Ukraine crisis uber-update

Ukraine is sitll in one piece, while tensions escalate. A sampling of the new in the past 24 hours…

The first and only thing you should read today is this analysis of the Ukraine crisis from Josh Marshall.  Everyone is raving about it, for good reason.  It’s not too long, easily-read, and quite good.

And here’s a rather long, but interesting, analysis from the NY Review of Books.

UK and France pull out of prep talks for upcoming G8 meeting in Sochi, Russia.

Democratic House Member Marcy Kaptur is insane. Here’s an interview she did with Buzzfeed yesterday, in which she says she understands why Russia had to basically invade Ukraine:

“If I was President Putin, I would have worried with the collapse of the Party of Regions, about peace in the Crimea … I understand Russia’s military posture. The United States has never been invaded the way Russia has,” Kaptur said in an interview with BuzzFeed Saturday afternoon.

The New Yorker’s David Remnick on Putin.

So there were anti-war protests in Russia Today – I can’t even imagine doing civil disobedience in that country, that takes balls. This brave grandma, on crutches no less, joined protesters in front of the Defense Ministry in Moscow today – her sign reads:

“Enough disgracing Russia. Monsters start wars, but people suffer.”

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Here’s some video footage of a protest at the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow today:

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Russian media is back to its old Soviet days. We knew a few months ago things were getting bad when Russian President Putin sacked the head of Kremlin news-organ RIA Novosti, and replaced him with a flamingly-fey man who recently called for gays’ hearts to be burned and buried.  It’s particularly sad because RIA Novosti was actually a real media outlet.  They actually covered stories in an objective, fair manner.  Which is why they got sacked.

Here’s some of the new Soviet-style news coming out of Russia:

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russian-media-lyingA lot of folks in America and Europe don’t seem to fully appreciate how bad Russian “news” outlet RT (aka Russia Today) really is.  It’s always bee a rather slick Kremlin propaganda organ, meant to basically bash the US.  But now, with Moscow on a war footing, RT has pretty much gotten worse than Fox News, in terms of bias and bile. And Fox isn’t run by the US government.

First, check out RT’s coverage of how much “fun” the occupation of Ukraine has been.

Then check out RT’s home page from a few hours ago:

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For example, here’s a recent story from RT. Anyone who lived through the Soviet era will find all of this far too familiar:

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A Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent was beaten by pro-Russian activists in Ukraine.

KyivPost reports that Russian roadblocks have now been set up between Crimea and the Ukraine mainland:

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An interesting idea I had:

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And I love Atrios’ tweet – see if you can catch the reference (the remake isn’t as awful as the original):wolverines

And the NYT’s David Jolly notes that the Russians have apparently cancelled the local broadcast of the Oscars tonight, as if that somehow hurts us.
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Ukrainians rally to sign their national anthem:

I do understand, however, that the Russians have scheduled their own awards show to take the place of the Oscars tonight. Here’s a sneak peak:


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