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Typical propaganda: “Ukraine cannot be a homogenous ethnic nation-state”

Here’s the trash article: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ethnopolitics-doesn-work-ukraine-190409093526620.html

The story of this election was corruption, not an embracing of any sort of multiculturalism.

This sentence, “Given its radicalism and close association with fascist ideology, Ukrainian nationalism,” is straight out of Kremlin’s playbook.

Ballingcat hit piece against Azov

A culture that doesn’t respect its warriors gets replaced by one that does.

Bellingcat has produced some great research which I’ve posted here before. But their latest work —

“Defend the White Race”: American Extremists Being Co-Opted by Ukraine’s Far-Right

is slander and guilt-by-association. It mixes fascism with any expression of ethnic identity or solidarity.

Sure some members of Azov have troubling views. You know what? So did a lot of the soldiers in my platoon in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne division. The guys who show up to fight are not your fucking gender studies majors and male feminists.

When I visited the Azov battalion in Shyrokyne, I was moved almost to tears by the quality of people I encountered. A film maker, an architect, the head of a Ukrainian lawfirm. An eighteen year old leader with as much poise, clarity, and maturity as I have ever seen from any military leader. It was only during my third time seeing him that he revealed me he was injured during the evacuation at Illovaisk — 17 at the time.

Azov stared down the Russian army when the fate of Mariupol and Ukraine in general was very much in doubt. And many of them died. They deserve our gratitude.

Here are Azov’s position under Russian Grad Rocket fire.

Here’s a short documentary about a Georgian fighter killed while fighting with Azov.

Remembering “Kozak” of the Azov Regiment (he was from Odesa)

The crazy story of “Swampy”, and Englishman fighting with Azov who ended up lost in the enemy camp

Saakashvili to return to Ukraine if Zelensky wins presidential election

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he is confident of Volodymyr Zelensky’s victory in the runoff presidential election in Ukraine, and wants to return to Ukraine and to restore his Ukrainian citizenship.

“In fact, a revolution has happened in Ukraine. There is no doubt that Volodymyr Zelensky will win the runoff election,” Saakashvili told the television channel Rustavi 2 in an interview.

He also commented on claims that Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky was behind Zelensky.

“These allegations are wrong. Perhaps, Kolomoysky stands by Zelensky. I have known Kolomoysky for a long time, and he is very favorably disposed towards me,” Saakashvili said.

https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/578047.html

Zelenski, the favorite to become Ukraine’s next president, took son’s toy!

True story:

Volodymyr Zelensky, the guy who came in first in Ukraine’s presidential election, and will likely win the run off, once took my then-two-year-old son’s toy.

We were leaving a restaurant in Kyiv, and the toy was on a chair while my wife helped our son with his jacket. Zelenski, who was there with what I assume were his own kids, picked it up.

He returned it immediately after my wife said something, and he said quietly that he thought it was for everybody, which seems plausible.

I didn’t recognize him at the time. On the way home, my wife told me he was an actor.

Ukraine’s Presidential Election Results & Commentary

There will be a runoff between Zelensky and Poroshenko, but Zelensky, a former comedian, is the heavy favorite.

TOP 10 of the candidates for the presidency in Ukraine:

– Volodymyr Zelensky – 30,23%
– Petro Poroshenko – 15,92%
– Yulia Tymoshenko – 13,40%
– Yuriy Boyko – 11,68%
– Anatoliy Hrytsenko – 6,92%
– Ihor Smeshko – 6,03%
– Oleg Lyashko – 5,48%
– Oleksandr Vilkul – 4,15%
– Ruslan Koshulynsky – 1,63%
– Yuriy Tymoshenko – 0,62%

Good news:

* Ukraine demonstrating that it can peaceful transition power is a huge accomplishment for Ukraine, and for Russia too – because a neighbor demonstrating democracy puts a lot of pressure on their autocracy.

* This is a break from the old. Zelensky is young and popular with reformers.

* Poroshenko did some thing well, but he’s a horrible crook. It’s nice that he won’t be further entrenched.

* Zelenski is pro Western.

* Zelenski inspires the youth in what seems like a good way – activism, involvement, standing up to corruption.

* It is (hopefully) a message, that Poroshenko’s corruption, lack of judicial reform, and in-action on the Maidan killings will not be tolerated.

Bad news:

* Zelenski is probably a puppet of Kolomoisky, on whose television station he built his career. Kolomoisky’s Privat Bank fraud cost Ukraine 6 Billion.

* If Kolomoisky manages evade prosecution, or worse, return to Ukraine from his self-imposed exile is Israel / Switzerland, it will be humiliating for Ukraine.

Yuri Chaplynsky on semi-legal construction in Lviv, the good and the bad

Yuri Chaplynsky is the head architect of Lviv. Here he comments on some illegal construction and the general development of Lviv. It feels like an educational video for the Ukrainian public on how urban planning works. Great initiative.

At around 15:15 he comments on the structure of urban planning in Ukraine and the lack of city-level controls.

Counter Protest at Feminist Rally in Kyiv


Her sign reads “a women isn’t a person, but an icubator.” It’s appropriate that they’re wearing read. Communists have always hated families.

Members of the Sisterhood of St. Olha stood with placards of: “Feminism kills.” They refused to comment to Hromadske, stating that only their organizers can talk to the press. Over the megaphone they called out that they were in the name of the patriarchy and were waiting for the day feminists decide to join their Sisterhood.

https://en.hromadske.ua/posts/solidarity-and-diversity-kyiv-womens-march-2019-photos

Ukraine War Amps Charity Newsletter

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http://www.homin.ca/news.php/news/14513/group/23

Postmodern Philosophy is a Debating Strategy written by Galen Watts

Postmodern culture, he argued, was first theorized by neo-Marxists to refer to what they saw as a new phase of capitalism, characterized by heightened skepticism and a preoccupation with subjectivity. However, one need not adopt Marxist social theory in order to agree with the basic point that the social conditions which characterize twenty-first century liberal democracies make it difficult to take our beliefs for granted. The unprecedented degree of cultural and religious pluralism on offer in developed nations today undoubtedly has an impact on what we can take to be certain….

Charles Taylor in his masterpiece A Secular Age called this process “fragilization,” the basic idea of which is that it is more difficult to believe in something wholeheartedly when that belief is not shared by the people one is surrounded by (indeed, we might call this sociology of knowledge 101). So, there is a real sense in which we do in fact live in a post- (or what I would prefer to call “late”) modern culture, whereby our awareness of the existence of “other options”—made especially acute as a result of recent digital technologies—fragilizes our beliefs, leaving us without firm epistemic anchors….

This speaker applied a hermeneutics of suspicion with great skill to these discourses, identifying how they were not only socially constructed, but also how they served the nefarious ends of their various proponents. It was a well-argued paper that left me impressed but also puzzled. The speaker had deconstructed all of these accounts but supplied no alternative account. After the session ended I approached him to inquire about this. But he just stared at me blankly, as if I had just asked him how to tie my own shoelaces. This was not his job, he told me. He seemed to believe an alternative account to be unnecessary. I wanted to know what underlying values and beliefs were motivating his critique so I asked him to describe his worldview. He responded, “I have no worldview.”…

postmodernism is popular—especially among academics—not merely because of the social and cultural conditions of late modernity, but because it is immensely powerful as a tool or strategy of argument. For how can you possibly refute a person’s position when they deny even having one? In turn, arguing with someone who subscribes to postmodern thought is like fighting someone who has nothing to lose. There is no winning….

By feigning a position of critical neutrality, the postmodern critic can stand back and deconstruct everyone else’s discourses, as if they occupy an archimedean point….

the postmodern critic has entered into a Faustian bargain: they have traded in their humanity.”…

much of what we see being advanced under the banner of “postmodernism” is simply hypocrisy in disguise….

https://quillette.com/2019/02/17/postmodern-philosophy-is-a-debating-strategy/

‘Irritated’ US admiral sends destroyer to Black Sea after Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels

An American destroyer is sailing to the Black Sea to conduct naval exercises with Ukraine to demonstrate “solidarity” in response to a clash with Russia that has a top U.S. admiral furious.

“The whole episode in the Sea of Azov was extremely bothersome to me,” Admiral James Foggo, commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

Russian forces fired on three Ukrainian naval vessels that attempted to pass through the Kerch Strait, the narrow waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, and arrested the sailors in late November.

Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/ukraine-s-2019-elections-may-be-completely-unpredictable-but-five-things-are-not

First, no openly pro-Russian candidate can win and this is a major change from the past….

Second, the polls will prove to be very wrong. Ukrainian media publishes almost daily polls, all of which show Tymoshenko leading, a relatively new face in a distant second place, and the president in third….

Third, the majority of presidential candidates are actually campaigning for parliament. Six candidates currently average 10 percent in the presidential polls—Poroshenko, Tymoshenko, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, former defense minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Radical Party Leader Oleh Lyashko, and Opposition Bloc leader Yuriy Boyko—but Tymoshenko and Poroshenko are the ones to watch. The other four are campaigning for seats in the parliamentary elections, and standing in the presidential election is merely a method to raise their visibility beforehand….

Fourth, Tymoshenko and Poroshenko will battle again in the runoff….

Fifth, the winner of the presidential election will have momentum going into the parliamentary elections….

The Trump Russia Conspiracy Theory is (finally) Dead

I’ve been called all sorts of names for not believing this thing. I received messages like “how could a Ukrainian possibly support Trump when he’s obviously Putin’s puppet.”

Lies should not be so powerful. If you were one of these people who confronted me, I will now be accepting apologies.

Imagine if the US government spent this many resources investigating the Vegas shooting which killed 58 people. Imagine if all foreign interests lobbying the US received this level of scrutiny. The hypocrisy is too much to bare with a straight face.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/russia-collusion-trump-senate-investigation-probe-evidence-a8776456.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-has-uncovered-no-direct-evidence-conspiracy-between-trump-campaign-n970536

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-may-find-no-collusion-but-still-find-crimes?ref=scroll

https://www.vox.com/2019/2/13/18223148/trump-richard-burr-russia-collusion-explained

https://www.axios.com/house-democrats-donald-trump-russia-investigation-05918127-c77a-424d-a805-cde8e67bffe9.html

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/public-opinion-of-the-mueller-investigation-has-become-more-partisan/

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/media/trump-russia-poll-question/index.html

https://quillette.com/2019/02/12/it-isnt-your-imagination-twitter-treats-conservatives-more-harshly-than-liberals/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/youtube-conspiracy-theory-videos.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/us/politics/hillary-clinton-presidential-campaign-charity.html

https://nypost.com/2018/11/24/donations-to-clinton-foundation-plunged-after-hillarys-defeat/

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/14/fbi-investigation-trump-russia-1169846

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr8hzu9H1cc

NBC News Hack Andrea Mitchell Says Jews in Warsaw Ghetto Rose Up Against the “Polish” and Nazi Regime (Video)

They hate Poland for its nationalism.

On Wednesday NBC News hack Andrea Mitchell told the NBC audience the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rose up against the Polish and Nazi regimes.

This is ludicrous and outrageous!

In World War II there was NO collaborationist Polish government with the Nazis. The Poles were victims of the Nazis and later they were victims of Stalin. The Polish Home Army provided some support to Jews fighting against the Germans.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/awful-nbc-news-hack-andrea-mitchell-accuses-says-jews-in-warsaw-ghetto-rose-up-against-the-polish-and-nazi-regime-video/

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

https://112.international/politics/37-people-were-arrested-for-political-reasons-in-annexed-crimea-in-2018-35783.html

Ukrainian Orthodox Christians Formally Break From Russia

ISTANBUL — The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide recognized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in a four-hour ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday, formalizing a split with the Russian church to which it had been tied for more than four centuries.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader, handed a Tomos of Autocephaly containing a decree of independence to the newly appointed Metropolitan Epiphanius of Ukraine, cleaving millions of Ukrainians from the Russian Orthodox Church.

The independence effort outraged political and religious leaders in Russia. But for President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine, who stood before an elevated throne throughout the ceremony in Istanbul, the occasion was an affirmation of independence from Russian influence in his embattled country and a boost ahead of elections in March.

“Tomos for us is actually another act of proclaiming Ukraine’s independence,” Mr. Poroshenko said in an address. “For Ukrainians, our own Church is a guarantee of our spiritual freedom. This is the key to social harmony.”

Recognition of the church’s autonomy will resolve a problem for the many Ukrainians who had broken with Moscow and been declared noncanonical, he added.

The Ukrainian church had been under Moscow’s jurisdiction since 1686, when, under pressure from Russia, it abandoned allegiance to Constantinople, the historical seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church now known as Istanbul.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/06/world/europe/orthodox-church-ukraine-russia.html