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October 9, 2009

Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation (Україна має талант / Ukraine’s Got Talent)

some of the comments on YouTube :

@0:00 — Peace, Love
@1:30 — Original announcement of the German Army invading the country and bombing the cities
@4:10 — Perished
@5:00 — Most people don’t know where their loved ones were buried, hence the obelisk which signifies the remembrance of everyone who gave their lives during the World War II.
@8:20 — “You are always close. 1945”

It is about World War 2. First audio is news cast about the Nazi invasion, followed by a song “Dark Nights”. Final sand writing with mother & child, & ghostly image of the sailor, is “Your are always near by.” The Slavic people lost well over 30 million soldiers and common folk in WW2 , so even today the emotions are still strong for not only the old survivors, but also the younger generations.

The Ukraine was devastated in WWII. It suffered through a “scorched earth policy” twice, first by Stalin’s Soviet Russia and then by Hitler’s Nazi Germany. According to Alexander Werth (a Russian-born, naturalized British writer, journalist, and war correspondent), “Ukraine was, to the Germans, first and foremost a source of food; secondly, of coal, iron and other minerals; and thirdly, of slave labour.”
After 2076 days of war, V-E Day (Victory in Europe) was celebrated on May 8, 1945.

They were crying because either they or their folks lived through it. Scars like that run deep. The Ukraine was devastated in WWII. It suffered through a “scorched earth policy” twice, first by Stalin’s Soviet Russia and then by Hitler’s Nazi Germany. After 2076 days of war, V-E Day (Victory in Europe) was celebrated on May 8, 1945.

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Falk: The PA Betrayed Its People

By The Palestinian Information Center

October 08, 2009 – GAZA, (PIC)– Richard Falk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that that the Palestinian authority (PA) in Ramallah betrayed its own people at a moment when the international community was so close to endorse Goldstone’s report accusing Israel of war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

“The Palestinians have betrayed their people, this was a moment when finally the international community indorsed the allegations of war crimes and it would have been an opportunity to vindicate the struggle of the Palestinian people for their rights under international law and for the Palestinian representatives in the UN themselves to seem to undermine this report is an astonishing development,” he told al-Jazeera.

The UN official, however, said that the report, despite being delayed, is still very important because it exposed the inadequacy of Palestinian representation at the international level and will encourage groups supporting the Palestinian struggle to continue their efforts in this regard.

For his part, member of the central committee of the popular front for the liberation of Palestine Kayed Al-Ghoul said that delaying the vote on Goldstone’s report is a sin committed by Mahmoud Abbas, demanding him to apologize for this wrongdoing before the Palestinian people.

Ghoul stressed that this apology is a necessary step to stop the negative repercussions and to hold accountable all Palestinian officials who were responsible for what happened.

In the same context, PA official Sa’eb Erekat told Al-Jazeera satellite channel on Tuesday that the PA in Ramallah is responsible for delaying taking action on Goldstone’s report, alleging that there was a misunderstanding of the PA position.

Erekat during his talk to the channel appeared to be trying to absorb the popular anger towards the PA astonishing position against Goldstone’s report.

Senior Fatah leader and former Palestinian ambassador to Egypt Nabil Amr held Abbas on Monday in remarks on the same channel fully and directly responsible for what happened in Geneva and called on him to stop fabricating excuses.

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