contributions to peace and security.” This led to a standing ovation which drown out the progressive protesters.
As the world watches the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Federation, there is unrest in Kjiv, Ukraine. Nearly twenty years ago, Nike advertised the that Revolution would not be televised. That proves untrue as Espreso TV was carrying it live as paramilitary attacked the peaceful protestors throughout the night of February 19th. First news reports indicate that 22 fatalities with 1,000 people injured, but based on the constant pops in the night air and the burning pyres of the barricades in the main square, this could be a low estimate.
The EuroMaidan protests began on November 21st, 2013 when protestors gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine when President Yanukovych suddenly swayed away from an associate agreement with the European Union and chose to strengthen economic ties with Russia. The protest snowballed on November 30th when a group of students were attacked by the police, and it became a national movement.
While Kjiv’s main square constantly has 20,000 protestors (and can swell up to 800,000), there are said to be mini Maidans throughout the country, but much more pronounced in Western Ukraine. George Weigel characterized the Euromaidan protests as the rising up of a nation which is tired of being ruled by thieves and barbarians and stand against a thugocracy.
|[L] Elizabeth O”Bagy [R] Senator John McCain (R-AZ)|
achieve that dubious distinction. Foreign Policy “The Cable” website reports through its website that the
Senior Senator has hired the 26 year old foreign policy researcher three weeks after she was released from the Institute
for the Study of War, a neoconservative think tank.
Wall Street Journal, which downplayed the reach of Jabhut al Nursa (an Al
Qaeda affiliate) fighters in the Syrian Free Army, and suggested that such
jihadists were concentrating in a couple of northern, rebel held areas
of Syria. Esssentially, O’Bagy was allaying fears that U.S. involvement in the
Syrian conflict would, in the words of former Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10th), be acting as Al Qaeda’s air force.
Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, O’Bagy was unceremoniously severed from her stint as the ‘Syria Analyst” at the Institute for the Study of War. Officially, O’Bagy was fired because she falsely had purported to have a combined masters/Ph.D. from Georgetown University, when she had not even defended her thesis. But O’Bagy’s prominence on the political stage also revealed that O’Bagy served as the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which was neither disclosed in the WSJ op/ed nor mentioned by Kerry or McCain when confirming their bent for war in the Levant.
|Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) meeting with Syrian rebel commanders, May 2013|