Peace Prospects Dim as Ukraine Tries to Drag U.S., NATO Into Its Confrontation with Russia

Taking into account the long sad history of humanity regarding unnecessary violence and warfare, the increasingly tense situation in Ukraine serves as a maximally powerful reminder and warning: The absolute last thing humanity needs – here and now, in the year 2021 – is any more absolutely tragic, senseless war…

Anti-bellum

Peace prospects dim as Ukraine tries to drag U.S., NATO into its confrontation with Russia
Rick Rozoff

Numerous statements by Ukrainian and Russian officials reported this Easter Sunday bode ill for hopes of diminishing tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Growing indications of impending intervention by the Pentagon and NATO make the situation yet more grim. U.S. European Command has raised its Ukraine watch level from possible crisis to potential imminent crisis, the highest level, according to Stars and Stripes.

The past few days have witnessed a phone conversation between President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and a similar exchange between Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his, Defense Minister Andrii Taran. In both instances the American officials assured their Ukrainian allies of American support not only in their steadily mounting conflict with the Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the Donbass in what was formerly Eastern Ukraine, but with its…

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The CIJA Sting from the Perspective of International Justice

The good innocent people of Syria have suffered near ten years of brutal, immensely painful, covert state-sponsored terrorism and criminal violence – forced upon them by powers outside the country. Any human being on Earth with an ounce of morality remaining in their possession will agree that the Syrian people’s immensely tragic suffering must now – finally – come to its total end…

Tim Hayward

The recent CIJA sting on Paul McKeigue revealed a serious lapse of judgement on his part. But what it reveals from the perspective of international justice is immeasurably more significant: a rift between CIJA and the international legal community it aims to provide prosecution briefs for; affinities between CIJA and the White Helmets which raise wider concerns about Western-backed operations in Syria; and our neglect of the most egregious war crime in Syria.


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