders would also totally extricate themselves from any involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Letters from Ukraine
The following interviews are part of a weekly series conducted in English and translated into French by the French online media project Tous Dehors with “A,” a Ukrainian student from Kharkiv. They have also been published by Endnotes, a communist theoretical journal produced by a discussion group of the same name based in Britain and the United States. Reprinted here with permission.
Children are bearing the brunt of Putin’s war
A UNICEF report from March 24 found that more than half of Ukraine’s child population has been displaced as a result of the invasion. Nearly two million kids have fled to neighbouring countries, while 2.5 million remain internally displaced. Within the country, 1.4 million people lack access to clean water, and almost half-a-million infants aged six to 24 months require complementary food support.
For Washington, war never ends
The conflict in Ukraine may be the spark that sets off what we already call World War III, writes Diana Johnstone. The American war aim is not to spare Ukraine, but to ruin Russia. That takes time. The danger is that the Russians won’t be able to end this war, and the Americans will do all they can to keep it going.
How the issue of Ukraine is playing out on the left
A significant issue that has generated much heated discussion on the left is not over whether Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is justifiable. Few, that is very few, say it is. Rather the key question is whether raising the issue of NATO enlargement distracts from the atrocity of Putin’s aggression. Indeed, some on the left accuse those who raise the issue of NATO of justifying the invasion.
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