Category Archives: Analyst

Ukraine | Ukraine: Zelenskiy elected president as power shifts within the oligarchy

by Peter Mikhailenko

The disastrous presidency of Petro Poroshenko has resulted in him losing the presidential election to comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, by 73 percent to 24 percent. The almost-50 percent margin of victory was the most-lopsided second round in Ukrainian history. The only Ukrainian province where Poroshenko won was the nationalist bastion of Lviv.

Ukraine | Ukrainian presidential elections: the society of the spectacle

Ukraine voters have elected a TV comedy actor as their new president. In this piece, written exclusively for the New Cold War website by our regular contributor on Ukraine, Dmitriy Kovalevich, he discusses Vladimir Zelensky’s resounding victory and what this could mean for the country’s fragmented political framework and its people’s future. 

Sri Lanka : à qui profite le crime ? par Jean-Pierre Page

La nouvelle est tombée le jour de Pâques: un carnage a eu lieu à Colombo, un autre « massacre des innocents », une tragédie, une épreuve. Il peut être difficile vu de Paris, de Londres, de New York de mesurer l’état de choc qu’il provoque dans toute une population. Pourtant il se passe quelque chose d’indéfinissable, de tangible, de palpable et d’oppressant difficile à décrire. On a connu ça ailleurs.

Reporter Sharmine Narwani on the secret history of America’s defeat in Syria

by Patrick Lawrence

When the war in Syria was recently declared decisively over, there were few correspondents or witnesses to turn to for a credible look at exactly what happened during eight years of conflict. The questions were many, but I could count on one hand those worth putting them to. Among these was Sharmine Narwani, whose work I have long counted distinctly thorough and honest amid coverage that — in her view as well as mine — hit a new low by way of collapsed professional standards and abandoned ethics. Narwani’s pieces, written for a variety of publications, consistently reflect her hard work on the ground — work nearly no one else did. She is eyes wide open and beholden to no national interest or media slant.

Landslide victory for Zelensky over Poroshenko in Ukrainian presidential election

by Jason Melanovski

In the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, comedian Volodomyr Zelensky won a landslide victory over the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, who was brought to power in an imperialist-backed far-right coup in February 2014.