Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Ukraine, Russia vs. Poland, and the unsurprising silence of the EU and the US press
It is of little surprise to me that a significant story involving a major European country, voter fraud, potential meddling on the part of the Russians, and in general, a nation at the crossroads between western ties with the EU and returning to the status of a Russian satellite is getting little to no attention around here. Perhaps we should devote a few more pages of ink about Dan Rather retiring thanks to Blathergate.

Anyway. Here are a bunch of useful links, and I hope the Ukrainians can sort this out, without any further Russian 'help'.
General Timeline
Cherenkoffs' summary of Poland's reaction.
BBC Coverage
Vaclev Havel
US Reaction
Colorado Congressman Bob Schaffer's observations

more observations from the Belmont Club
Ok. I take back my raspberry at the Press and the EU. It now looks as though things are starting to heat up. Here is the EU's reaction via The Guardian.

UPDATE 2: Daniel Drezner has a good summary of the latest.

UPDATE 3: the Independent rears it's very ugly head:
Look at all this, lastly, in terms of western Europe's interests. Do we really want to see the EU take in 50 million Ukrainians as well as 70 million Turks?
God forbid the EU take in some Turks. Or slavs. They just may dillute the ubermensch.

Update 4: It looks as though things might be settled reasonably.
Update 5: Timothy Garton Ash of the Guardian asks 6 very important questions to those who are critical of the 'Orange revolution' and pine for Metternichian 'stability' on the Continent - those whom he describes as the 'Reluctant West European'.

Update 6: Ukraine Supreme Court has nullified the election.

Update 23490-2:

Update 8: A history lesson.


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