Daily Archives: December 23, 2015

UK | Military to Military

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.

Ukraine | Ukrainian authorities discovered for themselves “Right sector” criminals in Odessa

It looks like interior minister of Ukraine Avakov changed his view on Odessa massacre. Last two years Ukrainian officials rejected idea of fascists guilty for Odessa tragedy. Criminals from Ukrainian extreme right were allowed not to be arrested even in the cases of clear evidence. Nothing changed with their imprisonment but Avakov announced their crime for the first time since the massacre. “As a result, we have identified 24 suspects, including a representative of the “Right Sector”, who shot and killed one of the participants of the pro-Russian rally. That is all very ambiguous” – told interior minister to Ukrainian news agencies.
Some analysts suppose this unexpected turn could be connected to recent conflict between Avakov and Odessa governor Saakashvili.

Germany | The festival of documentary films took place in Berlin

The festival of documentary films took place in Berlin. It was organized by an independent journalistic Club Reporter Publishing House and EMA European Media Agency GmbH. The festival was dedicated to the Odessa massacre May 2, 2014. Films of authors from Germany, Ukraine and Russia were shown at the festival.
“Each author in his film tried to tell about the terrible page of history of the beautiful Ukrainian city of Odessa. Participants and witnesses of those tragic events tell their stories. We want you to reflect on what is going in today’s Ukraine “, – the organizers noticed.
At the festival were presented documentaries “Ukrainian agony” (Mark Bartalmai), “Split” (Olga Borodina), “Burning Heart” (Anna Sinyukova), “Burn” (Arkady Mamontov), “Quick fire” (Arkady Mamontov).
The festival was held for three days – 17-19 December. The first day was held Skype conference with Odessa, which was for relatives of the victims in the House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. The second day was entirely devoted to viewing and discussion of the films. The third day Skype conference was held with the Odessa politician Igor Markov, arrested in Italy on trumped up charges of Ukraine. The same day, the jury selected the winner and awarded prizes.
The winner was German journalist Mark Bartalmai with the film “Agony of Ukraine”.