Viacheslav Ratynskyi
Two Years into Ukraine
ARTPIL / Prescription .147
February 24, 2024
Matthew Hong

This year, now well into its start, and resolutions all but forgotten. The final days of February, Black History Month, and entrance into Lent. Valentine came and went, loveless as usual.

Gaza is on fire. The International Court of Justice convenes to discuss the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory after its recent ruling that “Israel must take steps to prevent genocide in Gaze.” Meanwhile, Netanyahu unveils his grand plan, in seeming disregard of the sentiments put forth by the international community. The U.S. continues to back Israel, once again vetoing the United Nations Security Council resolution for cease-fire.

Trump is ordered to pay in a landmark civil fraud case brought by New York state’s Attorney General – including his other judgements, a sum now exceeding half a billion dollars.

The Russian opposition leader Navalny is killed earlier this month. Conflict is the new normal.

Today is February 24th. On this day, French troops conquer Breda in the southern part of the Netherlands (1793), Cuban war for independence begins (1895), Estonia declares independence from Russia (1918), the former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape and criminal sexual acts in landmark case that ignited the MeToo movement (2020), Russia launches its full scale invasion of Ukraine (2022).

Today is February 24, 2024. Today marks two years since the Russian aggression into Ukraine. For the recent 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we put forth War, and the Declaration of Human Rights tying artists and their works to themes of human rights, crises and conflict. Today, we continue for the two year anniversary of this conflict featuring some profiles and articles under the theme of Ukraine and the war. Welcome to the .147th edition of Prescriptions.

ARTPIL / Prescription .147
Matthew Hong

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