Cheers to the Revolution: Kiev’s Beautiful Molotov Cocktails
Kiev’s Euromaidan protestors use fire to their advantage. With fire, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines, and fortify their positions. They were mobilized throughout the city to collect as many bottles as possible, and thousands of Molotov cocktails were used to set fire to tanks, other armored vehicles, and buses. These little bombs were the only real weapon protestors had against the government’s well-armed forces.
Donald Weber spent this February in Kiev photographing for VICE. Follow our coverage of breaking events in Kiev on VICE News.
All photos by Donald Weber/VII Photo
Death Grips - Live Show
People point their fingers at young blacks, call them thugs and say they need to pull up their pants. That’s fine, but you’re not feeding them any knowledge. You’re not giving them a vision. All you’re saying is be a square like me… They have to be exposed to something new. Their minds have to be challenged, not dulled. They know the history of the Crips & Bloods, but they can’t tell you who Garvey or Robeson is. They can quote Drake & Lil Wayne but they can’t tell you what Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton has done.
I was 15 when my first love got shot nine times in Oakland. Do you think I’m going to care about book reports when my girlfriend was shot in the face?
Mar. 5 2014
My suggestion that the United States make Russia pay a stiff financial price for its invasion of Crimea drew more than a few howls in the comments section and over social media. By far the most common retort has been “but the United States invaded Iraq! What about that?” At first glance this might seem like a clever counter-argument. “Whataboutism” is reviled by people in the West precisely because it such an effective strategy. Most people understand that hypocrisy is bad, and the most religiously inclined will remember Jesus’ admonition against looking at the speck of dust in someone else’s eye while there is a plank in your own. But when you take a moment to think about what actually happened to the US after the Iraq war the argument completely falls apart. In fact the Iraq war is one of the best arguments against Russian intervention in Ukraine.
So, what about Iraq? Well the Iraq war was an economic, military, and geopolitical catastrophe for the United States. It cost the United States trillions of dollars in direct and indirect costs (the opportunity costs are so vast as to be beyond reckoning) and lives of thousands of its best troops. At the end of the Iraq war the United States had not “advanced democracy” nor had it gained a new ally. Instead, the American military’s occupation of Iraq midwifed a corrupt and unstable Iraqi government, one whose human rights record was only slightly better than that of Saddam Hussein’s. In addition to being corrupt and brutal, the new Iraqi government was closely linked to, and sympathetic towards, Iran, our chief regional antagonist. Due in large part to the instability brought about by the forcible overthrow of the Iraqi state, tens of thousands of civilians perished in terrorist attacks, attacks that continue to this day at a bewildering and terrifying clip. Outside of a small group of Eastern European countries whose pro-American credentials were never in any doubt, the Iraq war poisoned Washington’s relations with its traditional allies in Western Europe and with a number of important emerging markets (such as Turkey) as well. As if all of that wasn’t bad enough, the United States’ invasion of Iraq also led to the emergence of dozens of new Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, groups that our security services will be fighting for a generation.
The United States’ invasion of Iraq, then, accomplished precisely none of its original goals and it did so at enormous expense to America’s relations with its allies and its overall position in the world. The Russian government itself recognized this, standing stridently against the invasion from the very beginning and taking great delight as the United States’ bold plans for regional transformation turned to dust. Some of Putin’s most famous quotes are sarcasm-heavy denunciations of America’s role in Iraq, and, as a quick glance at any of the relevant polls would tell you, Russian society generally understood that the entire operation was a fiasco from top to bottom.
Why Russia would want to imitateany part of the United States’ experience in Iraq is absolutely beyond me. Does Russia want to alienate itself diplomatically? Does it want to waste enormous sums of money? Does it want to inflict damage on its own economy? Does it want to massively destabilize the international system? Does it want to create a Ukrainian government hostile to its interests? Because all of those things are exactly what is happening and what anyone with half a brain would have predicted would happen if Russia invaded any part of sovereign Ukrainian territory. Replace “Ukraine” with the name of any other country in the world and the Russian government would be right at the forefront of those condemning even the mere thought of military intervention, making arguments identical to those which I’ve outlined above.
In short, the Russians were right when they said that invasions are extraordinarily poor ways to defend or advance national interests, and they were right when they said that the use of force across established international borders is horrifically unpopular in today’s world. They have no one but themselves to blame for forgetting all of the lessons that they were so eager to impart on others and for the harvest they are going to reap. The lesson of Iraq is that invading other countries for no reason is poor statecraft, and it’s a lesson that applies equally to Washington and Moscow.
"The piano duet wasn’t in the script, and it wasn’t even my idea! When I first went to New York to meet with Philip Glass I asked him to create a song [India and Charlie] could play together for that scene. And he said, "Well, I’ve got to know what kind of scene it is for me to write it." So we’re saying, it’s a piano performance, but it’s actually sex. And he said, "Oh, I got it. I once made a piece called Four Hands, a married couple were playing it and one day the husband said, while we can play it like this, we can also play it like this [mimes the man putting his arm around the woman to reach the other side of the keyboard.] Right away that night, I changed the script to have Charlie’s arm going around India." - Park Chan-wook
The Energy Crisis — [RAP NEWS 22]
RAP NEWS 22 [S02:E02]. Like many others who preceded us, our “civilisation” faces an Energy Crisis of megawattic proportions, which threatens to bring an end to our brief joyride. But our dirty little secret is seldom mentioned in the news, let alone connected to economic instability or to environmental effects on our planet. It falls to Robert Foster to bring this topic back into the fore of our consciousness, where he conducts an incisive analysis of the situation to see what solutions are out there to deal with peak energy. Join your ever-curious anchor as he invites a panoply of guests - the great, the good, the bizarre, and the downright trollsome - along to share their solutions to this crisis. In the end, the shift required might have to be psychological as well as technological. Enjoy the ride, fellow children of the industrial revolution.
Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.
BEAT: “Intro” by TunnA Beatz http://www.tunnabeatz.com/
Copernicus theme composed by Adrian Sergovich
Thanks to Ming Lang http://www.superawesomeparty.com for so incredible acting performance as Wai So Dim, and for again providing the voice of Tony Abbott. And to Zoë Umlaut for Virgin flight attendant support to Mr. Branson.
Animations by Rap News fx-wizard, Jonas Schweizer - aka Kookybone
Terrence Moonseed alien weapon animation by Reuben Braithwaite
Images by Photoshop ninja Zoe Tame: http://www.visualtonic.com.au
Make-up courtesy of Rosie Dunlop
Props to Zoë Umlaut from Umlautronics for creating props and to Gilles Gundermann for providing all of the Copernicus props.
Thanks also to: Dave Rawlinson for the many conversations about EROEI graphs, peak oil and economic recession! Tim Parish for photography and behind the scenes shootage (and for reminding us of the Elon Musk Iron Man link!), Lucy Cahill and Damian Tapley for invaluable shoot assistance.
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My crypto-skaldic, echt Indo-Germanic re-working of the traditional opening to Kalidasa’s Shakuntala … Beowulf on the Ganges?
UKRAINE, Kiev : Members of a so-called “Maidan’s self defence unit” stand by on Independence square in central Kiev on March 1, 2014. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of “costs” to Moscow should it order in troops. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
Eternity by Frank Miller
A British news channel is preparing to broadcast video footage of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks captured from outer space for the first time in the coming weeks.
Channel 4, a public service television station based in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will show footage from that Tuesday morning captured from the International Space Station by Frank Culberston, the only American on board the ISS. When Culbertson was notified that something had occurred in New York, he realized they would be passing over the city soon.
“I zipped around the station until I found a window that would give me a view of New York City and grabbed the nearest camera,” he told Space.com last year. “The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at New York around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower.”
MALAYSIA, Pulau Carey : Local boys watch as Malaysian men from the Indigenous tribe Mah Meri wearing traditionally carved masks take a break after performing on the occasion of the Hari Moyang festival at their village in Pulau Carey around 80kms from Kuala Lumpur on March 1, 2014. The Nomadic Mah Meri, also known as sea gypsies celebrate the Hari Moyang or Spirit’s Day in their villages off the western coast of Malaysia. The selection of date for the annual day of dancing and ceremonial blessings to honour the spirits of their ancestors is said to come from the spirits themselves through the dreams of Mah Meri elders. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA