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Ukraine, "Collateral Victim" Of The West's Double Standard — And Israeli Bombs

The state of the Ukraine War was growing fragile even before Oct. 7, but the conflict in the Middle East has changed the equation in Moscow's favor. It's not just a shift in attention and resources, but an undermining of the values and rationale behind Kyiv's cause.

Many people stand outside holding Palestinian Flags with Ukrainian flags in the background

At a pro-Palastine protest in Berlin, demonstrators hold Palestinian flags in front of Ukrainian flags on November 4, 2023

Pierre Haski


PARIS — Ukraine needed some good news, and it arrived from Brussels. The European Commission decided Wednesday to open accession talks with Kyiv to become an EU member. It came as no surprise — Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen had traveled to Kyiv a few days earlier to inform Volodymyr Zelensky.

This does not mean that Ukraine will soon become the 28th member of the European Union, it's a long road, with a number of steps to take. Still, the decision, which also included the same status for Moldova, is important.

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For Ukrainian, Brussels' announcement is reassuring: its European allies are not forgetting them, even though the war against Russia has largely disappeared for the past month, overshadowed by the massive crisis between Israel and Hamas.

But this is hardly the only issue facing Ukraine's leaders.

The lack of success of the Ukrainian counteroffensive this summer is a big problem, having failed to break through Russian defensive lines and reach the Sea of Azov before winter, as it had hoped. The front has become static, and the war is likely to go on for a long time.

But Kyiv is also increasingly worried about the divisions that are emerging in the United States, and to a lesser extent in Europe, over support for Ukraine, which will only deepen as the U.S. elections approach. They're calling it "Ukraine fatigue", as if the countries that are supporting the war without actually waging it had the right to grow tired. It's not a good look, but it's reality.

No one, so far, is realizing Kyiv's worst fear: a public push to Ukraine to stop fighting and negotiate with Russia. The West is multiplying its pledges to remain true to its promise to support Ukraine until the end. G7 foreign ministers also reaffirmed this earlier in the week at their meeting in Japan.

Two soldiers stand near each other over a trench, pointing their weapons down

Ukrainian soldiers capture a Russian position in the Zaporizhzhia region of southeastern Ukraine

ZUMA/Dmytro Smolienko

Israel changes the equation 

And then there's the "competition" — another bad look — with the Middle East. In addition to the military support the United States provides to Ukraine and Israel, and the diplomatic energy deployed, there is the political equation.

The West's unconditional support for Israel after the attack on October 7 is now confronted by the images of destruction and death caused by the Israeli response in Gaza. Much of the world is loudly expressing its support for the Palestinian cause; and blames the West for doing nothing to stop the tragedy of Gazan civilians. Humanitarianism is not enough.

All the rhetoric about international law on which Westerners based their defense of Ukraine collapses in the face of the decades-long plight of the Palestinians. The American veto at the UN reinforces the accusations of “double standards" that we hear coming from the global South.

Indeed, this inconsistency harms Ukraine's cause, and benefits Vladimir Putin: the Russian aggressor poses as a defender of the bombed-out Palestinians. Ukraine thus runs the risk of becoming another collateral victim of Israeli missiles.

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

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A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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