INVASION OF CRIMEA – March 26, 2014 – Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military SUMMARY

“Putin is preparing an invasion across our whole “eastern front” – from Chernihiv to Donetsk.”

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Dmitry Tymchuk, Information Resistance

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

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Brothers and sisters!
Here is the summary for March 26 (for the summary from the previous day, see Summary of March 25).

The bad news:

1. The Russian military forces accumulated at our borders are increasing in number, due to the arrival of new units and detachments to the Bryansk oblast [region] of the Russian Federation. Earlier, we saw a build-up of troops in Rostov oblast, while the numbers were considerably lower in the north.

This means that Putin is preparing an invasion across our whole “eastern front” – from Chernihiv to Donetsk.

The interesting thing is, on March 23, international observers carried out a survey flight over the borderland areas of the Russian Federation. At that time, Moscow pulled some of its troops in Rostov oblast back from the border…

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Putin 2014 vs Hitler 1939: Shuster LIVE Show Draws Uncanny Parallels Between Speeches (VIDEO w. English subtitles)

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By Shuster LIVE – Aired on March 21, 2014
English subtitles by Voices of Ukraine
Source:  Savik Shuster Studio

Shuster LIVE is a popular Ukrainian talk show, hosted by Savik Shuster and aired on the First National Channel (Ukraine). The show focuses on pressing social and political issues, and analysis of current events.

This is an excerpt from the show aired live on March 21, 2014. The full version can be found at Shuster LIVE on Youtube.

Highlights of the Putin and Hitler speeches presented in the video:

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Networking for Change

Great video that describes digital media as a vehicle for change in the Middle East and North Africa.

Amnesty International. “Networking for change, social media in the Middle East and North Africa.” Youtube. January 28, 2011.

Syria’s Assad Prepares for Sham Elections Despite Endless War

“The only unknown about this election is whether Bashar will get 97 or 98 percent of the vote” – Enough said by the Syrian Opposition, whose voice is included in this TIME article.


For the past forty years, voting in Syria has been a pretty straightforward process. In 2007, the most recent presidential poll, the ballot asked one simple question: Should Bashar Assad stay in power for another seven-year term? Voters could check a green circle marked yes, or a red circle marked no. In at least one polling station in Damascus (though anecdotal evidence points to a wider distribution) election officials even made the act of checking optional. Instead, they offered a stack of forms pre-marked in Assad’s favor. Anyone who wanted to vote against him simply had to ask for an unmarked ballot—in front of an array of police officers and intelligence agents. “Not once in the whole day did I see someone vote against Assad,” says Siraj, a 28-year-old Syrian military defector now living in Beirut, Lebanon, who was helping his father run the local polling site that day…

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“Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance”


Reporters Without Borders

Excellent narrative by Reporters Without Borders on digital media censorship by repressive regimes. This article sides with freedom over security, noting the excesses of the later pretext, “The NSA and GCHQ, Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency, Saudi Arabia’s Internet Services Unit, Belarus’ Operations and Analysis Centre, Russia’s FSB and Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service are all security agencies that have gone far beyond their core duties by censoring or spying on journalists and other information providers.”

Furthermore, the watchdog group provided perscriptions on improving digital liberty in the globalized age:

  • Press international bodies to reinforce the legislative framework regulating Internet surveillance, data protection and the export of surveillance devices and software. Read Reporters Without Borders’ recommendations.
  • Train journalists, bloggers and other information providers in how to protect their data and communications. Reporters Without Borders has been doing this in the field for several years. It has organized workshops in many countries including France, Switzerland, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
  • Continue to provide information about surveillance and censorship practices. That is the purpose of this report.

From Heart Surgeon to Politial Satire – Bassem Youssef

Meet the “Jon Stewart of Egypt”: Bassem Youssef. CBS NEWS. March 16, 2014.

“I chose the Egyptian dream!