Friday, February 28, 2014

Europe isn't Europe

Propaganda is subtle. It's not always overt, though we can read it plainly.
In western regions - closer to Europe - Ukrainian is the main language and many of the people identify with Central Europe.
This from the BBC report Ukraine crisis in maps. Isn't Ukraine in Europe? "Central Europe" after all...

But no, the geographic entity "Europe" isn't what is meant here. Note the shift from polity to geography in that sentence. "Europe" isn't "Europe". But the protestors were all about "Europe" right?

No. Buried under the amassed mainstream parroting of what the protestors are protesting for, to be in Europe, i.e., the European Union, Tim Stanley at least notes that the situation is more complex.

And examine this account as posted on Mish's blog.
I received an interesting email regarding Ukraine from reader Jacob Dreizin, a US citizen who speaks both Russian and Ukrainian[...]
Addendum: Seumas Milne at the Guardian has a more thorough article on Ukraine's far-right elements.
You'd never know from most of the reporting that far-right nationalists and fascists have been at the heart of the protests and attacks on government buildings. One of the three main opposition parties heading the campaign is the hard-right antisemitic Svoboda, whose leader Oleh Tyahnybok claims that a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" controls Ukraine. But US senator John McCain was happy to share a platform with him in Kiev last month. The party, now running the city of Lviv, led a 15,000-strong torchlit march earlier this month in memory of the Ukrainian fascist leader Stepan Bandera, whose forces fought with the Nazis in the second world war and took part in massacres of Jews.