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#ArmUkraineNow: A feminist’s reaction to the senseless anti-war message from feminists

Tamara Zlobina, a philosopher, culturologist and editor-in-chief of “Gender in Detail,” explains why Western “peacekeeping” initiatives in the midst of conflict are a blind and shameful stance. During the two months of the war, I saw four appeals from Western feminists not to give Ukraine weapons. Italians, Germans, and feminists from Spanish-speaking countries joined by North Americans stood out. The “Feminist Anti-War Resistance” is one of the few movements still trying in a coordinated a balance to resist the gloom, and feminists from Central and Eastern Europe are as shocked by their Western counterparts as we are. All these...

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A retreat on all fronts: How Putin’s ego instigated the exact outcomes his invasion attempted to prevent

The military, economic, and diplomatic goals of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin stood in ruins after three months of war in Ukraine. Russia’s retreat from Kharkiv in late May, Ukraine’s second-largest city, pushed Moscow’s forces back to their border 25 miles away and taken their artillery beyond the city’s range. Russia seemed to contract plans for a grand pincer movement around Ukrainian forces in the country’s east, partly because of a lack of manpower. A particularly humiliating defeat occurred on May 11 when Ukrainian forces inflicted heavy losses on the Russian 74th Motorized Rifle Brigade, as it attempted to cross...

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Theological Propaganda: Why Orthodox Ukrainians are protesting churches with allegiance to Russia

As war rages across Ukraine, Mykhaylo Tereshchenko is locked in his own spiritual battle that risks tearing his parish apart. The priest is at a loss. He is a cleric of the Moscow branch of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church, which formally pledges allegiance to Russia’s Patriarch Kirill. But on the ground, Tereshchenko is a fierce Ukrainian patriot, shocked by the brutality of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of his country. “This war has brought nothing good,” said Tereshchenko from his church in Kozelets, around 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of Kyiv. “It has only brought us grief, destruction and death.” He...

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America Fatigue Syndrome: Watching a black hole of madness devour a country addicted to madness

I am so tired of the United States of America. Perhaps you are tired of America, too. You may be an American who has, like many of us outside of America, become exhausted by and with America. If it is any consolation, exhaustion is one of the telltale symptoms of America Fatigue Syndrome, a condition that, I suspect, much of the sentient world is suffering from – consciously or unconsciously. The other signs include a near chronic agitation, bewilderment and sense of déjà vu. Sadly, there is, as far as I know, no cure. America Fatigue Syndrome is not...

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Life returns to Irpin: Repairing vital infrastructure has happened quickly but healing still a slow process

It is a gloomy April morning. My hands are freezing but they share due to emotion and not temperature. I am preparing to see with my own eyes what I have only watched on TV and internet video. I am visiting the Hero City of Irpin. I arrived in Irpin by a new route from Kyiv, one that looked the same before the war. There was a small checkpoint, like one that had existed since February 2014. But now there was a stain in the road from a burned truck that been recently removed. Residents from Irpin had desperately...

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Assault on voting rights: Midterms may mark the beginning of the end for our multiracial democracy

The upcoming midterm elections in the United States are of utmost importance, as the future of multiracial democracy in the country hangs in the balance. What takes place during the 2022 election, and the 2024 presidential election will determine whether America has the potential to sustain a viable democratic system of governance. As American citizens seek to exercise their right to vote, the Republican Party has been waging a nationwide assault on voting rights. Republican attempts to prevent some Americans from voting are part of a larger effort to erase fundamental rights and create a Trumpian autocratic state based...

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