After 4 months of work, here it is, my new documentary:
What is Belval?
It’s a billion Euro plus project to turn a mostly disused steelmill, into a futuristic hub of science, music, and modern living space.
But, some have been less than kind. Some have even called it a ‘white elephant’.
So, what’s the truth about Belval? I went there, and spent a week there to film special documentary reportage. Coming soon on my YouTube channel!
I often read in Ukrainian, western media etc, that I was some sort of a ‘sex blogger’ etc before the Ukraine crisis. Well, I did indeed write about that theme sometimes, and why not? But no less, I wrote about a real interest of mine, urban environments. Especially ones with interesting stories, problems even.
So, look out for the announcement soon of my next project, on the road in Europe, connected to that theme.
I recently filmed reportage at the March for Europe in London, prompting a few messages from some asking why I was ‘promoting’ a pro-EU event. Well, my own politics have always been clear on this matter – I don’t support, or even like, the EU, for any number of reasons.
However, when filming reportage, I always try to stay objective, and the answers of those I interviewed speak for themselves:
One common thread was the seeming belief among demonstrators, that the UK was physically leaving Europe. Somehow being uprooted, and put down elsewhere. And more, in almost every respondent, a conflation of the EU, and Europe – i.e. they love Europe, so they love the EU. |
Well, I love Europe – it’s a fascinating place to film reportage, and you’d struggle to find someone who’s traversed Europe more often than myself (obligatory Euro-selfie, right, Czech, 2011). But, the EU? That bloated, bureacratic monolith, led by a problem drinker and a man whose own country despise him? What’s to love?
Europe though, I’m here, excited to be here, and looking forward to bringing you interesting reportage on my travels! Remainers do not have the monopoly on ‘loving Europe’, by the way, as much as they may tell you otherwise!
The BBC’s position on Brexit has been as clear from the start as it is to this day – completely opposed to it, all their coverage unswervingly biased against it.
So, perhaps it’s no surprise that the recent BBC article entitled ‘The Foreign Workers Leaving Britain because of Brexit’ is in exactly the same vein. Propaganda. And more, easily called out propaganda. Let’s have a look at the article, which gives an extremely favourable account of several EU citizens who’ve come to the UK, lived the dream etc etc, and now all want to leave due to Brexit.
Katarina Karmazinova came to London aged 24 to study European business. Attracted, she says, by the UK’s multiculturalism and openness, the Slovakian….
Katarina Karmazinova moved to London from Slovakia but sold her flat and moved overseas after the EU referendum vote
Karmazinova is not the only immigrant who feels this way since the referendum vote – the article goes on in a similar vein, appealing photo of Karmazinova etc – Some are simply considering leaving and waiting it out for now. Others have already left, returning home, going somewhere else within the EU, or decamping to a different continent altogether.
It is too early to tell if Brexit’s upheaval could be partially responsible for fewer foreigners choosing the UK as a destination, but net migration to the UK did fall by 49,000 to 273,000 in the year to September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.
And next we’re on to undue focus on a website with actually a staggeringly low level
of take-up, given the near 9-million foreign born citizens in the UK (and another sympathetic photo, of course).
After getting over the “shock” of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, 33-year-old Marcin Czyza got the idea for an online recruitment firm to help people, especially foreign nationals, who were suddenly considering career opportunities outside of the UK…. Within a few months, interest in the site took off. There are more than 1,200 registered candidates. Roughly 90% of them are foreigners living in the UK, with the majority originating from Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
Here, not even photo of the person, so we’ll just have to take the BBC’s word that he exists, and said all this, predictable patter –
When Dariusz Truchel emigrated to Britain from Poland in 2005, he did so with the idea that he would find “better job possibilities”. Once settled outside of London, he worked as a project manager and took a number of health and safety courses, eventually setting up his own health and safety consultancy. Truchel even bought a house.
So the inevitable fairytale, of course, the crashing post-Brexit comedown…
But after Brexit, Truchel, 34, began feeling pessimistic about the future. He began noticing a new attitude among people who had voted to separate from the EU. “It is hard to describe this atmosphere because nobody dares to say it to your face, but there is a feeling of being an uninvited guest,” he says. He registered on Expat Exit and is now seriously considering leaving the UK.
And there’s another example, in a similar note, again no photo, and this time, ’32-year-old Romanian Alex’, only eve wants his first name revealed. Another pre-Brexit fairytale ‘all wrecked by Brexit etc etc.’
And, just to wrap things up, we have another nice photo of Karmazinova), who now ‘spends her time travelling while she decides where she will settle… Karmazinova, the Slovakian who left the UK, has yet to decide where she will settle – but she knows it won’t be back in the UK as long it stays separated from the EU. ‘
And it goes on for a bit in that vein, before concluding in, well the same vein, without even the slightest attempt to introduce anything approaching another side. So, nothing about the millions, and millions of foreign workers in the UK planning to stay, I even found some on the pro-EU March for Europe, they may not have liked Brexit, but nor were they planning on leaving. Nor anything about the murderers, rapists, and violent criminals which the UK couldn’t deport under EU rules.
But then that’s the BBC, nothing if not the most relentless of propaganda!
As prepare to leave – it’s been an enormously busy last 2 months in the UK, working on the edits of documentary projects, dozens of articles here on the Truth Speaker, and video reportage. There will be one more report to come from the UK, part 2 of this special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London –
To recap, here was January when I visited the UK parliament to ask at a UK/Ukraine event if they would be mentioning Ukrainian shelling civilian areas of Donbass:
The introduction to my documentary about the murder of Barry Pring –
My coverage of the anti-Trump protests in London at the start of February –
A few days later, and I try to go to a Ukrainian event in London –
And here, I succeed in getting into a Ukrainian propaganda event at the LSE!
The end of February here, and I visit the Ukrainain Embassy in London –
March, and a look at what Women’s Day means in London!
Then, my day as a DPR tourist in London!
Masses of reportage from the March for Europe on March 25th –
And even a trip to Scotland to bring you the reality there of how people feel about a proposed new referendum!
It’s overall achieved hundreds of thousands of views, on my channel alone, coverage in mass media – and much more! I’m a completely crowdfunded journalist, and none of this would have been possible without your support. To be involved, click here!
Thanks again, and on we go!!
It’s been both a week of intense activity in Donbass – from the first coal, and not only, trading with Russia, new DPR-designed roadheaders (I’ve been covering that all on my Twitter), and, sadly, continued Ukrainian shelling (see Patrick Lancaster, on the scene, for full coverage of that).
Also, I can say it’s been a week of some nostalgia for myself, as this week, 3 years ago, I’d set off from Odessa to see the situation in the east of Ukraine, as it was then, for myself. Driving, sleeping in the car for a few hours many nights to save time, covering as much ground as possible and, for my own embryonic YouTube channel as it was, filming reportage of things, just as they were! This week I did a few pull-togethers of reportage, here on the Truth Speaker, of things as they were –
Of course, looking back to Latvia, from 2016, it’s a difference form of ‘nostalgia’ – I’d gone to spend a month reporting from Latvia, yet on the 3rd day, the authorities objected to my coverage of the march there honouring Nazism, deported me, banned for 3 years.
Here is my reportage from that day, March 16th, 2016 –
They then pursued me with various letters describing my ‘misdemenours’ (in Latvian, so I really had no idea what they were saying), culminating in an 8-page document, which, after listing all my supposed wrong-doings (I asked people at a march honouring Nazism why they were doing that), then said they wanted 150 Euros from me!
Things all got a bit surreal on March 16th itself, when Ukrainian media, and not only, wrote the story of my being detained, and deported, at the Waffen SS veteran march, as if it had been March 16th, 2017 rather than 2016! Groundhog Day…
This led to my receiving a lot of worried messages, and my own wondering if this was Latvia’s latest attempt for 150 Euros from me!
As it was, I was far away from Latvia. And indeed, being a tourist – in London, no less, and here I present you with my latest reportage from there, as a ‘DPR tourist’, no less, featuring a couple of special guests!
There’s a bit more to come from the UK, not only London, and then, I’ll be on the road back to Donbass, via some interesting places en route!
Once more, a massive thanks to all of you who support my work, and make all kinds of reportage possible, in all kinds of places! The main thing is, it’s always independent, objective, and completely crowdfunded! To be a part, click here –
Of course, your support also goes towards here, the Truth Speaker, and the many articles, providing information, debunking fakes, as here –
‘Russian Tanks in Ukraine’: Tony Blair’s ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ for our times
And don’t worry, none of your support goes towards propping up the Latvian economy 😉
Look out for lots more to come soon! Best for now!