At a conference in Kiev, Western writers and thinkers offer support to Ukraine

by Elizabeth Pond https://ip-journal.dgap.org/en/blog/eye-europe/words-encouragementThey came to celebrate, to mourn, and to warn. Over five days in mid-May global glitterati gathered in Kiev to hail the moral victory of Ukraine’s new democrats on Independence Square, the Maidan, who stood their ground even after government snipers killed more than 70 of those protesting the rule by crony […]

Azerbaijan, Poised to Assume European Rights Post, Detains Prominent Human Rights Advocate Leyla Yunus

http://www.azadliq.org/content/article/25365863.html   Authorities in Azerbaijan have detained the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus on April, 28.According to witnesses, the couple was at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International airport on the way to Doha when they were stopped by four security agents and taken for questioning.Mehman Aliyev, who was […]

Op-Ed: Support Jews staying in Ukraine

(JTA) — At the end of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the classic musical celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Tevye and his family flee their village of Anatevka for a better and safer life. In reality, however, not everybody left. Today, several hundred thousand Jews still live in Ukraine, where the fictional Anatevka was likely […]

In Eastern Ukraine, Torture Is New Weapon

by Claire Bigg http://www.rferl.org/content/eastern-ukraine-torture-weapon/25387572.html When he ripped down a separatist flag from the main government building in Novohradovka, his hometown in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Hurov knew he was in for trouble. Retaliation was quick, and ruthless. Two weeks later, the 36-year-old coalminer lies in a Kyiv hospital with a fractured jaw, a broken nose, a […]

The internet was the last free zone in Russian society. Now Putin has it in his grasp

Vladimir Putin hates revolutions. In 1989, he was horrified when East Germans burned the Stasi headquarters in Dresden, where he worked as a young KGB agent. He took Russia’s 1991 revolutionary overthrow of the Soviet system as a personal betrayal. He scoffed at Georgia’s Rose Revolution in 2003, and derided Ukraine’s (failed) 2004 Orange Revolution. […]

Ukraine: Captives Describe Brutal Beatings

Anti-Kiev Forces Should Halt Abductions, Release Dozens Held   (Donetsk) – Self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine should immediately release people held in captivity and put an end to abductions by armed men acting on their behalf. The fate of dozens of captives remains unknown, and those released whom Human Rights Watch interviewed reported severe beatings in captivity. […]

Odessa is not the Crimea: this war is about Europe

Moscow (AsiaNews) - Battles continue to rage in Eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, four people died and 30 were injured in a gunfight between pro-Russian and Ukrainian military forces on the outskirts of Slovyansk. An army helicopter was shot down , but the pilots survived. Two days ago, government forces killed 20 rebels and dozens more were injured […]

Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine will end in disaster for Russia

Amid the growing clamour in Washington that the Obama administration project strength in the Ukraine crisis, several key points are being obscured. First, the option of America acting like a cold-war great power is over. The global context of the 21st century is fundamentally different from that era. If the events of September 11 or […]

Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There

Courtesy of the Jewish Agency for Israel Prepared on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 By Roman Polonsky, Head of the Unit for Russian-Speaking Jewry   Update on Recent Developments in Ukraine and Jewish Agency Activities There Our general feeling is that the winds of war are blowing,” Jewish Agency emissaries write from Ukraine. “We believe that […]