Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

The full text of the speech on the ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine conducted by CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok at the conference of the Association of Independent Journalists for Peace (Vienna, Austria, May 21-22, 2015).

Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship» (Неонацисты и Евромайдан - от демократии к диктатуре)
Book «Neonazis & Euromaidan» is available for download

The book "Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship" about the role of extreme-right groups in Euromaidan became available for download.

Authors: psychologist, political analyst of International Organization for election observation CIS-EMO Stanislav Byshok and political scientist, president of the Public Diplomacy Foundations Alexey Kochetkov.

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"Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship" is out now

The first study on Ukrainian Euromaidan (2013-2014) and Neonazi gangs participating in that coup d'etat is out now in English. This work describes how Ukrainian nationalist groups have developed since 1991 to present day, with the focus on the history of the parliamentary "Svoboda" (Freedom) party (Social-National Party of Ukraine until 2004) and the non-parliamentary “Right Sector”, and analyses the ideologies, psychologies and methods of political action of these structures.

CIS-EMO says by-elections should be rescheduled due to political situation in Ukraine

The CIS-EMO International Election Monitoring Organization has said that the by-elections to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, in at least two constituencies – No. 223 in Kyiv and No. 94 in Obukhiv (Kyiv region) – should be rescheduled in connection with the current political situation in Ukraine, CIS-EMO Head Alexander Bedritsky said at a press conference hosted by Interfax-Ukraine on December 11.

Доклад Международной организации по наблюдению за выборами CIS-EMO о состоянии избирательной системы Украины
Ukraine Electoral System Situation Report by International Organization for Elections Observation CIS-EMO

The voters of Ukraine ultimately lost an opportunity to have transparent and democratic elections in the foreseeable future. Most of the recommendations of the ODIHR and the Venice Commission regarding changes to the electoral law in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine disregarded. Instead of the required by European Union "quick steps" to upgrade the existing Ukrainian electoral system, the symbiosis of government and opposition performs something quite different – the highest possible inhibition of the reform and persistent attempts to "drag out" any progress.

"Bandera threat" of Russian-Ukrainian relations discussed in Moscow

April 3 was a press conference at the Interfax news agency. Theme of press conference was "New Bandera supporters in Ukrainian politics is a threat to relations with Russia." During the press conference was a presentation of the book "The Illusion of Freedom: Where do the new ukrainian Bandera supporters" by psychologist Stanislav Byshok.

CIS-EMO mission says parliamentary elections in Ukraine legally incomplete

The CIS-EMO International Election Monitoring Organization has expressed concern about the fact that the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has not selected a date for repeated parliamentary elections in five constituencies where conflicts occurred during the 2012 parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

International observers will continue to monitor the electoral process in Ukraine
International observers will continue to monitor the electoral process in Ukraine

The mission of the organization to monitor the elections CIS-EMO has decided to continue to monitor the election process in Ukraine.
"We have decided to continue to monitor, we will not turn off long-term mission in the next few months," - said General Director of CIS-EMO Alexei Kochetkov.
He explained that the observers are going to keep track of the situation in the five constituencies where CEC found it impossible to establish the reliability of the election results. In addition, according to Kochetkov, CIS-EMO can continue to monitor and after the situation in the troubled districts somehow resolved.

CIS-EMO: Violations registered in morning of Rada election day not systematic
CIS-EMO: Violations registered in morning of Rada election day not systematic

The violations of the electoral process registered by observers in the morning of the election day in Ukraine are not systematic in nature, according to the CIS-EMO international observation mission at the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Представители миссии CIS-EMO резко осудили заявление республиканца и генерального прокурора штата Техас Грега Абботта
Texas Ranger on guard of US elections

Republican and Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott made a strong warning to the mission of international election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and promised to arrest them if they come to the polling places closer than 100 feet.
Such restrictions make the election monitoring almost impossible, said the head of international observer mission in Ukraine Alexey Kochetkov.
«I fully support the position of director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of OSCE, who strongly condemned the demarche of G. Abbott, - continued Kochetkov, - The US, like the other OSCE participating states, took on certain obligations, neglect of which is a mockery of the very concept of democracy. At the same time it calls into question the activities of American election observers in other countries», - he stressed.

Web cameras at polling stations for transparent voting in Ukraine
Web cameras at polling stations for transparent voting in Ukraine

The use of web cameras at polling stations during the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Sunday, October 28, will ensure the transparency of the voting, according to Veronica Rouet, an election expert, who has come to Ukraine as an observer from the Commonwealth of the Independent States - Election Monitoring Organisation (CIS-EMO).

Stanislav Byshok: No peace, no war condition in Donbass will persist

In the area of the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbass, the "no peace, no war" status continue for a long time. This opinion was expressed by Stanislav Byshok, political analyst at the International Monitoring Organization CIS-EMO. Read more about Stanislav Byshok: No peace, no war condition in Donbass will persist

Ukraine Failing to Probe Pro-Russia Protester Deaths, Panel Says (Bloomberg)

Ukrainian authorities are failing to adequately investigate 48 deaths, including of 42 pro-Russian protesters, in the Black Sea port of Odessa in May 2014, according to an international panel set up by the Council of Europe. Read more about Ukraine Failing to Probe Pro-Russia Protester Deaths, Panel Says (Bloomberg)

CIS-EMO expert report on political extremism in Ukraine is available for free download

Radical nationalist sentiments have become the political mainstream supported by Ukraine’s leaders, while the media consistently form a negative image of not only Russia, but also all political and social forces within Ukraine that are suspected in pro-Russian or just not enough patriotic views. Read more about CIS-EMO expert report on political extremism in Ukraine is available for free download

Stanislav Byshok on the East Ukraine peace process

CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok on Webster Tarpley's World Crisis Radio speaks about the the Minsk peace agreements implementation, problems of the reconstruction of Donbass, and the diverting interests of Brussels and Washington in Ukraine. Read more about Stanislav Byshok on the East Ukraine peace process

Stanislav Byshok on Russian involvement in the Syrian war

CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok on Webster Tarpley's World Crisis Radio speaks about the Russian military involvment in the Syrian war, the inadequate Western response to it, and Saudi Arabia's role in destabilizing the region. Read more about Stanislav Byshok on Russian involvement in the Syrian war

Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

“Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Read more about Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

It now seems clear to me that the West’s incoherent and woefully misjudged response to Isil ranks as the greatest foreign policy disaster of the 21st century, greater even than the invasion of Iraq in 2003 where, whatever you might think about the decision, at least the coalition achieved its main objective of removing Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. Read more about The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

Putin: Friend or foe in Syria? (Patrick J. Buchanan)

What Vladimir Putin is up to in Syria makes far more sense than what Barack Obama and John Kerry appear to be up to in Syria. The Russians are flying transports bringing tanks and troops to an air base near the coastal city of Latakia. Read more about Putin: Friend or foe in Syria? (Patrick J. Buchanan)

The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine (Ivan Katchanovski)

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war. Read more about The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine (Ivan Katchanovski)

Alexander Dyukov: Why did Nazis fail to create a Ukrainian state in 1939?

On the eve of WWII the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) was a key terrorist group the Nazi secret services put stakes on while preparing an assault on Poland. That group was carrying out subversive operations against both Polish and Soviet interests and was given a substantial role to play in Germany’s offensive plans. Read more about Alexander Dyukov: Why did Nazis fail to create a Ukrainian state in 1939?

Putin won his war in Ukraine (The Washington Post)

The war in Ukraine has slipped off the front pages. Eighteen months ago, when Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea and then instigated a pro-Russian rebellion in the Donbas region, Ukraine was hot news. Putin was roundly denounced, and Russia was hit with damaging economic sanctions. Read more about Putin won his war in Ukraine (The Washington Post)

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq (The Guardian)

The war on terror launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting. Read more about Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq (The Guardian)

Ukraine’s Embrace of Neo-Nazism (Aish)

In the two years since the beginning of the ongoing bloody and often senseless conflict in Ukraine, instead of building a free and democratic pro-Western society, the Ukraine is succumbing to the glorification of Nazi collaborators. In April 2015, the Ukrainian parliament passed the package of laws on de-communization turning Ukrainian ultra-nationalists and Nazi collaborators into heroes. Read more about Ukraine’s Embrace of Neo-Nazism (Aish)

Is Trumpism the New Nationalism? (Patrick Buchanan)

If there is a single theme behind his message, it would seem to be a call for a New Nationalism or New Patriotism. He is going to “make America great again.” He is going to build a wall on the border that will make us proud, and Mexico will pay for it. He will send all illegal aliens home and restore the traditional value of U.S. citizenship by putting an end to the scandal of “anchor babies.” Read more about Is Trumpism the New Nationalism? (Patrick Buchanan)

Stanislav Byshok at the World Crisis Radio

While being a guest at the World Crisis Radio, CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok shares his thoughts on the tragic anniversary of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing crush in Donbass, the civil war in Ukraine, and the anti-Russian propaganda campaign led by the West. Read more about Stanislav Byshok at the World Crisis Radio

France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party said Monday it had enough support to form a group in the European Parliament named “Europe of Nations and Freedoms”, a long-awaited move that will boost the group’s influence in the assembly.  Read more about France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

Ukraine: Gangster State (The People's Voice)

On May 29, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin warned about Kiev possibly readying to use chemical weapons again. "Works are underway on the territory of a chlorine storage base, to the northeast of Kochetok settlement in the Kharkov region," he said. Read more about Ukraine: Gangster State (The People's Voice)

Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

It is a conventional wisdom that economic crises are always strongly associated with or provoke extremist tensions in societies. A lack of money and job prospects, and absence of confidence in the future induce people to search for enemies, both external and internal, who are believed to be responsible for all the country’s misfortunes.  Read more about Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

After an extended break from politics, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ready to make a comeback. Former advisors say he is more patient and a better listener. Critics, though, say he has drifted even further to the right. Is France ready for the sequel? Read more about He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

Rand Paul, Hawk or Dove? (The American Conservative)

Since his election to the Senate in 2010 it’s barely been an exaggeration to say that the Republican foreign-policy debate has been Rand Paul versus everyone else. While he has some likeminded colleagues, especially in the House, he is the single figure most associated with a break from the GOP’s Bush-Cheney national-security legacy. Read more about Rand Paul, Hawk or Dove? (The American Conservative)

"Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available on Amazon.com

The book "Ukraine after Euromaindan: Democracy under Fire", devoted to the unintended consequences of the Ukrainian Maidan revolution of 2013-2014, is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats. Read more about "Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available on Amazon.com

France's Front National plunged into family feud over Holocaust remarks (The Guardian)

France’s far-right Front National has been plunged into an all-out war between its president, Marine Le Pen, and her ageing father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, after he made inflammatory comments belittling the Holocaust and defended Marshal Pétain, the leader of France’s Nazi collaborationist Vichy regime. Read more about France's Front National plunged into family feud over Holocaust remarks (The Guardian)

As Europe’s Political Landscape Shifts, Two-Party System Fades (NYT)

Sixty years ago, the two main British political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, took 96 percent of the vote in a clearly defined two-party system. Today, as Britain undergoes a bitter campaign before the May 7 election, the two parties are expected to split less than two-thirds of the vote. Read more about As Europe’s Political Landscape Shifts, Two-Party System Fades (NYT)

The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)

Sometimes small elections are markers of major political change. France’s latest vote may well turn out to be just such an election. On the face of it, the outcome will be a straightforward victory for the centre-right, led by Nicolas Sarkozy, a former president. In reality, it marks a shift in France from alternating two-party politics to a more fluid tripartite system. Read more about The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)

"Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available for free download

The book "Ukraine after Euromaidan: Democracy under fire" which is devoted to the 2014 coup in Ukraine and the chain of events that followed, including the war in the East Ukraine and establishing of the People's Republics in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, is available for free download in PDF (1.3 MB). Read more about "Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available for free download

Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

A year ago, reporting from Simferopol about the takeover of Crimea by Russia was a tense and difficult business. At any moment, as the gangs of activists who had flooded across the border swaggered through the city streets, violence seemed on the point of breaking out. Today, Simferopol is completely peaceful. Read more about Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

BBC: Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death

A former regional governor has been found dead in Ukraine, the latest in a series of deaths involving allies of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. Five other officials also died in mysterious circumstances this year. All of them supposedly took their own lives in the past six weeks. Read more about BBC: Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death

Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

Russian-American relations are at their frostiest levels since the cold war. Can the two sides reach an accommodation? Or are relations doomed to continue their downward spiral? Read more about Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

George Friedman: The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform

We are now in the early phases of selecting the president of the United States. Vast amounts of money are being raised, plans are being laid, opposition research is underway and the first significant scandal has broken with the discovery that Hillary Clinton used a non-government email account for government business. Read more about George Friedman: The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

Two great land powers face each other. One of these powers, Russia, has given up control over 700,000 square miles of valuable territory. The other, the European Union, has gained control over 400,000 of those square miles. Which of these powers is expanding? Read more about It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

AP: Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

Tears welled up in Vera Pavliy's eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money and no way to get home. Read more about AP: Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

As the international condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his actions continues unabated, I keep wondering: What if Putin were nice, rather than mean? What would a Nice Putin have done differently over the past decade and a half — or today? Read more about What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

In midst of war, Ukraine becomes gateway for jihad (The Intercept)

“Our brothers are there,” Khalid said when he heard I was going to Ukraine. “Buy a local SIM card when you get there, send me the number and then wait for someone to call you.” Read more about In midst of war, Ukraine becomes gateway for jihad (The Intercept)

Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another.  Read more about Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by the US and EU governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation. Read more about Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Тhere was a great power that was worried about its longtime rival’s efforts to undermine it. Its leaders thought the rival power was stronger and trying to throw its weight around all over the world. In fact, this longtime rival was now interfering in places the declining state had long regarded as its own backyard.  Read more about What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe (The Guardian)

While the conflict with Russia heats up in the east, life for most Ukrainians is marred by corruption so endemic that even hospitals appear to be infected. Can anyone clean the country up? Read more about Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe (The Guardian)

Ron Paul: How many more wars?

Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS “and associated persons and forces” anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he wishes, and it appears Congress will go along with this dangerous and costly scheme. Read more about Ron Paul: How many more wars?

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