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Happy (Belated) East German Uprising Day

The East German uprising of 1953 (German: Volksaufstand vom 17. Juni 1953 ) was an uprising that occurred in East Germany from 16 to 17 June 1953. It began with a strike action by construction workers in East Berlin on 16 June against work quotas during the Sovietization process in East Germany. Demonstrations in East Berlin turned into a widespread uprising against the Government of East Germany and the Socialist Unity Party the next day, involving over one million people in about 700 localities across the country.[1] Protests against declining living standards and unpopular Sovietization policies led to a wave of strikes and protests that were not easily brought under control and threatened to overthrow the East German government. The uprising in East Berlin was violently suppressed by tanks of the Soviet forces in Germany and the Kasernierte Volkspolizei, while demonstrations continued in over 500 towns and villages for several more days before dying out.

The 1953 uprising was celebrated in West Germany as a public holiday on 17 June until German reunification in 1990, after which it was replaced by German Unity Day, celebrated annually on 3 October.[2]

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As I understand, very few German newspapers acknowledge this event.

Russia’s aggressive rhetoric increasing since Biden-Putin summit

Russia demands cancellation of annual Sea Breeze 21 exercise in Black Sea https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2021/06/23/7298135/

Russian Defence Minister Shoygu blames Ukraine for tension ahead of NATO summit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qsFIW9n0s

Russian navy fire warning shot at British naval vessel in the Black Sea https://www.pravda.com.ua/rus/news/2021/06/23/7298176/; https://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/11727447

Ukraine reacts: https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2021/06/23/7298185/

The Polish Winged Hussars and common misconceptions

The Polish Winged Hussars dominated the eastern European theaters of war for much of the early modern period. While the western European art of war of this period relied on infantry-heavy pike and shot tactics, eastern armies continued to rely on cavalry. On the battlefields of Italy, France, Germany, and Flanders, heavy cavalry such as knights and lancers found a counter in combined pikes and muskets. Western European battles, according to the historian Geoffrey Parker, were won primarily with infantry. In eastern Europe, by contrast, cavalry was still key. The Polish cavalry, most notably, not only frequently bested the Muscovites and Ottomans on their eastern and southern front respectively but also defeated western powers such as the Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus. Therefore, some scholars argue that early modern western military doctrine lacked a crucial component, namely a cavalry unit such as the Polish winged hussars that frequently and successfully charged home with steel in hand. It is not surprising that the winged hussars eventually influenced the western art of war; and they did so lastingly. To understand this development properly, the period between 1550 and 1620 is key. This video will look at how contemporary historiography discusses the early successes of the Polish-Lithuanian Hussars.

Ukrainian city of Mariupol to purchase Iron Dome air defense system from Israel

Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Sergey Zakharov said that the city authorities plan to purchase the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel.

According to him, the opening of the airport in Mariupol requires that the distance from the zone of demarcation of the warring parties was more than 160 kilometers, but it is only about 40. Since the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the international community do not consider the flights to the city located near the conflict zone safe, the mayor’s office of Mariupol decided to acquire an effective Israeli missile defense system.

http://uawire.org/ukrainian-city-of-mariupol-to-purchase-iron-dome-air-defense-system-from-israel

We’ll see what happens with this. Earlier, Russian pressure on Israel prevented them from selling arms to Ukraine.

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During the earlier years of the war (2015) Mariupol was hit by rockets several times. Here’s the viral dashcam video: http://romaninukraine.com/up-close-dash-cam-video-of-mariupol-mlrs-attack/

Though I’m not sure this isn’t a waste of money from Ukraine’s perspective. The Russians use the type of cheap missiles which are fired from Grad Rocket MLRS systems. Why counter them with $100,000 anti-missile missiles.

Nord Stream 2: Biden waives US sanctions on Russian pipeline

This is for all the people who spent years asking me how I could be in Ukraine and support Trump — who the lying press spend four years condemning as Putin’s puppet among other ridiculous nonsense.

The Biden administration has waived sanctions on a company building a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

The US also lifted sanctions on the executive – an ally of Russia’s Vladimir Putin – who leads the firm behind the Nord Stream 2 project.

The move came in a report on Russian sanctions delivered to Congress by the Department of State.

Critics say the pipeline is a major geopolitical prize for the Kremlin.

The project, which would take gas from the Russian Arctic under the Baltic Sea to Germany, is already more than 95% complete.

The Department of State report notes that Nord Stream 2 AG and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig, a former East German intelligence officer, engaged in sanctionable activity.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57180674

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Exclusive: Zelensky “surprised” and “disappointed” by Biden pipeline move

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat.

Driving the news: Zelensky used an hourlong Zoom interview with Axios on Friday to beseech Biden to meet with him face to face before a June 16 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin — offering to join him “at any moment and at any spot on the planet.”

The embattled leader spoke of Putin’s psychological pressure campaign; his own anger-turned-disappointment at the U.S.; and his hope that Biden . . . can still outmaneuver Russia and rescue Ukraine.

Why it matters: Russian gas currently flows through Ukraine en route to Europe. Nord Stream 2, a Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline, would allow Russia to circumvent and isolate Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. Zelensky said the U.S. is the only power capable of stopping Russia.

“This is a weapon, a real weapon … in the hands of the Russian Federation,” he said. “It is not very understandable … that the bullets to this weapon can possibly be provided by such a great country as the United States.”

https://www.axios.com/zelensky-biden-ukraine-russia-nord-stream-pipeline-fe50756b-6b82-43f0-b390-734ea3e95de0.html

The Need for a Nuremberg for Communism

To carry out the “Nuremberg for Communism” project, it is, therefore, necessary that it be received not only by people who care about political freedom, historical truth, and moral justice, and not only by the organizations and foundations that defend the values and principles of the Western tradition from any totalitarianism but also by national and international political institutions, to arrive at an official resolution condemning the crimes of communism and its ideology. For this purpose, it is necessary that it be taken up and re-launched by intelligent and sensitive political leaders who have the courage to counter the “politically correct” wave that is sweeping all Western societies.

To comment, you can find the MeWe post for this article here.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/05/the_need_for_a_nuremberg_for_communism.html

What is Communism? (New Idea)

I’ve been entertaining this idea: 

Communism is not an economic system.  The communists themselves — from the very early Bolsheviks to today’s post-modernists — claim the language is devoid of meaning, and only an instrument of power.  Let’s believe them.  By the late 1950s it became impossible to ignore the fact communism was hideous for the very working class in whose name revolution was made, and societies were verthrown.  Millions of working class people were starved, executed, enslaved and impoverished.  Judging by how easily Communists were completely unbothered by this, and abandoned their Raison D’être, as if it had never existed, should be sufficient evidence that communism was never an economic system.  So what are we left with?  Communism should be defined as a particular type of power.  And that is the beginning of a very interesting conversation.

Communism is not an economic system. It is better understood as a particular type of power.

Family moments

Feedback from my son

* During bedtime stories, some Roald Dahl story mentioned a teacher being the most beautiful woman in the world. My son interrupted and said, “no mama is the most beautiful.”

* Once, in the park, we saw some father yelling at his already-crying son. My son said “he is crying because his father is yelling at him.” “Yes,” I said. Then, I was proud to hear my son add: “You don’t yell at me like that, you just tell me the truth about things.”

* My son said that when he’ll have children I’ll be a grandfather, and he said that I’ll be the type of grandfather that does not give candy.

Such a girl

* It’s difficult to describe but my 14 month old daughter seems extremely girlish in comparison to her brother. The difference in startling. Where my son always wanted to do thing with a lot of physicality, she just want to be present in the group and command attention. She often beams with happiness from some attention she gets, though tries to hide it too. Often times when you pick her up, she’ll take some time to survey the room, very content for having the commanding vantage point and my attention. After a moment she’ll point somewhere and make a sound, commanding me to go there.

Pulitzer Prize board faces fresh calls to strip New York Times reporter Walter Duranty of his 1932 award

The committee that awards the Pulitzer Prize is facing fresh calls to revoke the top honor in American journalism from New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty over his false reporting from the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

The petition launched by the U.S. Committee on Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness calls on the Pulitzer board to rescind Duranty’s 1932 prize for correspondence.

At issue is Duranty’s minimization and denials of the forced famine in Soviet Ukraine that led to the deaths of millions in the early 1930s, and his fawning coverage of communist dictator Joseph Stalin.

Known as the Holodomor, meaning to kill by starvation, the famine followed Stalin’s collectivization and grain seizure policies, and the Ukrainian government alleges that it was an intentional genocide intended to subdue an independence movement.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9644289/Pulitzer-Prize-board-faces-fresh-calls-strip-Walter-Durantys-1932-award-Soviet-reporting.html

Hunter Biden’s Ukraine salary was cut two months after Joe Biden left office

The Ukrainian energy company that was paying President Biden’s son Hunter $1 million a year cut his monthly compensation in half two months after his father ceased to be vice president.

From May 2014, Burisma Holdings Ltd. was paying Hunter $83,333 a month to sit on its board, invoices on his abandoned laptop show.

But in an email on March 19, 2017, Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi asked Hunter to sign a new director’s agreement and informed him “the only thing that was amended is the compensation rate.”

“We are very much interested in working closely together, and the remuneration is still the highest in the company and higher than the standard director’s monthly fees. I am sure you will find it both fair and reasonable.”

After the email, the amount listed on Hunter’s monthly Burisma invoices was reduced to $41,500, effective from May 2017. The amount was paid in Euros, at the rate of between 35,000 Euros and 36,100 Euros per month, based on currency fluctuations at the time.

https://nypost.com/2021/05/26/hunter-bidens-ukraine-salary-was-cut-after-joe-biden-left-office/

Tropical Greenhouse near Lviv

There are two small tropical greenhouses near Lviv. They offer tours. The couple that runs them are a whirlwind of excitement and botanical experimentation. They’re a real inspiration. They sell seedlings, and we bought a tiny lemon tree for our home.

They’re growing:

Banana trees
Kiwi trees (vines?)
Lemons
Limes
Coffee trees
and much more

They have some special bred variety of bananna tree growing OUTSIDE their greenhouse, which has already survived -25 C temperatures.

Ukraine’s Booming IT sector.

🔵 Bucking the world recession, Ukraine’s IT exports increased by 20% yoy, to $5 billion, according to new figures from the National Bank of Ukraine. IT now accounts for 8.3% of total exports, putting it in fourth place after food, metals, and migrant labor. In 2013, IT accounted for 1.3% of Ukraine’s exports. “Ukraine has earned a reputation in recent years as one of the world’s leading IT outsourcing destinations, but many feel it is time for the country to move up the tech food chain,” Peter Dickinson wrote in an Atlantic Council blog: “Ukraine’s Booming IT Sector Defies the Coronavirus Crisis.”

🔵 Of the 100 best IT outsourcing firms in the world, 11 are based in Ukraine, according to the 2021 Global Outsourcing 100 list, a ranking compiled annually by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. Designed to help companies find the right IT help, the list includes from Ukraine, in alphabetical order: Ciklum, Eleks, Infopulse, Innovecs, Intellias, Miratech, Nix, N-iX, Program-Ace and Sigma Software.

More at https://ubn.news/