‘Evil’, ‘sociopath’, ‘dictator’, ‘corrupt’ ‘playground bully’, ‘bastard’.
Some of the descriptions that I have heard in conversations about the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
Maybe at the Annual NATO summit 11 – 12 July 2023?
I haven’t posted on the war in Ukraine for some time, partially it has to be admitted, through lack of time (this is a serious matter and writing about it should be a careful and well thought out enterprise), but essentially because I no longer know where to start.
On Sunday 26th February the Stop the War coalition issued a statement which included:
‘Yesterday, thousands of people marched through central London demanding an end to the war in Ukraine.
Demonstrators called for immediate peace talks to avert the growing threat of nuclear war. The crowds called on Sunak and co to push for diplomatic solutions to the war and stop escalating the conflict by supplying billions of pounds worth of weapons.
With so much pro-war propaganda currently going the rounds and so few voices for peace in our parliament, it’s vital that the anti-war movement stands up to be counted.’
I have never used this blogsite to promote political action, but will make an exception for war.
I don’t support Stop the War’s false equivalence between the actions of Russia and those of the US and NATO, but it is one of few platforms with anything like a public audience for views critical of the latter’s involvement.
This demonstration is a rare opportunity to publicly dissent from what is being done in our name – and would be a good one to support I think.
As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it continues to be really hard to find out what is going on ‘on the ground’. Not long ago we were hearing that the Russian military machine had stalled and that Ukrainian forces would be building on successes to put their opponents under increasing pressure. Some journalists were even talking of a Ukrainian victory.
Now we are hearing that Russia, on the back of a vast re mobilisation, is about to push again and President Zelensky is doing the international rounds asking / begging for more military hardware and seeking to bolster a Western support that he is concerned is flagging.
I recently came across a Talking Post interview with John Pilger (1) about the war in Ukraine – which he views above all as ‘a war of propaganda. … almost nothing one reads in the western press about the invasion of Ukraine is to be trusted ….. scepticism is crucial now as nothing can be trusted.’
It may seem strange to be writing a review of a book published over 30 years ago – but its subject is Miles Davis, one of the musical giants of the last half of the 20th century and reading it is as challenging as his music was. Moreover, despite being ghosted, it seems that all Quincy Troupe did was write down (with little apparent editing) what Miles said. So, there is little likelihood that Miles would feel mis represented…… which is telling.
Grandchildren – don’t you just love ’em?