An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Frank follows:
Other novel attractions [of] the capital of Banderestan [sic] include ‘Jewish themed restaurants’ one such is Kryivka (Hideout or Lurking Hole) where guests have a choice of dishes and whose dinning walls are decorated with larger than life portraits of Bandera, the toilet with Russian and Jewish anecdotes. At another Jewish themed restaurant guests are offered black hats of the sort worn by Hasidim. The menu lists no prices for the dishes; instead, one is required to haggle over highly inflated prices ‘’in the Jewish fashion’’. Yes, it’s all good clean fun in Lviv. Anti-Semitism also sells. Out of 19 book vendors on the streets of central Lviv, 16 were openly selling anti-Semitic literature. About 70% of the anti-Semitic publications in Ukraine are being published by and educational institution called MUAP (The Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management). MAUP is a large, well-connected and increasingly powerful organization funded from outside anti-Semite sources, and also connected to White Supremacist groups in the USA and to the David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
(It is one of the ironies of history that if the Zionists in AIPAC and the Washington neo-con think tanks, and the Labour Party Friends of Israel, were so concerned about anti-Semitism, they might try looking for it in Lviv. They wouldn’t have to search very far.)…
One would have thought that this mutating revolution in the Ukraine would have drawn attention of the centre-left to the fact that fascism had gained a vital beachhead in Europe… But… a perusal of the Guardian newspaper quickly reveals that their chief concern has been with a non-existent ‘Russian threat’… Luke Harding… described Right Sector as an “eccentric group of people with unpleasant right-wing views.” Priceless! This must rank as the political understatement of the century. In fact, the Guardian was simply reiterating the US-imposed neo-conservative foreign policy.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
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“It is one of the ironies of history that if the Zionists in AIPAC and the Washington neo-con think tanks, and the Labour Party Friends of Israel, were so concerned about anti-Semitism, they might try looking for it in Lviv.” It’s hard to miss this. It’s a fascinating and horrifying facet of the rise of fascism globally. (Even ‘rise’ is problematic. There’s historic fascism and then the simple, common sense definition of fascism, which obtains when the political and capitalist classes rule jointly, cutting out the people while lying to them that they are not cut out and pointing to the [captured] electoral system as proof.) The interesting thing about this rise of fascism globally (which is more like an intensification than a rise, depending on how far back you go) is it’s craziness – from any standpoint. Here is the global 1%, and assorted ruling classes, happily residing over the sidelining and oppression ‘and’ corruption of peoples globally, resulting in all these racist, anti-other national groupings. At the same time as elites are gaining centralized control of the world whose religion and God is neoliberal capitalism – corporatocracy – they are responsible for the potentially explosive situation that is a division of the world into racially pure peoples who, if they were forced together, theoretically, would all start to kill each other. So how would that be good for business and the rule of the owners and rulers of the world? Idiots!
Yes, perverted, macho, unprincipled elites can be expected to use destabilization and chaos to keep the people sidelined and themselves in power and that’s what we see them doing – in spades. But aren’t they taking it to an extreme? Ruling classes and their media allies in respective fascist countries had better keep tight rein, lest the people themselves see how they’ve been played and they see how the freedom they have is not really freedom, unless they plan to never deal with, or visit the lands of, others.
It’s laughable and terrifying the way rhetoric of fascists about being pure and ready to rumble with anyone who would deprive them of freedom ramps up while those who have deprived them of freedom and light rule over them with their consent. I’d love to grab a group of Golden Dawn nuts, Israeli fascist thugs, Indonesian fascists, Indian Hindu fascists, American fascists, Urainian neo-nazis and fascists from other countries and toss them all together in a huge arena and tell them that they can never leave and must learn to live with each other and see what happens. I’d rather they cared, but if their choice is not to…
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See also my previous post titled “Divide And Conquer – Global Fascism.”