Archive for September, 2009


And Now For Something From Odessa……You Can’t Beat A Free Press…..Or Maybe You Can…..Quite Literally

September 30, 2009

Well dear readers, here is an article from the Committee to Protect Journalists relating to Odessa……


TV crew violently attacked at a protest rally in Ukraine

New York, September 29, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the violent attack on the crew of an opposition Russian-language news channel in Odessa, and urges Ukrainian authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Today, several unidentified men attacked ATV cameraman Dmitry Dokunov and reporter Olesya Klintsova when they approached a group for an interview at a protest rally outside a local court that was hearing a case against the station, news Web site Lenta reported. The attackers broke Dokunov’s camera and slashed his wrist with a knife when he tried to retrieve his equipment. Klintsova was hit in the head with a heavy object, Lenta said. Police officers present at the rally did not intervene, an ATV video report shows.

Dokunov remains hospitalized after a four-hour-long surgery; Klintsova was diagnosed with a concussion, ATV staffers told CPJ. Galina Vygovskaya, the station’s editor, said local police qualified the attack as a robbery and opened an investigation.

“We condemn the violence against Dmitry Dokunov and Olesya Klintsova, and strongly urge Ukrainian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. “Authorities should investigate why police officers present at the protest rally did not move to stop the assault on these journalists.”

ATV channel supporters and opponents gathered today outside an Odessa administrative court, which was reviewing a lawsuit authorities filed in 2007 against the broadcaster that aimed to withdraw its license, local press reported. (The hearing was postponed until October 20 because a judge was ill.) According to Vygovskaya, the state broadcasting agency, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council, has been trying to shut down ATV because of its critical position toward nationalist groups and local and national authorities.

According to the independent news Web site Rosbalt-Ukraina, Dokunov filmed a high-ranking police officer outside the court talking to a group of young men, reportedly members of a Ukrainian nationalist movement. These were the same men who attacked the ATV journalists at a protest later that day, Dokunov said.


Sounds terrible doesn’t it?   Unfortunately, the video doesn’t actually show what it purports to show.  You don’t actually see the incident as it would make you believe.  With stage managed political raids, incidents and the like happening here all the time, it seems to me the authors of this piece have not done their homework about Odessa or Ukraine. 


What do I mean?  Well, because they say it happened how it happened, even if they are journalists…..which I would actually go to great lengths to verify……far greater than the CPJ…… doesn’t mean that any of it is true.  Ukraine news is full of stage managed stunts for political gain every month with even more convincing footage than this.

How would this be political?  Because parties involved in this dispute are owned by political figures like all Ukrainian media is. 

The CPJ look like they have run the story with no clue as to how the media is run, manipulated and stage managed in Ukraine.  There will be no independent, non-politically aligned witnesses to the actual event no doubt, as it is only a 50/50 chance it happened as claimed, if it has happened at all.

Add this to the general journalistic ability of the press in Ukraine……..which is equal to that of a malignant tumor growing on the arse of a dung beetle and you have some idea of the standard and independence of the media and reporting here.


Still, it will give the CPJ something to write about…….rather than journalistic repression in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Tibet or Palistine where journalists have a very easy time of course.

Naughty old Odessa……naughty old Ukraine, you would think it is not going to have a pro-USA President soon and this will effect the independence and reliability of the news coming out of Ukraine…….well, you would think it if you didn’t live here anyway.  If you lived here, you would know that this story, and half of the news coming out of Ukraine is either complete bull-shit, partial bull-shit or simply banner and tag headlines without corroboration of any investigative journalism at all.

Next week I am thinking of smacking my own nose and then after the event, running into a TV station saying that it happened after photographing an undercover CIA agent in Odessa plotting to steal the recipe for Borsh.  I know I will get the coverage on TV and I know nobody will do any investigation into my claims before, during or even after it has been reported…… maybe there will be a video clip of me next week and a long article about it too.



Something Interesting from Russia……..

September 29, 2009

Now this is quite an interesting article from Sergei Karaganov, dean of the Department of Global Economics and Politics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow:—Russia-Now.html


Ivan Demyaniuk – Seems more controversial than Naftogas debt restructuring

September 28, 2009

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee has condemned the Lviv regional legislature’s attempts to defend Ivan Demyaniuk, a former guard of Nazi concentration camps.

Lviv lawmakers claim that the Demyaniuk case is an international conspiracy, which allegedly aims to discredit Ukrainians and Ukraine in the eyes of the world public. “Undoubtedly, this case has been falsified and fabricated by the KGB a long time ago, and is now “being fuelled by the Russian FSB and other states, which have hastened to take in this provocative bait,” the Lviv legislature said in an appeal to the Ukrainian president, prime minister and parliament.

The Jewish Committee said, meanwhile that, “Lviv lawmakers are making a big mistake, putting the words “Ukrainian” and “Nazi criminal” on the same footing.

“Ukrainians are perceived globally as a winning nation in World War II, a nation that suffered the largest losses in the fight against fascism. Lviv deputies’ provocative appeals are asserting undesirable and unobjective associations in the minds of many,” the Jewish Committee said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Nazi criminals and their accomplices have no nationality,” the statement says.

Although Demyaniuk is of Ukrainian ethnicity and is an old person, his possible extradition to Ukraine “is not desirable from the point of view of its negative impact on the country’s image and his likely being used by Ukrainian nationalists for political purposes,” the Jewish Committee said.

Demyaniuk, now 89 years old, was a Red Army soldier when the Great Patriotic War began. He was taken prisoner and he emigrated to the United States in 1952, where he was granted American citizen ship. In the late 1970s he was accused of being a guard in the Treblinka concentration camp, where he operated gas chambers, took part in he execution of over 100,000 people and tortured prisoners.

His trial was restarted in the United States in 2001. Proof was found in the archives that Demyaniuk was a guard in the Treblinka, Sobibor and Majdanek concentration camps. On May 12 he was deported to Germany in compliance with a court order. The Munich Prosecutor’s Office accused Demyaniuk of participating in the killing of about 29,000 Jews in Sobibor. – Interfax-Ukraine.


How can this be grabbing the headlines above the political folly in Kyiv and the state of the nation?  Priorities anyone?


Busy Again

September 27, 2009

Busy again…………Sorry


Ha ha ha ha ha

September 26, 2009

It seems the RADA are going to investigate the earnings of the top members of the National Bank of Ukraine who alledgedly earn more than 4 times the President (well the President’s offical income, we cannot take into consideration the undeclared and shadowy income of course)…….You chose a capitalistic model to follow people!!

Ha ha ha ha ha


Bet you thought I’d forgotten…….

September 25, 2009

Well dear readres,  bet you thought I’d forgotten to post today……..well I am busy…….but I didn’t forget, even if it is only just still today!!


A little busy today…….

September 24, 2009

Talk amongst yourselves today dear readers…….just a tad busy.


The Most Influential Ukrainian Ever?

September 23, 2009

Godfather of neoconservatism dies

Irving Kristol

Irving Kristol’s right-wing ideas held sway for two decades

The man known as the “godfather of neoconservatism”, Irving Kristol, has died from lung cancer at the age of 89.

Mr Kristol rejected the communist beliefs of his youth to become a leading right-wing thinker and writer.

His ideas had a huge influence on the Bush administration and in 2002 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush.

The magazine edited by his son William Kristol, The Weekly Standard, paid tribute to his “wisdom” and “wit”.

It added that his “generosity of spirit made him a friend and mentor to several generations of thinkers and public servants”.


Irving Kristol was born in the New York borough of Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine.

In the 1930s he was a Trotskyist but he turned his back on his radical left-wing beliefs in favour of liberalism.

In the 1960s he rejected that after the rise of the New Left.


An intellectual pioneer who advanced the conservative movement
Former President George W Bush on Irving Kristol

In the 1970s he completed his move across the political spectrum by joining the Republican Party, which he said had once been as “foreign to me as attending a Catholic Mass”.

Writing in 2003, Mr Kristol described neoconservatism as a “persuasion” and underlined that it had its roots among “disillusioned liberal intellectuals in the 1970s”.

He also once famously described neoconservatives as liberals “mugged by reality”.

Huge influence

The term neoconservatism was created by the socialist writer Michael Harrington in the early 1970s.

Fellow neoconservative founder Norman Podhoretz wrote that “the influence of Irving Kristol’s ideas has been one of the most important factors in reshaping the American climate of opinion over the past 40 years”.

Mr Kristol was a driving force in a series of think-tanks like the American Enterprise Institute that made conservatism a reigning ideology for at least two decades.

He wrote for many media outlets and penned several books including “Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea”.

Former US President George W Bush, whose administration included several neoconservatives, issued a statement calling him “an intellectual pioneer who advanced the conservative movement”.

But the reputation of the group was hit by controversy over the Iraq war in 2003 – which many neocons pushed for – and by the global economic downturn.

Mr Kristol did not comment much in public on the war.

With the election of Barack Obama, Mr Kristol’s son William said that the liberals had regained the ascendancy.

“All good things must come to an end. Jan 20, 2009, marked the end of the conservative era,” he wrote in the New York Times.

Irving Kristol married critic-historian Gertrude Himmelfarb in 1942. As well as his son William, he had a daughter Elizabeth.


Nice little article from the BBC I have been meaning to comment upon……and of course allow you to comment upon.

Is he possibly the most influential Ukrainian to have lived ?

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