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Flag with first party logo (1991-2003), with the letters I and N standing for "Idea of the Nation" resembling Nazi swastika - Source: Wikipedia - Svoboda Party Ukraine

So, how's it gone for the USA in Ukraine? Predictably, they've messed it right up. US Ambassador to Ukraine is Geoffrey Pyatt, and the kindest thing you could say about Geoff, who began his diplomatic career in Honduras [1990-1992], would be that he's third rate. Geoff took the US party line early on - back the opposition no matter what. And he's stuck to that fervently - scanning through his screeds of tweets shows only one mention of Molotov cocktails.

Despite the many thousands thrown at Ukrainian police, the one time Geoff has chosen to retweet is a picture of Ukrainian police holding them, with a caption that they were now using them, but with no evidence that was ever the case. More, it's a retweet of opposition activist Maxim Eristavi, with whom Geoff has been enjoying a rather nauseating bromance, including giving Eristavi his own, stomach-churning, Marilyn Monroe, Mr Ambassador moment.

[Source: Blogger Brit In Ukraine]

by Oui on Fri Feb 7th, 2014 at 05:50:34 AM EST
Such charming folks here.

"Pravy Sektor has proved its loyalty to the ideals of freedom," Yarosh says. "Now we needed to present this movement as a source of leadership." In any kind of fair election, that would be nearly impossible. Pravy Sektor's ideology borders on fascism, and it enjoys support only from Ukraine's most hard-line nationalists, a group too small to secure them a place in parliament. But taking part in the democratic process is not part of Yarosh's strategy. "We are not politicians," he says in his office, a pack of Lucky Strikes and a walkie-talkie on the table in front of him, while a sentry in a black ski mask and bulletproof vest stands by the door. "We are soldiers of the national revolution." His entire adult life has been spent waiting for such a revolution to "steer the country in a new direction, one that would make it truly strong, not dependent on either the West or the East.....In his interview with TIME, Yarosh, whose militant brand of nationalism rejects all foreign influence over Ukrainian affairs, revealed for the first time that Pravy Sektor has amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons. He declined to say exactly how many guns they have. "It is enough," he says, "to defend all of Ukraine from the internal occupiers" -- by which he means the ruling government -- and to carry on the revolution if negotiations with that government break down.

Can we please recognize that non-violent revolution often ends up being anything but, and give up the penchant for regime change?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Feb 7th, 2014 at 07:32:59 AM EST
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