Category Archives: ukraine and russia

Gergiev Concert Nov. 13 in DC Should be Cancelled for his Pro-Putin Position

Why Are Taxpayers Funding a Russian Propaganda Concert in Washington? BY DIANE FRANCIS Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) awards Mariinsky Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Gergiev during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev/Pool In April 2015, Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa was to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with… Read More

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Tech Threatens Society, Must Be Reined In Immediately

Unsupervised Tech Media has been hijacked by Russia, white supremacists & fraudsters — it’s time to rein them in Diane Francis: Google took content from newspapers (and networks) without paying for it, then took their advertisers. Social media like Facebook and Twitter and others did the same — but none of them have assumed legal… Read More

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Ukraine Prime Minister Realizes Reforms or Bust

OCTOBER 31, 2017 Groisman Tells Investors that Shakedowns and Harassment Will End BY DIANE FRANCIS Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman speaks with UkraineAlert in Toronto on October 29. Credit: Vladyslav Musiienko Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman welcomes the creation of an independent anticorruption court in Ukraine and says it will be operating in 2018. “The debate… Read More

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Ukraine’s Battle Against Russia’s Corrupt Systems

OCTOBER 16, 2017 How to Continue the Revolution of Dignity BY DIANE FRANCIS Credit: Міністерство охорони здоров’я України Facebook Page Ukraine’s halting but steady climb toward becoming a just and smart European nation will take a giant leap forward if major health care reforms are adopted this week. Health care is always a contentious issue… Read More

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Bloomberg article insulting to Ukrainians

The Only Thing Catalonia and Crimea Have in Common Is the Letter C BY DIANE FRANCIS People wait to watch the delayed session of the Catalan regional parliament on a giant screen at a pro-independence rally in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes A Bloomberg piece in October titled “Why Catalonia Will Fail Where… Read More

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Facebook’s unethical business model

Why there’s nothing to like about Facebook’s ethically-challenged, troublesome business model Diane Francis: It’s obvious that the U.S. and Canada should follow the European example of curbing Facebook’s bad practices and protect the privacy of their citizens It’s been a tough week for Facebook Inc. as it capitulated to U.S. Congressional pressure and handed over… Read More

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Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine in the 1930 still shapes Ukrainians and Russians

In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin committed crimes against humanity by purposely starving to death more than four million Ukrainians for resisting his Five-Year Plan to collectivize agriculture. Millions more fled and in 1937, Stalin executed or imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian leaders and influencers. For three more generations, Russia kept Stalin’s genocide hidden until… Read More

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Kiev Ukraine: Keynote for Ministry of Trade on Women Entrepreneurship

I’m thrilled to be the keynote at a Ukrainian event called “SheTalks” which will be attended by women in the city. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Trade to encourage exports, startups and entrepreneurship across Ukraine. The country, notably in the IT sector, is hugely entrepreneurial and its services now represent more than 10%… Read More

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Anti-democracy and illegal crackdown in Ukraine may backfire

Hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stripped Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship to silence him, the former president of Georgia was on CNN in New York City badmouthing the oligarchy. Poroshenko’s latest attack on the anti-corruption movement will backfire as Saakashvili becomes a megaphone to the world. He already is a media darling—and speaks five languages—and now… Read More

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