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News: Ukraine parliament coalition collapse, a political tactic

It appears the collapse of the government (parliament coalition) was a technical move to force elections, apparently led by the UDAR party, though their political allies are likely not opposed. It is not a “protest” measure. The motivation appears to be to consolidate power while the national mood is ripe, and remove members of parliament who resist the Ukranian nationalists — for example, the Communist party, which was recently banned, and Yanukovich’s old party, Party of Regions, which was not successfully banned though one of their speeches drew the reaction of a fistfight among legislators the other day… and perhaps other opponents.

UDAR introduced a draft resolution to dissolve parliament more than a month ago but it was not successful, hence the current tactic of withdrawing from the coalition to try to automatically trigger elections.

Links (Ukranian language, use google translate):

UDAR press release, seeking to dissolve parliament several days ago:

UDAR press release, seeking to dissolve parliament a month ago:

UDAR party website:


Composition of the current ukranian parliament. Follow links in this page under “faction summary” for information on parties:


News: Ukraine parliament coalition collapses, parties want elections, PM resigns

Looks like there’s going to be a reorganization of political power.

Also, Yatseniuk resigned, which may be a formailty.

Stay tuned . . . 

Direction of US foreign policy: a look at think tanks, part 0


Recently been spending much time presenting an alternative to the mainstream version of the Ukraine story — the alternative being the Russian point of view. As the ultimate goal of this blog is to get into ways our own government could be better, and because of my background, tackling the hypocrisy in our foreign policy was a natural thing. Exploring the English language pro-Russian alt-media has been educational and rewarding, if not always pleasant.

But now its time to bring it back home. And from the point of view of the US, I think Donetsk and Lugansk are really a bit of a sideshow compared to the “opportunities” presented by the entire world. Especially the middle east, which has been a major policy fixation for 60+ years and probably will be for a while longer.

With this in mind, going to take a look at what the top think tanks are saying. To some degree, their staff has a revolving-door connection to the state dept, so what they say should be relevant.

Top Think Tanks

Which are the top think tanks? Turns out there is an annual ranking, based on a poll of people in the field.

The top US think tanks are:

  1. Brookings Institution
  2. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
  3. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  4. RAND Corporation
  5. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Going to try to do a series of posts, to get an introduction to each think tank on the list.

UN Human Rights Council voting on investigation into Israel’s war on Gaza


Raise your hand if your country supports international law . . .

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Bite sized thought: Ukraine media campaign — distraction from the middle east?

Just occurred to me. There’s been a fairly cohesive media campaign to inform the American public about certain parts of the Ukraine story.

In some channels, the ebb and flow of daily storytelling has reached a level of trashy melodrama I don’t think I’ve seen since the OJ trial. Remember that? Yet the real leaders of the US and Russia are pretty cool about it.

I wonder if the media circus, on the US side at least, is just a big distraction from the ongoing disaster which is US policy in the middle east.

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Naked Capitalism website picks up the MH17/Ukraine discussion


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