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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Blogging the Velvet Revolution

Η κρίση στην Ουκρανία από μέσα. Δεν έχω βρει ακόμα blog που να υποστηρίζει το Γιανούκοβιτς (όχι ιδιαίτερα παράξενο αν αναλογιστούμε τον πολιτικοκοινωνικό χάρτη της χώρας), αλλά η αμεσότητα αξίζει, έστω κι αν λείπει η πολυφωνία.

Neeka's Backlog

Δε συγκινούνται βέβαια όλοι με τα περί "βελούδινης επανάστασης." Ο K. Gajendra Singh, Ινδός διπλωμάτης με θητεία στην ανατολική Ευρώπη, βλέπει αντίθετα ένα καλοστημένο δυτικό franchise επαναστάσεων.

The Western media have only highlighted how youthful demonstrators can bring down an authoritarian regime, simply by attending rock concerts in a central square. The demonstrations supporting pro-Western Yushchenko have laser lights, plasma screens, sophisticated sound systems, rock concerts, tents to camp in and huge quantities of orange clothing. These are all spontaneous protests. Enormous rallies were held in Kiev and eastern Ukraine in support of Yanukovich, but Western TV channels hardly noticed them. Yanukovich supporters were denigrated as having been brought in by buses, while ignoring obvious questions such as where the "Orange Revolution" money has come from and how quickly the opposition organized. It appears to be another case of spreading democracy through the use of a civilian coup d'etat. [link]


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