Archive for June, 2014

Western leftist conspiracy narratives: or, the devil in the details

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 23, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

An article is circulating in the western left that alleges that Ukraine’s new president Poroshenko has been a “mole” for the U.S. State Department since 2006. The article is just one example of the kind of narrative I’ve seen circulating widely in the western anti-American left that overstates the U.S.’s role in Ukrainian affairs. Notably, the writers of these narratives tend to eagerly swallow up the “information” being spread by an authoritarian, right-wing state — Russia — in order to prop up their theories.

Here are some comments in response.

(For the record, plenty of articles circulate that have propaganda value but little factual value. I have previously shared, on this blog, some of those produced by Russian propaganda sources. One that seems to be produced by Ukrainian propaganda sources, or at least that seems to be spreading among anti-Russian bloggers, claims that the recent UN human rights report alleges that Russian security services, or Russian special forces, were behind the Odessa deaths of June 2. The UN report says no such thing.)

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Jewish voices from Donetsk

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 20, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

Avital Chizhik’s “Jewish Voices from the Frontlines of Donetsk” provides a ground level perspective on how that city has been transformed by the war in eastern Ukraine.

UN report on human rights in Ukraine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 19, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has released its third Report on the Human Rights Situation in Ukraine.

The full 58-page report can be read here.

A brief overview can be read here.

Maidan & the Left: “Libertarian in spirit”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 16, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

In a report on the recent conference “The Left and the Maidan,” held in Kyiv in April, Russian trade unionist Kirill Buketov (of the Global Labour Institute and the International Union of Food and Agricultural Workers) provides a detailed overview of the role of the political left in the Maidan movement.

Buketov argues that while the Maidan cannot be adequately described as either left-wing or right-wing in its political character — according to polls, “93% of the Maidan participants were distant from politics” and only 7% “had a political position and belonged to one political group or another” — in spirit it was “left-wing” and “libertarian.”

“Driven by protest against corruption and tyranny, against humiliation and oppression, by masses of people who felt their dignity had been offended by their rulers’ lies,”

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Poroshenko’s inaugural speech

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 8, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

The inaugural speech of Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, can be read in its entirety in English translation here.

More media war techniques

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 5, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

While this web site is in Russian, the videos and images don’t require much translation. It’s a catalogue of examples of Russian state media “recycling” of images from other times and places — dead bodies, mutilated children, bombings, downed UN planes, et al. — in order to discredit Ukraine’s (former) opposition or its (current) interim government.

The sources include Syria’s current civil war (several images), Belgrade in the 1990s, Mexico’s drug war, the African Congo (that UN plane), and even a fire from Quebec’s Lac Megantic train derailment. All are presented as if these depict victims of “Kiev’s fascist junta” or on-the-ground images from eastern Ukraine.

See here for the article.

Then there is the army of internet trolls. Media studies dissertations can be written about this stuff.

 

 

More views from the left

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 2, 2014 by Adrian J Ivakhiv

In “Eastern Ukraine: Popular Uprising, Conspiracy, or Civil War?” leftish cultural-political magazine n+1  presents a very interesting and diverse collection of interviews with left-wing activists in Ukraine and Russia on the events of the last few months.

And Observer Ukraine presents an interview with Left Opposition activist and lawyer Vitaliy Dudin.

An earlier interview with Zakhar Popovych (also included in the n+1 article) has been translated here.

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