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Russia/Ukraine: is Putin ill – or is the claim just propaganda?

Vladimir Putin: has he been treated for pancreatic cancer? Does he have other conditions? If not, someone may suffer as a result of the claim being made.

Are you willing to believe this?

According to US intelligence sources, Russian president Vladimir Putin received treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in April.

They say his health conditions means that while his grip on the Kremlin remains strong, he does not enjoy the absolute power he used to have.

But is it proven, or is it propaganda?

The effect of reports like this is to provoke close examination of every public appearance by the Russian leader, in an attempt to prove or disprove the claim.

His lieutenants and rivals may start manoeuvring for a chance at power themselves whenever it seems Putin’s grip is slipping.

And the overall effect is that less attention is paid to other matters, such as the war in Ukraine. A more moderate future leader may even call off the whole reprehensible endeavour.

Here’s the problem: if I can see this, so can Vladimir Putin. And if the rumour isn’t true, then he’ll react violently.

So these American intelligencers had better have cast-iron evidence to support their claim – otherwise they may be bringing down even worse suffering on the people of Ukraine.

The Russian president has received treatment for advanced cancer and was targeted in an assassination attempt, three intelligence sources have told Newsweek

Source: Putin treated for advanced cancer and survived assassination attempt, US intelligence reports

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UK brinkmanship may turn the world into a radioactive cinder

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace: he even looks shifty, doesn’t he?

Why is the UK’s Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, so popular among Tory voters? If he has his way, he’ll turn the world into a radioactive cinder!

Wallace has been making a big show of defiance against Vladimir Putin, saying that the threats of nuclear attack from Russia are worthless because he is outnumbered and outgunned by Nato.

But that won’t help if Putin actually launches a nuclear strike. There is no defence against such an attack.

Wallace reckons that Britain’s nuclear weapon-armed submarines are “deep underwater, hiding, waiting, in case Britain needs to be protected”.

But they’ll only be asked to decide whether to launch their missiles – and even then, only if the United States approves of it – after an enemy (possibly Russia) launches a nuclear attack against the UK.

By then, it will be too late for all of us. We’ll either be dead as a result of bombing, or we’ll die soon after from radiation poisoning, and that’s not a pleasant way to go.

There is only one effective way to use nuclear weapons, and that is not to use them at all.

Wallace is wrong to rattle the sabre at Putin because he is taunting a man who appears willing to go nuclear despite the consequences – which are that his entire country will become a radioactive hell very soon afterwards.

The simple fact is that the UK doesn’t have to broadcast that it is helping Ukraine.

Our government is entirely capable of arming Ukrainian forces to the hilt without ever letting Russia know how its enemy received the weapons.

Shouting about how we can poison Russia as badly as it can poison us does not help anybody.

By doing so, Wallace is attacking his own fellow citizens more than anybody in Russia.

Source: UK warns Putin that he will be ‘outgunned and outnumbered’ after frightening nuclear hint

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Tone-deaf Truss backtracks – but not far enough – on warplanes for Ukraine call

Headbangers: Liz ‘War Head’ Truss and Dominic ‘Air Head’ Raab.

Don’t get your hopes up – she hasn’t learned her lesson.

Instead of demanding that the UK send warplanes to Ukraine – thereby provoking Vladimir Putin to nuke us until we glow, Liz Truss is now suggesting that we merely send the parts.

So now she wants us to send self-assembly kit planes to the eastern Europe conflict. How is that better?

It seems War Head Liz has been reminded that Nato policy is not to provoke Putin; the United States recently vetoed a Polish plan to deliver fighter jets for that very reason.

But she – and Air Head Dominic Raab, it seems – is still calling for western nations to declare in as loud a way as possible that they are helping Ukraine.

So my question remains: what is wrong with these people?

If they want to help a beleaguered fellow nation, then they can do it in the tried and tested way – covertly. They send it by secret routes and they don’t talk about it.

Blathering loudly and continually that they are ignoring Putin’s threats and will do whatever the hell they like will only attract harm.

Perhaps that is what Truss and Raab and the rest of the Tory headbangers really want.

Source: Liz Truss backtracks on call for West to send war planes to Ukraine

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Somebody please shut Liz Truss’s mouth before she gets us all bombed

Warmonger Liz: the foreign secretary has been rattling the sabre too loudly at Vladimir Putin when any conflict between the UK and Russia would be like sending this toy tank out to shoot down a nuclear missile.

Q. When a maniac with his finger on the nuclear button is warning that sending weapons to help another country will be an act of war, what do you do?

A. You remove Liz Truss from public view because she will instantly decide that it’s a good idea to dare him.

That’s right – after Vladimir Putin said he would consider it an act of war if western countries send aid to Ukraine, Truss is saying we should provide warplanes.

She’s a lunatic.

The sensible course of action for any national government wishing to help a beleaguered fellow nation is to provide that aid covertly. In fact, the UK has already been accused of this, with Russia alleging an SAS operation has taken place.

But of course, with no proof, any government has what’s known as plausible deniability. We can say any claims are nonsense and we wouldn’t dream of it.

Truss should follow the example of an alleged 56 fellow MPs – on all sides of the House of Commons – who find it extremely easy to hide their alleged sexual misconduct from us all.

Musical interlude: Putin has made this song relevant again

Selfie: Vladimir Putin poses with Russian children. This image was taken in 2014. Does he know whether any of these children went on to fight in his Ukrainian war? Would he care if any of them died? Many millions of Russians do – don’t they?

I remember this old Sting piece from when it first came out in 1985. It is tragic that, nearly 40 years later, it has become relevant again.

The sentiment it expresses was powerful then and is powerful now, as once again Europe (and America) is in the hands of tyrants who are acting without any regard for the future of their people, or their people’s children.

Over to you, Sting:

Are there other songs out there, about the Russia-Ukraine conflict or that have been adapted to be relevant to it? If so, send links so I can put them up too.

Music, culture and the arts are powerful tools to shape political activity. 

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Tom Watson: what an absolute, reality-bending t*t

Tom Watson: his latest outburst suggests he is out of touch with reality.

Does anybody remember the deputy leader of the Labour Party when it was led by Jeremy Corbyn? His name was Tom Watson and he was a right-wing obstacle.

Like many of the people who tried to get in Mr Corbyn’s way, he pretended he was on-side (sometimes). In hindsight, we could say that he said whatever he thought was to his advantage.

So it may come as no surprise to you that Watson is continuing in similar vein, now he is out of the spotlight. Maybe he thinks this will bring him some attention again.

In his newsletter (yes, I was surprised too), he has written some reality-bending tripe, as spotted by Kevin Schofield, below:

For clarity: Jeremy Corbyn never embraced factionalism; he wanted Labour to present a united front but right wing factionalists like Watson wouldn’t have it. They did everything they could to split the party because, contrary to the description of Labour on the back of their membership cards, they were – and remain – neither socialist nor democratic.

For clarity: Jeremy Corbyn has never “given succour” to Vladimir Putin. So supporters of Mr Corbyn – people we might describe as “true Labour” – don’t have to go “contorting themselves” in any way. Indeed, it is Watson who is trying to take us through contortions in order to present this twisted impression of his former leader.

Let’s have a quick look at Mr Corbyn’s record:

@thejeremycorbyn

Some of us have never supported Putin.

♬ original sound – Jeremy Corbyn

Here’s some further evidence of Mr Corbyn’s historical (and current) opposition to Putin:

For those who can’t read images very well:

2008: Mr Corbyn asserted that Putin was rigging elections.

2010: Mr Corbyn called for Putin’s UK assets to be frozen.

2012: Mr Corbyn called for a “Magnitsky” Act against Putin’s Russia. It would have sanctioned those it sees as human rights offenders, frozen their assets, and banned them from entering the UK.

2012: Mr Corbyn called for the Russian Arms Corps to be banned.

2016: Mr Corbyn accused Putin of war crimes in Syria.

2022: Mr Corbyn demanded that Putin withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine and end the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Oh, and he had a few things to say about the attempted murder by nerve agent of Sergei and Julia Skripal in 2018, too:

On Putin, Mr Corbyn’s conscience – and that of those of us who support him – should be clear.

And for clarity: there were occasions when Watson certainly appeared to support Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to lead our country:

If he is now saying Mr Corbyn was “never” fit to do so, then it casts (more?) doubt on his behaviour as Labour’s deputy leader.

A few years ago, a leaked Labour report (allegedly?) showed right-wingers in the party conspiring to prevent it from winning a general election by giving the impression that it was full of anti-Semites (among other things). The findings of the inquiry into the veracity of that report – promised in mid-2020 – have yet to be released.

Do you think this makes the revelations in that report less plausible – or more so?

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Russia-Ukraine: Vox Political proved right as Putin admits nuclear alert is due to Truss

Warmonger Liz: the foreign secretary has been rattling the sabre too loudly at Vladimir Putin when any conflict between the UK and Russia would be like sending this toy tank out to shoot down a nuclear missile.

I’m not saying Vladimir Putin reads Vox Political.

It is far more likely that Yr Obdt Srvt, looking at the available evidence, came to the correct conclusion about what was going on.

In an article yesterday, I stated that Putin’s decision to go to nuclear alert, said at the time to be because of “aggressive statements” by the West, was a serious demand for western nations to tone down their rhetoric, and the West has taken that seriously.

We should be hopeful, I continued, because it would stop Liz Truss from putting her foot in her mouth every time she opens it.

The Queen of Cheese’s latest boneheadedness has been to support calls for UK citizens to go to Ukraine – a move which, if it happened, would almost certainly be seen by Putin as the UK sending troops to that country (despite an official statement from her colleague, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, that this will not take place).

Unable to stop the flow of gibberish from her mouth, Truss claimed that anybody going to Ukraine would be fighting “for democracy”.

It’s exactly the kind of inflammatory talk that is likely to push Putin over the edge and endanger us all.

Here’s the confirmation that I was right:

So there you have it – direct from the Russian president’s mouth.

If UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had any sense, he would sack Truss – simply as a gesture to show that the UK does not want to provoke nuclear war.

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Putin has found ANOTHER way to make the West look stupid: talk

Buddies: Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping of China. Putin seems keen to go back to the negotiating table after a chat in which Xi reminded him of China’s preference to leave other countries’ borders inviolate and their internal affairs to their governments.

Having almost conquered Ukraine within two days, Russian president Vladimir Putin has found another way to make Nato and the western powers including the UK and USA look stupid: negotiations.

According to Reuters,

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Minsk for negotiations with representatives of Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Friday after the Russian leader held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The shift in mood could throw a lifeline to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has always said he knows his country can’t withstand an attack by Russia on its own.

He has had to watch Russian troops move into his capital city of Kiev, despite the heroic efforts of his outnumbered and outgunned military – and armed civilians. This could prevent further violence.

And it’s a good move for Putin because it makes the western jingoists look daft again. They’ve been saying he wants to create a new Soviet Union, starting with an occupation of Ukraine, and a trip to the negotiating table – most likely to secure Ukrainian neutrality so it won’t join Nato – will well and truly end that story.

This Writer is willing to bet he’ll take the disputed eastern territories into Russia as part of the negotiations; he’s in a position of power and will use it. He’ll say it’s what the people there want.

If Zelenskyy agrees to talks, and if we’re all very lucky, the violence could be all over by Monday.*

*All right, that’s highly optimistic. But a phrase reminiscent of “It’ll all be over by Christmas” reminds us all of what we’re risking, doesn’t it?

Source: Putin tells China’s Xi that Russia is ready to talk with Ukraine – Kremlin | Reuters

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Putin/Ukraine is NOT like Hitler/Poland – but there is a comparison to be made

Compare: the Cuban Missile Crisis was about Russian missiles being placed on the border of the United States – and the Ukraine crisis is about Nato troops being placed on Russia’s border.

How typical of the jingoists in the UK media to start comparing Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler over his invasion of Ukraine.

Don’t get me wrong – This Writer and This Site do not approve of the invasion; it should not have happened and represents a failure of democracy, on both sides.

But now that it has happened, it seems some opportunistic, unscrupulous commentators are keen to skew public opinion by presenting a false comparison of Russian president Vladimir Putin with the 20th century German dictator Adolf Hitler.

“It’s 1939 all over again,” they say. “Like Hitler, Putin is a dictator who thinks the West will try to appease him, no matter what he does. So he annexed the Crimea like Hitler annexed the Sudatenland – and now he has invaded Ukraine like Hitler invaded Poland.”

Well, the Crimea is a complicated matter. It was handed to Ukraine by Nikita Kruschev – himself a Ukrainian – because he believed the country of his birth had had a rough time of it in the USSR. Many believed he was wrong to do this and now believe Putin was right to take it back.

The comparison of Ukraine with Poland is similarly twisted – and I wonder if that is at least partly to take attention away from the fact that there is a much more appropriate comparison to be made – with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Instead of comparing Putin with Hitler, we should be drawing parallels with US president John F Kennedy.

In 1962, Kennedy narrowly avoided a nuclear war over the positioning of a Russian missile base in Cuba – right on the border of the United States. He was able to negotiate with Kruschev (for it was he, again) for the dismantling of the base in return for certain reassurances and the crisis was averted.

Putin has stated all through the Ukraine crisis that he was concerned about the positioning of Nato troops on Russia’s borders, which he sees as a threat to his nation’s security – just as Kennedy saw Soviet ballistic missiles sited on Cuba as a threat to the United States.

Fortunately for Kennedy, Kruschev was a reasonable man – or at least, more reasonable than current US president Joe Biden, UK prime minister Boris Johnson, and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg have been.

If we’re going to make comparisons, let’s make them accurate. And this one certainly casts a different complexion on the current crisis.

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#Ukraine: #BorisJohnson wanted a #war; now he’s got it. What is he going to do?

Pointing the finger: Vladimir Putin is blaming Ukraine, Nato and the west for backing him into a corner from which he considers his only option to be invading Ukraine. It’s a point well-made.

The unthinkable has happened, then.

Faced with Western determination to put Nato troops on Ukraine’s border with Russia – in territory that is currently disputed, with three regions trying to break away  – Vladimir Putin has launched an invasion.

Clearly Boris Johnson’s sanctions have caused the Russian president no concern at all. In fact, the measures against a tiny number of Russian banks and billionaires have given the so-called oligarchs who have donated to Johnson’s Conservatives a chance to withdraw their cash, making the UK more vulnerable to attack from Russia, if any response to the invasion is made.

And Russia has stated that it will respond instantly if any other nation tries to interfere.

The UK is absolutely unprepared for such a response. Johnson and Tory governments preceding him have reduced our conventional military capability to a fraction of what it once was. He can’t send troops to Ukraine and expect to win.

If Johnson takes the nuclear option, it’s the end for all of us. He is stupid enough to do it (if Joe Biden lets him, and I have no doubt that Biden would authorise it if his military-industrial backers told him to).

Johnson has said Putin has taken a path of “bloodshed and destruction”, saying it is a “catastrophe for our continent” – and he’s not wrong in that. But has he stopped for a moment to consider the effect of his own jingoism, sabre-rattling and provocation?

Putin made it clear that he feared encirclement by Nato forces and Johnson, Biden and Nato ignored those fears, claiming that Putin was the aggressor.

As a result, Putin can say that he was forced into this invasion in order to defend the people of his country.

To provide a comparison with nature, when you’ve backed a wild animal into a corner and it is baring its fangs at you, you don’t scream at it. It will have no choice but to attack you.

Don’t get me wrong. Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is unacceptable. But he is absolutely not the only one to blame for it.

Here in the UK, we have leaders who are not only corrupt and criminal; they are also stupid.

They will be delighted to risk millions of deaths across Europe and in this country, simply to take attention away from themselves.

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