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Zeitgeist. as a reason for war

medium.com/@Ukrostap/zeitgeist

...Russian media almost have a quota on silly Ukrainians, but we were lucky here. It was a mere mockery, which we were nevertheless allowed. More than a hundred stateless ethnic groups incorporated into Russian Federation have no such luxury. Russian mass culture, which propagates a military cult, is deeply racist...

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#Ukraine StratCom announced that the controversial Amnesty International report^1 was written based on interviews with people kept in #Russia filtration camps on the occupied territories.^2

The Centre for Strategic Communication has learned that Amnesty International researchers were operating on the occupied territories, including filtration camps and jails, and thus, some of the interviews conducted for the notorious recent report may have been conducted there.

Amnesty has since issued a clarification, in which they “regret the distress” and claim they never blamed Ukraine for the casualties, just want better protection for civilians.^3

If what StratCom says is true, this would entirely undermine Amnesty credibility as it’s just as if you interviewed a rape victim held hostage by the rapist. Or, as StratCom explains in more legal terms:

Sometimes a “correct” interview was the only chance to go through filtration and leave the occupied territories. In addition, materials collected during research by independent journalists and volunteers sometimes were subject to verification by FSB. This means that information obtained from witnesses on the ground may have been obtained under significant pressure and should have never been used as “evidence” in a report of this scale and significance.

Amnesty report however explicitly mentions “visits to 19 towns and villages”, inspecting the ruins etc, so these statements are entirely contradictory. Apart from “Amnesty lies” and “StratCom lies” I can see a possibility that indeed Amnesty staff did visit some locations in Ukraine, but also collected statements from people in the Russia occupied zone using “a network of volunteers and journalists”, in which case their report credibility would be still questionable.

Also… wait, what report? Because Amnesty has so far not published any actual report, what we saw are more a press statements that do not describe methodology, sources or contain any actual evidence (e.g. photos from visits).

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"Schröder told German media in a lengthy interview he had nothing to apologise for over his friendship with Putin" - theguardian.com/world/2022/aug tell that to the relatives of those tortured and killed in #bucha, you heartless, selfish wretch...

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@useless_idiot

#Bucha massacre wasn’t a single event, contrary to how most media portrayed it (mostly Russian) - it was just the first discovered. Summary executions happened all across Kyiv region in a dozen of towns and villages, controlled by different Russian units, at different times. In Bucha alone there were also around a dozen of places where bodies were dumped (see picture), apparently right where the people were killed.

We can compare this against the World War 2 German policy of executing 10-100 random civilians in response to resistance killing German commanders or collaborators, but these were specifically announced in order to suppress resistance (didn’t work really). Russian executions in Ukraine seem to be part of a broader policy of “denazifications” (kill any Ukrainian activists or politicians captured) plus orders to kill anyone suspicious or reluctant to cooperate, from their point of view.

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Back when I was a sociology student at Kyiv-Mohyla, I was stupidly, shamelessly enamoured with the collective western Left. I dreamed of a day when Ukrainian academia would have widespread and popular discussions about colonialism, privilege, and all of the -isms.

I read essays by prominent English-speaking activists and thought “oh, if only these brilliant people were to learn about Ukraine and its complicated past, about the discrimination we have faced throughout the centuries, about the genocides and revolutions. They would understand us. They would probably share valuable experience or help us somehow lay down the theoretical groundwork that would explain all of the traumatic events we’ve witnessed and lived though.” I was… dazzlingly naive.

And now, when my country is under attack from a literal kleptofascist empire that openly declares it’s going to commit ethnic cleansing, when our children and women die in agony, and when our academics and queer activists, nihilists and journalists, writers and liberals, doctors, teachers, feminists and conservatives, Muslims and Jews, atheists and clergymen are desperately fighting against a better-armed, bloodthirsty enemy intent on levelling our cities with the ground, burning our fields, raping us, killing us, blowing up our hospitals and destroying our monuments, I look at the abstract western Left (or, at least, its most vocal part) and I see nothing but scorn in their eyes. Scorn, condescending, privileged carelessness.

They preach equality and resistance to oppression and yet accuse people like myself (feminist queer women who’ve spent their lives striving for equal rights) of being Nazis because we don’t want to kneel over and die in silence.

They talk about the importance of representation and yet shut us up whenever we try and tell them about our experiences.

They write books about us without turning to a single Ukrainian expert for guidance or information.

They accuse others of being privileged and lacking empathy, and yet can’t seem to grasp the concept that not being in an active war zone and not worrying about your loved ones dying at any given moment is, in fact, privilege.

They claim that we do not deserve sympathy because we aren’t doing enough for LGBTQ rights in this country — and then proceed to ignore the LGBTQ soldiers risking their lives on the frontlines.

They spout careless, hurtful bullshit, quoting their out-of-touch idols who preach absolute pacifism only because it’s not their lives at stake.

I know not all western leftists are like this. Obviously not. I know many of them do sympathise with our plight, and I’m thankful for their support.

But the ones who treat this invasion as an excuse to build long-winded theories about how NATO is some ever present universal evil, or treat all of this as some sort of twisted ethics exercise, a trolly problem in which Ukrainians are the sacrificial savages who need to die quietly before real people start suffering from high gas prices or nuclear war… I’ll never forget those.

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originally posted by Oleksandra Povoroznyk on Twitter

https://twitter.com/rynkrynk/status/1554179197618331648
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I've created a Fediverse Enhancement Proposal for object links: https://codeberg.org/fediverse/fep/pulls/13/files
This is an attempt to standardize text-based links to #ActivityPub objects, which can be used to implement various interesting features, such as quote posts.
The proposal was inspired by the discussion at https://github.com/misskey-dev/misskey/issues/8722
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"When the left meeting is addressed by a Russian anti-war activist & everybody listens, but when the same meeting is addressed by a Ukrainian left with basically the same messages, some people demonstratively leave the room & boo." - 10 Terrible Leftist Arguments against Ukrainian Resistance [#Ukraine] -> enoughisenough14.org/2022/07/3 #UkraineWar #antireport

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Some thoughts on Russian culture and the debate around it. And why i think that we won't understand Russian aggressive stance towards democracy and the West without analyzing some deep topics in the Russian literature and intellectual history.

I think Russian culture should be approached in the same critical manner as Western academics approach Western culture. Pushkin and Dostoyevsky should be approached in the same critical way as Flaubert or Kipling etc.

If you cross this mental barrier, you suddenly realize that "great Russian culture" has no less (or even more) imperialism than any other culture backing an empire. Suddenly you realise how imperialistic is Pushkin's "Poltava" and how xenophobic is Dostoyevsky's messianism.

Or you realize that the origins of today's Russia mad anti-European and anti-democracy mood are precisely in the "great Russian culture". For example, that Dostoyevsky's "Demons" are addressed against "corrupt" influence of Western ideas.

Or that Tiutchev was thinking that democratic revolutions in Europe are the utmost evil, and Russia's cruel autocracy is Europe's only chance to save itself. Or that Tolstoy was thinking (together with some French authors like Proudhon) that the war is a "divine fact".

The problem is that the world hasn't looked at the Russian culture critically. It adopted Russian self-narration as an "alternative" to the West but failed to critically analyse how imperialistic and xenophobic this "alternative" often is.

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Originally posted by @yermolenko_v@twitter.com
July 3, 2022

https://twitter.com/yermolenko_v/status/1532469595247984640
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After the killing of Ukrainian prisoners in the Olenivka colony, the world community of Ukrainians is preparing mass protests The rallies will be held on July 30-31 in all cities of the world, namely: in Berlin, Krakow, Istanbul, Montreal, Frankfurt, Geneva, Warsaw, Batumi, Tbilisi, Cardiff, Amsterdam

Slava #Ukraine!

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For reference, this is the guy that was filmed slicing off a Ukrainian's balls with a box cutter.
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RT @die_bitches_die@twitter.com

today russians made yet another attack on Ukrainian Mykolayiv. people died. pets died. other people are wounded. this happens every single day.

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RT @ChocolateDrago@twitter.com

#ArtistOnTwitter #украрт #арткозацтво

Ще з часів Бучі і новин про зґвалтованих дітей цей комікс валявся у мене в папці, настав його час

Нижче переклад російською
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Since Bucha and the news about raped children this comic has been waiting. Its time has come

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Тим часом росія продовжує вбивати дітей не лише в Україні, але й в Сирії

#RussiaIsATerroristState

RT @FARED_ALHOR@twitter.com

Syria: Russian warplanes commit a horrific massacre against civilians in Aljadidatu⁩ village near the city of Jisr al-Shughur, west of Idlib, this morning, killing seven civilians, including five children, four of them are brothers, and 14 wounded

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what to do if i had signed up on a local wikipedia
i currently have a blocked ip
it lets me login on the local subdomain
but not on the english one
because it can't create a local user page on that wiki
#help #wikipedia

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