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Steve Komarnyckyj is a PEN award winning poet and translator who is trying to rescue every abandoned dog on earth (well 4 of them). #poetry #Ukraine #FBPE
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28 May
I hate to say it but Bellingcat's emphasis on the Ukrainian right at best echoes Russia's manipulation of journalistic and academic discourse to give it that focus- which has resulted in a lack of empathy for Ukrainians, and the blanking out of their huge losses in 20th C.
Until academics and journalists writing in this area at least admit that Russia has helped shape their priorities they are, imho, valueless as commentators and indeed harmful. The critical parent attitude on their part towards Ukraine and its diaspora is nauseating.
It would be perfectly possible to frame studies of the Ukrainian right appropriately perhaps but- really- at a time when Russia is trying to enact a Fascist geopolitical project for global hegemony whereas Ukraine's marginal fascists have little political influence- it's insane
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7 May
1/43 Terror in the era of stagnation- an extract from "Episodic Memory" published by @KalynaPress
2/43 Introduction:
3/43 Even after Stalin had been buried in the cold soil of Moscow the Soviet Union remained a deeply repressive society which imprisoned people for simply speaking the truth. The state had a network of informers which penetrated every recess of society in the nineteen eighties.
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1 May
1/23 #FBPE Is it time to #BoycottAviva Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore, two of the key figures in Nigel Farage’s Leave.EU campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum, may have a vested interest in seeing the NHS replaced by insurance-based healthcare.
2/23 Banks and Wigmore have been highly critical of the NHS for a number of years, as have senior members of the official Vote Leave campaign, with the MEP Daniel Hannan describing it as a “mistake” on Fox News in 2009.
3/23 Last year, Hannan edited a report by the right-wing think tank, the Institute of Free Trade, which envisaged US health companies running British healthcare. The report’s co-authors included representatives from other think tanks, including the Institute of Economic Affairs
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30 Apr
#Brexit Lorry Parks Fiasco part 3 - a detour to look at WSP #FBPE #FollowBackFriday

On 11 May 2017 Mark Naysmith WSP boss spoke in favour of a conservative victory arguing that it would boost the sector's confidence.
He didn't mention that his firm stood to benefit from the additional infrastructure required by Brexit . WSP was already working on the M 20 commercial assurance contract which it had won through a competitive tender.
The additional infrastructure of lorry parks and potential port development required by Brexit obviously offered huge opportunities to the firm.
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27 Apr
1/33 #Brexit Lorry parks fiasco part 2 To recap: So Stone Hill Park, which failed to reopen Manston airport as promised is now operating the site as a lorry park... despite having sold it to the current owners Riveroak Strategic Partnership who will now also be unable to reopen
2/33 Manston.
3/33 The material below is largely adapted from the now defunct Thanet Eye blog and a wiki entry and confirmed by my own research
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24 Apr
1/23 The #Brexit Lorry Parks Fiasco Part 1
2/23 Here as promised is the woeful tale of the Brexit lorry parks contracts. Those of you who are expecting to read, say, about Johnson awarding them to a firm owned by is dominatrix are likely to be disappointed. This is more a tale of the UK's abysmal infrastructure management
3/23 and developers pitching grand ideas on a wing and a prayer, and government mismanagement resulting in procurement processes being torn up.
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23 Apr
1/9 #Ukraine and #Russia- a thumbnail sketch of the battle for language
2/9 It is almost impossible to find a popular history in English which gives an accurate account of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. I am, therefore, trying to cram a thousand years of history into a twitter thread.
3/9 Ukraine is the successor of Rus, a medieval Slavonic kingdom whose capital was Kyiv and which encompassed what is now North Ukraine and parts of Belarus and western Russia. The country was Christianised by Bulgarian missionaries in the tenth century who brought their language
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23 Apr
1/152 Intermezzo by Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky as a twitter thread #Ukraine #Literature
2/152 I dedicate this to the fields at Kononivka
3/152 Dramatis Personae My fatigue, The pastures in June, The sun, Three white sheepdogs, The cuckoo, The larks, The city’s iron hand, Human woe.
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16 Apr
1/21 On 29 March 2012 Latvian investigative journalist Leonids Jakobsons was violently attacked in Riga while he was accompanied by his eight year old son.
2/21 He was shot in the face with a gas pistol and badly beaten. His son was terrified but unharmed. Reporters without Borders condemned the assault the following day, describing it as a murder attempt,
3/21 Latvian politics is still affected by the country's soviet occupation and the corrupting influence of its neighbour Russia. Two years before the attack, a Latvian journalist and politician, Grigorijs Nemcovs had been murdered in an apparent contract killing. No one has ever
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16 Apr
1/21 On 29 March 2012 Latvian investigative journalist Leonids Jakobsons was violently attacked in Riga while he was accompanied by his eight year old son. He was shot in the face with a gas pistol and badly beaten. His son was terrified but unharmed. Reporters without Borders
2/21 condemned the assault the following day, describing it as a murder attempt, by Stephen Komarnyckyj for EU Today.
3/21 Latvian politics is still affected by the country's soviet occupation and the corrupting influence of its neighbour Russia. Two years before the attack, a Latvian journalist and politician, Grigorijs Nemcovs had been murdered in an apparent contract killing. No one has ever
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13 Apr
Gone: A #Holocaust #Poem

Dora and Michael Kohs. Polenaktion 1938, Leipzig.

I see the house opposite my window,
From where you were dragged in 1938
And have no words… the snow falls now

A flotilla of cloud descending from the Baltic
Its feathery incoherence falling on Saxony,
Upon the fields with their cropped wheat,

(I imagine your hair cut short, Michael
Stubble protruding through fresh snow)
Vast with silence the flakes settle,

The train waited for you shunting steam
Light angled through the glass roof
Casting gold rhomboids upon the platform,

So many there who death had not undone
So many in the chill sunlight of Autumn,
Unsure if this was all a dream,

Journeys… my plane landed at Frankfurt
Its wheels parting black curtains of slush,
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13 Apr
In another life #NeoRauch #Poetry

You are right, Neo Rauch, the edges of our world
Blur into smoke, the sea will break against the cairn
Shadow’s dent the fisherman’s arm, and over the sleeper
The woman with lobster clawed hands will stand,
With the drumsticks forever cocked over the drum,

The man in the lime green jacket will kneel
Bearing on his back the wings of a dark angel
Children will levitate above yellowed diamonds,
And the earth will split the perfectly level grass
To reveal ochre strata, then darkness, then

Darkness… who is it with the green waistcoat
Working the bellows and whose arms sprout,
Into a sack and flute where is the landscape,
That slips in and out of perspective until
The viewer feels themselves breaking free
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19 Mar
1/24 A thread on Citadele with material dating from 2018
2/24 On June 12 and 13 2008, 20 Russian citizens were arrested and bundled into vehicles across Spain as part of an operation against the mafia. The Latvian based Parex bank was closely connected to the enquiry: Mikhail Rebo, the alleged Tambov mafia money launderer, was
1/24 A thread on Citadele with material dating from 2018
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19 Mar
1/32 #FBPE a refresher on the links between Firtash, the GOP and #Brexit and what they mean. #FollowBackFriday On 23 March 2011, Dmytro Firtash, wearing the ornate robe of a Cambridge University beneficiary, shook hands with Prince Philip. That moment marked the peak of his #FBPE
2/32 ascent in British society. The village boy who once loved pasturing cows had come a long way. Thanks to his PR team, he enjoyed the image of a businessman and patron of the arts in the UK. #FBPE
3/32 As bagman for mobster Semion Mogilevich, Firtash directly links the Russian mafiya to the British Establishment. He was once described by a Chicago attorney general as “upper-echelon associat[e] of Russian organised crime”. Eight years after his royal handshake, #FBPE
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19 Mar
1/26 A thread on the Westminster Russia Forum and its infiltration of the Tories #FollowBack Friday #Brexit is ultimately a Russian project #FBPE
2/26 The Britain of July 2012 now seems as remote as the moon. #FBPE
3/26 I had watched the Olympic Flame carried through Barnsley and sensed a mood of national optimism, bubbly as freshly opened Champagne. But, what was also clear was that Britain had no vision for its future. Winston Churchill popped out of Big Ben during the Olympic Games #FBPE
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17 Mar
1/9 #FBPE The Paul-Ehrlich-In­sti­tut (Germany) has published an account of why it recommended the suspension of the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine and advice to people who experience certain side effects after being vaccinated with it. Please circulate this thread
2/9 which contains their press release: #FBPE #Covid -:Tem­po­rary Sus­pen­sion of Vac­ci­na­tion with COVID-19 Vac­cine As­traZeneca - Following intensive consultations on the serious thrombotic events that have occurred in Germany and Europe, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
3/9 recommends the temporary suspension of vaccinations with the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca.
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11 Mar
1/18 #Russia #Ukraine #History a thread quoting Georgij Chornyj's "Who are We Ukrainians": The ancestors of the modern day Russians are Finno-Ugric peoples (the Mordvin, Mera, Muroma,Meschera and Ves peoples and other Finno-Ugric groups). After their conquest by the Slavic state
2/18 of Rus in the twelfth century they began calling themselves Ruskyj. This, among other things, is a rare instance when the name of a people became not a noun but an adjective. This adjective, this one little word, later became a "Trojan Horse" which was so indulgently and
3/18 recklessly left by the Rus people to the detriment of their inheritors, the Ukrainians. In the fifteenth century, when the state of Muscovy was established on the lands of the Finno-Ugric peoples, the rulers of Moscow utilised the temporary statelessness of Rus' and too its
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3 Mar
1/37 How Freeports/Charter Cities work- The Latvian example- a worrying precedent for the UK's introduction of this model. #FBPE #FBPA On 9 December 2019, under its Magnitsky Act, the US announced sanctions against several entities and individuals globally, including Latvian
2/37 oligarch Aivars Lembergs.
3/37 Lembergs is also the mayor of the freeport city of Ventspils in north-eastern Latvia and is suspected of several crimes including fraud and money laundering. He was investigated by Latvia's Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (Korupcijas novēršanas un apkarošanas
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2 Mar
1/27 Thread on Russian links to the Tories, using the example of #Temerko and how they work #FBPA #FBPE . In 2005, Mikhail Khodorkovsky – who until 2003 had been one of the richest men in Russia – sat staring through the bars of a cage in a Russian court like a circus tiger.
2/27 His Yukos oil firm had been seized by the Russian Government and broken up, and he was accused, implausibly, of ordering several murders. Alexander Temerko, the vice president of Yukos, fled to the UK that year to avoid the loss of his liberty and perhaps his life.
3/27 Fourteen years later, Temerko has risen through the ranks of British society. He was a regular confidante of Boris Johnson when, as Foreign Secretary, he was plotting to overthrow the then Prime Minister Theresa May. As a British citizen and a member of the Leaders’ Group of
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1 Mar
1/10 Here is just one example of a contract, which I researched for Byline Times, to illustrate why I believe procurement in the UK requires more scrutiny.
2/10 #FBPA Lord Deighton was appointed PPE Tsar on 19 April 2020
3/10 A contract linked to his new role was awarded to Chanzo Limited on 20 April- - small value 300k but crucial because its about staffing his PPE team- procedure listed as "other" (no competitive tender ?)
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26 Feb
Skylark #FBPE #FollowBackFriday #PoetInBrexile Why Europe matters

For Isaac Rosenberg

The rat who nuzzled your hand one day,
beneath the Flanders sky the poppy
Tucked behind your ear
White with dust...

A shy lad your narrow ascetic face,
Peers from the cloudscapes,
Above wheat,
The hiss of traffic

Where the motorways snake into Germany
The horse hair whisper
Of the sea...
I sense you here,

The touch of the rat's damp muzzle
Still tingling on your hand,
And over the wire and mud
The sound

Of German voices,
Your face,
Powdering out at the edges of dusk
What will remain of us

Are only the echoes,
The stale liberty we lose
As we forget.
Let me stand with you and listen to the skylark.
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