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Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine

Washington Post: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify and catalogue videos from the war the day Russia’s invasion began. This work is now searchable in a database that will be updated. The videos have been uploaded in raw format; graphic content is clearly marked. [This database allows you to use a calendar to pick a specific day(s) to view available videos as well as filter the videos using tags and location metadata.]

  • Little has been spared. Houses, apartment buildings and playgrounds have been destroyed across Ukraine. 
  • Patients seeking care became victims of war. A maternity hospital, a cancer ward and a children’s dental clinic are among dozens of health facilities that have been struck.
  • The port city of Mariupol has been largely cut off from the world. But some inside have managed to document the horrors of Russia’s deadly siege.
  • Bombardments are routine. Citizens filming from their windows and security cameras capture moments when strikes reduce structures to rubble…”

LLRX April 2022 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2022 Web Guide for the New Economy 2022 – Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship. This guide by research expert Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and… Continue Reading

Nations in Transit 2022 From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression

2022 Nations in Transit Report Essays Overview Essay: From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression Exiting the Gray Zone Civil Society’s Many Faces In Eurasia’s Overripe Dictatorships, Longevity Means Instability “From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression – On February 24, Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine. This war, which has already displaced… Continue Reading

A shelter in Ukraine saved hundreds of cats and dogs — and a lion

Washington Post: “As Russian tanks neared Kyiv earlier this year, the capital’s suburbs were emptying fast. Terrified residents poured out; roads were gridlocked. Asya Serpinska walked the other way. The 77-year-old had spent two decades keeping her animal shelter going in Hostomel, a town northwest of Kyiv. With the threat of Russian occupation now looming,… Continue Reading

The FBI is breaking into corporate computers to remove malicious code – smart cyber defense or government overreach?

Via LLRX – The FBI is breaking into corporate computers to remove malicious code – smart cyber defense or government overreach? – Cybersecurity scholar Scott J. Shackelford discusses how the FBI has the authority right now to access privately owned computers without their owners’ knowledge or consent, and to delete software. It’s part of a government… Continue Reading

Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements

CRS Report – Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements, August 25, 2022: “Arms control and nonproliferation efforts are two of the tools that the United States has occasionally used to implement its national security strategy. Although some believe these tools do little to restrain the behavior of U.S. adversaries, while doing… Continue Reading

Ukraine Support Tracker

Kiel Institute for the World Economy: “A Database of Military, Financial and Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine – The Ukraine Support Tracker (Beta) lists and quantifies military, financial and humanitarian aid transferred by governments to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022. We focus on support by 31 Western governments, specifically by the G7 and… Continue Reading

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

Visual Capitalist: “International trade was equal to 65% of Ukraine’s GDP in 2020, totaling to $102.9 billion of goods exchanged with countries around the world. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea contributed to a 30% year-over-year drop in Ukraine’s 2015 trade value ($75.6B). Now, Ukraine’s international trade has been irreversibly disrupted since Russia’s full-scale invasion… Continue Reading

Japan researchers create online maps with satellite images to expose damage in Ukraine

The Mainichi: “A research team led by a University of Tokyo professor has created digital maps utilizing satellite images and other photos to show the reality of damaged areas in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. Hidenori Watanave, information design professor at the University of Tokyo’s graduate school, said that by updating latest information online, internet… Continue Reading

Putin’s Attack on Ukraine is an Attack on Its Language

LitHub – Poetry by Kateryna Kalytko – “In one very real sense, the current war in Ukraine is about language. Vladimir Putin has presented the defense of Russian-speakers in Ukraine as justification for a campaign of cultural and political domination. In an article posted to the Kremlin website last July, he went so far as… Continue Reading

Facial Recognition Goes to War

The New York Times – “Services that put a name to a face, including Clearview AI, are being used to identify Russian soldiers, living or dead, and to verify that travelers in Ukraine are who they claim…Identifying dead soldiers and notifying their families is part of a campaign, according to a Telegram post by the… Continue Reading

UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

UN The Dag Hammarskjöld Library: “The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention) is an international law instrument that codifies genocide as a crime under International Law. It was adopted by the General Assembly on 9 December 1948. Currently, over 140 states are party to the convention. Article II… Continue Reading