#1 By: Cory Doctorow, January 22nd, 2014 07:01
#2 By: El Mariachi, January 22nd, 2014 07:56
Didn’t we have a Cold War to put an end to this type of thing? Whatever happened with that?
And why doesn’t this get one-tenth the amount of coverage that “Bridgegate” does? A traffic jam from four months ago is more important than a veto coup in a major Eastern European state?
#3 By: Anton Gully, January 22nd, 2014 08:31
Vice is growing on me. The online magazine, Vice. Good article up there today about Cuba.
Hopefully the EU will take steps before Ukraine, and the -stans, get their own version of the Arab Spring.
#4 By: Halloween Jack, January 22nd, 2014 08:46
For review: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
#5 By: euansmith, January 22nd, 2014 08:51
Poor Ukraine. It is amazing how quickly shit like this can be rolled out by the ruling psychopaths.
#6 By: IMB, January 22nd, 2014 08:53
This is terrifying and should be covered. But you needn't not cover local government corruption at the same time. Why should it be an either/or proposition?
#7 By: Karl Schulte, January 22nd, 2014 09:11
The problem is that each side is pretty clearly aligned with an outside power and the EU is reluctant to engage in a proxy civil war with Russia.
#8 By: Charlie Stross, January 22nd, 2014 09:13
Especially as the EU gets a lot of its natural gas by pipeline from Russia and it's winter ...
#9 By: euansmith, January 22nd, 2014 09:23
Maybe we need to wait for European Spring.
#10 By: Karl Schulte, January 22nd, 2014 09:29
True, although Russia is aware that that cuts both ways. Even the Soviet Union didn't go there.
#11 By: Pate L, January 22nd, 2014 09:55
#12 By: Brad Zimmerman, January 22nd, 2014 10:00
American ex-pat living in Krakow (8 years) here: I honestly believe that the Russians were simply more able to hand out cash and power than the EU were. Yanukovych is Soviet old-school and a politician; I doubt he did more than determine who was willing to offer more (carrot) and/or put the hurt on (stick) and then made his decision. Besides, he knows that closer integration with the EU - gods forbid actual membership - means that he wields less arbitrary power because they require governments with a bit more accountability and consequence.
#13 By: Brusyur Soksow, January 22nd, 2014 10:21
heres some more: http://euro-online.kiev.ua/ that German users may be able to check without the U Tube GEMA censorship bit activated.
#14 By: Simone Baptiste, January 22nd, 2014 11:56
it's almost as bad as the "free speech zones" that are setup for people to practice their "free speech" in US
#15 By: d107266, January 22nd, 2014 12:24
For those interested, here's a petition calling on the Norwegian government to impose personal sanctions on, the President, the Minister of Interior, the 235 Members of the Ukrainian Parliament who voted for the anti-constitutional laws, as well as other people involved in the current violence against Ukrainian citizens.
#16 By: Bobo the talking chimp, January 22nd, 2014 13:02
Um, not exactly an "apples and oranges" comparison there eh?
While I agree that the concept of a "free speech zone" is absolutely ludicrous, comparing it to these legal changes in the Ukraine is like comparing a splinter to a 2x4 through the head. (since hyperbole seems to be the reigning motif here)
#17 By: El Mariachi, January 22nd, 2014 13:59
Who said anything about not covering both? I just think the proportions are way out of whack.
#18 By: IMB, January 22nd, 2014 14:02
The proportions are always out of whack as far as international news, so point taken. But as a potential presidential candidate, the bridge story does have merit, in spite of the obvious jokes.
#19 By: dingo, January 22nd, 2014 14:55
Wow… i know people who were banged up in HMP Durham (thats in the UK for foreign readers……... and a prison) under the criminal justice act for holding raves in woods/warehouses….. It seems to me that the Ukraine has just copied the UK Gov hand book on dictatorship! Where has our freedom gone?
#20 By: Steve Baker, January 22nd, 2014 15:22
First the Ukraine and then .......http://thinkingaboot.blogspot.ca/2014/01/utopians-are-heavily-read.html
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