In "Ukraine: The Law, the Putsch and the Imposter," Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey finally makes Pravda.ru among the first global geopolitical news outlets, to show us who the real players in the current Ukrainian turmoil really are.
History teaches us that the most successful revolutions are often those in which the core revolutionary group accepts the loose affiliation of virtually every populist cause that comes along. That's how the American populist revolt against the Vietnam War, which began in the early 1960's, grew to become a movement with multiple causes. Racial and gender equality were adopted as allied causes within the anti-war movement; environmentalists were also made welcome; virtually every stripe of freedom fighter or civil rights campaigner from Jane Fonda and Daniel Elsberg, to Martin Luther King and the Smothers Brothers, they all gained strength from the much greater numbers of ant-war activists marching all around them. You could call it a political herd mentality, but regardless of how you label it, the synthesis of dozens of seemingly unrelated causes under the philosophical umbrella of one extremely popular cause, has attracted vast numbers of people into revolutionary movements, time after time throughout history. We may be witnessing it happening yet again in the Ukraine today.
What the western media tells us is a diverse movement of people taking a stand, against the heavy hand of Russian economic domination over the Ukraine, may actually be nothing more than an army of virtual mercenaries, plucked from the ranks of various fascist groups and criminal cabals. In this way it may be similar to the situation in Syria, where rebel groups are said to be united under a host of causes as diverse as constitutional reform and cannibalism. The Syrian rebels are so diversified at their ideological roots, that one wonders if it took the expertise of some major international security and espionage bureaucracy to create such a madcap alliance of so called revolutionaries. And given the considerable economic importance of the Ukraine, one can't help but wonder if that situation also is being fueled by competing foreign powers sending in their agent provocateurs.
What I find interesting is Bancroft-Hinchey's style of campaign journalism. This type of journalism can be called propaganda, but that doesn't mean it is not informative and honest journalism. You should know when you access a publication like Pravda.ru, that you are about to read the news written from a particular viewpoint. The reports may seem like opinion pieces only, but the personal views and observations of the writer, add a lot of clarity and accuracy to the story. Bancroft-Hinchey is a master of campaign journalism, and I'm one westerner who appreciates the fact that Pravda.ru still publishes work by this writer and others like him.