In the chaos following the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union, a group of Ukrainian nationalist guerrillas calling themselves the Poliska Sich seized control of a small area surrounding the town of Olevsk. Their goal was to resist the Soviets, a goal often pursued by carrying out brutal pogroms against Jews. Later, the guerrillas helped the Nazis in implementing the final solution. Now their leader, Taras Bulba-Borovets, is being honored by both local authorities and the national government, eager for a past of patriotic Ukrainian resistance against Russian rule. Jared McBride writes:
Honoring the Murderers of Jews in Ukraine
Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate
Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.