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Counterpunch

The Ukraine War’s Collateral Damage

The war in Ukraine has already caused massive death and destruction, with more undoubtedly to come as the fighting intensifies in the country’s east and south. Many thousands of soldiers and civilians have already been killed or wounded, some 13 million Ukrainians...

Doing It for Themselves: the Mutiny in the Women’s Movement

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” ― Arundhati Roy Older women from conservative, African societies found the women’s movement liberating, refreshing and affirming. Liberating because...

Blowback to G7 Ban on Russian Oil?

– G7 to ban Russian oil – Who buys Russian oil and what will the impact be? – Effect on Global South? – EU oil companies readying ruble payments to Moscow despite sanctions – Loophole in sanctions? – A survivor’s account of escaping from Mariupol and what we can learn...

Only Mass Protest Can Save Abortion Rights

We need protests not endless millions of dollars poured only into elections. The majority support access to abortion but can’t see themselves as a majority without demonstrations. The autocrats in SCOTUS can’t feel their illegitimacy without protests. We can’t rebuild...

Politics: The Real Meaning of the Word “Prompt”

“Failed gun legislation is the norm,” reads the headline at Axios, “after mass shootings like Buffalo tragedy.” Further down in the story, we read that an October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas “prompted fresh calls from lawmakers on both sides to pass gun control...

It’s “Now or Never” on Climate Change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group report gives us until 2030 to stop global warming at 1.5°C. The report proposes several steps that are vital to achieving that goal. The steps are: * Coal must be effectively phased out. *...