By The Weeping Angel
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:14 pm
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:14 pm
http://www.bne.eu/content/story/new-ukr ... lfare-cuts" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;In order to put the country back on a sound financial footing, Ukraine's finance ministry is proposing sweeping cuts, from cutting the years of mandatory schooling, to firing two-thirds of MPs, to hiking the pension age.
According to leaked documents drawn up by the finance ministry, the new government, voted in on December 2, is readying sweeping reform of the entire budget sector.
The 120 pages of proposals outline changes to the constitution and legislation to reduce the state's spending obligations to the order of UAH496bn (€24bn), much of which remains in fact chronically unfunded. The proposals would drastically cut back the remnants of the Soviet cradle-to-grave welfare state.
Among the most startling proposals are to reduce the number of MPs from 450 to 150, reduce obligatory schooling from 11 to 9 years, and abolish the constitutional guarantees of free education and medicine, as well as abolishing a constitutional norm prohibiting closure of existing institutions (such as schools and hospitals).
Hromadske is funded by the US government among others, FYI.Littlejohn's brain wrote:A guide to the Ukranian far right without the Kremline hyperbole
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hromadske.TV#Funding" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;The station is publicly funded and has a bank account (Privat Bank) posted on its website. Individual contributions in 2013 amounted to over 1.1 million Ukrainian hryvnias, -₴- and almost 1.5 million in the first quarter of 2014.
According to their own interim financial reports, Hromadske TV was funded in 2013 by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (793,089 Ukrainian hryvnias, -₴-), the Embassy of the United States of America (399,650 ₴) and by George Soros International Renaissance Foundation (247,860). By April 2014, Hromadske TV had received another 287,898 ₴ from the United States Embassy in Kyiv, 207,402₴ from auction organized by 'Dukat' (the Auction House) and 1,408,324 ₴ from individual contributors.
At some point, the Ukrainian government needs to be able to govern Ukraine. It can't do that if parts of the country are dominated by militias that don't obey any official authority.
The fact that powerful oligarchs are supporting some of the militias — and that Ukraine's oligarchs have a long history of resisting the state — raises the worrying possibility that these wealthy Ukrainians could use the militias to protect their interests from state interference.
Simply by existing, those private armies could be "creating enough of an implicit threat that the government can't move against, say, corrupt schemes," Karatnycky warned.
As time goes on, the things that made the militias useful for Ukraine will also make them dangerous. Their strength and autonomy in eastern Ukraine, particularly compared to the relatively weak government, could potentially give them tremendous power there. These are the conditions for warlordism — for militias turning their pieces of territory into little fiefdoms that they or their wealthy patrons would be free to govern, or exploit, as they wished.
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