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NY Times going full Communist


The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech
By K-SUE PARK AUG 17, 2017


Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism
Kristen R. Ghodsee AUG. 12, 2017


Lenin’s Eco-Warriors
Fred Strebeigh AUG. 7, 2017

This is a vulgar, irresponsible lie, of course:


‘Make It So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism
A.M. Gittlitz JULY 24, 2017


When the Harlem Renaissance Went to Communist Moscow
Jennifer Wilson AUG. 21, 2017


My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman
Jacob Mikanowski JULY 31, 2017


Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past
Bhaskar Sunkara JUNE 26, 2017


(ONLY 8 OF 28!??!?!?!?) Eight EU members make joint statement concerning victims of communism

Communism is returning. We must fight it.

The representatives of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Czechia issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling for an investigation of crimes committed by communist regimes equal to the measures taken after World War II to deal with the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany.

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) said that the condemnation of all crimes against humanity, and human rights violations committed by all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes was the basis of commemoration, and added that Europe should remember the victims of all these regimes.

More pressure on Poland, Czech to accept Muslim refugees (Ukrainian refugees don’t count b/c they’re white)

spokesman Alexander Winterstein said: “A possibility that should be considered — and I’m putting this in a very mild and diplomatic way — is for all member states to comply with decisions they themselves have taken.”

The Commission began infringement proceedings in June against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary after they refused to comply with the EU’s 2015 refugee sharing scheme meant to lessen the burden on Greece and Italy.


Remembering the battle of Ilovaisk we commemorate those brave people, volunteers, who fell during the operation three years ago. In this article we are going to recall a man of outstanding fate, a millionarie, whose spirit forced him to leave a comfortable and prosperous life to take up arms when stormy times have come.

Markiyan “Marko” Paslawsky was born on January 16, 1959 in the USA, in Manhattan, New York, in the Ukrainian-American family, which had fully preserved mamory about own roots far beyond the ocean for decades after emigration. Marco graduated from US West Point Academy, was promoted to a major and became a commander of a he 75th Regiment of the Rangers – one of the elite units of the US Army. In 1991, having finished army service, he had decided to took up business. Markiyan moved to Ukraine – to the homeland of his ancestors – where he runed a metal bussines and became a millionare.

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Markian Paslawsky awarded with the Order of Danylo Halytsky posthumously, as well as with such public awards as the Plast Iron Cross and the People’s Heroe of Ukraine. On December 6, 2014, the memory of Markian Paslawsky was honored at the NHL match between New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals.

One of the streets in Popasna town weas named after him, as well as a gymnasium in Pidgaity village of Ternopil region – where his parents were born. In Lviv there is a rehabilitation clinic named after Paslavsky. Marco Paslavsky was burried with honors in Askolds grave in Kyiv.

Probe into Ukraine’s largest military defeat at Ilovaisk pins blame on Russian invasion, admits mistakes

Good read:

In the summer days starting from 24 August, Ukraine’s Independence Day, to 29 August 2014, Ukrainian army and volunteer battalions found themselves entrapped by Russian forces near the small town of Ilovaisk. A plan to let the Ukrainians escape was negotiated with the Russian side, but the latter opened fire at the last moment, killing 366.

In those red-hot August days of 2014, it seemed that Ukraine’s anti-terror operation against Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine, which was into its fifth month, would be finished in a couple of weeks, considering the rapid, successful advancements of the Ukrainian Army in all directions. . . .

The investigation claims that Ukraine was invaded by nine battalion tactical groups of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation:

about 3500 personnel;
60 tanks;
320 AFVs and APCs;
60 howitzers;
45 mortars;
5 anti-tank guided missiles.

As a consequence of the invasion, the volunteer battalions along with units of Armed Forces of Ukraine were trapped in Ilovaisk. The General Staff had no real reserves to send there to help the besieged. There were only two possible options – to fight their way out or lay down the arms. The commanders of ATO forces chose the second one.

The investigation confirms that Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of the General Staff, started negotiating with the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Nikolai Bogdanovsky to grant safe corridors for the escape of Ukrainian military units. There were 12 phone calls between them. Russia agreed to guarantee the safe passage by the negotiated routes.

On August 29, when the convoys of ATO forces began to move, the Russian soldiers shot them down like at a shooting range. Additionally, the Russian party had been constantly changing the exact time of the Ukrainian forces’ withdrawal in order to buy time to prepare their firing positions. Ukrainian soldiers who survived gave much evidence to this fact.

As a result of the sneak attack:

366 Ukrainian soldiers were killed;
429 were injured;
300 were taken prisoner;
later, the majority of the prisoners were exchanged, eight are still kept in the basement prisons in Donetsk;
the military hardware losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are estimated at $12 mn.

Victimhood and Genocide

Many of the good people I knew at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop now seem to sharpening their knives against the classes of people they’ve been told are oppressors. I encourage them to hear Jordan Peterson’s brief observation about genocide:

Unlike my Ukrainian ancestors, who were only one generation free from feudalism when your communist ideology set upon them, and murdered millions, aristocracy down, Americans are very heavily armed.

God bless America. Better dead than red.

Judicial statistics – Corruption battle seems insignificant and symbolic only

So, now for some H1 2017 statistics from the current head of the Supreme Court, Yaroslav Romanyuk “In the first half of the year, 2237 indictments on criminal proceedings on corruption crimes were received by the courts, of which only 741 were considered.”

The remainder, presumably, in a backlog together with other cases from previous years that remain, as yet, unheard. That said, the wheels of justice inevitably turn slowly even in far more efficient systems replete with far more judges and functionaries of far higher moral codes and group integrity.

Just how large the carryover into 2018 will be by the end of 2017 remains to be seen. Dozens of minnows and plankton are arrested for corruption on a daily basis as a quick glance across the regional media ably displays.

However, having been offered some numbers by the Supreme Court, it is perhaps necessary to look to the outcomes, statistically (if not at the standard of due process) of the 741 cases that reached the court in H1 of 2017.

Before breaking down the 741 cases, a reader should note that the numbers that follow don’t add up – but they are nevertheless the figures cited by the Supreme Court – thus any inaccuracies are at least accurately stated.

There were 77 acquittals.

110 companies were closed as a result of judicial verdicts.

469 officials were found guilty of corruption. Of those 469 officials, 121 went to jail. 33 suffered some form of non-custodial punishment other than purely fines, and 265 were indeed fined.

To get behind the 469 number of officials found guilty of corruption, 101 were middle and lower grade civil servants and/or institutional functionaries. 58 were Ministry of Interior employees, (including police officers), 44 military officials or various ranks, 32 local government officials, 29 law enforcement officials (not police nor prosecutors), 19 city, town and village heads, 18 deputies of local government/local councils, and 13 employees of the State Fiscal Service.

Only 2 prosecutors, a single employee of the court administration (but not a judge) and a single member of the security services also feature within that 469 number.

NY Times Quietly Retracts part of Trump-Russia story

The New York Times has been forced to (finally) retract a popular Democratic talking point that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Russia conducted cyber attacks on the U.S. during the 2016 election.

As Consortium News reports, The New York Times’ correction came after the outlet, in a report on Monday, mocked President Donald Trump for “still refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help him get elected.”

Today, The New York Times removed that portion of the article and stated – way at the bottom of the piece – the following:

Correction: June 29, 2017

A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

“The Times’ grudging correction was vindication for some Russia-gate skeptics who had questioned the claim of a full-scale intelligence assessment, which would usually take the form of a National Intelligence Estimate (or NIE), a product that seeks out the views of the entire Intelligence Community and includes dissents,” reports Consortium News.

BitFury to Help in Moving Ukraine’s Land Registry to Blockchain (I’ll believe it when I see it)

Nice idea.

We have signed the memorandum of commitment to move Ukraine’s land registry to blockchain. The technology ensures maximum protection of the system against third-party interference. The registry contains data on land plots, legally significant information, so all these data is really sensitive and important for landowners. That’s why we pay much attention to protecting this information. Fortunately, blockchain technology is there,” Maxim Martyniuk, the first deputy minister for Ukraine’s agricultural policy, said.

According to Martyniuk, today blockchain is the most advanced method of data protection. The process of blockchainizing the land registry is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.