Jamaican nationals encouraged to leave Russia

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It’s the “fog of war.” War is chaotic and confusing. It is cruel. It draws from human beings the worst – and surprisingly often, the best. But it should never happen. It should never have been allowed it to happen. But it did, and it will be affecting all of us – even on our little island so far away from those cold Eastern European plains. Even if it’s only the price of bread. And it could be a lot worse than that…

I wrote about the tremendous anxiety (and harrowing experiences) of Jamaicans trapped in Ukraine for Global Voices. What I did not allude to in any detail was the social media outrage (whether fake or genuine) over the plight of Jamaican students there, which took place on Twitter and I understand other platforms too. The disinformation/misinformation became toxic, very confusing – and at least some of it…

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Russian tech workers sign petition opposing invasion of Ukraine – The Washington Post

More than 10,000 people had signed the petition by Saturday evening, just two days after Natalya Lukyanchikova, who works for a large Russian technology company, created it and posted it to her Facebook page. Among them were employees of Russia’s most prominent tech companies, including social media giant VK, cybersecurity leader Kaspersky Lab and online job recruitment platform HeadHunter.

“We, employees of the Russian IT industry, are categorically against military operations on the territory of Ukraine initiated by the armed forces of the Russian Federation,” the petition says. “We consider any display of force that leads to the outbreak of war unjustified and call for the reversal of decisions that could inevitably entail human casualties on each side. Our countries have always been close to each other. And today we are worried about our Ukrainian colleagues, friends and relatives.”

Source: Russian tech workers sign petition opposing invasion of Ukraine – The Washington Post

New Zealand’s Covid-19 response still one of the best worldwide – Michael Baker | RNZ News

A public health expert says New Zealand’s Covid-19 response is still one of the best in the world, two years after the first case was discovered here.
— Read on www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/462415/new-zealand-s-covid-19-response-still-one-of-the-best-worldwide-michael-baker

‘I am burning with shame’: Protester in Russia slams Ukraine invasion | Euronews

A protester in Russia says he is “burning with shame” over his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The man was speaking at an anti-war protest in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg on Saturday, where at least 69 people were arrested.

“I’m ashamed,” he said. “I haven’t been able to live normally for several days. I’m burning with shame. I’m infinitely ashamed of what is happening. It’s scary for those who аre there and for those who are here.”

“It can’t be any worse,” said a woman. “We are the aggressor state. And people are dying because of us. And it disgusts me.”

Source: ‘I am burning with shame’: Protester in Russia slams Ukraine invasion | Euronews

Some on the far-right in the US oppose Ukraine, why? – analysis – The Jerusalem Post

The problem is that in the West people must choose sides, so Ukraine is bad because it is backed by the “Left” in the West and thus the far right must dislike it.

An added aspect in US domestic politics is the sense that former US president Donald Trump was impeached for his involvement in Ukraine, and was also accused of being pro-Putin.

Therefore the far right that is sympathetic to Trump tends to like Putin, and also think Ukraine is some kind of center of corruption, used by “globalists” like George Soros to push some kind of “European” agenda.

In this narrative, Ukraine is not really a cause for freedom fighters because it isn’t really a good democracy – it is “flawed” and has “oligarchs.” What about Russia’s oligarchs and lack of democracy? That doesn’t matter in this telling, because the assertion is that defending Ukraine “isn’t in our interests,” and we are being lied to about it being a democracy.

In this narrative also there is some memory that the cause of Ukraine was embraced by the Obama administration, and that the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by an Obama-backed Euromaidan protest.

Since some on the Right despise Obama, Ukraine’s current government must be bad. Since Trump was maligned for being linked to Russia, and since Ukraine is a “Biden/Obama project,” Ukraine is bad and Russia is right to invade.

This interweaving of US domestic politics therefore is not really about Ukraine, it is about getting back at domestic rivals. If the US center-left likes Ukraine, then the far right must support Russia in this domestic international foreign affairs proxy war.

When we dig deeper into the bizarre logic behind it, we find voices at the recent conservative CPAC convention that the US has no reason to care for Ukraine, thousands of miles away.

Some right-wing commentators have created this kind of straw man argument, positing that: “We are told to hate Putin, but why should I hate Putin? He didn’t cause the opioid crisis in America.”

This false dichotomy says that Putin isn’t really an enemy of the US, so just let him be in eastern Europe and that’s fine. This isolationist agenda generally sees Ukraine as simply “not our problem,” and is in line with 200 years of American isolationism that sees European wars as Europe’s problem.

Source: Some on the far-right in the US oppose Ukraine, why? – analysis – The Jerusalem Post