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  • Yushchenko, hero of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution warns Europe that Putin won’t stop at Crimea

    03/28/2014 6:34:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3-27-14 | Mathew Schofield
    KIEV, Ukraine — To Viktor Yushchenko, the man at the heart of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution a decade ago, March 2014 looks a lot like August 1939. Europe, once again, is at war. But Europe is also, once again, refusing to realize it and react. Yushchenko, the former Ukrainian president who has spent much of his political life at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and incurred his wrath, says there should not be any doubt about what is going on: Putin’s Russia has been waging economic and information war on his country for years. It has now added a territorial...
  • The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin? (Videos at link)

    02/23/2014 4:56:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 18 replies
    <p>The picture above shows the scene earlier today in Kiev, as Ukraine's parliament voted to hold early elections and dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych.</p> <p>It's a heart-warming image. The bloody, protracted protests in Ukraine seem to have achieved their goals: Yanukovych is gone, new elections are due, and Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, has been freed from prison. Ukraine looks as though it might have pulled back from the brink.</p>
  • Court convicts Ukraine's former prime minister

    10/11/2011 4:54:34 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 4 replies
    CNN International ^ | October 11, 2011 | Staff
    A Ukraine court has found former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of authority for signing gas contracts with Russia and sentenced her Tuesday to seven years in prison. Authorities deployed hundreds of police officers around the court to keep order, state media reported. Dozens of angry Tymoshenko supporters took to the streets of Kiev in August when she was taken into custody. "Dear friends, I just want to say that I disagree with this verdict and I am saying that the year 1937 is back again," Tymoshenko said in the courtroom on Tuesday, making a reference to Josef...
  • Ukraine's pro-Western government collapses

    09/16/2008 3:45:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 936+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/16/2008 | Bruno Waterfield in Tbilisi
    Ukraine's pro-Western government has collapsed after the Russian invasion of Georgia triggered a political struggle between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko over whether the country's destiny lies with the West or Moscow. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaker of the Ukraine's parliament, told MPs on Tuesday that the governing coalition linked to the popular "Orange Revolution" of 2004 was over. "I officially declare the coalition of democratic forces in Ukraine's parliament dissolved," he said. "This has been long expected, but for me it is extremely sad." Ukraine's MPs now have 30 days to try and form a new ruling government...
  • Georgia: [Ukraine] blockade threat risks escalating conflict

    08/13/2008 8:29:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 119 replies · 950+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/14/2008 | Tony Halpin
    Ukraine threatened to blockade the Russian Black Sea Fleet yesterday in an act of solidarity with Georgia that risked escalating the conflict. After flying to Tbilisi to assure Georgians of his country’s support, President Yushchenko signed an order imposing tough restrictions on the Russian fleet, which is based in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. Mr Yushchenko’s decree instructs Russia to give 72 hours’ notice of any movement of ships, aircraft or personnel in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities were given the power to alter those plans. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had already warned Russia that it will bar ships from returning...
  • 'Russian spy poisoned me' says former double agent Gordievsky

    04/06/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 519+ views ^ | 07 April 2008 | Paula Fentiman
    AN ALLEGED attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was being investigated by police last night. Oleg Gordievsky was admitted to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year. And yesterday he claimed he had been poisoned with the highly toxic metal thallium in a botched assassination attempt. Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s, claims he was targeted by a Russian assassin who visited him at his safe house in Surrey. The 69-year-old was unconscious for 34 hours after falling ill last year and...
  • 'Miracle baby' a victim - judge (OBAMA'S COUSIN LINKED TO WANTED CHILD TRAFFICKER)

    04/03/2008 8:31:06 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 153 replies · 1,161+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 12, 2004
    BBC NEWS Friday, 12 November, 2004 'Miracle baby' a victim – judge Kenyan police allege the Gilbert Deya Ministries is an international baby-snatching ring and have asked the British government to extradite Mr Deya. They say their investigation revolves around the disappearance of babies from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital and involves suspects in Britain, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. In September they took 20 of Mr Deya's "miracle babies" into care in Nairobi after they were found to have no genetic link to the women claiming to be their mothers. The pastor denies involvement in child trafficking and his lawyer...
  • Power-sharing agreement is reached in Kenya (Obama's cousin now in position to destroy Kenya)

    03/31/2008 5:06:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 452+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Jeffrey Gettleman
    NAIROBI: Kenyan political leaders ended a two-month standoff on Thursday that had plunged this country into violence, reaching a long-sought agreement to share power between the government and the opposition. The country seemed to let out a collective hooray as Mwai Kibaki, the president, and Raila Odinga, the top opposition leader, sat down at a desk in front of the president's office, with a bank of television cameras rolling, and signed an agreement that creates a powerful prime minister position for Odinga and splits cabinet positions between the government and the opposition... For remainder of article, click link
  • Ukraine's new Prime Minister

    01/01/2008 7:38:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 147+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 18, 2007
    Ukraine's new Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko toasts champagne in parliament in Kiev December 18, 2007. Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday restored Tymoshenko as prime minister, sealing a political comeback for a leading figure from the former Soviet country's 2004 "Orange Revolution".
  • Ukraine's Orange Revolution undone?

    08/04/2006 4:09:14 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 33 replies · 443+ views
    MOSCOW – President Viktor Yushchenko reached across the Orange Revolution's barricades Thursday and nominated his arch rival to lead Ukraine's government out of nearly five months of political paralysis. The deal, reached as a constitutional deadline that expired Wednesday night, creates a "grand coalition" between the pro-Western Mr. Yushchenko's Our Ukraine movement and Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions, which favors closer ties with Russia. Ukraine's parliament, the Supreme Rada, is expected to elect Mr. Yanukovych as prime minister on Friday. Critics suggest the accord has betrayed the Orange Revolution and played into Moscow's hands. Some, including Yushchenko's former ally Yulia...
  • Yushchenko Has Deadline to Accept Rival

    08/02/2006 2:32:58 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 31 replies · 355+ views
    The Tribune Democrat ^ | Wed, Aug 02 2006 | Mara D. Bellaby
    KIEV, Ukraine — After four months of wrangling, Ukraine's pro-Western president faced a midnight deadline Wednesday to decide whether to accept his chief political rival as the country's next prime minister. President Viktor Yushchenko can also dissolve parliament and call new elections, but doing so would prolong the political turmoil that has seized this ex-Soviet republic since March's indecisive parliamentary election. A return to power for Viktor Yanukovych, a former prime minister, would complete a startling comeback. His attempt to win the presidency in the 2004 election was marred by fraud and triggered the mass protests known as the Orange...
  • The Non-Listening President

    08/02/2006 2:59:01 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | Aug 03 2006 | Dr. Taras Kuzio
    One of the most surprising aspects of the Viktor Yushchenko administration has been its unwillingness, or disinterest, in public relations and public opinion, whether in Ukraine or abroad. The Yushchenko administration and Our Ukraine ignored public opinion in Ukraine among Orange Revolution supporters, and that of the USA and the West in general, which called for a revived Orange coalition following the March elections. A coalition was only put together on the eve of the June deadline but it immediately collapsed and led to the current political crisis. In ignoring domestic and foreign public opinion and advice, the Yushchenko administration...
  • Caption Hillary making like a pumpkin (vanity)

    08/01/2006 12:07:26 PM PDT · by redstates4ever · 49 replies · 1,920+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 8/1/6 | n/a
    "Food and Drug Administration Commissioner-nominee Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach is greeted by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 prior to testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination."
  • Pro-Soviet leader declares victory in Ukrainian elections

    03/26/2006 5:23:26 PM PST · by Crackingham · 2 replies · 348+ views
    CBC ^ | 3/26/6
    Victor Yanukovich, the pro-Soviet leader of the Regions Party, declared victory in Sunday's Ukrainian elections after national exit polls showed his party with a third of the vote. But Ukraine's charismatic Yulia Tymoshenko, who became a world figure with her Orange Revolution a year ago, announced she was "practically ready" to form a coalition of liberal parties while serving as premier. The final election result was still in doubt by midnight local time, but it was clear that incumbent Viktor Yushchenko had lost considerable ground in the year since taking over as president. Sunday's exit polls indicated Yushchenko's Our Ukraine...
  • Russia-backed opposition leads in Ukraine - exit polls

    03/26/2006 12:37:15 PM PST · by lizol · 24 replies · 553+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 26, 2006 | Yuri Kulikov
    Russia-backed opposition leads in Ukraine - exit polls Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:46 PM GMT By Yuri Kulikov KIEV (Reuters) - The party of Russia-backed Viktor Yanukovich, loser in a presidential poll in Ukraine's 2004 "Orange Revolution", held a clear lead in Sunday's parliamentary election, exits polls showed. But an even bigger blow for the pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko came from the bloc of his estranged "Orange Revolution" ally Yulia Tymoshenko, who flew past him into second place leaving his Our Ukraine party badly trailing. The projected outcome, that could mark a step away from the pro-West ideals espoused by...
  • KGB Tightens Screws on Ukraine (Natural Gas Story)

    01/01/2006 10:29:43 AM PST · by lowbuck · 29 replies · 990+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 01 January 2006 | Paul Belien
    In the 1930s Russia robbed Ukraine of its food supplies. The Kremlin deliberately created a food shortage. Ukrainian grain was collected and stored in grain elevators that were guarded by the Soviet army and secret police units (the NKVD, the predecessor of the KGB) while Ukrainians were starving in the immediate area. The result of the man-made famine of 1932-33 was the death of 7 million people. The famine was instigated by the Russians to break the spirit of the Ukrainians and force them into collectivisation and submission to Moscow. “Let us do it again,” Vladimir Putin, a former officer...
  • Victor Yanukovich Tops Ukraine's Polls

    11/29/2005 6:03:09 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 328+ views
    Moscow, Russia Ukrainians will elect a new parliament in March and one-time prime minister and former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych heads the political party leading the polls. The "Orange Revolution" that delivered Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency is in disarray, and has given Yanukovych an election platform full of irony: Campaigning against the corruption and incompetence of the ruling elite. According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by the Razumkov Center, Yanukovych's Party of the Regions tops voter preference for the slated March 26 parliamentary election with 17.5 percent. The People's Union-Our Ukraine electoral bloc that includes Yushchenko as...
  • A year after Orange Revolution, Ukraine sees grayer days

    11/20/2005 1:54:51 PM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 387+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 20, 2005 | Mara D. Bellaby
    Year after Orange Revolution, Ukraine sees grayer days Unmet promises, corruption leave country divided By Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press | November 20, 2005 KIEV -- One cold day this fall, Inna Grigoryeva stepped out in her orange scarf, hoping it would add a bit of cheer, and she was overwhelmed by the smiles and affectionate looks from passersby. A year after Ukraine's color-coded Orange Revolution, the excitement and ideals that brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to the capital's main square are already the stuff of orange-tinged nostalgia. Reality has taken on a darker hue, muddied by unfulfilled promises...
  • AZERBAIJANI ELECTIONS: And the Winners are Aliyev and... Putin

    11/13/2005 12:46:07 PM PST · by lizol · 8 replies · 326+ views
    AIA ^ | 11.11.2005 | Asim Oku
    AZERBAIJANI ELECTIONS: And the Winners are Aliyev and... Putin Asim Oku, AIA Turkish section Aliyev and Putin, the winners of the elections The wreck of the "Orange revolution" in Azerbaijan was predictable. It was caused by disunity of the opposition, inconsistent position of the West, Aliyev's "carrot and stick" policy and fears of impoverished population. However, the priorities of the Azerbaijan governor who just strengthened his grip of power are also predictable. Trying to keep more or less good relations with the West, he will sail in the wake of the Russian policy... The West Condemns and... Accepts as a...
  • Year after 'orange revolution', a tired, bitter but determined Yushchenko (Ukraine)

    11/05/2005 9:23:21 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 38 replies · 567+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 6, 2005 | AFP
    KIEV, (AFP) - A year after the "orange revolution" that swept him to power, Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko is visibly tired, bitter about his shattered revolutionary team, and as determined as ever to lead the ex-Soviet nation on a pro-Western course. In an interview with AFP in his spacious office overlooked by a large icon above his desk, the Ukrainian leader reflected on a tumultuous year that began with breathtaking images of peaceful "people power" and ended with bitter infighting and recriminations amid the dream team that led the revolt. The president, under fire at home over the past several...
  • "The End of the Orange Revolution"

    09/23/2005 3:27:42 PM PDT · by jb6 · 29 replies · 696+ views
    Forum Ukraine ^ | 13 September 2005 | Anders Åslund
    This government has been an unmitigated disaster of socialist populism This has been a miserable year for the Ukrainian economy. Last year, Ukraine enjoyed an economic growth of no less than 12.1 percent, but that had declined to 3.7 percent during the first seven months of 2005. Moreover, output has declined by almost every month and so has industrial production that fell by 2.4 percent in July over July last year. Construction and investment are falling ever more. A huge trade surplus last year has been eliminated in the last months. Clearly, Ukraine is on the way toward 2-3 percent...
  • In blow to Yushchenko, Ukraine parliament rejects premier nominee

    09/21/2005 5:03:59 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 4 replies · 204+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | September 21, 2005
    Embattled President Viktor Yushchenko faced deepening political turmoil after parliament ignored his pleas and rejected his nominee for prime minister, casting further doubt on the pro-Western course which the "orange revolution" leader has set for Ukraine. On Tuesday, Yushchenko's trusted ally Yury Yekhanurov came three votes shy of the 226 votes required for confirmation in the 450-seat parliament, the Upper Rada. The rebuff was the latest in a series of setbacks for the Ukrainian president, who assumed power after leading last year's "orange revolution" on pledges of driving the ex-Soviet nation towards membership of the European Union and the North...
  • What became of the beautiful people?

    09/10/2005 9:25:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 195+ views
    What became of the beautiful people? The political crisis in Ukraine is being followed with much interest in neighboring Poland, a country that gave its wholehearted support to the Orange Revolution there. Polish politicians and analysts, however, think that these events are not out of the ordinary. Michal Kubicki reports. In an interview for Polish Radio, president Aleksnader Kwasniewski admitted that a standoff between President Yushchenko and the charismatic Prime Minister Tymoshenko could be expected, given the vast differences in their personalities. He expressed the hope, however, that the dismissal of Tymoshenko's cabinet will not prove a setback for the...
  • Ukraine leader's son in new controversy

    08/03/2005 12:05:28 PM PDT · by jb6 · 4 replies · 381+ views
    AFP ^ | Wed Aug 3,
    KIEV (AFP) - Controversy has enveloped the son of Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko for a second time in a week, amid reports that the 19-year-old owned the copyright to the lucrative trademarks of last year's "orange revolution." ADVERTISEMENT The new scandal erupted as the legal chief of Yushchenko's campaign tried to put to rest a controversy that flared last week, after local media reported that Yushchenko's eldest son, Andriy, appeared to be living beyond his declared means. "Andriy Yushchenko has author's rights to all political brands that were used during the 'orange revolution,'" Mykola Katerynchuk was quoted as saying during...
  • The son of President of Ukraine gains millions by Orange symbols

    08/02/2005 12:24:44 PM PDT · by jb6 · 25 replies · 482+ views
    Ukraine Forum ^ | 2 August
    The copyrights on Orange symbols (horse-shoe, flags and other things with the slogan "Tak!" (Ukrainian "yes") belongs to Andrey Yushchenko, the son of President of Ukraine. All incomes from the sale and usage of Orange symbols belong to Yushchenko-junior as well. Nikolay Katerinchuk, the deputy Chief of State Tax Administrationof Ukraine stated this fact during the interview to newspaper Kommersant. According to his words, he gave copyright to the son of President of Ukraine. "It happened after the victory in the third round of presidential elections. The assignation of the copyright was juridical arranged by notaries. It belongs to Andrey...
  • Opinion: Yushchenko looses his Orange Revolution cool

    07/27/2005 3:48:49 PM PDT · by jb6 · 9 replies · 314+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 27/ 07/ 2005 | political commentator Peter Lavelle
    MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti political commentator Peter Lavelle) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's acrimonious exchange with a journalist this week is a very telling reflection of Ukraine's troubled Orange Revolution. When challenged on his son's spending habits and lifestyle, Yushchenko launched into a diatribe that was defiant, at times confused, and directionless. We may never really know what Yushchenko was thinking when a journalist from Ukrainska Pravda said he wanted to ask a question that "has to do with a much-talked-about issue these days. It's about the president's son - what car he is driving, and other quite expensive...

    07/05/2005 7:01:10 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 9 replies · 344+ views
    The Observer, London, UK ^ | July 3, 2005 | David Smith
    Hers was the other face of Ukraine's 'Orange Revolution', and her impassioned public eloquence was crucial in helping Viktor Yushchenko - his features ravaged by assassins' poison - become the country's first freely elected President. Six months on from the euphoric scenes in Kiev's Independence Square, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's status as a national heroine still rivals that of Yushchenko in the former Soviet state. Street vendors in the square sell individual pictures of both President and Prime Minister - the former's once handsome features preserved. Among the novelties on sale is a matrioshka nesting doll where the head of...
  • Belarussian opposition will use Ukraine experience in elections

    05/27/2005 1:48:36 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 137+ views
    Interfax ^ | May 27 2005
    Belarussian opposition will use Ukraine experience in elections KYIV. May 27 (Interfax) - The Belarussian opposition will work on using the experience of the Ukrainian "orange revolution" at the 2006 presidential elections in Belarus. One of the Belarussian opposition leaders, Anatoly Lebedko, told a Friday press conference in Kyiv that the electoral campaign in Belarus will be very intense, but the opposition may succeed in taking Alexander Lukashenko down form the post of president. "We have a strong political will to make 2006 an important year and we intend to fight for victory," Lebedko said.
  • Betraying a Revolution

    05/18/2005 2:35:11 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 117 replies · 1,269+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2005 | Anders Aslund
    Ukraine's Orange Revolution was an exhilarating and joyful event. It was a classical liberal revolution for democracy and freedom and against corruption. Viktor Yushchenko became the democratically elected president, promising freedom from fear and corruption. Alas, the new Ukrainian government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, another revolutionary hero, has surprisingly opted for an economic policy that appears to be socialist and populist in nature. The results have been immediate: Last year Ukraine enjoyed economic growth of 12 percent; in the first four months of this year, the growth rate plunged to 5 percent, while inflation has surged to 15 percent....
  • Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: Time for a Return to Yalta

    05/10/2005 1:03:01 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 531+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2005 | President Mikheil Saakashvili
    TBILISI, Georgia -- For 60 years the word "Yalta" has meant betrayal and abandonment. The diplomatic accord reached between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States in that sleepy Black Sea resort relegated millions of people to a ruthless tyranny. As President Bush said last week in Latvia: "The agreement at Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable." Thankfully, the division of Europe created at Yalta, and the Iron Curtain that marked its boundary, are ghosts in our past. The...
  • Another day, another scandal - the Ukrainian "orange" revolution marks its first 100 days

    05/06/2005 6:15:21 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 19 replies · 486+ views
    Pravda ^ | 05/04/2005
    The Ukrainian people have survived the first one hundred days with Victor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko at the helm. A few more years lie ahead. The results of the first one hundred days can be used as a forecast for things to come. The Yushchenko regime is a showoff by nature and "Another day, another scandal" seems to be its appropriate motto. The new government laid into Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine's former president, and promised to throw him into jail should he ever return to Ukraine from his overseas vacation. Mr. Kuchma returned to Ukraine. And he is still at large....
  • The real people behind people power (is Bush orchestrating the revolutions in former Soviet states?)

    04/05/2005 7:37:04 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 828+ views
    The Guardian via SMH ^ | April 6, 2005 | John Laughland
    The US is turning on old friends in Europe, writes John Laughland. Before he denounced the "prevailing influence" of the US in the "anti-constitutional coup" that overthrew him, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan used an interesting phrase to attack those who were stirring up trouble in the drug-ridden Ferghana Valley. A criminal "third force", linked to the drug mafia, was struggling to gain power. Originally a label for covert operatives shoring up apartheid in South Africa before it was adopted by the US-backed "pro-democracy" movement in Iran in November 2001, the third force is also the title of a book...
  • Analysis: Kyrgyz unrest shakes Central Asia

    03/23/2005 4:07:57 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 11 replies · 453+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23rd, 05 | By Martin Sieff
    Like a giant political tsunami swamping defunct old dictatorships in its path, the after-effects of Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" are sweeping across Central Asia. But it remains an open question, to say the least, whether stable, successful democracies will emerge from the upheavals. Only two months after Viktor Yushchenko was triumphantly elected by a 52 percent to 44 percent vote in the re-run second round of the Ukrainian presidential election in January, the shock waves of democracy are cracking open Kyrgyzstan, one of the five, remote, land-locked former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Opposition forces were reported in control of the...
  • Ukraine's Lessons for Serbia

    03/22/2005 5:57:57 PM PST · by mark502inf · 9 replies · 373+ views
    Transitions Online/Central Europe Review ^ | 14 March 2005 | by Niek Biegman
    Kosovo: Look at Ukraine In handling the Kosovo issue, Serbia could do worse than heeding the example of Russia and Ukraine. The longer one looks at Kosovo, the more compelling the conclusion becomes that the only realistic way out of the current impasse is independence within Kosovo’s existing borders. Two alternative options that used to be quite popular are probably off the table. Partition along the Ibar river--a proposal made with some regularity by various politicians, pundits, and academics--would create the first international boundary in the Balkans established on the ethnic principle. This could set a precedent for the break-up...
  • Soros embarks on £2bn London property spree (Foundation for British Orange Revolution?)

    02/27/2005 7:52:33 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 300+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday February 27, 2005 | Nick Mathiason
    Hedge fund financier George Soros is unlocking a £2 billion war chest to buy British commercial property. The Hungarian-born investor, who famously 'shorted' sterling and broke the Bank of England on Black Wednesday, has in the last month spent £300m on two major office developments in London and is set to go on a buying spree this year. Soros is buying UK property through Delancey, the private firm which is one of his main investment vehicles in Britain. Delancey, run by Jamie Ritblat, spent much of the past two years selling hundreds of millions of pounds worth of buildings as...
  • Yushchenko: Russian poison link

    02/27/2005 3:04:25 PM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 571+ views ^ | 27/02/2005
    Yushchenko: Russian poison link 27/02/2005 08:53 - (SA) Kiev - In a bizarre twist to the mysterious poisoning that disfigured the face of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, investigators in Kiev are probing a new lead that involves a Russian political consultant. Prosecutors are studying an audiotape of a conversation which alleges a role in the dioxin poisoning by Kremlin-connected spin-doctor Gleb Pavlovsky, a spokesperson for the prosecutor general told AFP. Pavlovsky, a key campaign advisor to Yushchenko's defeated Moscow-backed rival Viktor Yanukovich, dismisses the claims as a "fabrication". "The prosecutor has said he knows whose voices are on the tape....
  • Ukraine's Cabinet Strips Kuchma's Perks

    02/27/2005 5:39:01 AM PST · by lizol · 24 replies · 457+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Feb 26, 2005 | AP
    Ukraine's Cabinet Strips Kuchma's Perks Sat Feb 26, 7:10 PM ET Europe - AP KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's Cabinet on Saturday stripped former President Leonid Kuchma of a plush retirement package that featured a monthly pension, two cars, a government home and much more. New Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko had ordered the government to come up with a new, slimmed-down package for former officials. Kuchma's privileges were canceled based on a decision by the Ministry of Justice that the previous government "exceeded its responsibilities," the Cabinet said in a statement. On Jan. 19, five days before President Viktor Yushchenko was...
  • DRUDGE: Bush Coins Phrase - Calls Iraq 'Purple Revolution'

    02/24/2005 11:10:50 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 36 replies · 5,877+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Thu Feb 24 2005 | Matt Drudge
    Addressing a packed Hviezdoslavovo Square in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, President Bush today hailed images of “jubilant Iraqis dancing in the streets last month, holding up ink-stained fingers.” “In recent times, we have witnessed landmark events in the history of liberty: A Rose Revolution in Georgia, an Orange Revolution in Ukraine, and now, a Purple Revolution in Iraq.” Developing.... BUSH PRAISES FLAT TAX Thu Feb 24 2005 10:04:04 ET President Bush, who has pledged to reform the U.S. tax code in his second term, today praised the flat tax implemented by Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda of the Slovak Republic. During their...
  • From west to east, rolling revolution gathers pace across the former USSR

    02/19/2005 1:29:06 AM PST · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 564+ views
    The Times ^ | February 19, 2005 | Jeremy Page
    Demonstrators in Krgyzstan are taking their cue from the upheaval in UkraineIT WOULD be either the “lemon” or the “tulip” revolution. Kazbek and his friends could not quite decide. But as they watched Ukraine’s Orange Revolution unfold last year, they were convinced of one thing: Kyrgyzstan could be next. Their mountainous homeland was thousands of miles east of Ukraine, and one tenth of its size, but the political parallels between the former Soviet republics were striking. Kyrgyzstan, like Ukraine, was hailed as a beacon of democracy after the Soviet Union’s collapse but had slipped into the standard post-Soviet habits of...
  • Eastern Europe's Orange Revolution

    02/16/2005 5:48:22 AM PST · by paudio · 5 replies · 460+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 2/16/05 | Dick Morris
    Beginning in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, the orange tide spread to Ukraine, where it engulfed the former nomenklatura and apparatchiks of the Soviet era and forced them from power. Now the revolution spreads, on its own as they all do, to tiny, oppressed Moldova. Born in infamy by a provision in the Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939, Moldova was split off from Romania and given to the Soviet Union, where it languished as a “people’s republic” until 1991. But this battered and oppressed land of 4 million mistook the democratic promises of former communists who turned out to be...
  • How Bush's vodka thwarted Putin's thugs

    01/31/2005 6:40:53 PM PST · by ChristianDefender · 26 replies · 1,432+ views
    WND ^ | 02-01-05 | Jack Wheeler
    Dr. Jack Wheeler, creator of a unique intelligence website dubbed "the oasis for rational conservatives," shares how a gift of vodka and a little ingenuity helped Ukraine's Orange Revolution succeed, bringing the former Russian satellite onto President Bush's list of new democracies. On his website, To the Point, Wheeler begins his column with a defense of the president's inaugural address and his call for peace through freedom, explaining the principle of "democratic pacifism." "If two countries are real democracies, the odds of them going to war against each other are small, very small," Wheeler explains. "History gives no guarantees for...
  • Ukraine's New President Heading to Russia

    01/24/2005 4:13:12 AM PST · by bd476 · 18 replies · 416+ views
    Yahoo! News Europe - AP ^ | Monday January 24, 2005 | MARA D. BELLABY
    In his first full day in office, Yushchenko faces a delicate balancing act in meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose support for the losing candidate had badly hurt Russia's relations with the West. "Russia is a large country, Ukraine's lifelong neighbor, with whom we can live in peace and accord," Yushchenko said Monday after a service at Kiev's Sofiisky Cathedral where he offered prayers for Ukraine. Russia views Ukraine as a key part of its historic sphere of influence, a major transit route for its oil and gas exports and a buffer between the expanding European Union and NATO....

    01/20/2005 11:14:12 PM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 452+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/21/05 | JOHN PODHORETZ
    IF you were listening to the commentary after President Bush's speech yesterday, you kept hearing the same adjectives and analyses from friend and foe alike: "Incredibly ambitious."[snip] Still, the insta-comments were unanimous. Bush's speech was something new, something unexpected, something momentous. Ehhh . . . not really. [snip] The president's faith in what he called "the transformational power of liberty" in his 2004 convention speech has been manifest in almost every major address he has given since 9/11.[snip] It has been Bush's contention for more than three years now that the answer to Islamic radicalism and extremism is liberty...
  • Ukraine's Reaganite First Lady (From the Reagan Revolution to the Orange Revolution)

    01/18/2005 1:46:09 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 525+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 24, 2005 | Bruce Bartlett
    A REMARKABLE ELECTION TOOK PLACE in Ukraine on December 26. After the ruling party stole the November 21 presidential vote, massive street protests forced a new runoff, in which the rightful winner, Viktor Yushchenko, finally prevailed.Although I have neither Ukrainian blood nor any special interest in foreign affairs, I have followed events in that country closely because a dear friend of mine, Katherine Chumachenko, is married to Yushchenko and about to become first lady of Ukraine.Leading up to the election, I was called by Russian "reporters" looking for information on Kathy, or Katya, as she prefers today. I should say...
  • Feds threatened suit over military ballots (Washington State)

    01/10/2005 1:39:29 AM PST · by Stoat · 35 replies · 1,869+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 10, 2005 | David Postman and Ralph Thomas
    Feds threatened suit over military ballotsBy David Postman and Ralph ThomasSeattle Times staff reporters   OLYMPIA — Less than a month before the November election, the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to sue Washington state because it was moving too slowly in mailing military ballots overseas. At that point Washington was the only state that hadn't mailed its overseas ballots. Questions about military ballots have come up frequently since the Nov. 2 election ended with a deadlocked governor's race. Democrat Christine Gregoire was certified governor-elect Dec. 30 and is to be sworn in Wednesday. But Republican Dino Rossi has...
  • What you need to know to be a citizen activist (Advice specific to Washington's ReVote Rally)

    01/09/2005 11:07:56 PM PST · by Stoat · 24 replies · 1,176+ views
    NewsFlash Home | More Washington State News   What you need to know to be a citizen activist 1/9/2005, 11:43 a.m. PT The Associated Press     (AP) — Making your voice heard in Olympia isn't as hard as you might think. Here's some practical advice for getting started:GETTING THERE: From Interstate 5, take exit 105 (for southbound travelers, follow signs for exit 105A). Merge onto 14th street, which goes through a short tunnel and feeds directly onto the Capitol Campus. Take the first left and another immediate left into the visitors' center parking lot.PARKING: At the vistors' center,...
  • Ukraine: Forces Behind the Orange Revolution

    01/08/2005 2:00:15 PM PST · by Lukasz · 34 replies · 462+ views
    Turkish Weekly ^ | 8 January 2005 | Erhan Basyurt
    The Ukrainian people succeeded to carry opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko to victory through their organized protest activities. People surrounded public buildings and used other methods of civil disobedience without resorting to violence. The Ukrainian revolution has brought comparisons with the velvet revolutions and people's power movements of Georgia in 2003 and in Serbia in 2000. Like the "Otpor" student organization that conducted street protests in Serbia and the "Kmara" student organization in Georgia, the Ukrainian youth, trained by Otpor, formed "Pora", which means, "It is time to move". Pora arranged protests, laid siege to public buildings, and set up tent...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-06-05 ("SO DEPRESSED.")

    01/06/2005 6:42:04 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 196 replies · 3,455+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 6, 2005 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Today’s NON-event in Congress has caused MASS demoralization in DUmmieland. Instead of some congressional uprising against the Ohio vote, there was a massive YAWN in both congress and in the media. All the handful of congressional loonies and Barbara Boxer accomplished was to put up a minor speedbump on the road to the inevitable result of Bush’s official notification of victory. No protests, little media coverage, and even less public interest. In fact, the vast majority of the public are completely unaware of the minor speedbump thrown up today. And the few who are aware of it, now look...
  • Wireless World: The 'Orange Revolution'

    12/29/2004 10:06:13 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 7 replies · 454+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 27, 2004 | Gene Koprowski
    By Gene J. Koprowski Published 12/27/2004 11:41 AM CHICAGO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The court-ordered election rematch in Ukraine this past Sunday, featuring opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, probably would not have happened were it not for mobile phone technologies.The technologies -- text messaging services in particular -- enabled hundreds of thousands of youthful demonstrators to coordinate their activities and take to the streets of Kiev to contest the November election results, experts told UPI's Wireless World."The most significant aspect of this thing is the mobilization of the population," said Lubomyr Hajda, associate director of...
  • Long Road to First Ladyhood (from Best of The Web Today)

    12/20/2004 3:58:46 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 9 replies · 591+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 12/20/2004 | John Fund
    A dozen years ago, as the Soviet Union broke up and Ukraine and other satellites of the Communist system became independent, I had frequent conversations with Kathy Chumachenko, a 30-year-old Ukrainian-American who was regularly returning to a country she barely knew in hopes of helping it out of dictatorship. She wound up staying and marrying a dashing central banker named Viktor Yushchenko. This coming Sunday, Mr. Yushchenko, who has recovered from an infamous episode of dioxin poisoning, is likely to be elected president of Ukraine. His wife, known in Ukraine as Kateryna, will become the new first lady of the...