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Fri Mar 18, 2022, 11:57 AM

Picking Sides: Not everyone wants to make Putin an economic pariah over the Ukraine war

The United States and its European allies, with the backing of close partners such as Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea, have imposed harsh sanctions on Russia. Those measures are pummeling the Russian economy, crashing the ruble and driving some of the world’s best-known brands to exit the country.

But not everyone is on board with imposing full-on pariah status on Putin.

In referring to “world giants” that have chosen to not fully repudiate the Russian leader, Zakharova was principally referring to China, which the Biden administration is trying to dissuade from giving wartime aid to Moscow.

But some of the world’s most populous states — India, Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico among them — are also signaling a desire to maintain trade ties and other links with Russia while declaring impartiality on the war.

The four states that directly sided with Russia in voting against the nonbinding U.N. resolution were themselves international outliers: North Korea, Syria, Eritrea and Russia’s ally Belarus. Although the U.S. and its allies portrayed the vote as a stark choice between freedom and repression, the abstainers included India, the world’s largest democracy.


https://nypressnews.com/news/usa/not-everyone-wants-to-make-putin-an-economic-pariah-over-the-ukraine-war/

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Fri Mar 18, 2022, 11:58 AM

1. This is why Russia needs to be declared a state sponsor of terror ASAP

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Fri Mar 18, 2022, 12:45 PM

2. Pootin has made himself a pariah. Turning a blind eye does not change this fact.

Not in my mind anyway.

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Fri Mar 18, 2022, 01:50 PM

3. India's democracy's in huge trouble, rated "partly free," slipped to 66

on Freedom House's Global Freedom Scale over this last year, the sixth yearly decline in a row. By most measures it no longer qualifies as an "electoral democracy."

Russia's listed a 19, "not free," with outrageously bogus elections. The U.S. has slipped to 83, "free." Canada 98, "free."

Explanation of Global Freedom Score: Freedom House rates people’s access to political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories through its annual Freedom in the World report. Individual freedoms—ranging from the right to vote to freedom of expression and equality before the law—can be affected by state or nonstate actors. Click on a country name below to access the full country narrative report.

https://freedomhouse.org/countries/freedom-world/scores

Overall, the global decline in democracy has continued, and authoritarianism grown, with the pandemic a big factor.

And let's be honest here. Nations that abstained, like Mexico, have their own reasons for continuing trade agreements that have absolutely nothing to do with approving Russia's murderous imperialism, or Putin. The tiny few that support Russia are themselves authoritarian pariah states, now colluding against the rest of the world to export their corruption and authoritarianism.

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