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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Mothers Block Road in Lvov Oblast in Protest

00 Lvov Protest 01. 20.07.14


Gromadske TV reported, “Near Lvov, villagers from Gamilovka, mostly women, blocked the Kiev-Chop highway, as a protest against their sons having to fight in the Donbass. The key demand of the villagers was that they wanted the authorities to send all wounded soldiers back home”.

20 July 2014

Rossiya Segodnya



This is in Lvov Oblast, in the heart of the Galician Uniate heartland. The junta’s in the deep doo-doo, and all of Obama’s horses and all of McCain’s men can’t pull them out again. It’s a matter of time…


Friday, 4 April 2014

Police Disperse Anti-Austerity Protesters with Water Cannons in Brussels

00 trades union rally in Brussel. 04.04.14


Around 15,000 people participated in a European Trade Union Confederation anti-austerity rally in Brussels. Activists threw oranges and cobblestones at police, who closed off the area to traffic and fired water cannons at demonstrators. Bernadette Segol, the General Secretary of ETUC, said, “Our message is simple; it’s one which EU leaders don’t want to hear… that their policies for dealing with the financial crisis aren’t enough, they’ve caused a mounting social and economic crisis. Our message is that austerity isn’t working”. She pointed up that although EU leaders acted as if the crisis was over, “they haven’t yet tackled the crisis of unemployment and poverty”.


The Belgian police acted more harshly than the Ukrainian police did… does that mean that the EU will demand that the Belgian government resign and depose the King and Prime Minister in a CIA-fomented coup? Will the EU call the Belgian government “illegitimate” for using force against peaceful protestors (in its “home city”, no less!)? Methinks that not only do double standards exist in the West; in particular, they’re remarkably blatant and corrosive in the USA. After all, Rick Perry puts more people to death in a year than Yanukovich did in his entire term (in fact, his cosiness to tycoons and his reputation for corruption exceeds that of “The Family” in the Ukraine… fancy that)… I’d ask, “Why isn’t Mr Perry deposed for his callous disregard of human rights? Why isn’t Texas invaded for its tolerance and fostering of a culture of violence, both in the private and the state sphere?” Yes, indeed…

None dare call it hypocrisy…


4 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service


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Friday, 14 February 2014

14 February 2014. Two Maps to Help You Understand the Unfolding Ukrainian Crisis

00 Ukraine 01. ethnolinguistic map. 13.02.14


00 Ukraine 02. Per Capita Income map. 13.02.14


These two maps will clear away a few of the cobwebs laid by the Western media. Note how the east and south are HEAVILY Russian… these areas would NEVER join the EU. Also notice how the “Ukrainian” areas are poorer than the Russian areas are… that is, the loudmouthed ultra-nationalists depend on money from the Russian areas… fancy that! 

The Ukrainian SSR was the jewel in the crown of the USSR… its wealth and per capita income were ABOVE those of the RSFSR. Today, it’s turned on its head, they’ve flipped positions. Why? You must understand that Western corporations raped the Ukraine, using diaspora Ukrainians (mainly Uniates) as their willing agents. These greedster outsiders came in and gathered up the profits made in the Ukraine and took it all abroad. They bought off the local politicos… so, the Ukrainian economy‘s lifeblood flowed out of the country, impoverishing it (much as godless greedy pigs like Wee Willy Romney rape the USA). After a generation of such legalised theft, the Ukraine is an economic basket-case… it needs either Russian or EU aid to survive, let alone thrive. The Little Russian people don’t deserve this. However, it’s what the West wants… they’re cheap wetback labour for the West, dontcha know. In fact, most of the recent ethnic Russian immigrants here in the USA came from the Ukraine, not the Russian Federation… the economy there collapsed, so, they had to find work SOMEWHERE. Interestingly enough, most of the new immigrants aren’t Uniates or schismatic Orthodox… they’re either legit Orthodox  or sectarians.

The Ukraine is trembling on the brink of a breakup. The Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK) secured the Perekop, and has all entry points guarded. You don’t hear about it in the Western media, but the Russian East will NOT take part in an oppo government that wants to lie down and be fucked by the West. The Soviet Ukraine was never an ethnographic reality… it was a composite of several nationalities, which made it easier to rule. After 1991, this meant that no serious “nation-building” was possible. The Ukraine is going to disintegrate along linguistic and confessional lines. The Russian and Orthodox East shall go to Russia, whilst the Uniate and Ukrainian West will go to the EU. The present imbroglio is over who gets the central Ukraine.

RIP Ukraine… it’s sad… Western businessmen never gave them a real fighting chance (they stole away their substance and treasure, giving them NOTHING in return). They’re real victims of the crapitalist delusion…


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Will the Ukraine Split in Two?

00 Kiev riots. 13.02.14


Not for the first time, the question arises of the Ukraine possibly splitting into two parts… West and East. It seems that history itself gives the answer to this question. Despite the fact that Ukrainians voted for different candidates and that their cultural differences are clearly visible today, the Eastern Ukraine, which earlier belonged to the Russian Empire, and the Western Ukraine, which earlier was under Austria-Hungary, Poland, and Romania, have lived in peace in one state for 20 years now. This state of affairs was to the liking of the post-Soviet Russian élite; in fact, they gave up claims to the Crimea, which wasn’t part of the Ukraine until the time of Khrushchyov, for the sake of stability and calm in the neighbourhood. The Ukraine’s unity wasn’t called into question by its citizens either… nationalists living in the Western Ukraine regarded the Ukrainian nation’s unification into a single state… the result of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact… as a benefit, and Eastern Ukrainian businessmen had nothing against “Europe” and “independence”.

From the first, the EU and the USA didn’t stop reminding the Eastern and Western Ukraine about their differences, about their alleged irreconcilability. During the second round of the Maidan events (the first round was in 2004, when supporters of Viktor Yushchenko went on protests, to make him the President of the Ukraine), this confrontation reached its peak. However, before that, EU and American media outlets, supposedly civilised, pictured Eastern Ukrainians as not fully human. Once, Newsweek even used the term ‘homo sovieticus’, which Aleksandr Zinovyev, a Russian academic, invented for other uses. Denis Kiryukhin, a specialist at the Kiev Centre for Political Studies and Conflict Management, said, “Now, the success of its propaganda frightens the EU… feral sorts came to the fore in the Western Ukrainian opposition, who can cause the EU much trouble if there were ‘European Integration’. The ideological intention of the ultras and radicals is to conduct a thoroughgoing revolution in the country, to establish a dictatorship based on nationality, and not carrying out a state coup. Their ideology posits an ethnocracy, with ethnic Ukrainians lording it over all others”.

Sowing seeds of discord between Russian-speakers and Ukrainian–speakers in the Ukraine was a very difficult, but achievable, task, as the events of the past 10 years showed. The “Orange government” of Yushchenko and Timoshenko, as well as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich‘s behaviour to please local nationalists added much to the discord-sowing process. At the least, Yanukovich was several years late with his statement about extremists in the country, which he made some time ago. The point is that the young people who threw Molotov cocktails at the cops, and who occupied Kiev with neo-Nazi slogans written on their banners, needed time to mature. They studied at schools and institutes… now, it’s clear why the opposition offered a fierce resistance to the reforms of Education Minister Dmitri Tabachnik. His attempts to return Russian classical literature to Ukrainian schools hampered the maturing of all those who fight now under the slogan, “The Ukraine Above All!” This is nothing but the Nazi slogan “Deutschland über alles” translated into Ukrainian. As you might remember, during last year’s heated debates about the language law, both the EU and the USA took the side of the Ukrainian nationalists. Thus, figuratively speaking, they drove a wedge into the Ukraine, where relative ethnic peace reigned supreme for many years, but the Ukrainian authorities ignored it.

Today, the Nationalists strive for absolute power over the entire Ukraine. They don’t merely want to run the cabinet of ministers or even to take over the presidency. They want to control both the legislative and the executive power. To meet this aim, they want new elections and they wish the reinstitution of the 2004 Constitution, as nationalists believer it’ll weaken Yanukovich. However, there’s a complication… the Ukraine is a centralised state; officials in Kiev decide almost everything. Therefore, if ethnocentric nationalists seized absolute power in Kiev, the Russian-speaking eastern regions would secede. Professor Valery Solovey, of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, noted, “The presidential side can try to federalise the Ukraine now. Even though it’s a risky affair, it can end beneficial. It isn’t a slavish return to the 2004 Constitution, but it adds amendments to the Constitution establishing the Ukraine as a federal state with a corresponding restriction of central authority in the regions”.

In 2005, when the EU and the USA pulled out a victory in the presidential election for Viktor Yushchenko, the Party of Regions attempted to establish autonomy in the eastern regions. Then, they weren’t successful because the Ukrainian élite and Ukrainian oligarchs struck a bargain to divide power and capital. It’s very doubtful whether they’d be able to do the same now. Oligarchs can enjoy power only when the grassroots are relatively passive. Like ships in olden days, oligarchs can pour oil on troubled waters, and, in this way, smooth out small waves around their business liners. However, when the masses roil into a rage, no oil can save anyone’s life from the waves on this ocean, and the oligarchs with all their capital and all the corrupt officials could end up on the rocks. That’s the exact situation gelling now. The genie of Ukrainian nationalism is out of the bottle… it’s impossible to push it back in.

In conclusion, we can say the following. At present, centrifugal forces in Ukrainian society aren’t strong enough yet to pull the state apart. Both western and eastern regions realise that if the country split, the east would immediately fall under EU and American sanctions, and the west would fail as a state without eastern subsidies. Russia takes a neutral and balanced position in this conflict between the Ukrainian west and east, but still the European media accuse Russia of interfering in the situation. Nevertheless, centrifugal forces might receive a strong impetus from nationalists on the Maidan, from the EU dallying with nationalists, and from Yatsenyuk and Klichko trying to ride on the nationalist wave. If the Ukraine falls apart, it’ll be on their conscience.

5 February 2014

Dmitri Babich

Voice of Russia World Service



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