While attention has been focused on Russia’s occupation of Crimea, pro-Russian Ukrainians and uninformed observers have raised alarm in recent weeks about a purported resurgence of fascism in Kiev. Reports have circulated about the interim Ukrainian government supposedly banning the Communist Party, lifting bans on Nazi propaganda, or committing a host of politically unconscionable acts. Setting aside the utter improbability that any such initiatives would become the law of the land, these claims have certainly scared the crap out of some people.
For the West (and a minority of Russians), the storyline has been that a pro-democracy movement—which strives for human rights, dignity, yoga pants, and all that jazz—overthrew a corrupt Ukrainian regime that was merely a puppet of Russia. For Russians (and a minority of Westerners), it’s been that an armed group illegally seized power in a right-wing coup with the support of neo-fascists.
The political arguments surrounding the events in Crimea are similar to what you’d expect from the average American online political discussion, even if most of the Hitler comparisons are written in Cyrillic.
Annie Clark struggles to explain why she decided to go the eponymous route for her fourth St. Vincent album, acknowledging that self-titling a record is usually reserved for either definitive statements or debuts. She’s too humble to suggest that St. Vincent is the former—and that would be quite a potent claim, since her last release, 2011’s wildly idiosyncratic Strange Mercy, was a critical smash. Curiously, she’s claiming St. Vincent is actually the latter. “I thought that in some ways this feels like a debut,” she explains. “It feels like pressing ‘restart’ on the Nintendo.” (via St. Vincent on Her New Album, Running Naked in the Desert, and Why She’s Addicted to Work | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)
Adopted on February 23, 1967, the 25th Amendment established procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President and responding to Presidential disabilities. This amendment was first used in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald Ford as Vice President following Spiro Agnew’s resignation.
The next year Ford became President after Nixon resigned. Under the 25th Amendment he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy, announcing his decision in the Oval Office on August 20, 1974, seen here.