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Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk convince Ukrainian President Poroshenko to blackmail constitutional reform.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: The Evil behind blocking a referendum on the Ukraine’s Constituion

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whose fate ‘hangs by within a hair’s breadth of dismissal’, is pushing a proposal to hold a referendum on the country’s constitution as a way to “blackmail” the president, Ukrainian media and political analysts suggest.

Over the weekend, Yatsenyuk called for a referendum on a new constitution. It’s “high time for the Ukrainian people to have their say about a new Ukrainian constitution in a new European Ukraine,” the prime minister said, during his weekly televised address to the nation on Sunday. 

The new constitution, in his words, would be a “new agreement on the redistribution of powers between authorities, an agreement on relations between the center and the country’s regions, an agreement on a new honest and fair judicial system, and on clear geopolitics,” (i.e., enshrining in the constitution Kiev’s goals of joining the European Union and NATO).

Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko
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Yatsenyuk’s remarks came on the heels of President Petro Poroshenko’s warning, a day earlier, that the parliament’s decision to block constitutional reform aimed at decentralization for the autonomy-seeking regions in the Donbass could lead to the collapse of the Minsk Agreements, and “the resumption of the ‘hot phase’ of the conflict.”Commenting on the prime minister’s response, the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti suggested that his words amount to “blackmail.”

First off, the paper recalls, the conflict between Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko escalated following the quarrel between Odessa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov over corruption allegations last month, and the ‘leak’ by the presidential administration about Poroshenko’s desire to sack the disgraced interior minister. The prime minister bluntly responded to the veiled threat that he would leave “together with Avakov, and immediately into the opposition.”

Moreover, the paper notes, Poroshenko is now attempting to “pressure Yatsenyuk” to at least replace Avakov with another candidate from Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front. 

In response to Yatsenyuk’s initiative, Vesti says, MPs from the People’s Front are already preparing their own version of the constitution, ostensibly to counter presidential proposals presented to parliament earlier this year, which call for a modest decentralization of power to the regions.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk gestures as he speaks with Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko during a parliament session in Kiev. File photo.

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The People’s Front, according to the paper, has effectively torpedoed the president’s proposals, promising that they would not vote for them. Subsequently, the other forces dominating the country’s post-Maidan political space, including former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party and Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party, have stepped out in support of Yatsenyuk’s proposal, with the Radical Party even putting for a date for the referendum – March. The Petro Poroshenko Bloc, complaining under its breath that constitutional amendments are a function of the parliament, says that “everything else is mere populism.” For his part, Poroshenko Bloc Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman suggested that a referendum would mean that the Donbass would not receive the autonomy so vital for the Minsk peace plan, adding that the referendum’s question would surely be ‘subject to manipulation’.

Speaking to Vesti, Ukrainian political scientist Ruslan Bortnik explained that at the moment, “Yatsenyuk, Avakov and his entire government hang within a hair’s breadth of dismissal.” Subsequently, the analyst noted, “the prime minister’s announcement is a form of blackmail: the president is being told that…he will not be able to count on the People’s Front’s support any longer.”

Ultimately, the newspaper suggests, all this testifies to the fact that the country’s pro-EU, pro-Washington coalition may be on the verge of collapse.

“The coalition is de-facto collapsing. But before the parliament’s dissolution, the president has other tools: a ‘reformatting’ of the government (expected in the spring), and a ‘reformatting’ of the ruling coalition.” 

This, Vesti notes, would require a series of maneuvers, including tapping the ‘People’s Will’ parliamentary group, together with ‘reconnaissance’ on the prospects of bringing the UKROP party (which includes ultranationalist and outright fascists and neo-Nazi MPs including Dmytro Yarosh, Andriy Biletsky, and Boryslav Bereza). “For this to occur,” the paper explains, “the president will have to transcend his conflict with his other ‘enemy #1’ – Ihor Kolomoisky,” the famed oligarch from Dnipropetrovsk accused of cheating the government out of $1.8 billion in IMF loan money.

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The Clintons: We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died

 

 

 
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The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.

The island nation of Haiti is on the verge of finally ejecting the criminal President Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, the dance hall performer and gangster who was foisted on the Haitian people by the United States through the bullying of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, back in 2011. Martelly’s term is up, and he is constitutionally required to leave office by February 7. Martelly and his American, French and Canadian backers had hoped to use rigged elections and strong-arm tactics to install another puppet politician, Jovenel “The Banana Man” Moise, in the presidential palace. The “Banana Man” – who wants to turn Haiti into a real banana-exporting republic, to the further impoverishment of its small farmers – came in first in an October election that was so blatantly stolen, even the thoroughly corrupt Haitian elite could not endorse the outcome.

In fact, virtually no one in Haitian society except the “Banana Man” and “Sweet Mickey” and the tens thousands of Haitians who were paid to vote, repeatedly, at different polling places in October, considered the election to be valid. Jude Célestin, the candidate that came in second in the October electoral farce – and who was also cheated of victory by “Sweet Mickey” Martelly in the election five years ago – refused to go along with the travesty. Célestin said he would not take part in the bogus run-off election that was scheduled for this past Sunday – meaning, the “Banana Man” would have been the only candidate.

But, even the prospect of a one-man contest could not stop the Americans from insisting on going ahead with the run-off. The U.S., which pays for the Haitian elections and, therefore, believes it has the right to decide who wins and who loses, growled that Haiti should go along with the fraudulent process. The Americans were upset that they might have no reliable replacement for their loyal puppet, “Sweet Mickey.” Plus, the discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who claims to have brought stability to Haiti when she was at the State Department but, in fact, is culpable for all of the Haitians who were murdered by the Martelly regime. The truth is that Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti, robbing the country for their own and other corporate criminals’ benefit. The teams of FBI agents that are now matching Hillary’s emails with contributions to the Clinton Foundation are tapping a Mother Lode of corruption that may yet bring her down before Election Day in the United States.

If that happens, the Haitian people will deserve some of the credit for saving the U.S. from another period of rule by the Crooked Clintons, in the process of saving Haiti’s sovereignty and self-respect. The Haitians’ furious grassroots resistance forced the cancellation of Sunday’s run-off election; “Sweet Mickey” is slated to leave office in less than two weeks; and negotiations are underway to form an interim government that would hold clean elections. The struggle now is for Haiti’s poor majority to make its voice heard above the growling of the U.S. imperialist occupiers and their hired Haitian flunkies – some of whom are real killers, whose names aren’t funny at all.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Sorry, Hillary: Women care more about their president than his (or her) gender

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Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington. Photo: Getty Images

 

Hillary Clinton was counting on voters — particularly American women — to salivate at the prospect of shattering the highest glass ceiling by electing a woman president. She’ll need a backup plan. It turns out women aren’t nearly as gender-obsessed as Hillary thinks they are, or wants them to be.

Clinton’s strategy does make some sense. After all, President Obama was buoyed by the widespread sense that his election wasn’t just his personal triumph, but all of ours, in burying the vestiges of America’s racist past. Given that women were also once treated as second-class citizens, why shouldn’t Hillary expect a similar wave of excitement and sense of history?

Perhaps the string of female secretaries of state and Supreme Court justices, as well as presidential candidates like Carly Fiorina and Clinton herself, has made the idea of a female president seem less than revolutionary. The feminist movement — which appears unwilling to acknowledge women’s gains — may also have overplayed its victim status. Young men with few job prospects and a lifetime of being bested by female schoolmates may not be overjoyed to applaud yet another sign of women’s ascendance.

The person of Hillary Clinton herself undoubtedly helps dampen enthusiasm about the prospect of a female president, and not just among Republicans who disagree with her political philosophy. The media is currently pondering how the re-emergence of her husband’s brutal treatment of ex-lovers impacts voters’ opinion of Hillary.

But Mrs. Clinton’s role as the long-suffering first lady to a roguish leading man is just one of her problems; her reputation as a scandal-drenched, corporate-backed and largely failed public servant has always made her an awkward feminist heroine.

Regardless of the explanation, the simple fact is most voters aren’t particularly anxious to see a woman — let alone Hillary Clinton — in the Oval Office.

Pew Research Center’s new report explored attitudes about women in leadership, and found that most Americans see women as just as capable political leaders as men. Women scored about equally on some key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, and received higher marks on attributes such as honesty, ability to compromise, compassion and organization.

Pew found big differences between how Democrats and Republicans viewed the sexes as potential political leaders. But before liberals start lamenting sexist conservatives’ “war on women,” Republicans didn’t see women as less capable, rather Republicans “are more inclined to say there isn’t any difference between men and women,” while “Democrats are significantly more likely than Republicans to say that women do a better job than men.” In other words, Republicans were more likely to truly see women and men as equals, while Democrats see one sex — men — as inferior.

But just because Americans see women as just as qualified and capable political leaders doesn’t mean they’re eagerly awaiting a female president. Just four in 10 (38 percent) of all adults “say they hope the US will elect a female president in their lifetime,” while a majority (57 percent) “say it doesn’t matter to them.”

Women are more likely to want to see a female president, but even that doesn’t translate into big support for Hillary. Take New Hampshire, where the latest poll shows just 38 percent of Democratic women voters plan to vote for Hillary compared to 52 who favor Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton is losing women’s support not just in Iowa and New Hampshire: A nationwide poll just released by Monmouth University found that Clinton’s edge among women has fallen from plus-45 percentage points in December to just 19 now.

Feminists may take the lack of excitement as more evidence that the deck is stacked against women. But this phenomenon can also be seen as progress: Women have come so far that it’s no longer big news for women to advance to a higher level of power. People really are judging others based on the content of their character and the skills they bring to the position rather than as a representative of any particular demographic group.

This makes it more likely that when we get a woman president (and three out of four surveyed by Pew expect to see it during their lifetime) she’ll have reached that position based on her qualifications, not out of a sense of obligation among voters. Now that’s something to be excited about.

Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum and vice president for policy of the Independent Women’s Voice.

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