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Make Peace Not War

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March 2022 President Joe Biden, on a recent visit to Warsaw, shared his thoughts on the war in Ukraine: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” This statement followed his calling Vladimir Putin a “butcher.” The invasion of Ukraine was unacceptable, brutal, and heartbreaking. But […]

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Putin’s ‘peace’ demands

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March Last week, Russian officials announced that the fourth round of peace negotiations with Ukraine had failed to produce any agreement between the two sides.  Unfortunately, such an outcome was only too predictable. Russia’s conditions for peace are such that it is difficult to imagine the people […]

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Putin’s pyrrhic victories

This article was originally submitted on the 24th March We’ve seen it all before: notorious, power-mad dictator uses a massive army to brutally invade a smaller neighbour, citing “shared history” and some sort of pan-nationalism – a sorry excuse to justify ensuing horror and atrocities. Given they’re two of the most ruthless, deranged and sick […]

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A shambolic response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

This article was originally submitted on the 12th March 2022 For the past few weeks, one thing has dominated the news: the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of people – both soldiers and civilians – have been killed in the conflict so far, with Putin threatening further tragedies. Millions have already been forced to flee […]

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Britain’s reliance on Russian money

In what will come as a surprise to nobody except our bumbling prime minister, Johnson’s government has, yet again, surrounded itself in controversy. This week, it’s the cushy relationship our government’s enjoyed with Russia’s elite circles of mega-rich, mega-dodgy oligarchs. And as the general public has voiced their anger through protests and Instagram stories, Labour […]

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Venice Biennale, Russia and Ukraine: The big, the bad and the innocent

“There is no place for art when civilians are dying under the fire of missiles when citizens of Ukraine are hiding in shelters when Russian protesters are getting silenced.” Alexandra Sukhareva and Kirill Savchenkov   Wealthy art collectors, hungry art dealers and eager auction houses looking for the next Phyllida Barlow will all gather at the […]

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The tragedy of Ukraine and the demise of meaningful dialogue

Today, I’m thinking of an interview the comedian Russell Howard did a few years ago with Daryl Davis, a Black musician and activist whose remarkably civil conversations and friendships with members of the Ku Klux Klan gradually lead them to disavow their own racism. It is a fascinating, at times inspiring conversation. Specifically, I’m thinking […]

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Winter Olympic apathy

The Olympics’ slightly chillier Winter edition will be underway as you are reading this, and yet you would be forgiven for having forgotten to tune in. The usual round of offensively twee promotional media has been notably absent from our screens this time around and – whilst there is generally less interest in the Winter […]