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FTR #780 OUN/B Redux, Part 2

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Swoboda leader Oleh Tiahanybok salutes

Introduction: This program continues analysis of the installation in the Ukraine of a government composed largely of political forces evolved from, and manifesting ideological continuity with, the fascist OUN/B.

Hav­ing staffed the 14th Waf­fen SS (Gali­cian) Divi­sion and the Ein­satz­grup­pen (mobile exe­cu­tion squads) in the Ukraine, the OUN/B was a piv­otal ele­ment in the post­war Gehlen spy out­fit in its CIA and BND incar­na­tions, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations and the GOP eth­nic out­reach organization.

OUN/B has been deeply involved with covert oper­a­tions and fig­ures in the inves­ti­ga­tion into the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy, as well as the de-stabilization of the Soviet Union dur­ing the cli­mac­tic phase of the Cold War. With a pro­found pres­ence in the GOP’s Eth­nic divi­sion, as well as the con­tem­po­rary Ukrain­ian polit­i­cal infra­struc­ture, the OUN/B is any­thing but an his­tor­i­cal relic. The devel­op­ment of the OUN/B in both the U.S. and the Ukraine is explained in great his­tor­i­cal depth in AFA #37.

In the past we have noted that Yka­te­rina Chu­machenko, head of the OUN/B’s lead­ing front orga­ni­za­tion in the U.S. and Ronald Reagan’s Deputy Direc­tor of Pub­lic Liai­son, went on to marry Vik­tor Yuschenko and become First Lady of the Ukraine after the “Orange Revolution.”

John McCain and Oleg Tyanhybok

With the Yuschenko regime in power, OUN/B founder Stephan Ban­dera was named a hero of the Ukraine.

In this program, we begin with another very important post from german-foreign-policy.com that fleshes out our understanding of the role of Swoboda and other OUN/B-descended groups in the new Ukrainian government.

Clarifying the roles of Dymytro Yarosh of Pravy Sektor and Andriy Parubiy of Swoboda in the Ukrainian National Security Council, the article highlights the appointment of Ihor Teniukh as Defense Minister. Teniukh was formerly the head of Ukraine’s fleet and is at the point of interface with Russia over the Ukraine.

The article also notes that there is a very real possibility that the snipers who fired on the crowd may have been agents-provacateurs working for the forces included in the new government.

Ukrainian Jews are terrified of the forces manifest in the new government, and are receiving self-defense counseling from an Israeli agency.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Bar­roso is call­ing for imme­di­ate cuts in tar­rifs and aus­ter­ity in return for loans described as “win­dow dress­ing” and that won’t really be used to sup­port the bud­get any­way. Just imag­ine, years from now, how thank­ful Ukraini­ans will be about their rev­o­lu­tion when those same aus­ter­ity pro­grams are still in place because they sent their econ­omy into the same austerity-induced death-spiral we’ve come to know in the EU.

Ukrainian wanted poster: What’s wrong with this picture?

A stinging article in Forbes magazine has opined that Yatseniuk–“Washington’s man in the Ukraine”–will ruin the Ukraine.

The agree­ment with the EU would have been eco­nom­i­cally destruc­tive for Rus­sia, as well as putting NATO mil­i­tary forces at Russia’s bor­der.

Among the factors propelling many young, educated Ukrainians into the arms of Swoboda and other OUN/B heirs is the fact that the Ukrainian economy is destitute. Economic deprivation is a key factor in the resurgence of fascist and far-right political parties in Europe. The economic hardship figures to increase significantly in the Ukraine under the EU/IMF/German-dictated austerity program.

Central to the EU/German goals int the Ukraine is exploitation of the Ukrainian natural gas reserves. Ukraine has a quarter of the world’s proven natural gas reserves. Successful exploitation of those reserves would free Germany and the EU from energy dependence on Russia, as well as enriching Western fossil-fuel companies.

Much of the second side of the program notes significant areas of overlap between the covert operation undertaken in the Ukraine and the milieu behind “L’Affaire Snowden,” WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring.

The broadcast also notes that elements pressuring Obama have roots in the OUN/B milieu that was ensconced in the Reagan and both Bush administrations.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the commitment by the U.S. of $5 billion to political activity in the Ukraine; review of the role of Glenn Greenwald’s financial angel Pierre Omidyar in financing the Ukraine “op;” review of the influx of Swedish and European neo-Nazis into the Ukraine; review of the role of Pirate Bay/WikiLeaks sugar daddy Carl Lundstrom’s links to the Swedish neo-Nazi milieu; review of the role of Gene Sharp’s ideological manifesto in the Arab Spring; review of the role of Gene Sharp’s ideological pronouncements in the “Orange Revolution;” review of the role of Michael Milken’s right-hand man Peter Ackerman in financing Gene Sharp, as well as his support for the Mulsim-Brotherhood-linked Muslim World Initiative; Reagan and George W. Bush appointee Paula Dobriansky’s links to the OUN/B milieu.

1. Another very important post from german-foreign-policy.com fleshes out our understanding of the role of Swoboda and other OUN/B-descended groups in the new Ukrainian government.

Clarifying the roles of Dymytro Yarosh of Pravy Sektor and Andriy Parubiy of Swoboda in the Ukrainian National Security Council, the article highlights the appointment of Ihor Teniukh as Defense Minister. Teniukh was formerly the head of Ukraine’s fleet and is at the point of interface with Russia over the Ukraine.

The post also notes that there is a very real possibility that the snipers who fired on the crowd may have been agents-provacateurs working for the forces included in the new government.

Ukrainian Jews are terrified of the forces manifest in the new government, and are receiving self-defense counseling from an Israeli agency.

“The Kiev Escalation Strategy”; german-foreign-policy.com; 3/06/2014.

The Estonian foreign minister expressed his suspicion that “somebody from the new coalition” in Kiev could have been behind the sniper shootings on the Maidan, according to a tapped telephone conversation, which has gone online. Sniper fire had preceded Berlin’s massively promoted putsch in Kiev. In the telephone conversation, the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, reported to the chief of EU foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton that a medical doctor in Kiev assumes that the mortal wounds to policemen and demonstrators had the same handwriting and could have come from the same assassins. The fact that Kiev’s government has yet to initiate an investigation could arouse the suspicion that elements from its own ranks could have been responsible for those assassinations. Videos, in fact, have already documented that snipers had been shooting at both sides. The putschist government, incriminated by Paet’s remarks and still enjoying strong German government support, is comprised also of rightwing extremist forces, for example several Svoboda Party politicians, as well as the commander of the armed militia on the Maidan and the leader of the paramilitary “Pravi Sektor” (Right Sektor). Both have been given high-level posts as Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, under the personal leadership of the President.

Street Battles instead of Parliamentary Debates

At least British and US media are now openly mentioning the role played by the rightwing extremists in the Kiev putsch. As a Ukrainian journalist wrote in a US online publication, this role should, by no means, be “underestimated.” When “two months of protests in the streets” did not bring resounding results, “it was the far right” that was “the first to throw Molotov cocktails and stones at police and to mount real and well-fortified barricades.” Fascists were also among those, who burned two military personnel carriers on February 18. “The Euromaidan won thanks to the resoluteness of people, who were ready to fight rather than to negotiate in parliament,” the author concludes.[1] This escalation strategy, supported by the extreme right, falls in line with a remark in an alleged Vitaly Klitschko email, which has been available online for several days. In the email, dated January 9, one can read, “I think we have paved the road for a more radical escalation of the situation. Is it not high time to continue with more resolute actions?” Klitschko has always been in close contact with Berlin’s foreign policy establishment, which, at the time, had not uttered a word of criticism concerning the rightwing extremist activities in the Ukraine.

Extremely Anti-Russian

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Deputy, Oleksandr Sych, and several ministers of the putschist government are members of the Svoboda Party, which, even before the beginning of the recent mass protests, had already won one third of the votes in sectors of western Ukraine. The leader of the party had personally cooperated with the German foreign minister during the uprisings.[2] Sych recently became known, when he suggested all abortions be banned, even those for pregnancies resulting from rape. He recommended that women “lead the kind of lifestyle to avoid the risk of rape, including one from drinking alcohol and being in controversial company.”[3] Svoboda members Andriy Mokhnyk became Minister for Ecology, Ihor Shvaika, Minister for Agriculture and Ihor Teniukh, Minister for Defense. Teniukh had previously commanded Ukraine’s fleet from 2006 to 2010 and is now in charge of handling the Crimean conflict. This is significant because Svoboda is, by far, the most anti-Russian force represented in the putschist government. Svoboda’s Oleh Makhnitskiy became parliamentary inspector of the Attorney General’s Office.

Struggle against “Russians and Jews”

On the other hand, this should draw attention because Svoboda honors Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera and his Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), responsible for having committed massacres particularly of Jewish Ukrainians and Poles.[4] Svoboda, according to activists in Kiev, still disposes of an illegal armed wing known as “C14.”[5] This has been confirmed a few days ago by the BBC, which reports “C14’s” size allegedly at 200 members – and took over the headquarters of the Communist Party, an act that turns the spotlight on the concept of rule of law applied now in the pro-Western Ukraine. The name “C14” (“Combat 14”) is probably a semantic flirt with the name “C18” (“Combat 18”) one of the international networks of neo-Nazi terrorist organizations, with which the “C14,” of course, shares no organizational ties. At the same time, the name points to the number “14.” In fascist circles this refers to the “fourteen word” slogans of commitment to the “white race.” As the leader of Svoboda’s ally “C14” explained, his organization is in a “struggle” with “ethnic groups” that are wielding, among other things, “economic and political power.” The “ethnic groups” he is referring to are “Russians and Jews.”[6]

Secretary in the National Security Council

The fascist’s structural influence can also be primarily seen in Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. The President of the Ukraine presides over the council. Members of the council include the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Defense (Svoboda), the director of the SBU Intelligence Service and high-ranking military officials. The chair of the council designates a secretary. Since a few days ago, Andriy Parubiy has filled this position. Parubiy, together with Oleh Tiahnybok, had founded the neo-Nazi “Social National Party of the Ukraine” in 1991, which they renamed “Svoboda” in 2004, which is still under Tiahnybok’s leadership. In 2004, Parubiy had been one of the leading personalities of the “Orange Revolution.” However, over the succeeding years, he had gravitated toward the former ruling “Our Ukraine Party,” at the time, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko was president of the country. Parubiy was then elected to parliament in 2012 on the electoral list of Yulia Tymoshenko’s “Fatherland Party.” He became internationally famous when he, as the “Commander of Maidan” was the head of the armed militias in Kiev. The militias were “not 100% but a large percentage” comprised of fascists, according to activists.[7] The “Pravi Sektor” (“Right Sektor”), a sort of alliance of violence-prone right-wing extremist organizations, has wide representation within its ranks.

Homosexual Bashing

According to estimates, the “Pravi Sektor,” which received strong reinforcement through the Maidan protests, today nationally numbers up to 5,000 militants. In Kiev, it patrols the city in armed squads of up to a dozen members. Their weapons are usually baseball bats, but sometimes also pistols. Even the German media, which openly shows sympathy toward these protests, characterizes this organization as “paramilitary,” and obviously in possession of numerous firearms and ammunition. Its leader Dmytro Yarosh joined the right-wing extremist “Tryzub” (“Trident”) organization in 1994, which he has been commanding since 2005. During the Maidan protests, the “Tryzub” has mainly become known for its attacks on homosexuals and as participants in the “Pravi Sektor.” [No mention of this in the Western press, which was resolute in bashing Russia for its policies toward gays.–D.E.] Yarosh, the leader of “Tryzub” and “Pravi Sektor” claims that an appeal published on a social network website with his profile, calling on the infamous Chechen terrorist, Doku Umarov to support the Ukrainian nationalists in their struggle against Russia, is a counterfeit created by hackers. A few days ago, Yarosh was named assistant to Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy.

Self-Defense

Under these circumstances, Jewish organizations are becoming increasingly worried about the safety of the 200,000 Ukrainian Jews. These organizations – regardless of their political differences with one another – are “wondering whether their lives – whether Jewish life – has a secure future in Ukraine,” according to a report. After all, organizations of right-wing extremist thugs “are, at the moment, in control of the streets of Kiev.”[8] At the beginning of the week, a group of Israeli self-defense specialists landed in the Ukrainian capital, on the initiative of the chair of Kiev’s Jewish community, to begin training members of the community. This is not only about methods of combat, but also about how to behave in crisis situations, it was reported.[9] The “Jewish Agency,” the Israeli government’s official immigration organization, is already preparing emergency measures.[10] Through its undifferentiated backing for even fascists within the Ukrainian opposition, the German government has helped create the situation making these measures necessary. Demands to isolate Svoboda and other rightwing extremists have been systematically ignored both in Berlin and by Berlin’s proxies at the Maidan.

2. Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Bar­roso is call­ing for imme­di­ate cuts in tar­rifs and aus­ter­ity in return for loans described as “win­dow dress­ing” and that won’t really be used to sup­port the bud­get any­way. Just imag­ine, years from now, how thank­ful Ukraini­ans will be about their rev­o­lu­tion when those same aus­ter­ity pro­grams are still in place because they sent their econ­omy into the same austerity-induced death-spiral we’ve come to know and love in the EU.

“EU’s Long-awaited $15 Bil­lion Pack­age May Add to Government’s Aus­ter­ity Pro­gram” by Ivan Verstyuk; Kyiv Post; 3/5/2014.

The Euro­pean Union has promised $15 bil­lion of finan­cial help to Ukraine as the nation tight­ens its belt amid a loom­ing cash crunch.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jose Manuel Bar­roso told reporters in Brus­sels on March that the money would come via var­i­ous instru­ments over sev­eral years.

Ukraine will receive $1.4 bil­lion in the form of loans, paid from the EU bud­get. Another $2 bil­lion will come as EU grants over the next seven years. The Euro­pean Invest­ment Bank is to con­tribute $4.2 bil­lion over 2014–2016 and the Euro­pean Bank for Recon­struc­tion and Devel­op­ment is to add $7 bil­lion through 2020.

Mean­while, Bar­roso added that the macro-financial aid and some $840 mil­lion in new grants can be dis­bursed “very fast … within a mat­ter of weeks.”

Ear­lier on Feb. 5 Finance Min­is­ter Olek­sandr Shla­pak said that Ukraine must pay out $10 bil­lion by end of this year to ser­vice all of its debt obligations.

The $15 bil­lion (of EU money) men­tioned was just win­dow dress­ing and lit­tle of this will be dis­bursed as bal­ance of payments/budget sup­port,” said Tim­o­thy Ash, head of research for emerg­ing mar­kets at Stan­dard Bank in London.

“Every­thing will depend on how this money will be used. It could be used for fix­ing the bal­ance of pay­ments, the cen­tral bank’s reserves, or the bud­get gap,” said Igor Burakovsky, head of the Insti­tute for Eco­nomic Research and Pol­icy Analysis.

Bar­roso also pro­posed that EU coun­tries should imme­di­ately apply lower trade tar­iffs on Ukrain­ian imports, as envis­aged in a future free trade agree­ment that ex-President Vik­tor Yanukovych had orig­i­nally shunned on Nov. 21.

Aus­ter­ity on the part of gov­ern­ment has already begun. It cut a num­ber of social pro­grams and other projects to save $5.1 bil­lion. These mea­sures include a ban for state bod­ies to pur­chase auto­mo­biles, mobile phones and lap­tops. More­over, some state-owned auto­mo­biles will be sold through the pub­licly held auctions.

3. The pub­lic in gen­eral might not be super pleased with the EU’s designated fate for Ukraine, but those that want to reshape Ukraine’s soci­ety in rad­i­cal far-right ways prob­a­bly won’t mind.

“Washington’s Man Yat­senyuk Set­ting Ukraine Up For Ruin” by Kenneth Rapoza; Forbes; 2/27/2014.

Ukraine’s interim prime min­is­ter, Arseniy “Yats” Yat­senyuk, may prove to be arsenic to the belea­guered nation.

“Recall the phone exchange between the Ukraine ambas­sador and Vic­to­ria Nuland (Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Euro­pean Affairs) that got leaked out, where she basi­cally said ‘we want Yats in there.’ They like him because he’s pro West­ern,” says Vladimir Sig­norelli, pres­i­dent of bou­tique invest­ment research firm Bret­ton Woods Research LLC in New Jer­sey. “Yat­senyuk is the the kind of tech­no­crat you want if you want aus­ter­ity, with the veneer of pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” Sig­norelli said. “He’s the type of guy who can hob­nob with the Euro­pean elite. A Mario Monti type: unelected and will­ing to do the IMFs bid­ding,” he said.

Mario Monti was a cen­trist Ital­ian tech­no­crat who passed an aus­ter­ity pack­age that called for increased taxes, pen­sion reform and mea­sures to fight tax evasion.

Ukraine’s new 450-seat par­lia­ment approved the appoint­ment of the for­mer Cen­tral Banker Yat­senyuk on Thurs­day by a vote of 371 to 1. Oddly enough, ear­lier this month, the pro-Western Yats trailed behind pop­u­lar oppo­si­tion lead­ers such as for­mer heavy­weight boxer Vil­tali Klitschko and the leader of the nation­al­ist, Svo­boda Party, Oleh Tyah­ny­bok. But Yats had friends in high places and while he does not have strong sup­port of the elec­torate, and would have no chance of win­ning an elec­tion, he is pro-IMF aus­ter­ity and appar­ently the bulk of par­lia­ment is as well.

“Yat­senyuk was say­ing that what the Greeks did to them­selves we are going to do our­selves,” said Sig­norelli. “He wants to fol­low the Greek eco­nomic model. Who the hell wants to fol­low that?”

Also today, Yat­senyuk promised to imple­ment “very unpop­u­lar mea­sures” to sta­bi­lize the country’s finances. The gov­ern­ment said it needs $35 bil­lion to sup­port the coun­try over the next two years. His lan­guage in a news report broad­cast by Bloomberg today indi­cates he is head­ing toward a poten­tially desta­bi­liz­ing aus­ter­ity campaign:

“The trea­sury is empty. We will do every­thing not to default. If we get the finan­cial sup­port from the IMF, the U.S., we will do it. I’m going to be the most unpop­u­lar prime min­is­ter in the his­tory of my coun­try,” he said. “But this is the only solu­tion. I would never promise any kind of huge achieve­ments. First and the most impor­tant issue is to sta­bi­lize the situation.”

He also said that, “We want Rus­sia to have trans­par­ent and fair rela­tions with Ukraine. We want to be part­ners with Russia…we strongly believe it will never inter­vene with a mil­i­tary force in Ukraine.”

Under the brew­ing divide-and-conquer polit­i­cal cri­sis lies Ukraine’s eco­nomic prob­lems. The Ukrain­ian cur­rency, the hryv­nia, is down over 16% year-to-date, a record decline against the dollar.

It is unclear the kind of mea­sures Yat­senyuk will tol­er­ate, but it appears aus­ter­ity is the path for­ward. That includes a reg­i­men of tax increases, inter­est rate hikes and fur­ther cur­rency deval­u­a­tion.

Yanukovych resisted the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund’s demand to raise taxes and devalue the cur­rency. Yat­senyuk doesn’t mind. For econ­o­mists who think aus­ter­ity is a dis­as­ter, Ukraine is on a path to ruin.

“We saw this in the 90s and what the IMF did to Rus­sia with Yeltsin. They’ll do that to Ukraine,” said Sig­norelli. Remem­ber Slo­bo­dan Miloše­vic in Yugoslavia? After the IMF fin­ished with Yugoslavia it was only a mat­ter of time before the sep­a­ratist move­ments gained trac­tion,” he said. “I think things in Ukraine can get really really bad.”

4a. Germany Watch–which feeds along the right-hand side of the front page of this web site–notes that the potential agreement with the EU would have been economically destructive for both the Ukraine and Russia, as well as putting NATO military forces at Russia’s border. The post excerpted below also notes that some 350 jihadists fighting for the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated elements in Syria joined the street fighting on behalf of the Swoboda/Pravy Sektor combatants.

We note in passing that Germany Watch is a conservative publication, not “leftist” at all.

“Ukraine Nazis–Another Country Falls to the Axis”; Germany Watch; 2/26/2014.

In his formal remarks at Munich and a week earlier at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assailed Western governments for supporting neo-Nazi terrorist organizations in their zeal to place Ukraine under European Union and Troika control to tighten the NATO noose around Russia.

If anything, Lavrov understated the case.

Ever since President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine was withdrawing its plans to sign the European Union’s Association Agreement on Nov. 21, 2013, Western-backed organizations made up of remnants of the wartime and immediate postwar Nazi collaborationist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) and their successors have launched a campaign of provocations aimed at not only at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, but at overthrowing the democratically elected President Yanukovych.

The EU Eastern Partnership was initiated in December 2008 by Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski, the foreign ministers of Sweden and Poland, in the wake of Georgia’s military showdown with Russia in South Ossetia. The Eastern Partnership targeted six countries that were formerly republics within the Soviet Union: three in the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and three in East Central Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine). They were not to be invited to full EU membership, but drawn into an EU vise through so-called Association Agreements, each one centered on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The prime target of the effort was Ukraine.

Under the Association Agreement negotiated with Ukraine, but not signed, the industrial economy of Ukraine would have been dismantled, trade with Russia would have been savaged (with Russia ending its free-trade regime with Ukraine, to prevent its own markets from being flooded via Ukraine), and the European markets’ players would have grabbed for Ukraine’s agricultural and raw materials exports. The same deadly austerity regime as has been imposed on the Mediterranean states of Europe under the Troika bailout swindle would have been imposed on Ukraine.

Furthermore, the Association Agreement mandated “convergence” on security issues, with integration into European defense systems. Under such an upgraded arrangement, the long-term treaty agreements on the Russian Navy’s use of the crucial Crimean Black Sea ports would have been terminated, ultimately giving NATO forward basing on Russia’s immediate border.

While Western news accounts promoted the demonstrations in Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnesti, or Euromaidan as it is now called), as initially peaceful, the fact is that, from the outset, the protests included hardcore avowed neo-Nazis, right-wing “soccer hooligans” and “Afghansy” combat veterans of the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Georgia. According to Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleh Tsaryov, 350 Ukrainians returned to the country from Syria in January 2014, after fighting with the Syrian rebels, including al-Qaeda-linked groups such as the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). . . .

4b. A factor that is central to the Ukrainian situation is that country’s natural gas reserves. The Ukraine has a quarter of the world’s proven natural gas reserves. Germany no doubt sees those reserves as the answer to the EU’s energy situation.

“This Oil Giant Could Get Crushed by Ukraine” by Lawrence Lewitinn; Yahoo News; 3/06/2014.

 Once known as the “Breadbasket of Russia“, Ukraine is now also Russia’s fuel tank. And, one American company has 10 billion reasons to hope nothing goes wrong.

Ukraine sits on 39 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. That’s about one-quarter the world’s entire proven reserves. . . .

5. recent post from the Inter­na­tional Busi­ness Times illus­trates and defines what might be termed “the ideological/political bou­quet” of the oppo­si­tion forces that ousted Yanukovych (who, like most of the lead­ers who have come to power in the for­mer Soviet republics and a plethora of lead­ers else­whate, was man­i­festly incom­pe­tent and corrupt.)

Writer Palash Ghosh notes that Swoboda–the largest of these groups–has gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able grav­i­tas from young, edu­cated Ukraini­ans who are dis­gusted with the mori­bund econ­omy. His­tor­i­cally, eco­nomic depri­va­tion has lent pop­u­lar sup­port to the ranks of fas­cist organizations.

“Euro­maidan: The Dark Shad­ows of the Far-Right  in Ukraine Protests” by Palash Ghosh; Inter­na­tional Busi­ness Times; 2/25/2014.

. . . .How­ever, despite its extrem­ist rhetoric, Svo­boda can­not be called a “fringe” party – indeed, it cur­rently occu­pies 36 seats in the 450-member Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment, grant­ing it sta­tus as the fourth-largest party in the coun­try. Fur­ther, Svo­boda is linked to other far-right groups across Europe through its mem­ber­ship in the Alliance of Euro­pean National Move­ments, which includes the British National Party (BNP) of the United King­dom and Job­bik, the neo-fascist, anti-Semitic and anti-Roma party of Hun­gary. The leader of Svo­boda, Oleh Tyah­ny­bok, who has appeared at the Kiev protests, has a long his­tory of mak­ing inflam­ma­tory anti-Semitic state­ments, includ­ing the accu­sa­tion dur­ing a 2004 speech before par­lia­ment that Ukraine is con­trolled by a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” [Swo­boda Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ihor] Mirosh­ny­chenko also called the Ukrainian-born Amer­i­can film actress Mila Kunis a “dirty Jewess.”

Tyah­ny­bok has also claimed that “orga­nized Jewry” dom­i­nate Ukrain­ian media and gov­ern­ment, have enriched them­selves through crim­i­nal activ­i­ties and plan to engi­neer a “geno­cide” upon the Chris­t­ian Ukrain­ian pop­u­la­tion. Another top Svo­boda mem­ber, Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, a deputy in par­lia­ment, often quotes Nazi Pro­pa­ganda Min­is­ter Joseph Goebbels, as well as other Third Reich lumi­nar­ies like Ernst Rohm and Gre­gor Strasser. . . .

. . . . Founded in 1991 as the Social-National Party of Ukraine,Svo­boda has appar­ently appealed to hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ukraini­ans tired of eco­nomic woes and ram­pant cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment. Reports also sug­gest that the party has derived sig­nif­i­cant sup­port from the well edu­cated and the young, who suf­fer from high unem­ploy­ment. . . . .

6. We review the fact that former George W. Bush State Department official (now a Deputy Secretary of State) maintained that the U.S. had $5 billion invested in political activity in the Ukraine.

“Is the US Back­ing neo-Nazis in the Ukraine?” by Max Blu­men­thal [Alter­net]; Salon.com; 2/25/2014.

. . . In a leaked phone con­ver­sa­tion with Geof­frey Pyatt, the US ambas­sador to Ukraine, Nuland revealed her wish for Tyah­ny­bok to remain “on the out­side,” but to con­sult with the US’s replace­ment for Yanukovich, Arseniy Yat­senyuk, “four times a week.” At a Decem­ber 5, 2013 US-Ukraine Foun­da­tion Con­fer­ence, Nuland boasted that the US had invested $5 bil­lion to “build demo­c­ra­tic skills and insti­tu­tions” in Ukraine, though she did not offer any details. . . . .

7. Pierre Omid­yar–Glenn Greenwald’s finan­cial angel–helped finance the Ukrain­ian coup, along with AID. The lat­ter is a fre­quent cover for U.S. intel­li­gence activities.

We note that Oleh Rybachuk, the recip­i­ent of Omidyar’s funds, was the right-hand man for Vik­tor Yuschenko in the Orange Rev­o­lu­tion.

 “Pierre Omid­yar Co-funded Ukraine Rev­o­lu­tion Groups with US gov­ern­ment, Doc­u­ments Show” by Mark Ames;Pando Daily; 2/28/2014.

. . . . Pando has con­firmed that the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment – in the form of the US Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) – played a major role in fund­ing oppo­si­tion groups prior to the rev­o­lu­tion. More­over, a large per­cent­age of the rest of the fund­ing to those same groups came from a US bil­lion­aire who has pre­vi­ously worked closely with US gov­ern­ment agen­cies to fur­ther his own busi­ness inter­ests. This was by no means a US-backed “coup,” but clear evi­dence shows that US invest­ment was a force mul­ti­plier for many of the groups involved in over­throw­ing Yanukovych. But that’s not the shock­ing part. What’s shock­ing is the name of the bil­lion­aire who co-invested with the US gov­ern­ment (or as Wheeler put it: the “dark force” act­ing on behalf of “Pax Amer­i­cana”). Step out of the shad­ows…. Wheeler’s boss, Pierre Omid­yar. Yes, in the annals of inde­pen­dent media, this might be the strangest twist ever: Accord­ing to finan­cial dis­clo­sures and reports seen by Pando, the founder and pub­lisher of Glenn Greenwald’s government-bashing blog,“The Inter­cept,” co-invested with the US gov­ern­ment to help fund regime change in Ukraine. * * * * When the rev­o­lu­tion came to Ukraine, neo-fascists played a front-center role in over­throw­ing the country’s pres­i­dent. But the real polit­i­cal power rests with Ukraine’s pro-western neolib­er­als. Polit­i­cal fig­ures like Oleh Rybachuk, long a favorite of the State Depart­mentDC neo­consEU, and NATO—and the right-hand man to Orange Rev­o­lu­tion leader Vik­tor Yushchenko. Last Decem­ber, the Finan­cial Times wrote that Rybachuk’s “New Cit­i­zen” NGO cam­paign “played a big role in get­ting the protest up and run­ning.” New Cit­i­zen, along with the rest of Rybachuk’s inter­lock­ing net­work of western-backed NGOs and cam­paigns— “Cen­ter UA” (also spelled “Cen­tre UA”), “Chesno,” and “Stop Cen­sor­ship” to name a few — grew their power by tar­get­ing pro-Yanukovych politi­cians with a well-coordinated anti-corruption cam­paign that built its strength in Ukraine’s regions, before mass­ing in Kiev last autumn. The efforts of the NGOs were so suc­cess­ful that the Ukraine gov­ern­ment was accused of employ­ing dirty tricks to shut them down. In early Feb­ru­ary, the groups were the sub­ject of a mas­sive money laun­der­ing inves­ti­ga­tion by the eco­nom­ics divi­sion of Ukraine’s Inte­rior Min­istry in what many denounced as a polit­i­cally moti­vated move. For­tu­nately the groups had the strength – which is to say, money – to sur­vive those attacks and con­tinue push­ing for regime change in Ukraine. The source of that money? Accord­ing to the Kyiv Post, Pier­rie Omidyar’s Omid­yar Net­work (part of the Omid­yar Group which owns First Look Media and the Inter­cept) pro­vided 36% of “Cen­ter UA”’s $500,000 bud­get in 2012— nearly $200,000. USAID pro­vided 54% of “Cen­ter UA”’s bud­get for 2012. Other fun­ders included the US government-backed National Endow­ment for Democ­racy. . . .

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In 1992, after the col­lapse of the Soviet Union, Rybachuk moved to the newly-formed Ukraine Cen­tral Bank, head­ing the for­eign rela­tions depart­ment under Cen­tral Bank chief and future Orange Rev­o­lu­tion leader Vik­tor Yushchenko. In his cen­tral bank post, Rybachuk estab­lished close friendly ties with west­ern gov­ern­ment and finan­cial aid insti­tu­tions, as well as proto-Omidyar fig­ures like George Soros, who funded many of the NGOs involved in “color rev­o­lu­tions” includ­ing small dona­tions to the same Ukraine NGOs that Omid­yar backed. (Like Omid­yar Net­work does today, Soros’ char­ity arms—Open Soci­ety and Renais­sance Foundation—publicly preached trans­parency and good gov­ern­ment in places like Rus­sia dur­ing the Yeltsin years, while Soros’ finan­cial arm spec­u­lated on Russ­ian debt and par­tic­i­pated in scandal-plagued auc­tions of state assets.)In early 2005, Orange Rev­o­lu­tion leader Yushchenko became Ukraine’s pres­i­dent, and he appointed Rybachuk deputy prime min­is­ter in charge of inte­grat­ing Ukraine into the EU, NATO, and other west­ern insti­tu­tions. Rybachuk also pushed for the mass-privatization of Ukraine’s remain­ing state hold­ings. Over the next sev­eral years, Rybachuk was shifted around Pres­i­dent Yushchenko’s embat­tled admin­is­tra­tion, torn by inter­nal divi­sions. In 2010, Yushchenko lost the pres­i­dency to recently-overthrown Vik­tor Yanukovych, and a year later, Rybachuk was on Omidyar’s and USAID’s pay­roll, prepar­ing for the next Orange Rev­o­lu­tion. As Rybachuk told the Finan­cial Times two years ago:

“We want to do [the Orange Rev­o­lu­tion] again and we think we will.”  

Some of Omidyar’s funds were specif­i­cally ear­marked for cov­er­ing the costs of set­ting up Rybachuk’s “clean up par­lia­ment” NGOs in Ukraine’s regional cen­ters. Shortly after the Euro­maidan demon­stra­tions erupted last Novem­ber, Ukraine’s Inte­rior Min­istry opened up a money laun­der­ing inves­ti­ga­tion into Rybachuk’s NGOs, drag­ging Omidyar’s name into the high-stakes polit­i­cal strug­gle. Accord­ing to a Kyiv Post arti­cle on Feb­ru­ary 10 titled, “Rybachuk: Democracy-promoting non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion faces ‘ridicu­lous’ investigation”:

“Police are inves­ti­gat­ing Cen­ter UA, a public-sector watch­dog funded by West­ern donors, on sus­pi­cion of money laun­der­ing, the group said. The group’s leader, Oleh Rybachuk, said it appears that author­i­ties, with the probe, are try­ing to warn other non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions that seek to pro­mote democ­racy, trans­parency, free speech and human rights in Ukraine. “Accord­ing to Cen­ter UA, the Kyiv eco­nomic crimes unit of the Inte­rior Min­istry started the inves­ti­ga­tion on Dec. 11. Recently, how­ever, inves­ti­ga­tors stepped up their efforts, ques­tion­ing some 200 wit­nesses. “… Cen­ter UA received more than $500,000 in 2012, accord­ing to its annual report for that year, 54 per­cent of which came from Pact Inc., a project funded by the U.S. Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment. Nearly 36 per­cent came from Omid­yar Net­work, a foun­da­tion estab­lished by eBay founder Pierre Omid­yar and his wife. Other donors include the Inter­na­tional Renais­sance Foun­da­tion, whose key fun­der is bil­lion­aire George Soros, and National Endow­ment for Democ­racy, funded largely by the U.S. Congress.”

8. Swedish and other neo-Nazis from other parts of Europe are stream­ing into the Ukraine to join with the Swo­boda and Pravy Sek­tor fas­cists. The Swedish fas­cists are part of the same milieu as Carl Lund­strom, the finan­cial angel of the PRQ server on which Wik­iLeaks was hosted.

“Neo-Nazis Pour Into Kiev” by Michael Moyni­han; Daily Beast; 2/28/2014.

In early Feb­ru­ary, Fredrik Hag­berg stood at the ros­trum in Kiev’s City Hall, offer­ing fra­ter­nal and com­radely greet­ings from Swe­den to the sweaty, bruised, and exhausted Ukrain­ian insur­rec­tion­ists scat­tered through­out. The place was fes­tooned with flags—some celtic crosses, a stray Con­fed­er­ate ban­ner, a stan­dard for the polit­i­cal party Svo­boda, whose mem­bers essen­tially con­trolled the building—reflecting the dubi­ous pol­i­tics of its occupiers.

Rev­o­lu­tion­ary tourists, thrill seek­ers, and para­chute jour­nal­ists suf­fused Kiev. Sen. John McCain, actress Hay­den Panet­tiere, and French intel­lec­tual Bernard Henri-Levy roused mas­sive crowds with paeans to free­dom and national sov­er­eignty, while offer­ing moral sup­port to the oppo­si­tion forces led by for­mer box­ing cham­pion Vitaly Klitschko.

But Hag­berg, a square-jawed and baby-faced mem­ber of the Swedish armed forces, had a darker message.

“I stand before your forces of rev­o­lu­tion to tell you about what your future might be if you fail your glo­ri­ous endeav­our,” he said in fluid-but-clipped Eng­lish. “I stand here as a Swede. How­ever where I come from is no longer Swe­den.” Hag­berg warned Ukraini­ans that a suc­cess­ful rev­o­lu­tion must chart a path that care­fully avoided the evils of abor­tion and eth­nic mon­gre­liza­tion, one that harshly pun­ished wel­fare abuse and rejected the nor­mal­iza­tion of homo­sex­u­al­ity. “Offi­cials in Swe­den like to calls us the most mod­ern coun­try in the world. I say to you, broth­ers, this is what awaits you if you choose to fol­low our exam­ple. You now have the oppor­tu­nity to choose and cre­ate your own future. Do not accept the trap of choos­ing either the West or Russia.”

It’s unclear who, if any­one, invited him, but Hag­berg was speak­ing as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Nordisk Ung­dom (Nordic Youth), a Swedish neo-Nazi group that cel­e­brates “a tra­di­tional ideal of a bet­ter man, striv­ing for some­thing greater and more noble than his own per­sonal ben­e­fit; an ide­al­is­tic man who fights for Europe’s free­dom.” Vis­i­tors to the group’s English-language web­site are met with with a Bar­bara Kruger-like adver­tise­ment beseech­ing vis­i­tors to “help us to help the rev­o­lu­tion! Sup­port a free Ukraine! Donate Now…” Because Hag­berg is try­ing to pro­voke his fel­low neo-Nazis into trav­el­ling to Kiev to help shape a new, fascist-friendly Ukraine.

Amongst the fas­cists, ultra-nationalists, and racists in Europe, there has been much grip­ing that the revolt in Ukraine has been over­taken, if not con­trolled from the out­set, by “CIA/ZOG [Zion­ist Occu­pied Government]/Soros-sponsored” forces. The Euroscep­ti­cism of the continent’s far-right move­ments has pro­duced a skep­ti­cism of the uprising’s much-discussed Europhile mainstream.

But Pro-Yanukovych forces and the for­mer president’s Krem­lin allies have heav­ily pro­moted an alter­na­tive narrative—one that Hag­berg and his allies hap­pily embrace—suggesting that the protest move­ment is in fact hon­ey­combed with dan­ger­ous neo-Nazis affil­i­ated with the extrem­ist Ukrain­ian polit­i­cal par­ties Svo­boda and Right Sec­tor. There­fore, West­ern sup­port­ers of the protests, like John Mccain, are agi­tat­ing on behalf of vio­lent Ukrain­ian fascism.

It’s a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Kremlin’s argu­ment against West­ern sup­port for Syr­ian rebel groups, which it says has amounted to mate­r­ial sup­port for al-Qaeda-sponsered ter­ror­ism. And like with Syria—and the Span­ish Civil War before it—sympathetic Euro­pean extrem­ists are trav­el­ling to pro­vide sup­port to their ide­o­log­i­cal brethren.

“We just got boots on the ground and are dis­cussing with Svo­boda rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other nation­al­ists what we can assist with,” Mag­nus Söder­man, the neo-Nazi orga­nizer of the Swedish Ukraine Vol­un­teers (Sven­ska Ukrainafriv­il­liga), told me. “Our mes­sage to them is that we will assist with what­ever; clear­ing the streets, secu­rity, making food.”

On the group’s web­site, stuffed with hack­neyed neo-Nazi pro­pa­ganda, poten­tial vol­un­teers are told that “we do not orga­nize any para­mil­i­tary force because our involve­ment is of a civil nature, as aid work­ers. Of course, should vio­lence break out we will make use of our right of self-defense.” (The site advises recruits to “improve your phys­i­cal fit­ness” before trav­el­ling to Kiev.) Ukraine, the group says, is fac­ing an exis­ten­tial threat and “we must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and the future of our white children!”

Accord­ing to the group’s newly con­sti­tuted Face­book page, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Swedish Ukraine Vol­un­teers recently “vis­ited the par­lia­ment and estab­lished ??impor­tant con­tacts” amongst local politi­cians, pre­sum­ably those affil­i­ated with ultra-nationalist par­ties Svo­boda and Right Sec­tor. The idea of for­eign vol­un­teers is “a good ini­tia­tive,” said one mem­ber of a fas­cist mes­sage board in Swe­den, “and I give my full sup­port to Mikael Skillt and other party com­rades who are trav­el­ling down to help our broth­ers in the east.”

Mikael Skillt is well-known in Swedish neo-Nazi cir­cles. A spokesman for the vig­i­lante group Stop the Pedophiles and a vet­eran of var­i­ous now-defunct fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions, Skillt is cur­rently affil­i­ated with the Party of the Swedes (SvP), a neo-Nazi group founded by mem­bers of the less camera-friendly National Social­ist Front. Accord­ing to its web­site, SvP “has good con­tact with [Svo­boda] who were guests at our con­fer­ence Vision Europe just under a year ago.”

When I con­tacted Skillt he was in Moscow, on his way to agi­tat­ing in Kiev. So why does Ukraine need a fas­cist inter­na­tional brigade? “We are scan­ning the needs of the Ukraini­ans, but we will be offer­ing [them] our help in what­ever they need,” he told me. “We have mem­bers with expe­ri­ence in most fields, rang­ing from mil­i­tary to truck dri­vers to journalists.”

When I asked if he had can­vassed the opin­ions of Russ­ian neo-Nazi groups while in Moscow, Skillt told me, with pre­dictable oblique­ness, that he had “heard some [Russ­ian] nation­al­ists who have spo­ken of a rev­o­lu­tion inspired by Ukraine.”

So how large is the inter­na­tional brigade of ultra-nationalists? A Euro­pean jour­nal­ist who fol­lows the move­ment of Euro­pean jihadists to Syria—and now fas­cists migrat­ing towards Kiev—told me that there was indeed scat­tered evi­dence that neo-Nazi groups out­side Swe­den were mak­ing pil­grim­ages to Ukraine. When I asked Mag­nus Söder­man if there was a net­work of other Nazis on the ground, he told me that “com­rades from other Euro­pean coun­tries are also prepar­ing to assist if it is needed.”

9a. Con­sid­er­able insight into the machi­na­tions under­ly­ing the Arab Spring ooperation can be gleaned from a New York Times pro­file of Gene Sharp. (The Arab Spring operation, overlapping the WikiLeaks “op,” is covered at length and in detail, in FTR #’s 733  through 739, as well as FTR #745.)

“Shy U.S. Intel­lec­tual Cre­ated Play­book Used in a Rev­o­lu­tion” by Sheryl Gay Stol­berg; The New York Times; 2/16/2011.

. . . . When the non­par­ti­san Inter­na­tional Cen­ter on Non­vi­o­lent Con­flict, which trains democ­racy activists, slipped into Cairo sev­eral years ago to con­duct a work­shop, among the papers it dis­trib­uted was Mr. Sharp’s “198 Meth­ods of Non­vi­o­lent Action,” a list of tac­tics that range from hunger strikes to “protest dis­rob­ing” to “dis­clos­ing iden­ti­ties of secret agents.”

Dalia Ziada, an Egypt­ian blog­ger and activist who attended the work­shop and later orga­nized sim­i­lar ses­sions on her own, said trainees were active in both the Tunisia and Egypt revolts. She said that some activists trans­lated excerpts of Mr. Sharp’s work into Ara­bic, and that his mes­sage of “attack­ing weak­nesses of dic­ta­tors” stuck with them.

Peter Ack­er­man, a one­time stu­dent of Mr. Sharp who founded the non­vi­o­lence cen­ter and ran the Cairo work­shop, cites his for­mer men­tor as proof that “ideas have power.”

Mr. Sharp . . . . has had no con­tact with the Egypt­ian pro­test­ers, he said, although he recently learned that the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood had “From Dic­ta­tor­ship to Democ­racy” posted on its Web site. . . .

. . . . Mr. Ack­er­man, who became wealthy as an invest­ment banker after study­ing under Mr. Sharp, con­tributed mil­lions of dol­lars and kept it afloat for years. But about a decade ago, Mr. Ack­er­man wanted to dis­sem­i­nate Mr. Sharp’s ideas more aggres­sively, as well as his own. He put his money into his own cen­ter, which also pro­duces movies and even a video game to train dis­si­dents. An annu­ity he pur­chased still helps pay Mr. Sharp’s salary. . .

9b. Sharp has enjoyed appoint­ments at Har­vard University’s Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.

“Gene Sharp”; wikipedia.org

. . . . . Sharp has been a pro­fes­sor of polit­i­cal sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Dart­mouth since 1972. He simul­ta­ne­ously held research appoint­ments at Har­vard University’s Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs since 1965.[1] . . . .

9c. The Har­vard Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Stud­ies was founded by Robert R. Bowie, an indi­vid­ual with numer­ous con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence community.

“Robert R. Bowie”; wikipedia.org.

Robert R. Bowie (born August 24, 1909) is an Amer­i­can diplo­mat and scholar who served as CIA Deputy Direc­tor from 1977–1979. . . .

. . . . .  The youngest pro­fes­sor of the school, he was a trusted con­fi­dant to John J. McCloy the “unof­fi­cial chair­man of the Amer­i­can estab­lish­ment”. Dur­ing peri­ods of leave from Har­vard between 1950 and 1952 Bowie worked for McCloy as one of his legal advis­ers in Germany.[1]

He served as Direc­tor of Pol­icy Plan­ning from 1953–1957; co-founder of Harvard’s Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs (1958); Coun­selor for the State Depart­ment from 1966–1968. He is a mem­ber of the Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions, the Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion, and the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Diplo­macy. He is a recip­i­ent of the Legion of Merit and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Germany. . . .

9d. Ack­er­man has served as an advi­sor to the United States Insti­tute of Peace, whose Mus­lim World Ini­tia­tive has  been cited by crit­ics as a the­ater of Islamic extrem­ist pen­e­tra­tion and activity.

“United States Insti­tute of Peace”; Source­watch.

Peter Ack­er­man is on “the U.S. Advi­sory Coun­cil of the United States Insti­tute of Peace.” [4]

9e.  Ackerman’s resume is inter­est­ing, for a pro­moter of social justice.

“Peter Ack­er­man”; Source­watch.

. . . . After his grad­u­a­tion he joined the junk-bond deal­ers, Drexel Burn­ham Lam­bert, and for most of the next fif­teen years, he was the right-hand man to Michael Milken the “Junk-Bond King”. He became the key deal-maker and strate­gist for the com­pany, and his inno­v­a­tive approach to deal-making, together with his unusual aca­d­e­mic qual­i­fi­ca­tions, earned him the nick­name “the absent­minded pro­fes­sor”. But the record shows that he was far from absent minded. . . .

9f. Gene Sharp’s ideological jottings played a key role in the “Orange Revolution.” His ideology also was utilized elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, co-habiting that political and ideological landscape with the fascists of the Free Congress Foundation.

“Gene Sharp”; Wikipedia

. . . . Sharp’s 1993 handbook From Dictatorship to Democracy[29] was first published in Burma, fourth edition in 2010. It has since been translated into at least 31 other languages.[30] It has served as a basis for the campaigns of Serbia‘s Otpor (who were also directly trained by the Albert Einstein Institute), Georgia‘s Kmara, Ukraine‘s Pora, Kyrgyzstan‘s KelKel and BelarusZubr. Pora‘s Oleh Kyriyenko said in a 2004 interview with Radio Netherlands,

“The bible of Pora has been the book of Gene Sharp, also used by Otpor, it’s called: From Dictatorship to Democracy. Pora activists have translated it by themselves. We have written to Mr Sharp and to the Albert Einstein Institute in the United States, and he became very sympathetic towards our initiative, and the Institution provided funding to print over 12,000 copies of this book for free.”[31]

Sharp’s writings on “Civilian-Based Defense”[32] were used by the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian governments during their separation from the Soviet Union in 1991. Lithuanian Defence Minister Audrius Butkevicius declared at the time, “I would rather have this book than the nuclear bomb”.[16] . . . .

 9g. After review­ing infor­ma­tion about non­vi­o­lent the­o­reti­cian Gene Sharp, the pro­gram notes that the PORA move­ment in the Ukraine was one of the insti­tu­tions that took their cues from Sharp’s writ­ings. Ini­tially a big sup­porter of Vladimir Yuschenko, PORA turned against him.

As noted in FTR #529, Yuschenko mar­ried the for­mer Yka­te­rina Chu­machenko, the point per­son for the OUN/B. Later, Yuschenko named Ban­dera a hero of the Ukraine.

One won­ders if the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous milieu will turn out to be sim­i­larly, cyn­i­cally manip­u­lated in the case of the Piggy-Back Coup in the Mid­dle East. Youth­ful ide­al­ists, that milieu may well have helped install the fas­cist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in power in Egypt and  else­where in the Mid­dle East.

“Is PORA Turn­ing Against Yuschenko”; The Kiev Ukraine News Blog; 9/24/2005.

PORA, the non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that played a deci­sive role in Ukraine’s Orange Rev­o­lu­tion, has adopted a highly crit­i­cal stance towards the ten-point mem­o­ran­dum signed last week by Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yushchenko and the leader of the Party of Regions, for­mer prime min­is­ter Vik­tor Yanukovych. . . .

9h. Peter Ack­er­man, part­ner of con­victed junk-bond king Michael Milken, asso­ciate of intel­li­gence ele­ments con­nected to the supposedly-spontaneous “Arab Spring,” is the dri­ving force behind Amer­i­cans Elect, an Internet/electoral orga­ni­za­tion that seeks “greater trans­parency” in polit­i­cal nom­i­nat­ing using the Internet. Amer­i­cans Elect has been very kind indeed to the overtly Nazi-linked Ron Paul.

10. The New York Times noted that Obama has not reacted to the “democratic” developments in the Ukraine in the way that George W. Bush reacted to the “Orange Revolution”

“Wary Stance from Obama on Ukraine” by Peter Baker; The New York Times; 2/24/2014.

Televisions around the White House were aglow with pictures of Ukrainians in the streets, demanding to be heard and toppling a government aligned with Russia. It was an invigorating moment, and it spurred a president already rethinking his approach to the world.

That was a different decade and a different president. While George W. Bush was inspired by the Orange Revolution of 2004 and weeks later vowed in his second inaugural address to promote democracy, Barack Obama has approached the revolution of 2014 with a more clinical detachment aimed at avoiding instability.

 Rather than an opportunity to spread freedom in a part of the world long plagued by corruption and oppression, Mr. Obama sees Ukraine’s crisis as a problem to be managed, ideally with a minimum of violence or geopolitical upheaval. While certainly sympathetic to the pro-Western protesters who pushed out President Viktor F. Yanukovychand hopeful that they can establish a representatively elected government, Mr. Obama has not made global aspirations of democracy the animating force of his presidency.

“I just think this president is not going to lean forward on his skis with regard to democracy promotion,” said John Lewis Gaddis, a Yale University historian who advised the Bush White House as speechwriters worked on the former president’s January 2005 inaugural address promising to combat tyranny abroad. “If anything, he’s going to lean back and let natural forces take us there, if they do.” . . . . “The administration’s Ukraine policy is emblematic of a broader problem with today’s foreign policy — absence of a strategic vision, disinterest in democracy promotion and an unwillingness to lead,” said Paula J. Dobriansky, an under secretary of state for Mr. Bush. . . .

11. Note that the rhetorical pressure on Obama coming from Paula Dobriansky is coming from someone connected to the OUN/B milieu and its participation in the GOP and Reagan administration.

“Is the US Back­ing neo-Nazis in the Ukraine?” by Max Blu­men­thal [Alter­net]; Salon.com; 2/25/2014.

. . . In Wash­ing­ton, the OUN-B recon­sti­tuted under the ban­ner of the Ukrain­ian Con­gress Com­mit­tee of Amer­ica (UCCA), an umbrella orga­ni­za­tion com­prised of “com­plete OUN-B fronts,” accord­ing to Bel­lant. By the mid-1980’s, the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion was hon­ey­combed with UCCA mem­bers, with the group’s chair­man Lev Dobri­an­sky, serv­ing as ambas­sador to the Bahamas, and his daugh­ter, Paula, sit­ting on the National Secu­rity Coun­cil. Rea­gan per­son­ally wel­comed Stet­sko, the Ban­derist leader who over­saw the mas­sacre of 7000 Jews in Lviv, into the White House in 1983.“Your strug­gle is our strug­gle,” Rea­gan told the for­mer Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor. “Your dream is our dream.” . . . . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One comment for “FTR #780 OUN/B Redux, Part 2”

  1. Malaysian Flight 17 apparently being downed by a missle over the Ukraine is in the news now. The American Media and Government are pointing the blame squarely at Russia, fairly or unfairly. Any idea of a Ukranian Provocation is not being considered seriously. Also it seems like 1984 instead of 2014 in that I am not seeing any recollection of the Iranian flight 655 the civilian airliner shot down by an American Warship in Iraninan airspace in 1988, which should at least temper our stone throwing.

    Posted by GK | July 19, 2014, 9:42 pm

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