“There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terrorism.”
– Karl Marx, “The Victory of the Counter-Revolution in Vienna”, Neue Rheinische Zeitung, Nov. 7, 1848.
“Among all the nations and sub-nations of Austria, only three standard-bearers of progress took an active part in history, and are still capable of life — the Germans, the Poles and the Magyars. Hence they are now revolutionary. All the other large and small nationalities and peoples are destined to perish before long in the revolutionary war-storm. … [A general war will] wipe out all these racial trash down to their very names. The next world war will result in the disappearance from the face of the earth not only of reactionary classes and dynasties, but also of entire reactionary peoples. And that, too, is a step forward.”
– Friedrich Engels, “The Magyar Struggle,” Neue Rheinische Zeitung, January 13, 1849.
“We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.”
– V.I. Lenin, “Lessons of the Moscow Uprising”, Proletary, No.2, 29 August 1906.
“For us, we were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the ‘sacredness of human life’.
– Leon Trotsky, Terror and Communism 1920 (Toned-down for the Western audiences as Dictatorship Versus Democracy, Workers Party of America, 1922, p.63.)
Lots of headlines about Bitcoin. Lots of things *about* to happen. This is one of the more positive thing, but let’s wait and see whether it becomes a reality.
The first draft of a bill to legalize all cryptocurrency transactions in Ukraine has been submitted to its Parliament. Initiated by a group of deputies, the bill proposes to define cryptocurrencies including bitcoin as legal properties which can be exchanged for goods and services.
Lenin – “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
former KGB Spy Yuri Bezmenov – “Ideological subversion … or psychological warfare … change[s] the perception of reality … to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.”
n the former Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, established mainstream Jewish groups are increasingly worried that Chabad, the international Hasidic movement, is allying itself with authoritarian governments.
In countries from Hungary to Russia, they say, Chabad is at times playing down anti-Semitism in a bid to compete with local Jewish groups and win access to financial resources and political influence.
Chabad, in turn, says that mainstream groups are too embroiled in secular and political issues, including polarizing disputes about democracy and civil liberties, at the expense of guarding core communal Jewish interests of physical security and Jewish religious freedom. In some cases, Chabad officials say, these establishment groups are also corrupt.
The increasing tensions between Chabad and more established Jewish groups are playing out in different ways in different countries. Each case is unique:
*In Russia, Vladimir Putin has for years favored Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazar over the long-established chief rabbi of Russia, Adolf Shayevich. Shayevich aligned with a Jewish umbrella group that sought to keep its distance from the government in the post-Communist era. Lazar has been more supportive.
*In Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling hard-right Law and Justice party, met in August with two Chabad representatives and the leader of a third Jewish group in a get-together that state media portrayed as a discussion with the community. Leaders of major groups who wrote Kaczyński about their fears of rising anti-Semitism in Poland were not invited.
*In Hungary, prominent Jews and non-Jews have criticized President Viktor Orbán for using anti-Semitic tropes in his extended national campaign against the American financier George Soros. A senior Hungarian Chabad rabbi, however, has defended Orbán.
Chabad, for its part, strongly defends its conception of and approach to Jewish interests. “When you start, as a representative of the community, mixing Jewish issues with political issues, even if they’re social, and saying you represent the whole Jewish community, it doesn’t work very well and is frankly dangerous,” one Chabad official in the United States said. “You’re mixing politics with what’s in the interest of the Jewish community.” Speaking on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly, he explained: “Anti-Semitism is an issue for the Jewish community. Other rights are issues all [citizens] must grapple with, not the Jewish community uniquely.”
Founded in 1775 in what is today Belarus, Chabad-Lubavitch saw its ranks decimated after the Holocaust. But over the past decades, the movement, with its headquarters relocated to Brooklyn after World War II, has become a global force. Thousands of its emissaries, known as schlichim, are reaching out to Jews of all persuasions, on American college campuses and in outposts around the world.
“Chabad plays an outsized role” in post-Communist Eastern Europe, said David Shneer, professor of history, religious studies and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. And Chabad, he said, “works with governments that allow Judaism to be practiced no matter their political orientation.”
I have not had time to look through this stuff, but here it is:
A team of investigative journalists who have frequently exposed corruption by public officials in Ukraine has reported unexplained surveillance of one of their journalists. According to Natalya Sedletska, Chief Editor of Skhemy: Corruption in Detail, this is not the first time they have noticed suspicious activities targeting their journalists, but the surveillance has never before been so brazen. Since the motives and identity of the men following Oleksandr Chornovalov are unclear, they have lodged a report with the police and are making their concerns public.
Skhemy is a joint project by Radio Svoboda and Ukraine’s UTV-1, and the report of the surveillance has been published on the Radio Svoboda website. There have been at least three such incidents of late, the journalists say.
On the evening of October 17, Chornovalov noticed that he was being followed by two young men as he returned home by metro from the Skhemy office in the centre of Kyiv. After he saw them behaving strangely in the train, when they pointed their telephone cameras at him several times, he decided to get out early at Pecherska Station. The two also got out, at which point Chornovalov went up to them and asked why they were following him. They didn’t say anything, and later, when he got out his telephone to photograph them, they began turning away and hiding behind a column on the platform. He says that as soon as a train arrived, they jumped in, although this was a train going in the opposite direction.
The journalists have since checked the CCTV footage from near their own building, and it is clear that the two men followed Chornovalov when he left their office.
The following morning, he left the house with his child whom he was taking to school and was again followed, this time by one man. The CCTV camera at his apartment block shows that the person was standing for a while near the entrance, and set off after Chornovalov as soon as he and his child came out. He followed him right up to the metro station but did not enter it.
Chornovalov together with other colleagues have also noticed people hovering around the Radio Svoboda office. When staff have tried to talk to or photograph them, they simply walk off, without giving any explanation.
Sedletska reports that in parallel to Chornovalov’s official report to the police, Skhemy are carrying out their own investigation into who could be behind this.
With the killing in July 2016 of renowned journalist and former prisoner of conscience Pavel Sheremet still unsolved, there is every reason for vigilance and concern from the journalists.
On the other hand, since Chornovalov has been working for Skhemy since it was launched in 2014, such open surveillance must inevitably draw attention once again to the objects of the investigative journalists’ probes.
He visited Kyiv. We talked. I did my best:
Alyona Zaitseva, 20, will be detained for two months pending an investigation despite an appeal to allow her multi-millionaire father to compensate her victims and their families.
Why isn’t communism the reference point for evil? They killed 20 million before Nazis ever existed. 100 million after Nazism was vanquished.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly buried evidence tying the Clinton Foundation to a Russian bribery scheme underway as the Obama administration decided whether or not to give Moscow control over U.S. uranium reserves.
FBI officials collected evidence of a Russian bribery scheme that started as early as 2009, including “an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow,” The Hill reported Tuesday. . . .
Rosatom began its Uranium One takeover in 2009, and U.S. officials approved the Uranium One take over in October 2010. The takeover gave Russia control over 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves.
The merger lasted through 2013, and during that time donations from the charitable foundation of Uranium One’s chairman donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Former President Bill Clinton also got $500,000 for a speech he gave in Moscow shortly after Rosatom announced its plans to take control of the Canadian mining company. Clinton was paid by a “Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock,” The New York Times reported in 2015.