Russia, the size of the entire South American continent, with a third of that continent’s population, is looking for more land.
he ruling elite’s method of land grabbing is to sacrifice Ukrainians and Russians rather than simply cut off fuel supplies to Ukraine and Europe and wait for the penny to drop. They prefer money to human life, obviously.
Unfortunately for Russia, the ruling elite has put the country on a path to dissolution. The sacrifice of Siberian and rural Eastern Russians in preference to the well-connected citizens of Moscow and St. Petersburg will bring about a revolution from within. This time, the elite will not find safety in the West.
Firehouse, Dublin 24
Sham votes the latest in a long series of appalling acts by Vladimir Putin
The current sham referendums in Ukraine have once again shown the bad side of despot Vladimir Putin.
In proper democracies, we are quite used to some major political parties transporting their supporters to local polling places. But modern Russia has a better idea: we come to you accompanied by armed soldiers, advising you of your preference if you wish to see your parents/children tomorrow.
Nothing focuses the mind at referendum time like an AK-47.
We are not in a position to criticize these referendums
THE sanction of the second referendums in Ireland, when the first did not yield the desired result, was clearly at the dictation of the EU in order to get the answer Brussels wanted.
It was more bogus than what are now being described as “mock” referendums in Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine. This territory has traditionally always been part of Western Russia.
Bantry, County Cork
GAA’s voluntary code sets it apart and must be protected
Billy Ryle (‘GAA is built on volunteerism, so no manager should expect payment, other than expenses’, Irish Independent, LettersSeptember 24) has the right approach to community sport: volunteering.
Once Mammon gets his foot in the door, he will eventually open the door to money for everyone involved. But at what price for the young athletes of a parish or a municipality?
Two relevant examples are the FAI and Australian Rules Football. At first, the participating teams were almost entirely made up of “locals”; in addition, workers who played on weekends. Today they come from anywhere on Earth, and a lot of money is involved. Sadly, in Australian rules, Grand Final runners-up receive no commemorative medals, such is the contempt for those who don’t win.
The entire membership of the Gaelic Athletic Association must put an immediate end to this attempt to monetise what is – in these days of rampant greed – outstanding voluntary service in the heart of every town in Ireland.
Enough with the hot air emissions – it’s pallid hypocrisy
Can I please be spared further lectures on the urgent need to change my lifestyle to stop the evils of climate change?
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been criticized by some for flying business class on overseas trips. He travels in luxury car class for domestic engagements. Ministers also use these modes of transport. Just like the officials and journalists who accompany him.
The media then staged mock confrontations with the same politicians about failed climate change policies and any other important issues at the time.
I have never been on a plane. I have driven at least the same mileage as I have driven for the past 45 years. Purely for a healthier lifestyle. I am now exhausted by this climate change hypocrisy.
Surely anyone of reasonable intelligence understands that normal human activity involves movement and energy consumption and unavoidable travel.
Please – politicians, academics and the media – be honest and recognize that emissions are the inevitable price we pay for a decent functional life.
Rosslare Harbour, County Wexford
The expensive bills are enough to make your head spin
My “nice day, thank goodness” greeting to a neighbor was greeted with, “Have you received your electricity bill? Obviously, his bill left him feeling a little uneasy.
Beaumont, Dublin 9