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Ukraine explained: a nonviolent victory

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Peter Ackerman, Maciej Bartkowski, and Jack DuVall 3 March 2014 Dramatic words or violent acts were not how the Ukrainian people ousted an authoritarian leader and his cronies. Civil resistance shredded the legitimacy of a repressive and corrupt government. The nonviolent movement dissolved the consent of the people and the loyalty of regime defenders on…

Infowars: Spotlight on Larry Diamond

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By

The viral video is of an Ukrainian girl speaking about her hopes for freedom in her country. She appeals for us to tell our governments to support Maidan protesters: The Infowars website shares an interesting background story to this video, claiming it to be the influence of Larry Diamond, a member of the US Council…

Davos discussion on Ukraine

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By″>

This is the 7th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable hosted by Viktor Pinchuk and chaired by Tony Blair . It opens with the issue of Ukraine’s current crisis. (starts here) ———–

What the West wouldn’t do for Ukraine

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

In his State of the Union address yesterday President Barack Obama said: “Our alliance with Europe remains the strongest the world has ever known. From Tunisia to Burma, we’re supporting those who are willing to do the hard work of building democracy. In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right…

When the USA helped Ukraine with Western Values

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

In the wake of the economic crisis of 2008, the future of capitalism has been the focus of considerable interest, with talk of aligning purpose with  profit. The New Bottom Line is how I described it. At Sumy State University we’d delivered two papers on the economic crisis and had also been collaborating with physicists…

Ukraine needs a ‘Marshall Plan’ say academics

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

We are calling on our governments and international organisations to support Ukrainians in their efforts to put an end to a corrupt and brutal regime and to the geopolitical vulnerability of their country. Ukraine needs a European Marshall-like plan that would ensure its transformation into a full democracy and society with guaranteed civil rights. In elaboration of a new policy towards Ukraine, we propose to draw a distinction between the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian society. While the former must be treated with a maximum of strictures, the latter deserves a maximum of support.

The day we become silent about things that matter

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ongoing media examination of how Jimmy Savile could have abused children over so many years raises many questions about the willingness of those close to him to speak out.  Those who tried, it seems,…

It’s not about the EU, it’s about freedom from the Ukrainian mafia

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

I passed on this message from Yevgeniya Nedilko in Germany Dear EU citizens! Today, Nowember 30, 2013, our president Viktor Yanukovych turned into a new Ceausescu when he dispersed a peaceful rally, breaking 19-years-old students’ heads to blood. Those students were standing for support of collaboration between Ukraine and EU. Reading materials in your media,…

USAID: Turning a blind eye to Ukraine

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

In 2008 appealing to USAID and the Council on Foreign Relations, our founder Terry Hallman, working alongside civic action and human rights groups in Ukraine called on their support for developing an anti-corruption network. “We (Ukraine citizens network) work together but separately. Most of us in the network understand things well enough to know that…

The EU association agreement

Sep 6th, 2013 | By

With plans for an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, I offer a supportive voice to that of Taras Danko, who wrote recently: “The mechanisms of EU’s Eastern Partnership should provide the facilities for assisting Ukraine in order to eliminate the domino effect on other European economies. While the macroeconomic steps that could be…