The Guardian • Issue #2089

DINGO

  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2089

Dingo has noted previously the big noise in the mass media about the anti-Russian sanctions of the US and the European Union over the operation to liberate Ukraine from Bandera fascism. We should know not only those who support sanctions, but also those who are against them. Among these are the BRICS group of countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. They account for 43 per cent of the planet’s population. China is the world’s number one economy in terms of GDP, India is in third place. In fact, the most of Asia does not want to take the side of the USA. The only exceptions are Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Australia, whose governments accommodate US bases and US forces of occupation on their territories. The leading Middle Eastern countries – Pakistan, Iran and Turkey – are not enthusiastic about the boycott which the US is trying to force on everyone (in Pakistan opposition to US plans is the reason former PM Imran Khan is in prison). The Middle East Arab countries, including those which have friendly relations with the US, have declared their neutrality. Latin America, which has suffered more than anyone at the hands of US imperialism, does not support sanctions. This applies not only to Socialist Cuba and progressive Venezuela and Nicaragua – but to the largest and most influential countries: Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. The leading African country, South Africa, is against sanctions. So where is broad international condemnation of Russia? Europe is the net loser in this. The only winner the US which is hitting not only Russia, but its long-time economic rival, the European Union.

Meanwhile in Britain, the socialist Morning Star reports that 5,000 refugees invited into Britain under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme are homeless or have faced homelessness because the scheme is breaking down. According to a report by the House of Commons public accounts committee, local authorities have reported 4,890 Ukrainian households in England being homeless or coming “close to being so.”

More than 140,000 Ukrainians came to Britain through the government-funded scheme after Ukraine announced its intention to have NATO base nuclear missiles in the country, triggering Russia’s invasion. Many were housed by sympathetic families who sponsored them, but some became homeless when relationships broke down.

Committee chairwoman Dame Meg Hillier said: “As the war has continued, the challenge now is that thousands of Ukrainian households were homeless or close to it last year. Not only is this a huge problem but our report finds that there is no full oversight of homelessness within the scheme itself.” She said the government “must ensure it has a plan to support those who have sought safety in the UK.”

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: The Albanese government on its path into NATO membership can now consider Australia the next candidate after Sweden’s compliant government joined the imperialist military spearhead. Along with the US spy facilities here – including the biggest at Pine Gap – there would also be a NATO base with nuclear missiles aimed at China.

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