Monthly Archives: January 2015

“The Guardian: Bank of England governor attacks eurozone austerity…”

Hallo, Fräulein Merkel and Brusselocrats, are you listening?!

The Guardian: Bank of England governor attacks eurozone austerity. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwqumLtCA

Mark Carney says eurozone is caught in a debt trap and should ease hardline budget cuts just days after the Syriza election directly challenged policy.

image

Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Carney’s remarks come just three days after the election of the Syriza-led government in Greece presented a direct challenge to the austerity policies championed in the eurozone by Germany’s Angela Merkel.”

Memento…

Deja-vu…?

image

Poster (issued by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States) calling for a boycott of German goods. New York, United States, between 1937 and 1939 — Jewish War Veterans Museum

“Poland lost chance to build bridges between Russia and Ukraine at Auschwitz – ex-PM…”

http://rt.com/news/225995-auchswitz-russia-ukraine-meeting/

“[…]Polish officials chose to make it clear Putin would not be welcome at the event, with Moscow sending a lower ranking official to represent the country at the commemoration, while Poroshenko would be a guest of honor.”

In my humble opinion, Poland’s understandable reaction against Putin, shouldn’t be considered a general attitude towards Russia, but rather a reluctant refuse to forget Putin’s less than innocent past, which is unfortunately related to the Stasi, the Eastern German oppressive secret police, responsible for the murder of thousands of people, for “crimes” such as attempts to escape through the iron curtain, into Western Germany:

Putin joined the KGB in 1975 upon graduation, and underwent a year’s training at the 401st KGB school in Okhta, Leningrad. He then went on to work briefly in the Second Chief Directorate (counter-intelligence) before he was transferred to the First Chief Directorate, where among his duties was the monitoring of foreigners and consular officials in Leningrad.
From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany. During that time, Putin was assigned to Directorate S, the illegal intelligence-gathering unit (the KGB’s classification for agents who used falsified identities) where he was given cover as a translator and interpreter.”

I wonder why would anyone expect any Eastern European country, to harbour anything but contempt against a former officer actively in charge for at least 15 years before the fall of the Iron Courtain with the savage political, social and economic oppression of their countries, which left behind a legacy of poverty and misery, corruption and instability, never to leave the shores of the lesser fortunate half of Europe?
And yes, I am by all means a friend of the Russian nation which gave so much to our universal culture, but they should consider flushing down the drain of history, those who perverted the soul of their great nation for way too many decades.
Our backbone seems to be more straight than that of the neo-liberal, western elite, ready to lick and kiss the hands of those who removed the gloves still stained with the blood of millions of freedom loving people.
But we just don’t want to forget that there weren’t the gloves responsible for the hands’ hideous crimes…

image

THE BODY  OF PETER FECHTER LYING NEXT TO THE BERLIN WALL AFTER BEING SHOT IN 1962 WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE TO THE WEST

Rewriting history? Polish FM says Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, Russia puzzled…

http://rt.com/news/224891-poland-ukraine-liberated-auschwitz/

image

Young survivors at the Auschwitz, liberated by the Red Army in January 1945 (Photo from wikipedia.org)

«The Polish Foreign Minister’s statement that it was the Ukrainians who liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp has puzzled Moscow. Russia’s UN envoy remarked that the Soviet Army, which liberated the camp, was actually multinational.
“The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened the gates of the camp,” said Foreign Minister of Poland, Grzegorz Schetyna, speaking on Polish radio on Wednesday.
Poland’s Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna […] was answering a question related to invitations to join the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.
Following the comment, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin reminded Schetyna that the Soviet Army had liberated the concentration camp, adding that the front was called first Ukrainian “as it liberated Ukraine from the Nazis before reaching Poland through battles.”
“Like all other parts of the Red Army, [the front] was multinational and consisted of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, representatives of the peoples of Central Asia, and many others – more than 100 ethnic groups of the Soviet Union,” Churkin said addressing the Polish UN envoy, Bogusław Winid, speaking at the UN conference commemorating the liberation of the camp on Wednesday in New York.
Churkin urged Winid to explain the grave mistake to the Polish FM saying that: “I’m sure he didn’t intend to offend so many peoples.” Memory of WWII must be respected – Moscow “It is our common duty to the victims of genocide and future generations – to protect the truth about WWII,” said Churkin.
“Despite the shocking number of genocide victims, we see Waffen-SS veterans marching in European cities, which Nazis tried to demolish during at whatever cost. The Nazi past is being glorifies, neo-Nazism is on the rise,” he added.»

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Now, given both my ancestry and geo-political origins, I’m not a big fan of neither the former Soviet Union’s, nor of Russia’s political choices, but for correctness’ sake, here are some historical facts (and by-the-way, I absolutely agree with Vitaly Churkin’s statement above):

Ukrainian collaborationism with the Axis powers:

“During the military occupation of Ukraine by Nazi Germany, a large number of Ukrainians chose to cooperate with the Nazis. Reasons for this generally included resurgent Ukrainian nationalism, aspirations for Independence and widespread anger and resentment against the Russians over the Holodomor, which ocurred only a few years before. These were coupled with rampant racism towards other ethnic groups (such as Jews, Tatars, Roma peoples and Poles) as well as a prevailing sentiment of antisemitism. However, the absence of Ukrainian autonomy under the Nazis, mistreatment by the occupiers, and the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians as slave laborers, soon led to a rapid change in the attitude among the collaborators.
By the time the Red Army returned to Ukraine, a significant number of the population welcomed its soldiers as liberators. More than 4.5 million Ukrainians joined the Red Army to fight Nazi Germany, and more than 250,000 served in Soviet partisan paramilitary units.
[…] The atrocities against the Jewish population during the Holocaust started within a few days of the beginning of the Nazi occupation. There are indications that the Ukrainian auxiliary police was used in the round-up of Jews for the Babi Yar massacre and in other Ukrainian cities and towns, such as Stepan, Lviv, Lutsk, and Zhytomyr. On September 1, 1941, Nazi-controlled Ukrainian newspaper Volhyn wrote “The element that settled our cities (Jews)… must disappear completely from our cities. The Jewish problem is already in the process of being solved.”
Anti-semitism had turned to a hatred of Jews by those Ukrainians who blamed Jews that had worked for Polish landlords, alongside with religious prejudice. Also, the murders of prisoners by Soviet secret police retreating eastwards from the German invasion were blamed on Jews. These feelings fueled ultra-nationalist Ukrainian militias which accompanied Nazi armies moving in eastern Europe. The German commander gave an enraged crowd in Boryslaw – who had seen bodies of young men murdered (by the Soviets, not Jews) and laid out in the town square – 24 hours to act as they wished against the Jews – they were forced to clean the dead bodies, to dance, and then killed by beating with axes, pipes, etc. The same sort of murders took place in Brzezany. In Lviv, some 9,000 Jews were murdered by Ukrainian nationalist extremists. As late as 1945, Ukrainian nationalists were still rounding up and murdering Jews.
In May 2006, the Ukrainian newspaper Ukraine Christian News commented: “Carrying out the massacre was the Einsatzgruppe C, supported by members of a Waffen-SS battalion and units of the Ukrainian auxiliary police, under the general command of Friedrich Jeckeln. The participation of Ukrainian collaborators in these events, now documented and proven, is a matter of painful public debate in Ukraine.”.
While some of the collaborators were volunteers, others were no doubt given little choice. Ukrainians captured fighting for the Red Army were sometimes given the choice of possibly dying of near starvation and exposure in the ill-equipped POW camps reserved for the Red Army or working for the invaders as a hiwi, including duty in the concentration camps and ghettos as guards. The men selected for such duty were trained in the Trawniki concentration camp and were used in that part of the Final Solution known as Operation Reinhard. However, they were never fully trusted, and some would escape their enforced duty, sometimes along with the prisoners they were be guarding, and occasionally killing their SS commanders in the process.

Collaborationist organizations, political movements, individuals, and military volunteers:

109, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 201-st Ukrainian Schutzmannschaftant-battalions participated in anti-partisan operations in Ukraine and Belarus. In February and March 1943, the 50th Ukrainian Schutzmannschaftant-battalion participated in the large anti-guerrilla action «Operation Winterzauber» (Winter magic) in Belarus, cooperating with several Latvian and the 2nd Lithuanian battalion. Schuma-battalions burned down villages suspected of supporting Soviet partisans. On March 22, 194, all the inhabitants of the village Chatyń in Belarus were burnt alive by the Nazis, with participation of the 118th Schutzmannschaft battalion.

Ukrainian volunteers in the German armed forces:

    Nachtigall Battalion
    Roland Battalion
    Freiwilligen-Stamm-Regiment 3 & 4 (Russians & Ukrainians)

SS Division “Galizien”:

On 28 April 1943 the German Governor of District Galicia, Dr. Otto von Wächter, and the local Ukrainian administration officially declared the creation of the SS-Freiwilligen-Schützen-Division Galizien. Volunteers signed for service as of 3 June 1943 numbered 80 thousand. On 27 July 1944 the Galizien division was formed into the Waffen SS as 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (gal. Nr. 1).
The prevailing belief is that these men eagerly volunteered to take part in a patriotic war against the Soviets, not because of any support for Nazi Germany. Also, at least some of them were victims of compulsory conscription, since Germany had now suffered defeats and lost manpower on the eastern front. Sol Litman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center claims that there are many proven and documented incidents of atrocities and massacres committed by the Waffen-SS Galizien against minorities, particularly Jews during World War II. However other authors, including Michael Melnyk, and Michael O. Logusz, maintain that members of the division served almost entirely on the front lines against the Red Army and defend the unit against the accusations made by Litman and others. Official SS records show that the 4,5,6 and 7 SS-Freiwilligen regiments were under Ordnungspolizei command at the time of the accusations. Neither the division nor any of its former members were ever charged with any war crimes (see 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Ukrainian)#Accusations of war atrocities).”

So, who was “liberating” who!?

Dark past: Latvia blocks Nazi Holocaust exhibition in Paris due to image fears…

http://rt.com/news/224591-latvia-blocks-holocaust-exhibition/

” Latvia has cancelled a Holocaust exhibition in Paris for the fear of tarnishing the country’s image as the Baltic nation currently holds the EU presidency. The exposition was to tell the story of child prisoners at a concentration camp near Riga.

The display was organized by historians from Latvia, Russia and Belarus and was scheduled to open on January 25 under the title ‘Hijacked childhood. Victims of Holocaust as seen by the child prisoners of Nazi concentration camp Salaspils.’ Salaspils is southeast of the Latvian capital, Riga.

The exhibition was all set to open its doors, however, there proved to be a last minute hitch: the Latvian delegation to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) decided to block the planned project. One of the organizers, the head of a Moscow-based history group, said that the decision was explained by that it would “harm Latvia’s image during its EU presidency.”
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Wow…
Latvia seems to ho have arrived at an Orwellian understanding of its present, from where a controlled past could influence their future image…
What’s more shocking, is the UNESCO’s stepping us as a global event/thought-police, forbidding an international commemorative event, seemingly more preoccupied with Latvia’s PR stunt, than the universal right to remember.
I feel abused, raped, tortured, reduced to misery by powers better preoccupied with “Latvia’s image during its EU presidency” than with the dark history of a country which tolerated the worst form of war crimes, the organised, systematic murder of children, in the very heart of their lands…

It is in moments as such when the tears choking my breath remind me of the shame to have been born human.

‘The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen’. – Albert Einstein

image

“Freedom of speech has limits – Pope”

“Freedom of speech has limits – Pope http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30835625

According to the BBC, “Pope Francis has defended freedom of expression following last week’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – but also stressed its limits. The pontiff said religions had to be treated with respect, so that people’s faiths were not insulted or ridiculed.”

My respectful question to the “pope”, and all YOU religious faithful, is this: aren’t non-religious people entitled to the same degree of respect, a life free of insults, or threats, or ridicule, to the use of which you feel to have been commissioned by the object/subject of your religious beliefs?
And if you don’t remember when you have disrespectfully insulted and ridiculed us, let me respectfully ask you the following:

-when was the last time you zealously read, or accepted as true those passages of your scriptures which call all those on the other side of your self-righteous fence, “sinners, wicked, infidel, evil…”, just because we refuse to believe your beliefs?
-when was the last time when you thought to been entitled to judge our law-abiding lives as “worthy of god’s wrath, on our way to hell and eternal fire”, desperately needing your “loving” god’s “merciful grace and salvation”, just because we refuse to believe your beliefs?
-when was the last time you considered yourself superior, heir to the world to come, above the rest of us all, “sinners in the hands of an angry god”, worthy only to be condescendingly prayed for by you, the “holier-than-thou” lot, just because we refuse to believe your beliefs?

So mr. “pope”, and all YOU religious zealots, why do you think we have to quietly swallow your ongoing slanderous attitude, while being expected to respect the very grounds through which you feel entitled to insult, threaten and ridicule us, our lives, our families, our children, our right to a life of peace and dignity?

Would HYPOCRISY be an appropriate alternative to categorize YOU?

image