"But another member of the Ukrainian panel, Andriy Khalpakhchi of the Kyiv International Film Festival, said there was no such thing as 'good Russians' at the current time."
What about Russian dissidents (about 15,000) sitting in Putin's prisons because they opposed Putin's war?
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Next thing I'll be hearing is helping the needy will swell the "surplus population."
(That was the British Conservative argument for not helping the starving Irish during the so-called "Potato Famine.")
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"NZ handing out money to fight inflation is like pouring gasoline to put out a fire." Please read the article again. The Labour government is giving money to needy people. It will not not cause inflation. The inflation arguments raised here are old conservative tripe.
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Ever worked with someone who brilliant in organizing things and then screws everything up? Well, that's Putin. He wrecked Russia nascent democracy, gratuitously attacked Ukraine, causing destruction, death and misery for no good reason. Ukraine clobbered Russia. All that pain and death for noting. At last he even lost McDonalds.
He did manage to terrify Sweden and Finland into wishing to join NATO. It won't happen because of Turkey's own version of Putin. But it is likely that Sweden and Finland will form other military alliances. All through the Cold War Sweden and Finland were never (I believe) scared enough of the USSR to consider NATO.
I suspect Putin's reign will be short-lived. Who is next in power. We await with trembling hands.
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In a modern industrialized country the death toll from COVID should not have been as horrendous as it was. Let me introduce to villains.
On top of the list is the US's evil, evil for-profit medical system. There is more of a crooked line than a straight line to this. Many of the COVID victims died of neglected prior illnesses. The victims had refused medication because they could not afford it. This weakened their immune systems and killed them.
Poor working conditions. No union to stand up for you.
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No you're not. California's gun control laws do not go far enough. Anyone remember the drive-by shootings in Santa Barbara?
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Quote from above: "The shooter, identified as Payton Gendron, had previously threatened a shooting at his high school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia confirmed at a press conference that the then-17-year-old was brought in for a mental health evaluation afterward."
This kid was obviously a serious mental case. Yet he could still get a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition. Something is seriously wrong.
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Only one thing is certain at this point. The U.S. needs strict gun control, phony "gun rights" be damned.
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Shame on Israel.
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"NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people." Here's the problem in a nutshell. When a Japanese cop stops a would be foreigner for no rational reason he or she obviously racially profiling the person. It is not an impression but a bare fact. The "impression" is impossible to avoid. And it is an act of discrimination.
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However way we do it, Koreans born in Japan must be allowed to have (or automatically given) citizenship at birth and retroactively. Let me give you a few examples from the United States. The Indian Citizenship Art of 1924 granted full U.S. citizenship to Native Americans. In 1952 the Walter-McCarren nullified Asian exclusion Laws. Something like this can be done in Japan. It must be done. The situation as it standing is shameful.
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My error. I meant to say giving South and North Koreans born and raised in Japan dual citizenship would be a good move to help promote equality..
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Granting Koreans born and raised in Japan full citizenship would go a long way in deflating prejudices against them.
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Yow, super blooper! The following should've read: " It is easy to forget the benefits of that after generations lived in peace. "
The moment you stop being a peace state and become a warfare state you lose, some, a lot of, most, or all of your freedoms and stability. Russia at the moment serves as a horrid and extreme example. But the American warfare state is also a horror. Think of the thousands of homeless disabled vets, or the rotten social services of the United States. The U.S. is a country that feeds the military and starves millions of people. Kill Article 9 and the horrors of living with a warfare state could be yours.
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Japan has not been at war since 1945. It is easy to forget the benefits of that after generations lived in people. Japanese did not fight in Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan or overthrow democratic governments. Like the U.S.
Japan does not have conscription. Serving in the SDF is voluntary.
Citizens of nations that stay out of wars prosper. Warfare states breed misery. Look at the U.S. Look at Russia.
It is too easy to forget how good peace is. Until you've lost it.
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Posted in: Unjust discrimination and prejudice based on race, ethnicity, nationality or other reasons is simply impermissible. We should seek to achieve an inclusive society where people respect each other's differences and live by helping one another. See in context
'Unjust discrimination" is a redundancy. "just discrimination" would be an oxymoron."
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Posted in: Putin is an extreme pragmatist, and fundamentally, he believes in power. I'd say he's like a Sengoku (Warring States period) general. For example, if you told Oda Nobunaga to respect human rights, it wouldn't work at all. See in context
Putin is not a "extreme pragmatist." He is an impetuous lout with not brains for warfare. This is to say that leaders who start wars lose them. These so-called pragmatists are showmen at best. Napoleon put on a great show in France as did Hitler, the murderous clown. Americans have had more that their "extreme pragmatists." Lyndon Johnson who lied America's way into Vietnam and lost. The Bush the Younger (and dumber) got the U.S. in its longest war that It lost. And then there was Putin's buddy Donald Trump, who was all show and no brains.
Putin was a "extreme pragmatist" as a salesman. Should have stuck to that instead turning to totalitarianism and war.
Ukraine will win that war, however painfully. Putin will likely lose more than a war.
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Once upon a time, and I remember it well, the U.S. had the Fairness Doctrine. The way people had a way of presenting an opposing view point to the public. Ronald Reagan killed the fairness doctrine and that meant people with the most money got the money free speech and the U.S. became a far more bitter place.
The is no such thing as "woke" -- mean silencing conservatives. They have all the "free (paid for) speech they want. No one is silencing the dumb conservative college kids. It just intelligent people find things like Trump and Fox News idiotic.
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"Not when the leader of the Orthodox church, Kirril, supports the war and actively supports/backs Putin." Agree with any condemnation Kirril. He is truly a corrupt, self-serving monster. Putin's first order of business was to buy off the ROC hierarchy. All the better control the Russian people, he thought. However he may have succeeded, Kirril is not the like the Pope. There are lots of Orthodox Churches all over the world---from Arminian to Zambian (?) and they tend to be independent and at times quarrelsome. In Kobe we have a ubiquitous Orthodox church that lets in anybody who is an Orthodox and feels like one.
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One can only imagine the repression going on now in Putin's Russia. There 15,000 reported incarcerations of antiwar protesters in Russia. Bit likely this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is no doubt that Putin is the most hated person in Europe. He is likely roundly hated in Russia as well--forget the phony popularity pole. It is very likely that the nomenclature has gotten tired of Putin already. And the military playing puppet to a brutal and inept commander-in-chief.
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"Surely at some point the people of Russia will get to see this savgery and also be disgusted by the actions of their leaders?"
The last to see it, if at all, will be the 15,000 political prisoners Putin imprisoned for opposing his rape of Ukraine. One can only home the people (at least his inner circle) will rise up and give Putin his due.
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Good point, dbsaiya. Stay out of war and let the SDF chop up fallen trees. No war since 1945! Everyone one living in Japan should thank their lucky stars
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Japan is doing exactly the right thing. It is pacifist in nature and it is doing some good for Ukrainian refugees without threats of war. It is at times like this one that we see that Japan is a pacifist nation and will remain so.
Most importantly, the U.S. has not jumped into a war with Russia. (Both Russia and the U.S. know what can happen if they do go to war.). Thus, in spite of themselves, in relation to each other, they are ironically giving peace a chance.
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This is great news. And the best news has yet to come as worker power grows.
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There are now some 15,000 political prisoners who protested Putin's war in jails across Russia. Anyone want to denigrate them? Do the Facebookers want to send threatening letters to those prisoners?
When Putin's war started, thousands of Russians came out in protest and were arrested.
The Russian kids being bullied at school, the young Russian women working in bars are not Putin and ought to be left in peace.
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Back in the USSR days you could get a ton of Rubles for a few dollars on the black market. So now Putin is going back to Rubles, which will likely be worth as much astray were in the old black market days. But this aside, I cannot get over the peevishness of this guy. Consider: Putin is responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths in Ukraine for absolutely no reason. And all he cares about is that he feels slighted.
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Pearl Harbor is way, way off the point but as it keeps coming up I'd like to add the following. Japanese Americans and Japanese residents were NOT interfered, like their counterparts from Washington, Oregon and California, The Governor of Hawaii warned against anti-Japanese racism and lurid rumors, which he said should be stamped out like verminous snake.
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This is not a simple case of too little too late. It is a case of downright lies and machinations by the Japanese conservatives that have suppressed the truth and fought for denying compensation. This will remain a great shame for Japan until Japan tosses the conservatives into the dustbin of history and tells the truth and compensates the victims and their survivors.
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One thing that will either end the war quickly or cripple Russia for a century is the fact that Putin is not a military strategist. Wait await a while and watch Russian strategy falter.
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