Believe me I am aware of how strange it may seem that I, an old-fashioned peace activist who spent years working with Quaker pacifists, stand 100% with Ukraine as it wages a war of self-defense. My approach to this situation arises from discussions I’ve had with other activists about the nature of pacifist beliefs, and what it means to engage in nonviolent resistance. The discussions back then mostly focused on objections from those of us who were committed to a feminist vision of the future, a vision that definitely included the right of women to defend ourselves from predation. But …Continue reading →
Mariupol is in a “disaster phase now,” Doctors Without Borders emergency coordinator says An emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders told CNN that the humanitarian situation in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is deteriorating by the day…. “They’re using snow and rain water, they’re breaking into heating systems to access the water in heating systems, but for many, water has already run out and so has the food for many people. The only people left with food are those who have stocks that they’re rationing,” he said from Vinnytsia, Ukraine…. Staff on the ground in Mariupol have told Wade that …Continue reading →
is at the very least an attempt at genocide, and may yet become one entirely. 400,000 civilians are surrounded by Russian forces, have little to no food and water left, and are under constant assault by Russian bombs and artillery. The people cannot get supplies and all attempts to open humanitarian corridors out of the city have been crushed by Russian aggression. This article at the Guardian has before/after photo pairs that let you see the destruction around Mariupol. I do not want the US and NATO to go to war with Russia, but something must be done about the …Continue reading →
This man, Igor Novikov, in Kyiv speaking last night about the situation in the city. Fmr. advisor to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy: We are not going to give up https://t.co/EC4ShFHEVg via @msnbc — jnfr 🇺🇦 (@jnfr) March 1, 2022
From Oppenheimer’s deadly toy? I spent a lot of time in the ’80s working with other peace activists to keep Reagan and Gorbachev from escalating nuclear threats between the U.S. and Russia. There were huge protests like these in Berlin back then. In Berlin, more than 100,000 people protest against Putin's actions and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Activists say that the number of protesters could reach 500,000 people pic.twitter.com/xxbMJrn3Wv — Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) February 27, 2022 The people want peace. Putin threatens us all.
Take a minute to watch this. It's tempting to view Putin as some world-dominating mastermind. But that's not what's happening here. At all. pic.twitter.com/3fvrkPCI4m — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 17, 2022
My heart has broken. Like most vets, I left part of me in AFG. Later we’ll debate the failures of last 20 yrs, but today our mission is clear: hold the airport as long as possible and get ALL U.S. citizens and as many Afghan partners out as we can. We will debate the rest later — Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) August 15, 2021 ETA: And listen to John Cole too.