Ukrainian mayor burned the flag of Russia in front of the embassy in Kiev

The politician called the Russian Federation “the occupying country”

The Ukrainian mayor burned the flag of Russia in front of the embassy in Kiev. Photo: frame from the video from Artyom Semenikhin’s Facebook page

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Head of the Ukrainian city Konotop, which is located on the border with Russian territory in the Sumy region, Artem Semenikhin burned the flag Of Russia in front of the diplomatic mission in Kiev. The politician posted a video with this misconduct on his page on the social network Facebook.

– I stand under the embassy of the “occupying country.” I do this in response to the Ukrainian blogger Tolik Shary, who recently released a video about me, in which he allegedly exposes me in something. I watched this video and realized that my greatest sin is that I once burned the flag of Russia when I was in the ATO (military operation in Donbass“, – commented on the actions of the video Artyom Semenikhin.

After that, the Ukrainian mayor, to the sounds of the anthem of his country, burned the Russian flag. Semenikhin arranged his “action”, being across the street from the Russian embassy. Moreover: in a commentary on the published video, the head of Konotop wrote threats against the Russian president. Representatives of the Russian embassy have not yet commented on this situation.

The Ukrainian mayor and before that distinguished himself with several anti-Russian actions. At the beginning of this year, the head of the city of IvanoFrankivsk Ruslan Martsinkiv said that he had consulted with a Konotop colleague, and they decided to install a statue near the Russian border in honor of the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists * Stepan Bandera.

Earlier, the site wrote that the Ukrainian journalist Ostap Drozdov confessed his hatred of Ukraine. He said that the only goal of his state is to be the antipode of Russia, “there is no other purpose for the existence of independent Ukraine”

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The house of representatives voted for the recognition of Washington the 51st state :: Policy :: RBC

The U.S. house of representatives approved a bill granting the country’s capital — Washington — the status of a separate state, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

“For” vote of 232 members of the house opposed and 180. If Washington, D.C. will get statehood, it will have representation in Congress (two senators and one member of the house of representatives). As the WSJ notes, car license plates, even Washington is the inscription “we Pay taxes but have no representation.”

However, to bring the matter to the legislative end will be difficult — the granting of the status of Washington state oppose the Republicans, who control the Senate. The US President Donald trump has promised to veto the bill if it is presented to him for approval.

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Israel’s left vanishes at the polls | International

The Israelis indifferently watch Monday’s legislative elections, the third to which they are summoned in less than a year, while the Hebrew press only highlights on its front pages information on the spread of the coronavirus in the northern hemisphere. Never has the choice of government seemed to matter so little in the Jewish state.

Given the foreseeable repetition of the political blockade reflected by the polls, in a copy of the two previous elections, many voters are considering waiting for the convening of a few legislative acts this summer to unclog governance at the polls.

The concentration of votes around the two big parties – conservative Prime Minister Likud Benjamin Netanyahu and the centrist Blue and White alliance, led by ex-General Benny Gantz – appears to have ruined the growth expectations of the smaller political forces. .

This trend has worsened on the Israeli left, which has fallen to its lowest level in Israel’s history, with an increasingly conservative society. With just 9.1% of the vote as a whole, the Labor Party and Meretz’s anti-war list added just 11 deputies separately in a 120-seat Kneset (Legislative Assembly) in the legislative elections held in September.

“The most serious mistake of the left has been to set as a main objective to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, when in reality it is something illusory, given the existence of extremist groups in both towns that block it and even sabotage it. “Says political analyst Daniel Kupervaser. “That does not exclude that it is still essential to seek a solution that guarantees the existence of a State of Israel with security and under a democratic regime, which in the future would be the necessary basis for peace.”

Outside of their strongholds in the cosmopolitan Tel Aviv metropolitan area (center) and the progressive Haifa (north), the left-wing vote appears to have gone down in history in Israel, while its traditional constituents have been sucked in by emerging center forces such as Blue and White, where three former Army chiefs concentrate leadership.

After having reemerged in the 2015 elections with 24 deputies and nearly 19% of the votes – in coalition with veteran centrist leader Tzipi Livni – Labor collapsed at the polls last April, in the first of three legislative sessions. convened in Israel in less than a year, with only six seats under his belt and around 5% of the votes.

Far is the hegemonic era of Labor, which between 1948, at the birth of the State of Israel, and 1977, with the electoral resurgence of the nationalist right, led all governments. In 1969, after the Six Day War, Labor Golda Meir monopolized 56 seats, bordering on the absolute majority despite the parliamentary fragmentation of an ultra-proportional electoral system with national constituency. The Meretz pacifist list was about to be excluded from the Knesset, with only 3.6% of the votes, at the limit of the 3.25% threshold that gives access to the House.

The left clearly triumphed at the polls for the last time in 1992, thanks to the push of Isaac Rabin at the head of Labor (44 seats and 34% of the votes) and Meretz (12 deputies and 10% of the votes). But the electoral base of the coalition that negotiated the Oslo Accords (1993) with the Palestinians had already blurred.

The immigration of close to a million Jews from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s – with a markedly anti-Communist bias – slapped the Israeli electorate to the right. The outbreak of the Second Intifada (2000-2005) and the wave of Palestinian attacks against Jewish civilians finally tipped the balance in favor of the conservative vote.

The average of the latest polling intention polls published indicates that Labor and pacifists, who are present in the legislature in a single list, will not exceed 10 seats in the next Parliament. The last-minute left turn by centrist Gantz, and the rise of Israeli Arab parties threaten to further undermine the waning traditional Israeli left.

Netanyahu encourages Arab parties

The Joint List, the coalition of four essentially Arab parties running for tomorrow’s elections, owes much of the success that comes from polls to Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to single them out as enemies of Israel. The voting projections assign this coalition, which concentrates the vote of a fifth of the Israeli population, up to 16 seats, compared to the 13 it reached in the September legislative elections.

Donald Trump’s peace plan also appears to have fueled the list led by progressive Ayman Odeh and nationalist Ahmed Tibi. Among other exchanges of territories, the “agreement of the century” of the President of the United States provides for the delivery to the Palestinian Authority of towns with an Israeli-Arab population located on the north-western border of the West Bank. The eventual transfer of population has been greeted with a call for mobilization at the ballot box that may counteract the traditional abstentionism of Israel’s Arab minority.


“The scandal”, obscure object of delirium

“Ithere is always something to see, provided you know how to look “, throws Paul Wagner (Maurice Ronet), during a bourgeois reception, to a friend who was annoyed by his rascal escapade escapades. Occurring in the first third of Scandal (1967), a false crime fiction and a true philosophical treatise on madness, almost anecdotal aside seems to give the viewer the keys to the film. It’s as much a sentence of a film buff as of an entomologist, a great architect of the world, having the gift of double vision or the sense of observation, to detect what is hidden behind appearances. But above all, she says that the world is not one, there is always another story, a logic that escapes logic, and that everything is a matter of look, interpretation, and therefore delirium. This is the occult subject that this thirteenth feature hides under its twisted whimsical air, whose codes Chabrol does not really respect – crimes but no investigation, no end of story, since nothing is unequivocal . It’s almost like it’s all in the head and sick brain of a character with shaky reason. The intrigue plays on this ambiguity: following a head trauma during an attack, where a prostitute was strangled before his eyes before he lost consciousness, Paul Wagner (Ronet, masterful as a childish and disturbed hero) is sometimes subject to absences. When other women around him are murdered, everything suggests that he may be the murderer, unless he is the victim of a plot, which we imagine to have been hatched by his cousin Christine (Yvonne Furneaux), wealthy champagne merchant, married to Christopher (Anthony Perkins), a former gigolo, who wishes to sell the domain of which Paul is still the owner of the name and exerts pressure and blackmail on him. But the presence of a blonde vamp (Stéphane Audran, beauty of elusive sphynx), haunting the place, leaves other mysteries hovering …

We are far from the original idea of ​​producer Raymond Eger – a murder in a nudist camp. To the “sans-pagne”, Chabrol and his accomplice from the start, Paul Gégauff, never stingy with Lacanian puns, will have preferred “champagne”. A rotten wine, like the big bourgeoisie that the filmmaker brushes with vitriol in their decadent evenings. Gégauff’s cynical pen infuses the film with an atmosphere of destructive madness that echoes the formal biases of the staging. From the credits in the colorful colors, Chabrol accredits the idea of ​​a mental film by multiplying the plans stretched to abstraction, the fluid circular movements, the slowness, the pattern of the spiral – wink at Vertigo by Hitchcock, who also evokes the role of the double brunette / blonde woman and the presence of Anthony Perkins.

Chabrol will often say that he was influenced by the thought of the philosopher Alfred Korzybski, general semantics and non-Aristotelian logic, namely the idea that a subject is always trapped in his representations. Starting from an undecidable point – is it Paul who is mad or the world around him, or both? -, the film constantly seems to adjust to the flickering perception of the hero, often under the influence of alcohol, and this distortion of reality is visually translated by formal audacity, games of mirrors and transparencies, dense decor of heterogeneous statues and objects, and up to the creeping gestures of Ronet. An astonishing final plan, taking height, will replace the scenario writer in the position of the demiurge entomologist, observing his characters, tangled bodies, to (d) fight like three worms in a box.

Nathalie Dray

The scandal of Claude Chabrol (1967), Blu-ray € 19.99 (BQHL).