Ukrainian Parliament Erupts Over Russian Naval Base
I have some serious commentary on Russia, Ukraine and their naval base agreement, but honestly I just wanted an excuse to post this video. I haven’t yet decided whether this is awesome or sad, but it is pretty funny: I watched this video a few times just to study the nonchalant faces, as if this happens all the time. Getting egged on the floor of | Read More »
President Viktor Yanukovych: Great Hunger Not Genocide
Honestly, I don’t blame President Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine: No Genocide By Russia In ‘Great Hunger’ Strasbourg, France (AP) – In a major turnabout in Ukrainian policy, new President Viktor Yanukovych says the 1930s Stalinist famine that killed millions should not be considered genocide against Ukrainians because it targeted its victims indiscriminately. Yanukovych told the Council of Europe on Tuesday that he considered the famine “a | Read More »
The End of the Orange Revolution?
As the world outside of Barack Obama’s self-absorbed bubble turns: Polls show former communist apparatchik Viktor Yanukovych holding a slim lead over Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukraine presidential election. Yankukovych is a bad guy, like he could be cast as a villain in a James Bond movie type of bad guy. The former convict, thug and accused rapist is the Kremlin’s lapdog and has no | Read More »
The sand painting of Kseniya Simonova.
To describe it is to do it a disservice: it must be watched to be appreciated. Like Andrew Malcolm, I found it amazing, and I think that you will too.
China Ditches US Dollar with $50 Billion IMF Bond Purchase
Last Wednesday China officially began to move away from the U.S. Dollar as it’s reserve currency when it purchased $50 billion in bonds issued by the International Monetary Fund. The Chinese government has agreed to purchase up to $50 billion worth of International Monetary Fund bonds, the first such notes in the fund’s history, the IMF said Wednesday. The global organization said the note purchase | Read More »
Tags: armenian genocide
, Barack Obama
, European Union
, International Monetary Fund
, John Kerry
, special drawing rights
, United States
Three Hundred Years Ago Today – The Battle Of Poltava
Some watershed events in history are generally well-known, while others remain obscure, perhaps known only in a particular geographic region. However, some of these seemingly-obscure events deserve more attention – as much of the present situation in many parts of the world owes a great deal to those events. Today happens to be the 300th anniversary of one of those little-known watersheds – the Battle | Read More »
From the Russian press, 6/21-6/28
Why I’m doing these. Two articles this week. I’ve settled down on three a week as a reasonable schedule, translating one on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; you’re getting an early update this week because I have a family reunion this weekend.
TGIF Contest (Happy Hour Challenge)
I wanted to revisit this item that I noted yesterday: The bronze frog will appear towards the Independence Day in Kyiv. It is planned to place on Peizazhnaya alley. Author of frog, sculptor Oleg Pynchuk has nearly completed plaster copy of amphibian. The frog will weight 6 tons! Okay, here’s the TGIF Happy Hour Challenge: Find some way to blame this on “Global Warming”…. First | Read More »
Large Amphibian Open Thread
Yikes: The bronze frog will appear towards the Independence Day in Kyiv. It is planned to place on Peizazhnaya alley. Author of frog, sculptor Oleg Pynchuk has nearly completed plaster copy of amphibian. The frog will weight 6 tons! The-FP-has-been-too-quiet-for-too-long open thread….
Today’s Headlines — April 16, 2009
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/mexican-leader-to-press-obama-on-drug-war/ Calderon to press Obama on drug war Emphasizes element of U.S. blame —- http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/ Napolitano stands by controversial report Top Democrat says he’s ‘dumbfounded’ — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/treasury-banking-on-return-of-billions/ Treasury banking on return of billions Tries to stretch bailout funds — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/fenty-drops-paid-holiday-he-backed-in-2004/ Fenty drops paid holiday he backed in ’04 Defends budget cut for Emancipation Day — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/orange-revolution-fades-into-disillusion/ Ukraine’s Orange Revolution fades into disillusion — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/mcauliffe-reports-whos-who-list-of-donors/ McAuliffe | Read More »
Superstition and government incompetence = millions of Ukrainians now vulnerable to preventable diseases
Conservatives for Science: Just imagine the kind of campaign you would orchestrate if your goal was to cause the maximum harm to the most vulnerable members of society. It would look a lot like Ukraine, where antivaxxer superstition (deliberately fanned by the homeopathic industry) and government incompetence may lead to millions of Ukrainians being denied common vaccines. AP: Vaccine scare threatens health in Ukraine A | Read More »
As Russia expands to build air bases in both Cuba and Venezuela, Obama’s foreign policy ineptitude begins to show just how very different from JFK he really is. The Monroe Doctrine, which is about 188 years old, has been a longstanding pillar of American foreign policy that disallows any major European power, including Russia, from building up military power in our hemisphere. It has led | Read More »
Viktor Yushchenko – A Prototype for the Impending Tragedy of Barack Obama?
As regular readers probably know, one of the portfolios your humble correspondent holds here at RedState is the portfolio for eastern Europe; this is because I have numerous business-related interests there, and visit many of the countries regularly. One of the countries pretty high up on that list of “regulars” is Ukraine; thus, during my morning browse-around, I visit a number of English-language media outlets | Read More »
10 Worrisome Signals on Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy and National Security
President Barack Obama’s election hasn’t ushered in all the good international feelings he hoped for. Some of our thorniest problems under Bush are getting even thornier: Russia, which rebuked NATO over Georgia’s membership by invading Georgia, has bribed Kyrgyzstan into shutting down a U.S. supply base for Afghanistan, pressured Ukraine and others on energy supplies, and threatened the U.S. with retaliation over missile defenses in Europe. North Korea | Read More »
The Kremlin Picks Up Speed – Remember “Sevastopol”
As regular readers know, I’m trying to keep up with this situation and keep everyone informed. As I’ve said many times (and said why), the Russians are in a big hurry. And today we got another piece of evidence that they see their chance and are picking up speed. More below the fold….