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- Over 1,000 Companies Have Curtailed Operations in Russia—But Some Remain | Yale School of Management2 Hits1 Hits1 Hits2 Hits1 Hits1 HitsWorkshop "The war in Ukraine and its impact on ethno-religious minorities in the region" (4-5 May, 2023, Flensburg, Germany) | H-Ukraine | H-Net2 Hits2 Hits2 Hits9 Hits3 HitsUS Hypocrisy on Foreign Policy Undermines the ‘Rules-Based’ Order it Claims to Defend ❧ Current Affairs2 Hits5 HitsCoordinating meeting of Joint Investigation Group on war crimes of Russia in Ukraine takes place in Eurojust8 Hits8 Hits7 Hits9 Hits27 Hits9 Hits6 Hits5 Hits5 Hits3 Hits2 Hits1 Hits0 Hits1 Hits7 Hits5 Hits6 Hits7 Hits7 Hits7 Hits9 Hits21 Hits11 HitsThe west is trying to quietly forget the war in Ukraine. It does so at its own peril | Mikhail Shishkin | The Guardian10 HitsThe West at War: On the Self-Enclosure of the Liberal Mind - Journal #126 April 2022 - e-flux / a touch of Lenin?12 Hits12 Hits13 Hits12 Hits14 Hits12 Hits13 Hits14 HitsWhy Ukraine Will Defeat Russia and How, from Kherson to Crimea, from Zaporizhzhia to the Donbas | Small Wars Journal12 Hits8 Hits6 Hits7 Hits13 Hits10 Hits12 Hits11 HitsOp-Ed: Russia is losing more than one war — The ‘legacy’ factor of the Ukraine war - Digital Journal15 Hits15 Hits14 Hits13 Hits21 Hits17 Hits32 Hits28 HitsThe Russian "Firehose of Falsehood" Propaganda Model: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It | RAND35 Hits32 Hits27 HitsFreedom and Democracy: From KGB to Reactionary Nostalgia for Imperial Russia. Who is Vladimir Putin? | Reset DOC32 Hits29 Hits27 Hits
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We Can Help
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- 1 Hits2 Hits2 Hits1 Hits1 Hits1 Hits1 Hits2 HitsDimensions of Evil: Contemporary Perspectives eBook : Cooper, Terry D., Cooper, Terry D.: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store1 Hits4 Hits3 Hits3 Hits3 Hits3 Hits2 Hits4 Hits6 Hits3 HitsYulia Tymoshenko on war in Ukraine: ‘It’s a chance for the free world to kill this evil’ | Ukraine | The Guardian2 Hits
Eastern Imperial Thoughts
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What Lord Bertie said. .The difference between the creeds of America and Russia (1928) / Bertrand Russell"I think we come here to the kernel of the difference between the creeds of America and Russia.
America, whose outlook is moulded by the Protestant tradition and a century of pioneering, believes in the individual fighting his way by his unaided efforts from poverty to affluence. In imagination he is supposed to be fighting the wilderness like the backwoodsman; if in fact it is against human competitors that he fights, that is not a matter upon which it is necessary to dwell. Nor is it good form to stress the fact that he will be probably all his life a slave as regards the expression of opinion, winning material comfort by the sacrifice of mental integrity. The opinions which he must not express are obviously undesirable opinions, and to compel him to hold his tongue about them is only to exercise a whole- some restraint upon anarchic impulses. By the time he is middle-aged he himself is in complete agreement with this point of view.In Russia, on the contrary, the Byzantine Church, the Tartars, and the Tsardom have successively impressed upon the popular mind the nothingness of the individual; what he formerly sacrificed to God or the Tsar can be sacrificed with less difficulty to the community. Russian Communists differ from their sympathisers in the West chiefly in this matter of lack of respect for the individual. (See René Fülöp-Miller, Giest und Gesicht des Bolschewismus.) In this they can be more thorough than their Byzantine predecessors, who believed in the soul and the prospect of immortality. Having abolished the soul, the rulers of the USSR can accept the analogy of Leviathan more whole-heartedly than is possible for a Christian. To them the individualism of the West is as absurd as if the separate parts of the human body were to set up to live for themselves as in the fable of Menenius Agrippa. This is the root of their views on art, on religion, on ethics, on the family--indeed, on everything."- Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), Ch: XVI, The Danger of Creed Wars, p. 193
Poor Russians!..Me and my family live in Odessa. We are Russians and we are waiting for liberation from the beginning. How long will it take? Why is the Russian army doing nothing to help?
If you are a pro-Russian ethnic Russian who feels trapped in Odessa, wait out the war and do what you need to do to move to Russia. You’ll preferably want to have a job lined up with a reputable company before you make such a move to avoid you and your family falling victim to the active criminal elements within Russia or to homelessness as a result of a fruitless job search. A lot of military aged men were killed in crippled in the war with Ukraine after being forced to sign for the Russian Army under duress after being abducted from their civilian jobs, so there will be a lot of job openings available (truck loaders and unloaders for shops and markets were particularly hard hit by these coercive tactics). Avoid trying to make contact with Russia right now as doing so may place you under suspicion of being a Russian collaborator in the middle of a war with Russia, and thus subject to being imprisoned erroneously.
Russia will be unable to reach Odessa because they don’t have the capabilities necessary to hold Kherson, take Mykolaiv and then advance further west to take Odessa. They started the war with too little of their Naval assets in the Black Sea to carry out an amphibious assault on Odessa before the Montreux Convention locked out the rest of the Russian Navy from entering the Black Sea. Their airborne assault units were left to die trying to take and hold overly ambitious objectives during the Kyiv campaign, and their reconnaissance capabilities have been too severely degraded by Russian corruption in the military to be able to track down and engage the HIMARS platforms currently severing their supply lines deep behind the lines. They now struggle to isolate and engage Ukrainian Partisans and Commandos operating deep in Russian held territory, resulting in the crippling of Russia’s remaining aviation capabilities and Air Defense. The Russian Army is doing nothing to take Odessa because they can do nothing to take Odessa.
You are better off just going to Russia than trying to invite Russia to come to Odessa. And frankly, much of the tragedy in this war could have been avoided if Ukraine and Russia could have agreed on opening the border to ethnic Russians moving back to Russia than for Russia to try to use Ethnic Russians living in Ukraine as an excuse to try invading. And if the Russians deny you the opportunity to move to Russia… they probably never actually cared about you as anything more than an excuse in the first place.
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