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Ukraine’s Rotten Parliament Can and Must Be Replaced

Democracies guarantee freedom of speech for their elected politicians by granting them immunity from libel or slander for statements made inside their legislative chambers. This privilege was established centuries ago in Britain to protect the people’s representatives from the monarchy, House of Lords, and other powerful vested interests. Ukraine, on the other hand, has perverted… Read More

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1973 deja vu: cover up, prosecutor, tapes that could sink a Presidency

In the page-turner called the Trump Presidency, few weeks have matched the most recent one. First there was a book describing Trump’s personality disorders, and then there was the release of a revealing Senate Judiciary Committee transcript about Russian connections that Republicans were suppressing. Both point to the fact that it’s looking like 1973 again:… Read More

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Atlantic Council: Ukraine Government Backsliding May Spark Revolution

This Time It Will Be Very, Very Different In 2014, a 16-year-old Ukrainian, nicknamed Maley, watched the Euromaidan Revolution and Russian invasion on television and contacted his local army recruitment office to sign up. His calls went unanswered, so he took a train from the Carpathians to the front, armed with his grandfather’s hunting rifle… Read More

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Yegor Soboliev, Reform Hero in Ukraine, is Pushed Out

The claw back of reforms in Ukraine is alarming, and the latest blow was the dismissal on December 7 of hardworking Yegor Soboliev as chairman of parliament’s anti-corruption committee. A former investigative journalist and Maidan activist turned politician, he has been at the forefront of reforms such as electronic asset declarations for state officials, the… Read More

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Mohammad Zahoor Keeps the Faith in Ukraine with Kyiv Post

It’s hard to keep the faith in Ukraine, given the attempts to claw back reforms and repeated attacks against anticorruption activists. But a successful Pakistani-born businessman, Mohammad Zahoor, isn’t giving up on Ukraine. He owns The Kyiv Post, a twenty-year-old English language newspaper that crusades for democracy, the rule of law, free markets, and western integration…. Read More

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Sanction Russian World Cup and Olympic Athletes to Send a Message to Putin

In March 1980, former President Jimmy Carter announced sanctions against the Soviet Union and a boycott of the Moscow Olympics in protest against its invasion of Afghanistan. “We call for the moving of the Olympics or the delay of the Olympics for at least a year, until Soviet troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan, or the… Read More

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Stalin’s Genocide Hidden by New York Times Correspondent for Years

On November 24, 1933, the Soviet Union threw a lavish dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for 1,500 in honor of President Franklin Roosevelt’s recognition of the Soviet Union. They feasted on fancy wines, caviar, and Boeuf Stroganoff, then later in the evening gave a standing ovation to the special guest of honor, Walter Duranty, The… Read More

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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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