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Gibson writes: "Secretary of State John Kerry gave away the whole game when condemning the police crackdown of Ukrainian protesters' encampments in Kiev's Independence Square."

A Ukrainian priest walking past riot police. (photo AP)
A Ukrainian priest walking past riot police. (photo AP)

Why the West Loves the Ukraine Protests

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

17 December 13


ecretary of State John Kerry gave away the whole game when condemning the police crackdown of Ukrainian protesters’ encampments in Kiev’s Independence Square.

“The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv’s Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity. This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy.” ~ John Kerry, December 10, 2013

All of the responses Kerry describes happened to American protesters, in the United States, particularly in Oakland, New York City, Portland, Los Angeles, the campus of University of California-Davis, and many other places in the Fall of 2011, when Kerry was a United States senator. This means either that Kerry was in a coma during those months, or that he acknowledges that the US is not a democracy, like Ukraine, where police violently attacking nonviolent protesters prompted a stern international condemnation. But by taking the side of the Ukrainian protesters, Kerry has highlighted the United States’ vested interest in making sure Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union (EU), a key cause championed by protesters.

The situation in Ukraine is dire. The government still refuses to sign a pact that makes it a member nation of the EU, but the people have openly resisted an alternate plan to make an economic alliance with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, smashing up a statue of Vladimir Lenin in a symbolic act of defiance against Russia. The Western media definitely made sure we all saw that.

If Ukraine joins the EU, they will become the newest member of the biggest scam forced on us by the international banking cartels since the Federal Reserve. As Greg Palast has noted, the EU is a system devised by the banks to ensure themselves everlasting bailouts, paid for by everlasting austerity and cuts on public programs that ordinary people need and depend on.

Palast noted that Robert Mundell, the architect of the Euro, came from the same Chicago School of Economics that forced supply-side economics (re: deregulation and privatization) on the US when Milton Friedman was Reagan’s top economic advisor. The Euro ensured that when big crises hit, the big banks and corporations got to set the rules.

“It puts monetary policy out of the reach of politicians,” he said. “[And] without fiscal policy, the only way nations can keep jobs is by the competitive reduction of rules on business.” ~ Robert Mundell, architect of the Euro

In the UK, where crippling austerity measures have endangered the National Health Services, child care centers, schools, and other public services, the cuts are so deep that they have even inspired mass riots. It could be argued that this all started when Margaret Thatcher implemented her own UK-centric version of Reaganomics that paved the way for austerity and privatization. The austerity-weary Britons celebrated her death so widely that one of iTunes’ top-selling tracks for that week in the UK was “Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead” from the Wizard of Oz soundtrack. The EU is vastly unpopular with UK citizens, where 56 percent support withdrawing, while only 30 percent want to stay.

The Eurozone has also notoriously failed Greece on a massive scale. Because Greek politicians have yielded all control over their currency to the international bankers behind the EU, their only remaining options are to lay off workers, cut taxes for corporations, starve the social safety net, and privatize public resources. This has resulted in even higher unemployment rates, an even more unstable economy, and the rise of Golden Dawn -- a new fascist party whose symbol resembles a swastika. Golden Dawn blames the sunken economy on immigrants and other “undesirables,” and recently killed a socially-conscious Greek hip-hop artist in the middle of a performance. Rather than being on the fringes, this party won big in the last round of parliamentary elections, and is organizing for bigger wins in the coming years.

As Weimar Germany has proven to us in the past, and as Greece is proving to us right now, an austerity-crazed regime will eventually lead to disillusioned people rallying behind charismatic fascists who promise them a way out, usually through violence against certain groups of people who are scapegoated for the government’s failures. By joining the EU, the Ukraine will unwittingly take a turn down a path of fiscal crises resulting in bank bailouts, massive budget cuts, layoffs of public employees, and an even worse economic situation than the one they’re currently in. It may even result in the seizure of power by fascist elements. And the Ukraine may soon see a new wave of mass protests after the EU betrays the people and their public services.

I doubt John Kerry would so openly disapprove of a police crackdown on the anti-austerity protests in Ukraine’s future. After all, he was totally silent about the crackdown on those protests in his own country.

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Carl Gibson, 26, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nationwide creative direct-action movement that mobilized tens of thousands of activists against corporate tax avoidance and budget cuts in the months leading up to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary "We're Not Broke," which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. You can contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and follow him on twitter at @uncutCG.

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+42 # Willman 2013-12-17 18:25
The over the top and undercover US response to the Occupy movement is proof positive of the fear that the oligarchs and politicians privately felt.
Maintenance and furtherance of the corporate/M.I.C /S.I.C. status quo is paramount in their eyes.
Let them eat cake they say.
+1 # tgemberl 2013-12-18 16:21
The Occupy movement was good in some ways, but it had several fatal flaws. One was that it inevitably attracted the homeless, leading to sanitation and substance-abuse problems. Don't get me wrong: I believe we need to do more for the homeless. But there's no doubt that if your your movement attracts a lot of the homeless, you will have problems.

The second is that, somewhat surprisingly in light of point 1, it was mostly a middle-class or even elite movement. When I marched in an Occupy demostration here in Birmingham, there were very few black marchers, in spite of Birmingham being a city of 73% black population. It never had a very wide support base.

Lastly, it also attracted violent supporters. When you become violent, you've lost the battle. As someone said, when you're non-violent, you divide your opponents and unite your friends. When you're violent, you divide your friends and unite your opponents.
+10 # crow 2013-12-18 00:08
The article doesn't make it clear enough why Russia and Kazakhstan don't make better partners. Their protests are not arbitrary. They really are between a rock and a hard place and although it's tragic, the Eurozone is probably still the better choice compared to the neo-czarists. That is, assuming the powers-that-be would even let them get that far.
+23 # geraldom 2013-12-18 00:46
First of all, these protests were not spontaneous. Like the Tea Party protests in this country, the Ukrainian protests are well organized. Where is the rest of the Ukrainian population? It is my contention that the people protesting against the government are a minority compared to the rest of the Ukrainian population. What does the rest of the country want, not just well organized protesters?

It seems that most of the Eastern European countries that used to be part of the old Soviet Union (SU) have given up their new found freedom and independence and sovereignty when they broke away from the SU in the early 1990s to the United States by joining the EU, and the Ukraine is about to do the same.

Virtually all of these Eastern European nations who have joined the EU have also joined NATO and have sacrificed the precious lives of their young men and women in support of illegal U.S. wars of aggression for U.S. world empire. These countries have also allowed the U.S. to establish permanent U.S. military bases on their soil and have allowed U.S. law enforcement to establish independent operations in their country without any oversight by the government.

Some of these countries even allowed the U.S. to set up secret interrogation sites (black sites) under the Bush admin on their soil where illegal torture was used on innocent people who were illegally kidnapped and brought there via extraordinary rendition.
+19 # Vincent L. Guarisco 2013-12-18 01:09
If they invite the International Banksters into their midst, they need to have their head examined.
+13 # RMDC 2013-12-18 07:07
The west loves the Ukranian protesters because this protest is made in the west. This is a hostile takeover of the Ukranian economy by western bankers who are the leaders of the EU.

The main organizer of the protests is the political party Svoboda, which has close ties to Angla Merkel's CDU. It is also a neo-nazi party, using a lot of the symbols and slogans of the old Ukranian nazi party from WW II. As someone mentioned, it is the equivalent to the Greek Golden Dawn.

But I think the protestors and the color revolution is beginning to fade out. Russia just offered a $15 billion load and cheaper gas prices which Ukranine can sell to western Europe. Russia is actually helping the Ukranian economy. The EU only promised mandatory austerity measures -- cuts in social spending and higher taxes.

It would be helpful if the Yanukovich government were not corrupt itself. It is much better than an EU puppet regime, but it is not really a very good government.

The real problem is in the western Ukranians who are backward and rural, much like the US south or Tea Party crowd. They just don't know how to improve their lives. they want government to do it and they think the EU government (bankers) will modernize and make them wealthier. It is hard to imagine a more unrealistic idea.

At least Yanukovich knows that the future of Ukraine is manufacturing and selling into Russia and Asia.
0 # Quickmatch 2013-12-18 07:37
Part of the benefit of being independent is the freedom to make bad decisions. If Ukraine wishes to joinr the Euro community and give up control of its own, soverign currency, then who are we to protest? Many in the uS would say--better the devil than Russia. The EU is in dire straits largely because it followed the USA in its quest for ostensibly free candy in the last decade only to suffer high-sugar diet ills since. Carl "Who-Killed Kennedy" Gibsom loves inflamatory speech, but is correct--to a limited extent--when he indicates that Ukrain, just as AMerica, is no democracy in the way it treats demonstrators. Show me a country that is. And Greece? Greece is in the terrible shape it reached through incredibly improper fiscal management from which recovery is denied by being slaved to the euro. It's not the EU system that is broken, but the Greeks inability to conform to the required fiscal responsibility- -a situation decried by tea-party believers in the US.
+10 # Guy 2013-12-18 08:31
I have not followed the protests in the Ukraine very much but I wonder what the percentage of people is that oppose the affiliation with Russia .
Right now we hear what the West wants us to hear.
+4 # RMDC 2013-12-19 06:33

Ukraine is about 50% ethnic Russians. they live mostly in the east and speak Russian. Their part of the country is industrialized and has very strong ties to Russia.

The other 50% live mostly in the west and are Ukranians and speak Ukranian. Some of the far right wing, like Svoboda, want to make Ukranian the official language and want to ban Russian. They are mostly rural and not very industrialized. They are poorer than the east.

I'd say probably only a small percent say around 15% of the westerners support the move to the EU. Svoboda which is the main organizer got about 5% of the vote in the last elections.

This is really a Tea Party phenomenon in Ukraine. The protests are funded and organized by people in western Europe and the US who send high profile politicians like John McCain over to boost up the protesters.

but the protests are failing. The best thing for the government to do is just stay cool and wait out the protests. Just ignore them. Don't bargain with them or talk to them. Don't give them what they want which is TV time.
0 # Douglas Jack 2013-12-19 19:31
RMDC Carl Gibson & RSN are good sources of news & several commenters like yourself add such important details. Carl in this excellent article, makes a common mistake, "but the people have openly resisted an alternate plan to make an economic alliance with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, smashing up a statue of Vladimir Lenin in a symbolic act of defiance against Russia."

Any statements one makes about "the people" usually represent gross lack of familiarity on the part of writers. According to your calculations 'the people' amount to about 7 1/2% of the total population. Others here point out the suave well-organized demonstrations, which only means western 'money'.

Harold R. Mencher offers excellent facts, but I don't believe he or many here are aware of the significance of 'who owns the supposedly -national- banks which print the world's money'. The human system is largely dependent upon money as a facilitator for most of our interactions. Without money RSN can not operate & we would never here this level of research on the facts. What most are not aware of is the fact that given the military & economic control exercised by the USA & EU secondarily, the Bank for International Settlements, Bilderberg Group, Rothschild banking families & a few others, literally have licence to print the world's money. Russia & China don't. Follow the ‘Money Trail’ Rothschild Conspiracy International Banking Cartel & The Federal Reserve.
+4 # mjc 2013-12-18 10:06
Does seem as if Russia, once a part of the Soviet Union...a BIG part...will be able to regain that status with individual state protests in the former Soviet Union. While reason and logic SEEM to indicate that the Ukraine should stay with the Russian state, there is no real consensus amongst Ukrainians. Russia pushed the hardest on collectivism in the Ukraine deciding that this region would be the bread basket for the industrial sectors in the north. And the Ukraine has been accused of welcoming the Nazis during WWII because they could resist the Bolsheviks' designs. As several posters have pointed out, this region was largely under or uneducated, very conservative and ethnocentric in that they tolerated no one but Christians. Europe has a much more diverse population than Russia, or even the Soviet Union which more or less isolated different ethnic groups in smaller "states", away from the Russian group. Don't think the Ukraine will ever be completely accepted into the European social order but farming/agricul ture in Europe and in the Ukraine has changed dramatically since the war.
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-12-18 10:57
Most commentoirs are missing one of the two key points of the article: It's happening here too, & in the worst way.
+13 # geraldom 2013-12-18 13:22
Quoting Kootenay Coyote:
Most commentoirs are missing one of the two key points of the article: It's happening here too, & in the worst way.

Most Americans appear to have their patriotic blinders on. They judge other govts and other nations, but fail to see that our govt, the U.S. govt, has in fact become, a dictatorship when it comes to the common man in this country and a democracy for the very wealthy and the very powerful.

I'm not Christian by any definition, but I do like some of what Jesus said like take the glint out of your own eye first before you judge others.

The hypocrisy of the U.S. govt is incredibly unbelievable. The U.S. govt has a lot of huevos condemning the Ukrainian govt in how it is treating the protesters but refuses to see what it itself has done in the past to protesters in this country, especially to the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement when it was alive and well throughout the nation.

Obama secretly ordered Homeland Security to shut the OWS movement down, to suppress it whatever it took. Homeland Security then contacted local police departments to do whatever was necessary to kill the OWS movement in their town or city and they did one hell of a job. The use of teargas, pepper spray, concussion grenades, tasers, batons, anti-riot sound equipment, just to mention a few, and the police looked like Nazi-Stormtroopers.

What we did to the OWS protesters makes the Ukrainian police look tame by comparison.
+4 # Glen 2013-12-18 14:25
Nice, Harold R. Mencher.
-7 # tgemberl 2013-12-19 12:12
I have to say I'm really puzzled by a lot of the comments to this article. I'd rather live in Greece, the worst off EU country, than Russia. I'm not sure Greece should be in the EU: as Paul Krugman says, if they had their own currency, they could devalue it, and that would lead to economic growth. The EU isn't some sort of paradise. But I certainly wouldn't want to live in a fascist state like Russia.

I hope the Ukraine can avoid getting drawn into Russia's orbit again.
+5 # geraldom 2013-12-19 13:36
What I find so ironic when people make negative remarks about Russia and, at the same time, say nothing about what has happened here in the United States, is that Russia has substantially improved its political system ever since the breakup of the old Soviet Union (SU) while the political system here in the U.S. has gotten much worse, especially after the false-flag attacks of 9/11.

I don't say that Russia is perfect. It's not a democracy as we would like it to be, but neither are we. Russia is no longer the kind of dictatorship that it was before the breakup of the SU, while the U.S. has in fact become a dictatorship when it comes to the poor and the middle class in this country.

I don't know how you define Fascism, but the U.S. has become what is called a plutocracy, a nation that is controlled completely by the corporations.

All I know is this. Russia has for the most part honored the agreement that was made between Mikhail Gorbachev and G.H.W. Bush in the early 1990s that allowed the breakup of the SU while the U.S. has massively violated it. After the breakup of the SU in the early 1990s, Russia stopped their efforts to expand its empire while the U.S. accelerated its effort to expand its empire at the cost of millions and millions of innocent lives.

The U.S. has no moral or ethical right to condemn other nations for suppressing the freedom of expression thru protests when we violently suppress peaceful protests here in this country.
-3 # tgemberl 2013-12-19 16:51
Maybe you're right that we're not a democracy, and certainly we are threatened by plutocracy. But I don't see any evidence of progress for Russia. They show the same autoritarian tendencies they've followed for centuries. If they are any less plutocratic than we, it's only because occasionally the government will confiscate the wealth of rich people they don't like. The rule of law doesn't seem very strong there.

I was hopeful with Yeltsin, but since Putin took over, Russia has fallen back into authoritarianis m. And Belarus apparently never left it.

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