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Recent Thoughts On Ukraine

We must act to save one another, now. Simply think for yourself and share your honest opinions and the facts. We will be more than OK, with God’s help.

The logo of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine is literally a swastika but Israel licensed rifles to them? You see, something is very wrong here.

The video is from 2018. The source is the Electronic Intifada (anti-Zionist, obviously) but the report has not been refuted.

“This video shows a fighter from the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion reviewing two Tavor style rifles, manufactured in Ukraine under licence from the Israeli government and Israel Weapons Industries. The rifles are the Fort 221 and the Fort 224, licensed copies of the Tavor and the X95 (mini Tavor).”

“In a letter ‘about licenses for Ukraine’ obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the Israeli defense ministry’s arms export agency says they are ‘careful to grant licenses’ to arms exporters ‘in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities.’ The 26 June letter was sent in reply to Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack who had written a detailed request demanding Israel end all military aid to the country. Azov’s official status in the Ukrainian armed forces means it cannot be verified that ‘Israeli weapons and training’ are not being used ‘by anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi soldiers,’ Mack and 35 other human rights activists wrote. They had written that Ukrainian armed forces use rifles made in Israel ‘and are trained by Israelis,’ according to reports in the country. The head of the Israeli arms export agency declined to deny the reports, or to even discuss cancellation of the weapons licenses, citing ‘security” concerns.’>>

<<“Winstanley added, ‘Israel’s interior minister Aryeh Deri met with Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov last year — Avakov is well known to be the government funder and patron of the neo-Nazi militia Azov.’”>>

“The average American knows so little about Ukraine…I think if it weren’t for the board game Risk, we wouldn’t have heard about it at all.”

Jason Goodman on a stroll through “Ghost Town NYC.” Sharp-edged and often tragically comic show. (Which is sort of like life in America nowadays.)

P.S. Goodman points out that it’s “Ukraine,” not “the Ukraine.”

This is the USAID I know. Ukraine 2021 RFI (Request for Information) regarding anticorruption efforts. Do not be misled by journalists whose writing might inadvertently lead you to conflate POLITICAL CORRUPTION with the CIVIL SERVICE. Nobody joins the government to be bad.

<<RFI Questions:
Please answer any or all of the below RFI questions. Responses should be concise and can be bulleted.
1. What do you consider to be the main challenges facing Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts from a corruption prevention perspective?
2. What is most needed to strengthen public trust in Ukraine’s anti-corruption bodies and improve public perception of the government’s effectiveness in fighting corruption? What can USAID do to contribute?
3. Where can USAID focus its anti-corruption investments to best deliver tangible results?
4. What are the biggest challenges and risks for advancing Ukraine’s digital transformation in notoriously corrupt sectors and how can USAID support government and local partners to respond and mitigate risks?
5. What good governance reforms and institutions (outside the scope of Ukraine’s anti-corruption bodies) could best deliver anti-corruption results?
6. How can USAID best support civil society, engaged citizens, and other non-governmental actors to meaningfully contribute to Ukraine’s fight against corruption?
7. How would you evaluate the potential of existing eGovernance systems in Ukraine (ProZorro, eHealth, Diia) to prevent corruption? What is lacking?
8. How can digitalization help prevent transferring corruption from central level to local level (consolidated communities) together with financial resources as part of decentralization reform?
9. USAID’s Digital Strategy assumes that while technology holds immense potential to help people, it can also significantly curb their rights and freedoms in an attempt to build efficiency. Is there an indication of digital repression in Ukraine? How can USAID adjust and better plan its assistance in line with objectives of reducing corruption while safeguarding human rights and freedoms online?
10. How can the private sector be best engaged in Ukraine’s fight against corruption?
[End of RFI No. 72012121RFI00001] >>

In Ukraine and elsewhere, USAID is doing the very best it can. I know this because I worked there. We are talking about corruption.

“Shifting capitals, Monrovia to Kiev, the State Department was going to give the Ukraine a billion dollars in foreign aid. Was it the job of the U.S. Embassy to drop millions of American dollars into the operating funds of State Department vendors or State-Department-approved foundations?

“President Obama’s money laundering State Department sent billions to compliant countries including Ukraine and Iran. Democrat politicians leveraged their positions to place their relatives in positions of authority when the USAID monies were disbursed to those vendors or ‘charitable’ foundations.”

2014: Contributor to (not representative of) The Huffington Post calls out Biden, Clinton for the way they “cash in on Ukraine.”

Are we supporting a truly independent and free state? Or a state controlled by wealthy, powerful people who claim to advocate for it?

2/24–Impact Research memo shared by Julie Hamill (@hamill_law) on Twitter suggests Democrats should “declare the crisis phase of Covid over” one day before media saturation of Russia-Ukraine crisis. It’s hard not to be cynical.

Chris Argyris, double-loop learning. You have to question the foundational assumptions upon which the given set of facts are based.

Virtue-signaling is not virtue. The people who think critically about things, who refuse to be moved by propaganda, are people you want on the team. Groupthink is the most significant national security risk we face right now.

Critical race theory (CRT) is not “bad” but politicians who exploit it sure are. CRT is a subdivision of critical theory, which is basically about questioning everything with an eye toward rooting out master-slave relationships. Here is an example: the association of “light” with goodness and “dark” with evil — for example “things took a dark turn.”

We need to think about how this type of language fuels racism. I disagree with the so-called “progressive” or “woke” Left about a lot of things, but they have raised my consciousness on this one.

Along the same lines, think about how the terms we use for a situation actually create the situation itself (“Russian aggression” as opposed to “limited operation to de-Nazify Ukraine”).

Decades ago in a Jewish religious town, a child came forward; they’d been sexually abused in school. Other religious people burned the family’s house down. You don’t break the code of silence; you don’t rat out a fellow Jew to the authorities. Until many people stood up and just said NO! It’s enough.

The Ukraine situation has my newsfeed flooded with Jewish-seeming propaganda that favors only one version of the story. I have the same concern for Jewish people as the propagandists seem to. I have to ask why they’re pushing this narrative so hard.

Communists thrive on classes of people they can call “victims.” They lean on outrage.

As an innocent gullible person, you can be swayed by Communists pretty easily. That is, until you figure out that they don’t really want an end to victimhood. The minute sexism, racism, bigotry, ageism, and especially antisemitism are gone—so is their constituency.

Who are the real Communists in America?

Is it possible for Americans to be Communists yet use Communist tactics as they pretend to be fighting Communism?

By Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

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