Audio: Back in the USSR, Radio CFRU:  The War in Ukraine and Anti-Fascist Resistance

Audio: Back in the USSR, Radio CFRU: The War in Ukraine and Anti-Fascist Resistance

Interview with Siegfried Barazov, Back in the USSR, Radio CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Canada Broadcasted every Saturday from 9 PM – 11 PM (Toronto time) and can be heard  on http://cfru.ca/   Audio (duration 00:37:57)   http://www.radio4all.net/files/imperator60@hotmail.com/4965-1-Joshua_Tartakovsky_Donetsk_interview.mp3   Link to audio: http://www.radio4all.net/files/imperator60@hotmail.com/4965-1-Joshua_Tartakovsky_Donetsk_interview.mp3 Summary: Back in the USSR (link) interviews Joshua Tartakovsky about the current conflict in Ukraine, his recent visit to the Donbass, the rise of austerity and fascism in Europe and how ordinary working people are resisting these evil forces like heroes.  ...
Donetsk: A Defiant and Besieged City

Donetsk: A Defiant and Besieged City

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:31By Joshua Tartakovsky, Truthout | Op-Ed   Downtown Donetsk. Despite the ongoing war the city has made an extra effort keeping the streets clean. Residents of Donetsk have been demonized and castigated by the Ukrainian government and media. President Poroshenko famously said “their children will be holed up in basements.” (Photo: Joshua Tartakovsky) A visit to Donetsk reveals that unlike Western media portrayals, the city stands behind the rebels and refuses to accept the authority or legitimacy of the Kiev government which openly stated its admiration for Ukrainian fascist leaders. Donetsk is keen on resisting attempts at subjugation by Kiev. Its population continues to struggle to go on with its daily life as residential neighborhoods are frequently shelled. While Russia undoubtedly lends its support to the self-proclaimed republic via various means, it would be incorrect to say that the local population does not stand behind the republic. In a recent visit to the Donbass in East Ukraine, a group of journalists including myself visited Donetsk in order to better understand its reality for ourselves. The trip was organized by Europa Objektiv, a German-Russian NGO whose mission is to provide journalists with a tour of the frequently misrepresented region. We had many questions on our mind with respect to the situation in Donetsk. The image many of us had was that of acity whose streets were vacant of people and that was ruled by rebels through the use of force. Would we encounter Russian forces? Was there fighting in every area and would we be shelled? These were some of the questions. We left Rostov for Donetsk by car. Vietnamese journalists, two Englishmen from a Conservative think-tank and myself. On our way...
Diary: Journey to Donetsk

Diary: Journey to Donetsk

What is taking place in Donetsk, East Ukraine? Last week I went to visit the Donbass in East Ukraine and the People’s Republic of Donetsk. The trip was organized by Europa Objektiv, a German-Russian non-governmental organization whose mission is to provide journalists with a tour of the region in order to better understand the reality there and to see the situation for oneself, unobscured by misrepresentation by the corporate media. Due to the fact that it is difficult nowadays to get an accurate view of what is taking place in Ukraine from the mainstream Western media, the importance of visiting Donetsk and seeing the reality with one’s own eyes cannot be underestimated. In this article, I am writing only what I saw. I do not work for the Russian government and do not receive a penny from them for my reporting. Day 1 During the course of the first day in Moscow we heard lectures from speakers on the subject. Maxim Grigorev, of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, produced a comprehensive report based on testimonies of victims on the torture of civilians by the Ukrainian forces. Those who are severely  damaged and injured usually end up being killed, according to Grigorev. One woman (passport picture below) was aboard a medical team on an ambulance. The ambulance was shot by the Ukrainian army. She was kidnapped by the Ukrainian forces and tortured. The Ukrainian FSB held her guilty. Yet she survived the torture and was later exchanged for captive Ukrainian soldiers in a process supervised by the OSCE. Another victim, a civilian by the name of Andrey Panchenko, was...
The Battle of Wills between the West and Russia:   Which Side Will Win?

The Battle of Wills between the West and Russia: Which Side Will Win?

  Children of the Donbass Donetsk Petrovsky district and Gorlovka, they sit in the cellars of many days, when the Ukrainian army shells the area, the children cannot leave or get fresh air. There is a constant shelling of these areas. Photo via Olga Solnishko The Battle of Wills between the West and Russia:  Which Side Will Win?   Fort Rus February 13, 2015 By: Joshua Tartakovsky From the very beginning or emergence of the Ukraine crisis, as details of the coup emerged and Crimea was, in the eyes of the west – annexed by Russia – it became clear that we are heading to a prolonged battle.  This is one that is not just a physical war which entails much destruction but a war of wills in a conflict over the question of which side has the moral upper hand. From the very beginning, the West and Russia were speaking in opposite languages and had opposing mindsets. While the West, led by the US, accused Russia of aggression in Ukraine and pointed a finger at it for violating international law, Russia was speaking about fascists in Kiev and about an illegal coup. It became clear from the very beginning that the issue was not merely one of disagreement or division, but of a cultural war with the West attempting to prove its superiority, vis-à-vis Russia. While US support for the coup in Kiev could be analyzed from the perspective of traditional imperialism with the US seeking to impose its will and ensure that its will overrides others, even that of regional powers, the way it has managed to convince...