on Ukraine

Opening paragraph from ‘The Measure of a Man” by Martin Luther King Jr. (1959) Published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis.
ask "What was it for?"
"We are liberating land
without people on..."

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n.b. The first quoted line, reported in The Guardian in the UK, are words of a citizen of a town liberated from the retreating invaders.

The second, (same source), from a Ukrainian soldier making his way through the ghost towns of the temporarily, but deeply scarred territory, briefly held by the occupying force.

The attempted annexation of Ukraine has again demonstrated the empty rhetoric of nationalism, the pointless slaughter of innocents and vile destruction of homes.

Are we not all African, brothers and sisters?

~

CLP 05/10/2022

on Ukraine

"a question of time"
he said, stood in the ruins
Time sharpens its scythe

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n.b. Everyone knows this, but everyone wants to know in whose life-time?

n.n.b. It is important to acknowledge the work of journalists who risk everything to keep us connected to the people living through this brutal war. In this instance, Luke Harding and the photographer Christopher Cherry, both working for The Guardian, published in London.

CLP 16/08/2022

on Ukraine

meanwhile at the shops
people queuing patiently
there could be children

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n.b. Somebody chose to programme two X-22 cruise missiles to destroy a busy shopping centre in Kremenchuk. Days later, anxious relatives of the missing watch and wait.

n.n.b. The picture above is attributed to Alessio Mamo / The Guardian. It is a screen-shot from The Guardian today. The line, "there could be children" is lifted from the accompanying news report.

CLP 02/07/2022