The War in Ukraine and Its Multiple “Yes, And”s (Part 1)

Can we talk about the war in Ukraine and its complexities without being shut down or accused of minimising its horrors?

I think that is possible indeed – yet not that easy.


In my two-part series, I address six topics, six “Yes, and” talking points that I have personally found difficult (but important) to navigate.

In my first episode, I talk about (1) NATO expansion, (2) the extreme right in Ukraine, and (3) what we have to know about how sanctions work.

To the best of my abilities, I present the multiple “Yes, and” situations we might find ourselves in, what accusations we might get when we claim A, and how we explain that claiming A doesn’t automatically mean B.



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Can we talk about the war in Ukraine and its complexities without being shut down or accused of minimising its horrors?

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In my second episode, I talk about (1) racism in the media, (2) the overtness of racist and xenophobic immigration policies when it comes to accepting refugees, and (3) the difference between what-about-ism and saying, “this, too” when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

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