Well it just so happens that on a day when I have numerous ideas for articles, I also have other obligations and little time in which to fulfill them. That being said, I do have something for the time being, which I think is extremely important.
This is an open letter to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, asking him not to approve those idiotic, anti-free speech laws which were recently passed by the Ukrainian Rada. The letter is signed by numerous Ukrainian and international academics. Once again, the list contains many of the same people who signed a petition in support of Maidan which, while acknowledging the problematic influence of the far right,condemned attempts to portray the whole movement as being wholly controlled by fascists or right-wing extremists. In other words, good lucky claiming these people are shills for the Kremlin.
Given his status as an oligarch, and some of his more boneheaded actions which at times are eerily similar to those of Vladimir Putin, I never had any love for Poroshenko. I support the citizens of Ukraine, Ukrainian independence, and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, in spite of any conflicts I might have with certain people or factions in Ukraine, or the Ukrainian government. Having said that, if Poroshenko strikes these laws down, he would be making a bold step in favor free-speech and progressive politics. More than this, he would be drawing a clear line of separation between two nations, Ukraine on one hand, and Putin’s Russia on the other.
With the stroke of a pen, Poroshenko can prove that Ukraine is truly moving forward, or he can fulfill the fondest wishes of the Kremlin rulers and their propagandists, not to mention their military strategists. Let’s hope Petro makes the right choice.