Tracking Euromaidan: 23 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

The Euromaidan protests are here to stay but supporters have a difficult road ahead. These accounts are a great start for those looking to stay on top of the protests and political maneuvering in what is sure to be an extended fight for Ukraine’s position in Europe.

@KyivPost – The Kyiv Post is Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper

@ChristopherJM – Editor at English-language newspaper @KyivPost. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine)

@MaximEristavi – the Golos 106FM CEO & Editor-in-Chief

@dpeleschuk – Moscow-based journalist. Senior Correspondent, @GlobalPost. All things behind the Iron Curtain

@EEAP1 – Research journalism and news based in Tallinn Estonia, covering Baltic region, Eastern Partnership, EU & Eastern Europe

@myroslavapetsa – Foreign Correspondent at @5channel

@mashadanilova – Associated Press Correspondent in Ukraine

@Ukroblogger – Ukrainian politics, Battleground updates

@BalmforthTom – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent

@ZygisPavilionis – Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States and Mexico

@OdessaBlogger – Brit permanently in Ukraine

@MarkAdomanis – Consultant by day, Russia watcher, blogger, and commentator by night

@VostokCable – A Russia and East European Studies blog, founded by students at Oxford University but independent and volunteer-run

@BBCSteveR – Moscow Correspondent for BBC News

@BSpringnote – All things Ukraine

@JustHovensGreve – Freelance Journalist

@IvanBotoucharov – A European and a Europhile. Co-Founder and Co-President @One1Europe. Special adviser @GreaterEurope

@AlisaRuban – International Secretary of Democratic Alliance

@MaxRTucker – Writes for @Independent. Former Amnesty International on #Caucasus and #Ukraine

@sia_vlasova – Photojournalist at Kyiv Post

@maxseddon – Foreign affairs reporter without portfolio @BuzzFeed. formerly of @AP moscow

@shaunwalker7 – Moscow Correspondent of the Guardian

@UN_Ukraine – Official twitter account of the United Nations in Ukraine

The #Euromaidan and #Ukraine hashtags are also helpful in tracking events and identifying new sources. And of course I will be including Ukraine updates on @blogsofwar. If you think I’ve overlooked an important account please send me a note.

A Call for Sources – Help Improve Blogs of War

I’ve been at this for over a decade and manage quite an array of sources. Major media, large stable governments, prominent analysts, and think tanks are generally consistent producers but social media channels, blogs, and smaller or reclusive countries can be difficult to manage. These sources are harder to find and even harder to keep. I generally have some for even the most difficult targets but I am always looking for more and I know Blogs of War readers can point me in the right direction. So if you produce relevant open-source English language content for the topics listed below, or if you can point me in the direction of someone who does, please send me a note. Your input will help improve the quality and volume of my updates.

  • North Korea – Any material
  • Iran – Military and intelligence matters
  • France – Intelligence matters, military intervention in Africa
  • Jordan – Impact of the Syrian refugee crisis and internal threats
  • Saudi Arabia – Political and social reform
  • Russia – Military growth, Intelligence, energy sector, activity in Eastern Europe
  • China – Military technology, naval force movements, and various areas of tension in the region
  • Hezbollah – Any material
  • Libya – Political reform and weapons proliferation
  • Syria – Sources on the ground
  • Egypt – Internal conflict from all angles
  • South Sudan – Internal conflict
  • Weapons Trafficking & Proliferation – All regions
  • Conflict Related Humanitarian Crises – Sources on the ground in any region
  • Tech and Politics/Crisis – Tools or communities arising in response to world events

 
I know that these many of these topics are quite sensitive. This is the nature of what I cover here. So let me reiterate that I am only asking for leads on open-source material that I can share with my readers. Also, if your favorite topic or place is not listed please don’t assume that I’m not paying attention. It probably means that I have adequate sources at this time.

* Of course my needs extend well beyond the list above. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time if you have tip for a source or a story.

KCNA: Traitor Jang Song Thaek Executed

Report via KCNA:

Pyongyang, December 13 (KCNA) — Upon hearing the report on the enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the service personnel and people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional elements. Against the backdrop of these shouts rocking the country, a special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security was held on December 12 against traitor for all ages Jang Song Thaek.

The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.

The tribunal examined Jang’s crimes.

All the crimes committed by the accused were proved in the course of hearing and were admitted by him.

A decision of the special military tribunal of the Ministry of State Security of the DPRK was read out at the trial.

Every sentence of the decision served as sledge-hammer blow brought down by our angry service personnel and people on the head of Jang, an anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional element and despicable political careerist and trickster.

The accused is a traitor to the nation for all ages who perpetrated anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leadership of our party and state and the socialist system.

Jang was appointed to responsible posts of the party and state thanks to the deep political trust of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and received benevolence from them more than any others from long ago.

He held higher posts than before and received deeper trust from supreme leader Kim Jong Un, in particular.

The political trust and benevolence shown by the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu were something he hardly deserved.

It is an elementary obligation of a human being to repay trust with sense of obligation and benevolence with loyalty.

However, despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.

From long ago, Jang had a dirty political ambition. He dared not raise his head when Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were alive. But, reading their faces, Jang had an axe to grind and involved himself in double-dealing. He began revealing his true colors, thinking that it was just the time for him to realize his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced.

Jang committed such an unpardonable thrice-cursed treason as overtly and covertly standing in the way of settling the issue of succession to the leadership with an axe to grind when a very important issue was under discussion to hold respected Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the only successor to Kim Jong Il in reflection of the unanimous desire and will of the entire party and army and all people.

When his cunning move proved futile and the decision that Kim Jong Un was elected vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Third Conference of the WPK in reflection of the unanimous will of all party members, service personnel and people was proclaimed, making all participants break into enthusiastic cheers that shook the conference hall, he behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping, touching off towering resentment of our service personnel and people.

Jang confessed that he behaved so at that time as a knee-jerk reaction as he thought that if Kim Jong Un’s base and system for leading the army were consolidated, this would lay a stumbling block in the way of grabbing the power of the party and state.

When Kim Jong Il passed away so suddenly and untimely to our sorrow, he began working in real earnest to realize its long-cherished greed for power.

Abusing the honor of often accompanying Kim Jong Un during his field guidance, Jang tried hard to create illusion about him by projecting himself internally and externally as a special being on a par with the headquarters of the revolution.

In a bid to rally a group of reactionaries to be used by him for toppling the leadership of the party and state, he let the undesirable and alien elements including those who had been dismissed and relieved of their posts after being severely punished for disobeying the instructions of Kim Jong Il and kowtowing to him work in a department of the Central Committee of the WPK and organs under it in a crafty manner.

Jang did serious harm to the youth movement in our country, being part of the group of renegades and traitors in the field of youth work bribed by enemies. Even after they were disclosed and purged by the resolute measure of the party, he patronized those cat’s paws and let them hold important posts of the party and state.