I cannot imagine this will end well.. I cannot imagine far more blood will not be spilled. Given my knowledge of History and Foreign Policy… I cannot imagine Russia is not seriously considering its options even now.
“””””””””Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) – Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych insisted in an interview aired on Ukrainian TV Saturday that he is not resigning and not leaving the country.
Around the same time, an opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, was freed from prison.
Ukraine’s Parliament voted unanimously to remove Yanukovych from office. It’s not clear if this is binding.
The Parliament also voted to hold new elections on May 25, a key opposition demand.
Yanukovych recorded his defiant statement in Kharkiv, a pro-Russian stronghold in the eastern part of Ukraine.
He said he would continue to work to stop the bloodshed and prevent further division within the country.
It came after his absence from the capital, Kiev — a day after he signed a landmark peace deal with the opposition to end days of bloody protests — fueled speculation he might heed opposition calls for him to stand down.
At the presidential residence in a Kiev suburb, groundskeepers and gate personnel kept watch over living quarters that were vacant.
Gone were the Ukrainian President’s guards. And opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said Yanukovych had left town, a day after European Union leaders helped broker the peace agreement.
“Unfortunately, President Yanukovych who did not hear the people has withdrawn from his constitutional duties himself. And today he has already left the capital. Millions of citizens see only one option in the current situation — it is calling the early presidential election,” Klitschko said Saturday.””””””””””
How the revolt has escalated
“””””””””””When the Euromaidan protests began in Kiev in late November, few people would have predicted exactly how devastating they would become. What began as a small, peaceful protest quickly turned violent. The protests, which began after a shift away from the European Union toward Russia, slowly became a broader denunciation of President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. The events ebbed and flowed until reaching a new peak of violence this week, with the latest figures suggesting that at least 60 people have died in the past few days.
The images coming out of Ukraine have understandably been described as “apocalyptic,” almost as if they were something out of a film. But Euromaidan is a real event, taking place in a real city, where millions of people with homes and businesses are also trying to live their daily life.
One person who has been keeping track of all this is Kiev resident Dmytro Vortman. Since Dec. 9, Vortman has been using his own footwork and media report to map the progression of the protests in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev’s Independence Square, and then painstakingly plotting their progress on maps using Adobe Illustrator. The maps, which were first picked up by KnowMore’s Max Ehrenfreund, have been widely shared by Euromaidan-linked social media accounts. While we can’t vouch for every detail of the maps, they provide a fascinating glimpse into how the Kiev protests developed.
This is the first map that Vortman created showing the scene on Dec. 8, the third weekend of protests in Kiev, and when the protests began to gain international attention””””””””””””
Washington Post maps of escalation of protests
At some point you would think you would realize you are in defiance of hundreds of thousands of protestors as well as Parliament. You might realize in the best interest of your Country it is best to step down… Maybe just maybe you can spare your life as well as many other people.
Dirty Wars the documentary
So you think you understand US Foreign Policy. This movie will shake your beliefs. It was made by the journalist Jeremy Scahill and provides a truly un nerving account of the dirty wars that American Special Forces and Intelligence have been involved in during the years since 9/11 from Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia and on to present day.
True Detective Literary Reference.
If you like the show . Most of the plot ideas or basis are from a book written over a hundred years ago. The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers has influenced many many writers. HP Lovecraft being one of them. The book is actually in the public domain and can be read for free. You can read it online or you can download it to IBooks or Kindle for no cost. I will post the link in a second.
This poem to start the book reminds me of virtually all of HP Lovecrafts worlds.
“”””””””Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
The shadows lengthen
Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies
But stranger still is
Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in
Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in
The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
I was able to download it via Dropbox and then open the file with IBooks and can read it just as any other book in my library.