Dubbed the “Black Sea Grain Initiative,” the agreements will provide safe ocean passage out of the three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea—Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny—and on to the rest of the world.
On April 7th, the EU Parliament voted to place an embargo on Russian oil, gas, and nuclear fuel, which was closely followed by a EU Commission ban on its coal exports. Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly suspended the country from its Human Rights Council.
The WHO said it had advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country’s public health laboratories to prevent “any potential spills” and worried that continued fighting raised the risk of damage to those facilities. It would not say when it had made the recommendation, nor did it specify what kinds of pathogens or toxins were housed there.
The outbreak of war in Ukraine has caused an identity crisis in Europe. Yesterday’s pacifism turned into today’s belligerence in a heartbeat, all the while avoiding the geopolitical elephant in the room in favor of moral indignation. This should be a wake-up call.
Given these facts, today’s wokeist global governance project turns out to be anything but a benign program to improve humanity’s lot around the globe. Instead, it is an unlimited power grab to define truth and justice, under the banner of ‘universal human rights.’
“This is as clear and consequential a threat to peace and security as anyone can imagine,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said. She added that “Russia’s aggression today not only threatens Ukraine. It also threatens Europe. It threatens the international order.”
The UN Security Council meeting followed multilateral talks with the Taliban in Oslo, designed to illicit human rights assurances from the Islamist extremists in exchange for releasing needed liquidity and aid money into the country. With Norway as host, a 15-member contingent of the Taliban, humanitarian aid groups, and diplomats from the U.S., UK, and France, met for three days of closed-door sessions at a hotel outside the capital.
A parliamentary committee is arguing for a nine-month preparatory period in which to ready the country for elections, ensuring these are free of fraud, with an immediate vote to select a new prime minister proposed for next week.