Long a fan of new media upstart, Vice News, since my initial introduction by way of their coverage of the Ukrainian crisis – Maidan, then Russia’s Crimean annexation, and now Russia’s armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine – their no-nonsense grass-roots coverage of events on the ground are a breath of fresh air when compared to the current crop of mainstream media, such as the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Independent, etc.
This latest piece, a kind of “talking-heads” segment, is a new segment they have recently rolled out which began with a piece on China’s aspirations, followed by a segment on how ISIS was born from a misguided and maligned form of Hawkish American Imperialism.
In this particular video, George Soros discusses his essay “A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine“, and sagely explains that by offering Ukraine assistance, Europe can foster an open society in Ukraine and protect itself from Russian aggression.
In his essay, which calls on members of the European Union to behave as countries indirectly at war with Russia, Soros calls on the EU to provide Ukraine with $50 billion to defend itself and kick-start political reforms. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambition has unintentionally brought into being a new Ukraine that is adamantly opposed to endemic corruption and inefficient government.
With inexperienced EU Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, most recent attempt to appease the regime in Moscow and advising a lifting of sanctions by the EU against Russia, it has only further compounded the divisions within the EU on how a continued relationship with Russia some be managed in the future. Mogherini was criticised during the hearings by EU officials during the vetting process prior to her taking up her position as High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Indeed, many observers and members of the EU Parliament expressed their concerns over her closeness to Putin and her ability to remain objective and strong in her dealings towards Russia in her current role.
One key question that needs re-asking is, “Is Mogherini fit for purpose?” It is my personal opinion that she should never have been appointed this position in the first place, as her continued dalliances with the kleptocratic regime in Moscow are detrimental to the security of Europe.