On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved a bill backing loan guarantees for the neofascist Timoshenko junta. The measure passed in a 385-23 vote. The US Senate shall consider a similar bill backing 1 billion USD (36.12 billion Roubles. 1.1 billion CAD. 1.1 billion AUD. 722 million Euros. 598 million UK Pounds) in loan guarantees next week. If it passes the Senate, as expected, it’d go to the White House for US President Barack Obama to sign into law.
The Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (ARK) formed its own governmental bodies independent of the Timoshenko junta, as provided by a resolution passed at an emergency session of the Supreme Soviet of the ARK (VS ARK). According to a VS ARK media release, the ARK established its own ministries of justice, internal affairs, emergency situations, industrial policies, fuel and energy, and information and mass communications. It also formed its own Genprokuratura, special services, customs, tax, and prison services, and established social funds independent of those held by the junta. The VS ARK statement said, “we adopted this resolution with the aim to improve management of the social and economic development of the ARK, to optimise the executive organs, to guarantee the rights and freedoms of ARK residents, ethnic and civic accord, law, order and public security, as well as to ensure effective and well-coordinated operation of the executive authorities”.
After the seizure of Kiev’s City Hall, the first thing that the rioters did was to hang flags and insignia everywhere. Amongst them, one could easily see swastikas, Iron Crosses, Nazi SS lightning bolts, and the Celtic cross used by the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the “Stars and Bars” flag used by American slaveholders. It turns out that the “Stars n’ Bars” and the Klan cross are well-known symbols all over the world. The first association that they bring to mind is racism, followed by impressions of unwarranted terror, of oppression, and surely, of persecution of all people of colour struggling for a better life. It seemed like racists from around the world travelled to Kiev for a massive celebration. Everywhere you go on the streets, you see people with these symbols on their clothes. These people destroyed memorials and sacred places, beat people on the streets, burned books, and vandalised the KPU offices. During the Maidan events, they destroyed 25 statues of Lenin. Some of them required the use of heavy equipment, which these terrorists scrounged up somehow. There is multiple video evidence of their actions; it shows vandalism and disrespect of Ukrainian history.
We don’t need to tell you that symbols carry a message… and that people around the world understand their message. Sometimes, symbols urge people to begin a political or revolutionary movement. For instance, many streets and towns bear the names of great historic figures in liberation movements, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in recent times, most countries tried to eliminate any trace or reminder of injustice, any sign of racism, trying to bury it, as well as to ensure that we punish people who support this kind of ideology, as they oppress other people. However, it seems that the recent Ukrainian events derailed that movement.
Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, boasted that Washington committed more than 5 billion USD (181 billion Roubles. 5.5 billion CAD. 5.5 billion AUD. 3.6 billion Euros. 2.99 billion UK Pounds) to these “democratic forces” in the Ukraine. Nuland, along with other American diplomats and German politicians publicly supported racist elements in the Ukraine. They aren’t ashamed of their public support and favourable attitude towards the neo-Nazis of Svoboda and the Right Sector. They’re ready to give financial help to them. One would think that publicly hanging Confederate flags and fascist symbols is proof enough and warning enough to stay away from factions so obviously anti-democratic and intolerant, yet, Western politicians claim that they know better.
Russian EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov told Russian journalists in Brussels after Thursday’s early EU summit devoted to the Ukrainian crisis that the EU uses double standards in interpreting the Ukrainian Constitution, saying, “It looks rather strange that the EU assumed the right to interpret the Ukrainian Constitution at its own discretion to declare that the forthcoming referendum in the Crimea contradicts it, making it illegitimate. I’d advise everybody to be very careful when speaking about referendums. After all, they’re direct expressions of the people’s will. In all other respects, it’s still unsettled. The referendum isn’t very far away, just ten days from now. We should look at the results first. If the EU were genuinely concerned over whether the current events correspond with the Ukrainian constitution, then, it would’ve easily seen that in both Ukrainian constitutions, whether it be the 2010 version or the earlier 2004 version, whether it stipulated a presidential republic or a mixed parliamentary-presidential republic, just as in the constitutions of most other states, there exists a certain procedure for removing the head of state from power. That is, there are three options… the president can die, he can resign, or the legislature can impeach him. As far as it involves Yanukovich, none of the above applies. The only way that one can claim that the current authorities in Kiev are legitimate is if one turns a blind eye to the facts”.
7 March 2014
Voice of Russia World Service
I hate to spoil the party, but I see a facet of the aid bill that the US government is ramming through the US Congress. You see, Republicans want to ease environmental restrictions on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage and transit, if not abolish them completely. They’re claiming that if the EPA eases or eliminates such restrictions, then, the USA would be able to supply all the Ukraine’s natural gas needs. That’s a crock… such moves wouldn’t be in time to save the junta… but the Republicans are cynically using this situation to advance this ploy (an old congressional trick, isn’t it? The US Congress isn’t the world standard for corruption and chicanery for nothing). It’s getting no play in the lamestream media, either Fox or CNN. I’ll betcha that Sir Rush won’t say a word about this either! He loves his Koch Brothers millions too much, doesn’t he? Pass this around… it’s the most important takeaway from the vote.
By the way, the aid package and the one proposed by the EU are shams. From the top, over 75 percent of the money must go to pay off the Ukraine’s foreign debt. That is, Western banks get their pound of flesh… the Ukrainian junta gets no real cash infusion… but they’re stuck with the bill and the interest. That’s low, kids… its crapitalist Three Card Monte at its finest… no one EVER wins at that game… except for the dealer. Reflect on that.