The real Zelensky: from celebrity populist to unpopular Pinochet-style neoliberal

Ukrainian academic Olga Baysha details Volodymyr Zelensky’s embrace of widely loathed neoliberal policies, his repression of rivals, and how his actions fueled the current war with Russia.

The real Zelensky: from celebrity populist to unpopular Pinochet-style neoliberal

H/T: Natylie’s Place: Understanding Russia

Fergie Chambers: UKRAINIAN REFUSENIKS ON WHY MANY WON’T FIGHT FOR UKRAINE

By Fergie Chambers, Toward Freedom, 4/12/22

Since Russia began what they call the “special operation” on February 24 in Ukraine, the corporate media has reported the Ukrainian population is united in resistance against the Russian military offensive. Aside from reports of civilians volunteering in a variety of non-military support roles, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky and other state officials have urged civilians to take up arms. Then, on March 9, Zelensky approved a law that allows Ukrainians to use weapons during wartime and negates legal responsibility for any attack on people perceived to be acting in aggression against Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense even posted a graphic online with instructions on how to launch Molotov cocktails at tanks.

Fergie Chambers: UKRAINIAN REFUSENIKS ON WHY MANY WON’T FIGHT FOR UKRAINE

Gaza’s Forthcoming Crisis Might Be Worse Than Anything We Have Ever Seen

“The water is back,” one family member would announce in a mix of excitement and panic, often very late at night. The moment such an announcement was made, my whole family would start running in all directions to fill every tank, container or bottle that could possibly be filled. Quite often, the water would last for a few minutes, leaving us with a collective sense of defeat, worrying about the very possibility of surviving

Gaza’s Forthcoming Crisis Might Be Worse Than Anything We Have Ever Seen

Rafael Silver: I know Israel practices apartheid because I helped enforce it

Rafael Silver left Israel because he could no longer be a part of a system that practices apartheid against the Palestinian people. “I have seen it in action with my own eyes,” he writes. “I have enforced it during my military service in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip and supported it as an Israeli taxpayer.”

I know Israel practices apartheid because I helped enforce it

British rapper Lowkey vows not to be silenced on Palestine after bid to remove him from Spotify

British rapper Lowkey vows not to be silenced on Palestine after bid to remove him from Spotify

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Israel pulls the plug on its anti-BDS app — ‘a failure from the start’

“Keeping up with the evolving trends of social media, Act-IL is decommissioning the App, and will continue working with all of our other social medial platforms and community channels,” reads an email to the app’s users. “We are not going anywhere! I invite you to remain active, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and all our other channels where we will continue to share daily calls to action and impactful educational content.”