Air Date: 3–4-2022
Today we take a look at the history of Ukraine as a Soviet state, war-torn state, famished state, independent state, westernizing state, energy-exploring state, revolutionary state, annexed state, and invaded state. We also look at the role of the west and NATO as well as Putin's history and possible motivations.
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Vladimir Putin says Ukraine isn’t a country. He’s wrong.
Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe.
Putin’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order... and it appears to be working.
Troops are being deployed, harsh words have been said, and there is potential for an all-out war. Tensions between Russia, Ukraine, and the West keep escalating, and so do concerns.
Snyder says the focus on NATO ignores the agency of leaders in Ukraine and elsewhere who have the right to seek their own arrangements. “It’s very important to remember that the world isn’t just about Washington and Moscow.
Some have suggested that the West is the blame for Russia's invasion into Ukraine, that their actions and expansion forced Putin's hand. So in this video, we'll explain that argument and why it's fundamentally wrong.
Explaining the oil interests in Ukraine that may be a motivating factor to Russia which, up until the backlash to the invasion of Ukraine, enjoyed dominance over the European oil market.
This video is about American funding for the Azov Battalion. It explicitly condemns Russian propaganda that Ukraine is a "neo-Nazi country." We stand strongly against Russia's invasion and will be publishing a video about the Russian oligarchy.
Steven Pifer, the former ambassador to Ukraine under Bill Clinton, and Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works,” join Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Russian propaganda narrative.
MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S)
Historians Katherine Younger and Emily Channell-Justice tell Ray Suarez the story of modern Ukraine, and why embracing Western values has made Ukraine a threat to Vladimir Putin.
An analysis of Putin's anti-communist speech
Jared Yates Sexton flies solo in this episode, tracing Russian history from the Crimean War to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, how the New World Order conspiracy theory led to this mess.
Ch. 13: Final comments on why you should probably listen to all that again
Ways to Help Ukrainians, Protest War, Etc. (*Please always do your own research before giving*):
CODEPINK Global Day of Action, Sunday, March 6th: "Stop the War in Ukraine. Russian Troops Out. No to NATO expansion." (CODEPINK)
Support Ukraine's Independent Media Organizations and Journalists (Campaign endorsed by The Kyiv Independent)
25 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine (GlobalCitizen)
Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman
MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):
- Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr
- Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
- Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
- Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent
Description: A blue and yellow Ukrainian flag is waved in the air in front of a cloudy sky above a protest to show solidarity with Ukrainians.
Credit: Amanda Hoffman, February 2022
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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