“We are happy that people are going [abroad] and gaining experience, but we also want our diaspora in the US to be able to return, and so we are working on a dual citizenship reform,” Zelensky said.
In the president’s opinion, in order to encourage Ukrainians to remain in the country or to return, Ukraine needs foreign investments and the creation of new jobs.
“One of the things that we are most proud of is Ukrainians and their intellectual level, but many of them are in other countries, including Canada, Poland and Germany. If they are leaving due to unemployment, we need investors to create jobs, so that Ukrainians will stay… Investors anywhere in the world always have two key questions: How is my money being protected, and who will do the work? We have an answer to the second question: There are many qualified people in Ukraine. But we need to give a decisive answer to the first question,” Zelensky remarked.
He pointed out that Ukraine’s current parliament has already passed around 80 laws to improve the investment climate during its first two and a half months.
The president also noted that Ukraine has a big privatization plan, and intends to destroy monopolies in the gas and distillery sectors.
The European Parliament has finally taken a stand against rising state-backed homophobia in Poland, where more than 80 towns have declared themselves “LGBTQ-free zones” amid a heated culture war over gay rights.
MEPs voted by 463 votes to 107 Wednesday in favor of a resolution condemning discrimination against LGBTQ people in Poland, and explicitly calling on the Polish government to revoke discriminatory measures such as the “LGBTQ-free zones,” established by dozens of conservative local authorities that have symbolically declared themselves free from “LGBTQ ideology.”
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Gay rights have become a hot-button issue in Poland this year since the ruling right-wing populist Law and Justice made its opposition to “LGBTQ ideology” a central platform of its campaigns for national and European elections. The party’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, echoed by Catholic hardliners, nationalist groups and state-run media, has painted gay rights as a dangerous, alien ideology — imported from the decadent, liberal West — that threatens the traditional, Catholic family unit.
Law and Justice chairman Jarosław Kaczyński, Poland’s de facto leader, warned in April of an “imported” LGBTQ movement that “threatens our identity, our nation… and therefore the Polish state.” In October’s elections, his party was returned to power comfortably with 44 percent of the vote.
Ukraine categorically condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and pays homage to the victims of the Holocaust on a state level. It also does not intend to forego paying respect to the people who fought for Ukraine’s independence, whose names have been tarnished by Soviet propaganda, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Israeli ambassador recently accused Ukraine of glorifying Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk, two leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which had an anti-Semitic component to its views.
“Ukraine decisively condemns all forms of intolerance and anti-Semitism, and the organs of government on all levels make an effort to combat their manifestations. This has also been recognized by influential international and non-governmental organizations, as well as the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Such an appraisal coincides with those given by Ukraine’s Jewish community and the national non-governmental advocacy organizations,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, January 14.
The department emphasized that preserving the historical memory of the Holocaust tragedy will remain a part of Ukraine’s state policy, as well as the “restoration of historical justice regarding the people who fought for the Independence of our state and whose memory the Soviet Union’s propaganda machine smeared in its own interests”.
“Civilized nations should proceed from the principle of honoring all the dead, and the discussion in this area should proceed on the level of historians and experts, and not politicians,” the ministry continued.
On January 1 in Kyiv, Lviv and other Ukrainian cities there were traditional torchlight processions on the 111th birthday of OUN leader Stepan Bandera. Polish Ambassador Bartosz Cichocki and Israeli Ambassador Joel Lion made a joint statement condemning the “glorification” of OUN leaders Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk, whom they alleged were complicit in the killing of Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
I think it is Latvian, but I’m not certain.
ROME — Christian sites in Europe suffered a record number of attacks in the year 2019, with some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments vandalized, looted, or defaced.
Reports compiling the anti-Christian acts during the year document a range of profanation including arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, Satanism, theft, urination, and vandalism.
“Sadly, 2019 was punctuated by increasing incidents of desecration and vandalism of churches around Europe, along with the 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which captured worldwide attention,” the director of The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, Ellen Fantini, told Breitbart News on Saturday.
“In most instances the perpetrators of these acts were unidentified, but the Observatory has documented that churches and other symbols of Christianity in Europe are targets for many groups — from Islamists to radical feminists, LGBT activists to anarchists and self-proclaimed Satanists,” Ms. Fantini said.
In all, some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019, making it a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege.
The greatest number of acts of violence against Christian sites have occurred in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments “are being vandalized, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day,” according to reports citing government statistics.
Germany is not far behind, with attacks against Christian churches happening at an average rate of two per day. Meanwhile, attacks on Christian churches and symbols regularly occurred in 2019 in Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and Spain as well.
While the violence overwhelmingly involves Roman Catholic sites and symbols, in Germany, Protestant churches have also been targeted.
Police and mainstream media almost always censor information about the identities and ethnic backgrounds of the perpetrators, so it is difficult to get a clear idea as to who is committing the crimes and the motives behind them — especially when they are religiously driven.
The New York Times is now reporting that Russian hackers from the military unit known as the GRU “successfully” targeted Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas company that Hunter Biden was paid millions of dollars for as a board member.
“The attacks were successful,” according to a Silicon Valley security firm told the Times.
According to the New York Times, the Russian hackers began targeting Burisma’s servers in November as House impeachment hearings were in full swing.
The paper claims that the hackers were searching for potentially embarrassing material against Joe and Hunter Biden.
Ukrainian Oligarch Kryvetski (who is associated with Ukr-Spirit government alcohol monopoly) owns a resort called Edem Resort. I’ve actually stayed there once. It’s okay. A little aspirational — wealth and ostentation masquerading as refinement.
Anyway, it seems they’re using the land-for-veterans program to get around a moratorium on construction and expansion. As I understand, the land-for-veterans thing was designed for corruption. Everything veteran can claim not one plot of land, but five or six:
another agricultural plot
a vacation home
a garage or storage unit
China displaced Russia last year as Ukraine’s top single nation trading partner, according to trade statistics for the first 10 months of the year. China-Ukraine trade was $10.5 billion, 21% more than the Russia-Ukraine trade, which was $8.6 billion. In the last weeks of the Poroshenko administration, bilateral trade sanctions were increased. To duck sanctions, much trade between Russia and Ukraine passes through Belarus. After Germany at $7 billion and Poland at $6.2 billion, Belarus came in as Ukraine’s 5th largest trading partner, with $4.4 billion.
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Olena Lytvynenko, the Kyiv Region judge who tried to ground Ukraine’s low-cost airline SkyUp last May, has been fired by the High Council of Justice. Lytvynenko tried to ground the airline based on the complaint of a local woman, Oksana Pasenko. RFE’s Scheme reporters soon discovered the flight did not exist, that Pasenko did not have a passport, and that she had never flown on an airplane. It is not clear if a bribe was made to the judge.
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Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine.
In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records.
The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made most of his money in the two years leading up to his wife’s election in 2018.
Kolomoisky has been accused of contract killings and embezzlement in the past. Yet, in 2018 when Mucarsel-Powell was running for her seat, she did not see her husband’s work as relevant to her campaign.
The Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after takeoff from Tehran was downed due to “human error” after it flew too close to a military site and triggered a missile launch amid a standoff with the US, the Iranian Army said.
The Army General Staff stressed that the tragic mistake was made amid the flare-up of tensions with Washington. The nation’s air defenses were placed on alert and ready to “respond to possible threats of the highest level,” after US President Donald Trump warned that the Pentagon would strike targets on Iranian soil if US citizens or assets were attacked by Iran.
On Wednesday, the Iranian Army fired a volley of ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that house American troops. It was a retaliation in response to a US drone strike, which killed top Iranian military chief Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad’s airport.
For several hours after the missile attacks, the army was detecting increased activity of US warplanes around the country and received alerts of possible airstrikes on “strategic sites” across Iran, the General Staff said.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, tweeted that the victims included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians (including the 9 crew members), 10 passengers from Sweden, four Afghans, three Germans and three from the United Kingdom.
Memorial at Borispol Airport in Kyiv:
Zaxid.net exposes political commentator Olena Jyvko as having a fake law degree, and once running a Visa scam with a Polish consul with whom she was having an affair.
As I understand, she is a fixture on Ukrainian television and presumes to support many pro-Ukraine movements.
The persistence of her scams strongly suggest that she has some anti-social personality disorder. It’s hard for us normies to appreciate, but there are people who lie as easily as others breath.
Journalists Marta Kohut and Andri Drozda are living with police protection after receiving credible threats. They’ve been reporting on Lviv oligarchs and the hooligan organizations which they deploy.