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Some Africans have good reasons not to condemn Russia over Ukraine 

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On 2 March, 141 UN member states voted to "condemn" Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine, calling it a serious violation of the UN Charter. Thirty-five countries abstained or did not vote at all, among them seventeen African nations, which is another indication of increasing Russian influence in the continent. Uganda, for example, is supporting Russia. The majority of African leaders still remember the Soviet support for independence struggles across Africa.

This did not seem to please the US's ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. In an interview published on her country's UN mission website she said that many African countries saw "abstention as being neutral. And there is no neutral ground here." She also said that such African states do not seem to understand the situation in Ukraine and that the US must "explain" to them that it is a matter of principle to support Kyiv.

No human rights in Gaza – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

No human rights in Gaza – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

This is, very obviously, a hypocritical US position given that Washington has done much worse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. For example, during Israeli's May 2021 offensive in Gaza, the US, three times in one week, vetoed a simple Security Council statement calling for a ceasefire. That Israeli aggression left over 2,000 people killed and injured while thousands more were made homeless. Israeli war planes bombed a building housing international media in an apparent attempt to keep the rest of the world in the dark about its crimes in the besieged Palestinian enclave. On that occasion the US failed to claim the moral high ground and its respect for international law. To try to claim such noble principles over the situation in Ukraine........

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