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Poor naïve Ukranians, so easily manipulated by the Yankee dollar! Who knew so little money could go so far?

There are many ways of losing democratic legitimacy. One of them is to throw your defeated opponent into prison. Another is to revoke constitutional changes that don't suit you, through pressure on the judiciary. When it's clear that a democratically-elected leader has no intention of relinquishing power, then taking to the street is the only effective means of political expression; and overthrowing the regime through popular pressure becomes legitimate.

Oh but I forgot : the revolutionaries were all bought and paid for by Uncle Sam and some tech billionaire.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 10:19:02 AM EST
There are many ways of losing democratic legitimacy. One of them is to throw your defeated opponent into prison. Another is to revoke constitutional changes that don't suit you, through pressure on the judiciary.

Well, in that light, the new unelected provisional government's majority undercut its legitimacy with the abrogation of the language law (vetoed by the interim President when it was already too late).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 10:46:21 AM EST
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I agree with you there. It remains to be seen how they imagine they are going to get themselves some legitimacy.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 12:21:04 PM EST
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Can we all at least agree that the attempt of the new government to limit the use of the Russian language was incredibly stupid?

I can only hope that this is dead, dead. Not laying in wait for use as an escalation by the new Ukrainian government.

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 Thu Mar 6th, 2014 at 01:17:52 PM EST
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