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Anti-fascists organize resistance as crisis grips Ukraine coup regime


first_imgMarchers in Odessa defy threats, demand a referendum on autonomy and an end to political repression, March 23.Photo: BorotbaJust a month after a U.S.-backed coup d’état in Ukraine brought to power a regime dominated by neo-Nazis and pro-Western capitalist politicians, the ruling junta finds itself in deep crisis.Threats from the government in Kiev and its U.S. and Western European patrons were unable to intimidate the people of the Crimean autonomous region, who voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and affiliate with Russia on March 16. Russian President Vladimir Putin and local leaders made it official on March 18.Now infighting has exploded among the fascist factions in the ruling coalition in Kiev.The International Monetary Fund, meanwhile, has agreed to give the coup-makers an $18 billion loan — but only if they accept painful austerity measures. These are almost certain to throw Ukraine deeper into chaos.Further, Kiev has been unable to subdue the rebellious eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, where anti-fascists are digging in to organize grassroots resistance.People in these major working-class industrial and mining areas are rising to oppose the junta and demand political and economic autonomy. They reject the rule of the billionaire oligarchs appointed as new regional governors by Kiev. Some are even calling for re-nationalization of privatized industries.At this time, most are not calling for separation from Ukraine.Thieves fall outPhoto: BorotbaOvernight on March 27-28, members of the neo-Nazi Right Sector gang surrounded the Ukrainian Rada [parliament] and threatened to storm it — much as they had done a month earlier, when the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled.But this time, the Right Sector was protesting its own erstwhile partners, some of whom were barricaded inside, including members of the far-right Fatherhood party and neo-Nazi Svoboda party.European television broadcast images of Svoboda politicians hanging out of windows shouting epithets while Right Sector goons hurled rocks at them from the street.What happened?On March 24, Right Sector leader Aleksandr Muzychko was shot dead during a police raid in the western city of Rovno. Muzychko had a long history of fascist terrorism and was on several international “most wanted” lists — a Ukrainian version of the anti-Cuba terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.The assassination of Muzychko was followed by raids on Right Sector hideouts and seizures of weapons.The hit came on orders from acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, a representative of the Fatherland party associated with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.Avakov has established a “National Guard” under his command to deputize the fascist gangs and bring them all under the junta’s control. He also masterminded the joint neo-Nazi/police patrols that have suppressed any resistance in the western cities.Avakov represents the coalition of far-right forces that control the commanding heights of police, military and prosecutorial powers of the new regime.Some forces in the Right Sector, like Muzychko, didn’t want to follow orders. Avakov and his colleagues decided that those who wouldn’t play ball must be eliminated.The fascist street gangs served their purpose as the violent fists of the Euromaidan protests that ousted Yanukovych. But when it comes to investments and military strategy, Washington, Bonn and the IMF prefer to work with well-groomed, business-suited fascists like Avakov and Svoboda leader Oleh Tyanhybok.Tymoshenko: ‘Grab a machine gun’On March 16, the New York Daily News reported that 1.4 million people in New York City — about 1 in 5 — now rely on charities, food pantries and soup kitchens to eat. That’s an increase of 200,000 over the last five years. It’s a crisis echoed in cities, towns and rural areas across the U.S.Yet what is the top priority of political leaders in Washington? According to a headline in the March 25 New York Times, “Ukraine Aid Leads Agenda as Congress Returns.”Why?U.S. imperialism has big plans for Ukraine. First, it contain pipelines that control much of the flow of oil and gas between Russia and Western Europe. In addition, stationing NATO troops and weaponry there is also key to U.S. plans to isolate and dismember Russia.Even after promising the Kiev junta $10 billion in loans, Washington is worried about the stability of the coup. Means have to be found to stabilize the country — that is, make it profitable for the Western imperialists. That means not only controlling the far-right factions in the western part, but quelling the anti-fascist resistance in the south and east.While the inter-regime crisis was unfolding in Kiev, a leaked phone call posted online revealed more about the fires of war that the Obama administration and congressional leaders are furiously stoking.The call was from former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, considered a leading candidate in the presidential elections planned for May 25. Tymoshenko, a leader of the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004, was imprisoned for corruption before the coup.Speaking with a former military official after the Crimea referendum, Tymoshenko urged her supporters to “take up arms and kill the fucking Russians along with their leader.”Tymoshenko also said she was ready to “grab a machine gun and shoot [Putin] in the head.”The recording ends with Tymoshenko threatening to use nuclear weapons against the 8 million Russian-speakers living in Ukraine.After the call went public, Tymoshenko claimed the part about using nukes was manipulated. The rest, she confirmed, was accurate.Anti-fascists build resistanceIn the cities of southern and eastern Ukraine, the leftist Union Borotba (Struggle) is one of the groups organizing anti-fascist resistance.Borotba’s central office in Kiev was ransacked after the coup and its activists forced underground. Outside Kiev, Borotba and other anti-fascists work in a hazy state of semi-legality, operating more or less openly depending on the level of organized resistance in each city.This creates special challenges for organizers. For example, print shop owners refuse to print flyers or newspapers due to threats from the fascists. However, Borotba has managed to get help from sympathetic workers to publish its materials.A 10,000-copy run of “Front,” the first issue of a newspaper published by Borotba and the Antifascist Resistance Center, sold out in just three days.Borotba activists have set up tents and information tables to spread their message and recruit people to local anti-fascist defense committees composed of activists, workers, youths and former Red Army soldiers.In Kharkov, where the Right Sector murdered two anti-fascists on March 14, Borotba plays a leading role in organizing mass resistance.On March 22, some 2,000 people defied a ban and rallied at Freedom Square for a people’s speakout initiated by Borotba. A major goal of the event was to recruit supporters for the local defense organization, People’s Unity.The following day, hundreds marched down Rymarska Street to remember the two slain activists. They chanted: “Fascists kill! Power covers up!”Police then charged Borotba leader Denis Levin, a convener of the rally, with violating the ban and ordered him to appear in court on March 26. After a crowd of supporters picketed the court during his hearing, the judge dismissed the charge as “baseless.”In Odessa, Borotba activists took up the case of Anton Davidchenko, a local resistance leader who was seized by the “Alpha” special police unit on March 17 and kidnapped to Kiev, where he is being held incommunicado.Some 1,000 people defied fascist threats and rallied at Odessa’s Kulikovo Field on March 23 to demand a referendum on autonomy. Led by Regional Council Deputy and Borotba activist Alex Albu, they marched to the prosecutor’s office to demand Davidchenko’s release and an end to the regime’s political repression.Communist Party holds congressThe Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) has also been targeted by the junta.On its first day, the new regime threatened an outright ban of the KPU. The party’s headquarters in Kiev was trashed and is still occupied by the Right Sector. Party members have been attacked and beaten.KPU leaders have continued to assert their membership in the parliament although they have been effectively banned from Kiev since the coup.On March 26, the KPU held its 47th Extraordinary Congress in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk. The party nominated its general secretary, Peter Simonenko, to run for president in the May elections.It is unclear whether the KPU will be allowed on the ballot, or what dangers party candidates might face.Emphasizing the need of the party to preserve its cadres and organization, Simonenko said: “We have grounds for optimism. In a short time, the new regime showed its anti-people nature and incompetence, its inability to govern. The inevitable deterioration of the situation of workers as a result of the requirements of the IMF will inevitably create the basis for a new protest movement.”Workers, youths and retirees alike are determined to defeat the far-right gangs and push back Western imperialism. They remember their history as part of the Soviet Ukraine, which defeated the fascist occupation during World War II, with support from the Red Army.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Journalist freed after being illegally imprisoned for defamation


first_img News BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en A court in the Amazonian state of Acre released Antônio Muniz, a local TV commentator and columnist for the daily newspaper O Rio Branco, on 4 December, two days after he was jailed in connection with a 2002 conviction on a charge of defaming a senator. “The court’s decision was necessary because press offences have been decriminalised,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are shocked that the court nonetheless forced Muniz to appear in handcuffs at a closed-door hearing, violating federal court resolutions. The local court clearly found it hard to recognise its mistake.”Imprisonment for press offences has been abolished in Brazil as a result of a Federal Supreme Court decision on 30 April repealing the 1967 press law. News April 15, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Follow the news on Brazil Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Organisation December 8, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist freed after being illegally imprisoned for defamation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas Open letter to federal government about censorship and imprisonment under obsolete law Mr. Tarso Genro, Minister of JusticeMr. Hélio Costa, Minister of Communications Brasilia, D.FDear Ministers,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, urges the federal authorities to intercede in certain recent cases that represent a direct attack on the principle of free expression enshrined in the 1988 democratic constitution.One of these cases concerns Antônio Muniz, a local TV commentator and columnist for the daily newspaper O Rio Branco in the state of Acre, who was returned to prison on 2 December for allegedly violating the judicial control to which he was subject. After being sentenced to a year in prison in 2002 on a charge of defaming Federal Senator Tião Viana in a 1999 article, Muniz managed to get the sentence suspended. The decision to return him to prison is all the more incomprehensible as the reason for his imprisonment has been rendered obsolete by the Federal Supreme Court. By repealing the 1967 press law on 30 April, the Court has excluded any possibility of a criminal conviction for press offences. Muniz must therefore be released.Press freedom has made great progress in Brazil with the current federal government’s help. The repeal of the military regime’s press law is an example of this. So too are proposed laws facilitating access to information and the “Revealed Memories” database (http://www.memoriasreveladas.arquivonacional.gov.br/), which finally lifts the taboo surrounding the dictatorship years (1967-1985). However, this legislative progress is taking time to be reflected at the state level.The repeal of the 1967 press law, a great legal victory, has perversely resulted in a series of preventive censorship measures against news media. The most notorious case concerns the O Estado de São Paulo daily, which has been forbidden since 31 July to refer to any financial matters involving the businessman Fernando Sarney. The case’s transfer to a court in the state of Maranhão, whose governor, Roseanna Sarney, is Sarney’s sister, has created a flagrant conflict of interest.Preventive censorship has also been imposed on two online journalists in the state of Mato Grosso, Adriana Vandoni (blog: www.prosaepolitica.com.br) and Enock Calvacanti (blog: www.paginadoenock.com.br), who are accused of insulting José Riva, the speaker of the Mato Grosso state assembly. An appeal court judge (desembargador) upheld the censorship of Vandoni’s blog on 2 December.The sovereignty of individual states in a federal system only applies as long as fundamental constitutional principles are not violated. For this reason, we think it is urgent and necessary that the federal authorities should issue a reminder of these principles.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request.Respectfully,Jean-François JulliardReporters Without Borders Secretary-Generallast_img read more


Journalists constantly prey to grave threats and violence


first_img Receive email alerts December 17, 2019 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by a series of acts of violence and intimidation targeting Libyan journalists in the last past few weeks.The most recent incident was the abduction of three local TV journalists while they were covering clashes at the Tamehint military base, around 30 km outside the southwestern city of Sabha, on 18 January.Everything indicates that the three Fezzan TV journalists – Zeidan Al-Mahdi, Adel Al-Sharif and Abdallah Mohamed Abu Azbah – were kidnapped by Gaddafi loyalists who overran the base. Fezzan TV presenter Nabil As-Sokni said they were released 24 hours later and were immediately hospitalized because they were badly beaten by their abductors while held.A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Tripoli apartment of Mahmoud Al-Misrati, the editor of the independent daily Libya Al-Jadida, at around 3 a.m. on 15 January. According to Agence France-Presse, which spoke to Misrati, “the grenade narrowly missed its target, the window of his apartment, and hit a pillar without causing much damage.”Misrati has been the victim of an all-out campaign of threats by telephone and on his social network pages for the past six months. It has ranged from intimidatory messages to death threats and threats against his family.Mohamed Al-Gharyani, the satellite TV station Al-Aan’s Tripoli bureau chief, was threatened last month by gunmen attached to the interior ministry after the station broadcast a programme in its “Libya Tawa” (Libya Now) series in which a former political prisoner talked about the conditions in which she had been held .The gunmen insulted Gharyani, accused him of being “secular,” threatened to close the bureau and ordered him to leave Libya. Gharyani has repeatedly been threatened in connection with his work in recent months.Nearly three years after the start of the anti-Gaddafi revolution, the political situation in Libya is extremely unstable and the security environment is bordering on chaos. In the almost complete absence of the rule of law, journalists are continually exposed to intimidation, threats, violence, abduction and even murder.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern and urges the transitional government to end the reign of the militias. The authorities must establish a reliable and transparent system of judicial responsibility in order to break the cycle of impunity prevailing in Libya and to guarantee the safety of journalists. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News June 24, 2020 Find out more January 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists constantly prey to grave threats and violence Organisation Newscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Follow the news on Libya February 23, 2021 Find out more RSF_en On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest to go furtherlast_img read more


Teenagers urged to sign up for the big Limerick clean-up


first_imgFacebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsTeenagers urged to sign up for the big Limerick clean-upBy Alan Jacques – March 4, 2016 639 Luke Culhane, the 13-year-old Castletroy student who created an anti-cyberbullying campaign through his video #CreateNoHate, is calling on Limerick teenagers to sign up to Team Limerick Clean-up2 (TLC2).by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Luke Culhane, the 13-year-old Castletroy student who created an anti-cyberbullying campaign through his video #CreateNoHate, is calling on Limerick teenagers to sign up to Team Limerick Clean-up2 (TLC2).LIMERICK teenagers are being called on to sign up for a massive clean-up of the city and county on March 25 next.Thirteen-year-old Castletroy student Luke Culhane who created an anti-cyberbullying campaign through his video #CreateNoHate is now urging his peers to sign up to Team Limerick Clean-up2 (TLC2).The teenager, who signed up to TLC2 this week along with his parents Dermot and Claire and his brother Leo and sister Grace, said he was delighted to be part of such an initiative. Luke and his family are now part of 10,000 plus volunteers that have signed up to clean-up the city and county on Good Friday.“To me being part of a team is really important, whether that is in tackling cyber bullying or litter. I am already spreading the word among my friends and neighbours to sign-up and be part of a really good event like TLC2,” Luke explained.“I plan to make my own video on the day around Castletroy and hope it will inspire people to keep their own neighbourhood and towns litter free for the entire year,” he added.Volunteers are asked to register online before Friday, March 11 at www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Twittercenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGS#CreateNoHateCastletroylimerickLuke CulhaneTeam Limerick Clean-up2 (TLC2) Previous article#newmusic LF|83 – ‘Folk Science’Next articleGardai seeking man who escaped from prison Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more


Call for tourist sites to be kept open


first_imgFacebook Previous articleGarda action needed to tackle ‘plague of scramblers’Next articleFree online counselling to help with Covid challenges Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Bunratty CastleLIMERICK Chamber has described the closure of Bunratty Castle and King John’s Castle from August 31 as a further blow to a Mid-West tourism sector already reeling from the collapse of international tourist arrivals.The chamber has urged Shannon Heritage to explore all available options to reverse this decision and to redouble efforts to win tourism for the region in the shoulder periods of this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We need to declare Limerick is open for business right now and not the contrary,” said Limerick Chamber Chief Executive Officer, Dee Ryan.“King John’s Castle and Bunratty Castle are iconic visitor attractions not just for foreign travellers but also for domestic holidaymakers. As local tourism and associated businesses are working hard to return to a level of normality, the announcement that both attractions will be closing is an untimely and damaging blow to the sector and inadvertently sends the wrong message when we are trying hard to develop and support the tourism offering in the region,” Ms Ryan commented.Meanwhile, SIPTU members last week held a general meeting in the courtyard of King John’s Castle to discuss the threat of closure for the historic site and others operated by the Shannon Group.“Shannon Heritage operates cultural and historical sites from Galway to Limerick many of which, management has said, will not open for this season. It also plans to close Bunratty Folk Park and King John’s Castle on the 31st August. These plans are set to cause economic devastation to its employees and local businesses,” said SIPTU organiser Rachel Keane.“SIPTU representatives have written to Tourism Minister Catherine Martin, to intervene in this dispute. To date, we have not received a response,” she said.SIPTU activist Chris Rowley said their members are extremely worried about their future employment and how the approach of the Shannon Group will affect their livelihoods.“SIPTU members are at the forefront of the hospitality sector in Ireland and we are committed to the historic sites where many of us work.”According to SIPTU activist and seasonal worker Caroline O’Sullivan, this decision means that in 2020 and beyond she, and her colleagues, will be unable to earn money to pay their bills.“Many of the seasonal jobs at these historic sites provide workers with employment for up to ten months of the year,” she concluded. Linkedin NewsBusinessPoliticsCall for tourist sites to be kept openBy Alan Jacques – July 20, 2020 980 center_img Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApplast_img read more


Video shows officer using superhuman strength to stop runaway SUV from hitting teenagers


first_imgABC News(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) — When Connecticut police officer Carlos Carmo Jr. spotted a runaway SUV with no driver and two helpless passengers freaking out inside, he realized he had to act fast.He said mustered all his strength to stop it from jumping a curb and mowing down a group of teenagers on the sidewalk.The heroics that unfolded at the corner of Boston Avenue and Bond Street in a bustling business district of Bridgeport would be hard to fathom had they not been captured on security video.“We go through a lot of scenarios, but that’s not a scenario they teach us in the academy,” Carmo said on Monday in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “That’s just one of those things where your instinct kicks in and you basically do what you got to do to keep these kids safe.”Carmo, a school resource officer, was standing in a crosswalk directing traffic around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 as students from nearby Harding High School were leaving campus for the day.In the security video, a black SUV with no one at the wheel is seen rolling by Carmo and appearing to veer toward a sidewalk crowded with students.An investigation later determined that the vehicle had been parked on Boston Avenue when, for some unexplained reason, it accidentally slipped out of park, merged into eastbound traffic and began to pick up speed on the downhill slope with one person in the passenger seat and another in the back seat but no one at the wheel, according to police.“I was just thinking in my mind, ‘I got to find a way to stop this,’” Carmo recalled.Carmo said he started yelling at the students on the sidewalk to get out of the way as he began sprinting after the vehicle.“They all had headphones on and I was screaming at them,” Carmo said of the oblivious students. “They basically didn’t hear me. I don’t even think they knew what was going on until it was over.”Carmo, a four-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Police Department, said that when he caught up to the SUV, he saw two terrified people, including an elderly woman, inside.The dramatic security footage shows Carmo grabbing onto the rear passenger-side door and opening it. Using all his might, the brawny cop is seen holding onto the door frame and bringing the vehicle to a halt.“My adrenaline basically kicked in at that point. I used my strength while dragging my feet along the ground … before the SUV could collide with anyone or anything,” said Carmo, who was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.“The people in the car as I was holding it and trying to stop it … were freaking out a little bit, they were screaming,” Carmo.No one was injured in the incident that left the two people inside the SUV with rattled nerves but relieved to be rescued by an officer who some are calling a real-life superhero.Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim says he’s planning to hold a ceremony to publicly recognize Carmo’s “bravery, selflessness, and quick thinking in this emergency situation that could have been tragic had he not intervened.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Basaltic subglacial sheet-like sequences: evidence for two types with different implications for the inferred thickness of associated ice


first_imgSubglacially-erupted volcanic sequences provide proxies for a unique range of palaeo-ice parameters and they are potentially highly useful archives of palaeoenvironmental information, particularly for pre-Quaternary periods. They can thus be incorporated by climate and ice sheet modellers in the same way as other environmental proxies, yet they remain largely under-utilised. Basaltic volcanic sequences erupted subglacially consist empirically of two major types, corresponding to eruptions under “thick” and “thin” ice, respectively. The latter are called subglacial sheet-like sequences and only one generic type of sequence has been described so far. However, there is now evidence that there are at least two generic types, with significantly different implications for interpretations of associated palaeo-ice sheet thicknesses. One type, which is relatively well described, is believed to be a diagnostic product of eruptions associated with a relatively thin glacial cover ( 1000 in). Eruptions that form the Dalsheidi-type of sequence commence with the injection and inflation of a sill along the ice:bedrock interface. Such “interface sills” were predicted theoretically but had no known geological example, until now. Subsequent evolution commonly involves floating of the ice cover, catastrophic meltwater drainage and emplacement of widespread sheets of hyaloclastite, as cohesionless mass flows and hyperconcentrated flows. The water-saturated hyaloclastite is characteristically intruded by apophyses sourced in the underlying “interface sill”. Eruptions are commonly not explosive until their later stages. Dalsheidi-type deposits are outflow sequences probably linked to subglacial pillow volcanoes, which in Iceland were erupted along fissures. They only provide an indication of minimum thicknesses of the associated overlying ice, although theoretical considerations suggest substantial ice thicknesses in excess of 1000 in. However, they are likely to be characteristic products of eruptions under the thick West Antarctic Ice Sheet, but are currently inaccessible. Such eruptions may be capable of destabilising that ice sheet.last_img read more


Petrofac to support Carnarvon’s Buffalo redevelopment


first_img Petrofac to support Carnarvon’s Buffalo redevelopment. (Credit: Anita starzycka from Pixabay) Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) division has further strengthened its global Well Engineering portfolio following the award of a drilling management services contract with Carnarvon Petroleum.The agreement supports Carnarvon’s Buffalo redevelopment, offshore East Timor in the Timor Sea, and includes planning, detailed well design, drilling execution and all associated procurement. The scope, which will be managed via Petrofac’s Well Engineering group in Perth, Australia, follows a competitive tender process.Nick Shorten, Managing Director of Petrofac EPS (West) commented: “Globally our Well Engineering experts have drilled over 400 wells for 100 operators. We very much look forward to deploying that experience in support of Carnarvon’s exciting advancement in East Timor.“Building our Well Engineering business is a key tenet of our stated strategy to position EPS for growth and this award follows in quick succession a number of wins for our team in Australia.”Carnarvon Managing Director and CEO, Adrian Cook, said: “Petrofac is an established and highly experienced global energy services provider and is well suited to ensure the success in the Buffalo project. They have already made encouraging progress in assessing our well plans, reviewing drilling rig alternatives and assessing the necessary long lead items for drilling. We look forward to an exciting year”. Source: Company Press Release The scope, which will be managed via Petrofac’s Well Engineering group in Perth, Australia, follows a competitive tender processlast_img read more


Russian Navy commissions Admiral Grigorovich


first_img March 11, 2016 Russian Navy commissions first-of-the-class frigate View post tag: Admiral Grigorovich Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy commissions first-of-the-class frigate View post tag: Russian Navycenter_img Authorities The Russian Navy is set to commission its newest frigate ‘Admiral Grigorovich’ at a ceremony at the Baltic Shipyard Yantar in Kaliningrad on March 11.The ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag is preceded by successful builder’s and state trials.Admiral Grigorovich, the lead ship in the class, started builder’s trials in October 2015 with state trials following later in the same month. Back then, it was said the ship would join the Russian Navy by end-November, 2015.During the state trials, Admiral Grigorovich conducted dozens of rocket, anti-aircraft missile, artillery and torpedo firings. Among others, the ship is equipped with the Russian Kalibr NK cruise missile which caught worldwide attention during Russian attacks against the Daesh in Syria.The ship’s crew, together with the pilots of helicopters Ka-27 naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet, made more than 50 landings on the the ship’s helicopter landing deck. According to the Russian Navy, the ship sailed more than 20,000 miles during the tests. Share this articlelast_img read more


Eric Krasno Shares Stunning Animated Video For Funky Single ‘On The Rise’


first_imgEric Krasno—founding member of the bands Soulive and Lettuce— will release his new solo album, Blood From A Stone, on July 8. Best known as a guitarist, the recording is the first to feature Krasno’s own vocals. The release comes at a particularly prolific time for Krasno. He’s producing new records for Allen Stone, Aaron Neville and Lawrence, while this past Friday he played to a packed house at Red Rocks in Colorado with Lettuce and the following night joined Kamasi Washington, Miguel and others as part of Bonnaroo’s SuperJam. His solo band will tour the U.S. throughout the remainder of summer and fall.For his new album’s second single, “On The Rise,” Krasno brought onboard Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Curtis Peel to direct the song’s accompanying video.Peel has a long resume. He fronted the band Futurist, cofounded the Burning Man theme camp and community, Camp Rock Star and has collaborated with artists including Dani Barbieri, Maxine Nienow, April Kidwell, Dawn of Man Productions, DMZL, and the Brooklyn bands Kylian, Turkuaz and Dopapod. Peel had this to say about his approach to illustrating the song:“When I first heard the track, I loved it instantly! I found it to be groovy and laid back with these sugary, psychedelic choruses; a sound somewhere triangulated in between Tame Impala, Beck, and James Brown on the style spectrum. So, I knew I wanted it to be really colorful, but I actually didn’t go into the project with much foresight regarding content or story line, which was kind of a departure from most of my other music videos.Essentially, I just started off illustrating the obvious lyrical imagery (mountains, moon, starlight, etc.) and just let the story develop in a stream of consciousness kind of way after that. Here’s this beautiful sunrise, now who is watching it? The observer became this cyclops monk and then his purpose grew out of that. Add in some mushroom tea, mountain top meditation and psychic flashbacks of a human civilization now buried beneath the ocean, he now had found his calling, to plant the seeds for a new population on the rise.”Eric Krasno adds, “This is one of my favorite songs on the record. We set out to create a psychedelic landscape with sounds and lyrics. Curtis Peel did an amazing job bringing that to life in the video. I knew I wanted an animated video for this song. When I spoke to Curtis and played the song for him, he got it right away and ran with it.”Watch “On The Rise” below.last_img read more




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