"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Friday 4 March 2022
Stop the Warmongers
writer Paolo Nori was informed by the University of Milano-Bicocca of
their decision to postpone his course on Dostoevsky following Russia's invasion of
Ukraine. "Dear Professor, the Vice Rector for Didactics has
informed me of a decision taken with the Rector to postpone the
course on Dostoevsky … This is to avoid any controversy, especially
internally, during a time of strong tensions."
commented, "Not only is being a living Russian wrong in Italy
today, but also being a dead Russian, who was arrested in 1849 for
belonging to a literary group that discussed banned books and spent
four years in a Siberian prison camp.”
the UK, Manchester’s Centre for International Contemporary Art,
Theatre and Film states that “we are in discussions” about
removing a statue of Engels in solidarity with Ukraine. It is unclear
how toppling the statue of a German philosopher who died in 1895 (22
years before the Russian Revolution) can soothe the wounds of
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
may take satisfaction at the seizure of Russian yachts following the
aggression against Ukraine, but might remain puzzled that this has
never happened to American yachts following multple US aggressions.
absurdity of this unbalanced Russophobia is par for the course for
those of us who have to take cover from the logic applied to
opponents of wars. Just look at the silencing of the few remaining
socialist MPs when told they must not be aligned with Stop the War
Coalition because it is anti-NATO. The fear we have when criticising
Israel’s occupation of Palestine for fear of being accused of
now the situation is dangerous for Ukrainian lives and for the future
peace of the world. We must emerge fron our mental bunkers and take
to the streets – against Putin’s war and against NATO’s wars -
past, present and to come.
you are tempted to say “what do you know about war, you cannot
speak for the people of Kyiv and Kharkiv.” My answer is f..k you. I
was in Sarajevo when that city’s people were under bombardment and
living and dying under similar conditions.
task is not to stop drinking vodka ot reading Russian novels. It is to stop the warmongers wherever they are. So
solidarity with Ukraine, with the anti-war movement in Russia and
join me at the protests taking place this weekend.