Minsk is a City of a White Heterosexual Male

So says Dutch Feminist, Lidewij Tummers…

Minsk is a city of white heterosexual males. An urbanist explains why that is bad for everyone.
In short, manly cities are sexist spaces, created in the interests of the market economy. “Contemporary urbanists and feminists critique city planning, which pushes the women, the elderly, sexual and national minorities and other groups of people out.

Lidewij Tummers is a research assistant at the department of planning and architectural sociology at the Leibniz University Hanover. She visited Belarus in late 2019 for a conference: “Accessibility as an indicator of quality living space” of the Minsk Urbanistic Platform.

Kyiv Post Obtained Documents Proving the Reality of Porokhobots

Porokhobots were online personalities that supported Petro Poroshenko in his failed reelection campaign.

The Kyiv Post has obtained documents proving the Porokhobots were on a payroll:

But new documents obtained by the Kyiv Post suggest that not all press or media commentary in favor of former President Petro Poroshenko was authentic.

Rather, during Poroshenko’s 2014-2019 term in office, his allies regularly paid media outlets for favorable coverage and directed smear campaigns against his critics on social networks.


Looks Like the IMF has Kolomoysky by the Balls

How else do you explain his rants of late?

From RT

He now believes an alliance with Russia is the best bet for Kiev, he told the New York Times in an interview.

“They’re stronger anyway. We have to improve our relations,” he said. “People want peace, a good life, they don’t want to be at war. And you [America] are forcing us to be at war, and not even giving us the money for it,” he added, referring to reports that the International Monetary Fund is holding up an aid package to Ukraine until the government pursues money missing from Kolomoysky’s Privatbank – money Kolomoyasky is accused of embezzling.

“You all won’t take us,” the oligarch said of the EU and NATO. “There’s no use in wasting time on empty talk. Whereas Russia would love to bring us into a new Warsaw Pact.”

The IMF, he said, could easily be replaced by loans from Russia. “We’ll take $100 billion from the Russians. I think they’d love to give it to us today,” Kolomoisky said.“What’s the fastest way to resolve issues and restore the relationship? Only money.”

The Czech Republic Sends Tens of Millions (CZK) to Ukrainian NGOs

This article is several months old, and that’s when I began doing the translation, and then I forgot. The information, however still remains fresh…

Novinky.cz reports:

The Czech government sent 35 million CZK (1,300,000 USD) to Ukrainian NGOs over the last two years. The money is intended to help the country rebuild and aid her democratic transformation.

The money provided by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs was intended for the fight against corruption, or for the defense of human rights in the Eastern regions, outside the control of Ukraine and in Crimea. Around 16 million CZK (700,000 USD), the embassy distributed as part of grant challenges to 19 local non-governmental projects.

“The support for these projects has not only brought concrete outcomes but has helped promote the Czech Republic not just in Ukraine but among other donors.” -says the reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which the ministers will receive. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic has hereby joined the democratic countries that participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine. For example, Germany, the United States, Canada and Japan.

Support for education

More than a million CZK (44 thousand USD), the Czech Republic has relegated for legal defense of Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass. The Czech Republic gave 500,000 CZK (22 thousand USD) for the creation of a map of human rights abuses in Crimea. The Center for Economic Strategy received 1.3 million CZK (57 thousand USD) for a project called Critical thinking against populism.

Another 19 million CZK (800,000 USD) was offered to Ukraine by the Czech Agency for Development. They were mostly directed towards the reform of education, including the renovation of secondary and tertiary education facilities. Especially those that had to leave the area which is not under the control of Ukraine due to military conflict.

For half of this sum, a reconstruction of buildings and equipment for student dormitories was paid. The aid was received by the Donbass National Academy of Civil Engineering in Kramatorsk and the National University of Taras Shevchenko in Starobilsk. The rest of the funds went to the Lvov State University of the Ministry of Interior.

“The Czech Republic affirms its foreign policy commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by supporting institutions and human rights of people dislocated by the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.” -says the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the report “the Czech Republic used its own experience of transformation.”

Czech Republic’s aid, which began already in 2014, does not end here.  Last year in June, the government approved the continuation of development and transformation activities in that country. In the memorandum, the government expects 20 million CZK (900,000 USD) this year and in the next two years.

Macron Says he Prefers Legal Migrants From Africa Over Illegals From Ukraine

Deutsche Welle Ukrainian with a reference to an interview Macron gave recently to the French Valeurs Actuelles…

Commenting on the topic of migration, Macron said that he “gives preference to legal migrants from Guinea and the Ivory Cost over illegal bands from Bulgaria and Ukraine.”

Everyone loves the legal immigrant, don’t we? The article further says that some suspect Macron is trying to shore up some right wing support to take away from his rival Marine Le Pen in the next presidential election.