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The US is to blame for the events in Ukraine as it invested $5 billion in regime change in the country, taking a more radical stance that its EU allies, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, said.
“It seems it was the Americans, who tried to push through the most radical scenario,” Churkin said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel. “They didn’t want any sort of compromise between [ousted President Viktor] Yanukovich and the opposition. And, I think, they came to the conclusion that it was time to cash in those $5 billion and handle the matter towards abrupt regime change, which, eventually, happened.”
This explains why the US, but not the European Union, took center stage when the coup resulted in legal vacuum in Kiev, he added.
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland told CNN on Monday that Washington has invested around $5 billion into supporting democracy in Ukraine since the fall of Soviet Union.
But Churkin has doubts about Nuland’s claims, saying that “any sane person would, at least, say that those investments didn’t pay off.”
“If those $5 billion were spent on support of democracy, but not overthrow of the existing government and regime change, then no democracy has triumphed there [in Ukraine],” he explained.
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By Soraya Chemaly
The newest issue of Hip Mama magazine features a photograph of artist Ana Alvarez-Errecald standing, topless, holding her baby. He’s wearing a Spiderman costume and she is wearing the mask. The child is breastfeeding at one of her breasts and holding his hand over the other. After distributors expressed concern about having the magazine on US newsstands, HipMama was forced to publish not one, but two, covers: a “family-friendly” one that ensured it would be sold on newsstands and in supermarkets in which her bared breast is hidden by a large red dot and another, mailed to subscribers, in which her child’s hand on her breast will be apparent. Alvarez-Errecald’s most prominent earlier work, a diptych titled “The Birth of My Daughter,” is also being published in the magazine. Trust me, that piece will not be appearing on magazine covers anytime soon.
The cover image has been removed on Facebook as obscene and the artists’ Facebook page was, erroneously or not, unpublished. It cataloged her work, which included other images of bare breasts and had more than 2,000 followers, now lost to her.
Ukrainian authorities have organized new provocations against the movement of the Southeast.
In Donetsk, unknown persons distributed anti-Semitic leaflets signed by the People’s Republic of Donetsk. According to the text of these leaflets, Jews over 16 years were allegedly summoned for registration by the protesters who seized the building of Donetsk Regional State Administration, for which they had to pay 50 dollars. As established by Donetsk bloggers, this roughly fabricated fake was spread by local supporters of the right-wing Kiev authorities, and “freelance journalist” Alex Matsuka willingly took up the theme in the “patriotic” Ukrainian media. However, Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski of the Donetsk Synagogue immediately said that it was a crude forgery and political provocation, calling on people not to believe the fake text.
An attempt at a similar anti-Semitic provocation was averted in Kharkov, where several unknown women who had previously been seen disseminating defamatory material about the Union Borotba (Struggle) tried to put up an anti-Semitic poster at one of the protests. However, Kharkovites immediately stopped the attempt. There is information that these provocateurs are specially created by Kharkov authorities on orders from Kiev for the purpose of subversive activities aimed at splitting and discrediting the protest movement in the city.
Simultaneously, several agents controlled by the Kiev authorities tried to blame the Sloviansk defenders with persecution of Gypsies. However, according to residents Sloviansk, this is slander, and in the continuing protests against the junta there are actively involved representatives of many different nationalities — including Armenians, Meskhetian Turks (who have their largest community in Ukraine), as well as Jews, Greeks and Moldovans.
"All of this is the systematic work of the Kiev authorities to discredit the protest movement in the Southeast. The junta-controlled media cynically is trying to present its participants as xenophobic hooligans,” said Sergei Kirichuk, coordinator of Borotba.
“However, there are xenophobic nationalists among the Kiev Maidan. Among right-wing groups, which took an active part in it, were ideological racists and Nazis involved in beatings and murders motivated by racial hatred. Moreover, liberal defenders of the junta preferred to hush up these well-known facts. After seizing power, the junta freed the neo-Nazis guilty of killing people in the center of Kharkov.
“The movement of the Southeast stands on positions of internationalism; it unites people of different nationalities and upholds their basic rights, regardless of their nationality and the language they speak,” said Kirichuk.