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Posted inWar and Peace

How do a conservative Christian and a liberal atheist agree on Ukraine?

Reading Time: 7 minutes A conservative Christian and a liberal atheist walk into a…YouTube interview and discuss their agreement on Ukraine. You could be forgiven for thinking there is little scope for agreement, but you would be wrong. How have they both arrived at the same destination—hosting YouTube channels giving daily geopolitical analyses of the War in Ukraine, with […]

Posted inDrugs

Unpacking the legality of cannabis in Ukraine

Reading Time: 2 minutes The recent release of WNBA basketball star Brittany Griner, who had been jailed in Russia on charges of possessing and smuggling cannabis, raises questions about the role of cannabis in this region. The Soviet Union has the distinction of being among the world’s biggest manufacturers of hemp, which is used for oil, cloth, and food. […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Belarus Foreign Minister suddenly dies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Belarus has been inextricably linked to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. And although Putin has used the country and its land as a springboard to conduct offensives against its neighbor, extracting a huge proportion of its physical hardware in terms of tanks and military vehicles, the Belarusian armed forces are not themselves fighting. Belarus leader Alexander […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Erdoğan uses smoke and mirrors in deadly strikes against Kurds

Reading Time: 11 minutes Although Turkey is a historically secular country, President Recep Erdoğan is an authoritarian leader who, not unlike Vladimir Putin, has curtailed freedom of speech and press to solidify his continued rule. And much like Putin (whom he still calls “dear friend”), he has unduly influenced the judiciary and the rule of law with systemic purges.

Erdogan has sought to undo Turkey’s secular tradition by appealing to religious conservatives in the rural heartlands. Such a movement away from the secular credentials instilled by Atatürk at the nation’s founding has worried both Western governments and secularists alike. Now, Erdoğan is flexing his muscles on both the international and domestic stages.

Posted inWar and Peace

War crimes in Ukraine: pacifists should support war crimes tribunals

Reading Time: 4 minutes A United Nations commission investigating the Ukraine-Russian War issued a report this week concluding that Russian forces have committed the “vast majority” of war crimes in the conflict. But it also found two cases in which Ukrainian forces committed war crimes. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine counts as the first criminal act. And then there were […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Beware the glory of war

Reading Time: 5 minutes I admit it: I’m a Ukraine news addict. I’ve gotten into the habit of starting each morning by checking a Reddit forum like r/UkrainianConflict, or the Twitter accounts tracking events in the war, or some of my fellow columnists on OnlySky. Why we follow the Ukraine war Thanks to social media, we know more about […]

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