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drive-by planet: Some Ukrainian films at Cottbus 24 festival convey ‘a thoroughly dishonest presentation of conditions in the east’

An article in World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) – Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival – critiques some of the Ukrainian films that made it to the screen at this years festival held in Cottbus. This is a city 125 kms southeast of Berlin, close to the border with Poland. . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Some Ukrainian films at Cottbus 24 festival convey ‘a thoroughly dishonest presentation of conditions in the east’

drive-by planet: Frans Timmermans oxygen mask revelation raises questions about MH-17 missile strike scenario

 Bottom right – Dutch Foreign Affairs minister Frans Timmermans

Earlier posts on this blog followed the story of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 – the passenger plane brought down over Eastern Ukraine. Accusations that pro-Russian self-defence forces targeted the plane with a BUK type ground-to-air missile have been  made repeatedly by Western media and government . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Frans Timmermans oxygen mask revelation raises questions about MH-17 missile strike scenario

drive-by planet: Kiev’s crimes in Eastern Ukraine includes reports of torture, execution and mass graves

Mass graves uncovered in Eastern Ukraine

When Ukrainian government forces were raining hell-on-earth on the people of Eastern Ukraine there were many well substantiated claims of atrocities that were routinely underreported or outright ignored by Western media. In addition to shelling and airstrikes directed at civilian areas in Eastern Ukraine by Kiev’s military, Right . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Kiev’s crimes in Eastern Ukraine includes reports of torture, execution and mass graves

drive-by planet: Western hypocrisy on Ukraine

drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH-17, anti-Russian rhetoric was hard to miss on MSM. The rhetoric has toned down of late. The Obama administration has also been noticeably quieter on the subject of MH-17. For former rep Ron Paul the ratcheting down of the volume in itself raises questions, in particular about what . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

drive-by planet: Say what!?

drive-by planet: Hard question about MH-17 disaster: BUK missile video blaming Russia is debunked

Below right: Black boxes being handed over to Malaysian delegation

Since the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH-17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, questions have been raised about why the plane was flying over a war zone. MH-17’s flight path on July 17 diverged from the path taken during its earlier flights over Ukraine. On previous . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Hard question about MH-17 disaster: BUK missile video blaming Russia is debunked

drive-by planet: Atrocities committed by Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine: video footage you won’t find in mainstream media

According to the accompanying blurb this video and others like it have been “the object of censorship.” The blurb also notes that “…in the media’s coverage of unfolding atrocities directed against civilians in Eastern Ukraine, the words Nazi, Fascist or Neo-Nazi are a taboo. They have been eliminated from the anthology of investigative reporting.”

Hardly . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Atrocities committed by Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine: video footage you won’t find in mainstream media

drive-by planet: Kiev’s brutal military campaign in eastern Ukraine creating humanitarian crisis

The Kiev regime’s military campaign in eastern Ukraine has Washington’s backing. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki voiced support for Kiev’s right to press its assault – an assault that includes the use of air strikes and shelling that have devastated civilians and created growing ranks of refugees, many of whom have sought sanctuary . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Kiev’s brutal military campaign in eastern Ukraine creating humanitarian crisis

drive-by planet: Chocolate King productions

drive-by planet: Ethnic cleansing in east Ukraine? – toll of killed and displaced civilians continues to mount

The end of Kiev’s so-called “ceasefire” has seen intensified artillery shelling and airstrikes in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. During the ceasefire-that-wasn’t the Ukrainian military continued with its operations in a number of key areas… breaches that gave the lie to Poroshenko’s ceasefire masquerade.

A number of Western media outlets continue to misrepresent . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Ethnic cleansing in east Ukraine? – toll of killed and displaced civilians continues to mount

drive-by planet: The contradiction between Poroshenko’s peace plan and Kiev’s actions… rhetoric

 Top: Former Ukraine president Leonid Kuchma, OSCE’s Heidi Tagliavini  and Russian ambassador Mikhail Zurabov in talks with separatist leaders Beneath: Alex Borodai and fighters

Kiev’s recently declared ceasefire was initially rejected by pro-Russian separatists, in part because it was unilaterally declared by Kiev without prior negotiation. Separatist leaders have since agreed to halt combat . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The contradiction between Poroshenko’s peace plan and Kiev’s actions… rhetoric

drive-by planet: Fascism has a long history in Ukraine: 2-part historical review

 Below left: Hero of Ukrainian hardline nationalists – Stepan Bandera  Below right: Bandera in Nazi uniform

In order to get some background on the crisis in Ukraine, it’s important to take the historical record into account – both recent and long standing. This is especially important given slanted western media coverage, with Russia being . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Fascism has a long history in Ukraine: 2-part historical review

drive-by planet: Oligarch Pyotr "Chocolate King" Poroshenko wins big in Ukraine’s low turn-out election: change to disbelieve in

The presidential election in Ukraine was held on the same date as elections to the European parliament that resulted in an unprecedented showing by anti-immigration Euro-skeptic parties. The Ukraine election held in the midst of conflict and poll boycotts saw EU-friendly billionaire Pyotr Poroshenko – aka the “Chocolate King” – emerge the big winner, . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Oligarch Pyotr "Chocolate King" Poroshenko wins big in Ukraine’s low turn-out election: change to disbelieve in

drive-by planet: Use of Putin-as-fuhrer meme part of effort to demonize Russia: prince Charles’ Nazi relatives

Bottom right: Charles’ great uncle Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson  fawning over Adolf Hitler

During a recent 4-day visit to Canada, Prince Charles visited the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. In the course of speaking with a volunteer named Marienne Ferguson whose family fled Poland in advance of the Nazi invasion, Charles accused . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Use of Putin-as-fuhrer meme part of effort to demonize Russia: prince Charles’ Nazi relatives

Bill Longstaff: From Ukraine—"Basically we’re screwed"

A young eastern Ukrainian philosophy student, commenting on the weekend referendum in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, summed up his country’s condition rather neatly: “I haven’t voted,” he said, “and nor have any of my friends. It’s a referendum for idiots, organized by idiots. Of course I don’t want to be part of their absurd . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: From Ukraine—"Basically we’re screwed"

drive-by planet: Pro-Kiev radicals linked to lethal attack on Trade Unions House in Odessa: MSM avoids placing blame

Top: Molotov cocktail being thrown at Trade Unions building Odessa Bottom left: A ‘jumper’ tries to escape the inferno

The forty-six people who died in the fire that engulfed the Trade Unions House in Odessa on Friday were victims of an assault on the building by pro-Kiev radicals, a number of whom lobbed Molotov . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Pro-Kiev radicals linked to lethal attack on Trade Unions House in Odessa: MSM avoids placing blame

drive-by planet: In-depth interview with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov [video - English]: ‘If we’re attacked, we’ll certainly respond’

Given the American MSM angle on Ukraine that paints more or less the same picture with minor variations, I thought it would be interesting to get the Russian perspective courtesy of foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in this recent interview on RT’s Sophie and Co. 

Lavrov comes across as a no-nonsense straight shooter. He . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: In-depth interview with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov [video - English]: ‘If we’re attacked, we’ll certainly respond’

drive-by planet: US corporate media propaganda: NYT’s misleading photo ‘evidence’ of Russian soldiers in east Ukraine

Back in 2003, when Colin Powell presented “evidence” at the UN to back up the White House claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, major US news outlets ran the story believing the Bush administration had the goods. During the UN presentation Russia’s ambassador at the time, Sergei Lavrov,  greeted Powell’s “evidence” . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: US corporate media propaganda: NYT’s misleading photo ‘evidence’ of Russian soldiers in east Ukraine

drive-by planet: Leaflet targeting Jews in Donetsk ‘a political hoax’: anti-Semitism as a propaganda tool

Below left: Donetsk synagogue /  Below right: Chief Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski holding anti-Semitic leaflet

Anti-Semitism has a long and ugly history in Ukraine. During the current conflict between the interim Kiev government and regional pro-Russian movements in the east, anti-Semitic incidents have been used as a propaganda tool. An example of this was the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Leaflet targeting Jews in Donetsk ‘a political hoax’: anti-Semitism as a propaganda tool

drive-by planet: German TV program ‘Monitor’ on Kiev sniper attack: ham radio intercept of sharp shooter chat surfaces

A report that aired on the German public TV program “Monitor” includes audio recordings and interviews that strongly suggest opposition involvement in the Kiev sniper attack of mid-February. The program is available online in German – here. I believe the segment on the Kiev shootings is in the second part of the show so . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: German TV program ‘Monitor’ on Kiev sniper attack: ham radio intercept of sharp shooter chat surfaces

drive-by planet: Comments by communist leader Symonenko spark mayhem and fistfights in Ukrainian parliament: video

A free-for-all push-and-punch fest broke out in the Ukrainian parliament this week when a communist leader, Pyotr Symonenko, blamed the nationalists for dividing the nation and aggravating tensions in the south-east. He said the seizure of buildings in Donetsk, Kharkov and Lugansk follows a precedent set when government buildings were seized during the Maidan . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Comments by communist leader Symonenko spark mayhem and fistfights in Ukrainian parliament: video

drive-by planet: Israel, Harper back unelected Kiev government: anti-Semitism and far-right nationalism downplayed

  Top: Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in group shot with Canada’s John Baird / Lower left: Tyahnybok in action / Lower right: Svoboda parade

Stephen Harper’s visit to Ukraine this week is the first by any G7 leader since the coup that saw the overthrow of Yanukovych. Harper is a big backer of the unelected . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israel, Harper back unelected Kiev government: anti-Semitism and far-right nationalism downplayed

drive-by planet: Harper touches down in Kiev

drive-by planet: Watch: far-right Svoboda politicians beat Ukrainian TV chief, force him to resign

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Kiev: According to Russian news sources, also this report in Huffington Post, politicians from the far-right Svoboda party have been involved in a brazen attack on a CEO of Ukrainian state television. Some of the reports claim the attackers are members in the new Ukrainian parliament.

The action in the video . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Watch: far-right Svoboda politicians beat Ukrainian TV chief, force him to resign