Archive for Ukraine, Crimea, Russia: articles by Roger Annis

A ‘junta’ in power in Kyiv? Comment on James Petras article on Ukraine

By Roger Annis, Dec 16, 2014

James Petras distinguishes himself in a recent article on Ukraine by rejecting the wrong-headed theories prevalent on the political left that the driving force of events in Ukraine is a ‘Russian aggression’ or a fight between ‘two imperialisms’ for control of the country. He calls it as it is in an article last month, All out war in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’–we are seeing in Ukraine a continuation of NATO’s historic drive to weaken and isolate Russia, now in tandem with the neo-conservative government that came to power in Kyiv in February of this year. The Kyiv government is making a sharp turn to association with austerity Europe and the International Monetary Fund, with devastating consequences for the majority of the country’s population.

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, in Belgium on Dec. 15, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, photo by AP

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, in Belgium on Dec. 15, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, photo by AP

I disagree with Petras’ description of the government in Kyiv as a ‘junta’. I have debated this same issue with others.

Ukraine is in the midst of a full-out war in the east launched by Kyiv nine months ago. Right-wing nationalism is ascendant. But at the same time, national elections have taken place twice this year in which large sections of the population in central and western Ukraine participated at high levels. So the political situation is more difficult and complex than the term ‘junta’ would suggest. » Read more..

The propaganda war over Crimea’s break from Ukraine

The Propaganda War Over Crimea’s Break From Ukraine

By Roger Annis, first published on Truthout, Dec. 10, 2014

Meeting of defense ministers at NATO summit meeting in Wales, summer 2014, photo by NATO Summit Wales

Meeting of defense ministers at NATO summit meeting in Wales, summer 2014, photo by NATO Summit Wales

In the propaganda campaign being waged by the NATO countries and the government of Ukraine against Russia and in support of Kiev’s war in the east of the country, the events in Crimea of the past nine months occupy a pivotal place.

The secession from Ukraine that followed the March 16 referendum vote in Crimea is the number one pretext to justify the war as well as NATO’s rising aggression in Eastern Europe.

NATO began an eastward expansion 25 years ago at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has incorporated 11 new member countries (including eastern Germany) – 13 if Croatia and Albania are counted. » Read more..

Writer offers a revisionist view of the history of Russia and the Soviet Union

By Roger Annis, Dec. 6, 2014

Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski, a writer and editor at the Polish edition of Le Monde, has written a revisionist essay on Russia and the Soviet Union that raises eyebrows because of the warm reception it is receiving from left wing outlets.

Anti-fascist partisan fighters in Soviet Ukraine during WW2, image from Wikipedia

Anti-fascist partisan fighters in Soviet Ukraine during WW2, image from Wikipedia

The essay is titled ‘Russian imperialism’ and is published in the November 2014 issue of International Viewpoint, the monthly print magazine and online journal of the Bureau of the Fourth International in Europe. The essay also appears on the website of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign in the UK, a campaign which opposes the political autonomy and anti-austerity movement in eastern Ukraine (and is not to be confused with the UK campaign Solidarity Against the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine). » Read more..

Western media turns blind eye to shameful vote at UN on Nazism by U.S., Canada and Europe

By Roger Annis, published in Truthout, Dec. 5, 2014

General Assembly of the United Nations

General Assembly of the United Nations

A big yawn. And ‘delete’. That’s how editors at the world’s mainstream media reacted to the news that Canada, the U.S. and Ukraine voted against a resolution at the United Nations on Nov. 21 committing the member countries of the world body to combat racism and xenophobia in all its forms.

These were the only three countries to vote ‘no’. Fifty five countries abstained, including the member countries of the European Union as well as Australia and New Zealand. (The full list of votes by country is here.) » Read more..

Devastating article by Patrick Smith in Salon.com against propaganda war over Ukraine

Dec 4, 2014

Hello ‘A Socialist in Canada’ reader:

Shelling of Horlivka, Ukraine on July 27, 2014, photo Igor Kovalenko, EPA

Shelling of Horlivka, Ukraine on July 27, 2014, photo Igor Kovalenko, EPA

Veteran U.S. journalist Patrick L Smith has written a devastating article in Salon.com on Dec. 3 which reviews the U.S. mainstream news lies and misrepresentations during this past year about the situation in Ukraine, in particular about the war (so-called anti-terrorist operation) launched by the Kyiv government in April. His article is titled, ‘New York Times propagandists exposed: Finally, the truth about Ukraine and Putin emerges‘. » Read more..

Interview with Roger Annis on the situation in Ukraine, Dec. 3, 2014

You can listen to an interview with Roger Annis on recent events in Ukraine, speaking on Dec. 3 with host Chris Cook on the ‘Gorrilla Radio’ program of CFUV Radio in Victoria BC. Click on the ‘play’ arrow on this web page. The interview is the first item in the program and lasts 20 minutes.

Roger Annis is an editor of the recently-launched website, ‘The New Cold War, Ukraine and beyond‘.

Vancouver peace activist offers alternative view on Ukraine, claiming government commits war crimes

By Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight online, Nov 30, 2014

This year, all three major Canadian political parties have expressed strong support for the elected government of Ukraine and have been harshly critical of Russian-speaking rebels in the eastern part of the country. That’s also been the tenor of the vast majority of Canadian media coverage, which has largely vilified Russian president Vladimir Putin’s role in destabilizing the country.

In the face of this broad consensus, a retired Vancouver aerospace worker and peace activist, Roger Annis, has worked tirelessly to offer a different perspective. He’s one of the editors of a new website called The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond. The articles and videos convey the impression that fascist forces within the Ukrainian government are waging war against their own people, even using cluster bombs to suppress democratic and cultural rights. » Read more..

New website of Ukraine information and analysis is launched

New Cold War website imageNovember 26, 2014

Dear reader,

Following several months of preparatory work, a new website providing information and analysis of the war and political crisis in Ukraine is now online. The website is titled The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond. You can read it, subscribe to it and like it on Facebook at this weblink.

The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond is a project of the international delegates who attended the antiwar, anti-fascist conference that took place in Yalta, Crimea on July 6 and 7, 2014. That conference adopted an antiwar declaration that serves as a guide to the information assembled and presented on the new website.

The website already contains a vast storehouse of information and analysis. The content is expanding daily. One feature designed to assist readers is ‘Editors’ picks’, a selection by our editors of the items posted to the website that are varied and that we consider particularly informative.

The information on the website is sorted by category for ease of access. There are 14 subject categories—from the obvious—‘Ukraine’, ‘Russia’, ‘News’, and’ Analysis’—to ‘Eastern Europe and Caucasus,’ and ‘Malaysian Airlines Crash’.

From the ‘About us’ section of the website:
We are open to reports from all sources, provided that they are relevant and contain verifiable factual claims, not unsupported opinion. To send reports, questions, or comments write to newcoldwareditors@gmail.ca. If you would like to contribute to our blog or become a regular author, please contact our editorial team.

Please inform your friends and associates of this new website. Please like us on Facebook. You can sign up to receive website postings by e-mail in a frequency of your choosing.

Regards,
The editors, The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond
www.newcoldwar.org
newcoldwareditors@gmail.ca

More obfuscation in latest UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine

By Roger Annis, Nov. 24, 2014

A monitor of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examines the aftermath of shelling in July 2014, photo by OSCE

A monitor of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examines the aftermath of shelling in July 2014, photo by OSCE

The latest monthly report on Ukraine by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has earned some headlines because it reports that significant numbers of people are still being killed by the war in the east of the country, notwithstanding a ceasefire agreement on September 5 to which the Ukrainian government committed itself.

The 49-page UN report covers the period Sept. 17 to October 31 and is based on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU). The report says nearly 1,000 people, an average of 13 per day, were killed between Sept. 6 and Oct. 31. “Since the beginning of the hostilities in mid-April until 31 October, at least 4,042 people were killed and 9,350 were wounded in the conflict affected area of eastern Ukraine”. » Read more..

Parliament election in Ukraine confirms right wing government and its civil war course

By Roger Annis, first published on Truthout, November 10, 2014

Seat in Kyiv of the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) of Ukraine

Seat in Kyiv of the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) of Ukraine

The general election to Ukraine’s parliament (the Verkhovna Rada–Supreme Council) on Oct 26 was another step by the country’s wealthy power brokers to consolidate their pro-Europe, pro-austerity economic course and related war against the rebellious population in the east of the country. A large, neo-conservative and far-right majority now controls the Rada.

The election outcome continues the political course begun last February with the overthrow of President Victor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. That course was affirmed in the May presidential election that saw Petro Poroshenko win a solid electoral majority from the minority of Ukrainians who took part. » Read more..