I confess this hadn't really occurred to me since the drumbeat of western media tends to drown everything else out. Not everyone wants to make Putin an economic pariah over the Ukraine war The United States and its European allies, with the backing of close partners such as Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea, have imposed harsh sanctions on Russia. Those measures are pummeling the Russian economy, crashing the ruble and driving some of the world’s best-known brands to exit the country. But not everyone is on board with imposing full-on pariah status on Putin. “Beyond this fortified coalition, very few nations have chosen to take part in the economic warfare set against the Putin government,” David Adler, general coordinator of Progressive International, a group that promotes left-leaning organizations and causes, wrote in a March 10 op-ed in Britain’s Guardian newspaper. He likened the grouping of countries that want to chart their own course regarding Russia to the Nonaligned Movement that sprang up in the postcolonial 1950s, eschewing allegiance with any major power bloc. In referring to “world giants” that have chosen to not fully repudiate the Russian leader, Zakharova was principally referring to China, which the Biden administration is trying to dissuade from giving wartime aid to Moscow. But some of the world’s most populous states — India, Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico among them — are also signaling a desire to maintain trade ties and other links with Russia while declaring impartiality on the war. So by population, if not GDP, most of the world, including the world's most populated countries, are impartial. This calls into question how effective the sanctions will be if only Western Europe and the Anglophone nations are actually using them. Is anyone curious why Mexico isn't enforcing sanctions against Russia?