Laurence Bogoslaw has a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan and directs the Translation Laboratory, a communication and consulting service that he co-founded in 1996. Since 2010, he has worked as an editor and translator at East View Information Services in Minneapolis. He also serves on the American Translators Association’s Certification Committee. He’s the editor of Russians on Trump: Press Coverage and Commentary published by Eastview.
Monetochka, “Mama, ya ne ziguiu (Mama, I don’t Seig Heil),” 2017.
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By Sean — 13 years ago
A momentary pause from Russia to give notice to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was inaugurated this past week. From pictures of the inauguration, it seems that the crowd well represented LA both by ethnicity and by class. This was my hope despite the code orange alerts from now ex-mayor Jim Hahn’s campaign that Antonio would only serve the Latinos. A pretty bold statement that fed on the white man’s ubiquitous fear of the Other. It was also damn racist, and Hahn should be damned ashamed of himself for it. He should have known better considering that his popularity came from his father’s strong links to African Americans in South Central. But this time, the use of race by the Hahn camp was not just directed again whites in the Valley; it was also to exploit the ethnic and class divisions between Latinos and African Americans in South Central. What Hahn probably didn’t suspect was for black dignitaries such as Magic Johnson and Maxine Waters to endorse Villaraigosa. Plus Hahn’s firing of Bernard Parks was what really did him in anyway. Enough of that. It didn’t work and I think all of us Angelenos are better off for it.
Antonio, as he is now affectionately referred to, has already done more before becoming mayor than Hahn did in four years as mayor. Villaraigosa seems to have single-handedly solved the 14-month labor dispute between hotel workers and their employers. As reported by Robert Greene in this week’s LA Weekly, ‘Raigosa worked tirelessly on both sides to get them to talk. This averted a possible lockout of hotel workers that would have crippled the city’s tourism and business. Greene’s article as a whole is an interesting just to get a sense of Villaraigosa’s seemingly super hero powers, stature, and, what makes him the polar opposite of Hahn, his personal style. I also recommended Harold Meyerson’s complimenting piece on Antonio’s unlikely rise to power, given his liberal-left political associations. By Meyerson’s account, the conjunction of forces of Los Angeles ethnic and racial makeup plus the power of labor were partially responsible for the possibility of someone like Villaraigosa to become mayor.
The question now is what he can actually accomplish. It seems that the three big issues are the MTA, the schools, and the corruption in City Hall. If he even attempts to tackle these it will be an improvement.
Finally, there is an interesting political dynamic occurring, which Greene briefly points this out. Villaraigosa, the superhero, is being set against an arch villain, the evil Governator. As Schwarzenegger is reviled by teachers, nurses, firefighters, and more and more regular voters, Villaraigosa is being thrust forward as a potential bulwark to Arnie’s assault on labor and the State itself. This was probably best seen in the Governator getting booed so loudly at Villaraigosa’s inauguration that Antonio had to step up and calm the crowd. It is only a matter of time before the Antonio for Governor chants begin.Post Views: 601
By Sean — 11 years ago
Lenta.ru reports that Ivan Bolshakov, the Moscow head of Yabloko Youth, was subjected to a criminal search and detention. He has now been released from custody. Bolshakov was detained in the Kursk train station in Moscow as he and Ilya Yashin waited to board a train to Nizhny Novgorod for a pre-election trip. According to Lenta:
They put Bolshakov in handcuffs, and after this they took him to the Ziuzinskii Interdistrict Prosecutor’s Office for questioning. As his comrade in arms [Yashin] emphasized that according to existing law a candidate to the State Duma can only be detained with approval of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. The officers who conducted the criminal search did not have this.
Bolshakov’s detention, according to Yashin was because he was accused of assaulting a police officer during the Butovo protests in June 2007. No charges have been filed against Bolshakov and Yabloko considers the accusations “a complete fabrication.”
Bolshakov’s brief detention comes right before Yabloko Youth submitted a complaint to the Central Elections Commission charging that the website Zaputina.ru is really a front for Putin and United Russia and not an independent project. According to Russian electoral law, all election advertising must be paid with funds from political parties’ coffers. United Russia would be violating the law if Zaputina.ru was registered as mass media.
Za Putina is run by Konstantin Rykov, who stands as United Russia’s candidate for Nizhni Novgorod, and features among other things airbrushed Putinist Realist photos of Putin, the faces of many Putin supporters, a game called “Putin Chess”, video, and other propaganda promoting all things Putin. The site is slick indeed. And since its establishment at the beginning of this month it has clocked over 70,000 pro-Putinites, the majority of whom come from Moscow.
“The site Zaputina.ru is obviously for agitational purposes, and its creators are obliged to pay for its activities from the electoral funds of United Russia. Moreover, it’s clear that this internet portal is not a private initiative, but an expensive pre-electoral project. There are video clips on the site that shape a positive image of the main candidate. On the sites material Putin is presented as a hero,” Yashin told Gazeta.ru.
Looks like the run up to the elections are shaping up as expected.Post Views: 483
By Sean — 1 year ago