- civil rights
Putin is claiming that the bodies we’ve seen in Bucha and elsewhere were planted after the Russian army were driven out of the area. The New York Times used satellite imagery and showed definitively that the murders had to happen during the Russian occupation. That link should get you past the paywall for at least a week or two. Their work is well worth looking at. It’s meticulous. ETA: The Washington Post has a detailed account of the brutality visited on the people of Chernihiv, a city which has been returned to Ukranian control, though there is great concern that the Russian army may return. Hard to read, but important (also a non-paywalled link, at least for a while).
I am not going to post the pictures or video coming out of Bucha now that the Russians have retreated. The barbarism shown, pictures and video showing dead bodies of tortured citizens, can be easily found on Twitter, and you really should look if you can bear to. Though as the tweet below says, Zelenskyy’s face tells the tale.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha today. His face says it all. pic.twitter.com/IWOmIdnnVT
— Kateryna_Kruk (@Kateryna_Kruk) April 4, 2022
Chef Andrés and World Central Kitchen are in Ukraine feeding refugees. He has been traveling the areas around Irpin and Bucha, and while he is clearly sad and disturbed by what he’s seen, WCK has no intention of leaving.
Some thoughts from the train this Sunday… It’s difficult to convey the experience of going to Irpin & Bucha… You’ve all seen the photos—unbelievable to think in 21st century those horrors are happening. I promise you we @WCKitchen will not leave the Ukrainian people alone 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/ZpYAxV3mMG
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) April 3, 2022
…who go into harm’s way so that we can see what is happening in the war zone.
Ukrainian forces have regained ground against the Russian military, changing the course of this war. On the outskirts of Kharkiv, @RichardEngel reveals how Russian military equipment has been destroyed and abandoned. pic.twitter.com/R4yeLgmV1U
— On Assignment with Richard Engel (@OARichardEngel) March 30, 2022
This 88-year-old woman was sitting by herself, disoriented & frightened. “I’m so afraid, my whole body is shaking,” Praskovya told @RichardEngel. She’s lived through WWII and said she doesn’t have the strength to go through another war. pic.twitter.com/VrFkfnIRHD
— On Assignment with Richard Engel (@OARichardEngel) March 31, 2022
His only concern is for himself.
"Donald Trump is mentally unwell in a way that makes him interested exclusively in what benefits him."
— CNN (@CNN) March 30, 2022
I really look forward to the public hearings this spring. They certainly have plenty to investigate about that day and all that led up to it (gift link, no paywall). While we wait, this is worth listening to.
If you haven’t seen @jamie_raskin drop a massive truth bomb as the 1/6 Committee voted on contempt charges for Trump’s stooges today…
Buckle up: pic.twitter.com/IGIQZYpYzz
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@NickKnudsenUS) March 29, 2022
Chris Hayes had a segment on the danger of famine that Europe, Asia, and Africa are likely to face with the loss of Ukraine’s wheat crop. The area under siege is often called the world’s breadbasket, since Ukraine and Russia supply almost a third of the world’s barley and wheat supply. Obviously those crops will be crushed this year, and prices are already spiking.
Ketanji Brown Jackson is, not surprisingly, more qualified than any recent candidate for the Supreme Court. Seeing the way Republicans treated her yesterday was disgusting, disturbing, horrible. That she sat calmly and responded with dignity was no surprise, but still beautiful to see. At least we had some moments like this one.
"I would tell them to persevere."
Giving advice to young people, Judge Jackson emotionally tells the story of being given crucial encouragement by a woman she did not know while a student at Harvard. pic.twitter.com/XmvrY95Fvk
— The Recount (@therecount) March 23, 2022
And also this very passionate moment from Cory Booker.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 23, 2022
KBJ was so moved that tears came to her eyes. And Sherrilyn Ifill had a lovely take on that moment.
KBJ’s tears came not at the vile antics of those so grotesquely attacking her. They came upon being seen, honored and uplifted by a Black man willing to stand in the gap and demand the respect to which she is entitled. In that context, her tears were sacred & covered us all. https://t.co/TyAZluJTfK
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) March 24, 2022
You should also read Elie Mystal’s report on the day. We will all be honored when she takes her rightful place on the Court. ETA: You can see more of Cory Booker’s statement to Judge Jackson here.
Mariupol, Ukraine looks apocalyptic following indiscriminate shelling by Russian forces.
📍47°06'01"N 37°37'59"E with the camera facing east. pic.twitter.com/E4A8NTIbAI
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) March 23, 2022
The city of Kherson, like Mariupol, is near the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Russia has made a heavy push along the Sea and early on took control of Kherson, at least nominally. As it turns out, and as predicted, overrunning a city militarily is very different from holding it in occupation indefinitely. And the citizens clearly do not want the Russians in their city.
In Kherson, local people are shoving out Russian occupiers with bare hands. They are not scared to protest even after many activists were persecuted. “Go home” – they chant. pic.twitter.com/0HRnLIfB0j
— Liubov Tsybulska (@TsybulskaLiubov) March 20, 2022
Russian soldiers responded with guns and tear gas. Civilians were wounded.
— Wagief (@wagief) March 21, 2022