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The Biggest Brother 2: Euromaidan in black and white


Once again, media from east and west are watching what’s happening in a remote country through the lens of their own audience, and the output is a distorted image. If sometimes is damn true that things are much easily understood when seen from far, that’s not the case of the case of euromaidan rallies in Ukraine.

Once again, media from east and west are watching what’s happening in a remote country through the lens of their own audience, and the output is a distorted image. If sometimes is damn true that things are much easily understood when seen from far, that’s not the case of the case of euromaidan rallies in Ukraine.

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Taking a look at the reports delivered by European media, I’m often overwhelmed by the impression of watching an image reflected in a mirror. It’s more or less like the magic mirror on the wall, where reporters and analysts – and even European Union’s representatives – just see what they want to see. And don’t ask for anything else.

I already wrote how deceptive is the interpretation of the pro-EU rallies as “the voice of Ukrainians” and that the 2010 polls, that gave the power to Mr. Yanukovych, were judged compliant with the international standards. Paradoxically, the Euromaidan rallies, which are viewed by Europe as the most genuine form of people’s democracy, are widely backed by Svoboda, the ultranationalist party tainted with xenophobia, homophobia and negationism, which celebrates as a national hero Stepan Bandera, the pro-Nazi leader of the OUN (the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists during the WWII). To Svoboda, which gained the majority of votes in western provinces, the proximity to Europe is seen as nationalist and anti-Russian in scope. So, very little to do with the European principles and values.

 

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