T.I. Shares Court Paperwork To Shut Down Boosie Snitching Allegations

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T.I. further shut down Boosie Badazz snitch allegations by showing receipts.

Rapper T.I. is providing paperwork to prove that he never snitched or cooperated with authorities and is now challenging those who question him about joining him to have a “paperwork party.” On Thursday, the Atlanta rapper shared a note and the front face of a court document seemingly to back up his earlier statements that the story was embellished and not true but merely an illustration that went over people’s heads.

“FYI…. can’t nobody who got dey name in other people’s paperwork question me about mine!” Tip wrote on Instagram Stories. “I got it on me…we can have a paperwork party… PULL UP or [hush emoji].”

via T.I. IG Story

T.I.’s did not directly mention Boosie, who spoke on the comments he made during a podcast aired in 2020 but going viral this week. Some in the hip-hop community speculated about Tip’s previous dealings with the ‘authorities’ due to his comments that he had a conversation with his dead cousin, Toot, to pin gun charges on him so he could get off since cops can’t get the dead.

Boosie said in a Vlad interview this week that he didn’t believe Tip as he never mentioned the incident during their decades-long friendship, and he believed Tip was going for podcast views when he made the comments. Nevertheless, Boosie takes a hard stance against all snitches and says that if the story is true, T.I. is no better than a “rat,” and he is ready to call their joint album off. Tip also blasted Boosie yesterday for running to the internet instead of speaking to him, and he also clarified that the comments were taken out of context.

“It came off a conversation I was having with my patna and I were having and that conversation was ‘hey bruh if me and you catch a case together and I die before you, it’s mine’…” off of that conversation, I created a set of circumstances and I thought that the embellishment was clear when I said that I talked to my cousin and he told [he was ok,’” T.I. said to Richard Benjamin from Trapper of the Trap News Network podcast.

The rapper added, “humour, satire and sarcasm, it escapes them.”

On Thursday, 50 Cent also trolled T.I. over the incident as he reshared an edited video of Boosie’s Vlad interview juxtaposed alongside T.I. on the podcast as if they were in Judge Mathis’ courtroom.

Whether the shots were for Boosie or 50 Cent, we’ll have to wait and see who responds.

Charleston White Defends T.I. while calling out Boosie Badazz

In the meantime, self proclaim ‘snitch’ Charleston White weighed in on the conversation and called out Boosie for having it easy in jail and implying that he might have received some favors in jail.

“Lil Boosie, you hollering you the last one left…Little Boosie, you must forgot Little Boosie Terrence Hatch, I know the n***as you was in Angola with. Don’t let me call Eric E-Solid up.… you did not walk the yard with killers in Angola. You was over there, you wasn’t over here. You was over there, you was not in population with the killers, the lions, gorilla, the burrows, the snakes, the tigers, the possums, and all the things the dangerous spiders they got lurking in Angola prison,” White said.

White called Boosie a “gazelle,” noting that his time in jail was nothing to talk about.

“You need to apologize to Tippy. F**k you talking about because it ain’t no paper. And everybody in the streets knows if it ain’t no paperwork it ain’t no go…You ain’t stand on a muthaf**king thing, Boosie safe as it was for you,” White added.

Meanwhile, fans were not convinced Tip was truthful.

“Google mandatory minimum sentencing and federal guidelines for automatic weapons and silencers and tell me TI not a snitch… I’ll wait,” one person wrote.

“The more Charleston keeps defending T.I. “Tippy” Harris the more I believe that Clifford had to told on something else other than his dead cousin,” another said.

Boosie has not responded to White as yet.


50 Cent Roasts T.I. and Boosie Badazz Over Spat About Snitching

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50 Cent seems to be tickled by Boosie Badazz getting mad at T.I. after he shared a story that he was ready to rat out his dead cousin to save his skin.

Loyalty is a big deal in hip hop, and snitching is one of the gravest sins to be committed. When Tip told the story, many were quick to call him out because not only was T.I. accused of cooperating with authorities in the past, but his story also made many in hip hop, like Boosie Badazz, want to cut ties with him immediately.

On Thursday, 50 Cent also reacted to the entire fiasco, with Boosie calling off plans for them to release a joint album. Sharing a video on his account- ‘Tip Harris takes it to trial ft Boosie & Judge Mathis’ 50 Cent commented on the hilarious edited video of the respective interviews to make it seem like the rapper are responding to each other.

“I said i got the best lawyers money can buy, they said woulda got me 10 or maybe 9, I said well how do you explain how homie breezed, They said you keep ya mouth shut or you eat the cheese. YOU SO TUFF,” 50 Cent said.

The rapper’s post left fans in snitches at how it was edited, while others felt he was trying to reignite his beef with T.I.

In the video, Boosie’s clip from his Vlad interview this week was edited in as if on the stand testifying, where he shouts, “I think he went up there and just got to f**king talking.”

T.I. is also edited in with clips from his 2020 podcast ExpediTIously juxtaposed as him responding to Boosie Badazz, where he tells the story about the charges and his late cousin, Toot.

“We caught those gun cases, Toot died. My lawyer said, ‘Well, you know, I could make everything go away if it was Toot’s, it was Tremel’s,’” he said. “After he had passed, I had a talk with him,” he says.

T.I. went on, “Toot said, ‘I’ll take all the charges you got! If you can walk away free and put it on me, goddamn right! ‘Cause I’ll be damned if they gon’ come and muthafucking extradite me from here!’”

It seems that 50 Cent is the latest person to disbelieve T.I.s story as some followers also questioned how he spoke to a dead man and got permission.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta trapper responded to Boosie, who said they are no longer dropping their joint album because he was a “rat” if the story was true.

T.I., however, said he had embellished the story and used it to make a point and that it wasn’t a confession since he also had paperwork to prove exactly what happened.


Drake Toys With Retiring From Rap Gracefully, DJ Envy Last Album Request

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Drake might be getting ready to hang up the mic and possibly leave the music scene, leaving some fans emotional and DJ Envy putting in one last album request.

The rapper and his close friend Lil Yachty sat down for ‘A Moody Conversation’ against the backdrop of the beach, where they appeared to be discussing his career. Yachty is the interviewer, and Drake is talking where he says he is slowly getting to a point where he might be contemplating early retirement.

“I’m at the point now where I just like, I feel like we talked about this the other day…I feel like I’m kinda introducing the concept in my mind of a graceful exit,” the rapper said.

Drake has never spoken about what’s next after being named Billboard’s rapper of the 2010 decade two years ago and having an almost two-decade career that continues to evolve and reinvent itself.

The rapper is currently the most-streamed rapper in the United States, and for overall music, he is second to Bad Bunny in the world. He first came onto the scene as a Degrassi actor, but Drake worked hard to establish himself as a Canadian on the hip-hop scene that is primarily in the United States.

His early years as a rapper also saw Drake trying to break through criticisms from many on the hip-hop scene due to his lyrics deviating from the norm of hardcore lyrics.

With his latest album, ‘Her Loss’, Drake achieved 12 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 12 No. 1 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Her Loss’ released in November last year debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold 404,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to stats from Luminate.

Drake’s record is third behind The Beatles with 19 and Jay-Z with 14.

The Toronto rapper previously spoke about his musical legacy and how he wanted to leave music, and he has continued to help other artists by collaborating and giving them a platform they would otherwise not have access to.

Still, we’ll have to wait and see what Drake says about retiring from music, especially since he has his OVO label that has signed a series of artists.

If Drake should retire now from hip hop, he would be hanging up the mic at almost the peak of his career. Presently, he is the most commercially success rapper in history with some major landmark title like the most streamed artist on the planet. It’s safe to say that Drake dominates the streaming era and was recently named the first artist to reach 75 billion streams on Spotify.

DJ Envy requests that Drake release a final all hip hop/rap album

DJ Envy, who is a fan of Drake music, says he wants the Canadian rapper to release an all rap album before hanging up his mic.

“I think Drake need that one album, that one hip hop/rap album,” the Breakfast Club co-host said. “That’s just me, am a Drake fan and I want that one hip hop/rap like with all these freestyles and he is going in. I need a album like that.”

Charlamagne Tha God disagrees with DJ Envy saying Drizzy is not even in his top 10 rappers of all time.

“Drake teases us because he is spitting right,” Envy responded. “I drove to the station today listening to Drake and he’s going in going crazy and I want to hear a full album like that and I think it will stop some of the doubters all the time. I mean am a Hov (Jay-Z) fan am a lyricist fan, I like when he spits.”


Suspected Haitian gang member tied to murders of 6 cops arrested

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A Haitian man believed to be a member of the gang involved in the recent killings of six Haitian police officers was arrested in the neighboring Dominican Republic and deported, authorities said Wednesday.

The man was arrested along with five other Haitians who were by his side during a police operation in the southwestern Dominican town of Duverge, police said. The town is located near the border that Haiti and the Dominican Republic share on the island of Hispaniola.

The six officers with Haiti’s National Police were killed in late January after authorities say a gang attacked a police station in the central town of Liancourt. Another nine police officers were killed elsewhere during that time.

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‘We cannot afford to fail our children’: Secretary-General calls on Commonwealth to act together to end the institutional care of children

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The Commonwealth must work together to end the institutional care of children and reform protection services to ensure: “every child is safe, protected and able to reach their full potential”, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has said.

Her comments came during a roundtable meeting of government officials, stakeholders and experts on Thursday, to discuss the implementation of the Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform – one of the four declarations unanimously agreed upon by Commonwealth Heads of Government in Rwanda last June.

The Declaration is a historic agreement among Commonwealth countries that focuses on ensuring and restoring the rights of children following the COVID-19 pandemic, paying particular attention to the most marginalised and excluded.

It contains commitments to phase out orphanages in the Commonwealth and opt for community care of children; to tackle the underlying causes that lead to separation of parents and children, to establish sustainable and effective safeguarding systems and to eliminate child labour in all its forms, including forced labour, trafficking, and sexual exploitation.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland KC, said: “More than five million children around the world still live in institutions. Most of these children are not orphans – around 80% of them have at least one living parent.

“But their institutionalisation disproportionately exposes them to vulnerabilities and marginalisation, which can inhibit their development and life chances.

“The truth is that growing up in a family environment is critical to a child’s well-being and development, and every child is entitled to a happy and fulfilling upbringing under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

She added: “This is just one of many areas where the Commonwealth can make a real difference.

“We can all work together to prioritise support for, investment in, and reform of childcare and protection services – to enable children to live without abuse or discrimination of any kind; to enjoy their civil, political, social and cultural rights; and to flourish as equal, valued and productive human beings.

“We cannot afford to fail our children, so we must give their wellbeing the priority it deserves – and act together to ensure that every child in Commonwealth is safe, protected and able to reach their full potential.”

The far-reaching Declaration recognises that child protection and safeguarding are cross-cutting issues that have strong links to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work on youth, disability, health, education and early childhood development.

Youth-focused action is being given a spotlight in 2023 as it is the Year of Youth – a seminal 12 months designated for the empowerment and inclusion of the 1.5bn under-30s living in the Commonwealth.

The roundtable meeting was set to build a consensus on a focus for the effective implementation of the Declaration and to agree on collabroation between Commonwealth governments and civil society organisations, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Other speakers at the meeting included Joseph Kabakeza, First Counsellor from the Rwandan High Commission, Mark Waddington, CEO Hope and Homes for Children – a civil society organisation working with the Rwandan government on the Declaration initiative, and David Jones, Chair of Commonwealth Children Interest Group, Children of the Commonwealth.

Kabakeza said: “The Kigali declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform highlights many of the areas where we must bolster our efforts.

“Rwanda will continue to collaborate with partners, and the Commonwealth network to champion the Kigali declaration, during our tenure as Commonwealth Chair-In-Office and beyond.”

Waddington said: “Eliminating orphanages is a precondition of developing effective child protection and care systems and a key to unlocking the hardest to reach Sustainable Development Goals.

“The Kigali Declaration, agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda in 2022, recognises this imperative for action and places the Commonwealth at the centre of this global movement. Countries across the Commonwealth are demonstrating that care reform is possible and there is much learning and experience to share. Today’s roundtable is an important step.”

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UNAIDS: Punitive and Discriminatory Laws Hindering the End of AIDS in the Caribbean

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Dr Richard Amenyah is medical doctor and public health specialist from Ghana. He is the UNAIDS Multi-Country Director for the Caribbean. Send feedback to [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @RichardAmenyah and @UNAIDSCaribbean.

By Dr Richard Amenyah

Socio-cultural and religious norms and archaic policies and laws that criminalise and don’t protect the rights of vulnerable populations contribute significantly to the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean. These societal barriers are fault lines which allow inequalities to widen and fester as a canker.

The Caribbean is the second highest region globally, outside sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV is prevalent. A little under half of people in the region do not show acceptable attitudes to people living with HIV. This is happening within the context of significant progress the region is making in reducing new HIV infections by 28% between 2010 and 2021. AIDS-related deaths reduced by over half in the same period.

Can you imagine how this region would have performed without an environment with punitive laws, stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence?

It is important to identify and address the inequalities that exist in the region by promoting inclusion and respect for diversity. Building a just society involves understanding socio-cultural and gender norms and how they are changing and shaping how we interact to advance our civic, political, and economic rights. These norms, policies and practices affect how people access the services they need to safeguard their health, livelihood, and well-being and, importantly, enjoy their rights.

The Caribbean region cannot end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 without dealing with these societal barriers preventing the region from fulfilling the promise made by its leaders in the 2021 Political Declaration. This is how we build equal and just societies.

The focus of this year’s Zero Discrimination Day, which is observed annually on March 1, is on decriminalization and how it saves the lives of vulnerable and marginalized populations and people living with HIV (PLHIV).

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) believes criminal laws targeting key populations and people living with HIV violate their human rights, make them vulnerable, increase their risk to HIV transmission and exacerbate the stigma people face. This put people in danger by creating barriers to the support and services they need to protect their health. These are the key elements of structural inequalities which are unfortunately driving the HIV epidemic globally and therefore preventing people from realizing improvement in their health and wellbeing. The Caribbean is no exception. However, political leaders in the region can lead and show the world how being inclusive is a strength and not a weakness or threat to building an equal and just society committed to ending AIDS as a public health threat.

UNAIDS data show that 134 countries, including six in the Caribbean, still explicitly criminalize or otherwise prosecute HIV exposure, non-disclosure, or transmission. Twenty countries criminalize and/or prosecute transgender persons. Data show as well that 153 countries, including 14 countries from the Caribbean, criminalize at least one aspect of sex work and sixty-seven countries, including eight in the region, that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity. Furthermore, forty-eight countries, including five countries in the Caribbean, still place restrictions on entry into their territory for people living with HIV while 53 countries report that they require mandatory HIV testing, for example for marriage certificates or for performing certain professions. Finally, 106 countries require parental consent for adolescents to access HIV testing. All Caribbean countries apart from Guyana require parental consent for HIV testing. These legal and policy barriers are making it difficult for the world to close the chapter on the AIDS epidemic.

World leaders made a promise to address these difficult issues by agreeing for the first time to achieving the “10-10-10 targets.” They made a commitment that by 2025 less than 10% of countries would have punitive legal and policy environments that affect the HIV response; less than 10% of countries reporting stigma and discrimination against key populations and persons living with HIV and finally less than 10% of countries report gender-based violence against women and girls.

As we celebrate Zero Discrimination Day under the theme ”Save lives: Decriminalize”, we are reminded of these commitments. Punitive and discriminatory laws across the region are harmful, they help to strip people living with HIV and key populations of their rights and are inimical to accelerating the end of AIDS as a public health threat in the region. UNAIDS therefore calls on all Caribbean governments to re-commit to the principles of rights and take steps to fulfil their obligations to protect and promote human rights for all.

The Caribbean region can end the AIDS epidemic by improving the human rights environment through legal and policy reforms to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of vulnerable key populations and persons living with HIV to enhance access to critical health services they need. This is the pathway to building an equal and just society and to leave no one behind.

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Comedian Majah Hype Arrested In Georgia On Felony Charge

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Comedian Majah Hype was arrested in Georgia on felony and simple battery charges. Urban Islandz obtained arrest records showing that the famed comedian


Caribbean Travel News And Deals

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 25, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

The Jamaican government SAys It Will remove visa-free transit for Cubans .Presently Cubans are allowed to transit through Jamaica forup to three days .the Ministry of National Security said the allowance will bediscontinuedon March 13th.

American Airlines Has been forced to apologize to the leaders of Trinidad andTobago as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines For an incident in Guyana. Earlier this month, the airline refused the courtesy of check-in procedures to be conducted on their behalf through a VIP lounge located at Cheddi Jagan International Airport for a flight from Georgetown (Guyana) to Miami.

Grenada continues to build out its sports tourism pillar in 2023. Grenada will host the highly anticipated Grenada versus USA football match in the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League international football tournament on March 24, 2023 at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium in Grenada.

The Bahamas Has Teamed With Hidden World To shine a spotlight on Ocean Conservation. The “Our Ocean, Our Future” event will be available through 4 March, 2023 n the heart of Wynwood’s art district in Miami. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: ourhiddenworlds.com/bahamas.

Come March 12th, interCaribbean airways will offer direct flights From St. Kitts to Barbados . The SKB to Barbados (BGI) flight will fly three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with capacity for 30 travellers. Additionally, the BGI service offers one stop connecting flights to Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Georgetown, Guyana.

Cape Air has begun flying from St. Thomas, USVI to Nevis. Daily flights from Nevis to St. Thomas will depart at 10:15 am and arrive at 11:34 am on flight number 7361. There will be an additional flight from Nevis to St. Thomas on Sundays which will depart at 10:15 am and will arrive at 11:34 am on flight number 7362.

This week’s deal is Four nights In St. Maarten at the Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa – All Inclusive if travelling from Dallas, Texas from April 22 – 26. 4 nights hotel + flight is now as low as $1,283 per person. Book HERE

And Fly from Dallas, Fort Worth Texas to Montego Bay, Jamaica from April 16-19th for an All Inclusive experience at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay. Book HERE


STDF, IICA launch project to promote reduced pesticide residue in agricultural exports from 12 LAC countries

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Maracuja in RIVERA . Department of Huila. COLOMBIA

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) launched a project to promote the use of biopesticides and integrated pest control options on crops exported from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with a view to improving compliance with pesticide Maximum Residue Limits and facilitating international agricultural trade.

The project–Mitigating Pesticide Residues in Latin America Using Biopesticides–will be implemented over a three-year period in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

An investment of more than US$1.8 million will fund the project, which is aiming to improve product access to international markets, by mitigating chemical residues through the use of biopesticides at the end of the crop growth cycle, thereby complying with established global trade standards.

It was developed to support the establishment of a regional training center on pesticide residue and biopesticides, as well as to develop soft skills. It is also aiming to assist countries to develop harmonized regulations on biopesticides at the regional level; to generate data on residues; and to improve knowledge on how to interpret the resulting data (residue mitigation studies).

Its implementation will include the development of a regional strategy to improve the supply of phytosanitary products for minor crops and the creation of a communication program to promote the use of biopesticides among farmers.

The project was launched virtually, enjoying the participation of technical officers from the region’s phytosanitary services and from research and extension institutions in 10 of the 12 countries, in addition to representatives from private sector entities involved in the initiative and other strategic partners.

Catalina Pulido, Economic Affairs Officer of the Fund, maintained that, “This project addresses an issue that we consider to be very important: residue mitigation in order to abide by maximum limits and therefore to access international markets, which speaks to the purpose of the STDF itself”.

“Global trade and food value chains are continuously expanding, hand in hand with safety requirements for food products”, she remarked. There is also growing evidence of the speed in which pests and animal diseases can cross borders and create damage and of the negative effects of phytosanitary capacity limitations on exports, employment and economic development”.

On the other hand, Ana Marisa Cordero, Manager of IICA’s Agricultural Health, Safety and Agrifood Quality program, remarked that, “We hope to achieve the stated objectives, promoting more and better tools for our agriculture sector. We thank the STDF for selecting IICA as a strategic partner for this project, which we will develop with the countries, aiming to facilitate food trade and to generate and adopt new, modern, science-based standards”.

Project beneficiaries will include selected producers and exporters, biopesticide manufacturers, the official regulatory sector and extension institutions in the 12 participating countries”.

IICA will execute the project with the support of the Minor Use Foundation (MUF); the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4), which is the agricultural program of the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREE); the National University of Colombia (UNAL); the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and the University of Costa Rica.

Private sector partners include CropLife, Avance Pasiflora, Bioprotecci?n Global and the Colombian Association of Bioinputs (Asobiocol).

“This is a most ambitious project and we must work together to move it forward”, stressed Adriana Casta?eda, manager of the project.

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FREE ARTICLE: The war on Ukraine is now a global war

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(The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States of America and the Organization of American States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto)

By Sir Ronald Sanders

The people of Ukraine are the principal victims of the unjustified and unprovoked war, launched against them by Russia on February 24, 2022. But in the year since then, it has become clear that other victims – on a different scale – have been all the nations of the world, particularly the small, poor and powerless.

When the Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, the global economy was still struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that had battered economies around the world, especially those of developing countries. The supply of food and other goods had been severely affected by border closures, ships trapped in ports, airplanes grounded, and the resultant high costs of scarce goods. One year later the global economy is in much worse shape as a consequence of Russia’s war. Inflation rates are soaring and the cost of living everywhere has increased dramatically. These rising costs of finance, energy and food, and a debt burden that has expanded, have pushed some countries to the edge of bankruptcy.

In a real sense, therefore, the Russian war is a war against the world, and while the people of Ukraine are the main sufferers, the peoples of other countries have not been spared. This war is no longer a “European war”, nor is it only a contest for supremacy between Russia and the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is a war that engulfs every nation with grave consequences.

When Russia embarked on its war against Ukraine, it violated sacred principles that are enshrined in the United Nations Charter. Those principles, which are highly valued by small and powerless states, are sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity.

As one of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, which has responsibility for collective security, the Russian government was well aware of these principles. Yet, with no justification for its aggression and no provocation, it launched its war on Ukraine. Today, it stands responsible for the humanitarian crisis that its actions have caused in Ukraine, including rape and murder of civilians, and destruction of civilian objects and the natural environment.

The world community depends upon a rules-based system for collective international security, and to ensure that order prevails in a predictable way to avoid wars and economic chaos. It is in the interest of every country in the international community, including those that are powerful in military and economic terms, to adhere always to a system of rules. For, while short-term national objectives might be achieved by breaking the rules, eventually such actions are not sustainable.

By its aggression in Ukraine, Russia has significantly weakened the rules-based system upon which the world depends, particularly the small, the poor who are the least resilient.

The war is having an enormous impact on the global supply chain, impeding the flow of goods, fuelling huge increases in the cost of food creating catastrophic food shortages. There are now protests and riots in many parts of the world over the rising cost of living and the immense difficult people face in trying to make ends meet. These protests and riots are directed at their own governments, even though none of these conditions were a result of any policy decision taken or implemented by them.

Many governments, around the world, are now hapless victims of Russia’s decision to wage a war against Ukraine. Further, having already accumulated a heavy debt burden, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in interest rates in global commercial market, have rendered debt unpayable, except by diverting money from domestic social welfare and capital projects. These governments now find themselves having to pay high interests on new loans. Many are spending as much as 45 per cent of their export earnings to service existing debt obligations. Some will fail, and the world might be confronted with yet another debt crisis.

Let it be said, however, that the greatest victims in terms of loss of lives and livelihoods, and the decimation of their country are the Ukrainians. They are fighting for their identity, their territory and their survival. They deserve the admiration and support of the world for their courage, their strength and their resistance.

Right now, the world needs peace to overcome the immediate harmful effects of this war; lasting peace is what the world will need to recover from the impact of the war on their economies and their people. More than anything else, the world needs renewed commitment by every nation to end the scourge of war, and to renew inclusionary engagement on supporting peace, including economic stability and predictability, and an end to dealing with territorial claims peacefully and within international law.

Russia needs that peace as much as Ukraine and the rest of the world. A great deal of Russian treasure is being spent on this war, which, after a year, has not given Russia the swift victory its government expected. The lives of Russian soldiers are being lost, and Russians are fleeing their country, depriving it of needed skills and talent. Russia, like Ukraine, will also suffer a prolonged period of agony, whenever the war ends, before it can recover from this unprovoked war.

Ending the war swiftly and returning to the principles of the UN Charter, are in every country’s interest.

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