[Marxism] Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance | Volodymyr Ishchenko | Comment is free

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 05:52:40 MDT 2014

> On Apr 15, 2014, at 5:38 PM, Paul Flewers <trusscott.foundation at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> A good article, pointing to the problems with both the pro- and anti-Maidan
> currents, and for the need to cut across the current leading political
> agendas.
> [...]
> The rival parallel nationalist agendas in Ukraine threaten to force people
> in the mixed areas of the country to declare their allegiance: Russian with
> Russia or Ukrainian with Ukraine. The spectre of the Yugoslav disaster is
> arising in Ukraine, the same dynamics which led to the internecine
> slaughter there are appearing in Ukraine. Unless some sort of class
> politics which can point to the common interests of workers in the country
> as a whole can cut across the growing rival nationalist upsurges, disaster
> is inevitable.

My thoughts also - the Guardian article and your gloss on it. If the two sides do manage to avert a repeat of the Yugoslav disaster, it's because Ukraine is at the nexus of their entwined energy and financial interests. Unfortunately, Kargalitsky's latest notwithstanding, there's not much evidence to date of class  politics within either camp, much less class politics which bridge the ethnic divide. 

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