“What it appears to be is a disingenuous attempt to use the Buffalo shooting to undermine support for arming Ukraine, sending aid to Ukraine and helping them to defend themselves against Russian aggression,” behavioral scientist and disinformation researcher Caroline Orr tells New Lines Magazine.
The “Ummiyyat” is not just dirty verse. It gets at the inhumanity of life in a police state: torture, mass surveillance, disinformation. Surour had been spied on by Egyptian colleagues who pretended to be his friends in Moscow. When he accused his second wife of infidelity, he was convinced that she, too, was reporting on him to the mukhabarat.
It took years until the Saudis realized that there was a problem with the announced goal of their operation in Yemen to restore the legitimate Hadi government to its place in the capital, Sanaa: Hadi himself had no intention of returning to anywhere in Yemen.
Turkey has maintained economic and diplomatic ties with Russia throughout the war, declining to join Western-imposed sanctions and hosting negotiating teams from both Kyiv and Moscow. It has also hosted admittedly failed peace talks between both sides. Yet Ankara has quietly and not-so-quietly supported Ukraine throughout the war militarily, diplomatically and rhetorically.
The need for direct support in order for Yazidis and Assyrians to survive has never been greater, yet the prospect has never seemed more remote.
As the war in Ukraine appears to be moving toward a new and potentially even more brutal stage, the number of those widowed will increase. In the coming months and years, war widows will face significant challenges, from finding missing partners to receiving different forms of legal, financial and psychological counseling.
The absence of consent before performing procedures, the lack of proper counseling on different modes of delivery, privacy violations (including a sense of entitlement over the mother’s body) and the dismissal of physical pain are all ways that women report being routinely mistreated during pregnancy and childbirth.