1/Throughout media a veritable celebration of the cost and “logistics and organization” in the sending of killing machines to Ukraine. But where was the funding, logistics, and organization to send COVID vaccinations to Ukraine, Europe’s poorest country?
2/ Only 34% of Ukrainians are fully vaccinated, lowest rate in Europe. Some 110,000 Ukrainians have died of COVID. The roughly 1,000 deaths so far in Russian invasion are horrific and must be condemned. But COVID took 9,000 lives in Kyiv alone; 6,000 in Odessa; 7,000 in Kharkiv.
3/While bodies piled up Ukraine pleaded with "ally" US for help for two years. Finally last summer Biden donated 2 million doses, enough to cover about 4% of Ukraine’s population. US then boasted of $48 million in COVID aid to Ukraine, less than the cost of two Reaper Drones!
4/Now endless $billions flood into Ukraine for war. These weapons will only lead to more destruction. Meanwhile, the millions of unvaccinated Ukrainians, packed into camps in Poland, will surge the new BA2 variant in Europe. A public health catastrophe is being created.
5/ How many more will die from these policies? Will yet another variant emerge from the refugee camps? If Biden, Johnson, and Scholz truly cared for “Ukrainian lives”—or for that matter “the defense of Europe”—why not even a gesture against COVID?

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1/ Happy International Women’s Day to women the world over. Especially to the women of Ukraine and Russia whose mothers bore the brunt of Hitler’s armies 80 years ago and now face war and inhumane sanctions, caught in Putin’s invasion and Biden’s trap. A little history:
2/ Like May Day, Intl Women’s Day has some American working class and socialist origins. It emerged out of the struggle of women garment workers, Jewish and Italian immigrants, most famously in “The Uprising of the 20,000” in 1909.
3/ The trade unions said “the immigrant girls” were unorganizable “trash”. They were proven wrong. Many were socialists from Russia. They knew suffering, class politics and how to fight. The “unorganizable” turned out to be the cutting edge in the making of the industrial unions
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1/ The drive to war with Russia bears an eerie likeness to the 1850s Crimean War, when Tsar Nicholas was lured by Britain into a Black Sea trap. (Key difference: cannon shells not nuclear bombs were the destructive weapons) Excrpts of N. Rich, “The Age of Nationalism and Reform”
2/ “As long as Russia was economically technically backward, containment by the smaller states of Europe remained feasible. But were this backwardness overcome, Russia, with great natural resources and a large population, might prove more than a match….”
3/ “Curiously it was Great Britain, farthest away and least menaced, that was to become the most rabid opponent of Russia in Europe…”
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