As Greece celebrates the inauguration of its anti-austerity government, the euphoria should be tempered with a bit of realism. Although new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who named his son “Ernesto” after Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Ché” Guevara, and the vast majority of his new Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) government have good left-wing and pro-labor credentials, the same cannot be necessarily said of the man Tsipras chose to be Greece’s new finance minister. Yanis Varoufakisis a citizen of Australia who was educated in Britain and worked as a professor at the University of Texas. Europe has witnessed such dual nationals with conflicting loyalties take power in countries in Eastern Europe, most notably in Ukraine, where American Natalie Jaresko became finance minister in order to deliver International MonetaryFund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB) austerity “poison pills” to Ukraine. Continue reading
OAKLAND, United States – At the same time as the United States, Canada and the European Union announced a set of new sanctions against Russia in mid-December last year, Ukraine received US$350 million in US military aid, coming on top of a $1 billion aid package approved by the US Congress in March 2014.
Western governments’ further involvement in the Ukraine conflict signals their confidence in the cabinet appointed by the new government earlier in December 2014. This new government is unique given that three of its most important ministries were granted to foreign-born individuals who received Ukrainian citizenship just hours before their appointment. Continue reading
It should also be important to note that Poroshenko was likely brought to power by yours truly, George Soros (see also HERE and HERE for plenty of info), a convicted felon banned from France (and five other countries) who likes to play king-maker in getting presidents elected by funneling millions of dollars through front organizations and also tries to break national currencies such as the British Pound.
Kiev: Ukraine has handed foreigners, including a US citizen, top posts in a new reformist government it says is aimed at rooting out endemic corruption.
President Petro Poroshenko told a marathon parliament hearing on Tuesday that Ukraine has to learn from “foreign experience” as it tries to climb out of bankruptcy that many blame on decades of political gridlock and graft.
He then signed decrees awarding Ukrainian citizenship to US national Natalie Jaresko – the head of a private equity fund whom parliament confirmed as finance minister – and Lithuanian investment banker and new economy chief Aivaras Abromavicius. Continue reading