More than a year after the violent ouster of Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych the country is still riven by a war that has, according to a United Nations report, cost more than 6,000 lives, with thousands more wounded, and more than a million and a half Ukrainians made refugees.
And that was before the escalation of artillery attacks against the civilians of Donetsk last week.
Those attacks, and a general ramping up of Kyiv’s aggression occurred during the latest meetings of the G7 countries in Germany, where Ukraine was promised to figure prominently on the agenda.
Canada’s bellicose prime minister Harper used the G7 platform to again sabre-rattle against Russia in a manner disturbingly reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War.
Sadly, the Canadian corporate media abandoned objective reportage on the US-fomented crisis from the outset, and State broadcaster, the CBC has echoed the “blame Putin” line coming from Ottawa and Washington.
Roger Annis is an editor at the website, New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on the conflict in Ukraine. He visited Crimea last year, and was in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year. Roger will be speaking this Friday, June 12th at a Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities sponsored event titled, ‘Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.’
More of Roger’s work can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada and at Rabble.ca and Counterpunch.org.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; citizens hoping to weigh in on the quietly announced National Energy Board approval of a Delta fracked gas export terminal have only until June 11th (tomorrow!) to have their concerns heard by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The WesPac Midstream plan is merely another element in the big plans to make of the Delta Super Port a super supplier of fossil fuels of all sorts to Asia and the greater World.
Kevin Washbrook is a director with VTACC, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change. Their mission is to “provide opportunities for the public to express their concerns about climate policy — and fossil fuel exports — to government.”
Kevin Washbrook and coal and LNG on the Fraser in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our town, and beyond there too, for in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis, eyewitness back from the war zone of Eastern Ukraine.