Daily Archives: April 22, 2016

Ukraine | A monument to victims of Nazism was desecrated in Ukraine

On April 15 the residents of Poltava, Ukraine found an act of anti-Semitic vandalism against the monument to victims of Nazism “Grieving Mother”.
Unknown vandal inflicted yellow paint on the memorial image of the swastika and the words “Death to the Jews” and crossed out the words “The memory of you in our hearts.”
Similarly, the monument has been desecrated in November last year. Previously, it was subjected to acts of vandalism in 2001, 2010, 2013 and 2014.
Memorial “Grieving Mother” was erected in Pushkarevski park in 1967. During the German occupation here was shot about 15 thousand of Jews, as well as thousands of other civilians, members of the underground resistance, and Soviet prisoners of war.

USA | Baghdad After the Fall of Saddam Hussein

There used to be a mosaic of President George HW Bush on the floor at the entrance to the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad. It was placed there soon after the first Gulf War in 1991 and was a good likeness, though the artist gave Bush unnaturally jagged teeth and a slightly sinister grimace. The idea was that nobody would be able to get into the hotel, where most foreign visitors to Iraq stayed in the 1990s, without stepping on Bush’s face. The mosaic did not long survive the capture of the city on 9 April 2003 and the takeover of the al-Rashid by US officials and soldiers. One American officer, patriotically determined not to place his foot on Bush’s features, tried to step over the mosaic. The distance was too great. He strained his groin and had to be hospitalised. The mosaic was removed.

India | The problem of making peace

by Akbar Zaidi

The peace process between India and Pakistan has ground to a halt, and perhaps the usual suspects are to be blamed. But it appears the exchange of allegations is more gesture than substance, and meant for domestic constituencies.

China | Delayed Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

The UN sponsored peace talks between Yemen’s rival forces began in Kuwait on Thursday night, according to Kuwait’s state radio broadcasted live.

The talks came after a three-day delay as warring parties traded accusations over truce breaches and differences of the talks agenda between Saudi-backed internationally recognized Sunni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Shiite Houthi militia as well as its ally, the forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.