Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigration minister Chris Alexander speaking to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2015 (screen shot of UCC Youtube ...

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, with ...

drive-by planet: Kiev probe into sniper attack short on evidence, credibility

Top from left: Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, acting Prosecutor General  Oleh Makhnitskyi and Head of the Security Service Valentyn Nalyvaichenko  Below: Maidan shooters The investigation by Ukrainian security services into the mid-February sniper attack is rather like the cops investigating the cops – not exactly objective. Given the biases of the coup-authority, it’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: Ukraine – The Renters’ Curse

What is so not-awesome about our news media is its propensity to relay to us news and events without the background context necessary have said news event make sense.  Go take a look at the CBC’s reporting on what is happening in the Ukraine.  I’ll reproduce the headlines here for sake of argument. Parliament votes ...

Slap Upside The Head: Ukraine Proposes Jail For Positive Gay Depictions

Lawmakers in the Ukraine have introduced an anti-gay bill that would punish “propaganda of homosexuality” with fines and up to five years in prison. Russia recently enacted a similar law this year, with expected disastrous results. Gay activists in the country have been arrested simply for marching for equal rights, and any positive portrayal of ...