Justin Raimondo has this article on the rising totalitarianism in Ukraine, with their regime in Kiev censoring and banning journalists and actors from entering Ukraine. The regime’s fascists are also banning books and movies. This is a U.S. government-backed regime, with such backing mainly based on the U.S. central planning apparatus’s Cold Warriors’ hatred for Russia. If the neo-Nazis of Kiev are against Russia, then the U.S. apparatchiks love them.
I think that politicians and bureaucrats only appreciate history if it is useful toward their justifying their hatred for this or that foreign element. For example, besides their hatred based on Cold War-with-Russia history, the morons in Washington also hate Iran, based on the Iranian extremists holding Americans hostage for 444 days in 1979-1981. Even though the cause of the hostage taking was the U.S. government’s own CIA coup of Iran’s Prime Minister in 1953 and the U.S. interventionists’ 25-year-long support for the Iranian Shah’s Savak regime leading up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
In other words, power-wielding political hacks in Washington only appreciate history to justify petty hatred and revenge. But they never appreciate history when the facts of history constantly reinforce a rightful condemnation of their own actions, such as their bombing Iraq in 1991 and imposing sanctions in Iraq throughout the 1990s, which led to 9/11. But in this case with Ukraine, because the morons in Washington are so fixated on the Cold War (which could have ended with the John F. Kennedy Administration had he not been murdered by the Cold Warriors themselves), they will do anything, including supporting Kiev backed by neo-Nazis, to act out their childish little immature anachronistic Cold-War animosity against Russia.
One Kiev-born American who has had quite a few things to say about the current Kiev regime is classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa. She is very anti-Kiev, especially given her strong connection there. When she wrote a Facebook and Twitter rant against Kiev, she was ostracized by many people including classical music listeners. Because of today’s climate of political correctness, intolerance and censorship of opposing points of view, especially those points of view which tend to elicit strong emotions in those most
brainwashed influenced by Western mainstream media propaganda, as I have written previously, Valentina’s concerts in Toronto were canceled by the Toronto Symphony. Most critics and classical fans condemned such a ban as pure and unnecessary censorship. She was essentially blacklisted merely for expressing her views. However, she then went on to perform with the Calgary Philharmonic and received an immediate standing ovation following her performance of a Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto.
Some Valentina critics say that she is “pro-Putin,” which may or may not be true. But when Putin’s abuses come to light just as the abuses in Ukraine, she would speak out against them, too. While Putin was persecuting members of the activist music group Pussy Riot, Valentina posted a tweet promoting the group’s appearance discussing art and activism. So, I would say there’s an example of her not being “pro-Putin.”
On her Twitter feed just recently, Valentina posted a link to this Google Translate page of an article on a recent incident of vandalism, the burning of a “Babi Yar” Holocaust memorial, which is located in Kiev. This Jerusalem Post article provides some more info. There is a rise in anti-Semitism in Ukraine coinciding with the empowerment of the new rulers backed by the West. And she also posted this tweet showing some activists in Crimea with a sign reading, “Crimea shall be Ukrainian — or uninhabited!” and posted a link to this blog with an example of cronyism in Ukraine.
I know, there’s cronyism everywhere, especially the more control a country’s government has over the people (like in the U.S.!). But many people just go with the propaganda being pushed onto them by mainstream news sources, especially in today’s age of lazy and incompetent “journalists,” many of whom find it easier to just repeat what government bureaucrats tell them, rather than doing actual digging and investigating. This is especially the case when the “journalists” have an agenda — when information they come upon may contradict their agenda, it gets suppressed. Or they get threatened or jailed by government bureaucrats, such as Obama persecuting James Risen of the NYT, James Rosen of Fox News, and Bradley Manning.
This is why many people tend to believe the anti-Valentina propaganda out there, and not the anti-Kiev facts, such as Kiev now turning more fascist with its censorship of books and movies, and banning journalists and actors from even entering the country! “Our government wouldn’t back ‘neo-Nazis’!” Nope. So, Valentina Lisitsa knows what she’s talking about.
Anyway, as long as I’m bringing up Valentina again, if you are interested in seeing her play, she will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Nuremberg (Germany) Symphony on September 26th and 28th, and she will play the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 (my favorite Mozart concerto, by the way) with the Baltimore Symphony on October 23rd, 24th and 25th, and she will also play Chopin Etudes, Scriabin Preludes and other works at the Grande salle-Philharmonie in Paris on November 2nd. And she also plays at the Old Theater in Oriental, North Carolina on December 8th (sold out).