Colored Revolutions

Ukrainians Choose to Lose, but History still Wins

Reading Western press reactions to the election of Viktor Yanukovich as president of Ukraine are lessons in how democracy is measured in our era. Whereas Marx called the coup of Napoleon III a farce to the tragedy of his uncle’s reign, press opinion of Yanukovich’s victory is better viewed as a tragic reenactment to his farcical attempt to steal it in 2004. Thus for observers of this weekend’s election, revolution has given way to potential counterrevolution, enthusiasm to depression, light to darkness, sincerity to tragic irony.

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Yah-noo-KOH’-vich vs. Tee-moh-SHEN’-koh

Today Ukrainians head for the polls, the endpoint (or midpoint depending on your opinion) to a colorful campaign. Voter disillusionment is high. So high that one candidate changed his name to Vasyl Protyvsikh, or Vasyl “Against All” with the hope to garner some votes. But alas, democracy is what it is. Too often you vote for the candidate you get rather than the one you want.

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Electoral Specters

There is a specter haunting Russia–the specter of colored revolution. Or so says Vladimir Putin. Clearly having no qualms about beating a dead horse, Putin

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