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On Second Try, Plast Scouting Organization seems set for official recognition from Ukrainian State

With 316 votes on December 17, Ukraine’s Parliament backed a law on the state recognition of Plast – National Scout Organization of Ukraine. This is the second affirmative vote on the legislation. On May 30, 2019, members of the previous convocation of the Verkhovna Rada had voted in favor of the earlier edition of this bill. But then, after more than three months, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejected the law and returned it to the Verkhovna Rada with his remarks.

Now, after the Verkhovna Rada’s Youth Committee backed the second edition with Mr. Zelenskyy’s remarks and the Rada voted to approve the law, it is up to the president to sign and enact the law on state support of Plast. . . .

The 316 votes cast in favor of the Plast law are far beyond the minimum 226 needed for a bill to pass. The Parliament’s major faction, Servant of the People, gave 215 votes for the legislation with only one against. Five other factions, European Solidarity, Batkivshchyna, For Future, Voice and Trust, voted for approval, while the pro-Russian Opposition Platform voted against. One of the Opposition Platform’s national deputies, Yuriy Pavlenko, ex-Minister of Youth and Sport, voted in favor of the new law on recognition of Plast. . . .

“As a result of the revision, this law has even changed its name. It is now called: ‘On the recognition of the Plast movement and the principles of state support for Plast, scout movement.” Just as in the title, there were changes throughout the text of the bill,” explained Yurko Yuzych, head of Ukraine’s Plast Board.

“The law now does not mention ‘the Plast organization,’ or any other organization. Instead, the new definition, ‘Plast movement (Plast),’ which is a Ukrainian scout movement, was introduced. And next to it is the definition of ‘Scout Movement (Scouting).’ Instead of the wording ‘Ukrainian Plast (scout) movement’ proposed by the president, there appeared to be some confusion throughout the text – at first glance, the expression: ‘Plast, scout movement’ (using commas, not the word ‘and’). The president’s proposal was quite satisfying to Plast because it was the wording of dozens of independent Plast organizations operating around the world – from Sydney to Edmonton, and from Avdiyivka to Berehove,” Mr. Yuzych noted.

The official reason for the law’s rejection four months ago was that the legislative preference for an NGO (in this case, Plast – National Scout Organization of Ukraine) would violate the Constitution of Ukraine. Therefore, changing the wording to “Plast movement (Plast)” would make it constitutionally acceptable.

http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/verkhovna-rada-again-votes-for-state-support-of-plast/

Youtube bans video of KGB defectors, Yuri Bezmenov, explaining how subversion works

Yuri Bezmenov (alias Tomas Schuman), a Soviet KGB defector, explains in detail his scheme for the KGB process of subversion and takeover of target societies at a lecture in Los Angeles, 1983.

Yuri Bezmenov was a former KGB propagandist who was assigned to New Dehli, India – and defected to the West in 1970.

Bezmenov explains his background, some of his training, and exactly how Soviet propaganda is spread in other countries in order to subvert their teachers, politicians, and other policy makers to a mindset receptive to the Soviet ideology.

He also explains in detail the goal of Soviet propaganda as total subversion of another country and the four-step formula for achieving this goal.

EU Criticizes Poland For ‘Stop Pedophilia’ Bill

Members of the European Union’s Parliament have infringed on Poland’s sovereignty by voting to condemn a bill the nation is considering which would criminalize promoting sexual activity to minors in the context of education.

The critical resolution passed overwhelmingly, with 471 MEPs voting in favor, 128 against, and 57 abstaining. The leftist Eurocrats argued that the bill would effectively criminalize sex education to minors, which they insist is “a human right,” describing it as a matter of “access to health, including sexual and reproductive health.”

In reality, the section which they were responding to reads as follows:

“Anyone who promotes or approves sexual intercourse or other sexual activity by a minor, in connection with performing the position, occupation or performing activities related to upbringing, education, health care or care of minors, or operating on school premises or other educational or child care institution, is liable to imprisonment up to 3 years.”

The bill is also called “Stop Pedophilia” in Poland, and came about due to popular request and was submitted by the citizens themselves, in accordance with the Polish constitution, with 265,000 people signing onto it.

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/eu-criticizes-poland-for-stop-pedophilia-bill/

Slovakia set to pass law forcing women to view images of embryo or foetus before abortion

Slovakian woman seeking an abortion would be forced to view pictures of their embryo or foetus under plans for a new law being considered by the country’s parliament.

The draft law, to be voted on on Friday, would also require women to listen to the “foetal heartbeat” where technically possible before they could proceed with a termination.

The law, which would be the first of its kind in Europe, would also ban “advertising” of abortions and impose steep fines on those who disseminate it.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/slovakia-law-women-embryo-foetus-abortion-images-new-law-a9224976.html

Pressured to Cast a ‘Transgender’ Juliet, Renowned Columbia Univ. Theater Prof Resigns Over ‘Full-Blown Communism’ on Campus

A Columbia University professor says he quit his tenured position in the theater department because the Ivy League school is “on its way toward full-blown communism,” an ideology he escaped when he left his native country.

The College Fix reports Prof. Andrei Serban, an award-winning director who grew up in communist Romania, talked about the “social justice” demands he faced while in the university’s theater department in an interview that recently aired on Romania’s TVR1.

The interview was translated by a Romanian-American immigrant, according to The College Fix.

The translator told the website the interview may have been the first time that Serban had publicly announced he had resigned from his position. Columbia still has Serban listed as a professor of Theater Arts in the Faculty of the Arts on its website.

During Serban’s television interview, the host seemed shocked to find out that the American higher education system is headed towards communism.

The professor recounted in the interview that after a professor had retired, he and the other professors in the department were called into a meeting with the dean of the arts school. During this meeting, the dean told them there were “too many white professors, too many heterosexual men.” The group was told it would be best to hire a minority, a woman, or a gay man.

Serban was the director of the hiring committee. He was told the new hire could not be someone like him because he is “married, a heterosexual man who has children.”

The professor said when he asked if the most qualified candidate happened to be a straight white male, could this person be hired? No, came the swift reply.

“I felt like I was living under communism again,” he said.

Serban then told of another incident in which a male-to-female transgender student auditioned for the role in the play “Romeo and Juliet.”

He said he was pressured to cast the transgender student in the role after the student performed Juliet’s monologue during the audition.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/november/pressured-to-cast-a-transgender-juliet-renowned-columbia-univ-theater-prof-resigns-over-social-justice-demands-nbsp

Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric

Hungary will not participate in next year’s Eurovision song contest, amid speculation the decision was taken because the competition is “too gay” for the taste of the country’s far-right government and public media bosses.

While no official reason has been given for the withdrawal, the move comes amid an increase in homophobic rhetoric in Hungary, where the anti-migration prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has launched a “family first” policy aimed at helping traditional families and boosting birth rates.

It’s almost as if foreign aid payments are filtered through corrupt corporations and then redirected back to high ranking American politicians through their children.

Hunter Biden was paid more than $83,000 per month by a Ukrainian gas company because of his ‘powerful name,’ according to those familiar with the arrangement

“The appointment of the vice president’s son to a Ukrainian oil board looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst.”

Pelosi’s son:

Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. (who went to Ukraine in 2017) was a board member of Viscoil and executive at its related company NRGLab, which did energy business in Ukraine.

John Kerry’s son:

Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry, co-owned Rosemont Seneca Partners, a $2.4 billion private equity firm involved in foreign deals. Heinz’s college roommate, Devon Archer, was managing partner in the firm. In the spring of 2014, Biden and Archer joined the board of Burisma Holdings.

Mitt Romney’s son:

Romney’s 2012 campaign adviser, someone named Joseph Cofer Black sits on Burisma board of directors.

Bellingcat at the Syrian Gas Attacks

Bellingcat did incredibly detailed analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I hate to see him (them?) discredit himself with Syrian Gas Attack hoax. It’s getting clearer that the Syrian gas attacks were a false flag trying to get the US into another Middle East war.

Bellingcat’s article (2017):

Based on the diagram on of an M4000 chemical bomb, as published by representatives of the Russian Federation, as well as the many similarities it has with bomb in the April 2013 video, it is clear that bomb featured in the April 2013 video is an M4000 chemical bomb.

The debris recovered from the Al-Lataminah March 30, 2017 Sarin attack matches perfectly to the features of the bomb in the April 2013 video, and the diagram published by the Russian Federation of an M4000 chemical bomb. Therefore, it is certain the M4000 chemical bomb was used in the March 30, 2017 attack in Al-Lataminah.

The filler cap documented in the crater at Khan Sheikhoun is consistent with a M4000 chemical bomb, and the damage seen on the large piece of metal is consistent with damage seen on unexploded examples of M4000 chemical bombs shown above. Therefore, it is possible to state it is likely the bomb used in Khan Sheikhoun was an M4000 chemical bomb, although there remains the possibility that it could be the remains of another type of Syrian chemical bomb.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2019/09/24/the-first-images-of-the-type-of-chemical-bomb-used-in-syrias-sarin-attacks/

Tim Pool’s criticism:

A Newsweek reporter recently resigned over suppression of revelations about the gas attack hoax. Reporter is slandered as “conspiracy theorist”.

Андрій Дрозда – commentary on Lviv Politics

Lviv Railway station dismantles recently constructed chapel, and returns sculpture gift from Donetsk.

Drug lab busted in Lviv.

Lviv Mayor required to pay 1 M uah (about $40k) for some election-related thing. The corrupt prosecutor was asking 50 M ($200k). It was a black Friday discount.

Lviv Mayor says mafia is trying to take over the city. A journalist channeled the mayor do name them, which Andri regards as silly because it’s obvious.

Andri jokingly says that mafiosos who deal black market cigarettes and alcohol do not exist..

Ukraine as a non-historical nation

Finally, something from Uke Tube which isn’t Marxist nonsense.

A bit of idealism and faith in government. “Ukraine is trying to establish the most fair and representative system of government.” Can you point to someone in Ukraininan politics and clearly say “This person is pursuing fairness.” And of course: “Ukraine is diverse, Ukraine is diverse, Ukraine is diverse.”

Though he studied only briefly in Canada, his discussion seems permeated by a naive, uniquely Canadian perspective that government is good and getting better and SHOULD be heavily involved in all societal affairs. In other words, high-trust, western society is the norm, and all deviations elsewhere in the world are temporary anomalies.

Nevertheless, it seems like this young scholar is doing useful work attempting to map the origins of political legitimacy in modern Ukraine. Seems to make accurate an interesting observations about several things:

* Ukraine’s tendency towards factionalism.

* Ukraine’s distant and inexperienced elites.

* Russia’s culture of hyper centralization and it’s tension with Ukrainians greater tendency toward regionalism and individualism.

He concludes, unambitiously, that these factors cause inevitable turbulence in Ukraine’s political scene.

Lysiak Rudnytsky’s prescience: Ukraine’s political turbulence and trauma of a “non-historical” nation is available from Forum for Ukrainian Studies.

https://ukrainian-studies.ca/2019/11/21/lysiak-rudnytskys-prescience-ukraines-political-turbulence-and-trauma-of-a-non-historical-nation/

“On Our Way Home From the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine, Sonya Bilocerkowycz” – all signs point to a horrible book

* So, first she sees people risking their lives on Maidan, and then she suggests that poor Ukrainians are too low on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to care about big issues. Is that not a contradiction?

* I suspect she is like most academics – a coward with above-average intelligence. Her reaction to Maidan, after finally deciding to go look at it was this: “Suddenly, I understood that I didn’t have anything to lose in that situation. My life was not at stake.”

Of course. Because it’s all about her. Most people on Maidan did not have to risk their lives. They chose to.

* Ukrainians should abandon Bandera and adopt some non-controversial hero, like an artist or a musician. . . . because, I suppose, that the important thing during a war is to be non-controversial. To me, this seems like the typical disdain that cowards exhibit toward courage.

* She includes the lie about Trump-Russia in her book, even though it was never true, and Clinton’s ties to Russia were much deeper and meaning – $500k speaking fee, the Uranium One deal, Clinton’s campaign manager owning shares of a Russian energy company.

Initial impression aside, I would like to give the book a fair shake and perhaps review it on my channel.

Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office Reveals MILLIONS Funneled to Hunter Biden and the John Kerry Family

According to counter intelligence in Latvia around $4 million was obtained by Burisma Holdings Limited which was then transferred to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer –

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/huge-exclusive-bombshell-documents-released-by-ukrainian-general-prosecutors-office-reveal-millions-funneled-to-hunter-biden-and-the-john-kerry-family/

Theory: Obama negotiated Crimea with Putin by having the children of Americans get the benefits.

ROMNEY, PELOSI, KERRY, and BIDEN, all have children working for Ukrainian Oil and Gas exploration companies . . . .

Obama’s famous “flexibility after the election” line to Putin on the hot mic, never really got into the details of what that agreement was for. As we all know, the Crimean annexation was in 2014, two years after the mic incident. I also find it VERY interesting, that all of these politicians involved with their children on the boards of these companies, are all ‘anti-Russia’ in words, but never in action.

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Here’s a thought: The flexibility Obama was talking about was in regards to Putin wanting Crimea. The deal is, Obama makes it happen but will enrich the children of major players by inserting them into positions of companies that will benefit massively from the price of oil driving higher in the near term, and in the long term, have a steady supply of income for generations, as Ukrainian oil and gas is geographically one of the most profitable and lucrative areas outside of the Middle East. Where does Romney come into play? Romney knows his chances are slim, so he deliberately lets himself lose- his 47% comment that was recorded at an event is what everyone says undid his campaign. Surely he knows one of the 500 people in the audience could have been recording- but a secret camera in a plant was the one that did him in? No, that was orchestrated, and his benefit is his linneage getting financial security for generations.

Here’s my overall take: The hatred towards Russia is just a farce, a cover if you will, because they actually like Russia stirring up conflict when need be, made deals with Putin so that he gets Crimea and their families get rich. The corrupt Ukrainians themselves sold their own land and people to enrich themselves, allow the children of powerful Americans to become rich, by conceding to the Russians.

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/ukraine-crimea-and-politicians-children-getting-on-the-board-of-oil-and-gas-companies/

Here’s Obama’s hot mic moment which is referenced in the article: “After my election I have more flexibility”.