http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Ukraine#mediaviewer/File:Активность_избирателей.svg, in which, as shown there, the turnout was approximately the same throughout the country.
So, what today's Ukrainian Government insists was a 'democratic' election that included the regions they're bombing, is in fact not that at all. It didn't include those regions, but the Kiev regime insists on ruling those regions, regardless of that. Basically, the extermination-program in the southeastern half of Ukraine antagonized the residents there toward the regime that was choosing the candidates and that was holding the 2014 election; and, yet, this new Ukrainian Government claims that the regions that are breaking away from this U.S.-coup-imposed 'democracy' have no right to break away from it, at all, even despite this new government's ethnic cleansing program to get rid of the residents there. According to the U.S. regime, the residents there don't have a right to life -- just bomb them some more, until they accept our regime. That's our 'democracy,' which Obama's people are offering the people there.
Then, the Times says, "Mr. Putin has played his dangerous game in Ukraine with cunning and deceit since the ouster in February of the corrupt Viktor Yanukovych lost him a Ukrainian president he could manipulate." But that (clumsily written) statement is loaded with multiple deceptions: All of Ukraine's post-Soviet leaders have been profoundly corrupt; this "ouster" was a U.S. coup not against a corrupt one but against one who declined the U.S.-EU offer; and the deal that Yanukovych had rejected from the (then U.S.-dominated) EU wasn't nearly as good for Ukraine as was the one on offer from Russia: Yanukovych was doing the right thing for his people, all Ukrainians, by choosing Russia's offer instead. None of this essential background has ever been so much as mentioned in the Times.
Then, the Times continues in their condemnation and lies about Putin: "He annexed Crimea outright." That is meant to give the false impression that Putin used force in Crimea, rather than the true impression, which is that Obama used force in Kiev, and that it backfired and failed totally in Crimea. A Gallup poll in Ukraine in April of this year found that, while Obama's coup-regime in Kiev was viewed favorably in Ukraine's northwest, it was despised and feared in Ukraine's southeast, which is where Crimea is located. Moreover, in Crimea, "only 2.8% of the public there view the U.S. favorably; more than 97% of Crimeans do not." And this poll was taken right before our campaign to slaughter our regime's opponents in Ukraine's southeast, which started on May 2nd, and which was initiated by the U.S. White House and has been part of Obama's plan -- to eliminate the people in the areas of Ukraine that had overwhelmingly voted for the man whom Obama overthrew in February. Obama doesn't want Ukraine ever again to have at the top a President who isn't controlled from the White House, so he's getting rid of those voters. Crimeans having voted overwhelmingly on March 16th to break away from Ukraine and to come under the protection of Russia is what, in fact, saved the Crimeans from being bombed to smithereens like the rest of the people in Ukraine's southeast are. Furthermore, Crimea had been a part of Russia from 1783 until 1954 when Khruschev tried to appease the people in Kiev by handing Crimea over to them. Furthermore, "Gallup surveyed Crimeans just a few months before Obama's coup in Ukraine," and headlined "Public Opinion Survey: Residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, May 16-30, 2013." They found that when asked "Regardless of your passport, what do you consider yourself?" 40% said "Russian," 25% said "Crimean," and only 15% said "Ukrainian." So: when the Autonomous Republic voted after Obama's coup, when even fewer Crimeans self-identified with the now-fascist-run Ukraine, it had to have been a foregone conclusion that they'd choose Russia (on March 16th), because even prior to that, there was nearly a three-to-one preference of Russia over Ukraine. That same (and this was pre-plebiscite) poll showed 68% favorability for "Russia" and 6% favorability for "USA." 53% wanted to be part of the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, while only 17% wanted to be part of the EU.
Then, the Times says, without even pretending to cite a credible (or any) source on it, "The rebels shot down a Malaysian jetliner with a Russian missile," though the credible evidence is unanimous to the contrary: The Ukrainian Government itself shot it down -- and intentionally. (This site won't let me link to the article I linked to for the word "intentionally.") However, even if that weren't the case, it was Obama who actually caused that airliner to be downed. And the Times hides all of that essential background and evidence from its readers, just like they did in 2002 and 2003 regarding "Saddam's WMD," etc.
A country where a 'news' organization such as that can repeatedly win highly touted prizes for 'journalism' cannot possibly be a democracy, because the voters are being deceived so much, and so thoroughly, on such basic issues, even of war and peace, and of what the country itself is doing, so that to call such a country "democratic" would be to insult democracy itself.
The problem is not democracy; it is instead the lack of that, which has been and is the problem in America today.
No problem can be solved unless it is first identified and understood. We cannot rely upon 'news' media such as The New York Times to help us do that, because they are a crucial part of the problem. It's that deep.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
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