Thursday’s news links – Feb. 24, 2022

Union: Amazon interfering in second Bessemer election AL.com

Amazon Union Organizer Arrested Outside of NYC Warehouse Bloomberg

Pentagon approves National Guard deployment ahead of DC trucker convoy The Hill

Will the next great trucker protest be by UPS workers? The Week

The Teamsters have come out strongly against the convoys, calling them a “disruption” and a threat to the livelihood of working Americans. … The trucker convoy protests have little to do with traditional labor issues, and lots of Teamsters view them with disdain; many of those participating in the protests are nonunion owner-operators. The Ottawa convoy’s target is not the boss.

The Teamsters facing off against UPS, on the other hand, are preparing for a strike.

The UPS contract expires in 2023, giving the union an opportunity for a do-over on issues such as two-tier pay structures, forced overtime, and harassment by supervisors at a company that increased its operating profits by over 50 percent in 2021.

June Knightly of Portland Mourned After Protest Shooting Nightmare MSN

Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America CounterPunch

Russia postpones Cuba debt payments amid warming relations Reuters

Russian intelligence agency video of what it says is a Ukrainian tank after being hit on Russian territory Monday. The location would indicate that Ukraine invaded Russia first and not vice versa. Photo: consortiumnews.com

NATO/Ukraine/Donbass/Russia

DPR, LPR militias conducting joint operation with Russian forces to liberate Donbass areas – Basurin

The heads of the DPR and LPR turned to Putin with a request to help repel the aggression of Kiev TASS

Putin Authorizes Special Operation in Donbass Sputnik

Russian troops launch special military operation to defend Donbass republics TASS

Decision taken on denazification, demilitarization of Ukraine — Putin TASS

Address by the President of the Russian Federation

Those who aspire to global dominance have publicly designated Russia as their enemy. They did so with impunity. Make no mistake, they had no reason to act this way..

Even now, with NATO’s eastward expansion the situation for Russia has been becoming worse and more dangerous by the year. Moreover, these past days NATO leadership has been blunt in its statements that they need to accelerate and step up efforts to bring the alliance’s infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders. In other words, they have been toughening their position. We cannot stay idle and passively observe these developments. This would be an absolutely irresponsible thing to do for us….

The purpose of this operation is to protect people who, for eight years now, have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.

It is not our plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We do not intend to impose anything on anyone by force.

 Vladimir Putin answered media questions

Eyewitness Reports Indicate Ukrainian Army Fired First Shots in War with Russia Covert Action Magazine

Ukraine asks Turkey to close straits for Russian warships Daily Sabah

US Stokes Tensions With Russia by Building Military Base 100 Miles From Border TruthOut

Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Neo-Nazi Publicity Stunt in Ukraine FAIR

New US Sanctions to Affect Europe, Ukraine More Than Russia – Expert Sputnik

White House preps public for sanctions sticker shock The Hill

What Is the Difference Between Kosovo & Donbass? Vladimir Golstein

Netflix to feature film by Nazis Sergei Filimonov and Oleg Sentsov

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