Nihilist vs. Kagarlitsky

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

Russophone leftists provide a “take-down” of prominent Russian left-wing intellectual Boris Kagarlitsky, translated here.  Kagarlitsky has been an influential voice on Western Left understandings of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Nihilist arose from the ashes of Left Affair (Liva Sprava).

Marples: On the “Fighters for Ukrainian Independence” Law

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

David Marples provides an astute critique of the new parliamentary law “Concerning the legal status and commemorating the memory of the fighters for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century,” here.

Kroker & Weinstein: Maidan as third force

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 9, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

With their talk of supernovas, black holes, and event-horizons, Arthur Kroker and Michael Weinstein’s “Maidan, Caliphate, and Code: Theorizing Power and Resistance in the 21st Century” is not exactly social science in any recognizable form. Read as poetry, however, its rendition of the state of affairs in and between Ukraine and Russia is provocative and worth reading.

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“We do not need your support”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

This statement from December, a response by Ukrainian independent left groups to some western leftists’ (perceived) support for Russian aggression against Ukraine, deserves to be reprinted, as the attitudes it targets continue in some places.

Kowalewski: On the Donbas rebellion

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

In “The Oligarchic Rebellion in the Donbas,” Polish socialist Zbigniew Kowalewski provides an astute analysis of the Donbas separatist movement as an oligarchic project of the regional capitalist elite.

The article can be read here.

A history of the crisis in maps

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

The New York Times offers a history in maps of the Ukraine crisis, here.


McFinn on navigating the “arm Ukraine” debate

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

Rory McFinn offers a handy set of guidelines for distinguishing Ukraine crisis commentators who don’t know much about Ukraine from those who do, here.

Motyl on fascism in Ukraine vs. Russia

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

In “Is Ukraine fascist?” Rutgers University political scientist Alexander Motyl examines the case for finding fascism in Ukraine as opposed to Russia.

He’s pretty fair, despite his overstated conclusion. (I don’t think Russia has conclusively become fascist, even if many of the elements of that process are well in play.)

DNR & LNR play anti-Semitic card

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 5, 2015 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

Following the collapse of the Minsk ceasefire talks, the leaders of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” held a joint press conference which ended in a bizarre anti-Semitic jibe against current Ukrainian leaders.

The entire press conference is worth watching, but the part in question begins at around 13’20”. It’s clear to me that they are aiming it at President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatseniuk, Speaker of Parliament Volodymyr Groysman (those are the three most powerful politicians in Ukraine today), and probably Dnipropetrovsk governor (and pro-Kyiv oligarch) Ihor Kolomoisky, all of whom are known or thought to have Jewish roots and who, collectively, show how irrelevant ethnicity has become in Ukraine.

That these two guys see themselves as fighting for their “cossack” fiefdom (supported by a resurgent Great Russia) does not bode well for the future of the region.

Putin addresses Crimea

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

Rutgers political scientist Alexander Motyl has a perceptive decoding of Vladimir Putin’s “state of the union” address to Russia’s Federal Assembly from a few days ago. You can read it here.

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