Thursday’s news links – March 31, 2022

‘No progress’ since George Floyd: US police killing three people a day Guardian

Judge: Seattle concrete companies intentionally drove into striking workers at picket line FOX13

1 in 5 workers runs out of money before payday, survey finds CNBC

‘Their Inflation Strategy Is Working’: Corporate Profits Soared to Record High in 2021 Common Dreams

“CEOs can’t stop bragging on corporate earnings calls about jacking up prices on consumers to keep their profits soaring,” said one expert.

Arizona faces a reckoning over water High Country News

#COVID19

Our Early Confusion About Airborne COVID-19 Transmission Still Haunts Us Time

Airborne Toxic Events The Baffler

‘Stick to zero-Covid’: Xinhua puts Xi Jinping’s stamp on China’s coronavirus strategy South China Morning Post

Anganbadi workers raise slogans during a nationwide strike called by trade unions, in Patna, the capital of Bihar in India.

India

Millions strike in India against Modi government’s policies Peoples Dispatch

Europe

Putin informs Scholz about reason for switching to payments for gas in rubles — Kremlin TASS

Germany Scrambles To Ration Gas After Refusing To Make Payments In Rubles Tyler Durden

Europe’s Plan To Boost LNG Imports From US, Elsewhere Faces Major Obstacles Tyler Durden

There is another piece of news, from Pepe Escobar:

DOMINUS VOBISCUM

The Vatican Bank used 10 million euros to BUY RUBLES from the Russian Central Bank so they could pay for their gas.

They followed the instructions by the Russian Federation government to the letter.

If this multinational organization In Nome del Padre, Figlio & Spirito Santo can do it, why not some bloody Germans?

Ukraine

The IMF Connection with the Ukraine Crisis Prabhat Patnaik

Stepan Malentsov on Ukraine war: “The fundamental solution of the problem is only on the path of socialism” MR Online

I would strongly advise everyone to pay attention to the fact that the majority of the media talk less about the task of denazification, i.e. about the eradication of Nazism, fascism of the Bandera-modification. It is understandable. This issue is much more complex than just demilitarization, i.e. destruction of military infrastructure during hostilities and further disarmament under pressure from the prevailing force.

Censorship: Donbass Insider in the Crosshairs of Newsguard, an Agency Linked to the CIA, NATO and the White House Donbass Insider

U.S./NATO war

Biden Means What He Says Black Agenda Report

Mariupol City Center: Hell On Earth Internationalist 360º

US veteran who volunteered to fight for Ukraine describes ‘suicide mission’ Grayzone

Ukrainian Forces Fired on Border With Russia Hours Before Russian Military Op Began, Eyewitness Says Sputnik

Russia, Ukraine & the Law of War: Crime of Aggression Scott Ritter

Russia has articulated claims about Ukraine’s intent regarding nuclear weapons, and in particular efforts to manufacture a so-called “dirty bomb”, which have yet to be proven or disproven. [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a reference to seeking a nuclear weapon in February at the Munich Security Conference.]

The bottom line is that Russia has set forth a cognizable claim under the doctrine of anticipatory collective self defense, devised originally by the U.S. and NATO, as it applies to Article 51 which is predicated on fact, not fiction.

While it might be in vogue for people, organizations, and governments in the West to embrace the knee-jerk conclusion that Russia’s military intervention constitutes a wanton violation of the United Nations Charter and, as such, constitutes an illegal war of aggression, the uncomfortable truth is that, of all the claims made regarding the legality of pre-emption under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, Russia’s justification for invading Ukraine is on solid legal ground.

Divided World: The UN Condemnation of Russia is endorsed by Countries run by the richest, oldest, Whitest people on Earth but only 41% of the World’s population MR Online

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