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Articles on decentralization. What is it? What does it mean for Ukraine?

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:41 am
Decentralization. A very divisive issue currently in Ukraine.
Some articles about it below.
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Ukraine’s decentralization and Donbas “special status”: what you need to know

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:43 am
http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/09/01/ukraines-decentralization-and-donbas-special-status-what-you-need-to-know/
Decentralization is included as a requirement from Ukraine set in the Minsk agreement signed by Ukraine, Russia and its proxies in February this year. Under its provisions, Ukraine must adopt constitutional reform taking into account the specifics of Donbas regions....
However, the most controversial line of the constitutional amendment is article 18 of the “Transitional Provisions”, which says the following:
“The specifics of executing local governance in certain counties of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are defined by a separate law”
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Ukraine not to be federalized through decentralization – Poroshenko

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:00 am
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/286665.html
"There will be neither federalization nor any status. This is what we will be voting for at the parliament on Monday [August 31] and this is how we will expose these lies and will protect the unitary status of Ukraine,"
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But what about the "separate law". ?
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Wikpedia - Federalism ; Decentralization

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:05 am
Federalism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism

Decentralization
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralization

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Federalism v Decentralization

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:06 am
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-Decentralisation-and-Federalism-What-could-be-the-limitations-of-the-two-in-the-Indian-context

http://web.stanford.edu/~jrodden/ComparativeFederalism.pdf
pdf download, 20 pages

http://www.uio.no/english/research/interfaculty-research-areas/democracy/news-and-events/events/conferences/2012/papers-2012/Kaiser-wshop3.pdf
pdf download, 30 pages - about combining the two.
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My opinion regarding decentralization and exaggeration of article 18

on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:55 am
I'm going to make this as brief as possible and will elaborate on it later in the day.

Decentralization was requested by the people involved in The Maidan. This isn't a demand by the terrorists that popped up after they started their crime spree. So, to think this was forced upon the government by the current Ukrainian enemies (DNR and friends) is incorrect.

Overall, decentralization will push more responsibility to local governments. This I believe is a good thing. The local citizenry will have more say in local matters. If for example, they don't like the way the county's being run, they can call for a recall of its local leaders. Currently they don't have the powers to make that demand.

Local leaders will still have to adhere to constitutional laws. Any laws they want to put in place will of course have to be approved by the parliament.

As for the "Article 18" controversy, I believe has been blown out of proportion by the opposition.

3 main topics I'll briefly review.

1)Allowed to have their own militia which members have to be Ukrainian citizens and from the local area. That eliminates having foreigners involved. Basically it's like a local national guard. Local government will have to pay for it and it won't be supported monetarily by the government in Kyiv. Still remember that it'll be monitored by locals, so if they get out of hand the local government will hear about it. That's an advantage of decentralization.

2) Being able to speak Russian. Now who in hell cares what language they speak! In China Town within California, they have the right to speak Chinese. In Little Havana in Miami, they're able to speak Spanish. Now is that something to make a stink about?

3) Regarding amnesty. This is something that's practised globally to bring peace to local areas. Criminals are given amnesty in the US, in return for more important information on other more important issues such as peace in the area. There will still be access to those areas to the country's national guards. They not just going to have free rein and do whatever they want.  

I'll research further, to see if there are other details on Article 18. Of what I've reviewed, is this something to make a stink about? Are these three stipulation going to bring the entire country down? Most are smarter than that.

These stipulations won't go into practice until all foreign fighters are out of the country and the borders are secured.

Above this post you'll find some very interesting and important links and articles I highly recommend, in order to get a clearer picture on this overblown issue which isn't one in reality.

In the post above, titled: UKRAINE’S DECENTRALIZATION AND DONBAS “SPECIAL STATUS”: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW by Nelson on Tue 1 Sep 2015 - 2:43  you'll find a link to Euromaidanpress which is a very good read, but read it with an open mind.

In WIKPEDIA - FEDERALISM ; DECENTRALIZATION, the first link will define what decentralization is all about. Within article, scroll down to "Goals". You'll find much more clarity on what it's all about.

Later today, I'll elaborate a little deeper on this controversy that in my opinion really isn't. It's only a controversy for those Monday morning quarterbacks that don't want to bother to educate themselves on the matter. Don't get caught-up in ignorant propaganda.


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