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    Any comment? If Stop the War don't want to be seen as Putin's useful idiots, can they stop Kremlin propaganda being disseminated at their events?

    Are you serious that you want me to comment on this? What is your problem?

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    Did you mean 15 days rather than years? If not that's one hell of a conscription :-)

    They don't.

    Got a mate who's been called back in for May for "rehearsals". He's 40, lives in London, and has two children.

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    Did you see Owen Jones suggesting Ukraine should be a 'buffer zone'? He was called out and forced into an apology for it, but the fact he said it in the first place is indicative of the mindset.

    I didn't see that, no. But:

    So Owen Jones is the person who you meant when you said the far left don't believe Ukraine has a right to self-determination and should be a vassal to Putin?

    Cool. If that's his position he's wrong. Let's call him out on it. In fact, sounds like people did and he made his position clearer and apologised.

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    Where do you get off deciding whether or not Ukraine can join NATO?

    Really. What gives you that right?

    I don't have that right and I'm not claiming that I do?

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    In terms of STW, I know we went over this ground last week, but I can't reconcile how they believe Ukraine should be entitled to "self-determination", but it should also be barred from seeking to join international organisations.

    We did go over this. And I'll make this point again: No one is barring them from seeking to join. The position is that no one has a sovereign right to be a member of Nato (or any other international organisation). This is a position shared by many people on the left and the right and the centre. It is a sane position. It is not a position unique to STW.

    But that's a different conversation. You claimed there are people on the "far left" who don't "recognise the people of Ukraine have a right to self determination" and think Ukraine should "simply accept being a vassal state of Putin." I don't think this is a particularly widespread view and it's annoying to keep reading it spewed as fact.

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    Back to Finland and Nato - for the first time there has been a poll that shows a majority supporting membership: https://yle.fi/news/3-12337202

    I'd still not be putting bets on them joining, but that alone is a pretty big deal.

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    It is not a reference to Zarah Sultana. Some in STW, yes. Anyone talking about buffer zones or spheres of influence needs to do some thinking about their worldview.

    You've still not said who it's a reference to. Maybe instead of making vague and ambiguous insinuations towards about "the left" which people can, and do, read to mean what they want, you can be a bit more precise and name the people on the left who don't "recognise the people of Ukraine have a right to self determination" and think Ukraine should "simply accept being a vassal state of Putin." I'm fairly sure that, if there are any, it's a very small number. So painting an entire part of the political spectrum with that accusation is a bit disingenuous (verging on dangerous in such a politically charged atmosphere).

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    Oh yeah, not claiming they'll avoid (or be able to avoid) sanctions. No idea about that really. More a thought on their "philosophical" defense of taking Russian money in the face of international sanctions.

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    I suspect this is just spin to make the moronic crypto libertarians think that Coinbase agrees with them and their half arsed ideology.

    It also smells a bit like rationalising potential war profiteering. (Not an attack on people who hold crypto. But these guys could earn big if Russian sanctions push people to them).

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