Daily Archives: August 21, 2016

Ukraine: “You don’t exist”: Arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and torture in Eastern Ukraine

Both the Ukrainian government authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have held civilians in prolonged, arbitrary detention, without any contact with the outside world, including with their lawyers or families. In some cases, the detentions constituted enforced disappearances, meaning that the authorities in question refused to acknowledge the detention of the person or refused to provide any information on their whereabouts or fate. Most of those detained suffered torture or other forms of ill-treatment. Several were denied needed medical attention for the injuries they sustained in detention. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch investigated in detail nine cases of arbitrary, prolonged detention of civilians by the Ukrainian authorities in informal detention sites and nine cases of arbitrary, prolonged detention of civilians by Russia-backed separatists. This report details cases that took place mostly in 2015 and the first half of 2016.

Canada | A new book about Ukrainian crisis and Western propaganda

Prof. Ivan Katchanovski from Ottawa became known for his investigations in Maidan massacre in Ukraine. He proved to be skillful in scientific study of various media sources. Now he demonstrates his professional skill in a new book about Ukrainian crisis.
A new academic book by a leading American scholar of political communication examines the Western media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine and the role of propaganda in shaping the narrative about the conflict. There is a big disparity between Western academic studies of the conflict in Ukraine and the Western media coverage of the conflict. This also concerns academics who are often published and interviewed by the mainstream media as experts but who have not conducted any academic studies about the conflict in Ukraine.
This book explores contemporary propaganda and mainstream Western news media, with reference to the Ukraine crisis. It examines Western media narratives of the immediate causes of the crisis, the respective roles of those who participated in or otherwise supported the demonstrations of 2013–2014 – including US-backed NGOs and rightist militia – and the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the destabilization of the democratically elected Yanukovych government. It considers how the crisis was contextualized with reference to broader themes of competition for power over Eurasia and the Washington Consensus. It assesses accounts of the role of Russia and of ethnic Russian Ukrainians in Crimea, Odessa and the Donbass and traces how Western mainstream media went out of their way to demonize Vladimir Putin. The book deconstructs prevailing Western narratives as to the reasons for the shooting down of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 in July 2014, and counters Western media concentration on the issue of culpability for the attack with an alternative narrative of egregious failure to close down civilian air space over war zones. From analysis of these discourses, the book identifies principles of post-2001 Western conflict propaganda as these appeared to play out in Ukraine.

YPG Commander: We intervened in Hesekê to protect the people’s values

YPG commander Lewend Rojava spoke to ANF about the clashes entering their 5th day in Hesekê and expressed that the clashes started due to the monistic fascist ideology of the Baath regime.

YPG commander Lewend Rojava pointed out that the regime continuously developed provocations because they can’t accept the gains of the Rojava revolution, and said: “Despite this fact, YPG and Asayish forces took care not to enter into a conflict with the regime.”