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Putin Has Declared War On Europe — Here's How To Respond

Moscow's large-scale attack launched on Ukraine erases any lingering doubts about where Russia’s president wants to go. Vladimir Putin is taking back part of the Soviet empire and attacking the European post-War order. Europe and NATO must respond, by arming the eastern flank.

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Russia launches invasion of Ukraine

Office of Ukrainian presidency
Jacques Schuster

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BERLIN — In recent days, we heard it again and again: you cannot see into Vladimir Putin’s mind. It was an odd phrase, knowing that for weeks now, Putin has made no secret of his plans: not only does he want to wipe Ukraine off the map as an independent state, he has also declared war on the entire European order of peace and stability.

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The man in the Kremlin wants to return to what he considers the golden age of the Soviet empire. With this delusional desire, however, he goes much further than every Soviet leader who arrived after Stalin: Nikita Khrushchev as well as Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov all respected the limits of the post-War European order.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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