Whats and whys of the of the Ukraine crisis
. Some of what the MSM is ignoring.
What do Neocons want
from the Ukraine Crisis?
Juan Cole - The Neocon comeback
Did you know about America's Dirty Little Ukraine Secret
which has Republican overtones?
Putin, for all his authoritarianism, is not the cause of the Ukrainian conundrum (though he is certainly exploiting it).
There is a genuine divide in Ukraine
between a nationalist-dominated west and a Russian-speaking east.
Russia has invaded Ukraine
opening a second front to the south to open a land-bridge between Russia and Crimea
. The Southern Front Catastrophe – August 27, 2014
translated from Ukraine has military details. Map of Operations Aug 10-27
and detail Lugansk
pink/red is separatists). So far it's been a stealth invasion and slow escalation, today Russian troops, armor columns and artillery have openly crossed the border
). Thousands more Russian troops are amassed. Ukraine has announced a reinstatement of the draft to commence in the Fall, and is demanding EU military assistance
. An emergency UN meeting
is currently in session (the 24th). Russia claims "No Russian forces are crossing in any point the border of Ukraine."
Danube Revisited: Starting in 1958, Inge Morath dedicated years of her career to photographing daily life along the Danube River, which flows from Southern Germany to the edge of the Black Sea in Eastern Romania.... In early July, eight female photographers set out to follow Morath’s path along the Danube for five weeks.
The Sci-Fi Writers' War
. "A pro-Western, NATO-backed Ukrainian government faces a stubborn insurgency in the pro-Russian East. Fighting rages around Donetsk, with civilians dying in artillery fire and airstrikes, while Russian troops mass on the Ukrainian border. The latest headlines? No, a two-novel series by Russian-Ukrainian science-fiction writer Fedor Berezin: War 2010: The Ukrainian Front
and War 2011: Against NATO
. In a startling plot twist, Berezin, a 54-year-old former Soviet Army officer and Donetsk native, is now living inside a real-life version of his own story: He is deputy defense minister of the embattled 'Donetsk People’s Republic.'"
Russia bans apples from Poland due to health regulation violations.
Ukrainian cornmeal and McDonalds are also on the hit list. Russia has a pattern of banning the products of countries it has disputes with — under the guise of sanitary violations — in order to impose political pressure. [more inside]
electrifying vocal harmonies, beats and funky basslines. [more inside]
"...it's social media that has helped build the public case against Russia
" in Ukraine. One example is liveuamap.com
, who "gather information from open sources and put it on the [Google] map" using familiar Google Maps markers for a Reds (Pro-Russian) vs Blues (Pro-Ukraine) theater map. Shaded regions indicate the Donetsk People's Republic
(DNR; Red), Lugansk People's Republic
(LNR; Purple), the MH17
crash site (Yellow), and the MH17 ceasefire zone
(green). The posts linked to by each marker include a link to the source via a chain icon at the bottom of the post.
According to Malaysia Airlines
, they have lost contact with flight MH17, in Ukraine, near the Russian border. The plane is reported to have originated in Amsterdam, with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board
. Multiple news organizations are reporting that the plane was shot down in an area where "the Ukrainian government has been fighting pro-Russian rebels.
Forty maps that explain the Middle East.
Includes sections on Middle East history, the region today, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and oil, Iraq and Libya, and "points of light." [more inside]
"And the amazing part is, it works, her thing. It does. In a place that expects a woman to prepare for marriage and motherhood "from the moment she is given her first baby doll as an infant," as Hutsol has put it, Valeria has gotten a degree of power, a degree of control, and a major say in her own destiny. It could be that the world and I have misjudged the Human Barbie in a fundamental way. Her steady drift from reality and into the twenty-first dimension is not about submissiveness, fame, or snagging a husband. It could be about finding a way out, however random, bizarre, and costly the route appears from the outside. It could be about gaining some measure of freedom." -- Russian GQ
editor in chief Michael Idov visits human Barbie doll Valeria Lukyanova (previously)
also aks the question, can what Valeria Lukyanova has made herself into be called feminist
, considering the background culture in Ukraine?
The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene
Mark Twain once said that "God created war so that Americans would learn geography."
"On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force." [more inside]
Britain will betray the United States and Ukraine to keep laundering dirty Russian money.
"The city has changed. The buses are still dirty, the people are still passive-aggressive, but something about London has changed. You can see signs of it everywhere. The townhouses in the capital’s poshest
districts are empty; they have been sold to Russian oligarchs
and Qatari princes."
While you can still follow live events in the Ukraine, with either the compulsively complete live Reddit feed
or the constantly updated BBC feed
being good choices, there has been increasingly useful analyses of the history and politics of the situation. Yale Professor Timothy Snyder, an expert on the region, wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books
describing the roots of the recent uprising, with a great overview of how "people associated with Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian, Armenian, Polish, and Jewish culture have died in a revolution that was started by a Muslim." Other history is provided by a detailed explainer
by the Guardian, in maps
by National Geographic, and the dueling arguments about the roots of the conflict from the the semi-official Russia Today
and the US State Department
Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine (NYRB)
An analysis of the Ukrainian revolt by Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. [more inside]
Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov climb the 632 meter Shanghai Tower
, the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa. The video of their climb, Shanghai Tower (650 meters)
, is riveting.
are a band/theatrical performance art group
from the Dakh Theatre
in Ukraine, based around "rapid merging of styles and unexpected sound collages". A handful of songs on youtube: Rozy/Donbass
(a performance at/in support of the Euromaidan
protests in Kiev
was known as the liberator of serfs
, because under his rule, in 1861, serfs were granted the freedom to marry without having to gain consent, to own property, and to own businesses. In 1862, Alexander II signed off on the ethnic cleansing of Circassians
that began as a simple resettlement, and led to (by official Tsarist documents, more by other accounts) over 400,000 deaths. Circassians in fact protest the 2014 Olympics
being that it was the supposed site of their final expulsion. [more inside]
Pictures from a revolution
Some say it's “fascists who came out to lynch the Moscali (Ukranian derogatory for Moscovites and Russians in general).”, some say “they're bums and slackers, who've got nothing better to do” and “instigators on the government payroll.” In reality, there is no answer. Those who came out are completely different. Remember, how a couple of years in Moscow there was a MSM buzzword “angry townspeople.” Here you see football fans, retirees, office plankton. And everyone is standing together. A sweet, ol' grandmother is pouring Molotv cocktail in a nationalists' bottles; and a manager of a large company is carrying ammunition to the student.
The New York Times
is reporting that anyone with a cell phone in the vicinity of Tuesday's anti-government demonstrations in Kiev received the following text message:
“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” [more inside]
Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev
are Ukranian porcelain artists
who create monsters
. The magic is how they're painted-sometimes with shapes
, sometimes with organic patterns
, sometimes with a scene
, and sometimes containing a whole story.
Are you still confused by Ukraine's 2007 Eurovision entry? [more inside]
"Hello. I`d like to tell you about Odessa katakombs. [Warning: disturbing images.]
Odessa is not far from the capital of Ukraine - Kiev. Under Odessa
consists the biggest katakombs in the world
. Their total length is more than 2500 km
, so this katakombs
are much more bigger than Paris katakombs...During the World War II a lot of citizens were hiding in catacombs. A lot of them used to live there for a year and more. So even today it is possible to find weapons, equipment and even dead bodies. Every year a lot of explorers lost and even die there."
NextNature's Koert van Mensvoort writes about
Ukranian woman, Valeria Lukyanova
, who is a
body artist also known as the Human Barbie. Believed to be fake, she's proven herself
to be a real live human being. He takes this opportunity to remind us about Anthropomorphobia – the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects, in an essay exploring the
Twilight between Person and Product.
Sleeping Beauty performance art exhibit in Ukraine.
Young women are taking turns "sleeping" at the National Art Museum in Kiev and will not "wake" until a (male) museum patron kisses one of them. There's a catch, though: If he kisses one of them, they have to get married. There's video
. And here's the artist's page
"The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants is a little-known yet lucrative trade. But its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and the risks."
After an eight month international investigation, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
has published an extensive four-part exposé into the black market for cadavers and human tissue: Skin and Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts (Via) [more inside]
With just over one week to the UEFA Euro 2012
kickoff, a BBC Panorama
special Stadiums of Hate
uncovers widespread, systemic racism and far-right violence amongst sects of Polish and Ukranian Football fans.
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
"Far From Moscow
is a resource designed to promote, catalog, and consider new music from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, together with the Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia)." Posts are frequent and extensive
and stuffed full of fantastic songs
. They also offer a dozen free sampler albums
; I'm listening to and loving Apples
and the more ambient Forest
. [more inside]
The Movie Set That Ate Itself. Five years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history. Armed with total creative control, he invaded a Ukrainian city, marshaled a cast of thousands and thousands, and constructed a totalitarian society in which the cameras are always rolling and the actors never go home.
It took the photographer Donald Weber more than five years to make his way inside a Ukrainian police interrogation room.
For months, Weber showed up every morning at police headquarters
, where he sat on a wooden bench in a drab hallway, waiting to ask the suspects if they’d let him witness their interrogations. When they agreed
, he sat and watched from his chair in a small room as a damaged light fixture cast spider-web patterns on the wall. [more inside]
Kiev's topless prostestors
(NSFW) Facebook used to block their pages
and Ukraine's secret service has threatened them with violence:
"With a mix of political protest and eye-catching eroticism, the women's rights group Femen (wiki
) has inspired fear in Ukrainian authorities with its fight against prostitution and sex tourism."
Non-Violent Civic Resistance in Ukraine has a history with Maidan
The nude radicals: feminism Ukrainian style
Nadezhda Korotkaya, 77, a widow who lives alone in her small wooden house on the edge of Stary Vyshkov, still remembers the World War II. "The Germans came and went," she said. "But Chernobyl came here to stay."
It was 25 years ago today that reactor number four at the Chernobyl power plant exploded, following an emergency shutdown (detailed recounting of the disaster on Wikipedia
). A memorial was held in Kiev, Ukraine
, this morning for the liquidators
who were the first human responders, with a bell struck at the exact moment of the Chernobyl explosion on April 26, 1986
. See also: a look back, with The Big Picture
. [more inside]
Looking for a winter vacation get-away? How about going to Chernobyl
? "Tours to Chernobyl are extreme tourism, plenty of curious people are looking for extreme adventures," he said. previously
The Russian mafia and criminals have their own type of music
. It's called shanson
[chanson]. A couple of contemporary examples by Michael Krug- Kolschik
and Lesovopal- Sit Boy
l Arcadiy Severnyj
(1939-1980) was considered the king of street (prison-folk) songs. Shanson
MyRadio channel. [more inside]
, a project of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
, is mapping the history, architecture, and human landscape of the City of Lions - including locations no longer there. [more inside]
Germany is, for the first time, trying a non-citizen
for crimes committed as part of the Holocaust. John Demjanjuk, originally from Ukraine, is an 89-year-old man, retired US auto factory worker, and former US citizen who has been deported and charged with 27,900 murders
for the part he may have played in World War II. This is the second time
Demjanjuk has been tried. [more inside]
Fiddle, accordion, and a singing drummer. Seven minutes and fifty seven seconds of Gypsy music from Ukraine, live in Budapest. The real thing. Totally wailing. Kickass. Técső Banda at Kertem