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

The media landscape in Brazil through the lens of Ukraine

By Pedro Marin, Editor-In-Chief of Opera Revista, article published in Truthout.org, Jan. 23, 2015 and also on New Cold War.org

Folha de Sao Paulo newspaperFourth estate, watchdog, ideology perpetuator – there are many labels for “media.” In Brazil, the problem of the media is very similar to that in most countries. According to a Brazilian research study in 2014, about 65 per cent of Brazilians watch television every day. According to the same research, they watch about three and a half hours per day. We are the fourth highest country in per capita internet access; still, only 28 per cent trust websites. Twenty four per cent trust news shared in social media networks. Only 22 out of 100 trust blogs. » Read more..

Another murderous attack on a bus during failing Ukraine military offensive

News summary by New Cold War.org editors, Jan. 25, 2015

Transit bus in Donetsk shelled on Jan 22, 2015, 12 killed

Transit bus in Donetsk shelled on Jan 22, 2015, 12 killed

A mortar attack in the city of Donetsk on January 22 struck a transit bus, killing 13 people and injuring many more. According to defense officials of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, the attack was conducted by a terrorist cell of the Ukraine army. Several Ukraine army personnel were arrested after the attack.

See also on New Cold War.org: Factory workers in Dnipropetrovsk protest unpaid wages, factory shutdown, Jan 25, 2015

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Video journalists declared “wanted criminals” by Ukraine’s secret service as newspaper office in Kharkiv is firebombed

By New Cold War.org editors, Jan 11, 2015

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips

UK video journalist Graham Phillips and his film partner, Patrick John Lancaster, have been declared “wanted criminals” by Ukraine’s secret service, the SBU. The news is reported on Facebook by Patrick Lancaster (report below).

The declaration by the SBU is part of the widespread crackdown on freedom of the press taking place in Ukraine. There have been at least five journalists killed since the beginning of the ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ of the Kyiv government in eastern Ukraine last April. They were killed by shelling by Ukraine armed forces and militia. One was Italian, the other four were Russian. » Read more..

Social protest rising in Ukraine as gov’t approves harsh austerity budget

By Roger Annis, published on The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond, Dec. 28, 2014

A wave of public protests against the regressive social policies of the Ukraine government is rising in Ukraine. The Christmas season has been punctuated by protest across the country.

Protest in Kyiv against budget on Dec. 28, 2014, photo by UNIAN news service

Protest in Kyiv against budget on Dec. 28, 2014, photo by UNIAN news service

Simultaneously, a fragile ceasefire in the east of the country is coming undone. The government in Kyiv is regrouping and rearming its military and extreme-right militias after a devastating blow delivered to them in late August by the pro-autonomy, rebel movement in southeast Ukraine. » Read more..

The ‘blame Russia’ mainstream media chorus over Ukraine as viewed from Canada

By Roger Annis, Dec. 19, 2014. An abridged version of this article is published in Ricochet, a new, progressive media platform in Canada.

Shelling attack in Lugansk, early August, 2014

Shelling attack in Lugansk, early August, 2014

The Globe and Mail is the only newspaper in Canada spending time and resources to report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine. Seasoned Globe reporter Mark MacKinnon has been in and out of there for many months. The newspaper published a substantial article by him in its Saturday edition of Dec. 6. The article is a useful reference point for examining how mainstream media is presenting the story of the war in Ukraine to Canadians, for good and for bad. » Read more..

What does the oil price slump show us about the Russian economy?

By Roger Annis, Dec 19, 2014

The dramatic drop in the value of the Russia’s currency prompted by the falling world price of oil and aggravated by economic sanctions against the country is an occasion to revisit the issue of what, exactly, is the character of the Russian economy and social formation. » Read more..

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..