Russia, Amelia Newcomb, Dave Scott discussed on The Christian Science Monitor Daily


I'm Dave Scott. And I'm Amelia Newcomb. What do the punk rock band Green Day? Delta Air Lines, shell, Mercedes Benz, Eurovision, FIFA, the metropolitan opera, and Disney have in common. They and many others are cutting ties with Russia. Like a BTS song standing up to Moscow is going viral. Beyond the official government sanctions, the speed at which private companies, sports organizations, athletes and artists have expressed their moral outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine is unprecedented. The closest historical parallel is South Africa. The divestment campaigns and protests against apartheid spawned in 1959 took decades to develop global support. We're watching this shift against Russia unfold in days, says historian zeb Larsen. The pace of change, he says, is striking. More recent grassroots sanctions movements such as the pro Palestinian boycott divestment sanctions and fossil fuel divestment campaigns have also been years in the making. We saw a similar moment of worldwide umbridge and empathy after the 9 11 attacks. We are all Americans, the French newspaper Le Mans wrote in a 2001 headline. History shows us doctor Larson says, conspicuous violence drives moral outrage more than anything. To some, Russia's invasion also smacks of a bullying colonial mentality. In a widely shared speech, Kenya's ambassador to the United Nations, Martin kimani, described Russia's violation of territorial integrity as dangerous nostalgia for empire building. Will this international shunning be effective or endure? It's unclear. But it's unlikely that Russia's risk assessment included this scale of moral clarity and solidarity. Also likely unforeseen as Ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky's open defiance. It is breathtaking to witness actual courage. It's even more breathtaking when that courage is both moral and physical rights conservative calmness, David French. Mister zelensky is not just speaking against evil, he's quite literally standing against evil. Apparently many around the world have found that courage inspiring and are taking steps to support it. Now, today's stories. Her first story, our reporter.

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