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Russian websites like RT are blocked in the EU. Can be circumvented by a VPN, but the block for ordinary users is very real.

Some videos on Youtube are also blocked if you don't use a VPN. I have noticed because Cat has linked some of these.

by fjallstrom on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 08:51:08 AM EST
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Ah, okay, fair enough.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 12:45:21 PM EST
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Intermittently blocked here in Italy. Here is the lead article right now.
China tells US how to help Ukraine

Washington should drop its sanctions-focused approach to Russia, Beijing says

The US is profiting from its campaign to impose anti-Russian sanctions, while even its close allies are suffering, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a briefing on Wednesday. The drive for anti-Russian sanctions should be dropped to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, he claimed.

For some reason the computer in my living room connects with no problem most of the time, while the one in my bedroom does not.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 01:25:57 PM EST
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Perhaps your living room and bedroom are in different Italian regions, with differing cyber policies? (Italian politics is so complicated)

RT works for me (on my client's computer, behind all sorts of sophisticated firewalling designed, in particular, to keep the Russians out).

So, according to RT, China is toeing the Russian line : this is all about the "Great Powers" (Russia, China and the US), and this is not how we do business.

Europe is merely sideswiped in a passive-aggressive mention ("the US and its allies"), even though it's the EU doing the heavy boycotting.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 02:01:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 03:51:01 PM EST
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gk's link

... I was just paraphrasing (or tl;dring if you prefer)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 03:53:26 PM EST
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What's the point? It's on RT, so your government is probably protecting you from following it....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 07:39:32 PM EST
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Cat is a Yank, so she can follow it just fine.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 10:51:38 PM EST
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The Russians and Chinese -- the Russians especially -- believe that Europe is a vassal state of ours for some reason.

This is why I say: What Putin is doing here is really about us.  He thinks it's a Great Powers game, and it's not.  This is his way of trying to fight us.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 10:27:15 PM EST
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Exhibit A: Putin refusing to discuss with the EU at the beginning of the year. He only wanted Biden as an interlocutor, just like in Geneva last year.
by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 06:09:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 07:58:46 PM EST
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